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Asheville is a fantastic place to live and play, but you don’t have to live in Asheville proper to reap the benefits! The greater Asheville area is made up of charming towns with many housing options. Your ideal home could be in one of these small towns with its own unique charm! Whether you’re in Buncombe County or nearby Henderson or Haywood County, you’re sure to find the right property. (Feature photo: Hendersonville)

The Asheville real estate market offers options for relocation and investment properties, as well as building sites and rehab opportunities. In 2023, Asheville home prices were up 5.9% compared to the previous year, selling for a median price of $540,000. While you might be interested in NC real estate listings in popular areas of town like Merrimon Avenue, the Montford Historic District, Haw Creek, and Biltmore Park, we urge you to look a little outside city limits to find your dream home.

Learn more about what Asheville area towns have to offer below. With any of these towns, the proximity to hiking trails, rivers for paddling and fishing, and countless parks for picnicking and camping goes without saying. That’s a given when living in the Blue Ridge Mountains! See our Outdoor Guide for more.

Explore our nearby small towns: Weaverville | Black Mountain | Canton | Brevard | Hendersonville | Waynesville


Weaverville, NC

Nine miles north of Asheville, you’ll find Weaverville with its quaint downtown feel. It began as a farming community in the 1800s and now boasts around 4,600 residents. With a mix of technical industries and bustling independent shops and restaurants, it’s got a great local feel for citizens and visitors. 


Like many North Carolina towns, the mayor and an elected town council and manager make legislative decisions. Overseeing five departments, management is focused on making Weaverville a distinct town with its own identity and great appeal to its residents, first and foremost. Because of its well-maintained public parks like Lake Louise Park and Main Street Nature Park, Weaverville appeals to families with children. 

The median home price in 2023 was $475,000, and 88 homes were for sale in December 2023. Although it’s a small town closer to North Asheville, there is an activity and event for everyone. 


Black Mountain, NC

Head east from Asheville on I-40. After about 15 miles, you’re in Black Mountain, an art and music lover’s dream. Named for the range of mountains that border it to the north, this town of 8,000 is perfect for foodies. Over 35 restaurants make Black Mountain delicious, and Pisgah Brewing’s craft beer and outdoor concert venue offer lots of fun. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy golfing at the Black Mountain golf course and walking the path around Lake Tomahawk.

Black Mountain NC

Black Mountain was voted the prettiest small-town vacation in America by Trip Advisor readers

Black Mountain, established in 1893, is run by an elected mayor and board of aldermen. The council-manager governing body oversees legislation to keep the town feeling like home for all residents. They focus on safety for their citizens as well as creating an “Entrepreneurial Friendly Community.” With manufacturing facilities, two colleges, and other industries, you can bring a business or find a career in Black Mountain. You’ll find support for your business through the active Chamber of Commerce. 

In 2023, homes sold for a median price of $415,000, making it an affordable choice that still offers a wonderful quality of life. In nearby Swannanoa, the median price was $450,000, so you may look there if you like the Black Mountain vibe. Also, check out Montreat, a small mountain village near Black Mountain.


Candler, NC

Although Candler is an unincorporated community in Buncombe County, it has grown into its own. Only 25 minutes west of downtown Asheville, with easy access to Haywood Road in West Asheville, Candler is technically located in the Township of Upper Hominy. Settled as a mill town fed by the French Broad River and Hominy Creek, Candler is known for its beautiful valleys and its views of Mt. Pisgah and beyond.

Candler NC

A hot air balloon ascends out of Candler with views of Mt. Pisgah by Asheville Hot Air Balloons

Many people buying single-family homes in Candler do so for the secluded areas and acreage while still keeping within a 20-minute commute to Asheville. The area is popular and has a wide variety of home types to choose from at a range of prices. The median sale price was $425,000 in 2023. If you’re looking for a quiet place to plant your raised beds and enjoy mountain views, Candler is worth a look!


Canton, NC

Just west of Candler in Haywood County is Canton. Known for its now-shuttered paper mill, Canton boasts a long history of industry and hardworking citizens. The small town is only 3.8 square miles but has a lot to offer for those looking for a place to start a business. Incorporated in 1891, Canton’s council-manager governance also features a board of aldermen working to preserve the integrity of the town. With the combination of the low cost of living, a thriving business community, and continuous economic development, Canton has a lot to offer.

Canton, NC

Families enjoying the Fall Festival in Canton

Canton’s 4,500 citizens don't just work hard, however. With six golf courses in the county to choose from, a number of historical sites and museums, and the famed Cold Mountain to explore, there are opportunities to play and learn. And what’s a great WNC town without a brewery? Locals love Bearwaters Brewery for its proximity to the Pigeon River - paddle or float your way there!

In 2023, Canton’s median home sale price was $325,000, and it had 73 new listings in December 2023. Bring your family to Canton and revel in the country feel. Canton is growing in popularity, so it’s best to grab your dream home there now. 


Brevard, NC

Head to Transylvania County, 28 miles southwest of Asheville, and you’ll find the quirky city of Brevard. The county seat, Brevard, borders Pisgah National Forest and has become a cultural destination. Known as “the land of waterfalls,” it’s perhaps more widely recognized for its celebrated white squirrels. They even have a White Squirrel Festival! The mayor and city council form the local government, working hard for all 8,000 citizens. Brevard was formed as the county seat in 1861 but wasn’t incorporated until after the Civil War. Town founders built the historic brick courthouse in 1884, and it still stands today.

