Asheville Neighborhoods

Wonderful, Whimsical, Welcoming West Asheville

West Asheville Neighborhoods

Nowhere is the booming growth of Asheville more evident than in eclectic West Asheville. Home to hip stores, renowned restaurants, a vibrant music scene, and every type of residence, from quaint bungalows to vertical green builds, West Asheville continues to draw a wide range of fans to its whimsical, walkable neighborhoods.

Lots to Do, See, Hear and Taste in West Asheville

Historic West AshevilleSlicing through West Asheville is the vibrant thoroughfare of Haywood Road, the area’s main artery for more than 100 years. Mom-and-pop shops stand alongside an influx of newer businesses – everything from retro arcades to artist co-ops to bike and skate shops to music halls have found their way to Haywood. Even with the seismic shifts the street has seen, it still retains a small hometown air. Residents of the many West Asheville neighborhoods that border Haywood can, in mere minutes, walk to restaurants, bars, grocery stores, schools, parks and other amenities – making it all the easier to truly experience the area’s energy and sense of community.

West Asheville has a Neighborhood for Everyone

Tucked throughout West Asheville are various neighborhoods boasting beautiful homes appealing to a range of desires and aesthetics. Whether you’re looking for a green build with proximity to playgrounds for your young children, a bungalow within walking distance of after-work hotspots, or a space with easy access to greenways, West Asheville won’t disappoint. A few of its neighborhoods include:

·       Falconhurst: Located north of downtown West Asheville, bordered on the east by Louisiana Avenue, on the south by Haywood Road, on the west by Mitchell and Druid avenues, and on the north by Patton Avenue, Falconhurst has continued to develop as an attractive neighborhood for families. In recent years, Falconhurst has become a more active community, thanks to the formation of a community garden by local residents.

·       East West Asheville: Encompassing the area between I-240 and the French Broad River, East West Asheville indulges the greenway and park lover with easy access to the French Broad River Park and Greenway as well as Carrier Park. Homes perched along the periphery boast views of the Biltmore Estate across the river. Also nearby is Hall Fletcher Elementary School.

West Asheville Parks·       Malvern Hills: This neighborhood, bordered by Bear Creek Road on the east, Wendover Road on the south, and School Road on the north, has just over 200 houses within its boundaries. It has three community-maintained landscaped islands, one with a rose garden, where residents congregate during neighborhood gatherings. The architecture is a pleasant mix of larger, stately 1920s homes, small bungalows, brick tudor cottages, and mid-century ranch houses.

·       Horney Heights: This neighborhood surrounding the Malvern Hills swimming pool and tennis courts represents the quintessential small-town, tight-knit community. Populated primarily by cottages and bungalows, Horney Heights offers great access to West Asheville’s many restaurants and bars, a public library, and Vance Elementary School, but feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle.  

·       Morningside Park: Loosely encompassing the Morningside Drive loop, and with easy access to I-26 and I-40, Morningside Park boasts a mix of bungalows, new green builds, and stately brick homes. West Asheville Park and ball field are a short walk away.

.       Craggy Park is a new sustainable community in urban West Asheville, just North of the Haywood Road business district. It consists of 45 new Energy Star certified JAG Construction homes in a low impact development. The community uses a clustered home site plan in order to create community gathering spaces and to preserve green spaces. Community amenities include a fire pit, community garden, little free libraries, lawn near a stream and walking trails. As of summer 2017, the first few homes will be hitting the market. 

·       West Asheville Estates: This neighborhood, bisected by the wide and welcoming Vermont Avenue, gives residents easy access to both Brevard and Haywood roads. Francine Delany New School is also located here.

For a personally guided tour of West Asheville, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

 

Craggy Park Kick-Off Event Announced

Craggy Park Entrance

Craggy Park is a new community of 45 GreenBuilt homes located in the heart of walkable West Asheville, featuring organic gardens and stream-side walking trails. The community's unique design clusters homes together to preserve green space and to allow for many amenities that foster community through shared use. Craggy Park is connected to the vibrant Haywood Road corridor through a greenway trail and short stroll up Dunwell Avenue.

