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Halloween Haunted Happenings in Asheville: Neighborhoods to Explore

Luminaries Asheville Halloween

Asheville is a town that can slip into a festive spirit as easily as a witch slips onto her broom.  The end of October brings with it much anticipation of haunted Halloween happenings around town.  

Here are several neighborhoods, broken down by region but by no means an exhaustive list, of some of the tried and true neighborhoods that welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween festivities.

West Asheville

Halloween Dog AshevilleWest Asheville goes all out for Halloween with storefronts fully bedazzled and occasionally even a band set up at the Brew Pump on Haywood Road on Halloween night.

Vermont Avenue, the main corridor through historic West Asheville, welcomes hundreds of families for trick-or-treating.  Some homes put on shadow performances and blast spooky music.  In  recent years, the road has been closed to through traffic, making room for shoulder to shoulder treat-seekers.  Parking can be a challenge, but there is a large lot at the West Asheville Park at the bottom of Vermont Avenue.

For a quieter and more traditional Halloween experience, head to west West Asheville in the Malvern Hills neighborhood.  Sidewalks and wide roads make for a good pedestrian experience for children.  The mix of many generations means that there are plenty of homes offering candy and ample younger ones disguised and seeking candy.

East Asheville

Beverly Hills neighborhood is the go-to spot in East Asheville.  This neighborhood has tons of children, so the atmosphere is super kid-friendly.  The Halloween hub is on Kingsgate Road in the center of the neighborhood.

South Asheville

South Asheville has a handful of larger neighborhoods located close to school districts which makes for a great family vibe where you can cover lots of distance without getting in a car.  Oak Park and Biltmore Park near the T.C. Roberson School district are two stalwart Halloween locations in the south end of town.

North Asheville

Asheville Halloween CatNorth Asheville’s classic neighborhoods are welcoming to little haunts.  Kimberly Avenue, with its wide, tree-lined roads, is a fantastic location for trick or treating.  Adults can simultaneously enjoy the beauty of the architecture and the Grove Park neighborhood.  The historic Rose Garden at Gracelyn and South Griffing often turns into quite a crowd of costume-clad children. 

Homes near Weaver Park and Beaver Lake also have a great Halloween scene.  A bit further to the north, the small town of Weaverville has an historic district downtown that offers convenient, walkable fun for families adventuring out on the 31st.

Central

In the Montford Historic District near downtown Asheville, Montford Avenue is the hot spot for haunted romping.  Houses are decked out from Nine Mile to the Montford Park.  The hosts of the historic Bed and Breakfasts along the avenue greet guests in full regalia with full sized candy bars.Park on side streets or walk from downtown Asheville to check out the decorations along this beautiful road.

Haunted AshevilleKenilworth neighborhood, just a few miles south of downtown Asheville, has long been a favorite Halloween destination for locals.  The homeowners go out of their way with elaborate decorations and jack-o-lantern displays. Most people start at the big church on the corner of Kenilworth Road and Chiles, and then walk up and down the sidewalks of Kenilworth Road, venturing into the smaller side streets..... if they dare.

Wherever you may roam this Halloween, we wish you a safe and fun evening!

For more information on Asheville’s neighborhoods or information on buying or selling real estate 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.

 

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.