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Welcome to Your Next Home: Greenville, South Carolina!
Searching for the perfect place to put down roots? Look no further than beautiful Greenville, South Carolina. Nestled in the rolling foothills, it only takes a little over an hour’s drive until you are in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. More of a beach bum? Hop on I-26 and three hours later you’ll have your pick of sandy beaches from Isle of Palms to Folly, right outside historic Charleston. Plus, living in Greenville also means you are only a couple hours from Atlanta, Charlotte and Knoxville.
One of the fastest growing cities in South Carolina and surrounded by Fountain Inn, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Taylors, Greer, Easley, Duncan/Moore and Travelers Rest, as of 2013 the population of Greenville county was 474,266 with 61,397 of those residents living within the Greenville city limits.
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Greenville to be an outstanding area for those seeking employment, no matter what the field. German automaker BMW started production seven miles east of downtown Greenville in 1994 and has grown from 2,000 employees building 6,500 cars annually to currently 7,000 workers completing 25,000 vehicles. Along with the BMW plant approximately 50 auxiliary businesses have moved to the Greenville area adding another 16,000 employment opportunities. Divisions of General Electric, Honeywell, Bosch Rexroth, Samsung, Mitsubishi Polyester Film and TD Bank also call the Upstate home.
Health care options are a serious consideration to everyone from growing families with young children to retirees. Greenville is home to two separate hospital systems both with a complete roster of dedicated physicians. Greenville Health System, in partnership with the University of South Carolina, now supports the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, a four year medical school and residency program located at the main hospital campus.
Greenville has one of the highest ranked public school systems in all of South Carolina and includes the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities as well as numerous private and religious educational options. For higher education, nationally ranked Furman University is right up the road in Travelers Rest while Clemson University is a short drive down I-85 and in addition to University of South Carolina campuses located throughout the Upstate, the main campus is less than two hours away. There are also numerous nationally recognized institutions of higher learning including Brown Mackie College, Strayer University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to select from. Religious and theological institutions abound here in the Upstate. Bob Jones University was established in 1927 in Florida by Bob Jones, Sr. with the Greenville campus opening in the mid 1940’s. Now one of the leading religious institutions in the country, BJU also offers a private Christian day school for grades K through 12.
Weather is always a major consideration and if you prefer an area where you can experience true seasons, then Greenville needs to be your next home. Gently tucked away on the eastern slope of the southern Appalachian Mountains the Upstate is protected from those bitter cold northern winds. Our summers are warm with relatively cool nights and continuous days of sweltering heat are rare. Summer segues easily into fall, making a day trip to the mountains for apple picking the perfect fun family activity. When the holidays roll around so does the colder weather and as during the summer, extreme temperatures are unusual. Thermometers in Greenville only register below freezing a couple times during the season. Much to the kids’ enjoyment, snow does fall on occasion, and generally is gone before they get bored. Rainfall is plentiful throughout the entire year, keeping the Reedy River full and the surrounding countryside lush and green.
Because of this temperate weather, our area is host to a plethora of outdoor activities, from hiking, rafting and cycling to both amateur and professional sports. Home to the class A minor league Greenville Drive and the ECHL affiliated Swamp Rabbits hockey team, both arenas are located in downtown Greenville, with the Drive playing at Fluor Field at the West End and the Swamp Rabbits holding court at the Bon Secours Wellness Center. From softball leagues to basketball, lacrosse to soccer, teams for all ages are conveniently located across the county. There is also a vibrant YMCA system with six branches while the Greenville County Rec department features over 40 different parks. The Pavilion Recreation Center provides both indoor and outdoor recreation options including a full-sized ice rink for skating and hockey. And then there is one of Greenville’s most popular attractions: the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
Swamp Rabbit Trail
Opened in 2009 after years in the making, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is located along an abandoned railway system that began life in 1889. The Greenville County Economic Development Corporation acquired the rail line and in 2007 the trail was put under the umbrella of the Greenville Country Rec Department. Now six years later, the trail runs from Travelers Rest through downtown Greenville, ending at South Pleasantburg Drive near Greenville Technical College. It picks back up in Mauldin with plans in the works to connect the separate trails and expand into other areas of the county. Now almost 20 miles long, Swamp Rabbit Trail welcomes over 500,000 people annually to walk, jog and bike and hosts numerous special events year round.
Arts and Culture
What would a town be without art and culture? In addition to the Greenville Little Theater and the Greenville Children’s Little Theater, The Warehouse Theater has been thriving in a converted textile warehouse at the entrance to Greenville’s Historic West End District for decades. In addition to staging over a dozen plays throughout the year, they are dedicated to introducing theater to children grades K through 12 and also host and produce The Upstate Shakespeare Festival at Falls Park each year. Located in the heart of downtown is Centre Stage offering a wide variety of entertainment throughout the season. Song and dance more your cup of tea? Check out the Carolina Ballet Theatre, Greenville Chorale, and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.
