ELMWOOD
PARK

neighborhood

Elmwood Park, just north of downtown Columbia, is a neighborhood of beautifully restored homes and gardens, with sidewalks made for strolling and a welcoming vibe that’s evident from the minute you walk along the shady streets.

The neighborhood, which calls itself “Columbia’s front porch,” offers something of a step back in time, with residents congregating on their front porches and calling to neighbors as they walk by. Neighbors also host “porch parties” on the first Fridays of the month from April through October, where neighbors open their porches for an evening of potluck fun.

Elmwood Park was founded in the early 1900s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1904, it became the first suburb to be annexed into the city of Columbia, and the location offers easy access to downtown and the University of South Carolina. The road it is named for on the edge of the neighborhood — Elmwood Avenue – is a major thoroughfare that leads to I-26 and I-20.

The neighborhood is popular with professionals, young families, artists, and others who love the friendly feel and appreciate the history of the homes. There is an active neighborhood association, which awards a “yard of the month” – not an easy call in an area that prides itself on lush gardens and well-kept yards. In 2013, Elmwood was named Neighborhood of the Year for Physical Revitalization and Beautification by Neighborhoods USA and was one of three finalists for that year’s National Neighborhood of the Year.

ELMWOOD 
PARK

neighborhood

Elmwood Park, just north of downtown Columbia, is a neighborhood of beautifully restored homes and gardens, with sidewalks made for strolling and a welcoming vibe that’s evident from the minute you walk along the shady streets.

The neighborhood, which calls itself “Columbia’s front porch,” offers something of a step back in time, with residents congregating on their front porches and calling to neighbors as they walk by. Neighbors also host “porch parties” on the first Fridays of the month from April through October, where neighbors open their porches for an evening of potluck fun.

Elmwood Park was founded in the early 1900s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1904, it became the first suburb to be annexed into the city of Columbia, and the location offers easy access to downtown and the University of South Carolina. The road it is named for on the edge of the neighborhood — Elmwood Avenue – is a major thoroughfare that leads to I-26 and I-20.

The neighborhood is popular with professionals, young families, artists, and others who love the friendly feel and appreciate the history of the homes. There is an active neighborhood association, which awards a “yard of the month” – not an easy call in an area that prides itself on lush gardens and well-kept yards. In 2013, Elmwood was named Neighborhood of the Year for Physical Revitalization and Beautification by Neighborhoods USA and was one of three finalists for that year’s National Neighborhood of the Year.

RECREATION & PARKS

One of the neighborhood’s jewels is Roy Lynch Park at Lincoln and Abbeville streets. When the neighborhood was starting its rebirth in the late 1970s and ‘80s, residents worked diligently to create a local park. Dedicated in 1981, and renovated in 2017, the park now is home to nature-themed playground equipment, a picnic shelter, butterfly garden, splash pad, pergola, and a 60-foot-long zipline.

The neighborhood also is close to the new BullStreet District, an urban redevelopment that will include walkable streets and a mix of residential, retail, dining, and recreational uses. It features a dynamic minor league baseball stadium and a new 20-acre park with a pond and plenty of green space. There’s also a new REI Co-op store at Bull Street for all your outdoor needs.

The neighborhood also is close to downtown amenities, such as the Columbia Museum of Art, Edventure Children’s Museum, and the South Carolina State Museum.

FUN FACT

The neighborhood that is now Elmwood Park was the original home of the State Fairgrounds and a racetrack. When the South Carolina State Fair moved to its current location on Bluff Road in 1903, the land was sold to the Richland Real Estate Company to be subdivided for homes. The first lot in Elmwood was sold on Jan. 2, 1904.

RECREATION & PARKS

One of the neighborhood’s jewels is Roy Lynch Park at Lincoln and Abbeville streets. When the neighborhood was starting its rebirth in the late 1970s and ‘80s, residents worked diligently to create a local park. Dedicated in 1981, and renovated in 2017, the park now is home to nature-themed playground equipment, a picnic shelter, butterfly garden, splash pad, pergola, and a 60-foot-long zipline.

The neighborhood also is close to the new BullStreet District, an urban redevelopment that will include walkable streets and a mix of residential, retail, dining, and recreational uses. It features a dynamic minor league baseball stadium and a new 20-acre park with a pond and plenty of green space. There’s also a new REI Co-op store at Bull Street for all your outdoor needs.

