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North Carolina Mountain Best Places To LiveToday, we’re going to visit the last of our NC Best Places to live in small towns, cities and communities in the Asheville NC area.

Just image, one of these areas might one day be your best place to relocate or retire in North Carolina or South Carolina.

It’s taken a few weeks but here we are at our last few NC Best Places to live in the Mountains.

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

Since we’re about ready to leave the NC Best Places to live of Asheville, I thought I’d emphasize a couple things before we go.

One is that Asheville NC is the kind of community that will continue to draw people from all over because it has a lot of what people want in a place to  live:

  • beautiful location
  • great access
  • mild climate
  • solid and diversified economy
  • diverse population
  • college town with great schools
  • strong investments in improved quality of life…

I could go on and on.

The other is just the reminder that there are so many wonderful NC Best Places to live in the Mountain small towns very close to Asheville that offer you the opportunity to have your cake and eat it too!

Small town living just outside a city.  Knowing that all the great things available in a bigger city are only a few minutes away.North Carolina Mountain Best Places To Live

Okay, time to get off my high horse and take a look at our first best place that although it’s officially only been a town for maybe ten years is actually one of the oldest communities in Henderson County and the Asheville area.

Check out the town of Mills River NC, population 6,802.

Only 20 minutes south of downtown Asheville, not far from the Asheville Regional Airport, sits Mills River, perhaps the area’s quintessential rural community.

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Long known as a very productive farming community (the term “fertile crescent” is often bandied about), Mills River has done a lot to preserve that heritage.

Just driving into town I was captivated by the rolling farmland framed by mountains off in the distance and although many no longer farm the small town feel, affordability and sense of community available here are definitely worth taking a look at Mills River, NC.

Oh yeah, and the median home value in Mills River NC is estimated to be around $199,000.

North Carolina Mountain Best Places To LiveOur next NC Best Places to live sits only 15 minutes southeast of Mills River and is known as the “City of Four Seasons”, the City of Hendersonville NC, population 12,223.

Hendersonville NC actually sits in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains south of Asheville NC not too far from the border of South Carolina.

Once a 19th century resort town, Hendersonville NC has a charming downtown that is a people-watchers dream.

There are tree-lined streets, an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, beautiful flowers as well as the sounds of classical music wafting through the air.

You’ll be amazed by wide variety of antique and craft stores and believe me you don’t want to miss out on the local farmers market or the Gardener’s Annual Craft Show.

If you love the outdoors Hendersonville NC has wonderful parks and recreation facilities and is close to the mountains and so many beautiful lakes and streams I often tell people your neighbor will probably be a fly fisherman.

Better yet, your median home value in Hendersonville NC is only about $115,000.  Wow!!!!!

And now on to our final Best Place To Live in the Asheville NC area that was once home to Cherokee gatherings.North Carolina Mountain Best Places To Live

Later on, this NC Best Places To Live was so popular with vacationing landed Southern gentry from the coasts that it garnered the title, “The Little Charleston of the Mountains”, the village of Flat Rock NC, population 3,114.

Once known more for all of its large summer estates, Flat Rock really is a nice little community with something for just about anyone.

The people here are friendly and welcoming and don’t be surprised if you find them out and about or just sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair enjoying the wonderful view and climate.

This is a colorful place with a lot of interesting shops and a well developed arts community including a local playhouse.

Although it remains a small community with well established neighborhoods, in recent years there has been more development in the area including a number of planned communities.

But please beware….some planned communities may not be completed.

Beautiful views, wonderful people, a lot to do and a median home value of around $285,000.

And with that…we say Good Bye to the NC Best Places to live in the Mountains of Asheville.

So next time your thinking that in deciding where your NC Best Places to live has to be in a big city…think again.

For some of you you’ll never call a big city your best place to live again which is great because as I hope you’ve learned, there are a lot of good options that afford you a high quality of life at an affordable price.

So far on our journey to the NC Mountain Best Places to live to relocate or retire around Asheville NC, we’ve visited:

That’s a pretty impressive list.

Next week we’re heading…’re just going to have to come along and see where we end up.

As always have a wonderful weekend and be safe!

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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.

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