About South Carolina

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Admittedly, the Palmetto state’s “street cred” in the equestrian community seems underwhelming on the surface: The state ranks a modest No. 37 nationwide in number of horses with 94,773.

Yet just like a brushing a stallion brings out a beautiful shine, a closer inspection of the Palmetto state’s “horse power” shows it’s got a rather significant pedigree. Top jockeys, trainers and owners have originated from here. The Aiken area is known for its thoroughbred pastures. And South Carolina is one 10 states with an official horse, the Carolina Marsh Tacky.

The Lowcountry, too, has a long history with riding, breeding and racing. And while hardly center ring today, it remains on the periphery of the horse world.

South Carolina equestrian properties are regaining interest after being affected by the housing downturn in the past few years. Deals are available. 

In many cases, the horse farms aren’t that far from cities and suburbs.

South Carolina is located in southeast United States. Three geographic regions cover the state. The Atlantic Coastal Plain (or the South Carolina Low Country) extends west from the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Coastal Plains are swampy, flat and marked by rivers near the coast. The Coastal Plains are forested and lined with sandy hills as you move inland. The higher elevations and rolling hills of the Piedmont are located northwest of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. The more low lying Blue Ridge Mountains cross northwest South Carolina with elevations reaching 3,000 ft.

 

South Carolina's economy is historically based on agriculture. Tobacco, poultry, cattle, dairy, soybeans and hogs are important agricultural products. Growth of the textile industry met an ill fate in the 1920s with the appearance of the boll weevil--sending many African Americans north in search of work. Textile and clothing industries are based in Piedmont and continue to be an important industry to the state, along with chemical products, paper products, machinery and tourism.

 

  South Carolina in Numbers :
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img Horse Population : Approximately 94,773
img Total Economic Impact: over $ -- billion
img Population : 4,255,083
img Land area : 30,109 sq. miles
img Capital : Columbia
img Counties : 46
img Highest Point : Sassafras Mountain:  3,560 feet
img Lowest Point : Atlantic Coast – sea level
img 10 largest Cities :
 
  • Columbia: 117,088
  • Charleston: 106,712
  • North Charleston: 86,313
  • Rock Hill: 59,554
  • Mount Pleasant: 57,932
  • Greenville: 56,676
  • Sumter: 39,679
  • Spartanburg: 38,379
  • Summerville: 37,714
  • Hilton Head Island: 34,497

 

 
$1,290,678
71ac Horse Farm near Clemson University

Seneca, Oconee County, South Carolina


Built in 2017, this six-stall barn with upper-level luxurious living quarters sits on 71 acres surrounded by creeks, a large stocked pond, and peaceful rolling pastures. One of the fenced pastures conveniently has water and electricity to care for the horses among the many miles of trails for horses and ATVs. The massive pole barn provides shelter for farm equipment, vehicles, or RVs. The riding pen is located within steps of the barn, with mature Chestnut trees providing shade for horse training. The outdoor flagstone fire pit is the perfect setting for entertaining friends and star gazing. From the exterior, the home’s rustic, country charm appeals to traditional sensibilities, but lovers of the modern and innovative will also appreciate its wonderful luxurious accommodations. Inside, the main floor has a barn featuring six stalls, a tack room with half bath, and washroom (hot & cold) for horses. The upper level of the home is accessible from inside the barn or through the front door entrance. The two-story foyer leads up to the one level luxury living. The huge windows and skylight flood the home with natural light while framing views of rolling hills and the enormous Chestnut trees on the property. The piece de resistance appears throughout the meticulously planned space – a grand, sweeping cathedral ceiling with exposed wood framing across the ceiling and exposed beams for an authentic farmhouse appeal. The gourmet kitchen, featuring a walk-in pantry, flows seamlessly into the dining area and family room with a large stone fireplace and beautiful hardwood floors throughout the home. The spacious, open concept leads to the flagstone deck with an outdoor fireplace and beautiful views of the horse filled pastures. There are views from each room of this two bedroom, two bath home. The master suite provides privacy, views, and comfort with a luxurious master bath. A truly unique wildlife property for equestrians, hunters, or outdoor enthusiasts-not to be missed. Conveniently located, 15-minute drive or less, to Clemson University, I-85, Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell.

