Simpsonville

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Simpsonville in a Nutshell

Simpsonville has been named one of the ten best cities in the U.S. for families by Family Circle Magazine and is also known for its affordable cost of living. A mere 15 miles from downtown Greenville, Simpsonville is a perfect blend between metropolitan lifestyle and suburban quietness. Simpsonville is also a place where many local businesses thrive, offering some of the area’s best in shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Residential Life

Life in Simpsonville is great for families and entrepreneurs. Its affordability draws in residents looking to work and live in Greenville County and the Upstate of South Carolina. Residents enjoy conveniently located shopping areas and benefit from great medical facilities like Hillcrest Memorial Hospital. With a focus on outdoor spaces and community building, Simpsonville hosts many events at the Heritage Park Amphitheatre each year.

Attractions

Aside from the Heritage Park Amphitheatre, which has hosted major award-winning musicians such as Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons, and Darius Rucker, Simpsonville has many great attractions, including Discovery Island Waterpark. Restaurants in the area include everything from include American, Italian, and Mexican to Thai, German, and Cuban.

Commerce

Booming business growth in the Simpsonville area has led to one of the lowest unemployment rates in Greenville County over the past few years. Home to larger corporations, industrial companies, and small local businesses, the work force in Simpsonville is as diverse as its residents are.

Schools

Simpsonville’s academic standard is high with great schools such as Plain Elementary School, Bryson Elementary School, Brashier Middle College Charter School, and Monarch Elementary School. Academia in Simpsonville is focused on quality education and physical fitness.

Easley

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Easley in a Nutshell

Easley is perhaps most well known for it’s small-town atmosphere and family-focused attractions and events. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and by lakes Hartwell, Keowee, and Jocassee on every side, Easley is a hub amidst some of the Upstate’s most beautiful natural scenery. Downtown Easley is small yet charming, offering a handful of dining and shopping experiences unique to the area.

Residential Life

Life in Easley is a blend of suburban and rural, offering residents everything from upscale housing developments and neighborhoods to large plots of land perfect for agricultural expansion. The bulk of the city’s shopping and dining are all conveniently located on Highway 123, with stores like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kohl’s, Academy Sports and Outdoors, and more.

Attractions

Easley is widely known for two major attractions each year: the Upper South Carolina State Fair and the Big League World Series, both events focused on local family fun and entertainment. In addition to these activities, Easley also holds a downtown farmers market each Saturday during the summer, where visitors can purchase locally grown produce, dairy, and poultry and can also browse offerings by  artisans in the area. Because of Easley’s geographical location, many great outdoor activities and attractions are within a short drive, including hiking at Glassy Mountain and swimming/fishing at any one of the several lakes in the area.

Commerce

With many great retailers and businesses in the area, commerce in Easley is booming. Headquarters for larger corporations like Yokohama Industries Americas and St. Jude Medical can be found in Easley as well as manufacturing and automotive businesses.

Schools

Easley is home to several of the area’s top-rated elementary schools, including
East End Elementary School, Forest Acres Elementary School, and Crosswell Elementary School. Easley’s Richard H. Gettys Middle School and Easley High School offer great academic programs with focuses on quality education and community development.

Travelers Rest

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Travelers Rest in a Nutshell

Travelers Rest, known by locals as “TR,” boasts a best-of-both-worlds lifestyle with a small-town feel and convenient access to major Greenville County attractions. The area is nestled at the intersection of Highways 25 and 276, a nearby drive to some of the Upstate’s most gorgeous scenic views and as such is home to many local farms. Life in “TR” is slow-paced, and that’s exactly the reason locals love it.

Residential Life

Travelers Rest’s more rural setting is spread expansively across nearly 5 square miles; however, attractions and necessities are all located within close proximity of each other. Everything from major supermarkets to locally-owned boutiques and shops offer residents an abundance of options. In addition, the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 19.9-mile rail trail that draws bicyclists from across the nation, plays a major role in “TR” life, as well as major colleges in the area, Furman University and North Greenville University.

Attractions

The Swamp Rabbit Trail is one of Travelers Rest’s most well-known attractions, running directly along the “TR” downtown strip, which is home to some of the best restaurants and cafes in the area. Additionally, Paris Mountain State Park offers a great nature-focused atmosphere, as well as other nearby attractions such as Table Rock State Park, Caesar’s Head State Park, and Bald Rock National Park.

