Living in the Mountains

Learn about what it's like to live in the beautiful mountain of Western North Carolina. From outdoor recreational activities to exciting downtown communities, there is so much to do! If you would like additional information on the area, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Mountain living - affordable, exciting, fun
With a wide array of art, music and restaurants, Weaverville and Asheville combine the best of urban living with outdoor experiences. It’s little wonder that the Weaverville/Asheville area makes everyone’s top 10 list. TripAdvisor.com and AmericanStyle magazine call it their favorite for art, food and wine. TopRetirements.com rates it as one of the nation’s most popular places to retire. Asheville with its bike and trail races (and Beer City USA for four years running now) also hosted the 2016 national cyclo-cross national championships.

Friendly natives, interesting transplants: Weaverville/Asheville attracts people of all ages and lifestyles creating a dynamic community of people with interesting stories and a variety of skills. Longtime residents provide a sense of history and heritage that has always welcomed newcomers to the WNC mountains.

Natural beauty, easy commutes: The Blue Ridge Mountains inspire contemplation, exhilaration and relaxation. Residents can be in the woods within minutes of leaving their homes. The Blue Ridge Parkway provides breathtaking views and is an optional route for many people heading to work.

Mountain sports, outdoor opportunities: Road biking and trail riding take on additional excitement in these gentle mountains (reputedly the world’s oldest). The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Dupont, and Chimney Rock State Park are just two areas that offer miles of forested hiking. Paddlers love the French Broad, Nolichucky and Nantahala rivers. Closer to home, Bent Creek, the Biltmore Estate and the North Carolina Arboretum have miles of easy trails. Equestrians too will find plenty of places to exercise and board their horses.

Good schools, good students: Students continue to excel in end-of-year tests, reflecting a committed teacher workforce that has a high concentration of graduate degrees. Private and charter schools prepare well-rounded students for college. Many continue their education at highly regarded institutions in the area such as the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Montreat College and Warren Wilson College.

Exciting downtown, endless entertainment: Asheville’s downtown is renowned for being an eclectic collection of independently owned shops, cafes and restaurants. Watch people in line at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, others mingling in Pack Square Park or venture over to the drum circle in Pritchard Park. Weaverville's artistic community has blossomed in recent years with top notch galleries such as Miya Gallery, Artisans on Main and Mangum Pottery. Stop and stay for a bite or some community conversation in the quality restaurants such as The Glass Onion, Soba, Main Street Grill, The Twisted Laurel and Maggie B's.

Culturally rich, inexpensive to live: The cost of living (and of buying a house) in the Weaverville/Asheville area can be lower than many other parts of the country. New residents moving from metro areas will find that they can buy much more house here.

Young professionals, relaxed retirees: Weaverville/Asheville remains one of the country’s top relocation destinations. The renowned music scene (often compared with Austin, Texas and Augusta, Ga.), the national reputation for craft excellence with beer, wine and restaurants attract people who recognize quality of life is everything!