The Hermitage is Murrells Inlet's answer to all things luxury. A waterfront gated community, the Hermitage features homes and even "compounds" - huge estate homes on the inlet - with every high-end appointment you ever dreamed of. Designed to look like the original historic homes, these mansions drip Spanish moss, large live oak trees, and Lowcountry charm that can only be found in this coastal town.
Hermitage homes that are directly on the water are often on several acres of land. Some are three floors with elevators. It's not unusual to find appointments like quarried stone, Italian marble, cherry, cypress, and mahogany used in the construction. Most have private pools, private boat docks, and lavish outdoor entertainment areas. Sculpture gardens, fountains, and everything like this can be found in some of these homes, with price tags like $4.3 million or more. Though just about any age home is possible, many were built in the late 90's to mid-2000's.
Less expensive homes in the community that are not direct waterfront can be found around $500,000 or so. They may have the same amazing features, just without access to the inlet or swamp.
The actual "Hermitage" in Murrells Inlet was built circa 1848 and was originally the summer home of rice planter and Methodist minister James Lynch Belin. His rice plantation was called Wachesaw Plantation (also having a modern-day community with the name) and was left to his nephew and eventually sold in parcels. James Belin had a sister named Alice Flagg who died in 1849 and is the subject of one of South Carolina's oldest ghost stories. The original home is maintained to this day as a private residence and National Historic site.
Children who live in the modern-day Hermitage community attend Waccamaw Elementary, Waccamaw Middle School, and Waccamaw High School.
If you are in the market for a multi-million dollar home in a private community that will impress even the most wealthy, you might consider buying a showcase home in The Hermitage. We will be glad to discuss this with you and make an appointment to view any homes that are available for purchase.