With a population of 84,000 and growing, finding your own piece of the city can prove difficult. That’s where we come in! Let’s see if we can’t find you the perfect spot to get your Greenville on.
Southern Comfort – Neighborhoods:
Apartment living in Greenville caters a lot to the student population, especially as you get closer to ECU. In case you didn’t know, college kids enjoy luxury, but don’t like to go far to score supreme comfort. That in mind, it’s quite possible to find apartments all over the city with upgraded kitchens, movie theaters, study rooms, resort style pools and wireless internet. Not here for school? Never fear! Most of the apartments in Greenville tend to lean more towards the luxurious, so go ahead and spoil yourself.
Dwelling Downtown: Are you into the nightlife? Do you like to boogie? Well, we’ve found the perfect spot for you. Living in Downtown Greenville puts you in the prime location for food, fun and work purposes. While it may be a small city in size, the amount of local bars, restaurants and shopping available to residents are just some of the reasons residents flock downtown. This area is also quite famous for its annual Halloween street bash—a true Greenville legend. As you can guess, Downtown is mainly comprised of younger residents, both 20-30 somethings/working professionals and with some college students sprinkled inbetween. Apartment living here is relatively affordable with one bedrooms starting at about $575. $$-$$$
A Pirate’s Life For Me/ECU neighborhood: The ECU campus is essentially in the middle of the city of Greenville. That said, the surrounding neighborhood (wraparound area of E 5th St through S. Evans St.) is considered prime pirate (That’s their mascot, don’t hide your loot just yet) real estate. While many a family, working young singleton and young couple can be found renting or owning homes in this trendy area (typically established three bedroom homes though some are newer and many are historic), this locale is obviously ECU student territory. Apartment living here is about as collegiate and upgraded as they come. Think tanning beds in the rental office, 24 hr. fitness centers, campus shuttles and paid utilities. The neighborhood is relatively traversable by foot, and you’ll likely be just a few blocks from campus and the downtown area, as well. Many of the apartments feature private bedrooms with a shared living space (for about $320/per bedroom); however, for those looking for non-collegiate living, there are plenty of complexes (loft styles available) here for you. These lofts come with just as many upgrades at a pretty great bargain, too (one bedroom/$570 w/paid utilities). $$-$$$
Frog Level: Located near Pitt Memorial, minutes from ECU, and close to the 264, 11 and 903 highways, Frog Level is a neighborhood for you middle-classers out there. The area is made up of older/established homes and various styles of apartments (cottage style, townhome, garden style—which seems to be a Carolina term) that house renters and owners of all kinds. Apartment living here is less upgrade crazy and more about comfort and convenience. Apartments in the area are close to major highways, feature some paid utilities, community events, pools, picnic areas and green space to toss the disk around, if you’re into that. This area of Greenville feels private and quaint for those who like to get away from it all at the end of the day without paying a steep price (2 bed/1 bath $475). The Frog Level is ideal for seniors, families, those here for work/hospital residency. $-$$$
Colonial Heights/Greenville Blvd.: Oh, you fancy, huh? Good, because this is your kinda neighborhood. An upper middle income neck o’ the woods, this part of Greenville is a mixed bag of upwardly mobile and sophisticated 20-30 somethings, families and seniors. The homes in this area are also a mix of older and newer models, some average-sized (three bedroom) and some very large (5 bedrooms or more) with big yards on nice streets. Sounds pretty great, huh? That’s what being fancy is all about. Apartment living here is just as nice. Featuring pools, private post offices, public transit stops, wi-fi, fitness centers, tanning beds, and utilities, the living around here is all about convenience and quality. Commuting? You’re in luck! The 264 and the 43 highways surround the neighborhood and are both easily accessible. Parks are nearby for you outdoor types and the schools in this zone are great (if you’re moving with little ones). Prices range around here, but it can easily be more costly than other areas (loft starting at $575, 3 bedrooms/$1000). $$-$$$$
Keep it movin’:
Getting around Greenville can be done in a few ways but the most important way is the highway. Made up of many U.S. highways that meet in the middle, Greenville is a bit congested traffic-wise. Between the many highways, byways and the student population heading to and fro, the traffic here can be a tad painful sometimes. For motorists making the move, rely upon US 264 (brings you in a circle around town), US 13, NC 11 (north and south). Use the 33, 43, and 903 (which will bring you all the way to Virginia) to get around town.
For public transit, hop on the great (Greenville’s bus system) or bike to work or class on one of the greenways.
Greenville Gems of Knowledge:
A lot of the leases in the Greenville area are flexible (3, 6, and 12 month leases). As far as deposits go, they range in price (some $150 with credit check, some $650) depending on the size of the apartment, whether you traveled with a pet, etc. Regardless of where you choose to rest your head, bring your checkbook—deposits are the thing here in Greenville.
Greenville lives up to its name when it comes to being eco-friendly. The area is big on recycling, features many green spaces and has various energy conservation programs for residents to take part in.
The weather outside is…weather. The climate here changes with all four seasons. Summers can get hot with average highs in the 80s and winters get chilly enough (avg. 44 degrees) to build a fire (a controlled fire, that is).
Greenville is a meeting place for college students and settled families, theater lovers and sports fans (ECU football) alike. It’s a Carolina town with a lot of heart and a progressive attitude. Whether you come for work, school or play, come grow with Greenville.
-By Kera Zacuto
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