Commerce

Much like the Taylors area, Travelers Rest is home to many self-starters, artisans, and business owners of all kinds. The area also draws in professors and teachers, being conveniently located to two major South Carolina universities. Many of the jobs created in Travelers Rest are in the agricultural, medical, and academic industries.

Schools

Schools in the Travelers Rest area are mid-ranked in comparison to other Greenville County areas. Despite its more expansive size, Travelers Rest is home to only four public schools: Gateway Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School, Northwest Middle School, and Travelers Rest High School.

Greer

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Greer in a Nutshell

In recent years, Greer has made a name for itself with its lively downtown area, its consistent stream of events and activities, and its thriving arts scene. Greer has become one of the South’s fastest growing cities—and understandably so. With the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in its backyard, Greer is a hub for travelers and tourists alike. But at the heart of all the hustle and bustle, Greer is focused on a family-friendly atmosphere created by dedicated citizens and local business owners.

Residential Life

Life in Greer is primarily suburban. With shopping centers, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other basic necessities a mere 10-minute drive from virtually anywhere in the area, Greer is both convenient for residential life and built for it. Located almost directly between Greenville and Spartanburg, Greer is also a short drive to many major attractions in the Upstate.

Attractions

Greer’s downtown area, also known as Greer Station, is a go-to place for locals, visitors, and tourists looking for great food, eclectic shopping, and a taste of South Carolina history (Greer Station has more than 40 buildings on the National Historic Register). Residents of Greer often spend time at Greer City Park, a perfect gathering place for families and friends and also a regular venue for events such as the annual Freedom Blast, summertime Moonlight Movie series, and the Greer Goes Global International Festival. Greer is also nearby HollyWild Animal Park and Shipwreck Cove Family Waterpark.

Commerce

Long-time home to international corporations like BMW Manufacturing Company and Mitsubishi Polyester Inc., Greer draws many new residents to the area each month with its bustling commerce. In addition, hundreds of family-owned and locally operated businesses have found success in Greer due to its rapid growth and local loyalty.

Schools

Much like Downtown Greenville, Greer is known for its great education and school system. Greer is home to many top-ranked schools, including Buena Vista Elementary School, Greer Middle College Charter High School, and Riverside High School.

Taylors

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Taylors in a Nutshell

The town of Taylors is built around one of the area’s most well-known golf communities Pebble Creek Country Club, a 500-acre semi-private course surrounded by housing developments and residential scenery. While not incorporated as a city, Taylors is the area’s largest suburb, which lends to the town’s constant development of shopping centers, attractions, and restaurants. Taylor is also home to dozens of the area’s most prominent artists and hosts its First Friday Gallery Crawl at the Taylors Mill, a historic warehouse transformed into an eclectic collection of shops, coffee roasters, and artists’ studios.

Residential Life

Lacking a traditional downtown location, Taylors offers residents a much quieter lifestyle than its neighboring areas of Downtown Greenville and Greer on either side. The area is abundant in outdoor spaces such as public parks, golf courses, and lakes. Taylors, like many other areas in Greenville County, has its own abundant collection of shopping centers, grocery stores, and restaurants.

Attractions

In addition to Pebble Creek Country Club, residents of the Taylors area enjoy public parks and swimming at Lakes Robinson and Cunningham. Within close proximity to Taylors, Paris Mountain State Park is also a major attraction to locals and visitors seeking an outdoor adventure. Taylors residents also spend time at the Taylors Mill, home to Due South Coffee Roasters, Ally Brazilian Coffee Merchants, and the Taylors Farmers Market during summer months.

Commerce

The Taylors area is home to many entrepreneurs, craftsmen, and creatives and is particularly satiated with start-up businesses of all kinds. Taylors is also rich in industrial opportunities with many factories and warehouses in the area. Taylors residents often commute to workplaces in surrounding areas, as the town is conveniently located between Downtown Greenville, Greer, and Simpsonville.

