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Old 09-26-2011, 07:31 AM
 
Location: near downtown Greenville, SC (viewing the sunset vicariously at the North Gulf Shore Beach Access)
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Eldemila makes some great points as well.

Some general commentary: the City-Data community is a little odd - I see this "wondering nomad" mentality with many looking for "Utopia". There is no utopia. No place is perfect - each has it's own quirks.

Again, don't rely on one person's opinion of an area. Talk to lots of people in various walks of life. Stay in these areas for an extended period time - do errands you would normally do. Don't rely on internet forums, chat rooms, score cards, "Best Place" websites, etc etc.

The Upstate of SC (especially Greenville) is a very good place to live - even better for raising a family. I'd give it a 7-8/10 - but that's my opinion only.
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:52 PM
 
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Smile Thank You All!

I want to thank you all for your help. It has been very helpful. I will check all the sites that you mentioned.
I'm sure we will make a good decision. We are looking for a pretty place that is green, has 4 seasons & has nice people & a better economy then where we live now! Just need to decide between Knoxville & Greer area! Hoping for a low COL because we will be on a fixed income. I know that no place is perfect and that everyone likes something different, that's what makes the world go round!
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:08 PM
 
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I am not sure if you have not had a chance to do research on the area yet but if you are considering this area do not make the mistake of searching for just Greer.

Greer is a very small part of this area and many will argue with how Greer stacks up to other towns around Greenville so unless you have been there do not make the mistake of limiting your search to just Greer.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:20 AM
 
Location: near downtown Greenville, SC (viewing the sunset vicariously at the North Gulf Shore Beach Access)
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I'm scratching my head too - not to belittle anyone living in Greer, but I would compare Knoxville to Greenville first and then evaluate other outlying areas (Greer, Simpsonville, Traveler's Rest, Easley, and even Seneca/Walhalla - great retirement area)
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:20 AM
 
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Oh no, I'm researching the whole Greenville area! Not just Greer. I mention Greer because someone that lives in Knoxville area & hates it there, had mentioned Greer to me, that it is very nice.Thanks!
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:18 PM
 
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As far as electric goes, this is my billing history on an approx 2800 square foot home all electric(heat pumps). It's only my husband and I so if you have kids then your bill probably would be higher. Note January this year was a killer because of the cold snap we had which was unusual.

9/14/2011 $ 147.15
8/12/2011 $ 152.75
7/14/2011 $ 151.13
6/13/2011 $ 124.91
5/12/2011 $ 89.28
4/13/2011 $ 108.10
3/11/2011 $ 108.05
2/11/2011 $ 432.11
1/18/2011 $ 272.96
12/14/2010 $ 181.11
11/11/2010 $ 88.88
10/13/2010 $ 69.68
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:45 AM
 
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As far as electric goes, this is my billing history on an approx 2800 square foot home all electric(heat pumps). It's only my husband and I so if you have kids then your bill probably would be higher. Note January this year was a killer because of the cold snap we had which was unusual.

9/14/2011 $ 147.15
8/12/2011 $ 152.75
7/14/2011 $ 151.13
6/13/2011 $ 124.91
5/12/2011 $ 89.28
4/13/2011 $ 108.10
3/11/2011 $ 108.05
2/11/2011 $ 432.11
1/18/2011 $ 272.96
12/14/2010 $ 181.11
11/11/2010 $ 88.88
10/13/2010 $ 69.68
Thank you so much for that.That's not bad for all electric! I have a 1500 sq. ft. house here in CA, also has gas & mine is much more then that! It's just my husband & I also.
What about your water bill? sewer, trash,etc? Thanks.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:50 AM
 
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Are your emergency services included with your property taxes? I know in parts of TN you need to pay extra(apprx. $400) for ER services or they don't come out! I had never heard of that before.
What % of home value are your property taxes(apprx.) Thanks.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:07 AM
 
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I just did a calculation and my yearly property taxes on my home are %0.53 of my home value (that's my value as far as the lender's appraisal goes, not sure how much the county things my home is worth).
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:50 AM
 
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I just did a calculation and my yearly property taxes on my home are %0.53 of my home value (that's my value as far as the lender's appraisal goes, not sure how much the county things my home is worth).
Wow! That sounds inexpensive. Thanks.
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