Walkable Asheville

Historic Hideaway in the Hub of Asheville: Kenilworth Neighborhood

 

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Named after Castle Kenilworth in England, Asheville’s own Kenilworth Neighborhood offers tranquil serenity only minutes from the city’s finest shopping, dining and entertainment.  Nestled between Biltmore Village on the south and downtown Asheville to the north, Kenilworth has long been an prestigious residential district in the Asheville area.

 

A Brief History of Kenilworth

 

As holds true of several Asheville neighborhoods, Kenilworth residences emerged around the presence of a large inn.  James Chiles purchased the Patton Farm and subsequently developed The Kenilworth Inn, a large Tudor Revival building  in 1926.  It is now used as an apartment building and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  To provide recreational opportunities for guests, he created the 19 acre Lake Kenilworth.  Nearly one hundred years later, this lake is still providing a peaceful habitat for wildlife and stunning vistas  for residents.


 

Kenilworth Neighborhood Architecture

 

Having had its heyday in the 1920s, Kenilworth exhibits styles of architecture characteristic of this time period.  Quaint bungalows are nestled within the mature wooded landscape, and Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor, and Prairie gems perch atop the gentle hills.  Increasingly, you will find green infill populating the neighborhood and providing a fantastic opportunity for eco-friendly living.


 

Convenient to Work and Play

 

Kenilworth Neighborhood is located within a few miles of several of the area’s largest employers.  Many medical industry professionals live in Kenilworth due to its proximity to Mission Hospital.  Being located between Biltmore and downtown, it is also an ideal location for tourism industry professionals.

 

In addition to  having its own scenic lake, the neighborhood also has its own park. Kenilworth Park, located in the heart of the neighborhood,  has picnic tables and grills, ballfields and courts, and a playground.  Merely a few minute drive away, you will find yourself in the excitement of downtown Asheville or the quaint serenity of Biltmore Village.

 

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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Spotlight on South Asheville: Biltmore Park Neighborhood

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Biltmore Park is a neighborhood unlike any other in Asheville.  It was intentionally designed as a walkable 21st century community where you can live, work, shop and play all in the same area.  You can really find much of what you need via foot or bike. However, the community is convenient to interstate, the Asheville airport, and many major grocery stores and shopping retailers.

Biltmore Park Town Square

This vibrant mixed-use development in South Asheville was planned to look like a city-center.  The mostly brick structures house commercial businesses on the street level and residences above.

Some of the locals’ favorite establishments for dining include Neo Burrito and Brixx Pizza for casual dining and P.F. Chang’s for more upscale dining.  Stroll on over to Ya Ya’s Frozen Yogurt after dinner.

You can also do much of your shopping in the town center.  REI has a major store there for equipping all of your outdoor adventures.  The kids will be delighted by the offerings of local toy supplies O.P. Taylor’s.

There are plenty of opportunities for entertainment in the town center.  There is a branch of the YMCA, a movie theatre, and even a brew pub, Thirsty Monk, boasting all of the area’s best microbrews on tap.

Styles of Homes in Biltmore Park

You will find a variety of homes in Biltmore Park.  For the urbanite, you can live in a town home style condo above one of the many businesses in town center.  Just outside of town center, there are mid-size single family homes on modest lots.  As you move farther away from town center, the homes and lots increase in size until you reach the palatial homes tucked away on the wooded mountainside overlooking the neighborhood.

Walkable Neighborhood

This planned community was designed with walkability and green living in mind.  Estes elementary school, Koontz Intermediate school, Valley Springs Middle School and TC Roberson High School are all walkable or bikeable from most of the neighborhood.  This is one of the highest-performing school districts in the area.

Take the well-maintained and shady paved path that winds throughout the area to a neighbor’s house or to the town center.  You can walk to the community pool, a benefit included in community dues.  The public library, located next to the high school, is also an easy walk from Biltmore Park homes.

Community in Biltmore Park

This south Asheville neighborhood thrives on community connectivity.  Twice a year, there is a huge garage sale that draws people from all over the area.  There is also a Fourth of July parade for the children.  You can always make new friends at the community pool and park.

