Small Towns Near Asheville

Lively Living in Leicester,NC, Against a Breathtaking Backdrop

Leicester Neighborhood Near Asheville

Leicester, a community nestled among rolling hills against a breathtaking Blue Ridge backdrop, sits 10 miles northwest of Asheville in Buncombe County. To spend time in Leicester is to discover the perfect balance of natural beauty, exciting annual events, and popular amenities, all within easy driving distance. Leicester’s ideal location puts it mere minutes from West Asheville, Downtown Asheville, Weaverville and Woodfin.

The area features a range of home styles – everything from rustic ranches to green builds to maintenance-free condominiums. Or you can find your perfect parcel of land to create the home of your dreams from scratch.

Leicester’s Beginnings

Leicester NC FarmIn 1829, a post office opened in the area, originally called Turkey Creek. Frontiersman Leicester Chapman purchased a tract of land in the area from the city of Asheville, becoming the postmaster in 1852. Seven years later, Chapman renamed the area Leicester for the Earl of Leicester, also his namesake.

New Leicester Highway serves as a main commercial corridor for the community, featuring a range of restaurants, grocery chains, and retail stores. If you’re looking to get away and immerse completely in the outdoors, the Great Smoky Mountains are a little over an hour’s drive. A favorite destination from Leicester is Max Patch in Pisgah National Forest, an Appalachian “bald” and one of the Appalachian Trail’s most popular hikes.

Leicester Area Activities

Leicester Farm GoatsLeicester is brimming with annual events and seasonal fests to keep residents and visitors entertained year-round. Following, a few favorites:

·      Asheville Barnaroo – Started in 2009 and held every fall at Franny’s Farm, this popular festival features non-stop music over 38 acres for three days. It aims to showcase, promote and celebrate local and regional singer-songwriters and bands in rock, folk, Americana, bluegrass and funk. The fest offers optional camping; concertgoers can enjoy local beer from Hi-Wire, local food from Farm to Fender food truck, and talented regional crafts and artists.

·      Come to Leicester Studio Tour – This annual art studio tour, held in August, showcases Leicester’s local talent and builds awareness of its vibrant arts community. The free, self-guided tour of more than 23 studios and shops offers the opportunity to see artists at work, and to purchase pieces. A detailed tour map is available at every tour stop.

·      Addison Farms Vineyard – This family-owned and -operated vineyard, winery and tasting room is situated on 55 pristine, rolling acres, land that has been in the family for four generations. The tasting room is open year-round; Addison also offers a Winemaker’s Tour & Tasting for a personal, behind-the-scenes experience.

·      Noble Cider Taproom – Located on New Leicester Highway, Noble Cider – Asheville’s first hard cider company – offers visitors the opportunity to watch raw apples arriving for pressing, fresh apple juice being pumped into tanks to be fermented, or the finished product being put into kegs or bottles. Noble’s 20 taps feature an eclectic range of crisp and creative hard ciders. Open Wednesday-Sunday.

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

 

Nestled in Natural Beauty, Black Mountain's Big on Small-Town Appeal

Black Mountain Homes and Neighborhoods

Collaborative Post by Mosaic Realty agent Megan Shook and Mosaic blog writer Christie Kafka

The charming town of Black Mountain, nestled 15 miles east of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is an arts and crafts, furniture and music mecca, boasting year-round appeal for full-time residents and second-home owners alike. Formerly home to the renowned Black Mountain College, Black Mountain offers an array of restaurants, specialty shops and breweries, as well as enviable access to lakes, waterfalls and hiking trails.

Black Mountain NCBrimming with activity

Dubbed “The Little Town That Rocks” thanks to the rocking chairs that line its picturesque streets, Black Mountain (population 7,500) was recently voted "Best Small Town in Western North Carolina," and it’s easy to see why. Black Mountain offers walkability with a central town square filled with a range of businesses. Gift shops, galleries, bed & breakfasts and antique stores populate the area.

For the outdoors and nature enthusiast, Black Mountain can’t be beat: walking, hiking, biking trails, greenways, camping, trout fishing, lakes and waterfalls dot the town and surrounding areas.Hiking options offer a challenge for any skill level, from short and easy (Lookout Point) to more strenuous (Seven Sisters mountain range).

Lake Tomahawk is close to the town center and offers a gravel walking path, playground and public community pool. Black Mountain also has its own popular 18-hole municipal golf course surrounded by enticing neighborhoods close to the town center. Nearby Montreat offers hiking trails, Fourth of July festivities, athletic events, and concerts at the college.

Megan Shook Black Mountain RealtorFind your mountain retreat

If you're looking to spread out further, Highway 9 offers miles and miles of mountain privacy stretching to Lake Lure and Gerton. Numerous neighborhoods are tucked away off of Highway 9, including several gated communities ideal for a second-home getaway. The Straightaway Cafe is its own hidden gem for Highway 9 residents and passersby alike, offering family-friendly music five nights a week.

Homes in Black Mountain are as varied as the town itself. From rambling ranches close to the town center, to expansive homesteads surrounded by peaceful acres of evergreens, to compact modern builds with mountain vistas perfect for a vacation home – Black Mountain offers buyers a range of properties as close to, or as far from, commercial hubs as they want to be.

For more information about real estate in Black Mountain, please contact Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty agent Megan Shook at Megan@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call her anytime at 828-450-6797. 

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Convenience Coupled With Peaceful Pockets Defines Arden

Lake Julian Arden NC

Living in Arden means enjoying all the peaceful, natural beauty Western North Carolina has to offer – along with close proximity to commercial corridors that provide the ultimate in daily conveniences. From established neighborhoods with rambling ranches to newer communities filled with spacious homes, Arden boasts a variety of real estate choices.

