A Complete Guide to the Top North Carolina Mountain Communities

Compare NC mountain communities by exploring the amenities and attributes that attract so many luxury home buyers to this area.

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Rachel Broadbent
Rachel Broadbent

Marketing and Business Development Manager, Walnut Cove Realty

David Bailey
David Bailey

Broker-in-Charge, Walnut Cove Realty

Searching for the right mountain community in an in-demand market like Western North Carolina can be overwhelming. There are many communities to choose from, each with its own character and lifestyle. This comparison guide presents 11 of the most attractive mountain communities for luxury buyers with key information about each to help you find the community best suited to you. With just a few clicks or taps you can compare the top mountain communities based on what each has to offer in terms of location, features, style, amenities, and more.

This guide has been compiled and regularly updated by the North Carolina real estate experts at Walnut Cove Realty. Our goal in creating this guide is to provide you with a list of the communities we personally see home buyers most interested in so you can research homes on your own terms and engage with real estate professionals when you’re ready.

We understand that not everyone is keen to navigate curvy mountain roads or granite staircase entrances. Many of the area’s luxury communities feature a variety of living styles, from single-level dwellings to private elevators. If you have a specific interest or desire, let us know. We will be happy to refine a search to meet your parameters of the ideal home.

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Asheville Airport Driving Proximity
Downtown Asheville Driving Proximity
Mission Hospital Driving Proximity
Blue Ridge Parkway Driving Proximity
Charlotte, North Carolina, Driving Proximity

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

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Community Features

Golf Course
Fitness/Wellness Center
Intra-Community Trail System
Clubhouse
Guard/Gated Security
Dining

Approximate distance

Airport 5 Miles
Downtown Asheville 11.5 Miles
Mission Hospital 10.5 Miles
Blue Ridge Parkway 3 Miles
Charlotte 116 Miles

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About The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

This private gated mountain community is located in South Asheville, beside the Pisgah National Forest and abutting the Blue Ridge Parkway. It abounds with amenities, from a European-style Club Village and Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course to 18,000-foot luxury wellness center, tennis court, pools, fitness classes, fine and casual dining options, and miles of trails—all within a lush landscape of carefully maintained woodlands and sculpted gardens. 

Seeking a way to make friends and give back to the Asheville community? Members of The Cliffs at Walnut Cove have the opportunity to join The Walnut Cove Members Association (WCMA), a philanthropic organization that serves Asheville area nonprofits, especially those that provide human services, healthcare, and education, or support natural and cultural resources. Additionally, the WCMA offers a program that mentors UNC Asheville students. A number of member-run, interest-based groups provide further opportunities to network by playing bridge, fishing, painting, etc.

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove offers homes and homesites for year-round residents and holiday-takers in a variety of styles and settings, as well as townhouses. Whether you seek secluded estate-sized lots with mountain-top views, modern mountain homes in the woods, or a sunny golfside retreat, this community provides a range of options.

The Walnut Cove Spec Home Program

Planning to build your dream home in the North Carolina mountains? Walnut Cove Realty’s Spec Home Program combines the speed and convenience of buying a luxury home with the freedom of customization afforded by building. It’s essentially the best of both worlds, without the worst of either.

We partner with trusted builders and residents of select communities within The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and The Ramble to fund the design and construction of new luxury homes with popular features and much shorter build times. Luxury home buyers seeking to build don’t have to spend months closing on a lot, planning from scratch with designers, and waiting even longer for the build.

If you're searching for a home in the western North Carolina mountains, Walnut Cove is an ideal choice. Come visit us and experience our gorgeous luxury homes, amenities, and community for yourself!

Why The Cliffs at Walnut Cove?

  • Nearby attractions

    The 715-acre Turtleback Falls Preserve adjoins The Cliffs at Walnut Cove. It features hiking trails boasting views of surrounding mountains, valleys, and waterfalls. 

  • Home & Homesite prices

    HOMES: $1M to $5M+

    HOMESITES: $150K to $2M+

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    Activities

    There's never an excuse to be bored in this community. Residents can take advantage of amenities such as fitness equipment, guided activities and personal training, clubs, indoor and outdoor pools, hiking trails, tennis court, nature center, the Club Village, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

  • Lifestyle & Vibe

    The community provides an ideal upmarket living experience ensured by strict architectural integrity regulations and attention to detail throughout the community. With a fully staffed gatehouse, breathtaking vistas, abundant social opportunities, and luxury amenities—all just a short drive from downtown—there's no need to compromise.

  • Golf

    The community offers a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course with bent grass fairways, rolling slopes, and challenging greens surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest. The home of the UNC Asheville women's team, the course has been hailed by Golf Digest as one of the best in the state, and Golfweek as one of the best private courses in North Carolina.

