UNIVERSITY
HILL

neighborhood

University Hill offers the perfect address —whether you work or study at the University of South Carolina or you just love the feel of being on the campus of the state’s flagship university.

Nestled between USC and the Five Points entertainment and shopping district, University Hill is home to large, historic houses that welcome visitors with graceful verandas and lush gardens. Along Greene Street, the road that runs through the neighborhood, stretching from the university to Five Points, older homes share space with newer townhouses, offering a sleek city feel and the latest amenities. Many professors, attorneys, and university administrators call the neighborhood home, along with college students and long-time residents who live in apartment buildings and duplexes that dot the neighborhood.

University Hill was established between 1885 and 1950 and is listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. History surrounds you as you walk around the University Hill neighborhood, from the historic Horseshoe on the USC campus to the Longstreet Theater, which also served as a hospital during the Civil War, to the home of Peter Horry, a Revolutionary War colonel whose circa 1813 house still stands at 1527 Senate Street and is one of the oldest remaining houses in Columbia.

If you’re out for a walk in the neighborhood, don’t be surprised when you hear the university’s alma mater coming from the chimes at Rutledge Chapel. Other days, you may hear a loud gamecock crow broadcast from speakers around the university. On some nights, the revolving restaurant atop the Capstone residence hall on Barnwell Street will be lit in garnet to mark at university accomplishment or a victory for a sports team. Wherever you go in University Hill, it’s hard to forget you’re in Gamecock Country.

UNIVERSITY
HILL

neighborhood

University Hill offers the perfect address —whether you work or study at the University of South Carolina or you just love the feel of being on the campus of the state’s flagship university.

Nestled between USC and the Five Points entertainment and shopping district, University Hill is home to large, historic houses that welcome visitors with graceful verandas and lush gardens. Along Greene Street, the road that runs through the neighborhood, stretching from the university to Five Points, older homes share space with newer townhouses, offering a sleek city feel and the latest amenities. Many professors, attorneys, and university administrators call the neighborhood home, along with college students and long-time residents who live in apartment buildings and duplexes that dot the neighborhood.

University Hill was established between 1885 and 1950 and is listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. History surrounds you as you walk around the University Hill neighborhood, from the historic Horseshoe on the USC campus, to the Longstreet Theater, which also served as a hospital during the Civil War, to the home of Peter Horry, a Revolutionary War colonel whose circa 1813 house still stands at 1527 Senate Street and is one of the oldest remaining houses in Columbia.

If you’re out for a walk in the neighborhood, don’t be surprised when you hear the university’s alma mater coming from the chimes at Rutledge Chapel. Other days, you may hear a loud gamecock crow broadcast from speakers around the university. On some nights, the revolving restaurant atop the Capstone residence hall on Barnwell Street will be lit in garnet to mark at university accomplishment or a victory for a sports team. Wherever you go in University Hill, it’s hard to forget you’re in Gamecock Country.

RECREATION & PARKS

University Hill’s backyard is the University of South Carolina campus, offering a wide variety of sporting and cultural events nearly every day and night. There is the symphony and touring Broadway shows at the Koger Center for the Arts, student productions at Longstreet and Drayton Hall theaters, and art exhibits to view at McKissick Museum. The Gamecocks compete in the Southeastern Conference, bringing top-level competitions in dozens of sports.

If you’re looking for a spot to picnic, there are all sorts of green spaces on campus, including the Horseshoe and Gibbes Green. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Five Points and Maxcy Gregg Park on Blossom Street are both just a short walk from the neighborhood. Or you may just want to hang out at the Five Points fountain at Greene and Harden streets – a perfect spot for people-watching.

FUN FACT

The neighborhood is home to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at Gervais and Sumter streets. The congregation laid the cornerstone for the original wood frame church in 1814, and the Gothic Revival church on the site was completed before 1852. The cathedral and parish house underwent a massive renovation in the early 2000s. A stroll through the cemetery on the cathedral grounds reveals the names of some of the state’s most well-known families, buried under massive live oak trees.

RECREATION & PARKS

University Hill’s backyard is the University of South Carolina campus, offering a wide variety of sporting and cultural events nearly every day and night. There is the symphony and touring Broadway shows at the Koger Center for the Arts, student productions at Longstreet and Drayton Hall theaters, and art exhibits to view at McKissick Museum. The Gamecocks compete in the Southeastern Conference, bringing top-level competitions in dozens of sports.

