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Old 04-06-2015, 04:04 PM
 
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I am thinking of retiring to Asheville. I am 66 years old in good health. I suppose I should rent before buying. Any advise? Where should I consider moving to. Any help would be appreciated. I enjoy an active community, I enjoy walking on cement not much into nature and trails. Thank you
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Old 04-06-2015, 04:32 PM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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I am thinking of retiring to Asheville. Any help would be appreciated.
Lot's of folks have been doing it.

Moving from the mountains?
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Old 04-06-2015, 05:08 PM
 
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If you go over to the North Carolina thread, there's tons of information on Ashville that will be of help to you.
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Old 04-06-2015, 07:07 PM
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If you aren't into nature and trails, why Asheville? Seems like a lot of other places would be better suited.
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Old 04-06-2015, 07:47 PM
 
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Check the average monthly temperatures and see if you can handle the seasons. If you rent for a while you can see if you want to stay without having made a commitment.

I like to go up to the Smokies in the summer, but you won't see me there in the winter.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:40 AM
 
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North Carolina: The only nice state to live in on the East Coast.
(Sorry Florida, you're more South than East and difficult to categorize)

Check it all the major cities there. It was the only state I seriously considered along the East coast when I was finding a permanent location. Doesn't mean I didn't consider the rest, but they all got knocked off the list very quickly.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:51 AM
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North Carolina: The only nice state to live in on the East Coast.
(Sorry Florida, you're more South than East and difficult to categorize)

Check it all the major cities there. It was the only state I seriously considered along the East coast when I was finding a permanent location. Doesn't mean I didn't consider the rest, but they all got knocked off the list very quickly.
If we can only wrestle political control back from those crazy people...
it might just be able to remain a nice place.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:22 AM
 
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OP...not sure where you are coming from. That might add perspective if we knew that.

Ashville is delightful town...sort of upscale, sort of funky/artsy. Plenty of sidewalks/cement.

Because of Biltmore, it is also a tourist destination which helps to keep it vibrant.

HOWEVER, Ashville is on the South side of the mountains, which means it is more prone to heat and humidity. It is still high enough in altitude to be cooler than the piedmont to the east, but it can get hot and humid.

If those things bother you, best to look on the north side of the Mountains...anywhere from Chattanooga/Knoxville up to Johnson City/Bristol.

There are LOTS of other considerations, but that is one you might want to factor into your decision. I hate humidity, so chose the north side of the Appalachians/Smokeys which surprisingly, has lower humidity than where I came from in NY.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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Knoxville is just as humid as Asheville and a little hotter due to a lower elevation. You can get higher elevation housing outside Johnson City TN and in WNC.

My advice is to visit the SE in july or august. Knoxville has a good paved greenway system. Though a lot is in nature beside an urban stream - do you prefer sidewalks?
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:08 PM
 
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I lived in NC, Charlotte and I really liked it. We visited Asheville but very briefly. Would love to make it back out there again.
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