The great thing about Columbia, is even though it is a capital city, it is very spread out and has a small town feel. There are plenty of rural areas to choose from and they are all pretty close to an interstate to jump onto and be in the city within 30 minutes or less with little traffic. It also depends on schools, if they are a factor or shopping. Blythewood, for instance, is growing and has many new developments and more in the future.
You should really check on the local law enforcement website and research crime and so forth in all areas. The website is RCSD.net. If you need other areas and schools websites, feel fret to email me or call. I would love to help you find your next home in South Carolina.
Jae Kim, Broker/Owner
EXIT Realty - Columbia, Irmo
A few years back, my husband & I relocated to Columbia from the Northeast as well. We didn't want the city husstle and bustle and were looking for a wonderful level of calm and serenity, but didn't want to be that far away from what the city had to offer. Because of the highway system here (really good) areas we explored were Blythewood, a few areas of northeast Columbia, including Elgin & Pontiac, then Lexington & Chapin. After extensive shopping around, we fell in love with the Blythewood and Elgin areas. We can jump on the highway and be downtown if 15 - 20 minutes, yet when we are home, it's quiet and "sweet tea" peaceful.
Since becoming a realtor here, I'm serving more and more folks who are moving from the New England and Tri State areas and seeking the same thing.........the best of both worlds...... tranquility and closeness to city action (just in case they have the urge) ! I didn't laugh at your wife - she has a really good point!!
I'd love to assist you in that search - especially since my husband & I have experienced the exact same thing!
I grew up in Chapin, SC. I know exactly what your wife is talking about. Chapin has the crickets, frogs and deer. The sky is very clear and filled with stars. It is about 15mins from Harbison and 30 minutes from downtown Columbia, SC. Columbia, SC is like a big town/ small city atmosphere. There are many small rural areas that are convenient to downtown Columbia, SC. Lexington, Chapin, Blythewood and even West Columbia. It all depends on what amenities are important to you. Feel free to give me a call. I'd love to help you find your dream home in or around Columbia, SC. I also offer cash back to my buyers in the form of a buyer rebate.
I am glad to hear you and your wife have decided to move to the Columbia area.
You will find plenty of homes available that will suit your wife's need to feel like she is secluded from the city life but still convenient enough for you to go out to eat or be close enough to stores etc.
Please email me a few more details about what kind of home you are looking for(i.e. price, size, any other special requirements) and I will send you a detailed list of homes that fit what you are looking for.
I have lived in Columbia all of my life and feel certain I can help you find the perfect home to suit all of your needs.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
There are many "country" areas near Columbia. Blythewood, Kershaw County, Lexington... Because of the way the interstates wrap around Columbia, you can still be around 30 minutes from downtown.
Feel free to contact me and I can give you more information.
Real Estate Professional
Russell and Jeffcoat Real Estate, Inc.