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Greenville, SC is an Artsy Place

Greenville, SC is an Artsy Place

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Abberly Market Point, Greenville, SCSouth Carolina isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think about the arts. However, the state has hidden pockets of cultural wealth that will rival big art markets like New York and San Francisco. These are the five best cities in South Carolina for the Arts.

  1. Edgefield
  2. Greenville
  3. Beaufort
  4. Myrtle Beach
  5. Charleston

Greenville, SC

If your taste for art extends beyond the norm, check out Greenville, SC. The Metropolitan Arts Council works diligently to support art organizations financially as well as through advocacy and marketing. Be sure to visit the Artist Guild Gallery of Greenville (AGGG). AGGG is a 2,0000 square foot gallery featuring the works of over 20 local and regional artists. Here you will find an assortment of art styles including mixed media, watercolors, oil, jewelry, sculpture, pottery and photography. Located in downtown Greenville, the gallery is smack dab in the center of dining, shopping and entertainment. Downtown Greenville was ranked in the top 10 best downtown's by Livability, and dubbed by the New York Times as a pedestrian-friendly city. More than the vibrant downtown, Greenville has been compared to European cities. The influx of artists, the arts, and downtown's huge collection of public artwork has transformed this city into a thing of real beauty. If the idea of all this art appeals to you, consider Greenville.

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Greenville, SC is No. 3 Small City in the US

Greenville, SC is No. 3 Small City in the US

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Abberly Market Point, Greenville, SCThe readers of Conde Nast’s Traveler magazine, one of the most highly-regarded and awarded travel magazines in the country, have chosen Greenville as the No. 3 Small City in the country.

The magazine, which has won 25 National Magazine Awards and has a circulation of around 800,000, received hundreds of thousands of votes for their annual Big City and Small City categories, and Greenville came in behind only Aspen, Colo. at No. 2 and another South Carolina city, Charleston, at No. 1. This is Greenville’s first appearance on the Reader’s Choice list.

Greenville’s entry reads as follows:

“Want to get in on a secret? Plan a trip to Greenville now and you might see it just on the cusp of stardom. The up-and-coming food lover’s town is getting its own outpost of Sean Brock’s Husk and its first food hall in late-2017, and its farm-to-table scene is rising to the ranks of Asheville (try Jianna for Italian and Vault & Vator, the city’s first speakeasy, after). Walk off your food coma across the 32-acre Falls Park that runs through the middle of town before going back for seconds.”

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Greenville, SC: A Great Downtown

Greenville, SC: A Great Downtown

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Abberly Market Point, Greenville, SCYou’ll be forgiven if you feel the need to use GPS to make sure you’re actually walking through Downtown Greenville, S.C. and not some European city. The tree-lined Main Street, sidewalk cafes and waterfalls have a rather foreign feel when it comes to what you might expect in America’s Bible Belt. But we promise that’s Greenville, an unexpected treat of a small town in the Southeast. It’s Downtown Greenville’s unique appeal and projected growth that puts it on the list of the Top 10 Downtowns.

City leaders have been focused on not just renewing Greenville’s downtown, but making it a destination that appeals to the best and brightest, and that’s exactly what Greenville does. More than 20,000 workers populate the downtown area during the day, while area residents and tourists trickle in when the sun goes down to shop, eat and be entertained. Most of the 120 independent restaurants contained in the 10 blocks that make up downtown are locally owned and one-of-a-kind.

Greenville’s arts scene reflects the city’s growing diversity, with venues that draw nationally acclaimed performers, museums housing works by classical masters like Botticelli and Andrew Wyeth and small galleries and studios where budding artists hone their craft. Located in the heart of Downtown Greenville, The Peace Center provides a performance setting that’s as acoustically pleasing as it is architecturally appealing. You’ll find comedy acts, dramatic plays, light-hearted musicals and rock concerts at Centre Stage. Located throughout downtown is a collection of sculptures, fountains and murals creating an outdoor gallery of art.

