Monday, November 17, 2014

What Will Move You to Lake Murray?

Here is an opportunity for a Lake Murray community building lot with a DEEDED BOAT SLIP.

For Sale:  121 Stargazer Court - Leesville, SC

Harbour Watch Subdivision
$26,000 - Priced to SELL!

This community is located only 12 miles outside popular Lexington, South Carolina.  The lot is a level .28 acre lot with city water and sewer (the sewer tap fee has been prepaid by the Seller).  Build you dream home here and have easy access to Lake Murray - one of the BEST lakes in all of the USA!


Harbour Watch community features a clubhouse, tennis courts, boat ramp, pool, picnic area and more.  And, this is a gated community for added privacy and security.

Questions on this lot or any other Lake Murray property or home?
Contact Mel Coker (a Lake Murray resident)
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007
Lake Murray MLS Search
Mel Coker's email

Thursday, October 9, 2014

RE/MAX 2.0 Personal Real Estate App

It's here now from Mel Coker - your Columbia and Lake Murray Realtor:
The updated RE/MAX real estate app.  It's FREE and it's state-of-the-art COOL!

3 Easy Steps:
  1. CLICK -
  3. Enter "melcoker" when app asks for "agent key"
Get the RE/MAX Search App from Mel Coker

Ready to BUY or RELOCATE?  Contact Mel Coker.  Life-long Columbia area resident.

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007
Columbia & Lake Murray MLS Search

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lake Murray Retirement

Ready for Retirement?  Planning for Retirement?

Consider Lake Murray.

Consumer Reports Magazine recently named South Carolina as one of the current top five places for retirement.   Lake Murray IS a great place to call home for retirement.

CLICK:  Mel's Columbia Retirement Page

What's GREAT about the Lake Murray area for retirement?
  • Friendly people
  • Reasonable home values
  • Reasonable cost of living and taxes
  • Lake Murray fishing & exploring
  • Downtown Columbia for shopping, dining and entertainment
  • Numerous Parks and Recreation opportunities
  • Nice weather!  Mild and typically snow free winters
  • Excellent hospitals and medical care facilities
  • And, more...

What MOVES You?  Retirement?  Call Mel Coker at (803) 318-2007.
Call Mel Coker. Drive straight to Lake Murray, SC.
Visit Mel's Websites:
Columbia MLS  |  Mel

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC

Monday, September 8, 2014

Please Keep Lake Murray Litter Free!

I have adopted an island on Lake Murray - Bear Island to work to keep it litter free.   I adopted the island as part of  the Keep the Midlands Beautiful Adopt-A-Waterway program.

My agreement means that I am responsible for visiting the island twice a year for two years to conduct a litter cleanup and then report my results.

I had my last cleanup in August 2014 (my wife, Barbara, provided assistance).  Unfortunately, I found a good bit of litter.  Most was found around several campsites on the island.   SCE&G, the owner of Lake Murray, allows camping (for FREE) on most islands in the lake.  With this free use of campsites, it is discouraging to find so much litter left behind by inconsiderate users of these beautiful islands on Lake Murray.

Always on your boat or on an island, please pack your own litter and if you see someone else's litter, please pick that up too.  Thank you.

Read about my Bear Island adoption here

Mel Coker Supports Adopt-a-Waterway

Mel Coker
Lake Murray Realtor & Resident
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007  |  Search Lake Murray MLS

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lake Murray Realtor - Mel Coker

Your Lake Murray Realtor..
Mel Coker (and Tiki) on Lake Murray

Your Lake Murray MLS Search Website

Your Lake Murray Information:  Website   |   Blog   |   Instagram

Your Lake Murray Real Estate HOTLINE:  (803) 318-2007

Mel Coker
Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, e-PRO, MilRES
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lake Murray Lot For Sale - Chapin

NEW Waterfront Lot Listing on Lake Murray:
239 Shady Acres Drive; Chapin, SC

This 1.76 acre waterfront lot has 303' on Lake Murray.  That is a lot of water frontage!  And, if
Mel Coker putting up FOR SALE sign on Lake Murray lot
you are looking for a build site that is NOT in a subdivision with HOA fees and rules, this is the lot for you.  There are nice homes in this quiet cove and you can build your home without restrictions.

There is a private dock in place, along with a concrete boat ramp.  The property is in the popular Chapin area with excellent nearby schools. 