Kick-Off Event

On July 8th and 9th from 1pm- 5pm, Craggy Park will welcome the public to come explore the newly completed homes and the community features. The first three homes will be open to tour and partners in the project will be present to answer questions. Additionally, guests will be able to tour the many community features that make this neighborhood unique.

Craggy Park Homes: in the Heart of West Asheville

Designed by W2 Architects, Craggy Park homes embrace a smart and sustainable design philosophy, maximizing livable space without a huge footprint. JAG and Associates Construction brings it's talents in green building to the project, offering five models from which to choose. Currently, there are three homes nearing completion and almost ready to tour. These homes exemplify the harmonious blend of green building technology and clean, modern design.

Craggy Park Amenities

Craggy Park Walking Trails and BridgeUtilizing a clustered design philosophy for the homes, the team of developers were able to create a low impact development that preserves as much green space as possible. This has allowed for considerable green space preservation and a park-like setting for residents. The many amenities available include a little free library, mulched walking trails, a tree house, bridge and lawn by the stream, fire pit for gathering and an organic community garden.  

Directions to Craggy Park

If you are using GPS to get to Craggy Park, use the address 180 Louisiana Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806. Our roads are not yet recognized by Google. If you are coming from Haywood Road, head north on Louisiana Avenue and Craggy Park will be 0.5 miles down on the left. If you are coming from Patton Avenue, head south on Louisiana Avenue and the Craggy Park entrance will be 0.2 miles on your right. There is a sign for Craggy Park and the entrance road is labeled Mauricet Lane.

For further information about Craggy Park, call Mike Figura, owner of Mosaic Realty at (828) 337-8190 or email him at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com

Ventana: The Peak of Comfort and Convenience in Asheville

Ventana Asheville blue skies

Daily life can get quite hectic, even in easy-going Asheville. But you can rise above it all – quite literally – in the neighborhood of Ventana. Nestled in the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 3,000 feet, the North Asheville neighborhood offers a private, gated community of uniquely luxurious homes situated seamlessly in a stunningly scenic setting. And one of the best parts? Easy access to town. What may feel like a remote, peaceful spot worlds away from the commercial hubs of Asheville is actually a mere three minutes from the Merrimon Avenue shopping corridor, and eight minutes from downtown Asheville.

An Asheville Rarity: Mountain Views, Close to Town

Ventana Rear Elevation Samsel PlanVery few neighborhoods positioned so close to downtown Asheville can boast the beautiful mountain views Ventana offers. Add to that the natural beauty of majestic forests and winding streams residents can take in from the comfort of their homes, and you’ve got a truly unique enclave. But even as the neighborhood has grown, it has maintained one overarching philosophy: minimizing the impact of building on the surrounding landscape. From the moment construction begins, architectural and site design aim to create continuity and quality throughout the neighborhood, while preserving the natural beauty of the existing landscape and community. Green building and sustainability are highlighted throughout the area.

Ventana Entrance GateThe forests surrounding Ventana are a standout feature, specifically because the homes’ material use and color palettes blend seamlessly and unobtrusively. Ventana’s architectural and site design philosophy aims to educate owners, builders and architects on ways to protect the natural beauty and resources through the building process and beyond. Low association dues (to cover the maintenance of the common areas, gate and private paved roads, trail system, and gas street lamps) ensure that this design philosophy is consistently maintained, for the benefit of residents and environment alike.

Despite being low density, the neighborhood has a high level of infrastructure, including city water, city sewer, natural gas, electric and phone all installed underground. Prospective residents select from vacant lots and pre-construction packages (land plus home) from a group of three competing builders, but they can choose to use their own builder provided they follow Ventana’s architectural guidelines.

Amenities, Mere Minutes Away

Living in Ventana means you’re just a few minutes from the commercial corridor of Merrimon Avenue, replete with grocery stores (Ingles, GreenLife, Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market and Harris Teeter) and restaurants (Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian, Luella’s Bar-B-Que, Plant, HomeGrown, Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. and Marco’s Pizzeria, to name just a few). And just a few minutes beyond that lies downtown Asheville, where you can enjoy all the entertainment, fine dining and shopping the urban hub has to offer.

