An advertisement told Tony and Rita Loesch all they needed to know.
It was in Links Magazine that they first saw Cedar Creek, a planned community off Banks Mill Road between New Ellenton and Aiken.
"It was so beautiful and green," Mrs. Loesch said.
The retirees moved to Cedar Creek six years ago from Indiana.
The master bedroom leads to the deck, which faces the 13th green of the neighborhood's semiprivate golf course.
Five miles of walking trails are woven through the neighborhood and around the course.
"It's such a peaceful place to be," Mrs. Loesch said.
The home is a retreat, Mr. Loesch said. It has 10-foot ceilings and an airy floor plan that unites the entrance, dining room, kitchen and living room.
"We like to entertain," he said. "In the end, it's really about the people. They're what keep you here."
Floor-to-ceiling windows mean that all those rooms look out to the deck.
"We came from a house where you had to have all the lights on no matter what," Mr. Loesch said. "We don't have that problem here."
Number of homes: 700;16 in development and 300 lots sold but waiting to be developed. The community can expand up to about 1,560.
Amenities: Lighted tennis courts, semiprivate golf course, five miles of walking trails, community center, pool and pavilion, bike lane, adult education classes, underground utilities, parks
Schools: Greendale Elementary, New Ellenton Middle, Silver Bluff High schools
Nearby: Cedar Creek is about 10 miles from downtown Aiken and about three miles from New Ellenton
Houses sold in the past year: 45
Average price of those homes: $330,000
Lots sold in the past year: 20
Average price of plots: $70,000
Associations: Cedar Creek Homeowners Association has monthly dues of $48.
It's a fact: The neighborhood's community center is the site for Scrabble tournaments, poker games and quilting bees.
Source: Cedar Creek Development Corp.
The homeowners: Tony and Rita Loesch
The home: A 2,800-square-foot, three-bedroom, 31/2-bath custom brick house in Cedar Creek
It's a fact: The Loesches have placed park benches under the pines along the golf course.