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Christmas Time at Ocean Creek

It’s that time of year again! All the decorations are up, the music is playing, and everyone is excited about all the gifts given and received for the holiday season.

Ocean Creek Sales would like to say thank you to all who have decided or are deciding to make Ocean Creek Plantation their home. It is all of you that make our job fun and enjoyable throughout the year.

Please stop by Greens #2711 to pick up an angel ornament made out of seashells found on our very own beach, so we can show our true appreciation for you. When you come, please enjoy a cup of coffee by the tree. We will have the Christmas music playing all day to really get you in the spirit!

For this holiday season, we will be collecting winter gear for the New Directions Women’s Shelter. If you would like to donate hats, gloves, and/or socks, please drop them off at Greens #2711 and we will make sure they get to the shelter.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Jan and Becca

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Holiday Events in Myrtle Beach

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With the holidays coming up, those of us at the beach need to know where and how we can best celebrate!

Our own Ocean Creek Resort is having a Thanksgiving dinner with seatings at 11:30am, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. Prices are $28.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 12 and under. This price includes tea, coffee, and soda, but not gratuity or tax. Reservations are required, so call ahead at 843-272-7724 ext. 1010.

Here are the restaurants in our area offering Thanksgiving dinners and buffets:

  • California Dreaming
    • 10429 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
    • 843-663-2050
    • Prices: $19.95 for adults; $9.95 for children under 10
  • Carolina Roadhouse
    • 4617 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
    • 843-497-9911
    • Prices: $19.95 for adults; $9.95 for children under 10
  • Chestnut Hill
    • 9922 Hwy 17 N., Myrtle Beach
    • 843-449-3984
    • Prices: $34.95 for adults; $29.95 for Seniors (61+) and Teens (11-16); $15.95 for Children (4-10); Free for 3 and under
    • ** Reservations are required
  • Croissants Bistro and Bakery
    • 3751 Robert M. Grisson Pkwy., Myrtle Beach
    • 843-448-2253
    • Prices vary
  • Gulfstream Cafe
    • 1536 Waccamaw Dr., Garden City
    • 843-651-8808
    • Prices: $19.95 for adultsl $9.95 for children under 10
  • House of Blues
    • 4640 Hwy 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
    • 843-913-3746
    • Prices: $37 for adults; $18.50 for children 4-10; 3 and under are free
  • Hook & Barrel
    • 8014 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
    • 843-839-5888
    • Prices: $38 for adults; $16 for children 12 and under
  • Masala Myrtle Beach
    • 1711 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
    • 843-444-0325
  • New York Prime
    • 405 28th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach
    • 843-448-8081
    • Prices vary
  • Preston’s Seafood & Country Buffet Restaurant
    • 4530 Hwy 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
    • 843-272-3338
    • Prices: $28.95 for adults; $14.95 for ages 7-11; $6.95 for ages 3-6; free for children 2 and under
  • Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse
    • 2920 Hollywood Dr., Myrtle Beach
    • 843-839-0777
    • Price: $29.95
  • Thoroughbreds Chophouse & Seafood Grille
    • 9706 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
    • 843-497-2636
    • Prices: $36.95 for adults; $16.95 for children 6-10; free for children 5 and under
    • ** Reservations required
  • Wild Wing Cafe
    • 4706 Hwy 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
    • 843-361-9464
    • Prices: $29.95 for adults; $10.95 for children 10 and under

** Source: Vacation Myrtle Beach

There will also be several tree lighting ceremonies, festivals, parades, and other holiday related events around the Grand Strand to check out. Here are the events, dates and times:

  • Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Market Common – November 17th at 6:00pm
  • Barefoot Landing Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 17th at 4:00pm
  • Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet Wonderland of Lights – every night November 17th until December 31st
  • The Great Christmas Light Show at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex – November 23rd until December 30th at 5:30pm
  • Intracoastal Christmas Regatta at the Little River Inlet – November 24th at 5:00pm
  • Conway City Hall Tree Lighting – November 29th at 6:00pm
  • Surfside Beach Tree Lighting – November 29th at 7:00pm
  • A Very Broadway Christmas at Broadway at the Beach – December 1st at 11:00am
  • Breakfast with Santa at 810 Billiards & Bowling – December 1st at 9:00am
  • Holiday Carriage Rides at the Market Common – Every night 3:00pm-6:00pm until December 22nd
  • North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade – December 1st at 5:30pm
  • Santa on the Beach at Myrtle Beach State Park – December 1st & 2nd 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade – December 2nd at 3:00pm
  • North Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting at McLean Park – December 4th at 6:00pm
  • Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens – December 6th-22nd 3:00pm-10:00pm

** For additional information: Visit Myrtle Beach

We hope you all enjoy your holiday season and make many new memories with your family and friends!

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Why Association Fees?

A question we get every day is what are the fees and what do they include? This is a great question and one we are happy to explain. Association fees, homeowner fees or assessments as they may be called, cover in part, the cost associated with owning property. These are day-to-day necessities such as water, sewer, trash pickup, and maintaining buildings and grounds. At Ocean Creek, they also pay for those extra amenities and services that we enjoy like recreational facilities, cable TV, and Internet (is that for enjoyment or a necessity?).

In Ocean Creek we have two levels of associations; the Master Property Owner’s Association (MPOA), and the six individuals associations: the Garden Homes, the Tennis Villas, the Greens, the Lodges, Tower North and Tower South.

The MPOA fee is approximately $221 a month, paid quarterly. That pays for the security which is 24/7 with a guard at the gate and a rover, maintaining the 57 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and trees, the tennis center, the Beach Club, walks, the six common pools, high speed Internet that is available anywhere on the property.

The balance of the fee ranges from approximately $180 to $545 a month. These fees are determined by each of the six associations and vary based on the number of bedrooms or size of the property. These fees pay for Cable TV (with about 70 channels and HBO), monthly pest control, trash pickup, the maintenance of the building exteriors, elevators, halls or fences, and the insurance for the buildings (Tower North bills for the actual insurance premium annually). These fees also pay for the building managers and the building staff who mop the lobbies, clean the hallways and elevators, the walkways, parking decks, all the common areas. Tower North and Tower South also maintain their own pools and the cooling towers for each building.

So, to make a fair comparison take out a piece of paper and write down how much you spend each month for each of these items: insurance, cable TV or satellite, Internet, water, waste, trash, pest control, yard care, maintaining the outside of your house, etc. When we completed this exercise, we exceeded the average fee at Ocean Creek with just the first four items, (it did not begin to cover what we spent on house and yard maintenance) and we did not have a pool, tennis courts or security.

When you consider all that is involved, association fees can be a real bargain. Associations, especially large & healthy associations like Ocean Creek have much greater buying power than individual homeowners. The pooling of resources also enables owners to have a lot more fun; like taking a walk on the beach, a swim in the pool or playing tennis instead of mowing the grass or pulling weeds.

It’s easy living!

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Hurricane Florence Update

Hurricane Florence has made its way through the Grand Strand and while it seems like it took forever, hopefully she is gone for good. All in all, Ocean Creek is doing well. We have power and have not seen an incredible amount of damage.

There are limbs and debris scattered around the property, but the grounds crew is working diligently to get Ocean Creek back to its pristine condition.

The beach looks good with the dunes still in tact and not much damage on the oceanfront. I have attached pictures to prove the beach is looking just as beautiful as ever!

While the Hurricane is gone, it is still important to be mindful of the flooding around North Carolina and the potential flooding that is to come to South Carolina between now and the next few days. If you are traveling, please be safe and cautious and leave plenty of time to make it back to the Beach safely.

 

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Hurricane Preparedness

While Hurricane Florence’s path is not yet determined, it is still important to be prepared.

