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Phase II announced for West Columbia development


Homes under construction along St. Anns Alley as part of Phase II

Homes under construction along St. Anns Alley as part of Phase II

Spring Street Partners has announced Phase II of St. Anns Alley (www.stannsalley.com), an intown community of single family homes bounded by Center, Spring, Herman, and Augusta streets in the West Columbia River District. Phase II will include 15 homes. Ten of the 15 lots have been released for sale, with five homes under construction and expected to be ready for occupancy in July. Two homes in Phase II have already been purchased. Five additional homes will be ready for occupancy later this summer.

All 11 of the homes in Phase I of the anticipated 34-home development are either under contract or sold, closed, and occupied.

Susan Scoff, who has been living in her Herman Street home since September, says St. Anns Alley was exactly what she was looking for. The first resident to buy, Scoff says, “I wanted somewhere that was going to be walkable. That is really hard to find in Columbia. I just didn’t want to live out in the suburbs. I wanted to live close in town, somewhere I could get out and walk different places.”

Alan Bevard, who like many of the new homeowners is single, says livability, walkability, and proximity to downtown Columbia played a major role in his decision to buy in St. Anns Alley. “I work downtown, so something close to everything was something that I was definitely looking for.” He likes “being able to walk to the Riverwalk. All these attractions over in West Columbia that are popping up over the last couple of years was definitely big.” Bevard purchased his Augusta Street home in March.

Residents of St. Anns Alley tout easy walkability to some of West Columbia’s biggest attractions including restaurants such as the new Savage Craft Ale Works, Black Rooster, Café Strudel, and Terra; State Street shopping; the West Columbia Riverwalk & Amphitheater; Carraway Children’s Park; and the Interactive Art Park, site of the Saturday morning Meeting Street Artisan Market. In addition, St. Anns Alley is only a bridge away from the Congaree Vista, downtown Columbia and the University of South Carolina campus.

The homes of St Anns Alley are all two or three bedrooms and two and a half baths and range in size from around 1,100 square feet to just over 1,600 square feet. Each house has two parking spaces. The neighborhood also features a park, landscaping and sidewalks.

Allison Ramsey Architects of Beaufort (www.allisonramseyarchitect.com) has designed four basic models with varying interior layouts and color schemes. Each house is uniquely designed by plan and color for each lot to ensure the character of the neighborhood.

Developer Tyler Baldwin says, “St. Anns Alley is a unique, first-of-its-kind in the Midlands, urban housing development offering single-family home ownership with walking access to work and play options close by. These new homes offer high-end finishes in a growing community, all at prices below the monthly rent of popular new rental units in the local area.” Spring Street Partners includes Baldwin and developers Joe Taylor and Mark James.

Mungo Construction, Irmo, is the builder for St. Anns Alley, and Civil Engineering of Columbia is handling the site work.

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