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Junior Olympic sized swimming pools. Rows of tennis courts. Walking & jogging trails for miles. Besides outstanding amenities, our Southern slice of heaven includes top rated public and private schools, arts & entertainment for all ages, and neighborhoods nestled among beautifully landscaped greens & gardens.
After the Move
We often forget that there’s more to a move than the admittedly time-consuming drill of pack-transport-unpack. Setting up a new household, be it solo or for a family, usually means jumping through a seemingly endless array of hoops. Be it connecting new utilities, registering kids for school or ensuring that your home – both previous and present – is ready for habitation requires a certain degree of vigilance and effort. We understand that it can be daunting and offer this – a simple checklist of tasks that may require attention along with some helpful contact information for your convenience. Consider it a housewarming present from us to you. Before the move (if possible) Plan your travel itinerary. Make transportation arrangements and any hotel reservations in advance. Send change of address to post office (with forwarding address), credit cards, subscriptions, friends and family. Contact utility companies in new location to arrange for immediate service. Arrange insurance on new home. Transfer bank account or close your current accounts Service any appliances making the move. Discontinue regular deliveries, utilities, newspapers and garbage collection Obtain copies of or transfer school records. Obtain records from doctors and dentists, including eyeglass prescriptions, […]
Renting Your House Out for Masters
Buying a home in Augusta means more than it does in almost any other city in the country- a HUGE opportunity for a return on investment- from an unexpected source. Masters rental rates are comparable to beach or mountain vacation rentals. There are many elements that influence the cost of a rental, and depending on these factors, you can imagine making tax free income ranging from the cost to rent a house on Lake Thurmond to the cost of renting a mansion in Malibu!
Quality Time with Your Kids
Carefree time with a child is one of life’s great joys. McKenzie and I have been spending afternoons together for the past 10 years. Our criteria are simple enough: we have to both enjoy ourselves, it has to be convenient and it has to be free or cheap. Here are some reviews of our favorite places to go.
Kid Friendly Restaurants
Eating with your little ones can be a challenge at times. They can be picky, loud, irritated, irritating and down-right difficult. Taking them to a special place where they can be engaged is helpful when you have the time and inclination. Here are a few local places that my sons like, I hope your kids do, too.
Living in Greater Augusta is very rewarding for pet lovers. Our area boasts numerous parks, hiking trails, restaurants and businesses for pets and their humans to socialize. From the horses of Aiken to the bird dogs of Waynesboro, we love our animals. Here are a few places we have found that are perfect for spending time with your best friend.
The river brought the first peoples to this place. Located on the fall line where the piedmont meets the ancient shore at the Sand Hills, the Augusta community began in 1736 as a fur trading post and fort named in honor of Princess Augusta, bride of the Prince of Wales. The American Revolution began less than four decades later; in Augusta and other areas of the backcountry it was, for the most part, a civil war fought between Americans– Patriots and Loyalists.
Arts and Culture
Arts and entertainment options abound in our area—the real question for someone wanting to find something to do around town is “where to start?” From museums to galleries, festivals to films, there’s probably something for everyone. Downtown Augusta has a rich history of entertainment reflected in some magnificent theatres on Broad St. That’s where you’ll find the Imperial Theatre, showing everything from local stage productions, to great regional bluegrass, rock, or soul concerts. If a little improv or maybe an edgier original play is more your speed, local black box theatre Le Chat Noir is always doing something unique. Families love spending time at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill and taking a tour on one of their electric Petersburg boats. You can’t go wrong visiting the Augusta Museum of History. I love their James Brown exhibit, but with their vast collection, there’s surely something for everyone there. Our town even hosts the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, built in 1859. The site is maintained as a historic home you can tour Thursdays through Saturdays. The Morris Museum of Art has a permanent collection spanning antebellum portraits to contemporary works, located on the Riverwalk the museum features […]
Only in Augusta
Augusta is, in many ways, like any other city in the United States. The things we want, the things we look for, the things that feel familiar to us – they are all available. The Greater Augusta Area is as franchised and chained as any city of its size and stature. Fret not. But also like most cities, there are certain things only available here and only available to those in know. Here’s a short list of some of the Augusta-centric treats available locally. Enjoy.
Pleased to Meet You!
