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Sun City Hilton Head

Hilton Head, South Carolina

People have come from the East Coast to the West Coast and all states in between and from places as far away as Bolivia, Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom to live at Sun City Hilton Head in South Carolina.

“You see a great geographical diversity here,” explained Martin Smith, communications director for the Sun City Hilton Head community association. “A great many are from the Northeast and the Midwest, but several come from Atlanta, Nashville and other major cities in the Southeast. All 50 states are represented, as well as Canada.”

Sun City Hilton HeadConstruction of Sun City Hilton Head began in 1994 and, once building is completed, it will include 7,149 homes. Currently more than a thousand homes still must be built.

“We have a population of 13,000, so we’re definitely like a small town,” said Smith. “The third fitness center will open in 2012.”

Smith, who is part of the paid staff for the community association, enjoys talking about the people he represents.

“Sun City Hilton Head is fun. It’s the most active, ‘active’ adult community in the Carolinas and the entire Southeast region,” said Smith. “If you have a special interest or hobby, then you are sure to find someone else who shares it.”

There are more than 73 clubs, concentrating on subjects ranging from bicycles to dolls to cars. The wood workers guild is popular, as is the Mountain Strings, a group of talented players of stringed instruments who perform at many events in the community.

“The Mountain Strings is a passionate group of people that now have time to enjoy playing. They also provide lessons to others in the community,” said Smith.

It’s all about what your interests are and how active you wish to be. The community has a full-time lifestyle director who helps coordinate events, gatherings and activities.

There are three impressive amenities centers and two social halls. The Pinckney Social Hall, named for Charles Pinckney, who represented South Carolina at the Constitutional Convention, is 17,000-square-foot facility that includes a multipurpose ballroom for dancing, movies and entertainment.

The Yemassee Craft Buildings, named for a Native American tribe with roots in South Carolina, host a variety of classes in ceramics, painting, sewing, computers and the Internet.

Two championship golf courses and a new executive golf course with three clubhouses are other popular assets of Sun City Hilton Head. More than 3,300 golf carts are registered at Sun City; they are used not only for golf but also to travel within the community, possibly to either Hidden Cypress Fitness Center or the Purrysburg Fitness Center. The latter features an aerobics studio, an outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness equipment and an on-site therapy spa.

The beauty of Hilton Head borders on astonishing. The coastal area enjoys all four seasons and is close enough for a pleasant day trip to Charleston or Savannah. Hilton Head is on the Atlantic Ocean, and Sun City also has Lake Somerset, a 20-acre lake where residents can fish or simply stroll along the shoreline. Storage facilities are available for boats and recreational vehicles.

For additional excitement, you can take your grandchildren to the playground. A gazebo, picnic areas, wetlands and lagoons all make for a relaxing atmosphere when you seek a break to enjoy some quiet time.

There are many renowned restaurants in the region, but those who wish to stay close to home can choose from the deli, the grill or an elegant meal at the clubhouse.

To learn more about Sun City Hilton Head, visit www.DelWebb.com.