I live in a very small town that was once home to about 800 people. That town has grown tremendously over the past 5 years, due in large part to Shaw Air Force Base, located just three miles down the road. Luckily, unlike most small towns that grow so rapidly, we have been blessed with some great new neighborhoods, and in turn, some awesome neighbors. This is a brief review of one of those neighborhoods, Rolling Hills.
Located just off of Old Camden Highway, about .25 miles off of Highway 521, the noise level off this area is so low that you would think you are miles from a major thoroughfare. The location of both of these highways makes the local towns very accessible, and just a few miles away in either direction. This subdivision offers a variety of floor plans, easily navigated streets, and a few stores within walking distance.
Dalzell itself is not a big town, and it doesn’t have much to offer. But thanks to the great location of Rolling Hills, the few things that the town does have are within walking distance. Just outside of the neighborhood are a local sandwich shop, a dollar store, and a gas station. Just 2 miles up the road are two more gas stations, a great little Chinese food joint and local park that offers picnic tables, historical markers and more. Just a couple more miles past the park, and you are in Sumter, which offers everything from chain eateries (such as Applebee’s and Ruby Tuesday’s) to department stores including K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Sears and more. The only thing that is missing would be a major electronics supply store. Though we have a small Radio-Shack in the mall, it is quite a drive to the nearest Best Buys.
Most of the homes in Rolling Hills are single story brick homes that range from 1,200 to 1,800 heated square feet. All of the houses offer at least a one car garage, and are all reasonably priced. The price range for these homes is 108,000-140,000 dollars. Most of your neighbors are local laborers and military members stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. Most houses sit on a small, semi – private lot that ranges from .25-.55 acres. Most of the yards have very clean well kept lawns, wooden fences, and tasteful lawn decorations.
It’s not unusual to see families from two or three houses hanging out during summer evenings on each others’ porches or driveways. Group bar-b-ques have been known to happen, and children can play relatively freely due to the low amount of traffic through the neighborhood.
The houses are all built with a high standard of quality by local builders, and sold strictly through local real estate agents. Most of the first phase is slam full, but due to high demand they have cleared another area, ready to start a phase 2.
Overall I give this neighborhood an 8 out of a 10. The only thing that I could find wrong with it is the close airstrip from Shaw Air Force Base. The can cause some noise during an otherwise quiet peaceful evening. If you are PCSing to this area, already living here and thinking about moving, or relocating due to your job, I would definitely take the time to check out Rolling Hills Subdivision on Old Camden Highway. Don’t make your final decision without at least looking there.