The bustling city center offers dozens of charmingly renovated apartments and lofts for lease and sale above historic storefronts. Over the past 10 years the area has developed into a vibrant neighborhood community, complete with restaurants, art galleries, antique stores and nightclubs, all of which attract tourists and locals alike downtown. Similar housing options are located on the Augusta Canal at Enterprise Mill, a former cotton mill that has been renovated into trendy loft apartments and commercial office space.
Along the Savannah River, a number of luxury homes and multi-level town homes line both sides of the river. River Place, an upscale high-rise condo building, offers sky-high views and stylish living right downtown. On the South Carolina riverbanks, the River Golf Club features a Jim Fazio-designed riverfront golf course, which offers 18 holes of challenging play. A neighborhood of custom-built homes rests along the riverfront, North Augusta Greeneway (a 10-mile bike path) and a golf course, offering a comfortable, outdoorsy lifestyle option and one of the best views in the area. Also on the riverfront is Hammond’s Ferry, a new community that marks the completion of an original plan developed more than 100 years ago to connect the city to the Savannah River.
To experience some of the most authentic Southern living in Augusta, consider the historic Summerville area. This former winter resort of the late 19th and 20th centuries is located on the Hill, where you’ll find some of the CSRA’s most picturesque houses gracing tree-lined streets. The area is also home to Georgia Regents University and the medical district.
Just minutes away is Columbia County. Here, development has included preserving 20 percent of the county’s land for green space, a network of bike paths and a town center philosophy. The River Island community boasts its own on-site naturalist who organizes events to educate residents and consults with them on a variety of plant and wildlife topics. Those looking to go green can also investigate Bartram Trail, an environment-friendly community that plans to incorporate 10 miles of trails, or Tudor Branch, a wilderness trust neighborhood with plenty of walking trails.
If you really want to feel as if you are living close to nature, Southwind at Savannah Lakes is perfectly situated on Lake Thurmond. Although this popular lake and its surrounding recreation areas continue to grow, Lake Thurmond remains well-known for its pristine shoreline and wide open water. Sailing, powerboating, and waterskiing are well-suited for the big water channels while canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing are popular in the more quiet coves.
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