2516 Sugar Valley Road Seneca, SC 29672
Imagine meandering on a road through the trees, rounding a gentle corner, and a magical home appears, a home where you sense there are surprises around each corner...welcome to 2516 Sugar Valley Road. Only 10 minutes from Clemson Univ., this 4 bedroom/4.5 bath home was reimagined and recreated in 2005, authentically inspired by traditional farmhouse design in the South of France and termed a “Mas”, a little bit of Provence on Keowee. This Mas does not share a lot in common with other Keowee Homes. It certainly must be experienced and explored. It has the appeal of being gently added to over time, while maintaining warmth and continuity of character throughout. It’s about discovering what is up the next set of steps, or what is around the next corner. Upon approaching the entry your eye is drawn through the lush landscaping, past the kitchen garden, and to the large wood entry door, softly lit by the gas lantern above. Once you enter the home, the magic of Lake Keowee makes its first impression –viewing miles of water to the picturesque mountains beyond. Then the details of the home begin to be revealed – the Entry features wide plank, heart of pine floors from an old SC textile mill. The herringbone pattern is a focal point in the Entry. The heart pine floors continue into the Grand Room, with its wall of glass, high ceiling, and extraordinary fireplace surrounded by custom casework panels. A hallway lined with custom bookcases secretly leads you up the steps to the Keeping Room. The Keeping Room and Kitchen are both delightful spaces. They both overlook the Grand Room and water view but are quaintly separate and intimate spaces. You will take a step back in time in the Kitchen. Instead of an island, the space was created for your family farm table, for family meal prep and gatherings. The Lacanche gas range from France is one of many highlights – perfect in a French Mas, right? An additional wall oven and microwave stack and built-in sub-zero refrigerator line the far wall which reveals charming French doors leading to the private Kitchen garden. The Owners Entry, Powder Room, Laundry, and Pantry are in the rear of the Kitchen, leading to the large Garage, storage/workshop space. One of the most striking details throughout the house is the use of beams on the ceilings in most rooms. These Spruce beams were hand-hewn using traditional old tools for the hew process. Once stained or whitewashed they were given a wax treatment to create an aged patina. From the left of the Entry you enter the Bedroom Tower which contains more surprises. Comprised of three bedrooms and three full baths, the tower offers privacy and spacious bedrooms with outstanding views. The Master Suite is a half-flight up from the Entry. The suite is luxurious and elegant in size and style and includes a built-in European Wardrobe Wall, beautiful bath, and a secret hallway to the tower retreat. This retreat is a cozy, reflective space for reading or just taking in the lake and mountain views. Below the Master is the Terrace Bedroom and Guest Bath/Powder Room. This suite has its own style and sense of space. It also has its own secret garden spot or Grotto, if you will. The third floor of the tower is a bedroom suite devoted to the magnificent views. Descending the Tower stairs you will come upon another surprise - the entry to a glassed-in Loggia. This is a quiet sitting area with perfect view, large enough for a sofa-bed for additional guests. Through the Loggia is yet another surprise - the loft/Office which overlooks the Grand Room. The stairs in the Grand Room lead to the final interior space, currently used as the fourth bedroom suite. With private entrance to the exterior, this could be perfect as an in-law suite as well. This suite contains its own fireplace, mini kitchen, full bath, and lake views. This suite may be the best guest suite ever- especially with its proximity to the wine cellar around the corner!
Community - Seneca
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Seneca is a charming town located along the shore of beautiful Lake Keowee in Upstate South Carolina. Boasting a popular historic district, lakefront homes, and plenty of small-town attractions, Seneca is a wonderful place to call home.
Seneca real estate includes an array of homes ranging in style, size and price point. There are a number of homes in Seneca located along the shore of Lake Keowee, offering breathtaking lake vistas and immediate water access. Seneca homes are typically situated on spacious lots, enjoying the natural beauty of this charming town.
Lifestyle and Attractions
Situated along the southern shore of the sparkling Lake Keowee lies Seneca, a charming town of just over 8,000 residents. The historic downtown area of Seneca features a number of shops, eateries and other local businesses, concentrated in the charming Ram Cat Alley filled with buildings built between the 1880s and 1930s. This narrow 21-building commercial district is filled with character and history, and remains a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
See a movie at Premiere Seneca Cinema 8 or a production at the Oconee Community Theatre in Seneca. Or explore the great outdoors just outside of town with a visit to Lake Keowee, where you can go skiing, boating, fishing, swimming, or hiking along nearby trails. The historic Lunney House Museum was built in 1906 and features a beautiful Arts & Crafts interior filled with period furnishings. Oconee County Hospital is located in Seneca, providing quality healthcare for residents and those living in surrounding communities.
Nearby Schools and Higher Education
Seneca is served by the School District of Oconee County, which operates 16 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools, and a state-of-the-art career and technology center. Additionally, there are a number of private school options available within the region. While there are no colleges or universities in Seneca, residents may easily access the institutions in nearby Clemson, including Clemson University, Southern Wesleyan University, and Clemson College.
Seneca was originally founded as Seneca City, named for a Native American village in the area and the Seneca River. Seneca was situated at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Railroad and the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railroad, which are now part of the Norfolk Southern Railway. Two engineers for the Air Line Railroad purchased the land from Colonel Brown of Anderson, South Carolina. The land was divided into one-mile lots stemming from a stake driven into the center of the railroad intersection, which marked the center of town. The town held an auction on August 14, 1873 and Seneca City received a charter on March 14, 1874. It wasn’t until 1908 that the town’s name was changed to Seneca.
Seneca became a prominent marketing and shipping point for cotton, and eventually, a passenger terminal, a number of hotels, and a park — now called Norton-Thompson Park — were built near the railroad tracks. Several textile mills were also erected in Seneca and most have since closed their doors.
The town saw significant growth with the construction of Lake Hartwell in 1963, Lake Keowee in 1971, and Lake Jocassee in 1974.
Approximate Distance to:
Anderson: 25.5 Miles
Greenville: 37.5 Miles
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport: 50.5 Miles
- Oconee Memorial Hospital: 2 Miles
- Greenville Hospital: 36 Miles
- Highway 28 S: 1 Mile
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