Murrells Inlet Area Information

The average price for a home value in Murrells Inlet the 1st Quarter of 2014: $239,695 and the 2nd Quarter of 2014: $222,509. As of April 2014, the median estimated home value is $164,000, up 6.9% as compared to the same time period from 2013. The median list price is also up at $200,000.Click for detailed report.  This median price reflects a 6.9% increase in sales price in the Murrells Inlet area, which is comparable to the national average. 


Murrells Inlet is located less than 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach along South Carolina's "Grand Strand", a sixty mile stretch of beachfront communities.  Murrells Inlet is steeped in history and local lore, in a setting of unparalleled beauty.  The names of local streets and neighborhoods are reminiscent of the people, plantations and cottages of the past. 

It is a nature lover's paradise with undeveloped beach, hiking trails, campsites, nature center and marshland.  Murrells Inlet is also a localized estuary with a bar-built inlet.  The average commute time for Murrells Inlet workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.  The Murrells Inlet site comprises approximately 10 square miles of wetlands, open water, residential and commercial development.  Murrells Inlet elevation is 20 feet above sea level. 

Murrells Inlet is home to a comfortable residential population, fishing boats, and seafood restaurants.  Murrells Inlet is commonly known as Restaurant Row, now called the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, which features a cluster of award winning restaurants, including seafood, barbecue, Thai, and Low Country cuisine.  There are more than 30 restaurants to choose from along the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk.  Famous for its succulent seafood, the town is considered to be "The Seafood Capital of South Carolina".  It is sometimes compared to Calabash, The Seafood Capital of North Carolina.  The Murrells Inlet area also features many golf courses including Blackmoor, which is the only Gary Player course on the Grand Strand.  Tournament Players Club (TPC) and the International Club Golf courses are also in Murrells Inlet, and have hosted several large tournaments.  Today, along with Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet is a popular tourist and retirement location.  Located in South Carolina's Low Country, it is a true southern treat for residents and visitors alike. 

The Murrells Inlet area is a great place to call home because of the location, mild climate, and sandy beaches.  Inlet residents can hike at nearby Huntington Beach State Park.    From paddling through the creek in a canoe to enjoying dinner at one of the many acclaimed restaurants, to discovering an old treasure at one of the antique shops, Murrells Inlet has something for everyone.  Once a historic fishing village, Murrells Inlet is now home to many luxury residential communities and championship golf courses.  A little over 6,900 people reside in Murrells Inlet.  Although only a small town, living in Murrells Inlet will give you the feeling of being in a partially-urbanized place.  Murrells Inlet lacks a separate municipal government; instead it physically resembles other self-governing municipalities in South Carolina.  The actual sales tax rate in may be higher based on additional city or local taxes.

Murrells Inlet, SC provides housing for many retirees who have either retired to the area or call Murrells Inlet their second home.  Murrells Inlet beckons you to take a stroll on the award winning Marsh Walk that skirts the creek or kick back and enjoy a meal at one of the famous restaurants.  Murrells Inlet is a coastal community situated southwest of Myrtle Beach.  Murrells Inlet Real Estate is asked about just as much as any area of the "Grand Strand".  The surrounding area is home to several historic sites and other attractions, as well as shopping, dining and entertainment complexes.  Several adult communities are located in the area, as well as private gated communities as well.  There are also a number of world class golf courses in the area.    Two popular annual events include the Fourth of July Boat Parade and Blessing of the Inlet.  People from throughout the world visit Murrells Inlet for artistic purposes, because the ethereal quality of light is hauntingly beautiful. 

Grocery stores, Inlet Square Mall, Restaurants, Waccamaw Community Hospital, medical offices, banks, public boat landings, golf courses, beaches and much more are all located within Murrells Inlet.  You can have it all when living in Murrells Inlet; an easy going lifestyle in a serene setting with all the amenities. Murrells Inlet is located within an easy driving distance to numerous historical districts, homes and plantations, family entertainment, and magnificent golf courses.

Golf Courses

There are several premium golf courses in the area to choose from.  Murrells Inlet is home to the golf course, Tournament of Players Club, which opened February of 1999.  Many golf courses have on-site condos available to golf groups.  Condos, villas and townhomes are offered at Prince Creek, the community that surrounds the TPC golf course.  The magnificent Tournament Players Club (TPC) hosts the Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship each fall.    LinksBrook homebuyers can enjoy a home course that has been the site of past PGA Tour Senior Championships

When you're not exploring the charming town or enjoying the beach, International Club  has villas, two outdoor swimming pools, a golf course, putting green, fitness room, club house, and restaurant.  International Club Villas is just a short five-minute drive to the beach and within 20 minutes of over 30 golf courses.     

Wachesaw Plantation East is a Clyde Johnston designed, championship 18 hole facility which has been styled in the time-honored fashion of the great Scottish links courses.  Wachesaw Plantation East is the recipient of several awards and accolades, and was most recently, the 2007 Myrtle Beach, "Golf Course of the Year In addition to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway.    The Wachesaw Plantation East golf course, designed by Clyde Johnston, has hosted various LPGA events in recent history.  Since there are 27 golf courses within 10 miles of the village, it's no surprise that the quiet town has become increasingly popular with retirees.

