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Old 07-26-2014, 08:49 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,

I've read many of the other Greenville threads -- very helpful -- but we're in a somewhat unusual situation. My husband is actively job hunting and is now looking at a job in Greenville, South Carolina -- not NC.

Our difference from the other threads: we homeschool our twin 11 yr. old boys. We care about school systems only because they're an indicator of the neighborhood. We love safe, nice neighborhoods, but would love to avoid "snooty." We're not wild about cookie-cutter areas either.

We currently live closer to DC. I love it here, but we can't stay. There's a job in the Atlanta region -- but he hasn't gotten a call back -- and one in Greenville that he hopes he could score. (Greenville Health System: 701 Grove Rd, Greenville, SC 29605.)

Question: is this a good idea to move to Greenville, SC? We're from the West Coast -- only on East Coast for four years -- and don't know the state of SC at all. I can see you have a Trader Joe's and a Whole Foods which translates to: thriving community!

Here's what we love in order of importance:

Neighborhood safety (we can pay up to $1900/mo. in rent -- we're not ready to buy).
Libraries
Thriving homeschool community
Husband wants a 20 mins. drive to work -- hoping for I should say
Pools
Dog Parks
Theater
Travel -- where do Greenville, SC people travel to?
Beach

My husband just said, "Ask everyone what they think of the Greenville Health System."

Thank you so much for your help.

Alley
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:36 PM
 
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In your situation, I think Greer sounds like a pretty good fit. You can reach most of what Greenville has to offer from Greer in 20-30 minutes no problem. There are more newer developments and it's no so much cookie cutter homes. There is also a dog park named Happy Tails in Greer.

Happy Tails Indoor/Outdoor Dog Park

Community pools, YMCA, fun parks, you name it. There should be no problem finding a place to swim. There is a pretty decent water park not too far away at Otter Creek, Northside park.

Welcome to Otter Creek - Greenville Rec

For community theater (if that's what you meant), look into the Greenville Little Theater. There are more, but that's the one I'm most familiar with.

Greenville Little Theatre

The beach, the lakes, the mountains. Greenville is close to pretty much everything. The mountains are under an hour. The lakes are about the same, and the beach is a little over 3 hours.

My mother has been employed with the Greenville Health System for as long as I can remember. They've treated her well through the years despite going through a number of transitions, so I give them thumbs up.
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:49 PM
 
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In your situation, I think Greer sounds like a pretty good fit. You can reach most of what Greenville has to offer from Greer in 20-30 minutes no problem. There are more newer developments and it's no so much cookie cutter homes. There is also a dog park named Happy Tails in Greer.

Happy Tails Indoor/Outdoor Dog Park

Community pools, YMCA, fun parks, you name it. There should be no problem finding a place to swim. There is a pretty decent water park not too far away at Otter Creek, Northside park.

Welcome to Otter Creek - Greenville Rec

For community theater (if that's what you meant), look into the Greenville Little Theater. There are more, but that's the one I'm most familiar with.

Greenville Little Theatre

The beach, the lakes, the mountains. Greenville is close to pretty much everything. The mountains are under an hour. The lakes are about the same, and the beach is a little over 3 hours.

My mother has been employed with the Greenville Health System for as long as I can remember. They've treated her well through the years despite going through a number of transitions, so I give them thumbs up.

You are awesome -- thank you so much!!!
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:11 PM
 
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I believe there is a dog park at Cleveland Park which is downtown or adjacent to it. You don't hear about this park very much given the Falls Park next to Main Street took over at the "signature one" but it is a nice one too.

Generally looking around Pelham Road, Woodruff Road, Highway 14, Fairview Road is a good idea if safety is the big issue, plus you want to be close to the shopping and close enough to downtown but away from the crime.
Some people who work at the hospital downtown like the Powdersville area which is little furthur away from the shopping but not too far from downtown. It is a growing but still rural area. There are some nice golf course neighborhoods near the hospital too.

There are numerous libraries, one downtown, one on Pelham Road, another on Main Street in Simpsonville, and others that I can't think of .

There are pools at nice fitness clubs like SportsClub and the YMCA. Greenville has a good recreation center that has a pool, I think it is called Brushy Creek Rec Center or something, and it also has soccer and other stuff for kids. Also has indoor ice skating if my memory serves. Many of the neighborhoods have pools.

The hospital has a good reputation, and gets accolades in various things. One thing is it has one of the top rated epilepsy departments in the country for people with drug resistant epilepsy where the seizures can't be controlled very well.
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:50 PM
 
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I believe there is a dog park at Cleveland Park which is downtown or adjacent to it. You don't hear about this park very much given the Falls Park next to Main Street took over at the "signature one" but it is a nice one too.
The dog park in Cleveland Park "Canine Corner" is in jeopardy. The official plan was to close that dog park when the new dog park opens in Conestee Park. However news of the closing has hit hard to those who like to go downtown after going to the dog park. There is not enough room in Cleveland Park to solve the current overcrowding problem - dog parks need to have a minimum space per animal, as well as separation between large and small dogs.
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:01 PM
 
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Lots of homeschooling groups here as well. And I 2nd the recommendation for Greer. I work downtown G'ville and it's a 25 minute drive for me on average.
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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And you can visit Fisher's Orchards as often as you want . Love that place- just came from there with more overripe peaches for more cobbler!
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Mauldin, SC
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Welcome, OP! With your price range for renting you should have no trouble at all finding a nice, safe, convenient place to rent. I would look for a neighborhood or townhome/apartment complex that has its own pool. Truly public pools are few and far between here, from what I have seen. But private pools in neighborhoods, etc, are quite common.

I smiled when "libraries" was second on your list. We are library nuts too! The library system here is pretty nice and robust. There are many branches in the area to complement the awesome main library which is downtown.

Maybe try for a neighborhood in the Pelham Rd area? That seems like it might be a good location for you. Schools will be good, and there is a library along that stretch

But truly, at your price range, you will have your pick of the various areas. Good luck!
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:29 PM
 
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OMG, super small world, I saw your post and gave you some answers on the WTM forum, lol!!
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:00 AM
 
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Where to travel to? Well, we are 1.5 hrs to Charlotte if you like Nascar or amusement parks, 2 hrs to Atlanta if you like shopping, aquariums, World of Coke, Art museums, 1.5 hrs to Columbia if you want to visit the state museum, and 3 hrs to Charleston for history, beaches, and change of landscape. Of course all of these areas have other offerings as well. I think you'll find most Greenville residents headed to the coast for weekend or vacations.
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