  • Environmental

    The Cliffs at Walnut Cove maintains protected land and offers a CSA program at the community's own Creekside Farm.

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove — firsthand impressions

Josh Smith

“When you're looking at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, you're looking at a community where everyone came from somewhere else. It’s an incredible collection of people and backgrounds. And the community is extremely welcoming; they're very eager to get you connected, whether it's the bowling group, the mahjong group, the bridge club, or any other group or activity within the community.”

Josh Smith, Walnut Cove Realty, President & The Cliffs at Walnut Cove Resident

Rebecca Dougherty

“The Cliffs at Walnut Cove is what I consider the premier gated community in Asheville. It offers you everything you’d really ever want from this area—from wooded lots to high view elevation. It has such a variety.”

Rebecca Dougherty, Walnut Cove Realty, Broker in Charge & Office Manager

Southcliff

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Community Features

Community Open Space
Intra-Community Trail System
Guard/Gated Security

Approximate distance

Airport 13.5 Miles
Downtown Asheville 8.5 Miles
Mission Hospital 8 Miles
Blue Ridge Parkway 3.5 Miles
Charlotte 121 Miles

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About Southcliff

Located on the south slope of Cedar Cliff Mountain, this gated mountain community is the perfect place for privacy-minded nature lovers to set down roots, featuring vistas at altitudes of 2500 to 3900 feet, abundant outdoor amenities, and conservation efforts.

In-gates, residents can enjoy community parks with grills, fire pits, picnic tables, playgrounds, trails with scenic overlooks, and a cozy outdoor pavilion with a regularly stocked fireplace. Outside the gates, the wonders of some of North Carolina’s most stunning natural attractions await within an easy drive—from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Smoky Mountain National Park.

To cherish the natural beauty of Western North Carolina, Southcliff’s developments integrate homes into the surrounding landscape to maintain and retain as much of the native flora as possible.

Additionally, a fully staffed gatehouse provides security for the entire community and an on-site sales lodge with a dedicated real estate team are available. Whether you seek a luxury mountain home or homesite, this growing community is likely to have wonderful properties on offer.

Why Southcliff?

  • Nearby attractions

    Southcliff residents are within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate, Western North Carolina Nature Center, River Arts District, Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Asheville Pinball Museum, and Fletcher (an up-and-coming area hotspot).

  • Home & Homesite prices

    HOMES: $750K to $3M+

    HOMESITES: $75K to $750K+

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    Activities

    Explore six miles of hiking trails that connect Southcliff's neighborhoods and parks, enjoy a fire with neighbors at the pavilion, savor a picnic lunch in a park, or host a barbecue at one of the community grills.

  • Lifestyle & Vibe

    Seeking a balance of nature and upscale social life? Southcliff offers just that—the opportunity to participate in Asheville's vibrant culture, then come home to the mountains to refuel. 

  • Environmental

    Those seeking to build have access to a green builders, in addition to Southcliff's measures to protect native flora.

Southcliff — firsthand impressions

Josh Smith

“Southcliff has excellent nature trails, an outdoor pavilion, and three or four outdoor fire pits around the community. It promotes a very outdoor-driven, adventurous lifestyle.”

Josh Smith, Walnut Cove Realty, President

Rebecca Dougherty

“In Southcliff, the land is specifically and deliberately conserved. The focus of this community is on the land and its natural beauty—and the homes are designed and built to fit into that setting. Nature really is at your doorstep here.”

Rebecca Dougherty, Walnut Cove Realty, Broker in Charge & Office Manager

The Ramble

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Community Features

Fitness/Wellness Center
Intra-Community Trail System
Clubhouse
Guard/Gated Security
Tennis Court
Community Open Space
Golf Course
Dining

Approximate distance

Airport 6.5 Miles
Downtown Asheville 6 Miles
Mission Hospital 5 Miles
Blue Ridge Parkway 0.5 Miles
Charlotte 118 Miles

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About The Ramble

The Ramble is a gated community situated among the woodlands of Ducker Mountain and bordered by the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a few miles from downtown Asheville and two miles from the Biltmore Forest Country Club.

This master-planned community was designed with an active and social lifestyle in mind, featuring preserved open spaces, trails, community activities, a wellness center, and tennis, bocce, and pickleball courts. For a change of pace, residents can directly access the shopping, restaurants, and entertainment venues of Biltmore Park Town Square through a private South gate.

Love golf? Members of the Biltmore Forest Country Club just North of the Ramble can enjoy a Par-70 Donald Ross course and old-fashioned social club experience with fine dining opportunities. Meanwhile, players can experience some of the best tennis in Asheville at the nearby Asheville Racquet Club.

