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Old 04-17-2009, 08:36 AM
 
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Everything I read about ASHEVILLE sounds great!

But I can't help but wonder...I lived in Portland Oregon before...and they sound like VERY similar vibes..but of course Portland is significantly larger and surrounded much more beautiful scenery - Mountains and Pacific Ocean and Colombia River Gorge, etc.

Would I be disappointed in Asheville after having lived in Portland Oregon in the past?

My impression of Asheville is that it seems to be a very interesting, dynamic city that has a West Coast vibe placed in a southern state. But if you are coming from the a West Coast experience, it might be lacking?

I guess what would attract me to Asheville is that as much as I enjoyed a city like Portland, I'd like to try something different, and living abroad at the moment and could realistically live anywhere when I got back. So curious if Asheville would be interesting, or if I'd feel I was lacking comparitively.
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:21 PM
 
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you wish portland, oregon was surrounded by the pacific ocean...that's san fransisco.
asheville is what portland was like 30 yrs ago...smaller, quainter, and less competitive in every sense of the word.
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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Imagine, living in asheville AND having all the micro breweries, you've got in portland

Asheville vs Portland: Vote for your Favorite Beer Town! | Beer is My Poison | Steve's Asheville Beer Blog! (http://beerismypoison.com/misc/asheville-vs-portland-vote-for-your-favorite-beer-town/ - broken link)
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:32 PM
 
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As far as not being surrounded by scenery that is as beautiful as Oregon, I would have to strongly disagree. Oregon is beautiful, yes, but there is a very unique beauty to the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. There is a pervasive feeling of mystery out in those mountains, like you never know what will be around the next corner. It is truly an incredibly gorgeous place.

As far as a "West Coast vibe", I'm not entirely sure what you mean. Asheville is a very laid-back town overall, and the attitude is generally live-and-let-live. Sure, there are people who will tell you different, but I am telling you my experience with Asheville. There is a very large variety of types of people here: artists, retirees, businessmen, students, entrepreneurs, high class, middle class, lower class, it's all here.

What I am mostly referring to is the City of Asheville, within a five-mile radius of downtown. Once you venture into the outlying areas, the vibe is different, more rural and peaceful. People in rural WNC highly value their peace and quiet, and that is what I love about it out there. I have a friend in Leicester, and even out there, which is still pretty close to AVL, it is very different. Sure it feels much more conservative and old-fashioned, but that is not a bad thing IMO. I think it would be a tragedy if those types of people, who are usually the natives, were pushed out. Variety is good, and that is one of the best things about WNC.


P.S. - You will not have the big city aspect of Portland here in Asheville. Asheville is not a small city, it is a large town, IMO. I moved back in January, and I have already made some great new friends here. It is a very friendly, accepting place in general. What I love is how people always smile at each other. I love to be able to walk down the street, make eye contact with someone, smile at them, and have them smile back. It's wonderful. There is a real sense of community here that I value very highly.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:24 AM
 
Location: the dirty south
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I've lived in southern Oregon and used to venture to Portland to visit friends a lot. Within the first month of living here, I met a handful of people who had moved here from Portland or Ashland. On the flip side, know a few who have fled here to Portland.

But I do agree. Asheville is a mini-mini Portland. Perhaps you already know this since Asheville won Beer City USA.

Okay... joking aside, will you be disappointed? I just don't know. But, yes, the place (downtown) is alive, colorful and interesting. It's a different kind of beautiful.

