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Old 03-06-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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We'll be visiting / scouting the TR, Greenville and Greer areas this coming week. For those that live in the area, what are the biggest differences between TR and Greer regarding violent crime and having a small town feel?
We're looking to buy, possibly build, a home with views of the mountains and preferably not in an HOA community. Any suggestions for areas to look?
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Old 03-06-2018, 01:19 PM
 
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Are you also considering areas between Travelers Rest and Greer such as Taylors and Blue Ridge?
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Old 03-06-2018, 04:58 PM
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We'll be visiting / scouting the TR, Greenville and Greer areas this coming week. For those that live in the area, what are the biggest differences between TR and Greer regarding violent crime and having a small town feel?
We're looking to buy, possibly build, a home with views of the mountains and preferably not in an HOA community. Any suggestions for areas to look?

They both have a small town feel and they both have a very small downtown as well. I feel very safe in both and most of the areas don't have a crime issue. Greer has more shopping/stores along Wade Hampton and is closer to the south side of Greenville, Mauldin and Simsponville. Travelers Rest has the basics like grocery, some restaurants, nice park and close to the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Travelers Rest is closer to the mountains but there are still parts of Taylors, Greer and Blue Ridge that offer mountain views. If you live in TR, you can come straight down 25 and end up in the Cherrydale area of Greenville with a decent amount of shopping options and restaurants. Then continue another 4 miles to downtown Greenville. If you go the opposite way, you head for the mountains in NC. I think it all boils down to which location works best for you. You can't go wrong with either.
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Old 03-06-2018, 06:21 PM
 
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Thanks, Knight and Becky,

We're looking for a town with a downtown rather than only strip mall type shopping. Of course, major grocery, etc. would probably entail going to a strip but the day to day things - coffee shop, hardware, some retail we'd prefer an actual downtown. Having only strip malls is one of the drawbacks where we are now. We didn't think it would matter as much as it does. Without a "downtown" there is no real sense of community, in our opinion, of course. And don't get me going about the lack of front porches!

Greenville, with all of its important amenities such as medical, theatre, etc. , will be the hub. So, we don't want to be too far away. We expect to be able to explore the area for about 10 days and hopefully get enough of a feel for it to decide whether it's a "go" for us to dig deeper.

Incidentally, we saw a video of the Cafe at the hardware store in TR. The ladies that own it are great ambassadors for the area!
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Old 03-07-2018, 02:21 AM
 
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TR did a good job of separating independent shops from chain ones. On Main St, it's all small shops and restaurants. A mile away on Hwy 25, you have all of the usual fast food joints, auto parts stores, supermarkets, etc. Depending upon how fussy you are, you could get just about everything you need in TR.

We live 5 miles north of TR, near North Greenville University in Tigerville. Shopping is 10 minutes away; downtown Greenville is 30 minute/ 15 miles.
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