Asheville, North Carolina

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Los Angeles, CA

Visited - 12/28/2017

Interesting place.

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Asheville, NC

Great place to live if you like the outdoors. - 8/15/2017

Asheville overall is an amazing place to live. I was surprised to see so many negative reviews on here. So I figured I would write a review to provide another side of the city. I moved to the area in 2013 after living in Austin, TX which is hardly a slouch town (Live Music Capital of the World!) and Colorado Before that. 1) Weather - you get 4 seasons which is more than you can say about many places in the US. You don't have to deal with the Southeastern humidity, the southwestern heat, the Northwestern rain, or Midwest and Northeast Cold. Additionally - the foliage is otherworldly. 2) Outdoors / Fitness - If you like to run, ride, kayak, white water raft, climb, paddleboard, hike, yoga, swim, camp, ski, snowboard, etc. There is something for you. Bent Creek has 40+ miles of trails and is in Asheville. Pisgah National Forrest is 40 minutes away and is free to camp in. The cost for all of these activities is on the low side and there are ample opportunities and most are able to be done year round (minus winter sports). 3) Craft Beer - With over 50 breweries in WNC area you are set to have some of the best beer you can find in the USA. 4) Health food / Healing / Local Vendors - Many health food stores in town and co-ops. Many opportunities for healing, health, therapy, meditation and more natural living. CSAs are widely available no matter if you want veggies, cheese, meats all from the source from local farms. Additionally - if you are vegan or vegetarian you have many options for food that you may not find in other cities. 5) Unchained- Asheville: Asheville has a huge population of unchained businesses that are locally run meaning your support people who live in the town. 6) The Mountains - Enough said. The Blueridge Mountains are beautiful. 7) Music and Festivals - There always seems to be a festival downtown every couple of weeks with local vendors, live music, and just general fun. Speaking of live music there are great intimate venues (Mothlight, Grey Eagle) Solid mid sized venues (Orange Peel) and a larger more traditional 'stadium-esque' venue - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Many indie bands and indie vintage bands (think Morrisey, New Order, the Pixies) have come through here. 8) Jobs - People say its hard to find Jobs here, but I found one within 5 weeks of moving then I moved onto a bigger company 8 months after that. My salary alone is near the US median family income. Which is more than enough here. I think if you are in your 20s, have a college degree, have a high degree of responsibility and good work experience its not hard to find a job. 9) Dog Friendly. Every place is so dog friendly. we have two dogs and they are welcome everywhere - breweries, restaurants, stores, work occasionally, etc. I know that may not be everyone's idea of a perfect place, but I love it. If you are outdoorsy, healthy conscious, love dogs, enjoy beer, and like laid back people Asheville is a great place to live.

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Asheville, NC

Asheville is a Beautiful Place to Live - 7/4/2017

Asheville is an incredible beautiful place to live. I have lived here and brought up three daughters for the past thirty years. It has gone though tremendous changes in the past five years via downtown hotels, chains and too many dang tourist, brewpubs, etc. It's still pretty but considering a move.....

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Asheville, NC

5 stars to visit, 3 stars to live. - 5/11/2017

Like many places, Asheville has many great things to offer, along with challenges when it comes to day-to-day living. After visiting here in 2014, and actually living here for 21 months, I believe I can offer a balanced and current perspective. I will break this up into 6 reasons why you should and 6 reasons why you should NOT move to Asheville: Reasons to move to Asheville: 1. Four seasons provide "Goldie Locks" weather, compared to the cold winters of northeast and midswest and the wretched heat during summer in the southeast and southwest. Sperling's stats on climate are pretty accurate. 2. Despite some overdevelopment, there are plenty of outdoor amenities, especially for hiking, canoeing, camping, and leaf looking. 3. Breweries..#3 in the nation per capita...over 50 breweries in the WNC area. 4. Restaurants, particularly breakfast and if you are a fan of what they call "New American" cuisine. 5. Great place to live if you are a trust-fund baby, have ample retirement saved, or hold a successful business of your own. 6. Violent crime is low... 6 Reasons NOT to move: 1. ....Property crime is HIGH! Lock your car doors, even in good/upper class neighborhoods. 2. Wages to cost of living are almost unsustainable for people trying to move here, hoping to land a job somewhere. 3. Going with the theme of reason #2, the job market is almost laughably lousy. I was lucky to get hired by a global corporation with a decent wage and benefits, but my wife cannot find work to save her life, despite over 8 years of professional experience in banking management and other specialized banking fields. Do not move here unless you know exactly how much income you will be earining on a week-to-week basis. 4. Asheville has a diverse group of people, but in the subculture sense. It is a strange mash of Holy Rollers and Hippies. Hipsters and Hillbillies. If you are looking for international cuisine, worldly exposure, you will not find much of it in Asheville or WNC. It will be hard to fit in if you are not a senior citizen, hippie, hipster, redneck, artist, rich and successful business owner, a drug addict, a yoga granola type, a runner, or farmer. If you do fall into one of these categories, you will find your people. But if you are not a walking stereotype, you may find yourself out of place a little. 5. The infrastucture is horrid, which compounds the traffic of the population boom and herds of tourists. There was no plan for the boom the area has gotten and it will show, as many of the main roads here are one-lane only. 6. Though the scenery is still beautiful here, they are overdeloping the area at an insane pace. Sprawl is rampant. In 15-20 years, this may not be the beautiful mountain town it once was.

