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 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 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.
Further Reading: A Brief History of Malvern Hills
Further Reading: A neighborhood Profile