Almost everyone in the world knows Augusta does golf, and does it well. What everyone doesn’t know is golf isn’t the only thing that makes Augusta great. As Georgia’s third-largest city, and its position on the Savannah River Augusta boasts a rich history and culture; there are several colleges and universities, and vibrant arts, cultural and educational communities provide an elevated quality of life.
Additionally, the merger of Augusta State University with the Medical College of Georgia has created a medical education community unrivaled in the state. And, the location of the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence at our local Army installation, Fort Gordon, has prompted significant growth in Augusta’s cyber and tech industries.
As a result, the real estate market is healthy, and many people moving from out of state find housing in Augusta to be extremely affordable when compared to other locales further north and west. If you stay in the area any amount of time, you will hear it referred to as the CSRA. What the heck is that, you ask? It stands for Central Savannah River Area, and it was named so by a newspaper contest in 1950. The CSRA includes 13 counties in Georgia and eight in South Carolina. At the center of the CSRA are three main counties: Richmond and Columbia Counties in Georgia, and Aiken County in South Carolina. The 2010 census showed the population of the area to be 861,631, making it the second most populous area in the state.
Quality and Diversity in Augusta
Right now, the real estate market in the Augusta area is robust in both rental and sales markets. People moving here can find lots of variety in types of housing; there are historic neighborhoods, urban lofts, all types of condos, town-homes and apartments. There are river-front, lake-front, water-front and canal-facing, great family neighborhoods with schools in walking distance, old and new homes, and parcels of land still waiting to be developed.
The current market conditions over the whole CSRA are neutral. This means the amount of inventory available compared to the number of buyers and the rate of sales doesn’t favor either buyers or sellers. Current trends are indicating the onset of a buyer’s market, meaning that conditions will be better for buyers than sellers. Any local realtor will be able to work with you to find a home that best suits you and your specific needs. And, just as you shop for the best prices for things that go in your home, make sure to shop for the best services when purchasing your home. When looking for the perfect realtor, make sure you interview 3-4 to ensure you will be working with someone who knows the area well, and is also a good personal fit for you.
Overall, life in Augusta is altogether pleasant. It’s big enough to offer variety, diversity and opportunity, but small enough that many problems that plague larger metro areas – traffic, crime, pollution – are not huge issues. Whatever brings you to the area, it is certain you will find Augusta’s exponential growth provides fantastic possibilities for housing, recreation, jobs and fun.