Kim Crowe , Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby's International Realty

71.72 ACRES
2 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
2207 SQ FT
 
$399,775
Horse Farm with 48x48 2 - Stall Barn w / Apartment as well as 1 yr Old Main Home

Moncks Corner, Berkeley County, South Carolina


Horse lovers & gentlemen farmers look no further! Just across the street from the Santee Cooper owned forest where you can ride your horses, this lovely property, located on a quiet country road, features a 2-stall 48'x48' +/- horse barn with wash-down area, large open area and apartment/lounge/tack room with brand new tankless water heater, offering lots of potential. Multiple fenced pastures with run-in sheds make this a perfect opportunity for boarding! The 1456 sq ft 3BR/2B main residence, built in 2017, features an open concept floorplan, smooth 9' ceilings with recessed lights, master ensuite with tray ceiling, quality laminate flooring and crown molding throughout. Enjoy summer nights in your above-ground pool. The smaller barn, perfect for chickens, goats, or extra storage, can hold 125 bales of hay and the container will hold an additional 300 bales of hay. This turn-key farm includes a new septic system, Hot Walker, zero turn lawn mower and a John Deere Gator - all you have to do is bring your personal belongings and horses and move right in! 30 minute drive to the new Volvo Plant, Boeing, this country home is close to shopping, beaches, boating and all that CHARLESTON, SUMMERVILLE, MONCKS CORNER, and the rest of the LOWCOUNTRY has to offer!

Desiree Maurer , Keller Wiliams

3.38 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
2464 SQ FT
 
$2,700,000
Upstate South Carolina Horse Farm with Majestic Mountain Views

Campobello, Spartanburg County, South Carolina


Located in beautiful Campobello, South Carolina just 30 minutes from T.I.E.C., this impressive equestrian estate welcomes you through its own private security gate down a long, brick paved driveway bordered by trees and lush green pastures. To the right of the circular drive is a gorgeous 5 bed room, 4.5 bath Blue Ridge log cabin with dramatic wrap around porches that display stunning, majestic views. Ranch 357, proudly displayed on 31 acres of which 30 are fenced, also includes 25 acres of pastures, a 12 stall Morton barn with large parking pad, 9 paddocks, a 250 x 120 ft. arena with 6” of river sand, and a hay/equipment barn. An abundance of impressive home details augment the stunning mountain views and rolling pastures. The main living area, with its towering, vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows, boasts a 2 story, stacked stone fireplace, exquisite chandeliers, open floor plan with gleaming pine floors and walls. The custom kitchen includes an island bar, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, double ovens, walk-in pantry, and a unique black stone farmhouse sink! The master suite, with its own vaulted ceilings and elegant chandelier, is bright with windows and French doors that open to a covered porch. Perfect for enjoying the breathtaking mountain views with morning coffee!! The ensuite bath is complete with granite topped, double sink vanities along with a make-up vanity, jetted tub, walk in shower and expansive walk-in closet. On the main floor, you will also find a powder room and a lovely guest bedroom suite. Up the beautifully carved staircase, you’ll discover 2 more bedrooms, a full bath, and a loft area which showcases, again, the beautiful great room and gorgeous mountain views! The daylight, walk-out finished basement could be a perfect in-law suite including living area with French doors opening to a private patio, a large bedroom tucked behind a sliding barn door, attached full bath, laundry room, sink and refrigerator. The equestrian facilities are second to none in the area and were custom designed by Morton Barns for boarding, training, and selling horses. A separate, private, automatic gate from the main road brings you to an extra -large, gravel parking area along with an additional, brick paved parking pad directly in front of the tastefully landscaped, irrigated grounds surrounding the front of the barn. The covered entrance takes you right into the heated/cooled office space/cantina complete with Italian tile floor, built-in cabinets, conference table, sink, refrigerator, and 2 half baths. The impressive barn is a 108 x 36 ft. Morton building with upgraded rubber paver hallway, upgraded sliding barn doors with windows, 12 upgraded stalls complete with sliding doors, fully insulated and hidden water supply, rubber matting with French drains, individually controlled fans, swivel feeders with a grain trough and a hay bin. The stalls could easily be converted into large foaling or stallion stalls. Six stalls have their own turnout paddocks. The barn is also equipped with a tack room, feed and utility room, wash bay with hot and cold water, 3 central adjustable fans, lights set on timers, and an automatic fly spray control system. The backside of the barn opens to the riding arena fully equipped with 6 inches of river sand, an auto shoot and several catch and release pens. The 42 x 56 ft. hay barn is large enough to not only house hay but farm equipment as well. Attached to the hay barn are 3 additional horse turnouts and a covered area to park a horse trailer or RV. Whether you are a lover of horses, trainer, entrepreneur, equine vet, or sanctuary seeker, this remarkable home with its breathtaking mountain views and impressive facilities are a must see!!

