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April 18, 2019

Cunningham Team Greenville Homes April Newsletter

 

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A monthly review of our team & the Greenville Real Estate Market

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A variety of big and small events are unrolling rapidly so we will try to update you.

I-85 Gateway Project is behind schedule. This should be no surprise to anyone who has noticed the 6 months of seemingly continuous rain we've had this year in Greenville. Finally the sun is out and the completion date, which was this month, has been adjusted to Jan 24th 2020 (yes, exactly on the 24. :). Hurricanes and wetland permits with additional work added are blamed for the delay. The contractor could be fined $25,000 a day if work is not completed on time.    Source: Upstate Business Journal

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Poe West development in The Village of West Greenville are unveiled. In the former Poe West Hardware & Supply Co a 60,000 s.f. development is being planned which will include retail, restaurant, Class-A office space and educational facilities. A 2019 opening for the new complex is planned. Greenville Tech's new Center for Culinary and Hospitality Innovation (CHI) along with Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery, LaRue Fine Chocolate and Six and Twenty distillery will be the anchor tenants. Sounds like it will be a delicious place to visit. Homes for sale close by will start demanding a premium price to be within walking distance of these treats. Source: Upstate Business Journal 

Distillery to open new location in the Village of West Greenville! The Six&Twenty Distillery, founded in Powdersville, is opening new doors in downtown Greenville, SC at the above mentioned Poe West. The distillery will be much more then just a local bar as it will have full production in view of the patrons. Cocktail classes and retail and event space will also be available. Tours will of course be given of the production areas. The distillery will be neighbors with the Greenville Tech culinary school a beneficial pairing. Six & Twenty has become one of South Carolina's premier craft distilleries, using local grains. They specialize in small batch whiskeys, bourbons and vodkas.    Source: Upstate Business Journal 

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301 East Broad Street Condo Development. Yes, yet another cool new condo development is going in downtown. Are there to many condos? Not yet, all the new units going in get sold out pretty quickly. Downtown is just plain HOT. The 301 E Broad condos will have 38 units and will be across the street from McBee Station and all the conveniences available there including a publix, restaurants, doctors and more. These condos will have only a 3 block walk to Main Street and the new Camperdown (Greenville News) development. 

Prisma Health to build "Destination Zone" in Greenville, SC. Prisma Health, the new owners of Greenville Health System, wants to create a one stop shop for families and employees of the medical facilities. They want to have affordable housing, hotels, restaurants, andy amenities needed and even a new cancer center in their vision for the future. This will involve partnerships with local government, universities and businesses. It would also include upgrades in infrastructure and roads. All campuses will need more land and that drives up area prices near the campuses. They have a 5-10 year horizon for these changes.      Source: Greenville News

.408 Jackson mixed-use development to be built across from Flour Field. We mentioned this new development last month, but wanted to give more details. This will be a 5 story complex with a basement. It will surround a 6 story parking complex. The residential portion will face out towards the street and field. The Shoeless Joe Jackson museum currently on site will be moved to a corner closer to the ball field, with the blessings of the family. There will also be retail shops and restaurants that don't need a full kitchen and apartments in the development.  Sources: Woodfield Developers, Upstate Business Journal

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New Grand Bohemian Greenville set to open 2020. This boutique hotel set next to Falls Park's Liberty Bridge will be 7 stories and look like a mountain lodge. I'm sure it will be a sought after place to stay for romantic couple get-aways (I'm making reservations now...just kidding) It is really in a great place and if it offers the type of atmosphere they are talking about it will be a wonderful destination. It will also have a 2 story restaurant and bar overlooking the Reedy River and Falls Park, so you don't need to stay there to enjoy the setting. The hotel will have 187 rooms and a Poseidon Spa as well as flexible indoor and outdoor venue spaces (think weddings and more). I can not wait to check it out, along with all the other new places coming to downtown. 

All of these new and potential developments add value to your Greenville, SC real estate investments and homes. Buying a home as young as you can is the wisest investment (see our recent blog newsletter subject on the topic of home and wealth), just do not max out your budget. A home is an asset, but only if it improves your quality of life and does not become a burden. 

March Sales

 

Greater Greenville Market Data Overview

(Condo & Single Family Home Sales)

March

2019

2018

Homes Sold

1179

1172

 Active Homes

4789

4620

Average Sales Price

$241,959

$239,514

Median Sales Price

$210,450

$205,000

 Average Days On Market (DOM)

64

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As you can see from the graph BELOW March sales have continued to climb and are matched up with 2018 sales. The number of listings are up over last year. This is good thing for home buyers as we have had a shortage of inventory for the past few years in the Greenville real estate market. High inventory helps home buyers find what they want and get it at a lower price because there is more competition between home sellers. The Average and median sales price for homes is up just slightly over 2018 which is great for Greenville Home Sellers. Even with the increase in inventory home prices are rising. Home buyers don't need to despair as it means you are getting a good investment. This time of the year is the BEST time to buy or sell as there are more homes on the market and home buyers are looking to buy and move in just after the new school year ends. Thinking of listing? Talk to us about your home's value and our 3D interactive home tour. It's like having an open house 24-7 without the inconvenience!  864-67-0707. 

How many homes sold by month compared to last year? 

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The phrase “It’s raining cats and dogs” has several different origin theories. One is that when houses used to have thatched roofs, pets and other small animals (squirrels, groundhogs, etc.) used to nestle into the straw for warmth. When it would rain, however, the straw would become slippery and the animals would slide out, creating the illusion that it was literally raining cats and dogs! 

Greenville EVENT Series Kickoff

The City of Greenville started it's Downtown Event Series on March 21st with Downtown Alive on Thursday nights and Heritage Main Street Fridays. If you are new to Greenville, these events are held in Noma Square with live music, children's activities and lots of fun people! This year we have 24 weeks of cool music and events. Thursdays there will be a food trucks available as well as all the downtown restaurants and shops. This year bands will be performing for your votes as well. You can vote online for your favorite bands and they will earn a paid gig and studio time for their and your efforts. Contest starts in May. These events create a fun and festive atmosphere in downtown Greenville, SC. The events attract patrons to the local retail and restaurants downtown and keeps them vibrant. The events also offer residents of Greenville County a break from the every day, family fun activities and overall improvement in the quality of life we have here in Greenville, SC. All of these things make homes in Greenville a valuable investment. 

Greenville Scottish Games May 24-26th

Little known fact about the Scottish Games here is Greenville. The City of Greenville LOVES the games as they are one of the top draws for people to come to Greenville from out of town. Those tourism dollars are huge and help Greenville, SC to grow & thrive with money from non-residents (always a happy thing for us home town folks).  The games are a fun festival of music, dancing, kids activities and the athletic events. If you haven't been to one yet go check it out. The Games are on the beautiful Furman University campus. 

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Travelers Rest has a new Wildlife Management Area. Just south of Highway 11/276 and about 12 miles from central TR a 1,757 acre parcel of land has been set aside for protection in it's natural state. It is called Tall Pines and contains upland and wetland areas, two lakes, numerous streams and a mile of frontage on the South Saluda River. Fish, deer, turkey, quail and small game live on the land. The land will be available to hunters, anglers, hikers and general public. It has taken 4 years to pull this together and about $4 million in funds. The land is particularly beautiful and is along the Blue Ridge Escarpment. It holds wonders that exist no where else in the state. Trails will be added moving forward. The property is at 556 Moody Bridge Road, Cleveland, SC. There is a sign at the entrance to the property and there are already roads in place that might be converted to trails by the SCDNR, who will maintain the WMA.     Sources:  travelersresthere.com

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Another Cunningham Team Home LISTING

225 Murrell Road, Greenville, SC 29605

List Price $225,000     |    4BD x 3BA   |    2,000-2,199 s.f.  |   3.1 ACRES

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Spring Cleaning FOCUS: Laundry Rooms

We are looking to relocate our laundry room from right as you walk in the back / garage door to a storage closet. We will be converting the storage closet from garage space to home space. This is a smart idea because it will add square footage to our home. The more square footage the more you can ask for your home and still get it to appraise. Loosing the storage space in the garage is a blow as we loved it, but I will love not having the laundry right at the back door more. Plus that space will be converted into a mudroom/pantry, what I've wanted for a long time. Not all the storage will be lost however as we will be raising the floor quite a bit to match the floors in the house so underneath that floor I will install huge drawers that pull out in the garage for large storage space.

We have been research the best options for a new laundry to make sure we add a lot of functionality and value to our home. functionality for us now and value to be able to resell for more later.

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ADD FUNCTION: One neat option we have because we are altering the floor already is to raise the flooring under the Washer/Dryer even more to be easier on the back when pulling clothes out and putting them in. Adding additional cabinet and a counter top for folding is a nice plus. The counter could actually be made to fold down if you want more space in the room for other things. Adding hanging space is a great feature, in this day and age, where else are you going to do it? The days of outside clothes lines seems to be fading into the past. A built in rod or a fold-down bar you can hide are two ways to deal with this option. Purchasing a rolling clothes basket with the bar across the top for hanging folding clothes is a great option as well.

REMOVE WHAT's UNNECESSARY: When you are revamping your laundry room make sure to only have the products you need and get rid of old or un-used chemicals. Have the items you use all the time next to the washer and dryer in a cabinet, on top of the appliances or in a tote next to the W/D. Don't use the laundry room as a catch-all (unless you have no other choice) for other household cleaning supplies, mops, vacuums and misc storage. \

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ORGANIZE: In the gaps between the machines you can put in a roll-out shelf for many of your laundry supplies and it will keep your laundry room looking clean and neat. Make sure the floor stay clear of clutter and clothing. Laundry floors seem to get dirty from all the fabric and dirt that come in, so clean it as often as you can and have laundry baskets in some sort of organized set-up. They have tall slender laundry baskets now that roll around or you can install a cabinet systems where laundry baskets rest and slide out for easy sorting. These can be labeled for each person so they can grab their clothes and put them away. 

