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Kalmia Landing

205 Landing Drive, Aiken, South Carolina 29801

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Homey and Lushly Landscaped, Kalmia Landing is a 55+ Community with Single Family Homes, Condominiums, a Clubhouse, Tennis Courts, a Swimming Pool and More

Aiken is in western South Carolina and is the setting for Kalmia Landing, a quiet, leafy 55+ community at the top of a high plateau that was once cover with Kalmia flowers. The development spreads across 35 lusciously landscaped acres and was built from the 1980s through about 2007.

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The residences consist of 126 single family homes and 12 condominiums. Single family homes have up to two baths and three bedrooms as well as an attached garage. The condominiums have one to two bedrooms and are clustered in a low-rise building.

Upgrades often include new HVAC, hardwood floors, and granite countertops. Some units have open floor plans and sunrooms.

Exteriors are red brick with white vinyl siding. Lawns are small but dotted with trees, flowering bushes and other vegetation, creating a sense of privacy.

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Although condominiums can be had for less, most home prices begin in the mid-$100,000s. HOA fees range from about $300 to $315 per month, depending on the size and type of home, and the fees fund lawn care, grounds keeping, building maintenance, amenities, and the security gate.

Kalmia Landing is laid out in seven cozy cul-de-sacs. Its central clubhouse has a fireplace in its main room. A library, lounge, kitchen, exercise studio, and hair salon round out indoor amenities. Outside, neighbors gather around the pool for special occasions or just to relax. A tennis court and community gardens are also available to all.

Aiken's downtown and the University of South Carolina are within easy reach. The University's Etherredge Center hosts concerts, Broadway-style shows, and gallery exhibitions. More than a dozen golf courses grace the area. Aiken is horse country, so polo and carriage racing are common pastimes. The nearby Hitchcock Woods is the country's largest privately-owned urban forest. Its 70 miles of trails are open to pedestrians and equestrians.

Aiken Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.

This area has summer high temperatures in the 80s and 90s and winter temperatures in the 50s and 60s. On average, Aiken receives 54 inches of rain per year.

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Visit www.kalmialanding.com for more information. Go to tinyurl.com/y6o2r67s to see listings.

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South Carolina:

The Palmetto State was one of the original 13 Colonies and a major player in the American Revolution. It was the eighth state to enter the Union on May 23, 1788. South Carolina's early agriculture economy was dependent on slave labor. The first state to secede from the union in 1861, South Carolina was also where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired.

South Carolina is comprised of three geographic regions. Its Lowcountry (the Atlantic Coastal Plain) includes the Sea Islands, salt marshes, estuaries, bays, and the Sandhills. Up Country begins with the Piedmont. Rivers here helped encourage the growth of Columbia, the capital city. The Blue Ridge Mountains contain Caesar's Head State Park and Sassafras Mountain, the state's highest point. Weather across all areas can be humid. Winters can be mild, summers hot. Snowfall is rare. Tropical cyclones can be a problem.

The state continues to be an agricultural powerhouse. Peaches, pecans, broilers, turkeys, and cattle are leading products. Shrimp, clams, crabs, oysters, and snapper contribute to the economy. Thanks to the state's tourism business, service industries have become important. Myrtle Beach is one of the nation's primary resort destinations and hosts more than 100 golf courses.

Musicians James Brown, Chubby Checker, and Dizzy Gillespie are native South Carolinians. Visual artist Jasper Johns studied at the University of South Carolina. The Columbia Ballet, founded in 1961, has grown from a small community troupe into a national force.

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Stats:

Population - 4,961,018

Persons 65 years old and over - 16%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%

Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%

White persons, not Hispanic - 64%

Median household income - $45,483

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Designed for Aging

Many new retirement developments are being "designed for aging." What does this mean? While baby boomers have every intention of staying active during their retirement years, living with design elements that make one's living space more accommodating is also a good idea. In homes designed for aging, the home has just one story. The path from the master bedroom to the bathroom is short, well-defined and well-lit. Door handles are levers instead of knobs. All thresholds are flush. Toilets are a few inches higher. Bathroom floors are made from a no-slip material. In a well-designed home, these are just a few of the features specifically incorporated for aging bodies.

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