Enka and Candler are two unincorporated communities just west of Asheville. They offer convenient proximity to West, Central, and South Asheville with a slower-paced and more spacious lifestyle. Even the farthest reaches of Candler are just 25 minutes from downtown Asheville, and Enka is just a 10-minute jaunt to downtown. As one heads west from Asheville through Enka to Candler, the setting becomes more rural. Suburban housing communities give way to little diners and Saturday morning roadside flea markets, all within the space of about four miles.
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Homes in Enka-Candler
Head up into the hills of rural Candler, and you will find large plots of land with rolling pastures and all manner of dwellings, from rustic cabins to contemporary million-dollar homes. The more suburban Enka includes Biltmore Lake, a well-established, exclusive private community. Listings here range from condominiums in the 300s and 400s to a 10,000 square-foot custom home for $3M. Outside of Biltmore Lake, homes are considerably less expensive, if without the parks and recreation amenities so close at hand. But, with one of the most waterfall-laden sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway just a few miles down the road, folks living outside of Biltmore Lake can make do! Families and investors alike can still find spacious homes in great condition with plenty of land under $300,000; and conscientious shoppers will even uncover the occasion $150,000 gem.
Candler stretches all the way down Pisgah Highway and snuggles right up to the base of Mount Pisgah, where there are mountain retreats, quirky cabins, and opulent custom homes featuring balconies galore and more windows than walls. An Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College campus offering classes, business incubation, and commercial kitchen space for rent; a brand-new Ingles grocery store with a Starbucks inside; and a soon-to-be-completed Wal Mart shopping center make Enka its own little west-side business hub.
Elementary schools in Enka-Candler include Pisgah, Sand Hill Venable, Hominy Valley, and Candler Elementary, plus the charter Franklin School of Innovation, Child Kingdom Montessori, and Asheville-Pisgah Christian. Students enrolled in public school will attend Enka Intermediate, Middle, and High Schools.
A growing number of restaurants keep residents heartily fed. Doc Brown’s BBQ serves up traditional NC-style pulled pork and truly downhome southern sides. The Miami, hidden at the far end of a surprisingly charming abandoned mid-century motel, has a darn good breakfast; and they make their own sausage in-house! Belle’s Pizza delivers, even down Pisgah Highway and up to the mountainsides. Sand Hill Kitchen serves up great food in a gas station! And, Flor del Rio is a brand-new little South American restaurant blazing culinary trails on the west end of Smokey Park Highway. You can easily leave Enka-Candler if you want to, but you’ll almost never need to!
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