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The Waters of South Carolina

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time.” Norman MacLean, “A River Runs Through It.”

“My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call.” Pat Conroy, “The Prince of Tides.”

Columbia sits at the confluence of three great rivers: the Saluda that pours forth from the bottom of Lake Murray with water cold enough to support a trout fishery in the heart of South Carolina; the appropriately named Broad River, home of the Columbia Rowing Club, and the tenacious small mouth bass; and, when they join in the heart of Columbia, they give birth to the Congaree River, along whose banks Columbians run, bike, and fish for striped bass.

All of this begins, of course, with the rippling streams that begin their flow in the mountains of South Carolina. When they reach Columbia, they form Lake Murray, a 55,000 acre lake in the heart of South Carolina with more than 600 miles of shoreline and beautiful homes. Lake Murray, the Saluda River, the Broad River, and the Congaree all provide homesites and leisure activities to those of us who live and work in Columbia – a mid-sized southern city that is the capitol of South Carolina and home to our state government, the University of South Carolina, and many other institutions of higher education.

The water continues to flow below Columbia, headed for its destination in the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the water heads toward Charleston but I like to think that some, perhaps the luckier water, make its way through streams and rivulets a little South of Charleston and into the ACE Basin. Formed by the final miles of the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers, the ACE Basin boasts 350,000 pristine acres in one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast.

For more than thirty years, Home Advantage Realty has been a locally owned, award winning real estate company based in Columbia, South Carolina. We have grown to now have offices across the midlands and into the Lowcountry with offices in downtown Columbia, Blythewood, Irmo, Chapin, and Edisto. We have come to appreciate, over the years, the above words from two of our favorite authors. Indeed, In time, all things do merge into one and, like South Carolina, a River runs through it. We look forward to helping you settle into your new anchorage, your port of call.