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New retail firing up the Florence housing market

Subdivisions in Florence County that weren't seeing much development are now beginning to take off. Subdivisions in Florence County that weren't seeing much development are now beginning to take off.
Right now, in the Wild Bird Run area five bedroom homes with three baths are going for $180,000. Right now, in the Wild Bird Run area five bedroom homes with three baths are going for $180,000.

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Subdivisions in Florence County that weren't seeing much development are now beginning to take off.

Up and down Alligator Road new subdivisions are popping up, and older subdivisions, where construction came to a halt, are seeing a major uptick in development.

“The lots are a little bigger on this side of town” said Realtor Lynn Christenbury.

Christenbury said she has been busy selling new homes in subdivisions in the area.

“[Buyers] want more square footage, they want more bang for their buck,” Christenbury said.

Specifically, Christenbury said a lot of new homes are going up in the Wild Bird Run community.

“It opened up a few years ago and it just didn't seem to develop. We had a builder out of Columbia come up and they came in with affordable constructions,” Christenbury said.

Christenbury said the younger buyers moving here are attracted to the green living these homes offer, which helps to keep those monthly utilities down, along with the price point.

Right now, in the Wild Bird Run area five bedroom homes with three baths are going for $180,000.

It's not just those qualities that are driving up home sales, retail development about ten minutes away is also helping.

“I think the market is starting to pick up here in Florence and this area is very desirable. It's close to a lot of shopping and entertainment,” said Buddy Brand, Florence City Councilman.

A lot of new retail and eateries are opening along David McLeod Boulevard.

“It's just a hub of activity there all the time. It's just a great place for retail establishments…Panera Bread will do well there,” Brand said.

Panera Bread is just one of the new developments coming to the area.

“They're looking for some expansion of some businesses that are already up there…further out just because they need the space and the parking. I think you're going to continue to see retail expansion there pretty ferociously in the next year or so,” Brand said.

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