Hartness News


Hartness is a vibrant community, and we’re always hosting interesting events and activities for our homeowners. In addition, the town of Greenville has been receiving accolades from publications across the country as one of the most desirable places to live in America. Check out some of the stories below:

Washington Post – Fall In Love With Greenville, S.C.

I’ve never fallen in love with a place as quickly as I did with Greenville. This was a surprise, because I arrived in South Carolina with low expectations. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, I spent most childhood school vacations and several weeks each summer visiting grandparents who lived elsewhere in the Palmetto State. On many trips there, we would take time to explore a new area recommended to us by a local. Someone once recommended a frog jumping competition in Springfield, but no one ever recommended Greenville, in the Appalachian foothills about halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte.

But when I arrived last spring, the city of 70,000 had me at the first “Hey, y’all” I heard. (This happened before I had exited its airport.) In that greeting, and echoed in dozens of other interactions over the following days, were vibrancy and pride: The Greenvillians I met lived there because they loved the lifestyle the city gave them. While Greenville in the 1980s was not a best bet for family vacations, today it has a wide-ranging (and well-priced) food scene; quirky boutiques; outdoor cafes on bustling, tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly streets; art galleries; bike trails; ample urban green space; a public art collection with more than 70 sculptures; and the fastest-growing population of any city in the state. No wonder its branded social media hashtag is #yeahTHATGreenville.

Hartness Hosts The 2019 Viking Dash Trail Run

The fastest growing Trail Run series in the U.S., the Viking Dash is a 5K, 10K and half-marathon event held in cities across the country. Hartness is honored to be the host site in Greenville and to showcase its 180 acre Nature Preserve as the backdrop for this exciting day of competition.

Expedia – Cities That Must Be Seen In 2019

The appeal: Speaking of getting in on the ground floor, it may already be too late to call yourself an early adopter of Greenville, as it’s making a lot of lists these days—and for good reason—you’ll want to get in before the secret’s fully out.

Stay: Animal fans will find plenty to love at Aloft Greenville Downtown, which features a dog adoption program in the lobby. Guests can even take the dogs out along the on-property dog walk.

Do: Arts and culture make up a large part of the social calendar, so be sure to schedule time for favorite events like Artisphere, culinary-centric euphoria, and the Greenville Scottish Games.

Eat: Well, Greenville, where do we start? With your plethora of delightful restaurants, the onus of choice is upon us, so here are some standouts: Jianna for modern Italian in a beautiful atmosphere and Willy Taco Feed & Seed for hand-held flavor bombs with a margarita chaser.

Trip Advisor – Ten Exceptionally Charming Downtowns

Greenville, South Carolina, is anchored by what Forbes Magazine calls one of America’s Best Downtowns. Featuring a one-of-a-kind “floating” suspension bridge and set against the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville boasts a thriving arts scene, hundreds of restaurants, shops and boutiques, popular annual festivals, numerous historic sites and museums housing significant art collections. Excellent interstate service and a user-friendly international airport make access easy.

Livability – 2019 Top 10 Cities To Live

“Greenville packs such a giant punch in a quaint town. In just a few square miles, we have 70+ restaurants, tons of shops, both by small businesses and large brands. You’re an hour from the mountains or three hours from the beach, close to two major cities, and in our town we have everything you could want.”

– Cara Sinicropi, blogger at Mirrors & Mimosas

Over $11,000 raised for A Child’s Haven at the Hartness Showcase of Homes!

Hartness announced the premier edition of its Showcase of Homes series earlier this year, beginning March 25th and running for three weeks every Thursday-Sunday. We featured the debut of the Inspiration Home, a stunning home created by Milestone Custom Homes located along the Grand Lawn replete with a host of incredible upgrades and technological features. 100% of all ticket sales went to benefit A Childs Haven.

How did we do? We raised more than $11,000 for A Child’s Haven!

New York Times – Five Places To Visit In Greenville, S.C.

Greenville, S.C., near the Blue Ridge Mountains, has emerged as a buzzy destination for the culinary and creative arts after years of economic growth and urban revitalization. One of the Upcountrycity’s most intriguing areas is West Greenville, the former hub of the city’s textile production. In recent years, the enclave known as “The Village” of West Greenville has been transformed into an artistic and entrepreneurial district with an eclectic mix of small businesses.