KEEP CLEAN EASILY: When laundry detergent drips all over the cap/cup just toss it in with the laundry (non-delicates only). A favorite of mine is this non-trash can solution to lint. Try hanging an apartment style mailbox, or planter beside your dryer. Keep a small trash bag or plastic grocery bag in it and toss the lint into it. An easy and convenient solution for lint. 

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Housewarming. The term “housewarming party” comes from the literal tradition that used to occur before electricity. Every time a person built or bought a new home, guests would bring firewood as gifts and light fires in the home's fireplaces. This not only “christened” the house, but was said to ward off evil spirits.

ALL THE CARE FOR CLOTHES: Since this is a dedicated clothing maintenance space make sure it has: a space for all dry cleaning items. A hanging space for your iron and ironing board (try the back of the door, or a fold down one the hide in a cabinet), A small basket for items that need mending or fixing, a small sewing kit for those items as well (it can be kept in the bottom of the basket), a basket for single socks (or a clothesline hung against the wall? 

ENJOY YOUR SPACE: Always remember that in order for you to enjoy going in the room it needs to be nice and bright. Have good lighting and maybe a window if possible. Light colored paint is always a good idea and minimal window treatments to let the sun shine in. 

Cunningham Team Home UNDER CONTRACT

3 Deerborne Dr, Taylors, SC 29687 

Listing Price: $229,000   |   3BR x 3BA   |   1,800 S.F.

( YES, Just Listed and Just Closed. THAT FAST )

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Lee and his team are excellent at what they do. He was able to sell our house in ONE day with multiple offers. He got us an amazing price and great terms and we are very thankful for him and his team. He was always easily reachable via phone, email, or text. We moved out of state and he did a great job coordinating all the repairs and things we couldn’t do ourselves. We highly recommend him! ~Kelly

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April 3, 2019

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A monthly BRIEF on the Lighter side of Greenville's Real Estate Market

Greenville Real Estate Spot Light - Travelers Rest

Greenville, South Carolina is not just about the downtown area, our location close to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and with flowing rivers and lakes close by make this area a great place to live. Many people like to slow down, work less, spend less and have more free time for quality of life. Homes in Travelers Rest accommodate this higher quality of life without sacrificing access to good restaurants, shops and activities. Travelers Rest is now enticing many younger residents to settle there because of these factors. TR is unique in that it has  embraced a healthier and innovative way to appeal to younger residents, families and couples. Having Furman University in TR helps bring in a younger crowd, but the growth since the swamp rabbit trail opened has really catalyzed amazing shops and restaurants to  open. This article will detail more about TR and the trailblazer park. Next month we will talk about all the amazing new restaurants opening in Travelers Rest. 

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A Short Travelers Rest History

Just north of Greenville, in South Carolina where US-276 and US-25 unite for a short distance and then head off in different directions, nestles a place called Travelers Rest. The name itself conjures up a sense of peace and relaxation, a place to take a deep breath and put your feet up for awhile. The town takes its name from its location-in the 1800s, weary travelers coming down out of the mountains to sell goods or to travel to the coast, would stop here and take a breather before continuing to their destination.  It was also the last stop before heading back up into the mountains on the way home.  Sometimes those travelers had to wait months to allow the snow to clear.  

NEW Cunningham Team Home Listing

202 Asheton Lakes Way, Simpsonville, SC 29681

$479,900  |   4BR x 3.5BA   |   3,400-3,599 S.F.

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Travelers Rest, SC has always given weary travelers a respite-a place to stay for a day or a month, a place to rest and to restock their supplies. TR is not just a sleepy little town anymore. Today, visitors to TR do not need to go to the general store to restock their wagons with supplies or food (although people food is definitely available!) or find a place to repair a broken wagon wheel. They can, however, choose to restock their wagon with other items- like fun, adventure and enjoyment! Depending on your mood and your level of energy, there are a number of activities in Travelers Rest to explore. The two we’ll be taking off the shelf and adding to our wagon today -Trailblazer Park and the Swamp Rabbit Trail connection- are available anytime and, best of all, don’t cost a dime!  

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A Huge Asset to Travelers Rest - Trailblazer Park

Trailblazer Park is located on 22 acres on the southern side of downtown Travelers Rest (TR). Travelers Rest High School was located on this site until it was moved to a site on North Main St. in 2007. The school board’s plan was to use the property as a school bus hub, but TR’s visionary planners, including former mayors Roy Reynolds and Wayne McCall and city administrator, Dianna Turner, had a better idea.  

Administrators wanted to take advantage of one of the best views in the area ...so Trailblazer Park was born

They wanted to take advantage of one of the best views in the area and make this piece of property a hub of activity for the community.  And so Trailblazer Park was born.  

 

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Trailblazer Park opened in the summer of 2014.  If you need to take care of any town business, Travelers Rest’s City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, and Summary Court are all located here. But the park is not all serious business! Step outside those offices and take in the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the north and Paris Mountain to the southeast. The park itself is a beautiful green-space with wide sidewalks equally suitable for an evening stroll or a more strenuous walk for exercise.  

Trialblazer Park Events and Activities

The Travelers Rest Farmers Market Pavilion is located in the center of the park. Every Saturday morning, from May to September, this space welcomes 70+ vendors, making it the “largest, independently run, non-profit farmers market in the state” (quote from https://www.travelersrestfarmersmarket.com). Opening Day this year is May 4th, 2019. The Farmers Market, besides bringing fresh, local products to customers, also provides regular programs during the Saturday markets. Those programs include Market Music, Market Talks, Market Cooks, Market Kids, and Market Fitness. The May 4th programs include “Ask a Master Gardener” presented by Greenville Gardeners Master Gardeners, “Plant a Seed for Life” hosted by Market Kids, and a yoga class offered by Market Fitness. Check the website above for the schedule of events and fill your Saturday mornings with good food, fun and a bit of education. One program offering, which sounds particularly appealing, is the “Tomato Sandwich Taste-Off” on July 27th.  This will be the 6th year for this event, which features 8 local restaurants competing for the “Big Tomato” title.   

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Behind the Market Pavilion is the amphitheater. This year, the amphitheater will host “Music in the Park” every Saturday evening in May, June and September. A wide range of musical genres is represented so check out the schedule, and choose a night (or several) to enjoy this beautiful venue.  Food vendors, food trucks, and a craft beer and wine kiosk will be available. Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket , but no pets, alcohol, hard-sided or large coolers. Another popular series in the amphitheater is “Movies in the Park” every Saturday evening in August. The schedule will be announced in June. The movies start around 8:30 PM.  Food trucks will be open. Bring a chair and grab a spot! On Thursday evenings during the month of October, when the temperatures turn cool and the mountains are blazing with color, Trailblazer Park celebrates with the Bluegrass/Harvest Market. This event features bluegrass music in the amphitheater and family style dining. Local vendors and artisans also return to offer their wares at this market. 

Trailblazer Park hosts annual/biannual events too. Coming up on April 19-20 is the Vintage Market featuring over 100 vendors of vintage and handmade goods, along with food and music. The Vintage Market is also held in the fall, but that date has not been announced yet. On June 19, Chautaugua Series presents “History Comes Alive” with Leslie Goddard portraying Jackie Kennedy.

Included in the Park’s 22 acres are Greenville County athletic fields, known as the Chico Bolin Athletic Complex. The former Travelers Rest High School football field, complete with lights and a ¼-mile walking track, remains on this site. On the southern side of the field, new trails, a concession stand, and bathrooms are being constructed.  

Trailblazer Park offers something for everyone. As a visitor, you can enjoy a solo walk around the park’s trails, attend a concert in the amphitheater, buy local food and wares at the Farmer’s Market, or do business with the city.  Or all of these on the same trip!

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Travelers Rest portion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail

Another bargain in TR is the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The Swamp Rabbit Trail (SWT) is a 20+-mile long (and growing) paved trail, which runs through Greenville County.  The SWT sits on the old rail bed for the Greenville and Northern Railway-one of many names this railway had over the years.  The railway’s nickname, though, was the Swamp Rabbit, because the line ran along the Reedy River and the ride, evidently, bounced passengers around, just like its namesake’s hopping gait.  And, as with many nicknames, Swamp Rabbit was the name that stuck.  In 1998, Upstate Forever saw the potential in converting the section of the abandoned  line from Greenville to Travelers Rest to a public trail.  The group spearheaded acquisition of the property and the eventual partnership between Greenville County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and Greenville Health System, and the opening of the “Greenville Health System (now Prisma Health) Swamp Rabbit Trail” in 2009.  Since then, it has grown to its current 20+ miles and runs from just north of Travelers Rest to Lake Conestee Nature Park south of Greenville.  You can find an interactive map of the SWT online or you can pick up a hard copy at Travelers Rest City Hall. 

Over 600,000 bikers, runners, and walkers used the Swamp Rabbit Trail (SWT) in 2016

Over 600,000 bikers, runners, and walkers used the SWT in 2016.   The SWT closely parallels Travelers Rest’s Main St and has helped to transform the downtown area from its former status as a place to pass through to its current repute as a “hopping” destination. The eastern portion of Trailblazer Park lies very close to the SWT.  A short spur across from City Hall allows easy access to the trail. From there, it is an easy 0.8 mile hike, run, or bike ride to downtown TR and all the food and entertainment available there. This portion of the trail is popular with families, with people walking pets (and pets walking their people!), runners, and bikers. With so many different types of users, rules to keep everyone safe do exist. Those rules include staying to the right if you are a walker or runner, to the left if you are a biker. Trail etiquette calls for bikers to warn pedestrians of their presence by ringing a bell or calling “on your left!”  Pedestrians, though, also need to remain aware and keep one ear open for approaching bicycle traffic.  

Optimum health is built on many things, including ample rest and relaxation, physical activity, healthy food, and emotional and spiritual activities that feed our souls. Travelers Rest remains a wonderful place to seek peace and quiet, but has also transformed itself into a place to be active and involved. From the Farmer’s Market at Trailblazer Park, where local produce is available for your purchase, to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, where you can stretch your legs with a gentle amble, or push yourself a bit with a bike ride or a run, Travelers Rest provides many options for helping you become the best you can be.

