The name Greenville, South Carolina may not be as well-known as Myrtle Beach or Charlotte, but this northwestern part of the state has special appeal for active adults. This aptly termed “upcountry” region is farther inland and closer to North Carolina and Tennessee. It’s also smack-dab in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some of the upcountry’s most famous landmarks include the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, Pickens County Museum of Art & History, and the Lake Hartwell Country.
The impressive city also has a flourishing downtown area, nearby golf courses, and outdoor recreation areas. At last count, we listed six retirement communities in Greenville, and here’s what each one has to offer.
Low $200s - Mid $200s
This Ryan Homes-built neighborhood was completed in 2018 with 123 new homes. Although it’s not age-restricted, it’s designed for active adult lifestyles with an active homeowners’ association (HOA), modern floor plans, and a desirable location.
Annandale Estates offers four models sized from 1,150 to 1,694 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. Features like stainless-steel appliances, tiled bathrooms, and granite countertops make these homes comfortable and convenient. The reasonable HOA fees cover lawn care and snow removal.
This neighborhood doesn’t have a community clubhouse, but it has ample greenspace with a gathering area and fire pit. The property also provides easy access to Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22-mile greenway that works well for picnics, nature walks, and bicycling. There are several fitness centers nearby.
Furman University Golf Club is also less than three miles away and offers different membership options. Area supermarkets include Publix and Walmart, and there are many hospitals and physician’s offices in Greenville and the surrounding area.
Mid $200s - High $300s
Here’s an intimate, well-priced community geared for low-key lifestyles with no age restrictions. Rosewood Communities broke ground on Butler Parc in 2018, and it offers 31 resale single-family homes with 20 floor plans. These range from 1,424 to 2,685 square feet with three bedrooms, two baths, and attached two-car garages. Features include covered porches, dens, luxury master suites with attached bathrooms, and mudrooms. The HOA fees cover common area maintenance and lawn care for residents.
This private neighborhood is right by Route 276, putting it close to several shopping centers, where you can find a Publix Super Market, restaurants, coffee shops, banks, and houses of worship. Head west, and you’ll run into the Knollwood Heights Community Pool and Conestee Park. Golfers can make the quick drive to Greenville Country Club or Holly Tree to play the links.
Low $300s - High $400s
Also built by Rosewood Communities, Ridgestone Cottages is a private neighborhood of 38 resale single-family homes. The builder began developing this property in 2017, with 20 floor plans ranging from 1,856 to 2,987 square feet. These well-designed homes have three to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, covered porches, and attached two-car garages. There are no age restrictions, and the reasonable HOA fees cover common area maintenance and landscaping.
Ridgestone is just east of I-85, conveniently located for your shopping and recreational needs. If you follow I-85 to where it intersects with I-385, you’ll see a Walmart Supercenter, a Whole Foods, a Lowes, a Trader Joe’s, a Target, movie theaters, restaurants, and other shops and services. Leisure time activities include visits to Roper Mountain Science Center, Pelham Mill Park, and Timmons Park.
Low $200s - Low $300s
Swansgate is an age-restricted community with condos and single-family homes spread across a gated, 42-acre property in the heart of Greenville. Built by H. Wilson Worley and U.S. Retirement Corporation from 1983 to 2002, there are 165 resale single-family homes and 24 condo units within this community. The condos are in two three-story buildings with 12 units each, secured front entrances, and elevator access.
These units are sized from 1,028 to 1,809 square feet with one to two bedrooms and bathrooms, private patios or balconies, energy-efficient designs, gallery-style kitchens, and lot parking. The five single-family floor plans range from 1,627 to 1,986 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages, plus features like eat-in kitchens, vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters, and generous master suites with walk-in closets. The reasonable HOA fee provides for landscaping, exterior maintenance, gated security, and common area facilities.
Swansgate’s welcoming clubhouse has its own exercise room, locker room, outdoor pool, and tennis court. There’s also a community room, a catering kitchen, and a library for more laid-back pursuits. Homeowners gather here and elsewhere for group activities like social hours, dances, and holiday parties. This wonderful 55+ neighborhood is also just minutes from Greenville Memorial Hospital and Greenville Country Club.
High $200s - Low $300s
Geared towards downsizing, The Ravines at Camellia Village is a quiet 55+ community of 48 resale townhomes built about 10 years ago. The standard model averages from 1,600 to 2,400 square feet and offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Most have master suites, en-suite bathrooms, modern kitchens, and dens; upgrades may include vaulted ceilings, built-in garage storage areas, and sunrooms. The HOA provides for landscaping, lawn care, and common area and exterior home maintenance.
The friendly community clubhouse offers homeowners meeting rooms, an exercise room, and a pool and patio area. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, there are several golf courses, like CrossWinds Golf Course and The Preserve at Verdae Golf Club, plus outdoor recreation spots like Paris Mountain State Park and Trailblazer Park.
When it’s time to run errands, nearby shops include Walmart, CVS, Publix, Walgreens, Target, Costco, and the charming Magnolia Park Mall. Afterward, you can grab a bite to eat at Silver Bay Seafood Restaurant, Stax’s, or any of the other popular area restaurants. Regional health providers include North Hills Medical Center and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital.
Mid $300s - High $300s
Our final Rosewood Communities neighborhood is Belhaven Parc, an upscale, intimate property of just 30 new and resale single-family homes. Construction began here in 2017, and the home models are offered in one- and two-story floor plans sized from about 1,358 to 2,987 square feet. These have three or four bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached two-car garages. Some feature first-floor master suites, covered patios, and gracious stone fireplaces. Belhaven Parc has no age restrictions but caters to active adult living.
Belhaven is just south of the I-85/I-385 intersection, so it’s also close to a wealth of shops and services like Walmart, Best Buy, Staples, and restaurants. Homeowners can enjoy quality leisure time at the Greenville Zoo, the YMCA, and the Liberty Bridge recreation area.