Kenilworth: Asheville's Pioneer Suburb
Kenilworth is one of Asheville’s most coveted areas due to its well-appointed homes, beautiful yards, quiet, tree-lined streets, suburban lifestyle, and central location. It is considered Asheville’s “pioneer suburb,” having been founded in 1914 as a separate city. Kenilworth was annexed by Asheville 25 years later, but not before electing North Carolina’s first woman mayor.
Why Choose Kenilworth?
Spanning about 5 square miles between East Asheville and South Asheville, Kenilworth is convenient to everything both of those areas offer, including the Asheville Mall and the Biltmore Estate; plus, downtown is just a few minutes away. Many healthcare professionals choose to live in Kenilworth, because of its proximity to Mission Hospital and the VA Hospital. Major employers Eaton Corporation and Borg Warner are a quick car trip from Kenilworth too. A staggering variety of public, charter, and private schools are available for Kenilworth residents to choose from; and for higher education, a number of colleges have campuses nearby, including South College, Western Carolina University, Mars Hill, Montreat, AB Tech, and University of the South.
Other historic landmarks like Zealandia Castle (Asheville’s first art museum) and the original town hall (a log cabin) punctuate Kenilworth, along with several bed and breakfasts, churches, and five parks, including the 19-acre Kenilworth Lake. An active and inclusive residents’ association facilitates events and advocates for the betterment of the Asheville community at large. The Kenilworth Artists Association organizes annual tours through the neighborhood, allowing art lovers and shoppers to visit artists and browse their wares.
Homes in Kenilworth
The Kenilworth community began with the Tudor-Revival-style Kenilworth Inn, which was first a vacation destination, then a military hospital, next an asylum, and now a beautiful apartment complex; and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Many homes in Kenilworth were built in the beginning of the 20th century, but new construction continues up to today. This span of development means you’ll find historic Colonials and Arts and Crafts style homes mixed among modern bungalows, and even funky Frank Lloyd Wright style and other custom homes. This area is hot, but buyers can still turn up a few existing bungalows under $300,000 and new constructions under $600,000. Beaucatcher House is an East Asheville condo at the end of Kenilworth Road, tucked conveniently between Tunnel Road and I-240.