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Old 07-15-2009, 05:50 AM
 
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As someone who lived in Waynesville and got both the news from Asheville an d greenville,
IMO, greenville and the surrounding areas seem to have a much higher crime rate, especially violent crime. Again, just my opinion.
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Crownsville, MD
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Default Traveler's Rest

Thanks for info re Traveler's Rest...such a lovely name. I am planning to take a look at that area. Do most people just buy property and build individual homes or are there some sub-divisions? Can you recommend one or two sub-divisions/communities I can drive through to see what $275,000 might buy?

Great news on the tennis too!
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Old 07-15-2009, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Valley, PA, & Greenville, SC, USA
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I would highly recommend the area surrounding Furman University and Travelers Rest. The small liberal arts school has one of the most beautiful campuses you will ever see, and it is open to the public to enjoy - walking and cycling along the tree-lined roads, on the lakeside path, or the wooded nature trails. There are numerous cultural events and activities to enjoy on campus as well, not to mention the many more just a very short drive away in vibrant downtown Greenville.

A few subdivisions to consider (along with many others) are the Carilion Community (near Furman Univ.), Blue Ridge Plantation (north of Greer), and Stone Lake (in Greenville).

The USA Cycling Professional Time Trial and Road Race National Championships (http://www.usacyclingchampionships.com/ - broken link) will be hosted in Greenville on August 28-30 this year. I recommend booking a hotel room in advance if you plan to be here during the event. A free cycling festival in downtown is always included as part of the event.
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Crownsville, MD
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I would highly recommend the area surrounding Furman University and Travelers Rest. The small liberal arts school has one of the most beautiful campuses you will ever see, and it is open to the public to enjoy - walking and cycling along the tree-lined roads, on the lakeside path, or the wooded nature trails. There are numerous cultural events and activities to enjoy on campus as well, not to mention the many more just a very short drive away in vibrant downtown Greenville.

A few subdivisions to consider (along with many others) are the Carilion Community (near Furman Univ.), Blue Ridge Plantation (north of Greer), and Stone Lake (in Greenville).

The USA Cycling Professional Time Trial and Road Race National Championships (http://www.usacyclingchampionships.com/ - broken link) will be hosted in Greenville on August 28-30 this year. I recommend booking a hotel room in advance if you plan to be here during the event. A free cycling festival in downtown is always included as part of the event.
Thanks for the advice, Skyliner. I've been wondering about Furman. That sounds absolutely beautiful! I will also check out the communities just to see what's there. I'll be there around Labor day and have all my hotels and other things booked. I am sooooo excited!
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Back Home in the High Country
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I would highly recommend the area surrounding Furman University and Travelers Rest.
How could I have forgotten to mention Furman??? My horse is stabled just outside Travelers Rest and I drive by the campus at least once a week. Thanks, Skyliner, for filling in some of my gaps. Furman is a wonderful community asset and resource.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:04 PM
 
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Thanks Skyliner and Redpony! You just reminded me about the Great Health Care in Greenville too. My mother was able to do her PT at Furman. My father also found some wonderful specialists in Asheville. Since more and more people are retiring to the area, more and better health care is becoming available...and assisted living facilities.
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:29 PM
 
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FYI: Read the Greenville,SC thread posted today under "article in Chicago Sun-Times". It's very enlightning and may help you plan your trip!
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:20 AM
 
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Default Suggestion ......

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Thanks for info re Traveler's Rest...such a lovely name. I am planning to take a look at that area. Do most people just buy property and build individual homes or are there some sub-divisions? Can you recommend one or two sub-divisions/communities I can drive through to see what $275,000 might buy?

Great news on the tennis too!

Fleur1130,
A great site to check out real estate is www.realtor.com
Just enter in Traveler's Rest, SC (or any town you want), select single family home, the number of bedrooms and that you want at least one acre of land. Enter in the price range you are interested in. Start out low, like maybe $100,000 to $150,000. Every single home that is listed on the MLS and matches your criteria will come up. You will see every home unless it is a "For Sale BY Owner". You never know .... you might find what you want for much less than what you think. And, don't worry about getting a bunch of unsolicited feedback. This is not a monitored site. You will only get feedback if you send an email to a specific realtor asking for more information on a property.
Good luck. And, like most of the other posters have said, you really can't go wrong with either area with the only major differences being true mountains in WNC and hot summer temps in WSC.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:50 AM
 
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Fleur1130, my husband and I are making a similar journey during the same week. We're driving from NY and visiting Greensboro, Greenville, Columbia, Hendersonville, and going over to Tennessee also. We're trying to keep our budget lower, but would love to hear your reactions to what you see after your trip.

We'll be glad to share ours also. BTW, we spent 9 years in Austin (loved it) -- and still may consider retiring there, but would prefer a more temperate climate.

Good luck with your search!

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Old 08-19-2009, 12:45 PM
 
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All of you long-timers, thanks for the great details! My husband and I are in NE Florida and are also considering WNC or Greenville, but unlike all the country minded athletes out there, we want a small town or city environment that is flat enough for biking and walking, also has a wide variety of rentals in the more 'funky' parts of town -- NO manicured subdivisions or isolated country estates please! My husband gets carsick easily and it would best to find a place where driving windy mountainous roads through woods or cliffs could be avoided -- is Black Mountain, NC IN a mountain or at the foothills, and is the terrain relatively flat? Also Asheville seems way too cold, so many Floridians are fleeing there because they hate heat and humidity, but we prefer a proper summer (at least 80), and snow that is manageable.

Since where we are now is so spread out, we want a town where 30 minutes driving is not needed for basic groceries, farmers markets, bookstores, etc. Any towns with a safe, long time resident feeling that isn't too transient would be great, also with a New Age element.

Thanks for the details, I just can't get this kind of info from the local Chambers of
Commerce!
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