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Greenville Makes Top 10 for Low Cost Cities - Retire to a Good Life for Less

Greenville, S.C.: Big-City Buzz Meets Southern Ease

Population: 628,600
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Great eating: Munch on a petit pain for 65 cents at Legrand Bakery.

Catch a game: For $7, watch the Greenville Drive, a Boston Red Sox affiliate, at Fluor Field. On Thursdays, beer costs a buck.

Favorite freebies: Parking on Main Street, trolley rides, downtown Wi-Fi and admission to the Greenville County Museum of Art

As Caren and John Maietta sized up retirement, they knew they'd have to leave their home on New York's pricey Long Island. John, now 60, is disabled, and Caren, 61, was working as a teaching assistant in the local school system and tutoring on the side.

One visit to Greenville clinched their decision; they moved south in 2010, buying a lovely home (five bedrooms, three and a half baths) for half the price of their former place. Though they're not mortgage-free, their monthly payment is less than a quarter of what it was before. Instead of New York's sky-high property taxes, the average here is $753. (Yes, per year.) Their car insurance also fell by half. Gasoline prices are much lower. "Even utilities are cheaper here," Caren says. In New York, the couple spent about $650 a month; in Greenville, "our bills range from $80 to $190."

Those savings enabled her to stop working, and the two live comfortably on savings and disability payments. Still a few years away from collecting Social Security, they are committed to keeping their costs low while living large.

"It's even a little decadent," Caren says. "I play tennis four to five days a week at the Green Valley Country Club. It costs $150 a month for a family sports membership, which includes social events, the pool and tennis facilities."

by Sarah Mahoney, AARP The Magazine, October/November 2013




An article in the lifestyle section of Sunday's Boston Globe spotlights the city of Greenville, describing three days of dining and downtown highlights.

Diane Daniel's article introduces the city, saying: "This city of 62,000 halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta took a huge hit when its bustling textile manufacturing industry moved overseas in the 1960s. A decade later, then-Mayor Max Heller, a Holocaust refugee from Austria, set about infusing downtown with a European flavor, encouraging foot traffic, shops, and sidewalk cafes. The revitalization started in the 1980s with the construction of a Hyatt Regency and hasn’t stopped since. In fact, the Hyatt just underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation.

"Today visitors will encounter a bustling center with scores of shops and restaurants and anchored by a stunning waterfall park. Meanwhile, global employers BMW and Michelin have attracted thousands of workers to the area, while Tour de France veteran George Hincapie has lured a growing community of cyclists to his adopted hometown to play in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains."

Highlights in the article include Greenville History Tours, the museums at Heritage Green, Falls Park, Michelin on Main, Pedal Chic, the Swamp Rabbit Trail, the Christopher Park Gallery, the West Greenville arts district, The Handlebar, Horizon Records, Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library and Fluor Field -- a replica of Boston's Fenway Park.

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