Conveniently located right next to I-26, about 20 miles north of downtown Asheville, at 2300 feet elevation, Mars Hill is a quiet mountain town with a big-little college. The 194-acre Mars Hill University is a private Baptist school with just 1300 or so students. Ranked 24/110 in Regional Colleges South, MHU offers traditional and adult undergraduate degrees as well as a few graduate programs.
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Homes in Mars Hill
Mars Hill’s housing market has something for nearly everyone: fixer-uppers under $100,000, condos under $200,000, a huge selection of turn-key houses under $300,000, new constructions ranging from $350,000 to $600,000, and even a few large farms and estates in the $1M neighborhood.
Wolf Laurel is Mars Hill’s largest and oldest subdivision, spanning almost into Tennessee. Homes inside Wolf Laurel offer access (with membership) to a country club, a ski resort, golf courses, tennis, hiking trails, a heated swimming pool, and more; while Mars Hill homes not in a subdivision generally come with large parcels of land—up to about 100 acres in some cases.
Fireplaces, beautiful mountain views from lovely porches, and living rooms with giant windows are the rule rather than the exception here, and you get quite a bit of luxury for your money. Cape Cod, Traditional, Cabin, Rustic, Bungalow, Cottage, and Ranch are the prevailing construction styles in Mars Hill, with a few historic farmhouses available too. One gated community, Red Wolf Run, is exclusively in the business of beautiful timber homes.
Mars Hill Lifestyle
Early childhood schools include Mars Hill and Flat Creek Elementaries; all Madison County students enrolled in public school attend Madison Middle and Madison High; and the mindfulness-, outdoors-, and farm-focused Woodson Branch Nature School offers a close-by alternative to public schools.
Downtown Mars Hill is a charming, old-fashioned, sleepy Southern town. A few well-loved restaurants keep residents wined, beered, dined, and entertained; and this scene is growing. Stackhouse offers burgers, BBQ, and tavern food with a slight twist toward trendy and upscale; plus, they have local and regional beers on tap and host live music. Also check out The Original Papa Nick’s for raved-about Italian food, The Wagon Wheel Diner, and the Little Creek Café (about 10 minutes out of downtown).
Residents will find plenty to do for fun too: a Saturday famers market, the Rural Heritage Museum, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and Wolf Ridge Ski Resort offer family-friendly diversions. Or, go for a hike at Big Bald, shop for antiques at Fiddlestix, or attend a supper club event or cooking class at The Farmer’s Hands Homestead. Several annual events bring out locals and travelers alike, including the Hot Doggett 100 bicycle ride, the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival, and the Heritage Festival. If these hyperlocal offerings fall short, nearby Marshall, Hot Springs, and Barnardsville offer countless other activities such as rafting, bluegrass jams, mineral hot tubs, and ziplining.