Greenville County has much to offer buyers from all walks of life. From its rich history to its vibrant economy, the county is a huge draw for those who want to set down roots in a region that has been described as the “economic engine of South Carolina.”
Greenville County formerly served as the hunting grounds of the Cherokee before the tribe ceded the lands to South Carolina in 1777. By that time, the lower parts of SC had already been settled. The first European settler to inhabit Greenville was an Irishman named Richard Pearis, who married a Cherokee and was given a tract of land encompassing 10 square miles.
Today, Paris Mountain and the city of Greenville occupy this land tract where Pearis built a main house, a mill, a trade post, and several storehouses.
Greenville County was founded in 1784. It was named for either General Nathanael Greene, who fought in the Revolutionary War, or Isaac Green, one of the county’s early settlers.
Lemuel J. Alston arrived in 1788 and purchased 400 acres of land, including a portion of Pearis’ former plantation, and in 1797 founded a village called Pleasantburg.
Alston sold his land holdings to VardryMcBee, who would become known as “The Father of Greenville” and would spearhead numerous developments in the county, including its first railroad.
Real Estate and Property Types
Greenville County’s diverse housing market consists of single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. Buyers have a good mix of older homes and new construction homes to choose from.
The majority of residences have three to five bedrooms. The largest of these homes can have as many as six bedrooms, along with gleaming hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, tiled foyers, and sun rooms overlooking spacious, landscaped yards.
Luxury homes offer thousands of square feet of living space to discerning buyers. Such homes are often situated on oversized lots populated by mature trees. Resort-style swimming pools, two-story pool homes, game rooms, and plush master suites are just some of the features you’ll find in the higher end of the market.
Below is a list of cities and census-designated places (CDPs) in the county:
- City View
- Five Forks
- Fountain Inn*
- Golden Grove
- Sans Souci
- Slater-Marietta CDP
- Travelers Rest
- Wade Hampton
- Ware Place
Residents are served by the Greenville County School District, which is the biggest school district in SC and 44th largest in the United States.
Call us, the Pannebaker Team, at (864) 606-4465 or send an email to LetsTalk(at)pannebakerteam(dotted)com for more information on Greenville real estate
Living in Greenville
Those who live here have easy access to Falls Park on the Reedy, Paris Mountain State Park, and Swamp Rabbit Trail – spend a quiet afternoon hiking, jogging, cycling, or camping at any of these outdoor attractions in Greenville County.
The Greenville County Museum of Art is known for having the biggest collection of watercolors by artist Andrew Wyeth. The museum also boasts an extensive collection of prints and paintings by Jasper Johns.
The Upcountry History Museum gives you a glimpse of life in SC from the 18th century up until the present day. The museum features permanent and rotating exhibits, as well as special events like film screenings.
The county is also a shopping destination, with retail hotspots like Haywood Mall, McAlister Square, Magnolia Park, and The Shops at Greenridge. Shop your favorite brands, and have a bite at any of the casual dining and quick service restaurants at these malls.
Other shopping options include:
- Field Plaza Shopping Center
- Cedar Lane Shopping Center
- Lake Forest Shopping Center
- Woodruff Shopping Center
- Westowne Shopping Center
- Cherrydale Point
- The Point
Downtown Greenville also offers shopping and streetside dining in a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly environment. Here you’ll find over 100 shops, including major retailers, specialty stores, and art galleries. Hunt for bargains and buy original works of art.
The downtown area also boasts over 120 locally and independently owned restaurants. Dining hotspots include Soby’s, The Lazy Goat, Larkin’s On the River, The Trappe Door and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
Take a moment to admire the scenery – the tree-lined Main Street is a sight to behold, as is the Reedy River Falls, which can be found at Falls Park.
If you want to learn more about Greenville County and Greenville homes for sale, get in touch with the Pannebaker Team, at (864) 606-4465 or LetsTalk(at)pannebakerteam(dotted)com today.
Greenville Homes for Sale
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