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Asheville, NC


Asheville, NC spans a total area of approximately 45 square miles, dynamic, artistic Asheville holds the distinction of being the largest city in western North Carolina. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it is known as the “Paris of the South,” and its streets are lined with a superb collection of historic buildings in Neoclassical, Beaux Arts, and Art Deco styles.

Asheville, NC serves as the county seat of Buncombe County and is home to more than 87,000 people. With the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains defining the skyline, Asheville strikes a perfect balance between exciting outdoor activities and vibrant urban living.

Asheville, located in the Blue Ridge Mountain range, is home to a number of satellite campuses of regional universities like the University of North Carolina at Asheville as well as Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Live music is a significant element in the tourism-based economy of Asheville and the surrounding area. Seasonal festivals and numerous nightclubs and performance venues offer opportunities for visitors and locals to attend a wide variety of live entertainment events. Asheville is a major hub of whitewater recreation, particularly whitewater kayaking, in the eastern US. Many kayak manufacturers are based in the Asheville area.

Quick Facts

  • Despite being located up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is easily accessible. Several major thoroughfares (such as the I-26 and I-40) and the Asheville Regional Airport serve the city.
  • Asheville is not only known for its assortment of beautiful buildings; the city is home to a myriad of shopping and dining opportunities as well. Take your time and explore more than 200 locally-owned shops. After a day of shopping, take a pick among Asheville’s collection of world-class restaurants.
  • The city has a thriving arts and entertainment scene. Must-visit places include Flat Rock Playhouse, the Diana Wortham Theatre, and the Asheville Community Theatre.
  • Asheville is home to Mission Hospital, which was ranked in the top 15 health care systems in 2013 by Thomson Reuters.
  • Asheville is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Nestled among the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city has a breathtakingelevationof 2,300 feet. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cherokee Indian Reservation, the Appalachian Trail, and the Blue Ridge Parkway are nearby. There is no shortage of recreational activities in this mountain city.
  • Asheville is quickly becoming the beer capital of the United States with dozens of microbrewers and, recently, big guns like Oskar Blue, New Belgium, and Sierra Nevada opening second breweries in the area.
  • Asheville has been recognized for its splendors by dozens of magazines, Web sites and publications in recent years. Accolades range from the designation by Frommer’s as one of a dozen top travel destinations in the world to recognition for the Asheville area arts community, outdoor adventures, cuisine, organic and vegetarian eats, and much more.

Luxury Homes for Sale in Asheville, NC

Divided into five main areas and composed of a diversity of neighborhoods, you’ll find plenty of housing options here. Downtown is a mix of modern condos and historic neighborhoods, while West Asheville has a lot of new housing. English Tudor-style single-family homes dominate North Asheville and its tree-lined streets. The best of suburban living is offered in South Asheville, while large mountain homes in tight-knit communities are found in East Asheville.