Hartness Announces New Boutique Hotel – Hotel Hartness!

After teasing the idea for months and with renderings submitted to Greenville County Council floating around, Hartness has officially announced the 75,000-square-foot boutique hotel, spa, and restaurant destination that will encompass the Hartness family manor home and surrounding property in the traditional neighborhood development on Greenville’s Eastside.

Hotel Hartness will break ground this month with a projected completion in spring 2021. The boutique hotel will feature…

6 U.S. Cities That Are Making A Comeback

Many cities making their way out of the recession began their recoveries with infrastructure projects to revive their downtown cores. A case in point is Greenville, South Carolina, where an eyesore highway bridge was removed and replaced with a picturesque pedestrian walk along the Reedy River, which now connects a string of parks and cafes.

In addition to its pedestrian promenade along the Reedy — which encompasses the riverside gardens, suspension bridge and waterfall views of Falls Park — Greenville offers plenty of other quality-of-life enticements. Southern artists are the focus of the Greenville County Museum of Art, while interpretive exhibits at the Upcountry History Museum relate the story of upstate South Carolina. To the north of the city, hiking and biking trails snake around lakes and through the hillsides in Paris Mountain State Park.

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.

The next time workers take shovels and hammers to the property, they will start by causing…

Matador Network – Greenville Is The #1 Coolest Town In America

No small city in America punches above its culinary weight quite like Greenville, a city of just over 67,000 with restaurants better than cities ten times its size. In a 10-block radius near its downtown, you can find over 120 locally-owned spots. You can stroll down Main Street to one of the best burger joints in America at Grill Marks, head across the Reedy River to the James Beard-nominated The Anchorage, or cool off with a drink on the best rooftop bar in South Carolina at Up on the Roof.

But it’s not all calorie consumption in this underrated hotbed of Southern cuisine. Calorie burning is equally enjoyable along the Swamp Rabbit trail, a calm, woodsy recreational trail perfect for biking down to the town of Travelers Rest. To get further into nature, drive a short ways to Caesar’s Head State Park where a four-mile trail takes you to the spectacular Ravens Cliff Falls, where changing colors make for perfect fall photo-ops.

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…

The Artsy Town That Wants To Be The Next Portland

Keith Grace, a mixed-media painter, and his wife, Shari, a graphic artist and stained-glass sculptor, came from Rockford, Ill. Renowned printmaker Kent Ambler and his wife, Peggy, came from Roswell, N.M. And Yuri Tsuzuki, a sculptor and painter, relocated from Bogota, Colombia…

Hartness Featuring Four Residences In Exclusive Upstate Parade of Homes

September 24, 2018 | GREENVILLE, SC – Hartness, the Upstate’s newest traditional neighborhood development will feature four homes in the annual Upstate Parade of Homes this fall as the event’s “Signature Community”. The event is an exclusive tour of 15 newly constructed private residences throughout Greenville and takes place over two weekends, October 12-14 and October 19-21.

The Hartness community homes featured in this year’s Parade of Homes include the following:
“The Curtis”, a 2-story quintessential Shingle Style home built by Stoneledge Properties. This home features cedar shake siding and natural stone as well as a working butler’s pantry, an inviting home theater, four ensuite bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms.
“The Linden”, a 2-story classic Federal Style home built by Hollison Custom Homes. This home features an intricate groin vault in the foyer, adjacent to a natural light-filled study, as well as a master bedroom on the main floor and three additional ensuite bedrooms upstairs.
“The McMillan”, a 2-story stately Federal Style home built by Milestone Custom Homes. This home features an outdoor kitchen that opens to a natural slate front porch, a golf cart garage, three master suites and a balcony overlooking the planned Village Center.
“The Sumner” a 2-story stunning Colonial Revival style home built by Hartness Construction. This home features a standing seam metal roof, timeless brick exterior, spacious gourmet kitchen and incredible amenities throughout.

