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

 

 
$1,400,000
Bespoke 13 Acre Horse Farm in Exclusive Equestrian Neighborhood Near TIEC

Campobello, Spartanburg County, South Carolina


Refined Casual Living: Introducing Hummingbird Hill, a 12.71 acre farm nestled into the picturesque landscape below the Blue Ridge Foothills. Located within Golden Hills of Fairview Farms subdivision, an exclusive equestrian enclave with a private trail system. The 4,727 square feet residence was meticulously remodeled in 2016, including the addition of a master wing and gracious home office/bonus room. Home was re-crafted using the finest materials and keen attention to detail. Upon arrival, you'll notice expansive flower gardens surround the home, which provide cut flowers from spring until late October. From a riotous collection of peonies, to hundreds of iris, along with roses, lilies, robust annuals, and hydrangeas, the warmer months offer a feast for the eye. Once inside, the main living area offer an open dining/kitchen, a rather inviting den with stone fireplace and french doors that open onto a private deck. The kitchen is a masterpiece and was designed with entertaining in mind. Featuring commercial Thermador appliances, custom cabinetry, two sinks, three ovens and a warming drawer. The island is a marvel in itself. Adorned with horse corbels, it was constructed using one of the largest single slabs of labradorite extra blue stone, which creates a dazzling optical phenomenon of a blue green to deep blue sheen that shimmers in the light. Island also offers a farmhouse sink and dual dishwashers. Adjacent butler pantry offers floor to ceiling custom cabinetry. The secondary master suite is on the main level and boasts a luxurious bath with stone floors, all onyx accent tiles and dual onyx sinks, vaulted ceiling with skylights, walk in tile shower, soaking tub and heated floors. Upstairs, you'll find two guest bedrooms with pastoral views and a full bath. The new master wing was designed to be a place for relaxation amongst bespoke + luxurious amenities and appointments. The suite offers a separate laundry room, his and her closets with sliding barn doors, a spa quality bathroom and oversized bedroom with vaulted ceilings, antler chandelier from a Georgia hunting lodge, stone fireplace and stunning views from picture windows. All cabinetry, barn doors and window trim in Master Suite locally crafted custom Alder. Master bath features heated floors, dual sinks with backlit onyx counters, walk in onyx tile shower with rain shower head, vanity area and a water closet with bidet. For the ultimate relaxation, unwind in the oversized soaking tub overlooking gardens and stunning backlit onyx wall. Enjoy morning coffee and take in the views from the private covered deck reserved for the master wing. Above the master suite, there is a spacious office suite or bonus room with bath, vaulted ceiling and storybook views. Enjoy Carolina evenings under the stars with good company on the gracious back brick terrace. A full walk out basement offers abundant space for storage, home gym and could be finished into an in law suite, man cave or rec room. If you are searching for a turn key, bespoke farm set amongst an idyllic setting. Look no further. Welcome to Hummingbird Hill.

Damian Hall , Blackstream | Christie's International Real Estate

12.71 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
5.5 BATHROOMS
4727 SQ FT
 
$634,000
Low country living, where horses meet deep water!

Bluffton, Beaufort County, South Carolina


Living here has been the greatest experience ever! The community has everything you can practically imagine within the very secure, gated community. With miles of riding trails, central equestrian center and polo fields, all your equine needs are met. Hay can be delivered, and many farriers and vets are in community daily. All the communal areas are impeccably clean and cared for. Close to all downtown Bluffton stores, restaurants, shopping malls, medical facilities and hospitals are all close by. Bluffton is centrally located to Beaufort, Hilton Head and Savannah and a simple scenic drive to Charleston. Easy drive to airports, and BEACH!!!!! Where else could one find everything you need in one small town, with access to everything the amazing Lowcountry has to offer. This home has everything for the equestrian enthusiast without the labor of a horse farm. The most amazing quality of this community is the neighbors, all pet friendly no matter how large of an animal you have! Our physical neighbors love receiving manure to make compost, and are willing to help out with pets(all sizes if need be) great neighborhood, quiet and kid and pet friendly!!! The barn was added by present owner and can easily be converted to either a guesthouse, shop or pool house. Take a walk or bike ride, cruise in your golf cart, or just sit on the porch or float away on a hammock and enjoy the scenery and quiet in Rose Hill! There are picnic areas with bbq's around the community pools and parks. It is simply amazing!!!

kathleen moezzi

1.55 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3241 SQ FT
 
$775,000
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
 
$540,000
This place screams..."Bring your horses!!!"

