Considering the size of Lake Hartwell (962 miles of shoreline & 56,000 acres of water at normal levels), there is no shortage of areas to buy a second home. Something we find quite often is that buyers are looking for a place where they feel like they’re away from it all – on vacation. They don’t want their vacation house to feel too much like home. At the same time, many of these buyers are planning on their Lake Hartwell vacation home becoming their full time residence once they retire, so they don’t want a location too remote. With this in mind, it’s easy to become conflicted about what they want today versus what they will want in a retirement home later on. Since this is such a common situation, I have decided to devote one blog each week to a different area that is well suited for either full time living or vacation use.
Finding a Spot for Your Lake Hartwell Vacation Home in Anderson, SC – Providence Church Road Area
Since I have lived in Anderson for my entire adult life, I’m a bit partial to it and have to give it the first post on the subject. Anderson covers a pretty wide area, but one of my favorite parts where you can find homes on lake is the area on and surrounding Providence Church Road. It fits the bill for being remote enough to feel like you’re on vacation, without being too far from recreational areas and amenities like shopping, banking, and dining.
Why it’s great for vacationing:
If you’re not familiar with the area, it’s easy to assume you’re driving out into the middle of nowhere once you make the turn off Highway 24. Before too long, you’ll find Sadlers Creek BBQ, which is a local favorite open on Saturdays only. On Providence Church Road, The Grill Man is a waterfront restaurant open Thursday through Sunday with seasonal variations. You can go by boat, and I promise you’ll be amazed at the quality of food. Nothing frozen here – Everything is fresh, including their homemade salad dressings! Jason makes the best cheesecake I’ve ever had, including a maple bacon cheesecake (sounds weird, but it gets rave reviews).
Also located on Providence Church Road is the Stone Creek Cove Golf Club, which is a semi-private 9 hole course that offers memberships, as well as being open to the public. More information on the golf course can be found here. In addition to the golf course, the club has a swimming pool that offers memberships to the public. You would need to inquire for current rates, as their website appears to be pretty outdated, but it does state that they offer both individual and family single season memberships.
Another perk of this area is that the waters are sailboat friendly! On Hartwell, you’ll want to stay South of I-85 and away from other bridges if you enjoy sailing. The Western Carolina Sailing Club is located on Westwind Way off 187-South and was founded in 1963. The club is positioned on 17 acres, which includes a 10 acre island with a causeway which creates a protected harbor for boat anchorage. Lessons offered by WCSC & by Big Water Marina.