ARCADIA LAKES

neighborhood

The small town of Arcadia Lakes, nestled among the pines northeast of downtown Columbia and adjacent to Forest Acres, takes its name from the seven small bodies of water in the town’s boundaries. It is considered one of the Columbia area’s premier residential communities.

First developed in the 1880s as the Douglas Mill tract, it originally was farmland dotted with lakes and pine trees. By the early 1900s, residents looking to get away from city life in Columbia moved to large, multi-acre tracts in the area. In the next few decades, roads were widened and
neighborhoods were developed as Arcadia Lake was transformed into a suburban community.

But as the city of Columbia began annexing area subdivisions, the residents wanted to keep their independence – and not pay local property taxes. The Town of Arcadia Lakes was born on Oct. 30, 1959 when residents voted 46-30 to incorporate. The towering pines and picturesque lakes are still there – and are now surrounded by graceful homes and winding, shaded streets.

Arcadia Lakes is home to majestic houses and gardens along North Trenholm Road, high-end lakefront houses and a few planned communities. The town is just .66 square miles, with the town’s lakes accounting for about 32 percent of that area. More than half of Arcadia Lake’s land area is covered in a canopy of trees. Most of the waterfront homes have small docks, and the seven small lakes are popular nesting and feeding spot for birds such as great blue herons, kingfishers and mallard and wood ducks. While it has a relaxed and suburban feel, this town of about 900 residents has easy access to urban amenities. It is just about 8 miles away from downtown Columbia, the Vista and the University of South Carolina, and just a couple miles to the Forest Drive and Northeast Columbia shopping and restaurant districts, making it an easy commute to work, shopping and entertainment.

ARCADIA LAKES

neighborhood

The small town of Arcadia Lakes, nestled among the pines northeast of downtown Columbia and adjacent to Forest Acres, takes its name from the seven small bodies of water in the town’s boundaries. It is considered one of the Columbia area’s premier residential communities.

First developed in the 1880s as the Douglas Mill tract, it originally was farmland dotted with lakes and pine trees. By the early 1900s, residents looking to get away from city life in Columbia moved to large, multi-acre tracts in the area. In the next few decades, roads were widened and
neighborhoods were developed as Arcadia Lake was transformed into a suburban community.

But as the city of Columbia began annexing area subdivisions, the residents wanted to keep their independence – and not pay local property taxes. The Town of Arcadia Lakes was born on Oct. 30, 1959 when residents voted 46-30 to incorporate. The towering pines and picturesque lakes are still there – and are now surrounded by graceful homes and winding, shaded streets.

Arcadia Lakes is home to majestic houses and gardens along North Trenholm Road, high-end lakefront houses and a few planned communities. The town is just .66 square miles, with the town’s lakes accounting for about 32 percent of that area. More than half of Arcadia Lake’s land area is covered in a canopy of trees. Most of the waterfront homes have small docks, and the seven small lakes are popular nesting and feeding spot for birds such as great blue herons, kingfishers and mallard and wood ducks. While it has a relaxed and suburban feel, this town of about 900 residents has easy access to urban amenities. It is just about 8 miles away from downtown Columbia, the Vista and the University of South Carolina, and just a couple miles to the Forest Drive and Northeast Columbia shopping and restaurant districts, making it an easy commute to work, shopping and entertainment.

RECREATION & PARKS

The private lakes offer beautiful views in Arcadia Lakes, while lakefront homes have docks for launching kayaks or small boats. Park options include Sesquicentennial State Park on Two Notch Road (known to locals as Sesqui), which is about 8 miles from Arcadia Lakes. The large park features overnight camping sites, pedal boat, kayak and canoe rentals, fishing, two nature trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, a splash pad and a 6-mile bicycle trail loop.

In nearby Forest Acres, Citadel Park features a children’s playground and picnic area. The Cooper branch of the Richland Library on Trenholm Road is just over a mile from Arcadia Lakes.

FUN FACT

Arcadia Lakes does not assess local property taxes and instead relies on franchise fees, business licenses, building permit fees and state revenue to local government to run the town government.

what’s in a name

Arcadia Lakes has as its motto: Seven Lakes — One Town. Those seven lakes are Arcadia Woods Lake, Keels Lake, Alfred Burnside Lake, Cary Lake, Lake Louise at Kaminer Station, Hidden Glen Lake at the Commons and Havird/Dent Lake. There also are several small ponds in the area.

RECREATION & PARKS

The private lakes offer beautiful views in Arcadia Lakes, while lakefront homes have docks for launching kayaks or small boats. Park options include Sesquicentennial State Park on Two Notch Road (known to locals as Sesqui), which is about 8 miles from Arcadia Lakes. The large park features overnight camping sites, pedal boat, kayak and canoe rentals, fishing, two nature trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, a splash pad and a 6-mile bicycle trail loop.

In nearby Forest Acres, Citadel Park features a children’s playground and picnic area. The Cooper branch of the Richland Library on Trenholm Road is just over a mile from Arcadia Lakes.

