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Old 06-28-2016, 03:08 AM
 
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I am currently in South Florida, a Professor in Biology/computing for last 20 years. My wife and I are considering retiring in the Carolinas and Greenville, SC is our list.We are interested in medium sized town, not too crowded. Driving is not an issues, but safety is. We are looking for apartments for fist couple of years and then perhaps buy something and settle in if we like the area. Looks like Greenville has lot going. I walk about 3-4 miles a day for recreation -so safe places for walk is important.

Healthcare is another issue as for all seniors and we have some chronic conditions. I see that the area has several hospitals and the GHS was on the US News and Reports. We live in a very crowded area right now, hate it and want to make sure we don't end up in another crowded area. I keep reading that traffic in Greenville area can be a mess? How is the interstate driving during off peak hours? I dont have to drive to work and hence, peak hours, we can avoid. We hope to drive around the state and rest of US a lot. I don't get a feel for it from reading the blogs. Any advise would be appreciated.

I have done extensive research on the Greenville area and am very impressed of what I have seen so far. However, there is only so much one can rely on from the web-based information. Any areas to avoid from crime point of view in searching for apartments? We are planning a short visit in two weeks to check out the place. Thanks in advance for your hints. Cheers!
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Old 06-28-2016, 06:54 AM
 
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Around White Horse Rd is where you will find your prototypical 'bad areas'. I would recommend looking into Travelers Rest as it is very walk-able and there is an extension of GHS there.
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:05 AM
 
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I am currently in South Florida, a Professor in Biology/computing for last 20 years. My wife and I are considering retiring in the Carolinas and Greenville, SC is our list.We are interested in medium sized town, not too crowded. Driving is not an issues, but safety is. We are looking for apartments for fist couple of years and then perhaps buy something and settle in if we like the area. Looks like Greenville has lot going. I walk about 3-4 miles a day for recreation -so safe places for walk is important.

Healthcare is another issue as for all seniors and we have some chronic conditions. I see that the area has several hospitals and the GHS was on the US News and Reports. We live in a very crowded area right now, hate it and want to make sure we don't end up in another crowded area. I keep reading that traffic in Greenville area can be a mess? How is the interstate driving during off peak hours? I dont have to drive to work and hence, peak hours, we can avoid. We hope to drive around the state and rest of US a lot. I don't get a feel for it from reading the blogs. Any advise would be appreciated.

I have done extensive research on the Greenville area and am very impressed of what I have seen so far. However, there is only so much one can rely on from the web-based information. Any areas to avoid from crime point of view in searching for apartments? We are planning a short visit in two weeks to check out the place. Thanks in advance for your hints. Cheers!
I see you are a new CD member, so please do a search on the GVL forums and you will find a wealth of information that many others who have had questions about this area have asked, and the wonderful people who keep these forums active have replied to numerous times.


The traffic in GVL is a breeze compared to SoFla. In fact, it's laughable to what people here think is bad traffic. To those who haven't lived where there is traffic, like Miami, it is bad for them. But for someone like me who was born and raised in Miami, this is normally a piece of cake in comparison. I drive a lot in the off peak times and it's beautiful driving around here. I go to a lot of waterfall hikes in SC and NC.


Two weeks to check GVL out is great, it's surely better than the 2 days many people take on a weekend to get a feel for this area. Again, search this forum for ideas on things to do and check out the event calendars while you are here.


Hospitals are good. Was important to be near a good hospital when I moved here. I've had to use it, unfortunately. But the care was good. My Dr takes a good amount of time to speak with me each time I go. It's not like the cattle-call of the office I went to down in Miami.


Really, there is a lot of good, up-to-date information on the threads here that if you take the time to look, you will find a ton of helpful information. The active members of this forum have graciously replied to questions asked time-and-time again, and will continue to do so. But doing a search could easily bring a lot more information to your hands than the responses you may receive on this one thread alone.


