Dan Hamilton’s Guide to Greenville Retirement Communities

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Are you a retiree looking for retirement communities in Greenville, SC? Or maybe you and your family have just moved to Greenville and have parents eager to follow you to the area? In this article, our Real Estate Partner Dan Hamilton shares some of the best retirement and age-restricted communities in the Upstate, comparing amenities and explaining buying and leasing options.

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What is a 55+ Community?

55+ Communities, Age-Restricted Communities, and Retirement Communities are all unique in that they legally discriminate on the basis of age, only allowing residents of a certain age to live in their community.

These communities, typically catering to individuals 55 years and older, often specialize in low-maintenance, single story homes and all-inclusive condos. Many have full and engaging social calendars and top-of-the-line fitness centers, offering their residents a wide range of activities throughout the week.

If you are interested in joining one of Greenville’s prestigious senior communities or are researching for a loved one, this guide will help you break down your options and decide what is the best fit for you!

Interested in learning more about the differences between Greenville’s senior and age-restricted communities? Reach out to our team for a full breakdown and a personalized home search. 

Purchase a Home: Retirement Communities in Greenville, SC

Many Greenville retirement communities are privately owned and maintained, meaning you have to contact the facility directly to inquire about leasing a home. A select handful, however, has homes available for resale. These are some of the best retirement communities in Greenville, SC! Homes in these popular communities sell quickly! If you or a loved one is interested in purchasing a home in one of these communities, contact our team right away. We’ll help you set up a personalized Home Search that will instantly notify you when any homes in these communities come on the market.

Dan Hamilton's best retirement communities in Greenville, SC.

Blaize Ridge

Blaize Ridge is an age-restricted community in Greer, South Carolina. The luxurious, maintenance-free neighborhood was built by Epcon Communities and features single-story, all-brick patio homes with five different floor plan options.

In addition to its beautiful homes, this community includes a clubhouse with a heated pool and fitness center as well as walking trails. Just minutes from Blaize you’ll find popular dining and entertainment, and the neighborhood is only 5 minutes from Downtown Greer and 20 minutes away from Downtown Greenville. The proximity makes it an excellent choice for a senior living community in Greenville.

Rolling Green Village

Rolling Green Village is one of Greenville’s most established retirement communities. The all-inclusive community’s mission hasn’t changed in its 30 years of operation: “To serve older adults by providing an environment that enriches the quality of life and fosters independence in a setting nurtured by and established on Christian ideals.”

Rolling Green has a variety of patio home and apartment options in their independent living communities. These homes are available for purchase and the community’s monthly fee covers complete home maintenance, a meal plan, and a wellness program designed to enhance your independent living experience.

In addition to a full calendar of monthly events and activities, Rolling Green residents have access to transportation to and from Greenville shopping, dining, and entertainment.

As a Continuing Care Community, Rolling Green offers a Life Plan that can be completely customized to your needs over time, offering services beyond independent living such as assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and more. It is easy to see why Rolling Green Village is one of the best retirement communities in Greenville, SC.

The Ravines at Creekside

The Ravines at Creekside is an age-restricted, active lifestyle community neighborhood in Simpsonville, South Carolina. The community features 108 single-story, low-maintenance homes. Homes are typically two to three bedrooms with open floorplans and spacious master suites. The Ravines HOA handles lawn care, exterior home maintenance, street light and walkway maintenance, and amenities access.

The Ravines Clubhouse includes a fitness center, heated pool, community gathering areas with card tables, a patio, and more. Residents have clubhouse access and can partake in a full calendar of activities. Notable activities include card games, book clubs, monthly luncheons, and neighborhood parties.

Conveniently situated 20 minutes from Downtown Greenville and 10 minutes from Downtown Simpsonville, Ravines residents have easy access to the Upstate’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment.


This active lifestyle, gated community is less than 10 minutes from Downtown Greenville and the Greenville Country Club. The neighborhood features 165 single-family homes and 24 attached condo homes (with elevator access to upper floors). Swansgate’s affordable HOA fee includes access to common facilities like a pool and fitness center, a full event calendar, gated security, landscaping and exterior home maintenance, and more. This makes it an attractive choice in the many retirement communities in Greenville, SC.

Swansgate retirement community in Greenville, SC

Common community activities include billiards, cards, dances, Friday social hours, and holiday parties. Golf lovers don’t have to travel far for some of the most well-maintained courses in the Upstate, and Downtown Greenville shopping and dining is a short drive away.

Communities You Can Lease a Home In

While some retirement communities in Greenville, SC have homes available for sale, many require reaching out to the community directly to inquire about availability.

