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South Carolina State Fair: What You Need to Know

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 05, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCIf you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC it’s about that time for the State Fair!

The South Carolina State Fair starts Oct. 11. And for 12 days, it’s literally all fun and games – and food. So much fried food.

What’s new this year?

BulletTrain roller coaster: This ride climbs 33 feet high before taking a series of sharp turns and drops.

Buffalo chicken gyros: Greek marinated chicken with a cream cheese and cheddar cheese blend, mixed with buffalo sauce, served in a pita with lettuce, tomato, onions and either ranch dressing or tzatziki sauce (AP Concessions).

Southern catfish sundae: French fries topped with fried catfish sticks, a spicy remoulade sauce and tartar sauce (DeAnna’s Concessions).

Fried bologna burger: An Angus burger topped with pimento cheese, fried bologna and chili (Timmons Concession).

3B burger: A burger, bacon and brisket with provolone cheese on garlic toast (Carousel Foods).

What can I ride?

Nearly 70 rides from North American Midway Entertainment, including Sky Glider, Cliff Hanger, Haunted Mansion, Himalaya, Ring of Fire, Tilt-A-Whirl, Frog Hopper, Merry Go Round and, of course, the iconic Ferris wheel.

Ride vouchers are $25 through Tuesday, Oct. 10; $30 during the fair; and $35 on weekends.

Ride vouchers: Exchange a voucher for a pay-one-price wristband at the fairgrounds to ride unlimited rides all day. Or, exchange for 30 ride coupons.

  • In advance (through Oct. 10): $25.
  • During the fair: $30.
  • Weekends: $35.

Midway express access pass: Gets you to the front of every ride line. $15.

What’s on stage?

Brothers Osborne, a country duo with a bit of a Trace Adkins sound. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. $15.

Keith Sweat, a smooth R&B singer with a four-decade music career. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. $15.

Chris Young, an award-winning country star. 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. $30.

ZZ Top, a legendary rock band known for songs such as “Sharp Dressed Man” and impressive beards. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. $25.

TobyMac, a popular Christian hip-hop artist. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. $15.

Sabrina Carpenter, a Disney Channel star (“Girl Meets World”) turned pop singer. 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. $15.

Concert tickets are available online only at and include fair admission.

Also look out for various other concerts throughout the fair including Blend acapella quartet, the Rock Bottom Boys, Two Way Crossing, SupaFun Band, Bandaloni and more.

What else is there to see?

Heritage Village: Visit “yesteryear” and experience the Medicine Show entertainers, a working tinsmith, blacksmith, potter and wooden bowl turner.

Camel Kingdom: Get a look at blue-eyed, black-and-white spotted, white and traditional brown camels, and even ride one.

Balloonopolis: More than 10,000 balloons come together into a stunning scene over the course of the fair.

Sandscapes: Seventy-five tons of sand molded into sculptures is pretty cool.

Cowtown: An old-timey creamery where you can help prepare cow milk by hand and get in on the process of making butter, ice cream and cheese.

FOLKFabulous: Hands-on art making, parades, jam sessions and storytelling are part of this multicultural exhibit.

Hi-Pockets Parade and Stilt Circus: Look up! Stilt-walking characters will rove the fairgrounds.

Kachunga & The Alligator: Watch this bushman wrangle an alligator with his bare hands.

Steve Brogan, comedian and ventriloquist: Enjoy an entertaining cast of characters and quick wit.

“The Rubber Chicken Show”: A comedy show featuring juggling and, yes, rubber chickens.

Flippin’: Mechanical innovation and flipping artistry combine in this acrobatics show.

Border collie exhibition: Watch these whip-smart dogs follow commands and whistles to herd sheep and ducks.

Swifty Swine racing and swimming pigs: A fair favorite every year, these are some of the fastest pigs around.

“Barnyard Cackle Review”: A kids’ show featuring Rocky Da Rooster and his singing hens.

Ron Diamond, magician and hypnotist: Find yourself in awe – or in a trance – at this popular show.

Student and fine art: The state’s most talented elementary, middle and high school students show off their best artworks. Plus, amateur and professional artists put their stuff on display. See who gets the ribbons.

Flower show: Award-winning roses, camellias, potted plants and more – oh, my!

Agriculture and livestock: You know what it is – cows, chickens, rabbits, giant pumpkins and everything in between. The fair’s got it all.

Most importantly, what’s good to eat?

