Asheviller: Ron and Valerie Move to Asheville…

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Dec '08

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Welcome to our blog…After several years of looking for just the right place, we’ve decided to move from Woodinville, WA, to Asheville, NC. Over the next 18 months (or so) we’ll chronicle our adventures in designing our new home, selling our current home, moving to Asheville to a temporary home, and building our new home. It should be a pretty interesting time so we thought it would be fun to record it all (the good, the bad, and the ugly) for posterity – and for your entertainment!

So, why are we moving? Well, there are three main reasons:

1. We’ve been living in the Seattle area since 1992. Over the last 16 years everything has gotten bigger and more congested. While we love the area (every time we see Mt. Rainier we still say, “Wow!”) it’s often become too much of a pain to go out and see it. Need to run an errand in Redmond three miles away at 9:00am? Better plan for a 30 minute, 10mph crawl. Have a Special Valentine’s Day dinner in Seattle at 7:00pm? Leave at 5:30 and never make it. It’s time for a slower pace.

2. Our parents are now in their mid-70′s and for us to get home in an emergency would be at least 24 hours and a long, expensive, plane ride. It would be nice to be able to jump in a car and drive there in less than a day. And, if we lived that close, then we (and they and much of our families) could visit more often.

3. Ron really wants to build a house (the scars from building our house in Johnson City in 1989 have long since healed). We seriously looked at building here, we even made an offer on some gorgeous Mt Rainier view property, but it’s just too expensive. Building a house in Seattle costs at least 50% more than in other areas of the country. If we’re going to design and build our dream house, we need to move.

Why Asheville? I guess the bottom line is that it’s a city that has a soul. We’ve visited lots of places and found that some areas have one and some don’t. It’s hard to describe exactly what we mean by that but we know it when we experience it – it’s a feeling, a culture, a lifestyle, an attitude, a pace, and a way-of-life. Asheville has a soul. We aren’t the first to discover this about Asheville as it’s appeared on countless “top-ten places to live” lists but we can definately confirm it.

Besides Asheville having a soul, we have lots of other reasons why we love it: it’s 8-9 hours from Indiana and Pennsylvania, it has a moderate climate and four seasons, the mountains are beautiful and there are unlimited outdoor activities, everything seems to be less than 15 minutes away, there are lots of great local independent restaurants, the cost-of-living is much less than in Seattle, and it’s an enclave for artists with art, art shops, and studios everywhere.  There are multiple farmer’s markets and several organic grocery stores, there’s a minor league baseball team, it has a great heart hospital, 12-Bones BBQ, it’s a day’s drive to the Outerbanks, and from Charlotte (2 hour drive) you can get a direct flight to the Virgin Islands. If they get a Costco, a Trader Joe’s, and Southwest Airlines we’ll be all set!

So that’s the story behind our move. It will be an interesting 18 months as we pack up our lives and move across the country but we’re ready (we think) for the adventure…Asheville, here we come!

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