Columbia, South Carolina - Big Town, Small City

April 17, 2018

#DriftJam2018

#DriftJam2018: 1 month, 2 weeks, and 2 days away, but who's counting? We are, that's who. Lake Murray's biggest floating concert and party and we will be out there partying with you! The concert is located at Spence Island (see map) on June 2nd this year. Music starts at noon. 

If you don't have a boat but would like to attend, the Drift Jam Cruise has 50 tickets for sale at $200 a piece. Reserve your tickets here.

All proceeds from Drift Jam go to Hidden Wounds, helping heroes battle the invisible war at home.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted in Events
April 16, 2018

The Cornbread Festival

Welcome to the south, where a few specific things are very important to us: food, friends, and family. The 6th annual South Carolina Cornbread Festival will bring together music, food, family and friends for one day of family-friendly fun and games in the historic Earlewood Park. We've got all the details for you:

 

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 -- 11am to 7pm

 

Where: Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC

 

Who's Playing: Gas Money, David Rodrigues & The Latin Caravan, Jordan Igoe Band, Danielle Howle, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O'Blues

 

What's going down: Cornbread eating contest, cornbread traveling museum, cornbread brunch, petting zoo, amusement rides, bingo, cornhole

 

Will we see you at this down-home party in the park? Hopefully so, it'll be a lot of fun. More information can be found on the SC Cornbread Fest Facebook Page.

 

Posted in Events
April 11, 2018

House Warming Parties

Posted in Weekly Blogs
April 10, 2018

270 Jessica Drive, Lexington, SC 29073

 

Welcome home!

270 Jessica Drive, Lexington, SC 29073

This beautiful, move-in-ready home is located in the wonderful White Knoll Estates community, nestled in the town of Lexington, SC. This home is wonderful for families, with the award winning White Knoll Elementary within safe walking distance.

Walking through the front door, the open floor plan welcomes you home. The kitchen with bar and eat-in area has plenty of cabinet space and a chalk board breakfast bar, sure to be a hit with the kids.

The living room has a cathedral ceiling, laminate hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, and surround sound, great for movies and music.

The owners suite has a private bathroom with a separate shower, garden tub, and a walk in closet. You will have two more bedrooms and another bathroom, as well as an extra room in the attic area to do as you please with.

The backyard is large with a privacy fence, perfect for children and animals. It also includes a covered patio and a shed. The two car attached garage leads to a long drive way with plenty of parking.

Please contact our agent, Mark Swails, with any questions or to view this home.

270 Jessica Drive, Lexington, SC 29073

Posted in Listings
April 6, 2018

317 Sweet Thorne Road, Irmo, SC 29063

 

Welcome Home!

317 Sweet Thorne Road, Irmo, SC 29063

 

This beautifully traditional 3 story, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home is located in Irmo's Heatherstone neighborhood. These homes are in high demand right now, so be sure to view this one soon! This home is zoned for the award winning Lexington/Richland 5 school district.

Walking through the front doors you'll notice the beautiful floors, the fireplace and the neutral paint, which make this home perfectly move in ready!

The quaint kitchen includes a stainless steal stove, microwave and sink and wooden cabinets. The home has an eat-in kitchen as well as a formal dining room.

The owner's suite has tray ceilings, carpet, a walk-in closet, and a private bathroom with a double vanity, separate shower, garden tub and a large mirror to open the room up. On the second floor, you have two more bedrooms and a full bathroom. On the lower level, you have a fourth bedroom and a half bathroom, making this home a great size for a larger family or for a set of roommates.

Please contact our agent, Jason King, with any questions about this property or to view your next home!

 

317 Sweet Thorne Road, Irmo, SC 29063

Posted in Listings
March 29, 2018

Inland Home Mortgage's Down Payment Assistance

 

Are you dreaming of buying your own home, but don't have all the savings together quite yet? Inland Home Mortgage has a program for that!

The FHLB Down Payment Assistance Program offers up to $6,000 in assistance to qualified home buyers to assist in down payment and closing costs.

That means you could own this home.

Or this one.

Home buyers must contribute a minimum of $1,000 and a pre-buyer or home buyer counseling program, which provides financial guidance for new home buyers.

Both are currently listed with J King Realty. Feel free to contact our agents after you speak with your Inland Home Mortgage Loan Officer about your down payment assistance. Let's get you in that home you've always dreamed of owning!

 

Posted in Local Businesses
March 28, 2018

North Main District

 

There was a time, just a few decades ago, where the residents of Columbia would put on their hat and gloves and make their way down to Main Street for the day. Main street had grocery stores, dining, shopping, entertainment, and churches. Jenna Bridgers, of City Center Partnership, spoke at the North Main Know and Grow session about the city, county, nonprofits, and business leaders of Columbia and how their focus is shifting to bring Columbia a more connected and engaging Main and North Main street.

 

Also sitting on the panel were Doug Aylard of Vino Garage, a boutique wine and beer shop in the North Main district, and Frank Cason of Cason Development Group, a key developer in the North Main area of Columbia. The focus of the panel really centered on two things: Where is North Main (NoMa) now? and Where is it going?