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Talk about lightening up... Nanoleaf, a unique lighting company, has developed hexagonal smart light panels. Arranged in endless combinations you can create programmable art and light. Set it to react to touch or music!

$250 for 9 tiles available later this year.

Starting Spring yard work?

Planning a new yard design to update the current one? Curb appeal is top on the list with new buyers. The app Home Design 3D Outdoor & Garden can help you with that!. The NAR blog for ABR credentialed realtors (which Lee is one) recommend it!

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What are basic Spring DIY Cleaning Supplies?

General things about cleaning supplies, Cleaners rely on either acids or bases. When combined they cancel each other out so pick one or the other, but not both for the same job. 

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Did you know that mixing bleach & vinegar OR ammonia creates HIGHLY TOXIC chlorine gases NEVER MIX THESE.

Mixing hydrogen peroxide can cause an EXPLOSION!

Borax is an excellent cleaner, but TOXIC.

Acid can etch the surface of any stone (granite, marble, etc).

Whew, now that we have that out of the way...

You can start making your own cleaning supplies by stocking up on these basics:

Weak Acids:

White Vinegar - (acetic acid) Has a slight smell at first which goes away quickly. It's a great all purpose cleaner. Do Not use the apple cider vinegar for cleaning purposes!

Lemon juice - (citric acid) This acid does all of the above, but smells much nicer.

Alkaline Bases:

Baking soda - A safe and gentle alkaline base. Germs can't survive around this much base. 

Borax - Toxic

Bleach - Does not play well with others. Only add water!!!

 

ANOTHER Cunningham Team Home Closing

450 Peaksview Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681 
List Price $179,900     |    3BD x 2BA   |    1,400-1,600 s.f.

Yes, Just Listed and Just Closed. That Fast!

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Cunningham Team Client Testimonial

 

 "Lee Cunningham and his team...

by far exceed my expectations of the entire home selling process.

The property was such, that a particular type of buyer was needed, and found.  Also, the LC team in no way impeded a temporary lease of the property that extended the time frame by 5 months, but ended up with a closed deal! My thanks to all of you!"  

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March 20, 2019

Cunningham Team Greenville Homes March Newsletter

 

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A monthly review of our team & the Greenville Real Estate Market

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So much to talk about and so little time!

Greenville, SC was named in the top 10 for most livable places to live in the US on livable.com. This is an amazing position to be in when you think of all the towns and cities in the US. It comes as no surprise though to anyone that has traveled to downtown Greenville, SC. The new real estate developments in downtown are sprouting up all over the area, not just along Main Street. Also the new restaurants, eateries, shops, parks and galleries all make Greenville great. 

Downtown events center would house Bob Jones Art Museum and much more! Many hurdles to cross for that to happen, but it would drive business to downtown and create a space off of Main street for people to visit. The Bob Jones Museum has world class exhibits and paintings and needs showcasing. 

Three new huge residential buildings are going up in downtown Greenville, SC. Merrill Gardens Senior Living, The McClaren, and .408 Jackson. Recently built were the Westgate Townhomes, Falls Walk town-homes and Greene apartments. The growth downtown is seemingly out of control and exciting at the same time, yet to long time residents it's been a long time coming. There was a time when the City could not get businesses to thrive in the West End area. 

Greenville has also recently topped the half a million population mark.

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Simpsonville has announced a big development in it's downtown area. The development, Burdette Central, will have a historic feel to it. It's named after Burdette Hardware, which is the building that is being renovated. It will continue to host current residents. Burdette's Hardware started in 1899! It's good that it's legacy is going to continue in such a cool way. New residents will be Sidewall Pizza (yes, another Travelers Rest Transplant) Kaffeine Coffee Shop and Roastery and FIVE other restaurant and retail tenants. They have 27,000 s.f. to fill and it included upper floor office space, a beer garden and more. When Greenville Today asked what people would like to see there was the suggestion of a nice local sit down restaurant (Leo N. and others) and a community-driven work-space (co-working space) that brings remote workers together. (Aaron O.) Hopefully the developers are listening.

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February Sales Are Bounding Back

 

Greater Greenville Market Data Overview

(Condo & Single Family Home Sales)

February

2019

2018

Homes Sold

957

848

 Active Homes (March)

4610

4611

Average Sales Price

$234,709

$237,792

Median Sales Price

$202,500

$198,500

 Average Days On Market (DOM)

65

66

As you can see from the graph BELOW February sale rocketed back over January's lackluster performance to by-pass 2018 sales for February. This is good news for the Greenville real estate market. Also the number of active listings rose from 636 in January to a whooping 4619 so inventory of homes on the market is high right now. High inventory helps home buyers find what they want and get it at a lower price because there is more competition between home sellers. The Average and median sales price for homes is down just slightly over 2018 which showes the increase in inventory is doing it's job

How many homes sold by month compared to last year? 

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Sources: GGAR MLS

 

WHAT Makes the BEST Greenville Neighborhoods?

According to Trulia & Forbes there are about 12 factors that make for the best neighborhoods. While there are no neighborhoods that EVERYONE thinks are perfect there are factors common to ALL great neighborhoods. 

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  • Lifestyle match - Whether you are a renter or a home buyer similar demographics will dominate in certain neighborhoods. Such as downtown condos tend to have hip young or retired professionals with no kids and a suburban neighborhood tends to have families with children. 
  • Pride in ownership - Great neighborhoods all tend to take care of the area and homes. The people living there take care of the community as a whole.
  • Low crime rate - This sounds like a definite criteria for a great neighborhood and it is. An increasing or decreasing crime rate is a quick way to tell if a neighborhood is on it's way up or down. 
  • Great schools - Most families with renters are most concerned with the school their children are going to be attending. Homes for sale in good school districts get a premium on the sales price of their homes. Here in Greenville the Eastside and Riverside High School districts are one example of areas that attract higher home prices then other similar areas outside of the school districts. 
  • Outdoor activities abound - This criteria is clear if you look at housing prices around the swamp rabbit trail in Greenville. The homes in neighborhoods even whispered to have a spur or extension of the trail nearby- skyrocket. Falls Park in downtown Greenville showed tremendous pent up demand when it was finished. People visited the park in droves and it became super popular overnight. It's popularity  encouraged city leaders to think of Unity park which is now close to becoming a reality. The homes around these parks and trails have gone up sometimes 5x or more over their original price showing just how much we value outdoor space, especially in a city.

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Did you know that almost 30% of Americans own their home "free and clear," without a mortgage?  That's approximately 21 million households! 

  • Established neighborhoods - Yes, believe it or not, but the new home subdivisions, while the homes are to die for, the older tree lined streets of an established community show stability and long time support if it's well kept. Usually low crime rates and safety are encouraged in these neighborhoods as well. 
  • Medical care close by - Everyone likes to be close to medical care especially retirees and families with young children. Being sick is no fun and we all want doctor's close. 
  • Family friendly - Like attracts like. If there are other families close by it makes it nice for your kids to have someone to play with. For mom's that stay at home it's great to have company in an isolating job. It really takes a tribe to raise a child and carpooling, socializing and sharing life with those close by makes life much easier. Greenville_real_estate_cities
  • Close to public transport - This is becoming a factor in downtown Greenville, SC and might be addressed partially by the new 5G network being put in as a test in downtown Greenville. See our blog on the subject of 5G in Greenville. The technology will help google cars run, help drivers find parking and help public transportation route in real time around traffic. Crazy new technology and Greenville is on fire... Back to public transport being in the best neighborhoods, yes it is in downtown. 
  • Nearby shopping and restaurants - This tends to be a no brainer, everyone wants these conveniently located. It's so much fun to try out different restaurants and shop in clean, updated shopping centers.

?   DID YOU KNOW   ?

A homeowner's net worth is over 30 times greater than that of a renter.

 

  • Nightlife and entertainment - Well Greenvillians have this in spades now. This is an important part of quality of life and makes a neighborhood great to have it close. Having this close enough to walk and or take a short cab / uber ride is a plus for everyone. 
  • Walkability - This is an important factor that city leaders are taking a greater interest in than in the past. People are getting away from their cars and strolling to entertainment, restaurants, shopping and parks. Having walkability in the neighborhood is truly a bonus.

Greenville's Best Neighborhoods

According to livability.com. We will compare these neighborhoods to our criteria above to see how well they choose. 

Livability.com names the best "areas" in Greenville rather then exact neighborhoods, which makes sense as most subdivisions do not have retail stores, at least not around here. Downtown Greenville was top of the list of course and seems to check off all the above factors for best neighborhoods.

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It has walkability, nightlife and convenience, established areas, medical offices close by, outdoor areas and more. Another area is Augusta Road which is basically an extension of downtown and covers these criteria as well. 

A surprise to me was Cherrydale Point. I wouldn't think of this area as being super walkable except in the shopping center, but I would say that's typical of most areas in the U.S where we love our cars. Lots of amenities and shopping similar to other areas chosen Haywood Road, Pelham Road and Roper Mountain Road areas. 

The last two areas mentioned are really a part of the downtown Greenville area or next to it, The Village of West Greenville and the West End.

Best Areas that I did not see mentioned in the article that definitely check all the boxes were Travelers Rest downtown area, Greer's downtown, Mauldin's new central square and Simpsonville's downtown. Of course Greer and Mauldin are still building their new city-scapes, but get the jump on home buyers before the prices skyrocket like downtown Greenville's and buy real estate in these areas soon. 

 

Another Cunningham Team Home Closing

17 Parkins Mill Road, Greenville, SC 29607 
List Price $268,000     |    3BD x 3BA   |    1800 s.f.

Yes, Just Listed and Just Closed. That Fast!

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Research Says: Buying a House Younger is Better Financially

Last month we wrote about how home purchases put a tremendous amount of cash into the local and national economy. Experts at urban.org studied why home ownership for millennials was 37% or 8% BELOW the previous 2 generations at the same age (25-34). According to Urban.org and a research study they conducted last July. There were many reasons for the delayed purchasing of a home, some by choice some due to economic reasons. 

