Essex Homes Expands Presence in Award-Winning Development

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Lake Carolina has developed two new neighborhoods for Columbia’s premier builder.

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“There’s a great mix of one and two-story plans located on our beautiful waterfront lots or our scenic woodland lots.” - Sales Associate Andy Brumbaugh

The powerhouse partnership between Columbia’s premier builder, Essex Homes, and the award-winning master-planned community, Lake Carolina, originated back in 2000. This year, Essex Homes will expand their presence in the 1,850-acre development with the addition of two new communities. Maple Lake in the Ponds and Elliot Lake in the Ponds are hitting the market now in order to begin closing homes in the fall of 2016.

“Maple Lake is going to be an amazing spot for first-time buyers, young families and empty-nesters,” says Andy Brumbaugh, Essex Homes Sales Associate at Lake Carolina. “There’s a great mix of one and two-story plans located on our beautiful waterfront lots or our scenic woodland lots.” With prices starting in the $150’s, this community will offer affordable waterside living for select lots. Construction has already broken ground and homes are estimated to be available during fall of 2016.

Elliot Lake, which will include new homes in the $250’s to $300’s, is predicted to begin selling this fall and will be ready for move-in early next year. The upscale neighborhood is located amidst lush greenery and gorgeous ponds, creating a tranquil and secluded feel. “Both communities are located near one of two development pools and a choice few homesites in Elliot Lake have vista views of Lake Carolina,” Brumbaugh says. “There’s also quick access to the Village at Sandhill, NE Columbia’s hub of dining and entertainment.” However, homeowners won’t need to venture far to indulge in a diverse restaurant and shopping scene. Lake Carolina is home to its own thriving town center encompassing a variety of small businesses, and hosts over 20 annual events including children’s storytime, wine tasting, an oyster roast and a polar bear plunge.

The development also contains three onsite Richland District Two schools, known for excellence and dedication to students’ success. Alternative highly-ranked schools are also just minutes away. In addition, Lake Carolina is conveniently located near the Fort Jackson and Shaw military bases. To learn more about Essex Homes, visit, or explore Lake Carolina at

About Lake Carolina Development

Lake Carolina, situated on 1,850-acres in Columbia SC, has been named Community of the Year for a decade and offers one of the best master-planned communities in the area. The community holds a 200-acre freshwater lake for fishing, sailing, boating and waterskiing, 30+ miles of walking trails, a Town Center for shopping and dining, Columbia's newest YMCA, Richland Two schools, and 20+ community events each year. Lake Carolina offers homes for sale from the mid $140’s to $700's and homesites from $40,000's to high $200's.

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