Furman University is a leading undergraduate liberal art college, located at Poinsettia Highway, Greenville, SC. Technically, though, the campus lies within the territory of the city of Travelers Nest, which annexed the institution in 2013. Furman still carries a Greenville address because of its ZIP code location.
Founded in 1826, Furman University has played a large role in the development of Greenville. Up to the present time, the university is one of the reasons why people move to the city and its suburbs.
Neighboring communities benefit from the tourism that Furman brings in, and from the cultural and educational opportunities the university offers. Businesses that cater to the university population also thrive.
Living in the Furman Area
The Furman University campus is one of Greenville County’s most important destinations. It was named one of the 362 Most Beautiful Places in America by the American Society of Landscape Artists, and is often referred to as The Country Club of the South.
The forested campus features buildings in the Georgian architectural style, many of which have been built around a 40-acre lake. It boasts an Asian Garden, which houses the Place of Worship – a Buddhist temple originally from Japan. The campus also features a replica of the cabin where Henry Thoreau wrote On Walden Pond, the Cliffs Cottage – a sustainable building, a Bell Tower and a Physical Activities Center.
The Furman University Golf Club, an 18-hole public golf course is found nearby. It was voted the #1 Public Golf Course in the Upstate by the South Carolina Golf Ratings Panel, and was among Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses for 2015.
Furman University has also partnered with Greenville in delivering community-based programs, and works with businesses in the area in providing and training their workforce.
Real Estate in the Furnam Area
The neighborhoods around Furman University are mostly quiet residential neighborhoods, ideal for people of all ages.
Some have been built specifically to cater to the university population. One such neighborhood is the Carillon, a housing development with four individually-themed districts and more than 350 home sites.
Those looking for luxury properties in the area will find excellent choices in Montebello, a gated community offering upscale single-family homes, villas, townhomes and condominiums.
Traveler’s Rest, to where the university is annexed, also offers excellent housing options near the campus. These properties are mostly single-family homes in a wide range of sizes, prices and architectural styles.
The Furman area also features age-restricted communities, inviting retirees to take advantage of Furman’s undergraduate evening studies for adults over 50. Some of these communities are:
- Rolling Green Village
- Haywood Estates
- Homewood Residence at Cleveland Park
- The Woodlands at Furman
- Cascade Verdae
Amenities and Attractions
In addition to the university campus and the Furman University Golf Club, other attractions and amenities that can be found in the Furman area include:
- Shopping, dining and entertainment options at Downtown Greenville and downtown Travelers Rest
- Reedy River Falls Park
- Travelers Rest Farmers Market
- Peace Center for the Performing Arts
- Greenville Symphony Orchestra
- Greenville County Museum of Art
- Paris Mountain State Park
In 2003, Downtown Greenville won the Great American Main Street Award, which is given by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to recognize preservation-based downtown revivals.