Moving to a new city can be difficult. There is so much to do – finding a place to live, hooking up utilities, getting acclimated in your new job and more. Then at night, when everything settles down, you may find yourself alone with little to do. If you are ready to get out there and meet some new friends, here are some helpful hints to get you started.
Hunting in the Augusta Area
Outdoor-minded Augustans are blessed with an abundance of public hunting lands that include a quarter of a million acres on both sides of the Savannah River. Most sites are within an hour’s drive from downtown and require little more than a hunting license and wildlife management area permits available through the Georgia or South Carolina departments of natural resources.
Fishing Around Augusta
To categorize these waters simply, there are three distinct choices of places to fish: the lake, the river, and a multitude of private and public ponds. Our lake (referred to as Clarks Hill by Georgians and Thurmond Lake by South Carolinians) is a 71,535 acre reservoir created in 1954 twenty-two miles north of Augusta. This fishery has played host to numerous B.A.S.S. tournaments and has a healthy population of Striped Bass, Crappie, Bream, Catfish and many more species in addition to the Largemouth.
Get Active Outside
With an abundance of natural resources, Columbia County, Augusta’s neighbor to the west, is an outstanding local destination for outdoor recreation. Positioned along the shores of the 71,000-acre Clark’s Hill Lake, and bordered by the Savannah River and Augusta Canal, the community is a favored destination for myriad sports enthusiasts. Including its excellent park system, miles of biking and hiking trails, and waterways for paddle sports, Columbia County is a well-rounded outdoor sports location.
Seven Steps to a Great Agent
Taking the time to do a little research before you commit to a working relationship with a real estate agent can prove beneficial to you by saving you time and money. Try these tips before you hire to get the best service available and have a pleasant experience.
Welcome to Augusta and the Central Savannah River Area. We are the CyberTech Capitol of the South, the home of James Brown, Jessye Norman and the golf capitol of the world. Maybe, you’ve decided to relocate here to take advantage of the great schools or the perfect job opportunity.
If there’s one thing most people think about when they imagine Augusta, it’s probably hacking their way around the back 9 of an azalea lined course and heading into the clubhouse to enjoy some libations and soak in a beautiful spring day. What they may not realize is the amazing growth the city’s technology sector has seen over the last 5-10 years. The growth of US Army Cyber Command and NSA Georgia at Ft. Gordon, along with the continued expansion of health technologies at Augusta University, and Energy & Environmental Research at Savannah River National Lab have formed the building blocks to merge southern hospitality and collaborative innovation.
The Neon Lights Are Bright on Broad Street
If you are new to the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area) or are moving within the region, I hope you visit the renaissance on Broad Street, thanks to the passion and investment of many business owners and real estate developers.
Augusta Market Watch
As Georgia’s third-largest city, Augusta boasts a rich history due to its position on the Savannah River; there are several colleges and universities with programming geared toward the industries specific to the community; and vibrant arts, cultural and educational communities provide myriad opportunities for enrichment.
Remodeling That Pays
Stretch your Remodeling Budget with Projects that Pay! It is inherent in people to want to customize their space, to make it feel more like home. When we buy and move into a new home, we have a unique opportunity to not only fix it up, but make it our own. But remodeling can be difficult on one’s checkbook, especially if you may be in the home for only a few years.
Design Tips courtesy of Decorator’s Outlet
Making a house into a home can be a daunting task that takes time, patience, creativity, vision, selection and experience, all of which are available in the local area.
Insider’s Guide to the Ultimate Masters Tournament Experience!
If you are fortunate enough to have tickets in hand, be they practice rounds or daily badges, then here are a few MUST DOs that will make your Masters experience as unforgettable as your wedding day, the birth of your first child, the memory of your first kiss. This is my 40th Masters in a row, and I can’t wait to share my inside nuggets of navigation with you.
Gardening Calendar for Greater Augusta, GA
AUGUSTA’S HOT, HUMID SUMMERS and mild winters offer gardening opportunities and challenges. Take a glace at this calendar to help you plan for gardening success.
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SET UP YOUR NEW LIFE
Starting over in a new city can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Here you’ll find links, articles and some of our sponsors who can help you get what you need quickly and make the process faster, easier, and more enjoyable!