Fair time is still one of the only times of the year you can get a doughnut burger, which your doctor is probably thankful for.

More than 90 food stands will keep you well-fed.

Other standby fair faves include Fiske fries, impossibly long corndogs, funnel cakes and elephant ears, giant turkey legs, roasted corn and (oh, yesss) fried Oreos, Reese’s, Snickers, cookie dough, etc.

They’ll all be there.

Just be sure to ride your rides, THEN eat.

Some food vendors accept credit and debit cards, but some accept only cash, so come prepared, or look for one of several ATMs available at the fairgrounds.

When can I go?

  • Noon-10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11.
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, and Friday, Oct. 13.
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.
  • Noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16.
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Oct. 19.
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.
  • Noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22.

How much does it cost to get in?

Admission prices:

  • Advance admission (through Tuesday, Oct. 10): $7.
  • At the gates: $10.
  • Military: Free.
  • Children 5 and younger: Free.

Are there any good deals?

Lunch: Between noon and 2 p.m. each weekday, get your $10 admission refunded at the ticket booth. Cash only.

$1 admission: On Wednesday, Oct. 11. Cash only.

College students: Free admission for students with a valid college ID on Monday, Oct. 16.

Seniors: Free Ferris wheel rides for those 55 and older on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Wait, where is it, again?

1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia.
The South Carolina State Fair runs Oct. 11-22, 2017.


One-Bedroom Apartments in West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCSouth Carolina is a very popular area to visit and to live. We regularly receive accolades as a wonderful place to retire, packed with wonderful small towns, an area where your money can go farther, and bordered by beautiful beaches. In fact, South Carolina has a warm climate and so much to do. West Columbia, SC is a beautiful and thriving area with low country towns surrounding it. Great southern food at your fingertips and overflowing with southern charm, people from all over love their decision to move here.

If you are looking for a one bedroom apartment in West Columbia, SC look no further than Abberly Village. These apartment homes have distinctive architecture and exclusive amenities. There are eight styles of one bedroom apartments with luxury apartment community amenities.

Abberly Village resides in the  capital of South Carolina in a diverse residential, retail, and business community. Get a taste of the south with a built-in community too. This is a distinctive living environment custom-made for those seeking unmatched apartment amenities, spacious and inviting floor plans, and the dedication of a committed management team.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC, contact Abberly Village.


Renting in West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCIf you’re thinking about moving to the Palmetto State, you’re probably wondering about the cost of living in South Carolina.

Rent in South Carolina

The average monthly rent in South Carolina is low compared to the national average. A studio apartment in South Carolina has an average rent of $1,078, $23 above the U.S. average. But, a one-bedroom apartment in South Carolina rents for about $170 below the average for the country as a whole.

What about two bedrooms? The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in South Carolina is $280 below the national average. Three-bedroom apartments are even more of a bargain. In South Carolina, a three-bedroom place rents for $313 under the U.S. average.

There’s more good news for anyone planning to retire in South Carolina. The state does not tax Social Security retirement benefits. Plus, there’s a $15,000 deduction for seniors receiving any other type of retirement income.


There’s more to life than just the necessities. One popular extra expense in South Carolina is a beach. If you’re a nature-lover, be sure to take advantage of what South Carolina has to offer. Admission to Huntington Beach State Park is only $5. Caesars Head State Park is even more of a bargain, at $2.

Love zoos? You can visit the Greenville Zoo for just $9 or the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina for $13.95.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Green.


A House is an Expense Not an Investment

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 15, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCThere has been a lot of conversation lately debating the value of housing as an investment. A case can be made that treating a house as an investment is the biggest mistake most people make in personal finance. That's why many people own houses they can't afford, and don't have sufficient financial assets to support themselves in retirement.

First and foremost, housing is a living expense. We have to pay some amount of money every month to live somewhere. Now, we will either pay it through renting a place or buying a place. But the amount spent on housing is a lifestyle expense. It's just like transportation. You have basic transportation costs to get around in life. You can either lease or buy a car, but the car is an expense, not an investment. And buying a $100,000 Mercedes isn't an investment; it's a lifestyle choice because you could have driven a used Kia or even taken the bus.

You might be thinking, "well a house is a lot different than a car, and that's not a valid comparison." Ah, but it is, because both assets are depreciating.

