1570 River Island Pkwy., Evans, Georgia 30809
Beautiful River Island is a Soothing Riverfront Community with Tall Trees, a Communal Boat Dock, a Riverwalk, Single Family Homes and Town Homes
Nestled on 800 acres of prime riverfront property along the Savannah River, soothing River Island is in eastern Georgia, about 12 miles outside of Augusta and two hours from the coast. Building started around 2006 and continues today.
River Island has both single family homes, most of which are fairly large, and town homes. Floor plans range from about 2,500 square feet to more than 5,000 square feet and have three to six bedrooms with two and a half to five and a half baths. A formal dining room, a great room, tall trey ceilings, bamboo flooring, tall windows, an attached two or three car garage and a front porch are common elements. Some homes sit along the river. Lawns are well manicured.
Prices begin in the high-$400,000s. The HOA fees are said to be about $1,500 per year, although town homes have an additonal $125 or so per month fee. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they will change.
River Island bills itself as a "convervation community" and is dotted with tall trees. A lovely boardwalk parallels the river, and the lodge and pool house overlook the water. Residents launch kayaks and canoes from the community boat dock and enjoy quiet paddles along the lazy Savannah. Miles of walking trails meander through the community. Neighborhood gardens bloom with abandon.
Evans is a quiet but growing town. Its Towne Center Park Lady Antebellum Pavilion hosts concerts and a summer beach blast. Nearby Augusta is home to the famed Augusta National Golf Club, and golf courses dot the area.
Evans does not have a hospital, but Trinity Hospital of Augusta is eight miles away and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain each year.
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Hernando de Soto of Spain traveled to this area in 1540, but the English had a stake here, too. A general, James Oglethorpe of England, created a haven for English debtors in the area in 1733, and he defeated Spanish invaders in 1742.
Georgia was a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War. It suffered tremendous damage when General Sherman of the Union Army burned Atlanta and then conducted his March to the Sea in 1864, resulting in the capture of Savannah.
The largest in the Southeast, Georgia has seen a lot of growth in the last couple of decades. Atlanta, the capital city, is a transportation center and communications hub, and it is from where goods are distributed to much of the surrounding region.
A leader in paper and board products, Georgia also produces textiles, processed chicken, chemicals and apparel. A few of the important agricultural products are soybeans, cotton, corn, tobacco, peaches and eggs. Georgia also grows more peanuts than any other state. Half of the world supply of turpentine and resins are made from Georgia's pine trees.
Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women, and in 1945 Georgia was the first state to lower the legal voting age from 21 to 18.
Major tourist spots include the National Cemetery, Andersonville Prison Park, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Little White House where President Roosevelt died in 1945 (Warm Springs), the giant Confederate Memorial at Stone Mountain (the largest sculpture in the world), the Cumberland Island National Seashore and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
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