High Country Association of REALTORS News

High Country home to top retirement town

The Boone area is blessed with a diverse population. It's home to a major state university, traditional tourism industry, a regional medical center and strong small business community. Added to that list is retirement destination. This week US News & World Report names Boone as among the 10 Best Places to Retire in 2012.

Boone landscapeAffordable mountain town: Boone, N.C.

Pricey Aspen and Vail may be beyond your budget, but that doesn't mean you can't spend your retirement years appreciating spectacular mountain views or making runs on the slopes. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone boasts three nearby ski resorts as well as trails for cross country skiing, winter hiking, and snowshoeing. Residents of this small town of 14,000 also have access to one of the country's most scenic roads, the Blue Ridge Parkway. A bonus: Boone provides residents with a free local bus service, AppalCART, and access to many of the amenities at Appalachian State University. In 2010, the median home sale price was $215,250.

The area also has a laid back sensibility, surrounded by natural beauty. It's a perfect place to relax, and somewhere the grandkids would love to visit.