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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Welcome to Acadia


Acadia Community
 Greenville County, South Carolina
864.269.1430
sales@AcadiaSC.com

Discover Acadia…Laid Back, Outdoor Lifestyle…
Beautiful Neighborhoods, Friendly Neighbors…
Affordable Homes, and More Amenities than you can Imagine!
Acadia -- Only 10 Minutes from Downtown Greenville…
Come Discover Life in Balance, in Acadia!
         
          Acadia is a new-homes community in Greenville, South Carolina, where southern hospitality is sincerely meant.  Since 2005, Acadian families share an appreciation of neighborhood, and enjoy a community of interests.

          Acadia balances its beautiful wooded surroundings with quality homes and elegant designs, in five neighborhoods spread over 340 acres.   A respect for land and neighbor guides Acadia’s vision, thoughtfully developing one of the finest neighborhoods of new homes in Greenville, South Carolina.  You will appreciate how we save trees, protect wildlife (deer, ducks & wild turkey), landscape with native plants, and preserve over a third of our land for green spaces, parks and trails.   Acadia enjoys an abundance of natural resources – miles of frontage on the Saluda River (part of the National Federal Heritage Corridor for the South), woodlands, creeks and ponds to enhance your outdoor experience.  Leave your car in the garage, and come walk, jog, bike, and kayak around Acadia.

          Today, every amenity you could hope for is already in place at Acadia, from pools to soccer field & tennis courts, Pavilion, RiverHouse, PaddleHouse, and much more.  Acadia’s master plan includes a small village of shops and offices for a real live-work lifestyle.  Perhaps the best amenity Acadia has to offer is time - more time to spend with your family & friends.  Only ten minutes from downtown Greenville, Acadia is close to hospitals, airports and shopping.  Less time spent commuting makes for a more balanced life, in Acadia. 

          Acadian homes reflect the best in South Carolina home construction, thanks to our Acadia’s Builders Guild.  Acadia encourages a variety of styles and colors (no two homes are the same), with guidelines and approved builders to ensure quality construction and property values.   Spacious Arts & Crafts townhomes from the $270’s, European-styled condominiums planned from the low $200’s, English Cottages from the $320’s, and unique custom luxury homesites from $65 to $128 thousand, with custom homes from the $360’s to the high $900’s.  Acadia offers a wide range of Greenville, South Carolina homes for sale that are right-sized for your budget and lifestyle.  Acadia is the ideal setting for retired and active families with children, for singles, for young and old alike, a true community for everyone.

          To learn more about Acadia’s lots and homes for sale in Greenville, South Carolina, give Acadia a call now at (864) 269-1011.  Come visit Acadia soon, and let us give you a personal tour, so you may discover for yourself a Life in Balance, in Acadia.  Take a tour at www.AcadiaSC.com , or see us on your mobile at www.AcadiaSC.mobi.

About the Developers:

          Caleb and Mary Freeman created the master plan for their Acadia Community, founded in 2005.  As a native Greenvillian, Caleb grew up working and playing on the land that is now Acadia.  A special place to the Freeman family, Caleb & Mary live in Acadia.  So do his parents, and many of his Greenville friends.  Streets are named after Freeman family members.  The John Holland PlayField is dedicated to Caleb’s mentor, who died in 1986.  As you can see, Acadia is personal, and the Freeman family commitment to Acadia’s thoughtful development extends to the Greenville community at large.

          The Freemans created the tax-exempt Acadia Community Foundation to preserve the environmental and civic life along the Saluda River basin.  With botanists and natural resource experts from Clemson University and Upstate Forever, they lead kayak day-trips on the Saluda River. Highlighting how to balance development with the river’s ecosystem, Acadia is a model for environmentally sensitive growth.  Acadia hosts several educational events each year, such as the Urban Farms Tour, on-site conferences for Urban Land Institute, US Green Builders, American Institute of Architects, and others. Play is important to life’s balance, too, so Acadia hosts annual Blues and Jazz festivals at the Acadia Pavilion.