For the outdoor enthusiast, having a home in Ventana puts you at the foot of heaven: think winding, stream-lined walking paths throughout the community, a number of nearby hiking trails, and easy access to the French Broad River and all the water sports it has to offer.

For a personally guided tour of Ventana, contact Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s William Yeager, the exclusive listing agent for Ventana’s developer, at William@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him at 828-450-0140. You can also contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him at (828) 337-8190.

Asheville Elevates the Art of Downtown Living

Pack Square Park Asheville

Asheville is synonymous with lots of things – wide-ranging outdoor activities, a world-class craft beer scene, unparalleled mountain vistas – but urban oasis? Many would be surprised to learn that at the heart of Asheville’s natural beauty sits a compact, livable downtown district brimming with big-city amenities, arts, entertainment, eateries, markets, gyms … the list goes on. Living in downtown Asheville puts all of these conveniences within easy walking distance – making it simple to ditch the car and reduce that carbon footprint!

First Up, Downtown Asheville is Foodtopia

Grove Arcade Market AshevilleThere’s no shortage of dining options in downtown Asheville – everything from brunch hotspots Over Easy CaféEarly Girl Eatery, Tupelo Honey  to bustling brew pubs Wicked Weed Brewery , LAB , Bhramari Brewing Co. to dessert destinations French Broad Chocolates , Karen Donatelli , just to name a few. Feeling like a home-cooked meal? Pop into the locally owned artisan and discount food shop Hopey & Co.’s  downtown location, or make a quick stop at French Broad Food Co-op to pick up all your meal-making necessities. And every Saturday morning, you can visit the Asheville City Market for farm-fresh produce, meat, dairy and local artisan products.

Asheville: Enriching – and Entertaining

Asheville Civic CenterLook for culturally rich programs and entertainment in downtown Asheville, and you won’t be disappointed. Think dance and music performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre; a range of concerts and sporting events at the U.S. Cellular Center/Thomas Wolfe Auditorium ; and all manner of outdoor music and arts fests in Pack Square. Pack Memorial Library also features performances and a range of organized activities for all ages. Itching for an enriching museum experience? Hit the Asheville Art Museum, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the Asheville Museum of Science, or the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, or mix in a little play at the Asheville Pinball Museum.

Catch a Movie, See a Play

Getting to the movies to see first-run, art and independent films is easy in downtown Asheville, thanks to the Fine Arts Theatre and the recently opened Grail Moviehouse. When you’re ready to see top-notch plays – or if you’d like to be in one yourself – visit Asheville Community Theatre or the N.C. Stage Company.

Get Fit Right in Downtown

YMCA Downtown AshevilleWalking the streets of downtown can be a workout in itself, but if you’re looking for something a little more challenging, the district boasts a YMCA (which sports two pools, basketball and racquetball courts, along with the traditional wellness center) as well as a Climbmax Climbing gym, with indoor and outdoor facilities.

Places to Park It

Partaking of all Asheville has to offer can be exhausting; luckily, the downtown area is replete with parks for relaxing, meeting up with friends, or simply people-watching. Pack Square, surrounded by the art deco treasures Asheville is famed for, presents the perfect spot for spreading a blanket and soaking in the atmosphere. A bonus for kids is Splashville water park, at the east end of the square. For some fun people-watching (and a little Friday evening drum circle action), head to Pritchard Park. Once you’re recharged – and ready for a rush – grab your wheels and head to Food Lion Skatepark.

For a personally guided tour of downtown Asheville, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Magical Montford, An Asheville Jewel

Historic Montford

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more walkable, picturesque neighborhood in Asheville than the historic district of Montford. Taking a stroll through this visually vibrant neighborhood is to step back in time, to a period of rich architectural influences reflective of the cosmopolitan character of the city at the turn of the 20th century. Every block brings a brilliant array of Victorian, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts styles combined with Neoclassical, Colonial Revival and castle-like motifs; in addition, popping up are pockets of new green homes, seamlessly tying the present to the past. Joining them is an eclectic mix of restaurants, including Nine Mile (www.ninemileasheville.com), chiesa (www.chiesaavl.com) and Tod’s Tasties (www.todstasties.com).

