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    Downtown / Near USC – Under $250K Real Estate

    Columbia offers lots of great options for downtown living no matter your price range. For homes close to our Famously Hot City Center, check out some of the following neighborhoods offering homes under $250,000.

    Elmwood Park

    Elmwood is a historic neighborhood featuring homes built in the early 1900s as well as new construction that captures the charm of the past. Within a few minutes of the Main Street Business District, Elmwood’s convenience cannot be beaten. The neighborhood has a Charleston feel to it and is unique in Columbia for its well- preserved architecture. Stroll the tree-lined streets and greet neighbors on their front porches.

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    Earlewood, a popular neighborhood north of Elmwood Park, offers rolling hills, large parks, a neighborhood amphtheatere and a varied selection of home styles. Especially popular with young professionals, Earlewood is a short walk to local restaurant and bar destinations. A dog friendly community, Earlewood offers plenty of trails and even its own dog park. For more information, please visit


    Cottontown is among Columbia’s most historic neighborhoods and was in the heart of what was formerly a bustling cotton district. Giant cotton warehouses were located near the neighborhood, and merchants often took residence in this nearby area to be close to their wares. Today, Cottontown is home to many young professionals who desire convenience to the Vista, the development at Bull Street that includes minor league baseball, and other downtown areas. For more information, please visit

    Melrose Heights

    Melrose Heights, a neighborhood nestled between Millwood Avenue and Gervais Street, also offers a wide range of architectural styles and prices. In recent years, many of these homes have been renovated, yet the neighborhood retains its tree-lined streets and original charm Bungalows and cottage styles are popular. From stunning, large, two-story homes to humble but charming bungalows, Melrose Heights offers something for everyone and is, like Shandon and Wales Garden, only approximately five minutes to USC. Millwood Avenue is undergoing upgrades to both its street scaping as well as its community of businesses. Starbucks will open soon along Millwood Avenue.. The popular “Crave” restaurant is a great local lunch spot. For more information, please visit

    Olde Shandon

    Olde Shandon lies between present day Shandon and Melrose Heights. This smaller neighborhood is rich in history and, like Shandon, is a short walk to the shops and restaurants of Devine Street. Prices range between approximately $175,000 up to a million, with some newer construction mixed in.


    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.


    The Rosewood neighborhood, approximately five minutes to USC, offers smaller, more affordable homes. The Owens Field Recreational Park lies at the heart of Rosewood and hosts Frisbee golf, doggie play space, and youth soccer leagues. The popular Hunter Gatherer Brewery is located in a former airplane hangar used by the Wright Brothers. Prices run from approximately $200,000 to $350,000. Columbia’s popular City Roots is a popular organic farm that features festivals and is open to the public.


    This historic community on the western edge of the USC campus was originally built around a thriving mill located in the area, now long gone and eventually converted into luxury student condominiums. Despite the inevitable transitions the community has undergone, the culture of the village still has a strong grip on the area. A new and very popular addition to the Olympia neighborhood is 701 Whaley, a thriving community center with office suites, live/work lofts, 701 Center for Contemporary Arts, and unique spaces for event rentals.


    The Waverly Historic District’s original neighborhood covered a twelve-block area east of Columbia’s late-18th century city limits. One of Columbia’s first documented suburbs, Waverly was initially home to both white and black residents, until the South became increasingly segregated during the Jim Crow era. With its own small businesses, two colleges, multiple churches and even a hospital, Waverly developed spiritual, business, academic, and professional leaders, including civil rights activists. Benedict College and Allen University anchor this neighborhood.