Once a favorite spot of George W. Vanderbilt’s to stroll, the community draws inspiration from architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s Central Park design and conservation concepts. Olmstead is also known locally for his work on the Biltmore Estate grounds. When fully completed, the community will have more than 500 houses.

Luxury homes are available for sale as well as homesites for custom home building. Its featured builders are some of Western North Carolina's most experienced specialists, ready to help you design a bespoke home that artistically represents your ideas.

Why The Ramble?

  • Nearby attractions

    Biltmore Park Town Square's many dining, shopping, and entertainment options lie just outside the South gate of The Ramble.

  • Home & Homesite prices

    HOMES: $750K to $5M+

    HOMESITES: $250K to $2M+

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    Activities

    Residents can take advantage of The Living Well Center, which offers a heated saline pool, daily workouts, lighted tennis court, fitness center, cycling room, demonstration kitchen, outdoor barbeque, and great room with fireplace. The community's extensive trail system is also a great resource for walkers and runners.

  • Lifestyle & Vibe

    The Ramble is the ideal place to enjoy both the comfort of convenience and living surrounded by nature, thanks to its wonderfully handcrafted homes, lush natural environment, and vibrant sense of community. The neighborhood is designed to be a secure, peaceful, and beautiful place to explore, play, and relax.

  • Environmental

    Community management preserves forested land, and those hoping to build have access to green builders.

The Ramble — firsthand impressions

Josh Smith

“The Ramble offers some of the Asheville area's best tennis through the Asheville Racquet Club, which has about 10 or 15 courts, four of which are indoor. The club also has a big workout center and it's literally right outside the gate.”

Josh Smith, Walnut Cove Realty, President

Rebecca Dougherty

“The Ramble has some grand opportunities for people to find a lot and build their own home.”

Rebecca Dougherty, Walnut Cove Realty, Broker in Charge & Office Manager

Biltmore Forest

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Community Features

Clubhouse
Open Community
Tennis Court
Fitness/Wellness Center
Golf Course
Dining
Historic
Conservation Trust
Community Open Space

Approximate distance

Airport 8 Miles
Downtown Asheville 5 Miles
Mission Hospital 3.5 Miles
Blue Ridge Parkway 1.5 Miles
Charlotte 119 Miles

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About Biltmore Forest

Biltmore Forest is a historic district in Asheville, North Carolina. It was first incorporated in 1923 and then became a historic preservation district in 1990. The town is named for the Biltmore Estate, which is located nearby; both places were owned by George Washington Vanderbilt II, who built the Estate from 1889 to 1895. Today, Biltmore Forest is home to some of the largest estates in Asheville and is one of the most desirable areas for luxury buyers in the whole of the Carolinas.

A historic flood in the Asheville area caused extensive damage to the Biltmore Estate in 1916. To reduce the cost of maintaining the estate and to reduce the estate's tax liability, approximately 1,500 acres were sold to make residential lots. In 1923, the town of Biltmore Forest was formally chartered. Since then, residential zoning designations and conscientious zoning restrictions have preserved the attention to detail and natural environment that were so prominent during the town's development. Through community forestry programs and a tree protection ordinance, the naturalistic landscaping of the Biltmore Estate continues to be thoughtfully preserved.

Biltmore Forest is a highly-desirable neighborhood, featuring a Donald Ross-designed golf course and the prestigious Biltmore Forest Country Club. The town maintains two parks: Rosebank Park and Greenwood Park.

Why Biltmore Forest?

  • Nearby attractions

    Nearby to Biltmore Forest's residential area are Buncombe County schools and Carolina Day School, an accredited pre-K–12 private school. The town is also conveniently located close to Interstate 26 and Mission Hospital, the largest in the region. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through the southern end of the town.

  • Home & Homesite prices

    HOMES: $750K to $10M+

    HOMESITES: $150K to $2M+

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    Activities

    In addition to an old-fashioned golf experience through membership at the exclusive Biltmore Forest Country Club, residents have access to Rosebank and Greenwood Park, which both feature play structures and benches, while the Mountains to Sea Trail parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway provides an outlet for hikers.

  • Lifestyle & Vibe

    The four-season temperate climate with an average snowfall of only 13 inches makes year-round living easy, and the broad range of elevations and corresponding climates and plant growth (both in town and around the area) make it one of the most biodiverse in the United States and the world.

  • Environmental

    Conservation of the naturalistic landscaping, designed with the same influences as the Biltmore Estate, has been possible through the adoption of a tree protection ordinance and community forestry programs.

  • Golf

    Biltmore Forest features a Donald Ross-designed golf course and the prestigious Biltmore Forest Country Club. 