While downtown provides residents with a modern, urban environment there are plenty of ways to enjoy Mother Nature, starting with Greenville’s most photogenic spot, Falls Park on the Reedy. An oasis in the downtown area, Falls Park features the Liberty Bridge which offers unsurpassed views of the waterfalls. Running along the Reedy River is a 21-mile, multi-use trail system called the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. This paved pathway links downtown to surrounding communities, schools and parks. And one more venue that might leave you wondering if you’re in the right place is Fluor Field, a mini replica of Boston’s Fenway Park and home to the Greenville Drive, a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

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Lowcountry Living is the Best on the East Coast

Lowcountry Living is the Best on the East Coast

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Abberly Market Point, Greenville, SCThe Lowcountry has quickly become one of the best places for living on the East Coast, and it’s easy to see why. Consider the area features breathtaking scenery, incredible history, an irresistible dining scene, and so much more. If you’re looking for the perfect place to call home, the Lowcountry has so much to offer!

It Boasts the No. 1 City in the World

The Lowcountry can credit its crown jewel, the city of Charleston, for making the entire region one of the most desired places to live on the East Coast. In 2016, the city was not only named Travel + Leisure’s “No.1 City in the U.S. and Canada” for the fourth consecutive year, but it was also selected as the “No. 1 City in the World.” With this ranking, Charleston, SC, became the first domestic city to earn the title “World’s Best City.”

The Area Is Steeped in History

Are you a history buff? If so, you will love living in the Lowcountry. This region played a vital role throughout the course of American history. At the center, you'll find Charleston, a colonial seaport founded in 1670 that became one of the wealthiest hubs during the 19th-century. The barrier islands and surrounding areas of the Lowcountry also offer a fascinating history of well-known political figures, devastating wars, and an interesting heritage. Strike up a conversation with a local and you’ll likely hear a few tall tales and ghost stories, which only add to the area’s character.

The People Are Friendly

Even with the rapid growth, it has held onto its genial, Southern charm. Whether you are familiar with the area or a complete newcomer, you’ll be at ease amongst Lowcountry residents who will greet you with our world renowned hospitality.

The Scenery Is Spectacular

While a bustling historic city center and friendly folks are appealing reasons to pack up and head to the Lowcountry, it’s distinctive flora and fauna only found here that makes people never want to leave. With majestic live oak trees covered in Spanish moss, quiet marshes, pristine beaches, and beautifully preserved island communities, the Lowcountry is truly one of the most idyllic places on the East Coast to call home.

The Food Is Irresistible

Typically defined as a geographical and cultural region along the South Carolina coast, the Lowcountry is an area that was influenced by African, French, English and Caribbean cultures. One of the best ways to experience our past is through present-day cuisine. Here you’ll find traditional dishes prepared unlike anywhere else. Add award-winning restaurants, talented chefs, and plenty of fresh ingredients straight from the ocean, inlet, and farm, and you’ll quickly understand why the Lowcountry has become a top foodie destination.

The Lowcountry is a coveted destination on the East Coast. Filled with history and culture, food and fun, this beautiful part of the world offers so many things to see and do. For more information apartments in Greenville, SC contact Abberly Market Point.

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Greenville, SC: Fourth Fastest-Growing City in US

Greenville, SC: Fourth Fastest-Growing City in US

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Abberly Market Point, Greenville, SCA recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau probably won't shock many who've watched the fast-paced development and influx of jobs in Greenville within the past decade.

The city of Greenville is the fourth-fastest-growing city in the nation — growing by 5.8% as of last July from the year before, to 67,453.

The city's share of population is but a fraction of the nearly 500,000 people estimated to live in Greenville County, but the rate of growth over the years shows a pattern of re-urbanization.

Just less than a decade ago, the city was trying to attract people but had been unsuccessful in growing its population since suburban flight began in the 1960s.

It was just frustrating that people weren’t choosing to live in the city. This reflects that more people are choosing to live in the city than we’ve seen in many decades. We’ve been steadily reversing 40 years of declining city population.

The city has been investing steadily in infrastructure, such as a new city park planned west of downtown, and has seen surpluses in tax revenues that will be set aside to accommodate further growth in population.

