400 Swansgate Place, Greenville, South Carolina 29605
Cozy, Established 55+ Community of Swansgate in South Carolina's Upcountry Has Single Level Condominiums and Patio Homes
Growing Greenville is in northwestern South Carolina's Upcountry, and resting on 42 acres of the city's Augusta Road neighborhood is the cozy, gated 55+ community of Swansgate. The development was inspired by H. Wilson Worley, author of "Retirement Living Alternatives USA: the Inside Story" and began in 1983. Construction was completed in 2002.
The community has 163 patio homes and 24 condominiums. The patio homes are all single level and have from approximately 1,300 square feet to 2,400 square feet. Most include two bedrooms, two baths, large closets, a private patio or a decked courtyard and an attached garage. Exteriors are primarily brick. The condominiums are also feature single level living but are in two buildings that are three stories each with four units per floor. Sizes range from about 1,028 square feet to 1,809 square feet with one to two bedrooms and one to two baths. An elevator provides access to the upper floors, and each building has a secured front entrance.
Prices start in the low-$200,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.
Two streams run through Swansgate, and the grounds are thick with bushes and trees. Tennis courts are just across the Brushy Creek bridge. The clubhouse and outdoor swimming pool are within sight of the neighborhood fountain and pond. The fully equipped kitchen and activity room are the hub of the community's social life. A committee organizes events and happy hours to help fill each resident's event calendar. Shops, restaurants, grocery stores and a post office are within walking distance.
Greenville offers a wealth of recreational and cultural opportunities. Its Peace Center hosts jazz, comedy, folk, and Broadway productions. GLOW Lyric Theatre, Carolina Ballet Theatre, and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra are a few of the city's resident companies.
Greenville Memorial Medical Center is also close by and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 48 inches of rain per year.
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Francisco de Gordillo explored the present-day South Carolina coast during 1521 but was unable to establish a town. The French also failed to colonize in 1562. The English settled here in 1670, but they moved on to Charleston when the conditions worsened. The two Carolinas split officially in 1729. The state was the first to leave the Union during the Civil War.
South Carolina was once primarily agricultural and still grows peanuts, watermelons, peaches and tobacco. Today, though, it is mostly known for its textile mills. Wood products, asbestos, steel, pulp and chemicals are particularly important. A commercial tea plantation, and the only one in America, lies on an island 20 miles South of Charleston.
Top attractions include Fort Sumter, which is a national monument, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the Cypress Gardens (located in Charleston), Hilton Head resorts, the Cowpens National Battlefield, the Botanical Gardens and the Riverbanks Zoo.
Population - 4,961,018
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%
White persons, not Hispanic - 64%
Median household income - $45,483
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
55+ Communities and Single People
It often seems as though 55+ communities are full of happily married people. This is not always the case, though, as the demographic fact is that women often outlive their spouses. It is true that newer developments draw couples because newer developments tend to draw younger retirees. This is simply because older communities have residents who moved in longer ago. Older developments have more singles, particularly women, because the residents are often older. As to where to find single men, that is out of our area of expertise.
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