The inviting Grove Park neighborhood, just northeast of downtown, is considered to be one of the finest residential locations in Asheville.
“We moved to this beautiful part of Asheville seven years ago. We love historic urban neighborhoods, and this was just perfect for us,” says Suzanne Escovitz, a Grove Park neighborhood resident.
Grove Park was the vision of Edwin Wiley Grove, a pharmaceutical magnate from St. Louis, and is North Carolina’s first suburban neighborhood. The first lots were sold in 1909 in an area of curved streets, parks, and natural landscaping, an atmosphere still present today.
“We have a unique situation, too, because this is pretty much the neighborhood as it was about a hundred years ago. The layout, the streets, a lot of the housing stock—it’s a good example of one of the first car suburbs in the United States,” says Suzanne.
Grove Park is tucked off of Charlotte Street in north Asheville and sits just below the Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, from which guests and visitors can look out over the area, and out to the city skyline.
Erected in 1913 by Grove’s son-in-law Fred Seely, the Grove Park Inn on Sunset Mountain was another of Grove’s visions and instantly became the cornerstone of the neighborhood’s identity. The stunning building has played host to a number of American presidents, diplomats, and celebrities over the last century. Today, it has retained its status and is the epicenter for an annual national gingerbread house competition featured in press all across the United States.
“For me it’s a great place to go up and grab a bite, grab a glass of wine on the terrace,” says Suzanne about the Grove Park Inn. “I think it’s wonderful to have a place of prominence on the National Register [of Historic Places] in the heart of the neighborhood with the homes surrounding it.”
The Grove Park Inn’s golf course serves as a large green space in the center of the resort and the neighborhood. Designed by Donald Ross in 1926, the 18-hole, par 70 course is considered to be among Golf Digest Magazine‘s top ten U.S. courses that are at least 100 years old. Players who have enjoyed its challenge include golf immortals Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, and Byron Nelson, as well as other PGA stars like Doug Sanders, Gene Littler, Fuzzy Zoeller, and Chip Beck.
The Grove Park Historic District is significant to Western North Carolina for its collection of single-family homes that represent the design and construction practices of early twentieth century architecture.
“We have an architectural housing stock that’s as unique as the neighborhood,” says Suzanne. “If you wanna live in the mountains—here, if you always wanted to live in a treehouse, we’ve got it. If you’re a couple that likes to walk into town and enjoy all the restaurants, we’ve go it. You wanna live with other families so your kids can play in the park—we’ve got that, too.”
Most of the development of the neighborhood occurred between 1908 and 1938, illustrating a number of styles including: Georgian, Colonial, Tudor, Bungalow, and Shingle. Many of the homes are sited on wooded parcels averaging 0.5 acre, with occasional size variance due to some owners having smartly assembled plots over time. Time-honored deed restrictions concerning setback and building costs have allowed the properties to relate well to each other and maintain a high degree of integrity.
“What makes it, I think, so unique among historic neighborhoods is [that] this is what it looked like pretty much 80 years ago. And in another 80 years—this is the important part—it’s still going to look like this,” says Suzanne.
“This is a neighborhood that we like to feel has a past, present, and a future to it.”
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