Montford’s Rich History

Historic Montford AshevilleLocated off Montford Ave., a quick walk to downtown Asheville, and roughly bordered by I-240, I-26 and Broadway Ave., Montford is a National Register Historic District with more than 600 structures, mostly residences, built between 1890 and 1920. Asheville architect and supervising architect of the Biltmore House Richard Sharp Smith produced a number of homes in Montford. Though largely residential, Montford maintained several boarding houses and sanitaria for tuberculosis, mental disorders and other ailments. The neighborhood is home to Riverside Cemetery, 87 acres of rolling hills where authors Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, as well as Confederate General Robert B. Vance and N.C. Gov. Zebulon Vance, are buried.

Montford at Play

Riverside CemeteryToday, many residences in Montford have found second lives as bed and breakfasts. Grand manors provide peaceful stays while at the same time allowing visitors to easily explore the walkable neighborhood.  

Montford is replete with activities for residents and visitors alike. A stop at the Asheville Visitor’s Center (36 Montford Ave.), at the neighborhood’s edge, can provide you with all the resources and direction necessary for getting the most out of Montford, and Asheville in general. The Montford Recreation Center, in the heart of the neighborhood, features the Montford Climbing Wall, a gym and two multi-purpose rooms. The center is surrounded by the Montford Complex, boasting a playground, tennis court, lighted ball field and the Hazel B. Robinson Amphitheater. The amphitheater is home to the Montford Park Players , N.C.’s longest running Shakespeare festival, which presents free Theatre in the Park under the stars all summer long.

Historic Montford AshevilleMontford is also home to popular annual festivals and tours:

·      Montford Arts and Music Festival  – Held in May, this festival is one of the largest one-day free music and arts festivals in Asheville, with more than 100 vendors of art, crafts and food, and two stages of entertainment.

·      Greek Festival  – Montford’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church hosts a fall fest full of traditional dancing, music and, of course, food – fest-goers enjoy a range of Greek specialties – think lamb shank, pastichio, spanakopita and baklava.

·      Montford Holiday Tour of Homes  – Heralding the holiday season, the Tour of Homes gives attendees a first-hand look at the rich architecture the neighborhood is famed for.

For a personally guided tour of the Montford area, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Spotlight on Asheville Neighborhoods: Five Points and UNC-Asheville

UNC Asheville Campus

In a triangle tucked between the Merrimon and Broadway Avenue corridors, just north of downtown Asheville, is the neighborhood known collectively as Five Points and UNC-Asheville. Lining the cluster of prime residential homes that makes up Five Points are an array of businesses – groceries, spas, coffee shops, bed and breakfast inns – all easily accessible by foot. The Five Points and UNC-Asheville area features a range of 1920s and ’30s bungalows mixed with a growing number of modern-style residences, making a stroll through the streets a feast for the eyes.

Five Points Neighborhood AshevilleBordering the north end of Five Points is the University of North Carolina at Asheville (the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the UNC system and home to an array of events open to the public), the regionally renowned North Asheville Tailgate Market, and the beautiful Botanical Gardens at Asheville. The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station Headquarters is also located in the neighborhood.

A Walkable Asheville Neighborhood

High Five Coffee Shop AshevilleResidents of Five Points have the distinct privilege of being within walking distance of a collection of popular specialty grocery stores – Greenlife (Whole Foods), Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter – along with favorite meeting spots Five Points Restaurant and High Five Coffee. Try the Diablo at High Coffee, pictured at left. At the tip of the triangle sits the Moog Music Factory, where the world-famous Moog Music synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments are designed and handcrafted, and where visitors can play the gear, or take a free factory tour to see employees at work building some of the most innovative instruments in the world. This walkable neighborhood boasts sidewalks lining many streets.