Biltmore Forest — firsthand impressions

Josh Smith

“Biltmore Forest is a primary residential community. It's one of the oldest neighborhoods in Asheville and backs up to the Biltmore Estate. It's a 100-year-old club just soaked in tradition; you still wear a sports coat to dinner. It's close to town. It's close to the hospital. It's got its own sort of Biltmore Village right outside of it.”

Josh Smith, Walnut Cove Realty, President

Rebecca Dougherty

“Biltmore Forest is a lovely community. One of the old originals created by the Vanderbilt family in the 1920s. It’s centered around a golf course as well—a good old golf course club. You’ll find stately homes—that's where you get the history.”

Rebecca Dougherty, Walnut Cove Realty, Broker in Charge & Office Manager

Biltmore Park

Community Features

Fitness/Wellness Center
Intra-Community Trail System
Open Community
Clubhouse

Approximate distance

Airport 4.5 Miles
Downtown Asheville 9 Miles
Mission Hospital 7.5 Miles
Blue Ridge Parkway 3 Miles
Charlotte 115 Miles

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About Biltmore Park

Biltmore Park is a master-planned community in Asheville, designed with a new urban concept. Upscale condominiums and townhomes at Biltmore Park Town Square offer an ideal residential setting for those looking for a more central locale in a luxury environment. This bustling town center in Asheville, North Carolina, is a modern re-imagining of historical main streets, created to adhere to modern ideals of smart growth, green living, and less traffic.

Access to all the attractions and natural beauty of the Western North Carolina mountains is easy from this urban, sustainable neighborhood. The townhomes and condominiums at Biltmore Park Town Square are the ideal fusion of comfort and style. You'll adore their contemporary, open floor plans as well as the exquisite architectural accents and opulent finishing touches that adorn each space.

Every facility and convenience of this upscale town center is yours to enjoy if you reside in Biltmore Park Town Square. Life at Town Square is set against the picturesque backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy being so close to the region's abundance of hiking and bike trails, renowned golf courses, and kayaking and fishing opportunities along the French Broad River.

Why Biltmore Park?

  • Nearby attractions

    Adjoining Biltmore Park's residential areas are schools and the South Buncombe branch of the Buncombe County Library. The community is also conveniently located near Interstate 26 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. When it is time to play, you can choose from basketball, tennis, the six-foot-wide asphalt path, the playground, swim club, or the YMCA.

  • Home & Homesite prices

    HOMES: $500K to $5M+

    HOMESITES: $150K to $500K+

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    Activities

    Biltmore Park Town Square condos and homes for sale are convenient to the community's many retail stores, restaurants, and family-friendly entertainment options. This is a very pedestrian-friendly area—made to meet today's standards of smart growth, green living, and reduced driving—with sidewalks on most of the streets and a greenway trail for non-motorized bikes.

  • Lifestyle & Vibe

    Biltmore Park has a variety of options for living, from apartments and condos to townhouses and residential homes. The commercial/urban core of the community extends outward into neighborhoods as unique as the people who inhabit them. At the center of town are movie theaters, spas, health clubs, boutiques, and gathering spots like REI, LOFT, and Barnes & Noble. Amid these stores are plenty of local businesses and world-class merchants.

  • Environmental

    The community’s local Project Vision builds with sustainable, environmentally-conscious practices.

Biltmore Park — firsthand impressions

Rebecca Dougherty

“It's a new city center. They've come in with a new urban design, which includes everything from apartments, to condos, townhomes, and single-family homes, and estate homes. So, they've done a beautiful job of creating not only a lifestyle location, but an urban center, which includes a YMCA, and retail shops—-some lovely opportunities with restaurants. It's one of Asheville's most walkable designed communities.”

Rebecca Dougherty, Walnut Cove Realty, Broker in Charge & Office Manager

Josh Smith

“Biltmore Park is a wonderful neighborhood for families. It's close to the interstate, airport, and great shopping; everything's right there.”

Josh Smith, Walnut Cove Realty, President

Champion Hills

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Community Features

Golf Course
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Clubhouse
Fitness/Wellness Center
Guard/Gated Security
Clubs
Dining
Tennis Court

Approximate distance

Airport 16 Miles
Downtown Asheville 29 Miles
Mission Hospital 27.5 Miles
Blue Ridge Parkway 21 Miles
Charlotte 107 Miles

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About Champion Hills

One of the most sought-after gated golfing communities in the area, Champion Hills rests in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains outside Hendersonville, between Asheville, NC, and Greenville, SC.

A top-rated Tom Fazio-designed golf course is the jewel of the community, touted as one of the architect’s personal favorites. As if this wasn’t enough, the community offers golf groups, driving range, putting green, and club events to help residents master their game. Meanwhile, a luxurious full-service clubhouse offers fine and casual dining opportunities.