Proximity to Green Spaces

Biltmore Park is a wonderful neighborhood if you value proximity to green spaces and outdoor adventure.  The Mountain to Sea Trail, a trail that runs from the Great Smoky Mountains to North Carolina’s outer banks, runs right along the border of Biltmore Park.  Furthermore, it is approximately a ten minute drive to both the  North Carolina Arboretum and Bent Creek Trails and Experimental Forest.  Zen Tubing has a launch point on the French Broad River just across from the Arboretum’s entrance.

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: Biltmore Park Homeowners

Biltmore Park Planned Community



 

 

 


 


 

You Will Love These 5 Amazing Walkable Neighborhoods in Asheville

walkable neighborhoods

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Considering a move to or within Asheville?  Here in the world of Asheville real estate, we are noticing a few trends that may seem familiar to you.  The first is the desire to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.  Another is a premium placed on convenience to alleviate the pressures of today’s busy schedules.  Enter the demand for walkable neighborhoods.

Aside from the obvious walkability of downtown Asheville’s historic and luxury condos, we would like to explore with you 5 other diverse walkable neighborhoods.

  1. Montford-Central

Montford homeMontford is an historic district just Northwest of downtown Asheville.  The main commercial corridor, Montford Avenue, is lined with enormous hardwoods and gorgeous homes, mostly from the early 1900s, in a vast array of architectural styles.  A handful of establishments such as Nine Mile Caribbean cuisine and Chiesa Italian restaurant make this neighborhood have a sense of community.  Additionally, there is a small park and a community center with tennis courts and wooded amphitheater, perfect for a stroll to entertainment.

  1. Grove Park-North

One of Asheville’s oldest and most distinguished planned neighborhoods, the Grove Park neighborhood, lies just North of downtown.  Charlotte Street serves as the vital avenue for this part of town.  Though this neighborhood is more elongated, stretching all the way to the Grove Park Inn, many residents can be seen taking the tree-lined sidewalks to the dining on Charlotte Street.  You can get the flavor of this neighborhood by checking out restaurants like the Asian cuisine of Ghanshan Station and pastries at City Bakery.

  1. West Asheville-West

Of all of these walkable neighborhoods, West Asheville has perhaps the most robust and distinctive mini-downtown area of its own.  Haywood Road is a revitalized thoroughfare lined with pubs, restaurants, and boutiques.  Bike corrals and pedestrian crossings encourage green forms of transportation.  Architectural styles range from smaller historic bungalows to mid century ranchers to newer green homes.  There are several parks, a public library, bookstore, yoga studio and more to walk to!

West Asheville Historic Home

  1. Biltmore Park-South

The newer south Asheville community of Biltmore Park neighborhood is a planned town center surrounded by a suburban neighborhood of larger homes built around 1990-2010.  The concept of this neighborhood was designed to promote smart growth and walkability.  Sidewalks are the norm and you can walk to many stores, restaurants and even a YMCA.  The mountains to sea trail even passes close by the edge of the neighborhood.

  1. River Arts District-Central

The River Arts District is one of Asheville’s newest revitalized areas.  Sitting along the banks of the French Broad River and criss-crossed with railroad tracks, it has long been an industrial area.  Manufacturing warehouses are slowly making way for artist’s studios and historic buildings are being rehabbed into breweries, restaurants and bars.  Sidewalks and bike lanes help pedestrians access downtown and the nearby river park.  Much of the housing in this area is either bungalow style homes, condos or studio apartments.

Mosaic Realty would love to help you find your place among Asheville’s walkable neighborhoods.

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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River Arts District Neighborhood of Asheville = RAD

River Arts District Asheville

Undeniably, the neighborhood in Asheville that is undergoing the most radical change at the moment is the River Arts District.

This district is situated just southwest of downtown Asheville, nestled between the bustling central business district, historic Biltmore Village and funky West Asheville.  The French Broad River defines the neighborhood’s western border and brings with it many eager river adventurers.  However, it has not always been quite the cultural hub that it is now.