While we cannot represent you as your real estate agent within these communities, we still encourage you to reach out to our team before inquiring. We work hard to develop relationships with local communities and may have a contact at one you are interested in!

TerraBella Greenville

TerraBella Greenville makes life feel like a vacation with their all-inclusive independent living. Choose from one of their one or two-bedroom apartments or cozy suites depending on your needs. TerraBella is located on Augusta Road less than 10 minutes from Downtown Greenville.

Cook for yourself or take advantage of TerraBella’s extensive chef-prepared meals. Transportation is available to major Greenville shopping, dining, entertainment, and daily on-campus activities and an engaging social calendar will keep you busy with friends!

TerraBella in Greenville, SC.

TerraBella is a pet-friendly facility offering outdoor walking paths, a private courtyard and community garden, and scenic patios. A stocked library, media room, game room, and live entertainment round out TerraBella’s indoor entertainment. TerraBella even has a professional beauty salon and barber shop onsite! TerraBella will help you assemble an amenities package that best suits your needs should you choose to live there.

The Foothills Retirement Community

Less than 10 minutes from downtown Easley, Foothills Retirement Community provides premiere senior care with small-town charm. Foothills offers a variety of care based on your needs from independent living and outpatient therapy to assisted living, memorial support, and short-term rehabilitation.

Independent living residents can choose from a wide selection of patio homes or apartments and benefit from housekeeping, complete interior and exterior maintenance, wellness programming, a full event schedule, and so much more. All three meals (plus snacks!) are provided for Foothills’ assisted living residents, plus scheduled transportation to and from primary care physician appointments.

Foothills Community takes amenities seriously. The community boasts a full-service dining room in addition to private dining options, multi-purpose areas, a chapel, library, salon, pool and hot tub, extensive walking paths and expansive gardens, and so much more. Off-campus, residents enjoy shopping, dining, and entertainment options in nearby Easley. And with Greenville a short 20-minute drive away, entertainment is endless!

Clemson Downs

Tiger fans will be pleased to learn luxurious living exists a mere five minutes away from Clemson University. Clemson Downs offers four primary living options in their continuum-of-care model, ranging from independent living to skilled nursing and memory care.

Activities abound at Clemson Downs. You can view sample event calendars on their website, managed by the 6 full-time event coordinators on staff.

Residents can choose from a variety of patio home and apartment options depending on their living package. Full-time event coordinators host a wide range of events and activities. Transportation is available to and from doctor’s appointments as well as local shopping, dining and entertainment. Clemson Down’s Genesis Rehab services provide physical and speech therapy and rehabilitation for all residents.

The Cascades at Verdae

The Cascades at Verdae is a gated retirement community minutes from Downtown Greenville offering unparalleled service. A never-ending social calendar, award-winning wellness programs, and industry-leading healthcare services are just a few of the top-of-the-line amenities Cascades maintains.

The Cascades offer a variety of living options from active adult and independent living to skilled nursing and in-home care services.

The Cascades at Verdae in Greenville, SC

The Cascades believe anyone – regardless of age or condition – can improve their quality of life through a young outlook on life. And a young outlook is not just for the young! The community furthers this mindsight by providing on-site spas, wellness centers, exceptional dining options, and an engaging social calendar. Cascade residents share that the biggest surprise in their transition to the community is how quickly they made friends and their biggest regret was not making the move sooner.

Greenville, South Carolina is an amazing place to call home and the same can be said for the city’s retirement communities. If you or a loved one are interested in exploring retirement community options, reach out to our team! We’d love to provide an in-depth review of local communities and help you start the process of inquiring about the best retirement communities in Greenville, SC.

About Hamilton & Company

Hamilton & Company is the Upstate’s top-rated real estate team. Dan Hamilton and his team of professional experts offer unparalleled customer service, helping you through each step of the home buying and selling process.

Give our team a call today (864.527.7685) to learn more about how we can help you realize your real estate goals!

Interested in investing in Greenville? My team at Hamilton & Co. is the top-rated real estate team in the Upstate, and would love to help you buy a home here. I’d love to help make your real estate dreams come true!  — Dan

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About the Author
Dan Hamilton is a founder and Team Leader of Hamilton & Co. of Keller Williams Realty, which consistently ranks as one of the top producing real estate teams in South Carolina. Passionate about Greenville and the Upstate, Dan is also a former member of the SC House of Representatives and has also served as a Director for the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS and the South Carolina Association of REALTORS. Dan and his wife Kelly are also parents to four children. On most weekends, Dan can be found on the sidelines of the soccer field either coaching or cheering on one of his kids.

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