Art deco architecture and vibrant nightlife are central to the downtown Asheville neighborhood. If you enjoy walking, dining out, shopping, and exploring art galleries, then downtown could be the neighborhood for you. Living downtown puts you within a short jaunt of top restaurants, twenty plus breweries, the Asheville Art Museum, and endless activities. Your downtown living options include industrial lofts in renovated historic buildings and luxury condos.
River Arts District
The River Arts District (RAD) includes twenty two former industrial and historic buildings, which line about a mile of the French Broad River. The RAD is home to more than two hundred artists, a variety of restaurants, shops, and breweries. New Belgium Brewing opened their second brewery on the French broad in the RAD this year and the entire neighborhood is undergoing a transformation that will provide a greenway and increased parking.
West Asheville is located just across the river from Downtown Asheville and is organized around Haywood Road, the central thoroughfare for the neighborhood. West Asheville offers a multi-generational small town vibe just minutes from bustling Downtown. Haywood Road is lined with fabulous restaurants and shopping, including: Zia Taqueria, Dobra Tea, Biscuit Head, Urban Orchard Cider, Asheville Sandwich Company, and The Admiral. The most desirable homes are tucked away within walking distance to Haywood and bring the best of the big city and the small town to their residents.
The Grove Park neighborhood is a North Asheville flagship that counts the famous Grove Park Inn as its neighbor. Grove Park was developed in the 1920s and the homes are traditionally elegant. Large lots, historical architecture styles, and wide roads characterize this residential neighborhood. E.W. Grove Park sits centrally with a well-manicured grass lawn and park benches for residents to enjoy.
Historic Montford sits on the north end of Downtown Asheville close to the UNC Asheville campus. The neighborhood is brimming with stunning Victorian homes and popular bed and breakfasts. Montford has been a preeminent neighborhood in Asheville since the turn of the 20th century. In recent years, homeowners have taken to repairing neglected historic homes to bring back the life and beautify Montford knew in Asheville’s Pre-Depression prime.
Lakeview Park is a community of homes that surrounds Beaver Lake and Park. This neighborhood is one of the most desirable in Asheville due to its serene atmosphere, proximity to downtown, and inclusion in the Asheville City School district.
Kenilworth is centrally located just South of downtown Asheville and just North of the Biltmore Village. The neighborhood itself boasts 1920s bungalows and craftsman architecture. Old trees line the rolling streets and one of Asheville’s top health care providers, Mission Hospital, sits close by on Biltmore Avenue.
The East Asheville neighborhood of Oakley offers a quiet neighborhood feel just minutes from Biltmore Village. The smaller brick ranches and cottages offer the opportunity for Do-It-Yourself homeowners to find an affordable home and then allocate their budget towards renovations and custom finishings. The neighborhood is close to the Asheville Mall and other big stores on Tunnel Road. Oakley is an attraction destination for young families, first time home buyers, and retirees alike.
Even though Biltmore Forest is listed as an Asheville neighborhood, it is actually a town in its own right. Biltmore Forest is located between the Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the City of Asheville. The neighborhood history is entwined with close by Biltmore Estate. In 1916, after damaging floods around the Estate, the trustees of the George Vanderbilt Estate requested a survey of the property. The report recommended the sale of Biltmore Village and the conversion of roughly 1,500 acres of Biltmore Estate into a residential district with home lots. Current residents enjoy the wooded neighborhood and convenience of the nearby city.
Biltmore Park is a planned mixed use neighborhood in South Asheville. Biltmore Park Town Square has a gym, bookstore, coffee shop, restaurants, and living options rolled into one thoughtfully designed development. If you are looking for walkability without the bustle of downtown Asheville, Biltmore Park delivers just that.