Not sure if there are any Asheville mustachians, that region in general would probably fit a lot of people on here.
Born and raised in rural Western NC - near Linville Falls. Parents (and me at times) live on about 40 acres. Neighbors are close but they're generally great neighbors - older and quiet. I don't think having neighbors where you live is inherently a bad thing - it's just you don't exactly get to choose your neighbors and it's more or less a lottery. Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don't. Living rural allows you to eliminate the uncertainty of course (see below). Pretty much all of the acreage consists of woods behind my house that's ours and free to roam through. Family lives around us as well so in reality there's a lot of exploring to do. Plus we have an amazing view - I say virtually the best in the area.
I quit my job about 2 years ago even though I'm still young and will likely be working/making money in the future. I bought a house in Asheville but I definitely still prefer being closer to nature. Asheville is still close and very pretty in spots but nothing really replaces having woods at your backdoor and a mountain less than a mile from your window. Even if you don't use the woods everyday, it's still peaceful being so close. I've come to realize that it doesn't matter how close you are to things anymore (stores/etc) unless you need to be there for your job. I really thought that being closer to amenities and more like-minded people would increase my quality of life, perhaps bring me closer to the "next big thing", but it feels like I've only gone backwards. I stayed close to home intentionally because it's not only where my parents are, but it's one of the greatest places in on earth (at least the Eastern US). So, for now I split my time between my parents and Asheville, so we'll see where I end up ultimately I guess.
Rural areas in general are known for their tendency to be self-sufficient. But, yes, Asheville in general has a very Mustachian vibe if you can stay away from parts of downtown and Biltmore Village/Town Park ;) The neighborhood I live in consists of very efficient homes. They're eco-built and there's basically no wasted space. Even the lots require virtually zero maintenance since they're on a slope. Everyone tends to drive older cars and there's a definite community vibe. I'd very much compare where I live to Longmont. They're both similarly sized and similar vibes.
My eventual goal is to do as much of a house build by myself/a few people and just spend a lot of nights by the fire and live a sustainable lifestyle for weeks at a time. I'd also like to do this in a much more remote area somewhere out west as well since there's just so many more options. PNW area preferably.
I think what I really
crave is a Mustachian "city"/community that's full of financially independent people that are doing awesome things everyday. There'd be definite private areas but far more public ones for people to interact and sit by fires and talk/plan and build/create. There'd be one amazing store for everything - no waste. Of course everyone would bike/walk because everything would be so close together and no one needs to get to jobs. And of course this city/community would border tons of wilderness and beauty. There would be nothing obstructing the serenity and views.