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Old 07-05-2018, 09:15 AM
 
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We live in/'above' Waynesville, so we know the area well...
Had friends that had a spectacular home in Highlands, but they moved to AZ, and we have chased the ball at a few courses there in the area, but I am no expert on Highlands.

Highlands is a very dramatic area, high elevations, some fine azz golf clubs, a very small 'downtown', and with just a few commercial/retail options.

As for precip, most of us are in the temperate hardwood rain forest, and Highlands, Sapphire, Toxaway get more than their fare share, on average. So does Waynesville and many other areas of western NC. Many micro climes, many situational areas due to topo and altitude affected, and most of us have had more than our fair share of precip this Spring, Summer thus far.

Waynesville has SFHs from $100G junquers to high $1.8 Mill, and many in between...housing areas can range from 2700 ft elevation to 5,500 ft elevation. Waynesville has several times the population of Highlands, both in 'legal town' and in area, fwiw, and has considerably more retail and service options. For perusing houses in W'ville, and knowing several friends in the RE biz, the $500 G and under SFHs with some view/good condition tend to move quickly. The $500G and up SFHs tend to sit on mkt for awhile, so there may be some opportunity in that class for serious offers. I agree with BC1960 that on average, SFHs cost more in Highlands than they do in Waynesville...

Waynesville downtown is thriving if a bit bordering on tourists, galleries, artsfartsy, et al. Many restaurants, pubs, businesses, and big box stores on outside of town on perimeter.

If you like Highlands, but if are "leaning toward Waynesville", you may want to be focus on higher elevation SFHs, eg 3500/3800 ft elevation, and higher. Those higher elevation situs will provide views, less hot summer temps, outstanding Spring and Autumn temps, but come with cooler to cold winter temps.

Our temp in the shade during the past few 'scorcher days' that much of the US had was 75 degs F. Unlike goldenlove we have 3 zone/2 compressor A/C and run it whenever we feel like it, esp to knock down humidity in evening for sleeping, and because solar gain on roof is considerable this time of year. Ceiling fans in literally every room, but I would not look at any SFH that doesn't have several fans and a good modern high capacity A/C unit, unless you are relocating from SW FL or Dubai, and are 'used' to some heat/humidity. Again, everyone's comfort zone is different; I like 'perfect' to cool to cold...

If you are commuting, or doing daily up/down to town trips, almost every higher elevation area will come with narrow two lane roads that one either becomes accustomed to/likes, or does not...YMMV.

I have ~18 yrs of living in W'ville experience, so if you want more opins/ideas, DM me.

I am not pumping Waynesville: we are more 'crowded' here than two decades ago, and I am not on the Chamber of Commerce, or in the RE biz, or promoting one moving here.
My 50Cts...
GL, mD

A few views from our Mtn Home deck at ~4,800 ft elevation 'above' Waynesville, and a recent smaller bear visit to our deck:
I was contemplating putting some bird feeders on my deck and you just made my decision much more easier mD....
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Old 07-05-2018, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Lizap: Thank you for the kind words. Easy stuff getting decent view shots from our deck!

AboveAverageBear: Our deck is configured so there is really no way to keep bear at bay. A neighbor has installed metal/aluminum 'circle tubes' that extend from ground up to about 8 feet on each of his deck 8x8s, so raccoons and bears have grip on his deck vertical timbers. His feeders get raided by the plethora of gray and mtn red squirrels we have, but no 'coons or bears.

That good idea would not work on our deck, as the lower side deck extends around the house to a gated stairs. The gate keeps the 'Yotes off, but the bear simply walks up the stairs and climbs over the gate, if it doesn't want to ascend the 8x8s SWAT style.

If your deck can be made inaccessible, the different bird species are enjoyable. I buy my fave feeders by the bunch when HD has them, and we go through several during S,S and Fall.

Interestingly, that smallish young bear was seen/photographed by a few of our neighbors here 'on our Mtn', but it hasn't been back to us or to them, in a week. I suspect the very large male we have in the area drove it off...maybe.

Life in the woods/on the mountain. We all try to get along with the creatures, though MrGlock21 is often on my hip when I trudge up the mtn each morning. Not to shoot the bear, but I like having it with me, most mornings.
GL, mD
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Old 07-05-2018, 05:06 PM
 
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I was contemplating putting some bird feeders on my deck and you just made my decision much more easier mD....
The best bird food always attracts more above average bears.
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Old 07-07-2018, 06:28 AM
 
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Are you looking for a permanent residence or a place to chill out for a month. Waynesville has better access to most places via interstate. Highlands is a bit closer to Atlanta.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:05 PM
 
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I always enjoy your NC input and photos, MD. Thanks for sharing. You guys have it good up there.
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Old 07-09-2018, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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^ Thank you for your kind words!
GL, mD
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:09 AM
 
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mD you have a slice of heaven....
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:56 AM
 
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We live in/'above' Waynesville, so we know the area well...
Had friends that had a spectacular home in Highlands, but they moved to AZ, and we have chased the ball at a few courses there in the area, but I am no expert on Highlands.

