Aiken, SC Neighborhoods

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 06:24

Aiken real estate is a diverse affair. The area’s rich history combines seamlessly with the more contemporary options that are beginning to pop up.

After the Civil War, Aiken began to attract wealthy Northerners who were lured to the area by the opportunities for equestrian sports. It was this rush of new residents that established the now historic Winter Colony.

You can still see the fruits of their labor when driving down Hayne Avenue, Whiskey Road and South Boundary, where the residential streets are lined with restored homes from the late 1800s. In fact, more than 70 homes and buildings in the area are within three National Register Historic Districts, all accessible to curious visitors. These historic homes and established neighborhoods now mingle with an array of apartments, townhouses, golf communities and gated condos. Downtown Aiken, however, is almost an exclusively historic section of the city.

Elsewhere in the city, newer communities abound, such as Trolley Run Station, featuring estate houses, high-end apartments and single-family homes. Residents can get a membership option for Houndslake Country Club, and a family YMCA within the community is in the works.

Other golf communities in Aiken include Cedar Creek and Woodside Plantation. Privacy seekers also will enjoy Grand Oaks of Aiken, a gated community just minutes from downtown. Enjoyable amenities include a pool, clubhouse and tennis courts, and those who choose to live in the condo complex will have all their maintenance worries taken care of in the homeowner’s association fee.

The city’s variety of neighborhoods makes living there a joy. No matter if you’re a retiree relocating to a golf community, a young family looking for an older home or a young professional or college student in need of a cost-effective apartment, Aiken is full of possibilities.