South Carolina Upstate
What helps define this upcountry area are the myriad of freshwater lakes, streams, ponds and waterfalls. Natural beauty is in full supply in the SC Piedmont.
Greenville, with its deep roots in the American Textile Industry, was originally called Pleasantburg. However, in 1831 the name was changed and Greenville would later often be referred to as the Textile Manufacturing Capital of the World. Today list of area top employers have changed as textile manufacturing has been shipped overseas. In its place are Michelin Tire, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, BMW and Donaldson Air Force Base.
Along with a new corporate list of Who’s Who came the rejuvenation of downtown Greenville, with the addition of parks, common areas, a canopy of trees, upscale dining and shopping plus world class commerce. Long gone are the sleepy days of this town’s past, but not forgotten is the areas rich history.
Adding to the charm of this area are the many lakes, which provide escapes for the daily fisherman and boater, weekend getaway cabins and fulltime residents. Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee offer the peaceful outdoor alternative to busy and hectic work lives.
Spartanburg, always in the shadow of Greenville due to its close proximity of 30 miles, has also been innovative in attracting large corporations to the area since the demise of the US textile industry. Denny’s, Advance America, Extended Stay Hotels and QS1 Data Systems add to the shared regional airport and BMW manufacturing facility.
While there are planned communities in the area, most that would be of interest for retirees will be located near or on the lakes; however, with a wonderful year round temperate climate and the thriving dual cities of Greenville and Spartanburg, choosing the Piedmont area of SC will be rewarding, laid back and fun!