Location, convenience draw of townhomes
It was the convenience that drew Janice Ryans to Bentley Place townhomes.
The subdivision is "perfect" because it is approximately one mile from I-20 interchange at Edgefield Road, which provides easy access to both Augusta and Aiken, she said.
Bentley Place was intially developed in 2005 by Jeb Boggus Construction and Bentley Place Development. The roughly 24-acre subdivision sits directly behind SRP Federal Credit Union off Walnut Lane.
"I sold my house and was looking for a place more convenient. Location, location, location," Ryans said of the area. "It's near I-20 and perfect to the road to Aiken. I travel back and forth to Augusta to work and shop so I can either hit I-20 or Bobby Jones Expressway. When I was going to Aiken Tech, I would just get on Ascauga Lake Road."
Ryans has lived in her townhome since 2008.
There are only two short streets in Bentley Place currently - Bentley Drive and Haley Drive.
A total of 148 units are expected with 75 approved for construction at this time, according to City of North Augusta Department of Planning and Economic Development.
There is a walking trail around the perimeter of the wetland within the subdivision and future Greeneway extension to Walnut Lane.
The Bentley Place homeowner's association is responsible for contracting with a landscaping company to mow the front yards and trim back shrubbery, but homeowners are responsible for "beautification items" like the flower beds.
"The back yards have privacy fences, so you're kind of responsible for your own back patio," Ryan said.
Some end units have garages, but most units have only front exterior parking in the driveway.
Bentley Place is zoned for Mossy Creek Elementary, North Augusta or Paul Knox Middle and North Augusta High School.
Most of the single-family units are two bedroom, two bath and average approximately 1,100 square feet.
"The neighbors are really nice people," Ryans said.
When units in Bentley Place have sold on the real estate market, prices have ranged from $89,000 to $109,000.