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The Greater Greenville Region encompasses a large area in Upstate South Carolina. The region is considered the third-largest and fastest-growing urban area in the state. The largest city in the region is Greenville, which serves as the county seat of Greenville County.
There are a myriad of homes for sale in the Greater Greenville Region. Greenville real estate includes a mix of condominiums in the city and single-family homes in a quiet neighborhood setting. Surrounding cities and communities throughout the region have a variety of homes, some enjoying a more rural setting. Homes in the Greater Greenville Region are relatively more affordable when compared to other regions throughout the nation. The diversity in the real estate landscape of the area means there is an option for just about every buyer.
Lifestyle and Attractions
The Greater Greenville Region is comprised of a number of cities and communities, including Anderson, Clemson, Clinton, Easley, Fountain Inn, Greenville, Greenwood, Greer, Laurens, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Spartanburg, Taylors, Travelers Rest, and Woodruff. With a 2016 population of 884,975, the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area is the largest in South Carolina and the third-largest in the Carolinas. At the heart of the region lies Greenville, a thriving metropolis experiencing rapid growth. In fact, Greenville has been named amongst one of the fastest growing cities in the country, due to its high concentration of international powerhouse companies.
Popular attractions in Greenville include the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Greenville Zoo, the Roper Mountain Science Center and more. Greenville hosts several sports games, concerts and events at their cultural event venues, including the enormous Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Peace Center, Centre Stage and Fluor Field at the West End, home of the Greenville Drive baseball team. Greenville also hosts a variety of community events and annual festivals, including Euphoria Greenville, Fall for Greenville, Artisphere, and more. Other festivals and events in the Greater Greenville Region include the Upstate Shakespeare Festival, Balloons Over Anderson and the Clemson Music Festival. Spartanburg County is known as the “Fresh Peach Capital of the World”, celebrated at the South Carolina Peach Festival each summer. Travelers can easily travel to domestic or international destinations through the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, centrally located within the region.
Outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of options for adventure in and around Greenville. In particular, residents may head to the 32-acre Falls Park located on the Reedy River, or travel to nearby state parks and the Blue Ridge Mountains less than an hour’s drive away. Plus, the region is filled with natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor recreation, including the Chattooga River, Devils Fork State Park, Sassafras Mountain, Hollywild Animal Park and much more.
Nearby Schools and Higher Education
The city of Greenville and several surrounding communities are served by the Greenville County School District, which is the largest district in the state, hosting 14 high schools, 18 middle schools, and 50 elementary schools. Other prominent school districts in the Greater Greenville Region include District 5 of Anderson County School District, the School District of Pickens County, Laurens County School District, Greenwood School District, and Spartanburg County School District. There are a myriad of private schools located in the Greater Greenville Region. Greenville is home to several colleges and universities, including Bob Jones University, a Christian liberal arts university; Furman University, a private four-year liberal arts university; and Greenville Technical College, with more than 100 programs geared toward career preparation. Other institutions of higher learning in the region include Clemson University in Clemson, Anderson University in Anderson, and University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg.
The Greenville area served as hunting grounds of the Cherokee Indians until its first European settler, Richard Pearis, arrived in 1770. Greenville County was established after the Revolutionary War, in 1786, and settlers poured into the area. By 1795, the village centered on a log courthouse built near the Reedy River Falls, and the city’s name was later changed to Greenville after Revolutionary War hero, Nathanael Greene. By 1910, Greenville was a thriving cotton town, as grist mills were built along the banks of the Reedy River in the 1830s and the railroad arrived to town in the 1850s. Thousands of Scots-Irish tenant farmers moved to Greenville to seek jobs in the mills, which spelled the beginning of the area’s textile boom. This continued through the 1920s and into the late 1960s. Construction executives lured new industries to the area in the ‘60s, including automotive and tire companies.
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