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So you wanna move to Asheville?

So you wanna move to Asheville?

Thinking about making a move to Asheville but not sure where to start? You’ve seen the countless best of lists and area awards, maybe you’ve come to visit a time or two and now you’re ready to make the leap to build a new life (or a home away from home) in Asheville. Great! Asheville has a lot to offer and even more to love. Check out some helpful area information below and don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s something specific you’d like to ask about or if you’d like help in the relocation process.

Finding your way around Asheville

Asheville is just one city in the larger Western North Carolina region. Each town has its own unique features, character, amenities, offerings and vibe. Some of the towns in our area are Asheville, Biltmore Lake, Fairview, Swannanoa, Hendersonville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Candler, Canton, Marshall, Mars Hill, and Leicester. House prices vary greatly depending on location so it’s good to have an idea of what type of amenities rank highest with you to narrow down your search. I’d be happy to send you an area map and help you determine where to start your search based upon what lifestyle needs work best for you. If you find yourself driving around and want to learn more about properties near you, just download my free app.


From downtown urban condos and modern homes with green built features to historic properties, there’s a wide variety of homes available in our area. The only things homes in Asheville have in common is that they are in demand. Home prices in Asheville and the surrounding areas tend to be higher than other parts of the state precisely because it’s a desirable place to live. Homes go quickly, so it’s best to start your search with an agent who can save you time by helping you understand our market, locate the right area to focus your search, put you in touch with a high quality local lender and advise you on some particulars relating to buying real estate in North Carolina. Sign up for an account on my website to save searches and “favorite” homes of interest.


What you’ll do for work is a serious consideration when planning a move to Asheville. Our primary industries are hospitality and medical, so there aren’t many corporate jobs to be had. Check out job search sites or visit the “working section on the chamber’s website to look for current offerings in Asheville. If you’re able to work remotely, willing to start a business or already work freelance, there are loads of networking opportunities to help you get your business off the ground. A few local resources to get your started:  Hatch Asheville, AB Tech Small Business Center, Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Venture Asheville  


If you’re moving with children, it’s no doubt that schools and educational opportunities are high on your list of considerations. We have many great schools both in the Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools districts. There are public, public magnet, charter and private school options with a wide array of focuses, instructional methodologies and guiding principles. You can look at Great Schools for standardized ranking criteria or ask me. I have three school-aged children and I’ve been active in the PTO for many years so I’d be happy to provide you personal insights from our experiences or put you in touch with other parents currently in your district or school of choice.


We love our pets in Asheville. You’ll pretty much always see pooches out and about, sitting at sidewalk cafes or hanging under foot at a local brewery.  Brother Wolf and Asheville Humane Society are two great local resources for those seeking to adopt a friend. Dogs are allowed on many local hiking trails, walking path, greenways and at local parks. Check out this article for pet-friendly places to go and things to do.

If you’re looking for groomers, pet boarding, veterinary care or other pet services, just ask and I’ll send some recommendations your way.


One problem you won’t have after your move to Asheville is finding fun things to do and places to explore. Asheville is literally surrounded by opportunities for outdoor recreation of all sorts. Hiking, biking, yoga, climbing, horseback riding, ziplining and a host of other activities await adventure seekers of all levels. City parks, facilities and greenways are another way to get outside and have some fun within the city itself.

If outdoors isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. From a thriving arts and music scene to breweries and farm-to-table dining, there’s always something to do, see and eat in Asheville.


PRO TIP: Check out my handy relocation checklist to help streamline your move. Reach out to discuss how help make your Asheville relocation a success.


Abigail Griffin

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