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Living a Singles Lifestyle in Asheville, North_Carolina

Asheville is a prosperous small city of just over 75,000 (400,000 in the Metro) in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. The city attracts all kinds of people, many of whom are single and of all ages.  Downtown Asheville is what the American city should be like.  There is art deco architecture, antique stores, art galleries, outdoor cafe , and boutiques. Asheville's people range from artists and musicians to corporate executives, merchants and entrepreneurs. The University of North Carolina at Asheville is a good place for single people to meet other like-minded people. Plus there is nightlife and a vigorous cultural scene.

Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are a number of condos downtown as well as homes further out. Montford, Chesnut Hill, Grove Park, Biltmore Village, and Albemarle Park have been named historic districts.  The area is so popular that developers far from Asheville put Asheville or Biltmore in their community name. Many  active communities are built around golf,  lakes, or mountain settings (see link at right).

Prices can be very different depending on the neighborhood. The median price of a home in the Asheville region in the third quarter of 2014, was about $215,000, according to City-Data.com with tremendous variability within that.

What is special about Asheville

• Water everywhere for fishing, boating, swimming • Wide range of upscale housing opportunities for seniors • Interesting, walkable and dynamic downtown • Mild climate year round • Blue Ridge Mountains and Parkway • Biltmore Estate • Trolley tours

What is not special about Asheville

There is lot traffic in the summer, over development is coming, and winters are cooler than in eastern North Carolina

Climate and Physical Environment

Asheville is situated in the western part of the North Carolina. Rolling hills giving way to serious mountains to the west. The climate is mild in summer and cooler than the rest of NC in winter. The average July high temperature is 84 and the average January high is 46 (the average low is 27). The wettest month is March (4").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is something to do every day in downtown Asheville. You can visit the home of  Asheville's famous son, writer Thomas Wolfe, or browse through an art gallery on Biltmore Avenue. Look inside the historic St. Lawrence Basilica. Head down to the Asheville Community Theater, North Carolina Stage Company, AshevilleArtCenteror Diana Wortham Theater for a play, a symphony or a modern dance performance. For old time blues or rock n' roll check out one of downtown's many clubs or bars.  Good restaurants. UNC's Asheville campus has the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, an excellent resource.

Crime

The City-Data,com Crime Index in Asheville is 498, considerably higher than the U.S.average of 321. The crime tends to be property rather than violent crime, and obviously differs by neighborhood.

Medical facilities

Memorial Mission Hospital. Thoms Rehabilitation Hosp

Transportation

• Asheville Regional Airport • The nearest big airports is Charlotte, which is an easy drive by Interstate highway. Asheville is about average in walkability when compared to other communities.

Helpful Links:
Explore Asheville

Asheville Travel Guide

Asheville Wikipedia

Asheville Retirement Communities

Continuing Care Retirement Communities Asheville

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