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Brevard, NC

Asheville is a Marketing Mirage - AVOID! - 4/13/2017

Asheville people are full of sh*t and the biggest delusional braggarts I've ever known. Most people who think Asheville is so great, have only lived in WNC or moved from BFE or other crappy places. NEWSFLASH: microbreweries and restaurants are everywhere! Yes, the mountains are beautiful to visit in WNC, for a WEEKEND. I would recommend the Birmingham, AL area to those who seek southern hills/mountains AND a professional position. It is beautiful, has all of the big boxes of a modern city and some very nice suburbs. Plus, one can experience true southern hospitality - WNC was NEVER a permanent place of the southern genteel. You must locate on the coast to find that. Mountain Brook is one of the top 10 wealthiest towns in America. The only area in NC that could possibly compare fiscally, would be South Charlotte's best areas - maybe a couple of pockets in Raleigh. Finally, to those who refer in their posts to "NC," when posting about Asheville: Asheville and WNC are nothing like the rest of the state. As a matter of fact, WNC is in Appalachia. I would venture to say that if you separate the 18 counties of WNC from the rest of the state, the demographics would be very similar to West Virginia - poor, rural, mainly lower education levels there. That's fine for some folks, I'm not knocking it. But despite the area's beauty, it is a marketing mirage that outsiders should be warned of.

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La Mirada, CA

Looking for home outside of Asheville - 4/11/2017

We are wanting to move to western NC or SC area for milder weather and beautiful surroundings. We don't want anything downtown. What areas within 100 miles or so of Asheville would you recommend?

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Asheville, NC

Asheville is a toilet - 3/30/2017

I moved to Asheville from central WI Sept. of 2015. I had made several motorcycle trips here and fell in love with the mountains and all the twisty roads that are so much fun on a bike. The year round mild weather with bearable summer temps. were appealing to me. I had Googled "Asheville population and found that it was around 90,000 so I thought that would be a good fit for me given that I came from a town of 79,000. I was certain that with all the surrounding mountains that I would be able to jump on my bike and ride out of town and find myself in rural countryside locations and be able to get away from people for a while. Not the case. What I found out was, there is no "country" in NC. The state is one big suburb dotted with large metropolitan cities and some national and state parks and forests that are teaming with people and the places that used to be "country" are now fully developed, houses everywhere with the occasional hay field now then. Google "Asheville metro population" and you will find that there are actually 460,000 people living here as of the 2013 census. Rent is high, I pay $940 per month for a one bedroom, 650 sq. ft. apartment with no garage and nothing included. There are too many people here. The allure of Asheville used to be that it was a quaint southern town in the mountains. That town no longer exists. What is now in its place is a town no different than any other of the same size you might find in America, except that they have no room to expand their infrastructure to accommodate all the traffic that comes with being a "boom-town" along with the tens on thousands of tourists that flock here. I cant leave my apartment at certain times of the day because I know I will be mired in traffic. The downtown area is so congested it really isn't worth attempting to enter. And when you do venture down there it is full of hippies, tourists, senior citizens and bearded millennials that are there for over-priced average food and craft beers served at establishments owned by trust fund babies that are indifferent to you being there or down right rude. Southern hospitality no longer abides in the local population, just hand over your money and move aside. VISIT Asheville before moving here! After having lived here for the past seventeen months I have a new-found appreciation for Wisconsin and will be moving back in the next few weeks, I miss my people and the honesty and goodness they have within them.

