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

 

 
$2,295,000
Windswept Farm - Luxury Equestrian Estate with Custom Stable For Sale

Wagener, Aiken County, South Carolina


Six-year-old custom built 6,100 square foot brick Georgian Colonial designed by the award-winning architectural firm of McIntyre-Capron of Philadelphia, Pa. and built by Kisner Construction of Aiken, SC. Extensive custom millwork and hardwood floors are throughout the house and volume ceilings accentuate the grandeur of this magnificent home. The first floor is well designed for entertaining and family living with an open concept. Elegant entry hall with grand staircase and arched doorways give way to a welcoming family room with fireplace and French doors leading to a large screened porch. An expansive gourmet kitchen is a delight with high-end appliances, extensive granite counter tops and a large eating area surrounded by a circular set of windows. The stately dining room is perfect for gatherings and the large study with built-ins provides a comfortable retreat. Main floor master suite includes sitting and dressing areas; his and hers bathrooms and individual walk-in closets. A second generous sized guest room with full bathroom is also on the first floor. There are two additional private guestrooms on the second floor, each with a full bath, walk-in closet; and a comfortable sitting area. In addition to the house, there is a stunning custom designed stable measuring 60 X 96'. The barn includes inlaid rubber pavers in the center aisle, tongue and groove stained pine walls and ceiling, four 12 X 12' stalls with Nelson automatic waterers as well as two 12 X 12' wash stalls with infrared heaters, a 20 X 20' feed room, a 20 X 20' tack room, a powder room, laundry room and an exquisite 1640 square foot one bedroom apartment with a loft and full bath. Other structures include a screened observation hut adjacent to the irrigated full regulation size riding arena with a mixture of screenings, sand and clay and a 40 X 56' equipment building with built-in workbench, electricity and water.

Pat Blewett

23.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
7 BATHROOMS
6100 SQ FT
 
$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
 
$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
 
$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
 
$599,000
Equestrian Property backs up to 10 miles of groomed riding trails in Rose Hill!

Bluffton, Beaufort County, South Carolina


Located in the beautiful Equestrian Plantation of Rose Hill in Bluffton, SC, 15 minutes from the amazing beaches of Hilton Head Island and the breath taking natural beauty of the low country, there are over 10 miles of groomed riding trails. Rose Hill boasts a highly acclaimed Equestrian Center, that includes stables, paddocks and polo fields. The gates are opened to the public twice a year to showcase the brilliant game of polo, which is often called "the sport of kings". These fun and "royal" events are a way for the entire community to socialize, watch some great competition, and enjoy the Lowcountry's largest picnic. This property is set up for 2 horses but legally can accommodate 3. When you join the Rose Hill plantation community, you and your family can can take advantage of the numerous recreational amenities including golf, tennis courts, boating, kayaking, fishing, shrimping , a brand new club house with a 5 star restaurant, nature trails galore among live oaks dripping with Spanish Moss and so much more.

Judi Rolin , Alliance Group Realty, LLC

2.50 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
3574 SQ FT
 
$699,900
TURN - KEY HORSE FARM IN THE CEDAR CREEK / BLYTHEWOOD, SC AREA

Winnsboro, Richland County, South Carolina


Custom designed and built Craftsman-style home with complete privacy, only minutes to I-20 and downtown Columbia! 27 acres with trails, woods, fenced pasture, dressage arena and pond. A certified wildlife habitat encompasses the right front portion of the entry way. The home features high ceilings, hardwood floors, granite countertops and a master suite on the main level. The backyard with salt water pool and 2 bedroom, 2 bath guest cottage is fenced. The large center aisle barn has 5 stalls, tack room, wash stall and storage room and is easily accessed from the house and all paddocks. This property is ideal for horse lovers or anyone wanting a secluded paradise close to the amenities of the city.

