Crest Mountain Community



Welcome to Asheville, where the quality of life is high, the weather is mild, and the people are friendly. Surrounded by the majesty and charm of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the vibrant metropolitan area appeals to those seeking the intimacy and enchantment of a small city, as well as those in search of the cultural, educational, and economic provisions of a larger one. This city is so special; it's rated as one of the "Top 10 Places to Live" by Outside magazine, listed in Rand McNally's Places Rated Almanac, and referred to by travel writers as the "Paris of the South."


It's no wonder noted publications such as Money, Kiplinger's, Outside and Modern Maturity have ranked Western North Carolina cities and towns among the nation's top places to live and retire.

From prehistoric mountains and rivers and the U.S.A.'s most biologically diverse ecosystem, to national heritage sites and culture, to arts ranging from Appalachian crafts to cutting-edge musicians, sculptors and painters, you'll find our quality of life unlike anything you've ever experienced. The Chamber of Commerce can provide you with much more information about Asheville and the surrounding area.
www.ashevillechamber.org

As you can see, Asheville is one of the leading retirement and relocation areas in the United States. In addition, Crest Mountain is one of the primary residential communities to consider, according to Southeast Discovery.   Southeast Discovery provides unbiased information to those interested to retire, relocate or purchase property in the Southeast. Learn more about retirement, golf communities and second homes in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia.


Outside gate Amenities...

Within 10 Minutes:
- Award-Winning Mission Hospitals
- Biltmore Estate
- Biltmore Village
- Blue Ridge Parkway Entrance
- Chamber of Commerce
- Chocolate Fetish
- Country Club of Asheville
- Diana Wortham Theatre
- Downtown Asheville
- Earth Fare
- Farmer's Market
- Fine Dining
- Fire Department
- Fun Depot
- Grove Arcade (shopping)
- Grove Park Inn Golf Course
- Historic Montford District
- McCormick Field - Asheville Tourists
- NC Stage Company
- Reem's Creek Golf Course
- UNC-Asheville
- Weaverville
- www.exploreasheville.com

Within 30 Minutes:
- Arboretum
- Asheville Airport
- Black Mountain
- Champion Hills Golf Course
- Fishing
- Five golf courses
- Nature Center
- Folk Art Center
- NOC.com (outdoor adventure)
- Wolf Laurel Ski Resort

Within 1 Hour:
- Mt. Pisgah
- Mt. Mitchell
- Chimney Rock Park
- Greenville, SC
- Lake Lure
- Nine golf courses
- Wildwaterrafting.com

 

The Asheville area has been recognized by a wide range of print and on-line publications.

Here are some of the most recent ratings:

2010
- Voted #1 of Top 25 Small-Cities AmericanStyle, May 2010
- Ranked #21 of Forbes 200 Best Places for Business and Careers Forbes, April 2010
- Included as one of 10 Best Places for Second Homes Barron's, March 2010
- Named as one of five Best Small Towns to live in for Retirement ehow, March 2010
- Listed as #1 of 100 Best Places to Retire TopRetirements.com, February 2010
- Listed as top retirement destination of The top 10 places to retire MarketWatch, February 2010

2009
- Black Mountain named as one of the Best Places to Live Now! National Geographic Adventure Magazine, October 2009
- Included as one of 10 Best Places to Retire US News & World Report, October 2009
- Included as a Favorite City for Business Trips USA Today Road Warriors, August 2009
- Ranked #8 of Top 10 Metro Areas for Quality of Life Business Facilities Magazine, July 2009
- Ranked #2 as One of the Nation's Top Arts Destinations AmericanStyle Magazine
- Ranked #6 Best Metro Places for Business & Careers Forbes.com, March 2009
- Included in 21 Best U.S. Towns for Baby Boomers' Active Retirement http://www.bestboomertowns.com