Non-golfers can take advantage of Champion Hills’ fully-equipped fitness and wellness center, tennis courts, and 17 miles of hiking trails. Looking for company? You’re in luck. The community offers multiple tennis programs, interest-based clubs (including hiking, bridge, and sports car groups), volunteer opportunities, and a range of seasonal events throughout the year, such as wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and holiday gatherings.

Whether you’re seeking a full-time residence or seasonal retreat, Champion Hills offers attractive homes in a range of styles and sizes.

Why Champion Hills?

  • Nearby attractions

    Champion Hills is just five miles from Hendersonville, North Carolina, and seven from historic Flat Rock—adopted home of poet Charles Sandburg and the famous Flat Rock Playhouse. Plus, residents are an easy drive from the shopping, dining, entertainment, and arts scene of Asheville.

  • Home Prices

    $535,000 to $1.7M+

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    Activities

    Champion Hills has something for everyone: 17 miles of walking and running trails, lighted tennis courts, award-winning golf, seasonal activities, and member groups for those who enjoy lunching, dining, travel, dancing, hiking, yoga, cars, bridge, tennis, gardening and much more.

  • Lifestyle & Vibe

    Residents of Champion Hills can live life to the fullest by forging authentic connections through the community's many social outlets.

  • Golf

    Experience Tom Fazio's incredible attention to detail at every hole, year-round. This course features stunning vistas featuring streams, forested hills, and deep ravines, at a range of angles, elevations, and settings.

  • Environmental

    Permission is required to significantly prune native rhododendrons because of their sensitivity and to remove native shrubs or trees. Clear-cutting is forbidden and crown reduction is discouraged.

Champion Hills — firsthand impressions

Josh Smith

“Those who live in Champion Hills have convenient access to Hendersonville, a quaint mountain town with good restaurants. It's a little lower in elevation. At Champion Hills, you also have a Tom Fazio-designed golf course right in your backyard.”

Josh Smith, Walnut Cove Realty, President

Dave Baily

“Champion Hills is Tom Fazio's hometown golf course—he actually lives in Hendersonville. It's a great golf course he designed there. ”

David Bailey, Broker-in-Charge, Walnut Cove Realty

Grove Park

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Community Features

Open Community
Golf Course
Community Open Space
Tennis Court
Dining
Historic

Approximate distance

Airport 16 miles
Downtown Asheville 2 miles
Mission Hospital 3 miles
Blue Ridge Parkway 8 miles
Charlotte 127 miles

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About Grove Park

Asheville’s historic Grove Park neighborhood is an excellent example of late 19th and early 20th century planned suburban residential development, featuring a wide array of revival and eclectic residential architecture as well as superb landscaping. The plan was the first in Asheville to abandon the typical grid street layout (long, straight streets) for curvilinear streets, parks, and trees in a natural setting.

The Grove Park community is a vibrant and engaged neighborhood. Here, you’ll find many residents enjoying a walk, jog, or taking in the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and the Grove Park Inn. Today, three of the neighborhood’s areas, Grove Park, Proximity Park, and Sunset Terrace are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Residents here share a passion for maintaining and protecting that legacy.

The homes in the neighborhood illustrate the design and construction practices of early 20th-century architecture. Most of the development occurred between 1908 and 1938, and many styles are represented including Georgian, Colonial, Tudor, Bungalow, and Shingle. Many of the homes are situated on wooded parcels, with some size variance due to some owners assembling their plots over time. Time-honored deed restrictions concerning setback and building costs have allowed properties to relate well to each other and maintain a high degree of integrity.

The historic Grove Park neighborhood in Asheville, North Carolina, is every bit as picturesque as its name suggests. From the streetside to the mountain views, this area offers a living nod to its history—one that everyone should experience for themselves.

Grove Park residents enjoy an abundance of amenities easily accessible from their neighborhood, including public, private, and charter schools; an extensive county library system; access to state-of-the-art medical facilities, including Mission Hospital, the largest in the region; and tons of shopping, entertainment, and dining options. Asheville is also conveniently located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, and the Blue Ridge Parkway—a sightseer's and cyclist's haven.

Why Grove Park?

  • Nearby attractions

    The Grove Park Inn on Sunset Mountain, erected in 1913 by Grove's son-in-law Fred Seely, instantly became the cornerstone of Grove Park's identity. The stunning building has played host to a number of American presidents and diplomats over the last century, as well as an annual national gingerbread house competition that is featured in press all across the United States.

  • Home Prices

    HOMES: $500K to $4M+

    HOMESITES: $150K to $750K+

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    Activities

    Neighborhood activities include running, walking/hiking, cycling, tennis, golf, shopping, dining, arts/culture, and fitness.

