Victoria Cottle

Victoria Cottle

The Best Beach Getaways

First, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Please, take the time this weekend to remember the true meaning of this day – to reflect upon those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and our country. Have a blessed and safe weekend!

Yes, we live in Greenville and its surrounding areas – but some of the local beaches really are not a long drive away. Sure, you’ll be traveling a few hours, but that just means more time with your family, friends, listening to music, playing license plate bingo and simply enjoying the ride!

Believe it or not, one of the best beaches is just a little over 3 hours from Greenville. And no, I’m not referring to Myrtle Beach. If you’re one that truly enjoys nature – and you’ve never checked it out – head to Beachwalker Park which is on Kiawah Island. It’s near Charleston and, well, simply put, is a paradise right here in South Carolina! It’s known for it’s championship golf course, wildlife sightings and more. The beach is on the west side of the island and is about 10 miles long.

In this area, it really depends on how far you’re willing to drive, and if you’re looking for a more fast-paced or relaxing beach experience.

Myrtle Beach is of course a great family destination and is 60 miles of beaches. There are celebrity-designed golf courses, tons of things to do with families of all ages, and just simply a never-ending whirlwind of experiences. Myrtle Beach is approximately 4 hours away from Greenville.

When looking for a beach getaway in our area, consider all of your own personal “deciding factors” when choosing the right one! Picking that perfect beach experience is just like picking that perfect home in it’s own sense! You have to weigh out all of those pros and cons and see what will work best for you!

Thinking of buying a home in Greenville or our surrounding areas? I’d love to chat with you! We’ll find your dream home – together! Sellers – don’t forget to contact me in regards to selling your home too! My email is, and my direct phone is (864) 275-3953.

Real Estate News

Greenville is home to some wonderful neighborhoods! Some of those worth mentioning are:

  • Alta Vista: Alta Vista is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Greenville because of its proximity to the vibrant downtown area. The historic neighborhood dates back to the 1920s. Homes tend to cost more in Alta Vista ($300,000 up to $1 million) because they sit on large lots with mature trees and are near downtown and other attractions like the Greenville Zoo, Cleveland Park, Falls Park on the Reedy, and the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
  • Botany Woods: Botany Woods routinely wins recognition as one of the best places to live in Greenville. This family-friendly neighborhood has a community park, sports fields, a local playground, and a low crime rate.
  • Richmond Hills: The Richmond Hills neighborhood in the northern area of Greensville is right next door to Furman University. As such, the community draws both young families and college students.
  • Overbrook Historic District: Overbrook was one of the first neighborhoods built in Greenville. It features many historic homes built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. While many homes in this historic district require renovation, its proximity to the downtown area and the Swamp Rabbit Trail make it an excellent location.

Life Hack!

Finding Lost Jewelry Or Small Items

Ready for a life hack? I think that realistically, we all need these little “boosts” in our lives to make things easier. Try this – use your vacuum to find your lost earrings. And no, I have not lost it!
If you lose your earrings, or another type of jewelry that’s small (or probably anything that’s small!), take a stocking or pantyhose and put it over the end of your vacuum cleaner hose. That creates a filter so that your object won’t get sucked into the hose! Then, begin your search and check from time to time to see if your earring or whatever you lost is sitting on the pantyhose! Ingenious, I know!

Open House Checklist

Use this helpful open house checklist to make sure your home is ready for caravans, open houses and private showings.

1.      Make all of the beds.

2.      Turn on all of the lights in your home.

3.      Open all of the curtains and blinds to let in natural light.

4.      Make sure all of your toilet seats are down and the lids are closed.

5.      Empty all trash cans – and hide them, if possible.

6.      Make sure there are no dirty dishes in the sink or on the counter.

7.      Make sure all closets and cabinet doors are closed.

8.      Open doors between rooms to improve traffic flow and make your home feel more open.

9.      If possible, arrange an away-from-home play date or pet sitter for your pets during showings.

10.   Do not run washing machines, dryers or other appliances during open houses and showings.

11.   Make sure there are no open laundry baskets and no visible laundry in the washer or laundry room.

12.   Clean litter boxes and check the yard for pet waste.

13.   Deodorize your garbage disposal by cutting a lemon in half and running it through the disposal.

14.   Remove used towels from bathrooms and personal care products from the vanity, back of toilet, and bathtub or shower.

15.   Do a final dusting, sweeping and vacuuming just before the open house or showing.

16.   Check for crumbs under tables, on counters, on chairs and near baseboards.

17.   If you have attractive tableware, set your dining room table as if dinner party guests are about to arrive.

18.   If you have a great shower, open the curtain halfway to show it off.

19.   If you have a fireplace and weather permits, light an inviting fire.

20.   Create welcoming aromas with potpourri, freshly baked cookies or boiling cinnamon sticks.

It is best if you take this time to go shopping, grab coffee or run errands, and let your real estate agent handle showing your home and answering questions. Buyers are generally most comfortable when the homeowner is not home, which allows them to more freely wander around, ask questions and voice their opinion.  

Local Greenville SC News

This was on Post and Courier, and I felt it was worth sharing. The Greenville City Hall might be for sale! The city of Greenville is “exploring options” to sell its aging City Hall tower in the heart of downtown and move headquarters into an existing building on the bluff of Falls Park.

The former headquarters of Bowater, between the Camperdown development and the new Grand Bohemian hotel, is the potential new home, city spokeswoman Beth Brotherton said in a statement after The Post and Courier inquired following a May 24 City Council executive session called for the purpose of discussing city property at Main and Broad streets.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity,” Mayor Knox White said in the statement. “Not only does the move to the Bowater Building put city employees and operations next to Greenville’s greatest natural resource, but it will also allow us to provide better customer service to citizens and those seeking to do business with us.”

On June 7, the council will discuss options on the sale and move.

The tower, constructed in 1973, would require $5.75 million in repair costs over the next eight years, Brotherton said.

The idea is to redevelop City Hall and bring more retail, office and affordable housing downtown, she said.

 People are on the move and I am ready to help you buy or sell in the Greenville area. Please contact Victoria Cottle by email or call (864) 275-3953 for your real estate needs in the Upstate of South Carolina! You can also always follow me on Facebook!

Victoria Cottle is a Realtor® in the Greenville South Carolina area and if you, a friend, or a family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

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