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Old 06-13-2011, 01:21 PM
 
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Me, my wife, and son might be moving to Greenville soon from Birmingham, AL. We will be renting (around 1,000 range). We love what we know and have learned about the downtown Greenville area, but don't know a whole lot about actually living there or about the surrounding areas.

My son is 10 and has high functioning asperger's. He is fully integrated with the rest of the school and only needs to be pulled out for some one to one and group work. We would love an area where he can ride his bike and meet other kids his age. We enjoy the parks, festivals, music, etc. My son is artitistic, and loves origami, riding his bike, chess, reading, and making things out of wood and metal (found and repurposed items). We all love movies, music concerts and shows (rock, metal, punk, blues), and just being able to go get ice cream or bowling, roller skating, etc.

I have heard places like Simpsonville, Mauldin, Greer, etc. being lumped in with Greenville. What are these places like, and is it comparable to living in Greenville? Are they considered to be extensions of or suburbs of Greenville? We need a school with a good reputation, and an area that is not too high on the crime stats. We would like to be not too rural to where we are isolated and without conveniences. Can the good folks on here offer some current input? If my job prospect works out, we will be needing to move by mid July and I want to make sure I am as educated on our options as possible.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:23 PM
 
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Think of the wedge of suburbs in Birmingham stretching around 459 from Trussville to Hoover (with 280 being the center). That is what you have in Greenville, with Greer, Eastside, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn. I-385 cuts through these burbs, the way 280 cuts through the burbs in Birmingham.

I grew up in Birmingham and lived there as a young adult. Lived in multiple othere large cities as an adult and Greenville tops them all. You couldn't pay me to live in Birmingham again, after living here. Quality of life in Greenville is wonderful.
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:33 PM
 
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Think of the wedge of suburbs in Birmingham stretching around 459 from Trussville to Hoover (with 280 being the center). That is what you have in Greenville, with Greer, Eastside, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn. I-385 cuts through these burbs, the way 280 cuts through the burbs in Birmingham.

I grew up in Birmingham and lived there as a young adult. Lived in multiple othere large cities as an adult and Greenville tops them all. You couldn't pay me to live in Birmingham again, after living here. Quality of life in Greenville is wonderful.
I hear you about Birmingham. It will always be my home, but that doesn't mean there aren't greener pastures. Regarding the other areas mentioned, if you were to compare/contrast them, what are some of the pros/cons?
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:01 PM
 
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Me, my wife, and son might be moving to Greenville soon from Birmingham, AL. We will be renting (around 1,000 range). We love what we know and have learned about the downtown Greenville area, but don't know a whole lot about actually living there or about the surrounding areas.

My son is 10 and has high functioning asperger's. He is fully integrated with the rest of the school and only needs to be pulled out for some one to one and group work. We would love an area where he can ride his bike and meet other kids his age. We enjoy the parks, festivals, music, etc. My son is artitistic, and loves origami, riding his bike, chess, reading, and making things out of wood and metal (found and repurposed items). We all love movies, music concerts and shows (rock, metal, punk, blues), and just being able to go get ice cream or bowling, roller skating, etc.

I have heard places like Simpsonville, Mauldin, Greer, etc. being lumped in with Greenville. What are these places like, and is it comparable to living in Greenville? Are they considered to be extensions of or suburbs of Greenville? We need a school with a good reputation, and an area that is not too high on the crime stats. We would like to be not too rural to where we are isolated and without conveniences. Can the good folks on here offer some current input? If my job prospect works out, we will be needing to move by mid July and I want to make sure I am as educated on our options as possible.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
Mauldin, Greer and Simpsonville are surburbs of Greenville. All are located a short drive from Greenville.

Mauldin
Small town, other than supermarkets, drug stores, gas stations, dollar stores and fast food places really nothing much in terms of shopping or dining options. Town officials really need to do something about creating a real main street.

Simpsonville
Lots of shopping and restaurants along Fairview road. A main street area with other restaurants and shops. Very nice for day to day living. Not too far past the Fairview road shopping area becomes more rural.

Greer

A little farther away from Greenville up I-85. A main street area with some new restaurants and other shops.

Greenville
Nice downtown area. Plenty of restaurants and unique shops to keep most happy. Walkable. Outside of the downtown area a lot of shopping along Woodruff road. There you will find plenty of restaurants and shopping. Prepare yourself for some congestion on Woodruff road.

Overall I do not think you will go wrong choosing any of these areas as a place to live.

Good luck.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:38 AM
 
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I don't have any kids, so cannot input anything about schools here. I do want to input that Greer, where I live is a nice community without being isolated. It runs pretty closely with Taylor's, which is slightly closer to downtown Greenville.

Either community will be close to restaurants, shopping, Wal-mart, Target, and all of that. Many of the famous chains will require a longer drive into Greenville, but anything you need from day to day will be accessible in Greer/Taylor's along Wade Hampton. Also, Greer offers some great local restaurants.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:41 PM
 
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Powdersville area is nice with Anderson school district 1 being one if the highest in the state.
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