Moving: From Trenton New Jersey to Asheville NC

Welcome to our “Moving To Asheville” series for the Asheville & WNC Real Estate section on the AskAsheville website. Have you moved here from another State or Country? Contact Us so we can interview you. You can tell your story anonymously, or tell everywhere who you are. Meet Alan Rosenthal, who moved from the Trenton New Jersey area, to Asheville North Carolina:

Moving from New Jersey to Asheville NC

I’m from New Jersey, about 45 minutes from the shore and the mountains. Yes, that area where the sand meets the ocean is called a shore. Our mountains are the top of the same range as where Asheville is situated. So the terrain of Northwest New Jersey is much like here. Up north, I was a private investigator, process server and litigation support specialist as well as a business consultant.

I limited my relocation search to east of the Mississippi and south of New England, except for Colorado where I traveled and researched thoroughly.  I almost pulled the trigger in Tallahassee and St. Pete Beach. I looked at Pittsburgh, couldn’t afford gorgeous Telluride and the Four Corners region. There are many beautiful areas in the country.

Asheville wasn’t the best place for me but it is a very nice area that was geographically midway in a market I was serving. I was traveling a lot so the loss of amenities was compensated for on my trips. Beautiful scenery. Easy to get everywhere. On the worst traffic day, it is nothing compared to New York City where I drove as adeptly as a taxi driver. Temperate climate though I do miss the scent of an impending heavy snowfall.

I looked at Asheville first since some friends mentioned it when they heard I was considering a move. I visited for a few days, checked out some living scenarios but wasn’t sure. Over the next 10 months, I traveled extensively. When I came back to Asheville to visit a client, I was told of a condo that was up for rent. By this time, I was tired of traveling so I rented the condo, finished my trip, packed a truck and became a damn yankee.

I organize the Asheville Welcomes Transplants Group and get calls and emails from folks considering moving from all over the U.S. so I try to be a cheerleader for all that is terrific about the area and there are many terrific attributes. But I do need to give them an honest assessment. Really, we owe them that. People are uprooting their lives and making substantial investments. We owe them realistic information with which they can make their life-changing decisions.

The oft-heard ‘bring your own job’, ‘bring your money because you won’t make any here’ and ‘bring your own girlfriend/boyfriend’ are all true. This is a nice place for financially stable people in relationships and people who simply want to enjoy nature and art. One has to be willing to downsize and minimize their standard of living, which is slightly less than anathema to me and many of my friends and colleagues. A lot of people I know have moved back or onto somewhere else. The bottom line is that you can’t just like the place. The Asheville area is a completely different standard of living, for better or worse. A move here requires great consideration.

I’ve met a lot of wonderful people. It is a beautiful area. Asheville is not a cohesive community. It is a collection of numerous little communities of people doing their own things. Inclusivity is not the hallmark. Still, you’re sure to find people to hang out with. If you are financially stable, you can enjoy your hobbies and your home. Most people have to wear more than one hat to get by. Asheville is a beautiful area definitely worth researching and will probably end up on your short list.

Vibrant Asheville Business Socials Thrive

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When it comes to an independent business networking event in the WNC area, Vibrant Asheville Business has quickly taken the huge lead in the community. Alan Rosenthal decided he wanted more than what others offered, so he started building this network from scratch. You do not need to be a member or get “the mark of the beast'” to come and get festive. A simple RSVP will do. This is an open networking meeting focusing on inclusion, relationship building and support. If you have not met Alan, he is a private investigator and helps folks find out what they want to know about pretty much anyone or anything. His job is connecting people with accurate and documented information. He is also heavily involved locally with several great organizations including the Chabad House, the Asheville Jewish Business Association and many others. Alan is a Catalyst!

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Alan noticed that with all of the online networking, people were missing that face to face, that personal contact that many yearned for. Now he brings a great group of friends and business associates together once a month to meet others and celebrate connections. So what is this meeting like? It is an open networking group that meets at Pack’s Tavern to talk, eat and/or drink. Some just come for the people, others for a beer or cocktails, and some come hungry. There may be a few minutes of announcements, but it is much more of a social club than a formal business meeting.

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At the Vibrant Asheville Business meeting last night, Alan had a few former employees of the Asheville Citizen Times come by to share who they are and what they do; giving others the opportunity to meet them and share potential opportunities with them. AskAsheville attended with several people from our team including Gary Jr who does graphic design and images, and Joe who is one of our social media managers. We talked to about 40 people, initiated some great relations, ate, drank and played darts too! Good times all around. Thank you Alan for putting this group together, and to the great staff at Pack’s for the service, smiles and venue.

You can find Vibrant Asheville Business on LinkedIn, Facebook and Meetup.