Lake Murray was named by BOATING MAGAZINE as one of the TOP TEN LAKES IN THE UNITED STATES FOR BOATING AND LIVING.  Build your dream home here and get on the lake easily anytime.

Asking price:  $227,000 - Priced right to sell.
Current CMA Analysis:  Closed past 12 months similar attributes $280,499
Want more information?
Visit my Virtual Tour with pictures, property image and even more: 
Or, call Mel Coker at (803) 318-2007

When you are ready to BUY or SELL on Lake Murray, contact:
Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007  |  Lake Murray MLS Search

Friday, August 8, 2014

Lake Murray Multiple Listing Service Search

THE place to search for homes on or near Lake Murray:

Mel Coker is a life-long Columbia area resident and has lived on Lake Murray for the past 12 years. Mel was named LAKE MURRAY BEST REALTOR by readers of Lake Murray Life Magazine (March/April 2014).  Mel also owns and maintains this Lake Murray blog and a Lake Murray website.
Mel knows Lake Murray! 

Ready to BUY (or SELL) on or near Lake Murray?  Contact Mel Coker.  Call Mel NOW:  (803) 318-2007.

Mel Coker
Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, e-PRO, SRES, MilRES
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007  cell  |  (803) 932-2144  home office

Mel Coker SELLS Lake Murray!

Monday, August 4, 2014

2014 Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray

The biggest bass fishing tournament in the United States?  
It's the FORREST WOOD CUP and it will be hosted at beautiful LAKE MURRAY from August 14-17, 2014.

This is the second time for the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray.  This lake is a great lake for bass fishing & living!  Lake Murray was previously named in the Top Ten Lakes in the United States for Living & Boating by Boating Magazine.

CLICK HERE for Forrest Wood Cup Tournament Information

Randall Tharp proudly displays his first-place catch at the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup. (Photo by Kyle Wood).  Used with permission.

Television crews will film the event for later broadcast; the launch site daily is Dreher Island State Park; daily weigh-in is each afternoon at Colonial Life Arena in downtown Columbia.  This tournament has a $500,000 first prize!   And, there is more:  FREE Rodney Atkins concert, FLW expo with gear for sale and the Bass & BBQ festival.  More information, click here.

Want to possibly WIN a Ranger Bass Boat?   Click Here to enter the  Forrest Wood Cup Ranger Boat Giveaway presented by WCOS   (one entry per person - enter contest thru August 16, 2014)

Finally, if you visit and fall in love with beautiful Lake Murray, you may want to live on the lake.  I can help you with that!  I live on Lake Murray myself and really know Lake Murray.   Call, email or visit my website for further information.

Mel Coker

RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Named BEST REALTOR at Lake Murray - 2014
(803) 318-2007  |  email Mel Coker
Lake Murray MLS Search

Monday, July 28, 2014

Live Happy at LAKE MURRAY!

Do you live in an UNHAPPY CITY?  The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research just released a study with a listing of the unhappiest metro areas with a population of over one million.   Weather is a big factor in being happy and many of the 10 unhappiest areas have really cold and hard winters.  Another factor for stress in the unhappiest cities are high housing costs.  Some of the cities have severe economic struggles and are losing population.

The Top Ten Unhappiest Metro Areas:

1. New York, NY
2. Pittsburgh, PA
3. Louisville, KY
4. Milwaukee, WI
5. Detroit, MI
6. Indianapolis, IN
7. St. Louis, MO
8. Las Vegas, NV
9. Buffalo, NY
10. Philadelphia, PA

Mel's suggestion for a HAPPY PLACE TO LIVE: LAKE MURRAY, SC
Home on Lake Murray

Friendly people, reasonable home values and taxes, nice weather with mild winters (usually NO snow), highly rated school districts, good employment opportunities, exciting recreational opportunities, fun retirement living.

Lake Murray was also named as a "TOP TEN LAKE IN THE UNITED STATES FOR LIVING & BOATING" by a leading boating magazine.

Ready to move to Lake Murray?  Contact MEL COKER. 
Mel's Website
Mel Coker - Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, e-PRO
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lake Murray Fix-Up Home

Want a cottage on Lake Murray and have it looking great?
My NEW listing may be the right home for you!  This is a home asking for a renovation.

