Location, Location, Location! (Why We Chose to Stay in Greenville)
Good news- as of yesterday, we have a dumpster!! Things are moving in the right direction. . .
... but we are actually still waiting for the final go ahead from the city to start work on the Beattie House. SO, while we are waiting, I thought I'd tell ya'll a little more back story and why we love where the property is located!
As I have mentioned before, over the past 5 years, we have been dreaming of a big yard for our children to play in. During that time, we looked at several houses outside of the city. All were "fixer uppers" and had at least 2 acres.
We looked at a house in Green Valley with a gorgeous lot. It was quiet, peaceful with loads of potential... AND as an extra bonus, close in proximity to some of our sweet friends
Then there was one in Piedmont with 7 acres (with horses grazing next door!), but the timing just wasn't quite right. I was also worried about feeling isolated from friends/family.
We even looked at one in Belton, SC! This 1915 home was stunning with a scenic yard, but we would literally be starting over (making new friends, finding the grocery store, everything would be very different!) I was already so tired with 5 children (all under age 7!), I knew I didn't have the energy for that!
Because my husband, Ryan, works in Anderson, SC (35 minutes down the road) we didn't really *have* to stay in Greenville. What we realized however, is that over the years, downtown had truly become our home. Our community. Our kids are "city kids" and as much as my oldest wanted a horse farm, that just wasn't us. For better or worse, downtown Greenville had become a part of who we are as a family and we could not bring ourselves to leave (even if it meant, at the time, settling for our postage stamp yard). I will say that the kids get pretty good traffic for their lemonade stand and we can see the downtown fireworks on 4th of July from our front porch! Thanks Vann & Liv for the t-shirt inspiration.
We love Greenville and its people. I joke that everywhere I need to go is 5-ish miles from our house. Over the past 7 years, we have lived in the urban Historic East Park Neighborhood. Close to 385 and a block from Main St, its composed of a diverse group of people with great friendships and lots of memories made over the years; we're so glad that the Beattie House is in the same neighborhood (literally one block up the road)! From Halloween block parties to Christmas tour of homes to putt putt and tennis at McPherson park, there is always something fun to do.
Speaking of fun, the trolley comes to the corner of Main & E Park. The kids love hopping on to catch a ride to celebrate a birthday or just to grab some ice cream downtown.
If we miss the trolley, there are also a lot of restaurants within walking distance. Two Chefs and Bohemian are two of my favorites.
One summer the kids and I did a downtown restaurant crawl to "expand their palates" (I was determined to prove to them that they cannot live on macaroni and cheese alone!)
I'm especially excited about the new NorthPointe development that is going to be at the corner of Wade Hampton & Stone Avenue (a block from the Beattie House). I drove past there the other day and saw some trucks- hopefully that means work will be starting soon.
I love that as Greenville is growing, there are more and more places that I can get to without my car. It has definitely changed a lot since my days at Eastside Highschool in the 90's (when ironically our prom was downtown in the amphitheater behind the Peace Center- long before that venue was "cool")
Speaking of places we can walk to, our family started the new (extra fancy!) tradition this year of going to Waffle House for Christmas Day brunch.
A big part of our community downtown is Grace Church. We love it there and it's conveniently less than a mile from our house! We could walk to church (in theory- if we ever were able to get all 7 of us ready in a timely manner!), but that hasn't happened yet; maybe one day! The church meets in a beautiful building that is another part of Greenville's rich history. You can read more about that here.
Greenville has so much to offer... but bike riding on the swamp rabbit trail with scones afterwards at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe may be our favorite!
Until next time...