Anyone In Charlottesville, Virginia or Asheville, North Carolina?

My wife and I are considering a second home. Must be in the mountains and on the East Coast. Although I realize we won’t be able to duplicate the shopping and culture in DC or NYC, we need to have easy access to upscale dining, a gourmet grocery store, and… for me… great coffee houses (Starbucks or not) with wireless Internet access.

Anyway, the Charlottesville area and the Asheville area are at the top of the list of places to visit. We’ll be checking both out over the next few months. If anyone reading this lives in either place, and has some “must see” areas, shops, or other stuff… I’d really appreciate hearing about them. Please E-mail at mcage AT michaelcage DOT com.

PS: I’m not looking for a Realtor to show us around. Yet. We’ll visit both places. If one strikes us we’ll visit a second time, maybe rent a house for a week. Then the third trip we’ll pick a house with a Realtor, or not.

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1 dr. anna gomez May 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Asheville's dining went up a few stars in recent years.

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2 Anonymous September 13, 2008 at 11:04 am

great post. thank you.

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3 Anonymous September 13, 2008 at 4:04 pm

great post. thank you.

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4 Anonymous August 29, 2008 at 10:44 am

thank

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5 Anonymous August 29, 2008 at 10:44 am

good

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6 Anonymous August 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm

good

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7 Anonymous August 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm

thank

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8 Anonymous January 22, 2006 at 7:01 am

Oh my Hannah has been there awhile, my mistake! Any one else with some info?
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9 Anonymous January 22, 2006 at 7:01 am

I too am interested in visiting Asheville area and Charlottesville. Hannah seeing that you have lived in Asheville and are going to Charlottesville, how about a recap after you have been there awhile? Hit the major categories like the retirement books do: ambience(atmosphere), climate, housing cost, cost of living, colleges, crime, acceptance/friendliness,city planning for growth? economy and the job competition. Just your opinion after getting a feel for the place! My major concern over the Asheville area is crime and the availability of top notch health care. I dont see the hospital there listed as a Level One Trauma Center but this could be old info I read. Both cities have many positives going for them aside from the scenery and weather. I have read how people love the city of Asheville, and often comment on the friendliness of its people. My major concern in Charlottesville is cost of living.Most list it as a high cost of living but one listed it as lower than the area in which I live(Cleve. Ohio suburbs) The other issue is acceptance of a Northerner.  My father was from W.VA. grew up poor but worked his way to a better life. So I honor mountain people for their work ethic,hospitality and not taking on airs. From my only experience in Virginia(Williamsburg) The people were friendly and gracious. As I do not like the “in your face” culture that much of the United States is falling victim to, I appreciate manners and self restraint. I hope Virginians would accept me for being hard working and honest and minding my manners. I dont have hundreds of years to gain acceptance/respect. But be clear I honor the generations of your family that earned theirs. So the main areas to examine are acceptance, top notch health and crime levels. Also I have two young adults in the family who may pursue History, Theatre and a Medical Major. My self, I need a great library system, nature trails, music, part time work and access to classes.  So thats a tall order but any info/opinions provided would be appreciated. Congratulations to both the people of Asheville and Charlottesville. I hope you continued happiness!

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10 Anonymous January 22, 2006 at 12:01 pm

I too am interested in visiting Asheville area and Charlottesville. Hannah seeing that you have lived in Asheville and are going to Charlottesville, how about a recap after you have been there awhile? Hit the major categories like the retirement books do: ambience(atmosphere), climate, housing cost, cost of living, colleges, crime, acceptance/friendliness,city planning for growth? economy and the job competition. Just your opinion after getting a feel for the place! My major concern over the Asheville area is crime and the availability of top notch health care. I dont see the hospital there listed as a Level One Trauma Center but this could be old info I read. Both cities have many positives going for them aside from the scenery and weather. I have read how people love the city of Asheville, and often comment on the friendliness of its people. My major concern in Charlottesville is cost of living.Most list it as a high cost of living but one listed it as lower than the area in which I live(Cleve. Ohio suburbs) The other issue is acceptance of a Northerner.  My father was from W.VA. grew up poor but worked his way to a better life. So I honor mountain people for their work ethic,hospitality and not taking on airs. From my only experience in Virginia(Williamsburg) The people were friendly and gracious. As I do not like the “in your face” culture that much of the United States is falling victim to, I appreciate manners and self restraint. I hope Virginians would accept me for being hard working and honest and minding my manners. I dont have hundreds of years to gain acceptance/respect. But be clear I honor the generations of your family that earned theirs. So the main areas to examine are acceptance, top notch health and crime levels. Also I have two young adults in the family who may pursue History, Theatre and a Medical Major. My self, I need a great library system, nature trails, music, part time work and access to classes.  So thats a tall order but any info/opinions provided would be appreciated. Congratulations to both the people of Asheville and Charlottesville. I hope you continued happiness!

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11 Anonymous October 1, 2004 at 1:10 pm

I’ve lived in asheville all my life and am moving to charlottesville next month. So. For asheville coffee shops, i’m sure youve probably already discovered they are not hard to find. However, we did just get a new teahouse on biltmore ave. called Indigenous. It offers a really cool atmosphere. A new health food grocery store has just opened up on merrimon called Green life. It’s a very upscale healthfood store. Um, as far as gourmet dining, Rezaaz in biltmore village would be the place id reccomend, but they just had to move buildings due to flood damage, but should be reopening soon. Cafe soleil on lexington ave is also awesome. You should check that out. ANyways. Hope this was of help. If you’ve been to Virginia yet, could you recomend some cool places there?

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12 Anonymous October 1, 2004 at 6:10 pm

I’ve lived in asheville all my life and am moving to charlottesville next month. So. For asheville coffee shops, i’m sure youve probably already discovered they are not hard to find. However, we did just get a new teahouse on biltmore ave. called Indigenous. It offers a really cool atmosphere. A new health food grocery store has just opened up on merrimon called Green life. It’s a very upscale healthfood store. Um, as far as gourmet dining, Rezaaz in biltmore village would be the place id reccomend, but they just had to move buildings due to flood damage, but should be reopening soon. Cafe soleil on lexington ave is also awesome. You should check that out. ANyways. Hope this was of help. If you’ve been to Virginia yet, could you recomend some cool places there?

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13 Anonymous June 21, 2004 at 12:06 am

I live about 60 miles from Charlottesvile – don’t know it well enough to make any specific recs, but I will say its not as cheap as you might expect. I’ve got my eye on the area for the horse farm my daughter expects me to buy wink

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