The Summit appeals to modern lifestyle

The Summit offers living situations for people in a variety of lifestyles. For the more traditional buyer, there are single-family detached homes. If less upkeep is the desire, there are Summit patio homes in Summit Commons. And for those who want even less to tie them to yardwork, etc., the Courtyards at the Summit offer townhomes.

The subdivision is accessible only by way of North Hills Drive, which then branches off into the Summit Commons and Courtyards with most of the single family detached homes in the back of the neighborhood.

The project began in 1995 and, today, includes a total of 48.4 acres and 148 total units.

Phase I included 36 lots on 18.1 acres. Then the patio homes were built in 1996 with a total of 26 lots on 9.19 acres. Phase II returned in 1999 to the single-family detached homes with 39 lots on 25.7 acres. The Courtyards at the Summit were built in 2001 and includes 36 townhomes plus one single-family lot and one vacant lot on a total of 5.26 acres.

The last section, Phase II, again offers 20 lots for single family detached homes on 6.59 acres. This project was initiated in 2005.

The Summit boasts green space at the rear of the development, behind portions of Phases II and III, which was dedicated for stormwater management and a future Greeneway connector.

Jeff Lacey and Wise Development LLC developed The Summit. The homes are a combination of foundation on slab with a variety of facades - wood, vinyl, brick and stucco.

Skip Grkovic, former director of North Augusta' Planning and Economic Development Department, lived in The Summit for nine years, before building a home in Hammond's Ferry.

He explained that he and his wife liked the central location of The Summit - "almost in the geographic center of North Augusta," he said, explaining that The Summit is close to commercial areas. "At the time we moved in, Winn-Dixie was located in North Hills Shopping Center. There were a lot of other good stores, too. It was close to the bank and SRP (Credit Union)."

In addition, Grkovic acknowledged the area contained a mixture of unit types - including "large, medium and smaller lot single family and townhouses. The residents included a mix of singles, families and older residents."

When the Grkovics first moved to North Augusta, they lived in Hammond Hill, and Grkovic said the train noise from Augusta "took some getting used to." He added, "A majority of the Summit is "over the hill" from Martintown Road and the train whistles can hardly be heard."

Grkovic noted there is a 15-acre area on the east side of the development that belongs to the city and serves as open space and a detention area on the north end. "It will never be developed and could become a passive park at some point," he said.

Familiar with development all over North Augusta, Grkovic listed a couple of "drawbacks," in his view - a lack of sidewalks and connectivity. "All of the streets dead end in cul-de-sacs," he said.

Like many folks, Grkovic said his home in The Summit was on a half-acre lot. "I kept most of the back yard with the original trees. Proper maintenance was becoming more effort than we wanted," he detailed. So in 2008 he said they moved to a house about the same size but with a very small yard.

The Summit is zoned for Hammond Hill Elementary, Paul Knox Middle and North Augusta High schools.