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Tucson, AZ

We are From the City of Chicago considering Ashv'l - 2/19/2017

I am looking for your opinion if you are from the CITY of Chicago, who are 60 years old or older and have moved to Asheville, NC to retire. I have read many bad reviews on this site, and I don't think any of them are from Chicago. The regional states of the USA are so different. I live in Tucson now and really dislike it. But people here seem to love it if they grew up here. So, I have decided that I do not belong in the western United States. I have never lived on the east coast or the south, only the Midwest. However, my husband has lived in New York City. The people who have commented positively on this site don't seem bothered by "reserved" people. I think I would be. Chicago people are very friendly, and so am I. I have found rental apartments are reasonable on line. But, are they as nice as the photos they show online? We will need a 2 bedroom rental that accepts our 3 dogs. (2 of our doggies are 15 years old, and may not be around much longer.) Are vets really that expensive? Here in Tucson, our vet charges $50 a visit. I know Tucson is a cheap place to live. But, the summers are murder here. (Temps are as high as 115 degrees. ) People here tell you it's a "dry" heat. I don't care if it's dry, it is just horrible here for 7 months a year. Having lived in Chicago, I actually love the winter. Plus, I don't really get the people here. I would love to hear from someone who has experienced Chicago City living and/ or east coast living, and is now in Asheville and is happy or miserable and why. Thanks.

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Asheville, NC

Plan before you move - 1/15/2017

Before giving my two cents. I read all of the positive and negative responses. I have vacationed Asheville many times. I have been here in Asheville for almost two years. Reality check for those moving here looking for work without education or experience and looking to get rich. Without prior preparation you will have a hard time. So if you are coming here with a high school diploma with high expectations? Don't do it. It is expensive and you will experience alot of part time service work. Rent is high. Groceries are not high and they are normal. They seem expensive because you are not making enough. If you are a medical professional or any other professional such as myself you will be just fine. Just like any other city in America. Your ease of life is determined by your choices in life. You can always change your out come. It is up to you and everything else is an excuse. I hear locals say their are no jobs. What they are really saying is their are no good paying jobs. Most work part time. Service/hospitality/tourism is what Asheville is about. So where are the bread and butter jobs? Hospital, Attorney, Lawyer, CPA, Local government, Utilities or public servant such as fire or police. Or finally if you are a successful business owner. If you are a average joe their are retail and fastfood or various hospitality jobs that have plenty of part time. You can make a decent amount in tips during peek seasons. Real blue colar jobs in manufacturing, oil, minerals, steel and auto with some small textile companies in the surrounding towns are too far in between. Hints why I mentioned if you are not educated in what the area has to offer in good jobs. You will have a hard time. Is Asheville like a college town? Yes. Locals will disagree with me. In ways it has a 40s vibe. With art hub and the different hippies mentality. Outdoor buffs and tourist. Really it is no different than any other city or college town. You have a ton of part time jobs. And their are no inbetween jobs for the complaints. Negatives want to make it the worst place to live. It is not. It will be if you are not prepared. It will be like that if it were anywhere else other than Asheville. I live in the South and Midwest before moving here to Asheville. Illinois is a dump in comparison to Asheville. Don't get me wrong. When looking for a home in the area. The homes the realtor showed me were a joke and in need of serious renovations. I settled on a home near Arden. Homes in the city are over priced and some are in disrepair for high prices. Their are nice homes in Asheville but be ready to pay big bucks for small space. Best to look outside city limits. I don't see anyone or experience anyone attempting to rip me off. The locals are normal conservative people. They work hard and play hard. I do enjoy their hospitality. Their are some big dreamers here. My advice.... If you are not already established, experienced, waiting for something or a company to make something happen for you. It wont happen. So if you have a high school diploma wanting to make a rich life here with no plan. You will find out it is hard here and anywhere else. You have to have a plan. Don't come without preparation and a plan. If you are a professional like me it will be easier. This area is beautiful. It has its ups and downs like any other city. Coming from Chicago it is small. I moved here on a job offer. After prospecting Asheville for five years prior to being here almost two years. Its a nice place to live. Not gonna lie living is expensive if you dont make enough. With no abundance of real blue colar work. Life is what you make it including your career. Lastly. Come prepared before you move. Visit the area. Talk to the locals. Research the hell out of Asheville before you move here. If you are a average worker. You will struggle. Just saying

