Asheville area has been recognized by a wide range of national publications as one of the
top places to live
Situated in the gorgeous French Broad River valley amid the Blue Ridge
and Great Smoky mountains, Ashevilles natural beauty sets the tone for a place you
will remember with your heart. Selected by AARP magazine as a top 15 dream town,
one of the best places to reinvent your life, it offers a little
bit of something for everyone.
Gargoyles keep watch over an Art Deco skyline in a bustling downtown
filled with high-tech and retail businesses. The great outdoors here are so
spectacular that they netted Asheville the ranking of number 1
of 10 Great Adventure Towns by National Geographic Adventure magazine.
America's largest home (Biltmore
Estate) is in Asheville:
Ashevilles size makes it the largest city in Western North
Carolina, but surrounding towns in Buncombe County offer small town flair and varied
Regional Airport serves the region for air travel, and a professional hockey team and
a minor league baseball team mean that sports fun isnt hard to find.
Asheville holds the distinction of having both low unemployment and
strong job growth. Fueling the area's sound business climate are stable population growth,
a healthy housing market, expanding professional services, robust small business and
healthcare industry growth, and a steady tourism market. The manufacturing sector remains
diverse and secure. Over 400 manufacturers employ more than 22,000 people in the area,
with key clusters in plastics, electronics assembly, medical equipment, and automotive
related components. Asheville-Buncombe County is leading the way in evolving the WNC
region toward innovative engineering solutions and highly-efficient manufacturing.
Additional economic strength comes from a growing and innovative sector of knowledge-based
entrepreneurial firms involved in multimedia, IT/Software development and
Population is approximately 69,000 in the city and 215,000 in the
county. Ashevilles MSA is currently estimated at 386,000. The four-season
climate with relatively low snowfall in the winter and very temperate summer temperatures
makes a comfortable living. Average elevation is 2,165 feet above sea level with
surrounding mountain elevations of up to 6,685 feet at Mount Mitchell, the highest peak
east of the Mississippi River. Because of this broad range of elevations and
corresponding climates and plant growth, the area is one of the most biodiverse in the
United States and the world.
The quality of life in Asheville is outstanding, with low
crime rate, broad
employment opportunities, incredible educational
opportunities with two universities and many colleges nearby, and diverse housing
markets for rental, purchase and retirement.
Home Appreciation Rates Top State
The current annual rate of home appreciation in the Asheville metro area is 9.4 percent,
according to the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO). The Asheville
figure trails the national one-year rate of 12.9 percent, but easily tops the state's 4.9
percent rate and is second only to the Wilmington metro area among all of North Carolina's
Over the last five years, homes in the Asheville area have appreciated 39 percent. The
five-year rate is more than ten points higher than in any other North Carolina metro and
16.8 percentage points above the state. Nationally, the five-year rate is 48.4 percent.
North Carolina Rapidly Becoming Magnet for Wealthy Homeowners
Buncombe Realty, 1104
Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC 28803 (view location map)
Phone (828)301-2021 Toll-free 888-932-8001 Fax (828)277-1240