Asheville Central Community
Comprising the Five Points, Charlotte Street, Murdock-Linden, Annandale, and Albemarle neighborhoods, Asheville’s Central community lies just north of Downtown. This area is convenient to everything, yet with charming streets where children can play safely in big yards graced with spacious Colonials, bungalows, cottages, and Traditionals.
Central Asheville Living
Central Asheville has a variety of groceries—Trader Joe’s, Greenlife (Whole Foods), Harris Teeter, and a butchery called The Chop Shop; plus a 24-hour Ingles is close-by, and the North Asheville Tailgate Market sets up at UNCA Saturday mornings.
Nearby schools for children include Zig Zag ALC School, Hanger Hall School for Girls, French Broad River Academy for Boys, plus four Christian schools (including one preschool), three Montessori Schools, and Ira B. Jones Elementary, a public school. For adults, the UNCA campus and Lenoir Rhyne are immediately nearby.
This part of town is a favorite for salon, spa, and fitness businesses. At least ten salons and spas offer everything from a basic haircut to facials and manicures, to reiki, massage, and acupuncture. Gyms cater to every fitness style: Martial arts, yoga, pilates, Olympic-style lifting, golf, and Alexander Technique are all available within Central Asheville.
Dining and Diversion
To enjoy the great outdoors, residents have plenty of choices. Play basketball or tennis, enjoy a picnic, play on the playground, or go for a stroll through Weaver Park. Follow Weaver Park’s trail to the other side of Merrimon Avenue to UNCA’s trail, which ends at the Botanical Gardens, a lovely green space with a gazebo, historic cabin, creek, and a colorful array of native plant species. Treat yourself to a round of golf at the Grove Park Inn’s beautiful, world-class golf course, or hike their trail through gorgeous forested grounds.
Indulge in an upscale vegan meal at Plant, or if you’re more of a carnivore, try Bone and Broth. Gan Shan Station, a fast-paced, authentic East Asian restaurant has great food all nights of the week, but Tuesday is ramen night. Homegrown features quick and affordable, contemporary Southern comfort foods. Luella’s serves up yummy, traditional BBQ, along with occasional live music. And, Five Points is a beloved, old-school neighborhood diner. For those who know what they like and like what they know, a few chains can be found as well.
Catch a flick plus beer and dinner all at the same time, at nearby Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company, lovingly nicknamed the Brew ‘n’ View. Enjoy dinner and drinks in the cozy neighborhood Charlotte Street Pub; or engage and get involved with community-minded events at Habitat Brewing. Central Asheville also has great coffee among its bragging rights. You can’t go wrong with High Five, Liberty House, Alchemy, or City Bakery!