Why Is Asheville So Expensive?
Billy Joe

Asheville, NC

#22 Feb 14, 2014
Ifn we culd jus get ridda these hear yankees Eyeshvull wuld be ezee to lives in agin.
Vinnie Tomatahs

Asheville, NC

#27 Feb 15, 2014
Yo yous douches down dar in crackah land yous dum nuf to lets lotsa Nu Yawkah taxpayahs in down dar n dey runs up da rents. hey we wants em back cuss we aint got nuf taxpayahs heah now to support unwoirkin douches likes me.
Asheville native

Boone, NC

#29 Aug 7, 2014
jumbob wrote:
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It is entirely possible that it is the most expensive. It comes down to basics: do you want quality? Sure, Asheville's taxes are a bit high for my taste and I don't always agree with the goals of elected officials, but there is no denying the quality of Asheville. You want cheap? Try Winston or Durham (I hear Caswell County is cheap, also). The "dumpy old town" is a great place, and if you don't see that you would probably be better off elsewhere.
Might I recommend Charlotte? Culture sucks, but you can get Bobcat's tickets easy enough. They also have 4 or 5 Hooter's and a BUNCH of McDonald's for your discriminating taste.
In Asheville more than twenty percent of Asheville area residents have difficulty feeding themselves — making Asheville the seventh worst urban setting in matters of hunger in the country. Almost half of Western North Carolina households are unable to be “self-sufficient”. Households with two children need to earn almost $45,000 annually to be self-sufficient in urban settings like Asheville. In 2012 the Asheville Citizen-Times reported that one in four residents require food assistance — moving Asheville to third worst metro area for food hardship.Housing costs in Greenville, S.C. are 26 percent less than Asheville. Housing costs in Charlotte are 19 percent less than Asheville. Housing costs in Knoxville, Tenn. are 16 percent less than Asheville. Utilities cost 20 percent less in Greenville compared to Asheville, 19 percent less in Charlotte and 16 percent less in Knoxville. Healthcare costs and grocery costs are less in these surrounding cities. Asheville is not quality, it stoped being quality 20 years ago when the gentrification process started and locals began to be driven from the region by newcomers and high prices. These are facts.
Ashevillian

Asheville, NC

#37 Aug 9, 2014
If it were a crummy place people wouldn't pay the higher costs to live here. The cost of living is cheaper where people do not want to live. Move to Iowa or Kansas and live cheaply. The market demand sets the price. It is worth what people will pay. Obviously this is a desirable place.

An added bonus to property owners =- the median price of home sales most recently is in excess of $400,000.
Ashevillian

Asheville, NC

#40 Aug 9, 2014
Not Really wrote:
<quoted text>\\Don't know where you're getting your info neighbor. This is what I found just now:
The median home value in Asheville is $185,200. Asheville home values have gone up 1.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Asheville is $166. The median price of homes currently listed in Asheville is $248,800 while the median price of homes that sold is $213,125.
http://www.zillow.com/asheville-nc/home-value...
Maybe you so this: http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Asheville-N... But you have to understand the difference between average and median as well. FYI averages are driven up by the high end homes thus the median tends to be much lower. Prices are going up all over the area as sales increase.
Notice I said the median price of the most recent home sales?

Here ya go pal:

The average asking price for all homes for sale in Buncombe County last month was $473,962, up 8 percent from a year ago.“That’s the highest average asking price since August 2008. We’re back to where the housing bubble burst,” said Don Davies, a local market analyst and real estate broker.

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local...
yep

Asheville, NC

#42 Aug 14, 2014
Not Really wrote:
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Fact is how many folks do you know who live in houses that cost over $400,000? I know nobody, not around here. So what's your point or do we just like to argue? Personally I don;t really care. My home is worth maybe $180,000 max and the whole neighborhood there is not a single home valued over say $260,000 max..Not in Asheville, of course.
Just a point of reference I would suppose. The average prices of houses sold most recently in the Asheville area is over $400,000. I know a few people with houses in that range but the main point is if those houses sold in your neighborhood it helps to bring up the value of the surrounding properties.
Yep

Asheville, NC

#44 Aug 16, 2014
AVL is very expensive because it's desireable, but the bigger reason is that AVL has been run by liberal progressive democrackkks for 100+ years who provided no real leadership, and have allowed the infrastructures to deteriorate from neglect. Also, AVL has more public housing in 10 communities which blights many neighborhoods, some more than others like 'Montford' which is surrounded by it...AVL is the most taxpayer dependent town around...SO many government program recipients here.
Too few people feel called to move elsewhere for better jobs so they sit in AVL and collect what they need from YOU!
Pat

