I'm moving: Asheville NC or Johnson City TN?

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  1. sovertennis

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    Wife and I are planning to leave the frozen northeast for somewhat warmer climes. We welcome comments on the tennis "community" in Asheville NC or Johnson City TN (and elsewhere in the vicinity). I'm a part time (though well-credentialled) teaching pro, so I'd be looking for regular teaching work.

    We're both avid mt bikers, so we want to be in the mountains. Thanks.
     
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  2. NoQuarter

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    Well....due to elevation, Asheville may not exactly be a warmer climate! There is a very strong tennis community there though. In fact, they have an annual tennis tournament that has been held for the past 81 years. I believe that they say it is the longest running tennis tournament held in the US. Don't hold me to that.....just what I have heard. Either way, 81 years is a long time!!! And if you like Mtn biking.....dosen't get much better than the Asheville area. Also close to some great Mtn. Biking in Northern Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia!
     
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  3. NMTennis

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    Live in Asheville. Good tennis scene. Largest club is Asheville Racquet Club in South Asheville, and also a smaller downtown branch. South has 6 indoor courts, 20 outdoor courts (mostly clay, 6 hard) and Downtown has 4 indoor courts (new) and 16 outdoor courts (mostly clay). Good facilities, pros, clinics, and USTA leagues.

    Other facilities include Aston Park downtown - a public clay court outdoor facility with approximately 12 courts (open April to Oct/Nov). Grove Park inn has indoor and outdoor courts that people can get a membership with, and Asheville Country Club in North Asheville has indoor and outdoor courts. I have heard good things of all places, but I believe most serious tennis players play at Asheville Racquet Club (south)

    Weather is nice. Outdoor tennis reliably from April to November and can have sporadic days in the winter where it is warm enough to play outside.

    Don't mountain bike but it is huge here. Tons of trails in Bent Creek and Brevard (45 minutes south) has some of the best mountain biking around. A friend of mine who is a huge mountain biker flies out for a week from colorado to Mtn bike in Brevard - says the best he has found on the east coast.

    Don't know much about Johnson City, but from what I gather is rather non-descript. Asheville has a great restaurant and arts scene. Very easy to meet people here since quite a few have moved from elsewhere....
    Hope this helps. Happy to answer other questions for you...
     
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  4. sovertennis

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    NMTennis:
    Thanks for the response. We will be in AVL the second weekend of April, so will check out the AVL Racket Club, as well as Aston Park.

    Certainly, we won't be making any immediate decisions to move, but I wonder if (because you live there) you can suggest neighborhoods/areas, etc that would be worth looking at? From reading about AVL on other sites (eg CityData) Montford, Grove Park and a couple of others are frequently mentioned as nicer areas. We would likely not want to live downtown (or whatever it's called), but would not want to be too far outside either.

    Thanks again for responding, and I appreciate your help.
     
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  5. TennisDawg

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    Tennessee doesn't have a State tax. I'm not sure about NC. I've heard good things about Asheville and I would much rather live in NC than Tennessee. Just my opinion.
     
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  6. NMTennis

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    No problem - Happy to help.
    Where you live depends in you want new construction or old construction and your budget. North Asheville (montford, grove park, beaver lake, lakeview park) is nice but homes are generally older and may need some work - prices can run from 300K to 1 mill+. Biltmore Forest is also nice - a bit south from downtown, older homes and can have a bit more property size. homes can run from $500k to 1-2 mill.

    If you want newer homes - several developments that are nice and meet different budgets - Biltmore Park, Biltmore Lake, The Ramble, Reynolds Mountain. Depends how close you want to live to town and how much land you want...

    Beverly Hanks (www.beverly-hanks.com) is the largest realtor in the area and the website can be helpful to give you an idea of the different neighborhoods.

    Other good websites - www.romanticasheville.com (cheesy name, but useful info and pictures), www.exploreasheville.com, and www.ashevillechamber.org

    Other great towns nearby - Waynesville, Weaverville, Black Mountain.

    Hope this helps....good luck with the decision!
     
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  7. sovertennis

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    Yes, from some reading and talking with people who've live in/visited TN, I get the impression that, as a northerner, I will be viewed as somewhat foreign.
     
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  8. NMTennis

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    Asheville is a mix between 3 types of people - wealthy retirees, young hippy/trustifarian types, and - then more outside the city limits - locals from rural appalachia. Quite a few people from the northeast here - including some "halfbacks" - people who moved to florida and couldn't stand it and moved "halfway" back.
     
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  9. sovertennis

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    We're going in a couple of weeks to look around. I'll issue a full report upon my return. Care to make a rec or two of interesting places to eat (not fine dining please; I'm not a wealthy retiree or anything that specializes in bean curd; I'm not a hippietrustararian either)?

    I appreciate your help/comments.
     
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  10. NMTennis

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    Tupelo Honey downtown has great new southern food - for brunch or lunch/dinner (brunch on weekends can be busy), Bouchon (french) on lexington has the best steak - not too pricy, LAB (lexington avenue brew) is a great place if you like beer, Doc Chey's has good asian food. All downtown.

    For a nice meal out - Corner Kitchen in biltmore village is good. If the weather is nice and clear skies - make sure you go to the Grove Park Inn and consider having lunch or dinner on the terrace - the views are increadible.

    For barbeque - 12 bones in the river arts district is the local favorite (and obama has visited 3 times when he has been to town) - only open for lunch - and Luella's in north Asheville is great.

    If you want to check out the bike scene Liberty Bikes on hendersonville road is the most highly regarded and you can rent and try some of the local trails over at Bent Creek...

    I feel like I should get a kickback from the Chamber of Commerce or something. Hope you enjoy your trip. Let me know how you like it and happy to answer questions afterwards...
     
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  11. sovertennis

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    Thanks again, NM. And yes, the C of C should reward you.

    We'll save the biking for next time. Our mission this time is to see how much we like the city, play some tennis, take a look at some of the neighborhoods to see what may be a good place to rent, then play some tennis.

    And, of course, drink beer.
     
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    Asheville

    Has so much more to offer
     
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