Highlands is a very dramatic area, high elevations, some fine azz golf clubs, a very small 'downtown', and with just a few commercial/retail options.

As for precip, most of us are in the temperate hardwood rain forest, and Highlands, Sapphire, Toxaway get more than their fare share, on average. So does Waynesville and many other areas of western NC. Many micro climes, many situational areas due to topo and altitude affected, and most of us have had more than our fair share of precip this Spring, Summer thus far.

Waynesville has SFHs from $100G junquers to high $1.8 Mill, and many in between...housing areas can range from 2700 ft elevation to 5,500 ft elevation. Waynesville has several times the population of Highlands, both in 'legal town' and in area, fwiw, and has considerably more retail and service options. For perusing houses in W'ville, and knowing several friends in the RE biz, the $500 G and under SFHs with some view/good condition tend to move quickly. The $500G and up SFHs tend to sit on mkt for awhile, so there may be some opportunity in that class for serious offers. I agree with BC1960 that on average, SFHs cost more in Highlands than they do in Waynesville...

Waynesville downtown is thriving if a bit bordering on tourists, galleries, artsfartsy, et al. Many restaurants, pubs, businesses, and big box stores on outside of town on perimeter.

If you like Highlands, but if are "leaning toward Waynesville", you may want to be focus on higher elevation SFHs, eg 3500/3800 ft elevation, and higher. Those higher elevation situs will provide views, less hot summer temps, outstanding Spring and Autumn temps, but come with cooler to cold winter temps.

Our temp in the shade during the past few 'scorcher days' that much of the US had was 75 degs F. Unlike goldenlove we have 3 zone/2 compressor A/C and run it whenever we feel like it, esp to knock down humidity in evening for sleeping, and because solar gain on roof is considerable this time of year. Ceiling fans in literally every room, but I would not look at any SFH that doesn't have several fans and a good modern high capacity A/C unit, unless you are relocating from SW FL or Dubai, and are 'used' to some heat/humidity. Again, everyone's comfort zone is different; I like 'perfect' to cool to cold...

If you are commuting, or doing daily up/down to town trips, almost every higher elevation area will come with narrow two lane roads that one either becomes accustomed to/likes, or does not...YMMV.

I have ~18 yrs of living in W'ville experience, so if you want more opins/ideas, DM me.

I am not pumping Waynesville: we are more 'crowded' here than two decades ago, and I am not on the Chamber of Commerce, or in the RE biz, or promoting one moving here.
My 50Cts...
GL, mD

A few views from our Mtn Home deck at ~4,800 ft elevation 'above' Waynesville, and a recent smaller bear visit to our deck:
Oh my gosh - I want to live where you are! How hard is a reasonably priced home to find with that kind of view in Waynesville? I'm a landscape photographer, and a view like that is my retirement dream!
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Old 07-10-2018, 02:12 PM
 
Location: NC
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Oh my gosh - I want to live where you are! How hard is a reasonably priced home to find with that kind of view in Waynesville? I'm a landscape photographer, and a view like that is my retirement dream!
How much are you looking to spend? That will then let you know where to look. We have a fabulous view, too and live in the same county as Motor David, but we live about 6 miles north of Canton. Prices in the mountains are rising, but you can still find a home with a fantastic view for a decent price (under $300K) in many areas and even less in some others (I have a friend with a place in Burnsville that has comparable views to ours and she paid significantly less than we did).





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Old 07-10-2018, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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LookingFromLI: Thank you, but our 'slice' comes with some rigorous lifestyle effort, obvious necessary planning to avoid umptyseven daily trips down/up our mtn to town, our house gets beat up by the weather, and one has to like living at this altitude. But, million dollar views, cool(er) temps all S,S and Autumn, and a wonderful area of neighbors that watch out and take care of each other...

theres126: Dunno what 'reasonably priced home' means. There are probably dozens and dozens of houses in Waynesville area with good to very good views. Our view is high elevation, ~4,800 ft, and that alt reduces the houses for sale, with that kind of view.

I walk out on our deck and shoot, but one doesn't have to have that view for exc landscape shooting, as the BRPkway is <20 mins from downtown Waynesvile.

Plug in stuff into Realtor.com and look at pics, keeping in mind winter views vs year round views, and accessibility if one has to commute or needs daily doc/shopping trips.

A wider view of our street 'neighborhood' from a drone still image, our house painter shot a couple of years ago...
GL, mD
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