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Experience Real Southern Comfort with 8 of the Most Expensive Rentals in Columbia, SC

The Grand Rotunda at Town Center at Lake Carolina, 20 Helton Dr, Columbia, SC 29229 (featured)

Say what you will about the South, but no one ever retires and moves up North. Warmer weather, tax breaks and the appeal of Southern comfort… no wonder last year South Carolina was the second most popular moving destination. Just take Columbia, the Capital of Southern Hospitality, who fully earns its title by boasting 60 city parks and green spaces, plenty of arts and outdoor activities at a low cost of living and an average apartment rent of $885. Not to mention the mouth-watering culinary treats!

With this in mind, we were curious to see just what luxury looks like in heart of the Palmetto State and found some of the most expensive rentals on the market right now. We first got warmed up with swanky condos in amenity-laden buildings, then the townhomes and houses took the limelight with authentic displays of Southern charm and splendor. The icing on the cake is an elegant home with enough space to host big family reunion barbecues and plenty of class to wow even your pickiest nana.

So get settled in, have a sip of iced tea and take your time to check out these sweeties. You might find one to suit your fancy:

#8. Traditional Southern Home in Much Desired Laurel Chase

220 Carolina Ridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29229 (front)

220 Carolina Ridge Drive, Columbia, SC

Monthly Rent: $2,200

Address: 220 Carolina Ridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29229
Size: 3,475 Sq. Ft., 4 beds, 3 baths, 1 partial bath
Special features: With a great location in the ever popular Laurel Chase, this spacious traditional house features wide-plank hardwood floors, all stainless appliances, plantation shutters, fireplace, butler’s pantry, sunroom, oversized deck and 2-car garage.
Photo credit: Coldwell Banker Homes

#7. The Grand Rotunda Apartment of Town Center at Lake Carolina

The Grand Rotunda at Town Center at Lake Carolina, 20 Helton Dr, Columbia, SC 29229 (front)

The Grand Rotunda at Town Center at Lake Carolina, 20 Helton Dr, Columbia, SC 29229

Monthly Rent: $2,250

Address: 20 Helton Drive, Columbia, SC 29229
Size: 1,546 Sq.Ft., 2 beds, 2 baths
Special features:  This furnished pet-friendly apartment features granite countertops, large closets, elevator access, and a premium cable and internet package. The building also offers club space for residents, a sparkling pool and cabana, a fitness center and a yoga studio.
Photo credit: RENTCafé

 #6. Adesso Condo in the Heart of USC Campus

Adesso, 601 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201 (front)

Adesso, 601 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

Monthly Rent: $2,300

Address: 601 Main Street, Columbia, SC 2920
Size: 1,500 Sq. Ft., 2 beds, 2 baths
Special features: This fully-furnished condo has hardwood floors and brand-new appliances, as well as a balcony overlooking the pool and downtown Columbia. The luxury residences offer a state-of-the-art 24/7 fitness center, a club room, a 24/7 doorman, pool, grill area with a deck and an elevated green terrace for great sunset views of the USC Campus.
Photo credit: Columbia Craigslist

#5. Grand Historic Home in Waverly

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Monthly Rent: $2,300

Address1325 Heidt Street, Columbia, SC 29204
Size: 2,466 Sq. Ft., 3 beds, 3 baths, 1 partial bath
Special features: Located in Waverley, this completely restored grand historic house boasts 10′ ceilings, columns, heavy molding, marble and hardwood floors, a wet bar in the great room and gas log fireplaces. The Florida room overlooks the deck and the inground pool, while the master bedroom features its own balcony and private bath with separate whirlpool and shower.
Photo credit: The Lance Woodley Realty Team

#4. The Palmetto Townhome at Pulaski Square

The Sweet Tea at Pulaski Square, 521 College St, Columbia, SC 29201 (front)

