Making the Most of Your Golden Years
Retirement is a precious time in life—maybe because it opens up any number of opportunities. You can spend it however you want. Whether you picture yourself relaxing, taking adventures, or soaking up some culture, learn a little about the possibilities of retiring in Greenville, SC.
As far as location, Greenville’s will serve you well if you’re planning to get out of town and go exploring. Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, NC, are both between 100 and 150 miles away on Interstate 85 in either direction, with Greenville in between, and the charming city of Asheville, NC, is only about 60 miles north. Whether you prefer hiking and waterfalls or lying on a beach, you’ll be pleased to know that the mountains are about an hour away, and the coast is about 3.5 hours away.
But you definitely won’t have to leave town to find something to do. Greenville’s calendar is jam-packed with events and festivals throughout the year—more than 300 “event days” in fact. You can read more about the city’s signature events here.
If museums are your thing, you’ll have several to choose from. The Greenville County Museum of Art is considered to be among the country’s premiere art museums, and the Upcountry History Museum has exhibits and educational events throughout the year that highlight our region’s history. Then if you have grandkids come visit, you will enjoy taking them to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, the seventh largest children’s museum in the nation.
As for performing arts, we’ve got you covered. There is, of course, The Peace Center, located in the heart of downtown. With a 2,100-seat concert hall, 400-seat theatre, amphitheater, and event spaces, it has become the hub of cultural life in Upstate South Carolina. But you’ll likely also enjoy catching performances at some of Greenville’s smaller venues, such as Greenville Little Theatre and The Warehouse Theatre.
If you’re planning to keep working in retirement, know that Greenville, SC, was in the top third of the Milken Institute’s 2013 rankings of the best places for a working retirement, as reported by Forbes. The article states, “The 2013 edition again highlights living areas that offer affordability with improving, above-average economies and job prospects.” In 2014, the Milken Institute also recognized the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin area among it’s top 100 “large-metro” picks for best cities for successful aging.*
When it comes to real estate, some retirees may prefer to invest in one of the many apartments or condos that are currently available or under construction in downtown—many walking distance to the area’s 100 restaurants. Others may prefer to settle down in one of the city’s active adult communities, such as the Cascades Verdae.
Whatever you’re looking for in a home in which to retire, please contact me. I’ll help you find it.
*Sources: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjf45gkge/greenville-south-carolina/, http://www.milkeninstitute.org/publications/view/671