 

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The implications of delayed home ownership have never been thoroughly researched or understood. In a recent study by urban.org evidence was found that delayed homeownership my reduce the wealth that millenials generate over their lifetime. 

Looking back at data collected by PSID, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a group that has collected and followed individuals since 1968, to conduct analysis on wealth and homeownership. Among the older adults studied 50% bought their first home between 25-34 while 27% purchased a home before age 25. Currently millenials percentages are 37% own homes and are age 25-37 and 13% purchased their first home younger then 25, Older age data was estimated for millenials. 

 

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This is all very interesting, but what does it mean for wealth building? Finding were significant.

Those who purchased younger then 25 tended to be better off in their 60's in terms of debt to equity. Their homes were worth a lot more then they owed about $190,000 more equity. Those aged 25-34 had homes that were WORTH more by age 60 then those that purchased younger then 25, but they also had more debt so the two groups were fairly close in terms of overall home wealth (with in $10,000). Those that purchased younger then 25 had substantially less debt then older purchasers. 

What caused the older purchasers to have great home wealth? The reasons for this is that the younger the purchaser the cheaper the home they tended to purchase and the lower their education level tended to be. The older purchasers bought more expensive homes when they did purchase and those home tended to appreciate more because they were in better areas. The older purchasers had more debt left in their 60's (on average $50k). 

Overall both groups that purchased younger then age 34 were much better off then those that waited to purchase their first home after age 35.

Cunningham Team Home Listing

3 Deerborne Dr, Taylors, SC 29687   |   $229,000   |   3BR x 3BA   |   1,800 S.F.

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It was truly a pleasure to work with the Cunningham Team. They were fully engaged from the 1st time we spoke and gave valuable advice on how we could maximize profit on the sale of our property. They were with us every step of the way. Good honest people and I would recommend to anyone. Thanks Cunningham Team!

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Feb. 21, 2019

Cunningham Greenville SC Real Estate February 2019 Newsletter

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A monthly review of our team & the Greenville Real Estate Market

 

GGAR Greater Greenville Association of Realtors, has released their 2019 Housing Profile.

It is full of awesome information which we will summarize here. 

Greenville, SC is one of the most affordable places to live according to the National Association of Home Builders. They actually have an index that measures housing affordability called the Housing Opportunity Index. It figures out a percentage of how many people with median incomes in Greenville were able to buy a home. SO...Can we buy a home in Greenville with an average Greenville income? 

Our current HOI (Home Opportunity Index) for Greenville is 71.7. 

Greenville has consistently ranked as one of the top 1/3 places in the nation most affordable to buy a home. Our median price is $206,000 and median income for these measures is $66,500. 

As housing inventory has fallen in Greenville prices have risen. For one of the first times Greenville median home prices are over $200,000 and price per square foot is greater then $100. As prices rise less people can afford to buy so new construction is critical to increase inventory and keep prices steady. 

The months when most people are looking for homes and listing homes are March - August with March having the most new home listings, typically over 1000 new listings. This past December we had 550 new listing which is up 12% over the previous year so we are off to a fast start this year. Look for prices to loosen up if home sellers are as motivated as early indicators show. 

Get to Know GREATER GREENVILLE's People

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INVENTORY

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PRICE

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In our country every community can be segmented into groups of people with similar likes and dislikes. GGAR has compiled the different types for Greenville, SC. The three main types are: Southern Satellites, Middleburg and In Style. We will detail these three types. Which are you? 

Southern Satellites (SS)

This is the major group in Greater Greenville and makes up 15.1% while only 3.2% are nationally Southern Satellites. The characteristics of this group are that they live in a rural areas close to an economic core area (Greenville) in the South. (go figure) They are slightly older, settled, married, who own homes. 

Homes are 2/3 single family, 1/3 mobile homes. Median household incomes are below average. They enjoy country living and prefer outdoor activities and DIY home projects. They usually own trucks and like to service it themselves. SS own pets, usually a dog, like to hunt and fish and listen to country music. 

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Younger buyers buy to have a home of their own, but older buyers tend to buy closer to friends and family. 

 

Middleburg (MB)

7.1% of Greenville households are this group. Only 2.6% of American's overall are from this group. In the last decade the subdivisions this group lives in has transformed from rural or country living to semi-rural subdivisions. They tend to be conservative, family-oriented consumers. Tend to be thrifty, but carry some debt and are investing in the future. They use their smart phones to stay in touch and are proud of it. They prefer to buy American and travel in the U.S. These folks are younger, but growing in size and assets. 

Middleburg people tend to be locals within metropolitan areas (Greenville). MB tend to be young couples with children, most work away from home. Traditional values of faith, country and family. Trucks are the preferred vehicle, but also SUVs and sometimes convertibles and motorcycles. Sports are hunting, target shooting, bowling and baseball. 

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This group is much more urban then Southern Satellites and Middleburg preferring to live close to a downtown area. 4.6% of Greater Greenville's households are in this group vs. the national average of 2.3%. The IS group loves all things urban including support of the arts, travel and extensive reading. They love being connected through mobile devices. The group tends to be professional couples or single households without children. They have the time, resources and energy to focus on their interests and homes. They tend to be older and are planning for retirement. 

IS tend to be attentive to prices and use coupons, are partial to late model SUVs or trucks. Homes are important to them with housekeeping hired out. This groups likes to grow their own food or eat organic. Actively support various charities and causes and have insurance. 

 

Greater Greenville Market Data Overview

(Condo & Single Family Home Sales)

JANUARY

2019

2018

Homes Sold

651

814

 Active Homes

4316

3469

Average Sales Price

$242,326

$231,360

Median Sales Price

$210,000

$191,000

 Average Days On Market (DOM)

63

56

 

Greater Greenville Market Data EXPLAINED

The US economy was strong in 2018 with record low unemployment and consistent wage growth yet despite this home sales slowed down in the last part of the year. Experts think that interest rates going up and higher prices caused the housing slow down. The Feds this month, in order to help make homes more affordable, did not increase interest rates for January 2019. 

As is typical in January, new listings were up, but this year new listings were up over 2018 by 6.9%. Inventory grew to 4,316 condos & single family homes for sale at the end of January which was 24.4% more inventory compared to last year. 

Median home Prices were up a whooping 9.9% from last year to $210,000. The number of days it is taking to sell you home is up by only 7 days to get that higher price, which is 12% more DOM (days on market). Demand is still off currently due to the above conditions indicated by an increase in the "months supply of inventory" to 4 months, an increase of 25% over last year. 

"Home affordability" is the buzz word these days because it indicates whether home buyers can "afford to buy." At the end of last year buyers did not buy because of increased prices and interest rates. Experts say home affordability will set the tone this year as well for the housing market. Experts are hoping that the increased inventory this January indicates motivated Greenville home sellers are putting their homes on the market early in order to sell & they will bring their prices down to attract home buyer.s This price adjustment should line up with the increase in wages that most buyers have experienced helping to increase consumers confidence. Both the lower home prices and increased wages along with (hopefully) steady interest rates are making the "home affordability" factors into an affordable home for most buyers.

 

Another Cunningham Team Home Closing

Almost 10 Acres   |    Sold for $235,000   |    $131.36 per sq ft   

801 Crestview Road, Easley, SC 29642

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How ONE Home Sale Helps the Greenville Economy

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100% of the economic impact of ONE typical home sale amounts to $64,514

Broken down it looks like this

50.3% Every time 8 existing homes are sold it actually causes 1 new home to be built increasing money in the local area so for every home sold 1/6 of a new home's value is added to the economy =  $32,454

27.7% Income to real estate industries (realtors, builders, inspectors, appraisers, mortgage lenders)  =  $17,523

16.1% Multiplier effect is when the income earned by real estate industries is recirculated into the local economy  =  $10,399

6.4% Spending for home purchase (paint, appliances, remodeling costs & furniture)  =  $4,142

Sources: BEA, U.S. Census, NAHB, Macroeconomic Advisers, NAR, GGAR

 

?   DID YOU KNOW   ?

The real estate industry accounted for $39,249 MILLION or 17.7% of the state of South Carolina's gross state product in 2017. 

How New Home Sales Help GREENVILLE's Economy

Back in 2007, 2008 and 2014 the Home Builders Association of Greenville commissioned the Housing Economics Department of the National Association of Home Builders to conduct an analysis of the economic impact of home building in Greenville County on the Greater Greenville area. The study found a substantial impact on local infrastructure (sewers, roads, utilities, schools, postal service, fire and police protection) was more than paid for by the income coming from the purchase of the home and the taxes paid year after year. We will look at how that is possible. 

Let's look at some figures on home building in Greenville, SC. In 2014 3,492 single family homes were built. From the real estate built in 2014 $522.8 MILLION dollars of income were generated, $53.5 MILLION in local taxes and fees were collected AND 7,795 JOBS WERE CREATED. Amazing numbers, good job Greenville. 

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That's not all, each year these new homes continue to contribute to Greenville' economy and this has been measured. The impact of the 3,492 new homes built in 2014 have been an additional 1,282 new homes built (remember when a home is bought it creates a demand for another 1/6th home), $107,500,000 in income to Greenville residents, $15,100,0000 in taxes to local governments, and an additional 1,548 new Greenville jobs created. Wow. I love real estate. It really drives our countries economy. 

The recurring impact (what it generates every year) of new home construction is $111,000,000 in Greenville income, $28,000,000 in Greenville taxes, and 2,208 new jobs each year. I can see why the Fed want to encourage home buying and home buyers. These are staggering numbers and they are just for Greenville for just ONE YEAR. 

The consensus from GGAR is that...

GROWTH + NEW CONSTRUCTION more then pays for Itself

For every 1,852 single-family and 532 multi-family homes built

  • The first day they are moved into all the costs of building the homes are paid for including the infrastructure costs. 
  • The first year the homes contribute more then $63 Million to local governments and $10 Million every year after that. 
  • After 15 years, over $220 million have been added to the coffers of the local governments, this help to keep taxes low for everyone. 

