The Asheville area has been a popular spot for retirement for many, many years. With the natural beauty, central location, moderate weather, vibrant arts scene and plenty of good mountain air, it's a natural choice. The North Carolina Mountains around Asheville are dotted with many quality retirement communities. Retirees to Asheville tend to be very active.
TopRetirements.com continues to rank Asheville as the top city in America to retire::
Asheville, North Carolina remains the runaway favorite dream retirement town. Asheville is a prosperous small city of just over 70,000 in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. Because of its charming environment and mild weather it has long been a desirable retirement community – from the rich and famous to ordinary active adults 55+ in quest of beauty and a nice climate.
The Vanderbilts built an enormous estate near here, the Biltmore Estate, which is the largest private residence in America with 250 rooms. It is open to the public year around and well worth a tour. Frederick Law Olmstead, America’s most distinguished landscape architect, who also designed New York’s Central Park, planned its gardens.
Golf and outdoor activities are popular. Many developments are built around lakes. Downtown Asheville has a comfortable feeling where walking around the town is a pleasure. It has a great collections of art deco architecture, antique stores, art galleries, and boutiques. The stylized details found in Asheville's early art deco and gothic buildings echo the pre-depression heyday of the 1920's. Those who prefer the outdoor cafe or coffee house setting will also find themselves at home at the many cafes.
The people are friendly. Asheville's people range from artists and musicians to corporate executives, merchants and entrepreneurs. It is easy to park on street or on a parking deck, then stroll through the streets.
Asheville Retirement & Relocation Resources
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville (formerly the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement) is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed learning community dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research. They want to enable members to “thrive” in life’s second half. OLLI at UNC Asheville embraces an comprehensive array of programs in the arts and humanities, the natural world, civic engagement, wellness, life transition and retirement relocation planning, intergenerational co-learning, and research on trends in the reinvention of retirement. They are housed in the Reuter Center on the campus. Approximately 450 members volunteer each year to do everything from teach, serve on committees, run research projects, mentor undergraduates, and provide consulting to other UNC Asheville departments. OLLI membership is open to anyone who wishes to experience the wide range of courses and activities they offer. Most of the 2100 members are over 55, but they encourage attendance by anyone who wishes to be part of this community of learners. Go to their Web site.
See our Asheville Relocation Guide.