Neighborhood Spotlight: Parkins Mill 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Parkins Mill 


Parkins Mill, inclusive of the following subdivisions noted in MLS listings, includes spacious lots and larger homes in a quiet environment with homes built from the 1960’s to today.


Inclusive Subdivisions:

  1. Barksdale
  2. Collins Creek
  3. Enclave at Parkins Mill
  4. Gower Estates
  5. Henderson Forest
  6. Isbell Heights
  7. Kellett Park
  8. Mount Vere Estates
  9. Parkins Grove
  10. Parkins Lake
  11. Parkins Mill
  12. Parkins Mill area
  13. Parkins Mill Court
  14. Parkins Pointe
  15. Preserve at Parkins Mill
  16. Quail Hill

The large Gower Estates Park is popular with the many families attracted by the area’s great schools. The mostly residential area is located close to the historic Augusta Road neighborhood and downtown Greenville, as well as Laurens Road’s commercial district.


Homes in the Parkins Mill area are a mix of established homes with varying architectural styles including, Contemporary, Colonial Revival styles, Mid-Century Modern, Ranch and Split-Level. The newer-constructed homes are typically stately Georgian, French Provincial and Neoclassical Revival styles.

According to the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS®MLS as of January 18, 2018, there are currently eleven listings in the Parkins Mill area ranging from $335,000 to $1,799,000.


A primary attraction of the Parkins Mill area are the award-winning public schools, including:


Parkins Mill residents can enjoy membership to the popular Gower Pool which has a highly-competitive swim team, or spend time at Gower Estates Park or the nearby Legacy Park. The Greenville Country Club, Cleveland Park and downtown are also easily accessible and provide plenty of recreation and entertainment possibilities.

Resident Favorites

There’s always something fun to do in the Parkins Mill area from the Gower Pool and park to neighborhood events and local hangouts. According to Tim and Blake Brookshire, who I sold a home to in 2015, their favorite thing about the area is that they “…are situated between the Augusta Road area and Verdae/Woodruff – we can get to either so quickly!”

They added that “a super fun and casual Friday evening in the neighborhood is spent meeting friends at Grateful Brew for a drink and grabbing dinner at Pita House (delicious!) or from the nightly food truck.  Greenfield’s at Verdae is wonderful for authentic bagels in the morning or for a quality sandwich at lunch.”

Other local favorites (including mine) are: Delicious pizza from Frodos, healthy fare at Kitchen Sync, and happy hour and more at Fitzpatrick’s Food and Spirits!

Contact me to learn more about why this neighborhood is so popular and how you can become a part of it!

The Clutch

Virginia Hayes – July 19, 2017

Historical Places in Greenville

Since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by architecture, history and real estate, and my job as a real estate agent has been a great way to combine all three interests.

One particular entity that I’ve found most intriguing lately is the National Register of Historic Places. According to its website, the National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

Digging a little deeper, I found that there are 81 properties and districts in Greenville County listed on the National Register. The city of Greenville is the location of 43 of these properties and districts, while the properties and districts in the remaining parts of the county are listed separately. Another 4 properties in Greenville were once listed, but have since been removed.

How many of these 43 properties and districts did you know were on the list?

