Planning on Moving to West Asheville? Here’s 5 things You Need to Know

1.) The average cost of a home: $348,298 according to a review of recent listings. Investment properties start around $150,000, but houses up to the $600,000 range are available in W. Asheville.

2.) The average cost of a restaurant meal: $13-15 is the Asheville average for a single entree according to this Mountain Xpress article from last fall. Offerings range from tacos (Zia Taqueria and White Duck come to mind) to finer dining establishments like The Admiral. West Asheville residents also have a number of walkable chain groceries and local markets along Haywood Road for home-cooking supplies and ingredients.

3.) Parking availability/car necessity: Unless you manage to work remotely or actually in West Asheville, you’ll probably need a car. Many West Asheville homes have room to park at least one car in the drive, but car collectors beware; multi-car households may struggle.

4.) Schools: West Asheville is part of both the city of Asheville school system and the Buncombe county system. Residents benefit from access to both of these

5.) Culture:  The people and places of West Asheville have their own history. It’s not just charmingly aged window-dressing. Moving to West Asheville means putting down roots next to folks that have become local institutions. If you’re moving to West Asheville, you’re getting ready to become part of a real neighborhood.

*Bonus TipGet to Sunny Point early. Or consider drastically changing your eating schedule. Lunch at 3? Sounds perfect.


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Bond spending projects get first presentation in February

On February 7th, staff presented Asheville City Council with plans for a host of bond-funded projects and there’s a lot in there for anyone who lives or works in Asheville to be excited about.

Improving on perfection

Most if not all of our state’s college and universities will be able to start or complete major projects, repairs, or refurbishments. Parks improvements benefit residents, visitors, and local businesses either directly or indirectly. As Asheville seeks to lure in larger companies to drive wages and the local/regional economy, these improvements will be necessary to proving Asheville has what companies and workers want. Employers already established in Asheville and the state are expected to add jobs both in the midst of completing bond projects and after.

Affordable housing

For those of us currently making Asheville our home, the potential development of more affordable housing is of particular relevance. It’s unclear what type of housing will be built. One of the companies involved constructs single family homes as well as apartment buildings. Regardless, this is great news for the artists, service workers, and others who have long lamented the unintended side effects of Asheville’s remarkable economic growth.

A careful foundation

It’s also worth noting that even though supporters of the bill are looking forward to favorite projects taking off, the County and City are taking their time to make sure the plan addresses the stated need. A-B Tech representatives will have to take another crack at presenting a proposal that meets the Buncombe County Commissioner’s concerns about low minority enrollment rates at the college. The current owners of one property under consideration for the affordable housing project agreed to give the City eight years to decide whether or not to make the purchase.

Tracking progress

But we won’t have to wait eight years to see progress. The next few City Council meetings this spring will focus on the budget, where bond projects will again come under discussion or review. Spending on projects is slated to begin in 2018, when the bond money sees its first disbursement. Hopefully the City will continue to update their super-cool interactive map showing the locations of all proposed bond spending to indicate what gets the final green light.


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Understanding the Connect NC Bond Measure

NC voters approved the state’s plan to use bond funds to pay for improvements and infrastructure in parks, schools, and neighborhoods last year, but it’s easy to be confused about the hows and whys of how the plan will work. Following is a quick rundown of what a bond is, a little history of the NC bond measure and how the money is to be divided and spent at the state, county, and city levels, and some ways to keep up with future developments.

What is a bond?

Essentially, a bond is a loan where you are the bank. You give an amount to someone (usually a government or company) with the expectation that they will be able to pay you back, plus a little for the use of your money.

So investors are loaning money to North Carolina against its history of growth and debt repayment. NC enjoys a triple-A credit rating, part of the justification for adding new debt to the state budget.

We voted on the decision because the bonds are being issued against North Carolina’s General Fund, the name for the pool of money that largely comes from our taxes. Investors expect that if something goes awry, they will be repaid from the General Fund. This type of bond is referred to as a general obligation or GO bond. Voters have a say in GO bonds in many states.

The Connect NC Bond Bill

Here’s the full-text of the bill proposing the recent bond measure. The title states that the act will “…further economic development…consistent with the Connect NC plan.”

Connect NC was originally a transportation infrastructure plan enacted by then-Governor McCrory in the early aughts. It was criticized for going back on its promise that no tax increases would be required to pay for it in the very next year after its enactment. Since then, gas taxes and various vehicle-related fees go back into highway and transportation funding. So highway projects were cut from projects in the new bond bill.

Governor McCrory habitually made cuts to education in order to balance tax cuts elsewhere. The Connect NC plan was seemingly intended to address some of the problems colleges and universities have faced in implementing slashed budgets over the years. Critics of the bond measure from the left point out that the measure won’t be a replacement for this funding and could obscure the real need occurring on campuses and in departments across the state. Opponents from both sides remain unconvinced that the plan will function as intended, recalling the previous Connect NC measure.

The Connect NC plan addresses more than education infrastructure, however, and proponents expect that projects will have a real, measurable positive effect on North Carolina’s economy.

Allocating Bond Funds

The next few meetings about the future and timeline of the Connect NC bond at the City and County levels here in Asheville/Buncombe county will focus on the budget.

Instead of trying to untangle county versus city versus state budgets on large-scale undertakings that involve every level of government, the bond will move forward on a project basis. Schools, parks, and other entities will work with all relevant parties to put together plans that, once approved, use funds to achieve specific ends.


News about the Connect NC bond will continue to emerge as projects get approved, denied, or modified. Keep an eye on your favorite parks and local college websites; many have been posting regularly about their plans, like this from UNCA about building renovations.

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