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Old 09-24-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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There are towns NW of Boone that are in the higher elevations.

The question is: is Boone big enough to meet your cultural needs. They are pretty isolated from anywhere else.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:12 PM
 
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There are towns NW of Boone that are in the higher elevations.

The question is: is Boone big enough to meet your cultural needs. They are pretty isolated from anywhere else.
Not so much , the highest peaks are south west of Boone. My Mitchell highest point in eastern America is north of Asheville and the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway is south of Asheville , over 6000 ft , the Balsam's.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:19 AM
 
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Statesville functions , nevertheless , it is thoroughly in the foothills of the Foothills . For example ,Charlotte is definitely not that far from the Foothills ether.
Statesville is thankfully not in the Blue Ridge , not a great place to retire ether, hot in summer, horrible traffic and lots of old run down homes and businesses. The best part is on the Interstates , there are two, ...it is a crossroads. JR Tobacco has an outlet store, thats about its top attraction...and I do not smoke anymore.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:59 AM
 
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OK, my wife and I are in our early 60s. Will retire in a few years. We live on Long Island, NY and are sick of it and New York in general, the rat race is everywhere. We are not hot/humid weather people. More spring and fall types. Winter is fine, but not 3 foot snowfalls all the time where you can't get out your door for days - LOL! Plus we have some joint aches and pains, and don't want to shovel snow all winter and into our old(er) age. Anyway, we are looking for a place to retire - a place with a gentle pace; beauty; near a decent sized town with things to do if we want (movies; places to eat, etc.) but not some city-fied place where everyone and everything is trying to play BIG CITY. I don't know how to describe it, just a nice easy life away from the rot that is infecting every mid-sized to huge city in the USA. My brother lives about 30 miles north of Charlotte, NC but after a few visits there we knew it was not the place for us. 104 degree summer temps is way too much for us. We never considered North Carolina after that, but recently we saw a show on TV which mentioned the Blue Ridge Mountains. A lot about the mountain life appeals to us, but we couldn't live a completely isolated life. I figured there must be places around the Blue Rideg Mountains that combine both, mountain life and what I described above. Can anyone lucky enough to know or live in this type of place give us some areas to consider - not expensive. Either retirement places, or smaller homes (2 bedrooms, fireplace, etc.). Maybe even email stuff to some1else1@msn.com
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Check out Hendersonville, NC which is about 30 minutes from Asheville, on a plateau at an elevation of around 2200 feet. It's a popular retirement town for people from all over and offers pretty much all the goods/services you're looking for at an affordable price. It has a nice downtown area that's been revitalized over the past several years. There are a good number of desirable one level condo/townhomes in the 150K-175K range. Worth noting that while the high temperature in July or August can reach near 90 some days (not frequent) the humidity isn't as high as what you're accustomed to near the coast. Winters are milder than even what Asheville experiences because of the significant elevation dropoff and road conditions are less harsh due to the lack of elevation change in the immediate area.

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Old 09-25-2013, 12:35 PM
 
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Check out Hendersonville, NC which is about 30 minutes from Asheville, on a plateau at an elevation of around 2200 feet. It's a popular retirement town for people from all over and offers pretty much all the goods/services you're looking for at an affordable price. It has a nice downtown area that's been revitalized over the past several years. There are a good number of desirable one level condo/townhomes in the 150K-175K range. Worth noting that while the high temperature in July or August can reach near 90 some days (not frequent) the humidity isn't as high as what you're accustomed to near the coast. Winters are milder than even what Asheville experiences because of the significant elevation dropoff and road conditions are less harsh due to the lack of elevation change in the immediate area.

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I would put Brevard and Flat Rock in the same slot as retirement possibilities, even Cashiers. Its going to be cooler in summer than Hendersonville in any of the other towns due to their higher elevations. Everyone has a little different taste and income. Its still hard to beat Highlands, the jewel of the southern Mountains, where you truly do not need AC, no bugs , almost paradise. ( and contrary to what some folks think, its affordable, I know , I lived there 18 years )
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:59 AM
 
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I would put Brevard and Flat Rock in the same slot as retirement possibilities, even Cashiers. Its going to be cooler in summer than Hendersonville in any of the other towns due to their higher elevations. Everyone has a little different taste and income. Its still hard to beat Highlands, the jewel of the southern Mountains, where you truly do not need AC, no bugs , almost paradise. ( and contrary to what some folks think, its affordable, I know , I lived there 18 years )
Highlands and Cashiers will be cooler in the summer but the issue there for retirees is the fact that there aren't many shops/services in town (14 miles away from traditional big box stores in Franklin, NC) and no traditional grocery stores/drug stores in town either. There is a small community hospital in town but it doesn't offer much in the way of advanced care, for example there isn't a Cardiology (heart) specialist on staff, meaning one has to drive to Greenville, SC for any kind of quality care/facilities (37 miles away). Worth noting that the road from Highlands to Franklin is twisting/curvy and a nightmare in the winter. Brevard is fine but a tad remote in terms of accessibility to other cities and Flat Rock is basically a southern extension of Hendersonville minus the convenience.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:01 AM
 