If you’re looking for a spot to picnic, there are all sorts of green spaces on campus, including the Horseshoe and Gibbes Green. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Five Points and Maxcy Gregg Park on Blossom Street are both just a short walk from the neighborhood. Or you may just want to hang out at the Five Points fountain at Greene and Harden streets – a perfect spot for people-watching.

FUN FACT

The neighborhood is home to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at Gervais and Sumter streets. The congregation laid the cornerstone for the original wood frame church in 1814, and the Gothic Revival church on the site was completed before 1852. The cathedral and parish house underwent a massive renovation in the early 2000s. A stroll through the cemetery on the cathedral grounds reveals the names of some of the state’s most well-known families, buried under massive live oak trees.

HOME STATS

University Hill is dominated by historic homes, but the houses reflect a wide range of architectural styles. There are examples of Charleston single houses, Renaissance Revivals, American foursquare’s, Craftsman bungalows, and Italian Renaissance homes in the neighborhood. There also are newer townhouses and single-family homes along Greene and Laurens streets, just up from Five Points, while several apartment buildings and duplexes are scattered throughout the neighborhood.

HOME STATS

University Hill is dominated by historic homes, but the houses reflect a wide range of architectural styles. There are examples of Charleston single houses, Renaissance Revivals, American foursquare’s, Craftsman bungalows, and Italian Renaissance homes in the neighborhood. There also are newer townhouses and single-family homes along Greene and Laurens streets, just up from Five Points, while several apartment buildings and duplexes are scattered throughout the neighborhood.

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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

You don’t need to get in your car to find dozens of dining and shopping options in nearby Five Points. Closest to the neighborhood, Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe on Greene Street offers an innovative menu that focuses on fresh, local ingredients. A block away, Publico Kitchen and Tap offers happy hour and dinner specials in a casual, fun atmosphere. On the other side of the neighborhood, Immaculate Consumption on South Main Street near the State House is a popular spot for lunch, coffee and pastries.

NEIGHBORHOODS SCHOOLS

University Hill children attend A.C. Moore Elementary, Hand Middle, and Dreher High schools in Richland School District One.

NEED GROCERIES?

The Food Lion in Five Points is within walking distance of the University Hill neighborhood. Two Publix grocery stores, on Rosewood Drive and on Gervais Street, are a short drive away, and the recently re-opened Earth Fair is nearby on Devine Street, along with a Piggly Wiggly.

NEARBY
AMENITIES

RESTAURANTS & MORE

You don’t need to get in your car to find dozens of dining and shopping options in nearby Five Points. Closest to the neighborhood, Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe on Greene Street offers an innovative menu that focuses on fresh, local ingredients. A block away, Publico Kitchen and Tap offers happy hour and dinner specials in a casual, fun atmosphere. On the other side of the neighborhood, Immaculate Consumption on South Main Street near the State House is a popular spot for lunch, coffee and pastries.

NEIGHBORHOODS SCHOOLS

University Hill children attend A.C. Moore Elementary, Hand Middle, and Dreher High schools in Richland School District One.

NEED GROCERIES?

The Food Lion in Five Points is within walking distance of the University Hill neighborhood. Two Publix grocery stores, on Rosewood Drive and on Gervais Street, are a short drive away, and the recently re-opened Earth Fair is nearby on Devine Street, along with a Piggly Wiggly.

EXPLORE THE AREA

The University Hill neighborhood includes the heart of the University of South Carolina campus and is bounded by Sumter, Gervais, Laurens, and Blossom streets. It’s an easy walk down Greene Street to Five Points, or you can take the set of stairs that lead from Laurens Street to Five Points, just above the Chick-fil-A on Harden Street. The other side of the neighborhood flanks the South Carolina State House.

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University Hill Neighborhood

EXPLORE THE AREA

The University Hill neighborhood includes the heart of the University of South Carolina campus and is bounded by Sumter, Gervais, Laurens, and Blossom streets. It’s an easy walk down Greene Street to Five Points, or you can take the set of stairs that lead from Laurens Street to Five Points, just above the Chick-fil-A on Harden Street. The other side of the neighborhood flanks the South Carolina State House.

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University Hill Neighborhood

LISTINGS IN UNIVERSITY HILL

LISTINGS IN UNIVERSITY HILL