Convenience is advantage of Easttowne

Unless you live in Easttowne Village subdivision in North Augusta or have children at North Augusta Elementary School, you may have never seen the little subdivision that sits at the entrance to the school's parking lot.

The neighborhood has a range of residents, from retirees to new families just getting started, with single-family detached homes.

Among the newer families is that of Jeremy and Krista Jiunnies, who have lived in Easttowne Village for five years.

Jeremy Jiunnies was initially attracted by the "newer built houses and the small yards," he said.

After five years of experience in the neighborhood, he said he continues to stay mostly because of the great location and low traffic.

As a member of the City's recreation department staff, Jiunnies said he likes that the neighborhood is within "walking distance to downtown for festivals, parades and food and ice cream."

Jiunnies explained that the neighborhood has no official neighborhood watch, "because we're on a dead-end street," but he also acknowledged that in the small neighborhood "we all recognize each other's vehicles and almost always wave even if we don't know each other's name." He added that there is a public safety officer living near the entrance, which also lends to the safety of the neighborhood.

Steve Derr keeps up the front entrance of the neighborhood, added Jiunnies.

There are a total of 62 single-family lots in the 13.4-acre neighborhood.

The neighborhood includes sidewalks, and folks at the nearby North Augusta Elementary School are in the process of reclaiming a walking trail that adjoins the Easttowne property. Two years ago, when the 2011 class of Leadership North Augusta embarked on a project to build an outdoor classroom, those involved discovered that, beside the school's property near the new playground shelter, there is an overgrown path that eventually is expected to become an educational asset for the school and for the neighborhood.

Developed by the J.W. Greenway Company (then of Martinez), Easttowne was first begun in 1996 on two city streets.

The homes are slab construction with facades of a variety of materials, including wood, vinyl and brick.

There are a couple of homes for sale in the neighborhood. Both are in the $130,000 to $135,000 range.

Easttowne Village is zoned for North Augusta Elementary, North Augusta Middle and North Augusta High schools.