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Media and Accolades


What they are saying about us:
Asheville, NC Accolades


  • AARP's top "10 Great Sunny Places to Retire"
  • Asheville is "Beer City USA" for a Fourth Year
  • Outside magazine and American Rivers name Asheville among America's best river towns. (June 2012)
  • Readers of Condé Nast Traveler ranked the Spa at the Inn on Biltmore Estate as one of the top 75 spas on the U.S. mainland. (June 2012)


  • Trip Advisor ranks Asheville #10 for Top Food and Wine Destinations
  • GMA ranks Asheville #3 for Most Beautiful Places in the US
  • Best Place to Retire: #4 Top College Small Towns
  • American Style Magazine ranks Asheville #1 for Top 25 Small Cities for Art
  • For the third year in a row Asheville was ranked #1 In the Beer City USA poll
  • Asheville Ranked #24 of 200 Metros in Best Places for Business and Careers Forbes.com, June 2011
  • Included on Princeton Review's list of  "Best Southeastern Colleges", UNC Asheville is listed as one of 20 institutions that have "Great College Towns"  PrincetonReview.com 2011
  • Asheville is "Beer City USA" for a Third Year
  • Named among "four scene-stealing, summertime routes around the nation" Wall Street Journal, May 2011  
  • Included as one of 15 Best Places for Second Homes Barron's, March 2011 
  • Listed as top of 2011 Best Places to Retire TopRetirements.com, February 2011 
  • Included among the 21 Places We're Going in 2011,  Fodors, January 2011


  • Trip Advisor ranks Asheville #1 for Top Fall Foliage Destination
  • Asheville is Beer City USA for Second Year 
  • Ranked #1 by American Style Magazine for Top 25 Small Cities
  • Ranked #21 by Forbes.com for Best Places for Business and Careers, #10 for Cost of Doing Business
  • Ranked 6th among all US cities as a place to do business Forbes.com, July 2010
  • Boasts four (4) of the Top 50 Most Popular Active Adult Communities for 2010 TopRetirements.com, July 2010
  • Voted #1 of Top 25 Small Cities American Style, May 2010
  • Included as one of the 10 Best Places for Second Homes Barron's, March 2010
  • Named as one of the five Best Small Towns to live in for Retirement ehow, March 2010
  • Listed as #1 of 100 Best Places to Retire TopRetirements.com, February 2010
  • Listed as top retirement destination of the top 10 places to retire MarketWatch, February 2010


  • Ranked #2 as One of the Nation's Top Arts Destinations - AmericanStyle Magazine
  • Ranked #6 Best Metro Places for Business & Careers - Forbes.com, March 2009
  • Included in 21 Best U.S. Towns for Baby Boomers' Active Retirement - bestboomertowns.com
  • Black Mountain named as one of the Best Place to Live Now! National Geographic Adventure Magazine, October 2009
  • Included as one of 10 Best Places to Retire US News & World Report, October 2009
  • Included as a Favorite City for Business Trips USA Today Road Warriors, August 2009
  • Ranked #8 of Top 10 Metro Areas for Quality of Life Business Facilities Magazine, July 2009


  • 11 of 20 Best Places to Retire - Black Enterprise magazine, October 2008
  • 7 of Top 10 Best Midsize Cities for Doing Business - Inc.com, July 2008
  • 46 of 200 Best Performing Large Cities, 2nd Biggest Single-Year Gainer - Milken Institute, September 2008
  • 2 of the Top 25 Small-City Art Destinations for 2008 - AmericanStyle magazine, June Issue 2008
  • 26 of 200 Large Metros Best Places for Business & Careers - Forbes, March 2008
  • 41 of 100 Best Places to Live and Launch - CNN Money.com, March 2008


  • 5-Star Business Opportunity - Metro Expansion Management, August 2007
  • Best Southern Town - Outside magazine's August edition 2007
  • 7 of Top U.S. Cities to live - Frommer's Cities Ranked & Rated 2nd Edition, May 2007
  • 23 of 200 Large Metros Best Places for Business & Careers - Forbes, April 2007
  • 1 of the top 100 places to live in 2007 Relocate - America, April 2007
  • 2 of Top 10 easy spring weekend getaways - MSNBC, April 2007
  • 3 of the Top 10 up-and-coming travel destinations - VirtualTourist, Spring 2007
  • 1 of 10 America's Best Eco-Neighborhoods - Natural Home, January/February 2007

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Bobbie is just great! I liked her immediately, I have been teaching 40+ years and can read an honest, sincere face in a nano-second. She has been there to support me and is very, very knowledgeable about her field. She is great with marketing and uses everything out there to get the needed exposure. Bobbie has contacted me on a regular basis to let me know what is going on with every detail. She is a realtor who really earns her commission! It is without hesitation that I would recommend Bobbie to any of you out there reading this. Fri, May 4, 2012 Mary Ann E.
Fantastic!!! That describes my experience working with Bobbie and Asheville Realty Group in looking for our new home. What a nice person; it was like looking at homes with an old friend. What a hard worker; she really did her homework and figured out exactly what we wanted. We never felt pressured or rushed. She guided us through the whole process and answered a million questions. I could not be happier! Christina W.
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