MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A manager for the Emmens Preserve community in the Market Common described sales as being through the roof. Last year, 153 homes were sold. Currently there are nearly 115 new homes under construction that have been sold among three of the builders in the Market Common.
The Coastal Carolina Realtors Association reports sales are up for single-family home across the Grand Strand. As of March, year to date sales were up 13 percent compared to last year. The groups points out that the Market Common in particular is a hot location right now.
Two new housing developments recently broke ground. Cresswind is one of a them. It's an active adult community that will feature 400 new homes when the project is complete. The project's manager, Bob Daurity, has seen the growth in the Market Common for himself and says the area has a lot to offer families.
"I was here when the Market Common first started, back about seven years ago," Daurity said. "I thought it was going to be a great concept. It's really evolved. Obviously we went through the downturn in the mid 2000s and it slowed down a lot, but we have a lot of new builders coming in here now."
People who already have a place to call home in the district say it's no surprise more people are flocking to this part of town. Mark Pellatiel moved down with his wife after trip to Myrtle Beach last year.
"We fell in love with the area," Pellatiel said. "I mean, the people are so great. The houses are beautiful. The houses are terrific. A year later, we sold our house and came right down. So far, we've been happy ever since."