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The Edisto in Crystal Cove Coming Soon: Lake Living at its Finest!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 27, 2017

The Edisto in Crystal Cove Coming Soon: Lake Living at its Finest!

Award-winning McGuin Hybrid Homes is building new homes in beautiful Crystal Cove, located in Chapin!

Chapin is a thriving, quickly growing area, featuring beautiful parks, a variety of locally-owned restaurants and national franchises, as well as interesting shops and boutiques. Crooked Creek Park, which serves the greater Chapin community, offers paved and unpaved trails for hiking, picnic shelters, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, a 27-hole disc golf course, and a Community Center with full gymnasium, racquetball courts, fitness areas, indoor walking track and meeting rooms. Dreher Island State Park and Melvin Park are also located nearby.

Perfect for young families, Crystal Cove is zoned for Chapin Elementary, newly-opened Chapin Intermediate, Chapin Middle, and Chapin High School, ranked fourth in South Carolina by U.S. News. School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties is one of the top districts in the state, even recognized as the top school district in South Carolina in 2014 by All of the district’s middle schools are in the top 10 statewide, and all of the district’s high schools are ranked in the top 25, featuring top-notch facilities, academics, instructional technology, and even one-to-one computing devices for all middle and high school students to enhance learning.

McGuinn's Edisto Floor PlanPerhaps the most wonderful part of living in Crystal Cove is its proximity to Lake Murray, which has over 500 miles of shoreline. Enjoy swimming, fishing, water skiing, sailing, and breathtaking sunsets over the water. With South Carolina’s temperate climate, many residents enjoy the lake every day of the year! The lake is bordered by marinas, restaurants, campgrounds, and more than a few bait and tackle shops.

The Edisto, one of Crystal Cove’s most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly floor plans, features 1,861+ square feet of open and flexible living spaces, including a spacious owner’s suite, two additional large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, and a gourmet eat-in kitchen with a breakfast bar. This 2-story plan also features a covered front sitting porch, 2-car garage, and a convenient second floor laundry space. The Edisto’s combined Great Room, Dining Room, and Kitchen give the first floor an even more open and airy feel. The Edisto also offers an optional morning room, allowing you to bask in the lovely morning sun from within your new home.

“Our Edisto floor plan works well with everyone from growing families to retirees. With the optional morning room, the Edisto can easily be adapted to fit your needs and desires, all while maintaining affordability.” — Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes


CEO Wade McGuinn

Why Rent?

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 22, 2017

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is bringing a new concept in townhomes to the Harbison area! With payments starting as low as $799/month with no money down, you can own one of these ultra-modern new homes for less than you would spend on rent! The Residence @ Harbison is the perfect community for people who want modern amenities and convenience at a very affordable price. Whether you’re single, have a young family, or are retired, you’ll find these homes to be unmatched in size, quality, design and price.

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

McGuinn is also generously offering a $10,000 introductory upgrade package to the first 25 buyers, that includes granite countertops, laminate floors, stainless steel appliances, and window shades. McGuinn Hybrid Homes has been building beautiful, efficient, comfortable homes for over 30 years in the Midlands area, and continues its tradition of excellence with The Residence @ Harbison.

“I would encourage anyone who is looking for an affordable, new home in a prime location to call about The Residence @ Harbison. We at McGuinn Hybrid Homes are happy to be offering some great incentives to the first 25 buyers, in the hopes of growing this community.” – Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes

CEO Wade McGuinn

Call McGuinn Hybrid Homes for an appointment today at 803.917.5583

McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ Anderson floor plan is perfect for the modern family!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 15, 2017

The Burnside Farms community is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods around Columbia! Convenience to Fort Jackson, shopping, dining and entertainment makes this a highly desirable location for new homeowners. Burnside Farms’ new construction includes homes built by award-winning McGuinn Hybrid Homes.

These homes are designed with both the environment and your wallet in mind, and include features you’ll appreciate like programmable thermostats, tankless gas water heater, Energy Star® appliances, natural gas heat, water-saving plumbing fixtures and much more. The beautiful Burnside Farms neighborhood includes a Splash Park for residents, is zoned for Richland County School District One schools, and is nearby a major shopping corridor in the Midlands.

