About North Asheville
Neighborhoods of interest to luxury buyers in the North Asheville area include Lake View Park, Grove Park, The Hills of Beaverdam, and Lakeshore Heights. These neighborhoods and communities are all convenient to the Country Club of Asheville, one of the first private clubs founded in the US, established in 1894.
The club’s golf course was designed by legendary architect Donald Ross, like the nearby course at the Omni Grove Park Inn. In fact, it is said that the Country Club of Asheville was originally located where the Grove Park Inn is today, and the Grove Park Inn golf course once belonged to the Country Club of Asheville. Later, the club was moved North to its current location, and Donald Ross designed a new course there which members are familiar with today. It was updated by Richard Mandell in 2016.
The course features bent grass fairways. These are at times challengingly long with multiple uphill and downhill shots. Hole 16 in particular offers an enchanting view of Asheville and the surrounding mountains, and was once the longest in North Carolina, at 600 yards, with a creek in between.
Hole 17, in turn, may be the longest and most difficult Par-three of the course. As a local watering hole, it’s not uncommon for neighbors to create their own, informal groups to practice and socialize.
Golfers can warm up for their game at the 25-tee driving range, putting, and chipping greens in the practice area. Meanwhile, personal training and golf clinics are available to help perfect your swing, as is the SkyTrak indoor golf simulator.
Aside from golf, members can enjoy the club’s Olympic-size swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis facilities, indoor pickleball courts, new 2,500 square foot fitness center, and even rec rooms to entertain children and teens.
Those interested can join men’s, and women’s, or youth programs and lessons for swimming, water aerobics, tennis, and more. As for culinary delights after a round, fine mountain views await al fresco diners as well as indoor dinner and cocktail options—family friendly, casual, or buttoned up.
These established, historic neighborhoods feature a mix of older homes, including grand plantation-style and old world, European-style houses convenient to Asheville’s restaurants, nightlife, shopping, wellness, and cultural opportunities, as well as rare natural attractions such as the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest.
In addition, UNC Asheville and its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are nearby, offering retired residents a revolving calendar of expert talks, workshops, socials, courses, and performances to feed their minds.
For many homes in this area, the privately-owned Beaver Lake and Park is within easy walking distance. This spot is popular for aquatics like fishing, boating, and paddleboarding as well as walking, biking, and jogging. The man-made lake and neighborhood were designed by architect John Nolen, possibly with the assistance of his friend, Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed the grounds of the Biltmore Estate.
The nearby Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, managed by the Audubon Society, offers birdwatchers in the area a convenient outlet. Visitors can enjoy a three-eighths mile walk through the wetland and stop to sit and watch a wide variety of birds, notably Brown-headed Nuthatches, Warbling Vireos, and Eastern Kingbirds.
To the South, The Grove Park Inn offers luxury indulgences, from spa treatments to tennis and some of Asheville’s finest dining, served by its five-star hotel staff.
Tired foodies can enjoy anything from an al fresco dinner with a dusk mountain view at the Sunset Terrace restaurant to a farm-to-table Sunday brunch featuring the likes of citrus poached shrimp, eggs benedict, and frangipane cake at the Blue Ridge restaurant.
The resort is also known for its gingerbread house competition: a special treat during the holiday season.