Why Seniors (aka Boomers) Relocate - Top Towns and Cities

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Why Seniors (aka Boomers) Relocate - Top Towns and Cities

I live in Asheville, NC, one of those places people like to live (or relocate here). At least that's what the "Top Places" guide books like to say.

You might wonder why I and my husband would move from Marin County, CA (that's the place north of SF (Sausalito, etc.) where Otis Redding wrote "Sitting on the dock of the Bay", foodie central, and close enough to the Sonoma/Napa Wine Country you can go for lunch and back in time for your hot tub, massage, and yoga class.

But I'm of that "new" old group - The ones who gotta keep on  truckin', on the road searchin', movin' kinda folks.

My biggest reason was financial honestly.  Knowing the real estate bubble probably would burst (no, really?!) we sold at the height (for once)  and said "Where to now?"  I researched, read, asked around websites and found for me ultimately, our search would be East.  Southeast.  I thought water, but my town, Asheville NC won me over -- and I got my husband to move here and buy a home without ever visiting!  How's that for certainty!

Here's my reasons for moving to Asheville NC, but for the most part, the reasons are similar.  Everyone wants a walking community, access to good healthcare, natural settings help, public transportation, colleges or university, good weather generally, and affordable.

My reasons for Asheville (when I lived in CA people said "Asheville?  Where's that?")  But guess what - My neighbor behind my home moved here 6 months after me - from Marin too! 

Here's what others says, in this segment from CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5020563n


So here's Asheville's Top Ten Reasons to Relocate Here:


1. BEAUTIFUL VISTAS, VIEWS, MOUNTAINS  (I guess the Blue Ridge Parkway just about says it all).  Here's more info from the National Parks Department: http://www.nps.gov/BLRI/index.htm

2. Friendly people and Great Food  - Here's a longtime favorite place to eat near the Biltmore Estate  http://www.rezaz.com/overview.html 

3. "Gay Friendly"  Read what The Advocate Newspaper had to say (btw, Iowa City was first - Sorry San Francisco! http://www.advocate.com/Print_Issue/Travel/Gayest_Cities_in_America/

4. "Green" is a growing - in building, support of public transit, slow food movement, etc. More and more urban gardens also.  Visit my friend Bob White's efforts helping minorities eat fresh food ath this public housing Urban Garden:  http://acga.localharvest.org/garden/M18175.

5. We have the University of North Carolina at Asheville's Center for Creative Retirement - one of the first programs dedicated to the needs and interests of Seniors - many of whom teach classes in their beautiful center.  They offer a yearly program for everyone wanting to know how to best transition into Retirement with their yearly weekend event coming in May "Explorations In Retirement" Here's more info: http://www.unca.edu/ncccr/programs/crew/index.html

6. Asheville has an exciting and thriving Arts community for a town of abt. 75,000 - A symphony, performing arts theater and a growing Arts District in what was once a rundown river area.Here's a peek at the Asheville Symphony http://www.ashevillesymphony.org/  and the River District Artists:http://www.riverdistrictartists.com/

7. Wonderful places to hike and enjoy nature - skiing too, and river kayaking. The Carolina Mountain Club is  the oldest hiking organization in the area  http://www.carolinamtnclub.com/ 

8. Asheville Real Estate is relatively affordable (subjective I know) - especially if a Boomer is coming from places in the Northeast, West and Florida - all big magnets for relocation to Asheville.  Here's data from the Chamber of Commerce: http://www.ashevillechamber.org/economicdevelopment/PDFs/costofliving.pdf

9. We have an excellent hospital and doctors nearby and if necessary, Duke Medical Center is not that far either.

10. The FUNK! - Gotta love the funk of young and old. This is my own personal opinion, but with a little local color from Tatooed Mamas, to Drum Beat Circles, to great Brew Pubs and Music Venues, it's like a mini SF!   Here's one great place for music (folks relocated from New Orleans by the way) The Orange Peel  http://www.theorangepeel.net/  I could go on, but come and visit - and see/feel for yourselves. As they say Asheville is Any Way You Like It!


So that's a Taste of Asheville.  But truly, there's lots of places people like similar to this.  Davis, Ca., Pittsburgh PA is attracting folks who want to return to their college town, Oxford Mississippi, home of a great Jazz Festival and near Clarksdale, where I'm headed this summer.

Point is, this new generation of older adults have lived alot already -- but definitely see the cup as half full.  There's a whole lotta livin to do, a big country to do it in, and lots of places to explore.  Life's a Journey - All Aboard!!!



Comments (6)

Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Wow, Asheville TN must be nice - you and your husband look very happy.  You moved from one of my favorite areas in Calif - I lived in Suisun Valley, on the Napa line.  Great post for folks thinking of relocation to Asheville !

Feb 02, 2010 09:04 AM
Evelyn Zebro
Beverly-Hanks & Associates - Asheville, NC
Asheville NC Real Estate Broker

Hey Virginia - Yes ASHEVILLE NORTH CAROLINA makes for pretty easy living.  First time being in a smaller town after big great cities.  Thanks for the vote of support re: comments.  Let it rain!

Feb 02, 2010 09:58 AM
Frank Kliewer
Woodinville, WA

Nicely done Evelyn, you've got a lot of compelling reasons to make the move your way. It was indeed a pleasure working with you and Brad in his first online training session. Look forward to visiting here often. Take care.

Feb 03, 2010 01:42 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Evelyn:  What a great post... very well written and well-presented.  I am sure lots of research went into it.  The links are great.  They have already led me to several wonderful articles, and lots of information.

By the way... Welcome to Active Rain.  I think you will do very well here.  Sooo... I have subscribed to your blog, and added you as an Associate... and written an associate comment, too.  It appears that California's loss is Ashville's gain.  Take care...

Feb 03, 2010 09:55 AM
Evelyn Zebro
Beverly-Hanks & Associates - Asheville, NC
Asheville NC Real Estate Broker

Karen - I have to thank you for your kind words, appreciation for my offering, and encouragement for the future.  I'm trying to take in and learn all I can.  I know if I do what the "experts" tell me, and stick to it, it will be time and effort (and money of course) very well spent.  It alaready is.  Thanks for adding me as an associate too.  Pay it forward - as they say!

Feb 03, 2010 01:31 PM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Evelyn.. I visited Ashville once, and fell in love with the Biltmore.  I just wish they would give a "behind the scenes...real estate" tour.  Not a visitors tour.  One could spend at least 2 days just going through all the rooms.. to include the ones that are NOT for the public.

valerie osterhoudt

Mar 13, 2010 08:03 AM