Augusta GA Property Quick Searches
Below are some quick searches to Augusta homes for sale sorted by price range. These particular real estate searches pull property in both Richmond and Columbia counties.
If you wish to make a more detailed search for homes for sale in the Augusta area, you can browse Augusta home listings using my Augusta MLS page. It's not only Elegant, it is the finest MLS Search in Augusta Georgia!
About the Augusta GA Real Estate Market
The Augusta real estate market can be split up into several micro-markets: Martinez, Evans, Summerville, and to some degree the outlying areas of Grovetown and Hephzibah.
Martinez and Evans are urban, and for the most part are located within the Augusta metro area. Summerville is the historic central area of Augusta, consisting of older, larger, and more stately homes. The Grovetown area, also known at the Gateway of Columbia County is growing by leaps and houses many of our military families from nearby Fort Gordon. Hephzibah continues to grow rapidly, and is a bit quieter and removed from the city.
The Augusta market covers two major Georgia counties. The borders of Columbia and Richmond counties form a straight line bisecting the city like an arrow pointing to the northeast.
Evans and Martinez and Grovetown to the north & west are in Columbia County. Hephzibah, and Summerville to the south are in Richmond County. The military reservation at Fort Gordon lies in both counties, but most of the base is located in Richmond County.
The city of Augusta joined with Richmond County to form a consolidated government several years ago locally known as Augusta-Richmond County. The bulk of metropolitan Augusta lies within Richmond County.
Richmond County Real Estate - Richmond County Listings
In this field you can find searches to all the current Richmond County homes for sale sorted by listing prices. These are intended to be 'quick' searches to help you get a feel for the market. These pages are updated nightly. As always, if you wish to perform more detailed searches of our database, you can visit the Augusta GA MLS Search page.
Columbia County Real Estate - Columbia County Listings
Below are pre-built searches for Columbia County homes for sale sorted by listing price. If you wish to perform a more thorough search, please visit the Augusta GA MLS Search page.
Augusta Georgia - The Flower of the South
Locally known as the 'Garden City', Augusta is the second largest city in Georgia, second only to Atlanta in size. The city is heavily influenced by it's 3 largest employers: The Savannah River Site (old timers just call it the 'bomb plant'), the Fort Gordon U.S. Army Signal Center, and the Medical College of Georgia. All three draw a large force of well educated, highly skilled individuals into the area.
Augusta is probably best known for the Master's Golf Tournament the first week in April, where the beauty of the Augusta National Golf Course is always on display.
Augusta has a long list of favorite sons and daughters- James Brown the soul singer, Hulk Hogan (wrestler), Butterfly McQueen (she was the maid in Gone with the Wind), Jasper Johns (artist), Larry Mize (golfer), Tery Gibb and Amy Grant (singers), and most famous of all - Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President.
Weather for Augusta, Georgia
Augusta boasts wonderful weather almost year around. The average annual temperature is 63F, with a relative humidity of 52%. Augusta gets 45" of rainfall per year. Outdoor sports such as golfing, swimming, or motorcycling, can be enjoyed almost 8 months of the year.
The temperatures can reach extremes though- we usually see 55 days a year below freezing and 73 days above 90 degrees.
Monthly Temperature Averages (in Farenheit degrees):
January - 44
February - 48
March - 56
April - 63
May - 71
June - 78
July - 81
August - 80
September - 75
October - 64
November - 55
December - 47
Demographics for Augusta
The city population is approximately 200,000 people. The metropolitan area is much more than that- more than 520,000 people. The average age is about 32 years, and the average family income is $38,000. The racial mix is 45% white, 50% black, 5% other.
University of South Carolina at Aiken: USC maintains a satellite school in Aiken South Carolina. USCA educates in the Sciences, Nursing, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Education.
Aiken Technical College offers industrial and technical degrees.
Augusta State University is a member of the University of Georgia school system and is located downtown on Walton Way. The campus is located on the site of the old Augusta Arsenal and has a number of historic buildings and a very old cemetery. If you refer to this school as 'Harvard on the Hill', you've just earned the right to call yourself a Native Augustan.
Paine College is a christian Liberal Arts College in Augusta.
The Medical College of Georgia is one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Founded in 1828, MCG currently has 5 schools on campus: The School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, School of Allied Health, and Graduate Studies.
