542 Homes for Sale in Aiken, SC

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Aiken Home Trends

Located nearly 17 miles east of North Augusta, Aiken is one of the largest cities in the Central Savannah River Area and one of the largest cities between Augusta and Columbia as drivers travel along Interstate 20. This planned town was incorporated in 1835 and provides a charming Southern setting for a relatively close-knit community. The city is centered on a historic town square, but there are a variety of suburbs that surround the town. You'll find historic and contemporary homes in a variety of styles throughout the city. The housing market in Aiken isn't as competitive as some of the larger cities in South Carolina, and with a median list price of $189,000 it remains a relatively affordable area as well.

Aiken Attractions

Head to the heart of Downtown Aiken to see the best of the city. Park Avenue Southwest and Laurens Street are where you'll find the bulk of the city's dining and entertainment options, including local breweries, pizza joints, wine bars, dessert shops, and more. Locals head to the Alley (yes, an actual alley) just off Bee Lane to experience the weekly Amp the Alley concert series. Every Thursday, live bands and vendors turn out to make this walkable section of the city a true party. Along with Amp the Alley, community staples like the Aiken Center for the Arts and the Aiken Community Theatre will make anyone in the city feel truly at home. Several parks like Smith-Hazel Park and Perry Memorial Park add to the serene atmosphere of the city. Just south of downtown sits the Palmetto Golf Club and Houndslake Country Club, two popular spots to tee off. There's a sprawling shopping center complete with big-box stores along Whiskey Road near the country club.

Aiken Schools

As the seat of Aiken County, the city is served by Aiken County Public Schools which oversees 24,000 students. Top performers in the district include Hammond Hill Elementary, New Ellenton Middle, and North Augusta High School. The city is also home to a campus of the University of South Carolina, so obtaining an education from kindergarten through college without leaving home is well within reason.

Commuting in Aiken

Aiken is largely car dependent, but besides the traffic to and from Georgia over the Savannah River, residents don't see high commute times like the more major cities in the state. The average commute time is around 20 minutes, well below the state average. Biking around the city is possible and walking in the very center of the town is doable, but outside the downtown area there's a lack of pedestrian and bike-friendly infrastructure.