Though Asheville is a small city, it has a number of varied neighborhoods that appeal to different folks. (Feature photo: Historic Montford neighborhood)
Downtown Asheville: Find a variety of condos in the central business district, where you will have all the restaurants, shops, and galleries within walking distance from your front door. In the heart of downtown are the new Arras Residences starting at $500,000.
Montford: Bordering Downtown Asheville’s north end is a beautiful historic neighborhood featuring large historic homes with walkability to downtown. Many people discover Montford when they stay in one of its gorgeous bed & breakfasts with picturesque wraparound porches shaded by large trees. The neighborhood is also walking distance to UNCA. Search for Monford properties by using zip code 28801.
North Asheville & Grove Park: Just north of Downtown Asheville, the Grove Park area was first developed in the 1920s. Nearby are the Albemarle Park, Kimberly, and Norwood Park neighborhoods, known for Arts & Crafts period bungalows and houses. Many of the homes in these neighborhoods have some distinctive architectural details such as Pebbledash stucco in combination with Cedar Shake. The golf course of the Grove Park Inn winds through the northern part of the neighborhood. In North Asheville, find Beaver Lake and the Lakeview Park neighborhood. The Beaverdam area is popular with retirees for fantastic views and well-appointed homes. When searching for listings in this area, try searching by zip codes 28804 and 28801.
Spanish Style Home in Kenilworth Neighborhood
Kenilworth: Just southeast of Downtown Asheville is the Kenilworth neighborhood, known for its bungalows and homes from the 1920s. Kenilworth’s location near Mission hospital and central to South Asheville, Biltmore Village, and Downtown make it a favorite neighborhood for families. There is also a mix of multi-family homes in a variety of styles. The area has rolling hills, ravines, and lots of old trees, and is home to some of Asheville’s most unique “Spanish Style” large stucco homes with tile roofs and unique architectural details. These homes offer a little more privacy and larger yards as well. When searching for listings in Kenilworth, try searching zip code 28803.
West Asheville: Across from the French Broad River from downtown, this funky, fast-growing community has become quite the hot spot in the last decade, evolving from a sleepy blue-collar area into a vibrant artsy community with an eclectic edge. Many Arts & Crafts bungalows have drawn people to the area to renovate these classic homes. West Asheville has its own thriving “downtown” with Haywood Road being the main drag with shops, restaurants, and music venues. “Hip” West Asheville can be searched by using zip code 28806.
Town Mountain, Asheville by Stephan Pruitt
Town Mountain: If you want to live on a mountain in the middle of the city, check out Town Mountain, overlooking downtown. Drive Town Mountain Road from downtown and climb almost 1,000 feet in elevation as you reach the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the ride, you’ll see plenty of million-dollar homes with panoramic mountain views. Zipcode is 28804.
East Asheville: In this part of town, you’ll find the WNC Nature Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, and the neighborhoods of Haw Creek, Beverly Hills, Riceville, Chunn's Cove, and Oakley. The area is a blend of updated bungalows and newer craftsman-style homes, as well as shops and restaurants. There is a small-town feel to the community with its own library, schools, parks, and more, drawing more and more families to this area. You can search East Asheville using the 28805 zip code.
Biltmore Village: Residents find a charming upscale area with a rustic look in this historic community. The buildings were designed and built by the Vanderbilts, like the adjacent estate. Read more about Biltmore Village.
Shiloh Community Association
Shiloh: This historically African-American community in South Asheville was settled in the 1880s just south of Biltmore. Residents within this community actively work to preserve the single-family makeup of the neighborhood along with the City of Asheville.
South Asheville: In this part of town, you’ll find Biltmore, Asheville Outlets, North Carolina Arboretum, and the popular neighborhoods of Avery Creek, Royal Pines, and Biltmore Park. along with many newer subdivisions with Hendersonville Road serving as it's "Main Street" with plenty of commercial development. Just past the Asheville city limits are the towns of Arden and Fletcher, as well as the Asheville Airport. Zipcodes include 28803, 28704, and 28732.
Small Towns in Western North Carolina
Find many friendly small towns near Asheville in the 16 counties that we promote for travel. Many people find lower real estate prices in these small towns, while still being an easy drive from Asheville. See our Top 40 Small Mountain Towns in WNC.