  • Lifestyle & Vibe

    Grove Park is two miles from downtown Asheville, a city with a thriving arts scene, world-class shopping, and over 150 independent restaurants. With live music every night of the week, several theaters, comedy lounges, dance clubs, and museums, Asheville has something for everyone.

  • Golf

    The Grove Park Inn’s golf course provides a large green space in the center of the resort and neighborhood. The 18-hole, par 70 course has an undulating front nine and a steep back nine. Over a decade ago, the resort invested $2.5 million to restore the course. It's among Golf Digest Magazine‘s top ten U.S. courses that are at least 100 years old.

Grove Park — firsthand impressions

Rebecca Dougherty

“Centered around the iconic Grove Park Inn, this North Asheville neighborhood is broader than just Grove Park. It goes up to the edge of the country club of Asheville, and then back down to the edge of the city of Asheville. It's a beautiful mixed neighborhood that started in the 20s, and it's grown up to include both new and modern, and old and traditional. ”

Rebecca Dougherty, Walnut Cove Realty, Broker in Charge & Office Manager

Josh Smith

“Grove Park is a very traditional neighborhood with beautiful historic homes. Phenomenal access to downtown with restaurants and shopping. It's great for those looking for a more metropolitan lifestyle. You can bike to town. You can bike to restaurants. The access is great.”

Josh Smith, Walnut Cove Realty, President

Poplar Ridge

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Community Features

Guard/Gated Security
Community Open Space

Approximate distance

Airport 7.5 Miles
Downtown Asheville 11 Miles
Mission Hospital 9 Miles
Blue Ridge Parkway 4.5 Miles
Charlotte 118 Miles

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About Poplar Ridge

Poplar Ridge is a gated development just off Pinners Grove featuring 250+ acres. A favorite of year-round residents, it offers both traditional mountain homes and land for new builds. Its deep wooded lots nestled into forested hills, mountain views, and proximity to downtown make it a desirable location for nature-seekers who just 7.5 miles from an airport and 11 miles from downtown Asheville, NC.

Why Poplar Ridge?

  • Nearby attractions

    The Blue Ridge Parkway, Bullington Gardens, Biltmore Estate, and French Broad River are all an easy drive from Poplar Ridge.

  • Home & Homesite Prices

    HOMES: $1M to $3M

    HOMESITES: $74K to $539K

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    Activities

    Residents can relax outdoors at the community overlook, which features a picnic area and playground.

  • Lifestyle & Vibe

    Poplar Ridge offers the best of both worlds: a quiet mountain escape and an easy drive from downtown Asheville, NC. Additionally, those who don't want extra in-gates amenities can get privacy without the dues.

  • Environmental

    Access to an energy-efficient builder helps future residents protect the environment while the community’s design guidelines preserve stands of healthy, mature trees and natural vegetation in setback areas.

Poplar Ridge — firsthand impressions

Kyle Olinger

“It's very pretty. There are some really beautiful views, and homes that are just sort of nestled into the woods and embraced by the mountains, and the trees, and the streams, and the forest.”

Kyle Olinger, Walnut Cove Realty, Residential Broker Associate

Matt Payne

“You get the location, the proximity, and the ease into South Asheville, and it still feels like you’re far away. That’s one of the things I really like about living in Asheville. You can get five miles away from downtown and feel like you’re out in the forest and the mountains, but also know that you’re only 10–15 minutes away from anything you want. You can’t find that in too many places.”

— Matt Payne, Walnut Cove Realty, Residential Broker Associate

Elk Mountain Estates

Community Features

Open Community

Approximate distance

Airport 25 Miles
Downtown Asheville 10.5 Miles
Mission Hospital 12 Miles
Blue Ridge Parkway 14 Miles
Charlotte 112 Miles

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About Elk Mountain Estates

Elk Mountain Estates begins by the Country Club of Asheville and rises above the Blue Ridge Parkway on the North Side of Asheville, boasting some of the most beautiful south-facing mountain and city views in the area.

Homes range from smaller, older properties with an affordable price point to more luxurious, contemporary mountain homes. Those seeking a neighborhood feel might enjoy living toward the bottom of the hill, while those seeking a more private mountain getaway will appreciate this enclave's deep lots and unmatched views along the top of the ridge.

At Elk Mountain Estates, residents can feel removed from the bustle of city life while living just minutes from North Asheville and downtown.

Why Elk Mountain Estates?

  • Nearby attractions

    Elk Mountain Estates is located on the Elk Mountain Scenic Highway, which connects to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Residents can also visit the Grove Park Inn resort or Asheville Country Club by going down the hill.

