Elmwood Park & Earlewood
In downtown Columbia lies a historic district known as Elmwood Park. Once the State Fair grounds for Columbia, Elmwood Park was founded in the early 1900s and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Combining charm with the convenience and excitement of downtown living, Elmwood Park offers a neighborhood with century old trees and beautifully restored homes and gardens. In addition, residents have the benefit of living in the heart of Columbia. Several parks, the University of South Carolina, the business center, and the Capitol are all less than a two mile commute.
City entertainment and nightlife are just as close. The symphony, ballet, theater and art galleries all can be reached within minutes. There is dining and shopping in the Vista and Five Points area.
Just north of Elmwood Park, lies the community of Earlwood. Earlwood described as “diverse, eclectic, downtown” by the Earlwood Citizens Organization. Earlwood is named for the attorney John Earle who was instrumental in the acquisition of the land for the City of Columbia. Primarily farm land when it was purchased by the city, Earlwood was home to several farm houses that are still in existence in the community. Conserving the old charm of its history and continuing to grow has been an achievement for this area of Columbia. Architectual styles such as Victorian and craftsman style bungalows with gabled roofs have been combined with new construction homes with the same look and feel. Tree lined streets with sidewalks make this convenient community a great place to call home.