Here is a list of steps to take to prepare your condo:

  • Especially in the Towers, roll up towels and put them in the tracks of the sliding glass doors
  • Throw away any perishables in your refrigerator or freezer
  • Bring in any patio furniture off the balconies/porches
  • Pull down your window treatments
  • If necessary, get yourself to a secure area.

If you are not sure of where to go, Harmany is a free app service that connects people who need to find a shelter or want to provide a shelter in the event of a weather emergency. For more information, visit their website at https://www.harmanyapp.com. Also, here is an article featured through WBTW: https://www.wbtw.com/news/grand-strand/working-in-harmany-new-app-connects-people-during-natural-disasters/1265765730.

Finally, for the full South Carolina Hurricane Guide visit https://www.scemd.org/stay-informed/publications/hurricane-guide/.

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Keep an eye on the Swash!

Now, picture this: You are sitting in your home anywhere else in the world dreaming about the beaches and the swash here at Ocean Creek wondering… how does it look? What is the weather like? Is the beach crowded?

Well, I’ve got news for you… Now you can check out your home away from home any time you like! Coastal Carolina University, Horry County, North Myrtle Beach, the Town of Briarcliffe Acres, and the Briarcliffe Acres Association have worked together to provide the opportunity to monitor Whitepoint Swash whenever you wish.

Just click the link below and really begin to dream about your current or future home here in Myrtle Beach!

Whitepoint Swash Video

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How to Live the Dream

Sunset on the Creek

 

It has been your dream for years… to have your own place in Myrtle Beach. One where you can spend beautiful sunny days at the beach, making memories with your family and friends.

Well, I am here to tell you there is no better place to be than Ocean Creek Plantation!

Whether you are looking for a permanent residence for now or later, a place for you and your family to enjoy vacations, or something that you can rent seasonally, Ocean Creek has properties in a variety of prices ranges which fit many life styles.

The first step is easy – just contact our office. We can show you the different types of properties and the homes that are available.  We will explain all the ins and outs of, as well as all the financial implications that, go along with ownership.  Once you have settled on the property that best meets your needs, it is time to begin the quick pre-qualification process using one of the lenders that has already approved Ocean Creek for mortgages.  Now you are ready to make an offer on the property of your choice.

Every step from the initial offer to the closing can be handled remotely or in person. Technology has made superior advancements to allow the online signing of documents, while FedEx makes it easy to mail documents back and forth overnight. Setting up home inspections or coordinating with a closing attorney can easily be handled over the phone as well and we are here to help facilitate the process to make it simple and stress-free. In fact, more than 70% of our clients complete the buying or selling process through emailing or overnight expressing of documents.

Now is the time for you to come and enjoy!!!  Don’t let distance or a busy work schedule come between you and your dream.

Steps away….and miles apart… Ocean Creek is a place where memories are created, and dreams come true.

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A Kid’s Life at Ocean Creek

OCEAN CREEK KIDS ACTIVITIES

Have young ones but don’t know what to do in Myrtle Beach to entertain them??

Why leave the resort when Ocean Creek offers an abundance of summer kid activities!

Every Monday through Friday from Memorial Day to Labor, all kinds of terrific weekday activities will be held for the kids.

Activities include pool games, beach games, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and so much more! Each activity is usually an hour or two long with 5-7 activities scheduled per day.

This family friendly environment allows you to do your own thing as the kids play all while being supervised by Ocean Creek Resort professionals.

For a list of upcoming events and kids activities, click the link below.

https://www.oceancreek.com/landing/ocevents/

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4th of July at Ocean Creek and the Myrtle Beach Area

Fourth of July is here again and Summer is in full swing at Ocean Creek Plantation

Ocean Creek Plantation is the best place to see fireworks in Myrtle Beach!

