Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Time is Time to Walk Lake Murray's Dam

Warm Weather Brings out Dam Walkers!

One of the Columbia area’s most popular walking/jogging pathways is directly across the top of the Dreher Shoals Dam along S.C. Highway 6 at Lake Murray.  The distance is 1.7 miles each way for a total walk of 3.4 miles. The pathway offers spectacular views of Lake Murray and even the downtown Columbia skyline 11 miles away. This pathway was completed after the construction of the new backup dam at Dreher Shoals Dam on Lake Murray (in 2005) and with the widening of S.C. Highway 6 across the top of the dam (in 2007).  Parking is available at either side of the Dreher Shoals Dam.  A small free parking lot is on the Lexington (South) side of the dam.

CLICK HERE to visit my Walk Across The Dam webpage with more information and pictures

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Lake Murray Water Level and Temperature on the Rise!

Just in time for spring... Lake Murray's water level and water temperature are on the rise!

After a cold and wet winter, the (top) water temperature is now at 49.5 degrees Fahrenheit.  The temp was just 46.0 one week ago.  The March historical average is 53.4 degrees.  Water temperatures should be into the low 60s in April.

The lake level is up too!  Today, the Lake Murray elevation is 358.17.   The March historical average is 357.4 feet above sea level.   Full pool at Lake Murray is 360.0 feet above sea level.  The normal summertime high level is in the range of 358.0 - 359.25 range.  The usual "high-water" months are March - July.

For Lake Murray stats on Average Temperatures, Rainfall, Lake Level, Water Temperatures, be sure to visit my NEW webpage:
Lake Murray Environmentals

Mel Coker
Lake Murray & Columbia Realtor
Mel's Real Estate Website
Lake Murray Website

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

HOT Deal on Lake Murray

Buy a Nice Lake Murray Home Under $320,000? YES!
I recently showed a home on Lake Murray that I was really impressed with for the current asking price and value.  It is not my listing, but, with the permission of the listing agent, I am presenting information in this blog post about the home.

Ready to live waterfront on Lake Murray at a reasonable price?  You should call me quickly to set an appointment to view this home!

Some of the details:
128 feet on Lake Murray
Cove location looks out to "big" water view
Year-round water
Price: $319,000
3 Bedrooms downstairs
Bedroom/office and loft area upstairs
Nice dock (older pontoon boat will be left at dock!)
Kitchen has hardwood floors and granite counters
Large sun room
Large deck
Chapin area

Call Mel Coker for more information or a showing appointment.
(803) 318-2007

QR codes - Welcome to Columbia & Lake Murray by Mel Coker

The FIRST use of a QR code on a Lake Murray website?  YES!
I recently learned about QR codes during my annual attendance at a CyberStars real estate conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I am already using QR codes in my marketing of homes in the Columbia area.

QR is short for "Quick Response."   These high-powered bar codes can store URLs, geo coordinates, text and more.  Download a QR code scanner on your smartphone and your smartphone's camera reads the code and then links to a website, displays text, or calls a number! They have been used extensively in Japan and parts of Europe.  They are coming to America and Mel Coker is already using them for Columbia, SC real estate!  Search for a QR code scanner on  your smartphone apps library, load it and scan QR codes.

Suggested QR code app: QuickMark

Click Here to see my use of a QR code on a real estate brochure

Mel Coker's QR Code:

Mel Coker
Columbia, SC Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 223-6214