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Advantages of the Townhouse Lifestyle

Categories: Columbia, Energy Efficient | Posted: May 22, 2018

perks of townhome living

Owning a home should provide more gratification and satisfaction than obligation. McGuinn Homes believes your home should fit you and your lifestyle perfectly. When it doesn’t, you need to think about making a change. For people who are thinking of downsizing from a single-family home or upsizing from a condo or rental, the advantages of the townhouse lifestyle are worth a look.

The spaciousness you’re used to.

A townhome provides two (or more) levels of living space. You still enjoy the comfort that comes with having a full-sized kitchen, living area and bedrooms, with spacious closets and spa-like bathrooms. You can choose a townhome with the bedrooms upstairs or a first-floor master suite, a great option for aging in place.

The privacy you want.

With a townhome, you have no upstairs neighbors—a distinct advantage for people who want more privacy than a condo can offer. McGuinn Homes designs and builds our townhomes to afford the solitude of living in a single-family home, including a fully fenced-in backyard.

The safety and security you need.

In a townhome community, you’ll get to know your neighbors. You’ll see them coming and going, meet up at the clubhouse or pool, or chat with them as you’re taking a walk around the neighborhood. This familiarity presents a sense of safety and security, knowing that others are keeping an eye on the community activity. When someone is ill or needs help, you can count on someone close by to pitch in. If you need to be gone for a period of time, it’s easy to find a friendly neighbor who can check in on your home, water the plants, and make sure nothing suspicious is left unnoticed.

Without the maintenance you don’t want.

Owning a home comes with chores like exterior maintenance—taking care of the lawn and landscape, cleaning out the gutters, repairing roof shingles, and painting the exterior. Wouldn’t it be nice to leave that responsibility to someone else? With a townhome, you own the land your home is on, but your exterior maintenance is included in your monthly HOA fee. You don’t need to spend your valuable time on these chores or maintain and store the mower and tools to handle it all.

And some really great ways to spend your free time.

Townhome communities are more than a collection of homes. You will likely have common areas that enhance the neighborhood, like a swimming pool, fitness center, and playground. Hampton Forest’s clubhouse also includes a poolside cabana, outdoor fireplace, and a 16-seat theater room with a surround-sound, wide-screen television.

At McGuinn Homes, we build homes for people at every stage of their life. Our energy-efficient townhomes at Hampton Forest in Columbia, South Carolina, are a popular choice for everyone from working professionals, first-time homeowners, and young families to empty nesters and active adults. We currently have new townhomes for sale at Hampton Forest, so contact McGuinn Homes to begin exploring the advantages of owning a townhome.

Exploring our Popular Columbia Communities

Categories: Columbia | Posted: April 4, 2018

McGuinn Homes builds energy-efficient new home communities throughout the Columbia, South Carolina, region—a beautiful place to live! We understand that people want a stylish home with lasting value, but they also look for the right neighborhood. The location, the community design and amenities, and the people who live there contribute to the caliber of the community. If this is what you have in mind, then exploring our popular Columbia communities—Woodlake and Centennial at Lake Carolina— is the place to start.

Woodlake is tucked into a peaceful section of northeast Columbia, South Carolina, with easy access to major roads that connect you with a broad array of dining, shopping, attractions, and services. As you drive through Woodlake, you’ll see the mature landscaping that adds natural beauty and privacy to the homes. You’ll enjoy a variety of community amenities. The swimming pool, tennis courts, and playground encourage recreation and promote the friendships within the neighborhood. The pond adds a scenic backdrop to the area.

The single-family homes that McGuinn Homes builds at Woodlake provide inviting curb appeal and a distinctive look from one home to the next. The floor plans range from 2,355 to 3,022 square feet of indoor living space, and your choice of single-level or two-story homes. New home designs, like the Windstone, present classic exterior lines, with the contemporary style of an open layout that offers flexibility to design it your way. The two-story, four-bedroom Wilshire floor plan is an exceptional family home, with 3.5 baths, an expansive open concept, a second-floor loft, and a luxurious owner’s suite with a walk-in closet that’s large enough to be a room on its own. The Wilshire also features an office by the foyer, away from the activity in the hub of the home.

Centennial at Lake Carolina offers the scenic serenity of lakeside living where recreation is plentiful year ‘round. With close proximity to the 200-acre Lake Carolina, this McGuinn Homes’ new home community features a selection of right-sized homes that utilize smart design to make the most of every square foot as well as McGuinn Homes’ exceptional energy-efficient features. These ranch-style homes reflect attention to detail, inside and out. The Woodland floor plan, for example, creates a stunning, 1,700-square-foot home with nine-foot ceilings that complement that open concept and taller windows that stream sunlight into the home. The community amenities offer a swimming pool, park, and miles of lighted walking trails. A new YMCA is located adjacent to the neighborhood, for even more recreational opportunities, and some of the most sought-after golf courses and country clubs are located minutes from the community. The combination of desirable location, quality design and construction, energy-efficiency, and community amenities enhance the value of buying a home at Centennial at Lake Carolina.