Cunningham Team Home Listing

17 Parkins Mill Road, Greenville, SC 29607
List Price $268,000     |    3BD x 3BA   |    1800 s.f.

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Greenville County Multi-Family Impact

Multi-family (which includes condos, apartments, duplexes, & town-homes) has an annual recurring impact as well. For every 1,282 MF homes built in Greater Greenville $28,8 million income is generated, $8.8 million in taxes and 572 jobs are created. All these numbers add up to more money in the local economy and better quality of life for Greenville residents. 

Priced Out Effect

Something that sometimes gets forgotten when government starts to regulate the housing industry too heavily is the impact it has on the home price. Consumers are very sensitive to fluctuations in the price of new homes. Just $1,000 increase in the price of real estate homes makes in impossible for OVER 480 households to qualify for a home loan and therefore a home. 

When looking to change the housing codes legislatures need to think very carefully about the true safety these codes are bringing. By making codes which raise construction and development costs some families can't even live in these new "safer" homes.

In Greenville the median home price is $281,420 and you need $71,295 in annual income to qualify. only 34% of Greenville households qualify. If that home price goes up only $1,000 then 486 households will NOT be able to get a loan for the home. 

Cunningham Team Client Testimonial

 

Working with Lee Cunningham, Renee and their team of professionals at RE/MAX to sell my house was the best decision I ever made. From my initial interview to closing I felt like I was their only client. The 3D presentation of my home was outstanding! People would view the house online and feel like they were actually inside the house. This presentation combined with their dedication to details resulted in my accepting an offer only 6 hours after it was listed for showing, and the offer was $5,000.00 more than my asking price. If you want a professional team that places your interests first, you cannot go wrong with RE/MAX and especially the Cunningham team.                           - Barbara H

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Feb. 5, 2019

Greenville's Falls Park | Greenville SC Parks

In the heart of downtown Greenville, South Carolina, located in the Historic West End District, is a jewel of great beauty: Falls Park on the Reedy River. Daily, the park enchants visitors with its natural waterfalls, colorful gardens, modern art displays, cutting-edge architecture, and delightful dining. 

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Falls Park on the Reedy shines a delightful aura on Greenville, making it a wonderful community to operate a business, raise a family, or retire.

However, no jewel comes out of the earth in its full glory. First, it must succumb to the tools of miners and artisans. So it was with Falls Parks.

Falls Park in Greenville County South Carolina

History of the Falls Park

It all started in 1768 when Richard Pearis established a grist mill and trading post at the base of the iconic falls of the Reedy River. Several years later, Pearis purchased 50,000 acres of land around the Reedy, selling off and bequeathing parcels along the way. In 1852, Furman University bought 50 acres, including the site of the future Falls Park.
Industry continued to flourish around the Falls because the water provided much-needed power, but problems with sanitation, industrial waste, and dilapidated buildings turned the once diamond in the rough into an eyesore.
It took a concerted effort to restore the land to its original beauty and form it into the jewel it is today.
Flowers in Spring Falls Park Greenville County, SCFurman University began a rehabilitation effort of the Falls Park area in 1929, opening the Furman University botanical garden and arboretum. However, the rehabilitation efforts were impeded in 1960 when the four-lane Camperdown bridge was built over the Reedy, obstructing the view of the Falls. 
In 1967, the Carolina Foothills Garden Club took possession of 26 acres of the land, which would become Falls Park. Efforts were made to clean up the water of the Reedy which was still polluted with textile waste and other environmental hazards.
In the 1980s, the Carolina Foothills Garden Club and the City of Greenville developed a master plan for Falls Park to restore the original beauty of the area and provide a delightful, welcoming place for individuals and groups to enjoy. Their master plan, in concert with the city, county, and local universities, brought the Falls Park to the luster that spectators enjoy today.
The plan included removing the Camperdown Bridge so the beauty of the Falls could be seen unimpeded. The bridge removal happened in 2002, and the Liberty Bridge was built in its stead. The Falls Park on the Reedy River officially opened to the public in 2004.
You can learn more about the history of Falls Park at greenvillesc.gov and friendsofthereedyriver.org
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Fun Places to Visit in Falls Park

Developing Falls Park into a modern jewel included weaving the historical features and feel of the area with innovative additions. As a result, visitors now have a plethora of fun places to visit at Falls Park. Some attractions are bold and centrally located so all can find them with ease. Other interesting facets are neatly hidden, requiring a little guidance to discover.
Here are several sights worth seeing while visiting Falls Park.

The Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge in Falls Park, Greenville County SC
The Liberty Bridge is a prominent feature at Falls Park. It was constructed in 2003-2004 to replace the view-dampening Camperdown Bridge. Architect Miguel Rosales designed the suspension bridge with a cantilevered cable and curved deck. This one of a kind bridge is among the best pedestrian bridges worldwide and has received international and national awards for design. 
When you walk across the bridge, you can gaze down at the river below or look out to see the Falls rushing over the slab rocks blackened by water. Turn around, and you can see people enjoying the spacious lawn, strolling on walking paths, and relaxing on benches. Plus, you can observe waterfowl bathing in the river. 
Liberty Bridge in Falls Park, Greenville County SC
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The Medusa Tree

The Medusa Tree is a hidden treasure worth taking a short hike to discover. It borders Falls Park but resides on the property of the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. The tree is an American birch with a complex maze of roots blazing through the side of a cliff. This tree, also called the Root Tree, provides a perfect photo opportunity for family and friends. 

Falls Cottage

Falls Cottage was built in 1894 and had fallen into considerable disrepair before the Carolina Foothills Garden Club included it in their restoration project. The cottage is a protected landmark on the Historic Register. It has been the home of Mary's Restaurant since 2004 and hosts many private events.

The River Lodge 

The River Lodge is an open-air pavilion located in Falls Park on the Reedy. It is available for rentals for picnics or in conjunction with Old Mill Garden for events with more grandeur. It is located near the southeast corner of the park between the Swamp Rabbit Trail and Furman College Way.
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SC Governors School for the Arts and Humanities

Governors School next to Falls Park, Greenville County SC
Nestled behind Falls Park, the SC Governors School for the Arts and Humanities is built to resemble a Tuscan village. The residential high school offers rising artists the opportunity to hone their artistic skills in a safe and beautiful environment. Doors opened to its first full-time students in 1999. The school borders the park on the southwest side.

The Falls

The main attraction of Falls Park on the Reedy is the Falls. Plus, it is the namesake of the park. The Falls can be admired from many locations on the terraced landscaping in the park on either side of the Reedy River. 
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People are often seen wading near the base of the Falls or relaxing on the surrounding rocks. However, people are discouraged from climbing (you can see why, after a rain).

The Swamp Rabbit Trail

The ever-growing Swamp Rabbit Trail is over 20 miles in length and runs along the Reedy River, connecting schools, parks, and local businesses. Conveniently, it runs directly through Falls Park, taking you under and over bridges, near the SC Governors School and River Lodge, by Medusa's Tree, and more. 
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Harriet's Garden

Harriet's Garden is one of the hidden gems at Falls Park. If you don't know it's there, you may never stumble upon it. The garden is named in honor of Harriet Wyche, who was instrumental in establishing and developing Falls Park. Harriet's Garden hosts the Rose Crystal Tower, which you can learn more about under Art in the Park. Visitors can find the garden behind the West End Market in Greenville.

Pedrick's Garden

Pedrick's Garden is a two-acre garden near the west end of Falls Park and adjacent to Harriet's Garden. There you can enjoy raised flower beds, a seating lawn, pedestrian bridge, and the lovely Sunflower Fountain. Pedrick was an essential figure in the restoring of Falls Park. 
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Little Falls Park

Little Falls Park is a quaint and nearly hidden section of Falls Park located at the original site of the 1929 Furman Universities arboretum. There you will find small streams, cascading waterfalls, terraced paths, green foliage, stone walls, and mysterious portals behind rod iron gates.

Art in the Park 

Falls Park has a fine collection of art created by world-renown artisans. Below are four pieces worth note.
The Rose Crystal Tower, also known as the Chihuly sculpture, can be viewed in Harriet's Garden in Falls Park. The glass sculpture "was designed to evoke the essence of [Harriet] Wyche's favorite flower – the rose," according to Greenville News. Artist Dale Chihuly created the rose-colored glass sculpture from crystal-shaped Polyvitro pieces. The 22-foot tall tower is a sight to behold.
Falls Park, Greenville County SCFalls Lake Falls is a reflection pool adorned with a 16-foot bronze sculpture located near the Main Street entrance to Falls Park. The sculpture by world-renown artist Bryan Hunt is one of three in a series and the only one located in our continent. The art piece symbolizes the naturally occurring falls located in the heart of the park. 
Untitled 2002-2003 is a unique sculpture designed by artist Joel Shapiro in the modern art tradition. The statue is sometimes referred to as the dancing or running sculpture. It is located on the other side the Liberty Bridge when you enter the park from Main Street. 
Sunflower Fountain is a cast bronze sculpture fountain adorned with sunflower-like spirals that spurt water out of the center. The fountain is located in Pedrick's Garden where you can also see the Sunflower Circle and Sunflower Lawn. The fountain was designed to honor Pedrick's favorite flower: the sunflower. 

The Restaurants of Falls Parks 

No trip to Greenville is complete without enjoying some local eats and treats. The Falls Park will not leave you disappointed in this area. Besides the numerous specialty eateries located in walking distances from Falls Park in the downtown area, there are options located in Falls Park. 
Mary's Restaurant serves hungry customers in the historic Falls Cottage. Diners can enjoy a gourmet lunch, a weekend brunch, or schedule a private dinner event. Plan your visit carefully as the award-winning Mary's Restaurant has limited hours.  
Restaurants in Falls Park, Greenville County SC
Passerelle Bistro is a casual French bistro located on the upper grounds of Falls Park. There you can dine under cover or in the open air enjoying the bustle of downtown Greenville and a view of the Falls. The bistro serves fresh and seasonal dishes with iconic French dishes like croque monsieur, ratatouille, and escargot.
Spill the Beans is the perfect place to grab some smooth coffee or premium custom-blended ice cream before you set out to walk through Falls Park. It is located near the Main Street entrance. 

