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Old 03-13-2007, 08:57 PM
 
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We are looking at various lakefront areas in the Carolinas to relocate too and Lake Keowee has hit our radar. Our housing budget is up to $1M.

We are planning a trip to upstate SC and parts of NC next month to do some more scouting.

Have already had a first hand look at Lakes Wylie, Norman and Hickory.

Can anyone here describe how living around Lake Keowee might compare to some of the other lake areas I've mentioned?

We would like to be in an area that has some good urban amenities, major medical facilities (wife's employment) and within 30-45 minutes from a decent sized city.

Are there any other obvious Carolina lake areas that we should consider?

Thank you.
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Old 03-14-2007, 06:44 AM
 
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There was a post almost exactly like this a month or so ago. If you do a search it should turn up.

The prettier part of Keowee is the northern half of the lake (closer to the mountains) If you choose up there, you will be some distance (20-30 minutes) from any sort of in town conveniences (for now). You will be about 45 minutes out of Greenville, which would give you most anything you could want.

Your budget will not get you the best of what Keowee has to offer, but it will still get something to be proud of!

What makes Keowee different in my mind? trees, lots of them. mountains on the horizon. The color and clarity of the water. It has a green cast and at times can easily see down 10' or more.

Hope you get some better info. I know mine is pretty vague.
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:15 PM
 
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We were fortunate to purchase an acre of lakefront property over two years ago, paying more than what we had budgeted for. However, we are glad we purchased when we did, as the cost for good lakefront lots has certainly risen. Are you building, or purchasing a home? With your budget, you certainly should be able to find an extremely nice home. (No reason to put that kind of money into "dirt" when you could put it into a house!)

We will break ground for our new home in June and are looking forward to residing in the Seneca area. The initial draws to the area for us were the lake, mountains, the friendliness/helpfulness of the folks there, and the fairly close proximity of major medical services. (Where we reside now, we are used to driving two hours for specialists, as needed) Seneca is two hours from Charlotte, NC, about 1.5 hours from Atlanta, and approx. 75 miles from Asheville, NC, and Greenville is 35 miles away. We felt this was ideal for us, as it allowed us a quiet area to live, but still be able to get a "big city fix" if needed. The Oconee County Memorial Hospital is in the process of a major expansion, so that may be a possibility for your wife, also. For where we will be, Seneca shopping (with lots of major chains - Home Depot, Lowes, Belk, Wal-Mart, etc.) and the hospital is about six miles from us, but you would never know that kind of commercial development existed once you are on Rt. 188/Keowee School Rd (west side of lake), or on Rt. 130/Rochester Hwy (east side of lake) heading north towards Lake Jocasse.

We will be traveling there next week to meet with our builder and others, and it has felt like "going home" each visit over the past couple years. Unfortunately, we cannot speak for any other of the Carolina lakes, as we didn't look any further than Keowee after the first visit. We fell in love with the area and the people, and have always been comfortable there. Bear in mind, it is a rapidly expanding area and does have the accompanying "growing pains" usually found in those situations.

We may not have answered all your questions, but hope some of this may have been of assistance. If you think of anything else, please post and we are sure someone should be able to assist. Safe traveling to you, and hope you enjoy your visit to the Lake Keowee area! Hopefully, your quest may be over after the visit!
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Old 03-18-2007, 03:52 PM
 
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Thanks for the great info, we certainly look forward to our trip there next month to have a look for ourselves.

We need to get in contact with a good realtor there, do you know of any?

Thank you.
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:50 PM
 
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Glad we were able to offer some insight...however biased we may be about the area!

As for a realtor, we worked with Kevin Stroud (at that time with RE/MAX in Seneca -- 2.5 yrs ago) and he was absolutely great. He really worked with us to ensure we would find the right fit on a lot. Very honest and hard-working on the client's behalf. We believe he is still doing real estate, although we haven't chatted with him in over a year. If he cannot assist, no doubt he could steer you in the right direction to someone who can.

Oh, yes -- should you decide to make the area your home, you will need to develop a taste for the colors orange and purple, as Clemson University is about ten miles away, if that!

Again, good luck! Let us know how it goes for you!

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Old 08-28-2011, 11:09 PM
 
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itsme2-what did you decide. I am now in the same boat you were!
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:09 PM
 
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We are looking at various lakefront areas in the Carolinas to relocate too and Lake Keowee has hit our radar. Our housing budget is up to $1M.

We are planning a trip to upstate SC and parts of NC next month to do some more scouting.

Have already had a first hand look at Lakes Wylie, Norman and Hickory.

Can anyone here describe how living around Lake Keowee might compare to some of the other lake areas I've mentioned?

We would like to be in an area that has some good urban amenities, major medical facilities (wife's employment) and within 30-45 minutes from a decent sized city.

Are there any other obvious Carolina lake areas that we should consider?

Thank you.

you know all those lakes are on a nuclear plant complete with nuc disaster plans. Also, for us, the abject poverty in the area and the domestic problems that go with it were too heartbreaking for us. This is the beginning of the Appalachian chain, SC is not noted for their education system and certainly not in these poorer counties. I also noted your budget, we looked, there is nothing we saw there worth 1m with the exception of Lake Jocassee, and those are hard to come by, plus the lake is at the top of the chain.
I'll not say any thing else, except as far as those plants go, do your due diligence to make sure the area is in your personal comfort zone and don't take anyone else's opinion on it.
another place you might want to consider is Lake Lure. There is a very nice area up there called Rumbling Bald. also many good deals on beautiful lake front homes right now. We tried to relocate there, but got transferred to Hilton Head instead. wish it was Lake Lure!
there's a realtor there, Michael Lewis. he's also a fishing Guide( Lewis no Clark), and a Nurse. Ex air force, raising two kids on his own. A stand up guy. You want to look at anything in the area, he's lived there his entire life. You tell him Sunny sent you. He's a decent guy that could use a break.

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Old 08-30-2011, 11:19 PM
 
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Where is Lake Lure?
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:19 AM
 
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Lake Lure is in NC, about 10-15 minutes east of Hendersonville. So, 45 minutes or so north of Greenville, 30 minutes or less from Asheville. Beautiful area, but pricier than the upstate SC lakes. If you remember the movie "Dirty Dancing," it was filmed at Lake Lure.
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Old 06-01-2017, 05:36 AM
 
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I hear Lake Keowee chamber of commerce actively seeking home buyers of color to add to the diversity of demographics
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