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The Woodlands at Furman breaks ground on Villas

Oct 13, 2017 08:21AM ● By Emily Stevenson

The Woodlands at Furman broke ground on 28 new homes Thursday that will be part of the continuing care retirement community’s Villas project.

The Villas will be located on the southern end of the Woodlands’ 22-acre campus with 12 of them directly on the 17th tee at the Furman University Golf Course, said Kevin Parker, The Woodlands’ executive director.  There will be four plans to choose from ranging from 2,200 to 2,800 square feet.

“The Woodlands has become synonymous with being forward thinking and proactive when it comes to offering new concepts for how retirement in the Upstate and the Southeast in general can work,” Parker said. “The Villas is an exciting step to the future of what we can offer our aging population.”

Ben Deibler, The Woodlands’ board chairman, said the Villas are being built to meet the needs of current and future community members. That means the Villas will be among the most high tech retirement communities in the region. 

Each Villa will include power blinds, Alexa voice control, a golf cart and golf cart garage, docking station for an electric vehicle, and IPad that connects directly into the Woodlands’ system so residents can place work orders, Deibler said.

“We want this to be a state-of-the art project,” he said. “This is the first time this kind of detail will go into senior housing in the Upstate.”

In addition, each Villa will include accents such as marble counter tops, all wood finishings and ceramic tiles in the bathroom, Parker said. Residents also will have full access to the amenities that community members get at the main Woodlands facility such as a meal plan, housekeeping, residence maintenance and healthcare staff.

“As baby boomers enter retirement, they want to continue their tech savvy, active lifestyle, but also need to know that their changing healthcare needs can be met,” said Parker. “With the Villas, we are offering a luxurious transition to retirement with the added security of resources available for the future.”

About The Woodlands at Furman:

The Woodlands at Furman is a premier non-profit continuing care retirement community owned and operated by a local board of directors and managed professionally by Greystone. The 22-acre campus is located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail adjacent to Furman University. It offers all four level of continuing care housing with the added financial assurance of Life Care. Residents enjoy a wide range of amenities - enabling them to continue an active and engaged lifestyle. For more information, please visit