Creek Haven, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Creek Haven at Prince Creek in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, offers the best of all possible worlds. The community was designed and developed with Lowcountry living in mind by Ryland Homes.

“Ryland Homes offers 40 years of building experience,” says sales counselor Marianne Franzi. “Two hundred twenty-three homes will be built here in the Charleston Lowcountry style, with lofts, as well as 9-foot ceilings and master bedrooms on the first floor. These are unique floor plans.” She went on to explain why monthly homeowner association fees will be low.

“There’s no clubhouse to maintain, so the association fee is lower than in other neighborhoods,” she says. “And the property taxes here also are low.”

The homes will be built to last. The special exterior siding will stand up to wind gusts and be resistant to mold, and the builder uses a cement- based plank board that comes with a 50-year warranty.

The rooms will be large and welllit, and French doors and fireplaces will be available. Hardwood foyers are standard, as are deluxe master bathrooms, which include a tub and shower. Even the pedestal sinks and fixtures will be perfectly matched. The garages will be trimmed out with special hardware, giving them a Southern carriage house feel.

“This is the jewel of the Grand Strand,” Franzi says. “We are surrounded by upscale sites, and our owners can join one of the best golf courses in the area: the Tournament Players Club.”

TPC Golf Pro Andy Edwards echoes her sentiments. “We are one of a handful of courses to achieve a Five Star rating from Golf Digest,” he says. “I would say the course is challenging but fair.”

If golf is not your game, the developer is putting in a 41-acre park that will include two all-weather lighted tennis courts, a swimming pool, nature trails and an open-air covered picnic pavilion.

“No one will have anything of this magnitude. We will have observation decks, nature trails, a covered picnic area with fireplaces, picnic tables and oyster roasting tables,” Franzi says. “The park already has an all-natural black cypress pond.”

Ed Kaminski, who is also involved in sales at Creekhaven at Prince Creek, cites the conservation aspect of the development.

“For those wanting even more, Brookgreen Gardens is only minutes away. In fact, the neighborhood is just minutes from both the Intracoastal Waterway and saltwater launching ramps for boating,” he says. “Huntington State Park is nearby, too.”

For more information, call (843) 652-0008 or visit

Hannah Draegar Ross

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