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Maybe you’re sending your last kid off to college and becoming an empty nester, which gives you a whole new perspective on Greenville. Perhaps you’re being relocated here, and everything about Greenville is new to you. Or maybe you’re retiring, and you want to work as hard at having fun as you did making a living. It’s all here for you. Greenville County is home to over 320,000 individuals, with a growth rate of 1.9 percent annually. That’s close to 9,000 new people calling Greenville home every year.
In 2010, Fortune Magazine named Greenville the No. 4 place to retire, which comes as no surprise to anyone who’s spent time in our city. Located between the mountains and the beach, Greenville is the best of both worlds. Whether you’re retiring in our beautiful city or relocating here, Greenville makes it easy to become an active member of the community.
We’ve compiled some ways to get plugged into all that Greenville has to offer.
Indulge in Greenville’s culinary treasures
Just a quick stroll through the TD Saturday Market or Travelers Rest Farmers Market showcases the plethora of farms and locally sourced products in Greenville. Because of the large amount of farms, restaurants have no excuse to not tap into the farm-to- table trend.
Almost weekly, we get an announcement of a locally sourced restaurant opening in Greenville like GB&D and Bacon Brothers. Local is always better.
Life Long Learning
The Osher Life Long Learning Institute or OLLI, is perhaps THE best way for retirees to plug into Greenville, where you quite literally learn something new every day, and make life long friends based on shared interests. Furman University’s incredibly successful OLLI program www.furman.edu/sites/OLLI/ features college level courses of all kinds, taught by retired professors.
There are several public/private golf options, and we have nearly year round golf weather,
Cherokee Valley Golf Club: For a more scenic course in the mountains.
Pebble Creek Country Club: For a hidden course just 10 minutes north of Greenville
The Preserve at Verdae: For something inside the Greenville-area
Get involved in one of Greenville County’s community gardens Carolina Foothills Gardening Club. They’ve been around since 1938 and take part in a lot of community projects including Pedrick’s Garden at Falls Park
Join Garden for Good- a program that plants community gardens that help with neighborhood redevelopment efforts
- Tennis is practically a religion in the Upstate, and The Upper Piedmont Tennis Association (UPTA) is the best way to “get saved.” it truly is a year round sport in these parts. Visit www.upta.usta.com/ to find local tennis clubs, lessons, teams, and tournaments for all levels.
Get on the trails
Greenville is home to the nearly 20 mile GHS Swamp Rabbit cycling, walking, and jogging trail greenvillerec.com/swamprabbit/maps/ that winds through endless greenery. Whether it’s your drive home on 385 with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains or planning a trip to one of South Carolina’s six national parks, we’ve got plenty of nature to appreciate if that’s what you’re looking for.
Create your home
The median home price for Greenville is $149,900 (the national median is $284,000) making Greenville a no-brainer in terms of cost of living. But one of the hardest parts of relocating is the actual moving part.
Finding a house in a new city and packing everything you own sounds nothing less than daunting, but Greenville has talent too. AugustaRoad.com Realty, LLC’s founder Joan Herlong has earned the rank of Greenville’s Number One Realtor for the past four years in a row. Today, she and the 15 other great Realtors at AugustaRoad.com specialize in making your transition within Greenville or to Greenville a little easier. Joan was a newcomer herself 27 years ago, and with 24 years of experience and expertise under her belt, she’s not only seen Greenville grow, she’s been part that growth.
Greenville’s got more to offer than we have space to talk about it, so come check it out for yourself!