The house itself, the physical structure that you built or bought, is a depreciating asset, just like a car. It will age and fall apart over time unless you are constantly pumping money into it for maintenance. And the costs of maintenance and repair are expenses. Even when you pay off the mortgage, you will have costs to maintain, insure, and pay taxes on the value of that home. So the bigger the physical house, the more it will cost you to keep it. That's a fact.

By now you might be thinking, "but houses do go up in value, so how do you explain that?" Yes, they can as long as the region where you live is growing economically and you continue to maintain the home. If your region is growing, housing over the long term will roughly increase in price along with wage growth.

  • By the way, if housing prices grew faster than wages over the long term, then no one could eventually afford a house as the annual mortgage payments would be more than the average worker's total annual salary.

In most parts of the country, that means a return from housing just slightly above inflation. That's not bad, but when you offset those price increases with the costs of maintaining the home, you usually end up putting more money into the house than you get out of it. That's not much of an investment.

OK, if houses depreciate and cost money to keep up, how come some people have made lots of money on their houses? Here's the answer: what really goes up in value is the land, not the house you built. Some people get lucky with houses and end up owning homes in parts of the country that experience big increases in land values. That's why the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location. It's the land that has the potential long term value, not the physical house.

Bottom line. Houses are primarily a lifestyle expense. Necessary, but still an expense. Buy only what you can comfortably afford, and leave plenty of room in the budget to invest in financial assets that can support you in retirement.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


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Comubia, SC is One of the Best College Towns

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

#3 Best College Towns, 2016 - Columbia, SC

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCColumbia, SC might not benefit from a behemoth university like the University of Michigan, but that’s one of the things that makes it great, and why this is its second year on our 10 Best College Towns list.

As the capital of the state, government jobs abound, along with generally high salaries and the benefits that come with them. Healthcare is also a prominent industry, boasting the two largest employers in the area, Palmetto Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.

Along with the University of South Carolina, the state’s flagship university, the area is also host to a large number of private institutions, including Baptist, Lutheran, African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Methodist colleges. In fact, out of the seven non-technical colleges and universities in the area, six are private.

Adding to the area’s youthful feel is Fort Jackson, the largest U.S. Army Basic Combat Training installation, which employs thousands of military and civilian personnel. The installation also trains about half of all Army entrants each year; and with tens of thousands of families visiting Basic Training graduations almost every week, area restaurants and hotels (and the residents who enjoy them year round) benefit in a big way.

Columbia all offers a huge range of things to do. From outdoor activities like hunting, fishing or camping, to a surprisingly active art and music scene, residents and students have plenty of culture at their fingertips. The Columbia Museum of Art has one of the largest collections in the state, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space. And the town has no shortage of activities for history buffs, either. The South Carolina State Museum boasts an enormous collection of over 45,000 pieces.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


Reasons to Move to South Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCFrom its rich culture and vibrant heritage to the natural beauty and acres upon acres of green space, South Carolina is one of those states you can’t help but love. It’s the 23rd most populous state—with almost 5 million people calling it home. And we've got eight reasons why you may want to do this, as well.

1. A slower pace of life

You truly have the best of both worlds in South Carolina. The major cities, like Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville, boast a myriad of entertainment, arts, and delicious culinary wonders, but still offer residents the opportunity to take a step back, unplug from the rat race, and enjoy the sweet, slow pace of southern life.

2. Affordability

Your wallet will be happier in South Carolina than most places in the country. The cost of living here is remarkably low—almost 13% lower than the national average. Here and you’ll have enough money to vacation wherever you want—whether that means crossing the ocean or hitting up a dreamy bed and breakfast to explore the rest of this beautiful state.

3. The beach

Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head: The list goes on and on. With miles of seashore, luxurious resorts, and plenty of offshore recreation, South Carolina is every beach bum’s dream come true. You can have your pick of beaches: whether you’re looking for a vacation hub crawling with nightlife and amusement parks like Myrtle Beach, or a more remote and pristine getaway like Kiawah Island. Silky white sand awaits—all you have to do is pick your poison.

4. Southern hospitality at its finest

Rumor has it sweet tea was born in South Carolina. And hey, there’s even Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka for the grown-ups. The tea might be sweet, but the people are even sweeter. Conde Nast actually listed Charleston as the third friendliest city in America in its 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards, noting its laidback and sophisticated atmosphere.

