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Meet NIMBY; Not In My Backyard.

KGTrailThursday night Jennifer and I found ourselves at our eldest child’s elementary school cafeteria to learn more about the Gills Creek Greenway, Penny Tax, Palmetto Trail project. While I could type a long post about the project and meeting, I’m going to yield this post to a few glaring points, and update accordingly.

1) I understand the greater good and big picture of things, and I get that efforts like this have been awesome for other cities.

2) Why would anyone want to walk from a Rosewood to Sumter, SC? I mean, I’m just sayin….

3) The timing is terrible for the PR of the project; Water park, baseball stadium, flood victims, burst dams, broken bridges, crushed roads, lawsuits pending, and on and on. I realize “the penny” may have nothing do with any of this, but the PR is terrible.

4) Here’s the real rub for many of the residents that attended the meeting at Brennen; You own a house in Lake Katherine, The Hamptons, or King’s Grant. I’ll use KG as an example because of the map above – Homeowners on Airy Hall, Bolen Hall, Castle Hall Court, Fenwick Hall, King’s Grant Drive, and Foot Point all purchased their properties with the pretense that Fort Jackson was on the other side of their backyard. Is it the Atlantic Ocean? No. Did they purchase their property with never to be built property, the fence, or the Patriot Act as a prerequisite of closing? The answer is very likely either, “Maybe so,” or “Yes.” That said, I know folks that paid $221/foot for a house and $230,00 for a lot to back up to the fort, and probably wouldn’t have paid such a fee if not for the location. That said, can you imagine living on Foot Point while hikers or campers look clearly through Fort Jackson’s chain link fence into your backyard or pool at your wife or kids? C’mon now….

It’s late so I’ll leave it at four thoughts to ponder.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

77 New Listings = A Welcome Indicator.


This edition of The HotSheet includes the most recent homes to hit Downtown Columbia, SC’s real estate market in the last two weeks. As of 12:37 AM, the site featured 77 new listings for sale. 77 new listings is an indicator that things aren't as … [Continue reading]

Richland 1 To Discuss New VOTING Districts.


If you live in Richland County School District One, you likely received an email, text, or phone message regarding the redrawing of school board's four single member voting district. The message encourages you to go to a website and/or attend public … [Continue reading]

“Jeff Price” Property Has New Owner.


As I run into friends around town at Starbucks or wherever I've been asked lately, "What's going on with that two story building near 5 Points?" The first couple of times I wondered what they were talking about, which I now immediately know to ask … [Continue reading]

1540 Adger Rd. For Sale @Heathwood.


Heads up out there for 1540 Adger Road, 29205! "Adger" was put on MLS late Friday afternoon and has caused quite a stir of interest. The home is over 3,500 square feet with four bedrooms and four full baths. 1540 Adger is one of those "signature" … [Continue reading]

New Listing @Forest Acres Hits Market!


Heads up to clients to blog readers! 4532 Meadowood Rd. in popular Forest Acres hit the market late Wednesday afternoon. Larger than most Forest Acres ranch style homes, "Meadowood" has 2,240 square feet four bedrooms and three full … [Continue reading]

Downtown Columbia Real Estate Listings.


What a weekend!!! Jen and I were in New York City for an epic weekend wedding/blizzard that kept us in the big city an extra day! I'll post some pics of the event and tell a story or two about our big adventure a little later. That said, it's kinda … [Continue reading]

Thank You, Paul, For Sharing This Info!


Wednesday morning I got a notification "DIingGG!!" from KW's incredibly active Facebook page. Turns out fellow Realtor, Paul Arvay, saw somewhere that this blog has been recognized as "Best Real Estate Blogs - 2016." Ok, pretty cool! What does … [Continue reading]

3000 Wilmot @Shandon Hits Market.


Heads up to friends and blog readers; 3000 Wilmot Avenue in Shandon is scheduled to hit Columbia's real estate market Tuesday morning! The exterior of 3000 Wilmot is exactly what you would expect - classic Shandon. The interior is completely … [Continue reading]

Downtown Columbia Home Hits Market.


Check out this new listing on Forest Drive! Located in the middle of everything Columbia, SC, 2928 Forest Drive is loaded with features, and is a TON of bang for the buck at $224,900. At almost 2,000 square feet, "Forest Drive" has 3 spacious … [Continue reading]