John Fravel , Century 21 Blackwell & Co

31.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4.5 BATHROOMS
3114 SQ FT
 
$350,900
Small Horse property with 4 BR / 4 BA house

Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina


Home to the Carolina Cup and Steeplechase...In the city limits of Camden. 5 minutes from SC Equine park.... HORSE AND COUNTRY LIVING MINUTES FROM I-20. UPDATED KITCHEN WITH GRANITE, WHITE CABINETS, ISLAND, EAT IN KITCHEN WITH ALL APPLIANCES, HUGE MUD ROOM OFF KITCHEN, BEAUTIFUL MASTER ON MAIN FLOOR WITH NEW MASTER BATHROOM WITH ALL THE UPGRADES, HUGE MASTER CLOSET, GREAT ROOM WITH FIREPLACE, HARDWOODS IN MAIN LIVING AREAS, 3 ADDITION BEDROOMS UPSTAIRS, 4 BATHROOMS FOR EVERYONE'S CONVENIENCE, FENCED IN AREA FOR YOUR HORSES ALONG WITH STALLS. COUNTRY FRONT PORCH PERFECT FOR HAPPY HOUR, READING OR JUST CHILLING.

Elizabeth Hawkins

4.86 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
2900 SQ FT
 
$750,000
Historic Plantation home site

Charleston, Dorchester County, South Carolina


Living within the manicured grounds of a historic Rice plantation in Charlestons famed Ashley River Plantation District offers a lifestyle the few get to experience. As you turn into the avenue of Oaks that mark the entrance to Middleton Plantation, this is where you leave the ordinary behind. Located within a private enclave of 9 homes, developed adjacent to the plantations award winning equestrian center, 24 Middleton Oaks if perfectly designed to offer an easy lifestyle that blends entertaining with outdoor living, and loads of privacy. This is a classic Craftsman Styled home tucked seamlessly into a wooded 1.68 acre lot with sweeping views of the stables, paddocks and trails of the Middleton Equestrian Center. The Equestrian Center is a full service boarding facility offering dressage, jumping and cross country. The Middleton Hunt operates out of the farm and there are hundreds of miles of trails available to ride or carriage. The historic Rice Paddies are one of the prettiest rides anywhere around Charleston.

Terri Seignious , Akers and Ellis

1.67 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
3148 SQ FT
 
$1,100,000
117 Acre Horse Training & Layup Farm in Holly Hill, SC near Volvo plant

Holly Hill, Orangeburg County, South Carolina


Holly Hill Training Center, Holly Hill, SC is located one hour from Charleston and Columbia and 20 miles from Volvo's new manufacturing facility in Ridgeville. Unlike other equestrian facilities, Holly Hill Training Center offers the unparalleled advantage of privacy coupled with a desirable and convenient location for owners and their horses, just minutes from 1-26 and 1-95 corridors. This beautiful 117 acre farm consists of four barns, 102 stalls, riders housing, managers housing, an office building, a quarantine horse facility, along with 68 acres of Bermuda hay fields, 4.3 miles of four board fencing, 24 grass paddocks, 5 wells, and a 3/4 mile historic Joseph King designed training track. There is extensive irrigation and drainage system. Whether your goal is to own and operate a world-class thoroughbred training and layup facility, or to have a multi-use equestrian facility that will accommodate the training and care of horses in any discipline, Holly Hill Training Center can enable either goal. In the past twenty years the farm has produced 113 equine graduates that have found sporting glory in graded stakes, stakes and allowance races on American tracks and have won three Eclipse Awards. Now the intangible mix that is the source of Holly Hill's legendary accomplishments can be yours to fulfill the dream of your own equine success with racing, sport, and show or pleasure horses. A once in a generation chance to own a legendary piece of equestrian history.

Becky Armstrong , Carolina Properties at Lake Marion

117.80 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
- BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$695,000
Fabulous 34 acre home, barn, pasture, farm, pool, creek and pond site