When you want to look closer at our Columbia new home communities, talk to McGuinn Homes.

Spring Gardening Tips to Get Your Yard Ready

Categories: Columbia | Posted: March 28, 2018

Another winter is behind us. It’s time to get outside and enjoy this South Carolina spring weather. Spring is a great time to look at opportunities like McGuinn Homes’ communities and custom homes built on your lot throughout the Columbia, South Carolina area.

Spend a little time preparing for the gardening season. McGuinn Homes offers these spring gardening tips to get your yard ready!


Start with a Good Clean-Up

Even if you raked out your beds and dead-headed your plants, you still have some spring cleaning to do. Pick up any dead foliage, pine needles and cones, and debris that found its way onto your lawn, around your shrubs, and in your gardens. Pressure wash your outdoor living area, walkways, driveway, and other surfaces.


Provide Good Drainage

Never attempt to work with your soil when it’s very damp. Cultivating wet dirt will destroy the soil’s structure and lead to a hardened result when It does dry. If you are anxious about getting started, raise the garden beds to provide the necessary drainage.


Know Your Hardiness Zone

Depending on where you live in South Carolina, you could be in a hardiness zone 7a, 7b, 8a, or 8b. Your zone will determine which plants will thrive in your climate. Click here to make sure you know yours.


Ease Your Seedlings

If you’re planning to start plants from seed, don’t rush into transplanting the seedlings into your garden when they start to sprout. Gradually expose them to the sunny conditions for a few hours. Increase the exposure daily before planting them in the garden.


Clean Your Tools

Give all of your gardening tools a good scrub to make sure you don’t unknowingly transmit unwanted fungus, bugs, or other things that could have collected on your tools over the winter. Also, check your hose for leaks and repair or replace it.


Fertilize Your Lawn

The best time to fertilize your lawn is early spring and late fall. Also get a head-start on fending off crabgrass, weeds, and pests with a pre-emergent herbicide.


Amend Your Soil

After you’ve raked out your garden beds, add a fresh layer or nutrient-rich soil. Rake it to mix the new soil with the existing soil.


Prune Carefully

Many of your trees and shrubs are beginning to grow again after a dormant winter. Remove the dead branches that might encourage infestation. Prune back the limbs until you see a hint of green. That’s where the healthy growth will begin.


Plant Container Gardens and Hanging Baskets

Give your yard a splash of color by creating these portable gardens. Find interesting pots, baskets, and containers to add character. Fill them with spring-blooming annuals, like petunias, pansies, impatiens, dianthus, and alyssum. Brighten up your entry and add colorful container gardens and hanging baskets wherever you want, the perfect pick-me-up for spring.


Spring is also a great time to think about buying a new home. We also have energy-efficient new homes available right now. Talk to us when you’re ready to change your life and your home.

McGuinn Celebrates Complete Close Out in Bonhomme Woods!

Categories: Columbia, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, Uncategorized | Posted: July 6, 2017

The Monticello

If you’re looking for a home that’s designed with both your family and the environment in mind, look no further than the builders at McGuinn Hybrid Homes! McGuinn creates residences that can be customized to suit all of your needs. Their popular Monticello floor plan includes two floors and 1,651 Square Feet of flexibility, with up to four bedrooms and three baths, a large spacious kitchen, owner’s suite, great room, garage, front porch, and a patio. Plus, you’ll love making your new home YOUR way, selecting from various windows, appliance and room options. The Monticello plan has been previously constructed in McGuinn’s St. Andrews Reserves community, their newest in Irmo. This impressive neighborhood is known for its quiet living and convenience to great shopping, dining and to Lake Murray. McGuinn has been in the business of delivering superior service at the market’s lowest price for over 30 years, so you can trust that you’re getting the best and most innovative services available in the Midlands.


View McGuinn’s The Residence @ Harbison’s “The Shining” video here!:






Congratulations to the team at McGuinn Hybrid Homes, for closing all of the homes in their Bonhomme Woods community in Lexington! Bonhomme Woods, a 2015 Phoenix Award-winning community of homes, is located in a sought-after location, and features homes filled with modern amenities such as large, open floor plans and energy efficient, environmentally-friendly details that create healthier living spaces. How does McGuinn do it?

The McGuinn Team

Their passionate, expert team members aim to make each client’s home buying experience much more than writing a contract and moving in. They work hard to make the process an interactive experience, where you are an active participant in the design, construction and closing of your new home.


