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Urbanization - 3/24/2009
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Arden, NC

We moved to Arden, NC. 28704 in 1977 to get away from all the city madness. We love our little part of the state with it's forests and mountains around us and the rural feeling. Too much mordernizing and road construction is happening all around us and we are losing our lay-back atmosphere. But,I still love our little town. Live on Arden.

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re: Urbanization - 3/24/2009 - 3/5/2013
Can you guys give me more info on where you live and costs. My wife and I are wanting to go somewhere warmer than Ohio! Please help

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Dania, FL

Living in the Asheville area - 9/27/2014

Hello all, Regular family with a nine yr old here looking to get away from the overcrowded and steamy S Fla. We've visited Asheville and really loved downtown, Biltmore, and the mountains; however, we don't know the area. We'd really appreciate any objective input from people in the know within a 20 mile radius. We highly value safe/healthy living, great schools, friendly people, and mountain views. Thanks for your time.

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Pompano Beach, FL

Relocation to Asheville? - 6/22/2014

We were thinking of relocating to the Asheville area (actually, to a town within 10-12 miles of Asheville as housing in the city is over our budget). Concerned about how people receive others coming from a different state. Ran into major problems when we relocated to a small town and were told our accents weren't 'southern charming' enough. Looking for some honest feedback. We are middle aged looking to buy a home and settle down. Need to be within a 20 minute commute for work, and looking for a town with good people who are willing to welcome us into the community. Looking for the best towns near Asheville for quality of life. Thanks for your comments.

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Asheville, NC

Supposedly a spiritual mecca.... - 2/5/2014

And people do seem to be very accepting. BUT for a spiritual mecca they sure don't like outsiders to actually move here and are very quick to judge using stereotypes.

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Asheville, NC

Why Asheville? - 12/27/2013

It's beautiful, the people are great, friendly, diverse. But...the economy is not so great. High cost of living with low median income, not a great combination.

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Portland, OR

Over-rated - 11/11/2013

I just spent some time in Asheville, and thought it was just "ok", but is one of the most over-rated cities I've been too. They really work hard to promote it as a progressive city. I guess since I was coming from the pacific northwest, it just doesn't compare to the beauty and forward-thinking of the west. I was hoping to love it, due to the climate and smaller size. So I'll continue my search (west of the rockies)!

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WNC Drivers - 4/29/2013

Asheville: Slowest moving "city" in America. Driving through Western NC on either I-40, I-26 or I-240 can be absolutely maddening. If you are a typical driver from elsewhere, this experience could cause your blood to boil. Never have a I seen more drivers - and these are LOCAL drivers with NC plates - dilly dally around in the passing lane. Do the majority of WNC's citizens not realize that the LEFT lane is for faster, passing traffic? And by the way, to the middle aged and older women in Subarus (never have a I seen so many of these things) who think it is their responsibility or right to block the left lane to "teach other drivers a lesson:" Move the hell over! If I get a speeding ticket, that's my responsibility, not yours.

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Asheville, NC

great city life - 2/20/2013

We moved to Asheville four years ago. Have lived in NY City, Philadelphia, St Louis, Rochester NY and Princeton, NJ - so can provide comparisons of culture and recreation with sophisticated areas. Asheville, for its size, has more to offer than the previously mentioned sites! Wonderful arts - including top-notch galleries, over 150 private studios in the River Arts District and in mountain retreats, fine symphony with members from all over the world, many good local bands (jazz, symphonic, etc.), many talented woodworkers,potters, musicians, etc. The arts are part of everyday life here. In addition, fantastic mountains, streams, lakes - fine fishing, hiking, biking, boating, golfing, birding, professional baseball, college sports. Good liberal arts colleges as well as strong community college system with over 20,000 students. Wonderful food - much of it grown or raised locally. The small, local breweries are something to behold - with a fine range of good beer, food and music. Friendly people. Minimal traffic (compared to what I was used to) and good roadways. Interesting architecture - particularly in Historic Montford and in mountain communities. Many writers and writing groups. Many music and arts festivals. Overall, a wonderful place to live. One downside, except for healthcare workers, there are currently few jobs available that pay well. This could change as high tech is starting to sprout more positions.

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Asheville, NC - 10/1/2012

Just was in Asheville as my husband has family there. Our encounters with people were in a nursing home and the Whole Foods. Hands down they both were friendlier than any organic store or medical facility where I live in Athens, GA. So you can't divide north and south. Every city is different. We have been looking at Franklin, TN and Atlanta to relocate to but now my husband loved Asheville so much this weekend he wants to move there now.

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Clovis, CA

Wanting some input on Asheville, NC - 6/26/2012

We are looking to relocate and are looking at Asheville at a possibility. Does anyone have some recent experience or information about Asheville? anything would be appreciated!! It looks good on paper but we would like some feedback. We are both going to be retired so jobs are not an issue. We will have a teenage son so schools are a concern. We are coming from California so are used to really high prices on EVERYTHING. So please keep that in mind when responding. Thanks to you all!!

