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Old 01-07-2012, 03:02 AM
 
Location: West Hills, CA
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I've been virtually driving (via Google Maps) the roads around Greenville and Spartanburg, looking for something like a small town (not that Greenville and Spartanburg are big cities). Ya know...a town square and a main street. Courthouse and a diner. Something homey. I see names for places, but when I get down to street level it's house, gap, house, gap, gap, house, gap, filling station, gap gap. Maybe a lonely Wendy's, or deserted looking little cluster of chain stores.

I'll make the, for whatever reason unpopular, admission that I'm a second generation Californian. Grew up in Santa Cruz (when I was a kid, the city proper was roughly the size of Greenville) - most of the time in some of the outlying towns, like Aptos, or old lumber towns in the mountains like Boulder Creek or Ben Lomond. Places like that, most of the houses were squirreled away off in the forest, but there was always a "town" area...fire station, a restaurant or two, maybe a few shops and a local market or local supermarket (as in, not a chain store market). In time, shopping centers started to spring up, off out of the way, but the town centers were still there.

I'm not seeing that in Upstate SC so much. I moved down to L.A. - the land of my nativity (though I'm a naturalized northerner, eg: fogbelt) and reaaallly hate the heat and the faceless sprawl, so was thinking the Carolinas looked peaceful. Can anyone point me towards an actual town town?
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:42 AM
 
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Google map is very slow in updating it's streetview. Right between Greenville and Spartanburg is a place called Greer. A smallish city [large town] Courthouse/PD/FD has MANY stores, shops, and other business. I live there for roughly 8 1/2 yrs and enjoyed it there. It has a small town flavor to it and the folks are nice. It's actually in BOTH Greenville AND Spartanburg Counties so where ever you want to live remember that part.

IF you want smaller towns they are dotted all along Highway 29 [Wade Hampton Blvd.] But I think you'll be happy with Greer [or as some call it GRRRR ]
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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I'm not sure if you'd think Greer was small town enough or not, (I'm from Miami, so it's small in comparison to there). We have a Main St, small as it may be, but there are some very well known restaurants there, and a beautiful park.



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We moved here almost a year ago and love it. After deciding on moving to the Greenville area, I narrowed my choice areas to Taylors and Greer, and we decided on a home in Greer. It's exactly what I was looking for, the only thing to make it better would be to have a Trader Joes in Greer, a closer Homegoods would be nice, and maybe Publix to go where D&D Ford is leaving from.

Not sure if this area would fit your criteria or not, but worth looking in to if you haven't already.

Here's just one thing I experienced just yesterday here in this small town that would NEVER have happened in SOFLA.

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Good luck in your quest!
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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Anderson, Easley,Travelers Rest, Seneca all come to mind. Greenwood may be a little further than you want, but it has a nice downtown.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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Travelers Rest, Seneca, Greenwood all come to mind
Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see anything much in dt Travelers Rest - went to Williams Hardware, but there was nothing else. Seriously, did we miss a shopping area?? More restaurants??
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:08 PM
 
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Pendleton has a neat town square/town commons, with a very "New England"-style feel to it. And, it's close to Anderson, Clemson, and Lake Hartwell.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: West Hills, CA
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Just wanted to say "thanks" for all the responses - will look into Pendleton, and did look into Greer. Greer looks very cheery, and remarkably new.
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:00 PM
 
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I am thinking Traveler's Rest has what you are looking for.

Small town feel but with crunchy granola in it's DNA to satisfy your California tendencies. Muy gut tells me that down the road, TR is going to be the liberal corner of the upstate world.
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:38 PM
 
Location: West Hills, CA
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Thanks - I'll check it out too. Not expecting much "granola" - I'll settle for civility.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:23 PM
 
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Inman. I live here and love it. It might be too small for some, but we love it. Across the road from our house, there are no houses - just woods across from the road. We take walks on the weekends to the dairy farm down the road - one of the cows has a little crush on my husband!

The schools in District 1 are great, if that's a consideration, and it's peaceful and quiet here.
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