Asheville, NC

#46 Jun 4, 2015
It's an overpriced, unbalanced dump by now. The corporate landlord situation here has made it impossible for the average renter to live here in a decent enough dwelling. Otherwise you are forced to find some dump. I own my own business but Hawthorne Apartments took over Bear Creek and jammed my rent up over $100 for another 12 month lease, charging pet rent and now billing for water as well. Bear Creek apartments was probably the last somewhat decent, affordable place to live in Asheville before they sold out.
So now all the corporate landlord speculators are buying the place up, though this is happening all over the country. But it's sad here because it seems such a contrast to what this place was probably about a long time ago. Where are all the underpaid service people supposed to live? I guess like the Mexicans, crowded together in small homes or apartments.....
At some point something is going to happen with the unbalance where the poor and middle class are spending all the money to make the 1% rich.
But it's made my decision to move out of here easier. Paying that much more to live in some trumped up holler, as cool as it is in some ways and pretty some months, is not worth the grey, damp, depressing weather for many months on end.
Ashevillian

Asheville, NC

#47 Jun 4, 2015
Desirable places to live cost more. Less desirable places are cheaper. Live where you want and for what you can afford. It's a big country. Personally I think this is a great place to live and worth the extra.
CWT

Asheville, NC

#48 Jun 4, 2015
Ashevillian wrote:
Desirable places to live cost more. Less desirable places are cheaper. Live where you want and for what you can afford. It's a big country. Personally I think this is a great place to live and worth the extra.
Hope your extra doesn't get too much extra!
Big Daddy MF69

Mills River, NC

#49 Jun 6, 2015
These dumb carolinah crackas will pay whatever they are told
to pay and like it. Too damn stupid to do otherwise. Let's keep
on soaking them until they hollah like a stuffed pig. Dumb
crackas. LMBARTEYRO.
Satyum Disclaimer Thomas

Morristown, NJ

#50 Jun 6, 2015
He he he. ASssville is now expensive because yankee transplant yuppies like me have moved in with our ill gotten money and run up the housing prices. Hay we've made an almost dry towen beer city USA now. We got guzzling on the sidewalks and crossdressers dressed like nuns riding bicycles and farting pot smoke! We'll drive these trailer trash redmecks further south until we move further south then we can have fun all over again with a "third invasion of the yankees". He he he. Aint being a yankeeAsshole fun?
Dawn

Asheville, NC

#51 Jun 8, 2015
Joe Buck wrote:
I've been in Asheville since 2000. Housing is way-over priced, and the cost of Living is outrageous compared to the available, livable wage employment.But if you love the mountains and beer, this really is the place to be. Unfortunately I'm not an affluent retiree and will soon have to leave this schizophrenic part of NC.
Same here. I love so many things about it but "Schizophrenic part of NC" is a good way to put it. It feels like a lot is trying to get packed into this area and it feels cluttered and elitist.

I often feel better if I can get out of here for a while, which tells me something. It's too crowded with a strong odor of "precious" for what it is.

I feel sorry for the folks who have lived here a very long time and rent. My neighbors (who are from here) are having to move into a trailer out in Candler to have the space they need. I am not going to support overinflated rental housing for that reason alone. It's not that great.
AlanDit

Gaffney, SC

#52 Jun 16, 2015
The fundamental cause is ZONING! Asheville is attractive to nonsoutherners because it is an warm island in the otherwise hostile Dixie, which is not under Southern control. So it would grow rapidly as millions of northerners move in to save heat. But Ashevill's UDO, with it's strict unit density limits, height limits, parking requirements and single family zoning prevent them from building homes, so they outbid the natives instead, which causes homelessness and sprawl.
Katherine

Asheville, NC

#53 Jun 16, 2015
Charming place to live AND much cheaper then many other places. People that move here from a lot of other areas find it is cheaper than where they came from. And charming.
Carmine

