US News & World Report recently rated Augusta, GA as “one of the best places to retire for under $40,000.” Aiken has been rated one of the 21 “best boomer towns” based on data from U.S. Census Bureau 2000, Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, AARP, New York Times, the Del Webb Survey, and U.S. World News Report.
The Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) has always been popular with retirees who are looking for a pastoral setting, moderate climate and below-average cost of living. Here, homes sit on large lots set in quiet, nature preserve communities that are packed with amenities. We’ll tell you about a few of our most popular neighborhoods for retirees, according to recent homeowner satisfaction surveys.
Manchester at Diamond Lakes – The Perfect Neighborhood for Retirees near Augusta, GA
This community is conveniently located next to the Diamond Lakes Recreation Center, which features tennis courts, well-stocked fishing ponds and a comprehensive library. You’ll also find picnic groves, walking trails and horseshoe pits for your enjoyment. Homes in Manchester at Diamond Lakes begin in the $170s and feature hardwood and tile floors, gourmet kitchens, spacious floor plans and formal dining rooms. Classic architecture combined with ample recreation nearby make this community a favorite for active retirees.
The Retreat at Storm Branch – An Upscale Neighborhood in Aiken, SC set Amid Horse Country
The Retreat at Storm Branch is an upscale development with homes starting in the $230s. This community is enclosed by tranquil woodlands and free from the stifling traffic that so many new developments suffer from. Set amid horse country, retirees enjoy the local small town culture, not to mention the common areas and recreation field. A resort-style pool is in the works as well. The homes are spacious and many models feature a one-floor plan for easier access.
Cornerstone – A Centrally Located Aiken Neighborhood Popular with Retirees
Cornerstone was designed as a retreat from busy life just 10 minutes from historic downtown Aiken — which is probably why retirees love it so much. Residents enjoy convenient access to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center tennis courts, fitness classes and picnic groves, as well as the botanical wonder of Hopeland Gardens. New homes at Cornerstone are offered in the $180 – $250K range with both single family residences and townhomes ready for immediate purchase. With granite countertops, 2,000 to 3,000 sq ft of space, attached double garages, expert craftsmanship, and automatic sprinkler systems, it’s easy to see why these homes are enticing. Bill Beazley is currently offering $4,000 toward closing on homes in Cornerstone, so be sure to ask your real estate agent about this special deal!