UNC-Asheville: An Asheville Community Gem

UNC-Asheville offers amazing resources not only for its students, but for the general public as well. The university sponsors a wide range of cultural and academic events, concerts, lectures, movie screenings and the like, both on campus and off, year-round. In addition, programs like the Family Business Forum and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are specifically designed to educate and support the Asheville community.

Botanical Gardens of Asheville and Tailgate Market

Botanical Gardens AshevilleBordering the UNCA campus is the Botanical Gardens of Asheville, a 10-acre independent, non-profit botanical gardens dedicated to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians. Admission is free, and the gardens boast trails lined with meandering creeks and stunning scenery perfect for spending a sunny afternoon.

The North Asheville Tailgate Market (whose 2017 season runs from April 1-Nov. 18) sets up shop on the UNCA campus every Saturday from 8 a.m. til noon. Since 1980, the market has provided visitors with a full range of local, sustainably produced produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. With more than 40 vendors and over 40,000 annual customers, the market’s energetic and warm environment exemplifies the celebrated diversity of Asheville’s community.

For a personally guided tour of the Five Points and UNCA area, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

A Look Inside the Downtown Asheville Condo Life

Downtown Asheville Condo

The Downtown Asheville Lifestyle

Asheville Condo BalconyLiving in downtown Asheville is an exciting and convenient way of life, and given the growing number of refurbished and new condo buildings, it is an increasingly popular lifestyle as well. With dozens of incredible restaurants, bars, art galleries and entertainment merely steps away, there is never a dull moment.

Many of the amenities provided by these downtown condominiums are designed to accommodate a walkable lifestyle with easy access to all that you would need.  Features such as in-house gyms, storage closets, common areas and on-site parking help to make that lifestyle possible.

Newer Downtown Asheville Condos

Downtown Asheville CondoA number of new condominium buildings have cropped up in downtown Asheville in recent years, with many of them adopting a mixed-use model.  For example, 12 South Lexington and Lexington Station have commercial spaces on the ground level and multiple housing units in varying sizes above.

A hallmark of many of the newer condos is the use of balconies and terraces in most units. The luxury condos at both 60 North Market and 21 Battery Park feature terraces with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  They also both feature rooftop club houses for entertaining guests.

Refurbished Downtown Asheville Condos

Downtown Asheville CondoDowntown Asheville is known for its well-preserved historic district.  Many small independent businesses have moved into the ground floor units of these stunning buildings while the upper floors have turned into mixed use developments with offices as well as residences.

Buildings as old as the 1891 Oxford Place Condos have been refurbished and modernized, providing residences with tons of character and historic charm.  The Broadway Arts Building condos and Sawyer Motor Building Condos feature original hardwood floors and exposed brick walls alongside modern conveniences such as updated electric, plumbing and windows.

Many of these vintage condos have been carefully renovated to provide many of the community features desirable in newer condos as well. For example, 37 Hiawassee and the Kress Building condos have incorporated rooftop terraces for residents to take in the city views, and Ardmion Park, once known as the Sky Club, provides its residents with a community swimming pool and gardens overlooking the city.

For more information on real estate or living in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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4 Benefits of Buying a Historic Home in Asheville

Historic Home Kenilworth Asheville

Part of the wide appeal of Asheville is its aesthetic.  Though it is a small city, nestled among the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, it draws in flocks of tourists.  Many of these tourists eventually make their way into the charming historic neighborhoods of Asheville and are drawn in by the architectural beauty of these well-preserved homes. This is evidenced by the quickly growing population and popularity of Asheville.

The Craftsmanship and Strength of Historic Homes is Unmatched

Unique Coffered Ceiling DesignOlder homes, particularly those that were built before World War 1, are typically built of much higher quality materials than newer homes.  You will often find rare hardwoods such as heart pine and wood from old-growth forests.  Rare gems such as copper adornments and opalescent glass exemplify the handmade nature of these buildings.

