Burnsville And More NC Mountain Best Places To Live


North Carolina Mountain Best Places To LiveWhere did all these NC Best Places To Live accolades come from?

Well they are all national surveys and rankings in which the NC best place to live of Asheville has shined.

I just want to include them here to emphasize why Asheville is one of my best places to live, relocate or retire in North Carolina or South Carolina.

Now lately we’ve been talking about the mountains and NC Best Places to live smaller towns, cities and communities.  NC mountain best places to live in the Asheville area.

These are NC best places to live that you might want to take a look at when finding Your own NC Best Places To Live.

Remember, you don’t have live in Asheville proper, you can always find the best of both worlds in a small town or city nearby!

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Carolina Report.

Okay, last week our NC Best Places to live in the mountains took us north of Asheville to Haw Creek, Woodfin and Weaverville, NC.

Today we’re going to continue our visit to the mountain NC best places to live in the Asheville area.  We’re headed about 45 minutes northeast of downtown Asheville.  Right on the northern edge of the Pisgah National Forest in the town of Burnsville NC, population 1,693.

North Carolina Mountain Best Places To LiveBurnsville was named for a naval hero of the War of 1812.  But what really put this NC Best place to live on the map is the fact that it sits near nineteen of the highest mountain peaks on the East Coast.

Including the highest peak, Mt. Mitchell at 6,684 feet.

Do I need to tell you how scenic and beautiful this area is?  Is it any wonder why it is one of the NC best places to live?

If you don’t believe me stand next to the statue of Captain Burns in the middle of Bailey Square and look all around you. The view is absolutely spectacular!

Needless to say a lot of people who’ve settled in this area of the North Carolina Mountains love the outdoors and whether its..

  • hiking
  • biking
  • canoeing
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • horseback riding
  • cross country skiing
  • mountain skiing

…there is definitely a lot to do in Burnsville NC.

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Burnsville also has a large artisan community.

You’ll notice by many of the small shops and studios in town.  And don’t forget the major arts festival.  The Mount Mitchell Craft Fair, that pulls hundreds of visitors to Burnsville every year.

This is still a pretty rural area.  With a number of local farmers and I have to say that one of the things that makes Burnsville a NC best place to live is the Yancey County Farmers Market.  It is easily one of the oldest and best farmer’s markets in the area.

And remember, you are not far from downtown Asheville.

Our next NC best place to live in the Asheville area is about 30 minutes west of Burnsville.   On the other side of Interstate 26, roughly 18 miles north of Asheville itself.North Carolina Mountain Best Places To Live

The small college town of Mars Hill NC, population 2,003.

Yep, Mars Hill is home to a small Christian liberal arts college, Mars Hill College.  Which makes me want to remind you why I recommend finding your NC best places to live in a college town.

First off, if your NC best places to live needs economic and social diversity, and a more cosmopolitan place to live, then college towns may be right up your alley.  Mars Hill although quite small has just that.

Moreover, since the local population almost doubles when school is in session, college towns with a large influx of young people, like Mars Hill have a certain vibrancy to them.

You’ll often find lower housing costs in a college town since much of the local housing market caters to younger people.

While the college campus anchors downtown, you’ll find all manner of interesting shops and restaurants as well as pretty much all the amenities and services you’d expect in a smaller town in North Carolina from a wonderful recreation facility to good schools and all types of professional services.

People here have a lot of community pride and are interested in preserving the town’s history and heritage including a fall Heritage Festival that has everything from crafts to North Carolina mountain music and dancing.

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Our last NC best places to live in the Asheville area today is Leicester NC, estimated population of around 15,500.

Leicester is an unincorporated community about 35 minutes south west of Mars Hill and 10 miles northwest of Asheville.

Make no mistake, Leicester NC is still primarily a rural community with a number of farms.

Over the last ten years Leicester has seen a lot of residential development including new neighborhood subdivisions and even a few planned communities taking advantage of the beautiful mountain scenery.

However, this best place to live is rural.  In fact, much of the charm of this area is its natural beauty and the quiet peaceful setting this small North Carolina town provides.

We don’t have solid information on median home values in Leicester.

Thanks for joining me for another week exploring the NC best places to live, relocate and retire around Asheville NC.

I’ll see you next week when we start looking at the west side of Asheville and perhaps you’ll find your best place to live in North Carolina or South Carolina.

I hope you are as excited as I am to be in the North Carolina Mountains and Asheville in particular!

See you soon.

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North Carolina and South Carolina Best Places To LiveAbout The Author

Robert Bencivenga is a professional site locator and location analyst for major corporations. Robert researches the growth of NC and SC to find the Best Places to Retire or Relocate that are still affordable.

Robert Does Not Sell Real Estate!
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