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Scottsdale, AZ

Left after three months - 1/7/2017

Review of Asheville I have visited Asheville and enjoyed my time there though living there is another story. I read these reviews before I moved to Asheville this past August from AZ and thought I try it thinking the negative reviews were to deter people from moving there because it supposed to be a secret oasis! I moved back to AZ after three months in Asheville. The reviews are spot on! It's a hard place to live. Groceries are twice the price of AZ, jobs are few... though I found a job in the medical industry but only part time. Part time jobs are easier to find than full time and part time jobs are unstable and usually temporary. Not doing my research, I found it expensive to live even with a decent salary for part time. Rents are high for what you pay for. Housing is hard to find too if you are used to the west coast with newer construction and are picky. Many houses are just old and need work unless you buy a premium luxury style home. There are new apartments there though pricy. I couldn't qualify for a mortgage loan because the job I had was part time and full time is required which I now understand why people rent more than buy homes there because of the lack of job security. If you're retired and already made your money then it will be fine for you though budget for food costs. In the mountains every thing costs more. Salmon costs three times more than salmon in AZ! It's a luxury to buy groceries in Asheville. I found people there to be deceptive and I think because they are all trying to survive. I got out quick to avoid ending up poor and being stuck in that survival mentality. I was disappointed after I started my new part time job to find out people who worked there before me didn't last because the owner cut hours on them and I was lied to about the other employee I would be sharing the job with. Turned out she was told only a couple days before I started that her hours were cut and she was crying to me that she needed her job and so I ended up giving it back to her. I was also deceived by the owner when he gave me my first paycheck showing I was being paid five dollars less than agreed and he tried to tell me I was wrong until I showed him the saved email showing the correct pay! Not a good start in Asheville! People give a vibe out that no one should move there so you will feel unwelcome unless you're just visiting. Even my aunt and uncle who moved there seven years ago are now territorial like the rest and were upset with me after I moved to "their" city and made me feel unwelcome and told me not to move into their neighborhood in Weaverville! Weaverville is a nice town just outside of Asheville with the pretty mountain views. Guess I wasn't allowed in their neighborhood! Asheville is a place where no blessings occur and just difficulties with people and it's an overrated place. Downtown has okay places to eat though nothing spectacular. The only part of Asheville I enjoyed was the Biltmore Estate- beautiful place - I spent most of my time there to escape the bad reality of the nightmare I was living in Asheville. If your are used to the west coast open skies you won't like all the trees with less space and views unless you live in weaverville or Arden area. Too many bugs too! The weather was fine for me the three months I lived there (Aug-Nov), sunny and warm though I left right when it started to get cold and looking at the weather channel it's snow and 22 degrees F as a high- so too cold for me being from AZ. I wish I listened to these reviews because it was expensive to move to Asheville and back to AZ. Glad to be back west. I learned the hard way that you should do a trial move first before moving everything you own - rent a place and try the new job first then if you like it move after.