Where is NoMa now? Developers saw NoMa as a "blank canvas" - the size and condition of the existing infrastructure was something they could work with to create the district we see today. These new buildings were filled with start ups and entrepreneurs, creating a very close knit and local/small business supporting community.

 

Currently, NoMa is going through a City sponsored re-branding, under the direction of the North Columbia Business Association (NCBA). The NCBA is truly pushing businesses and individuals to "use the city for our help instead of hurt" (in the words of Mr. Aylard) and to view the NoMa district as a small, supportive community, where you truly can walk or bike to most of the local establishments. 

 

The panel addressed the "What about the homeless" question as well. As Bridgers so perfectly put it, "We have homeless people, not a homeless problem. As in every urban core, we are going to have homeless. The programs and such that provide them the services they need are centered downtown, which means the homeless are going to revolve around the downtown area." Aydler assured the group that in the six years his establishment has been a center point for the NoMa district, he has not had a single break in. 

Where is NoMa going? About 1500 people live on the Main Street corridor as a whole. The North Main district is adding $85 million in residential development in the next year or so. Plans for three new developments are already in the works. To attract more investors and developers, NCBA and the Eau Claire Development Commission are organizing an open house to showcase the area, along with the Cornbread Festival and the First Tuesday's Music in the Park, both located in the beautiful Earlwood Park in the NoMa district. The panelists urged the group to "think about what the immediate neighborhood wants" (Aydler) when developing a district. Cason urged the group to "not look to the city as the savior to all of our problems. Private investments truly will solve a majority of the problems we see in the NoMa area."

 

The North Main District's local population is twice as educated and brings home twice as much per household than the national average (Aydler). This small home district truly is a wonderful place for young to middle aged professionals and retired families who are looking to live near the hustle of Columbia, but in what is truly a small town. Reach out to our agents with any questions or to purchase a house in the area!

Posted in Neighborhoods
March 27, 2018

Bickley Estates

D.R. Horton and Express Homes have truly outdone themselves with the homes in Bickley Estates. Located in Chapin, only minutes from Lake Murray, and zoned for award winning Chapin schools, these homes are bound to sell quickly.

These homes feature up to 4 bedrooms with modern, open concepts, dramatic ceiling treatments, granite counter tops, 42 inch cabinetry, and hand scraped hardwood floors in the foyer, kitchen and eat-in dining area.

These just built, modern styled homes range from 1600 to 2400 square foot, and all include a 1 or 2 car garage. These homes allow for the convenience of lake living at an affordable price.

When buying a just-built home, the builder pays the buyer's agent's commission, and it doesn't change the price of the home, which means it costs you nothing to be represented! Contact one of our agents today to view these homes!

Photographs courtesy of D.R. Horton and Express Homes. Copyright 2018 D.R. Horton
Posted in Neighborhoods
March 26, 2018

Woodmill Neighborhood

Located in Lexington, the fastest growing community in the state of South Carolina, is the Woodmill Subdivision. This neighborhood features 1 and 2 story homes, up to 3,700 square feet in size. Most of the homes in this neighborhood are designed as a modern take on the traditional tudor style home.

 

This neighborhood is zoned for Lexington School District One, one of the best school districts in the area. Most of the homes are zoned for River Bluff High School, which is located just minutes down Corley Mill Road.

Woodmill is located right off Corley Mill Road, very close to I-20, Highway 378, and Lake Murray. The neighborhood is situated almost directly between 378 and Harbison, two of the best shopping and entertainment districts in the Midlands. The neighborhood is surrounded completely by woods, giving the area a very calm and quiet feel.

 

The HOA for Woodmill is $50 a month. If you have any questions, or to view any of the homes we have listed in the Woodmill neighborhood, contact our agents. They would be happy to help you.

Posted in Neighborhoods
March 26, 2018

Foxboro Glen Neighborhood

 

Sitting just feet from the Broad River, in the town of Irmo, South Carolina, is the neighborhood of Foxboro. Just minutes from I-26, Lake Murray and Harbison, this is the perfect location for a quiet home near everything a family needs - from food to entertainment to award winning schools.

The majority of these standard suburban homes have attached two car garages and average sized yards, perfect for families. Some of the homes in Foxoboro have tall wooden privacy fences.

 

These homes are zoned for the award-winning Lexington/Richland five, and are located just minutes from Oak Pointe Elementary. Dutch Fork High School is one of the best in the region.

 

Neighbors in Foxboro describe this neighborhood as safe, quiet, and well maintained (https://nextdoor.com/neighborhood/foxborosc--irmo--sc/). The great maintenance comes out of the $20/month HOA fees.

Foxboro Glen is a neighborhood for young and growing families or retired couples looking to move a little further from the hustle and bustle of the city, while maintaining the short commute to everything they need.

For more information or to view the homes in Foxboro, please contact our agents. They would be thrilled to answer any questions you may have.

Posted in Neighborhoods