Friday, October 10, 2014

Aiken Real Estate | 10/10/2014

By Pam Gleason

The most successful equestrian development selling in Aiken today is Three Runs Plantation. Three Runs is unique in that lots there have been selling briskly, even through economic and real estate downturn. The first two phases of the development are sold out, and only a handful of lots and a few builder homes remain in phases three and four. Demand is so great, phase five will be available soon. The development's master plan encompasses 2,400 acres of land bordering Cedar Creek with many acres left in conservation.

Why do so many people want to live in Three Runs? One thing is certainly the equestrian amenities. These include a professional dressage arena as well as a jumping arena with show quality jumps and competition footing. There is also a six acre fenced schooling area with a cross country schooling complex desgined by Hugh Lochore, an FEI course designer. For trail riding or carriage driving, there are 30 miles of groomed trails, complete with maps and picnic shelters. When not enjoying their horses, residents of Three Runs can enjoy various "lifestyle amenities." These include a clubhouse, outdoor pavilion, pool and cabana. There is a strong community feeling at Three Runs, which has attracted an amazing assortment of horse lovers from across the United States and around the globe.

Equestrian real estate in Aiken can be divided into different areas, each one with its own unique flavor. Back before the real estate boom of the 2000s, most horse people wanted to live in town. They bought gracious old estates in the historic district, staying close to the Hitchcock Woods and to downtown's charming shops and restaurants. Some of those estates are on the market today, attracting horse lovers who can afford to reinvest their stock market earning in a $1 million plus property.

This article is copyrighted and first appeared in The Aiken Horse. It is reprinted here by permission.