5. Natural beauty

With century old oaks and silky white sand, South Carolina is home to an abundance of natural beauty. The water is clear and the sunsets here rival Hawaii. Take a stroll down historic lanes lined with ancient trees (like the famous Angel Oak, estimated to be more than 400 years old) draped with ethereal Spanish moss and you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever lived anywhere else.

6. Warm weather

Farewell, winter coats; hello, short sleeves. The average temperature in South Carolina is about 64 degrees, with annual lows in the 50s. The warm, sunny climate means you get to spend at least seven to eight months enjoying all the weather has to offer.

7. All the green space / parks

Lace up your hiking boots and grab a map—South Carolina is a great state to get in touch with your explorer side and connect with nature. Here you’ll find 47 state parks covering more than 80,000 acres of land. Named one of the top 25 beaches by TripAdvisor, Hunting Island State Park is a perfect destination for swimming or sunbathing—or even fishing in one of the island’s lagoons. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, consider taking a hike to Raven Cliff Falls in Caesars Head State Park, observing the wildlife at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, or canoeing down the waters of Congaree National Park.

8. History galore

The famous city of Charleston—with its antebellum architecture and charming cobblestone streets—isn’t South Carolina’s only nod to history. There are many sights to been seen in downtown Beaufort, which was founded in 1711 and is the second oldest city in South Carolina. The whole state is draped in a mesmerizing history, from the USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter, to the century old Sheldon Church Ruins (above) and Botany Bay Plantation Heritage.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


Reasons to Move to Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 25, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCEducational opportunities, cultural attractions and great neighborhoods are abundant in Columbia.

The capital of South Carolina and one of our 10 Best College Towns of 2016, Columbia is the largest city in the state, but still with a population of only around 130,000, making for a busy, yet tight-knit, community. Here are eight reasons to move to Columbia, S.C.

1. Many outdoor activities

Columbia has a wide variety of things to do for those who like to get outdoors. In nearby Blythewood, S.C. is Cobblestone Park, a public golf course with 27 holes on 240 acres that also serves as the base of the University of South Carolina’s golf teams. If golf isn’t your game, there are plenty of parks in and around Columbia — the largest being the 22,000-acre Congaree National Park — and the Riverbanks Zoo, which houses more than 350 species.

2. Lots of higher education options

There’s a reason Columbia has been on our 10 Best College Towns list for the last two years — there are seven non-technical colleges and universities in the area. Add to that a variety of technical schools, like ITT, University of Phoenix, and Paul Mitchell, and there’s something for anyone looking to break into a new career field or expand his or her knowledge.

3. A great place to work

Not only is this a great college town, Columbia is also the state’s capitol, meaning that there are abundant jobs available in university and government areas. Health care is a big industry in Columbia, its top two employers being Palmetto Health and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

4. A vibrant downtown district

Downtown Columbia, in the same district as the University of South Carolina, houses the Congaree Vista, which features over 60 restaurants and clubs. Also downtown are the Columbia Museum of Art and the Nickelodeon Theater.

5. Great neighborhoods

Whether you’re looking for an urban apartment, a home in a historic setting or a home in a new development, Columbia has a place for just about everyone. One great neighborhood, Shandon, voted Columbia's best neighborhood in 2012 by readers of the local Free Times, is one of Columbia’s largest and most historic neighborhoods. It is conveniently located near the University of South Carolina, the city’s downtown district and local parks.

6. Plenty of great local restaurants

With everything from fine dining restaurants to food trucks, there are ample dining options in Columbia. Downtown, choose French- and Italian-influenced Southern food at Saluda’s Restaurant, sample Italian cuisine and more than 400 wines at Ristorante Divino. Check out the Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels food truck around town.

7. Cultural attractions

If you’re an art and history buff, you’ll never be bored in Columbia. The South Carolina State Museum houses a variety of exhibits, with more than 45,000 pieces highlighting the state’s history, art, natural history, science and technology. For more art from around the world, check out the Columbia Museum of Art, which features traveling exhibitions and about 12,000 square feet housing permanent collections.