          Greenville is ranked 3rd in the nation as one of the “Most Giving Cities in the US”.  Acadia contributes toward that well-deserved reputation.  The Freemans are especially proud of the gifts that their fellow Acadians have made to cancer care and research.  It all started with Dragon Boats.  Caleb was introduced to this festive sport by his friends on the Canadian World Cup team, when he sponsored and raced with a dragon boat youth team in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  In 2006, the Freemans launched Dragon Boating to the Upstate of South Carolina, and the Canadian champions came to coach.  Now in its 7th year in Greenville, this festival has raised over $700 thousand for Greenville Hospital System’s Cancer Care & Research efforts. Greenville Hospital is recognized for its world-class progress in the fight against cancer.  Cancer survivors, their doctors & caregivers, along with their families & friends join major corporate sponsors like CountyBank, Grainger, and Ortec, for this annual event.  Dragon Boating brings out the best of Greenville’s civic pride. www.DragonBoatUpstateSC.org.

          The Acadia Community today is a new-homes community of 65 families. Already, Acadia is making a difference in how Greenville lives, works, plays and gives.  As Acadia grows into a planned community of 650 families, their civic contributions show how “Life in Balance” is more than a mere motto to the Acadians of Greenville, SC.

Did you know that Greenville, SC, home of the Acadia Community, is:

Ø     Listed as the 6th Best Place to Live in America by RelocateAmerica

Ø     One of Forbes Top 10 for America’s Best Downtown 2011

Ø     Ranked 3rd by Scarborough Research as one of the Most Giving Cities in the US
http://www.scarborough.com/press-release.php?press_id=salt-lake-city-minneapolis-and-harrisburg-pa-lend-a-helping-hand-as-the-top-local-markets-for-giving-and-volunteering

Ø     Honored in Sunshine Artist Magazine as No. 31 of 200 for best fine art & design shows in the country
http://www.gsabusiness.com/news/35819-art-magazine-recognizes-artisphere

Ø     Ranked 21st as the Best Cities for Jobs
   http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/11/04/from-san-diego-to-cleveland-the-best-cities-for-jobs-in-2011-photos.html

Ø     Ranked 13th by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best Cities for Young Professionals
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mhj45effk/13-greenville-s-c/

Ø     Listed No. 5 “Most Fun, Affordable City” by Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate

For more interesting information about Greenville, please go to www.greenvillesc.gov.
        Departments/Department of Public Information & Events/“News Articles Published About Greenville”


Acadia Community
Greenville County, South Carolina
www.AcadiaSC.com
864.269.1430
sales@AcadiaSC.com

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Acadia Rising! More New Homes for 2013


            In 2008, the future of the housing market and the economy at-large looked grim.  The country gritted its teeth and prepared to fight a long, up-hill battle just to get back to par.  However, improvements made in 2012 have been encouraging, exceeding most expectations.  Nationwide, total home sales have increased by 6%, while home prices have risen by 7.5%.  While a price increase might not seem like a good thing, the lower prices over the past several years were largely due to the toxic mortgage bubble bursting, fueling the country’s economic woes.  The surge of defaulted homes gave banks a surplus, and the country simple couldn’t afford to quickly correct the over-supply problem.  Needless to say, a housing market centered on defaults and bank re-sales is not a stable one.  Fortunately, this unhealthy surplus has been steadily dropping.   Over the past year alone, the sale of bank-owned homes has fallen by over 20%.  The decrease of an unnecessarily large inventory has allowed homeowners and realtors to bring prices up to a more optimal level. 

            If the national housing market’s gains in the past year were somewhat unexpected, the gains made in Upstate South Carolina have been pleasantly shocking.  After a 16% increase in housing sales from 2011 to 2012, we have seen a 25.4% year-over-year increase in December, usually the slowest time of the year for home sales.  For the past few years, the Upstate’s economy has been one of the healthiest, fastest growing economies in the country, so the housing market was predicted to improve in kind. 