The Hartness community has been designed by Lew Oliver, who is nationally renowned for his work in iconic communities such as Rosemary Beach, FL, Patrick Square in Clemson, SC, Vickery and Avalon in Atlanta, GA, and Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. Founded in 1960, the Home Builders Association of Greenville serves as a resource for building industry professionals to create jobs, encourage homeownership and promote responsible growth throughout the Upstate. One of its signature events, the Upstate Parade of Homes, allows builders to showcase their craftsmanship while also giving the public a chance to see some of the finest work this industry has to

“At Hartness, we work with an exclusive group of talented builders including; Milestone Custom Homes, Hollison Custom Homes, Stoneledge Properties and Hartness Construction and strive to create one-of-a- kind homes with unmatched craftsmanship” says Sean Hartness, CEO of Hartness. “We are absolutely thrilled to be the Signature Community in this year’s event to showcase all that we have to offer.”

J. Francis Builders, CarsonSpeer Builders and Peery Homes Named as Newest Additions to Exclusive Hartness Builder’s Guild

October 29, 2018 | GREENVILLE, SC – Hartness, the iconic Traditional Neighborhood Development, located just minutes from downtown Greenville, is excited to announce J.Francis Builders, CarsonSpeer Builders and Peery Homes as new additions to the exclusive Hartness Builder’s Guild. All three talented builders join forces alongside Hollison Custom Homes, Milestone Custom Homes
and Stoneledge Properties.

“On behalf of the entire Hartness community, we are delighted to welcome J.Francis Builders , CarsonSpeer Builders and Peery Homes as the newest additions to our team of talented builders,” stated Sean Hartness, CEO of Hartness. “We are confident that these companies will help us continue bring to Hartness to life, as well as further our vision of creating a lifestyle community that families will enjoy for generations to come.”

J. Francis Builders is owned and operated by Greenville native, Jimmy Francis. With over 20 years’ experience in the Upstate, J. Francis provides homeowners with a positive building experience paralleled with producing a high-quality energy efficient smart home. “We are extremely honored to be contributing to the development of the Hartness community,” stated Jimmy Francis, Owner of J.Francis Builders. “We are excited to be involved in such a unique building experience.”

CarsonSpeer, also based in Greenville specializes in new home construction and remodeling. Partners Steve Carson and James Speer are nationally recognized with notable awards and honors for quality and service from: Southern Home and Garden “Bridge Awards,” “Best of Houzz” by Houzz, and multiple “Best of Houzz,” Awards for Customer Service.

“We are committed to fostering, maintaining, and exceeding the highest standards of excellence in the home building industry and we look forward to implementing that same attention to detail within every home we build at Hartness” stated James Speer, Partner of CarsonSpeer Builders. Peery Homes has been serving Greenville and the Upstate of South Carolina since 1984 and focuses on building distinctive custom homes while offering superior service to their clients. Integrity is foundation of their building process and their reputation for quality is firmly established among the community.

“We look forward to building inheritable homes at Hartness and being part of an incredible team of dedicated builders,” stated Jon Peery, Owner of Peery Homes. “As a lifestyle community, we are excited to be a part of making Hartness come to life.”

Hartness Hosts Second Annual Half Marathon and 5K Trail Run

October 3, 2018, Greenville, S.C. – Hartness is excited to announce the second annual Hartness Half Marathon and 5K Trail Run, presented by Milestone Custom Homes will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 9 AM. The race will benefit A Child’s Haven, a local nonprofit organization that provides care and education for children with developmental delays due to limited resources, abuse, or neglect. Registration is now open and currently costs $75 for the half marathon and $30 for the 5k trail run, per runner. To register today, visit www.hartnesshalf.com. The race will be held on the iconic Hartness property, home to the new traditional neighborhood development being built only 15 minutes from downtown Greenville. Runners will race on pavement, trails, dirt roads, gravel roads and grass fields throughout the property. This event is perfect for first-timers or Elite athletes alike. The Hartness Half Marathon & 5K presented by Milestone Custom Homes and is partnered with Set Up Events to ensure the racing experience is first-class.

“The Hartness Half Marathon & 5k Trail Run is a great event that allows all those who participate the opportunity to experience our incredible nature preserve” says Sean Hartness, Hartness CEO. “It is great to be able to host an event our community of homeowners and the Upstate can enjoy together, while supporting such a deserving local organization like A Child’s Haven.

