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Old 01-15-2009, 05:55 PM
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We are looking to move into the WNC area and want a small mountain town to live in. We have one daughter and would like a town with nearby good quality public high school. We'd like a log cabin, preferably with a lot of acreage and not in a gated community. Any towns fit that description?

So far we really like Mars Hill and Blowing Rock.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:27 PM
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:39 PM
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We have looked into Hendersonville. The closer to Asheville, the better.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:58 PM
Location: Livingston, Montana
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Mars Hill is WAY closer to Asheville than Blowing Rock!! Blowing Rock is about 2.5 hours from Asheville. Mars Hill is practically a suburb of Asheville (not really, but only 20 mins or so).
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:59 PM
Location: Western North Carolina
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Have you looked into Burnsville?
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:18 PM
Location: UPSTATE SC
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Taylorsville, Bethlehem, Hiddenite, Stony Point all in Alexander County, I moved from Florida and love it.
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:08 AM
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Default Mars Hill if you want Asheville

If you are looking for Asheville you want Mars Hill - well, really you want Weaverville, which is the town right north of Asheville. There is also another little place called Barnardsville, north of Weaverville which really has no town, very country. But Mars Hill will not give you the quality of education that Asheville can give, it is in Madison County and just , well, it isn't Asheville. You should also consider Black Mountain to the East of Asheville which is really the first town to the east - in that it has a center of the village and all that has a sense of community and is very hip and lively although no where near as ethnically or politically diverse as A'ville. Hendersonville is more than an hour away from A'ville - a long haul.

I lived there - actually in Barnardsville- for 14 years, have friends on the City Council, know Asheville, which is still really a pretty small town of about 70,000, quite well.
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:20 AM
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Default Log Cabin and acreage-

It is all going to depend on your price - the closer to Asheville, the higher the price. If you are looking for acreage, there is still some in Fairview. But if you get more than about 13 miles away in those mountains, you are in another town. The mountain roads can get sleek and treacherous during the winter with black ice and so you will not want to drive. Your kids will want kids who live close by. My friends in Barnardsville ended up trucking thier kids into the A'ville high school every day - which was a long haul by WNC standards.

There are some very beautiful sections (very expensive) sections of A'ville such as Beaverdam which might have your log cabin but I would not hold too firm to that style of house, unless you want to build it- which is always an option. It is a great deal more romantic than functional. I had neighbors who lived in an old one, and spent a fortune adding on to it to give them the space that they required. The old authentic ones were teensy, tiny little spaces - plus- they are REALLY old and need lots of TLC to keep them upright.

Within a short time, if you are the friendly sort, A'ville itself will become a small town. So if you want A'ville, why not just be in A'ville? The schools are really heads and shoulders above anything in the surrounding area.

Mars Hill is the boondocks in comparison.
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:43 AM
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I'm not sure about the schools, but I love Maggie Valley.
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:19 PM
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We are near maggie valley in waynesville (west of Asheville). We are in Haywood county...great schools of excellence, great small town feel yet just 20 min. to Asheville. We drove that far in San Antonio just to get to town. When are you moving this way?
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