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Advantages and Disadvantages of Living In The Mountains

You have wanted a home in a place that is peaceful, quiet, and soothes the soul. Two places that come to mind immediately are the lake and the mountain. You have saved money and are ready to make the move but which do you choose? If you’re leaning towards building your dream home in the mountain keep reading, we take a look at some of the advantages and potential disadvantages of living in the mountains.

Mountain Life

Living in the mountains is a great way to get away from the stress and busyness of city life. It is quite literally, a breath of fresh air. Mountain views are magnificent and can daily leave you in awe. Life in the mountains offers privacy and a way to get back to nature. If you love sports like hiking, fishing, mountain biking, snow skiing or snowboarding, and you find yourself going to the mountains often, then a mountain home just makes sense for you.

Also, if you like cooler summers and snow in the winter, then the mountains are the perfect place to be. There are different types of mountain lifestyles, just as there are with lake lifestyles. You can have a lavish, modern mountain home to host family and friends. There are mountain communities that offer residents amenities, such as exercise and sport facilities, outdoor living areas, and neighborhood walking trails and parks. There is also the option of a more modest rustic log cabin if you just want a mountain sanctuary that allows you to have a more natural, simpler lifestyle.

Mountain Living Advantages at a glance:

  • milder summer temperatures
  • health benefits from higher elevations
  • privacy
  • year round activities – hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, sledding
  • nature
  • snow

The mountains are a great way to beat the summer heat, with much milder temperatures at higher elevations. The scenery is breathtaking, too. There is fresh air, and studies have shown that living in higher elevations can have positive health benefits, such as improved cardiovascular health, weight loss, and longevity of life. There is privacy in the mountains and plenty of fun activities year round, such as hiking, biking, observing nature and wildlife, skiing, sledding, and more. During the winter months, it is cold and snows, which is great for those that like to experience the season.

Possible Disadvantages of Living in the Mountains:

  • can be isolated
  • city is further away
  • can be harder to access telecommunication services
  • snow can make getting in and out difficult
  • tricky, and sometimes pricy, to build on a sloped lot

Living in the mountains can have a few disadvantages. You are more isolated than living in a city. You might have to drive some distance to get to stores for groceries and other things you need. That might take some time to adjust to, especially if you are used to living in the city. Living in the mountains can also make it harder to get access to internet and other telecommunication services. The winter months bring snow, sometimes a lot of snow! Be prepared to possibly be “stuck” in your mountain home for larger snow accumulation periods, especially if there is only one access road to your home that is not maintained for severe weather. If you hate the cold weather, then the mountains are defiantly not the place for you. Keep in mind that if you plan to build a home in the mountains, it can be more complex and more expensive than other places, since most mountain lots are sloped.

Enjoy the Lake While Living in The Mountains

If calling the mountains home sounds almost perfect but the idea of a lake is still in your mind, have you considered Mountain Lake Living? You do not have to decide between lake or mountain life; you could have both by living in Avalon Mountain Community, in Western North Carolina!

Benefits of Mountain Lake Living at Avalon:

  • beautiful mountain views from each lot
  • access to Lake Junaluska
  • privacy
  • very close to the city of Asheville, NC
  • neighborhood maintenance and utilities
  • lots of residential amenities
  • experienced mountain home builders
  • can use your own mountain house blueprints
  • can have help with house blueprints and design from the Avalon team

This gorgeous mountain community is located between the peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains, Cold Mountain, and Mount Pisgah, so you have spectacular mountain views from each lot! Lake Junaluska is only 4.2 miles away, so you have access to a beautiful local lake during the summer, too! Avalon is perfect because you can have the best of both worlds.

You do not have to be isolated from the city when living in Avalon. It is only 31 miles from Asheville, NC. This big city offers music venues, fine dining, museums, shopping, and all the things you love about being in the city. Asheville is also home to some extraordinary things, such as Biltmore Estate, the North Carolina Nature Center, the historic Omni Grove Park Inn, The North Carolina Arboretum, and much more.

The amenities of living in Avalon Mountain Community cannot be beat, either!

  • Homesites range from 1 to 4 acres and elevations from 3,100 feet to 4,000 feet.
  • Easy access build sites, with utilizes make it a great place to build your mountain dream home on.
  • It is adjacent to a North America land trust, which is 15,000 acres of private property for conservation. This means no new construction or obstructed views next to Avalon Mountain Community!
  • There are two entrances to Avalon and scheduled maintenance to roads.
  • A 6.2 acre park with walking paths and a trout pond is located on the property for residents to use.
  • Construction on an open air pavilion within the community is set to begin in spring 2018, too. This will give residents a space with an outdoor kitchen, a double sided fireplace, and a huge deck overlooking the community park.

There is much to think about when deciding where you want your dream home. There are lots of advantages to living in the mountains. I hope you find your perfect sanctuary that makes your heart happy and your spirit soar!

If mountain lake living sounds like something you want to experience, please let the Avalon team help you. We can send you more information and give you a tour of Avalon Mountain Community, if you would like it. You can contact us or phone, toll free, at (844)735-3521.

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