Enjoy Falls Park Everyday

When you live or work in Greenville, South Carolina, Falls Park on the Reedy River can be yours as often as you like. Soak up some sunshine, get some much-needed exercise, and enjoy the beauty. You can not exhaust this jewel as each visit reveals a new facet of its glory and grace. 
If you are thinking about moving to or retiring in Greenville, South Carolina, the Cunningham Team of Professional Realtors with unique services above and beyond other realtors can help you find the perfect home that meets your needs. 

More info on Greenville, SC Real Estate and Homes for sale. Contact us! (864) 679-0707 Sources: Greenville News, and GSA Business

Jan. 23, 2019

Lake Conestee Nature Park | Greenville SC Parks

Located south of the city of Greenville, just off Mauldin Road, is one of the hidden jewels of Greenville County.  Lake Conestee Nature Park (LCNP) is a 400+ acre nature preserve owned by the Conestee Foundation and operated by the Greenville County Recreation District. 
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The park itself was opened in 2006, but the area included in the park has a long history of influence in the development of Greenville County. The Conestee area (pronounced CON-es-tee) grew up around the Reedy River.  The first property owners were likely Revolutionary War patriots and soldiers rewarded with deeds to land in the area.  The properties changed hands multiple times over the next 100 years, but the Reedy River and its shoals continued to provide power for the mill and manufacturing businesses located on the river. 
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Reedy River at Lake Conestee Nature Park 2007
By 1820, the village of Conestee had formed around the mill located there.  The date the first dam was built on the Reedy River is unknown, but by 1892, the demand for power had grown and the rock dam was raised to its present height, creating the 130 acre Lake Conestee.  
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In 1890, only two mills were located in the area.  By 1915, twelve mills were operating, and all the mills were discharging sewage and industrial contaminants into the Reedy River.  The city of Greenville and other industries also discharged raw sewage and manufacturing waste into the Reedy.  All of this waste found its way to Lake Conestee.  The water in the lake could not be used for anything, except to power the mill.  
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By 1925, the buildup of pollution led Conestee Mill to sue the city of Greenville for damages suffered by the mill and the employees of the mill caused by the pollution of the Reedy River.  The lawsuit was not settled until 1931.  Conestee Mill was failing by then, due to the Great Depression and the effects of the lawsuit, so the settlement did not benefit the mill.  The lawsuit did, however, benefit the area by providing the push to clean up the pollution in the Reedy.  The LCNP website has an excellent and very detailed review of the history of this area. 
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Since 1892, the size of the original 130 acre Lake Conestee has gradually decreased to 20 acres.  How did that happen?  Sediments and soils from area development, including the construction of I-85, have filled in about 90% of the lake. The area is now mostly shallow wetlands.  The former lake bed has been capped with bottom land forests. The contaminants from the lake’s early days as a collector of industrial waste and sewage remain in the lake bed under the cap and are managed as a Brownfield site by the Conestee Foundation through a voluntary cleanup contract with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). 
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Passive recreation activities, such as walking and biking, do not pose a significant health risk, based on assessments by SCDHEC and the EPA.  The long-term plan for management is to keep the sediments in place and undisturbed and to keep the dam in excellent condition.   The transformation of the property from an area loaded with noxious chemicals to its present status as a wildlife sanctuary and community asset was spearheaded by the Conestee Foundation and its executive director, Dave Hargett, Ph.D.  
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In fact, in December of 2017, the LCNP was recognized as 1st runner-up for the Phoenix award, a national award given by the EPA for excellence in reuse or redevelopment of brownfield areas!  And the vision for the future of Lake Conestee Nature Park continues to expand.  Plans are in the works to add another 200 acres to the park with additional trails, education areas, and facilities. 
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Those 400 acres of bottom-land forests provide a wonderful place for exploration, education, and recreation!  Currently the LCNP has 6 miles of paved trails, 6 miles of natural surface trails and 4000 feet of bog boardwalks.  Three miles of the Reedy River run through the park.  
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The trails at LCNP also form the southern hub of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22-mile multi-use trail system running through Greenville County along an old rail bed and the Reedy River.  The paved trails in LCNP are handicapped and stroller accessible and are a wonderful place to go for a stroll with family and friends.  On a recent Sunday afternoon, people were jogging, riding bikes, walking in their Sunday best (including heels!), and pushing strollers and wheelchairs.  
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The trails are shady and cool in most places, providing a welcome respite from the heat in the summer. Benches and picnic tables are scattered throughout the park, useful when a visitor wants to sit awhile and enjoy the surroundings. 
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The natural surface trails are well-maintained and allow the visitor a sense of even greater escape from the city.  None of the trails are very strenuous.  And even though the LCNP is only 2 miles south of the interstate, off busy Mauldin Road, the quiet of the forest surrounds and envelops the visitor to this place.
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The trails are marked with signs and blazes.  A map of the entire park and all the trails is available on the trails page with a PDF of the park and it's trails. Recent additions to the trail system are the “Family Friendly Walks”.  Each of these walks has their very own map with options for shorter or longer distance.  Details and maps of these new trails are also available on the Lake Conestee Nature Park (http://lakeconesteenaturepark.com/) home page. The variety of wildlife and foliage in the LCNP is amazing, especially given the park’s recent history as a industrial waste dump site.  Multiple species of animals and more than 200 types of birds make their home here. 
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  In fact, LCNP is considered one of the best birding sites in the Upstate. The Greenville County Bird Club (https://www.gcbirdclub.org/) leads guided bird walks in the park on the third Saturday of every month and the National Audubon Society has named it an “Important Bird Area of Global Significance”.  
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greenville_parks_birdingEducational opportunities abound!  Four “Learning Loops” are located on the trails.  These Learning Loops each include 10 learning stations and those stations are packed with knowledge about the lake, the early settlers and development of the area, the wildlife and foliage.  The Learning Loops are available for formal field trips or for self-guided tours. Other field trip options include programs designed for children from toddler age to high school.  Some of the activities include finding items that start with the letters of the alphabet, looking for wildlife (both real and realistically stuffed!) on the trail, identifying plant parts, and studying water quality.  Selecting one of the Learning Loops to follow on your visit would be time well spent.  
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You may even see beavers at work or observe their past efforts! However, just spending time alone in the forest (or “forest therapy”) and simply soaking in the air, the quiet, and the peace, helps to relieve stress, reduce fatigue, and increase energy.  LCNP has many areas where you can do just that.  Clearly, LCNP provides a place for everyone of every age to spend time in nature. 
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As noted on the complete park map, there are 13 entrances to the park, but only 5 have parking areas.  The best place to park, especially for a 1st visit, is in the parking area for Conestee Park at 840 Mauldin Road.  The main entrance to the LCNP can be accessed directly through this park.  Another entrance to LCNP is located at the dog park in Conestee Park. Only passive recreation is allowed. That means walking, biking (unless marked as prohibited), running, jogging, observing wildlife and geocaching are permitted.  
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Swimming and wading in the wetlands areas, horseback riding, fishing, boating, hunting, camping, and motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs and authorized vehicles) are prohibited.  Also prohibited are alcoholic beverages, amplified music, and fires. The LCNP practices the “Leave No Trace” philosophy.  Pack out what you bring in.  Leave behind the artifacts, plants, animals, wood, and rocks that were there at the start of your visit.  No bathrooms are located within the nature park itself, so plan ahead!
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Which brings up another subject.  Lake Conestee Nature Park and Conestee Park are easily confused!  Conestee Park (also operated by the Greenville County Recreation District) is a great place to visit in its own right and has 2 of its own trails, a playground, a dog park, ball fields, picnic areas (including a beautiful shelter), and a community garden.  Bathrooms are also available in this area.   Lake Conestee Nature Park begins where Conestee Park ends.
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LCNP is open from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week.  Visitors are responsible to be out of the park before the gates are locked at sunset.  Admission is free.  Dogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash at all times and are not allowed to go in the water.  The “Leave No Trace” philosophy also applies to our canine companions, so plan to pick up and carry out any waste.  Lake Conestee Nature Park is a designated wildlife sanctuary, but it is also a sanctuary for those not-so-wild human visitors.  Enjoy!
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Jan. 17, 2019

Is 5G Technology a Smart Move for Greenville?

Greenville, South Carolina, is slated to become the world's first "smart city" according to a press release issued by Sprint on January 8, 2019. 
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Sprint plans to build a "5G enabled Curiosity™ IoT infrastructure and ecosystem" that will connect Greenville to Sprint's "blazing-fast" network and propel the city in the future. The plan includes:
  • A 5G Enabled Network 
  • Micropositioning Technology 
  • A Connected City Center
  • Edge Computing 
  • And more 
"Cities used to invest in roads, rails and airports;" says Mayor Knox White in the release, "the infrastructure of the future to attract investment is digital." White continues, "Sprint's Curiosity IoT with mobile 5G is readying cities to attract the business of the future." 
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Proponents of this technology expect the cutting edge network to attract digital start-ups and companies involved in research and development in artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics.

What Does This All Mean?

Tech-savvy consumers and those who keep up with the latest "smart" technology may need no explanation of what it means to be the world's first "smart city." The rest of us, on the other hand, may need a little enlightening. So we will break down some of these technical terms into simple, bite-sized pieces. Later, we will discuss the impact the technology will have on the world, Greenville as a city, and on the Greenville real estate market.  So what exactly is a 5G enabled Curiosity™ IoT infrastructure and ecosystem, micro positioning technology, a connected city center, and edge computing?
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I'm glad you asked. When it comes to "smart cities" there are no "dumb questions." I was asking the same questions myself. Let's start by defining some terms. 

