Buildings old and new have become the condos and apartments that brought residential life to the Vista, particularly after the Publix grocery store opened in 2004.
So who lives here?
When Rebecca Roser took over a friend’s lease at an apartment in Vista Commons on Pulaski Street, the Columbia attorney thought she would be there for as long as it took her to find a house to buy in the area.
“Six years later and I’m still there,” Roser says.
The location and all that comes with it are just too good to pass up, Roser says.
“It’s convenient to my office, to restaurants, to downtown in general.”
Now when her friends want to go out, they usually meet at her place – a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment just minutes from nightspots, shopping and dining.
“I love living (in the Vista),” she says. “I can’t imagine living anywhere else as long as I’m in Columbia.”
Sheilah Dixon says that when her real estate agent first mentioned living in the Vista, her first thought was, “No, not for me.”
The owner of Columbia’s Millie Lewis model and talent agency wasn’t sure she wanted to be near what she called “the party life” of the Vista.
But when Dixon visited the City Club on Gervais Street and saw what developers had done to the historic Middleton Building, in the heart of the development, she knew she was home.
The building, which once housed state Budget and Control Board offices, had been turned into condominiums with high ceilings and hardwood floors. Surrounding the building were 29 stately town homes in close proximity to the State Museum, restaurants, art galleries and shops.
Dixon was immediately attracted to the development as well as City Club’s pool, fitness center and putting green. And being close to the Riverwalk doesn’t hurt, either.
“I feel like I’m on vacation all the time,” she said.