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Month: November 2019

Why You Should Move To An Up Coming Area and How To Spot One

If you’re thinking of buying a house, then one of, if not the most important thing to look for is the location, then probably the price. However, if you’re smart, you can find somewhere affordable and in a great place if you can find yourself an up and coming neighborhood. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could spot the next “hot” area before it’s hot? You’d get an excellent property for cheap, and end up living in one of the most desirable spots in town.

You will have to keep in mind though that an up and coming neighborhood takes long-term vision, so if you want to buy somewhere, it can take a decade, or more, for prices and reputation to change. And, there’s no guarantee that they actually will. However, there are a few signs which you can look out for which can help you to choose the perfect place.

Businesses

When businesses start to settle in an area, there are usually several reasons why. Especially if they are big companies! They definitely do their own research into areas, salaries, demand vs. supply, transport, etc.and when small boutiques, a co-working space, or a fancy independent coffee shop moves into the neighborhood, it’s more often than not a positive sign that the neighborhood is changing. Most established businesses do a fair amount of financial research and projections before moving into an area. Take San Fernando, for example, with the San Fernando Brewery pouring Valley-inspired beers, San Fernando Boulevard’s street mall, where a vintage and consignment shop and a Truman House Tavern are located. If you’re thinking of moving to this area, check out https://www.mybekins.com/office/los-angeles-san-fernando-valley-movers/.

Renovations and Regenerations

Often people think that because an area is being regenerated, it must be bad. However, it’s quite often the opposite as when places start to renovate and regenerate strongly; then chances are in the years to follow prices will rise. Big cities often have warehouses and parks that are neglected, and if the council starts to clean up the area, then it usually means that the neighborhood might be on its way up. If the city is willing to invest its money into an area, then others will follow. 

Transportation

Transportation always pushes up property prices as convenience is something that people are willing to pay for. So, look for areas that have plans to improve local transport. But once you have found somewhere, make sure you get in early as once a ‘hotspot’ leaks out, people will follow, and the profit margin will shrink rapidly.

The PeopleAnother sign to look out for is the people who are there already, artists and musicians typically lead the way to a neighborhood’s resurgence because they look for cheap rent. They move into an area to live and work. Then, other people follow. Why? Simply because artists and musicians are “cool.” They often make their neighborhoods look cool, and people like to be near that creative energy. Eventually, the area starts to build up as more and more people flock in. Also, look for where young people are living, as they are often priced out of established neighborhoods, which is why they often lead the way to a neglected neighborhood’s resurgence. Once they move in, restaurants and bars usually follow.

Merle – Lost Recordings

Merle, circa 1992, in Schaefer Dormitory at Warren Wilson College.

Way back in the good years of 1992-1993 or so I was in a band called Merle, based at Warren Wilson College. As a three-piece, we produced some insane sounds, surrounded ourselves with more insane antics, and had a hell of a time doing it.

Merle went on to become The Merle when Morgan Geer joined the band, and our notoriety in Asheville and beyond started to grow. Eventually, I left the band (I was the only one still in school at that point), but The Merle continued on and became an Asheville legend.

An old pal from Warren Wilson (Richard Stowe) recently dug up a tape of a live recordings and some demos that Merle had done from 1992 or 1993. Another old pal (George Hodges) cleaned up the tape, remastered it, and put it out there for you all to enjoy!

Beware: there are vulgarities at certain points, where we asked friends to join us on stage.

Check it out here!