5G Enabled Network 

 

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When wireless Internet technology first hit the cellphone scene, it relied on a 3G network. The system was slow, but it allowed users to have access to the Internet via their mobile devices. However, as life got faster, the amount of data people needed to access remotely also increased. The solution was the next generation in wireless technology: 4G and 4G LTE were born to keep up with the pace.  
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5G is the upcoming next generation of the cellphone data transfer network. Sprint estimates that 5G will be 100X faster than the latest 4G technology. However, there are two components necessary to employ the benefits of the system: infrastructure and device. A device that is capable of 5G speeds will not benefit the user unless there is a 5G infrastructure available where the wireless connection is needed. And this infrastructure is exactly what Sprint is proposing to bring to Greenville, South Carolina: a 5G enabled network. 
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Curiosity™

For Sprint, curiosity is "a powerful catalyst" for change, allowing the mind to think outside the bounds of the norm. Sprint shares on their website why they named the network Curiosity™ IoT: "Our curiosity drove us to ask, 'what if we brought network intelligence, AI and algorithms to the edge of our network?' Acting on this question we built our latest innovation: the first dedicated, fully virtualized and distributed core IoT network and integrated operating system. So it was only natural that we named it Curiosity™ IoT."

 

IoT (Internet of Things)

The Internet is best known as the World Wide Web or www dot the world is your oyster. With the press of a button, humankind has access to all kinds of information and nearly unhindered communication with people around the globe. As technology gets "smarter," it is morphing beyond the scope of information and communication between people. 
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Technology can now communicate with things, not just people to things, but also things to things. The Internet is evolving into an advanced network where devices can interact with other devices: This is the Internet of Things or IoT.  
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Jason Morgan writes in Forbes, "Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig….if it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of the IoT."
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Infrastructure and Ecosystem

As mentioned previously, there are two essential components necessary to upgrade technology: the device and the infrastructure. And so it is with the Internet of Things. Before devices can communicate at 5G speeds, there needs to be an infrastructure in place that allows for the high-speed data to flow through the city. Plus, that infrastructure needs to work alongside the broader wireless ecosystem that allows 5G communication to occur at all. Sprint plans to bring this technology to Greenville, South Carolina, first.

 

Additional Components of Sprint's Plan

The above provides a general picture of the plan for Greenville in conjunction with Sprint's Curiosity™ network. However, there are a few additional components in the project.
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  • Micropositioning Technology: Sprint's 5G network for Greenville includes micropositioning technology that enables communication between vehicles, unmanned drones, and smart machines so they can navigate and react in real time in designated areas in the city. This technology could mean better mapping services, streamlined traffic control, and improved parking.
  • A Connected City Center: The "smart city" center is connected wirelessly to the 5G network with the capacity to connect the IoT through micropositioning technology developed by the W8less Corp., according to Douglas Webster of the Smart Greenville team.
  • Edge Computing: Edge computing is the next step in the evolution of data storage and retrieval. Once upon a time, mainframes stored and computed data, then we had personal computers where we could safely store our information, presently we use "the cloud" to store large amounts of personal and business data. Edge computing brings "the cloud" to Greenville. Having the data storage facility nearby increases data retrieval speeds. 
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5G Could be Like Seeing Color for The First Time

According to Sprint, who is merging with T-Mobile in 2019, "5G could create up to 3 million new jobs and $500 billion in economic growth." Marcelo Claure, CEO of Sprint has high expectations for the smart move to 5G. He writes, "...imagine how 5G will revolutionize everything in our lives. Speeds 100 times faster than today, driverless cars, incredibly smart robots and smart city technologies will be powered by an always-connected 5G network."
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Additionally, the upgrade is expected to bring lower prices and better cellular connection worldwide. "And only our new company is equipped to deliver a faster, more reliable network at lower prices and with better value. Sprint and T-Mobile have good network coverage on their own, but together we will deliver an amazing and seamless experience in busy city areas, rural towns and everywhere in between." Claure also believes the 5G network will spark a wave of creativity in the marketplace. 
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"We will create the best nationwide mobile 5G network and fuel a giant wave of innovation and disruption throughout the entire marketplace. This step up to 5G will be like the step up from black and white TV to color TV. It’s a game-changer!" 
There are other players in the field besides Sprint that are working behind the scenes to see that Greenville gets "smart." A primary driver of this technology is the Smart Greenville team, whose efforts attracted Sprint to Greenville in the first place. 
Team member Douglas Webster hopes to see the 5G infrastructure up and running in Greenville as early as March or April of 2019.

5G Will Bring New Life to Greenville, South Carolina

Curiosity, they say, killed the cat. It seems it will do just the opposite for Greenville. Below are some projected benefits for the city. First, Greenville will have a share in the projected 3 million new jobs and $500 billion in economic growth. Second, the cutting edge technology will attract more state-of-the-art businesses to Greenville, including digital start-ups and companies involved in research and development in artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics. Mayor Knox White has taken a proactive role in bringing 5G to Greenville in conjunction with the "Smart Greenville" team. 
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He shared, "We’ve been meeting with telecom providers for some time about how Greenville might 'move up' the list for 5G deployment. Sprint has an active and innovative program and answered our call! "The immediate goal," White says, "would be [to] bring early benefits of 5G to certain sections of our city — making downtown, for example, even more desirable for doing business. So you can see how this might give us a competitive edge in recruitment." Finally, there is another important market that will be affected by the technological advancements in Greenville, South Carolina: real estate. 

5G Will Create a Real Estate Boon in Greenville 

Anything that highlights Greenville as a leader in technology or industry creates a great boon for new companies and encourages existing companies to expand here in Greenville. Companies want to see advanced infrastructure and purposeful investment in technology in the cities they relocate or grow in. These factors all increase demand in the real estate market, either in rentals or purchases. More companies mean more people, which translates to more money in the local economy, making it more affluent.  
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All these things create a higher demand for food, entertainment, and housing and raise prices on existing homes. It also shows that Greenville is an up and coming place that provides an excellent quality of life for people like retirees or young people who are thinking of relocating someplace "cool."  If you are thinking about investing in real estate in Greenville, South Carolina, there has never been a "smarter" time. The award-winning Cunningham Team of ReMax Realty Professionals can help you find the perfect home, condo, townhouse, or commercial property in Downtown Greenville, SC  Contact Us  864.679.07047 Sources: Greenville News, and GSA Business   
Jan. 3, 2019

The Home-buyer's Guide to Natural Lighting

Are the 3 L's of real estate changing? When looking for a new home, there are many factors to consider. Location is likely the first item on your list. It could be in the second and third position as well. Is the neighborhood safe? How far will you need to commute? What are the schools like? Then there's the age of the house, number of bedrooms, the layout, and the size of the kitchen. With all the considerations, you may not realize you are overlooking an important feature: lighting, lighting, lighting.

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How Important Is Natural Light?Natural light offers many lasting benefits for you and your family. This guide will provide valuable information about natural lighting and its role in the home-buying process. Let's begin with the basics.What Is The Difference Between Natural and Artificial Light? While no one decries the invention of electricity and the ability to see in the dark, manufactured light differs from natural light in wavelength and color. You may have learned the colors of the rainbow as a child: red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo, and violet. These are the colors of light, and nature has placed them in the sun in a particular order and intensity that changes as the sun moves through the sky (from our vantage point).

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In an attempt to replicate solar light, man has invented fluorescent, incandescent, and LED light sources. These bulbs successfully create the illuminating factor of the sun but without duplicating the full spectrum and variations of intensity and wavelength. The bright side is that humans can now function in the evenings with enough light to do almost any activity under the sun. The downside is that artificial light may have adverse effects on sleep cycles, mood, and productivity. No one is going to suggest throwing out your light fixtures, but you can benefit from natural light by allowing more of it into your home. If you are looking for a new home, you may want to add natural light to your checklist of necessities.

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Why Is Sunlight Important for a House?

According to studies, natural sunlight influences more than what our eyes behold. The illuminating effects of the sun shining its light into a room can have an impact on the emotions, behaviors, and productivity of those inside. You've probably experienced this firsthand without translating it into thought. You walk into a bright room and suddenly feel refreshed and invigorated. It just "feels" right. A dark room can have the opposite effect. You walk in and suddenly feel a heavy weight fall upon you.

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There is science behind this phenomenon, and the range of benefits reach farther than feelings.

Seven Benefits of Natural Lighting in Your Home

Consider these seven reasons why you should place natural lighting on your home-buying checklist.

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  1. Hold property value. Many people desire natural lighting in their homes. If you purchase a home with more sunshine, the house may be more marketable in the future, commanding a higher price when you decide to sell.
  2. Save on utilities. More light harnessed from the sun means lower lighting costs. Studies estimate that lighting your home costs about $200 a year on average. Turn to natural light, and you could put that money toward a new window.
  3. Improve sleep. The National Institute of Health (NIH) reports a direct correlation between indoor natural sunlight and better sleep. In one study, those with more indoor sunlight exposure experienced longer sleep duration and better sleep quality compared to those with less light exposure.
  4. Be more productive. The same study showed that people exposed to natural light were also more productive throughout the day.
  5. Improve vision. Research has shown that LED, fluorescent, and incandescent light bulbs operate on different wavelengths than what is considered ideal for human eye health. Extra natural light in your home could be a sight for sore eyes.
  6. Fight depression. Sunlight has the power to release the neurotransmitter serotonin. According to studies by the NIH, sunlight can increase cognition in depressed persons. However, you don't need a government study to know that sunshine on your shoulder makes you happy.  Allowing more natural light into your living space can boost your mood and fight off those seasonal blues.
  7. Enjoy the view. More light means more opportunities to see the landscaping, trees, mountains, lakes, or other natural features of the area. When you invest in a home, you are investing in the surroundings too. Get the most out of your view with more glass.

 

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Every Buyer Can Benefit from Natural Lightning

Wherever you are in your home-buying experience, natural light is worth factoring into your buying decision. Where are you in your journey?First Time: If you are a first-time home-buyer, you are eager to find the right house at the right price. You may be tempted to sacrifice a little light to keep your mortgage payments down. While staying within budget is essential, so is the future value of your home.Upgrading: When you are at the stage in life where you are ready to move to a larger house (or downsize), it is the perfect time to find a home with natural lighting. You may find yourself more productive, sleeping better, and happier.

