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TRG Communities: Our Cornerstone Is Value

Q & A with Jeff Randolph, TRG Communities

Jeff Randolph started TRG Communities way back in 1997. Since that time, even as the business has grown significantly, his original vision has stayed intact:

“Our goal from day one was to establish a residential, mixed-use development company that created imaginative, dynamic spaces for families to live, work, and play. The reason we have been successful, I think, is that we have never wavered from that commitment.”

Indeed, TRG Communities has garnered numerous accolades and awards over the years, including being recognized by the National Association of Home and Professional Builder’s magazine, as well as being crowned “The Best” in American Living. Still based out of the perennially decorated city of Greenville in the Upstate of South Carolina, TRG Communities does work throughout the southeast—from Atlanta to Greensboro. Here’s what founder Jeff Randolph had to say recently about TRG Communities and the impact they continue to have in the region.

In addition to managing the selected homebuilders, they strategically set aside designated areas in each community for amenities, retail shops, and green space.

Q & A with Jeff Randolph

Q. So Jeff, if you had to boil it down to one thing, what is it that homeowners—and builders, for that matter—like best about TRG?

A. I suppose it would be that our communities elevate the value of each individual home. We are very intentional about each community—picking the right land, selecting the right builders, overseeing the architectural guidelines, and ensuring quality from pre-ground-breaking to the construction and sale of the final home in the community.

Q. So TRG is a very strategic company with a hands-on approach.

A. Oh yes, absolutely. We don’t leave anything to chance…at least we try not to (laughs). We carefully map out each community, in terms of the relationship of living space, green space, retail components, and potential amenity areas. We strive to achieve balance so that it will be a self-contained community that attracts a variety of buyers, from young families to older individuals and empty nesters.

Q. So I did some research and the word on the street, in the builder community, is that builders love to work on TRG projects. Why is that.

A: Well, I appreciate you saying that. That’s good to hear (laughs). I suppose it is because our homes tend to sell consistently, and often faster, than at other communities. They also sell at a higher price per-square-foot typically. We want to make sure that we are creating a community or a neighborhood that is going to be attractive today, and also maintain its appeal 10 years down the road. Our communities have staying power because they hold their value, even in an uncertain economy. They stand the test of time. Homeowners are drawn to that, as are builders.

Q: As everyone in real estate knows, the past year has been difficult, with interest rates ticking up to 7%, inventory in short supply, and home values coming back down to earth somewhat. How does TRG face a market like this?

A: We have the same approach in a down market as in a buyer’s market—we always seek to create value. We look for parcels of land that are desirable locations, that are only going to be more coveted as time goes on. On top of that, we design our communities to appeal to families by offering accessibility, plenty of outdoor space, gathering spaces, pools, clubhouses, retail shops…it just depends on the particular project. The goal is to build more than a neighborhood with a bunch of houses, but to create a holistic living experience that stands the test of time. Because the bottom line is, people make decisions about where they want to live based on long-term value…whether the market is favorable or not. Our emphasis on quality, value, and the overall living experience has helped us succeed over the past year, and during other challenging times.

Learn More About TRG Communities

The Randolph Group develops communities all over the Upstate of South Carolina, as well as other regions in South Carolina and in North Carolina. We specialize in creating imaginative places for people to live, work, and play, while enjoying an elevated lifestyle and sense of community.

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TRG’s Jeff Randolph Appointed to City of Greenville Planning Commission

TRG founder Jeff Randolph was appointed to the seven-member City of Greenville Planning Commission in March 2020 and began serving in April. “The Planning Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on zoning and annexation issues; reviews and approves all new subdivisions and is involved in comprehensive planning to improve the health and welfare of the public.”

The two-time Clemson graduate, with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Master’s of City and Regional Planning brings a wealth of planning and development experience and knowledge to the diverse board. Jeff has been a resident of Greenville County since 1984 and became a Greenville city resident in 2018. In 1994, he founded TRG (The Randolph Group), a residential and mixed-use residential development company that has received national recognition for its award-winning communities in the Southeast.

Commenting on his unique perspective Jeff said:

“With my planning and development background, I feel like I can make an informed contribution. Greenville is an award-winning city that continues to expand with dynamic and varied plans being proposed. Much of that success is owed to past planning. As Greenville continues to purposely grow planning is an essential component of that process. Getting to work with highly competent city staff responsible for this area and such a diverse and committed board is very rewarding. “

“Our city is a leader in the Palmetto State and has a positive influence on the planning of surrounding cities and municipalities. This provides an opportunity for me to contribute to our smaller cities and communities which is also exciting. Greenville is an impact city and it’s humbling to serve in a capacity that can make a positive, long-term impact for not only today’s but future residents as well.”

“Our city’s highest priority is making sure Greenville grows the right way. Jeff Randolph has long been a community leader in promoting careful planning to preserve our quality of life. His service on the Planning Commission will be invaluable.”
Greenville Mayor, Knox White

Mr. Randolph has previously served on the Greenville Affordable Housing Task Force, other non-profit related groups, and his church. He is a respected leader both professionally and personally. TRG’s offices are located in Greenville’s historic West End providing him with a stakeholder position as a business owner and resident of Greenville. In addition to developing imaginative neighborhoods across the Southeast and many in the Upstate, TRG has been part of several successful affordable development initiatives in Greenville.

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TRG president is brought on retainer for affordable housing developer, Homes of Hope

We are proud to share that Jeff Randolph, President of TRG Communities has been brought on retainer for non-profit, Homes of Hope to help execute Homes of Hope land development deals throughout the state.

This partnership is going to greatly enhance Homes of Hope’s capacity in development and expertise, allowing the organization to pursue even greater goals in the future, with a broader footprint. With the need for mixed-income housing that includes affordability for low-to-moderate income South Carolina families at its greatest level ever, bold ventures and relationships like this are needed.

The Randolph Group, LLC, is a residential land development company based in Greenville, South Carolina. After receiving his Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University in 1983, Jeff began a 14-year career with Liberty Properties Group, the real estate operating company of Liberty Life Insurance Company. As Vice President of Liberty’s Residential Land Division in the Southeast, Jeff managed a $70 million portfolio of communities. In 1997, The Randolph Group was formed and today owns, manages or provides consulting services for a portfolio of residential and mixed-use communities in Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, and Greensboro. Jeff was also an Instructor in Clemson’s Master of Real Estate Development Program from 2006 to 2017.

“We are so excited about the future with Jeff a part of our family”, said President/CEO Don Oglesby. “Jeff has more expertise in development than most anyone I’ve ever known. And combining that with his passion for our mission, and the communities we serve, we believe great things are in store”.