            This rising demand from buyers has exceeded all expectations, creating a seller’s market in the Greenville, SC area.  In Acadia, our community is gaining from the same momentum.  In the first weeks of 2013, Acadia has already booked 6 new home starts, with more prospects in the wings.  Compared to 2012, a good year of renewed growth for Acadia, this year 2013 should see many more rooftops rising in Acadia.  Come Discover Life in Balance in Acadiawww.AcadiaSC.com.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Porch Talk

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            Homebuilders across the country are feeling more confident, and for good reason: sales have continued to increase.  Nationwide sales in August rose 7.8 percent, reaching even higher levels than were achieved during the May 2010 federal home-buying tax credit.  More importantly, things here in the upstate of South Carolina continue to run ahead of the curve with an increase of 12.7 percent.  The August improvements in the market have buoyed homebuilders’ confidence this September to its highest level since June 2006, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Builder Sentiment index. 

Besides the obvious benefits of a slowly strengthening economy, the increase in sales may also be a result of homebuilders paying closer attention to what prospective buyers desire.  Older trends are starting to make a comeback, especially front porches.  In fact, two-thirds of all homes built last year included a porch.  Perhaps Southern Hospitality is contagious, because inviting porches have been a common sight here in the Upstate of South Carolina for quite some time.  Even if we never truly lost it, though, we have still come to re-emphasize the importance of a strong, connected community.

This is the essence of the new urban trend toward traditional neighborhoods, and Acadia is a community in the Upstate that has captured the essential ingredients for a community of interest, with homes and neighbors that offer you true southern hospitality, sincerely meant. When folks talk about discovering life in balance, they are talking about Acadia. www.AcadiaSC.com.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The 7% Solution


After several years of scrimping and saving, it seems that Americans are comfortable enough to start spending again.  Nationwide, retailers were pleasantly surprised by an unexpected increase in sales this past month as consumers unleashed their “pent up demand,” as Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics LLC describes it.  Though the occasional shopping spree might not seem like the surest sign of economic improvement, consumer spending actually accounts for more than 70% of economic activity.

What’s really striking, however, is the combination of this shopping boost with several other telling factors.  For one, the US economy has grown 1.9% in the first three months of this year.  Considering that the country’s GNP was a bit over $15 trillion last year, 1.9% is a good deal more than it sounds.  The $7.87 billion rise in money market funds is another good sign.  Americans aren’t just using their newfound capital for shopping; they’re also investing it.  After the mortgage bubble burst in 2008, it’s especially comforting to see that mortgage rates have fallen to a new low of 3.75%.  With housing becoming more affordable, bank-owned home sales and foreclosures have dropped.

This economic improvement has been fueled by the growth of America’s job market.  Although some areas of the country would certainly appreciate more growth, those of us living in upstate South Carolina are fortunate enough to boast one of the best employment rates in the country.  Greenville is leading the state with only 7% unemployment, followed closely by the Charleston area at 7.1%.  We here in the Acadia community are certainly enjoying our share of the recent growth.  With the strong job and housing markets, it’s no surprise that more and more lots are selling in the newly opened Phase II, along with our Townhomes and Cottage homes.  While we still encourage prudent investment- along with the occasional shopping trip- now might be a good time to consider moving to Acadia where life, if not the economy, seems in balance.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Best Job Market in the Country: Greenville, SC

The country continues to move in the right direction with 227,000 new jobs in the month of February, 2012 alone. This marks the third straight month of job gains over 200,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While these numbers are certainly comforting in their own right, there is even more to be optimistic about. Manpower Group, an employment services firm, recently released a survey of 18,000 employers in 100 metropolitan areas that predicts a continuation of this upward trend for the next three-month period. Employers in all 50 states are planning to continue increasing their payrolls this spring.

