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Why South Carolina is Ideal for Raising a Family

Posted: December 2, 2019

What's it like living in South Carolina?

Deciding on where to make your long-term home as a family is one of the most exciting decisions life will throw your way. If you’re thinking of making a move to South Carolina and are looking for a wholesome, family-friendly fresh start, we’ve got you in mind. Demand is high in the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area – where population growth is consistent and noteworthy, while the cost of living remains more than 8% lower than the national average.

Desirability and cool factor aside, there are many pragmatic factors to look into and consider when seeking to buy a permanent or to make a long term move with the family. South Carolina has a varied landscape with a mix of urban hubs, expansive suburbs and rural, unspoiled territory – as a state, this lends itself to a vibrant mix of cultures, lifestyles, and people. Fortunately, the metropolitan and suburban stretch north of Myrtle Beach is likely the safest part of the state – and is also home to a number of H&H Homes developments. Across a number of small cities with populations below 20,000, there is also a strong sense of community and many opportunities for neighbors to join up.

Another key factor, in particular when it comes to young families, is the quality of schools in South Carolina. We are pleased to share that Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding environs have higher than average ranked public schools, and are home to a continuously evolving set of charter and private school destinations for young students of all ages. To great very specific about how a locale is performing when it comes to public schools, check out the scoring methodology at Great Schools. The local chamber of commerce also collected this comprehensive list of nearby schools for interested homebuyers who are honing in a specific suburb or neighborhood.

Proximity to a major city is yet another important consideration for new homebuyers. Steady economic performance and the promise of growth are often linked to urban destinations. Myrtle Beach has the best that cities have to offer – with a strong draw on visitors and a significant tourist season the summer – without the crowds, traffic and stresses that can otherwise accompany city proximity. And when it comes to an upward trajectory, Myrtle Beach is the second-fastest-growing metropolitan area in the entire country. In the past eight years, the area has seen 30% population growth – and with it a steady stream of jobs and amenities.

Any bourgeoning family craves activities. Opportunities to get out and explore and a variety of recreation options abound in the broader Myrtle Beach area, where amenities are the cherry on top of richly satisfying quality of life. The Grand Strand, a.k.a. the stretch of coast where Myrtle Beach is located is in itself a destination that draws many tourists in the spring and summer. Market Common offers you every opportunity to gather, eat and shop – all while enjoying fresh air and sunshine. Children with all abilities will be mesmerized by the groundbreaking Savannah Playground, a beloved local spot with endless activities for youngsters ranging from a music park, interactive playground, picnic area, zipline and more – and it’s all ADA accessible. In the future, a water park and paddle boating will also be available for use. Broadway at the Beach is yet another destination for dining, shopping, and entertainment – either for a date night or for the entire family. Broadway at the Beach features adventures such as a 4D theater, boating, an aquarium, and a wax museum. In addition to shops and restaurants, central gathering areas draw the entire community to meet Santa in December, or to hunt for eggs at Easter.

H&H Homes is currently spotlighting three closeout communities near Myrtle Beach, SC. Brookberry at the Farm is a beach community with careful touches, such as a tranquil set of ponds and soaring green trees. Your family will find comfort in the green-lawned majesty of the neighborhoods. Plus, HOA dues include a host of sweet perks such as access to the Atlantica Beach Club, two different pools, a fitness center, clubhouse, playground, basketball court, cable, and landscaping / maintenance of the common areas. Living within a few miles of the beach will offer lasting peace of mind for the whole family.

Another closeout community to consider is the cozy, high-demand enclave at Legend’s Village. Just one home remains at this quiet destination where houses are built on private, wooded lots, HOA fees are low and the beach awaits you a quick seven miles away.

If proximity to water is what most interests you about Myrtle Beach, look no further than Pelican Bay. Pelican Bay is a gated community with sprawling, private home sites, each occupying a half-acre. You’ll find ponds, cul-de-sacs, boat storage, a boat ramp and a dock on the Intracoastal waterway. There are abundant options for fishing and golf right in your backyard.

