Aiken Real Estate
Aiken and Edgefield counties provide the quintessential Southern experience to their residents, combining gentility, history, and pageantry in an area central to the region. For homeowners and prospective new residents, Aiken Real Estate and Edgefield provide both quality and value in housing, health care, recreation, and education.
As many new residents have noticed, life in South Carolina allows them to save more of their wages: living here costs considerably less than the national average in the crucial areas of housing, utilities, transportation, and health care.
Depending on whom you ask, the South is either revered or notorious for its weather. The average annual high temperature is a comfortable 78 degrees in Aiken Real Estate and Edgefield, while the annual average low is a mere 50 degrees. Even in the coldest months of the year, the average high is 58 degrees, making Aiken Real Estate and Edgefield ideal destinations for families, retirees, or even just refugees from colder climates.
As with seemingly all Southern communities, Aiken Real Estate and Edgefield are steeped in tradition and outdoor life. For equine enthusiasts, Aiken County is one of the most popular horse-breeding areas in the United States; as a result of the area’s mild climate, both counties offer popular year-round riding excursions. Aiken Real Estate is also home to the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, which pays homage to the region’s great horses and riders, including 1981 Kentucky Derby winner Pleasant Colony.
In March, Aiken Real Estate hosts its own Triple Crown, beginning with the Aiken Trials, a series of flat races held at the Aiken Training Track. On the following weekend, horses and jockeys compete in the Aiken Steeplechase, and on the third and final weekend, teams from across the South square off in polo matches.
Just across the Savannah River, Augusta plays host to the most famous golf tournament in the world: the Masters, played at the near-mythical Augusta National course. Thousands of people make their yearly pilgrimage to this private course to walk the same fairways that Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, and Tiger Woods walked.
For avid golfers, the area is also home to Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken; built in 1892, Palmetto is the oldest golf course in South Carolina and the fifth-oldest course in the United States. In addition, the course at Mount Vintage Plantation in Edgefield hosted a LPGA tour event in 2004.
Those looking for an idyllic Southern festival should visit Edgefield during its Johnston Peach Blossom Festival in April, as residents line the streets for parades, picnics, concerts, and dances over an entire weekend. When the world thinks of picturesque Southern town gatherings, the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival is what they think of.
Summer For Aiken Real Estate truly brings the area alive, with weekly programs consisting of all kinds of activities-from horseback riding and polo to concerts and festivals to auto shows and basketball tournaments-Aiken and Edgefield have something for everyone. Aiken County is home to Langley Pond, the world’s largest pond and a growing haven for water sports and fishing. Langley served as a training stop for Olympic rowing teams from Norway, Ukraine, and Lithuania before the 1996 Summer Olympics, and plays home to jet ski races, regattas, and other outdoor activities.
Edgefield residents have their own massive recreational lake in J.Strom Thurmond Lake, which borders Georgia with over 1200 miles of shoreline. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s, Thurmond Lake is one of the largest and most popular recreational lakes in the South, particularly for fishing.
Residents and visitors with refined taste find themselves at Montmorenci Vineyards, one of only two wineries in South Carolina. Opened in 1989 by the Scott family, this award-winning vineyard grows grapes suited to the climate of western South Carolina and produces wines with unique but traditional characteristics.
For equally refined tastes, Edgefield keeps time-honored forms of art alive: at Old Edgefield Pottery, visitors can examine, learn about, and even purchase specimens of centuries-old hybrid techniques that combine the English methods and Chinese technology that settlers brought to the New World. Here, potters, artisans, art collectors, and ordinary citizens alike can learn about the area’s rich history as a home for ceramics and pottery, and Edgefield’s role in Southern ceramics.
In addition to all of the pleasant diversions of modern Southern life, Aiken Real Estate and Edgefield also give their residents an excellent foundation of social and health services. For the eighth consecutive year, School Match, a non-profit Chicago-based research firm that reviews data from the nation’s 15,576 public school systems, recognized Aiken County Public Schools for their continued excellence. In addition, Aiken County and Edgefield County schools have also received the Palmetto’s Finest award for primary school excellence from Carolina First Bank.
With a major regional medical center and several full-service area hospitals, Aiken County provides comprehensive medical services. The Aiken Regional Medical Centers combine a community hospital with specialized medicine, including the new Cancer Care Institute of Carolina, the Cardiovascular Institute of Carolina, the Women’s Lifecare Center, the Diabetes Treatment Center, and the Aurora Pavilion for psychiatric care.
Less than twenty minutes away in Augusta, the Medical University of Georgia and the MCG Health Center give community members even more options for health care. The Health Center houses an adult hospital, an Ambulatory Care Center with more than 80 outpatient clinics, a Specialized Care Center housing a 13-county Level I regional trauma center, and a Children’s Medical Center, among other offices.
Ranked the Best
Ranked as one of the best comprehensive colleges in the South by US News and World Report, the University of South Carolina at Aiken offers students undergraduate degrees through the College of Humanities and Science, the Schools of Business and Education, the College of Sciences and the School of Nursing.
Science looms large at USC-Aiken, and the centerpiece of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is the DuPont Planetarium. Housing four state-of-the-art telescopes, a graphics projector and an automated special-effects system, the Planetarium offers programs for K-12 students, the community and university students.
For entrepreneurs and small businesses, USC-Aiken supports the region through its Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a facility providing services, resources, and workshops for the region’s start-up companies.
In addition to USC-Aiken, Aiken Real Estate and Edgefield also offer options for vocational and technical training. The Aiken Technical College (ATC), one of the state’s leading technical training facilities, provides hands-on training in the areas of metalworking, health services, radiology and, through a unique program, fire detection. Each year, more than 3,400 students enroll in credit courses to earn degrees, diplomas and certificates in computer technology, office systems technology, industrial/occupational or engineering technology, business, health, and public service.