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Old 10-03-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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My husband and I have been looking for a home in the Asheville area for about 5 months now in the $350,000 range and we cannot find anything we like, so we realize we need to branch away from Asheville about 15-20 minutes to the surrounding towns, but don't know too much about the surrounding towns. We would like to be close enough to a town center with amenities, restaurants, etc and not feel secluded, although have privacy. We found something in Leicester we like but it seems secluded. We also saw something in Hendersonville but that is 40 minutes away from Asheville. This is early retirement so employment should not be an issue, although we would like part time work. Any suggestions on towns?
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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My husband and I have been looking for a home in the Asheville area for about 5 months now in the $350,000 range and we cannot find anything we like, so we realize we need to branch away from Asheville about 15-20 minutes to the surrounding towns, but don't know too much about the surrounding towns. We would like to be close enough to a town center with amenities, restaurants, etc and not feel secluded, although have privacy. We found something in Leicester we like but it seems secluded. We also saw something in Hendersonville but that is 40 minutes away from Asheville. This is early retirement so employment should not be an issue, although we would like part time work. Any suggestions on towns?

Weaverville, or Black Mountain
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Weaverville
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Do yourself a favor and rent for a year before buying. I know so many people who moved here and then found their dream home neighborhood to be too far out, too noisey, too isolated, too uppity, too conservative, too liberal, etc. We have a friend who bought in Leicester and then moved after one year. We got lucky and found just the right place on our first try but we had been coming to Asheville for 5 years and got to know the neighborhoods fairly well. However, there are some nice homes for sale in your price range in the New Stock Rd section of Woodland Hills. Good luck
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:05 PM
 
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I moved to Asheville a year ago in May. I rented for eight months first in Montford then on Town Mountain before finding a 3/2 a block from Beaver Lake for 299k. The 1950 "Rancher" is a perfect home to spend my retirement. The house was completely remodeled. The only thing I really need to do is paint the inside. Not because there's anything wrong physically with it. I just don't like the colors used. Before finding my home, I had just about given up, as I didn't think I'd find anything in my price range. Finding a FSBO saved me about 20k.

I think the eight months of looking at properties and driving around seemingly to every nook and cranny gave me the perspective to jump when the right opportunity presented itself.

I'm not a fan of Leichester for a lot of reasons (sorry Leichester). If you narrow you criteria, including house size, features, age and property size, I can recommend area's you might find of interest.

Fairview, while it may seem a bit removed from civilization, is about 12 minutes to downtown via a newly widened highway and the 240 Expressway. Fairview is just a couple minutes from Interstate 40.
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