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Old 05-11-2013, 08:21 AM
 
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We are being transferred to the Columbia area. My husband will be working in Newberry, but we have no intention on living there. We have kids who will be in elementary, middle and high school. Can anyone give me some clarity on which public school districts are best? Also, we'll be looking at buying a home in the 350K-400K range & we can deal with a 30-45 minute commute. We've been looking at places like Chapin (which seems really nice, but tiny) & Lexington (don't know much about it yet except where it's geographically located).

Any help would be much appreciated....Thank you in advance.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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With that buget, I would choose Chapin for sure. You might be able to find something on the lake down Amicks Ferry . That would put you pretty close to Newberry right up 76. Your gonna have to learn how to say" Newbury".
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:00 AM
 
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Also, in Newberry young men are chaps. Y'all are prime candidates for Lexington-Richland District 5. Dutch Fork and Chapin are tops in that district.
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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With that buget, I would choose Chapin for sure. You might be able to find something on the lake down Amicks Ferry . That would put you pretty close to Newberry right up 76. Your gonna have to learn how to say" Newbury".
Thanks for the tips...and the proper pronunciation. I'll check things out around Amicks Ferry.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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Also, in Newberry young men are chaps. Y'all are prime candidates for Lexington-Richland District 5. Dutch Fork and Chapin are tops in that district.
Do they call one another chaps? Lexington-Richland District 5 keeps coming up as a great district but I wanted to hear it from someone who actually knows about it, so thanks.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:17 PM
 
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Do they call one another chaps? Lexington-Richland District 5 keeps coming up as a great district but I wanted to hear it from someone who actually knows about it, so thanks.
Actually I'm just going by what my mom told me. My paternal grandparents lived in Newberry about 50 years or so and my mom said the people there used that word, although I never heard it used. She probably meant people my grandparents' age used it.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Chapin, Ballentine or Irmo would be your best bet. Newberry is a much more difficult commute from the south side of Lake Murray (lexington).
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:46 AM
 
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IMHO, you should seriously consider the Ballentine area, since you don't mind the commute to work. Chapin is not as "tiny" as you might think, but if you live in Chapin, you will find yourself commuting toward Irmo a lot for kids activities. I think Ballentine would give you a good combination of school dist (5), not extremely far from shopping (Harbison & Lexington) and activities in downtown Columbia. And with your budget, you could get a very nice house or possibly a lesser house that is on the lake. Either would be nice!
Chapin is in the same district (as long as you don't cross over the Newberry County line). It's just not as convenient to anything other than the lake and your husband's new job.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:37 PM
 
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+1 for the Ballentine area. Best mix of great schools, reasonable distance to downtown, and distance to shopping and amenities. For your budget, I'd look at the neighborhood "Lakeside at Ballentine".
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:25 PM
 
Location: North Augusta, SC
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I agree with the Ballentine/Irmo recommendations.
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