A strong sense of community and membership amenities make living in Old Hawthorne special.
Kim Schwartz, whose family purchased a lot in the then-new subdivision seven years ago, said what first drew her to the neighborhood was its location – she had always wanted to live on Route WW.
“I’m more than thrilled to say we’re kind of living in the country, but are still close to the city,” Schwartz said. “The southeast location, to me, is just priceless. We’ve been in all the quadrants (of Columbia) and I love the proximity to town and the interstate.”
Old Hawthorne has grown quite a bit since they first moved in. Schwartz said she now has neighbors on all sides, but added that “they are truly like family”
Different levels of membership have access to different amenities, including the golf course, a pool, a gym and soon tennis. But with regular three-street meet-and-greet activities and events at the Clubhouse, not to mention active groups for everything from book clubs and Bible studies to yoga, Schwartz said it is an active and friendly community where “there’s always something to do” for everyone, regardless of membership level.
“It’s just so welcoming – I’ve never met someone out here that doesn’t walk up with an extended hand to greet you,” she said. “We’ve lived out of state a moved a lot of times, and it’s nice when people acknowledge you and let you know they’re glad you’re here. It’s such a community. When you buy Old Hawthorne, you buy this community.”
Although she acknowledges purchasing a home or lot and maintaining membership in the community can be expensive, Schwartz said all the activities and camaraderie mean “you get a lot of bang for your buck.”
Average home size: 2,910 sq. feet
Average home sold price: $399,598
Average days on market/cumulative days on market: 133/156
Schools: Cedar Ridge Elementary/Oakland Middle School/Muriel Battle High School
Voting Ward: Ward 6