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Highlands and Cashiers will be cooler in the summer but the issue there for retirees is the fact that there aren't many shops/services in town (14 miles away from traditional big box stores in Franklin, NC) and no traditional grocery stores/drug stores in town either. There is a small community hospital in town but it doesn't offer much in the way of advanced care, for example there isn't a Cardiology (heart) specialist on staff, meaning one has to drive to Greenville, SC for any kind of quality care/facilities (37 miles away). Worth noting that the road from Highlands to Franklin is twisting/curvy and a nightmare in the winter. Brevard is fine but a tad remote in terms of accessibility to other cities and Flat Rock is basically a southern extension of Hendersonville minus the convenience.
I agree with some of what you have said, but it is not as remote as you paint it..... First Franklin for Us was 21 miles away, we took the 106 to Ga and 23 n. to Franklin. Avoided all the twisty stuff on 64.The big grade down to the valley floor to Dillard, Ga. only presented a problem a couple of winters, and we were there 18 of them !

Second , big box stores , yes we did miss Lowes being that far away in Franklin, never cared for Wally World, still don't. Reeves Hardware in Highlands had most things and if not they would order it. Everyone knew your name there and Highlands Lumber where we had a revolving charge account for all those years, same for a lot of places in town , your word was good enough.There were two drug stores, one always on call at off hours. Yes one Food store for the masses and your daily needs, they had "winter prices" and summer prices ". Again what you did not find, they would order. We had our beef butchered and hung to age for us at the local butcher ( I have never found that service since ether anywhere )

Third Health Care. Yes very important. We were very happy with the new Hospital east of town on 64. I had major micro surgery there. No problems. The way I saw it , many specialists had offices there and usually were in town once or twice a week. As far as serious stuff like cancer, driving to Asheville because it was a bit shorter than Atlanta was a stupid decision, which we soon learned, . My Wifes cancer guy was world famous. She beat stage three breast cancer , inpart to the excellent care . In fact, her surgeon invented the advanced state of the art reconstruction, He also was our neighbor down the road with his week-end retreat farm. The little extra drive ( around 2 hours ) was well worth it. as everything you ever wanted was in Atlanta, we made that trip twice a month in winter, and more often if someone was flying in or out at Hartsfield.

Fourth , there was no lack of services, no crime , no bugs , only little salamanders of all colors, Moss grew on one side of every tree, it rained a lot, everything was lush and green in winter,there were NO franchises, which we hated anyway ) but there were sure many top shelf places to dine. You always knew your server and the owner, catering to our needs was quite personal . Service prices was two kinds, locals and the others, we always got a discount where ever we went. There were NO bars and only wine was allowed to be sold . Hard booze was brown bag, you could get as drunk as you wanted, and still be around friends, people who cared.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:59 AM
 
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I thank everybody for the pointers. As I began talking to friends and relatives about a possible move to NC, they raised some concerns. Some have relatives that experienced the issues I will mention and they stated them to me. I raise them here hoping for honest answers from those that know. I am not raising them for any other reason except for me to understand the realities before I make a life changing decision that I may regret.
A) Maybe not so much in the larger cities like Charlotte, but when you move outside the larger cities there is still animosity towards Northerners, especially if they move into the less citified areas. One friend had a daughter who moved to the outskirts of Charlotte and had such a terrible experience with this, that she moved back to NY. Is this a reality?
B) My wife and I are practicing Catholics and we take our faith very seriously. I've been told that outside of the larger cities you can't find a Catholic church very easily. And, that the mainly Baptist population considers Catholics a heretic sect and they are shunned. Is this a reality?
Please be honest.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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I thank everybody for the pointers. As I began talking to friends and relatives about a possible move to NC, they raised some concerns. Some have relatives that experienced the issues I will mention and they stated them to me. I raise them here hoping for honest answers from those that know. I am not raising them for any other reason except for me to understand the realities before I make a life changing decision that I may regret.
A) Maybe not so much in the larger cities like Charlotte, but when you move outside the larger cities there is still animosity towards Northerners, especially if they move into the less citified areas. One friend had a daughter who moved to the outskirts of Charlotte and had such a terrible experience with this, that she moved back to NY. Is this a reality?
B) My wife and I are practicing Catholics and we take our faith very seriously. I've been told that outside of the larger cities you can't find a Catholic church very easily. And, that the mainly Baptist population considers Catholics a heretic sect and they are shunned. Is this a reality?
Please be honest.
In answer to A and B , here goes. A. The truth is YES there always will be animosity , the born and raised folk never forgot the " great Unpleasantness", never will. This goes on all across the South, Big cities and small. Its just that in big cities they can hide behind their " southern Charm " more so you might not see, but , they are watching. The livable alternative for Yankees is find a small resort place, like I described Highlands ( there are others ) where the people have a different mind set, even the locals, they DO want your dollars along with the fact that there are more than likely a lot of Northerner's that run shops and restaurants. The locals, whose heritage goes back to Revolutionary War days ,are mostly in the trades and Commercial services . I lived there 18 years with only a few unpleasant times.. Fact was, some of my friends were local, several had spent time in the north and returned home after a lot of years , they understood. Be nice and they will be nice to you. Stay away from small towns and cities that have little or none tourist attraction.

