Top Retirement Communities in Asheville Area

Top Retirement Communities in the Asheville Area

The Western North Carolina mountains have a way of captivating those that encounter her natural beauty and tranquility. From waterfalls and walking trails to Biltmore, award-winning cuisine, and more, it’s no wonder why so many retirees choose this area to settle into their golden years. See our Retirement Guide for more. (Feature photo: Carriage Park)

The area offers a variety of communities to choose from depending on your individual needs. Choices include active adult communities, retirement communities with independent living and continuing care options, assisted living, and skilled nursing communities. You’ll find many retirement communities in the Asheville area, as well as surrounding areas like Black MountainHendersonville, and Weaverville

To address the unique needs of home buyers and sellers who are 50 years old and older, some realtors earn the SRES or Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation. 

Residents enjoying the patio at GIvens Estates
Photo: Givens Estates community patio event

Retirement Communities & Senior Housing in Asheville Area


Active Adult Communities
These communities are age-targeted 55+ and can include single-family homes, townhomes, cluster homes, and more that are geared to an independent, active lifestyle with amenities like clubhouses, golf courses, walking trails, recreational spaces and more. Outdoor maintenance is usually included in a monthly homeowner’s association fee. These communities do not offer increased health care or any other health-related services.

Retirement Communities
Retirement communities in Asheville and Western North Carolina offer residential or rental retirement options, as well as assisted services and continuing care. The following communities are offered independently and in some cases combined within one community with varied care options.

  • Independent Living Communities: This setting is ideal for seniors who would like to rent or own housing (typically condos) with extra services like dining facilities, meals, housekeeping, linen service, social activities, and transportation. They are age-restricted and include home designs like wide doorways, no stairs, and other increased accessibility features. These communities provide a quiet setting, a key benefit to many seniors. 
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities: This type of community (also known as CCRCs) offers a campus-like setting with individual homes, cottages, villas, and apartment buildings spread among several acres with many of the same amenities that active adult communities offer. What makes CCRCs distinct is their long term care advantage by having residential housing, services, and nursing care all in one location, allowing seniors to age in one place. They are a combination of retirement communities where residents can enjoy physical and financial security, privacy, independence, friends, community facilities, and access to health care. 
  • Assisted Living Communities: These communities provide personal care in a home-like setting for seniors who do not require constant care but need extra support with daily activities like eating, bathing, dressing, and medication management. They offer apartment-like settings where residents can enjoy their privacy while also having access to dining facilities, transportation, recreational events, health care, and more.
  • Skilled Nursing Communities: When 24/7 care is needed, these communities offer short-term and long-term options including rehabilitation services, care for those recovering from surgery or injury, and ongoing medical care for chronic illnesses and disabilities. Rooms are semi-private, with communal dining and a daily schedule of activities. 

Active Adult Communities

Vista at Blacksmith Run Hendersonville
Gated mountain community with low maintenance Craftsman-style homes starting in mid $200,000s which includes granite countertops, stainless appliances, hardwood floors, and lot. Floor plans range from 1,200 sq.ft. to 2,000 sq.ft. A wide array of amenities are offered including clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, stock fishing lake,... read more
The Views at Rose Hill Asheville
This gated community features Arts & Crafts-style homes with amenities that include lawn maintenance, heated swimming pool, and hot tub, fitness center, clubhouse, community garden, and pond. Residents can enjoy panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains with shopping, restaurants, and other conveniences nearby.... read more
The Village Flat Rock
This unique gated community offers cottages and tiny homes in a village-like setting. Ideal for active and independent people who want to downsize and improve their lifestyle while leaving a smaller footprint. Cottages offer 1-2 bedrooms, an option to add a loft, high-end appliances, and other customizable options. Homesites up to 3,000 sq.ft.... read more
Creekside Village Weaverville
This active retirement and independent living community offers Craftsman-style, low maintenance single-family homes starting at high $300,000s. Breathtaking mountain views, new construction warranties, personal selection of finishes creating your custom home. Nearby downtown Weaverville-15 minutes from downtown Asheville and scenic Blue Ridge... read more

Independent & Assisted Living

Harmony at Reynolds Mountain, Asheville
Harmony offers a range of residential care options including independent living, assisted living, and secured assisted living options for those suffering from Alzheimer's or Dementia. The spacious 1-2 bedroom apartments feature full-size kitchens, stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, and views.  Residents enjoy flexible... read more
Givens Estates Retirement Community Asheville
Givens Estates offers a wide variety of residential living options including single homes, cluster homes, townhomes, and apartments. They offer over 50 different floor plans with customizable options to suit your lifestyle, personal preferences, and design. Long-range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are an option with some homes and... read more
Ardenwoods Retirement Community Asheville
Ardenwoods offers both independent and assisted senior living on 48 acres with 1-3 bedroom apartments, common dining area with mountain views, fitness center and more. Residents enjoy amenities like gardens, nature trails, social events, art studios, and full-service beauty salons. Practical services like transportation, housekeeping, and... read more
Deerfield Retirement Community Asheville
Offers assisted and independent senior living options in a cluster designed community of cottages, villas, homes, and apartments. Amenities include multiple dining venues, wellness, and fitness center, a day spa, lap pool, and warm water therapy pool, woodworking shop, pottery studio, art studios, a croquet court, and a large community room for... read more

Skilled Nursing Communities

Harmony at Reynolds Mountain, Asheville
Harmony offers a range of residential care options including independent living, assisted living, and secured assisted living options for those suffering from Alzheimer's or Dementia. The spacious 1-2 bedroom apartments feature full-size kitchens, stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, and views.  Residents enjoy flexible... read more
SanStone Health and Rehabilitaion Asheville
This rehabilitation center provides care to residents transitioning from the hospital to staying at home. The full staff of skilled nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists, and more are passionate about helping residents achieve a full recovery. There are several independently owned and operated locations across WNC.... read more
Brookdale Senior Living Asheville
Located in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Asheville, this community provides quality care to memory care seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Residents enjoy a warm and peaceful environment without sacrificing convenience to local shopping, restaurants, and healthcare offices. 24/7 staff ensures residents receive... read more

Community Resources for Seniors

Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Advocates for older adults, providing personal support, assistance, and resource coordination to people 60 years and older, to help them stay independent and healthy. | 828-277-8288

Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County
Provides hot, nutritious meals to the elderly homebound, thus allowing them to live in their own homes, among familiar surroundings, and maintain their dignity while aging. | 828-253-5286

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially our most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly. | 919-855-3400

Project CARE
Caregiving Alternatives to Running on Empty (CARE) is a specific support program for individuals who directly care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

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