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Woodside

1419 Silver Bluff Road, Aiken, South Carolina 29803

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Woodside, a Gated Community Popular with Baby Boomers, Has Golf Courses, a Croquet Club, Equestrian Trails, a Wine Cellar, a Resort-Style Pool, an Adjacent Nature Preserve, a Wellness Center and a Wide Range of Prices

Woodside is a lush, planned community popular with empty nesters, baby boomers and retirees. Gated and private, it is in western South Carolina's historic town of Aiken and was has been growing since breaking ground in the 1980s. There is no cookie cutter feeling here thanks to the range of home styles.

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Woodside saunters across 2,800 acres of virgin hardwoods forest and sits next door to a nature preserve. Wide landscaped streets weave their way throughout the community. The seven distinct neighborhoods are linked by manicured walking trails and peppered with ponds, foot bridges and homes in a variety of architectural styles. Six of the neighborhoods date from the 1980s, 1990s and early-2000s and have everything from simple ranch ramblers and to elegant estate homes. Many homes have a golf course view. The newest neighborhood, The Village, was built during the last few years and has rowhouses, cottages and single family homes in the neo-classical tradition.

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Homes occasionally come up for sale in the low- to mid-$100,000s, but generally prices begin in the high-$100,000s and top out at more than one million dollars. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change.

Amenities include four 18 hole championship golf courses, two of which were designed by Jack Nicklaus and Fuzzy Zoeller, as well as private clubs, restaurants, equestrian trails, a jazz pub, a croquet club, a communitiy garden, fishing lakes, a wine cellar, a resort-style swimming pool and a cabana. A wine club, a pub club, a book club, a cycling club, a women's club and a gardening club are a few of the more than 60 social groups. The Village neighborhood has a state of the art fitness center with a well-staffed health and wellness campus.

Aiken is surrounded by horse farms and is known for its stately antebellum homes. It is a place where manners still matter, and conservative values are cherished. Residents enjoy spacious urban forests, equestrian events and a quaint, walkable downtown. Wide boulevards are lined with towering oak trees. A dozen golf courses are in the area.

Aiken Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.

January temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s, and July temperatures are in the 90s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain each year.

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Visit www.woodsidecommunities.com for more information. Go to tinyurl.com/y5ljnrzg for listings.

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South Carolina:

Francisco de Gordillo explored the present-day South Carolina coast during 1521 but was unable to establish a town. The French also failed to colonize in 1562. The English settled here in 1670, but they moved on to Charleston when the conditions worsened. The two Carolinas split officially in 1729. The state was the first to leave the Union during the Civil War.

South Carolina was once primarily agricultural and still grows peanuts, watermelons, peaches and tobacco. Today, though, it is mostly known for its textile mills. Wood products, asbestos, steel, pulp and chemicals are particularly important. A commercial tea plantation, and the only one in America, lies on an island 20 miles South of Charleston.

Top attractions include Fort Sumter, which is a national monument, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the Cypress Gardens (located in Charleston), Hilton Head resorts, the Cowpens National Battlefield, the Botanical Gardens and the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Stats:

Population - 4,961,018

Persons 65 years old and over - 16%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%

Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%

White persons, not Hispanic - 64%

Median household income - $45,483

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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55+ Communities and Single People

It often seems as though 55+ communities are full of happily married people. This is not always the case, though, as the demographic fact is that women often outlive their spouses. It is true that newer developments draw couples because newer developments tend to draw younger retirees. This is simply because older communities have residents who moved in longer ago. Older developments have more singles, particularly women, because the residents are often older. As to where to find single men, that is out of our area of expertise.

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