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Downtown / Near USC – Over $250K Real Estate

University Hill

University Hill is one of Columbia’s oldest neighborhoods and is known for its elegance, charm, and wide tree-lines streets, Homes in this area date generally from 1885 to 1950 and contain a range of architectural styles, Flanked by the State House, our flagship university and the bustling Five Points shopping, restaurant, and bar district, University Hill is ideally located for downtown living. Sidewalks lead to numerous points of interest within walking distance in the city, including “the Horseshoe,” McKissick Museum, Longstreet Theatre, Maxcy Gregg Park with its Olympic size pool, Columbia’s Senior Center, downtown Main Street, and live music in the Five Points district.

Wales Garden

This handsome historic neighborhood is bounded by Harden, Pickens and Blossom Streets. The stunning Saluda Street section of the neighborhood features fine and widely varying homes from Mediterranean style to classically styled estates on large lots. Much of Wales Garden features tree-lined streets named after SC’s scenic rivers, including, Saluda, Enoree, Edisto, and Combahee. A popular neighborhood for the University community, this area is imminently walkable and only blocks from campus.

Hollywood-Rose Hill

Slightly west of Shandon is the Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhood. Less than a mile from the USC campus, this neighborhood features traditionally styled homes with varied architectural styles and sizes. Prices range from approximately $200,00 to $1 million plus, and homes include Mediterranean, bungalow, and Georgian styles. A popular gathering spot for children and adults is a beautifully landscaped park complete with gathering and play spaces. DiPrato’s, a popular restaurant a few blocks from the neighborhood, is an easy stroll and a great place for brunch. Five Points isnearby as well and is a pleasant walk down Saluda Avenue for coffee or brunch.


East of the capital and only minutes away, older traditional neighborhoods abound, including Shandon. Offering homes ranging from $225,000 to upwards of $1 million, Shandon’s tree shaded sidewalks and parks foster a friendly and active lifestyle. Neighbors wave from porches and gather to chat at Sims Park or Emily Douglas park, both popular gathering spots. Walk to popular dining and shopping venues.

Forest Hills

Forest Hills is a unique, historic in-town neighborhood of about 285 homes. Designed by a renowned New York landscape architect, Forest Hills has a well-documented history, and the neighborhood along with some individual homes are on the Historic Register. Features of Forest Hills are its rolling terrain, landscaped common islands, and its well-kept homes and grounds. Its proximity to the cultural, business and higher education centers in Columbia make it a highly desirable place to live.

Architectural styles in Forest Hills are unusually varied and include Cape Cod, French Tudor, Federal Style, and even an excellent example of Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival style, among others.

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The beautiful, traditional Heathwood neighborhood in central Columbia is located near downtown, Five Points, Fort Jackson, and USC. With tall pines and ancient oaks, it was named after cotton broker Moses Chapelle Heath, who purchased 130 acres in 1914 from Ursuline Academy, a women’s finishing school. Heathwood was annexed into the city in 1925 with some homes listed on the Register of Historic Places. Heathwood features a variety of home styles and sizes ranging from small condos around $100,000 to million dollar mansions. Bounded by Trenholm Road, Beltline Boulevard, and Devine Street, Heathwood features spacious homes often situated on large lots. For more information, please visit:

Lake Katherine

Lake Katherine is bounded by Beltline Boulevard to the west, Trenholm Road to the north, Devine Street to the south, and Jackson Boulevard to the east. This neighborhood featured a beautiful man-made lake as its primary feature. Its homes range from $200,000 upward to over a million. Excellent schools have led many young families to purchase in the neighborhood where they grew up.

Wheeler Hill

Wheeler Hill was developed in the 1980s by the USC development corporation. Located between Five points and USC campus, the neighborhood abuts Wales Garden and offers smaller patio style lots with most homes being multi-story. Some second level porches offer great views of the city and campus skyline.