The Sweet Tea at Pulaski Square, 521 College St, Columbia, SC 29201

Monthly Rent: from $2,400

Address: 521 College Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Size: 1,328 Sq. Ft., 3 beds, 3 baths
Special features: Two blocks away from Gervais Street in The Vista and USC Campus, this pet-friendly townhome features a 42″ flat screen TV in the living room, oversized closets, an island kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, as well as private baths for each bedroom. The complex boasts a sparkling pool, a fitness center, party rooms, a business center, a media lounge, and a breakfast/coffee concierge.
Photo credit: Pulaski Square Apartments

#3. Four-Story Vista Townhome with Great Views of Memorial Park

1420 Gadsden St, Columbia, SC (front)

1420 Gadsden St, Columbia, SC

Monthly Rent: $2,750

Address: 1420 Gadsden St, Columbia, SC 29201
Size: 2,350 Sq. Ft., 3 beds, 4 baths
Special features: Set in the heart of Vista, this townhouse has granite countertops, a 2-car garage, two balconies and a bonus room with wet bar and wine cooler which extends to a fourth-floor patio with amazing views of Memorial Park.
Photo credit: Columbia Craigslist

#2. Gorgeous Shandon House with Unique Layout

2427 Terrace Way, Columbia, SC 29205 (front)

2427 Terrace Way, Columbia, SC 29205

Monthly Rent: $3,400

Address: 2427 Terrace Way, Columbia, SC 29205
Size: 5,232 Sq. Ft., 5 beds, 4 baths, 1 partial bath
Special features: This extra spacious Shandon house has a unique layout and can be divided into three separate living spaces, each with is own kitchen. It boasts 12-foot ceilings throughout, a main kitchen fireplace, a butler’s pantry, two levels of back decks and a large front porch.
Photo credit: Cantey & Company

#1. Stylish Southern Home in Tanglewood

35 Mahalo Ln,Columbia, SC 29204 (front)

35 Mahalo Ln,Columbia, SC 29204

Monthly Rent: $4,400

Address: 35 Mahalo Ln, Columbia, SC 29204
Size: 3,676 Sq. Ft., 4 beds, 3 baths, 1 partial bath
Special features: Conveniently located in a cul-de-sac, this Southern home boasts large living spaces with formal dining room and living room, a  family room with gas fireplace and French doors that lead to the covered, tiled patio with well-manicured landscaping. It also has a master bedroom with double walk-in closets, large master bath with separate tub and shower, double vanity and heated floors, as well as a walk-in pantry in a kitchen with breakfast area, island, and ample counter space and cabinets.
Photo credit: Wellman Realty 

As you can see, for $4,400 a month you can enjoy a spacious 3,676-sq. ft. home in Columbia SC to your heart’s content. But not all are as lucky, in San Francisco CA you’re only getting a fifth of that space for the same money, like this 757-sq.ft. 3-bedroom apartment:

## San Francisco Apartment in Lower Pacific Heights

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1489 Webster St, San Francisco CA 94115

Monthly Rent: $4,400

Address: 1489 Webster St Apt. #901, San Francisco, CA 94115
Size: 757 Sq. Ft., 3 beds, 1 bath
Special features: Close to Fillmore Street and Japantown, this newly renovated apartment features custom designed windows with panoramic views of the city, as well as a modern European kitchen with quartz countertop and stainless steel appliances. It is part of the Webster Tower and Terrace complex, which provides tenants with onsite management and maintenance, 24-hour lobby security, multi-level garage parking and a well-furnished fitness room.  
Photo credit: SF Bay Craigslist

Are you looking for more down-to-earth homes for rent in Columbia? Take a look at what’s available right now on RENTCafé!

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About the author

Ioana Popovici

Ioana is a copywriter for RENTCafé, exploring the exciting world of real estate. She loves to play with words and is always up for a linguistic challenge, be it in the form of puns, poetry or learning new languages. You can get in touch with Ioana via email at ioana.popovici@yardi.com.

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