Belton, Anderson County, South Carolina


Fishing, hunting, 4-wheeling, horse riding, farming, privacy and seclusion...these are just a few of the features that you could enjoy at this amazing 3BR/2BA home sitting on nearly 75 acres. What about a step back in time...there is also a cabin beside the house dating back to the 1800s. Way too much to try to describe here (be sure to watch the attached drone video)...come take a tour and see for yourself all this property has to offer...trust me, you will not want to leave!!!

Rick Stroud , Great Homes of the Upstate

75.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2044 SQ FT
 
$450,000
Equestrian Delight

Easley, Pickens County, South Carolina


An Equestrian delight. Beautiful fenced pasture and tree lined on three sides. Approximately 8 acres of pasture and 3 acres of trees. This is a wonderful setting in a rural setting and yet just 25 minutes to downtown Greenville for fantastic dining and entertainment. A great formula for the best of both lifestyles. This home has a well maintained barn/stalls , round pen and lots of pasture. If not riding your horses then splash in your own private in-Ground pool. This home has it right. You can enjoy the backyard from the deck or lounge around the pool patio and soak up the rays. A little bit of heaven!!! The interior has many upgraded features such as granite kitchen counter tops and glass tile backsplash. wonderful walk-in laundry with plenty of room for a sink and hanging racks. Formal dining room and a living room that could also be a used as an office. The den has a wood burning fireplace that you can enjoy snuggling next to during the winter cold. A fantastic feature is the main level master suite or In- Law Suite off the Den. Take advantage of this also as a great guest suite with huge walk-in closet and full bathroom for the visiting family and friends. So few homes can offer this. Upstairs is a bonus room plus four more bedrooms which includes the other master suite. There are dual stairs which makes it convenient to access the bonus room from the kitchen or front stairs. There is also plenty of parking in front of the side entrance two car garage. Enough for more than a half dozen cars and it also makes for a terrific play area or bicycle area not to speak of a basketball court. You must see this home.

Tim Keagy , BHHS C Dan Joyner

11.41 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$995,000
Gentleman's Farm

Laurens, Laurens County, South Carolina


This is it!! A beautiful rolling pasture and wooded Gentleman's farm. Over 90 + acres with a 5200+ square foot ALL BRICK home, with great updated features such as Granite Kitchen counter tops, beautifully refinished hardwood floors, Master suite on the main floor. Three more bedrooms upstairs with two full baths, a fantastic basement rec room and great entertaining area. Enjoy the tranquil setting, two ponds and a nice barn for the equestrian enthusiast. For the sports or hunting buyers you'll love this piece of paradise. For those that believe they would miss the amenities of a subdivision don't worry. You will have a grand time in your own private in ground pool and no HOA rules. This is a wonderful location just 10 minutes from I-385 then an easy trip to Columbia ( one 1/2 hour), Spartanburg ( 45 minutes ), Simpsonville ( 20 minutes ), downtown Greenville ( 40 minutes ) GSP Airport ( 30 minutes ). All you could ask for and more. Please make this one of your homes to see. Many extras that will make this read too long. Come explore your Piece of Heaven of the Upstate!

Tim Keagy , BHHS C Dan Joyner

90.47 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$799,000
The Alder House Plantation