GVL Today – Fresh Fridays On The Grand Lawn

Starting this Friday, Hartness will host a monthly market featuring local farmers, specialty artisans, family fun and live entertainment from 6 – 8 p.m. through October 19 (check the website for specific dates).

To kick off the season, dance to music by local musician Tim White + be sure to wear comfy clothes if you want to get bendy with a yoga class at 6:30 p.m. (don’t forget to bring your mat). If that’s not your thing –  or the kids need to burn off some energy – play some rounds of cornhole or walk on the typically private Hartness nature trails…

Now, let’s talk about the food:

🍦 We already know it’s going to be hot outside, so King of Pops will be there with refreshing pops like Thai Iced Tea or Chocolate Sea Salt (our fave).

🍯 Milk and Honey Market will have handmade boutique items sourced from Fair Trade brands, like statement earrings and woven clutches.

🍋 If you have a sweet tooth, the strawberry or lemon desserts of Marvelous Pies look amazing.

🍓If you’re more of a DIY pie-maker, pick up some fresh strawberries from Sandy Flat Berry Patch to take home.

Basically, there’s nothing better than a picnic on a warm night with beautiful mountain views. We recommend grabbing a plate from Henry’s Hog Hauler food truck + picking up a bottle from Overmountain Vineyards (or sipping an iced coffee from Exchange Co.). Find a spot to sit + enjoy the music and get ready for the weekend.

Pro tip: The first 50 guests will receive a Hartness tote bag (perfect for carrying all the goodies you’ll be buying).

Upstate Business Journal: Hartness welcome center opens; family home to become hotel and event destination

Hartness, the under-construction Traditional Neighborhood Development located off of Highway 14, hosted its spring reveal April 27-28 to open the new welcome center and model home, constructed by Greenville-based Milestone Custom Homes, to the public and also revealed plans to redevelop the Hartness family home into an inn and event destination.

The community that will ultimately have more than 700 new homes is also pre-leasing for the walkable Village Center, comprised of five or six buildings, which has ground-level retail, restaurant, and office opportunities, as well as 15 180-200-square-foot, second-floor executive offices with short-term leases and conference rooms. Hartness is expected to break ground on the Village Center this summer. KDS Commercial Properties LLC is handling leasing efforts.

Sean Hartness, CEO of Hartness Real Estate, said the home in which he grew up became the subject of redevelopment discussion 12-24 months ago when they realized there was an opportunity to capitalize on potential wedding business as well as the surrounding industry opportunities to provide corporate lodging and meeting space.

The 70-room inn with spa component will be managed by Hay Creek Hotels, which specializes in exclusive, boutique hospitality venues, and will include a double-glass-walled, unique, freestanding restaurant overlooking the lake at the rear of the property.

“The home will continue creating memories,” Sean Hartness says.

The patriarch of the family, Pat, and his wife, Mary Lou Hartness, currently reside in the home but have already joined in happy hours on the lawn with current Hartness residents. They will be relocating to a new custom home in the village.

Hartness is situated between the Pelham and Woodruff Road commercial corridors with direct access off Highway 14. The 444-acre development will include 180 acres of permanently preserved green space, including 15 miles of trails connecting neighbors to woodlands, lakes, streams, wildlife, and shared recreational areas. The homes on the property will range from the $400,000s to more than $1 million.

Travel + Leisure – The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018

Once a sleepy second fiddle to Southern culinary powerhouses like Charleston and Nashville, Greenville is stepping into the limelight with hot new restaurants. The town will soon be home to an outpost of Sean Brock’s heirloom-crop-focused Husk and a food-centric market hall called the Commons. Other recent additions include modern Italian spot Jianna from Michael Kramer (the opening executive chef of McCrady’s in Charleston, pre-Brock) and the moody speakeasy lounge Vault & Vator. It’s an impressive collection of quality restaurants for a city of just over 67,000.

Those with a predilection for high-thread-count sheets will soon be able to luxuriate at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, a ritzy boutique property with Carolina charm. In the meantime, discerning visitors can bunk at the swank Westin Poinsett, a historic hotel that was rescued from the wrecking ball in the late ’90s, laying the groundwork for Greenville’s great Southern revival.