  • Home Prices

    HOMES: $400K to $3.3M

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    Activities

    The connected Blue Ridge Parkway is a popular place for scenic drives and cycling. Meanwhile, golfers can enjoy a round of Donald Ross golf at either the Country Club of Asheville or the resort course at the Omni Grove Park Inn.

  • Lifestyle & Vibe

    Elk Mountain Estates offers a secluded mountain escape with sought-after views while providing convenient access to North Asheville. Buyers can expect to encounter everything from neighborhoods to remote, ridge-top homes to cozy, wooded properties here.

Elk Mountain Estates — firsthand impressions

Matt Payne

“Gives you that mountain escape, but you’re only ten minutes from North Asheville.”

— Matt Payne, Walnut Cove Realty, Residential Broker Associate

Matt Payne

“One of the things I really like about living in Asheville is that you can get five miles away from downtown and feel like you’re out in the forest and the mountains, but also know that you’re only 10–15 minutes away from anything you want. You can’t find that in too many places.”

— Matt Payne, Walnut Cove Realty, Residential Broker Associate

South Asheville

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Community Features

Golf Course
Clubhouse
Fitness/Wellness Center
Guard/Gated Security
Dining
Tennis Court
Intra-Community Trail System
Clubs
Community Open Space

Approximate distance

Airport 2 – 12.5 Miles
Downtown Asheville 7 – 12 Miles
Mission Hospital 5.5 – 10.5 Miles
Blue Ridge Parkway 1.5 – 11.5 Miles
Charlotte 124 – 133 Miles

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About South Asheville

South Asheville broadly encompasses the communities and neighborhoods below Biltmore Forest, including much of greater Asheville. This includes Biltmore Park, The Ramble at Biltmore Forest, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, Biltmore Lake, and Poplar Ridge, as well as many other neighborhoods and small developments.

The area has seen an explosion of growth in recent years and offers a range of housing options, from intimate, thoughtfully landscaped cul-de-sac neighborhoods with green Craftsman homes to new townhouses and apartments convenient to major roads.

Those seeking more exclusive luxury experiences can find nationally recognized golf, spectacular views, and abundant social opportunities at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, Tennis and woodland living at The Ramble, and privacy and nature without the club fees at Poplar Ridge.

Why South Asheville?

  • Nearby attractions

    South Asheville residents are within reach of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate, Bent Creek, Lake Powhatan, and the North Carolina Arboretum.

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    Activities

    South Asheville communities and neighborhoods offer wellness activities like spin classes, yoga, and spa experiences; sports like tennis and golf; trails and scenic roads for hiking, cycling, and going for a drive; fine dining; and outlets for high-end shopping. 

  • Lifestyle & Vibe

    Each community within South Asheville has its own unique character. In general, however, South Asheville’s neighborhoods are set within gently rolling hills and valleys that look up at the surrounding mountains and city. The neighborhoods are cozy and suburban, placed along main thoroughfares, which makes it easy to get around town. 

  • Golf

    Golfers living in Biltmore Park and The Ramble are convenient to the prestigious Biltmore Forest Country Club—one of the top 3% of clubs in North America—which features a Donald Ross course. Meanwhile, those in The Cliffs at Walnut Cove can enjoy one of the best private golf courses in North Carolina—a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

  • Environmental

    The city of Asheville has the following policies: 4% annual carbon reduction goal for municipal operations; food policy action plan; 50% municipal solid waste reduction goal by 2035; 100% renewable energy goal for municipal operations by 2030; and the Climate Emergency and Emergency Mobilization Effort to Restore a Safe Climate.

South Asheville — firsthand impressions

Matt Payne

“One of the things I really like about living in Asheville is that you can get five miles away from downtown and feel like you’re out in the forest and the mountains, but also know that you’re only 10–15 minutes away from anything you want. You can’t find that in too many places.”

—  Matt Payne, Walnut Cove Realty, Residential Broker Associate & South Asheville Resident

Josh Smith

“When you're looking at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, you're looking at a community where everyone came from somewhere else. It’s an incredible collection of people and backgrounds. And the community is extremely welcoming; they're very eager to get you connected, whether it's the bowling group, the mahjong group, the bridge club, or any other group or activity within the community.”

Josh Smith, Walnut Cove Realty, President & The Cliffs at Walnut Cove Resident

David Bailey

“Biltmore Park is a new city center. They've come in with a new urban design, which includes everything from apartments, to condos, townhomes, and single-family homes, and estate homes. So, they've done a beautiful job of creating not only a lifestyle location, but an urban center, which includes a YMCA, and retail shops—-some lovely opportunities with restaurants. It's one of Asheville's most walkable designed communities.”

— Rebecca Dougherty, Walnut Cove Realty, Broker in Charge & Office Manager

Kyle Olinger

“Poplar Ridge is very pretty. There are some really beautiful views, and homes that are just sort of nestled into the woods and embraced by the mountains, and the trees, and the streams, and the forest.”

