Carolina Forest is a 9,000-acre
community located between Myrtle Beach and Conway, S.C. Carolina
Forest points with pride to its community high school, middle
school and elementary school. Carolina Forest Elementary School
opened in 1996, with the middle and high schools opening on
the same campus two years later.
Waccamaw Elementary School and
Palmetto Elementary School were later added to the Carolina
Forest attendance area, a testament to the growth of this popular
area. But Carolina Forest is more than outstanding schools.
Located just 10 miles from beautiful
South Carolina beaches, this community boasts shopping, banks,
churches, a U.S. Post Office, public golf course, a new Horry
County Fire Station, and much more, all surrounded by the natural
beauty that has been so diligently preserved.
Allen Moore and others at International
Paper Company Realty nurtured the community master plan for
more than 30 years before construction actually began. This
area is “not a subdivision, but a township,” says the bulk marketing
manager, Sumter L. Langston of Leonard Call & Associates.
Until the 1990s, Carolina Forest was the exclusive home of bears,
snakes, deer, Venus flytraps and Carolina bays and waterways.
Just over a decade ago, IP Realty began selling blocks of land
to developers and builders, a move that resulted in a mixture
of home styles — something for just about everyone. But it remains,
above all, a community where hundreds of acres of parks crisscrossed
with hiking trails and the preservation of the environment continue
paramount to the lifestyle.
By and large, the individual
neighborhoods in Carolina Forest are designed for specific financial
needs, family sizes and appropriate geography and landscaping.
Each builder/developer has its own sales office and model on-site,
but some real estate firms have set up businesses that advertise
sales in more than one — and maybe several — Carolina Forest
For those who love golf, you’re
in luck at Carolina Forest. Man O’ War Golf Club plays over,
above, through and around an attractive 100-acre lake. The lake
features many islands, finger lagoons, inlets and tributaries,
all lending to the challenge of the course. From the clubhouse,
which is built on pilings over the water, there are pleasant
views directly across the lake to The Wizard, one of Man O’
War’s sister courses. The third course in the Carolina Forest
trio is The Witch. World-renowned architect, Dan Maples, designed
all three courses.
For families that crave convenience,
Carolina Forest fits the bill. At the south end of the community,
commercial areas are already up and running to support the growing
population. At the north end, land is being cleared for a new
retail center called Towne Centre. Carolina Forest may even
build its own hospital to make it more self-contained. In other
words, a new city, albeit, an unincorporated one, has been created,
and it is well on the way to taking its place among other carefully
planned communities like Columbia, Md.