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  • Highlighting Asheville suburbs; Candler and Enka Lake, NC

    Friday, December 1, 2023   /   by Amy Brown

    Highlighting Asheville suburbs; Candler and Enka Lake, NC

    The last stop on our suburban tour will be the suburbs of Candler and Enka Lake, located 15 minutes to the west of downtown Asheville. Candler is the location of our brokerage firm and also where I live (so I'm a bit partial, ;).

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    Selling AVL Brokerage Firm at 139 Hookers Gap Rd., Candler

    Situated in the Hominy Valley with a population of around 26,000 people, the area is smaller and more low-key than its larger neighbors like Asheville. The community is nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, giving its residents a picturesque view of the surrounding topography. On a cloudless day, one can even see Mount Pisgah in the distance.

    Known for attracting artisans and those looking to retire to a peaceful community, Candler has a low crime rate and is a quiet alternative to life in the big city. An easy driving distance, Candler has potential as a commuter town for those who work in the city of Asheville but who would like to go home to a quiet life in the country.


    Things to do in Candler

    Though the company itself is called the Asheville Balloon Company, these hot air balloons take off and land in the Candler, NC area. Tom Mackie, the owner, has been flying since 1980 and has a passion for hot air balloons. He is joined by a crew of three other experienced, licensed, and passionate hot air balloon pilots to ensure that each rider has a safe and enjoyable time. Rides take off each morning at sunrise, weather permitting, and champagne and hors d’oeuvres are provided to riders.


    Candler is also an easy gateway to Bent Creek for outdoor sports, the NC Arboretum, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the French Broad River.

    Where to Eat in Candler

    Doc Brown’s BBQ is a family owned and operated restaurant that sells Carolina-style barbecue. The owners are passionate about the quality of their food and smoke their own meats in-house. They also cater events, so you can have Doc Brown’s BBQ at your next wedding, family reunion, office party, or any other event you can think of. If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, Botanas and Beer is a well-loved Mexican restaurant also located in Candler. They offer California-style Mexican cuisine and have beer on tap and a well-stocked bar. You can also rent a room in Botanas and Beer for your next celebration. The Dripolator Coffeehouse is perfect for lovers of coffee and tea alike. Stop in for a quick pick-me-up!

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    Doc Brown's BBQ, 1320 Smoky Park Hwy., Candler

    Places to Stay

    Located right off of I-40 on the way to Tennessee, there are a ton of places to stay but if you are looking for a real mountain experience, here are some recommendations.

    Mountain Springs Cabins at 27 Emmas Cove Rd. sits on South Hominy Creek. Here you can rent log cabins, yurts, or a tiny house. They are pet friendly and also allow for camping. https://rvcoutdoors.com/mountain-springs-cabins/accommodations/

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    The Engadine Resort at 2630 Smoky Park Hwy., Candler sits on 12 beautiful acres. This is a very popular wedding venue. You can stay in the historic inn, rent a log cabin, or a tiny home. https://engadineinnandcabins.com/


    Places to Live

    Candler is a rural, agricultural community with many farms and properties that have larger than average acreage. With that being said, there are several subdivisions if you prefer to live in a neighborhood environment.

    Biltmore Lake is located in the Enka Lake area. It is a luxury home community that boasts many amenities such as a lake with non-motorized watersports, fishing, hiking trails, and playgrounds. Homes here run from $750K to over $1M. 

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    Stoneridge at Hayes Mountain is a new construction community located in Hookers Gap. These mountain modern homes have big views and a sleek design. Priced at over $1M.


    The Vistas of Westfield is a townhome community of one level townhomes with quality finishes, a garage, and all of the amenities that you can expect from an active lifestyle community. New phases are currently under construction and can be purchased with your options for $679,900.


    Lastly, Holcombe Woods is a lovely subdivision of homes built in the early 2000s. This community is a bit smaller in scope with a neighborly feel. Homes are sized around 2000 sf with open concept floor plans and nice yard space. Priced well at around $550,000.


    I hope that you enjoyed our tour of Asheville suburban havens. For more information, give myself, 828-279-0998, or Marena Mikkelson, 209-897-0682, a call!