Second-Vacation Homes: Asheville's Treasure Chest- Top 10 Places to Buy a Second Home

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In her post today, Jane Anne said, "When you are looking for vacation property that is a good investment, Asheville has what it takes. " As leaders in the second and vacation  rental business we were so pleased to read what she had to say. She mentioned that Asheville has been noted as one of the  "Top 10" places to invest in a second and/or vacation rental home.  We are re-blogging her post  as we think it will be of interest to our readers.

"The Top 10 Places to Buy a Second Home," read the headline. Curious, I read on to find Asheville, N.C #1. ."This mountain town boasts the Biltmore Estate and a thriving arts and crafts community...." Reporting for MSN Money Liz Weston includes in that assessment communities that offer weather, scenery Asheville Horse Farm Searchand active real estate markets.  As I read on, I saw that the second and vacation home statistics were gathered a few years back. Does this hold true today?  

Personal experience in the second and vacation home market tells me Asheville  is right up there.

In fact. in a post I wrote recently, I noted  Asheville's current (2010)  strong market for second and vacation homes.

When you are looking for vacation property that is a good investment, Asheville has what it takes. Here is my list of 7 factors to consider when investing in a second and/or vacation home:

  7 Second-Vacation Home Investor Factors to Consider  

  1. An alluring, eco-friendly, and welcoming setting.
  2. Not too far from a larger town and airport. (maybe few hour drive.)
  3. Things to do and see. Recreational benefits
  4. Cultural amenities: Like the Biltmore Estate, the Diana Wortham Theater, The Thomas Wolfe  Memorial  ,   a veritable plethora of amazing  galleries and wonderful  restaurants in which to enjoy delightfully -prepared food. ( I love the idea of local food from organic farms.)
  5. Comfortable weather a good part of the year so that you can actually get out  to enjoy the amenities.
  6. The commercial investment factors- (how is Smart Growth doing in the area?)
  7.  The "IN PLACE" factor.  Some have it, like Santa Fe, NM, Sedona, AZ, Telluride, CO...and Asheville N.C.

 Many of our second and/or vacation home clients have first enjoyed rental staysin Asheville from Carolina Mornings . Impressed with the quality of service and life here in Asheville,  they soon discovered they wanted to purchase property in Asheville. (photo shows one of our land clients who came for a visit then began  looking for property on which to build her equestrian  retreat) As I mentioned, "When you are looking for vacation property that is a good investment, Asheville has what it takes!" 
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Comments (4)

Tamara Camden Vacation Rental Agent
All Rentals 2 Remember, inc. - Key West, FL

I've heard a lot of good things about Asheville, too.  Asheville appears to have several alluring qualities to attract 2nd homebuyers.  Good luck!

Mar 27, 2010 04:12 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Nice post!    I live & work in a secondary home/discretionary marketplace, too, and your 7 points are "spot on" -- including the "address component"!     Look forward to one day visiting your area.

Mar 27, 2010 04:14 AM
Carolina Mornings Realty
Asheville, NC

Tamara. Thank you for the good wishes. We are excited about working with our referral network here at Active Rain. Let us know if we can be of assistance.

Mar 27, 2010 06:40 AM
Carolina Mornings Realty
Asheville, NC

Li. Salt Spring Island where you live is one of our favorite places. Hope you get to Asheville one day. We would love to show you why we are so fond of our area, too. 

Mar 27, 2010 06:44 AM