B . AS small as Highlands was ( 4,000 in winter, 30,000 in summer ) and the fact that there were Baptist churches at every crossroads in the countryside, we still had a thriving Catholic presence with a rather large Church in our town. Many of the other religious churches were also there . I never heard of anyone putting down Catholic's any more than anywhere else in the Country, north and south. We were neutral , so there maybe more to tell from those knowing. I did have several employees that were local loyal Baptist. I do recall considerable discussion where I accused their Preacher of deviling into politics every Sunday, which I found wrong and distasteful . After the dust settled they went on about their work, the conversation was over till the next time.( remember I was their Boss ).... If you pic the right place where many northerners live , mostly tourist and summer people, you will not have a problem at all. I was very aggressive, with strong feelings about the separation between church and State , so , let be your guide, unless you are like me, someone thats hard to stay neutral even to the point of bashing the Baptist when ever I could for their old fashioned ways....come to think of it , I said the same about the Catholic's ....
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:21 AM
 
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In answer to A and B , here goes. A. The truth is YES there always will be animosity , the born and raised folk never forgot the " great Unpleasantness", never will. This goes on all across the South, Big cities and small. Its just that in big cities they can hide behind their " southern Charm " more so you might not see, but , they are watching. The livable alternative for Yankees is find a small resort place, like I described Highlands ( there are others ) where the people have a different mind set, even the locals, they DO want your dollars along with the fact that there are more than likely a lot of Northerner's that run shops and restaurants. The locals, whose heritage goes back to Revolutionary War days ,are mostly in the trades and Commercial services . I lived there 18 years with only a few unpleasant times.. Fact was, some of my friends were local, several had spent time in the north and returned home after a lot of years , they understood. Be nice and they will be nice to you. Stay away from small towns and cities that have little or none tourist attraction.

B . AS small as Highlands was ( 4,000 in winter, 30,000 in summer ) and the fact that there were Baptist churches at every crossroads in the countryside, we still had a thriving Catholic presence with a rather large Church in our town. Many of the other religious churches were also there . I never heard of anyone putting down Catholic's any more than anywhere else in the Country, north and south. We were neutral , so there maybe more to tell from those knowing. I did have several employees that were local loyal Baptist. I do recall considerable discussion where I accused their Preacher of deviling into politics every Sunday, which I found wrong and distasteful . After the dust settled they went on about their work, the conversation was over till the next time.( remember I was their Boss ).... If you pic the right place where many northerners live , mostly tourist and summer people, you will not have a problem at all. I was very aggressive, with strong feelings about the separation between church and State , so , let be your guide, unless you are like me, someone thats hard to stay neutral even to the point of bashing the Baptist when ever I could for their old fashioned ways....come to think of it , I said the same about the Catholic's ....
O' one more thing you did not ask for. Please treat Southerners as what most are , upstanding citizens, caring , passionate , and would give you the shirt off their back if need be. Respect their traditions , live with some of them , like they work in the trades on Memorial day and Labor day, don't ask why go with the flow , and if the fish are biting don't be upset when some of your modellers or builders are no shows on the job from time to time. They feel that if they announced in advance their intention for the next day that they would loose just a little bit of their hard earned freedom. I know that sounds strange to Yankees, live with it. They ear beans and collard greens on New Years Day as a honor to the coming year and their prosperity. The greens met money , and the beans ( black eyed peas ) reflected , well I forget but it will come to me....
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