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Old 11-12-2007, 12:04 PM
 
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Hello. I've looked through the forums, but have not seen anything to specifically address my questions. We are being reassigned from Las Vegas to Shaw AFB (Sumter, SC). We are thinking of living in Columbia; Sumter being too much of a shock to the system. We are looking at the east side of Columbia (for the commute). We have a budget of about $300k for the house. We have 4 kids who will go to public school. Academics and sports are important. So here are my questions:

1. What schools do you recommend?
2. What neighborhoods should we be looking at?
3. How bad is my daily commute going to be?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Joe B
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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You can get a very, very nice home here for 300k. Richland 2 is the preferred school district and that will put you in NE Columbia. There's nothing wrong with Richland 1, but it's not as desirable as Richland 2.

As far as your commute, I'm not sure. If you are military make sure you take advantage of the USAA Mover's Advantage program. If you aren't familiar with it shoot me a pm or email and I'll send you the details. You can get a rebate back when you buy your home.
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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You can get a lot of house in Columbia for $300K. Since the schools in Richland 2 tend to be better you may want to look at Northeast Columbia, maybe in the area around the Summit or Lake Carolina. NE Columbia is a little further from Shaw, but you can still take I-20 to U.S. 601 south to get to Sumter. East Columbia is not a bad area and Richland School District 1 is fine, it just isn't as highly rated as Richland 2. You would be able to get more house for the money in East Columbia, but you would get plenty of house in NE Columbia, too. Schools aside I like NE better because of the better shopping availability.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:14 PM
 
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Appreciate the response. I did some searching on realtor.com and it looks like we can find something nice in the Spring Valley HS zone. Perhaps Brandon could comment on if it is a wise decision to buy in Columbia when we will almost certainly move again in 4 1/2 years.

Thanks again,
Joe
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:40 PM
 
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I would visit Sumter before I made my decision. It isn't tremendously different from Columbia, and the nicer parts of town are close to Shaw. Alice Drive Elementary/Middle and Sumter High are the best public schools in Sumter.

But if you're set against it, like others mentioned, the area in NE Columbia around Spring Valley HS would be a good option. you can take screaming eagle road (268) to US-601 to Us-378, which i'd guess is 45 minutes to Shaw. Lugoff and Camden are not far from Shaw, and might be good choices if you're looking for a quiet, more rural area.
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:06 AM
 
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Or 20 to 521 to 441, which is just as quick (I live in Oakland North next to Shaw and work in NE Cola, so I alternate routes to keep from getting stagnant).

I'd always heard district 17 schools were desired but my daughter is in district 2 (Oakland, High Hills, Shaw Heights, etc) and I'm glad she's not at Alice Dr
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Columbia is normally a safe investment if you plan to be here 2 1/2 years. That is about how long it takes to break even (normally). Of course, we don't know what will happen since real estate is unpredictable and the market is bad in some areas. It hasn't affected us too bad since we have no bubble and plenty of reasons for people to come here (business/industry, major university, retirement, military base). I don't know how the Sumter market compares but I can get someone to send you a free relo package for Columbia and Sumter if you need one. Has maps, things to do, school info, etc.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:39 PM
 
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My husband and I went from Nellis to Shaw; Sumter was a huge culture shock with us both from So Cal. We bought in The Summit, NE Columbia area and were happy. Great amenities and the best schools, 1 being in the community itself. His commute was a good 45 minutes, but worth it. He was overseas quite a bit then, and I was able to enjoy all the nearby amenities. House purchased in 1999still have it, not much increase in overall value though since purchase. Mine is going up for rent again, but too small for you I think (3 beds and an office) Look on zillow, Clearmeadow Road 29229; there's a 5 bedroom up for about 200. Again, awesome amenities for family in this neighborhood! Good luck. Bob Duker reality cators to military in the area...
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Old 06-05-2010, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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I go by individual schools, not school districts. For $300,000 why not live in Columbia or Forest Acres where it's zoned for Dreher or A.C. Flora high schools and their feeder schools. Both have good academics and sports, but not in football if that's a must. Basketball, baseball, track, swimming, etc. are good at those schools. If you would prefer a private school, Hammond, Heathwood Hall and Cardinal Newman are convenient to that side of town. Hammond and Heathwood excel at football. To whoever said Sumter isn't tremendously different from Columbia, nothing against Sumter, where I was born, but there is no comparison.
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Old 06-05-2010, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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It's a 3 year old post.
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