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Enjoying Simpsonville

Life is good and the living is easy in Simpsonville. Located only 20 minutes from downtown Greenville and an hour and a half from both Charlotte and Atlanta, Simpsonville is a growing community with enviable schools, beautiful parks, wonderful public services, fun events and a full complement of restaurants, retailers and employers to keep residents engaged and happy.

“You can get more house for your money in Simpsonville than in Greenville,” explained Holly May with Coldwell Banker Caine. “The average price of a single family home in Simpsonville over the past 12 months has been $237,861, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

So it is very affordable.”

“We have some historic homes in the downtown, but many of those relocating here are looking for new homes and we currently have four major builders constructing subdivisions here, ranging from 30 homes to several hundred,” May added. “Meritage Homes is building 271 homes at their “Lost River” community and then there is DR Horton, Ryan Homes, Mungo Homes and Great Southern Homes which all have projects underway.”

The Simpsonville housing market includes single-family homes, townhouses, duplexes, a few condominiums, and even maintenance-free detached single family homes.

“Many people move here to work for one of the large employers here or in Greenville and another large group consists of empty-nesters from up north who move here to retire and be closer to their children,” she said. “They are drawn by their family, but also by our many golf courses, our active senior center, and the many fun things to do with their grandchildren like the Discovery Island water park.”

Nearby Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, which is part of the Greenville Health System, is another draw.

“Simpsonville is a community that has been able to maintain growth while keeping the small-town feel alive,” said Tiffany Cherry, community relations specialist with the City of Simpsonville. “Main Street is a hub of activity year-round with annual events and local shops, restaurants and entertainment. We also have big name stores. Everything that you need is right here at your doorstep.”

In 2010 Family Circle Magazine named Simpsonville one of the Ten Best Towns for Families in South Carolina, and that was followed in 2011 by Money Magazine naming it one of the 25 Best Affordable Cities in the United States. In July 2016, career expert website Zippia named Simpsonville one of the Ten Most Successful Cities in South Carolina, based on property values, median household income and unemployment rate.

One of Simpsonville’s biggest attributes is Heritage Park. The Amphitheatre is a fun outdoor venue where you and 16,000 of your friends can take in a summer concert. For instance, the 2016 concert season featured Chris Stapleton, Train, Hank Williams Jr., and more. The venue is also home to family favorite events such as the Fair at Heritage Park, Movies in the Park, Independence Day Celebration featuring fireworks accompanied by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and Christmas at Heritage Park, which include a spectacular drive-through Christmas Lights show and Santa’s Village.

The park also features athletic fields, walking trails, two playgrounds and even a miniature replica steam engine train that can take children and adults for rides around the park.

Simpsonville’s merchants often assist with events and other initiatives through the Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce. Local businesses range from large stores like Publix, Target, Belk, and Michael’s Crafts to small local enterprises like the Mary’s Lunchbox, Stella’s Southern Bistro, Carolina Olive Oil, and Vaughn’s Country Store.

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