Gray Court, Laurens County, South Carolina


Southern Beauty... The Alder House Plantation stands majestically surrounded by 5 acres of grounds. The unique property is remarkable for its absolute tranquility and an exceptional impression of spaciousness. The 5-acre plot includes a fenced in pasture, lush green lawns, and all surrounded by a breathtaking forest. The manor house offers 5000 square feet of living space. This property, with its exceptional view of the countryside, will thrill anyone in search of peace and wide open spaces, all just 12 minutes from shopping in Simpsonville. Graces with soaring columns and a second story balcony, the wide southern porch offers the perfect place for relaxation in high backed rockers or a porch swing. Upon entering the home, there is a soaring open foyer with a curved staircase with hand made railing. You will find a cozy library with built-in shelving and a wood burning fireplace to the right and to the left is the dining room. As you move through the house you will find a small media room pass the library and a large family room with another fireplace. With tall ceilings, the entire home is laced with ornate moldings and lead crystal doorknobs. The dream kitchen has a butlers pantry, a large walk-in food pantry and lots of quartz counter space, beautiful custom cabinets, double ovens and double dishwashers, plus a charming large breakfast area in front of a beautiful fireplace. The master bedroom is also on the main level with a curved archway that leads into the spectacular master bathroom. The master bathroom is floored with heated travertine tiles and boast a gorgeous claw foot tub as the show piece of the bathroom. There is a Charleston inspired courtyard just outside the master bedroom with a personal entrance. Upstairs this grand southern home boast four bright and spacious bedrooms with two full baths. Accessed from the common area of center hall each bedroom is unique and they are sure to please and be inviting to you and your guest. The two front bedrooms have casement windows that crank open to give you access to grand second floor porch. There is a full set of stairs that lead you up to the third floor bedroom and attic storage. The view from this room is unimaginable as you look out of over the expansive countryside. Above the oversized garage, you will find a private suite that can be used as an office or a mother-in-law room. When you come down the 600 ft paved driveway lined by trees and first come upon The Alder House Plantation, you will feel you have stepped back in time to a grander time and space. The Alder House Plantation has been used as a wedding venue on many occasions and has been called over and over again, another "Tara" from Gone with the Wind. It was architect designed to include all the beauty and grander of a historic plantation home but yet contain all of the luxury features to make life more comfortable.

Renee Simchon , Greenwood Realty, Inc

5.00 ACRES
8 BEDROOMS
6 BATHROOMS
5000 SQ FT
 
$349,000
3 Runs Hunt Box

Aiken, Aiken County, South Carolina


Perfect opportunity for the seasonal equestrian or someone wanting to build their dream home in Three Runs Plantation. One bedroom custom apartment over center aisle 3 stall barn (in & out) and climate controlled tack room. Three fenced irrigated paddocks (easily made into four) waiting for you and your horses on 5.78 acres. Three Runs Plantation features fitness center, swimming pool, recreation area, riding easement, trails and a community riding arena.

Suzy Haslup , Meybohm Real Estate

5.78 ACRES
1 BEDROOMS
1 BATHROOMS
900 SQ FT
 
$684,500
Professionally Designed Equestrian Facility And Private Estate

Rembert, Kershaw County, South Carolina


Champions Lane – Camden South Carolina. An established professionally designed equestrian facility of 123 acres provides an idyllic environment to train, show and breed horses of any discipline. The sprawling development with a gently rolling landscape is located in the historic Boykin community, set among other operating farms in a prime section of Camden’s horse country and ideal proximity to many area sporting and cultural events. The farm improvements include: a manager’s residence, two cottages, a 24-stall main barn with center breezeway and perimeter aisles, (3) out barns of 10, 6 and 4 stalls with individual paddocks, (10) 2-stall enclosed run-in sheds with individual paddocks, (10) large turnout paddocks, pond, 4-bay equipment barn with garage doors, large hay barn with outdoor bays for drive-in trailer storage, detached equipment building located next to main barn and two race tracks; a 5/8 mile dirt track and a 1/2 mile grass track. The Stables have been home to some of the nation’s leading race and show horses, including ‘Temperence Hill’, winner of the Belmont, The Travers, the first Super Derby in Louisiana and voted 1980 Champion Three Year Old. ‘Burst Of Light’, owned and trained at the farm, carried Patrick Valenzuela to his 4,000 th career victory. With vision and some improvements from the new owner, everything is in place for a private equestrian estate for any discipline or personal retreat to call home.

Larry Hudson , Property Trust

123.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
1860 SQ FT
 
$325,000
Beautiful Horse Property with Immaculate Barn in Laurens, SC!!

Laurens, Laurens County, South Carolina


Approximately 19, level and cleared acres, separated into 2 pastures (2 acre and 4 acre) and 3 paddocks (2 run-into stalls), as well as 110 X 150 Sand Riding Pad. A 36 X 60 barn with 7 stalls (all 12 x 12), 3 removeable walls to make 12 x 24 foaling stalls, air-conditioned tack room, feed room, storage stall and hay loft. This property is located central to many of our areas best "Horsey" communities including, 75 miles to Aiken or TIEC (Tryon International Equestrian Center), and just 2 hrs to Camden, SC. It's just 35 minutes to Simpsonville, 40 minutes to Woodruff Rd shops and dining, 45 minutes to downtown Greenville, 50 minutes to the Greenville airport, and 1 hr 20 mins to Columbia. Bring the horses, dogs and Kids!!! This property is a horse lovers dream, and is Move In Ready!!

Abbey Turner , Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc.

19.10 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
1840 SQ FT

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