Schools

With nearly more than ten public, charter, and private schools in the Taylors area, academic choices are vast. All schools in Taylors are top-ranking schools in comparison to the greater Greenville area, with well-known institutions such as Brushy Creek Elementary School, Northwood Middle School, and Greer Middle College Charter High School.

East Greenville

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East Greenville in a Nutshell

East Greenville, comprised primarily of cities Mauldin and Five Forks, is a metropolitan area in Greenville County comprised of many of the area’s most well-known shopping areas, event venues, hotels, and special events. Also known as “the Eastside,” East Greenville is busy in every sense of the word and is fast-growing, as many of the cities in Greenville County are. East Greenville is home to many of the area’s most affluent neighborhoods and communities, as well as being a major hub for travelers due to its close proximity to Interstates 85, 385, and 185.

Residential Life

East Greenville is most well-known for its busy roadways and many shopping centers. With the area’s largest retailers all within a ten minute drive, the area is a popular attraction for Greenville County residents. Upscale neighborhoods and communities predominantly define the area’s residential life, with East Greenville having one of the Upstate’s highest median incomes. The area is built around the major interstates nearby and therefore is densely populated with all of the most convenient solutions to everyday necessities.

Attractions

Of the most popular attractions in East Greenville, the Haywood Mall and Roper Mountain Science Center are at the top of the list. East Greenville has a wide variety of attractions to offer, including countless golf courses, The Shops at Greenridge, and the Mauldin Cultural Center.

Commerce

East Greenville is the heart of Greenville County’s commerce. With major headquarters for corporations like AMECO, Verizon Wireless, General Electric, Hubbell Lighting Inc., and Sage Automotive Interiors, East Greenville is the area’s most prominently concentrated business hub. New businesses open every day in the area, which has lead to new job opportunities and thus massive growth in residence over the past few years.

Schools

East Greenville, like Greer and Downtown Greenville, is a forerunner in academic success in Greenville County. Great charter schools and public schools such as Lead Academy Charter School, Langston Charter Middle School, Monarch Elementary School, Bethel Elementary School, and Greenville Technical Charter High School set the standard for excellent academia in Greenville County.

Downtown

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Downtown in a Nutshell

When it comes to great dining, entertainment, and shopping, Downtown Greenville is hard to beat. Known across the Upstate for its countless seasonal festivals, esteemed theatre and performance venues, and an eclectic atmosphere, Greenville’s Downtown area is always alive with locals and visitors gathering together for unforgettable experiences. Perhaps most well-known of the downtown attractions is Falls Park, home to both Reedy River Falls and the Liberty Bridge. Overall, the downtown area is a vibrant and welcoming place, perfect for those seeking to build community with others.

Residential Life

Downtown Greenville is surrounded on all sides by historic neighborhoods and upscale living. Known most popularly are the North Main and Augusta neighborhoods, each attracting residents with their charming, suburban atmospheres and extremely close proximities to Main Street. In addition, the area is home to some of the most luxurious lofts and condominiums in the city. Whether you’re looking for a residence in the heart of the city or a quieter neighborhood, Downtown Greenville has something for everybody.

Attractions

Greenville’s Main Street is filled with great dining, shopping, and entertainment, including the Peace Center, the Greenville Drive’s Fluor Field, and the historic Arts District, The West Village of Greenville. Dine out at some of the area’s greatest restaurants, such as Rick Erwin’s, Smoke on the Water, and Halls Chophouse. In addition to the many public art exhibits on Main Street, visitors can get a taste for Greenville’s art scene at the Greenville County Museum of Art, Art Crossing at River Place, and the Metropolitan Arts Council. Downtown is also home to great attractions like the Greenville Zoo, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, and Dark Corner Distillery. Staying true to its nature, Downtown Greenville has something to offer for everybody.

Commerce

Downtown Greenville’s business scene is bustling with entrepreneurs and creative minds looking to make an impact on the city. Downtown is home to great corporations like Michelin North America, Fluor Corporation, and AMECO, but it is also filled with thriving small businesses and innovative local businesspeople who keep Downtown a forever growing area.

Schools

The downtown area contains some of the county’s most prestigious schools, including Stone Academy, League Academy, Sterling School, and
A.J. Whittenburg Elementary School. In addition, downtown is also home to the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities. The area is filled with top-ranking public schools, private schools, and charter schools.