As I sat down to write, I realized there are 4 towns/cities, NC Mountains Best Places to live I had forgotten to share with you.
Yep, you guessed it…
A slight u-turn at this point back into the Southern end of the NC Mountains Best Places to live.
These NC Mountains Best Places to live are really worth the time to take a look at (aren’t you glad your not driving?).
So, let’s head back into the southern part of the NC Mountains and head westward to hit all the hot spots on the eastern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains.
We have a lot of ground to cover this week so I’ll try to keep introductions brief.
However, if you are really interested in living in the NC Mountains Best Places to live I want to encourage you to check out all of the articles and Carolina Reports about the NC Mountains Region we have here at Places of Value.
Our first NC Mountains Best Places to live this week is Waynesville NC, population 9,877.
A charming little community on the eastern side of the Great Smoky Mountains and one of the more popular destinations for people looking to relocate or retire in the NC Mountains.
Waynesville NC definitely has something for just about everyone.
Outdoor lovers can enjoy hiking in the mountains, chilling out at nearby Lake Junuluska or hitting the ski slopes just down the road in Maggie Valley.
Take a leisurely stroll through Waynesvilles classic downtown and soak up the genuine small town atmosphere. While you’re there check out the eclectic mix of small shops, art galleries, funky restaurants and boutiques.
If you love culture and the arts, Waynesville NC is home to the Museum of North Carolina handicrafts, a regionally recognized theater group and a variety of folk and dance festivals.
The affordable median home value in Waynesville NC is $154,000 and the average rental cost starts at about $669 a month.
Moving south toward the South Carolina border we enter the land of waterfalls but the center of attention is Brevard NC, population 6,716.
This NC Mountains Best Places to live provides a quaint mountain home with the amenities of a larger town in an amazingly beautiful location.
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In addition to over 250 waterfalls, if you love fishing you’ll be glad to know that Brevard NC has some of the best trout streams in the country. And nearby Pisgah National Forest and Gorges State Park provides access to pristine natural beauty.
Cultural opportunities abound from the Brevard NC Music Center to the Paul Porter Center for the Performing Arts at nearby Brevard College.
The median home value in Brevard NC is a bit higher than Waynesville NC but still affordable at only $190,000.
For those of you wanting to rent before taking the plunge to buy a house, the average rental cost starts at $650 a month.
Sylva NC has a population of 2,437 and lies west of Waynesville, NC not far off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Living in this NC Mountains Best Places to live your never far from the picturesque mountains. As Sylva, NC sits in the heart of the Pisgah National Forest.
There, you’ll enjoy not only the mountains but cool clear streams and tumbling waterfalls.
Also known as “Tree City” for the many variety of trees found in the area, Sylva NC is a Mainstreet Community with a compact little downtown.
Sylva NC may be compact however it has a lot of civic pride as well as good cultural and educational outlets from its own community college and nearby Western Carolina University.
The median home value in Sylva is a low $135, 600 and the average rental cost is around $700 a month.
If you head further west to the southern edge of the NC Mountains the Great Smoky Mountain National Park sits Bryson City NC, population 13, 512.
Surrounded by amazing NC Mountains natural beauty and straddling the whitewater rapids of the Nantahala River, Bryson City is an easy going place.
A natural center for tourism and outdoor recreation.
This NC Mountains Best Places to live charming downtown is home to a variety of shops, galleries and restaurants. It also has a community of local artisans producing everything from musical instruments to jewelry and pottery.
The median home value in Bryson City NC is $139, 500 and the average rental cost starts at $595 a month.
Our last and final stop in the search for the NC Mountains Best Places to live small cities/towns is Cashiers NC.
The quintessential small mountain village has a population of 196. No typo…
Cashiers NC is a quiet, secluded “one stoplight” town far from the hustle and bustle of city life and surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural forests in the nation.
Cashiers is known as having one of the largest waterfalls in the country but I really love its quaint downtown set around a village green and all types of small shops and restaurants.
If you love quiet and the outdoors then Cashiers is one of best places to relocate or retire to.
The median home value in Cashiers is a little higher at $483,000 and the average rental cost starts at around $575 a month. It should tell you something that with a population of only 196 people the median home value is so high!!!!
Come back next week as we head back into South Carolina.
See You Next Week! Happy Dreaming!!! Of living in NC Mountains Best Places to live of course.
Robert Bencivenga is a professional site locator for major corporations. Bob finds affordable best places to live in North Carolina and South Carolina. Bob Does Not Sell Real Estate!
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