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Brooklyn, NY

Keep the hysteria in check - 8/17/2016

Just wanted to chime in a few thoughts from a native who no longer lives there, but visits family regularly. I was born and raised in Asheville for all of my first 26 years, but have been living in Brooklyn, NY since 2001. Around the time I departed Asheville, the city was surely on the upswing - albeit nowhere near the level of the beer culture, housing/downtown development, and transplant magnet it would become. As a reader of these reviews, I would take the more extremist histrionics you read in here with a huge grain of salt. My husband and I are looking to move to a new city ourselves, so I came here to see how the outlook on Asheville jives with what I've been noticing or hearing from Asheville friends over the last decade. As with any city you are considering moving to, investigation is critical: visit, talk to locals, walk the city and neighborhoods, check housing/supermarket prices, talk to more locals, and do your due diligence whenever you can. Firstly, yes, there are huge cons. And be ready for them: The economy still seems largely service/hospitality oriented, and you will likely not be paid well. I've met transplants who seems to have plenty of mystery money or be able to work remotely - but if you are looking to get a 'good job' in Asheville without much of a plan, then good luck to you. Housing is expensive. It's true. Esp when you considered the aforementioned wages. I do not consider the supermarket food expensive. Whatsoever. The bigger stores have sales galore and there are also grocery ‘depots’ and plenty of Walmarts, if that’s your thing. Dating prospects (per my friends who still live in the area) can be bleak. Late 30's individuals with multiple part-time jobs and multiple roommates are not uncommon. Perhaps it's outdoorsy types more content to scrape by on less - or, again, the aforementioned wages/economic situation, who knows. However, I don't want to overgeneralize, as there are likely many transplants or locals with stable (or, gasp, lucrative) livings. But probably not 'the norm'. On the other hand: I've read several hysterical complaints about the 'cold/grey/dreary' weather. This seems a gross exaggeration. Firstly, I'd be careful about moving anywhere for 'perfect weather' – or somehow hoping for it to impact your general happiness in life. But that is a personal aside. In truth, the winters are relatively mild by most standards with plenty of sunny days (some snow, but not 'snow dumps' as I read in other posts. My parents often complain about the lack of snow). Yes, the summers can be a bit muggy, but 300% better than then rest of the state, most of the south, and many of the other states I've lived in such as MO and NY. There are definitely NOT spiders and snakes everywhere in the metro area (or thankfully, the dreaded flying palmetto bug). I'm still impressed with NC's lack of 'bugginess' compared to other places. I've never been forced off a hiking trail due to mosquitoes or biting flies (as I have in my husband's home state of WI). I would *not* describe Asheville as a 'college town'. Yes, I attended UNCA myself, and it's an excellent academic school - but it is a small school of ~3500 students (many of whom are nontraditional/commuter students), and no football team. Lack of sports was always a plus for me, but the town does not really have that sporty collegiate vibe about it. The beauty of WNC is undeniable. Maybe not at the level of say, MT, the Eastern Sierra, or the PNW, but the Blue Ridge Mountains are stunning and full of trails and swimming holes which you will likely have all to yourself on a hike. Years ago, I took a 5 week cross-country trip with my folks and was flabbergasted at the beauty of The Badlands, Grand Tetons, California Coast, NM deserts, Rocky Mts, etc. But returning to NC via the Nantahala National Forest has me truly surprised at how well my home state 'stacked up' to some of the beauty I'd just seen across the country. I've never felt 'closed in' or sad about our mountains. They are smaller, yes, but I love the Appalachians on their own merits. I cannot speak for some of the comments on crime, lackluster schools, or ‘friendliness’ (Ashevillians do seem quite friendly to me, but even native New Yorkers have described me as ‘reserved’ so perhaps it’s in my blood too ?). For crimes/school info, please look up stats whenever possible and talk to locals or police before moving to a new area. Now, the main reasons I have little interest in returning to Asheville to raise my son (despite having family in the area) are the lack of diverse economic opportunities in the area (my husband works in tech and I fear there is little going on in WNC), the bad car traffic (which is not NY level, but getting fairly congested) and lack of public transit, and, finally, the fratty beer culture / bachelor party vibe you often see downtown these days. I’ve had several friends move to Brooklyn from Asheville in recent years, and they too do not seem too keen on returning to Asheville, even with all of NYC’s problems and ‘bad weather’. But there are plenty of people moving from Brooklyn to WNC, so who knows. If I had to return, I would explore options about 45 to an hour outside of the city. Good luck everyone!

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Charlotte, NC

7 year perspective - 6/26/2016

I read all of the other comments prior to adding a comment myself. I noticed that many posts were made by people from western states with much taller mountains, less humid climates and a completely different culture. I lived on the west coast for many years myself before moving to NC. Folks the south is humid and muggy. Asheville is about 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the state and slightly less humid. If you are expecting to find the west in the east you won't. Asheville and the blue ridge in general have a lot of hidden beauty. You will find enjoyment in Asheville if you are adventurous, love art and music or have an interest in the healing arts. Located adjacent to Pisgah National forest which boasts millions of acres, you will find hiking, mountain biking, cycling , hidden swimming holes and back packing. In the city you will find a rich artistic community and many local musicians playing on the streets and in restaurants. Like many others have stated there aren't a lot of jobs if you just want to work for someone else. Because of this, the dating scene can be a little sparse if you are over 30. It's all about what you love. If you love the outdoors, Asheville is a good place to call home. If you are trying to build a career, maybe not so much unless you have an entrepreneurial spirit. Asheville also has a big soccer community. See - beer city cup.

