Apparently everyone is. Asheville, North Carolina is on a roll—especially the real estate market. According to a recent Forbes article (July 2018), the charismatic city is on the threshold of a real estate boom. In fact, the publication put Asheville on a list of the Top 25 Boom Markets in the United States. Not bad for a town that prides itself on ever-so-low-key sophistication with a carefully cultivated alternative vibe. But in spite of any pretenses toward anonymity (or pipe dreams of staying on the DL), Asheville has become a bona fide star, as people from all over are looking for homes—particularly, mountain homes—in and around Asheville and the surrounding wonderland.
And why not? The town beckons with a cornucopia of delights: fine and casual dining, thrilling live music, art galleries, eclectic museums, curio shops, quaint cafes, coffee bars, boutique shopping, outdoor recreation, diverse entertainment, excellent healthcare, and seemingly endless hospitality, courtesy of a citadel of quaint inns, bed-and-breakfasts, chi-chi hotels, and Airbnb’s. And perhaps best of all, the city is enshrouded by the ancient majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, whose natural beauty, picturesque landscapes, and spellbinding vistas are legendary. When you add it all up, Asheville has become one of the most sought-after destinations in the country for primary households, retirees, and vacation homeowners.
Asheville: Recent Accolades
“#1 Foodie City in the World” (Global Traveler, 2018)
“18 Top Destinations” (Forbes Travel Guide, 2018)
“Best U.S. Small Cities” (National Geographic Traveler, 2018)
“Best Places to Visit” (CNN Travel, 2018)
“Best Places to Travel” (Esquire, 2017)
“Top U.S. Destinations to Explore” (AFAR, 2017)
“Best Small Cities in the U.S.” (Condé Nast Traveler, 2016)
“The Best Cities in the U.S.” (Travel + Leisure, 2016)
“Best New Cities for Beer Lovers” (Fortune, 2016)
“Asheville: A City of Art, Music, and Magic” (National Geographic, 2016)
“12 Best Places to Retire in the U.S.” (Condé Nast Traveler, 2016)
A real estate market on the rise
In spite of the vagaries in the economy and uncertainties in the government, the Asheville real estate market continues to grow without skipping a beat. The city’s housing market has seen steady growth for the past decade—ever since the dreaded crash of 2007-08. With so much to offer in terms of natural and man-made attractions, along with a very affordable cost of living, the city seems impervious to recession, perceived or actual. Boosted by a healthy job market and an unceasing stream of migrant homebuyers, the Asheville housing market is on a slow, steady climb. “We have one thing about us that’s unique,” says local economist Tom Tveidt, “we grow every year, and we’ve been doing it every year for the past 40 years.” That fact alone is staggering. And the numbers certainly bear that out. Asheville and the surrounding area of Buncombe County have a population of roughly 248,000 that is projected to approach 300,000 in the next 10 years. These numbers bode well for home investors, developers, and realtors.
The question is: where to buy
With Asheville growing from the inside out, many buyers are looking for homes just outside the city, in nearby mountain communities that serve as a cloistered retreat from the urban grind, yet within a stone’s throw of all the culture, dining, and entertainment the city provides. “You get a much bigger bang for the buck when you get a few miles outside of the city proper,” says Jennifer Buntin, Director of Marketing & Sales with the Preserve Communities, located in Marshall, NC. “And there’s not only a much better value getting away from downtown, but there is an opportunity to find a more pristine natural setting, with access to trails, hiking, the Parkway, protected forests, charming little mountain towns, and so on. People have a chance to live in a private community, with a more authentic, natural setting, and still be just minutes away from downtown.”
Preserve Communities: close to Asheville, yet worlds away
Located just outside of Marshall, NC, Preserve Communities present two amenity-rich, conservation communities just a half hour from downtown Asheville. Both of our communities—French Broad Crossing and The Preserve at Little Pine—offer an immersive, adventure-rich lifestyle anchored by Nature and all her wonders. This is mountain living at its finest, where memories are created each day; a true natural paradise that’s just a quick jaunt to charming small towns, natural attractions, and scenic landmarks. Preserve Communities offers a range of homes and homesites depending on your family’s needs. Whether you’re seeking a view of the river, the mountains, or a serene forest location, we have the perfect mountain home for you.
“It’s everything we were looking for in a mountain home.”
“We looked at a number of communities and mountain homes for sale in the Asheville area. French Broad Crossing won our hearts. Aside from the natural beauty, we loved all the amenities, the rustic Lodge, the riverfront park, the activities for the kids, and the fact that it’s just a short drive to Asheville. ”
Dana & Albert Greshko, Charlotte, NC
Points of Interest Near Our Communities
Charming towns: Marshall, Hot Springs, and Weaverville
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Biltmore House
Mars Hill College
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Bailey Mountain Bike Park
French Broad Adventures
Laurel River Fly Fishing
Experience Preserve Communities for yourself
If you’re considering buying a mountain home near Asheville, you owe it to yourself to look at French Broad Crossing and the The Preserve at Little Pine. It’s an experience that could change your life, for the better.