Business Insider – 29 Coolest Towns to Visit In 2018

National Geographic has released its list of the 29 best small cities in the US— and it’s giving us some serious travel inspiration.

The travel magazine worked with branding advisers at Resonance Consultancy to produce a “small-cities index” that drew from statistics and mentions on Instagram and Yelp to determine which cities rank highest across 10 categories:

  • Most hipster-friendly (coffee shops, tattoo parlors, record shops, vintage stores)
  • Grooviest (music venues, live music, instrument stores)
  • Most Instagrammed (hashtags)
  • Artsiest (art galleries, art supply stores, art schools)
  • Best groomed (barber shops, hair salons, hair removal services, cosmetic dentists)
  • Meatiest (butchers, delis, steakhouses)
  • Most dog-friendly (pet-sitting, pet stores, pet groomers, dog-friendly restaurants)
  • Sudsiest (breweries)
  • Most caffeinated (coffee shops)
  • Greenest (parks)

The results in each area were then sorted into three categories based on population sizes: 40,000 to 100,000, 100,000 to 200,000, and 200,000 to 600,000. An algorithm then determined which cities ranked highest per capita.

The National Geographic editors also included “trending” cities that didn’t make the cut on the list this year but appear to be on the rise.

The 29 cities on the list weren’t ranked relative to one another, but Business Insider has noted which categories each won.

From favorites like Charleston, South Carolina, to the beach town of Pensacola, Florida, here are the 29 coolest small cities to visit in the US in 2018.

Five Surprising Southern Food Towns

Vault & Vator’s concealed location may be the surest sign of Greenville’s transformation into a true eat-and-drink destination—the owners, Joe and Darlene Clarke, were confident patrons wouldn’t balk at a bar squirreled away speakeasy-style in the West End. The cocktail cellar is just one of the assured additions to a downtown dining scene spurred by Soby’s, which introduced its refined Southern classics twenty years ago. Asheville’s White Duck Taco Shop and Biscuit Head have set up shop, while Charleston’s Husk and Fork & Plough—a butcher and luncheonette from High Cotton’s chef—are coming. Along Main Street, Ji-Roz makes Sunday mornings synonymous with saganaki and eggs, and Jianna whips up squid ink radiatori and other polished pasta. Best of all is the Anchorage, a West Greenville charmer showcasing the gentlest aspects of Blue Ridge cooking—mountain trout and butter beans are in good hands here. A food hall at the Commons aims to open next spring.

People – Hottest Food Cities In America

This charming Upcountry hot spot saw nearly 30 restaurants open in 2017 (in a city of just 67,000), including farm-to-table The Anchorage and the third location of renowned chef Sean Brock’s Husk. There’s plenty to do once you’ve had your fill of Husk’s famous fried chicken. Stroll down picturesque Main Street—the city’s downtown is known for its walkability—and wind up in 32-acre Falls Park on the Reedy, where you can traverse the striking Liberty suspension bridge or catch an outdoor movie (Wednesday nights in May and September).

Hertz.Com – America’s 10 Greenest Cities

It’s not just in the name; Greenville is green to the core. Bikers and pedestrians rave about Swamp Rabbit Trail, a level, leisurely path that runs for 20 miles along the river past the zoo to the local college. Meanwhile, the downtown area has more than just shops and restaurants — it has its own waterfall.

Can Downtown Living Be Emulated In The Suburbs?

In today’s hectic world, convenience and location are priority considerations for the new homebuyer. Families take into account area schools, safety, proximity to the workplace, nearby shopping, medical care, social opportunities, and even local entertainment. The commute to each regular destination is carefully measured and considered in the decision-making process.

Living in the heart of downtown Greenville, I understand the benefits of having convenience right outside my doorstep. Not only do I live surrounded by businesses, restaurants, and shopping, I live amid an active social community.

Downtown is filled with continuous activity, community festivals, and events that celebrate Greenville. It is no wonder that downtown living in any thriving city is highly sought after.

So, the question I wish to pose is this: Can the convenience and lifestyle of downtown city living be emulated in the suburbs? I truly believe it can…