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Cary, NC

Re-vitalization bordering on greed - 3/27/2016

I've grew up in the Asheville area and visit often. I've watched this place transform from a quaint and sometimes eccentric Southern town to an over-developed tourist hub. Downtown is now carpeted with condo high rises and new hotels which have all but eliminated easy to find parking. Downtown streets have gotten crowded with pedestrian and car traffic especially in summer and fall. On the positive side, Asheville has some great restaurants and if you like craft beer, you'll love walking to one of the many great breweries. Have patience during peak tourist season. The Blue Ridge Parkway and nearby State and National parks offer plenty of outdoor opportunities but again, plan for company during the Summer and Fall. Housing in Asheville is expensive and developers are taking advantage of the strong market to build wherever possible, be it on a mountainside or literally in the back yard of houses with larger lots. Again, I think this takes away from once quaint character of this place. Asheville can still be a charming place but you have to look harder for the road less travelled. Dont forget your wallet :-) If I were planning to move back I would consider some of the smaller cities further out like Sylva, Clyde or Spruce Pine. East TN would also be worth a look.

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Winchester, CA

Horrid nightmare - 2/24/2016

Don't do it, don't do it. Don't DO IT. There are so many better places to live in the United States that are not filled with people who are overly depressed, rude and common thieves. Especially if you are a single female. The native people will rip you off every chance they get, from heating oil to basic food to gas etc. The weather is nasty and cold and cloudy most of the year. Summer is filled with humidity, bugs and snakes. Spiders will be in your home daily. Your news is from South Carolina and believe me, it has not changed at all. Like living in 1940. Don't believe the hype they put out on the internet. These folks should be main lining vitamin D. The medical is horrible, most of the pet vets will rip you off royally including/especially the emergency pet clinic. There are only about two vets that are good and fair. Lots of coyotes, so pets go missing. Natives are not friendly at all. And all the services you will need to keep you home in shape will charge you astonishing rip off prices. You won't have a lot of choices. I have lived in four states and seven other cities. This is by far the worst place you could ever choose to live. They hate change... hence Merrimon avenue; the stupidest street in the world, everything is over priced because they hate outsiders and feel that somehow you owe them for all their discontent in life. If you are by yourself, it will be a thousand times worse. There are no four seasons, lie, lie, lie. There are no friendly people, so forget that internet list and the food isn't that great either. When it is good, you are going to pay like you lived in one of the larger cities in the country for small quantities of food. I could go on and on. Just love yourself and don't go there to live. It is all an illusion especially if you are from the western parts of the country where there is sunshine and decent people, not hillbillies killing bears and throwing cigarette butts on your property while they claim to be working at a rate of 250.00 an hour. Go anywhere but this nasty place. If you do go, check every credit card receipt and get everything in writing and at least four to five bids and may God help you to have the strength to leave that nasty, nasty place. And if you must... welcome to the land of spiders and snakes!

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Asheville, NC

Better weather in Asheville than my old Kentucky h - 8/22/2015

I lived in the far western tip of KY, where it was hotter in the summer, colder in the winter, and there were frequent severe storms and tornado warnings. I moved to Asheville almost a year ago, and it's a lot nicer here: summer highs rarely ever go above 90 degrees on the hottest days, it's not as cold in the winter, and tornadoes are rare here. Also, it's not as humid here. I sleep a whole lot better, not having to worry about bad storms and tornadoes rolling in between 4 pm and midnite.

