Category: Upstate

18 May 2011

We Are Growing In Kings Mountain!

We are pleased to announce that Gateway Properties, a full-service real estate firm located in Kings Mountain, N.C., has joined the Allen Tate family. Kings Mountain is a pivotal location between Greenville, S.C., and Charlotte, N.C., making this new partnership all the more exciting for us at Allen Tate.

Gateway Properties has operated under the ownership and management of Joni Smith, and has served the Kings Mountain area since 2001. Gateway’s values and commitment to customer service mirrors our core beliefs at Allen Tate, and we are excited to come together to continue to serve the Kings Mountain community. Allen Tate and Gateway believe in serving the customer above all else, and making our clients friends for a lifetime.

12 May 2011

Playing Golf in the Carolinas

The Carolinas are known to be home to many of the top golf courses in the world. But what isn’t that well known is that the Thornblade Club in Greer, S.C., is fertile cultivating ground for the top golfers in the world.

This Mother’s Day, the Wells Fargo Championship PGA golf event played out at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C. It featured one of the most exciting finishes, especially if you were a member of Thornblade. Both leaders, Jonathan Byrd and Lucas Glover, call Thornblade their home course. It is an hour from their alma mater, Clemson University.

4 May 2011

Supporting the Arts in Greenville, South Carolina

Art is more than just something pleasing to look at. It entertains us, but it is more than that too. It strengthens the communities we live in. Art brings culture to our communities. It brings diversity. And with that comes desirable places in which to live and relocate.

I moved to Greenville, SC, 13 years ago, and I came seeking a community strong in the arts. I double majored in Psychology and in Art. (And yes, most people hide their doodles from me for fear of my analysis!)  It was important for me to find a place to live that believed in the strength that art adds to a community. While Greenville was in the infant stages of building this, I saw their vision and I knew it would happen. And it did, thanks to a wonderful organization known as MAC, Metropolitan Arts Council.

4 Apr 2011

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in North Carolina

A number of years ago I drove through Savannah, Georgia. I decided to detour off the highway and visit the city for lunch.  I was really curious to see the park where Forrest Gump was filmed. Remember when Forrest Gump was sitting on the park bench, waiting on the bus, and kept talking to various people with his “life is like a box of chocolates” wisdom? Great movie.

So I stopped and asked someone where this scene was filmed.  The first person didn’t know.  The 2nd, the 3rd, and 4th person I asked didn’t know either.  I kept thinking to myself, “you have to be kidding me – no one in Savannah knows where Forrest Gump was filmed?”  The more people I met who didn’t know its location, the more determined I was to locate this park!  More than 2 hours later and having asked what felt like all of Savannah, I finally found someone who knew where this park was located. After visiting the park, I realized that we often take for granted these “treasures” we have in our own back yard.

10 Mar 2011

Visited a Greenway Lately?

Do you love being outdoors and walking trails? It is the easiest way to have fun while staying fit.  I like doing both so lucky for me I live in a state that has plenty of trails to choose from.  From an investment standpoint, living near these trails and parks can actually improve the chances of your home being worth more.

Have you ever heard of the term greenway? “Greenways are vegetated natural buffers that improve water quality, reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat. Greenway trails provide recreation, transportation, fitness, and economic benefits for all to enjoy.” The Carolinas’ have some of the finest greenway systems in the country!

24 Nov 2010

A Quiet Thanksgiving

The holidays are almost here. I was reminded of this by the abundance of Kay® Jewelers commercials last night. In my mind, it is still September. But the calendar, not my mind, has won and Thanksgiving will be here in the blink of an eye (tomorrow in fact!).

I have lived in Greenville for 12 years. For the first 7 of those years, and the 4 prior that I spent in Virginia going to college, I flew home to Rhode Island for Thanksgiving. Yes you read that correctly, I flew on Thanksgiving, the most widely traveled holiday in the US.

29 Sep 2010

Relocation During the Recession

Would you like to know why The Carolinas are a great place to live?

For starters we have beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, weather that can’t be beat and an area rich in history and tradition. Newcomers are always impressed with the quality of life, the cost of living, and the opportunities that are available here.  Not convinced? Well then, let’s look at some of the stats:

Money Magazineranked two of North Carolina’s cities, Cary and Chapel Hill in its Top 50 “Best Places to Live in 2010”:

“In the heart of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, Cary N.C. boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the nation, AAA bond ratings from Moody’s, and an unemployment rate below the country’s average.

25 Aug 2010

Insider Secrets: Main Street, Greenville SC

I moved to Greenville in 1998. What drew me to this great place was the quaint and charming Main Street, lined with cafes, shops and delightful restaurants.

My first job when I moved here was located in a historic building right on Main Street.  I was somehow lucky enough to have an office with a window that overlooked it. On Friday evenings I would open the windows and listen as the Jazz music started playing in the street.

I remember when I first moved here, people told me that just three years before you did not venture out onto Main St. The shops were few and far between, but the same thing could not be said for the crime.  As a witness to a lot of this change, I am in awe of it.

16 Jul 2010

America’s Top States for Business: North Carolina in Top 5

More good news was released this week discussing the bright future of North Carolina.  After a two year absence, North Carolina was ranked #4 in CNBC’s 2010 Edition of “America’s Top States for Business.”

So, what does that tell us?

We know that folks are retiring here. We know for a fact that the population is growing organically.  We know the state of North Carolina, through its state university systems and private universities, is attracting bright young talent.  We know that young people who go away to school return back here to build a career and start a family.  We know that folks seeking a second career are migrating here to retool and regenerate.  We know that career professionals who are self employed, and need an international airport, choose us for their landing pad.