Five Amazing Communities Near Greenville, SC

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It’s no secret Greenville, SC is a city on the rise. “Best Small City in America,” “Best Food City in the US,” and “Happiest City in America” are just a few of the many accolades our city has received in recent years.

But rising popularity means rising house prices and overall cost of living.

If you’re considering a move – either local or from out of state – but are intimidated by the rising cost of housing, this article is for you!


Simpsonville, SC has the feel of a small town with some seriously big amenities. Plus, it’s just a short 20-minute drive from all downtown Greenville has to offer!

Simpsonville is known for its strong sense of community and comfort. In 2017, the town was named the safest city in South Carolina, and it is a popular choice for families moving to the area.

Simpsonville’s downtown is unique to the Upstate with its fully functional railroad line running right along Main Street. On the west side of the tracks you’ll discover Simposnville’s iconic brick clock tower. Built in 1986, it’s a more modern version of the classic Southern clock tower.

In addition to its charming downtown, another huge draw to Simpsonville is its amenities. The town has four parks, two golf courses, a bowling alley and skating center, and the Heritage Park Amphitheatre – a 15,000-seat venue that attracts a huge lineup of celebrities and entertainers!

Not only can new Simpsonville residents take advantage of all these amenities, you can look forward to pickleball courts and a new music venue in the next year or two!

Are you interested in finding a home in Simpsonville, SC? Discover Simpsonville homes for sale today here. Interested in narrowing down results by price, location, and more? My team can create a custom home search and deliver it right to your inbox! To get started, fill out this form and let me know you’re part of the Kidding Around Greenville family!


Another short 20-minute drive from downtown, Easley, SC is nestled in between Greenville and Clemson, SC. Easley is uniquely situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which provides a beautiful backdrop for the town.

In addition to a friendly downtown district with specialty shops, antique dealers, and wonderful restaurants, Easley is home to the J.B. “Red” Owens Sports Complex. Here, the town hosts the Senior League Baseball World Series and welcomes visitors from all over the world.

The Silos of Easley host a variety of restaurants and social spaces, all built around decommissioned grain silos. This is just one of many new and exciting entertainment venues coming to the area as it grows in popularity.

Easley’s proximity to Greenville and affordable home prices has made it an increasingly popular choice for families new to the area, and the town is hard at work building new home communities to meet the rising demand!

Are you interested in finding a home in Easley, SC? Discover Easley homes for sale today, or fill out this short form and I’ll create a custom home search delivered right to your inbox!


Spartanburg, SC is another town close to Greenville experiencing rapid growth and revitalization.

While this town is a bit further away from Greenville than the others covered in this post, it makes up for the distance by being only an hour away from Charlotte.

BMW, Milliken, Michelin, and other large international brands are flocking to Spartanburg and bringing hundreds of jobs with them, making this a great home if you’re looking for a job in the healthcare or automotive industry.

Local Converse College hosts a variety of performances and cultural events, and downtown Spartanburg has a full event and festival schedule all year long!

With a cost of living 1% lower than the state average and 6% lower than the national average, Spartanburg is an affordable alternative to Greenville.

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Another special town here in the Upstate is Greer, SC. Greer’s charming downtown sets it apart here in the Upstate. The town’s leaders have prioritized expertly restoring main street to its original charm, and their work has really paid off!

All the streets downtown are brick-paved and lined with chic boutiques, award-winning restaurants, and entertainment venues. More than 40 buildings in the town’s main district, Greer Station, are on the National Historic Register.

Finally, like many towns in the area, Greer is nestled in the foothills. With both mountain and lake views, Greer is a truly beautiful place to live.

Are you interested in finding a home in Greer, SC? Discover Greer homes for sale today. Interested in narrowing down results by price, location, and more? My team can create a custom home search and deliver it right to your inbox! To get started, just fill out this form and let me know you’re part of the Kidding Around Greenville family!


Last on our list today is Mauldin, SC. Just ten minutes south of Greenville, Mauldin is another small town that won’t be small much longer. Whether you’re looking for outdoor recreation, shopping, or dining, Mauldin has something for everyone.

The Mauldin Cultural Center is a hub for arts and culture in Mauldin, hosting almost 30,000 people at more than 1,000 events annually.

Mauldin is also a source of some of the Upstate’s biggest development projects.

Bridgeway Station, a 40 acre mixed-use development project, will house apartments, shopping, dining, entertainment, and more. The space already connects to Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail via a large pedestrian bridge across the highway.

Mauldin is growing fast and won’t stay affordable for long. Discover homes for sale in Mauldin today or contact me directly to get a custom search set up for the area!

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As a Greenville native and a real estate agent with over 20 years of local experience, I know firsthand just what an amazing place Greenville is to work and live!

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Dan Hamilton
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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