America is currently undergoing a type of downtown revival.  Residents and tourists alike are enjoying the cultural hub provided by historic centers.  Start-up businesses such as bookstores and restaurants are thriving in these historic locations.  Historic neighborhoods close to these city centers are increasingly appealing for their vibrancy and walkability.

Possible Tax Incentives

As of January of 2016, the North Carolina legislature has put into effect a historic rehabilitation tax credit program.  This program provides a great incentive to taxpayers who rehabilitate their homes or income-producing properties.  These incentives for improving historic structures are an important tool for historic preservation in North Carolina.  Additionally, a federal tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic homes consists of a 20% credit for qualifying income-producing historic properties that have been rehabilitated.

Adaptive Reuse is Environmentally Friendly

Far superior to demolition, the concept of adaptive reuse encourages people to preserve the structural assets in place.  This saves a lot of energy that goes into the manufacture, transportation and assembly of new building materials.  Historical buildings’ energy efficiency can always be improved upon, and the latest building technologies are making that increasingly easy.

You Are Preserving History

Ideal Yard for Pets and PlayAsheville is a place of deep-rooted history.  A small group of big-dreaming activists played a large role in helping to stop the demolition of many of downtown Asheville’s historic buildings to put in a strip mall.  Fortunately, they were able to stop the destruction, and preservationists stepped in with a Public Works program that encouraged business owners to preserve the historic buildings and create businesses within their walls.  Today, Asheville has a vibrant downtown and many of the businesses are housed in architecturally astounding structures.

Similarly, many devoted homeowners have moved into the many historic neighborhoods around Asheville, and with a little TLC, have preserved these stately homes.  Examples of this can bee seen in the Victorian and Queen Anne homes in Montford, pebble dash cottages in Biltmore Village, charming bungalows in West Asheville and Colonial Revival and Tudor homes of Grove Park, among many others.

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Sources and Further Reading: National Trust for Historic Preservation 

Preservation North Carolina 

The Best-Kept-Secret Neighborhood in West Asheville: Malvern Hills

Malvern Hills Neighborhood Asheville

Just west of the desirable historic West Asheville neighborhood lies the quiet community of Malvern Hills.  This hidden gem of Asheville has a rich history and a vibrant community.  Additionally, as a part of West Asheville, it is a highly walkable community.

The History of Malvern Hills Neighborhood in Asheville

Beginning in the 1820s, people voyaged from the surrounding countryside to this area to enjoy the health benefits of the sulphur springs discovered in these hills by Robert Henry.  By the mid 1800s, as word of the healing waters spread, people would travel here to reap the benefits of the healing waters. They would stay in the Hotel Belmont, and later the Sulphur Springs Hotel, both of which stood in the center of what is now the neighborhood until they burned and were ultimately abandoned in 1891.  Remnants of the spring house can still be seen at the bottom of School Road.

The Landscape of Malvern Hills

Malvern Hills ArchitectureMalvern Hills neighborhood, bordered by Bear Creek Road on the east, Wendover Road on the south, and on the north by School Road, has just over 200 houses within its boundaries.  Patton Avenue provides quick access to downtown Asheville and I-40 while the western end of the neighborhood is bordered by Canie Creek.  This small creek winds through a large wooded tract of land where residents frequently spot deer, bear, and wild turkeys.  A strong movement is currently underway to secure a greenway along this creek.

Infrastructure and Architecture of Malvern Hills

Malvern Hills Community ParkMalvern Hills boasts one of the few areas in west Asheville to have sidewalks lining all roads, thus making it a pedestrian-friendly area. There are three community-maintained landscaped islands, one with a rose garden, where residents  congregate during neighborhood gatherings. Mature trees grace the hilly slopes of this area, and you may glimpse mountain views from some of the hilltops.  

The architecture is a pleasant mix of larger, stately 1920s homes, small bungalows, brick tudor cottages, and mid-century ranch houses.  The lots are of a generous size and are well-maintained.

