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5 Up & Coming Neighborhoods to Watch

Back when Columbia was founded in 1821, (after initially being founded as Smithton in 1819 at a site nearby) there wasn’t really such a thing as a “neighborhood.” People just lived where they worked — either in the city or outside of it. Neighborhoods eventually sprang up in both areas, with many being built around old farmsteads. As a result, Columbia has neighborhoods close to the heart of downtown, as well as well outside it.

Over time, Columbia became home to many beautiful neighborhoods. Some, such as Old Hawthorne and Thornbrook, are well-established and have been the place to live for decades. But, Columbia also boasts several newer neighborhoods that offer the same amenities and perks as its more established neighborhoods, with the option of customizing your home to your family’s specific wants and needs. Most of these five up and coming neighborhoods are a short distance outside of the bustle of Columbia, but that’s a large part of their appeal: conveniently close to dining, shopping and entertainment, but enough space to relax and breathe.


The Vineyards

Built: 2006-Present
Avg. Price: $300,000-$450,000
Number of Homes: 180
Number of Lots Available: 27
School Districts: Cedar Ridge Elementary, Oakland Middle School, Battle High School
Amenities: Community Clubhouse, two-level saltwater pool with waterfall

The Vineyards, located off Highway WW/East Broadway on the east side of Columbia, offers family living with easy access to all Columbia has to offer via Highway 63. With a clubhouse and unique saltwater pool, the community area in The Vineyards is a wonderful place to spend warmer months with your family. There are 27 lots still available in The Vineyards waiting to be built upon.


Magnolia Falls

Built: 2014-2019
Avg. Price: $225,000-$390,000
Number of Homes: 101
School Districts: Mill Creek Elementary, Gentry Middle School, Rock Bridge High School
Amenities: Neighborhood pool and pavilion

Magnolia Falls, located off South Highway KK on the southwest side of Columbia offers many amenities, including a pool, pavilion and close proximity to the 16-acre Magnolia Falls Park. Although Magnolia Falls no longer has lots available, with 101 homes already built, there is sure to be a home available for purchase that will match the specifications of your family’s needs.


The Brooks

Built: 2017-Present
Avg. Price: $250,000-$750,000
Number of Homes: 89
Number of Lots Available: More than 400
School Districts: Cedar Ridge Elementary, Oakland Middle School, Battle High School
Amenities: Pool coming soon

The Brooks, located off South Rolling Hills Road on the east side of Columbia is one of the newest and most quickly selling neighborhoods. Being in a district that serves Columbia’s newest, most modern high school is a definite draw. Plus, this neighborhood offers close access to I-70 and 63 and downtown Columbia. Most of The Brooks is still under development, but a community pool will be completed in the next few years.


Creek’s Edge

Built: 2015-Present
Avg. Price: $375,000-$700,000
Number of Homes: 131
Number of Lots Available: 46
School Districts: Beulah Ralph Elementary School, John Warner Middle School, Rock Bridge High School
Amenities: Neighborhood pool

Creek’s Edge, located off South Scott Boulevard in southwest Columbia offers an ideal family setting with a private swimming pool, welcoming entrance and rolling hill landscapes. With 131 homes already built, it offers a sense of “instant community.” But because there are still 46 lots available, there is plenty of space to build a custom home to your specifications and enjoy
everything an already fully developed neighborhood has to offer.


Rokes Bend

Built: 2016-Present
Avg. Price: $400,000-$1,000,000
Number of Homes: 15
Number of Lots Available: 7
School Districts: Rock Bridge Elementary School, Gentry Middle School, Rock Bridge High School

Rokes Bend, located off Woodie Proctor Road off of Route N, consists of beautiful acreage tracts available in the Rock Bridge High School district. Private home sites are surrounded by woods,
many with hilltop vista views. Rokes Bend offers quiet seclusion with conveniences such as lot access via three private, paved roads and high-speed internet service. There are currently 11
homes built, with four under construction and seven lots available. This new and relatively undiscovered gem could just be the perfect place for you and your family.


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