Unfortunately the "hip" areas are popular which also drives the price of housing up. I do recommend that you talk to a good mortgage person who would be able to help you figure out how much home you can afford. If you are a first time home buyer, you may be eligible for mortgages, down payment assistance, and tax credits through the NC Housing Finance Agency. Be sure that your mortgage person is knowledgeable on the various programs. I will be happy to provide the names of several good folks in the mortgage business if you contact me. If possible, I recommend talking to more than one person as the all have different programs.
That said, there are websites that will give you information on some of the neighborhoods including demographics. Some of these are on my website, http://www.liveinashevillehome.com. Another source of information is the Asheville Citizen-Times who does monthly articles on the various neighborhoods and posts them on their website under "Mountain Lifestyles".
West Asheville has a wide variety of housing options and is also a focus of "green" home builders who are attempting to build homes in "affordable" price range. Most of my clients in your age group prefer Montford, West Asheville, and North Asheville if they can find a home they like and can afford.
Let me know if I can be of any assistance.
Deborah H. Francis, GRI, ABR, ePRO, GREEN, SFR, Fine Homes Specialist, CRS Candidate
Prudential Lifestyle Realty
7 Orchard St., Ste 101
Asheville, NC 28801
cell: 828-553-9019; mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
"Your move is my mission"
Beverly-Hanks & Associates
You may find a cabin high on a slope. You may find a small HealthyBuiltÂ® Home within walking distance of a local bakery. (if so, be sure to get a copy of the Green Building Directory! Or you may decide to buy LAND. For sure, Asheville speaks to the creative mind.... and if you tell me what is important to you, I may be able to point you in the â€œrightâ€ direction =) (happy to do so...)
All the Best,
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Or feel free to call me at 828-667-4808
I am a real estate agent in Asheville and am more than happy to answer any questions you may have and to help you in your search for a home.
Many young people in Asheville like to be near downtown. Many will buy condo's or live in a tight subdivision with houses close together to create a tight social community. Others choose to live close to the asheville mall or in west Asheville just moments from downtown.
I would love to help you explore all possibilities and find your new home. I am with Coldwell Banker in downtown Asheville. Call me anytime at 828-398-5730