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Old 07-07-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:51 PM
 
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Maybe add, Woodruff Rd (Greenville), Easley, or Taylors to your list to see what response you get.
1. Easley
2. Fountain Inn
3. Simpsonville
4. Five Forks
5. Travelers Rest
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Taylors
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I am not that familiar with all of those cities. I moved to Taylors almost 2 years ago, we live just off Wade Hampton. I find the schools are very good, it's extremely convenient to GV and Greer and the Target shopping center. I give it a thumbs up!
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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When I think of cookie cutter homes I think of Simpsonville, Mauldin, and some of Greer. There are cookie cutter neighborhoods in every market but I think Simpsonville and Mauldin have more than most because all of the development in those areas has happened in the last 20 years.
I know people love Simpsonville, especially people who just move here and I just never could understand why. I know there are a lot of good neighborhoods in the area and the schools are okay and there is some new retail development there as well, but it is just so far away. Even with 385 being a direct shot it is 20 minutes or more, and also if you are coming into work there is a decent amount of traffic.

Most people who move to Greenville from somewhere else usually end up in Simpsonville or Mauldin and most seem to be pretty happy with it but both those markets scream cookie cutter to me.

If you want acreage, character and pretty good convenience I think you would be missing out if you did not look at Green Valley in Travelers Rest, it is a older community with great golf course and pool with most houses built in the late 50's to mid 80's and most lots are 1.5 to 2 acres.

I would still choose the smaller lots of Alta Vista and other intown neighborhoods but you are going to pay a premium for them, but in my opinion if you can afford to it will pay dividends in quality of life as well as a quicker return on investment.

Paris Mountain or Altamont Rd is another area to look at. It is not a community and restrictions can be minimum to none and over the years that road has developed into a interesting hodge podge of homes with pretty big tracts of land and some with fantastic views. (this area is not laid out easily and honestly it just takes driving around all the tiny roads to find the gems on this mountain)

Montebello is pretty much one hill over from Paris Mountain. New community with a very nice Big Italian feel. I believe right now you can get a 1.5 acre lot for about 55 grand in the newer area. It is a heavily restricted community so you get a somewhat blended look and feel but all the houses were custom built so it does not really look cookie cutter.

Both Paris Mountain and Montebello are very close to shopping and retail and you can be on main st Greenville in ten minutes. Feel free to PM me with any other questions because there are dozens of tiny little areas up and down st park rd and northern TR and greer that you might not find online or in a real estate magazine that might be worth checking out.

Again, if you can afford to live within a mile of downtown greenville then do it. I do not think you will regret it. If you have to have more property and privacy try to stay in a seven to ten mile radius. I think you will end up getting a lot more out of the city that way.
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Old 07-09-2011, 06:57 AM
 
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Great reply nighttown. How far is travelers rest from downtown? I am really "hoping" to find a nice charming home downtownish with at least 1/2 acre for around $400,000. Hopefully the school dist. isnt too bad.
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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My house is about a mile from the TR Walmart on Poinsett Hwy. It takes us 15 to 20 minutes to get downtown & it is a very easy drive (no interstate).

For shopping, there is Cherrydale which is even closer, Haywood Mall is under 1/2 hour & the area of Wade Hampton with the Target is about the same as downtown with the drive being mostly through back roads. Also, for diversion, it is easy to get to Hendersonville and Asheville is about 1 hour away.

I've been looking at the map & it seems as if Simpsonville is at least as far away from downtown as TR. Plus, it involves the interstate which can get backed up.

We also thought about living downtown, but then we realized that we had always wanted to design & build a custom house so we found a wooded lot and did just that. Now, I get to live with nature and the "amenities" are about the same distance away as from my suburban house in Houston & getting to downtown is a breeze compared to Houston.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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its funny because I would rate mauldin and simpsonville at the bottom of my list. very busy, cookie cutter, not my kind of suburb. I live in easley and love it, and would also look in powdersville, tr, and greer. all these places are close enough to important amenities, but far enough away to have rural areas, and not too overcrowded, but that's my personal taste.
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:42 AM
 
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If its a cookie cutter area, I would also rate it low on the scale. How are the schools in easley and powdersville? Also do they have good shopping in the areas? Are they affluent areas?
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:16 AM
 
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If its a cookie cutter area, I would also rate it low on the scale. How are the schools in easley and powdersville? Also do they have good shopping in the areas? Are they affluent areas?
Powdersville has some really good school districts I believe(wren?), and is right on the edge of 3 different counties, so you kind of have more of a choice when it comes to schools. I don't have kids so I can't comment too much on school districts, but I believe easley's schools are pretty good as well.

Powdersville and Easley have what i would consider to be some affluent areas, and subdivisions, but has homes and areas in all price ranges as well.In powdersville look near rose hill plantation.

Easley is in the process of building a shopping area, with a kohls, walmart, petco, etc(some soon to be announced). They also have a small shopping area with a jcpenneys and belks. I wouldn't consider it to be an amazing shopping area, but greenville shopping is about 25-30 minutes away. Powdersville is in the same boat pretty much, they have some projects in the works but no major shopping areas, however they are more like 20 minutes away from greenvilles major shopping areas.

Also you had mentioned crime. before I bought my home I read that pickens county(easley) has the lowest crime rate in the state of sc. I don't know if this is still true but it certainly made me a little more interested in the area.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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You really can't go wrong with any of the public high schools in Greenville County. Some are better than others but they all are good. I don't know any other districts in SC so can't help with comparisons.
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