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A Home with a Heart — and a History

Every home has a story, and no two are ever the same, but the story behind the house at 317 River Birch Drive in Seneca has an extra special twist.

Front of home

Though the four acres it rests on are within walking distance of Lake Keowee, they’re unrestricted. There are no HOA fees or limitations to what can be built on the property. Built with love and a purpose in 1979, the beautiful ranch style home has been well cared for since day one. It’s also taken care of its fair share of people as well. What Oconee County now knows as The Collins Children’s Home had its humble beginnings in this 5,000 square foot 3-bedroom home. It also has an attached, handicap-accessible In-Law Suite that could also be used for a college student who wants a little extra privacy.

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The main level features two separate living areas and a very spacious eat-in kitchen with enough room and counterspace for all the helping hands your house can hold. You’ll be more than prepared to host for the holidays are invite the whole class over for birthdays. When it’s warm out, you can be the hostess with the mostess and entertain crowds on the large deck. The mess stays outside and kids and pets are free to roam within the fenced-in yard so they stay in sight.

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Two guest bedrooms on the main level have spacious closets and share a full bathroom, and the oversized Owners’ Suite awaits you at the end of a long day. There’s plenty of room to relax, as well as a makeup area, walk-in closet and private deck. A storage nook — formerly the hot tub room — can be used as you see fit. The In-Law Suite connects off this bedroom and can be closed off for privacy or left open for quick access. The exterior door still means access is blocked from the outside.

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The walkout basement of 317 River Birch Drive is where the possibilities of this home present themselves. Another large living area with built-in bookcases provides ample space to hang out, and two full bathrooms offer additional privacy for guests. Need a craft room or library? How about a media room or workout area? With four flex rooms in the basement, the options are nearly endless. Granted, putting a guest bed in one works just as well, but a Foosball room sounds pretty cool, too.

The large, wooded yard has various storage buildings for outdoor equipment and keeping firewood dry, as well as a barbecue pit and another small house on the property. With this much land and square footage near the lake, we’re excited to find the right buyer for this home


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