This link to a post in 2012 may be of some help:


Useful Links For Information on Greer, SC


I moved to GVL area because I hated Miami. Just please, know that the pace of life here is far different than that of SoFla. Many can't get use to this when they've only known the fast pace of a big city. Anyone coming up from SoFla, leave any road rage and impatience there as well. The people I've met here are far less self absorbed and truly care about others.


I love where I live and I live where I love!


Good luck!
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:03 AM
 
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Great post above! Most of my friends are retired and they find plenty to do here. I am a walker/light hiker myself and love the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Lake Conestee, and Furman for walking and the hour or so drive to the mountains for hiking. There is also Paris Mountain State Park which is 20 mintues from my house. Downtown itself is great for just walking and exploring.

If you stay off Woodruff Rd on Saturday afternoon you will not have an issue with traffic. My parents live in SoFla and when I visit I can't wait to get back here away from the flatness and unbearably strong sun!
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:38 PM
 
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Boy you will miss South Florida in February. I used to love going there in January. It's so nice and warm there and freezing here.
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:14 AM
 
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Around White Horse Rd is where you will find your prototypical 'bad areas'. I would recommend looking into Travelers Rest as it is very walk-able and there is an extension of GHS there.
Thanks very much! We will take a look at the Travelers Rest. cheers!

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I see you are a new CD member, so please do a search on the GVL forums and you will find a wealth of information that many others who have had questions about this area have asked, and the wonderful people who keep these forums active have replied to numerous times.


The traffic in GVL is a breeze compared to SoFla. In fact, it's laughable to what people here think is bad traffic. To those who haven't lived where there is traffic, like Miami, it is bad for them. But for someone like me who was born and raised in Miami, this is normally a piece of cake in comparison. I drive a lot in the off peak times and it's beautiful driving around here. I go to a lot of waterfall hikes in SC and NC.


Two weeks to check GVL out is great, it's surely better than the 2 days many people take on a weekend to get a feel for this area. Again, search this forum for ideas on things to do and check out the event calendars while you are here.


Hospitals are good. Was important to be near a good hospital when I moved here. I've had to use it, unfortunately. But the care was good. My Dr takes a good amount of time to speak with me each time I go. It's not like the cattle-call of the office I went to down in Miami.


Really, there is a lot of good, up-to-date information on the threads here that if you take the time to look, you will find a ton of helpful information. The active members of this forum have graciously replied to questions asked time-and-time again, and will continue to do so. But doing a search could easily bring a lot more information to your hands than the responses you may receive on this one thread alone.


This link to a post in 2012 may be of some help:


Useful Links For Information on Greer, SC


I moved to GVL area because I hated Miami. Just please, know that the pace of life here is far different than that of SoFla. Many can't get use to this when they've only known the fast pace of a big city. Anyone coming up from SoFla, leave any road rage and impatience there as well. The people I've met here are far less self absorbed and truly care about others.


I love where I live and I live where I love!


Good luck!
Thanks so much for taking time to respond. I will take a look at the previous posts. much appreciate your feedback. Cheers!

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Great post above! Most of my friends are retired and they find plenty to do here. I am a walker/light hiker myself and love the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Lake Conestee, and Furman for walking and the hour or so drive to the mountains for hiking. There is also Paris Mountain State Park which is 20 mintues from my house. Downtown itself is great for just walking and exploring.

If you stay off Woodruff Rd on Saturday afternoon you will not have an issue with traffic. My parents live in SoFla and when I visit I can't wait to get back here away from the flatness and unbearably strong sun!
Thanks very much. We are looking forward to our visit.

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Boy you will miss South Florida in February. I used to love going there in January. It's so nice and warm there and freezing here.
Thanks!

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Old 06-29-2016, 06:17 AM
 
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If you go to Travelers Rest or TR as the locals call it, be sure to stop at Furman's campus. If you live in the TR area, you can readily access Furman for recreation and walks. Furman has wooded walking trails and a lovely lake with mountain views. Furman regularly appears on lists of most beautiful college campuses and it lives up to these accolades. We go there often to walk our dog and ride our bikes.