1.Hugh Aiken House – 1 Parkside Drive
2.Allen Temple A.M.E. Church – 109 Green Avenue
3.American Cigar Factory – E. Court Street
4.Fountain Fox Beattie House – N. Church Street
5.Beth Israel Synagogue – 307 Townes Street
6.Broad Margin – 9 W. Avondale Drive
7.Brushy Creek – 327 Rice Street
8.Carolina Supply Company – 35 W. Court Street
9.Chamber of Commerce Building – 130 S. Main Street
10.Christ Church (Episcopal) and Churchyard – 10 N. Church Street
11.Davenport Apartments – 400-402 E. Washington Street
12.T. Q. Donaldson House – 412 Crescent Avenue
13.Downtown Baptist Church – 101 W. McBee Avenue
14.Earle Town House – 107 James Street
15.Col. Elias Earle Historic District – Earle, James, N. Main and Rutherford Streets
16.East Park Historic District – Roughly bounded by East Park Avenue, Bennett Street, Harcourt Drive and Rowley Street
17.First National Bank – 102 S. Main Street
18.Gilfillin and Houston Building – 217-219 E. Washington Street
19.Greenville County Courthouse – 130 S. Main Street
20.Greenville Elks Lodge – 18 E. North Street
21.Greenville Gas and Electric Light Company – 211 E. Broad Street
22.Hampton-Pinckney Historic District – Hampton Avenue and Pinckney Street between Butler Avenue and Lloyd Street, and Hudson Streets and Butler and Asbury Avenues
23.Imperial Hotel – 201 W. Washington Street
24.Isaqueena (Gassaway Mansion) – 106 DuPont Drive
25.Josiah Kilgore House – N. Church and Academy Streets
26.Lanneau-Norwood House – 417 Belmont Avenue
27.Mills Mill – Mills and Guess Streets
28.E. W. Montgomery Cotton Warehouse – 806 Green Avenue
29.Parker High School Auditorium – 900 Woodside Avenue
30.Pettigru Historic District – Pettigru, Whitsett, Williams, Manly, E. Washington, Broadus, Toy and Boyce Streets
31.Poinsett Hotel – 120 S. Main Street
32.Reedy River Falls Historic Park and Greenway – Both banks of the Reedy River from the falls to Church Street; also roughly bounded by S. Main and Church Streets and Camperdown Way
33.Reedy River Industrial District – Along the Reedy River between River Street and Camperdown Way
34.Richland Cemetery – Hilly Street and Sunflower Street
35.Springwood Cemetery – Main Street and Elford Street
36.Stradley and Barr Dry Goods Store – 14 S. Main Street
37.U. S. Post Office and Courthouse – 300 E. Washington Street
38.John Wesley United Methodist Church – 101 E. Court Street
39.West End Commercial Historic District – Roughly the junction of Pendleton, River, Augusta and S. Main Streets, and east along Main to Camperdown Way; also 631 S. Main Street
40.Whitehall – 310 W. Earle Street
41.William and Harriett Wilkins House – 105 Mills Avenue
42.Working Benevolent Temple and Professional Building – Broad and Falls Streets
43.C. Granville Wyche House – 2900 Augusta Road

For more information visit –National Register of Historic Places in Greenville, South Carolina

Wrap up the Holidays with a Clutter – Free Home

Wrap up the Holidays with a Clutter – Free Home

Kick Off 2018 Clutter Free

As we wrap up the holiday season and embark on a new year, consider how de-cluttering your home can make your life simpler and less stressful while also making 2018 a better year for those in need. Perhaps you have clothing, furniture, kitchen items or even food you’d like to clear out? The good news is charitable organizations make it easy for you to donate your household items to those in need.

Follow this guide of “What to Give” and “Where to Give” and make 2018 a great year for all!

Non-Perishable Food

Contact these local food banks to see what their current needs are and start clearing out your pantry!

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Loaves and Fishes

Project Host

Samaritan House

United Ministries of Greenville


Bring new or gently used clothing to the following charities or contact them to see if they will come to your home to pick up donations.

Dress for Success

Greenville’s Gift

Junior League of Greenville’s Nearly New Shop

Miracle Hill

Safe Harbor

SOS Thrift Store

Salvation Army

Household Goods and Furniture

Make room for your gifts, prepare your home for the new year AND make a positive change in the lives of others by donating household goods and furniture to one of the organizations below.

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County

Junior League of Greenville’s Nearly New Shop

Miracle Hill

SOS Thrift Store

Salvation Army

Cell Phones

Looking to recycle that old phone? Donate your unused smart phones and tablets after clearing all data.

Where to donate:

Verizon Wireless accepts old phones and will pay for the postage to return them. You have the option of getting a Verizon credit, gift card or making a donation to HopeLine.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Gift Cards

Re-gift the gift cards you were given during the holidays and turn them into charitable donations. Exchange your gift cards for a charity donation too. You’ll receive a tax receipt for the full value or residual balance of your card.

Where to donate:

Pendleton Place

CharityChoice Gift Cards


Did you get a new car for Christmas? If so, consider donating your old car. Not only is it hassle-free (most non-profits offer next day pick-up), but you can also get a major tax donation while helping out those in need with a tremendous donation!

Where to Donate:

Cars Helping Veterans

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina

Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes

Kars 4 Kids

Salvation Army

Wheels for Wishes

To kickstart this spirit of giving, I’m donating $100 to one of the charities listed above. Follow me on Instagram this week for your chance to decide with of these wonderful organizations will receive the donation.