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Lake Orion, MI

Relocating - 6/25/2012

I am getting a little nervous, I must say. I am relocating to Asheville in just a few months. I will be starting my student teaching (don't need comments about how there are no teaching jobs, that is nationwide, I will figure that part out on my won), but I am reading all these reviews on how it's such a terrible place to live. Can anyone tell me anything GOOD about the Asheville area and surrounding cities I may want to look into? I am 34, single, like nature and the city and am excited to meet some new people and hopefully make some new friends!

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Asheville, NC

A living wage - 1/19/2012

I absolutely love the beauty of Asheville, but I have found it nearly impossible to find employment that offers a living wage. I am contemplating a move to either Charlotte or Greenville, any feedback would be appreciated.

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Candler, NC

Don't move here-There are no living wage jobs! - 8/20/2011

As of August 2011 Asheville is reeling from the economic depression America is in. There are virtually no living wage jobs to be had, businesses have closed, house prices are falling, & the pawn shops are full of people trying to raise cash to survive. This town hypes itself as a great place but it is only the scenery that lives up to the hype. Residential and car burglaries are up, including home invasion robberies. Don't be duped by local business organizations into moving here. Conduct your own research and think twice, or thrice!

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Wilmington, NC

Asheville not for me - 7/22/2011

I was only a visitor, but I really wanted to like Asheville. I went there several times thinking that I was going to live there. Some of the people were nice, but most were snotty. The realtors I worked with were lackluster and not helpful. It is truly a beautiful city and the scenery was gorgeous! I wish that I could have lived there just for that. But I chose to go elsewhere.

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Seattle, WA

Active Independent Retirement Community or 55+ wit - 6/4/2011

What are some Active Independent Retirement Communities in Asheville,NC or 55+ Communities where activities are planned for residents or they eat a meal together once a day or week.

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Lexington, KY

What is the cheapest weekly motel stay in Ashevill - 5/25/2011

Anybody know of any really cheap motels that are at least clean, not super dumpy in Asheville, NC? besides intownsuites or whatever the name of that one is Hoping for something that is no more then $200 per week tax included.

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Cape Coral, FL

reclocation - 1/22/2011

We are thinking of relocating to either Asheville area or possible Knoxville,Tn area. Can anyone that lives in either of these areas give us some input. I have 3 girls and and in need of a full time job. I live in FL now and have not been able to find full time work in quit awhile. Thanks for any help and advice.

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Melbourne, FL

Asheville has pros and cons - 10/22/2010

We investigated Asheville, and found the cost of living at this point to be at the national average. Real estate has flopped like everywhere else, so very reasonable cost of living. The mountain people were excited for awhile during the time when prices were going up, but now their bubble is burst. Billy Bob can't cash in his shack to buy an annuity to live on. Shucks, darn. In fact, Billy Bob not only can't sell his shack/home, but now he is having trouble finding work. There are some beautiful homes there for sale that have been built in the last 10 years that will probably sell before Billy Bob's mountain shack, and some on very large lots outside of the city. There are very good restaurants there, nice hotels, and good Bible churches. We find this town quaint, and plenty of opportunities. However, N.C. taxes are bad for retirees (extra capital gains tax, income tax, bad sales tax), so can't say that Asheville is an ideal retirement spot. If North Carolina would get rid of taxes like Florida did, it would be booming. If they'll ever vote in a Democratic governor........

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West Columbia, SC

Requesting Information - 10/6/2010

I am planning on moving to Asheville NC and will need to use the public bus system to get to work and shopping. I am a single older lady. What part of town would be best to look for rental property in? Thank you

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North Port, FL

BEST Public Elementary School In Asheville area? - 8/1/2010

I am interested in obtaining some much needed relocation information. I am desperately trying to find out where the better suited areas are within a 20 mile/30 minute commute radius of Asheville for a young family with a Kindergartner. Our son's quality of education is our number one priority, followed by our safety from crime, both violent crime and property crime. Everything else, we feel we can pretty much flex with for the most part. We are both Ivy League educated medical professionals and would like to initially lease a 3 bedroom single family home with a yard in a nice community for under $2000/month. I am not sure if it matters in the Asheville area, (and I actually hope not), but we are white, agnostic and politically somewhere between Democrat and Independent. We enjoy the arts, volunteering in our community, maintaining our lawn and home appearance to very high standards, and believe in reusing and recycling. Without sounding "snooty", we'd prefer to live in a cultured, upscale and professional area. This means, no ATVs running up and down the street all hours of the night and early morning, keg parties in driveways while car engines are being swapped, and trash being left all over the neighborhoods. (Just some of the issues we're dealing with now). Any and all advice would be GREATLY appreciated. We are tired of making mistakes when selecting areas of a new city and hope someone will be kind enough to help. Thank you in advance. All the best, Patti

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Rocky Mount, NC

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