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My wife and I are considering checking out the NC area for a possible relocation.
I'd love to talk to some Asheville residents about their town.
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cajonezzz said:
My wife and I are considering checking out the NC area for a possible relocation.
I'd love to talk to some Asheville residents about their town.
What do you want to know?
Eric in Asheville
This place blows

I don't know what you've heard about Asheville, but let me give you this skinny. First off, everyone is really nice. I've lived all over the South and this is by far the nicest city of people I've been around. I moved from atlanta after living there for years and have made more friends here in six months than I ever did there. Secondly, there's mountain bike trails everywhere! This is bad for me because I wreck a lot (at least my last ride). (D) Real estate here is a great investment. USAToday just named asheville one of the best places to own a home for our consistent rate of appreciation and quality of living. Lastly on my meager list: We were named the happiest city in America, well for women at least (but when momma's happy, everybody's happy). Shape magazine did a report and found that asheville women have the lowest rate of depression of any other city in america. Art News or some other art magazine named Asheville a top ten arts destination in american. We have events going on every weekend ran by people who really take pride in our community. I can go on and on, but it was one of the best decisions my wife and I made and I'll talk for days to covince people of the same.

Good Luck!
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This is a first!

In all my years on this board, I have yet to see a guy talk about Asheville and not mention the local micro-breweries.

witches,pagans,new agers,fat bike riders,slow bike riders

m-u-m,trolls,goblins,baptists,freaks,fast bike riders,lesbians,catholics,farmers,********,snobs,freeriders,snakehandlers,downhillers,episcopals,light center,urban assaulters,another brew pub opening soon,gays,artists,pretty girls,ugly boys,ugly girls,pretty boys,xc riders,road riders,trials riders...and we all get along.
Its a great place--im 3rd generation here and my wife is 7th generation.....
over 200 miles of great singletrack....climbing,paddling,art galleries,abundant eateries and lots of folk to show you the trails,singlespeeders,park riders...........and microbrews.
Least we leave out the music and holistic health scene

You can't sling a cat here without hitting a singer/songwriter or a massage therapist!

I've already gathered that the riding, both road and mtn is amazing. I've only been as close as Charlotte, many years ago , and thought it looked like beautiful country.

My wife and I are both musicians, (I'm a recording engineer as well and do some touring) and we are desperately ready to get out of So. Cal. (born and raised) It's insane here, the riding is drying up as the million dollar tract homes go up everywhere you look.
We're expecting our first child and really don't want to raise family in the madness...

(all that being said, there are some wonderful points to living being first, but I'm ready for a change)

I've heard nothing but good things about the Asheville area, and have had a couple friends that moved to Willmington as well.

I was just looking for some general impressions...
advice on housing, like what area would put me nearest trails.. riding from my house?
what's the traffic like, schools etc.
What's the weather like, really?

My wife is also a court reporter and will be looking for work in that field. I'll be a stay at home dad, doing some music/ film mixing and occasional touring out of the country.

We're also looking at Bozeman MT. and Flagstaff AZ. (she's from MT )

any links to local interest stuff much appreciated!

Please excuse my Calif roots. I promise to not bring any others with me.

craig and annie.
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ok, seriously now

If you are selling your home in then your $ will buy more housing here.However some people find the $ of housing here quite high.
There are many $350-$450k houses selling as fast as they can be built, but some bargains can still be found in the $200k range.Below that range you have to be careful, or be prepared to put more $ into it as a fixer-upper.
Your salary will be less than you are used to making, so expect some sticker shock as far as income goes.
The weather is WET and humid as we have had much more rain over the past two years. I have not taken my winter "mud" tires off. It is very lush,though and as for me i prefer the green dense forest and good traction instead of loose scree and sand.
Winters are not bad, a little snow but you can get around easily and can ride year round with the proper gear.
Most of the school districts are good with Reynolds( east asheville) and Tc roberson being the best.( south in S. Asheville sux though..Yuppieville).
Do not worry about living near trails, it is no more than a 30 minute drive to trails no matter where you live.
If you are set on living at trails then you need to look into housing around Bent Creek, nice neighborhood..150-250k houses. The school district is Enka i think and is above average.
If you decide to come look around we can hook you up or show you around. My wife knows the real estate quite well and can point you where you need to go.
Peace, Thad
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living in S. Asheville sux though..Yuppieville).


I live in So Asheville and I certainly do not consider myself a YUPPY. :D

Having said that, this indeed is a great place to live. Weather wise it’s as close to So Cal as you’re going to get. There is a winter here, actually all four seasons, but the temp during the day rarely goes below 40. This town doesn’t have much in the way of a large professional base as other cities, except for Doctors to take care of all the retirees.
As for the kids, we have four, it’s the reason we moved here 12 years ago. VERY family oriented. A traffic jam here is waiting for more than one light to change.
You can’t go wrong IF you are able to make a living. The standard of living here, especially housing is high (for the south anyway)

Good Luck
Oddly, I now live in Asheville, but spent 3 1/2 years in Flagstaff and 6 months in Missoula. Personally, I love Asheville most of all. Here's the pros and cons of each:

Missoula: Smaller. High Mountains. Great winter sports if you're into that. Great beers, fun college town. Proximity to other outdoor attractions, such as Glacier, Bitteroorts, Hells Canyon, etc. CONS: The winters are mega-rough. Very little music or culture scene. High cost of living, but little lower compared to Flagstaff, higher than Asheville. Finally, in my opinion, the mtbing better in both the other two places- mostly because of the extended seasons.

