Greenville is beautiful, family-friendly, and has topped lists all over the country as one of the best places to live. People are taking notice. Greenville was named as the fourth-fastest growing city in 2017 at nearly six percent. Greenville is regularly celebrated as a “best city” by travel magazines like Conde Nast and National Geographic. Take a look at any Greenville Facebook group and families are asking members where is the best place in the area to move, where the best schools are located, and a host of other questions.
Where is the Best Place to Live in the Greenville, SC area?
Our family’s realtor helped us immensely when we made the move to Greenville, pointing out the areas where she knew fit our budget but also were areas that met our long checklist of wants. Even still, it was nerve-wracking and exciting to take that leap of faith and move our family. But we could not be happier here and absolutely love where we live, like many of those who choose to move to Greenville or the surrounding towns.
So, where are the best locations in the Greenville area for families and why are those places so awesome? We asked our readers to help new families figure that out and they did not disappoint. Here are where our readers live and why they love it!
Many of our readers love Taylors for its proximity to downtown Greenville, schools, and open land. Prices for homes are reasonable, with the median value about $177,700, and you can get more space for your money than you can just 15 minutes closer to downtown.
Here is what our readers said about Taylors:
Great schools, close access to everything!KA Reader
Close enough to the city to feel big and have things to do but far enough away to have that home town, “how’s your ma and them” feel ❤KA Reader
Taylors… close enough to everything but tucked away enough where you don’t hear anythingKA Reader
Greer has put a lot of effort into revamping their cute downtown area around Trade Street with coffee shops, shopping, and restaurants. Their events at the City Park are always well-attended and family-friendly and they host an outdoor movie series there over the summer. Greer is also home to the Riverside school district, one of the best in the area. The median home value is around $199,400.
To learn more about Greer, check out Kidding Around’s Ultimate Visitors and Local Guide to Greer.
Our readers love living in Greer:
I love, love Greer (Riverside area). Hard to imagine being anywhere else. Buena Vista is an incredible school, and while I can’t speak first hand to the other schools (aside from Riverside, 10 years ago when I went there… 😂) they are supposed to awesome as well. Easy access to the interstate, close to BMW where my husband works. Only downside is home prices are a bit high.KA Reader
I LOVE living in the middle of downtown Greer. I can walk to all the restaurants, the park with my son and anytime we have a festival I don’t have to worry about parking. Small town feel tucked away in the city.KA Reader
I love it because its close to everywhere, we are close the interstate so getting places quickly is nice. The greatest thing is it’s far enough away from big city, what I highly appreciate.KA Reader
(On the side close to Pelham Rd) I love it because it’s close to everywhere and we are close (literally right next to) the interstate so getting places quickly is nice.KA Reader
Simpsonville is one of the larger towns outside of Greenville and has great parks and restaurants. New neighborhoods are popping up everywhere here as the town is known for being safe and having top-notch schools. The median home value in the town is just below $220,700.
To learn more about Simpsonville, check out Kidding Around’s Day Trip Guide to Simpsonville.
Our Simpsonville readers love where they live:
Won safest city award, love all the friendly faces, we have everything and don’t have to travel into Greenville unless we have to. It’s close to everything too! And awesome schools!KA Reader
Top notch schools, wonderful parks for kids/dogs, close to everything, great small town vibe, the downtown area is awesome. We have the Country store, Ice Cream Station, Exchange Coffee, breweries, good BBQ, a creperie, nice boutiques and some highly rated food joints.KA Reader
Fountain Inn is one of the fastest-growing cities in South Carolina and we at Kidding Around love its small-town charm. Along Fountain Inn’s quaint Main Street and in the downtown area, you can find yummy lunch spots, a really cool splash pad, and one of the fabulous Greenville County libraries, to name a few.
To learn more about Fountain Inn, check out Kidding Around’s Day Trip Guide to Fountain Inn.
Living close to downtown Greenville has many perks – minutes away from amazing restaurants and entertainment, close proximity to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, beautiful parks, and great shopping is just around the corner. The North Main Area is super popular, with older homes that are just stunning. Prices range from the high $200s to well over $750,000. The Augusta Road area is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, with homes no less than half a million dollars. Condos are also gaining popularity downtown.
Readers who live in Greenville love it:
Augusta Street area of Greenville; 2 miles from downtown. My family and I have lived in 4 different places around the country and chose this area to (finally!) settle down. What attracted us was the close proximity to downtown and the abundance of trees and parks. We love to frequent Rockwood Park, which is a secluded park with a large field and playground (sshhh! Not many people know about it! 😉 )KA Reader
Other areas our readers love in Upstate, SC
Close enough to Gville but also far enough away from big city life; great schools, better traffic.KA Reader
I moved to Lyman from Asheville exactly a month ago. I like that there’s not a ton of traffic, it’s inexpensive to live here, and being such a small town…we are a short drive to everything. And the parks here are awesome.KA Reader
Right in the middle of several towns so easy to get to TR (Travelers Rest) or Greer/Taylors but also out in the sticks so very peaceful.KA Reader
We are in the Mauldin/Conestee area. We live on 5 Acres and run a small children’s horse farm business. We like the location because it’s relatively central between downtown, Woodruff road, and Simpsonville.KA Reader
Where do you live & what makes it great?