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Renters find love in apartment complexes

Apparently your apartment complex is a good place to find that special someone.

In honor of Valentine's Day, national apartment Internet listing site Apartments.com asked renters if they'd ever found love within their apartment community.

More than 21 percent of renters said they have had a relationship with someone they met while living in the same apartment building or community.

Coastal Carolina University student Sam Supon, 20, said it worked for her.

She met her boyfriend at a get-together in his apartment, which is right below hers at Campus Edge in Conway.

"I thought it was convenient [that he lived in the apartment below]," she said.

Since the Grand Strand boasts more than 6,000 apartments with a 92 percent occupancy in January, there's lots of choices for those looking for love.

The average rent on the Strand for a two-bedroom is $746, up 4 percent from last year, according to Real Data Apartment Market Research.

The survey showed 3 percent of renters said they met their spouse while living in the same apartment building.

And more than 16 percent currently have a secret crush on someone that lives in their apartment building.

More than 24 percent have had a crush on someone who works at their apartment community.

Tiffany Ruddell, 19, works at Campus Edge and said she knew of two couples who met while living in the complex. She also knew of plenty hook-ups.

The community atmosphere helps residents meet each other and hang out, she said.

"You work out at the same time in the gym or hang outside and play basketball together," Ruddell said.

But 59 percent of renters weren't so optimistic about getting into a relationship with their neighbor. To them, that could be trouble if you break up and run into that person all the time or see them with someone new.

Condos built around tree

A new second-row condominium complex in Myrtle Beach has begun construction - around a large live oak tree.

The city's tree ordinance would have saved the tree, classified as a landmark tree under city code, although the developer could have asked permission from the Board of Zoning Appeals to remove the tree if it was necessary to build on the property.

But city spokesman Mark Kruea says the developer, Silverdeer, wanted to keep the tree and gave extra room in the building design to make sure the live oak survives.

Silverdeer is a private equity and real estate development firm in Raleigh, N.C.

The 13-floor complex is called Horizon at 77th Ave. N.

The project had originally been called the Paradise Grande, but the name was changed to set it apart from other towers with similar names.

The first four levels will be a parking garage, and the units will look out over a tree-lined residential area with the ocean behind.

About 108 units out of 143 are sold, and prices run from $200,000 up to $700,000, said Gene Carter, broker for Advantage Real Estate, who's selling the Horizon.

Wrapping the building around the tree "adds a lot of class. It's an unusual and very expensive feature," he said.

The complex has 17 different floor plans because of the unique design, and should be completed in spring 2008.

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