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When George and Carol Krist decided to downsize, they knew they didn’t want to leave Woodside Plantation.

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(Emily Rose Bennett\Staff)  The home of George and Carol Krist in Aiken, S.C.  Emily Rose Bennett
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(Emily Rose Bennett\Staff) The home of George and Carol Krist in Aiken, S.C.

“There’s a real sense of community here,” said Carol, who is vice president of the Women of Woodside, a social and philanthropic organization.

The couple found the perfect home in The Reserve at Woodside Plantation through The Festival of Homes, a Women of Woodside fundraiser showcasing new construction, last spring.

“We both fell in love with it,” Carol said.

Although the homes on the tour are not occupied, they are decorated by area interior designers. The decorators from Nandina’s styled the Krists’ home for the tour. The designers were part of the home’s construction and made some modifications to the floor plan, such as adding a cut-out from the kitchen to the living room, which the Krists like.

Though they didn’t keep the entire look Nandina’s created when they moved into the home in August, they did enlist Nandina’s and The Furniture Connection’s designers to help with the décor.

The home features sleek lines and muted colors and has many windows which allow natural light in.

“I love all the windows,” George said.

One of his favorite spots is the bonus room above the garage which he uses as his office and exercise room.

The views also sold Carol on the home. Another great one is from the screened-in back porch, where they can see the golfers play through.

– Charmain Z. Brackett, Correspondent


The Woodside Plantation Festival of Homes will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 27 and April 28, and from 1 to 5 p.m., April 29.

The tour will begin at The Village Center, 230 Village Green Blvd. Located in The Village and The Reserve at Woodside, the 10 homes on the tour represent new construction. The homes are not occupied, but area interior designers have put their touches on the homes.

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 on the days of the tour. Tickets are available at the Woodside Development Sales Office, Aiken Design Center and The Reserve Club. Maps of the homes and a visitor’s pass into Woodside Plantation are included when the ticket is purchased. For more information, visit at

The Women of Woodside has several yearly fundraisers including the festival, and proceeds from the tour will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County.


The Family: George and Carol Krist

The Home: 3,200 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, an office and a bonus room


The Neighborhood: The Reserve at Woodside Plantation

Amenities: Walking and biking trails, two golf courses, a park, lakes and a clubhouse.

Shopping: About 5 to 10 minutes from retail shops and restaurants

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