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Look no further than Daniel Island as perfect retirement haven. For the third year, the Where to Retire magazine has chosen the cozy island town as one of “America’s 100 Best Master-Planned Communities.”

What exactly does this mean? Well, as explained in the July/August issue, the pedestrian-friendly layout of the town, plus all the perks of the area played a part in the ranking. The coastal setting, proximity to Historical Charleston, exceptional amenities, diverse real estate offerings and residents of all ages from all over the country make Daniel Island a great place to call home.

The magazine editors at Where to Retire magazine talked with a group of retirees to learn what determined their relocation decisions and noted some trends in the process: Baby boomers are discovering a wide choice of communities offering homes and lifestyles they previously associated with exclusive vacation properties; many pre-retirees are moving to master-planned communities to get a jump on the retirement lifestyle while working (and many have found that they can telecommute for the final years of their career); moving near children and grandchildren is a priority for many retirees; neighbors and a sense of community remain among the most significant contributing factors to retirees’ happiness in the communities they choose, and many commented on the benefits of having a mix of people from different areas living within a new community.

Daniel Island is located on 4,000 acres along Interstate 526. The island is home to distinctive and diverse Charleston real estate and neighborhoods that provide a mix of home styles and prices. More traditional real estate features landscaped streets lined with sidewalks that encourage irresistible evening walks and interaction among neighbors. Southern-style Daniel Island front porches and lush gardens have gained recent press and acknowledgment for being some of the most relaxing in the nation. As such a great area, we have to wonder why you wouldn’t choose Daniel Island to call home.