Greenville, SC, is a picturesque city that has been named to multiple top 10 lists. Incorporated in 1831, it was built upon 100,000 acres of Cherokee hunting grounds along the Ready River that had been given to Richard Pearis, who had married a Cherokee woman.
Some of the Top 10 lists Greenville has appeared in include the following:
10th on the National Geographic's 29 U.S. Cities on the Rise
7th on Southern Living's Best Cities in the South 2019
5th on U.S. News Travel's Best Place to Visit in the Carolinas
3rd on Condé Nast's Best Small Cities in the U.S.
Tons of Amenities
One of the most popular places to hang out is Falls Park on the Reedy River. Lush green spaces with beautiful waterfalls welcome tourists and residents alike. Paris Mountain State Park offers walking trails as well.
If museums are more your thing, Greenville is home to the Children's Museum of the Upstate, a popular destination for families. Another museum option is the Greenville County Museum of Art. There is also the Peace Center and Upcountry History Museum.
Animal lovers will enjoy the Greenville Zoo, another popular destination for families. The zoo has lots of animals from all over the world in all shapes and sizes.
Foodies also have a lot to look forward to in downtown Greenville. Restaurants include:
Tupelo Honey Cafe - Great Southern food
Smoke on the Water - Excellent barbecue
Willy Taco - Feed and Seed - Fabulous Mexican cuisine
If you have children, the downtown Greenville area has excellent schools. Even if you don't have children now, you might in the future and good local schools are important for your resale value.
Except for the cost of real estate, the cost of living in the downtown area is lower than the South Carolina average. When you consider you might be leaving your car in the garage to walk everywhere, your savings could be even greater.
Downtown Greenville has a thriving job market, which gives ample opportunity to walk to work from your home. There are many excellent detached family homes and multi-family housing options available for sale or rent. Explore the neighborhoods to find an architectural style that appeals to you.
With diverse housing options and excellent schools, historic Greenville is a great option for those looking to raise a family in the South.