Originally Posted by Kodachrome
You're very welcome.
It's wise to look into those areas. Compared to Asheville, I'm sure the cost of living is much better out that way. Snow (or having four wheel drive) is one thing to consider being out in Madison county though.
Hope that helps!
Ooh, 4wd. Hadn't thought of that. Thanks, I have been rabidly looking up real estate listings all day! It looks like, in terms of local economy, and housing prices, Asheville itself is a parallel move from where we are (Northern VA/DC 'burbish area), but in Weaverville we might be able to get a little more property, which is DEFINITELY what we want. We're on an acre now, and would like to move to a minimum of 5. I want to be able to walk through the living room in my underwear without worrying about the neighbors, darnit!
Our plan is a "five year" one, but I figure it won't take any less than that to pull up 29 years of roots in one place. I'm sooooo ready! I have lots of good friends here, friendships I know will survive if we move, so I'm not too worried about that, but I'm really, really anxious to escape the more mundane/cringeworthy aspects of my past. I'm sick and f***ing tired of running into my 9th grade science teacher at the grocery store, kwim? I'm ready for something new!