The inviting Grove Park neighborhood, tucked off of Charlotte Street just northeast of downtown, is considered to be one of the finest residential locations in Asheville. Every avenue throughout this historic neighborhood in the mountains of Western North Carolina is a living nod to the area’s history, and absolutely worth a visit to take it all in!
Grove Park was the vision of Edwin Wiley Grove, a pharmaceutical magnate from St. Louis, and is North Carolina’s first suburban neighborhood. Like so many other Asheville residents, including another well-known “tourist”, Biltmore Estate owner George W. Vanderbilt, Grove was at once impressed with the scenery and the climate. The Vanderbilt’s estate, built in the late 1800’s on the south end of town, led the way for Grove and others with similar visions to develop additional areas of town. Along with other well-knowns, like architect Richard Sharp Smith, Grove’s architectural planning shaped much of the look of north Asheville.
The Grove Park Historic District is significant for its collection of single-family homes that represent the design and construction practices of early twentieth century architecture. The first lots were sold in 1909 in an area of curved streets, parks, and natural landscaping—an atmosphere still present today. Most of the development 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.
Grove Park 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, as well as an annual national gingerbread house competition that is featured in press all across the United States.
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 has an undulating front nine and a back nine that can be steep. Over a decade ago, the resort invested $2.5 million to restore the course in a manner that Ross would approve. The 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.
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