Why live at the Mill District

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Why live here?

Are you a professor, in graduate school, just starting out, buying your first home? An incredible opportunity awaits you. The median cost of a home in the Mill District is $165,000, the most affordable in the downtown area.

Mill District children attend public schools, AC Moore, Hand and Dreher. All are highly rated and serve the University Hill, Shandon, Rosehill and Wales Gardens neighborhoods as well.

The Mill District Neighborhoods are listed as National Register Historic Districts by the National Park Service making homes and historic buildings eligible for rehabilitation & restoration funds through City, County and State programs. Click on the links below to read more -

Kids in Mill District

Historic Columbia offers an insightful perspective on the economic significance of the Mill District, shedding light on its role in driving local development and prosperity. Gain a deeper understanding of how living in this dynamic neighborhood contributes to the broader economic landscape of our city by visiting Historic Columbia's page on the economic impact of the Mill District.

Make history! We are an active, engaged community ready to welcome those who want to make the Mill District their home.

The Mill District villages are centrally located with quick access to the Congaree River, Vista, Downtown Columbia, and the University of South Carolina.

Residents are able to walk to church, local restaurants, entertainment/sports venues and services or catch a ride on the Comet / USC Bus System or Uber/Lyft.

Ten+ acres of forest & wetland make for a restorative day in the woods. The three rivers greenway runs through the district along the Rocky Branch to the great Congaree River.

The Mill District is one of the safest neighborhoods in the metro area. The Richland County Sheriff Region One and City of Columbia Police Metro Region departments respond to calls and The University of South Carolina’s office of Off-Campus Living and Neighborhood Relations is available to foster positive student and neighborhood relationships. Columbia’s oldest fire company will soon have a state-of-the-art three-bay firehouse built in the Olympia Village.

Mill District Fire Fighters