MELROSE
HEIGHTS

neighborhood

In Melrose Heights, you’ll find affordable historic homes in a neighborhood known for its well-tended yards, pedestrian-friendly streets, and convenient in-town location just minutes from downtown Columbia and the University of South Carolina.

Named by This Old House magazine as one of the best places in the country to buy an old house, Melrose Heights is popular with young professionals, families, and retirees. It sits between many of Columbia’s popular shopping and entertainment spots, a short drive to both the Devine Street and Forest Acres business districts. And it’s just a couple miles to the University of South Carolina and downtown Columbia, making it an easy commute for work.

In between those shopping and dining destination is a diverse neighborhood established around 1900 as one of the capital city’s first “suburbs.” Melrose Heights is now listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and protected as one of the City of Columbia’s Architectural Conservation Districts.

MELROSE
HEIGHTS

neighborhood

In Melrose Heights, you’ll find affordable historic homes in a neighborhood known for its well-tended yards, pedestrian-friendly streets, and convenient in-town location just minutes from downtown Columbia and the University of South Carolina.

RECREATION & PARKS

Drive through Melrose Heights on an early evening or weekend afternoon and you’ll see neighbors waving to others from their porches, parents pushing baby strollers, kids riding bicycles to the park, or runners taking advantage of the sidewalk-lined streets. It’s a perfect neighborhood for those who enjoy being outdoors and being part of a neighborhood that feels like a true community.

Children and families congregate at Melrose Park, a nicely landscaped oasis tucked away from traffic. It includes a community center that offers computers with internet access along with plenty of playground equipment for kids.

FUN FACT

The Powell family purchased more than 67 acres in the area that became Melrose Heights for $27 at public auction after the Civil War, when the previous landowner could not pay the taxes. The family established the neighborhood in 1900.

what’s in a name?

Melrose Heights-Oak Lawn was established by the Powell family, which acquired the first parcels of land in the area just after the Civil War. The family continued to buy more land in the area between what is now Millwood Avenue and Gervais Street through the late 19th and early 20th century, and began to plan the development of Melrose Heights around 1900. The neighborhood grew steadily through 1935, and then boomed again after World War II through the mid-1950s, fueled by soldiers returning home and the Baby Boom.

RECREATION & PARKS

Drive through Melrose Heights on an early evening or weekend afternoon and you’ll see neighbors waving to others from their porches, parents pushing baby strollers, kids riding bicycles to the park, or runners taking advantage of the sidewalk-lined streets. It’s a perfect neighborhood for those who enjoy being outdoors and being part of a neighborhood that feels like a true community.

Children and families congregate at Melrose Park, a nicely landscaped oasis tucked away from traffic. It includes a community center that offers computers with internet access along with plenty of playground equipment for kids.

FUN FACT

The Powell family purchased more than 67 acres in the area that became Melrose Heights for $27 at public auction after the Civil War, when the previous landowner could not pay the taxes. The family established the neighborhood in 1900.

what’s in a name?

Melrose Heights-Oak Lawn was established by the Powell family, which acquired the first parcels of land in the area just after the Civil War. The family continued to buy more land in the area between what is now Millwood Avenue and Gervais Street through the late 19th and early 20th century, and began to plan the development of Melrose Heights around 1900. The neighborhood grew steadily through 1935, and then boomed again after World War II through the mid-1950s, fueled by soldiers returning home and the Baby Boom.

HOME STATS

Melrose Heights shady streets are lined with houses that represent a wide variety of architectural styles, with most built in the 1920s and 1930s, along with some post World War II construction. In recent years, a few new homes have been built on lots in Melrose, all keeping with the character of the neighborhood.

Melrose Heights is now listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and protected as one of the City of Columbia’s Architectural Conservation Districts.

HOME STATS

Melrose Heights shady streets are lined with houses that represent a wide variety of architectural styles, with most built in the 1920s and 1930s, along with some post World War II construction. In recent years, a few new homes have been built on lots in Melrose, all keeping with the character of the neighborhood.

Melrose Heights is now listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and protected as one of the City of Columbia’s Architectural Conservation Districts.

$100-$400

Price Range

$200,000

2019 Median Price

14

Days List to Sell

$100-$400

Price Range

$200,000

2019 Median Price

14

Days List to Sell

NEARBY
AMENITIES

RESTAURANTS & MORE

The Devine Street business district is close by, home to upscale boutiques and locally-owned restaurants. Columbia’s shopping and entertainment village, Five Points, home to dozens of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, also is just a short drive away. The other side of Melrose is close to the Trenholm Plaza, Richland Mall, and the Trenholm Road shops and restaurants.

NEIGHBORHOODS SCHOOLS

Melrose Heights children are zoned for Brennen Elementary School, Crayton Middle School, and A.C. Flora High School in Richland School District One.

NEED GROCERIES?

Several grocery stores serve the Melrose Heights neighborhood, including Kroger and Lowe’s on Forest Drive, Piggly Wiggly on Devine Street, Whole Foods in Cross Hill Market, Publix on Rosewood Drive, and Fresh Market and Publix in Trenholm Plaza.

NEARBY
AMENITIES

RESTAURANTS & MORE

The Devine Street business district is close by, home to upscale boutiques and locally-owned restaurants. Columbia’s shopping and entertainment village, Five Points, home to dozens of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, also is just a short drive away. The other side of Melrose is close to the Trenholm Plaza, Richland Mall, and the Trenholm Road shops and restaurants.

NEIGHBORHOODS SCHOOLS

Melrose Heights children are zoned for Brennen Elementary School, Crayton Middle School, and A.C. Flora High School in Richland School District One.

NEED GROCERIES?

Several grocery stores serve the Melrose Heights neighborhood, including Kroger and Lowe’s on Forest Drive, Piggly Wiggly on Devine Street, Whole Foods in Cross Hill Market, Publix on Rosewood Drive, and Fresh Market and Publix in Trenholm Plaza.

EXPLORE THE AREA

The neighborhood is bordered by Gervais Street, Millwood Avenue and the Heathwood Neighborhood. Centrally located downtown, Melrose Heights has the convenience to every area of Columbia.

LINKS

Melrose Heights Facebook  |  Historic Melrose Heights  |  Melrose Heights Historic Columbia

EXPLORE THE AREA

LINKS

The neighborhood is bordered by Gervais Street, Millwood Avenue and the Heathwood Neighborhood. Centrally located downtown, Melrose Heights has the convenience to every area of Columbia.

LINKS

Melrose Heights Facebook  |  Historic Melrose Heights  |  Melrose Heights Historic Columbia

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