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One of my main questions is about the weather. Does it get super muggy? Also, is there an uncomfortable amount of bugs? Any other info would be so appreciated!
 

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Wow, and from Washington state too - so cool. A majority of my Mom friends are from the west coast (California, Oregon, Washington) as well as myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I've only been here a little under three years, so I'll answer the best that I can.<br><br>
It's muggier than the west coast obviously. Our "moist" season here in Asheville is the Summer. Aside from precipitation (snow), it's dry in the Winter... As in: Skin stays nice and hydrated in the Summer months, and dries out in the Winter months.<br><br>
I didn't realize how nice it is, humidity wise, here in the mountains until we ventured further east to the NC/SC coast. It was so nice to come back "home" to Asheville. You get used to the humidity. Eventually.<br><br>
Bugs, yes. More, and they are on the bigger side compared to what us west coasties are used to.<br><br>
I'd be happy to try and answer any other general questions for you.
 

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I think it's not that muggy here, but then my frame of reference is central NC and southeastern VA, in both of which the humidity is brutal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I think the summers are pleasant in WNC, and the winters are pretty mild too.
 

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Thank you! Would you consider it a good place to raise children? We were planning to move to Ashland, Or, but had the idea to check out Asheville. We've never been out that way. Well, I was born on The Farm, in Tenn., but don't remember it very well. But I've always been drawn to NC!
 

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I used to live in GA and it is waaaaaay muggier there than NC. I lived in Waynesville (about 20 mins from Asheville..did my grocery shopping in AVL) for 11 years and am going back there soon while dh is deployed.<br>
I think there are alot of bugs in NC...there were always spiders in my house..which really didn't bug me too much because they ate the other bugs. If you don't want lots of bugs in your yard, I recommend getting chickens and guinea hens. They eat 'em all up! (Guineas eat the ticks!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
As far as raising children...my family moved there when I was 8 and it is the best place ever for kids!! The weather is great year-round, so I practically grew up outside. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I can't wait to take my dd back there so she can spend a while growing up there too!<br><br>
How awesome that you were born on the Farm!!!! That is sooo rad!
 

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Welcome to the triangle of cool people that migrate between Washington, Oregon and Asheville<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Ha!<br><br>
After living in WA, we moved to Asheville for four years...LOVED it loved it, but now we are back in WA...<br><br>
You'll meet a slew of people who have done the same.<br>
And yes, more humidity, more bugs, but just part of the whole life there...get hot and muggy and buggy and listen to Bluegrass music on someone's porch somewhere...that is the life!
 

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Well, if this is the place that you are putting Asheville, NC up against in comparison, then you'll most likely love Asheville and what it has to offer in way of raising a family, and all that that entails. It's a very happening place. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
We actually moved from the Ashland area - Jacksonville to be exact. Asheville is like a 'bigger' Ashland, but to me, is <i>very</i> much like the Eugene area - especially in regard to the size of this area, lifestyle, etc...<br><br>
The Hubby man and I have a friend from Ashland who lives here too. We've also met a good handful of people who have either moved here from there, or vice versa - There seems to be this big Ashland/Asheville connection, and I can visibly see why.<br><br>
I'll reiterate... From someone who moved here from the west coast (Oregon) -You'll definitely "feel" the humidity at first.<br><br>
And, yes, winter, for the most part, is very mild. Very Oregon-esque.
 