For more information on neighborhoods and real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Further Reading:  A Brief History of Malvern Hills

Further Reading: A neighborhood Profile

 

 

Explore Historic Neighborhoods in Asheville

Montford Colonial Revival

Asheville, North Carolina is lucky to have a number of well-preserved historic districts among its many and varied neighborhoods.  Gorgeous examples of diverse styles of architecture are represented throughout these communities.  Many of them are graced with sidewalks, small businesses, public parks and are desirable for their walkability.

If you are considering buying an historic home for its aesthetic benefits and unmatched architecture, or simply curious about these majestic abodes, take a look the 8 historic neighborhoods featured here.

Historic Kenilworth

KenilworthThis lovely neighborhood sits perched atop some rolling hills just south of downtown Asheville.  Bungalows and other larger homes, mostly built in the 1920s, define the architectural style. There are also some prime examples of Spanish architecture found among the huge hardwoods.

The neighborhood’s location near the hospital, downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village make it convenient for many professionals.  There is also a public park and a small lake with peaceful views nestled in the center of the community.

Montford Historic District

MontfordThis centrally-located neighborhood is just a stone’s throw outside of downtown Asheville.  It had its heyday at the turn of the 20th century with many of the city’s professionals built large and colorful homes along the central corridor of Montford Avenue and its surrounding blocks.  

Today, some of the largest homes are now operating as bed and breakfast establishments, but most are still single family residences.  Homes in architectural styles such as Victorian, Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts and Neoclassical sit majestically overlooking the tree-lined streets.

Beaverdam

BeaverdamThe Beaverdam neighborhood is located in a gorgeous valley to the north of downtown.  The opening of the valley is conveniently located off of Merrimon Avenue, a straight shot into downtown and all of the conveniences it offers.  The back of the valley leads up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for easy access to hiking and biking in America’s most visited national park.

The historic homes in this valley are mostly a farmhouse style in a pastoral setting.  If you follow Beaverdam Road, parallel to Beaverdam Creek, you can glimpse some of these vintage farmhouses and cabins.

LakeView Park

Lake View ParkThis community of 485 homes surrounding Beaver Lake and Park in north Asheville has a blend of architectural styles and a good number of historical homes, built mostly in the 1920s, among the residences.  

The lake itself was created in 1923 by esteemed urban planner and architect John Nolen.  The lake and its surrounding trail system are privately owned and maintained by residents of Lakeview Park. This neighborhood offers proximity to downtown Asheville in balance with serene lakeside living.

 

Historic Grove Park Neighborhood

Grove ParkThis classic North Asheville neighborhood is known for its stately homes, Grove Park Inn golf course vistas and immaculately landscaped terraced yards.  Designed and developed by Edwin Wiley Grove, this area incorporates Neoclassical, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival and Bungalow styles of architecture among others.

The famous Grove Park Inn sits on the hillside overlooking the central thoroughfare of Kimberly Avenue.  Several restaurants and bars provide meeting spots for locals along Charlotte Street.

Biltmore Forest

Biltmore ForestBiltmore Forest, once a part of the Biltmore Estate, is not only a neighborhood, but actually a town of almost three square miles as well.  It is located between the Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway and is characterized by its enormous hardwood trees.

The first homes were built around 1923 on White Oak Road.  While there are newer sections of the neighborhood, the areas closest to Biltmore Village and Hendersonville Road feature large historic homes on generous lots.

Biltmore Village

Biltmore VillageHistoric Biltmore Village was initially created as a community for the workers of the Biltmore Estate during its late 19th century construction. The architectural style is very unique with its pebbledash post and beam walls, high pitched roofs and heavy stone foundations inspired by Biltmore Estate architect Richard Sharp Smith.

Though the village is largely filled with businesses at this point, there are a few residences in the community that can enjoy the convenience of a completely walkable neighborhood.

Historic West Asheville

West Asheville HistoricHistoric West Asheville has a style entirely its own.  Many of the homes in this district were built in the 1920s in a bungalow style with large front porches and low-hanging eaves.  In recent decades, the area has undergone a kind of renaissance with people renovating many of these historic homes and revitalizing the central business corridor on Haywood Road, a lively downtown of its own.

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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