Flagstaff: ( I LOVE FLAG!) Smaller. Incredible mountains and canyons. Great climate- some heavy snows in winters at town elevation, great snow pack up on the "peaks," good winter sports, but snows at town elevation melt and drain fast enough for year round riding. Sedona, 30 minutes south, will be 60-70 degrees in middle of winter, incredible canyons and mtbing there. IF YOU'RE INTO MULTIPLE SPORTS, THIS IS THE BEST AREA. Incredible rock climbing, high alpine wilderness hiking, miles of mtbing, caving, THE GRAND CANYON is an hour and half way, Zion is 4 1/2 hours, Moab 8, Durango 4, etc. There are a great deal of "secret" places in Flagstaff that you would be just amazed by (Pumphouse Wash, for example, starts as a 50 foot deep gully behind an area called Kachina Village. If you know the way in, within a few miles, it erodes to 750-foot plus deep canyon with year round flowing water, nesting eagles, and not a soul around...) This is the one place I've been (I also lived in Colorado for a while) that I can honestly say is better for outdoor sports then Asheville... also, there's a very active environmental movement in this area and the Native American arts and spirituality can be fascinating CONS: Higher cost of living than either of the other two. Very limited culture or music scene...I lived there for 3 1/2 years and exactly ONE good local band developed itself and maybe 5 good regional/national acts visited- that's pretty lousy for college town. Finally, it is primarily a college and tourist town. It's hard to make friends here because the population is pretty transient, unless you're a 23 year old bro with dreads and mad skills, or at least can act like some form of snob like's just not that friendly of a place, in my experience.

Asheville: (I REALLY LOVE IT HERE!) Friendly people. Great mountains. A live, vibrant music and arts scene- this cannot be emphasized enough. Over the course of the next month, in this town of less than 200,000, at just one single venue, Sonic Youth, Blondie, Gomez, and several other acts will be playing. Bluegrass and folk music is so thick it gets in the damn way. Festivals are everywhere, with super fun acts...some great musicians like Martin Sexton, Ziggy Marley, Doc Watson, Dell McCoury, Gillian Welch, etc. can be counted to play here at least once a year , for the acoustic acts sometime 3-4 times a year, and that's not even counting the large number of mega-quality local acts... galleries abound with crafts being prevalent. Whatever your leanings, there is a spirtual communtiy that can meet your needs...even if those are none at all. GREAT BEERS. Better road riding than either of the other two. Mountain biking is at the same level as Flagstaff, except for much of the summer it's often too muddy to ride, but I also was riding in jersey and shorts in December, January, and Feb this last year- you can always count on a few 60-degree days.Good rock climbing, great kayaking, great wilderness areas, Smoky Mountain National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway Again, FRIENDLY PEOPLE. You can find something unique and fun to do every night of the week, if you were so inclined. CONS: It does rain a lot sometimes, the cost of living can be high, and you sometimes have to accept the fact that the rest of the state is super-conservative and you might not like most of what the government outside of Asheville does(unless you lean that way yourself- I don't)- but our local political scene is great for it's diversity and the fact that we do all, eventually, get along in the end.

OK that's enough for now. Flag and Asheville are both GREAT Places- FLag does have better weather and is more astonshing outdoors wise, but Asheville is almost at it's level outdoors-wise and has a better vibe. Peace.
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This is another first!

No one bothered to mention the Biltmore House & Gardens (thank you) or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Those are the #1 and #2 most requested directions. #3 is the mall.

My buddy works for the Big House and often has to do corporate stints at the Chamber of Commerce. I'll sometimes ask him something about the area (like a typical tourist would ask) and get a response like: I don't know. He repeats local statistics so much - he can't recall anything after 5 p.m..


The Chamber has some great leads though:

Here's a smattering of other things:
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dont forget

The best reason to live in Asheville:
A lot of cool Mtbr posters live here :D.

(Asheville resident in Exile)
I'm guessing you just moved here in the last two years. Why? That line about it often being too muddy to ride in the summer. Normal weather patterns for the South = drought in the summer, not this bizarre rain forest stuff we've had this year, and some of last year.

I'm glad you're having fun here.
I've actually been living here for over seven years now. My understanding from people I've spoken to is that the early summer/spring rains we've had are actually closer to normal, and match the first two years I was here. The three years in between were, supposedly, one of the worst extended droughts on record- but man, were trail conditions ever great. What I've heard is unusual about the past two years is the extension of the "rainy season" into July and August- is that your opinion as well? At this point, I am really looking forward to the "dry" months of Sept and Oct- if they actually prove to be so...Peace, Mike
Pisgah Forest and WNC are deemed the Rain Forest of the East. It was orginal reason Ellijah Mitchell who discovered Mt. Mitchell is the highest peak of the east coast came to this region. He once said, "That you couldn't find a richer diversity of Flora and Fauna." I have seen this for myself and just amazed by the richness of the forest. I am a service provider for Whirlpool,KitchenAid, and Fisher Paykel and some of the old timers homes that I go to have gravity fed spring water and the year before last was one of the 1st times ever that many of them could recall running out of water in the spring/summer seasons.
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