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Although her home is within minutes of busy thoroughfares, retail shops and restaurants, Grace Belangia feels as though she lives many miles away from a metropolitan area.

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The Belangia home off River Island Parkway in Evans.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
The Belangia home off River Island Parkway in Evans.

“It’s a nice retreat,” she said. “It feels relaxed.”

She and her husband, Woody, built their River Island home in 2008.

The custom-built home has features that reflect the personalities of its owners, such as its dining room/library. “My husband is a reader,” said Grace.

The room has built-in bookcases filled with about 4,000 volumes. Woody is a part-time philosophy professor at Augusta State University.

There’s a sliding ladder and pocket doors, giving the room the feel of an old English manor rather than a contemporary home in Columbia County.

Grace’s West Coast influence can be seen in the open spaces on the lower level. “It’s very family-friendly in the common areas.”

The kitchen and the breakfast nook have many windows. “I love natural lighting,” she said.

The breakfast nook has a beach cottage aura. It has dropped beadboard ceilings and is decorated with photographs 14-year-old Chloe took on a school trip to Europe over the summer.


The Neighborhood: River Island, Evans

The Schools: River Ridge Elementary, Stallings Island Middle and Lakeside High School.

Amenities: River Island is a conservation community with designated green spaces. It has trails, a playground and a community garden. There is an active neighborhood association, which plans different events at Christmas and Easter.


The Family: Woody and Grace Belangia, 14-year-old daughter, Chloe, and 11 year-old son, Lucas.

The Home: 5,000 square-foot home with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.

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