What’s really exciting about the survey, however, is what it said about the job market here in the Greenville, South Carolina area. As reported by Forbes magazine, this survey shows the Greenville, South Carolina area has the most optimistic forecast for hiring in the country, with a 24% net employment outlook. Greenville was once known as the “Textile Capital of the World.” We are now a major engineering hub, with more engineers per capita here than any other place in the world, and with more international manufacturing investment per capita than anywhere else in the country. Considering the presence of BMW, Michelin, GE, Fluor, and Lockheed Martin, it is not surprising that our Upstate communities are attracting so much entrepreneurial growth. With a strong talent pool already in place, Greenville is in the perfect position to continue this trend of jobs creation.

Acadia, our favorite residential community in Greenville, is also growing as a result of this trend. Acadia has new custom homes and home sites, English cottages and townhomes under construction and immediately available for newcomers relocating to the Upstate; perfect for those looking to right-size and balance their lifestyle with beautiful outdoors-oriented neighborhoods in this master-planned, new urban community. Visit www.AcadiaSC.com, and Discover Life in Balance.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Consumer Confidence in Acadia

In Greenville, South Carolina, as well as the rest of the Southeast, there is an encouraging upward trend in pending home sales. Local real estate experts believe that “the consumer has determined that there is no upside to continue and wait for the bottom of the housing market.” A combination of shrinking inventory, current low interest rates, and fair pricing provides the perfect opportunity for would-be homeowners. Pending sales for South Carolina rose by 19.7% in January, 2012. The Southeast saw an increase of 7.7%.

Consumer confidence has been boosted by more than just the strengthening housing market. People are beginning to feel more optimistic about their job security. The recent Consumer Confidence Index now stands at 70.8. While a score of 90 indicates a healthy economy, things are much better than the low consumer index of 25.3 seen back in 2009. Everyone certainly has cause to be more optimistic lately, since the Dow Jones closed this week over 13,000 for the first time since 2008. While Wall Street is wondering whether the Dow will backslide or not, we here at Acadia are cheering for 14,000 and up.

In the meantime, our Acadia community is growing with confidence. We have sold 3 luxury townhomes and several custom homesites in the last month. We also have 10 families on the list for customized English Cottage homes and luxury townhomes to be built this year in Acadia. With consumer confidence on the rise, Acadia stands to benefit. New homes, custom lots, new townhomes and English cottage homes are helping attract new neighbors to our Acadia community. Visit Acadia at www.AcadiaSC.com, and discover Life in Balance.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Acadia and the Southern Connector


The Acadia residential community, www.AcadiaSC.com, in Piedmont is located next to the Southern Connector, I-385 in Greenville County, South Carolina. Acadians enjoy a special friendship with our neighbors who manage and operate the Southern Connector Toll Road. Pete Femia, Liz, Don and the whole team at the Connector office have been helpful to Acadia in so many ways, and we wanted to say a big “THANKS!”

They help volunteer at our special events, support our charity causes like the Dragon Boat Festival for Cancer Research at Greenville Hospital. They return our lost dogs, plow our snow bound streets (well, we did see 2 inches of snow last winter!), and give us preferential treatment on the Connector by letting us travel for free and drive at whatever speed we like. Just kidding about this last part, but they do help us with keeping our Palmetto Pass discount tags up to date. In that regard, here is important information about our new Palmetto Pass. Be sure to visit Liz and get your new Pass.

The Southern Connector is now issuing the next generation of Palmetto Pass toll transponders. The new transponders or "Sticker Tags" as they are known, are much smaller and thinner than previous transponder models. They perform at a high rate of accuracy and are less obtrusive on windshields. They can be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner because they contain no battery. The Southern Connector has also upgraded the hardware necessary to process both the new Sticker Tags and the older, Hard Case transponders. From now until April 1, 2012, swap out your Passes at no cost. After April 1, 2012 you will be required to purchase Sticker Tags at a cost of $5.00 per tag. The Connector office has extended the hours of Customer Service Center until April 6, 2012, from 8:30am until 6:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Please do not drop off your current Passes to toll collectors. If you cannot visit our Customer Service Center and want to exchange Passes, please mail the old Passes to P.O. Box 408, Piedmont, SC 29673, via certified mail. Questions? Call Liz at 864.527.2143, or by email lizzie@southernconnector.com.