8. Lots and lots of festivals

Columbia’s events calendar is filled to the brim with music festivals, including the River Rocks Festival, the Southeastern Piano Festival, and the Forest Acres Festival. Other festivals and events include the World Beer Festival and the Famously Hot New Year celebration.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


Retire in West Columbia, South Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SC6. South Carolina

  • Population: 4.7 million
  • Share of population 65+: 14.7%
  • Cost of living: 12% below the U.S. average
  • Average income for 65+ households: $39,985
  • Average health care costs for a retired couple: Below average at $373,631
  • South Carolina's tax rating for retirees: Tax Friendly

If the mild weather and southern charm of the Palmetto State isn't enough of a retirement draw for you, surely the affordability can tempt you. On top of well-below-average living costs, the tax situation goes easy on a fixed income, too. South Carolina doesn't tax Social Security benefits and offers generous exemptions on other types of retirement income. It also does not levy an inheritance or estate tax. Property taxes tend to be very low.

South Carolina also offers ample amounts of golfing, beach bumming and water activities.

For more information on retiring an apartment in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.

Rising Prices and Rates Are Making Renting Attractive

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 11, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCSlowing rents coupled with rising home prices and mortgage rates are pushing many housing markets in the U.S. into rent territory, according to the latest national index produced by Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University faculty.

The major drivers for this quarter's scores appear to be slowing rents relative to the costs of ownership and climbing mortgage rates. Thus, on the margin, more potential owners should favor renting and reinvesting in a portfolio of stocks and bonds as opposed to ownership. This shift should slightly lower the demand for ownership and contribute to the slowdown in housing prices.

Based on numbers from the end of the first quarter of 2017, the latest Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index follows recent S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index scores, which find an average annual increase in home prices of 5.78 percent, suggesting that prices, while increasing, are slowing. Higher BH&J scores favor renting over ownership in terms of wealth accumulation. All of this upward pressure in the trade-off between renting and buying should serve, in general, to slow property price appreciation around most of the country."

The scores show 11 of 23 cities in the index remain in buy territory. Another nine cities hover around a score of zero, suggesting a tossup between buying and renting in terms of wealth accumulation. The remaining three metro areas are in unseen territory in terms of both pricing and scores.

For more information on renting apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.



Millennials Love to Rent

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCReal estate companies think Millennials will become “career renters” -- at least in the near term. In fact, the number of career renters is growing.

Many students in their mid 20’s are renting until they finish their schooling. However, at that point, they will have 10’s of thousands of dollars in loan debt. Many can envision renting for the rest of his life.

They don’t want to take on more debt. They don’t want to have another credit check; they don’t want to talk to another set of bankers; and they don’t want to put so much liability on the line.

For many Americans hard hit by the recession or dealing with large student loan debt, the idea of renting indefinitely has become appealing. No mortgage to pay off, a living space that comes with built-in amenities, and a landlord who takes care of upkeep and maintenance.

This may be particularly true for the country’s youngest adults, who are delaying homeownership and for whom taking on a mortgage is seen as one more debt to pay off. From 2006 through 2011, 25- to 34-year-olds experienced the largest decline in homeownership compared with any other age group. Among households headed by 25- to 34-year-olds, renters increased by more than a million from 2006 to 2011, while the number who own fell nearly 1.4 million.

Today’s young adults are not only delaying homeownership, they’re delaying many of the life events that often come with homeownership, including marriage, children and settled careers. The flexibility to be able to pick up and leave an apartment building or city for a job can be crucial.

Not Attached to Owning

For others the decision to rent long term is motivated as much by finances as by lifestyle. Flexibility is the biggest factor in choosing to continue renting. They feel at ease knowing that if they had to relocate, the process would be less complicated.

But they are also averse to putting themself in a financial bind. A house can be an investment, but they are not looking to go further into debt.

Real estate companies say they’ve noticed rental residents are now more often single, older and staying longer than in past decades. And those who do move out are more often moving to another rental over buying a home.

The trend makes sense given Millennials’ affinity for renting just about everything else, from cars to clothes.

A lot of young people don’t have the same attachment to ownership of anything.

An iffy job market has also continued to permeate other aspects of Millennials’ lives, especially where and how they live.

They entered the job market when it was harder to find a job, and the effects of entering the labor market when jobs are scarce are long term.

Going High-End

To some extent, real estate developers anticipated this trend, and started offering rental units in locations attracting young professionals to meet demand, often equipped with high-end amenities such as pools, gyms, brand-new kitchen appliances and social events for the building.

In light of where we are in the economy, people are still looking for a quality place to live, but they’re not interested in a long-term deployment of their capital in homeownership.

Real estate developers say renting appeals to today’s young adults not only because it requires less responsibility but also for its ease in urban areas. Metropolitan cities are attracting young adults.

For more information on renting apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


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