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  • There is much more to WNC than Asheville, take a look at some of the communities that you may be missing by limiting your search

    Wednesday, April 3, 2024   /   by Amy Brown

    There is much more to WNC than Asheville, take a look at some of the communities that you may be missing by limiting your search

    Asheville is a great city. It is full of bohemian charm, eclectic art, a fun brew scene, and delicious culinary delights. But if you are limiting your search to just the city of Asheville, you may be selling yourself short. There are a lot of great communities and small towns within a short drive of the city where you can gain even more mountain charm without the city noise, traffic, and let's face it...urban unsavoriness.

    Today I want to show you some of the communities that are available right outside of the city limits that may offer you just what you are looking for. And by being outside of the city limits, if you are looking for a short term rental where you can rent the entire property, these are the places to look.

    #1 Candler

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    Candler is located a short 15 minute drive to the west and has one of the few lakefront communities in the area. Above is the community of Biltmore Lake, a peaceful neighborhood of homes set around a lake that offers non-motorized watersports, a fitness center, pool, playground, and nature trails. 

    Candler also has all of the modern conveniences for daily living like Home Depot, Ingles, chain restaurants, and plenty of hotels for guests. There are a ton of parks and you are also only 5 minutes from the Bent Creek experimental forest where you can experience single track mountain biking, hiking, trail running, swimming at the Lake Powhatan beach, fishing, and camping.

    Candler will also be your agricultural hub if you are looking to homestead or desire a larger parcel with room to farm. This area has many valleys with rolling hills that are perfect for livestock, gardens, or just room to roam. 

    This is where I live! Below is the view from my yard.

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    #2 Weaverville

    This little town speaks to an era of days gone by with a central Main St. and town square with a clock. 

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    Weaverville today is a town full of art galleries, eclectic eateries, cafes, and unique shops. They also have a nature park right in the downtown area. This little town is also one of the few that still has local parades like the homecoming parade and people still rally around the local football team. It is a great place to grow up (and I should know! Because this is where I spent my childhood!).

    They also have a fantastic park called Lake Louise with a walking path, playground, and built-in fitness equipment. It is a very popular place for summertime birthday parties, community events, and family gatherings.

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    #3 Black Mountain

    Black Mountain is a hiker's paradise, located at the base of the Greybeard Mountain range. There are miles and miles of moderate to difficult hiking trails where you are very likely to see a bear or two. 

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    Black Mountain has a general store, yoga studios, great restaurants and pubs, and is the place you go for outfitters. Neighborhoods are quaint and quiet. 

    Black Mountain also has its own lakeside park with a playground, nature trail, public swimming pool, and tennis courts. You can also enjoy a round of golf at the Black Mountain golf course and in October you will love the LEAF festival.

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    #4 Arden

    If you enjoy suburbia a bit more than the country, you will really like Arden. Arden is located 10 minutes to the south of Asheville and has every modern convenience at your fingertips. This is where people go to shop and eat as it has the highest number of familiar chain restaurants and stores in the area.

    Arden is where you will find the planned urban development of Biltmore Park which is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the area. People love this community for the sidewalks and suburban feel plus the ability to walk to the town square where you can find many high end shops, nice restaurants, and a movie theater.

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    Arden is also where you will find many of the luxury home communities such as The Ramble and The Cliffs at Walnut Cove with its famous Jack Nicklaus designed golf course.

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    Hitting all of the compass directions, north, south, east, and west, those are my recommendations for places to look other than Asheville. While city living is great, there is much to be found in the outer communities while still being a short drive to urban splendor whenever you desire!

    We have many new listings in these areas so please give me a call or send me an email, I am happy to make suggestions!