If you’re looking for a home close to nature with plenty of outdoor activities and gorgeous views, we think these are three of the best towns located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Home to the Blue Ridge Parkway and boasting the highest peaks in the eastern United States, there is no end to the awe and wonder of the views in this region.
When you’re considering buying a home in the mountains of WNC, think about the type of town you’d like to live in or nearby. Tucked among the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains, these 3 towns are the best. Here’s why:
Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina. With a population of around 90,000, it’s definitely the most prominent hub for shopping and entertainment. Asheville also has an airport that allows for easy access for residents to travel and visit family in other parts of the country and for visitors to come in. In fact, TripAdvisor named Asheville one of the “15 Best Places to Travel Alone in America”. One of the main attractions is the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in the United States. The house was built by George Vanderbilt in the 1890s, and the rooms are still decorated in historical fashion. You can walk through the halls and gardens and glimpse what life was like for the wealthy inhabitants of that time.
Not only is Asheville a great town to visit, but also to live. The average age of Asheville residents is 38, and there are quite a few reputable schools in the area to accommodate children in those families. In fact, Asheville is currently ranked 8th in the State of North Carolina for the number of National Board Certified teachers that work in its public schools. As for higher education, the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences is a fantastic option for students looking to take the Advanced Placement Exams. The AP® participation rate is 96 percent, and the school itself ranks 10th in all of NC.
Asheville is a diverse and artsy city with a laid-back atmosphere and cozy coffee shops on every block. It’s also a fairly close drive to upstate South Carolina, and residents of SC often take a day-trip to explore Asheville and enjoy the cuisine. If you like having access to a bigger city but don’t like the hustle and bustle of a downtown area, you can choose a home in the mountains right outside the city center to enjoy the best of both worlds.
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Hendersonville is a lot smaller than Asheville with a population of around 14,000 people. However, Hendersonville boasts the 2nd largest downtown in WNC, so there is plenty to do. On the weekends, residents might pop by the farmer’s market for locally-grown produce and then head to the popular Mast General Store, a shop known for its variety of goods from fashion to cast iron cookbooks. Depending on the weather, they then continue to meander through the numerous antique shops and art galleries, or head on an outdoor adventure at Jump Off Rock.
Museums are also a major draw to Hendersonville. NC was “First in Flight”, so aviation is a major part of the state’s legacy. The WNC Air Museum in Hendersonville details the history of airplanes in NC up to the present day. The Hands On! Children museum is a family favorite, and the Railroad Museum shows visitors the history of the railroad itself and how it affected Hendersonville.
With over 100 restaurants in this town, there are plenty of places to eat, and many of them provide locally-sourced food and drink. It’s easy to enjoy a healthy lifestyle with fresh produce from the weekly farmer’s market and apples from the numerous orchards in the county. Because of its mountain-location, locals spend their weekends hiking and tubing under the North Carolina sun.
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We think that Waynesville is one of the best places to live in Western North Carolina. It’s a small town that has almost doubled in the past 20 years, but it’s still pretty tiny with a population of approximately 10,000. The low cost of living and growing economy makes it a really attractive real-estate investment for those who want to buy some land. We see a lot of great property deals all the time, and you can get a lot more for your money in this region.
Despite its small size, Waynesville has a very lively downtown and music scene. In fact, it hosts the annual Folkmoot festival, a celebration that brings over 100,000 international visitors to its streets and concert venues every July.
The main street is pedestrian-friendly, and visitors have told us that the selection of the boutique wine shop downtown rivals anything Asheville has to offer. Craft brewing is also really popular in this area, and the local breweries offer outdoor spaces for guests to sit and sip a cool beverage while chatting with friends and enjoying the sights and smells of the outdoors. Waynesville has all the amenities of a modern city with a slower pace of life that makes it a fantastic place to live.
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These are three of the best towns to live in Western North Carolina. If you want to learn more about their neighborhoods and housing options, we’d love to answer any further questions you might have or take you around the area to explore the available mountain homes. Give us a call today.