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Construction drawing to a close in St. Annes Alley in the River District of West Columbia

West Columbia, SC 09/06/2023 - Only two homes remain for sale in St. Anns Alley, the urban in-town community of quality, single-family homes bounded by Center, Spring, Herman and Augusta streets in the booming West Columbia River District. The final phase of St. Anns Alley includes eight homes along Center and Herman streets adjacent to the original St Anns Alley development of 34 single-family homes and one live-work unit. All of those homes are occupied and construction on the live-

work unit is wrapping up with occupancy expected by mid-November. The live-work

unit at the corner of Center Street and St. Anns Alley will house the Columbia office of United Home Loan Services, a Greenville-based mortgage company. Billy Howard, president of United Home Loan Services, said the opening of a Columbia office was facilitated by the move of one of his employees to the city. The upstairs living unit will be used by Howard or other company employees on trips to

Columbia and may also be available for some short-term rentals. United Home Loan Services lends in seven states, Howard said, “but South Carolina is our main state. So we're expanding; we'd eventually like to get into Charleston.”

Of the eight homes in the last phase, five are 1,400-square-feet, three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath models known as the Taylor, and three are 1,100 square-feet, 2-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath James models. Two of the James remain for sale. The Taylor is

named for recently deceased Columbia City Councilman Joe Taylor, who as a partner in Spring Street Partners, along with developers Tyler Baldwin and Mark James, created St. Anns Alley. The additional property was acquired by Spring Street Partners in the 3rd

quarter of 2022.

“We are pleased to deliver another eight homes – now 43 in total – to complete St. Anns Alley. This development – situated on just 2.5 acres of property - has played a small part in the transformation that is occurring in the River District. What was an area of vacant commercial buildings and unoccupied houses is now home to a host of new residents who are within walking distance to all that West Columbia and downtown Columbia have to offer,” said developer Tyler Baldwin. “The project has been extremely well received – as evidenced by our sales volume and the price appreciation we have witnessed in the few houses that have re-sold. We look forward to the opportunity to work on other projects in West Columbia.

”Construction on the eight homes, which began in May of this year, is wrapping up and they are expected to be ready for occupancy by mid to late September. Haven Homes, headed by Matt Mungo, was the builder for the final phase of St. Anns Alley. The initial 34 homes were built by Mungo Homes. “I am so excited about this project. It will help to push the redevelopment activity centered around the Riverwalk and State Street further up Meeting Street into our more established neighborhoods and will keep our positive momentum going,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. “These will be great homes in our wonderful city. I am also excited for the commercial use that it will bring to Center Street.”

St Anns Alley takes its name from the St. Ann’s Rescue Mission, a home for boys, that sat in the area during the late 1800s.

St. Anns Alley provides easy walkability to some of West Columbia’s biggest attractions including restaurants such as Savage Craft Ale Works, Black Rooster, Café Strudel and Terra; State Street shopping; the West Columbia Riverwalk & Amphitheater; Carraway Children’s Park; and the Interactive Art Park, site of the Saturday morning Meeting Street Artisan Market. In addition, St. Anns Alley is only a bridge away from the Congaree Vista, downtown Columbia and the University of South Carolina campus.

Allison Ramsey Architects of Beaufort ( designed all of the homes with varying interior layouts and color schemes. Each house is uniquely designed by plan and color for each lot to ensure the character of the neighborhood. Marketing and sale for St Anns Alley is being handled exclusively by The Wheeler Group licensed with Coldwell Banker.


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