Brevard NC

Downtown Brevard

Currently, Brevard is a hotspot for bicyclists with trails, parks, and greenways. While preserving the local ecosystem and historic landmarks, Brevard residents can exercise and enjoy the ride. Due to its proximity to both Greenville, South Carolina, and Asheville, Brevard is also ideal for business. The Transylvania Economic Alliance provides resources and incentives for those looking to start a business or move an existing one to the Brevard area. Due to this, it has been a magnet for those who want to enjoy a quality of life while running a business. 

Hundreds of potential new business owners and suspected bicyclists closed on a cozy townhouse, multi-family, or single-unit home in Brevard in 2023. The median list price was $468,000. Although it’s a bit of a commute from Asheville, the city of Brevard is a great choice.


Mills River, NC

It’s not Asheville, nor is it Hendersonville… it’s Mills River! This town in Henderson County is often overlooked but has an ideal location and a hometown feel. The council-manager governing body keeps residents busy with activities and networking opportunities, so you’ll definitely know the neighbors. They’re currently creating the Mills River Valley Trail, a multi-use trail running for three miles through the heart of Mills River. 

The 7,300 residents find it’s a quiet place to raise a family. With activities like gem mining, hiking, and exploring the rivers and lakes, there's a lot to do. In 2015, Sierra Nevada opened its East Coast brewery in Mills River, which has quickly become one of the town’s biggest employers and noted attractions. The LEED-certified facility draws residents and tourists for tours of the gleaming copper-accented brewery and to dine in its vast restaurant.

Mills River, NC

Outdoor gardens at Sierra Nevada in Mills River

With a surge of new construction, its location, and newfound popularity, Mills River homes fetched a median price of $592,000 in 2023. The town showed 43 homes for sale in December 2023, at an average of $261 / sqft, and residents enjoyed larger properties than those found in Asheville homes.


Hendersonville, NC

Do you like apples? If so, you’ll probably like Hendersonville. The seat of Henderson County, this small city is 22 miles south of Asheville. Even with over 15,000 residents, Hendersonville retains its small-town feel. Apple orchards, wineries, and farms make the area bountiful, and the historic downtown has something for everyone. Read more on Hendersonville's Wine Country.


Hendersonville's Main Street full of blooms

Citizens of Hendersonville pitch in to keep the town strong by serving on local committees and volunteering through the Friend of Downtown Hendersonville program. This keeps their multiple parks and frequent events running and engaging for all. The city was incorporated in 1847, and local history buffs love to learn more at the Heritage Museum and the Genealogical & Historical Society. 

Homes in Hendersonville sold for a median price of $425,000 in 2023. The lower pricing and broad appeal make this charming city appealing from younger folks to retirees. Local industry has expanded beyond farming, and the Pardee hospital system employs thousands of skilled locals. 


Waynesville, NC

If you’re looking for a mountain retreat, you’re sure to find it in Waynesville. This artsy town 31 miles west of Asheville has a lot to offer its residents and is the county seat for Haywood County. Although 11,000 people live there, you won’t feel crowded. Town officials uphold the artistic and cultural history in Waynesville through public works, Art Walks, and other programs. The famed Folkmoot International Dance & Music Festival takes place every year, and citizens help to keep rich traditions alive.

Waynesville NC

Downtown Main Street in Waynesville

Nearby town Clyde is generally mentioned along with Waynesville, but the towns are distinct from each other. Both are Haywood County towns in the Smokies with charming downtown areas, but Clyde’s Appalachian-Americana appeal stands out. While Waynesville has the art, Clyde upholds musical traditions like fiddling in high regard.

The median sale price for homes in Waynesville was $387,000, while Clyde homes were slightly less expensive at $340,000. Dust off your art supplies and musical instruments and find a new home in Haywood County!


Fletcher, NC

Though it was once just a pit stop for those traveling from Asheville to Hendersonville, Fletcher has been growing in its own right since the 1860s. Since it’s close to the Asheville airport and only 15 minutes from the Biltmore House and the Biltmore Forest area, the location is great for frequent travelers. Its council-manager governing body values history, citizen engagement, and rural character. Fletcher’s parks and recreational areas, business groups, and networking events make it a town for all to enjoy.

Fletcher, NC

Folks come out for Screen on the Green at Fletcher Community Park

With a plethora of resources for businesses, the town is ideal for entrepreneurs. Close to the Arden community, it is home to manufacturing and industrial facilities, and officials are developing a mixed-use downtown area of single, townhomes, and multi-family homes for higher visibility. With growth actively happening, it’s a great time to settle in Fletcher and help it flourish. 

In 2023, residents bought homes at a median price of $441,500. Since the location works so well for commuters to both Asheville and Hendersonville, Fletcher seems to be the best of both worlds.

With so many towns to choose from, you may have a hard time deciding where to live in Western North Carolina! However, the town that works best for you will become evident as you familiarize yourself with the area. Instead of endlessly visiting open houses, a skilled real estate agent or realtor can help you decide. Wherever you end up in the Asheville area, you’ll thrive in the clean mountain air.

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