You’ll find everything from charming local boutique shops to large national chain stores along Garners Ferry Road. Burnside Farms  is also close to Devine Street shopping and dining, 5 Points district entertainment, downtown cultural attractions, and Columbia’s great outdoors – the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens, state parks, Congaree National Park, sporting events, and majestic Lake Murray, to name a few.

McGuinn’s Burnside homes are everything your family needs, but for much less than you would expect. “Our Anderson floor plan is perfect for the modern family who wants an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly home that fulfills their wants, needs and budget. From its large Owner’s Suite and second floor laundry to the open first floor layout with combined Great Room, Dining Room and Kitchen, this home is designed for young families.” – Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes.

CEO Wade McGuinn

The Woodland floor plan works for every taste and budget

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 7, 2017

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is building energy efficient homes in the Lexington communities of Pleasant Springs and Orchard Point! You can choose among several floor plans, including McGuinn’s popular Woodland plan.

The Woodland features a modern, 1,700 sq. ft. open floor plan, perfect for everyone from young families to retirees. The single story home is available in three distinct designs: Craftsman, Standard, and Traditional, and includes a gourmet eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, spacious owner’s suite and two additional large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, Great Room, covered front sitting porch, two-car garage, and plenty of open and flexible living spaces! The homes are as charming as they are practical, with energy saving amenities that come standard in every McGuinn home, as part of their exclusive “Hybrid” program, to ensure that your dwelling is healthier for you and the environment.

The Pleasant Springs sidewalk community offers cost efficient homes conveniently located near great shopping, dining and beautiful Lake Murray. Orchard Pointe is located in the heart of Lexington, just minutes from downtown and from the thriving area’s many shopping, dining and entertainment options. Orchard Point’s upscale homes feature McGuinn’s All Brick Courtyard Lifestyle Series, with full brick exteriors, and a beautifully landscaped community with swimming pool, cabana and sidewalks throughout. Children in both Pleasant Springs and Orchard Point are zoned to attend schools in the award-winning Lexington One District.

“Our Woodland floor plan works well for every taste and budget. Whether you’re looking for a home in a planned development, or within an individual community, this design will give you everything you want in a contemporary, durable home. These are lifelong houses – the kind you’ll want to keep in your family for generations to come.” – Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes.

CEO Wade McGuinn

McGuinn building homes in Orange Pond community!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 2, 2017

If you live in or near the Red Bank / White Knoll area of Lexington, you have two wonderful local activity centers nearby to choose from: the Red Bank Community Center and the Red Bank Arena.

Orange Pond Floorplan 1

Orange Pond Floorplan 2

The Red Bank Community Center and park offers a softball field, tennis courts, and picnic shelters at its location. The Red Bank Arena Sports Complex includes such amenities as baseball and softball fields, canteens, restrooms, and walking paths. It also features one of the only BMX tracks in the region, which frequently hosts BMX events, and encourages new riders to come out and try the track! The centers are part of the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission, which implements programs and activities like these through their facilities all over the Midlands.

Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, is currently building beautiful houses in the new Orange Pond community, within the Red Bank area. He says, “These great facilities incentivize people to visit Red Bank, and give families who reside here so many healthy recreational outlets. They help this region stay active and fit.”

CEO Wade McGuinn






Red Bank Community Center: 228 Community Drive, Lexington, SC 29073

Red Bank Arena: 1159 Nazareth Road, Lexington, SC 29073

McGuinn Designs for the Home of Your Dreams!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 25, 2017

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is a leading builder in the Midlands not only because they build high-quality and affordable housing, but because those homes in turn create beautiful, inviting neighborhoods and great communities, in areas like Columbia, Lexington, Chapin, and Irmo. One reason that McGuinn homes are superior is in the design. They offer a broad selection of only the most current and innovative designs for their hybrid homes, and deliver those designs to you using value-engineered quality, and with the environment in mind. Why? So they can focus on the areas of your home that can offer you significant savings and energy efficiency. McGuinn’s passionate, expert team is ready to help you design your home in the comfort and style you choose.

