The Asheville real estate market comprises many beautiful communities and neighborhoods; each with a distinctive personality. The community profiles below can help you determine the best areas for you and your family, or just familiarize you with the Asheville real estate market from a “neighborhood–up” approach. Knowing the amenities and culture of these various neighborhoods will give you a better perspective on living in the Asheville area.
ASHEVILLE is the largest city in Western North Carolina and the county seat of Buncombe County. The city is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for its natural beauty. Asheville has been voted “10 Most Beautiful Places in America,” “Best Food & Wine Destinations in the US“, and the “Top 25 Arts Destinations.”
BARNARDSVILLE, population 1,647, is an unincorporated community just north of Asheville. This beautiful community is home to the Big Ivy Community Center, where Mountain Heritage Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of October. Access to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway is available through Barnardsville.
BILTMORE FOREST is a planned residential community with a rich cultural history. The atmosphere of Biltmore Forest was determined and the plan of development was worked out to the last detail before a single tree was touched. Serene, thickly wooded, spread out and natural, the idea was to create a fine Asheville neighborhood bordering Biltmore Estate. A quaint Town Hall, a friendly police force and a July 4th parade for kids complete with Uncle Sam make Biltmore Forest a real old-fashioned town.
BILTMORE LAKE offers the balance of a serene and beautiful mountain retreat with the art and architecture, street theater and cafés of downtown Asheville just minutes away. With 62 acres of shimmering mountain lake right in the neighborhood, it’s easy to see why so many Biltmore Lake residents are content to stay home on the weekends Biltmore Lake’s miles of forest and lake trails and access to canoeing, fishing, tennis, and social gatherings sets up an open invitation to enjoy the natural environment.
BILTMORE PARK TOWN SQUARE is an inspired re-invention of a simpler style of living. As Asheville, NC’s first dense mixed-use community, Town Square’s 42 acres offer an artful blend of recreation destinations, stylish condominiums and townhomes, modern apartments, and premier office space. Distinctive architecture, mountain views and abundant green spaces celebrate Asheville’s artistic history and rugged natural beauty, while wide sidewalks and welcoming benches encourage you to leave your car behind — and walk, mingle and explore.
BLACK MOUNTAIN offers tree lined residential streets, numerous upscale gift shops, galleries and Appalachian style craft stores, and gorgeous mountain scenery, hiking and biking trails with a relaxed mountain lifestyle.
BURNSVILLE is located in the mountains of Western North Carolina in the shadow of Mount Mitchell which has the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. The town was named for Captain Otway Burns, a naval hero of the war of 1812.
CANDLER is a mountain community nestled in Hominy Valley, approximately halfway between Asheville (to the east) and Canton (to the west) via Interstate 40 (about 20 minutes either way). Mt. Pisgah, with access to the Blue Ridge Parkway, stands to the south and Newfound Gap to the north.
ENKA is a historic community and is part of the city of Asheville. American Enka Company, incorporated in 1928, built what became the nation’s largest rayon-producing factoryIn 1929 the company began developing a community plan that included employee houses and became known as Enka Village.
FAIRVIEW is located 12 minutes southeast of Asheville. Convenient to shopping, there are several picturesque valleys and mountaintops. Route 74A offers access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the route to Lake Lure, Chimney Rock and Bat Cave. Western Fairview has great horse properties and even a ranch with long-horned cattle!
FLAT ROCK has unique characteristics as a historic residential community with forested landscapes and scenic vistas along the scenic byways and other public roads through the village. Rich with history, tradition and beauty Flat Rock is home to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, a National Park Service property, and the Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina.
FLETCHER is located on the northern tip of Henderson County. The Town of Fletcher was founded in 1856 when Dr. George Fletcher built a two-room house along Old Plank Road, which is now US Highway 25. Travelers seeking hospitality from their journeys quickly began stopping at Dr. Fletcher’s house. In the early 20th century the old turnpike became US Highway 25, the main route through the mountains, and growth came quickly.
HENDERSONVILLE is located 22 miles south of Asheville, NC on a plateau with an altitude of 2200 feet above sea level. Historic Downtown Hendersonville was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in March of 1988. It has become a vital part of the community’s economic and cultural growth. The serpentine street features planter boxes brimming with, benches, seasonal flowers and trees. Downtown boasts a wide array of shopping, antique stores, galleries, museums, an aquarium and a variety of restaurants.
LEICESTER, originally known as Turkey Creek, was established in 1829. The name of the township was changed to Leicester (pronounced Les-ter) in 1859. The town was named for Leicester Chapman who established a Stand or Mercantile business and named the area Leicester in honor of his titled godfather the Earl of Leicester.
MARS HILL is rich in history, character, and people. It is known for its beautiful mountain views and picturesque setting as well as for Mars Hill University, the oldest educational institution still in its original location in western North Carolina. A walk down Main Street can immerse you in the history and the culture that contributed to the character of the town. Many of the houses surrounding the center of town tell the story of Mars Hill’s growth from its birth until today.
MARSHALL is the epitome of a picturesque mountain town with the French Broad River at its feet, the steep rocky edge of a mountain at its back, a railroad passing through, and a pillared court house. Marshall maintains a warm, small-town feeling while art galleries, high ceiling apartments rich with brick and wood, restaurants with fresh menus, and unique stores begin to fill the century-old brick buildings. Spend an evening or an afternoon exploring Main Street and Blannerhassett Island.
WEAVERVILLE is a thriving, small town located along I-26 just minutes from downtown Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and the Tennessee border. Weaverville is located less than 10 minutes from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, 20 minutes from A-B Technical Community College, 30 minutes from Warren Wilson College, 15 minutes from Mars Hill College, and an hour from Western Carolina University and Brevard College.