Historic, idyllic Montford lies just northwest of downtown Asheville, east of the French Broad River, and South of University of North Carolina’s Asheville campus. Most of its Victorian, Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts, and castle style home were built around the beginning of the 20th century; and nearly all are beautifully preserved or restored.
No fewer than 10 bed and breakfasts make some of the area’s spectacular homes accessible to visitors. The quiet, tree-lined residential streets and shrub-flanked, perfectly manicured yards bear resemblance to other historic Southern cities like Charleston and Savannah.
Perhaps one of Montford’s best features, besides its impossibly picturesque beauty, is an engaged and involved citizenry. A robust neighborhood association meets regularly, keeps residents informed, and facilitates events and improvement projects.
A number of schools offer alternative styles of education. Montford North Star Academy is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) magnet school that is part of the Asheville City School District. Odyssey School is a private K-12 school with a Design-Thinking model, based on Multiple Intelligences Theory. Asheville Rhythm offers percussion classes and performance for people of all ages. Other schools for children include Isaac Dickson Elementary and Adonai Christian Academy. For adults, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Center for Graduate Studies and the Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts also make their homes in Montford.
The Hazel Robinson Amphitheater at Montford Park presents weekly free performances of Shakespeare and other works by The Montford Park Players. Patrons can purchase snacks and wine, bring a picnic, sit under the stars, and take in a truly excellent thespian performance. Hummingbird Park is a tranquil green space where residents gather, walk, relax, read, or picnic. There are plans to add a habitat space for native species, a path through the woods, and an herb garden.
Annual events in Montford include a music and arts festival, an art walk, a Greek Festival, and A Christmas Carol performed at Montford Park. The community center offers an eclectic variety of activities such as ukulele classes, community basketball, and capoeira instruction.
Only two restaurants grace Montford, but they are not to be missed: Chiesa, a positively delicious Italian restaurant, and Nine Mile, serving Jamaican-infused pasta dishes. You will not find any bars in this neighborhood, but downtown’s bustling food and bar scene is just a 10-minute walk from nearly any part of Montford. Immediate access to I-240 and I-26 provide quick access to all of Asheville.
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