FUN FACT

Arcadia Lakes does not assess local property taxes and instead relies on franchise fees, business licenses, building permit fees and state revenue to local government to run the town government.

what’s in a name

Arcadia Lakes has as its motto: Seven Lakes — One Town. Those seven lakes are Arcadia Woods Lake, Keels Lake, Alfred Burnside Lake, Cary Lake, Lake Louise at Kaminer Station, Hidden Glen Lake at the Commons and Havird/Dent Lake. There also are several small ponds in the area.

HOME STATS

Arcadia Lakes is dominated by mostly owner-occupied single-family homes, with about half of them were built in the 1960s and 1970s. The town has a variety of house styles, including large, traditional homes, brick ranches, split-levels and grand lakefront houses. Arcadia Lakes is home to a few planned developments, including The Commons on Arcadia Lakes Drive, a mix of Victorian-style wood-framed homes and brick traditional two-story and patio homes, all inside a gated community with a pool and clubhouse. Kaminer Station, a high-end neighborhood off Trenholm Road, is home to large, brick homes and is especially popular with families.

HOME STATS

Arcadia Lakes is dominated by mostly owner-occupied single-family homes, with about half of them were built in the 1960s and 1970s. The town has a variety of house styles, including large, traditional homes, brick ranches, split-levels and grand lakefront houses. Arcadia Lakes is home to a few planned developments, including The Commons on Arcadia Lakes Drive, a mix of Victorian-style wood-framed homes and brick traditional two-story and patio homes, all inside a gated community with a pool and clubhouse. Kaminer Station, a high-end neighborhood off Trenholm Road, is home to large, brick homes and is especially popular with families.

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Homes for Sale

219

New Listings

179

Homes Sold

$265,735

Average Sales Price

42

Days on Market

97%

List Price to Sales Price Ratio

These numbers are provided by CMLS and collected by The Moore Company for January – October 2020. They were updated on November 11, 2020. The information contained herein is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. 

25

Homes for Sale

219

New Listings

179

Homes Sold

$265,735

Average Sales Price

42

Days on Market

97%

List Price to Sales Price Ratio

These numbers are provided by CMLS and collected by The Moore Company for January – October 2020. They were updated on November 11, 2020. The information contained herein is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. 

NEARBY
AMENITIES

RESTAURANTS & MORE

Arcadia Lakes is an easy drive to many of the Columbia area’s top shopping and dining locations. Trenholm Plaza and Forest Drive are just a couple miles away, offering high-end and casual dining options. Check out Tazza Kitchen and BLD Diner in Trenholm Plaza, the Italian and seafood specialties at Pasta Fresca, or the new Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar on Forest Drive.

NEIGHBORHOODS SCHOOLS

Arcadia Lakes children attend Forest Lake Elementary, Dent Middle and Richland Northeast High schools in Richland School District Two. Richland Two also offers 39 public magnet programs for all levels of students at locations around the Northeast Richland County district.

NEED GROCERIES?

There are several grocery stores within a few miles of Arcadia Lakes. Trenholm Plaza, home to Publix and Fresh Market grocery stores, is a short drive from the town, while a Trader Joe’s and Lowes Foods are located on nearby Forest Drive. A Walmart and Sam’s Club are also easily accessible from any Arcadia Lakes address.

NEARBY
AMENITIES

RESTAURANTS & MORE

Arcadia Lakes is an easy drive to many of the Columbia area’s top shopping and dining locations. Trenholm Plaza and Forest Drive are just a couple miles away, offering high-end and casual dining options. Check out Tazza Kitchen and BLD Diner in Trenholm Plaza, the Italian and seafood specialties at Pasta Fresca, or the new Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar on Forest Drive.

NEIGHBORHOODS SCHOOLS

Arcadia Lakes children attend Forest Lake Elementary, Dent Middle and Richland Northeast High schools in Richland School District Two. Richland Two also offers 39 public magnet programs for all levels of students at locations around the Northeast Richland County district.

NEED GROCERIES?

There are several grocery stores within a few miles of Arcadia Lakes. Trenholm Plaza, home to Publix and Fresh Market grocery stores, is a short drive from the town, while a Trader Joe’s and Lowes Foods are located on nearby Forest Drive. A Walmart and Sam’s Club are also easily accessible from any Arcadia Lakes address.

EXPLORE THE AREA

Arcadia Lakes is located northeast of downtown Columbia, adjacent to the town of Forest Acres, the City of Columbia and Richland County. Main thoroughfares that run near or through the town include Trenholm Road, Decker Boulevard, Arcadia Lakes Drive and Two Notch Road.  The area offers easy access to I-77 and I-20.

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EXPLORE THE AREA

Arcadia Lakes is located northeast of downtown Columbia, adjacent to the town of Forest Acres, the City of Columbia and Richland County. Main thoroughfares that run near or through the town include Trenholm Road, Decker Boulevard, Arcadia Lakes Drive and Two Notch Road.  The area offers easy access to I-77 and I-20.

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LISTINGS IN ARCADIA LAKES

LISTINGS IN ARCADIA LAKES