Originally its own city, until the early 20th century, West Asheville offers a funky alternative to the more mainstream downtown. Ever-increasing home values, tourism, and a robust rental market continue to make this city-within-a-city increasingly popular.
West Asheville’s bustling, walkable central corridor, Haywood Road, boasts an astounding number of unique, locally-owned restaurants, bakeries, food trucks, coffee shops, bars, boutiques, salons, and galleries. Add a meditation center, herb school, tea house, healthy foods grocery, weekly tailgate market, yoga studio, and a massage school to the mix—a person would be hard-pressed to get bored.
Just 2 miles from downtown, 28806 is home to families, artists, and professionals alike. Residential streets are quiet and peaceful; and most residents count neighbors among their closest friends.
Hall Fletcher Elementary and its soccer fields and community garden are tucked into a quaint Eastern West Asheville neighborhood, and its core mission reflects West Asheville’s community values of “grit, respect for others, optimism, curiosity, and gratitude.”
West Asheville is bisected by the northward-flowing French Broad, the world’s third oldest river. The river and some of its tributaries offer tubing and paddle boarding. Other outdoor diversions include a mountain bike park, ziplining, canopy tours, and adventure trails at The Adventure Center of Asheville; a dog park, a cycling velodrome, walking, biking, lawn bowling, roller hockey, baseball, and soccer at Carrier Park; and a short 30-minute drive in nearly any direction can deliver you to countless waterfalls, swimming holes, hiking trails, and breathtaking natural beauty.
West Asheville is home to a booming bar scene, including six breweries at the time of writing. Other bars include: Pour Taproom with over 40 regionally brewed adult beverages sold by the ounce; The Brew Pump, a surprisingly lively combination gas station and bar; WALK, a sports bar with a pool table and an affordable, better-than-bar-food late-night menu; Double Crown, with an authentic New Orleans décor, regular DJs playing unconventional genres of music, and periodic gospel shows. Live music events can also be found in one spot or another along Haywood Road almost any night of the week.
It would take perhaps half a lifetime to try every menu item available among West Asheville’s many restaurants. Top choices include Zia Taqueria and Taqueria Muñoz, both very authentic Mexican joints; Sunny Point, specializing in some of the city’s best breakfast and brunch food; Biscuit Head, but get there early, as there is likely to be a line around the corner; The Hopp, an ice cream boutique serving up creative flavors; The Admiral, a neighborhood anchor known for unconventional, upscale, delicious food and cocktails; and Nine Mile, a Jamaican-infused pasta joint.
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