History of the River Arts District in Asheville

Historic River Arts District AshevilleBy the late 1800s, Asheville’s industrial district had settled in the low-lying area surrounding the French Broad River.  During this time, the railroad, still active today as the Norfolk Southern, brought scores of people to town.

In the 1980s, as downtown Asheville began to see a slow renaissance and artists faced higher rents there, many of them set up shop in the industrial buildings lining the banks of the French Broad River.  1994 marked the first official studio stroll, and hence the name River Arts District began to take effect.  

Around the turn of the century, a few Asheville entrepreneurs began to recognize the opportunity in the area and set up businesses such as the Grey Eagle Music Hall and the Wedge Brewery, which are still thriving today.  The momentum has continued through the last 15 years with many businesses experiencing success in the area.

Today, there are plans for a Visitor’s Center with public parking and restrooms and many other improvements in the works.  The city was awarded a federal grant titled Tiger VI to improve transportation in and around the River District.  Ahead of the improved infrastructure, many local businesses are looking to be a part of this area.

River Arts District Culture

River Arts StudiosThis neighborhood is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Asheville. (Link)  It’s friendliness to alternative transportation is only increasing as the city is investing more and more in infrastructure for greenways, sidewalks and bike lanes.  

The plethora of craft beers, artisan cocktails, fine dining and casual bites to eat is overwhelming and on the rise.  Our detailed blog post on river culture in Asheville lays out some of our favorite destinations in the River Arts District as well as some outstanding pass times.

Architectural Styles of the River Arts District

 Historic cottages dot the hillside of Chicken Hill, facing west over the river and south over the center of the business district.  In the past few years, some historic industrial buildings have been renovated to include studio apartments near artists’ studio spaces.  

New construction is popping up all along the River Arts District featuring mostly condos and modern style homes.  These homes are designed to reduce urban sprawl and to take advantage of the walkability of this neighborhood.

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/Further Reading: The History of the River Arts District

 

 

Walkable Biltmore Village Gives Asheville of Old a Modern Twist

Biltmore Village Asheville

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

Biltmore Village Asheville RestaurantsEven 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.

 

West Asheville's Craggy Park Combines Community and Nature

Craggy Park Streetscape

Imagine a sustainable urban community featuring streamside trails and organic gardens against a park-like backdrop. Now imagine this idyllic setting within easy walking distance of West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor. The distinctive neighborhood of Craggy Park has all of this, and more. Its 45 green-built homes, featuring modern, clean lines and bright, open designs, are responsibly constructed for low environmental impact and sustainable living. Ditching the car in favor of biking or walking to restaurants, grocery, schools, the library and other amenities along Haywood Road and Patton Avenue is easy for Craggy Park residents, making this neighborhood the ultimate in green living.

Connecting to Nature at Craggy Park

Amenities at Craggy ParkCraggy Park’s design philosophy of clustering homes around ample common space means residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the outdoors. The neighborhood’s park on Fox Creek and adjacent urban woodland conservation area make it easy to stay connected to nature. The park includes a nature trail with benches, a lawn by the stream, two “little free libraries,” a tree house, an oversized double swing, organic gardens, a fire pit, a picnic area with a community grill and herb spiral gardens. Native, drought-tolerant and edible landscaping throughout the neighborhood provides a habitat for local flora and fauna.

For a more immersive experience in nature, residents have a range of nearby options. The neighborhood is an easy drive to hiking and biking trails in Bent Creek, water recreation on the French Broad River, and camping in Pisgah National Forest.

Connecting to Community at Craggy Park

Easy Access to Haywood RoadCraggy Park is linked to the Haywood Road business district via a greenway trail and a short stroll or bike ride up Dunwell Ave. Slicing through West Asheville, the vibrant commercial corridor has been 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 Craggy Park can, in mere minutes, be at restaurants, bars, grocery stores, parks and other amenities – making it all the easier to truly experience the area’s energy and sense of community.

A number of well-regarded schools within walking or biking distance – including Vance Elementary School, Francine Delany New School for Children, Rainbow Community School and Asheville City Preschool, just to name a few – make Craggy Park ideal for families.

For a personally guided tour of Craggy Park, 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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