Susie Carlson , Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

27.70 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
3287 SQ FT
 
$950,000
Sweet Gum Farm

Beech Island, Aiken County, South Carolina


Welcome your steeds and family H-O-M-E to Sweet Gum Farm! A year round residence or winter retreat for you & your horses, offering 11 lush acres, a custom two-story home & barn. CHEFS DREAM kitchen, granite counters w/ island, snack bar, & built-in desk; walk-in pantry, large refrig./freezer, 2 refrig. drawers, 2 dishwashers, 1 gas oven & 6-burner stove, 1 elec. oven, disposal & trash comp. Formal dining rm, eat-in dining, living rm, family rm w/ wood burning fireplace. Main level master suite w/ sitting rm & wood burning fireplace, 2 walk in closets, 2 vanities, soaking tub, shower, water closet. 4 guest rooms upstairs; 2 w/ en suite bathrooms, and 2 w/ Jack & Jill bathroom set up. Laundry rm w/ sink, counters, storage & door to outside. Attached 2 car garage, front & back porches. 6 stall barn, tack rm, feed rm w/ half bath; upstairs studio w/ 3/4 bath, balcony, & plumbed for kitchen. 2 pastures w/ 3 board fence & h2o. 5hp well, 15zone irrigation.

Sharer Dale , Meybohm Realtors

11.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4.5 BATHROOMS
3662 SQ FT
 
$735,000
Iconic Rose Hill Equestrian 6BR Luxury Farmhouse

Bluffton, Beaufort County, South Carolina


Farmhouse chic abounds in this iconic luxury Rose Hill estate home, perched on the edge of the Equestrian Center, a 50 acre+ facility with a 35 stall full service barn, hunter/jumper ring, dressage ring and polo field. Rose Hill also features over 17 miles of trails, perfect for exploring with equine partners. Gorgeous live oaks adorn the private setting while Southern exposure welcomes natural light. Carefully curated w/ unique antique finishes & fixtures, the 6BR/ 5.5BA home exudes character from the shiplap walls to heart pine coffered ceilings to the partial "outdoor" shower. An Open Kitchen w/ 6 burner Viking range, honed marble counters & all newer appliances. The Master suite w/ 3 WICs and in-law suite (or office) are on the main level while the upstairs has 3 large BRs & massive family/game room. Full guest suite above the 2 car+ garage! BRAND NEW main HVAC, NEW carpet & interior paint.

Alison Melton , Charter One Realty

1.16 ACRES
6 BEDROOMS
5.5 BATHROOMS
4069 SQ FT
 
$683,500
GATED RESIDENTIAL ESTATE on 10 ACRES MINUTES TO CLEMSON & LAKE

Central, Pickens County, South Carolina


The Gated Community of Mill Creek Farm comprises several estate size homes. This 10.20 acre estate is the ideal setting for those searching for privacy and unrestricted living yet the benefits of Clemson and Lake Hartwell just minutes away. Bring your horses, 4-wheelers, fishing poles, RV, and enthusiasm for outdoor living. The Custom Designed 6230 SF home exudes warmth and character, built from local pine. Upon entering the massive great room with post and beam craftsmanship & wood burning stone fireplace towering 20’ above. Glass doors flank fireplace opening to views of private stocked pond, nature, & over 50 ft. of decking that spans the back of the living section of the home. Great room is open to the dining room w/ views to front & rear of home. Pocket doors provide easy access to the kitchen, a chef’s dream with 10’ granite island, Jenn-Aire cook top & ample storage and seating. The bright breakfast area & den also has a stone fire place and opens to the grilling deck w/ views of the in-ground pool. A 24’ x 26’ guest room w/ en-suite bath & walk-in closet is located on this end of home as well. A bedroom is located just off great room, currently a haven for grandchild. Invite friends over, the “guest wing” includes 2 more bedrooms & baths with walk-in closets and exterior access to a another deck that overlooks the pond. One bedroom has a spiral stairway to a 14’ x 27’ loft/study space & the walkout basement of this wing is a 27’ x 28’ family/game room with glass doors leading to patio. Located off another wing is a very private master suite w/ his & hers bathrooms, walk-in closets, & access to another private deck. Her bath has double vanity w/ custom Paua Shells basins from New Zealand & His bath, made of redwood has a walk-in shower & cedar closet. Bedroom area has custom built-in cabinetry that spans 21’ including entertainment center, bookcases, drawers & hanging closets. Accessed from the master is a wood paneled room currently used as gym, but could easily convert to home office. With over 2200 sq. ft. of outdoor living space that includes in-ground pool, a large hot tub & built-in seating. Pool surround, walkways, & patios are made of field stone from the property. The 10+ acre property has three outbuildings & guest or care taker’s cottage. The 2 bedroom/1 bath cottage is 1400 sq ft w/ nice kitchen & dining area, large living room w/ a wood burning fireplace, a screened porch, and covered parking.

Lisa Smith , Tri-County Properties

10.20 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
5 BATHROOMS
6230 SQ FT

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