Asheville, North Carolina 

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Many outsiders have changed this town. - 9/25/2019
Asheville used to be a great place until the mass exodus of Floridians and Californians came to town. Now it is overpriced (feeling the same pain Washington State felt when Californians came calling) and it is hard to find sustainable work. I do love to visit because of the scenic beauty, but the South it used to be has changed because of the liberal demographic and also the crime has greatly climbed because of the same naivety taking over government. They love our milk and honey, but they want to complain and change everything. Guest that have overstayed their welcome and the true natives and locals can feel Read More

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Check It Out-Asheville has something for Everyone! - 9/22/2019
Asheville and the greater metro area which includes the six county area around it is a truly up and coming community. I've owned a home there for most of the past 13 years. The pros: 1. WNC, in general, and Asheville, in particular, is beautiful. Set in the Blue Ridge mountains, the geography of the area is what initially draws most people to this part of the state. 2. Lots to do. If you like the outdoors, you will never want for activities. Hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, on and on... 3. Mild climate. With just enough elevation, the summers aren't too hot (at least not too long) and the winters aren't too cold (or at least not too long). 4. Health care is very good. Yes, there are lots of retirees, but HCA Mission Health has long been recognized as provider of quality healthcare. 5. Robust economy. For a fairly small community, there is lots of positive development with many new businesses, a healthy manufacturing community, and overall low unemployment below the national Read More

Hard to make a living and get decent housing - 7/9/2019
I lived there from 2000-2013. It's very hard to make a living wage and afford a rental much less a house. Since the job market is dominated by the service industry, the pay is not only low, but it's also seasonal (think tips if you're a server). Couple that with the fact that home prices have been skyrocketing for years and are out of reach for many residents due to at least two factors: 1) wealthier people from the North or Florida move there and buy homes at peak prices (because to them peak prices in Asheville are cheap) and/or 2) people have moved there as well-paid remote workers for their out-of-state/town employer. As expected the cost of rent followed suit. Many people need to have roommates to afford their apartment, and let's face it — if you're well out of college, it stinks having roommates. Or, people end up renting dumps, and there are plenty of those. Two-income households could swing a house purchase, but if they had kids or planned to, their expenses would be through Read More

Wishing for the Good ol Days - 6/28/2019
20 years ago Asheville was a wonderful place to visit ,live, but now not so much today
Violent gun crimes have increased over 50% in just 3 years, the city has always been liberal , but now the police have their hands tied , if they make an arrest the PC media jumps on them, seems it always becomes racial
Middle class are forced (taxes) out for the wealthy , downtown parking is almost impossible to find, and you don't want to venture too far from safe Read More

Do your research. Visit before you buy - 5/18/2019
Don't believe all the hype.
We travel a lot, domestic and international, and if a single day goes by that someone doesn't say "Oh, we LOVE Asheville" or "We are planning a move to Asheville" it is a rare day.
Asheville is trendy. It is bringing millions of tourists annually to clog the downtown streets (tourists looking at tourists looking at hotels). Trendy means expensive. Planning to visit and want to stay downtown? Figure $300-500 per night in season. Want to move here? Figure $300k minimum for a 2 bedroom 1 bath bungalow in a trendy area. Condos downtown $600k-1.5m with beer tourists peeing on your front walk at 2AM.
Do your research. Asheville is likely on the crest of a huge housing and tourist bubble. We rarely hear from tourists who visit who want to come back. Largely one and done.
Before you even think of buying here, come and stay for a minimum of a week. Experience the traffic. Experience literally zero available parking downtown on the Read More

Beautiful, unlivable city - 5/15/2019
Take a hard pass on Asheville. Beautiful area but there is no middle class (as in 0...none), only relocatees (often retirees) who have driven house prices thru the roof, and they are served by an army of low-paid hotel and restaurant workers who cannot afford to live here. Downtown is easy on the eyes, but is so laden with hotels that it is not the real, vibrant heart of a city that it should be, only mere window-dressing for tourists who pass each other on the street and drunkenly comment on what a lovely place we have here. It is a broken economy. Read More

Just don't do it - 4/8/2019
I was born in a neighboring county and have lived in western North Carolina for all of my life. We currently own a home in Asheville. The unfortunate part is that people are flocking to Asheville in droves, which causes the housing prices to skyrocket. An influx of affluent people has also caused a great gentrification of Asheville; the middle class does not exist in Asheville anymore. Many of the people I graduated from college with have 4 or 5 roommates and are working 2-3 jobs and barely making ends meet.

I wish that we could move away from Asheville. If you would like a revealing and depressing real estate exercise, search for a 2,000 sq ft house for $300k in Asheville and then try searching with the same parameters in other NC cities (Charlotte, Raleigh, etc.).

The good news is that the housing bubble of Asheville has to burst at some point. I feel like Asheville is currently en vogue, but, once the trend passes, there are far too many high-priced Read More

Taxes and Cost of Living Kills Retirees - 3/27/2019
I have lived here, in retirement, for 5 years. Came from Dallas. We are senior citizens and live on a set budget. Although I consider myself wealthy, I have seen my worth decrease in the last 5 years, since moving here, because of the taxes and overall cost of living ... astronomical, as compared to Texas. I plan to sell my house this summer, just outside of Asheville, and move back to Texas where money goes allot further. Plus, these Democrats living here are Read More

Too expensive to breathe - 3/26/2019
I was born and raised about 20 miles from Asheville. In the 20-something years I can remember living in that area, the more I disliked, and eventually hated going anywhere near Asheville. In less than two decades, it went from a having family small town feel, to being an overpriced and overpopulated dump. WNC is absolutely breathtaking. Gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, great places to hike, swim... etc... But, prices are inflated without an inflation of means to pay those prices. I moved less than two miles away to SC, and the average home is almost $100k less. Visit if you like beautiful views and craft beer... don’t take up residence, unless you like paying double for housing and sitting in traffic constantly. Read More

Asheville, NC: Overpriced Dump - 3/15/2019
Quite simply, Asheville is a dump. The little "city" is trashy and restaurants and hotels grossly overpriced for nothing more than common fair. The area looks and feels poor and dirty with many street people (drug addicts) all over the streets, no escaping them.

Housing, either homes or apartments, is ridiculously expensive and for no real reason. You can't find an apartment in the Asheville/hendersonville area for under $1,300 (1 bedroom). The houses are old (need $$ for repair/upkeep), on tiny lots, and again, overpriced.

The main issues in the Western NC area are 1) No solid employment except seasonal tourism and taking care of the elderly, 2) Exreme wealth and extreme poverty with no real middle class, 3) Major drug issues (Crystal Meth, illegal opioids, etc), 4) Poor education, and stereotypical slow and stupid thinking and moving that drives northerners insane. If the locals can mess something up, they do. Hence depending upon those not born/raised in Read More

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