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Candler, NC

Not the outdoor paradise people claim it to be...N - 7/14/2015

I have lived in CA, OR, AZ, and now in Asheville. I came here because I wanted to grow food in a large garden, to live in a place where they take farm to garden seriously, and the great outdoors. I also thought, based on sites like Sperling's and other online sources, that the weather and climate here would be delightful. WRONG on all counts. While it is a good place to grow food, and there are a lot of farm-to-table places, I have not enjoyed life here in the 5 years I have been in the area. The only high point has been the garden, which is great. The farm to table stuff in town is silly, pretentious, and overpriced. It is, simply put, fake and full of poseurs, which pretty well sums up Asheville in general. It is also priced for the rich. Additionally, I must go on a bit about the weather here. The websites claim over 200 sunny or partly sunny days a year for the Asheville region. This is insanely overstated. They must count a day as sunny if weak light drifts through the endless cloud cover for 15 minutes now and then! This is the most dreary, cloudy place I have ever lived, and that includes Oregon! In particular, summers are cloudy every day. OK, not cloudy all day, but most of the day. Especially mornings. If you are like me, and love to get up to a bright, clear summer's morn: forget it, if you live here. Happens only very rarely. And, when it does happen, you can be sure that the day will soon get so hot and muggy, so sticky and unbearable, you'll wish the clouds would come back. It's that sort of place. I am not exaggerating. How about all that "outdoor paradise" stuff the magazines and websites are full of? Well, perhaps Asheville fits that billing-IF you come from the Northeast cities, the Midwest, or from Florida. If, like me, you spent decades living in the West, the mountains will feel small, crowded, and over-rated. In fact, all the outdoor recreation here feels to me like a visit to a city park. There are too many people, and there's too little open space. It all feels suburban. For those who like to be endlessly social, to party and drink beer, then you may just LOVE Asehville. Especially if you are young and "hip" and the recipient of a trust fund, you may find this place perfect. For those who have to work (jobs are scarce and low-paying), not young, not party animals, not devotees of the beer culture: keep away from this place. It is the most over-rated region I have ever experienced.

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Asheville, NC

Reality.... beware!! - 5/30/2015

Where Asheville is a neat place and I enjoyed living there for 3 years. The cons are... its a minum wage town and hard to find work in most fields. Way over priced rent for an old ran down dump. Most craigs posting for apts and house rentals are scammers listing hundreds lower stealing legit postings off other sites. Do not walk alone downtown at night especially after 10 pm extra especially if female for youre asking to get mugged and they beat you up. Police allow drug dealers!!!!! Our neighborhood in west side otherwise great location had problems with a big time heavy traffic dealer and their pit bulls attacking kids and adults... i escaped with my small dog getting inside by an inch.... police said theyve been watching for 4 years and know whats going on!!!!! Yet wont arrest! While Asheville has a huge lesbian population.... if you're gay be careful who you tell at work for youre at risk losing your job! Its happened to me twice including home depot filing sexual discrimmination. The country areas like canton, arden and fletcher.... best to be in the closet for most jobs. In fact if youre straight and married or single with kids... they get promoted and raises and they discrimminate single people without kids. Its a huge bible belt town... a church at nearly every block. Even hard rock radio stayions many commercials advertise a church. However if you need help some christain churches will try to help even if youre gay and arent christain which is a good thing. Out in town for a couple drinks??? Beware if you have 2 or more. Even 1!!! Most bars inform police to pull you over because they get tax write offs. Bartenders etc get paid and/or favors. Theres even people not working for a bar that will scout you and follow you to see if you drive. Ok... i dont support drunk driving... i dont drive drunk. I own a camper van. If i drink over limit i rest in van. One day i drank 2 on a patio and leaving noticed i was stalked. Guy pulled over and stared seeing if id leave for 15 minutes. This is harrassment and i wasnt over the limit!! I jyst spyed watching him watch me and he parked illegally. Food is over priced in grocery stores... they say due to mountains. 7 bucks for a frozen tombstone at ingles. Beware of carrier park taking your dogs there! It use to be a medical dump site and they left most needles and toxins there and covered with top soil. Ive spent many hundreds on antis and steroid shots on my dog getting sick after a walk. Never going back. Do not raft or eat fish from any river!!' All are contaminated and they found new posions not knowing what or where it came from last year. Its hard to make good friendships there. Many are closed off regardless how cool you are. I moved out a few months ago as most people i know have to.

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Asheville, NC

Not what I was hoping for. - 5/13/2015

In moving to Asheville from a Los Angeles beach community where I'd lived all my life, I was hoping for some- thing considerably different. I had previously visited the city in 2002 and found it pleasant and slow-paced. I thought that it would be a nice place to retire to. Since then, development and revitalization have created a bustling city like so many others. People here are astonished when I tell them that the vibe is now very much like Los Angeles except, of course, on a much smaller scale. People here are intolerably rude when rushing around in their vehicles--many talking on their cell phones which North Carolina law allows them to do. Traffic is terrible in the afternoon and early evening. In essence, the stress of getting from one place to another is similar to that in L.A. When out and about, it's hard to appreciate the beauty of the mountains. Naturally, many are attracted to Asheville because of the amenities it now offers--many restaurants and entertainment venues. Personally, I don't like going out that much and prefer quiet evenings at home. If you're looking for Southern hospitality and graciousness, you'll have to excavate to find it. After almost two years, I hardly know any of my neighbors and have found that those who have stepped forward to befriend me were only users. Finally, getting contractors to do work on my house has been a nightmare. Nobody returns calls or will commit themselves. Though I've been researching smaller North Carolina towns where the winters are milder than here, I've not started packing yet until I'm absolutely certain that Asheville isn't for me.

