The Market Common is a vibrant shopping, dining, and residential planned community located in Myrtle Beach, SC. This community offers residents a coastal downtown-vibe with local shops and restaurants, just walking distance from their homes. Before the Market Common was the popular place in Myrtle Beach, it was originally the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. During World War II, the U.S. Army operated out of the Base from 1942-1947. After the war, the Base was deactivated from 1947-1954 and operated as a municipal airport. In 1954 the airport was donated by the city of Myrtle Beach to the United States Air Force, and the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was actively utilized until March of 1993, at which time it was permanently shut down.
Recognizing the need to preserve our area’s history, yet also enhance the area, the Myrtle Beach Air Force Redevelopment Agency was created in 1995 with retired Air Force Colonel Buddy Styers leading the initiative. This agency oversaw the development of what is now known as the Market Common. In order to preserve the history of the land, the streets are named after significant figures from the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base and signs are displayed throughout the development explaining the history of the area. Even though very few original buildings still remain, the rich history of the community can be seen and felt by residents and visitors.
The Market Common is loved by families for its parks, playground, trails, and close proximity to the beach and Myrtle Beach Airport. Love going to concerts or enjoying family-friendly festivities? The Market Common’s Valor Park (located within the shopping and dining district) hosts many community events from concerts to movie nights, much beloved by both residents and visitors to the area. Every Friday during the summer, Market Common hosts Movies Under the Stars. Families enjoy having a family dinner date followed by a free family movie at dusk, but don’t forget to bring your own chair or blanket.
On various Thursday evenings throughout the summer, enjoy a Concert on the Green in Valor Park. Visitors enjoy music from local bands and enjoy snacks from local vendors. One of the most highly coveted family events takes place in November. The Market Common hosts the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event outside of the Grand 14 Movie Theater. Enjoy live music and vendors, as the roads are blocked creating a block-party feel for the evening.
Maybe you enjoy a more active lifestyle. The Market Common’s Grand Park offers a large community fitness center, soccer and baseball fields, walking trails around the lake, and Savannah’s Playground. Challenge your strength and conditioning skills as you make your way around the one-mile path around the lake featuring various fitness equipment displayed along the way.
The largest draw to Grand Park is Savannah’s Playground. It is the largest playground of its kind on the East Coast and offers an enjoyable, yet safe experience for all children,. including those who may be somewhat physically or mentally challenged without being hindered in some way to safely play and socialize. Interested in finding new hobbies or just meeting new people? The General Robert H Reed Recreation Center offers classes, meeting rooms, a ballroom, and other activities for the community. Everything from ballroom dancing to quilting, the center offers classes and meetings for nearly every age group and interest.
The Market Common offers 14 restaurants all with unique cuisine and atmospheres. With everything from crepes to nachos, residents and visitors have a wide variety of options. One local favorite is Crepe Creation Cafe. This establishment serves crepes, waffles, omelets, sandwiches, salads, and more. This restaurant also features a high-end martini bar and live music every night. Nacho Hippo is another favorite among the community. This restaurant is an open-air cantina that makes every patron feel like they are on vacation. Nacho Hippo serves Tex-Mex favorites such as taco, nachos, and quesadillas, and also features a large selection of drinks. Tupelo Honey is another favorite in the Market Common. It serves Southern cuisine with roots back to the chain’s origin in the Carolina mountains. Patrons can enjoy the large, outdoor patio that is dog-friendly.
The Market Common offers a wide variety of options for residential living. With several apartment complexes and numerous neighborhoods, the Market Common provides an opportunity for every family. The real estate market in the Market Common has seen growth in recent years. Emmens Preserve is a large neighborhood within the community that offers some of the best amenities in all of the Grand Strand. With a large pool, work out room, clubhouse, putting greens, bocce ball courts, outdoor kitchens, and an amphitheatre for concerts. In the month of July, the average sales price for Single Family Homes was $404,976 and $$265,667 for Townhomes/Condos. The popularity of this community is evident as home values have increased over $60,000 for single family homes and over $86,000 for condo/townhomes over the past 5 years.