An unincorporated community situated in southern Buncombe County between Skyland and Fletcher, Arden is just 15 minutes south of downtown Asheville and 15 minutes north of Hendersonville. The communities of Mills River and Biltmore Forest are also nearby. Arden’s close proximity to the Asheville Regional Airport makes it easy to catch a flight. The nearby commercial corridor of Hendersonville Road boasts a plethora of restaurants, as well as grocery and department stores.

Schools in Arden are a major draw to the area. Part of the Buncombe County School system, Glen Arden Elementary School has been designated a School of Excellence many times over. Valley Springs Middle, Avery’s Creek Elementary, Koontz Intermediate and TC Roberson High Schools also serve the Arden community.

Arden Neighborhoods to Explore

Arden NC NeighborhoodsThere are a variety of Arden neighborhoods suited to a range of tastes. A few to explore include:

·     Ashley Woods – This area is populated with newer homes, many of which boast stellar mountain views.

·     Oak Forest – Older mid-sized ranch homes that are competitively priced dot this well-established community.

·     Brookwood – Just far enough from the hustle of Arden’s commercial district, Brookwood offers older ranch homes in a peaceful setting.

·     The Cliffs at Walnut Cove – This private, gated community sports luxury homes alongside an award-winning golf course, wellness center with pools, and clubhouse.

·     Royal Pines – This neighborhood offers charming ranches on generously sized lots.

Adventures Abound in Arden

Arden NCTo the east of Arden flows the French Broad River, replete with kayaking, canoeing and tubing opportunities. A short drive away is Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a hiker’s and mountain biker’s paradise, with miles and miles of trails on which to spend the day.

Also nearby is the North Carolina Arboretum, which offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of trails, and year-round exhibits to enthrall the entire family. A mere 30-minute drive away is Pisgah Forest, perfect for a daytrip getaway to spots like Looking Glass falls, Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry.

A popular place to spend the afternoon outdoors in Arden is Lake Julian Park, a county park with a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, disc-golf course, rental boats and picnic shelters.

For a break from the day, or an informative look behind the scenes of a state-of-the-art brewery, Arden residents can zip on over to the sprawling Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in nearby Mills River. The brewery’s taproom and restaurant offer a full menu and more than 20 beers on tap, many produced just a few feet from the eatery.

For a personally guided tour of the Arden, 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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Idyllic Small Towns Surrounding Asheville Offer Best of Both Worlds

Small Towns Near Asheville NC

Asheville is a mecca for amenities typically found in much bigger cities – think delectable dining and drinking options, world-class entertainment, and a progressive, eclectic art scene. For those who may want easy access to all these things, but with the option to return home to a quieter setting, the small towns surrounding Asheville are the best of both worlds.

Arden

Located in southern Buncombe County, about 10 miles south of downtown Asheville, Arden is an unincorporated community considered part of the city of Asheville. It spans more than 37 square miles and encompasses several smaller communities, including Royal Pines, Oak Park and Avery Creek. This area is characterized by its wonderful school district, family-friendly feel and convenience to shopping and restaurants.

Buncombe CountyBiltmore Forest

Biltmore Forest is an idyllic suburb of luxury homes located in a stately hardwood forest just south of Asheville. This town, popular among families, consists primarily of quiet residential neighborhoods. Biltmore Forest has an estimated population of about 1,400 and is convenient to Biltmore Village and downtown Asheville.

Black Mountain

About 16 miles east of Asheville, Black Mountain is known as the front porch of Western North Carolina because of its quaint charm and stunning location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While Black Mountain is an amazing place to live year-round, it is especially popular among second-home owners and vacationers. Downtown Black Mountain has a wonderful collection of shops, restaurants and breweries, and the hiking and mountain biking is abundant.

Enka and Candler

Neighboring communities of Enka and Candler are situated southwest of Asheville. Enka is the eastern of the two, near the intersection of I-40, I-26 and I-240, while Candler is further west along Route 23. These communities share public schools – Enka Middle School and Enka High School, which are part of the well-respected Buncombe County School District. These neighborhoods offer a quieter, more pastoral feel but with all of the conveniences of a nearby city.

Candler_EnkaFairview

Located about 10 miles southeast of Asheville, Fairview is a historic town with a lovely and involved community of locals. The population of Fairview is just under 3,000, which gives residents plenty of privacy to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings.  Long an agricultural community, quaint neighborhoods and historic farmhouses are situated among the farmlands in this stunning valley.

Leicester

A community about 10 miles northwest of Asheville, Leicester offers residents gorgeous views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains in quiet seclusion. Leicester Elementary School serves local school children and is part of the Buncombe County School District. There are also numerous private schools located in nearby Asheville.

Swannanoa

Swannanoa is a quaint community located along I-40, east of Asheville in the breathtaking Swannanoa River Valley. The town boasts a great location, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Asheville and Black Mountain. Characterized by quiet neighborhoods, rolling farmland, and mom-and-pop businesses, this community offers a slower-paced life.

Asheville NC Surrounding TownsWeaverville

Weaverville, located north of Asheville in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, boasts outstanding local shops and restaurants, and the cultural attractions of downtown Asheville are only a short drive away. Weaverville is a family-oriented town with dozens of community events and activities throughout the year.

Woodfin

A bustling town on the eastern shore of the French Broad River, just north of Asheville, Woodfin has a population of about 6,000 year-round residents and a growing number of visitors as the River Arts District of Asheville spreads down river toward it. Many residents of Woodfin enjoy spending time rafting and canoeing on the French Broad River and frequenting the growing number of businesses along the river.

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

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