They also offer free continuing ed classes to seniors through their OLLI program. On your upcoming visit, you may want to check out one of their free summer concerts by the Lake (on Thursdays at 7:30pm). Also, for a yummy lunch in TR stop by the Cafe at Williams Hardware or Sidewall Pizza.

OLLI at Furman
OLLI | Furman University

Music by the Lake
Music by the Lake

I have had positive experiences with the doctors in Greenville. They are knowledgeable and seem less rushed than the doctors where I previously lived. When I take my children to their pediatrician here, I feel like the doctor actually knows them and remembers their specific profile, whereas it felt like their last doctor (in the Northeast) was just glancing at the chart on the way in the door to remember their name. I also had ankle surgery here and was impressed with the medical care. I will tell you, though, that it takes longer to get appointments with specialists in Greenville. The medical community is expanding, but I don't think it has kept pace with the growth in patients.

On the traffic point, the TR area has less traffic than the East Side and Woodruff Road areas because it is farther from 85/385 and commuter traffic. Woodruff Road is where all the big box retailers are located. Shopping there on a Saturday is not fun, but if you can shop other times you will be fine. I used to go there on Tuesday evenings while my daughter attended a dance class; I was able to run my errands without any issues. That being said, I hope Greenville develops more robust public transportation options as there will be real traffic issues in the future without mass transit.

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Old 06-29-2016, 12:10 PM
 
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thanks so much! we will check it out.
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Old 07-06-2016, 10:38 AM
 
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I don't know what kind of budget you have for apartments and exactly what you are looking for in the place you would like to live, but Downtown Greenville is beautiful and plenty to see on foot. You'd also have the advantage of going to the many Festivals being held down there. Downtown has grown leaps and bounds (to my pleasant surprise) and this past visit has really won us over (we used to think the downtown area was too small for our taste, boy has it grown alot and for the better!). We were just up there this past weekend and it looks like alot of new Apartment Development happening downtown (which I am sure is going to be pretty expensive) along with alot of new commercial development. Depending on what you are looking to spend it might be worth taking a look at. Reedy Falls Park connects to the Swamp Rabbit Trail which is a great place to walk or bike, and there are plenty of hiking trails within an hours drive too if you want a change of scenery. I read up on the Master Plan and it looks like they are planning on doing even more with downtown in terms of expansion, parks/recreation and overall tieing all the districts together to make downtown feel bigger and more than just mainstreet which would be great! Reading the Master Plan was one of the big things that won me over after visiting downtown and seeing all the positive improvements they are making. Greenville is really trying to do it right.
The only thing that concerns me is what has already been mentioned here: Public Transit and Traffic. Traffic has picked up quite a bit depending on where you are and the time of day. My father lives off of Woodruff Road and if you don't know the backroads to dodge it, it can be a big headache during rushhour and lunch. The big complaint that has recently come up alot is the major lack of road maintenance and development. There are some areas still under construction that was supposedly started months ago and it doesn't look like anything has been done (feedback I have gotten from my Dad and alot of his friends at work and from personal experience). Lots of potholes and overall bad roads. I hope that changes soon. Other than that, you can't beat the geographical location if your into Mountains (Outdoor Recreation) and its proximity to Lake Hartwell. Coming from South Florida I doubt the traffic would be much of a concern for you. I will also note that in the Master Plan there are some mentions of improving Public Transit options: this does pertain mainly to downtown, but it does appear that they are looking at adding a connection to the proposed High Speed Rail System currently being developed from Atlanta to Charlotte as well as improving their bus transit system.
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:51 PM
 
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Thanks very much for the detailed feedback. We are looking for something not too expensive (may be around $1,100 to $1,400), initially a 2 BR apartment close to downtown. We don't mind driving 10-20 min. driving to downtown. If we like the area, then we might buy and settle. Safety, access to healthcare is important to us.
We will be there soon for a visit to check out and we will take a look at the places you suggested. I will let you know. Cheers!
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