Asheville Retirement Resources

Asheville Retirement Resources is a list of links to help as you consider retiring here, or for use after you've retired here.

If you can think of something that would be helpful to include here, please let me know.

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Why Retire in Asheville?

Asheville Quality of Life Awards - Asheville is on so many of the Top-Ten Lists and some are for best places to retire.

General Asheville Retirement Resources

Buncombe County Senior Services Directory - When I moved here, I had my mother with me and this directory came in really handy! It has everything from aging organizations to wheelchairs.

Senior Classes, Activities

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - This is one of the most popular sources of senior learning, fun and activities in general - also a good place to volunteer. And it's not just for seniors! Formerly this was known as the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. This award-winning learning community that is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, research, leadership and community service first opened as a department at the University of North Carolina in Asheville in 1988.

Asheville Senior Centers

Harvest House - This is on the Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts web page with a lot of other information.

The Senior Opportunity Center

Lakeview Senior Center - Actually, in Black Mountain, a wonderful location!

Asheville Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to volunteer. Here are a couple of places to start looking. Asheville has so many nonprofit organizations of all kinds. Just take your pick!

The Volunteer Center for Seasoned Citizens - offers opportunities in Several area counties with over 120 nonprofits.

Hands On Asheville Buncombe

Asheville Retirement Communities

Of course, you don't have to live in a retirement community when you move to Asheville! But if you want to, here are a few great ones in the area.

Givens Estates

Deerfield Retirement Community

Highland Farms Retirement Community - in Black Mountain.

Fifty-five and Over Communities in Asheville

These are Active Adult Communities where you can live as an independent home owner but feel free to enjoy life without the worries of lots of upkeep... unless you want to! I have a lot more research to do on this. There seems to be some confusion about which places are really 55+, so I'm investigating. So far, this is what I know...

Crowfields Condominiums on Trulia. I can't find a website for Crowfields, but Tulia has lots of interesting real estate information for you about the area.

ViewPointe Villas. They don't seem to have a website, but you can tell your Realtor that you may be interested in what's for sale here and s/he can find out for you. This is located in East Asheville, in a quiet, but convenient location near The Nature Center. There are often homes available.

Retirement in General

Aspire to Retire! - Information and ideas for a fulfilling retirement.

Successful Retirement - A helpful site on how to plan your retirement.

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Books on Retirement

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

65 Things to Do When You Retire

The Joy of Not Working

AARP Retirement Survival Guide

What Color is Your Parachute? for Retirement

What You Don't Know About Retirement

The Joy of Retirement

How to Love Your Retirement

You're Only Old Once: A book for obsolete children by Dr. Seuss!

Last, but not least!
The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement