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Old 10-24-2012, 12:17 PM
 
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So, I came up to Asheville with a job- no issues there.

However, I'm having a hard time adjusting... and that normally isn't an issue for me. Maybe I'm spoiled; I lived near Charlotte so had the pleasure of enjoying quiet country life, and being able to go to a large city when I wanted the conveniences of it.

Asheville is different; I loved coming up here to travel. As I can see and as confirmed by the posts, living here is a completely different animal. Searching for a place to stay is kind of a challenge; I've always been more of an apartment person. What apartments Asheville does have, as far as I can tell with the exception of a few, are either very run-down, or terribly expensive. So, I have to go with renting a house. Not too bad, I guess.

I think the social factor intimidates me the most. I'm somewhat extroverted, but I value my alone time. When someone said "neighbors here tend to be very close," that already wanted to make me stop the house hunt and go packing.

The biggest issue for me is career growth. Is there room for it in Asheville? I work in IT, and it seems somewhat limited here.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:43 PM
 
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When someone said "neighbors here tend to be very close," that already wanted to make me stop the house hunt and go packing.

The biggest issue for me is career growth. Is there room for it in Asheville? I work in IT, and it seems somewhat limited here.
One person says this, and your ready to skedaddle out of town? Okaaaaaaaaaay And no, while there are a few busy body neighbors (as there are everywhere) it's not a problem, unless of course you have neighbors that will judge you solely by what church you go to, or not, but I suspect you can find them everywhere.

You said a job was not and issue, and you are in IT, then you are in a better position to understand your career options. Much better than asking anonymous strangers. Do you do any networking with others that are also in IT? You should! I worked in IT, and at times had to make my own career options to advance.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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Yeah, I network quite a bit; that's actually how I ended up getting a job here. I like to have several irons in the fire in case things don't work out, or at least just for the sake of learning and meeting people in and out of IT. I've been doing that where I can here.

This town is nice; my friends at home even say I look better even after moving to AVL, and it's only been nearly three months.

And, actually, several people told me about the neighbor thing. My uncle and cousin, who've been here for 20 and 5 years, respectively, gave a bit more detail about their experiences here. I guess it really depends on the neighborhood, the individuals, etc. I was honestly intimidated at first, the level of socializing that goes on here, but I'm starting to get more comfortable with it. I don't know, it's very hard for me to put into words. I grew up in the south, so talking to strangers isn't unusual. But people just seem a lot more relaxed here to me compared to the larger cities where people are nice, but much more high strung. I think I was going through some slight culture shock. (rofl)
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