Asheville, NC

#54 Jun 20, 2015
Asheville native wrote:
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In Asheville more than twenty percent of Asheville area residents have difficulty feeding themselves — making Asheville the seventh worst urban setting in matters of hunger in the country. Almost half of Western North Carolina households are unable to be “self-sufficient”. Households with two children need to earn almost $45,000 annually to be self-sufficient in urban settings like Asheville. In 2012 the Asheville Citizen-Times reported that one in four residents require food assistance — moving Asheville to third worst metro area for food hardship.Housing costs in Greenville, S.C. are 26 percent less than Asheville. Housing costs in Charlotte are 19 percent less than Asheville. Housing costs in Knoxville, Tenn. are 16 percent less than Asheville. Utilities cost 20 percent less in Greenville compared to Asheville, 19 percent less in Charlotte and 16 percent less in Knoxville. Healthcare costs and grocery costs are less in these surrounding cities. Asheville is not quality, it stoped being quality 20 years ago when the gentrification process started and locals began to be driven from the region by newcomers and high prices. These are facts.
Wow the way you sum it up should make you wonder why anyone would want to live here. Housing costs, utility costs, food costs, healthcare costs are all higher in a NOT quality place. Why would any f'g fool stay in Asheville? Move!
Its not

Manassas, VA

#55 Jun 20, 2015
Carmine wrote:
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Wow the way you sum it up should make you wonder why anyone would want to live here. Housing costs, utility costs, food costs, healthcare costs are all higher in a NOT quality place. Why would any f'g fool stay in Asheville? Move!
Don't be fooled by some of the posts on this thread. A lot of people simply don't have anything to compare costs with and are too damn lazy to do any research, easier just to complain. Check out the cost of living index by state. North Carolina stands about midway on the list.

http://www.missourieconomy.org/indicators/cos...
David

Asheville, NC

#56 Jun 20, 2015
Its not wrote:
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Don't be fooled by some of the posts on this thread. A lot of people simply don't have anything to compare costs with and are too damn lazy to do any research, easier just to complain. Check out the cost of living index by state. North Carolina stands about midway on the list.
http://www.missourieconomy.org/indicators/cos...
We are also talking AVL here, not the rest of NC. Not everyone is YOU and this place is not exactly like everywhere else that is midway on some list. People have different needs and it's not like there is any great economy here with the businesses taking advantage of low-wage workers. Pretty lame to put out such a blanket statement like that regarding Asheville. Get a broader perspective (economic, geographical, social) before you go insulting people as lazy. And for renters, keep watching the rents climb a bit higher every year.
Its not

Manassas, VA

#57 Jun 21, 2015
David wrote:
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We are also talking AVL here, not the rest of NC. Not everyone is YOU and this place is not exactly like everywhere else that is midway on some list. People have different needs and it's not like there is any great economy here with the businesses taking advantage of low-wage workers. Pretty lame to put out such a blanket statement like that regarding Asheville. Get a broader perspective (economic, geographical, social) before you go insulting people as lazy. And for renters, keep watching the rents climb a bit higher every year.
Seriously? You think that's unique to Asheville. NOT, the same happens everywhere worth living so perhaps tis you who needs a broader perspective. No, there are not many high end jobs in Asheville, nor any other place that attracts a lot of tourists and folks looking to live in a beautiful place, that attracts retirees..I have lived or sought to live in several such places over the years and the same has happened or is happening in all of them. I lived in Sedona, AZ for 9 years and paid $65,000 for .25 acres of land to plant a double wide on. I lived in New Paltz, NY and paid over $6000 a year in property taxes on a home evaluated at less than 145,000. Both of these places had nearly zero high end jobs because they had no industries at all. Effectively they were bedroom communities serviced by workers who had to drive miles from cheaper climes.

As for rents, where I live now, halfway between Asheville and Hendersonville, you can own a home cheaper than you can rent the same home. My mortgage is half what rents go for in my neighborhood and my taxes on a home that is evaluated at near $200,000 is 1/5th what it was in New Paltz. Taxes in Sedona were likewise very low, reason being simple those areas offer very limited services compared with say NY, NJ or Conn.

PS My daughter-in-law is a teacher in Buncombe County and her pay and benefits suck. She has to take a second job at Biltmore to make ends meet so don't talk to me as if I don't know the deal. Still, this area is far cheaper to live in than New Paltz, NY a tiny town that has become over run by New York city people who commute 90 miles to work in Manhattan.
As far as ME, I'm retired and live on less than $50,000. How? Because of low taxes and inexpensive utilities. So go on whine about how expensive Asheville, is or MOVE!
Gordon Lightloafers

Lombard, IL

#59 Jun 21, 2015
He he he. We have attracted a lot of "yankee" yuppies here who have money and are gay and socialist so we can push you ignorant church going flag waving rednecks out of this town and into Leicester and cracker points south. He he he. THAT is why it is so expensive here. Buy design!

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