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What Asheville is like for active adults

When baby boomers share notes about potential retirement towns, chances are that Asheville will be the place most frequently  mentioned. Asheville is a prosperous small city of just over 75,000 (400,000 in the Metro) in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. Because of its charming environment and mild weather it has long been a desirable retirement community – from the rich and famous to ordinary people in quest of beautiful environment. The Vanderbilts built an enormous estate near here, the Biltmore Estate, which is the largest private residence in America with 250 rooms. Frederick Law Olmstead designed its famous gardens. For more information see our mini-guide to Asheville.

Walking around in downtown Asheville is a pleasure. It has a great collection of art deco architecture, antique stores, art galleries, and boutiques. Those who prefer the outdoor cafe or coffee house setting will enjoy its many cafes. The people are friendly. Asheville's people range from artists and musicians to corporate executives, merchants and entrepreneurs. It is easy to park on street or on a parking deck, then stroll through the streets.

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Here is a Retirement Guide to North Carolina.  Here is a Youtube video of Asheville.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are a number of condos downtown as well as homes further out. Montford, Chesnut Hill, Grove Park, Biltmore Village, and Albemarle Park have been named historic districts.  The area is so popular that developers far from Asheville put Asheville or Biltmore in their community name. Many  active communities are built around golf,  lakes, or mountain settings (see link at right).

Prices can be very different depending on the neighborhood. The median price of a home in the Asheville region in the third quarter of 2014, was about $215,000, according to with tremendous variability within that.

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What is special about this retirement community
• Water everywhere for fishing, boating, swimming • Wide range of upscale housing opportunities for seniors • Interesting, walkable and dynamic downtown • Mild climate year round • Blue Ridge Mountains and Parkway • Biltmore Estate • Trolley tours
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What is not special about this retirement community

There is lot traffic in the summer, over development is coming, and winters are cooler than in eastern North Carolina

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What kinds of people like retiring here

People of every description live in Asheville, including many young professionals. Retirees looking for the year round good are moving in in significant numbers.  Here is a link to an interesting article from CBSNews on what it's like to retire in Asheville.    
Click on "Videos" above the photo on that page to view the Asheville retirement video segment hosted by Martha Teishner.

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Local economy is driven by
Banking and finance, real estate, tourism, retirement communities, medical, education
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Climate and Physical Environment
Asheville is situated in the western part of the North Carolina. Rolling hills giving way to serious mountains to the west. The climate is mild in summer and cooler than the rest of NC in winter. The average July high temperature is 84 and the average January high is 46 (the average low is 27). The wettest month is March (4").
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is something to do every day in downtown Asheville. You can visit the home of  Asheville's famous son, writer Thomas Wolfe, or browse through an art gallery on Biltmore Avenue. Look inside the historic St. Lawrence Basilica. Head down to the Asheville Community Theater, North Carolina Stage Company, AshevilleArtCenteror Diana Wortham Theater for a play, a symphony or a modern dance performance. For old time blues or rock n' roll check out one of downtown's many clubs or bars.  Good restaurants. UNC's Asheville campus has the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, an excellent resource.

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The City-Data,com Crime Index in Asheville is 498, considerably higher than the U.S.average of 321. The crime tends to be property rather than violent crime, and obviously differs by neighborhood.
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Medical facilities

Memorial Mission Hospital. Thoms Rehabilitation Hosp

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• Asheville Regional Airport • The nearest big airports is Charlotte, which is an easy drive by Interstate highway. Asheville is about average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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Valuable Links

Helpful Links:

Amazing Asheville - Lan Sluder has written a comprehensive guide to Asheville that is available here.
Explore Asheville

Asheville Travel Guide

Asheville Wikipedia

Asheville Retirement Communities

Continuing Care Retirement Communities Asheville

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Facts about ASHEVILLE
  • State: NC
  • Environment: Suburban,College Town,Mountain,Small-mid Sized City,Cultural Center,Biking Community,Golf Community,Singles,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: john

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