West of Columbia, the suburban areas of Irmo and Lexington offer an array of neighborhoods ranging widely in price. The I-26 interstate provides direct access to and from this densely populated area and its shopping malls and centers that include Columbiana Centre Shopping Mall and Nordstrom Rack. Among the newer developments is the award-winning Saluda River Club, named America’s best new community and located across the Saluda River from the Columbiana Centre Shopping Mall on miles of rolling acreage that was former farmland. Beyond Irmo and closer in areas lies the bulk of Lexington County, a formerly sleepy farming town and county now bustling with many subdivisions, neighborhoods, and commercial development. Total population in Lexington County now approaches 300,000. Lexington County offers plenty of options for homeowners regardless of price range.