Toasting to success!

“I am so proud of my team for the work they’ve done on Bonhomme Woods! They continue to work tirelessly to offer homebuyers the best housing options for their needs. It’s another successful example of our commitment to clients from start to finish, and it is for this level of homeowner satisfaction that we are celebrating!” – Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes

CEO Wade McGuinn


With all the Growth comes New Homes & Great New Dining Options in Lexington!

Categories: Buying a New Home, Columbia, Coming Soon Community, Energy Efficient, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, SC, Smart Home, Uncategorized | Posted: January 11, 2017

Clean Eatz of Columbia

Lexington is definitely growing and new business are coming to town. Just down the street from McGuinn Hybrid Homes corporate office we are seeing tremendous growth in the area. We just built several of our Calhoun plan for one of our investor partners in Wellmore just off 378. Lexington is ever growing and the population needs housing, so McGuinn Hybrid Homes is on the move to make sure that we have the most affordable value based homes in the market. With this growth restaurants and retail stores are moving in. Have you checked out one of the newest places, Clean Eats.

The mission of Clean Eatz is to provide people with fresh, affordable, healthy food and to “change the world one meal at a time.” Everything on their menu is under 500 calories and 10 grams of fat, and contains no grease, sodium or processed foods. Clean eating is not a diet – it is a lifestyle approach to eating food in its most natural state. Clean Eatz gives you the tools needed by preparing properly portioned meals with a balance of protein, carbs, and fats, and even cater to special diet needs. Visit the Cafe, try one of Clean Eatz’ Meal Plans, or stop in for a grab n’ go meal. Their food deliciously eliminates the guessing, temptation, and lack of preparation that come with busy lifestyles!

With everything we have going on in a day it is important to take care of our bodies. Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, is in the gym every morning at 5:30 am. “I don’t always want to get up and go, but I am way lighter and healthier. My goal is to be very active in the life of both my children and grandchildren!” Clean Eatz is definitely a hit with those who are on a path to healthy living.


Clean Eatz is located 5225 Sunset Blvd, Suite D Lexington, SC 29072. For more information, visit the business website at The business is also on Facebook. You can contact the restaurant by phone at 803-490-2657 or by email at

McGuinn Hybrid Homes has something for everyone.  Build a Hybrid Homes in our 11 Communities throughout the Midlands, on Your Lot in Columbia or Charlotte, and we also would like the opportunity to take on any investor projects that you may have!
Call us at 803.917.5583

January at The Harbison Theatre in Irmo!

Categories: Columbia, Columbia theatre, Community & Local Events, Garden Brooke, Garden Brooke events, Home Buying, Irmo, Irmo Events, Lake Murray, News & Announcements, SC | Posted: January 6, 2017

Mulan Jr.
This action-packed musical was adapted for the stage from the popular 1998 animated Disney film, Mulan, which was itself based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. When the invasion of the Huns threatens Mulan’s father, the Emperor, Mulan disguises herself as a boy and prepares for battle to save him. She later must choose between divulging her true identity or saving China with her plan. Through song and a modern sensibility, the production celebrates ancient Chinese culture, honor and the fighting spirit.
Thursday, January 12, 2017 – 7:30pm
Friday, January 13, 2017 – 7:30pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 10:30am
Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 3:00pm
Tickets: All seats are $7.00, ages 3 & under/free on lap

Tom Dugan Teaches Play Writing for the Individual Performer
This three hour workshop will be an eye-opening look at scriptwriting for the single performer, by the master of the single-character play himself, Tom Dugan. A seasoned veteran of the stage, TV and film and an accomplished playwright, Mr. Dugan will share his experiences, thoughts, and guidance to those wishing to develop scripts for individual players in the theatre setting. Workshop attendees are welcome to bring 3-5 minutes from a current project for Mr. Dugan to receive and assess.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 – 6:30pm
Tickets: $20

This live, touring show tells the story of Simon Wiesenthal, a Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter and writer, from his own point of view. Performed by playwright and “master of the single-character play” Tom Dugan, the one-man drama recounts the captivating story of Wiesenthal’s life’s work of bringing more than 1,000 Nazi war criminals to justice with humor and nobility. Recommended for pre-teens and older.
Friday, January 20, 2017 – 7:30pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 3:30pm
Tickets: $22

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Harbison Theatre’s On The Screen series presents this engrossing tale of aristocrats and rivals, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont, who mercilessly toy with the hearts of the innocent Cécile de Volanges and virtuous beautiful Madame de Tourvel using seduction and revenge. Performed by the National Theatre Live, the cast includes Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer and Dominic West. The production contains brief nudity and is suggested for audiences 15+ years.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 7:00pm
Tickets: $15

Buy tickets at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College’s website here.