With a population topping 90,000, Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina and serves as the area’s economic and cultural center in many ways. Talk about your A-list cities! Asheville has amassed accolades on many fronts in recent years, from America’s #1 Quirkiest Town (Travel + Leisure) to Where to Find the Best Beer in the World (Condé Nast Traveler).
But one of Asheville’s biggest draws is its many active neighborhoods. Asheville offers many great places to live for people who want proximity to everything that makes their lifestyle great: parks and green spaces, outdoor activities, world-class food and dining, arts and entertainment, easy access to interstates, community events, independent local businesses…. We could go on for days.
No matter which direction you go in Asheville, there are great neighborhoods for people with active lifestyles! Here are just five active Asheville neighborhoods—one for every point on the map.
Downtown: South Slope
Do you feel at home with art and activity at your doorstep and Blue Ridge mountain views off your balcony? Then, downtown living may be right for you. Asheville’s thriving downtown is an environment like no other in the world. The central business district features some of the best restaurants, art galleries, and music venues found anywhere. Growing rapidly along the southern end of the CBD is the South Slope district.
Recently an underutilized warehouse and industrial district, the South Slope has quickly made a name for itself as Asheville’s brewery district. No less than 10 breweries (including a sake brewery!) are located in or planned for this extremely compact area. South Slope residents love starting their morning at Vortex Doughnuts and picking up dinner from Buxton Hall Barbecue. To top it all off, homes along the South Slope are not only just a few steps from all the city has to offer. They’re also just a short drive to the region’s world-class outdoor activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, and more.
While the core of the South Slope is primarily urban, there are residential neighborhoods within blocks. Search for homes and condos in Asheville’s South Slope district now.
North Asheville: Montford Historic District
If the words “new” and “condo” aren’t quite your speed, the beautiful Montford Historic District in North Asheville may be the right neighborhood for you. For more than 120 years, Montford’s wide throughway has pulled residents, businesses, and tourists from nearby downtown into its tight-knit community. What they find are beautiful public spaces, large old trees, lush lawns, and diverse architecture.
The Montford Park Players, North Carolina’s longest-running Shakespeare troupe, top the list of local cultural activities. The Montford Music & Art Festival features more than 100 vendors of art, crafts, plants, and food each May. If running is your passion, the Hot August Night 5K is a great way to tour the neighborhood. This time of year, it’s also fun to stroll through Historic Riverside Cemetery, a Victorian rural garden cemetery. Riverside is the final resting place for a number of Asheville celebs, including authors Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry.
Montford offers stunning historic homes within walking distance of the bustle of downtown. Search for homes in Montford now.
South Asheville: Biltmore Park Town Square
Biltmore Park’s modern 42-acre Town Square was designed with an innovative urban concept to serve one of the fastest growing areas of town. Town Square features numerous residential, commercial, and office spaces, including restaurants, cafes, health clubs, boutiques, and gathering spots. It’s also a very pedestrian-friendly area, made to meet today’s standards of smart growth, green living, and reduced driving. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the sidewalks lining most of the streets and a greenway trail for non-motorized bikes.
Enjoy catching a flick at the Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 movie theater or perusing retailers like REI, LOFT, and Barnes & Noble. Amid these stores are plenty of local, independent businesses and world-class merchants. Biltmore Park is also home to one of the city’s most unique breweries, the Thirsty Monk.
Biltmore Park Town Square is anchored by 120 rental apartments and 156 condominiums and townhomes. Search for Biltmore Park Town Square condos and townhomes now.
East Asheville: Haw Creek
Although it’s more residentially focused than the other options on this list, Haw Creek offers many nearby amenities and attractions. The scenic neighborhood is crisscrossed by trails and infused with wonderful public spaces for residents, including the East Asheville Center, Charlie Bullman Park, and Haw Creek Park. Yet, Haw Creek is still conveniently flanked to the south by one of Asheville’s main centers of commerce, offering easy access to the Asheville Mall and the shopping centers on South Tunnel Road. Residents of Haw Creek are also just minutes to Interstate 240 on one side and the Blue Ridge Parkway along the other.
Haw Creek residents enjoy all the amenities their surrounding area has to offer. The Asheville Municipal Golf Course was designed by Donald Ross in 1927. Today, it’s one of the oldest public golf courses in WNC. Located at milepost 382 of the BRP, the Folk Art Center is a museum of Appalachian arts and crafts that’s worth the stop for locals and visitors alike. Highland Brewing Company and the WNC Nature Center are also just a few minutes away.
Named for the majestic valley where it lies, homes within Haw Creek are surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains. Search for homes within Haw Creek now.
West Asheville: Haywood Corridor
Just across the French Broad River from downtown is Asheville’s hippest neighborhood: West Asheville. At its heart is Haywood Road, lined with locally-owned businesses like funky vintage shops, eclectic boutiques, an independent record shop, and unusual eateries. There’s so much to do along the Haywood Road corridor that many West Asheville residents see no need to venture far. Why would you when everything you could want is just a short walk or bike ride away?
A running theme in West Asheville life is sustainability, and residents show a strong preference for local products. You can see that in the crowds that gather at the tailgate market that runs from April through November. Green building, farm-to-table dining, and even discounts at local shops for bike riders are just a few of the ways that West Asheville works to boost green living. Another way is by fostering a highly walkable and bikeable environment rich in beautiful green spaces.
There are a diverse selection of real estate options in West Asheville, including urban condos, new construction, and recently renovated historic homes. Search for homes in West Asheville now.
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