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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Sylva, North_Carolina

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Where to Retire in Sylva and Home Prices

Sylva is made up of several neighborhoods and has very low property taxes.  Zillow reports the median home value to be $213,324 in early 2021.

What Is Special about Sylva

Unlike some small mountain towns you don't have to be an outdoors person to enjoy living here.  Although Sylva is a fishermans haven, and does offer much outdoor recreation, the town also has antique shops, book stores, a library, a historical district, and hosts many events and festivals.

What Is Not Special about Sylva

Sylva is a little isolated with the nearest big town (Asheville) about an hour away, and the nearest large airport is in Atlanta, about 160 miles away; the crime rate is high.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 40 degrees, and July's average is 73 degrees. The town gets a little over 50 inches of rain each year, but under 10 inches of snow.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Courthouse is a historical site and home to the towns library; there are several parks that offer outdoor activities and summer concerts;  Greening Up the Mountain celebrates the arrival of spring with a downtown street Festival, and Sylva is considered one of the top Christmas towns to see in western North Carolina; Sylva does not have museums or many cultural venues, but you can head to Asheville for events, entertainment and many restaurants.


For a small town, Sylva has a high crime rate, well above the national average, which mainly involves theft.

Medical Facilities

Harris Regional is an 86-bed hospital located in Sylva.


Asheville Regional Airport is about 55 miles away, and the nearest international airport is in Atlanta over 150 miles from Sylva.

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