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Moving to Lexington, SC can be FUN!

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Moving can be stressful, and it can be even frustrating when you don’t have any friends to have fun with. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, settling into a new city can be a challenge. But rest assured, if you take the time to connect to your new surroundings new friends are sure to follow.

We’ve helped hundreds of people move into the Lexington, SC area and have a few tips on making the transition a bit easier.

Make the Chamber Your First Stop

Every city has one, including Lexington.  The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitor Center specializes in making you feel at home.  They have an array of business brochures and visitor guides just waiting for you.

Rely on Phone Apps

It seems like a no-brainer, but relying on a phone app can save you a lot of time.  Apps like Nextdoor and TripAdvisor will let you know where you can find the best restaurants, grocery stores, and neighborhood hangouts. Nextdoor is a private social networking app that has over 145,000 neighborhoods where you can learn all about your new area. Nextdoor is available for both Andriod and iPhone and will help you learn about local services, safety, and keep you in the loop to what is happening around you.

Use Social Media

Facebook Neighborhood Groups are great for connecting you with people in your immediate neighborhood.  People generally want to be helpful, so don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations for restaurants, nail salons, babysitters, and even churches. Just dropping the one line “I’ve just moved here” will work wonders and it's remarkable how friendly people can be to newcomers.

Take the Initiative

You are not going to make friends by sitting at home in front of the television.  Get out and experience the area. Go for a walk, strike up a conversation at a coffee shop, and get involved in the community. During the summer months, Lexington has an array of free events that can get you out and about. Check out the Chambers Community Calendar for a complete list of events in the area. 

Do you like to volunteer?

Check out the website for volunteer opportunities in the greater Midlands area. Whether it’s joining your neighborhood HOA or volunteering at a local food bank, getting involved in your new community is the perfect place to meet new friends.

Embrace your Hobbies

The perfect way to find people who share a common interest is signing up for classes or groups.  Whether you play softball or enjoy art classes, there is sure to be a group or club you can join. Anything that will get you out socializing will make you feel more at home in your new surroundings.

Take it easy on yourself.

While it can take up to six months to get a feel for your new area, remember its friends that make you feel like its home. Take the time to let friendships build naturally and don’t force it.  Get involved and don’t let opportunities go to waste. 


If you are new to the area, check out our post on Lake Murray Living, or contact us for more information on how we can help settle into your new home.  Please call us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

Lake Murray, SC Living – Life is Better at the Lake

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Are you dreaming of beautiful Lake Murray, SC color-splashed sunrises or sunsets?

Maybe it’s enjoying your morning cup of coffee in peace and serenity that only comes from living on the water. Or perhaps you want to find a home where its views make you feel like you’re on vacation all year long.

Lake Murray, only 15 miles northwest of Columbia, SC is a place where you can enjoy resort-style living with all the modern amenities of a small town. Just a short drive in any direction and you can leave your lake living oasis and enjoy all the art and culture of South Carolina’s state capital, Columbia can bring. The best of both worlds in one spectacular community …year-round.

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

Lake Murray covers 78 square miles or about 50,000 acres of land. Its shoreline is home to an array of lakeside communities and neighborhoods. From small weekend cottages to resort communities you’re sure to find a home that suits your style of living.

Encompassing four counties, Lexington, Richland, Newberry and Saluda its vast size alone will give you more options for a lakeside living than anywhere else in South Carolina.

Named for William S. Murray, the engineer who designed the dam was built in 1930 by damming the Saluda River. At the time the Saluda Dam was the largest earthen dam ever built. Its purpose was to generate electricity for the South Carolina Electric and Gas Company. However, the untold story that lies beneath the water’s surface is the forgotten towns that lay hidden in the depths of history.

To make room for the lake 100,000 acres of land was purchased and dozens of communities had to be abandoned including a bridge, graveyard, schools, and churches. What lies under the lake has fascinated people for years.

To keep the lake healthy they periodically lower the lake levels to allow rainfall to scour the shallow coves that wash sediments into the deeper part of the lake. This allows ample time for homeowners to repair docks, and add shoreline improvements, keeping the edge of the lake in top condition.

A Day at the Lake

Lake Murray is one of the top recreation destinations in central South Carolina. It hosts an array of unique activities aimed to invite people to come and enjoy a day at the lake.  Each event draws thousands of people into the area to enjoy is beautiful waters. From the Easter Regatta that lines its deep waters with sailboat races to it’s Annual July 4th Boat Parade there is always something fun to do on and around its 649 miles of shoreline.  

Recreation boating is its number one activity for most lake residents. Ski boats, pontoons, and fishing boats all share its water for a number of activities. With 25 landings and marinas offering wet and dry boat storage, motor repair, fuel supplies and so much more there is no reason boating, and fishing enthusiasts wouldn’t want to call Lake Murray home. Even if you don’t have a boat, there are plenty of places around the lake that you can rent a boat for a few hours to a few days.

Did I tell you the fishing is GREAT on Lake Murray?

The lake is home to a large number of fish species, but the most popular by choice is largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie. The lake plays hosts to a large number of fishing tournaments throughout the year.

Check out the SC DNR’s Fresh Water Fishing Trends for the latest report on what is biting on the lake.

Pack a Picnic

Lake Murray not only offers an array of boating activities its shoreline plays host to a number of recreational areas that make perfect picnic spots.

A Restaurant with a View

Are you enjoying your time on the water? No need to call it a day if you get hungry. Lake Murray restaurants cater to boaters and encourage its water guests to pull into a boat slip to enjoy a refreshing drink and a bite to eat.

It’s not summertime in the Midlands unless you enjoy one of its spectacular restaurants with a view.

Home to the Purple Martin

Every summer hundreds of thousands of Purple Martins call Bomb Island, Lake Murray home. Residents and tourist alike make it an annual event to watch as they return for their very own summer vacation. It is estimated that more than one million birds venture north for the summer and roost on the island, giving spectators a rare look at one of nature's true wonders. The sky gets dark, and millions of birds fill the pre-dawn and evening skies each day. From the end of June until the beginning of August you can view it too.  

Schedule a Purple Martin Tour on the Spirit of Lake Murray or with Wingard’s Naturalist and USCG Captain Zach to experience a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of purple martins at one of North America’s largest purple martin roost.

Lake Murray, SC Home for Sale

Convenient to I-26 in Irmo and I-20 in Lexington, Lake Murray makes the perfect place to call home. There are a number of upscale housing communities around the lake that feature boat slips, and dry dock facilities for residents.

If smaller family oriented neighbors are more your style, Lexington and Chapin are two of the fastest growing areas in the Midlands and plays host to some of the best schools in South Carolina.

For many homeowners buying a home on a lake is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and they don’t want to only focus on the house but the whole lakefront lifestyle.

If waterfront living is calling you, look to the REALTORS® at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company to show you all the options available to living on the lake.

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