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Since 1973, Garden City Realty has been bringing satisfied guests, property owners, buyers, and sellers together in one of the east coast’s most frequented vacation destinations. We’ve worked carefully to build a reputation that reflects our undying commitment to provide quality service with a touch of Southern hospitality. Specializing in Garden City Beach rentals and Surfside Beach rentals, Garden City Realty strives to give our guests the perfect vacation rentals to come enjoy the Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach areas. 


Garden City Realty was established in June 1973 when Eugene (Beau) Forshee, Fred L. Wilcox, and M. Murray McLendon purchased Martin's Real Estate Co., changing the business name to reflect the office's location at the corner of Dogwood Dr. and Atlantic Ave. in Garden City Beach. That first office – consisting of two rooms – served the company well until 1978 when Garden City Realty moved to its present location.

Since then, our vacation rental inventory has grown from 18 properties to more than 400. 

In 2001 Garden City Realty acquired By the Sea Realty and its on-site office in the oceanfront Surf Master by the Sea building. And, in 2009, Garden City Realty purchased and merged Condotels with its vacation rentals department. 

Today Garden City Realty's stockholders include Lee Hewitt, Broker-In-Charge of Real Estate Sales who has been with the firm since 1981, and Dennis McElveen, Broker-In-Charge of Vacation Rentals, who began his career with Garden City Realty in 1977.

The Sales Department has 14 sales professionals with more than 200 years of combined sales experience. All Garden City Realty agents are multi-million dollar producers who strive to provide clients with the most satisfying, well-informed experience available when buying or selling real estate.

In addition to extensive knowledge of the local real estate market, Garden City Realty can assist real estate needs worldwide through our affiliation with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

Garden City Realty is proudly affiliated with: Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Myrtle Beach Area Better Business Bureau, Garden City Beach Community Association, National Association of REALTORS, South Carolina Association of REALTORS, Coastal Carolina Multiple Listing Service and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.


VOTED BEST OF THE BEACH & READERS' CHOICE

Best of the Beach, an annual contest of The Sun News and MyrtleBeachOnline.com, features the best of Myrtle Beach, SC, area restaurants, attractions, businesses, and more. Year after year, Garden City Realty is consistently recognized in the Best of the Beach contest as Best Vacation Rental Company. In 2021 Garden City Realty's real estate department and vacation rentals department were both voted Best of the Beach. Likewise, our Property Management department was also voted best on the beach in the Georgetown Times Readers Choice awards.

Readers' Choice, an annual contest of the Georgetown Times and South Strand News, features categories showcasing the best places to eat, shop, golf, have fun, and more as voted by readers in Georgetown and Horry counties.

  • 2021 Best Vacation Rental Company  - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2021 Best Real Estate Company - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2021 Best Property Management Company - The Georgetown Times Readers Choice
  • 2019 Best Real Estate Company finalist - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2019 Best Vacation Rental Company finalist - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2018 Best Vacation Rental Company - The Georgetown Times Readers Choice
  • 2018 Best Real Estate Company - The Georgetown Times Readers Choice
  • 2018 Best Real Estate Company finalist - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2018 Best Vacation Rental Company finalist - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2017 Best Vacation Rental Company finalist - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2016 Best Vacation Rental Company finalist - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2015 Best Vacation Rental Company  finalist - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2015 Best Real Estate Company finalist - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2014 Best Vacation Rental Company finalist - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2013 Best Vacation Rental Company  - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2012 Best Vacation Rental Company finalist - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2011 Best Vacation Rental Company finalist - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2010 Best Vacation Rental Company - The Sun News Best of the Beach
  • 2009 Best Vacation Rental Company - The Sun News Best of the Beach


real estate sales

In 2005 Garden City Realty began surveying buyers and sellers, 100 percent of our clients said they would choose Garden City Realty again to purchase or sell their property – and many of them already have. Garden City Realty’s undisputed reputation of integrity, professionalism, and trust is confirmed time after time by the buyers and sellers who choose us for all of their real estate needs.

For more information on sales, including our Marketing plan, please visit WhyGardenCityRealty.com.


vacation rentals

For many homeowners, the prospect of renting their own property is quite alluring. You take bookings directly from travelers without paying a fee or commission to a rental company – sounds easy right? According to Vacation Rental By Owner reviews, an overwhelming majority of homeowners say they get better results when choosing a professionally-managed vacation rental company like Garden City Realty to rent their property.


PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Garden City Realty is a full-service vacation rental property management company. We offer an end-to-end turnkey solution that gives you comfort in knowing your property is being cared for and marketed by local professionals. As one of the largest vacation rental companies in the area and with nearly 50 years of experience, see for yourself what it means to be part of the Garden City Realty family.

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