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A fall Checklist of 10 Things to do Before Winter.

Fri, Oct 5th 2018 12:25 pm by Gwen Fowler How To

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516 Lake Lane, Lake Becky... Price drop!

Wed, Sep 19th 2018 10:26 am by Gwen Fowler Property Listings

Lisa Lane is about to have a Price Drop! 

This seller is MOTIVATED!

This seller is ready to head to Florida for the Winter, giving you the perfect opportunity to snatch up a beautiful lakefront home. Located at 516 Lisa Lane, in Mountain Rest, SC, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and 2000+ sqr feet... and the most amazing views! 

Take a virtual tour...

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Lake Becky


Beautiful Lake Becky is at your doorstep, in Mountain Rest, SC.


A private lake setting offers the best of Oconee County to you. Come to visit us in the Upstate, and find your Lakefront dream home.  Newer construction 9built in 2012) on 1.8 acres with National Forest border, a lake in the front yard, ...

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Tri-County Technical College opens Oconee Campus

Tue, Sep 11th 2018 1:10 pm by Gwen Fowler Local Events

Located on highway11 in Westminster, SC is the Oconee Industry and Technology Park and the home of the New Oconee Campus of Tr-County Technical College. This campus will provide easy access to businesses, residents, and industries of Oconee County. The ribbon cutting was held on August 17th, 2018 just in time for fall classes to begin. 

Slated to open in 2020 is the New Career Center for Oconee County School District. This will be an amazing opportunity for local students for Technical Education, work-based learning, and economic development.

More than 80% of community college students work part-time or full-time jobs and many have family responsibilities. Community colleges offer uniqu...

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Clemson Football traffic pattern changes...

Thu, Aug 23rd 2018 10:39 am by Gwen Fowler Things to Do In Oconee

WYFF shared a story last night about the Clemson Game Day Traffic changes. If you have ever attended a Clemson football game you know the headaches that can come with an added 90,000 people on the roadways. Many of us local to Clemson choose to stay home until after the games start, to avoid traffic. Outgoing flow, half-time and later, is when the roadways are extremely congested. Some folks saying it can take hours to get home. 

The changes to the outgoing traffic will make all 4 lanes Southbound on Hwy 76  from Old Stone Church Rd. to Hwy 28 (also known as Mechanic Street) towards I-85. The SCDOT and SCHP did a test on the lane reversals on Tuesday, this week. The SCDOT will begin sett...

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Lake Cheohee

Thu, Aug 16th 2018 10:54 am by Gwen Fowler Bank Rates


Let's talk about Lake Cheohee, in Tamassee, SC for a few minutes. Lake Cheohee is a beautiful 40-acre private lake community. This lake is a reservoir, and located 11.3 miles outside the town of Walhalla, 44 miles to Greenville, SC, 86 miles to Ashville, NC, 101 miles to Gatlinburg, TN, and 133 miles to Atlanta, GA. Lake Cheohee has some restrictions; you must build a 1200+ sf home, and no gasoline powered boats are allowed on the lake. But with those restrictions, it boasts a clean lake, peace, and quiet paired with mountain views and sunsets that are unmatched by other lakes in Upstate South Carolina. If you enjoy Fishing, some of the fish there are largemouth bass, Bream, Bluegill, ...

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Cherokee Lake

Thu, Aug 16th 2018 10:47 am by Gwen Fowler Mountain Lakes

Cherokee Lake


This week I want to talk to you about Cherokee Lake, located in Tamassee, SC. This beautiful private lake has 220-Acres that is fed by 5 mountain streams & springs for a consistent water level. There is good fishing. This lake was built in the 50’s and is the largest private lake in Oconee County. The area is bordered on 2 sides by Sumter National Forest. Enjoy some natural beauty; magnificent mountain views, sunrises, and sunsets depending on the location of your home on this lake. Many lakefront lots have a gentle slope to the water. Combining the Lake and Mountains as a natural attraction.


You can choose to water ski, or tube all day, but sorry NO jet skis allowed...

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Chatooga Lake

Thu, Aug 16th 2018 10:32 am by Gwen Fowler Mountain Lakes

Chattooga Lake is a 42 acres private lake in a gated community. The lake was built 1958, in the mid 80’s when the name was changed to Chattooga Lake. Chattooga Lake is an emerald green lake fed by 5 streams and 3 springs for a cold lake with trees that overhang the road that circles the lake. Peace and tranquility abound in the community. Making this the perfect place to build your very own rustic cabin, or purchase your dream lake home, 800 sf min. A perfect location on a private mountain lake located in the heart of Sumter National Forest and nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chattooga Lake is known for great fishing, kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding and the bea...

