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Real Talk Real Estate: Pickleball: A Phenomenon of Abundant Growth and Community Connection

In my short lifetime, few activities have surged in popularity like pickleball. This fast-paced, easy-to-learn game has taken communities by storm. It’s become so popular, that a few of our subdivisions have added their own courts directly supporting its abundant growth.

Do you know the story of how pickleball began? In the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a picturesque location near Seattle, Washington, this sport was invented. Three fathers were searching for a way to entertain their families. They improvised, playing a game combining elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong using makeshift equipment. The game was played on a converted badminton court, and the first paddles were crafted from plywood.

This whimsically named sport was said to be named after a family dog “Pickle.” In the 1970’s, after gaining momentum, it found its way to all sorts of community centers across the United States. The game’s adaptability for players of various ages and skill levels contributed to its widespread appeal.

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While pickleball has been around for decades, it is now the fastest-growing sport in the nation for the fifth consecutive year in a row. The sport’s adaptability to different surfaces, including tennis courts and dedicated pickleball courts, further fuels its growth.

The sport is easy to learn, making it inviting for newcomers of all ages. The simple rules and quick learning curve contribute to a sense of inclusivity, allowing players to enjoy the game without extensive training.

Pickleball is not just a sport; it’s a social activity that fosters community connections. Many players find the camaraderie on the court as appealing as the game itself. The sport can bring people together for friendly matches and tournaments, thus solidifying its place in community life. Which is why I wanted to tell you about local home communities that offer pickleball courts to their residents.

Here in the CSRA, pickleball is highly revered and a lot of fun! Our weather allows for it to be enjoyed year-round and there are 5 popular subdivisions I know of that have pickleball courts today.

Windmill Plantation pickleball court

In Richmond County, Forest Hills and Montclair have dedicated pickleball courts. There are 7 homes for sale combined in these neighborhoods. Prices range from 260K- 499K. I think Montclair may be the only truly private court located in our area.

In Aiken County, Houndslake Country Club has courts. There are 4 homes for sale, priced at an average of $160 per square foot. There may also be an additional expense for residents to join this club.

In Columbia County, you will find them in Windmill Plantation and Northwood. There are only 4 homes for sale within these neighborhoods. The smallest home measures just over 2700 square feet. For a few more options here, I want to give honorable mentions to the Columbia County Racquet Center located off The Pass and Blanchard Woods Park because they are flanked by residential communities, giving excellent access to the adjacent homes, priced very affordable for starting homes and bigger budgets alike.

All in all, I have found that the number of locations available to play this all-inclusive sport here in the Augusta area is growing extremely fast. If your community has tennis courts, be prepared to see them converted, given the surge, it’s probably a wise use of the space.

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