Waterfront on Lake Murray in the Hilton area (close-in) with a Chapin address:
315 Hair Point


Lake Murray Home Waiting For A Renovation

Buy this home at the right price, fix it up and you have a wonderful Lake Murray waterfront location for family fun.  This home has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in 1248 square feet.  There is a living room with fireplace and a large 7.5' x 48' screened porch.   There are pieces of a dock (dock approved) and boat ramp.  Don't delay - Contact Mel Coker today.  Offered at $210,000

For more details and pictures:   315 Hair Point Virtual Tour

Mel Coker at Lake Murray

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC
(803) 318-2007
Lake Murray MLS Search
Lake Murray Website

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mel Coker's Social Media Video

No, I don't Twit or Tweet, but, I do have a Facebook business page, have EyeJot video email and have two blogs, Instagram and a Youtube Channel.   Additionally, I have several websites for Columbia and Lake Murray and real estate information.

Mel Coker
Columbia & Lake Murray Realtor
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Search Lake Murray & Columbia MLS

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Buy a Lake Murray Home with a View!

I showed a home today with great value - can't share the address as I am not the listing agent... But, you wanna see this one?  4 Bedrooms, app. 3900 square feet, beautiful home inside and outside, fantastic location and incredible view and a pool.  Price?  Less than $750,000.  You need to move fast on seeing this home!

Call Mel Coker to see this home or any other Lake Murray home:  (803) 318-2007


Lake Murray Home With A Great View!

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lake Murray Restaurants

Where to eat on Lake Murray?
I've compiled a list of waterfront restaurants on Lake Murray.

Click Here to View my Lake Murray Restaurants

Want to print the list in PDF format (maybe put the list in your boat)?  Click Here

Mel Coker
Lake Murray Realtor
Search Lake Murray MLS
(803) 318-2007

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lake Murray's Dam - Dreher Shoals Dam

I rode my PWC to the Dreher Shoals Dam today (just over 9 miles from our lake home) and took a few pictures and then did a bit of photo enhancement.

Want to know more about this engineering marvel from 1930?
Visit my Dreher Shoals Dam web page

The dam length is approximately 1.7 miles long.  These towers supply water through the dam for the hydro plant.

Call Mel Coker to BUY or SELL at Lake Murray: (803) 318-2007

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC
Lake Murray Homes - MLS Search

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lake Murray Scenes

A few recent pictures by Mel Coker on Lake Murray...

Lake Murray Realtor
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Lake Murray MLS Search

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Lake Murray Summer 2014 Events

Upcoming Events at Lake Murray for Summer 2014:

4th of July Fireworks Celebration - June 28th - app. 9:15 p.m. on Lake Murray
More information

DriftJam - July 19th - Noon - Spence Island
More information

FLW Forrest Wood Cup - August 14-17 - Take off daily at Dreher Island State Park; weigh-in daily at Colonial Life Arena; Pro Day; Exhibitions and Demos, FREE Rodney Atkins concert
More Information

Lake Murray Stand Up Paddleboard Classic - September 27 - SCE&G Park Lexington side
More information

Mel Coker - Lake Murray Resident & Realtor

Information provided by:
Mel Coker - RE/MAX Realtor
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants

Ready to BUY or SELL on Lake Murray?  Contact Mel.
Internet - Lake Murray MLS Search
Telephone: (803) 318-2007

Friday, June 27, 2014

Lake Murray 4th of July Fireworks

is June 28, 2014 on Lake Murray, beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m.

This year is the 25th anniversary of South Carolina's largest fireworks display.  Don't miss it!

Fireworks are launched from TWO places - Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park.  The show is viewable by boat from most any place on the open central part of the lake - be careful please as this is the absolute heaviest boat traffic event/time on Lake Murray.  The show may also be viewed at either of the two parks at the Dreher Shoals dam ($3 per car until capacity is reached).   The walking path is also open at the dam for this event.

A patriotic concert  will air simultaneously on  B106.7 FM radio.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Great School District for Chapin area at Lake Murray

Considering Lake Murray for relo or retirement?
You may not need schools, but nice areas "drive" great schools.   The Chapin area is in Lexington Richland School District 5 and this school district is rated EXCELLENT in South Carolina.
Read about the district, awards and recognition here:  Lexington 5 School District

Ready to move to Lake Murray?