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Second Home: Your second home or vacation retreat is a place for you to get away and relax. The right balance of natural lighting is vital to make it the sanctuary that you desire with plenty of outdoor views.Rental: If you are considering investing in rental property, natural lighting is just as important to a quality renter as it is to a homebuyer. Seek for the light, and you may find a better tenant.

How to Increase Natural Light in Your House

 

If you have found the perfect home or are preparing to sell your house, here are some helpful tips to bring more of the outside light indoors (or brighten up a darker house).Remodel: The most obvious way to increase the natural light in a house is to include more transparent openings. Installing new windows or a skylight, including a transom or sidelight window near the door, or adding exterior sliding glass or French doors can increase the ambiance in any home. While these options may incur costs, a more affordable option is to switch out the exterior doors with those with more glass.

 

 

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Re-treat: The curtains and other window treatments in your home can have a powerful effect on the light in a room. Remove light-blocking curtains and replace them with something airy and sheer.  If you want to brighten up your space dramatically, remove all curtains and drapery to bring in the full spectrum. Another option is to meet in the middle and install a half curtains that provide peek-a-boo light with a little privacy. Shutters and blinds are another practical option, allowing you to control how much light you let into your space at any given time.Reflect: According to interior designer Ashley Whittaker, “Adding a mirror is like adding a window to a room. It brings in light and creates more depth.” Not only does it expand space and increase light, but it also improves the overall aesthetic interest in a room, she says. Reflection is a creative and affordable tool to enhance the luminescence in any space that you want to brighten up.

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Re-create: If there is no other way to bring the sun into your home, but you are desperate for some of the benefits, you can install a full spectrum fixture or bulb in any room. Though the frequency will not be identical to the light from outdoors, it will be close, allowing you to enjoy a bit of brighter side. Words of Caution on Lighting Natural lighting does come with a few disadvantages. Here are a few words of warning to balance the benefits. First, natural light can impinge on your privacy. If you can see out, others may be able to peer inside your home. Make sure that you factor safety into your decision-making process.

 

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Second, direct sunlight through your windows can discolor and compromise your furniture, rugs, carpets, and clothing over time. Light colored carpets and upholstery can hold up to the task better than bright or dark colors. Check the orientation of the house in relationship to the sun, and view the house at different times during the day to see where the light shines in.Third, if you don't like the view outside your house, natural light may exacerbate the problem. The Cunningham Team believes that your home is an extension of your environment. Buying the right home is not just about the house, it's also about your surroundings. We want you to enjoy every part of your new residence inside and out.If you are looking for a home in the Greenville, South Carolina, area, we will do everything to help you find the perfect one, natural lighting and all.
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Jan. 2, 2019

Greer SC Current Growth and History

A Quick History

Everyone has heard of Greenville and the vibrancy of the downtown area, but Greer is the little sister right next door that is growing fast and putting together an attractive downtown area of its own. Greer Station, as the downtown area is now called, covers an area of about 12 blocks and got its name from the railway station that came along with the creation of the city in 1876. There was one railway coming through town and that put Greer on the map, however a second railway line appeared in 1914 and the town became an agricultural hub that spawned into a major textile community.
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Greer, South Carolina 12-acre downtown park
Several textile mills sprung up in the early 1900’s as the upstate solidified itself as a textile mecca. Apalachee Mill, Franklin Mill, Greer Mill and Victor Cotton Mill were the main mills and had a tremendous economic impact on the area. In addition to textiles, the railroads shipped off-products such as cotton seed oil and fertilizer, as well a prolific peach industry that became known nationwide.
The mill infrastructure was like a small town, and offered workers a place to live, recreate and socialize. Inter-mill baseball team tournaments were a common pastime. Around the workplace itself were mill village housing that typically consisted of small one-story homes on small lots within walking distance of work. The mill village structure became important with redevelopment.
During the heyday of the mills, the downtown area changed character becoming all brick. Commercial buildings were built along the main streets, which still stand today. In 1946 Highway 29 bi-passed the main downtown area of Greer on its route to Greenville, diverting much of the traffic from Greer Station.  With the decline of the textile industry in the latter part of the century, the mills closed down, with Victor Mill shuttering their doors in 1989. 
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Redevelopment
In the late 1999 the Partnership for Tomorrow (PFT) was created. A community master plan was launched to revitalize the downtown area. Ten years later businesses were flourishing, and new restaurants were attracting diners from the local area as well as others who looked for something other than Greenville. The Greer City Park was added and features a 12-acre park with an amphitheater that can seat 800 for popular events. Picnic shelters and the gazebo have a great view overlooking the pond and fountain – this park is very popular and has become a central hub for those relaxing in the city.
Fast forward another 10 years and past the slowdown of the Great Recession, and you will immediately see that the City has been diligent in making progress. Restaurants have come and gone but there has been a steady improvement of the older buildings and new businesses coming in to set up shop. Currently, the city hub is undergoing a face-lift that will convert it into a pleasing pedestrian-friendly commercial zone.  The design is reflective of old town Montreal with a European plaza look and open to traffic. On the main Trade Street corridor, pavers will replace the existing surfaces and the curbs are being eliminated for easy walking.  Landscaping with arbor bollards will soften the look of downtown Greer. This project started in the spring of 2018 and should be finished in 2019.
A new Hilton brand hotel is being constructed at the site of the Tire Exchange on North Main street, with demolition starting in January of 2019. The development will also include commercial and retail space and ushers in a new era of hotels to the Greer downtown area. The City of Greer has agreed to $1.8 million of infrastructure reimbursements to the developer. The City has also agreed to build a parking garage that will remain public ownership.
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The mill was closed it sat empty until it burned in 2006. An issue of ground contamination has inhibited further development at the site. In this case, as with many other mills from that era, it was contaminated with heavy metals and PCBs from the milling process, and cleanup was expensive. However, the 24.2-acre site got a $200,000 grant from the an EPA, called the Brownfields Program, designed to clean up sites where redevelopment is complicated by hazardous substances. Not to be confused with a Superfund site that has a higher concentration of hazardous waste, a brownfield site is more manageable in nature. Victor mill cleaned up in 2009 -2010 and has sat empty for a decade. 
Post cleanup testing revealed that most of the contaminants had been reduced to acceptable levels.  However, there are a few restrictions on the land use. Ground water use will not be permitted on the property. A ground cover must be installed over the soil in residential and recreational areas, which must be managed by a property manager. Access to Victor Creek needs to be minimized by using landscaping. Traditional single-family housing is also prohibited.
Now the site is under contract by developer Chris Hill who intends to put in some affordable, high density housing. Chris Hill has done a similar project at Judson Mill near downtown Greenville and thinks this Victor Mill will be a viable project as well. Of course, there are hurdles to overcome, like getting annexed and rezoned by the City of Greer, as well as any additional cleanup that might be needed at the site. But it seems like a slam dunk proposal to revitalize a portion of the city so close to the downtown area, just a few minutes’ walk to the park and downtown.
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The City of Greer has grown more than twice as fast as the nearby Greenville-Spartanburg area, adding 22,000 people in the last 18 years, with a population of 79,000 in 2015.  The city expects to have more than 100,000 residents by 2030. The main areas grow is occurring include the downtown area of Greer, Wade Hampton Blvd (Hwy 29) corridor, rural areas north by Lake Robinson, south along Hwy 101 and along the Hwy 14 corridor that runs up to and past I-85.
The latter two of these areas southward toward I-85 house two big employers that are having a huge effect on the local economy – BMW and the SC Port Authority’s Inland Port. BMW employs more than 10,000 and produces more than 1,400 vehicles per day. The company has committed to investing $600 million at the plant through 2021, which will add another 1000 jobs at the plant. Plus, BMW has generated another 70,000 related jobs in the state with about 87% of their vehicles being exported through the Port of Charleston. That makes BMW the “nation’s leader of export sales of completed passenger vehicles”, according to Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. With the Inland Port nearby and future expansions of BMW likely, Greer has a fantastic base to continue their growth.
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So where are all these employees living and which areas are ripe for housing? 
The City of Greer as well as Greenville and the surrounding cities of Simpsonville, Mauldin, Duncan, and Spartanburg have all done their share for housing. Much of the land southwest and near to Greer has filled in with residential housing around the coveted Riverside High School district, but there is some land still be developed. 
The Greenville – Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is located very close to the BMW plant, so residential growth there will be limited in the short term. But you can expect to see an explosion of development of new subdivisions in the “Golden Box” area south of I-85, where rural land is available and new housing developments are starting to take shape. Housing prices and manufacturing costs have risen in the past couple of years, so you can expect starting prices in this area to be around $225,000. 
The central area of downtown Greer is on the precipice of revitalization. Most of the properties are older and often related to the mill villages. But Greenville prices have risen, and Greer is starting to be popular for fixer up buyers who want proximity to a downtown area, BMW, and a reasonable distance to Greenville (20-30 min). Old mill village homes in need of major updating can be found for $60-80,000; ones that are fixed up are selling $100-130,000. In other non-mill village areas of the downtown area, you will find more older homes, but larger and with larger lots with an average sales price of $158,000. I expect those values to go up as more of these homes get remodeled and downtown Greer begins to take off with increased popularity.
Look for more infill and new subdivisions north of Hwy 29. This area is more rural in nature and have great mountain views looking into the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, which are only about 15 miles from downtown Greer. Lake Robinson, one of the few lakes in the area is here, and offers great scenery, fishing, and a quiet setting, but has a limited amount of homes on the lake itself. Typical subdivisions in this northern area have lots a little over an acre and have septic systems. Larger parcels not associated with a subdivision are also available but may take longer to find. 
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Sources: Greenville News, GreenvilleBusinessMag.com, GSP.com and GSA Business
Dec. 7, 2018

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