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Downtown Apartments in Greenville SC

If you’ve been to Greenville lately, you couldn’t have missed the number of cranes in the skyline – several new apartment buildings are about to open all over the downtown area, and there are already a few downtown apartment communities which are full.

Courtesy of South Ridge Apartments

While rental rates for downtown living are quite high right now, we expect with all the new units coming onto the market that the pricing and availability will shift dramatically.  Bottom line: if you can’t afford the apartment that’s your first choice, keep an eye on the rates over the next two years.

We’ve noted the apartments which are mill conversions with an asterisk.  These units are quite beautiful and unique.  Note that many of them are in transitional areas.

Here’s a good list to help you get started on finding a place to live in Greenville.

Ellison on Broad
98 E. McBee
100 East      
400 Rhett    
District West
Link West End
McBee Station**    mcbeestationapartments
River’s Edge 

Main & Stone
Overbook Lofts

The Bristol      
Lofts of Greenville*
West Village Lofts*

Hawthorne at the Carlisle
Haywood Reserve      
Waterside Greene      

The Lofts at Mills Mill*

*Refurbished mill
**Undergoing mold remediation


Greenville’s Own Hotline for Residents

Have a question about an upcoming event?  Wonder where you can drop off extra recylcing?  Need to report a leaking hydrant?   These questions and infinite others can all be directed at the City of Greenville’s one-stop customer service center, called Greenville Cares.

With a  presence inside the lobby of Main Street’s City Hall -adjacent to the VisitGreenvilleSC tourist information desk – Greenville Cares is there to make life easier for everyone in the city, including new residents who are moving to Greenville or have just relocated.

greenville cares

This friendly service center has its phones manned Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, at 864-232-CARE, or 864-232-2273.  You can call them to:

  • learn more about City programs
  • inqure about City events
  • get help or information about City services
  • submit a City service request
  • report an issue

You can also email Greenville Cares with questions or service requests, using  There’s also a convenient online service request form.

For even more information on various city departments, the city-managed park system and the economic development team, pick up a copy of The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.


-Libby McMillan Henson is the owner of Greenville Relocation, offering local relocation concierge services, and is also author of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.’

Tips for Driving in Greenville SC

Honestly, the ONLY tough part about moving to Greenville SC is learning the roads and navigating your way around the area.  There are some real quirks, due to the terrain, and the fact that all roads are like spokes leading to a hub.   

Study the handy chart in the back of ‘Moving to Greenville: the Un-Tourist Guide’ and here are a few other great tips, which will keep you from going nuts your first year in Greenville.

Driving   Tips

  1. Ask for help!  Greenvillians are a friendly bunch who love to help.
  2. Think before you depart. It’s easier to picture your route while you’re sitting still than to get confused while you’re underway.

  3. Use a GPS the first year or so, especially if you like to explore and you’re used to living in a grid-style city. Do regular updates (and remember to program an intersection near your home instead of your home address, in case (highly unlikely!) your car were to be stolen.
  4. Be in the driver’s seat more often than the passenger seat.  You’ll learn by doing. It’s easy to not pay attention when you’re not driving.
  5.  Look at a state map. Important streets in Greenville are often named for where they ultimately end up, i.e. Augusta, Laurens, Woodruff.  This can help orient you.

Libby McMillan Henson is the owner of Greenville Relocation, offering local relocation concierge services, and is also author of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.’

Gardening in Greenville: an introduction

Have you dreamed of a Southern garden, shaded by a magnolia tree and brimming with hydrangeas, gardenias, crape myrtles, yellow jessamine and camellias?

Welcome to South Carolina, which The South Carolina Native Plant Society calls  a “botanically rich area.” This statewide group with regional chapters meets every third Tuesday in Greenville. Visitors are welcome and will gain insight into what’s “easy” because it’s native.

Hot Tip:  Most of Greenville County lies within the USDA’s Hardiness Zone 8a, but its very northern reaches are classified 7b due to their proximity to the mountains.    

Challenges you’ll face here in Greenville – like lace bugs on azaleas – are a good reason to make a friend at a garden store near your home. A truly  fantastic resource, however, is the Greenville County Cooperative Extension office,which works hand in hand with the Clemson University extension. Visit their website, or stop in to the local office. They’ll share information and schedules for online classes and workshops.. It’s in the County Government complex on University Ridge.

While writing this book, I was loaned a copy of the softcover title ‘Durant Ashmore’s Monthly Gardening Guide,’ which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Ashmore is a local gardening columnist, longtime landscape designer and nurseryman. His charming book shares an upstate gardener’s most pressing concerns, tasks and considerations for each month of the gardening year, gently coaching readers to have as beautiful and long-lasting a garden as possible. Ashmore adds tips on birds, butterflies, vegetables and life in general: ‘Walk your yard in the morning with a cup of coffee. Walk your yard in the evening with a glass of wine.’  Look for a copy; you’ll really enjoy this book.

Fun Fact: Furman University has its own Asian garden.

If you’d like to get truly inspired, go meet your local growers at one of the farmers markets in Greenville, Travelers Rest, Fountain Inn or Simpsonville (all May-Oct), or the State Farmers Market (year-round). At all but the Greenville market, you’ll find an oh-so-useful Ask a Master Gardener booth, manned by experts who give free answers to gardening questions.  

The Clemson Extension Master Gardeners Program offers a wealth of educational events, and February’s popular symposium is a great place to meet new friends, shop and learn. Participate in the program itself and before long, you could find yourself speaking to local garden and civic clubs, or working with kids, seniors or communities on horticultural projects. You’ll also have access to special field trips and lots of opportunities to expand your knowledge and skillset.  

For penultimate inspiration, or – as my most avid gardening friend puts it, “to see how it’s really done” – visit The South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University. A visit to the gardens and conservatory at the Biltmore Estate, in nearby Asheville, is also a wonderful trip.

Hot Tip:  Azaleas should be pruned just after the blooms fade.

-Libby McMillan Henson is the owner of Greenville Relocation, offering local relocation concierge services, and is also author of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.’

Drive Times from Greenville SC

Greenville SC has a tremendous location, right on I-85, halfway between two major metros.  Atlanta and Charlotte are both about an hour and a half by car. Charlotte’s CLT airport is much closer than Atlanta’s ATL, however, due to the side of town it’s on.

Charleston and its popular beaches (Kiawah, Folly, Isle of Palms, Edisto) are only three-and-a-half hours by car. Myrtle Beach, brimming with golf courses, is just over four hours away. Ditto for Savannah, Tybee Island, and Hilton Head Island, all popular Georgia getaways.

Nashville, TN and Lexington, KY are both a five-and-a-half hour drive from Greenville; Cincinnati is a scenic six-and-a-half-hour car trip. In only seven hours, you will find yourself in sunny Orlando . . . drive slightly longer – eight and a half hours – to arrive how to get free gems on episode in Washington D.C. or Memphis, TN.

Your new location puts many, many major cities within a day’s reach by car, even if it’s a long day. It’s nine and half hours to Cleveland or New Orleans. Tropical South Florida can be yours for 11 hours on the road; throw in an extra half hour and you could, instead, arrive in New York.

For a list of flight times from Greenville, and hot tips for flying in and out of the SC Upstate, see the ‘Getting Around’ chapter of The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.


-Libby McMillan Henson is the owner of Greenville Relocation, offering local relocation concierge services, and is also author of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.’

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