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Old 03-19-2011, 07:03 AM
 
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Hi all,

I'm currently in the process of interviewing for a job in Spartanburg, SC. We are a family with three kids (one's in college), and the other children are 12 and 6. Our 6 year old is adopted and is of Hispanic ethnicity, so I'm hoping to find a school with some diversity.

I read the forums, and it looks like Greer, Lyman and Spartanburg (or Boiling Springs?) are all great places to live - someone said that Spartanburg can have quite a few bad neighborhoods (most larger towns do, I realize).

Any suggestions for a town with good schools? We are mostly quiet people, and a nightlife and state-of-the art shopping isn't necessarily what we're looking for - just good schools and reasonably safe neighborhoods would be great. We used to live in Beaufort, SC in the early 1980s and loved it - that town has grown so much, by the way!

Thanks so much for any suggestions!

Kim
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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Thanks. Your home is beautiful but it is out of my price range. Good luck with the sale - it is gorgeous.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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Hoping to hear from others as well - would really appreciate any input. Trying to sort through info on the forum and I *think* these are good towns. Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:34 AM
 
Location: South Mountains (Southern Burke County) Connelly Springs NC
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Know where your landfills are. There are 2 of them in Wellford which is adjacent to Lyman.

I lived in the Duncan-Lyman area and I liked it, Lyman is an old mill town that 10 years ago was kept up nicely, Startex (Close by) is an example of a Mill village that has not been was kept up. Again, I haven't been there in 10 years.


I always thought the downtown areas of Greer and Lyman (much smaller) had potential, Greer much more so, and I hear that they are developing it.

Sorry, I can't help you with the schools.......
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:58 PM
 
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Thanks for your response, Dave; I appreciate it very much! I think we will probably look at Greer when I'm down there in May, then.
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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May I suggest renting? We rented when we first moved here. I couldn't imagine coming down for a few visits and buying a home. Most places will allow a 6 month lease and in my opinion it takes at least that long to find out where you are, what's around and where you would like to live. After the 6 months we went month to month and ended up staying in the apartment for 9 months. At first I was very nervous about renting, I had lived in my own home for 25 years. But in the end I think it was a great decision.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC/Greensboro, NC
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I want to emphasize what jbar stated above.

Don't move to the Upstate and immediately buy a home.

I've rented now in the Greenville area for nearly 3 years and it's the best decision I've made. The Upstate is incredibly spread out and diverse. Each nearby city/town/hamlet/subdivision can vary greatly. There is no way one can determine the best location (for your family) even after 6 months of renting. In fact, it's taken me several years just to determine the location of the best public schools.

Take your time, save your money (for a large down payment) - I guarantee there will be excellent home values years to come.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: The Hub City
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Default East Side of Spartanburg

I've lived on the east side of Spartanburg for 19 years. Love it. Good neighborhoods and good schools. Others may have different opinions on this, but it fits my needs, and I know lots of well-educated professionals that live over here that also feel District 7 schools are pretty darn good and send there kids there as opposed to the private schools nearby.

I'd also agree that at least renting for 6 months to get a feel for an area is a great idea - there are usually several homes for rent in my neighborhood (Converse Heights).
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:56 PM
 
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Thanks, everyone, for the tips. We will definitely be renting, as we have a home in Ohio to sell before buying a new one. Appreciate the tips! Thanks again for the info - we are very excited about this possibility.
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