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Old 11-16-2012, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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I'm coming from Southern California, where a $400,000 house buys you next to nothing, so I have that mindset. $400,000 may be expensive in NC but for a Californian-- no.

Still, looking at the real estate in Highlands, it's outrageous! Boone and Black Mountain look nicer and far more affordable.

I currently live in a mountain community 90 miles outside of LA. It gets a lot of snow and I'm not fazed by winter. My husband and I are fanatical hikers and outdoor people. No golf.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Sylva, NC...
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...Crazynip... what is a 1%'er ??
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: near downtown Greenville, SC (viewing the sunset vicariously at the North Gulf Shore Beach Access)
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what is a 1%'er ??
A person's who's income percentile is in the top 1%.

(As of October 2011) the lower 99% of income distribution in the United States is made up of those earning less than $506,000 annually.

(Above courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, "What Percent Are You?", 10/19/2011)

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Old 11-16-2012, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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I'm coming from Southern California, where a $400,000 house buys you next to nothing, so I have that mindset. $400,000 may be expensive in NC but for a Californian-- no.

Still, looking at the real estate in Highlands, it's outrageous! Boone and Black Mountain look nicer and far more affordable.

I currently live in a mountain community 90 miles outside of LA. It gets a lot of snow and I'm not fazed by winter. My husband and I are fanatical hikers and outdoor people. No golf.

A winter in the So. California mountains is a heckuva lot different than a Western NC mountain winter. You may be fazed. But welcome !
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:53 PM
 
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Still, looking at the real estate in Highlands, it's outrageous! Boone and Black Mountain look nicer and far more affordable.
That's because Highlands is populated with CEOs who have second homes there. It's an enclave for the rich to get away from it all, sprinkled in with some well-to-do retirees ... and vacationers or day trippers.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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This is as good a thread as any to ask.

I keep wondering why people say Black Mountain is prettier or nicer or whatever the comment is. I wonder what they mean or why they say that.

So when people say they like or love Black Mountain, I wonder if they are talking about the downtown, a beautiful looking little brick town with tourist shops. Or are they talking about the town etc being surrounded by beautiful blue mountains (the scenery)? Or what is it they see that brings it onto their real estate radar?

Really just curious. I grew up in Black Mountain and love it. Would like to return home to live. I visit friends and family frequently but I was struck in a negative way the last several times how shabby it has become. Overgrown, unkempt, not taken care of shabby. chickens being raised in the yards within the town limits kind of shabby. Other than in the newer or more expensive housing developments.

Believe me, I would move back in a heartbeat because it is home and has long term connections. So am just puzzled.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:53 AM
 
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I keep wondering why people say Black Mountain is prettier or nicer or whatever the comment is. I wonder what they mean or why they say that.
Me too.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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A winter in the So. California mountains is a heckuva lot different than a Western NC mountain winter. You may be fazed. But welcome !
I don't think so. In 2009, we got 141 inches of snow. I will bet the farm no place in NC got that much. Last year was mild and we got 56 inches. I live at nearly 6,000 feet. There are places in Southern California with some significant snow in the winter.

Thanks to everyone for their comments. I love how Highlands looks from film and photos but HATE snooty people who look down their noses at regular folks.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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Thanks to everyone for their comments. I love how Highlands looks from film and photos but HATE snooty people who look down their noses at regular folks.
Don't automatically extrapolate that people in Highlands look down their noses.

It is a very relaxed place and I've never felt uncomfortable visiting there.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Sylva, NC...
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...*wink* OK.... obviously I am NOT one of the 1%'ers!
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