2008
- 11 of 20 Best Places to Retire Black Enterprise magazine, October 2008
- 7 of Top 10 Best Midsize Cities for Doing Business Inc.com, July 2008
- 46 of 200 Best Performing Large Cities, 2nd Biggest Single-Year Gainer Milken Institute, September 2008
- 2 of the Top 25 Small-City Art Destinations for 2008 AmericanStyle magazine, June Issue 2008
- 26 of 200 Large Metros Best Places for Business & Careers Forbes, March 2008
- 41 of 100 Best Places to Live and Launch CNN Money.com,March 2008

2007
- 5-Star Business Opportunity Metro Expansion Management   August 2007
- Best Southern Town Outside magazine's August edition 2007
- 7 of Top U.S. Cities to live in Frommer's Cities Ranked & Rated 2nd Edition, May 2007
- 23 of 200 Large Metros Best Places for Business & Careers Forbes, April 2007
- 1 of the top 100 places to live in 2007 Relocate-America, April 2007
- 2 of Top 10 easy spring weekend getaways MSNBC, April 2007
- 3 of the Top 10 up-and-coming travel destinations VirtualTourist Spring 2007
- 1 of 10 America's Best Eco-Neighborhoods Natural Home, January/February 2007

2006

- 24 of 200 Large Metros Best Places for Business & Careers Forbes, May 2006
- 7 of 50 Smart Places to Live Kiplinger's Personal Finance, May 2006
- 2 of America's Top 25 Small Town Arts Destinations AmericanStyle, Summer 2006
- Designated Preserve America Community by First Lady Laura Bush October 2006
- 1 of 10 America's Best Eco-Neighborhoods Natural Home, December 2006

2005
- One of the Five Best Places to Retire Money Adviser, Consumer Reports September 2005
- 8 of 10 Best Places to Live MSN/Sperling's Best Places July 2005
- 19 of Top 25 Most Secure U.S. Places to Live Farmers Insurance Group June 2005
- 31 of 168 Small Metros Best Places For Business And Careers Forbes May 2005
- 31 of 394 Regions, Entrepreneurial/Innovation Index Small Business Administration April 2005
- 8 of America's Top 25 Small Town Arts Destinations AmericanStyle, Summer 2005
- 11 of 50 Best Places To Live Men's Journal April 2005

2004
- One of Ten Great Adventure Towns National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine, September 2004
- One of "Five Cities That Are Special" USA TODAY, July 2004
- 10 of America's Top 25 Arts Destinations AmericanStyle, Summer 2004
-  Best Place to Live, Number 8 of 331 Metros Cities Ranked and Rated, March 2004

2003
-  Top Ten Towns for a Second-Home Investment MSN Money, October 2003
-  Best College Towns (#4 Warren Wilson College) Outside Magazine, September 2003
-  Best Places To Retire MSN July 30, 2003
-  Top 15 Dream Towns (Best Places to Reinvent Your Life) AARP Magazine, May/June 2003
-  Top Family Getaways Parents Magazine, April 2003
-  Top Safe & Cheap Getaways (One of Five) USA TODAY, April 4, 2003

2002
-  Mountain Biking: Where To Ride (One of Four Cities)
National Geographic Adventure Magazine, December 2002/January 2003
-  America's Happiest City for Women Self Magazine, October 2002
-  Top 15 Most Popular Cities to Live Harris Poll, September 2002
-  Grade A- for Twenty-Five Years of Economic Strength POLICOM Study of U.S. Metros July 2002
-  One of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations
National Trust for Historic Preservation July 2002
-  Number 13 of America's Top 25 Arts Destinations AmericanStyle Summer 2002
-  One of America's 5 Best Biking Towns Bike Magazine June 2002
-  Ranked 14 of 200 Metros for One-Year High-Tech Output Growth
Forbes-Milken Institute Best Places Rankings May 2002
-  Ranked 3rd in Top 10 Great Literary Trips in the Nation Book Magazine May/June 2002
-  The 20 Best Places to Retire in the World Barron's March 2002
-  Number One Urban Haven in the World
The Wallpaper Magazine Annual Round-up Jan/Feb 2002
-  Ranked 29th in Top Fifty Hottest Cities for Manufacturing Expansions & Relocations
Expansion Management Magazine, January 2002

- Rankings complied by the Asheville Metro Business Research Center (a service of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce)


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