— Kyle Olinger, Walnut Cove Realty, Residential Broker Associate

North Asheville

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Community Features

Open Community
Historic
Golf Course
Clubhouse
Fitness/Wellness Center
Tennis Court
Dining
Clubs
Community Open Space

Approximate distance

Airport 16 – 20.5 Miles
Downtown Asheville 1.5 – 4 Miles
Mission Hospital 2.5 – 5.5 Miles
Blue Ridge Parkway 8.5 – 12 Miles
Charlotte 124 – 133 Miles

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About North Asheville

North Asheville includes a number of desirable neighborhoods, including Lakeshore Heights, Grove Park, Lake View Park, and The Hills of Beaverdam, as well as Thoms Estate—a gated community.

The area features a mix of older homes, including grand plantation- and European-style houses convenient to the Blue Ridge Parkway, plus Asheville’s many shopping, restaurants, wellness, nightlife, and cultural opportunities.

Established in 1894, the Country Club of Asheville offers a neighborhood golf course designed by legendary architect Donald Ross featuring uphill and downhill shots and bent grass fairways. Besides golf, members enjoy fine dining, tennis, aquatics, and fitness opportunities. 

To the delight of nature lovers, the privately owned Beaver Lake is within easy walking distance of many homes in this area. The park is popular for aquatics like fishing, boating, and paddle boarding, as well as walking, biking, and jogging. Birdwatchers can observe a wide variety of birds, such as Brown-headed Nuthatches and Warbling Vireos, along a three-eighths mile boardwalk in the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, managed by the Audubon Society.

Meanwhile, lifelong learners will appreciate the area's proximity to UNC Asheville and its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers expert talks, performances, workshops, courses, socials, and other educational opportunities.

At the Grove Park Inn resort, enjoy luxuries fit for presidents and diplomats, from spa experiences to tennis and some of Asheville's finest dining. Foodies can delight in a farm-to-table Sunday brunch featuring the likes of citrus poached shrimp and frangipane cake or hand cut steak al fresco at The Sunset Terrace.

Why North Asheville?

  • Nearby attractions

    North Asheville residents are within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Parkway, French Broad River, Pisgah National Forest, and Botanical Gardens at Asheville.

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    Activities

    Asheville has a little of everything. Whether you like to hike, bike, paddle, or zipline, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. At the same time, Asheville's cultural scene will delight art and music lovers, theatre-goers, history buffs, and foodies alike with Biltmore Estate tours, museums, shopping opportunities, fine dining, spa treatments, craft brews, and more.

  • Lifestyle & Vibe

    Residents of all ages can enjoy historic neighborhood living convenient to downtown with opportunities to meet neighbors for golf at the country club, stay fit, go out on the town, take a class at the university, or unwind surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Enjoy big city amenities in a town of under 100,000.

  • Golf

    The Country Club of Asheville's short course was updated in 2016 by Richard Mandell. The club is outfitted with a 25-tee driving range, putting and chipping greens, personal training, golf clinics, and SkyTrak indoor golf simulator to help you perfect your swing. The Grove Park Inn also offers a resort course designed by Donald Ross for a change of pace.

  • Environmental

    The city of Asheville's sustainability office implements the following policies: 4% annual carbon reduction goal for municipal operations; food policy action plan; 50% municipal solid waste reduction goal by 2035; 100% renewable energy goal for municipal operations by 2030; and the Climate Emergency and Emergency Mobilization Effort to Restore a Safe Climate.

North Asheville — firsthand impressions

Josh Smith

“There's a lot of community games at the golf course at the Country Club of Asheville, you know, tied to the neighborhoods and different age groups and things like that. But it's a short, very approachable, easy-to-walk golf course. It’s an easy outlet for somebody that wants to be within close proximity to Asheville, but also have a golf option. Grove Park is the kind of place that someone could buy a house, ride a bike downtown, and still walk across the street and play golf.”

Josh Smith, Walnut Cove Realty, President

Rebecca Dougherty

“Centered around the iconic Grove Park Inn, this North Asheville neighborhood is broader than just Grove Park. It goes up to the edge of the country club of Asheville, and then back down to the edge of the city of Asheville. It's a beautiful mixed neighborhood that started in the 20s, and it's grown up to include both new and modern, and old and traditional. And it's exceptional. It's a coveted place in the city of Asheville. Grove Park actually has its own golf course and you can become a member there. And just around its upper shoulder is the Country Club of Asheville, and it also has membership available for golf courses.”

Rebecca Dougherty, Walnut Cove Realty, Broker in Charge & Office Manager

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