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Asheville, NC

Asheville is incredibly overrated - 4/27/2015

I have lived here since 2004 and watched what was once a nice place go down the proverbial toilet. It has always been over priced and pretentious regarding the cultural offerings however now we have gangs, meth, rape, murder and home invasions along with unemployment and yet people continue to move here? Why? The cost of living is horrendous.

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Asheville, NC

Asheville definitely over-rated - 2/13/2015

I have lived here for six months now. At first I thought it was beautiful. All kinds of people here told me I would not have a problem at all with seasonal affective disorder or SAD. Well, there are more grey days and mornings here than I thought possible. The whole town looks pretty dumpy and depressing in this low light and you just feel boxed in if you are from places that you can see horizons and really large mountains and wide open areas. It also rains a lot. I knew this, thought I could handle it coming from Colorado, but I could not. It is often cold and rainy or temperate and rainy. Health care is hard to find, especially if you find you need a psychiatrist because you got so depressed. Pisgah Institute is the worst, but they will find room for you. An odd mix of people here mixed in with the locals who have been here much longer is surreal at times to me. Hippies that don't bathe, hipsters, local people in dirty clothes, bible-thumpers, new agers, crunchy vegan types, lesbians and gays, and senior citizens abound. I have nothing against any of these groups of people, but after a while I feel like that is mostly what there is here. It seems mostly this place is for a certain type and mold to fit into. Dating is probably a wash here from what I have heard and just noticed myself joining many meetup groups. There is a hidden element of desperate crime with home break-ins and muggings in places you think might be safe - especially in West Asheville. Just get on the Facebook WAX group and you realize some of the mentality/predicatments here and how it can get desperate and sketchy. Lots of drug addiction here (I think heroine) and quite the congested place as far as traffic goes (but still easy to get around.) I wish I had spent more time here or signed a shorter lease. As far as schools go, probably forget it from what I have heard....I would investigate seriously for the sake of your children. Also, this town doesn't even have a "college town" feel, which I was hoping it might. As someone else mentioned in another review, they feel like this place has been visited by Invasion of the Body Snatchers because many people just seem so withdrawn, non-vibrant, and vacant. At first I thought he was nuts, but then started to get the same vibe myself. Must be the grey gloom and rain around here. Another reviewer likened this place to being in a Twilight Zone and then another one, a Stephen King novel/movie from which there is no escape. I totally get that after six months here. And most everyone smokes here which is also just so backwards and depressing to me. They throw their cig butts out all over the place too. The good things are that it is easy to get around here, the people can be friendly, good farmer's markets, there are good restaurants, in spring, summer, and fall it is very pretty and lots of places to hike, but I find hiking too cold and muddy in the winter, though people still go. It is also easy to meet people if you join, but I would say dating would be hard here if you are 30'-40's. Sorry to come off as judgmental, but I am trying to warn people who come from more truly liberal and progressive places with more cultural and industry variety - maybe from out West - to think long and hard and visit for a while before you decide. Visit in the winter as well. The culture shock might be a bit much as well, as it has been for me. And definitely don't come unless you can bring your own job. Asheville does have some great things about it, but I see it as a place to come do some soul-searching, personal growth activities, slow down a little, and then leave when you are ready. I had heard that as well - that many people come here, do some soul-searching (as this area seems to promote that in a way) and then leave once they are done. If you are a retiree and can handle a lot of rain and grey for many months, this place would be perfect for you. Lots of active older people doing cool things. They actually inspire me. Sorry to beat on this place in a way, as I think it has a lot to recommend it otherwise, but living here is hard on some souls and I wish I had taken the reviews I read more seriously and I am trying to sum up what I read and what I experienced to be true. Certain places are very overrated and not for everyone is all I am trying to say. And then there are many people here who feel they have finally found home....

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