The History of Augusta, Georgia
Augusta was founded in 1736 by James Oglethorpe, a British military officer who intended to start his own British Colony between Carolina to the North and Florida to the South. Based in Savannah, he hoped to create an interior base with which to drive a wedge between the French and Spanish Colonies to the South and the English enterprises to the North. The spot he picked was a logical one - the farthest navigable point on the Savannah River, on the bank opposite the Carolina colony.
The new village of Augusta was named in honor of Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. The Princess was from a small duchy located in the center of what is now Germany. Later she became titled 'Princess of Wales' by virtue of marriage to Frederick, the Prince of Wales. Princess Augusta gave birth to King George III. (King George ultimately lost the War of Independence that brought the United States into being.)
The area had been a ford and a natural trading point for many years for the local Creek and Cherokee Indian tribes. The initial settlement prospered in trade with the Indians, and in 1739 a road was cut between Savannah and Augusta to allow land travel between the two cities. Guns turned to Bibles so to speak as the first church in the area, St. Pauls, was built in 1750, virtually in the same spot as the initial Fort Oglethorpe that had defended the settlement.
During the Revolution, Augusta served as the capital of Georgia while Savannah (then the capital) sweated out a British occupation. Augusta was briefly occupied in 1779 by Lt. Colonel Archibald Campbell of the British army, but he soon hotfooted out of the area once he realized Colonial militia were mustering on the Carolina side for a drive to retake the city. He lingered out of striking range of the colonials, but soon retook the city for good until the war came to a close soon after.
The next few years were spent developing the economic potential for the area. What was to become the Medical College of Georgia was founded in 1828. In 1845, Augusta was linked by rail to Atlanta, Georgia, and then on to Chattanooga, Tennessee, giving access to the Mississippi. Then the 1848 construction of the Augusta canal routed barge traffic around the Savannah rapids and provided free water power for many mills along the waterway. A few years later, a rail connection to Charleston was put in place. The scene was set for economic expansion - Augusta now had major railway links, Savannah river access to the port of Savannah, excess water power in the form of the canal, and an established roadway system.
As the opening shots of the Civil War echoed across the landscape, Augusta found itself a city of 12,000 souls. After peaceably kicking out the Federals from the Augusta Arsenal, the populace began forming military units to fight for Georgia. Almost 2000 volunteers ultimately fought for the Confederacy, and many made it back. One could argue though, that Augusta's largest and most valuable contribution to the war against Northern Aggression was it's industrial capacity. The canal and river mills were put to work making repeating rifles and pistols, muskets, swords, and cannon. The Confederate powder works supplied the gunpowder for most of the Southern war effort, and the textile mills churned out thousands of grey uniforms, making efficient use of the bales of cotton rotting on the Augusta river wharf since the port of Savannah was blockaded. Later in the war, Augusta found itself in the unenviable position of hospital city, as pathetically wounded Rebels and captured Federals alike were shipped in by rail and river boat by the struggling Confederacy for medical treatment. As Sherman hacked and burned his way east from Atlanta, Augusta fortified itself for the impending clash with Federal troops on their March to the Sea. The blow never came. Whether due to the powerful defenses or for other reasons, Sherman veered around Augusta. (Some say it was General US Grant that delivered the reprieve. As former Commander at the Augusta Arsenal, Genl. Grant looked back on his Augusta days with fondness.)
The future President Woodrow Wilson spent his boyhood years in Augusta during the Civil War, moving away in 1870 at the edge of 14. It's possible that his 14 Points and ideas for a 'League of Nations' were formed as he observed the terrible war going on all around him. So maybe a little good came out of all that bloodshed after all.
By the turn of the century, Augusta was well established. The onset of World War II saw the founding of Camp Gordon in December 1941, later to be renamed Fort Gordon, as a military training center. Today, in addition to it's continuing duties training our Armed Forces, it also harbors a classified 'signals collection center' used to collect information on terrorist activity.
In 1948 the Clarks Hill Dam was constructed, finally taming the annual flooding of the Savannah River. (Much of the Augusta levee system can still be seen today along the Augusta Riverwalk.)
The cold war also brought in the Savannah River Site in 1950, which provided the tritium and plutonium used for the United States nuclear arsenal. For much of the cold war, Augustans were very aware that they were targeted right behind Washington DC in a potential first strike by the Soviet Union. With typical local flair, people in the area referred to it as 'the bomb plant', shrugged their shoulders, and thought no more about it.
Today Augusta has grown into one of the larger cities in the Southeast, while somehow preserving a generous amount of it's Old South flair. I always tell visitors- "Once you see Augusta's azaleas in bloom in April, you won't want to go back home."