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Benefits of Retirement in South Carolina at Keowee Mountain

If you’ve been looking for the perfect place to retire, look no further than the beautiful properties in South Carolina. South Carolina has become the ideal retirement spot for several reasons. In the state of South Carolina, social security retirement benefits are not taxed and is home to some of the lowest property taxes in the country. Both private pension income and public pension income are only partially taxed, making it much easier to afford a beautiful place to live in South Carolina. Additionally, residents who are age 65 and over are tax exempt from the first $15,000 of income and can deduct up to $3,000 of qualified pension income. In fact, South Carolina has ranked in the top ten tax-friendly states for retirees with Kiplinger personal finance website. Image being able to enjoy life’s amenities while being retired and not have to worry about high tax rates.

South Carolina was given its slogan “Smiling faces, beautiful places” for a reason. With over 150 miles of white sand beaches, historic architecture and golf courses on every corner, there is no better place to find relaxation. For those looking to retire, South Carolina is far more quiet and less congested than its neighboring states. The art centers, parks and beautiful weather are just a few more reasons why many retirees have been coming to live in South Carolina. In addition to the beauty and affordability of property in South Carolina, the state also offers several benefits to retirees. These benefits include your choice to serve on jury duty, discounted admission fees to state parks, free hunting and fishing license (with at least a one year residency), free tuition at state supported educational institutions, and the list goes on.

If you are planning on retiring in the future, or may already be retired, consider living in one of the most ideal retirement states in the nation. With extremely low tax rates compared to other states, beautiful weather year round, parks and golf courses on every corner, and a more quiet less congested area, South Carolina is your ideal state for retirement.

The Perfect Location

Keowee Mountain is down the road from the beautiful college town of Clemson; home of Clemson University. Clemson offers major college football, basketball, and baseball competing in the ACC. The Walker Golf Course is rated one of the best courses in South Carolina. The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts offers concerts, Broadway shows, and dramatic arts year round. The South Carolina Botanical Gardens and the Ed Garrison Equestrian Center are all located in Clemson as well as many fine restaurants, sports bars, and college town eateries.

The towns of Clemson and nearby Seneca offer shopping at major stores and malls. -----all just down the road from Keowee Mountain.

Keowee Mountain is also close to Greenville, Highlands and Asheville, so if you want more things to do it is easy. And it's all very close to your Keowee Mountain home.

Click here to see an area map of upstate South Carolina

Lake Keowee

Located in Oconee and Pickens counties in Upstate, SC, beautiful Lake Keowee is known for its pristine water, private alcoves, and uncrowded shores. Keowee has 18,500 acres of water and a 300-mile shoreline and is a spacious, popular location for boating, fishing, water-skiing, and camping. With mountain views and year-round boating, Lake Keowee is a unique recreational area.

Keowee Mountain Boating

You do not have to own a boat to have a great time on the water. All owners will be given the opportunity to enjoy Keowee Mountain boating which includes motor boats, kayaks and canoes. You're entitled to use the Keowee Mountain boats by simply reserving your time with a member of our staff. We will make all the arrangements for your boating activities; all you have to do is meet us at the dock. And for those who own their own boats, we offer complimentary boat storage for our residents. Just a few more reasons to love Keowee Mountain.

Lake Jocassee/Gorges

Natural Beauty, Modern Pleasures

In the northwestern corner of South Carolina lies Lake Jocassee, the Carolinas' most pristine lake, renowned for its distinct history and unspoiled beauty. Lake Jocassee's mesmerizing blue-green waters are fed by untouched rivers and springs that flow from the tree-lined slopes of the Appalachians, the world's oldest mountains. The watersheds supporting this rare treasure encompass over 40,000 acres of protected lands, never to be altered from their present, natural state. With fewer than forty homes along the 75 mile shoreline and extremely limited private land, many call Lake Jocassee the "Lake Tahoe of the East."

Just a short drive from vibrant cities like Greenville, Charlotte, and Atlanta and close to charming mountain towns like Cashiers, Highlands, and Asheville, Jocassee is secluded, yet easy to reach. It is conveniently located near major highways, accessible by commercial and private flights and acclaimed for unique cultural offerings in the area. With hiking, golfing, fishing, water skiing, boating, mountain biking, scuba diving, trail running, and more all at your doorstep, families can spend countless days creating unforgettable memories that will be treasured for generations.

A Pristine Mountain Lake Atop the Oldest Mountains In the World

Exploring Lake Jocassee and the mountainside is akin to wandering through the untouched folds of the earth. This gem of nature is lush with natural vegetation and rich history. Lake Jocassee and The Jocassee Club are situated perfectly for those with a spirit of adventure – and a spirit for life.

Lake Jocassee is unique unto itself; words cannot fully describe this place – a world of cool breezes and comfortable seasons, of crystal clear waterfalls cascading into an unspoiled mountain lake along 75 miles of uninterrupted shoreline. This region’s distinct personality is shaped by the lush Blue Ridge Escarpment, creating a unique microclimate that is home to an abundance of rare plant and animal life. With its confluence of rivers and streams and mountains and valleys, Lake Jocassee is a place where things seem to come together - a place where natural diversity and meaningful community converge in beautiful, balanced harmony.

Beneath Storied Waters, A Storied History

To whisper the name Jocassee is to conjure tales with generations of meaning. This beautiful gorge and lake area were named after the Cherokee princess, Jocassee. Beneath the peaceful waters of the lake, a great Cherokee community once thrived. Now, hundreds of feet beneath, everything from homesteads to a Church's stone walls, to standing forests all exemplify the truly storied nature of this area. From early settlers in rustic river lodges to exhilarating summer camps, Jocassee is one of the best-preserved mountain lake environments in the world. And one of the world's best-kept secrets.

