Ultimate Guide to Carolina Forest Neighborhoods 

Carolina Forest Communities

From Avalon to Waterford: 

A quick-reference guide to all the best places to buy Carolina Forest homes

There are plenty of Carolina Forest homes available in the 12,000 acres that makes up Myrtle Beach’s fastest growing housing market. 

But with so many great options of Myrtle Beach homes for sale in this area, the problem can often be knowing which of the many great communities best fit your family’s need.

That’s why we’ve created this simple, quick guide to the amenities and features which make each of the 20 neighborhoods in the area a great place to live.

Here’s a closer look. simply click that community’s name to view our current MLS listings in the area or visit their websites for more information.

Carolina Forest, South Carolina

Avalon at Carolina Forest

Built in 2000 by Pinehurst Homes and later developed by Beazer Homes, Avalon is a family community full of great Carolina Forest homes.

It’s conveniently located in the center of Carolina Forest Boulevard and features an 11-acre community center with a junior Olympic swimming pool, softball and soccer fields, a full size basketball court, a playground and more.

BelleGrove Preserve

Located west of the Intracoastal Waterway where River Oaks Drive and Carolina Forest Boulevard meet, this village-styled community of single-family homes was built in 2003 by Centex Homes.

It provides easy access to nearby schools like Ocean Bay Elementary and Middle School and the Food Lion Shopping Center.


Brighton Lakes at Carolina Forest

Developed in 2006 and managed by Flagship Capital Partners, this gated community features 284 luxury homesites.

Located off of River Oaks Drive and near the new River Oaks Elementary School, any of the Brighton Lakes homes for sale offers access to an owner’s club, private clubhouse, children’s splash pool, adult lap pool and many pristine lakes.


The Bluffs on the Waterway

Built in 2003, The Bluffs is a gated community features more than 400 single-family homes located near the Intracoastal Waterway off of River Oaks Drive. 

Amenities include community pools, two clubhouses, private boat storage and launch, tennis, children's play area and a grand entranceway.

The Battery on the Waterway

This upscale community was built in 2004 and sits on the Intracoastal Waterway featuring nearly 100 unique Charleston-style homes.

Many of the waterfront lots are occupied by three-story mansions with pools and lavish interiors and all homes offer waterway views and shared boat docks.


Black Creek Plantation

This gated community, built in 2002, features single-family residences and many custom estates.

Amenities include a pool, lots of trees and large lot sizes up to 3 acres.  Black Creek offers a quiet and serene country lifestyle and is a horse-friendly community, allowing barns on some properties. 

Canterbury Apartments

Constructed in 1998 and managed by Ginkgo Residential this apartment complex features one- and two-bedroom units that are conveniently located on the U.S. 501 side of Carolina Forest Boulevard, directly across the street from Carolina Forest Elementary School.

Covington Lake

This subdivision on the west side of Carolina Forest Boulevard was built in 1996 and its sister community, the gated Covington Lake East, was added on the opposite side of the road in 2006.  

Covington Lake is made up of custom built brick and stucco homes — mostly 3 and 4 bedrooms — and the community includes a pool, playground, lit sidewalks, and 12 acres of lakes.

Covington Lake East features more than 180 homes and lakefront sites as well as a community clubhouse with pool and recreation area, wide streets, hiking trails and more.

Carolina Waterway Plantation

Developed in 2004, this community is located on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway off of River Oaks Drive.

It offers custom built single-family homes on large lots with private boat launch, boat storage, waterfront gazebo, gated entrance, a grand clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts and more.

The Farm

Built in 2003 and developed by D.R. Horton homes, The Farm is the largest development in Carolina Forest featuring both single-family homes and condominiums.

Amenities include a 8,000 square foot pool and community area with a large sand filled playground area, basketball court, ping pong table, fitness center, bike paths, a public garden and a barn-themed clubhouse.


Plantation Lakes

One of the most luxurious communities in the area, Plantation Lakes was built in 2003 and is located on the east side of Carolina Forest Boulevard.

It is wrapped around 170 acres of lakes and ponds and allows residents to boat through the stocked lake, or stop by the huge amenities center with its swimming pools, fitness room, indoor and outdoor picnic areas, lighted tennis and basketball courts.

Sawgrass East

Developed in 2004, this covenant restricted community is located on the east side of Carolina Forest Boulevard. It consists of many condominiums and townhouses.


Since 1999 Southgate has been offering affordable single-family homes located just off Carolina Forest Boulevard.

Amenities include a Junior Olympic-sized pool, picnic area and playground.

Spring Lake

Built in 1997 and developed by Centex Homes, Spring Lake was one of the first large subdivisions in Carolina Forest.

This community of single-family custom homes features a unique aesthetic for the area and amenities include a community clubhouse, pool and a children’s playground.


Turnberry Park

This planned condominium community is located across U.S. 501 in the middle of the Legends Resorts golf courses and was built in 2006.

The affordable options here make it a popular place to live and amenities include jogging trails, nature ponds, sporting and picnic areas, a playground, tennis courts, a clubhouse, and community pools with hot tubs.

Walkers Woods

This affordable family-friendly neighborhood was built in 2000 and developed by Beazer Homes.

Each of these three- and four-bedroom homes offers attached garage and amenities include outdoor basketball courts and a swimming pool.



Scheduled to be one of the largest and most-prestigious developments in Carolina Forest, the gated Waterbridge community is surrounded by 120 acres of federally protected woodlands.

Launched in 2007 and with large portions still under construction, it features cottage-style homes, panoramic lake views, and an array of planned amenities.  

Waterway Palms Plantation

Waterway Palms is a planned, gated community with single-family homes designed to resemble the historic architecture of Charleston's Battery District.

With many available lots and homesites, the area allows owners to build selecting from a variety of plans and having their homes custom built.

Located just west of the Intracoastal Waterway, off of River Oaks Drive, this development offers amenities such as an enormous clubhouse, gorgeous pools, tennis courts and a large gazebo area.


Waterford Plantation

One of the first communities in Carolina Forest area, Waterford is a short walking distance away from Carolina Forest Elementary.

Featuring a top notch amenities center with a junior Olympic pool and a cover cabana with a bar and restrooms, the community also offers a sand volleyball court, two tennis courts, a basketball court, children’s playground, and a fitness facility.

Windsor Green

This gated condominium community was built in 1998 as part of Waterford Preserve, located near the The Wizard Golf Course.

Amenities include swimming pools, a clubhouse, playgrounds, BBQ grills, fishing ponds and sidewalks throughout the community.

Earlier this year the community fell victim to a severe wildfire destroying 26 buildings and more than 100 units. It is in the process of being rebuilt.

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