McGuinn’s vision is executed with the help of their award-winning architectural designers, GMD Design Group. Together, the founders and partners of GMD have over 55 years of architectural design and construction experience throughout the United States. They have dedicated their careers to the creation of unique housing concepts, and their work with McGuinn Hybrid Homes is no exception.

McGuinn offers customers a wide variety of floor plans, with a portfolio that has been designed to provide the latest and most up to date trends in the industry. Their Windstone trio of home plans is designed to give you what you need in a home – lots of space, style, and efficiency. Loaded with energy saving features like water-saving plumbing fixtures, tankless gas water heater, Energy Star® appliances and other sustainable living features, the Windstone floor plan is available to build on most lots and is a very popular choice for families.

The Windstone A Craftsman Floorplan

The Windstone B Floorplan

The Windstone B Craftsman Floorplan








CEO Wade McGuinn is a South Carolina Certified Master Builder, and has been building new homes in Columbia and the surrounding Midlands area for over 30 years. “I love getting clients involved in the experience of designing their own home. It means so much more at closing, when you know they are getting the house they’ve dreamed of, and that we were there with them every step of the way.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

Burnside Elementary School is Empowering Students to Lead!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 17, 2017

Richland County School District One’s Annie Burnside Elementary is a “Leader In Me” school. Its students are taught using The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, concepts first introduced in 1989 by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, with his business and self-help book of the same name, and developed into a successful curriculum for schools by the FranklinCovey Education company.











The Leader In Me program is designed to transform schools by creating a culture of student empowerment, based on the idea that every student can become an effective leader. The proven techniques of Leader In Me help organizations and individuals achieve greatness by incorporating the following “Habits” into daily life:

Habit 1:  Be Proactive: You’re in charge
Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind: Have a plan
Habit 3:  Put First Things First: Work first, then play
Habit 4:  Think Win Win: Everyone Can Win
Habit 5:  Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: Listen before you talk
Habit 6:  Synergize: Together is Better
Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw: Balance is Best










“Leadership Day” is held once a year, by elementary schools going through the Leader in Me process. Burnside’s 2nd Annual Leadership Day took place on April 6, 2017, and showcased the “Bees’” leadership skills, as Burnside staff shared their Leader In Me success stories.

“South Carolina schools, and particularly those in Richland County, are breaking new ground in their efforts to prepare our kids for tomorrow,” says Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes. McGuinn’s Burnside Farms community of homes is in Richland County, and zoned for Burnside Elementary. “The Leader in Me program is another example of Richland One’s commitment to students’ overall well-being, by teaching them not only skills they’ll need to go forward in their education, but to succeed in life.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

White Knoll High School’s Future Health Professionals

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 10, 2017

The Lexington One School District continues to foster programs that enrich the lives of their students and prepare them for the 21st century workforce. One such program is The Center for Public Health and Advanced Medical Studies, located at White Knoll High School in Lexington.

The Center houses an innovative program that is designed to prepare students for careers in health and medicine. Through the Center, these students gain knowledge and skills at advanced levels in the areas of public health, medical research, and medical studies. They also participate in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). HOSA is a student-led organization of Future Health Professionals, and seeks to develop its members’ leadership and technical skills. This allows students to practice and refine their aptitudes, and eventually more easily transition from classroom to career.

White Knoll competed in the SC HOSA State Leadership Conference this past March in North Charleston, where the Timberwolves’ HOSA students made a spectacular showing! Jennifer Tucker won first place in Nursing Assisting, and Jenny Nankoua Yongue and Caitlin Murray won first place in Medical Innovations. Many other White Knoll HOSA students placed high in other categories, White Knoll HOSA Advisor Katrina Haynes became the State HOSA Board Chair Elect, and White Knoll teacher and HOSA Advisor Nicholas J. Hanle received the Outstanding Service Award.

Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, sees the Center’s accomplishments as a boon for families in the area who are zoned for exceptional schools like White Knoll. His Glen Eagle community of homes is one of them. “Lexington One’s centers for advanced learning are so beneficial to students who have leadership and teamwork skills, and the drive to advance in their chosen field of study. It gives me great pride to know that these students will become the medical professionals of tomorrow!”.

