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Old 11-15-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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Booya,

I agree with everything you said. I've only driven the Main Street of Hendersonville one time. It was summer and the cars were bumper-to-bumper with tourists. I could see myself having fun there, but it just didn't feel like home to me.

Everyone has their own version of Shangri-La and that's a good thing, or else we'd all be living on top of each other.



Plus everything is relative. I have a HUGE drive to get to any sort of mall from Hiawassee, Ga. If I move to Brevard, I'd have Asheville in one direction and Greenville in the other. Both of them are much closer than what I have now.

The only way to live with a mall five minutes away is to live in a city. Been there, done that.

My current county only has about 10,000 people. Transylvania has about 30,000.

For me, a move to Brevard brings me more culture and civilization. For someone moving from a large city, it would bring them less.

It's all relative.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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In fact I think Hendersonville, although bigger is much more of a tourist mecca and definitely more of a retirement town.

I think Brevard has a great mix of locals, retirees, and college student.
My current town is divided between locals and more elderly retirees. We don't have very many newly retired people. People in their sixties would be young here!

This is one of the things that attracts us to Brevard - a mix of age groups. I've just arrived at age 52, and I'm not retired! Between the summer camps and the college, the families, locals, and retired, Brevard has a real mix of people running around.

And wouldn't it be a fun town for grandchildren to visit? Between O. P. Taylors, sliding rock, summer camps and all the outdoor activities, it would be a child's fantasy.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:31 AM
 
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How are you going to get to Greenville SC from Brevard? You have to either go Rt. 280E to get to I-26, or go 64 E to Crab Creek Rd. into Hendersonville which is very pretty, but a pain.

Yes Hendersonville seems to be more of a tourist attraction, and I love Brevard immensely, to visit, don't get me wrong. But the reason is Hendersonville is quick access to Asheville (20 mins.) and I-26 in either direction. Greenville downtown 45 mins. GSP airport 45 mins.(via the "shortcut" off Rt. 25) and Charlotte airport 2 hrs.

Have you been to Mills River or Etowah? Very nice, rural, homes tucked up in small developments. Worth checking it out.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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Quilter,

We are not looking at anything in a development. We've zeroed in on a house, but the situation is unusual, so we'll see.

As far as how I'm going to get to Greenville, take out a map and look at where I am now (Hiawassee). I'm much worse off now.

Besides, I'll probably only want to go to Greenville a couple of times a year at most. I have a black belt in internet shopping.

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Old 11-15-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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Quilter,
We are not looking at anything in a development. We've zeroed in on a house, but the situation is unusual, so we'll see.
As far as how I'm going to get to Greenville, take out a map and look at where I am now (Hiawassee). I'm much worse off now.
Besides, I'll probably only want to go to Greenville a couple of times a year at most. I have a black belt in internet shopping.

I have the same Black Belt Shooting Stars!

I am familiar with Hiawassee, I use to go camping in N.W. Georgia-Black Rock Mountain. Love that area and the little town of Clayton. just not as much as Western N.C!
So you are looking to move from Hiawassee to N.C?
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:35 PM
 
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How are you going to get to Greenville SC from Brevard? You have to either go Rt. 280E to get to I-26, or go 64 E to Crab Creek Rd. into Hendersonville which is very pretty, but a pain.

Yes Hendersonville seems to be more of a tourist attraction, and I love Brevard immensely, to visit, don't get me wrong. But the reason is Hendersonville is quick access to Asheville (20 mins.) and I-26 in either direction. Greenville downtown 45 mins. GSP airport 45 mins.(via the "shortcut" off Rt. 25) and Charlotte airport 2 hrs.

Have you been to Mills River or Etowah? Very nice, rural, homes tucked up in small developments. Worth checking it out.
I go on 276 to Greenville.
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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So you are looking to move from Hiawassee to N.C?
Yes, and the only thing I'll miss about Hiawassee is beautiful Lake Chatuge and the way you can see it all over town.

I was never sure that I was going to stay though.

I also lived in Marble, NC (outside of Murphy) for four years, but that was never going to be permanent.
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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I go on 276 to Greenville.
You know, I thought that was a route. Thanks for the confirmation.
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:34 PM
 
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Yes, and the only thing I'll miss about Hiawassee is beautiful Lake Chatuge and the way you can see it all over town.
I was never sure that I was going to stay though.
I also lived in Marble, NC (outside of Murphy) for four years, but that was never going to be permanent.
Ok, I had a friend that was trying to convince me how great Murphy was but I had reservations. Besides it being less expensive than other areas I did not find it as appealing as other areas of WNC.
Do you mind sharing your take on the area? Thanks.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:44 PM
 
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I have two takes on Murphy and they're right here on the forum. One is under Animal Control (it was dismal) and the other was where I answered someone who asked about Murphy - that thread may be on the next page.

Let me know if you don't find it.

Murphy is so far west, it was isolated longer than other towns and has taken longer to organize itself to be more inviting and longer for people to find it. It's not as organized as a community - you won't find all the established festivals other places have. It's sort of spread out.

I have some good memories because it was a quiet refuge for me at the time I moved there, but I really don't love the place. The downtown doesn't attract me, but it's gotten much better so I'm sure some people love it.

The altitude is significantly lower than any of the areas you're looking at - it gets pretty hot in summer compared to towns further east.

Murphy is no where on my list. LOL I always knew it wasn't ever going to be my home.
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