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The sun setting over the Blue Ridge Mountains tints the sky a dusky pink, while casting the mountains in an indigo hue. The landscape is awe-inspiring, and the city nestled in these mountains is just as impressive. Asheville has inspired creativity and imagination since its time as a humble outpost in the late 1700s. In hills that echo history and legend, Asheville grew into a popular mountain retreat in the late 1800s. One man drawn by this beautiful landscape was George W. Vanderbilt. He purchased 120,000 acres in the late 1800s and built his Biltmore Estate. Today, this stunning landmark is a favorite destination for residents and visitors alike for its amazing house, gardens, and exciting festivals and events, including the Festival of Flowers.
Downtown Asheville is an elegant step back in time. From the Great Depression through the 1980s, growth in Asheville was slow, so most of the downtown buildings remained untouched. Because they have not been altered, downtown Asheville has one of the best collections of Art Deco architecture in the country. Go window-shopping here and it is easy to imagine life in the roaring 20s!
If you want to surround yourself with the serene beauty of this elegant city in the middle of a stunning landscape, then find your Asheville apartment and start enjoying not only this inspirational location, but also the myriad things to do here.
Things to Do in Asheville:
When you think about living in Asheville, the following activities probably come to mind: horseback riding, hiking, mountain climbing, snow skiing, camping, fishing, and whitewater rafting. And yes – you’ll be able to do all of those things in Asheville! But did you know that Asheville is home to a growing beer scene, a variety of art and artists, spas, live music, and fine dining? No? Well, read on!
This is Beer City USA – Asheville won that title four years running from Examiner.com. Asheville has become the craft-beer center of the Southeast, having more breweries per capita than any other city in the nation. Asheville contains 21 craft breweries as well as several tours and beer tastings. While looking for apartments in Asheville, take the afternoon off and go on the Asheville Brews Cruise! Offering both walking and mobile tours, this tour includes several Asheville breweries led by knowledgeable tour guides and includes tasting samples. Or, learn what makes Asheville beer so special by taking the Farm-to-Glass tour. In addition to the breweries and tours, Asheville holds several beer-related festivals, including Brewgrass (combining beer and bluegrass music), the annual Asheville Beer Week (which leads up to the Beer City Festival), the Winter Warmer, and Oktoberfest.
Artists flock to Asheville because of its inspiring landscape. Because of this, Asheville is home to a wide variety of art galleries, museums, performing arts venues, and more. The River Arts District is a fantastic location, filled with historic buildings and factories filled with art studios. From May to December, be sure to visit the River Arts District on the second Saturday for the “A Closer Look” event. This event allows visitors to watch artists in action as well as to explore the galleries, shops, and restaurants in the neighborhood.
The Downtown Asheville Art District is home to more than 20 art galleries and museums. This terrific neighborhood hosts First Friday Art Walks from April to December. After exploring the fine art and studios located here, be sure to try one of the many award-winning restaurants. DAAD is such a beautiful area that it is often referred to as the “Paris of the South.” Some of the art galleries located in DAAD include the Haen Gallery, ArtEtude Gallery, the Asheville Gallery of Art, and the Bender Gallery.
Shopping is another popular Asheville activity. Be sure to visit downtown’s Grove Arcade, a historic building that houses a variety of shops, cafes, boutiques, and galleries. The Art Deco building was built in 1929 and served as a public market during WWII. The Grove Arcade also features an outdoor shopping area called the Portico Market. This market contains a variety of local farmers and craftsmen, selling locally-produced and created items, including local honey, musical instruments, farm products, paintings, handmade jewelry, and more.
Of course, outdoor activities abound in Asheville – even some unique activities, such as Sliding Rock. This 60-foot natural water slide is located in the Pisgah National Forest. You’ll zip down the slippery slide into a swimming hole that is about eight feet deep. Kids under seven must slide with an adult, and a lifeguard is present during the summer.
