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Old 06-30-2018, 05:44 PM
 
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We wandered around quite a bit during our visit to WNC. My favorite area was Brevard. I liked the vibe and there seemed to be a nice mix of age groups out and about. There were some homes actually in the Pisgah Forest and I probably should have asked a realtor about that. Is it that part of Brevard is just on the forest? I presume (and real estate magazines seem to confirm) that houses are very pricey there. An agent told me that even finding something at our max budget of $275k would be iffy, because, as I suspected, anything in that price range or below is going to move super fast. We need to visit again and this time in the specific area we’ve identified. We both also liked Bryson City and Sylva (Bryson was my #2 while hubby’s was Sylva.) I’m worried finding something in our price range is going to be a real challenge (we’d like a couple of acres and a small house - 2 bedroom - 2 bath - and could go out 15 miles or so.
Anyone who lives in the area have any thoughts? This was our exploratory mission - to ID an area we both liked, which I think we did. We’ll definitely have to come back.
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Old 06-30-2018, 06:18 PM
 
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We wandered around quite a bit during our visit to WNC. My favorite area was Brevard. I liked the vibe and there seemed to be a nice mix of age groups out and about. There were some homes actually in the Pisgah Forest and I probably should have asked a realtor about that. Is it that part of Brevard is just on the forest? I presume (and real estate magazines seem to confirm) that houses are very pricey there. An agent told me that even finding something at our max budget of $275k would be iffy, because, as I suspected, anything in that price range or below is going to move super fast. We need to visit again and this time in the specific area we’ve identified. We both also liked Bryson City and Sylva (Bryson was my #2 while hubby’s was Sylva.) I’m worried finding something in our price range is going to be a real challenge (we’d like a couple of acres and a small house - 2 bedroom - 2 bath - and could go out 15 miles or so.
Anyone who lives in the area have any thoughts? This was our exploratory mission - to ID an area we both liked, which I think we did. We’ll definitely have to come back.
Love Bryson City..
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Old 07-01-2018, 09:24 AM
 
Location: NC
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Try Rosman, which is right outside of Brevard. We've stayed in the area before and it was quite convenient to Brevard and the amenities of the town. You can also try Etowah, which is the other direction.
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Old 07-01-2018, 09:31 AM
 
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I was going to mention Etowah or even Rosman if you can't get into Brevard. The reason Etowah is nice is because you are halfway in between Brevard and Hendersonville. The area is very pretty as well. When I was helping my friends look for a place, we visited Pisgah Forest. I remember it being off a highway, in the middle of nowhere, with many trailers. There may be nice areas but I am not sure. They wanted to live in Brevard but couldn't find anything at the time and almost went up on the mountain to Balsam Grove but landed in Franklin.
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Old 07-01-2018, 01:21 PM
 
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I was going to mention Etowah or even Rosman if you can't get into Brevard. The reason Etowah is nice is because you are halfway in between Brevard and Hendersonville. The area is very pretty as well. When I was helping my friends look for a place, we visited Pisgah Forest. I remember it being off a highway, in the middle of nowhere, with many trailers. There may be nice areas but I am not sure. They wanted to live in Brevard but couldn't find anything at the time and almost went up on the mountain to Balsam Grove but landed in Franklin.
You must have been heading up the mountains, the road ahead, off Rt. 280 takes you into Pisgah National Forest and to the Blue Ridge Parkway. That is not a residential area. At the beginning of the road it is fairly commercial because it is not part of the national forest …., ice cream place, outrigger business, the Davidson River etc. The trailers / RV's are at the campgrounds heading into the forest. Sliding Rock is on that road, great fun for the kids in the summer; except parking is an issue.
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Old 07-01-2018, 02:07 PM
 
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I found Rosman to be a bit depressing and isolated. But I've only just driven through.
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Old 07-01-2018, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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You must have been heading up the mountains, the road ahead, off Rt. 280 takes you into Pisgah National Forest and to the Blue Ridge Parkway. That is not a residential area. At the beginning of the road it is fairly commercial because it is not part of the national forest …., ice cream place, outrigger business, the Davidson River etc. The trailers / RV's are at the campgrounds heading into the forest. Sliding Rock is on that road, great fun for the kids in the summer; except parking is an issue.
Yep, you are correct.
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Old 07-02-2018, 04:35 AM
 
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Pisgah Forest is an unincorporated area just outside Brevard with a zipcode all it's own--28768 if you want to check it out on any real estate site. Very convenient to Brevard with some great areas and homes.

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Old 07-02-2018, 01:14 PM
 
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You must have been heading up the mountains, the road ahead, off Rt. 280 takes you into Pisgah National Forest and to the Blue Ridge Parkway. That is not a residential area. At the beginning of the road it is fairly commercial because it is not part of the national forest …., ice cream place, outrigger business, the Davidson River etc. The trailers / RV's are at the campgrounds heading into the forest. Sliding Rock is on that road, great fun for the kids in the summer; except parking is an issue.
Yep, that was it. The Hub was right at the end of that road. Bike shop with a bar in it!!! and a food and coffee truck. Fantastic tacos. Someone else here in commenting that there is an unincorporated area called Pisgah Forest, I'm going to clarify some details, because there were houses in the forest. Perhaps that is just because the town extends in to the forest before you get to the boundary line of the actual national forest. Beautiful area.
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Old 07-02-2018, 01:15 PM
 
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Pisgah Forest is an unincorporated area just outside Brevard with a zipcode all it's own--28768 if you want to check it out on any real estate site. Very convenient to Brevard with some great areas and homes.
Thank you. Yes, those were my thoughts exactly, but we'll see if we can find anything in our price range. We'll keep at it.
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