As they say at White Knoll — ‪#‎HOWLABOUTIT‬!

CEO Wade McGuinn


Brookland-Cayce High School is Transforming Education

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 3, 2017

The Mighty Bearcat, for which BC is named

Brookland-Cayce High School (BC) has upped the ante on its commitment to prepare students for 21st century college, military, and work settings. The school has developed three learning academies that are successfully working to that end.

BC is working within the TransformSC education initiative, which was designed so that state business leaders, educators, students, parents and policy makers could unify and transform the public education system and produce the ideal graduate. BC has organized student learning into three academies to accomplish this: Quest Academy, i2 Tech Academy and the Legacy Liberal Arts Academy. Hallmarks of the Quest Academy include a rigorous, accelerated academic curriculum and experiential opportunities, such as local and out of state field studies and college visits. Students communicate through Google Classroom, a technology network that connects students, teachers, and parents.

BC’s i2 Tech Academy offers a Project-Based Learning environment where Science, Technology, Engineering and Math serve as the foundation for projects. Students collaborate on work that requires critical thinking and communication, and use Echo, a learning management system that connects students to projects all across the country.

The BC Legacy Liberal Arts Academy offers a smaller, personalized approach to learning. Beginning with their freshman year, students form tight bonds with teachers and administrators, and a dynamic classroom approach is used in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges to acquire deeper knowledge. Legacy Academy students work with group members, access online resources and conduct viable research, as well as produce quality presentations. They participate in personally challenging academic courses, and are strongly encouraged to explore career opportunities and experience personal expression through visual and performing arts. Technology is a common thread between these BC programs, with laptops and iPads made available to students for one-to-one computing.

These initiatives aid in providing a personalized educational experience for each student, tailored to their particular goals and interests. Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, is familiar with the BC program. His company builds home communities, including Harvest Glen, which is zoned for Brookland-Cayce. “I graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School and know what an outstanding institution it truly is. It comes as no surprise that BC is gaining so much positive recognition for its programs, teachers, and its students’ accomplishments.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 26, 2017

Richland County School District One students have access to many unique educational experiences. A prime example of this is Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center (“CLC”) for space science education – the only one of its kind in South Carolina.

The CLC opened in Columbia in February of 1996, and is dedicated to the heroes of the Space Shuttle Challenger 51-L crew, who perished on January 28, 1986. This aerospace-themed academic program gives students the opportunity to improve skills through interactive learning experiences, and combine their school’s science and math curricula with CLC’s information and technology. The CLC uses space-themed simulations, scenarios, and activities to create learning environments and engage students. These experiences strengthen students’ knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects and may inspire them to pursue careers in these important fields. At the same time, students develop skills in decision making, collaboration, problem solving, and communication, which will help them to be successful in any field. Sponsor organizations like NASA and NOAA provide the latest and most relevant science to the CLC, and have partnered with the Center in its mission, “to create a scientifically literate population with the skills needed for success in the 21st century.”

A Challenger Learning Center mission is so much more than a field trip! School groups can register for Missions at the Center such as Return to the Moon, Rendezvous with a Comet and Voyage to Mars, and participate in learning experiences that are based on simulations used by NASA to prepare astronauts for space. The CLC also houses the James E. Clyburn Aerospace Education Laboratory (“AEL”). This flight training department offers programs that are adapted from actual aviation training and are conducted by a Certified Flight Instructor. While there, visitors can view multimedia presentations and flight demonstrations, then try their hand at piloting by practicing on one of AEL’s Flight Simulators. Challenger also offers Hands-On Science and e-Planetarium programs for students in various grades. In the summer, the CLC holds Summer Camps for interested kids. This year’s offerings included Astronaut Academy, Rocket Camp, Robotics Camp, Arduino Camp, Fischertechnik Camp, and RC Pilot Camp.

Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, thinks students within the Richland One District are very fortunate to have the CLC. His Burnside Farms community of homes is zoned for Richland One. “School-age children have a leg up with this unique and exceptional science program. By giving them these tools to further their education, it’s another way of telling our kids that they can do anything they set their minds to.”

CEO Wade McGuinn