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Old 02-20-2014, 10:01 PM
 
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Just wanted to post about my recent visit. Some friends are moving to Columbia from Atlanta in a few months. I came with them to look for real estate and came away very impressed. My friends will most likely rent for a while before buying so we looked at CanalSide, very cool community.

The Vista area is a terrific part of the city. The State Museum Is in an awesome building. Love how they reused a building instead of trying to build a statement building that has little character. The area has some terrific restaurants.......Motor Supply, Gervais & Vine, Liberty Tap Room, and a few others were as good as anything I have seen.....Liberty for the atmosphere. The area seems to be a very strong up and coming area building on a strong foundation. I am jot sure what isn't is called but the canal was a great find in the city.

Main Street had a great presence. It was not overwhelming with highrises building but had just enough to get a large city feel. We walked around for a while and noticed a lot of energy with new restaurants and art facilities.

5 Points was the classic college village. The area has a great feel and is cool in a funky way. Seems as though it caters to the school andvdoes a good job with local offerings.....the wife loved The Gourmet Shop. Pawleys is one of the bet burgers I have had anywhere. The neighborhoods down Devine and Devine St reminded me alittle of Virginia Highlands here in Atlanta.

All in all, I was surprised. Columbia seems to have a very vibrant downtown that is growing organically and not in a planned master community way. That is refreshing to see as many communities are working hard to create a Hollywood set type downtown. Love that the city is using a lot of existing buildings and incorporwting the new. I have been through Columbia many times on the interstate but have never seen downtown, I will enjoy visiting when my friends are settled, especially when UGA comes to Town. I hate to admit it, Carolina has a nice campus, the Horseshoe is one of the nicest college settings around.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Glad you enjoyed your visit, and that's nice of you to say good things about the city. I would like to welcome you and your friends to the area, and look forward to partying at The Brice when the Bulldogs come to town. PS- love the Tabernacle and the Park Bar in Atlanta.
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