Blackmoor is the only Gary Player course on the Grand Strand.

Just a short drive from Murrells Inlet, the avid golfer can discover the fabulous courses by Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Davis Love III and Greg Norman which opened spring 2000, at Barefoot Resort.  There are also older but national-award-winning courses such as Tidewater and The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, to other challenging tracks and those better suited to higher handicaps, the Grand Strand's world-class courses are guaranteed to test your mettle and your metals. Blackbeard hid his ill-gotten booty somewhere on the island.  There are still locals who disagree about whether it is the namesake of Capt. Blackbeard.

A Brief History of Murrells Inlet

Though Murrells Inlet, South Carolina was not officially named Murrells Inlet until 1913, many believe the history of the little seaside town goes back way before the official naming.  During the 1700's & 1800's, the land known as Murrells Inlet, was flourished with rice plantations.  Circa 1863, The Civil War came to the shores of modern day Murrells Inlet causing a decline in the number of rice plantations.  By the early 1900's, Murrells Inlet switched from being known for rice plantations to commercial fishing.  The local fishermen in Murrells Inlet then expanded to include recreational fishing, and charged $5.00/person/a day for an excursion on 20-foot skiffs.  The oldest restaurant in Murrells Inlet is owned by the granddaughter of Captain Bill Oliver who piloted the boats into the fishing village.

During the Great Depression, Archer Milton Huntington from New York came to the area, spending millions of dollars developing his 9,000-acre homestead and gardens.  Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens was once part of his massive plantation.  Archer Huntington, stepson of Colis Huntington, was one of four men who built the Transcontinental Railroad.  Huntington also built a church, medical clinic and community center in the area, which helped to boost the struggling economy at the time.

Murrells Inlet Schools

There are about 14 students per teacher in Murrells Inlet.  Murrells Inlet public schools spend $5,940 per student

The closest 4 year college to the center of Murrells Inlet is Coastal Carolina University and the closest 2 year college is  Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

Murrells Inlet has several private schools.  The public schools are overseen by the Horry County School District.  St. James High School is located along Highway 707, and is easily accessed from Highway 17.

Murrells Real Estate

Murrells Inlet real estate has increased at a tremendous speed in the past few years, but will remain a quaint escape from the flashing lights and fast pace of Myrtle Beach.   Construction over the past 5 years has been continuous with many custom home communities & commercial developments.  There are golf course neighborhoods, gated communities, Intra-Coastal Waterway communities, condo & townhome developments,  custom home communities, and many more lifestyles being offered when searching for Murrells Inlet real estate.

As of March 1, 2009 the median list price for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home located in Murrells Inlet is $311,000.  The median sold price for the past year for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom single family residential home in Murrells Inlet (March 2008 to 2009 March) is $280,000.  This median price reflects a little less than a 4.5% drop sales price in the Murrells Inlet area, which is not bad when compared to the national average. 

The moment you turn right onto beachfront Waccamaw Avenue, you leave behind the congestion of Horry County and enter into a quiet, laid-back beach town with a mixture of old and new houses and no high rise condominiums.  Throughout Murrells Inlet, you will find condos, villas, town homes, luxury homes (including marshfront, beachfront, and waterfront), and single family homes, plenty within gated communities, overlooking golf courses and the Intra-Coastal Waterway.  One of these subdivisions, known as LinksBrook at Prince Creek, offers two single-family neighborhoods with homes that range from 1,398 to 2,715 square feet. and is near the charming fishing village of Murrells Inlet.  Prince Creek is a subdivision within Murrells Inlet located just off of Highway 707.  Prince Creek rests on the TPC course.  Wachesaw Plantataion is built on the site of a former rice plantation.  Marcliffe, a subdivision within Blackmoor, is the only Gary Player signature golf course within Murrells Inlet.  Grand Vista is located in Murrells Inlet, right on the edge of popular TPC golf course.    Wachesaw Plantation  is a gated neighborhood that offers an opportunity to own cottages, duplexes, condos, and single family residential homes.  The condos at Governors Landing in Wachesaw Plantation overlook the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway.

For decades, South Carolina's Grand Strand has been a mecca for vacationers and retirees looking for that great escape.  Since there are 27 golf courses within 10 miles of the village, it's no surprise that the quiet town has become increasingly popular with retirees.  Murrells Inlet provides housing for many retirees who have either retired to the area or call Murrells Inlet their second home. 

Murrells Inlet is experiencing phenomenal growth and many new condo & townhome developments are starting to arise.  Real estate options consist of single-family detached homes, estate properties, condominiums, townhouses and land for custom building, with a variety of different breathtaking views & waterway access located directly on the inlet as well as Intracoastal Waterway and golf course communities. 

Murrells Inlet was once just a small fishing village but the latest real estate boom changed the landscaping of this small community.  As a result the lifestyle has changed, but also stayed the same.  If you have questions or require guidance about Murrells Inlet or Pawleys Island Real Estate, please don't hesitate to contact me at (843) 907-8787.  I offer a variety of superior real estate services in the Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and Myrtle Beach area.  My home search makes searching for a Murrells Inlet home a breeze by listing detailed criteria, including photos, of each property currently for sale. 

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