Yes I've been trolling about Greenville, South Carolina for more than three weeks on another "Could I live here?" journey. This is my 4th visit to this popular city since hitting the road, but it's the first time I peruse a variety of neighborhoods and take a look at properties. Of course it hasn't been all work and no play as I've thoroughly enjoyed biking the 22-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail, revisiting the impressive Museum of Art, and spending a day or two lollygagging downtown and in nearby Traveler's Rest.
My host, Emily is an easy-going 35-year old woman (originally from Wisconsin) with an adorable, bossy cat, Vanellope. We're in the Berea neighborhood, halfway between Greenville city center and Traveler's Rest, while just a few miles from the Trail. I continue to be impressed with Greenville -- a city with plenty of green space, a pedestrian-friendly Main Street, and well-planned historic preservation.
During my visit nearly five years ago, I mentioned that Greenville was growing and I can tell you that it hasn't stopped. If you want to live in the heart of the city, bring a big check (there's a 2/2 condo on the market right now at the riverfront for $1.4 million). It's trendy, it's sprawling, and it's now the most populous county in the state.
The strangest thing is how horrible the roads are county-wide -- no shoulders, no sidewalks, and every road has at least two names. I've been living 3-5 miles from all things Greenville for 25 days and I've been in my car for 24 of them. Greenville, you're a nice place to visit, but I don't want to be a member of the car culture.
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