Walkable Neighborhoods

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

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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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Malvern Walk Weaves West Asheville's Past Into Modern Living

Malvern Walk West Asheville

In the heart of West Asheville sits a true rarity: Malvern Walk, a new, modern community offering generously proportioned lots, all within one of Asheville’s original historic neighborhoods, Malvern Hills. Adjacent to the site of the historic Sulphur Springs Hotel, and home to what was once the last stop on Asheville’s first electric trolley, Malvern Hills is steeped in history, natural beauty and mountain vistas. Living in Malvern Walk puts you in the midst of this history, but also affords residents amazing proximity to a wide range of amenities.

Build your Dream Home at Malvern Walk

Malvern Walk Asheville LotsBoasting broad sky views and an accessible community to delight walkers, cyclists and gardeners alike, Malvern Walk offers the opportunity to build a dream home in West Asheville’s original historic large-lot subdivision. Malvern Walk has 30 lots, all a quarter acre or larger, two of them with existing homes. All utilities are installed to the lots, including water, sewer, cable, fiber optics and natural gas. The lots are graded, and the driveway entrances have been installed, making planning and construction easy.

Malvern Walk’s design promotes walking and biking as a means of relaxation as well as a mode of transportation. An interior mulched path ties seamlessly to the Malvern Hills neighborhood, where sidewalks and quiet streets provide the perfect setting for a morning jog or an evening stroll.

Perfect Proximity, But in a Quiet West Asheville Location

Malvern Hills Park West AshevilleResidents can take advantage of the neighborhood’s short distance to multiple parks, the local library, coffee shops, restaurants, live music and more in West Asheville’s own “downtown,” the dynamic Haywood Road commercial corridor. Along this lively thoroughfare, 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.

With quick access to interstates and downtown Asheville, Malvern Walk offers the best in proximity without being in the middle of the hustle of Asheville’s urban center. Living in Malvern Walk means being able to hop on the Hominy Creek greenway and connect to Asheville’s river parks with ease. In addition, it’s only a short drive to hiking in Pisgah Forest or biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Closer to home are the Malvern Hills swimming pool, tennis court and playground. A number of well-regarded schools within a short distance – including Vance Elementary School, Francine Delany New School for Children, Rainbow Community School and Asheville City Preschool, just to name a few – make Malvern Walk ideal for families.

For a personally guided tour of Malvern Walk, 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.