Asheville Neighborhood Map

Here is an interactive Asheville neighborhood map with the most desirable neighborhoods in Asheville. You can open the map to full view in a new browser tab.

Many older homes have been fully renovated in these neighborhoods.  There are some newer homes but they are generally built on smaller lots.  The nicer neighborhoods that are walkable to downtown (DARN - Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors) include Montford, Claxton, Chestnut Hills and Charlotte Street.  All neighborhoods north of I-240 and east of 19-23/74 are desirable neighborhoods.  Asheville natives know that this area is the place to be. Having vacationed yearly in the area since 1968 and taken up residence since 1996, I've gained lot of insight through traveling for work throughout WNC, talking to contractors and architects and discussing at length neighborhood attributes with locals and newly transplanted residents. I've given each desirable neighborhood a ranking according to what I've found. These do not include gated communities and take into great consideration the location to close by amenities.

#1 North Asheville

Many older homes have been fully renovated in these neighborhoods. There are some newer homes but they are generally built on smaller lots. The nicer neighborhoods that are walkable to downtown (DARN - Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors) include Montford, Claxton, Chestnut Hills and Charlotte Street. All neighborhoods north of I-240 and east of 19-23/74 are desirable neighborhoods. Asheville natives know that this area is the place to be.

Merrimon Ave Restaurants

Even though there aren't a ton of restaurants on Merrimon Ave, we have a few that draw frequent and repeat visits. Avenue M (finer dining with a family appeal), Plant (vegetarian/vegan meals), Home Grown (for some nice staple meals), Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company (we spend way too much time here!, excellent pizza, beer, game room for kids and CHEAP movies!) and Zen Sushi (great Japanese and Sushi located on the top floor of Merrimon Square).

Merrimon Grocery Stores

We have the best grocery stores in town!  Ingles on North Merrimon is one of (if not "the") best Ingles around.  With more organic choices and great beer always on sale!  They've "got our number" so to speak.  We also have Fresh Market (gourmet selections), Trader Joe's and a small Whole Foods Grocery called Green Life.

#2 Kennilworth

Why Kennilworth? Established in 1914, this neighborhood has mature trees, historic buildings, a park, rolling hills and easy access to hospitals and Tunnel Road shops, restaurants and movie theaters. Just down the hill, you can also enjoy the boutiques at Biltmore Village with fine dining at Rezaz Mediterranean Cuisine and Red Stag Grill. Residents are professionals and many are in the medical field. Still inside the city limits, Asheville City Schools provides great education for the kids.

Tunnel Road

You can find it all on Tunnel Road! Shop the fully enclosed Asheville Mall with shops like Barnes & Noble, Ulta, Dillards, The Gap, Old Navy and GNC Live Well. For Electronics, you'll find easy parking at Best Buy, The Verizon Store, HH Gregg and a Super Walmart. Find the largest Whole Foods natural market in town, Ingles, Target and Walmart Super Center for grocery needs. Hint: If Mama needs a few minutes alone, let her go stroll the isles of Whole Foods with a local craft beer in her hands! Don't miss out on one of the best TJ Maxx stores in the southeast with a Ross in the same plaza. Take a break for lunch at India Garden offering an all-you-can-eat buffet.

#3 West Asheville

Recently made desirable, West Asheville pulls interest from the younger, hip crowd because of it's unique Haywood Road town hub. With easy access to the River Arts District and New Belgium Brewery.

#4 Biltmore Forest

If you can afford a home in the town of Biltmore Forest, you will enjoy a private country club, a walkable/joggable streets, your own police force, a quick drive to the private Carolina Day School and access to the Blue Ridge Parkway in your back yard! Restaurants have extended their locations to serve south Asheville and include Tupelo Honey and Green Sage Cafe. Gerber Village offers the notable Char Bar No. 7 and Blaze Pizza restaurants.

#5 Biltmore Park

With it's own shopping, restaurants, banks, medical services, a YMCA and theater inside the neighborhood, Biltmore Park residents enjoy staying close to home for comforts. It offers a community with sidewalks, upscale single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes. The Hilton offers a place for visiting family and venues for your corporate gatherings. Reuter YMCA has a pool and climbing wall. There is also a neighborhood outdoor pool for the residents. The Regal Cinema has stadium seating for enhanced viewing. Accolades have been given to the local eateries of Which Wich Superior Sandwiches and Another Broken Egg Cafe. Find the best Chinese food at P.F. Changs and local brews at The Thirsty Monk. Why does Biltmore Park come in at #5? There seems to be a consensus that it doesn't quite offer the Asheville feel. The homes are newer and lack the charm of homes in town. The residents are often from out of town and since they never quite get the deep interaction with Ashevillians, they tend to lack an understanding of what Asheville is all about. Take a look at the Asheville neighborhood map above and you'll see that Biltmore Park's location also keeps the residents from easily enjoying the culture of downtown. And because of its shops, restaurants and entertainment, it brings in tourists from all over the area. Teenagers enjoy cruising the town square.
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