Upstate Lakes Region of South Carolina The Affordable Dream Lifestyle

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mimms Realty & Development

Always wanted to live on the lake, but thought you couldn't afford it?   I am here to tell you that IT IS POSSIBLE to live well and do it on much less than it would cost you to have a tiny one bedroom apartment in the big city.  That is, of course if your dream lifestyle includes living on the water, being able to look out your window everyday and see the sailboats passing by, maybe having access to a boat slip, swimming dock, nature parks, views of the Blue Ridge mountains?  I know of at least a dozen properties for less than $600K that fit that description in this area. Yes, we are in the beautiful Upstate Lakes Region, which includes; Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee and Lake Hartwell in Oconee and Anderson County, South Carolina. We are consistently ranked among the Top Places to Live, Work and Retire in the Nation. Besides the natural beauty, it comes down to what you get for the money.  You will be amazed at what you can get here as far as purchasing property, land or even a commercial business. Don't want to buy?  You can rent a huge home on the water for $2000 or less per month! 

Need a large home or land for $250K or less?  We can find it! We can get you as close to the lake as possible, at your specified price point.  Need to buy something where your mortgage will not exceed $800 per month, we can find that too.  We work around your needs and listen to what you want. We know the communities inside and out and can find you the perfect dream lifestyle at an affordable price.

According to the Cost of Living Conversion Chart Published by Where to Retire Magazine, The cost of living in the Upstate of South Carolina is as much as 40%-50% less than in large cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York.  That means your money or pension goes much further, and should last longer than it would elsewhere.  And, making $10 per hour here at a local job would be like making $20 per hour in LA.  If you are also willing to give up traffic jams, smog and the concrete jungle, we can trade you for some of the cleanest air and water in the nation, not to mention one of the lowest crime rates.  

According to Insurance safety rankings, the Upstate is normally ranked among the top 10 Safest Areas in the nation.  We are at least 5 hours from the Coast, and hurricanes don't normally affect us much. To put the icing on the cake, it rarely ever snows.  I believe the Upstate average varies from 1 to 3 inches per year.  I moved here myself from LA, and I don't miss the smog, traffic or weather at all! I traded the busiest freeway in California and a two hour drive home every day for a 10 minute commute. Now, I cross the lake, look at beautiful trees, azaleas in bloom, geese flying overhead, and see the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.  My commute is like heaven, and totally stress free.  I now have time for hiking, boating, gardening and walking my dogs. If you are worried about good medical care, the local hospital has an amazing emergency medical facility right in the heart of Seneca, Oconee County.  There are also great facilities and doctors in Anderson and in Greenville.  Clemson University offers classes for all ages as well as cultural events and a center for performing arts just 10 minutes away from Lake Keowee.

Greenville, our neighborhing city, is one of the top growth cities in the nation with a population around 200,000, and is approximately a 40 minutes drive from Clemson. If you want to be in a city environment, you might want to choose Greenville as your home base.  The Haywood Mall and Woodruff Rd are the two most popular shopping/dining/retail areas in Greenville besides a beautifully renovated downtown, where you can stroll with your sweetheart along the pretty Reedy River Boardwalk. We have access to amazing communities where less than $300K can buy you a 2400 sq. foot, 4 bedroom Craftsman style home in a subdivision with walking trails, gazebos, picnic areas, and close to world class shopping, malls, etc.  Need a better price point? I have a three bedroom home, just three years old listed near Furman University for $119,900.  Again, you will be amazed at what you can get for the money here.  You will be BLOWN AWAY.  Why are you killing yourself to make that huge mortgage payment?  Or, renting in a lousy apartment that you hate?  Maybe you could rent out your house in the big city, and try out life in the Upstate for awhile.  You may live better, with less stress,  and for much less here.  Many people have decided life is too short to be stressed out all the time.  We can show you what life might be like for you in our Golden Corner.   There is so much more to share and tell about this great area, but no more room.  I invite you to come for a Upstate Lake Home Tour, or Greenville Home Tour, fly in and spend some time with us in person.  Please tell us in great detail via phone or email about what you are looking for, and let us provide you with a list of properties that fit your criteria.  We believe in this area, and love where we live. 

Community is very important to the people in the Upstate. In Seneca, you can join the Newcomer's club where you can meet several hundred people new to the area and many who have lived here for years, make new friends instantly and participate in activities which range from learning to sail, hiking, canoeing, dancing, cooking, woodworking, fishing, etc.  People here are very friendly, and it might be strange to those of you who move from an impersonal city like New York to find that your neighbors actually care about you and will help you out just "because". My neighbor just planted me a garden! Believe me, they don't have an "angle" that's just the way they are.  Kind people do exist, it is easy to forget that in many overcrowded cities nowadays.  Community has proved to be very important for overall happiness, and there is a strong community feeling in the Upstate.  We believe you will fall in love with this area too, for many reasons.  The affordable dream lifestyle is a reality in the Upstate of South Carolina.  Call me to discuss how we can help create the affordable dream lifestyle for you.  Julie Johnson, Broker/Associate,  Mimms Realty and Development.  Seneca, South Carolina.  864-247-9310  Cell phone. 864-882-1918 desk or email me at:

Comments (3)

Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Greenville Upstate - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

Hi Julie!

Welcome to Active Rain!  This is a great forum for learning and presenting, but watch out... if you're like me, you'll be addicted right away!

Have a great time here, and I look forward to reading more from you!

Apr 30, 2008 03:39 PM
Ted Mackel
Keller Williams Realty Simi Valley - Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley Real Estate Agent
Welcome to Active Rain.  Make sure to check out other blogs so you can see what works and what does not.
Apr 30, 2008 04:53 PM
Dorene Shirley
The Mortgage & Property Connection - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley Real Estate

Julie - Welcome to the Rain, make sure that you browse the site and become familiar with everything this site has to offer.  The more you browse the more you will learn.  I have found this site to be really helpful to me.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, I will do whatever I can to help.

May 01, 2008 12:56 AM