North Augusta - South Carolina's Riverfront Resort
North Augusta is situated beside the powerful commerce and urban growth of Augusta, with a flood of new faces calling Columbia County and Richmond County home. Nearby is Aiken - a beautiful small town with proud and sophisticated horse racing fans. A short drive north is the Old South charm of Edgefield, the birthplace of 10 governors of South Carolina. A few minutes to the south and east is the quiet area of Beech Island. This is one of the nicest areas in the South, with a quality of living to rival just about anywhere.
North Augusta SC Real Estate
The following list of neighborhoods are all great places to look for North Augusta homes for sale. Follow the individual neighborhood links to see property for sale in those areas.
North Augusta SC Popular Neighborhood Information
Lakes and Streams - Situated at the end of Blanchard Road in North Augusta, Lakes and Streams is a neighborhood made up of beautiful middle class homes starting in the 180's. Much of the neighborhood surrounds an attractive main pond, numerous small ponds and water fountains. Google Map
Hammond Hills - This is one of the oldest and largest neighborhoods in town. There are always lots of fine properties to look at here. A very quiet and dignified neighborhood, Hammond Hills offers lots of charm.
Knollwood - A neighborhood in North Augusta, SC, Knollwood offers homes starting in the 190's.
Palmetto Place - A quiet, established neighborhood found right off Sudlow Lake Road in North Augusta. Palmetto Place is made up of 3- and 4-bedroom homes ranging from the 180's on up. The Elegant Augusta Real Estate Blog has a neighborhood profile on Palmetto Place. Google Map
Sudlow Hills - Located near Lakes and Streams, right off of Old Sudlow Lake Road, this is a quiet, charming neighborhood featuring three- and four-bedroom homes. Google Map
The Willows - A neighborhood right outside of Belvedere, you can visit The Willows on Willow Lane, off of Clearwater Road. It is made up of starter and middle-class homes in the 120's and up. The houses have vinyl siding, two car garages, vinyl siding, and their own water wells and septic tanks.
Timothy Crossing - Made up of 3 bedroom homes with gas fireplaces, two car garages, and vinyl siding, this North Augusta neighborhood starts in the 150's.
Savannah Barony - An upscale neighborhood in Aiken County, Savannah Barony is located in a scenic area near the Savannah River. House values are typically in the 500's. These homes have 4 to 5 bedrooms or more, 3000+ square feet of living space, and rich interior finishing. If you are looking for an address to impress the neighbors, this is it! School systems are Hammond Hill Elementary, Paul Knox Middle School, and North Augusta High. Google Map. Visit the following link to read a whole profile on Savannah Barony.
River North - Wow, if you want some nice river views, this is the place to go! Lots and finished homes are available. Home prices are in the 500's, lots in the 100 to 250's. School systems are North Augusta Elementary, NA Middle, and NA High. Google Map
The Rapids - This is one of the more upscale neighborhoods in the North Augusta SC area. An established neighborhood nestled along the Savannah River, The Rapids offers homes ranging from the 800's to the middle-200's.
Midland Valley Golf Club - An older and established golfing community midway between North Augusta and Aiken. Midland Valley offers an 18-hole golf course, driving range, and community pool. With large lots and spacious homes, this is a golf club to take a look at. This is another course that appears in a recent Elegant Augusta Real Estate Blog article on North Augusta Golf Communities.
Bergen Place West - A newer neighborhood conviently located near North Augusta Country Club. The pricing is in the mid-200's.
North Augusta Home Listings
Below are pre-built searches for all the residential real estate available in North Augusta SC sorted by price range. North Augusta is growing rapidly and there are always plenty of homes for sale to fit any budget. The 'quiet side of the river' offers a great mix of new-build and older homes, and if you want to enjoy some land around your home, North Augusta is the place to be!
Aiken County Listings
Below you can find searches to all Aiken County homes for sale sorted by listing prices. This is an ideal way to learn the Aiken County real estate market! These pages are updated nightly.
