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Old 07-14-2017, 01:19 PM
 
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I am a 67 year old widow interested in moving to Coastal Carolina. I love some of the houses in St. James Plantation in Southport as well as the walking/biking trails and beach club (and I am a wannabe golfer), but am concerned about all the monthly costs as well as the social life of a single person residing in that community. I do want to live in a very safe environment as well as one where my grown children's families will visit. The golfing and water sports will appeal to them. Any suggestions? Insights? Thank you for your consideration.
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:23 AM
 
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There are several existing threads on St. James that will no doubt answer your questions regarding social life. Its certainly very safe, as its a gated community and the entire area is very safe to start with.
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:12 PM
 
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If you are interested in St James Plantation, try to find a home where the builder will include the initiation fee into the country club. The last I heard the initiation fee at SJP was $30K. Then you have the monthly costs which are detailed in the thread on SJP. Only you can tell whether it is affordable.

I think you should look at some of the other plantations for more affordable golfing options. For example, in Magnolia Greens, my BIL was able to exchange part-time work for time on the golf course. I believe you will find ladies' leagues at some plantations which would be a good way to make friends. Also look at Winding River Plantation and Ocean Ridge Plantation for places with golf amenities.

If you think you might like golf, perhaps you should take lessons first. Then rent a home for a year ot two before you commit to joining a country club. Also look at place like Brunswick Forest where you can golf for a daily fee as a member of the public. SJP's fees are a very big commitment if you aren't sure you would want to live and golf there.

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Old 07-17-2017, 09:33 PM
 
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Thank you for these replies. I do think I have to do much more research.
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