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Brevard, located in North Carolina, is oftentimes rated highly on lists for “best places to live, work, and play.” Brevard College and its music programs are a shining plus for this community. The town has about 7,000 people. Located in southwestern North Carolina on the border of Georgia, this small town  is surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains; it has a small town environment; plus many friendly people who will welcome you to town. Not to mention that you get to tell your friends you now live in Transylvania (County, that is). Brevard is nicknamed "The Land of Waterfalls" due to the many waterfalls in the area. The nearby Pisgah National Forest is a major tourist attraction.

Brevard is a small and friendly college town with a downtown you can easily walk around and greet your neighbors. Tourist attractions and recreational activities include biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, etc. North Carolina’s moderate climate is another attraction. Brevard is located in the county seat of Transylvania County.

Where to Retire in Brevard and Home Prices

Retirees can live in town or in one of the many active adult communities in the area (see Active Adult Communities link at top left). College Walk has independent and assisted living.
In early 2022, Zillow reported the median home value was $325,072.  Conestee Falls is a huge all ages development outside of town where most of the residents are retirement age. Deer Lake is in town and features one story living. There are condos in the area but the emphasis is on single family homes.

What Is Special about Brevard

Friendly small town. 250 waterfalls, including Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock. Pisgah National Forest (470 miles of hiking trails), plus several other state forests and nature reserves. Unusually strong musical and cultural programs. Four annual street festivals

What Is Not Special about Brevard

Not for those looking for an urban environment. It is cooler here in winter than the rest of North Carolina. The area is experiencing tremendous growth. There are a lot of tourists but that translates into a bustling downtown with many good restaurants. It is not an exciting town, but it is solid.

Climate and Physical Environment

Brevard is located near the Pisgah National Forest in southwestern North Carolina. It has a moderate climate and great environmental beauty. Due to its elevation it is considerably cooler here than in the rest of North Carolina.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Brevard Music Center is one of the country's top summer music teaching and performance institutions. That is one reason why Brevard's music and arts community is so strong. Brevard College is a 4 year college with a nationally-recognized program in music. Its Porter Center for the Performing Arts, along with the Transylvania Community Arts Council, bring a full schedule of cultural events to town. The Tinsley Museum and Research Center offers exhibits. There are 8 art galleries in town, along with the Brevard Little Theatre. Mayberry's is a casual restaurant downtown with very good food.


Crime in Brevard is lower than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Transylvania Community Hospital is a full service hospital.


The Asheville Airport is about 25 minutes away.

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