Perhaps you could visit before making the move?
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:50 AM
 
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We moved to Asheville, from San Francisco, almost 5 years ago. We want to return to the west. While our 1st choice is a return to the bay area, Portland is an option we are considering. We prefer an urban life style with access to mass transit. We are currently living in the Montford area of Asheville and it is, for us, a big improvement over living in the Grove Park area. I am a city person and Grove Park was way too suburban for me. We are fed up with living in the south. North Carolian is racing Mississippi and Alabama to the bottom. Asheville is a small somewhat progressive island in the bible belt. Since NC is not a home rule state there is a possibility that the state government will basically merge the city and county (Buncombe) governments. It is within their power. We also dislike the weather here. Winters are short but there are many mornings with sub-freezing temperature. I am a San Franciscan and summer days over 80 degrees are hard for me to bear.
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:13 PM
 
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To say 'much more beautiful scenery' is a bit off. I love the Pacific NW and live in Montana near YNP and I wouldn't classify 'Asheville' and the Blue Ridge as 'less beautiful' it is a different beauty, but equally stunning and in some ways more ideal, because you can do some hiking year round. If you ski, that is a whole different ballgame.

My two spots are between moving back to Carolina (I'm from Raleigh, born and bred Tar Heel) or moving to Portland, because of the nature and vibes of those cities and educational ops.

The real issue is how big of an urban environment you want. Portland is ten times the size of Asheville. Raleigh is closer to the size of Portland, but lacks the green space. If you are more into the outdoors and don't mind lack of city activities, then Asheville is great - they do have a strong arts scene and you are only a few hours from Charlotte, Atlanta and Raleigh, all highly sophisticated cities.
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:20 PM
 
Location: south of downtown Greenville, SC --> moving to Greensboro, NC
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We moved to Asheville, from San Francisco, almost 5 years ago. We want to return to the west. While our 1st choice is a return to the bay area, Portland is an option we are considering. We prefer an urban life style with access to mass transit. We are currently living in the Montford area of Asheville and it is, for us, a big improvement over living in the Grove Park area. I am a city person and Grove Park was way too suburban for me. We are fed up with living in the south. North Carolian is racing Mississippi and Alabama to the bottom. Asheville is a small somewhat progressive island in the bible belt. Since NC is not a home rule state there is a possibility that the state government will basically merge the city and county (Buncombe) governments. It is within their power. We also dislike the weather here. Winters are short but there are many mornings with sub-freezing temperature. I am a San Franciscan and summer days over 80 degrees are hard for me to bear.
I'd love to know what prompted you to move to the East from San Francisco -
were you not aware that Asheville has warm summers?
(re western NC political leanings): of course Asheville is an island of blue surrounded by red - again, were you not aware of this prior to your move?

(apologies if this was a quick move to the East due to a necessary job transfer or family needs)

Further, in response to your statements above, have you even visited the beautiful states of Alabama and Mississippi?
(Your statement in regard to AL and MS is blatantly stereotypical and hints of elitism).

Lastly, Asheville (and its surrounds) have arguably the best weather of anywhere in the Southeast (and most of the Mid-Atlantic): the Fall is gorgeous with a vast array of color, Winters (for the most part) have the perfect amount of snow, Spring is prolonged, and Summer has just the right amount of warmth/humidity (of course, depending on elevation).

I hope you enjoy your icy cold Summers in San Fran.

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Old 01-17-2014, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Western NC.
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Asheville reminds me more of Eugene but it has been years since we lived there. When we first came back east, to the Charlotte area, it was major culture shock the south has a different cultural feel or vibe. We have found Asheville a much better fit and the mountains here a beautiful but I don't do the summer humidity well. The current swing to the right is disturbing especially the attitude that Asheville being progressive equals evil. The city progressive attitudes drops off fast so depends on your point of view. I found rural Oregonians more live and let live than rural NC folks. Zoning is nil in Buncombe County could have a commercial business or worse next door. Many things I like here and lots more sun in the winter but at times miss the PNW alot!
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:44 PM
 
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Do not move to Asheville. I have lived here for the last 8 years and I plan on moving to Portland or Seattle in the next year or so.The only good things about Asheville are the local beer scene, and the Appalachian mountains. The job market here is atrocious and the cost of living is very high when compared to the wages. Unless you want to live in a small town where everyone knows all of your ex's, the jobs are crap if you can even find one, and you are surrounded by pretentious pseudo hippies and drone like socialist hipsters. Good luck in your search, but steer clear of here.
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