Welcome to our “Moving To Asheville” series for the Real Estate section of our website. We interview folks that have moved to the area, find out why, and what they are doing here. Maybe you moved here from somewhere and have a wild story to tell about the journey. Contact Us and we may interview you.
Here is what Marilyn Sholin has to say. She moved from Miami Florida to Asheville and Western North Carolina:
We moved from the Aventura area of Miami, Florida which is on the Dade/Broward line. My parents moved me from NJ to Florida when I was a junior in high school. I had been living in Florida for many many years but still had an “up north” mentality. After so many years, we had done just about everything to do in Florida from surfing and boating to playing tennis and much more. We thought about just going to North Florida but never really looked at it hard enough. Also considered Arizona for about 30 seconds and once we saw the heat there, we wrote that off. North Carolina became the place.
Every summer for many years when my son was little we took a cabin in Pigeon Forge and our friends did the same with their kids. Those were awesome summers. Then my son went to camp for a few years at the Cullowhee Experience at Western Carolina University. My neighbor in Miami has a family house right on Lake Lure. They were one of the original families there. So after camp, we would go to her house for a week on the lake. Then around 12 years ago, one of my Miami portrait clients built a home high up in Maggie Valley. She commissioned me to come up with her and her two teenage daughters and their friends to document their weekend in Asheville. We did two formal portrait sessions and the rest of the time I photographed her beautiful mountain home, details of it, and documented whatever we did and wherever we went for albums later. She took us everywhere in Asheville and Hendersonville. I was in heaven. This was my “dream” location is what I said when I got home. Never dreaming it could happen.
We were looking to move out of Miami after we got hit with multiple hurricanes. I had been through every hurricane in Miami since 1965 and I had finally had it. My parents had just passed, I was ready to close my portrait studio and continue to keep my best clients by flying back and to move on to the new art I was creating and teaching and writing about. We started scouring the real estate up here and made a few trips to teach here that allowed us to also house hunt. I spent time looking at houses on the internet every day. Had no idea what area to move to. But, my publisher, Lark Publishing, was based in Asheville and my editor was here so I called her and got more info and she helped me with a referral to a Realtor. We made another trip up to meet the Realtor and look at her finds plus the ones we found on the internet. To make a long story short, we had one house in particular that when we drove down the street to it, we loved the neighborhood. It is in Fletcher and seemed the perfect spot for us despite it needing some major work. We negotiated for three months and finally came to terms and signed the contract. We sold my property in Florida within six months of putting it on the market even in the terrible real estate market. From the time we decided to move here it was six months and we bought our house and sold our property in Miami in that time frame.
Asheville is divided into North, South, East and West. Each direction has a very specific feel to it and each neighborhood is very different. Be sure to look at all four before deciding where you want to live. We were literally just “lucky” because we did NOT do that homework but if we had, we still would have chosen Fletcher area to live. We moved here in December 2007 and Asheville south has grown so much even we are amazed at the new restaurants, shopping and other explosion of construction going on here. We feel that we are exactly where we want to be close to everything and far enough away from other places.
This town has everything we could want. The art scene is exploding again, the restaurants are very local and not full of chains, the fresh food, the lifestyle is perfect for anyone from young adults to retirees. Every service you could want is here with the best services also. The medical here is much better than Miami. Seriously, it is!