Asheville ranks among the top destinations for outdoor adventures for very good reason! From stunning waterfalls to mountain vistas, this is a landscape designed for fun! Asheville is located in the middle of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, a protected area considered one of the nation’s most beautiful. This area protects the historically-significant Blue Ridge Mountains and contains the Linville Gorge, the deepest gorge in the East; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; the Blue Ridge Parkway; Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain east of the Rockies; and the New River – which is (ironically) the oldest river in North America.
Feeling brave? Then head to Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures, Navitat Canopy Adventures, or French Broad Rafting and Ziplines and see the mountains and rivers from a completely different perspective! Head to what National Geographic Adventure called “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” – the Nantahala Outdoor Center! NOC offers mountain biking, whitewater rafting, zip lining, hiking, fly fishing, and whitewater kayaking. The center also provides lessons and training on everything from wilderness survival to swift-water rescue to paddling school.
The legendary Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home, is an absolute must-see! Located on 8,000 acres, the estate includes the charming Antler Hill Village and the Biltmore Winery. Tours are available of the impressive house, a Rooftop Tour with amazing views, and a guided Upstairs-Downstairs tour, which explores servant life at Biltmore. There’s also a tour of the estate grounds, as well as wine tours. Outdoor activities include hiking, horseback riding, Segway tours, fly-fishing, biking, and carriage rides.
What to Consider When Moving to Asheville:
In addition to its fantastic landscape, exciting outdoor adventures, great shopping, and award-winning dining, Asheville has a serious side. It is home to the University of North Carolina-Asheville, as well as Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. It is the county seat of Buncombe County, and it is home to the world’s largest active archive of weather data, the United States National Climate Data Center. In addition to terrific little shopping districts, Asheville is also home to the large Asheville Mall.
Before 1540, Asheville was part of the Cherokee Nation. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived here in 1540 with a group of European visitors. Unfortunately, these visitors brought with them European diseases, which nearly wiped out the native population. A town eventually developed around 1784, when Colonel Samuel Davidson and his family settled in the area.
Asheville contains a variety of neighborhoods – many of which are historic. Norwood Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contains more than 150 historic buildings in the Colonial Revival and Bungalow styles. This neighborhood dates back to 1914. Chestnut Hill Historic District features more than 230 historic buildings. It developed in the late 19th century and features Queen Anne Victorian and Colonial Revival architecture. The Montford Area Historic District was built around 1848. It includes more than 600 buildings, including the gothic castle-styled Homewood School Building.
Why Asheville Apartments Are Hot:
Who wouldn’t be happy living in Asheville? The beautiful mountain vistas, the river, the beer – it’s no wonder Asheville was deemed one of the happiest places in the nation. Asheville consistently tops “best of” lists. It was named one of America’s best river towns, the hippie capital of the south, the most popular city for retirement, one of the cities you should visit in your 20s, a dreamy town for vegan living, one of the tastiest towns in the south, the hippest city in the south, and one of the most romantic places in the USA and Canada. It has also been named one of the happiest cities for women, one of the best places to reinvent your life, one of the best outside towns, one of the most alive places to be, one of the best cities for writers, one of the best places for business and careers, and one of the top 25 small cities for art.
You haven’t found your apartment in Asheville yet? What are you waiting for? Get happy! Live in Asheville!
- Chestnut Hills
- Downtown Ashville
- Charlotte Street
- Historic Montford
- Albemarle Park
- East End - Valley Street
- Norwood Park
- Lee Walker Heights
- South French Broad
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Asheville-Buncombe Tech CC
- Warren Wilson College
- University of North Carolina Asheville
- South College Asheville
- Montreat College
- Brew: Asheville has been voted “Beer City USA.” Come explore Asheville’s nine breweries — and its brew pubs!
- Tour: Gorgeous and historic homes and buildings in Asheville include the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site.
- Play: Fun is everywhere in Asheville. Enjoy art shows, HATCH Asheville, and the Mountain Sports Festival.
- Live: As one of the world’s must-see destinations, life in Asheville is filled with fun, beauty, and a strong economy.
- Discover: Waterfalls, historic sites, Sliding Rock, boutiques, art galleries, wineries, outdoor markets, and beautiful gardens.
- Explore: Chimney Rock State Park, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, Ghost tours, zip lines, hot-air balloons, and ski resorts.