North Augusta Real Estate - North Augusta Neighborhood Listings
North Augusta neighborhoods can be searched individually by using the neighborhood search page. Home listings in the following neighborhoods will be available for you to view. Choose Aiken County in the dropdown, and then select any of the neighborhoods you are interested in.
Bergen Place West
Lakes and Streams
Midland Valley Estates
Overlook @ The Rapids
The Landing At River Club
The Summit At Horse Crk
Village West @ Sage Creek
Demographics for North Augusta
According to the 2000 census, the population of North Augusta is approximately 18,000 people, consisting of 4,800 families. The racial makeup is 78% White, 18% Black, with the rest being of varied races. The median age was 36, there being slightly more females than males. The average family income was $53,000.
School Information for Aiken County
Here is an excellent contact list of Aiken County public schools.
Middle and Elementary Schools in Aiken County
St. Mary's Help of Christians School is a Catholic school for kindergarten through 8th grade.
Mead Hall Episcopal School has kindergarten through 8th grade and is also private.
Our Lady of Peace is a private Catholic school for kindergarten through 8th grade.
Links to all Aiken area public middle and elementary schools.
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 within easy reach of North Augusta.
Paine College is a christian Liberal Arts College in Augusta.
The History of North Augusta, South Carolina:
North Augusta is located along the banks of the Savannah River, in Aiken County, South Carolina. The area has been inhabited by Europeans for well over 300 years. Just north of the current city, rapids form in the River, marking the farthest North the Savannah is navigable. For hundreds of years Indian tribes met at that spot to ford the river and trade.
In the mid-1600s the English founded a trading post called Savannah Town to take advantage of the merchant traffic along the river. That settlement faltered soon after, however. Later the area was home to a settlement named Campbelltown that prospered due to the growing tobacco trade in the area. Once again, the growing village failed- this time due to opposition from the established town of Augusta on the Georgia side of the river.
The third effort to grow a city on the Carolina banks of the Savannah River was the founding of the city of Hamburg in 1821 by an eccentric genius named Henry Schultz. When the very first railroad in the US was laid in 1833, connecting Hamburg to Charleston via 'The Best Friend Express', it looked like Henry was going to be able to strangle Augusta. Merchant traffic was being diverted away from the river down to Port Royal and the Port of Savannah, and being redirected by rail to the port of Charleston. In addition, Henry built a covered pedestrian bridge across the River, getting quite wealthy on toll traffic in the process.
The city of Augusta struck back in 1848 by using Irish and Chinese labor to build the Augusta Canal. This canal provided power to many 'manufactories' and mills in the city, and with one stroke bypassed the Savannah River rapids. This meant that the city of Augusta could regain some river traffic and provide plentiful water power to any employer that needed it. When several years later the railroads built a bridge across the river, allowing rail traffic to deliver goods straight to Augusta, Henry Schultz's Hamburg was doomed. Poor Henry died penniless. It's not known where he is buried, but a bluff overlooking the River bears his name today as Schultz Hill.
In the end, Augusta provided for settling the opposite banks of the river on it's own. The malaria and 'river sickness' along the banks of the River was avoided by homesteading on the higher banks of South Carolina. Initially some wealthier citizens made the move across, such as Walter Jackson who built the grand Lookaway Hall in 1895, and James Jackson who built Rosemary Hall in 1902. The massive Hampton Terrace hotel also began construction in 1902, opening for business the following year. It was the largest wooden structure in the United States at one time. Intended as a resort hotel, much of it burned down in a tragic fire in 1916. The hotel could hold over 500 guests and was considered one of the finest hotels in the country. Parts of the complex remains visible today, if you know where to look. A lodge known as The Seven Gables was built by the owners of the hotel and gained national notoriety in the 1980's when blacks were denied entrance to a restaurant located there.
Ultimately the city of North Augusta was founded in 1906 by James Jackson, and the rest, as they say, is history.
If you would like to read further about North Augusta history, I found this excellent post about North Augusta and the Hampton Terrace Hotel. The same site has articles about the Augusta Canal, walking the CSRA, and Hammond's Ferry (and probably others I did not see).