In the Area
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Asheville is a fresh and exciting city defined by its rich culture, amazing architecture and rugged mountain appeal. The southern section of Asheville, where Biltmore Park Town Square is located, has emerged as a highly desirable area in which to live, due to the area's outstanding school system and its convenience to shopping, dining, outdoor activities, trails and the French Broad River, The North Carolina Arboretum, and nearby hospitals and healthcare.
Many first-time visitors to Asheville are surprised by this small city's sophistication. Not only does the downtown hold the nation's third-largest collection of Art Deco buildings, it’s also a vibrant, welcoming nexus of eclectic restaurants (from four-star fine dining to funky fusion), galleries, bookstores, shopping and a thriving arts community.
Part of Asheville's elegance lies in its history as a resort town and to George W. Vanderbilt's decision, in the late 19th century, to locate his magnificent Biltmore Estate here.
With its mountain scenery and many rivers and forests, Western North Carolina is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. The region's abundance of national parks means that hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are popular activities (The French Broad River, which runs through Asheville, is a favorite spot for kayaking). And the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Parkway lies within minutes of Town Square.
Little wonder this city is regularly chosen as one of the best places in the country to live or visit, including these recent honors:
Fodors.com named Asheville the top destination for 2011, with the city beating out international favorites such as Moroccoa and Nicaragua.
TripAdvisor.com named Asheville the number one place to view fall foliage in 2010.
Ranked as the number one small city for the arts by AmericanStyle.com in a readers' poll in 2010.
Livability.com lists Asheville as one of the top ten most suprisingly vibrant food cities.
USA Today and Forbes.com ranked Asheville as one of the top cities for business in 2009.