Brevard : North carolina

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What it's Like to Retire in Brevard

The town of Brevard, North Carolina consistently ranks near the top of popular lists of “best retirement communities” and “best places to live, work, and play”. Located in southwestern North Carolina on the border with Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, this small town  is surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. It has a small town environment plus many friendly people who will welcome you to town. Not to mention that you get to tell your friends you now live in Transylvania (County, that is). Brevard is nicknamed "The Land of Waterfalls" due to the many waterfalls in the area. The nearby Pisgah National Forest is a major tourist attraction. Brevard College and its music programs are another plus for this community.

Brevard is a small friendly town with a downtown you can easily walk around and greet your neighbors. The town has about 7,000 people. There is much to like as a retirement community. Tourist attractions and recreational activities include biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, etc. North Carolina’s moderate climate is another attraction. Although tourism provides some jobs for retirees, the quality and quantity of jobs is limited. Brevard is located in the county seat of Transylvania County. Photos of Courthouse and Brevard College courtesy of Wikipedia.

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Where to Retire in Brevard and Home Prices

Retirees can live in town or in one of the many active adult communities in the area (see Active Adult Communities link at top right). College Walk has independent and assisted living.
In early 2016, Zillow reported  the average home price $184,250. Taxes on that home would probably be less than $2000/year.


What is special about Brevard

Friendly small town. 250 waterfalls, including Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock. Pisgah National Forest (470 miles of hiking trails), plus several other state forests and nature reserves. Unusually strong musical and cultural programs. Four annual street festivals


What is not special about Brevard

Not for those looking for an urban environment. It is cooler here in winter than the rest of North Carolina. The area is experiencing tremendous growth.

Who will like retirement in Brevard

Retirees will like living here because it has beautiful natural surroundings and friendly people. For small town lovers who are interested in music and the arts, this place is tops. The average age in Brevard is fairly high, about 44. Use this link for a page that explains the various types of retirement communities

Local economy is driven by

Tourism, performing arts, government, construction

Climate and Physical Environment

Brevard is located near the Pisgah National Forest in southwestern North Carolina. It has a moderate climate and great environmental beauty. Due to its elevation it is considerably cooler here than in the rest of North Carolina.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Brevard Music Center is one of the country's top summer music teaching and performance institutions. That is one reason why Brevard's music and arts community is so strong. Brevard College is a 4 year college with a nationally-recognized program in music. Its Porter Center for the Performing Arts, along with the Transylvania Community Arts Council, bring a full schedule of cultural events to town. The Tinsley Museum and Research Center offers exhibits. There are 8 art galleries in town, along with the Brevard Little Theatre.



Crime in Brevard is lower than the national average.


Medical facilities

Transylvania Community Hospital is a full service hospital.


The Asheville Airport is about 25 minutes away.

Valuable Links

North Carolina Retirement Guide
Heart of Brevard


What people are saying about Brevard

Our consideration of Brevard.
Cute small town, best suited to retirees who are... * Environmentalists * Recreational outdoors persons * Political liberals * Lovers of fine arts Those retirees that don\'t necessarily meet these criteria but still desire relative proximity to the amenities of the City of Brevard might best locate outside the city limits. This will give you the following advantages... * Half the property taxes of living in town. * Chance to encounter a more conservative mindset among the more rural population * A more rural lifestyle with all that entails including both pros and cons. Individuals concerned about medical issues might prefer living east of Brevard, including the Pisgah Forest area, which is closer to Transylvania Regional Hospital and concentration of medical offices as well as closer to the next largest city, Hendersonville. Some of the more picturesque countryside is located south along Highway 276. The planned communities of Connestee Falls and Sherwood Forest provide housing options ranging in price from $110,000 for fixer uppers to well over $500,000, with most homes in the $200,000 to $300,000 range. But there are significant HOA fees, especially in Connestee. Lesser priced homes can be found a short distance off of 276 and 64 in the low $100,000 range.
Posted by gfmucci on July 31, 2016

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Facts about BREVARD
  • State: NC
  • Environment: College Town,Mountain,Small Town,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • 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: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: jfb48

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