Aiken, SC is a southern town that's full of charm and hospitality. Visitors to the town often become residents, settling into a place with loads of natural beauty, plenty of history and a deep love of sports that include horse racing and golf. Founded in 1835, and named for the head of the SC Railroad, William Aiken, the town of Aiken is a great place to live and work.
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Historical estates that open year round! Historical Rose Hill Estate comprises an entire city block in downtown Aiken. It's a popular place for weddings and private events because of its beauty and charm. The historic Lookaway House and Inn offers visitors a taste of southern hospitality and a glimpse into Aiken's rich history.
There are lots of outdoor spaces to enjoy! The City of Aiken boasts 14 parks and park facilities that encompass over 300 acres. Enjoy the scenery at the Carolina Bay Nature preserve or take Fido for a stroll at the SPCA managed Aiken Dog Park.
Property values are on the rise, but housing is still affordable! Like many other areas, Aiken is enjoying a steady rise in property values with an estimated increase of over 3 percent in the next year. A good number of houses for rent and rent to own properties are available as well, offering a wide selection of real estate choices to choose from.
Aiken is equestrian crazy! From polo matches to steeplechase racing, Aiken is the location for several very active equestrian communities. The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame displays information about thoroughbred champions from the past to present, and you can catch a number of matches at one of the oldest and most respected polo clubs in America, the Aiken Polo Club.
The Arts are important in Aiken! Juilliard in Aiken offers a taste of arts and culture in the beautiful Joye Cottage setting. Featuring performances by students from the Juilliard School, the program allows Aiken residents a chance to experience the arts up close and personal. Aiken also has its own ballet, youth orchestra, Aiken Bluegrass Festival and several performing arts groups.
Aiken is a haven for shoppers! Beyond the standard discount stores, department stores and shopping malls, Aiken is a great place to find unusual and unique shopping experiences. If you want to find a taste of Britain, check out The Curiosity Shop in downtown Aiken. You can find your favorite British imports and a spot of great conversation with the locals. Or, fill your home with beautiful boutique home decor from the 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts boutique. There really is something for everyone when it comes to shopping in Aiken.
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