Weather

Nestled in the mountains of the northeastern corner of South Carolina, Lake Jocassee offers some of the most pleasant weather conditions in the United States. Even during the hottest summer months the average high temperature is only 88 degrees, whereas the low temperature averages 27 degrees in January, the coldest month in the region. This temperate southeastern climate allows Lake Jocassee to offer ideal weather conditions that make outdoor living enjoyable year around.

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Arts & Entertainment

Symphonies, Broadway touring shows, theatre. Live performance. Artists. Craftsmen. These are the ingredients for area rich in culture and crafts. When you're on Keowee Mountain, you're just a short drive from these great venues and events.

Brooks Center for the Performing Arts
Clemson University's performing arts center is in the heart of the campus.
www.clemson.edu/Brooks/

Greenville Symphony Orchestra
World-class concert facilities, musicians at the height of their profession, and an internationally known music director and conductor.
www.greenvillesymphony.org

Bi-Lo Center - Greenville's 15,000-seat arena has been ranked one of the top 50 venues in the world.www.bilocenter.com

Peace Center for the Performing Arts - The Peace Concert Hall houses 2100 seats and The Gunter houses 400 seats. Both hose year-round performances of all kinds. 
www.peacecenter.org

Greenville County Arts Museum - Andrew Wyeth and Jasper Johns collections on display.www.greenvillemuseum.org

SC Children's Theater - Five family-friendly stage productions are performed at the Peace Center each year.
www.scchildrenstheatre.org

Flat Rock Playhouse (NC) - An eight month season of plays includes Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and theatre for young adult audiences.
www.flatrockplayhouse.org

Brevard Music Center (NC) - A unique summer institue and festival, MBC teached gifted young musicians to prepare and perform great musical works at a high artistic level. Each summer more than 400 students join professional musicians to eat, breath and sleep music for seven weeks. In addition to a rigorous schedule of instruction, students collaborate with faculty and guest artists in more than eighty public performances. 
www.brevardmusic.org

Attractions

Biltmore House
Asheville's own castle, the Biltmore is America's  largest private residence. The estate spans more  than 8,000 acres and includes a winery, Inn and  Cottage, equestrian center, and of course, the  impressive Builtmore House itself. There's never a bad time of year to see this amazing site.
http://www.biltmore.com

BMW Zentrum
BMW Zentrum is  a state-of-the-art visitors center that highlights the company's commitment to engineering and its neighboring communities. Be sure to ride the line via the Virtual Factory Tour. 
http://www.bmwzentrum.com

Fort Hill
Fort Hill was the home of John C. Calhoun, South Carolina's preeminent 19th century statesman, from 1825 until his death in 1850. The antebellum plantation home, office and kitchen are furnished mostly with family artifacts. Located on the Clemson University campus.
http://south-carolina-plantations.com/pickens/fort-hill.html

Liberty Bridge at Falls Park
The world's only cantilevered foot bridge defies gravity as it swings out above Reedy River Falls in downtown Greenville.
http://www.fallspark.com

SC Botanical Garden
Some 2,200 varieties of ornamental plants are raised in the 270-acre consolidation of five smaller gardens. Located on the campus of Clemson University.
http://www.clemson.edu/scbg/

Sports

Sports is pretty abundant around here.
Happily, the weather allows us to host sporting events  all throughout the year, so there is no shortage of fun sporting events whenever you want to attend. Here are just a few:

Upstate South Carolina, situated in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, features outstanding golf courses with changes in elevation ranging from gentle to drastic. Keowee Mountain is surrounded by great golf. Come play with us!

Clemson University - ACC action is just about 12 miles away from Keowee Mountain. 
www.clemsontigers.cstv.com

Furman University Sports - Southern Conference members Furman Paladins call Greenville, SC home.
http://furmanpaladins.cstv.com

Greenville Drive baseball - South Atlantic League baseball team, the Greenville Drive, are not only an affiliate team of the Boston Red Sox...they've got their own "Green Monster" at West End Field! You've got to see this charming stadium. 
www.greenvilledrive.com

BMW Charity Pro-Am - Usually hosted in May, this golf tournament not only brings the best of the PGA Nationwide Tour players, but a host of celebrities like Kevin Costner, Wayne Gretzky, Kurt Russell, John Elway, Catherine Bell, and George Lopez.
www.bmwusfactory.com/CharityGolf.aspx

Nature

It's why we're here. In one of the most picturesque locations in the entire country, there's plenty of exploring to do. So grab a camera and a bag lunch and stroll through our little slice of heaven.

Whitewater Falls - Upper Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, plunging 411 feet. South Carolina's Lower Whitewater Falls drops another 400 feet. The park entrance is just over the N.C. border, making it a great afternoon destination.
Click Here.

Table Rock State Park - Since it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's, the park has been one of South Carolina's most popular. It features two lakes, a campground, mountain cabins, meeting facilities and its historic, renovated lodge. Click Here.

Jones Gap State Park - Jones Gap and Caesars Head state parks together form the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, 11,000 acres of pristine mountain woodlands on the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The 80-mile Foothills Trail welcomes camping, nature lovers, and pets. Click Here.

Chatooga National Wild and Scenic River - It became a national quest after its starring role in the movie, "Deliverance". World-famous whitewater rafting, floatable sections I-V, and 180,000 acres of protected Chattooga Watershed land. What more could an adventure seeker ask for? Click Here.

Bird Watching

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