Thought I'd give you a shout...
I graduated from Asheville High, attended UNC-Asheville.
My parents still live in Asheville & both have been hospitalized at Mission Hospital (was called Memorial Mission but St. Joseph's & Memorial merged to create one system).
Late July 2005, my father (aged 74) broke his back in 2 places & had wonderful treatment at Mission. I had just graduated from PN school at Sarasota County Technical Institute as a returning adult student.
Asheville is booming with an influx of people from outside North Carolina & housing prices reflect it. Not far off from the high prices in Sarasota FL.
If you love the outdoors, artisanal/craft galleries, & a new emphasis on ecological green living- you will love Asheville.
If you hate winters that can be drizzly cold, grey, & overcast for almost all of January, February, & March- AVOID that time of year.
Myself, 2 sisters, & several cousins moved east & south of the mountains as they were sick of never seeing the sun shine through the cloud cover during the winter time. It can take a major weather system to push the cloud cover out of the valley.
Late April through November the trees still have leaves. After, it's lifeless looking as the leaves have fallen, & the mountains look dead & dark.
Now, that's the impressions of my family members who all moved away after finishing high school. None of us were born in the mountains like our parents, aunts & uncles were. We were either piedmont NC or Low Country coastal SC natives.