Cornerstone Creek



When Susan Smothermon and her family were looking for a new home, they chose Cornerstone Creek because of Harlem's small-town atmosphere.

"We loved the sizes of the yards. We love the little town. We didn't want the hassle of a lot of traffic," Smothermon said.

"I like that I can go two blocks and get my dog shampooed or her hair cut and go two more blocks to the grocery store. Everything is convenient."

Smothermon lives with her daughter Sgt. 1st Class Tonya Smothermon and two grandsons, ages 10 and 16.

Tonya Smothermon has been stationed in Kuwait for the past year and is coming home this month.

This is the first time the military family has lived in a small town, and they're enjoying it. They moved to Harlem in January 2007.

"It's fun. You get to know everybody. They're more likely to help you if you have a problem, like if you have a flat or you need to go to the hospital.

"I can ask almost any of my neighbors," Smothermon said.

Many other military families live at Cornerstone Creek. The Smothermons were previously stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.

"We drove up here and looked at several houses. This is the one that she chose. Since she's in the Army, she wanted to get close to post," Smothermon said.

Now her commute to Fort Gordon is less than 15 minutes.

The home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fireplace in 2,000 square feet.

Smothermon loves the large yard and doesn't mind doing yard work. The lots at Cornerstone Creek average one acre. She also loves the large space between the houses.

The two-story home has high ceilings. It is decorated with Asian influences and contemporary pieces.

Smothermon has a Buddha bust near her front door and a horse from the Tang Dynasty in her entertainment center.

Dark wood furniture pieces are displayed throughout the home.

The neighborhood was new when they moved in, and there were only four homes. Now, Cornerstone Creek has grown to about 40 homes, she said.

Neighbors take time to get to know one another. Each year, they have a cookout and bring in waterslides for the children.

They also have a community garage sale.

The neighborhood's streets have sidewalks and street lanterns.

"It's just a wonderful place to live with a lot of support from your neighbors.

"I think that's true of most small towns," Smothermon said.

Around the block

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Cornerstone Creek

LOCATION: Off U.S. Highway 278, west of downtown Harlem; less than 15 minutes from Gate 2 at Fort Gordon

SCHOOLS: North Harlem Elementary School, Harlem Middle School, Harlem High School. In the next five years, Harlem is to receive three new schools: an elementary, middle and high school.

NEIGHBORHOOD TRADITIONS: Annual cookout and community garage sale, participating in Harlem's Oliver Hardy festival in October

CURRENT HOME LISTING PRICES: $140,000s to $170,000s

Source: Cyndi Brush, owner of Brush & Associates LLC, the builder

At home with

THE FAMILY: Susan Smothermon, her daughter Sgt. 1st Class Tonya Smothermon and two grandsons, Dimitri and Ditrick Castillo

THE HOUSE: 2,000 square feet, with four bedrooms and two baths