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59th Annual Hillbilly Day, July 4, 2018 

Thu, Jun 28th 2018 8:59 am by Gwen Fowler Holiday

59th Annual Hillbilly Day, July 4, 2018;

The longest consecutive running event in SC, is Wednesday, July 4, 2018, from 9 am to 3 pm, 125 Verner Mill Road, Mountain Rest SC. Rain or shine the fun will be here. “The term hillbilly originated when referring to persons living in the remote regions of the Appalachian Mountains. And since the Blue Ridge Mountains are technically part of the Appalachians, parts of South Carolina are in those remote hills.” As the longest consecutive running event in South Carolina, the day-long activities include mountain arts & crafts, a pig chase, climb a greased pole, quilt raffle, clogging and costume contests, sno cones, sack races, and Children's games. R...

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Sunday Drive 5/20/18

Thu, May 24th 2018 9:58 am by Gwen Fowler Things to Do In Oconee

We took a drive Sunday up to the mountains.  I usually have appointments on Sunday but when I looked at the calendar...nothing, so we headed out for an adventure.  My friend Sandy joined Henry and me for a day trip.

First stop was the Rusty Bike Cafe in Clayton GA for breakfast. The multigrain pancakes are my favorite, but then Sandy ordered the western omelet and now I might have another favorite.  The service is great, the atmosphere was wonderful and the coffee was hot and refilled often. When we left we headed up Hwy 441 to show Sandy where the Mountain Man Grill was.  I love their hamburgers and they have gluten free cheesecakes for dessert.  We will be heading there in June for a l...

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454 Eastcliff Drive, West Union SC 29696

Thu, Apr 12th 2018 9:05 am by Gwen Fowler Property Listings

454 Eastcliff DR, West Union SC 29696 Price Reduced!!! 

Graduated and now you have a great job? Let me help make the decision to buy a home instead of renting.

1) House payment will be about the same as rent for a 2 bedroom home

2) have your own yard, plant flowers

3) have a rocking chair front porch to sit on and drink your coffee in the mornings

4) cooks deck on the back to entertain friends 

5) large lot with big hardwood trees

6) Low maintenance lot and house

1/2 hour of grass mowing, just enough to be pretty
carport just off the kitchen door
metal roof
7) Close to shopping, less than 3 miles to Ingles, 6 miles to Walmart

8) Be close enough to your parent's house to be there for...

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405 Mountaian Sunset Trail, Tamassee, SC 29686

Mon, Apr 2nd 2018 1:34 pm by Gwen Fowler Property Listings

405 Mountain Sunset Trail, Tamassee, SC 29686

Building site is cleared and ready, driveway has been put in.  Build and enjoy this beautiful lake property while you wait to retire.  This homesite has big mountain and lake views.

405 Mountain Sunset Trail, Tamassee SC Homesite     405-Mountain-Sunset Trail, Tamssee    405 Mtn sunset Trail, Tamssee

Call Gwen or Amy for more details and plats.  Great lot ready for your new home!

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Trip to Tampa 12-17

Sun, Dec 31st 2017 1:37 pm by Gwen Fowler Pondering with Gwen

Traveling has been a blast this year, here are a few pictures from the trip to Tampa, December 2017.Carrilon Park in St.Pete-Clearwater    carrilon Park, birds, birds and more birds

spoon bill in carrilon park     Birds at Carrilon Park

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Tiny house at Mountain Rest, 598 Walnut Tree Road

Fri, Oct 20th 2017 10:23 am by Gwen Fowler Property Listings

Sold!! 3/18

Tiny house at Mountain Rest, 598 Walnut Tree Road

598 Walnut Tree Road, Mountain Rest SC

Cute as a button!! This little house has 2 sleeping areas, one bathroom with shower and a gathering space with kitchen in the corner.  Call it a fishing cottage, tiny house or just a get away on a miniature scale this is perfect.  Check out the pictures and then call me, I love sitting at the picnic table and listening to the river below.  Fly fishing in your backyard.  No neighbors. Quiet, Peace and a unique home to come to when you need to recharge your batteries.

Walnut Tree Tiny House   Walnut Tree-TinyHouse   Staircase in Tiny House on Walnut Tree    Kitchen in Walnut Tree Tiny House     Bath in TinyHouse on Walnut Tree Road

Loft Area in TinyHouse on Walnut TreeSleeping Area Walnut Tree  Jerry's Creek Fly Fishing Mountain Rest SC

Call Gwen at 864-916-2019 to see this property today!!

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305 Lake Cheohee Road, Tamassee SC 29686

Wed, Oct 18th 2017 1:07 pm by Gwen Fowler Property Listings

Sold 3/18!!!