The city's revitalization downtown has paid dividends in attracting people and development, whether it's renovation of homes, new homes slated, or the proliferation of luxury apartment growth.

In particular, pay attention to job-growth numbers in the area.

For anyone who looks at the statistics on job growth in the Upstate, you walk away from that analysis with a positive perspective. City officials are clearly working on the concept of re-urbanization. Greenville’s very well positioned for continued to growth.

Ten of the 15 fastest-growing cities, with populations of 50,000 or more, were pinned across the South last year.

Gov. Henry McMaster is not surprised by Greenville's ranking.

Meanwhile, a new analysis of the entire Upstate predicts that the region will welcome more than 300,000 new residents, reaching a total population of almost 1.75 million people by 2040, an increase of 64 percent since 1990 and bypassing growth forecast rates for the Charleston and Columbia areas.

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3 Reasons Renting Can Be Better than Buying

3 Reasons Renting Can Be Better than Buying

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 29, 2018

Abberly Market Point, Greenville, SCThe housing crash permanently altered the perception of homeownership. Renting is now, if not vogue, a socially acceptable alternative to homeownership. And here are a few reasons why renting can be even better than owning a home.

Liquidity

First of all, renters have a greater liquidity than homeowners, a financial flexibility that cannot be understated in today’s economy. Homes are a highly illiquid form of investment, given that they cannot be sold quickly. That’s not to say buyers don’t exist, but they’re not necessarily easy to come by either. A house cannot be quickly converted into cash without the possibility of losing a large percentage of its value. Renters avoid this problem entirely.

And unlike homeowners, renters invest no equity in their property, so they’re able to put that money elsewhere. This is important to note because homes are not appreciating like they used to. Homes are not the safe bet that people have always relied on. If people are interested in seeing large investment returns, they’re better off putting their money elsewhere.

Flexibility

Renting also affords a mobility that homeownership cannot. Instead of being bogged down by the process of selling a home, renters can move as soon as the lease expires. Then they’re free to move wherever they like, trying out new neighborhoods or sticking around what they know. And they don’t have to rehab their unit prior to moving. They don’t have to engage in costly updates to make their unit more desirable. Escrow might as well be a word in a foreign language. Additionally, renters don’t have to pay for anything to be fixed — that’s the landlord’s job. Instead of replacing a busted washer and dryer, many renters can just request a fix from the property manager. It’s incredibly easy, saving both time and money.

Lifestyle

Many rental properties offer numerous facilities and benefits that homes do not. Apartment communities offer amenities that cater to life’s essentials — and then some. Some of these amenities are in-unit, like upgraded kitchens, energy efficient appliances, smart control HVAC systems and designated storage spaces. Plus, there are community amenities that homeowners lack. These include gyms, dog runs and in-apartment daycare. Renters save an incredible sum by avoiding membership fees.

The data doesn’t lie: According to The State of the Nation’s Housing 2017, the number of renter households rose by 600,000 from 2015 to 2016, marking 12 consecutive years of growth. Conversely, during the same 12-year period, the national homeownership rate fell. And not only did this figure fall, it decreased every single year. The stigma behind renting has all but vanished, demonstrating clear advantages with which homeownership cannot compete.

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South Carolina is Popular with Boomers

South Carolina is Popular with Boomers

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 22, 2018

Abberly Market Point, Greenville, SCSouth Carolina has experienced rapid growth in the last 30 years, much of it from retirees seeking a warmer climate and lower cost of living. As more and more baby boomers begin to retire that trend is certain to continue. Retirees have been moving into all parts of the state, the area in the southwest low country, but near Hilton Head has experienced the most explosive growth.

South Carolina's population is growing. Some of that growth is coming from retirees entering the state. Obviously the housing market crash has impacted sales and prices in 55+ and active adult communities in SC, but probably less so than for the housing market in general. For the record, South Carolina has an income tax maximum rate of 7%, people over 65 get some significant exemptions.