The neighborhood also is close to downtown amenities, such as the Columbia Museum of Art, Edventure Children’s Museum, and the South Carolina State Museum.

FUN FACT

The neighborhood that is now Elmwood Park was the original home of the State Fairgrounds and a racetrack. When the South Carolina State Fair moved to its current location on Bluff Road in 1903, the land was sold to the Richland Real Estate Company to be subdivided for homes. The first lot in Elmwood was sold on Jan. 2, 1904.

HOME STATS

Homes in Elmwood Park include American Foursquares, Queen Anne styles, gable-front houses, and Colonial Revival homes, along with some smaller shotgun houses and Craftsman and brick bungalows. While many of the houses fell into disrepair in the mid-20th century, when some turned into boarding houses and a few were demolished, the neighborhood has had a full renovation in the past 30 years, and many of the homes of Elmwood Park have been lovingly restored into showplaces.

HOME STATS

Homes in Elmwood Park include American Foursquares, Queen Anne styles, gable-front houses and Colonial Revival homes, along with some smaller shotgun houses and Craftsman and brick bungalows. While many of the houses fell into disrepair in the mid-20th century, when some turned into boarding houses and a few were demolished, the neighborhood has had a full renovation in the past 30 years, and many of the homes of Elmwood Park have been lovingly restored into showplaces.

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Homes for Sale

31

New Listings

24

Homes Sold

$275,037

Average Sales Price

37

Days on Market

98.7%

List Price to Sales Price Ratio

These numbers are provided by CMLS and collected by The Moore Company for the 2020 year. They were reported on February 23, 2021. The information contained herein is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. 

0

Homes for Sale

31

New Listings

24

Homes Sold

$275,037

Average Sales Price

37

Days on Market

98.7%

List Price to Sales Price Ratio

These numbers are provided by CMLS and collected by The Moore Company for the 2020 year. They were reported on February 23, 2021. The information contained herein is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. 

NEARBY
AMENITIES

RESTAURANTS & MORE

Elmwood Park’s location is convenient to shops and restaurants in downtown, the North Main district, the Vista, and the new BullStreet District. In the neighborhood, the No Name Deli on Marion Street is popular for a casual lunch.

NEIGHBORHOODS SCHOOLS

Elmwood Park children attend Logan Elementary, St. Andrews Middle and Columbia High schools in Richland School District One. St. Peter’s Catholic School on Assembly Street is also nearby.

NEED GROCERIES?

The Publix grocery store on Gervais Street is convenient to the Elmwood Park neighborhood, with the Food Lion on Harden Street also nearby.

NEARBY
AMENITIES

RESTAURANTS & MORE

Elmwood Park’s location is convenient to shops and restaurants in downtown, the North Main district, the Vista, and the new BullStreet District. In the neighborhood, the No Name Deli on Marion Street is popular for a casual lunch.

NEIGHBORHOODS SCHOOLS

Elmwood Park children attend Logan Elementary, St. Andrews Middle and Columbia High schools in Richland School District One. St. Peter’s Catholic School on Assembly Street is also nearby.

NEED GROCERIES?

The Publix grocery store on Gervais Street is convenient to the Elmwood Park neighborhood, with the Food Lion on Harden Street also nearby.

EXPLORE THE AREA

Elmwood Park is just north of downtown Columbia, bordered by Elmwood Avenue, Main Street, River Drive, and the former Seaboard Coastline Railroad tracks. Along with downtown Columbia, it is close to the Cottontown and Earlewood neighborhoods and the new BullStreet District. Elmwood Avenue, the main thoroughfare on the edge of the neighborhood, feeds into I-26, with easy access to I-20.

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Elmwood Park Neighborhood

EXPLORE THE AREA

Elmwood Park is just north of downtown Columbia, bordered by Elmwood Avenue, Main Street, River Drive, and the former Seaboard Coastline Railroad tracks. Along with downtown Columbia, it is close to the Cottontown and Earlewood neighborhoods and the new BullStreet District. Elmwood Avenue, the main thoroughfare on the edge of the neighborhood, feeds into I-26, with easy access to I-20.

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Elmwood Park Neighborhood

LISTINGS IN ELMWOOD PARK

LISTINGS IN ELMWOOD PARK