305 Lake Cheohee Road, Tamassee SC 29686

Rustic log home on private spring fed mountain lake inside Sumter National Forest.  This home has been changed from the inside out:  concrete counters in the kitchen, stainless appliances, New master bath, closet and laundry area,  basement has been finished into a workout area, games area, and den/tv room. The downstairs bath has also been totally renovated.   This house went under contract in 3 days...but we are still showing it, looking for a backup offer.  Call me today if you want to see this amazing home on Lake Cheohee (864-916-2019)

Lake Cheohee    dock on Lake Cheohee     305 Lake Cheohee Road, Tamassee


305 Lake Cheohee up stairs bedroom    305 Lake Cheohee Road Upstairs office     305 Lake Cheohee Road, stairs details

305 Lake Cheohee Road, kitchen detail    305 Lake Cheohee Road Dining area     305 Lake Cheohee Road, covered porch305 Lake Cheohee Road, master bedroom    305 Lake Cheohee Road, screened porch on front     Lake Cheohee


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Octoberfest, football, hiking just a few of my favorite fall things.

Sun, Oct 15th 2017 11:38 am by Gwen Fowler Local Events

The weather has cooled off some.  The air is crisp in the mornings and I have noticed a bite in the air when I go home at night.  We have not turned on the heat but that will not be true in a couple of weeks.  Fall is here.  Football started Labor Day, but it was hot and humid then...not now.  The leaves on the trees are turning bright orange, yellow, red and brown.  This is our peak week if you want to see the colors.

Octoberfest is this weekend in Walhalla. October 20-22nd.  Local artist and crafts will be on display along Main Street  Friday & Saturday.  German food, carnival rides, and music will be at Sertoma Field also.  Come the atmosphere is very happy and free. Fireworks on Satu...

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Just Something I Like to Do

Sat, Sep 23rd 2017 11:24 am by Gwen Fowler Gwen

I just got back from 10 days of Irma Storm Chasing.

I go into an area where there is a storm coming.  This time it was Orlando.  We were put up in a hotel and for 24 hours we watched the storm attack the area. I was on the 12th floor of a motel watching lightning strikes, debris flying around and the rain coming down. The next two days we stayed in the hotel without power and waited for the area to be declared safe for us to go out.

Once it was safe we went over to Lake Wales and started looking at power lines and circuits to determine why the power to neighborhoods was out.  We rode paved roads through neighborhoods and we rode sand roads through orange groves. The first neighborhood, ...

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August 2017 Market Report

Fri, Sep 22nd 2017 11:48 am by Gwen Fowler Market Report
Walhalla Seneca Salem Westminster Lake Hartwell Lake Keowee
New Listings 11 68 18 27 84 48
Closed Sales 6 48 26 18 52 46
Median Sales Price $135,750 $164,450 $246,250 $159,250 $272,500 $369,950

% of list price received

93.0% 96.7% 92.6% 95.1% 95.9% 93.3%
Homes for Sale 44 286 167 107 107


Days on the Market 29 74 132 107 90 133

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You Can't Buy Insurance During a Hurricane

Fri, Sep 8th 2017 3:48 pm by Gwen Fowler How To

Hurricane Irma will be here Monday.  

Insurance writers stopped writing in South Carolina on Wednesday of this week.  

If you don't have insurance in place for your closings, you can't get insurance till the Insurance Writers say policies can be written in SC again.  They are assessing the damage...future as the hurricane has not come through this area.  Irma, being female, could just turn the corner in Florida and go out to sea, she could turn into the Gulf and head over to Texas. Only God knows for sure.

We are on ready waiting to see what is coming.  News every hour with updates and more video.  The anticipation is making me tired. The planning is making me tired.  I will be so out ...

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Termites love houses too

Sun, Sep 3rd 2017 10:15 am by Gwen Fowler Property Listings

There are two types of homes in our area, just two.  

Ones that have termites and the ones that are gonna get termites.  We have a house for sale at 11379 Highlands Highway that has termites.  I have sold this home 3 times, it did not have termites when I sold it those times, it was inspected and there was a report written to prove it.  So what happened between then and now?

3 things happened and they all encourage termites to move in your house.

1) When I sold it the foundation was open, during the past 10 years a foundation was installed all around the house. This makes for a dark area for the termites to invade.

2) When the foundation was done they did not put in enough ventilation...

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440 White Laurel Trail, Tamassee SC 29686| Homes for Sale in Tamassee SC

Mon, Aug 28th 2017 10:43 am by Gwen Fowler Property Listings

440 White Laurel Trail, Tamassee SC 29686|
Homes for Sale in Tamassee SC

440 White Laurel Trail, Tamassee, SC 29686| Homes for Sale in Tamassee SC 29686-- Custom built home on 9+ acres with mountain views and privacy!!

Listing presented by Gwen Fowler of Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc. 

We sold this home in December-2016, current owners are moving to Charleston SC.  Very motivated as the school year has started and they have a son in middle school.

440 White Laurel Trail is a custom-built-home on 9+ acres in the Tamassee Elementary, Walhalla Middle & High School Districts. This unique property is very private but not secluded.  Just 2 minutes from Scenic Highway 11.

  • 2610 SF
  • 3 Bedro...

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