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A short stroll up Main Street from the state capital is a picture post-card of an earlier era neighborhood featuring sidewalks, with huge hardwoods lining the streets, neighbors strolling children, walking dogs, neighborhood parades and cookouts in an area commonly referred to as “Cottontown.”. There’s a mix of young couples with and without kids, retirees, young and older singles, professionals, almost all civic-minded since they reside in one of Greater Columbia’s historic areas where their pride is obvious and evident by the renovations and improved landscaping that nearly every home offers.
Originally known as Bellevue, this is an early twentieth-century downtown Columbia suburb bordered by Elmwood Avenue, Anthony, Sumter and Bull Streets. This area derived it’s name, Cottontown, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s, because it was one of Columbia’s bustling commercial districts where many cotton storage warehouses, grocery wholesale and retail stores operated.
The neighborhood sits on land once owned by the Wallace family, who, in the 1890s, sold the adjacent property (across Bull Street) to the state which was later used as the South Carolina State Hospital campus.
It is a prime example of one of the earliest planned suburban residential neighborhoods in Columbia whose appearance has been largely untouched over the years. As one of the earliest suburban areas annexed into the city of Columbia, Bellevue (or Cottontown) played an important role in the early expansion of the capital city beyond its original northern boundary.
This Historic District is significant for its great examples of early twentieth-century residential architecture situated along beautiful and historic streetscapes. Old hardwoods line Cottontown's avenues, with their branches creating arched canopies overhead. In the 1970s, the city of Columbia added islands in some intersections which have been landscaped by neighborhood residents to help them blend with the surrounding lawns and tree-lined streets.
“The Bellevue Historic District” has over 200 residential properties in the Bellevue or Cottontown neighborhood of Columbia. This includes portions of Anthony and Bull Streets, Confederate Avenue, Franklin Street, Geiger Avenue, Jefferson and Marion Streets, Summerville Avenue, and Sumter, Victoria, and Wallace Streets. The entire area has almost another 200 surrounding properties. Most of the homes are single-family residences with some duplexes or other multi-family residences scattered throughout. Many of the houses date from the early twentieth century to the mid-1900’s and their architectural styles are representative of that era, with the majority of properties being built between 1925 and 1940. Many feature 2 to 5 bedrooms and 1 to 3.5 baths, and vary in size from 850 to 3400 square feet.
Because of its proximity, the Historic Cottontown neighborhood offers easy access to all Columbia-area interstates (i-277, I-77, I-126, I-26 and I-20), the very popular Vista entertainment area, downtown Columbia, the University of South Carolina, Palmetto Health Baptist and Palmetto Health Richland hospital campuses, museums and riverfront bike and walking trails---all within minutes of home.
If you are looking to buy or sell in Cottontown, please give me a call. I would love to help you!
Nearby Neighborhoods: Earlewood & Elmwood Park
Your Columbia SC Realtor, Paul Bryant
My name is Paul Bryant and I specialize in assisting buyers and sellers in Real Estate transactions. My areas of expertise include Columbia, Lexington, West Columbia and surrounding areas. As your REALTOR®, I will work hard to justify your confidence and generate the results you deserve. Through my determination, research and 100% follow-through, you can be assured that you will receive the best possible service and a clear look at all of your options. Whether you are selling, buying or just have a question, I invite you to call me today at 803.361.0585.