Asheville’s Biltmore Village recalls an old-world European hamlet: High-pitched roofs, heavy stone foundations and pebbledash post-and-beam walls, inspired by Biltmore House architect Richard Sharp Smith, bring together the eclectic architecture of the neighborhood. Bordered by businesses lining Lodge and Brook streets to the north, All Souls Crescent to the west, and Lula and Reed streets to the southwest, Biltmore Village affords residents an easy walk to award-winning restaurants, boutiques and galleries. From this neighborhood, you can follow quaint tree-lined streets to the renowned Biltmore Estate directly to the west, or take a short drive to the French Broad River or Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Rich History of Biltmore Village
In building the Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt aimed to create a home in the mountains of Western North Carolina that emulated the working estates of Europe, including a self-sustaining community. He commissioned accomplished architects Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted to create the community, now known as Biltmore Village. One of the earliest examples of a planned, mixed-use community, there were grocery and hardware stores, schools and a train station. The tree-lined streets of the village emanated from the village’s centerpiece, All Souls Episcopal Church (today the Cathedral of All Souls). The village’s original cottages were designed, as was the church façade, with brick, stucco pebbledash and wood timbers; some buildings featured gambrel roofs and dormers while others showcased hip roofs.
Vibrant Commercial Hub
Even though Biltmore Village retains its old-world charm, today it’s well-known as an exciting commercial hub. National chains like Williams-Sonoma and J. Crew mingle with specialty gift and antique shops, clothing boutiques and local jewelry makers – all within walking distance for the Village’s residents. Galleries featuring a range of artwork, and an eclectic mix of furniture shops make it easy to outfit and decorate your home.
When you want to take a break from shopping, Biltmore Village offers everything from formal dining to pub fare, famous chains to local eateries. The Corner Kitchen and Well-Bred Bakery & Café are popular brunch destinations; enjoy a relaxed lunch at Moe’s Original Bar B Que or Cantina Biltmore; and experience fine-dining at Red Stag and Fig. Hillman Beer serves up craft brews and house-made sandwiches and bites.
An Array of Housing Choices
Residential roads with historical single-family homes alongside new, modern builds dot Biltmore Village. Low-maintenance condominiums are another popular choice for those wanting to live in the walkable neighborhood. Not only are the homes within easy distance of Biltmore Village’s retail and restaurant hub, they’re a short drive to South Asheville’s commercial corridor of Hendersonville Road, as well as to Downtown Asheville and Mission Hospital.
For a personally guided tour of the Biltmore Village neighborhood, 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.