Midlands Home Sales Rise

Sandra Parkhurst4/27/2012  |  Categories: Columbia
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Momentum returns to the Columbia Real Estate Market!  The State Newspaper published an article recently with a positive outlook on home sales in Columbia.  The article highlighted a rebound in home sales in the Columbia area, with focus turned to Lake Carolina.  Sales in 2012 are going strong.  We are fortunate to have a community that our residents love; the social events, the amenities, the location, the schools, and most importantly the people.

As we embark on our Parade of Homes one year anniversary, we are reminded of that pivotal turning point.  When one by one, the five $400,000+ homes were sold to new homeowners!  With over 100 special events running continuously over the 21 day span, the Parade of Homes attracted more than 8,000 potential home buyers to our Lake Carolina Community.  The Town Center, Lake House and community was bustling with activity!

To read the full article from The State Newspaper, click here.

Did you attend the 2011 Parade of Homes at Lake Carolina?  Which event or home did you enjoy the most?

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Explore Nature at Congaree National Park

Sandra Parkhurst4/10/2012  |  Categories: Nature
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Congaree National Park is just 45 minutes from Lake Carolina and offers astonishing biodiversity with the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States.  If you haven't visited this park before, now is the time.  During the spring months, the flowers are in bloom and the temperature is ideal for frolicking in nature among champion trees.

The park offers canoe tours for park visitors to enjoy a leisurely paddle down Cedar Creek and guided wilderness hikes for the adventure seeker along their many miles of scenic trails.  Camping is also available at Congaree National Park.

To plan your visit to Congaree National Park, please visit their website.

If you have visited this park before, what was your favorite discovery?

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Indie Grits Festival

Sandra Parkhurst4/10/2012  |  Categories: Columbia
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The 2012 Indie Grits Film Festival takes place from April 19-29 in Columbia, SC.  The popular event is presented and created by the Nickelodeon Theatre, the only non-profit, art-house theater in South Carolina.  The festival presents an exciting, enlightening opportunity for experienced and not so experienced Southern filmmakers to share their interest in independent media production.

The festival includes entertainment in several categories:  film, music, craft, interactive, make, food, stage, art, kids and parties.

For more information regarding the Indie Grits Film Festival and for a schedule of events, please visit their website.

Have you been to Indie Grits?  What advice do you have for newbies to the festival?

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Spring Yard Sale

Sandra Parkhurst4/10/2012  |  Categories: Events
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Make good use of that spring cleaning and participate in Lake Carolina's Spring Yard Sale.  Residents in Lake Carolina should email events@lakecarolina.com with the following information:  name, neighborhood, street address and a summary of items for sale.  The yard sale map will be available the week of the sale.

Shoppers begin browsing the streets before the sun rises, but officially the yard sale begins at 7am.  Get here early for the goods!

What's the most unique item you discovered at a yard sale?

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Lake Carolina ends quarter with 72 sales

Alessandro Faniuolo4/9/2012  |  Categories: Community
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Sales  at  Columbia’s  leading master-­‐planned  community are on  pace to top 2011.

Columbia,  SC    (April  3,    2012) -  Lake  Carolina,  a    residential  master-­‐planned    community  located northeast  of   Columbia,  announces  72  sales  of  new homes  and  homesites  for  the  first    quarter  of 2012.     The  pace  puts  the  community  on  track  to  more  than  double  2011  sales  levels.
“We’ve  started  2012  with  great    momentum,”  says  David  Tuttle,  President    of  Lake  Carolina    Development    Company.     “There  are    positive  signs  in  the market,  interest    rates  are  down,  credit    is  beginning  to  loosen    and  we  are  seeing  increased  construction  activity.     All  of  the  signs  are  here  for  a   successful  2012.”

Lake  Carolina    has  partnered  with  many  of  Columbia’s  top  builders,  all  of  which  have  construction  activity    underway  at    Lake  Carolina.      Essex  Homes, Hallmark  Homes,  Mungo  Homes  and  McGuinn  Homes    have  a    total  of  over  50  homes  in  some  stage  of  construction  in  various  neighborhoods throughout    the  community.      Builder  sales  have  also  attributed  to  the  sharp  increase  in  sales.     “Our  builder  partners  are  seeing  the    same    positive signs  in  the  market    we  are  and  are  buying  homesites  in  preparation  to  build  more    inventory,”    continues  Mr.  Tuttle.

“Its  been  a    while  since  we’ve  had  this    much    activity  at    all  price  points  within  the  community  at    one    time,”  comments  Carol  Douis,  President    of  Lake  Carolina    Properties.     “Lake  Carolina    recorded  105    new    home  closings  last    year,  finishing  in  the  top-­‐5    in  both  Carolinas*.     That    was  a    remarkable  achievement    and  we    are  even  more  positive  about    the  market    this  year.”

In  addition  to  all  of  the  new  home  construction,  construction  is    beginning  on  a    new  elementary  school  as    well.       A  second  Richland  District    2 elementary  school  located  within  Lake  Carolina    is  scheduled  to  open    in  fall  2013.

“We  feel  we  are  in  a    strong  position  for  2012,”  comments  Ms.  Douis.     “We  have  expanded  our  product    offerings  and  maintain  a    variety  of  new  inventory  homes.      Activity  breeds  activity,  people  can’t    help  but    be  excited  about    our  community  and  many  offerings.”

For  additional  information visit www.LakeCarolina.com.

About  Lake  Carolina:

Lake  Carolina,  situated  on  1850  acres  in  Columbia,  S.C.,  has  been  named  Community  of  the  Year#  for  ten    years.  Within  the  community  are  over  six miles  of  shoreline  on  a    200-­‐acre    freshwater  lake  for  swimming,    fishing,  sailing,  boating  and  waterskiing;  30+    miles  of  walking  trails;  a    Town  Center with  shopping,  dining    and  professional  services;  Columbia’s  newest    YMCA;  Richland  2  schools;  and  20+    community  events  each    year.  Lake  Carolina   offers  homes  for  sale  from  the  low  $100s  to  over  $1  million  and  homesites  from  the    $40s  to  $275,000+.

#The Community of the Year award, which distinguishes communities for their special features, layout and location, is  one  of  the  highest  honors  given  by  the  Home  Builders  Association  of  Greater    Columbia.   Other  judging  criteria  for    this  award  include    concept  and  theme,  curb  appeal  and    signage.

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