Seneca, Oconee County, South Carolina


This is a beautiful setting close to town surrounded by other large farm property and homes with acreage. It sets back off the road a distance and is very private. The house is a custom built brick cape cod with hardwood floors though out the main level and carpet in the upstairs bedrooms. The kitchen has an eat in breakfast area and there is a formal dinning room and living room or office. There is a bedroom/office private room off the main foyer for guest or a parent. It has its own bathroom and closet. The winding staircase takes you up to two massive bedrooms and a large bonus room that could also be a bedroom. There is one very large bathroom with two separate vanities with a door dividing them. The laundry room is large and there is a mud room and half bath coming in from the garage The pool sits behind the house just beyond the peaceful covered back porch There is also a wonderful covered front porch and both have beautiful views. The pastures had angus cows on them for several years but have not had livestock in over 10 years. The barn has 2+ stalls and room for two more. One is the size of a birthing stall. There is a shoot for cattle and round pen and a lot of extra panels for use. There are two overhangs for tractor storage or extra stalls. The pasture are divided up and all have water from a well that produced plenty of water. There is a beautiful creek that runs in the wooded area of the property and could be damned up for a creek, or there is a lovely spot in the pastures for a pond and the well and natural spring could help keep that filled. The pool is currently chlorine but could easily be converted to salt water. It has a deep end and diving board. The small screened in pool house is being re-done, with new shake roof and new screening. The land has ample turkey and deer to enjoy daily

Amy Gantt , Allen Tate Realty Cane Creek, Seneca SC

34.00 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
3400 SQ FT
 
$99,900
Peaceful Secluded 5.26 Acres in the SC LowCountry on Lady's Island (Beaufort)

Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina


Peaceful, secluded 5.26 acre lot located in quiet lowcountry community "Marsh Hawk Plantation"...not what you normally think of when you think Plantation....this is a dirt road community with homes & homesites surrounding this property with 5+ acre parcels....perfect rural homesite within 10 miles to shopping, schools & entertainment. What more could you possibly ask for...this one is a private beauty. Marsh Hawk's unpaved roads allow for plenty of walking and riding... Lot has a couple of beautiful moss draped oak trees...gorgeous setting....drive by and sit a spell...you won't want to leave... Lot frontage is on Arbor Victory...home will face open space across street which will never be built on...this open space backs up to Coosaw Point Plantation with high end homes on other side of woods

Tideland Realty Willie Stansell

5.26 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
- BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$5,900,000
Huspa Plantation: offering a unique and exceptional lowcountry lifestyle

Sheldon, Beaufort County, South Carolina


Huspa is an approximately 325 acre plantation rich in history dating back before the Civil War. Located perfectly in the beautiful low country of South Carolina, it's 15 minutes from Beaufort, about an hour from Savannah, Charleston, and the Charleston International Airport. Huspa is on deep water and surrounded on three sides by water and marsh and includes two small islands off of the tip of the peninsula. Amenities include: For the aviator: two grass airstrips and hangars. For the equestrian: 2 barns, huge paddocks with run-in sheds, large international sized arena, round pen and endless trails. Also, a tennis court, pool and pool house, 3 bedroom care-taker cottage, and numerous outbuildings are on the property. Incredibly romantic live oaks are found all over the plantation including the half mile avenue of moss-draped oaks leading up to the main home. Surrounded by gardens full of camellias and fruit trees, the 4516 square foot home was built in 1979 of cypress wood and the interior, of reclaimed heart pine. Large windows overlook the back garden and Huspa Creek. Boat to Beaufort for dinner and enjoy amazing sunsets, porpoise and bird watching. Hunt your own property for deer, quail and turkey. Huspa is an ecological treasure offering an active lifestyle in the most natural and scenic environment yet conveniently located to enjoy the best cities in the south.

Susan Whitfield , Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty

325.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
5.5 BATHROOMS
4516 SQ FT
 
$465,000
Charleston Style Home on 17+ acres

Laurens, Laurens County, South Carolina


This elegant Charleston style 1977 farmhouse has 4,700 sqft and a 450+ sqft heated/cooled room over the garage. The detached garage is over-sized with a finished room over the garage that is currently used as an office/media room. This home sits on 17.5 acres of mostly pasture land and would be great for horses as it sits nestled between two lovely horse properties & backs up to 300+ acres of woods & farmland. Many improvements have been made including, all HVAC units have been replaced, whole-house tank-less water heater, all ducts in the attic have been replaced, attic has been sealed and insulated, HVAC was added to the room over the garage, extensive landscaping including a new front walkway, a refinished bathroom, updated windows, and much more! Highlights include 100+ year old antique heart of pine wood floors, high ceilings, wood stove, & gas log fireplace. 4 BR upstairs and 2+ BR downstairs. Large kitchen with 2 ovens, 5 burner gas stove, warming oven, new dishwasher, and extra bar sink. Fully finished basement with ground level ingress/egress and full bath, great for relatives or a large family (square footage above includes basement). Closets galore! Plus in-ground pool with "Ipe" (Ironwood) deck. Land is in Agricultural tax status, in a very low-tax county and there is no HOA.

Brad Shannon

17.50 ACRES
7 BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
5100 SQ FT

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