South Asheville has everything: local restaurants and chains, boutiques and big box stores, bungalows for $150,000, Colonial estates for $10 million, and everything in between! Many of Asheville’s city schools are located in 28803 and the southern portion of 28806. Parks and recreation areas, bars and breweries, factories, an outlet mall, tourist attractions, highways and side streets, rivers, lakes, creeks, and streams, all make South Asheville a well-rounded and convenient place to settle in.
South Asheville Neighborhoods
Among the most desirable neighborhoods in the area is Biltmore Park, a grand, walkable planned community with condos, apartments, shops, a movie theater, restaurants, offices, and even a YMCA and Western Carolina University satellite campus. Kenilworth, forming the boundary between South Asheville and East Asheville, offers quintessential suburban living with immediate access to city amenities. Bungalow, Colonial, Traditional, Cape Cod, Tudor, Green Built, and Arts and Crafts style homes along wooded streets in quiet residential neighborhoods make Kenilworth a hot spot for Asheville home buyers. Some more affordable neighborhoods, such as Shiloh, offer new constructions under $300,000 and existing homes under $200,000.
All of these neighborhoods are quite desirable, but Biltmore Forest is the paragon. Colonial, Tudor, Traditional, Chateau, Georgian, French Provincial, and Contemporary style homes ranging from extravagant to tastefully classic characterize this exclusive gated community. Amenities include a gym with yoga studio and saline pool, community space with fireplace and demonstration kitchen, a country club with Donald Ross layout golf course, a staffed gatehouse, and several parks and streams for residents to enjoy.
South Asheville Lifestyle
Some of Asheville’s largest employers, Mission Hospital, AB Tech Community College, The Biltmore Estate, and Eaton Corporation, are in the south part of the city. The list of schools and colleges is staggering, but among them are Isaac Dickson Elementary, Asheville Middle, Asheville High, Carolina Day, and South College. Additionally, there are other primary public schools, a Montessori school, and two charter schools.
The Biltmore Estate comprises about half of South Asheville, and an affordable annual pass gives members unlimited daytime access to miles of walking and biking trails, the duck pond, botanical gardens, bars and restaurants on the estate, and the mansion itself. Bent Creek Research and Demonstration Forest (and nearby Lake Powhatan) borders South Asheville’s west side, offering 30 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails, plus camping, swimming, and trout fishing. Just beyond Bent Creek is the NC Arboretum, a kind of museum of Southern Appalachian plants and wildlife. Miles of beautifully managed trails and paths through forest and cultivated gardens can scarcely be navigated in a whole day.
Biltmore Park, Biltmore Village, and the Asheville Outlets offer more shopping than a person can do, but if this is somehow exhausted, the Asheville Mall is just minutes away. Kids can play the day away and wear themselves out at Mountain Play Lodge. If this isn’t enough to call it a day, residents can catch a movie at the Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium.