Coastal Carolina Makes Inroads into Equestrian Living

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – July 7, 2009 – Long recognized for its beautiful shoreline and a lifestyle of breezy beaches and easy living, coastal Carolina is gaining an impressive reputation for its equestrian living.

According to Myrtle Beach real estate leaders, Joe Garrell and Kathy Foxworth of LITUS* Properties, the coast’s outlying areas offer some of the country’s finest in terms of equestrian properties.

“We see a number of people relocating to this area specifically for our beautiful horse farms,” said Garrell. They get the best of both worlds. They can own a ‘farm’ and still live close to the beaches and the city’s amenities. With our mild climate, people can enjoy their horses all year,” he continued.

South Carolina, with a population of over four million, has more than 85,000 horses, and that number is steadily growing. Neighboring North Carolina boasts more than 225,000 horses and is also seeing an increase both in the number of horses and horse farms.  Based on statistics, coastal Carolina equestrian growth, which has been on the upswing for nearly a decade, is expected to continue.

According to Foxworth, “coastal horse farms offer a beautiful lifestyle.  Most of our clients maintain these properties as their primary residence.  Today’s horse farm is quite different than that of yesterday.  In fact, they are often quite lavish. We are fortunate to represent some of the area’s most beautiful equestrian properties.”

Drawn to LITUS* Properties because of their knowledge of the area and their familiarity and love for horses, the buyers of equestrian properties are flocking to the area to enjoy both new farms as well as some of the country’s most beautiful estates which adorn acre upon acre of green, open space.

Garrell and Foxworth are well familiar with estate living. They are the proud owners of Pendleton Place located in neighboring Tabor City, North Carolina.  “Living and working in Myrtle Beach is great during the week, but it’s great to escape to Pendleton Place on the weekend,” said Foxworth.  “The transition from urban dwelling to estate living takes approximately 30 minutes.  It is the best 30 minutes of the week,” she said.

LITUS* Properties recently acquired what industry experts have deemed as ‘one of the area’s most desirable equestrian properties’.  Garrell simply describes it as, ‘magnificent’.  “This well-designed 25-acre equestrian farm/private residence brings all the pleasures of life together in one package. With an over-sized 11,000 square foot stable with 12 upscale stalls, large tack room, wash room, observation room and indoor riding arena, this would make a perfect equestrian training center,” he concluded.

For those in the market for a horse farm, but one with a closer proximity to the great Atlantic, the team recently listed another extremely desirable property.  “This is a real delight,” Garrell said. Located just ten minutes from the ocean, this private residence/farm consists of ten acres, a six-stall stable, a spring-fed lake and a 5,000 square foot storage building convertible to an indoor riding arena. “And, it is adjacent to the former equestrian training center for Medieval Times, the 25-year old equestrian dinner show known throughout North America and Spain,” he continued.

Garrell and Foxworth just may be on to something. With the area’s growing number of horses and increase in equestrian farm/private residences, can high-tech equestrian training centers be far behind?

For a virtual tour of these equestrian properties as well as many others, visit LITUS* Properties on the web at