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Home Buyers Look For Smaller Homes, Walkable Neighborhoods

Local experts say young home buyers and empty nesters are seeking less space and yard work, which is impacting the way new homes and communities are designed. Two developers in particular recognize that trend and are working on communities that will offer smaller homes as well as yard maintenance services. The larger of the two, Hartness, is designed to be a walkable community with retail shops and large park spaces. It will have fewer roadways and more green space than typical subdivisions and include a variety of homes ranging in size from 1,200 to 5,000 square feet.

Lew Oliver, who is designing the 400-home Hartness project, said yards are intentionally left smaller around the homes. Parks and a nature preserve will be within walking distance so residents can save time on yard work and get into the community…

SmartAsset Names Greenville SC Among the 10 Best Places to Retire! – Greenville Journal

SmartAsset Names Greenville SC Among the 10 Best Places to Retire! – Greenville Journal

For the sixth consecutive year, New York financial technology company SmartAsset has named Greenville as one of its 10 Best Places to Retire in South Carolina. The study, also in its sixth year, explores the best places to retire nationwide and compiles lists for each state by exploring the quality of life for retirees in financial, medical care and social opportunities.
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Everybody’s Doing It: Downsizing Isn’t Just For Empty Nesters – Forbes

Everybody’s Doing It: Downsizing Isn’t Just For Empty Nesters – Forbes

Sheri Koones and her husband lived in a 6,800 square foot house in Greenwich, Conn., but then the kids moved out and their house was just too big. So they downsized. I spoke with Koones (also a Forbes.com contributor) about her new book Downsize: Living large in a small house (The Taunton Press, Oct. 2019) and her experience and those of others who have taken the plunge.
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Transformation of Hartness Estate into Hotel Hartness

Transformation of Hartness Estate into Hotel Hartness

Pat and Mary Lou Hartness are excited about what’s about to happen to their home. But they aren’t sure they can stand to watch. They gathered under a temporary canopy on their front lawn recently to unveil plans for what happens next to the house and rolling hills where they raised a family. Already underway is the 700-residence Hartness traditional neighborhood development nearby.
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