On November 19, Allen Tate Realtors® moved to Simpsonville, South Carolina. Okay, we didn’t really move; we expanded our Upstate presence by opening our fifth Upstate office here, at 672-B Fairview Road. And we’re pretty excited about our new home.
Simpsonville hails from humble beginnings, as a stagecoach stop in the 1820s. The town’s name comes from Peter Simpson, a blacksmith who set up a shop here. However, in 1838, the place was assigned a post office with the name Plain. The town developed slowly after the Civil War, adding a street grid and establishing a high school in 1885, when the post office name was officially changed to Simpsonville.
Jump ahead more than a century. Today, Simpsonville is one of the fastest growing cities in South Carolina – with a regional population of more than 70,000 people, thanks to accessibility to I-385. The city boasts of one of highest graduation rates – with 87 percent of adults as high school graduates and 25 percent of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher. It also boasts one of the highest median household incomes in the Upstate – nearly $50,000 (2010 U.S. Census).
Simpsonville has everything you might want – excellent schools, thriving business and industry, a charming downtown, natural beauty, a central location and close proximity to the big-city amenities of Greenville. It has an active arts and cultural community, with the Charter Spectrum Amphitheatre featuring music headliners and the Simpsonville Arts Foundation championing festivals, concerts and other arts events.
In recent years, Simpsonville has added a few more names to its collection – and they are far from Plain. Family Circle magazine called it one of the “10 Best Towns for Families” and Money magazine dubbed it one of the “25 Best Affordable Cities.”
At Allen Tate, we also have a name for Simpsonville: home. We’re happy to be here, and we look forward to getting to know buyers, sellers and homeowners throughout the region. Stop by and introduce yourself, or give us a call at 864-962-4727.
By Erika DeRoberts (Branch Leader, Simpsonville Office) – Guest Blogger