Many of today’s hottest recording artists can be enjoyed at the Bon Secours Wellness Center while at the Peace Center; you have your choice of Broadway shows, musical acts, comedians and other performing artists. Drawn to our easy proximity between Charlotte and Atlanta, many of these artists also love performing in Greenville because of our gorgeous and vibrant downtown.
Each May downtown Greenville comes even more alive when Artisphere kicks off. Established in 2005, Artisphere draws from a pool of acclaimed artists from all over the United States, vying to be selected to participate in this award-winning three day event. And Artisphere isn’t the only downtown festival drawing attention. Fall for Greenville always kicks off the beginning of cooler weather with lots of food, fun and friends…not to mention music. Billed as the largest food and music festival in the Upstate, for many, this event is the beginning of the holiday season.
Downtown and Falls Park
Like many communities across the United States, downtown Greenville began losing its Mayberry like feel during the 1970's as retail, dining and entertainment moved to the suburbs. Long before this occurred, Greenville’s greatest treasure, the Reedy River had already been abandoned. Overgrown, with its banks lined with debris and teeming with polluted water, insult was added to injury when in 1960 the Camperdown Way Bridge, a four lane concrete overpass was constructed over the river, visually and physically blocking both the magnificent falls and the unsightly mess. The Reedy River was left unseen and untouched by human hands, except for the vagrants that called the surrounding wooded valley home, until 1967 when the Carolina Foothills Garden Club decided it was time to reclaim the falls. Land was donated, a park established and in the mid 1980’s the city, in conjunction with their vision of revitalizing downtown Greenville, introduced a master plan for Falls Park. Working to bring this vision to fruition, the concept of transforming the falls into an urban family friendly attraction began to take hold. Studies showed the Camperdown Bridge was not only visually unappealing to the general public but was also woefully underutilized and so Greenville petitioned the Federal Highway Administration to tear the bridge down and replace it with a 345 foot curved bridge held in place by supporting cables located on the exterior of the curve allowing a clear and unparallel view of the falls below. Now considered by many to be Greenville’s crowning jewel, the Falls Park award winning Liberty Bridge is surrounded by walking trails, blooming gardens and cozy benches perfect for relaxing and people watching. During warm weather the banks of the Reedy River come alive with everyone from young lovers to families enjoying Sunday afternoon picnics and is the ideal place for relaxing with a good book or just stretching out and catching the afternoon sun.
The downtown area, once home to vacant store fronts and shady characters has now once again become a welcoming area full of funky retail shops, office space, locally owned restaurants and coffee shops, name brand hotels, artist studios and unique housing opportunities including both new construction and renovated condominiums and apartments. Putting the finishing touch on this picture perfect downtown are leafy shade trees, life-size sculptures of well-known Greenvillians, park benches and people…lots and lots of people.
For those who choose to call downtown Greenville home, there is a wide selection of condominiums and older well-established neighborhoods to select from. And just because you live downtown doesn’t mean you miss out on the conveniences enjoyed in the suburbs. The downtown area includes a 24 hour fitness center, CVS drugstore and Publix grocery store along with dry cleaners, medical and dentist’s offices, the main branch of the Greenville Public Library system and so many outstanding restaurants featuring a wide variety of menu options, that brand new kitchen may never get used!
Looking for a specific style of home or neighborhood? Look no further than beautiful Greenville! From East Park, Hampton-Pinckney and Pettigru historic homes, to the classic Craftsman cottages found in Overbrook, Greenville even boasts a custom Frank Lloyd Wright home, one of only two designed here in South Carolina. Perhaps you are searching for the quintessential 1950’s “Leave it to Beaver” neighborhood full of towering leafy oaks surrounding wide kid-friendly streets and homes full of young families. No matter what side of town you choose to call home, your only obstacle will be making a decision from the numerous options. Along with these established neighborhoods, newer enclaves complete with amenities including tennis courts, swimming pools and clubhouses can be found all over Greenville County. Want to restore an older mill house? Or perhaps you prefer a completely restored condo inside a historic turn of the century textile mill? The Greenville housing market offers both at affordable prices.
Interested in learning more about some of Greenville’s smaller bedroom communities? Please click on each town below for additional information. Or maybe you already call Greenville home and are considering a change of scenery. Ritter International Realty can assist with all your housing needs. Call us today at (864) 978-7709 to speak with an agent.