Lake Murray Real Estate, Columbia, S.C.

When an engineer, named William Murray came to Columbia to explore the option of having a dam to produce electric power, he realized the topography was ideal. Hence Lake Murray is today, one of the largest earthen dams in the country. When it was completed in 1930 it was the largest earthen dam in the world. It’s about 50,000 acres and has about 500 miles of shoreline, covering 4 counties. It’s fed by the Saluda River, flowing from upstate South Carolina. near the N.C. line. Completed as a source of hydroelectric power, it’s becoming one of great lakes for recreation. Many people are moving to Columbia to enjoy the lake for its great fishing and boating. It has a width of 14 miles and a length of 41 miles with a maximum depth of 200 feet. When the site was originally cleared, all the woodlands were removed up to the 360 foot mark. Hence the surface elevation we all know today, as the 360 mark. One nice point about Lake Murray is that there are no alligators. The average low temperature is 51 degrees and the high average is 75. The mean temperature is around 63. Monthly rainfall is around 4”. On the average, it takes around 30 minutes to get to work, if you live on Lake Murray. There are many communities, marinas and restaurants on the Lake. The only community that has a golf course on the Lake is Timberlake, though there are many fine golf courses through out the Columbia, S.C. area.

For 2016, there were 239 homes sold on Lake Murray. The average days on the market were 73 days. The highest priced sold home in 2016 was $1,600,000 and the lowest was $39,000. The average sold price on the Lake for 2016 was $450,202. From this information we can see homes are sold from weekend shacks to million dollar homes. There are many homes in the $3+ million dollar range on Lake Murray. Lake Murray offers many deep water and big water view homes, as well as beautiful point lots and acreage.

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