Thanks to the great success of Hilton Head Island as a vacation and retirement spot, the entire southwestern area of the state is now a retirement hot bed. Part of the attraction is the many rivers and bays are in the area, making waterfront living possible for many people at somewhat reasonable prices. The region is dotted with active adult communities to explore.

What People Like about SC:

  • Mild winter climate
  • Being near the coast, bays, and rivers
  • Cachet and prestige of Hilton Head
  • Brand new,master-planned developments
  • Outstanding recreation such as golf, tennis, fishing, boating
  • Many of the towns are charming

This part of SC is definitely one of the best retirement regions in the world. For more information on apartments in Greenville, SC contact Abberly Market Point.

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How Much More it Costs to Own Than Rent In Your State

How Much More it Costs to Own Than Rent In Your State

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Abberly Market Point, Greenville, SCOwning a home is often considered the American dream — and it’s an expensive one. Homeowners in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., pay from 33% to 93% more for housing each month than do renters living in the same state, according to a new NerdWallet analysis.

But many homeowners reap benefits that you can’t get from renting. The equity you build can be leveraged for loans that can be used to improve the home and boost its value or be used in financial emergencies.

While renting can’t offer those financial benefits, it’s cheaper to rent on a month-to-month basis. If you’re wondering how to save money for a down payment, renting can help you build that nest egg — but in extremely expensive or competitive markets, renting might be better for the long haul.

To determine the monthly homeownership premium — the additional cost of owning instead of renting, expressed as a percentage — NerdWallet compared 2015 American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau for the median gross rent and median homeownership cost in each state and Washington, D.C. Median gross rent includes the costs of monthly rent and utilities for all kinds of rental properties, and median homeownership cost includes monthly mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance and utilities. This comparison doesn’t include the down payment required to buy a home, which is traditionally 20% of the home price for conventional mortgages, but is lower for FHA or VA loans.

Key takeaways

  • Owning is more expensive everywhere. Across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., it costs more each month to own a home than to rent. The median cost people pay nationwide to own a home is 54% more than the median cost to rent each month.
  • The smallest difference is still a third more to own.
  • In some states, the cost of owning far eclipses renting.

State: South Carolina

Homeownership Premium: 43%
Median Monthly Cost to Own: $1168
Median Monthly Cost to Rent: $819
Difference: $349

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Retire in Greenville, SC

Retire in Greenville, SC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Abberly Market Point, Greenville, SCSituated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville has transformed from a blip on the national map to a bustling metropolis. The former textile powerhouse now has companies like GE and Michelin moving in and infusing the town with new energy. The reinvigorated downtown serves as the focal point of the region, attracting new business, hosting an emerging culinary scene and housing what some call the crown jewel of Greenville: Falls Park on the Reedy.

Greenville encompasses big-city amenities without attracting the same unpleasantries that come with a more populated, urban metro area. The 10-block stretch of Main Street is lined with a variety of boutiques, restaurants, businesses and bars.

A low cost of living and mild temperatures year-round make Greenville desirable to many. Plus, being located steps away from the mountains without giving up any of the offerings of a developed region, makes it easy to enjoy what nature has to offer.

Rankings

U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Greenville, South Carolina is ranked:

#29 in Best Places to Live
#13 in Best Places to Retire

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Best States to Find a Job

Best States to Find a Job

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Abberly Market Point, Greenville, SCSome states are adding jobs much faster than others. CNBC knows, because we've been measuring job creation in all 50 states for 10 years in our annual America's Top States for Business study.

Job growth is a key metric in our Economy category, measuring employment increases over the previous 12 months based on seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll numbers from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means we've been measuring job growth since June of 2006. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, but these 10 states have been the best places to find a job over the last 10 years.

South Carolina didn't experience the overbuilding that many of its neighbors did during the housing boom, But the overall economic crisis still hit hard-and it hit the state earlier than most. That has made for easier comparisons as the recovery rumbled along, bit SC has also benefited from a surging health-care sector that continues to add jobs.

#10 South Carolina

2006-2016 Job Growth 8.28%
Net jobs added: 156.200
Key industries: Healthcare, manufacturing
10-year Tops States Economy Rank: No. 40

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