The coast of Georgia is only about 110 miles long and includes 15 barrier islands. One of them, St. Simons Island, has been a popular resort destination and vacation spot for years.

It’s also become a popular spot for permanent residents as well. There are a lot of reasons why people love vacationing on St. Simons Island. And it’s easy to understand why people decide to stay here.

In more than a few instances, the first visit to St. Simons Island is an eye-opening experience. It’s a place that’s easy to fall in love with. There’s abundant natural beauty here, but the location isn’t so remote that desirable amenities like restaurants, shops, parks and, museums aren’t available.

At the same time, St. Simons Island isn’t overly commercialized and has a quieter feel. Life moves more slowly here where the noise, traffic congestion, and crowded streets are unheard of. It’s a place where you can shop, go to the movies, fish from the pier, stroll along the beach, or ride a bike on a limitless trail. For many who are discovering it for the first time and others who have lived on the island all their lives, St. Simons is easily the best spot on the Atlantic coast.

If you’re thinking about joining them, there are some great options when it comes to housing, from single-family homes to condominiums, townhouses, and beach cottages. St. Simons Island truly has it all.

Does the Island Only Attract Retirees?

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There are certainly people who are eager to spend their golden years on this beautiful island, but St. Simons is not a retirement community. In fact, a lot of young families are moving to South Georgia because of the strong economy and job growth happening here.

Brunswick is a historic port town between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida, and this city serves as a gateway to South Georgia’s Golden Isles, which includes the island of St. Simons. Brunswick is on a narrow coastal peninsula east of Interstate 95, and St Simons Island is easily accessible by bridge. It’s a quick commute for families who need things that may not be available on the island.

Outside of the historic interest and sites that Brunswick hosts, the city is also a major port of entry for automobiles and other commodities. The economy here is diverse enough to include a strong leisure and resort industry, and a solid fishing and shrimp industry.

Brunswick is one of the crucial growth factors in the South Georgia economy, which is also attracting more industries. Georgia-Pacific is opening a new facility to process lumber for the American market in the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park, a plant expected to cost $150 million and employ 340 people.

Another leading manufacturer, Taurus USA, is relocating from Miami to Decatur County and building a new factory that will create 300 jobs.

Those job opportunities are bringing more and more families to South Georgia, and many of them are discovering the appeal of living in historic Brunswick or St. Simons Island. One of the great selling points of relocating to the island is that St. Simons has a slower pace of life, free of big-city pressures. A lot of families like the idea of leaving the big city behind once the work day is done.

It helps as well that the Cost of Living Index and median home prices in this area of South Georgia are very moderate, and that the coast offers some terrific recreational opportunities. On St. Simons Island, that includes boating, golf, deep sea diving, fishing and more.

At the same time, bigger cities are close by – with Savannah just 50 miles away, for example.

And something else keeps attracting families: the subtropical year-round climate. The cool breezes off the ocean help cool residents down during the summers, and this is an area with mild, pleasant winters where temperatures stay around 65.

With jobs and big city amenities close by, St. Simons Island is drawing in more and more newcomers attracted by the charming look and feel of this historic area. They can also enjoy the business district that offers a fun collection of antique shops, specialty stores, and family-owned restaurants.

Few can resist the riverfront park and Pier Village area that repeatedly draws them back for evening walks, checking out the majestic oaks and pines that cover every roadway.

And once they’ve made a decision that they love the island, the next question is where to find housing.

What is the Housing Market Like on St. Simons?

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As in many other places, it’s a very good time to buy a home on St. Simons – and a smart long-term investment as well. As the Georgia economy has gotten stronger, home appreciation is up 8.5% on the island in the last 12 months.

The median home on St. Simons is worth $374,800, while home appreciation over the past decade has been an impressive 8%.

It’s an island with access to cities that are experiencing job growth, but at the same time, it’s a quiet place to raise a family and enjoy the island’s tranquil beauty. And a good place to start if you plan to begin house hunting is to contact Palmetto Building Group.

For more than 50 years, Palmetto has been constructing homes on St. Simons Island, from location to design and with customizable amenities and different options to select from. Palmetto also offers affordable prices on available homes, which includes townhouses, condos, single-family homes, and cottages.

Palmetto’s philosophy has been that the island’s residents deserve quality homes available at a variety of price points, and on some spectacular locations. That includes deep-water and marsh-front homes, and views that will take your breath away.

With Palmetto Building Group’s condominiums at 400 Ocean Suites, you can be a part of St. Simon’s downtown living, since they’re close to the shops and restaurants in the Pier Village. Living at 400 Ocean Suites also gives you an opportunity to enjoy units that offer a large bedroom, kitchen, and living area. And you can enjoy the views of the island from your private porch and balcony.

Palmetto Building Group also has new single-family homes at Tabby Place, and stunning condominiums by majestic oaks at Gascoigne Bluff in the Villas at Gascoigne, a gated residence with 54 luxury condominiums sited around a pool and pedestrian area. You get access to all the amenities of Gascoigne Park, including a fishing pier, floating dock, picnic pavilion with grills, fitness trail, and disc golf course.

There are also single-family homes at Township Bluff, located in a tranquil setting with wildlife nearby, and easy access to bike paths and a boat ramp.


St. Simons Island is an amazing place to discover – for its natural beauty, spectacular views of the ocean, and its historic landmarks.

There’s no surprise that this is also a place that a growing number of people want to call home.

If you’re looking at becoming a permanent resident of St. Simons Island, Palmetto Building Group has new, move-in ready single-family homes, cottages, condominiums and townhouses available, often with fabulous views of the marshes close by. We also have homes close to the Pier Village, or right near the beach.

Whatever it is that draws you to life on St. Simon’s Island, we have a home to match your concept of the ideal setting. Contact us today at 912-266-8401 or email us at to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you, but most of all, we’re thrilled to know you’re looking for a new home on one of the most spectacularly beautiful and historic parts of South Georgia.