U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > South Carolina > Greenville - Spartanburg area
 [Register]
Greenville - Spartanburg area Greenville - Spartanburg - Simpsonville - Greer - Easley - Taylors - Mauldin - Duncan
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 10-09-2013, 08:16 AM
 
1 posts, read 1,999 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

I'm finding it difficult to find information on "family life" on Lake Keowee...there seems to be a bunch of communities, but are these really for retirees or summer houses? It appears many have said this area is more a summer destination vs year round living. We're looking for a smaller, quiet town on a lake, with good schools. [Love that Clemson is close by] Also, looking a Chapin, SC...but would love to be closer to the mountains. Appreciate any info!!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 10-09-2013, 08:37 AM
 
121 posts, read 128,708 times
Reputation: 82
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pomroy33 View Post
I'm finding it difficult to find information on "family life" on Lake Keowee...there seems to be a bunch of communities, but are these really for retirees or summer houses? It appears many have said this area is more a summer destination vs year round living. We're looking for a smaller, quiet town on a lake, with good schools. [Love that Clemson is close by] Also, looking a Chapin, SC...but would love to be closer to the mountains. Appreciate any info!!
If you are out on the north part of the lake, you will be pretty far from anything. There are a lot of retirees in the area and maybe some people who just own a second home there. Those are pricy homes.

I'd recommend Seneca which is at the south end of the lake. There is a marina right there. Seneca has more than Chapin does , although Chapin is closer to a big metro in Columbia. But Seneca is only 20 minutes to Anderson, which has a decent mall and more restaurants, and 50 minutes or so to Greenville.

Clemson has good schools (if by good you mean the school scores). Daniel High is one of the best in the state by the school scores. The eastern side of Seneca, closest to Lake Hartwell and Clemson, has good elementary schools and middle school. The high school in Seneca has a fairly low school score but the school has some lower income students who drag down test scores and other metrics. If you kid wants to learn, Seneca HIgh School is probably good enough. You could always talk to teachers there and other parents to get a better idea.

Chapin High School is supposed to be a good one. I had several friends at Clemson who went there and they all loved it.

You might want to be elaborate more about what you are looking for. Based on what you said, Seneca and/or Clemson meets the criteria as it is close to the mountains. I don't know what your job situation is but Seneca and the two counties in that area doesn't have many jobs.

You could also consider Anderson which is a small town too but bigger than Seneca. It is on Lake Hartwell, and it is also right on the interstate, while Seneca is about 30 minutes off the interstate.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-09-2013, 08:54 AM
 
2,783 posts, read 2,606,111 times
Reputation: 2130
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pomroy33 View Post
I'm finding it difficult to find information on "family life" on Lake Keowee...there seems to be a bunch of communities, but are these really for retirees or summer houses? It appears many have said this area is more a summer destination vs year round living. We're looking for a smaller, quiet town on a lake, with good schools. [Love that Clemson is close by] Also, looking a Chapin, SC...but would love to be closer to the mountains. Appreciate any info!!
There are a fair number of gated retirement communities in the area. If you have kids, the Clemson area might be close to what you are looking for - the schools are pretty good in Clemson. Clemson would also keep you closer to shopping in both Anderson and Greenville. It is a small town but there are a lot of cultural opportunities there due to the college.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-09-2013, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Walhalla, SC
90 posts, read 231,350 times
Reputation: 76
Hi Pomroy, my 11 year old son and I are planning to move down to the Lake Keowee area next March, approximately. We might be in a much different situation as we're not really into the whole "family" scene that's so prevalent in the Eastern side bedroom community we're currently renting a house in. I lived in Hilton Head plantation on Hilton Head island for over a decade, so the quiet and "older crowd" is something I'm already cool with-- both my Son and I are more the introverted type, we love the outdoors and don't need a heavy social scene or lots of other families with kids around. That's actually something we don't like about where we're living right now.

We're really into hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking-- and we spend so much time down there anyway, so it seems like the best of both worlds for us- away from the traffic/noise/congestion of Greenville and closer to the lakes and mountains.

Seneca is a really cute little town, I definitely recommend that if you're interested in the area you visit and have lunch, walk around the shops- there's some nice places to eat and shops on Ram Cat Alley.

Schools aren't an issue for me, as I homeschool. Work isn't either, as I'm self employed and can move wherever without it affecting my work.

We're planning on renting because we don't want to buy until we're sure we want to settle down there. There seems to be a lot of houses in my eventual price range, and a handful in my monthly rental range-- in the Keowee Key community.

If you want to message me privately and talk about what motivated my decision, I'd be happy to email with you!

We completely fell in love with Lake Keowee over the summer and are very excited to move down there.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-09-2013, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Walhalla, SC
90 posts, read 231,350 times
Reputation: 76
Also forgot to add, if you look at my recent posts you'll probably see a thread I started about Lake Keowee- it's got tons of info in it, so you might want to check that!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:



Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > South Carolina > Greenville - Spartanburg area
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top