Contact Mel Coker at RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants:
(803) 318-2007
MLS Search for Lake Murray / Chapin

What's your hometown CHALK SCORE? 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Choose a Realtor at Lake Murray

REALTORS® are your community and Lake Murray experts.

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions we make. A REALTOR® can help guide you through the process.  Not everyone that sells real estate is a REALTOR!

Look for the R!

Ready to select a real estate agent for buying, selling or relocation assistance?

Realtor ad - circa 1956

Mel Coker IS a Realtor and has been a professional REALTOR every day of his 16 year career.  Mel knows Lake Murray... and Mel lives on Lake Murray.
Click Here:  Not All Real Estate Agents Are the Same!

Mel Coker
Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, e-PRO, MilRES
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007

Internet - Lake Murray MLS Search
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Living on Lake Murray

Want to live on beautiful Lake Murray?  I can help.

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007   |

Lake Murray has been named, by BOATING MAGAZINE, as one of the TOP TEN lakes in the United States for living and boating!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Lake Murray Images

Images from our time on the lake yesterday.  Lake Murray living is GREAT!

Lake Murray View from Our Home

A Late Afternoon Boat Ride

Call Mel Coker to BUY or SELL on or near Lake Murray.

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants - Chapin, SC
(803) 318-2007  |  email

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lake Murray - A Great Place to Live

It's always a beautiful day at Lake Murray!

A Spring Day at Lake Murray

Ready to live on or near Lake Murray?  CLICK for my new MLS Search site.

Call Mel Coker for answers to questions or to have home listings sent your way:
(803) 318-2007

More Lake Murray information:
Lake Murray Website

Mel Coker
Realtor & Lake Murray Resident
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
Chapin, SC

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lake Murray Waterfront Restaurants

Where to EAT on LAKE MURRAY?
Warm weather means boating and eating at Lake Murray!  View my just updated web page for a list of restaurants on the lake:

Barbara at Buffalo Creek Marina - May 2010

Mel Coker
Lake Murray Realtor and Resident 
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
SEARCH Lake Murray Homes  |
(803) 318-2007

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring is Here at Lake Murray

Springtime at Lake Murray!

Here is a look at water levels, air temperatures, and water temperatures at Lake Murray.

Lake Murray Elevations: January 1, 2014 - March 28, 2014

Water Elevation at Lake Murray:  Typical low point for the winter months is 354-355' elevation.  Typical high level for the spring and summer months is 358-359' elevation.  Today's elevation is 357.97'.

We have had a bit of lower temperatures and more precipitation this past winter and early spring than normal.  However, warmer temperatures are on the way.
Avg. Historical Temps (day/night avg):
January: 44.1
February: 48.0
March: 54.9
April: 62.4 - Daytime high average: 74.2

The average water temperature is rising also.  The historical average top water temperature in January is 52.1 degrees and the April average is 62.4 degrees.

And, April showers?  Not really.  March has an average precipitation of 4.42 inches with an actual so far this month of 3.7 inches (the 4th wettest month) and April has an average precipitation of only 3.26 inches.

Warm weather means more fun at Lake Murray.   Ready to move?  Contact Mel Coker at RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants! 

Barbara and Tiki out on the kayak

Barbara on PWC with Dreher Shoals Dam and S.C. Highway 6 in background

Our neighbor Cole surfs on Lake Murray.  Really Cool.

Kelly on the wakeboard

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007  |  email
Lake Murray MLS Search

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Retirement to Lake Murray

What MOVES YOU?  How about retirement to Lake Murray, SC?

Yes, LAKE MURRAY is a wonderful place for retirement.  BOATING MAGAZINE has named Lake Murray as one of the TOP TEN lakes in the United States for Living and Boating.    We have nice weather, excellent home values, reasonable taxes and friendly people here.  It's a fantastic place to live in the South!  Ready to move to Lake Murray or near Lake Murray?  Contact Mel Coker - named BEST Realtor at Lake Murray by readers of Lake Murray Life Magazine.

Mel Coker
Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, e-PRO, MilRES
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants
(803) 318-2007  |  email

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mel Coker - Lake Murray Realtor in Chapin, SC

I am now HERE: RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants in Chapin, SC.

Call (803) 318-2007 or email or visit my website for any Lake Murray or other Greater Columbia real estate information.

Mel Coker at RE/MAX office in Chapin, SC  - close to Beautiful Lake Murray