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In partnership with DR Horton, we are pleased to announce that development has officially begun at Baxter Village, a new single-family, residential subdivision located off of Highway 9 and Sloan Garden Road in Boiling Springs, SC. This 167 acre subdivision in Spartanburg County will consist of 550 residential lots boasting a covered pavilion with pool and an outdoor fireplace amenity package. Patio homes and townhomes will be featured. Home sales are slated to begin later this year.

Ford Elliot Builds Fast Growing Real Estate Empire

I’ve realized that a good culture is not about who you’re related to or which country club you belong to – Commercial real estate can sometimes be overly about connections and that kind of thing. But at the end of the day, I built Blackstream and Contender more on hard work and results.

Culver’s Grand Opening in Duncan, SC

On December 10, 2022, Culver’s in Duncan, SC celebrated their Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and plaque presentation by the Town of Duncan Mayor Shirley Clopton. The Reidville Fire Company made an appearance with their Touch-a-Truck along with Santa and his elves. Culver’s in Duncan is located at 1700 E. Main Street in Duncan and is open daily.

People. Partnerships. Projects.

Contender, is the Southeast’s premier real estate development firm headquartered in Greenville, SC with projects throughout North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. A development company focused on land development, hotels, and restaurants; Contender represents a combined experience of 50+ years.

Greenville developer planning major project along Swamp Rabbit Trail extension

Greenville-based Contender Development has big plans for an 11.8-acre piece of property it purchased along Woodlark Street between Laurens Road and Interstate 385 that will soon be bounded by the Prisma Swamp Rabbit Trail extension.

2022 Emerging Leader: Ford Elliott

Ford Elliott currently serves as partner in Blackstream Christie’s International Real Estate, based in Greenville, S.C. He founded Blackstream in 2009 with just three team members. In only 13 years he has built…
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