Four mild seasons, mountain beauty, year-round outdoor activities and the arsty Asheville culture all continue to draw new people to move to the Asheville area. Adding in outstanding educational institutions and excellent healthcare options puts Asheville and surrounding towns high among the best places to work, retire, live and play. We show up on various "Best Places to . . . ." lists.
Downtown Asheville is a vital, unique area of independent shops, restaurants, and art galleries. We boast more Art Deco architecture than anywhere in the country other than Miami Beach. Asheville is also home to the famous Biltmore Estate and Biltmore Village (shops and galleries). Nearby are the smaller mountain towns of Hendersonville, Black Mountain, and Weaverville. Each town has its own vibe and personality, as do different parts of Asheville itself. Asheville is the largest town in the mountain region, and thus it is the business and medical hub for the western part of the state.
Our area also offers year-round outdoor activities, world class arts, lively music scenes and a very rich history. Asheville has become known as a "foodie" town, which so many dining options that it is hard to try them all -- even if you live here! And we have repeatedly been voted "Beer City" due to all our great micro-breweries.
We are a mountain biking mecca, with some of the best and most difficult trails on the east coast! Excellent whitewater opportunities await avid kayakers and rafters, and we have abundant trout fishing streams and rivers. Hiking, rock climbing, skiing and trail riding are just some of the other popular outdoor activities in our area.
Housing in Asheville and surrounding towns includes older homes (bungalows, arts & crafts, craftsman, colonial, Victorian and vernacular), green homes, mountain homes with views, private estates and in-town condos. More and more environmentally friendly homes and neighborhoods are being built. Nearby are lake and golf communities and all this moderate mountain region offers. This is a great area for owning a second home or vacation home.
Asheville and Western North Carolina have long been discovered, but it has become easier and easier to live here as roads and access has improved, and the internet creates more job opportunities. Our region is a popular location for young retirees who don't just want to play golf but rather be invovled in a vibrant community with ample volunteer opportunities. Baby Boomers looking for a second, more laid-back, career flock to the area to pursue their dreams.
Is it time for you to join us?