Whether the Myrtle Beach area is especially catching your eye or you’re simply seeking options to raise a family in the Carolinas, H&H has the perfect home for you. You can learn more about our full suite of floorplans, communities and cities we build in across North Carolina here or search by city on our homepage. We are actively building in up and coming communities throughout North and South Carolina, including Brunswick County NCCharlotte NC, Goldsboro NCGreensboro NC, Jacksonville NC, Knightdale NCMyrtle Beach SCPinehurst NC, and Wilmington NC. Get in touch today to learn more about us. Call us at 910-486-4864 or visit our website today to find out more about the many advantages of an H&H Home! http://www.hhhomes.com/

How To Enhance Your Home Entertainment System

Posted: November 26, 2019

Comfortable rug – check. Cushy sofa – check. Family night at home – check. Hours of movies to binge-watch – check. What’s missing from this list? These days, you can stand to argue that the power of home entertainment makes going out to a movie unnecessary. As we enter cooler, cozier months and the days get shorter, how can you make sure that your living room is the entertainment destination you and your family have been craving? The components to keep in mind as you plan your ideal home theater set up include:

  • The right room. Is it a media room? A living room? Considering the size, acoustics, and location of the room of your choice will help you make decisions around screen size and speaker potential.
  • Your display – aka, a TV or projector + screen.
  • Speakers, which might consist of a surround sound set-up with a center speaker, right and left forward speakers, right and left rear speakers, possible special effect speakers for Dolby Atmos, and a subwoofer or two.

The first, and perhaps most obvious, part of a movie theater-like set up in your home is the display. These days flat-screen television displays are an impressive way in – and while the Plasma screen technology of older times is no longer in production, LCD screens have made major technological strides for some of the best contrast and performance to be found. Once thought to be a bright-room only piece of hardware, LCD screens are now standard among big names like Samsung, Sony, Vizio, and LG. Full-screen array dimming via LED technology has improved the appearance of LCD to increase the depth and saturation of black tones, all while reducing motion blur. Long story short – LCD is the current industry standard for screens.

Or, if the disappearance of Plasma screens from the market has you wanting something even more precise, OLED (short for Organic Light-Emitting Diode) is a differently powered flat-panel screen whose pixels generate their own light, much like plasma. OLED is also the tech behind many personal electronic devices like smartphones and tablets – which have conditioned us to want brighter, crisper images everywhere we look. With OLED technology, blacks are the very deepest and colors are brighter, sharper and more highly defined– making for the most visually stimulating screen experience currently available for purchase. At this point, you can only find OLED technology in LG products.  And, if a permanent screen affixed to the wall is not what you’re going for, join the trend of using high-quality projectors and projector screens.

Any true home theater aficionado will tell you that it isn’t even the image that offers the most immersive experience – home entertainment is all about how things sound. Whether you consider yourself an audiophile or not, the surround sound packages that top bestseller lists in 2019 are more user-friendly and sleeker than ever. Plus, in some cases, audio systems have handy companion functionality, acting as smart speakers and/or home-wide wifi-enabled audio platforms. A common question around speaker set-ups is this: how many speakers do I need? There is no one way to answer this – it depends upon how tangible and enveloping you want your sound to feel. The most important speakers to consider are the two that frame your television, as they will emit the most dramatic sound effects and will have the “wall of sound” feeling that makes movie watching feel like an out of body experience.

In addition to some of the most compelling experiences deriving from the quality of audio you set up, you can also sink a lot of cash into the speakers you choose. Home entertainment audio packages range dramatically in price depending on the manufacturer and quality. Audiophile brand Klipsch bundles range from about $2,000 for a multi-part package to over $7,000 for a Dolby Atmos package. Dolby’s Atmos system has the magical effect of creating a sound-driven “atmosphere” that can lead you to feel as though the sound is hovering in specific spaces in a room. The engineering behind this system, plus the extra components required to create the signature Atmos sound, amount to a much higher cost. Meanwhile, household favorite Bose offers a highly respected four-part wireless home entertainment configuration whose Sound Bar is touted as the finest of its kind.

Is all of this overwhelming to you? Don’t worry – these days you can get a Home Theater in a Box in order to simplify the set-up and maintain a single brand – including a single aesthetic – into your home entertainment system. Sonically speaking, sticking to a single audio brand is also a good way to ensure that the right tonal range will be hit across front, rear, center and subwoofer speakers.

Some final considerations include your content source and your power receiver. In a Home Theater in a Box set-up, you may or may not need a receiver; with traditional multichannel audio, you will need a device that powers all of the speakers and connects them to a central input. When it comes to content sources, options like Apple TV and Roku make it easy to stream your favorites, while cable networks are still in high demand, depending on your viewing preferences.

Are you eager to start building out your own home entertainment system in a brand new home? H&H Homes offers an extensive variety of floor plans ready for your special tech & audiophile touch in locations throughout the beautiful Carolinas.

Our versatile environments suit families and homebuyers at all stages of life. You can learn more about our full suite of options here, or search by city on our homepage. The team at H&H is passionate about building homes that will comfortably ease you into an economical and eco-friendly future. Check out our extensive homebuyer resources to learn more about our commitment to the best possible home buying experience. Get in touch today.

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