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LAKE HARTWELL ” not a Lake, it’s a Lifestyle”

Lake Hartwell, South Carolina


“It’s not just a Lake… it’s a Lifestyle”  



Lake Hartwell is, without a doubt, the most beautiful lake in the Southeastern United States. Each year, millions of people utilize the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake to pursue a variety of outdoor recreational experiences – making Hartwell one of the most visited Corps lakes in the nation.
Being fed by two rivers that come right out of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the water in Lake Hartwell is reported to be more pure than in many municipal water systems.


Standing on a boat dock you can look down through 10-12 feet of crystal clear water at small pebbles on the bottom of the lake.
Lake Hartwell covers a land area of 56,000 acres and has a shoreline of 962 miles. Unlike some of the smaller lakes nearer Atlanta, Lake Hartwell is neither crowded nor contaminated.
Having a depth of up to 202 feet, the 21 species of edible fish in Lake Hartwell have plenty of room to navigate – and yet they seem readily available to latch onto minnows, artificial lures and other fish bait.
With a width of approximately six miles at its widest point, the views at Lake Hartwell are both picturesque and panoramic.  And yet, there are innumerable deep protected coves – primarily South of I-85 – that provide peaceful tranquility as in days of old.

Out on the main body of the Lake at sunset, one is afforded a truly panoramic view of a glittering stream of red across several miles of sky blue water – as the sun disappears beyond the horizon.


Shortly thereafter, the lights on the dam come on – creating the illusion of a small but well lighted city in the background.  When the moon appears – in its various stages – on both sides of full – a glittering band of yellowish gold light reaches out endlessly towards your boat – progressively diminishing in length, as the moon gets higher.  On occasion, when there are scattered clouds below the moon – their reflection in the clear waters of Lake Hartwell give the appearance of a giant mirror.

It is only fitting that a Lake as beautiful as Lake Hartwell be located in the quiet serene atmosphere of a rural type setting – and yet be located only 1.5 hours from Atlanta – only 1.5 hours from Highlands, North Carolina – only 45 minutes from Athens, Georgia and the University of Georgia – only 25 minutes from Anderson, South Carolina – and only one hour from Greenville, South Carolina.

On the Georgia side of the lake – the main body of Lake Hartwell borders Hart County. On a clear day – from many parts of Hart County, you can see the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.

Lake Hartwell is a terrific place for a summer home.  Some as far away as Miami, Florida maintain summer homes on the lake.  Most summer homes on the lake are well insulated and have fireplaces – primarily because their owners use them as vacation homes year-round. Considering the close proximity of Atlanta, Georgia; Athens, Georgia; and Greenville, South Carolina – Lake Hartwell property is considered to be an excellent investment, and why wouldn’t it be; let us assist you in finding your dream lake property today!

We have homes in virtually every price range, every style available, as well as lake front property if you care to design and build your own dream home.


As a native of Atlanta until 2005, my husband Keith and I were finding it more and more difficult to leave the serenity of our Lake House and head back to our Atlanta home. Working in fast paced, high stress corporate jobs, we decided to retire early and chase our dream of living full time on Lake Hartwell.

With sales and marketing backgrounds, we knew Real Estate would allow us to marry our business knowledge with our love of Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, and the upstate providing potential clients the best Real Estate experience in our market.  Licensed in the summer of 2006, our journey began.  Top Producers in our market since 2007, we are proud to say, our move to SC was the best decision we’ve made.  The relationship(s) we form with our clients does not end at the closing table.  We take pride is being a resource to meet the needs of clients before, during and after they purchase a property.  We are licensed in South Carolina and Georgia.

If you are looking for lake property we hope you will give us a call and let us earn your business.  Our hope is that you too will share in our love of the lakes in Upstate South Carolina and Georgia.

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 8:17 pm by Terri or Keith Perkins

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