Located nearly 50 miles west of Columbia and almost the same distance from the Georgia border, Saluda is a small yet engaging town poised on the Little Saluda River. Part of Saluda’s allure is its down-home feel and the surrounding natural landscape, which helps make the city seem like it’s in its own world. With a population of nearly 4,000, you’re sure to get to know your neighbors in Saluda. The city boundaries encompass just a few main streets and residential blocks, but many residents live in the surrounding farmland that provides a bit more privacy and space. There are dazzling old homes built in the early 1900s for sale in Saluda, along with contemporary residential developments. The average home in Saluda goes for around $130,000, making it a top pick for families looking for an affordable place to call home. There are also several parcels of land attracting the attention of housing and commercial developers just outside the immediate city boundaries.
In Saluda’s charming Main Street area sits a small selection of shops and restaurants, all locally owned. There are florists, gift shops, pharmacies, Mexican restaurants, diners, and more, all in a colorful walkable area of this endearing town. There are also fast-food spots and locally recognized stores all within minutes of each other. Local grocers and other conveniences are located off Highway 378 and 178, ensuring that running daily errands is a breeze. Many Saluda locals drive just 25 minutes east to Lake Murray, one of the state’s largest lakes and a hot spot for fishing, boating, swimming, and more almost all year round. The lake is also the site of a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display, where hundreds of boaters head out on the water to get a better view of the show. Saluda is near the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Greenville is 82 miles north, meaning a day or weekend trip into the Upstate is well within reach.
Public schooling in Saluda falls under the Saluda School District One, which oversees five schools, two alternative schools, and around 2,300 students. Within the district, there’s Saluda Primary School, Hollywood Elementary School, Saluda Elementary School, Saluda Middle School, and Saluda High School, along with Saluda County Adult Education and the Saluda Opportunity Academy. The district’s mission is to 'educate all students by providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum with supportive programs.' Those in search of higher education are just 30 minutes south of Newberry College, which offers programs in the arts and communications, business administration, nursing, and more.
Commuting in Saluda
The average one-way commute in Saluda can take around 24 minutes, mainly because most residents drive to neighboring communities for work. With Highway 178 and 378, getting in and out of Saluda by car is a breeze, allowing residents to connect to Interstate 20 to the south or Interstate 26 to the north. The heart of Saluda is quite walkable thanks to plenty of sidewalks and the area’s relatively small size.