Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and sandwiched between Greenville to the northeast and Spartanburg to the west, Greer is one of the fastest-growing cities in South Carolina. Between 2010 and 2018, its population grew from just over 25,000 to over 32,000. Whether you're relocating for a job or just want to try living somewhere new, Greer has a lot to offer, including a cost-of-living that is lower than the national average. Get to know Greer a bit better to see why it might be the perfect place to call home.
Before Greer became Greer, it was home to Cherokee people and European settlers. European settlers established farms in the area, such as Blakely Place. James Manning Greer owned the 200-acre Blakely Place farm, which is believed to be the first house built in the area. Legend has it that Greer traded some of his land to the railroad and sold the rest to W.T. Shumate. Shumate parceled up the land he bought from Greer and began selling lots in what would become the planned business district.
In 1876, townspeople voted to incorporate the town as "Greers" — the "s" dropped off at some point in the early 20th century. A few years before the town incorporated, the Southern Railroad was created and ran through the town. Another railroad, the Piedmont and Northern, appeared in 1914. The two railroad lines helped Greer become a commerce destination. Textile mills set up shop in the area around the town and canning companies, notably Jones Brothers Canning, began sending canned tomatoes and peaches to stores across the country.
Flash forward to the 20th and 21st centuries, and Greer remains a thriving city. The downtown area, now called Greer Station, is made up of 12 square blocks and is full of shopping, restaurants and entertainment venues. While the two railroad lines are no longer as vital to the city as they were in the early days, it is still easy to get to and from town and to ship items in and out thanks to the presence of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and U.S. Route 29, which runs through downtown and connects Greer to both Greenville and Spartanburg.
The ongoing growth in population in Greer, South Carolina, suggests that it's an excellent place to call home. Although the city has grown expansively in recent years, it has still maintained much of its small-town feel and charm. There are other reasons to make the move to Greer, from the city's top-notch infrastructure to its variety of activities for people of all ages. Take a look at some of what the city has to offer.
As you get ready to move to any new city, there are things to consider before, during and after the process. Before the move, you'll most be concerned with finding a place to live and making arrangements for yourself and your family before you arrive. During the move, you'll want to think about how you'll get your belongings from your old location to your new home. After the move, it's time to start thinking about settling into your new life and new city.
Before you move to Greer, the most important thing to do is find a place to live. You might search for an pre-built home to buy or decide to build a home using a pre-existing floor plan. After you've found a house to call home, you'll want to take care of logistics, such as setting up utilities. In Greer, the Commission of Public Works provides electricity, water, natural gas and wastewater services to residents.
It's also a good idea to hire movers to handle the packing, hauling and transporting of your belongings. Working with a team of professional movers is definitely worth the expense if you have a large house, a lot of possessions or are moving long-distance. Book your movers well in advance of the move date, especially if you'll be moving in the summer or over a weekend.
If you aren't moving to Greer for a specific job, or if you're moving for your partner's job, but don't have one lined up for yourself yet, you might want to start the job search before leaving your current town. At the very least, research companies based in the area so you have an idea of what to expect when you arrive. You might also want to contact local schools in the area to learn more about the enrollment process before you move.
Moving day can be stressful, which is one reason why it pays to hire movers. They'll take care of the lifting and hauling for you, so you can relax a bit and focus on tying up loose ends, such as returning the key to your apartment or doing one last sweep of the house.
Even if you hire movers, there are a few things you'll want to transport to your new home yourself. Keep all important documents, such as your passport and identification cards, on your person. If you have valuable items, such as jewelry or family heirlooms, it's also a smart idea to move those yourself.
To keep everyone comfortable and happy during the move, have plenty of bottled water available as well as some snacks. If you're moving long-distance, you'll want to coordinate rest stops and lunch breaks with your movers so everyone in sync on the road.
One way to make it easier to get settled into your new home is to have the boxes labeled with their contents and destination. For example, label boxes with "Kitchen," "Living Room" or "Bathroom" and so on. When the moving truck gets to your new house, the moving team can quickly unload everything, putting boxes and furniture in the right spots.
After the move, it's time to get settled into your new home and to start to meet your neighbors. As you settle in, you might want to spend time wandering through Greer Station to get the lay of the land and learn more about the shops and businesses located there. If you didn't set up your utilities yet, now's the time to do so. It's also a good time to find out when trash and recycling pick-up is scheduled for your home.
Give yourself time to acclimate to your new home and your new city. You might feel shy or uncomfortable at first, but the more involved you become with your city, the more like home Greer will start to feel.
Greer is home to many welcoming neighborhoods and communities. The best community in Greer for you and your family depends on your budget, the style of house you want to live in and where in the city you'd like to be. Take a look at a few of the best Greer communities:
If you're ready to make Greer your home, the first step is to find a place to live. Building your own house in Greer, South Carolina, can help you quickly feel like you belong. SK Builders has multiple communities and homes available in the area around Greer. Take a look at our communities, then get in touch with us today to learn more about the home-building process