About Aiken

Over the years, people from all over the U.S. and around the world have settled in Aiken. As a result, this picturesque garden town offers homes of many styles. Cozy cottages and grand estates surround the historic downtown area. Affordable family homes on spacious lots are located along tree-lined streets near the race tracks and polo fields. Due to the equestrian influence, certain residential streets remain unpaved. The citizens of Aiken have an ongoing love affair with horses; residences with stables nearby are not uncommon.

The feeling of country living is common to neighborhoods which are within minutes of downtown Aiken. The small city and many of its residential areas surround a protected pine forest, Hitchcock Woods, which contains more than 2,000 acres. This unique feature provides an invaluable natural cathedral for the community.

Golf is a close second to the horse in terms of popularity. Newcomers are pleasantly surprised to discover how affordable it is, not only to play the game, but to live in a golf community.

Houndslake is separated from the historic downtown area only by the beautiful pristine forest of Hitchcock Woods. Houndslake Country Club features a twenty-seven hole championship golf course designed by Joe Lee (La Costa, Doral & Disney World). It provides pleasure to the average golfer and a memorable challenge to the champion. Catering to the environment, the beautiful course winds through a quiet residential community, unique in the variety of living styles it offers and consistent with the gracious lifestyle that has attracted people to Aiken for many years. The developers have included a reverence for nature in every aspect of their planning. Thousands of azaleas were planted on the Azalea and Dogwood Nines during construction in 1974 to complement the natural splash of dogwood, holly, and kalmia in the area. Our mild agreeable climate allows for year-round outdoor recreation plus beautiful changing seasons.

After many years of steady demand, the development of Houndslake is almost complete. There are homes for sale of various styles and sizes which currently range in price from approximately $150,000 to $800,000. We recommend you consider a stay at The Inn at Houndslake, a 30 room lodge conveniently located within the city limits of Aiken. Our rooms feature lovely golf course views, and our guests receive membership privileges at Houndslake Country Club on a space available basis. For reservations call 803-648- 9535.

A tour of historic Aiken is a wonderful way to experience the charm and grace of our unique city. The tour leaves from the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum at 10:00 am every Saturday morning and reservations are strongly encouraged. The contact phone number for the historic tour is 803-644- 1907. For other information about Aiken visit www.visitaikensc.com