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Hey, that's me!<br><br>
My family and I moved here from Ashland (via a three year diversion to SWFL, blech) last July, in the peak of the summer. Bugs and humidity? Yes, more so than anywhere on the west coast, but nowhere near as bad as FL, hands down, it actually felt comfortable to us by comparison. When we arrived we were cracking up at everyone complaining about the humidity, because really it wasn't as bad as where we'd just moved from! The summer thunderstorms are <b>awesome</b>, the heat wasn't anywhere near what the peak summer temps are in Southern Oregon where it can reach over 100 for weeks on end and is dry as tinder during the summer months. The mosquito issue, well, the bugs are about as bad as you'd expect to find in any damp or shaded mountainous area in the west. We experimented with all sorts of repellents last season, mostly the kids didn't play outside in the morning or evening. It helps too if your yard isn't too shady. The place we stayed at when we arrived was in the trees and the biting bugs were out 24/7. Where we live now is more sunny and that better keeps the mosquitoes away.<br><br>
Asheville is like Ashland in sooooo many ways, except: more diverse, more churches, waaaaay better public schools, more jobs, the hippies here actually do something besides hang out at the food coop or the coffee shops all day, lol, property is much less expensive (i don't know for how long though)and it's roughly three times the size, plus Asheville is growing while Ashland's artsey-fartsey population is being driven away by the substantial COL increases. Sub the Biltmore Estate for the Shakepearean Festival as the town's largest employer and strongest lobby, and you've got Asheville NC. Most jobs are in the service industry, restaurants, construction, etc, much like the Rogue Valley. Tourism is the primary function of the area, much like the Rogue Valley as well, although it seems to be changing. Basically you can take Ashland, mix it with a bit of Seattle (minus Seattle's substantial Asian population and proximity to water) and you've got Asheville! Cool downtown architecture, funky people, decent schools, and pretty much every neighborhood is currently undergoing some sort of gentrification process.<br><br>
We love it here. The area can be a bit heavy on the conservative religious bent at times, which could be a plus or a minus depending upon one's own beliefs (we're liberal agnostics), but even so it seems like there is a decent balance between those different sides-- the very religious and the not at all, and people mostly let each other be. My dh and I came here from FL to check the area out last spring and the first thing that struck us was that people were much more laid back than where we were living, not as money oriented, more interested in discussing politics and talking openly about themselves, more... polite. And not in that fakey-fakey passive aggressive west coast way either, iykwim lol, but YMMV of course because it's all about perspective!<br><br>
I highly reccomend making a trip to both areas for comparison if that's feasable. I could prattle on and on about either town for hours but there's nothing like personal experience! Good luck with your decision!
 

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Oh.my.heck! I just about spit out my morning coffee all over the monitor when I read this.<br><br>
So true! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:<br><br>
And what do you think of my comparison to Eugene - am I right? huh, huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Oh.my.heck! I just about spit out my morning coffee all over the monitor when I read this.<br><br>
So true! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:<br><br>
And what do you think of my comparison to Eugene - am I right? huh, huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Yes I do believe-- with one small difference and that's the downtown scene here is much more active than it was when I lived in Eugene (der, which was almost 20 yeras ago<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ). There it seemed like the nightlife was contained to the 13th street area and other areas with proximity to UofO, while here there is much more to do even if you don't happen to be a college student! Asheville has more live music, Eugene is bigger and has a better public transit system, other than those minor factors I definitely see the parallells between the two areas. College towns both, locally minded both but with a world view too, spread out and full of interesting niches and circles of people, yup!
 

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Wow, great answers everyone, thank you so much!!!! All of your info you shared is so interesting & helpful. Well, maybe someday I'll run into one of you in Asheville! We are going thata way next week after a brief stop in Az to visit family. We're so excited! North Carolina sounds beautiful, & more affordable than what we were seeing in Ashland Or. Thanks again!!!!<br>
(Any other stuff you have time to share I would LOOOOOve to hear!)<br><br>
*not to keep harping on the bugs, but I guess my main concern would be ticks.... are they bad? Like, will I have to check my boys after playing outside?<br><br>
*Any insiders advice on good neighborhoods/ areas around the outskirts of Asheville that are more quirky than conventional, & also affordable?<br><br>
thanks again!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">*not to keep harping on the bugs, but I guess my main concern would be ticks.... are they bad? Like, will I have to check my boys after playing outside?<br><br>
*Any insiders advice on good neighborhoods/ areas around the outskirts of Asheville that are more quirky than conventional, & also affordable?<br></div>
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**In regard to ticks: I can honestly answer that we had more problems with the tick situation when we were living in Jacksonville, Oregon. As in... saw more on the kids, and actually had to remove a few off of them. I've only noticed them a couple times since moving here in September 2004, and I believe that's partly to blame for letting our lawn go uncut longer than usual, and allowing the kiddos to romp around in it. I usually make an effort to quickly glance over them before they come in the house after playing in the yard. Just one of those instances where you see the tick walking around on a leg - that's all.<br><br>
**In regard to "good" neighborhoods: There are many. It all depends on where you want to be/what you want to be close to. If you want lots of 'foot traffic' going on in front of your home (downtown area), want to be close and within walking distance to downtown, work, shopping, etc...<br><br>
I live in east Asheville, and love it. It's more on the quiet side, more private (no 'foot traffic'), yet I'm still within 5-7 minutes drive from the heart of downtown, given the time of day of course. It's a little on the higher end of rentals and homes for sale though.<br><br>
HTH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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