Ocean Creek will be hosting their very own 4th of July celebration right here on property. Taking place from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Water Oaks, our celebration will feature live entertainment from 5:30 to 8:30 PM and a variety of delicious all-American food items for sale.

Adults are $17 and children are $10 (not including tax). Come join us for our fun, on-site celebration.

Source: Ocean Creek Events

Where else can we see fireworks?

Barefoot Landing: This summer, Barefoot Landing will continue their tradition of hosting Summerfest from June 1st until August 29th. During Summerfest, Barefoot Landing will host fireworks shows that take place every Monday evening at 10:00 PM In addition, the entertainment center will also celebrate Independence Day with a 4th of July fireworks show at 10:00 PM, as well as hold a Labor Day Weekend fireworks display on September 1st at 10:00 PM.

Read more at: https://www.myrtlebeach.com/myrtle-beach-events/summer-fireworks-displays-in-myrtle-beach/

Broadway at the Beach: Head on over to Broadway at the Beach this summer for some spectacular fireworks. On Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 PM now through August, visitors can watch a beautiful fireworks show and this great outdoor entertainment complex. Please note that there will be no fireworks on Friday, August 24th and 31st.

Read more at: https://www.myrtlebeach.com/myrtle-beach-events/summer-fireworks-displays-in-myrtle-beach/

Myrtle Beach Pelicans: The TicketReturn.com Field is home to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and each year they provide guests with the added entertainment of fireworks shows after select games. If you want to see fireworks at your next Pelicans ballgame, be sure to book your tickets on one (or more) of the following dates: June 28th; July 1st, 3rd, 12th, 19th, 22nd; August 11th & 18th.

Read more at: https://www.myrtlebeach.com/myrtle-beach-events/summer-fireworks-displays-in-myrtle-beach/

Second Avenue Pier: Experience the magic of fireworks right on the beach! Thanks to the Oceanfront Merchants Association, Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach is proud to host special fireworks nights during the summer. Fireworks will be displayed every Wednesday night at 10 PM during the peak summer season (weather permitting).

Read more at: https://www.myrtlebeach.com/myrtle-beach-events/summer-fireworks-displays-in-myrtle-beach/

Source: Myrtle Beach Blog

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What sets Ocean Creek Plantation apart?

What is different about Ocean Creek from other condominiums?  Ocean Creek is a 57-acre master planned ocean front resort stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to Highway 17.  It offers a diverse mix of resort real estate opportunities.  These range from luxurious ocean front high-rise residences; Tower North and Tower South, to the private Garden Homes, Greens, and Tennis Villas or the Lodge Villas surrounded by trees and pools.

When the Ocean Creek was begun, the developers; Summey Building Systems, a subsidiary of the Dana Corporation, engaged internationally acclaimed architect; Robert Lamb Hart of New York, to create a master plan for the 57-acre ocean front tract.  With clients such as Walt Disney Organization, Callaway Gardens and The Greenbrier, Hart had the vision for an ocean front resort that succeeded in preserving the ecology of the beach and the woods yet evolving into an active resort community.

Before the first plans were drawn, a tree survey was completed of the entire property.  All trees more than four inches in diameter were platted and buildings were placed so, where ever possible, these trees were preserved.  The entire site on the ocean side of the Creek was dedicated to the ocean front Beach Club, so all residents and guests would be able to enjoy the ultimate ocean front experience.   A central green belt was incorporated that extends from the entrance of the property to the Beach Club. This allows an immediate connection to nature and the ocean starting at the time an owner or guest enters the community.  The walk to the beach under the beautiful canopy of trees, with the ocean in view is a great pleasure.  Shouldn’t getting there be part of the fun?!

Personally, I feel a sense of calm whenever I turn off Hwy 17 and drive under the canopy of Live Oak trees that grace the entrance of Ocean Creek.  Much different from so many condominiums which are just a building, pool and a parking lot; living in or visiting Ocean Creek Plantation, is to experience what life in a residential sea-side resort should be.