Asheville is one of the most sought-after small cities in the country with its desirable climate, natural beauty, remarkable arts community and excellent health care availability. Asheville offers abundant choices and rich diversity in its neighborhoods, lifestyles and dwelling options – from historic to hip to high-end. Every direction presents a different and distinctive vibe, and the amenities of the city, with its richness of culture, heritage, access to outdoor activity, and entertainment are readily available regardless of where you reside.
North Asheville encompasses some of the most beautiful older homes and tree-lined streets in the city, from the stately homes in the vicinity of Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, to the established neighborhoods surrounding Beaver Lake and the Country Club of Asheville. Further north is a growing community with the addition of the luxurious homes on Reynolds Mountain. Closer to downtown is the historic Montford neighborhood, filled with family-oriented Victorian homes with large porches and sidewalked streets. Arts and Crafts cottages flank the Charlotte Street area near Grove Park.
Take your pick of lifestyles in East Asheville, from impressive mountaintop vistas from Town Mountain’s homes and condominiums, just a few minutes from downtown, to the friendly family neighborhoods in Haw Creek, with its central recreational park and ranch-style homes with large yards perfect for gathering the kids together. Chunn’s Cove’s beauty is its mix of farms, townhouses and wooded neighborhoods that feel much more removed from the lively Tunnel Road corridor than their true proximity.
South of downtown Asheville offers homeowners the option of a charming older home in Kenilworth’s shady, welcoming neighborhoods just minutes from the city’s center to the elaborate homes in Biltmore Forest, the beautiful wooded neighborhood once part of Biltmore Estate established by Edith Vanderbilt in the 1920s. Historic Biltmore Village adds charm and remarkable architecture as well as exciting retail and restaurants. Further south are lovely older subdivisions convenient to great shopping, dining and businesses along Hendersonville and Sweeten Creek roads.
If Asheville were New York, West Asheville would be its Brooklyn, with its diverse mix of people, lifestyles and businesses. From bohemian to quaint and sturdy bungalows, this up-and-coming community is home to working artists, entrepreneurs, young families and the city’s fun and funky River Arts District. Malvern Hills offers older established homes with shady lawns and parks, a community recreation center and streets made for strolling.
Downtown Asheville is vibrant and buzzing with exciting nightlife, art galleries, live music, one-of-a-kind shops and excellent restaurants. The downtown area offers a variety of lofts and condominiums with city and mountain views and easy access to all that the city center has to offer. It’s a terrific walking town and easy to navigate. The new Pack Square Park in the city’s center is alive with activity year-round, and Grove Arcade and the Wall Street and Battery Park areas are filled with al fresco cafes and bars.
Article by local author, Elizabeth Sims.