North Asheville includes most of the area between downtown and Woodfin, Asheville’s nearest neighbor city north along I-26. Merrimon Avenue, the main drag through 28804, is primarily commercial, but neighborhoods are nestled onto side streets and hillsides along either side of it.
Large homes and ever-increasing values characterize neighborhoods like Kimberly Heights, Beaverdam, and Reynolds Mountain, while plenty of more affordable housing can be found in apartment buildings, many within walking distance of the commercial center. Most apartments in the area come with amenities like a fitness center, dog park, and swimming pool. Some farther outlying neighborhoods are adjacent to the famously scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.
Schools for children include Zig Zag ALC School, a K-12 school based on self-directed learning that provides both full-time enrollment and homeschool support; Hanger Hall, a girls’ middle school focusing on self-assurance and confidence; French Broad River Academy for Boys, a common-core-based, outdoor-curriculum middle school with a mission of building character and integrity; plus four Christian schools (including one preschool); three Montessori Schools; and Ira B. Jones Elementary, a public school. For adults, the University of North Carolina Asheville campus skirts the western edge of North Asheville, and nearby Woodfin offers a community college campus (AB Tech) as well as an acting school, the New York Studio for Stage and Screen.
You’ll find parks, lovely neighborhoods to bike or stroll through, and proximity to all of Western North Carolina’s favorite pastimes. Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary is a serene, wooded, 8-acre wetland park with a boardwalk and trail. Walkers and runners can take advantage of the paved trails at UNCA and make their way to the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, a lovely green space with a gazebo, historic cabin, creek, and a colorful array of native plant species. Nantahala Outdoor Center offers whitewater rafting on the nearby French Broad River. The Blue Ridge Parkway and its endless hiking trails are easily accessible via either Town Mountain Road or Elk Mountain Scenic Highway.
Many locals visit the historic Grove Park Inn for its restaurants and bars (Edison’s, Sunset Terrace, Golden Fleece, Vue 1913, and Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar); its unparalleled spa, which boasts a cave pool with underwater music; a world-class golf course; galleries and museums; and seasonal events like the National Gingerbread House Competition.
North Asheville residents can catch a movie, eat pizza, and enjoy local beer at the Brew ‘n’ View (Asheville Brewing Company) or build their own sundae at Frostbite Dessert Bar. Some other choices for dining out or having a drink in North Asheville are Zen Sushi, Homegrown, Bavarian Bier Garden, Avenue M, Marcos, Luella’s, MOD Pizza, Taco Palace, Cecelia’s, Tacos and Taps, Whit’s Frozen Custard, and Taqueria Fast.
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