Cities & Suburbs: Relocating to the Asheville, NC Area

If you are lucky enough to be relocating to Asheville, North Carolina, then you are lucky indeed. Over the past decade, Asheville has experienced tremendous growth due to its crisp mountain weather; gorgeous Blue Ridge beauty; and its local art, food, and brewery scene. Check out these local neighborhoods in and around Asheville area to see which is best for you and your family.


Lying just 9 miles north of Asheville, slower-paced Weaverville still feels like the country but has all the amenities you would want in a larger location. With a bevy of bed and breakfasts because of its mountain charm, Weaverville offers breathtaking vistas and historical homes all within the same charming small town. You can spend the day shopping in its quaint downtown and enjoy one of its many eateries, from fine dining and crepes to burgers and sushi. 


With an adorable downtown in its own right, Brevard, North Carolina lies just 34 miles from Asheville but has a personality all its own. Nestled at the entrance to the Pisgah National Forest, Brevard is just minutes away from majestic hiking trails and breathtaking waterfalls. If you'd rather explore downtown Brevard, you will find lovely shops, local eateries, and a variety of cultural activities.


For the outdoor enthusiast, Black Mountain, North Carolina offers a wide variety of hiking and walking trails, camping areas, trout fishing, and waterfalls. Just a few blocks from downtown you will find Lake Tomahawk, which boasts a half-mile loop trail with views of Graybeard Mountain and the Seven Sisters Peaks. With more than 30 area restaurants, handmade crafts, and local food markets, you can see why TripAdvisor readers voted Black Mountain the prettiest small-town vacation in the United States. 


Mills River is a town that is part of the greater Asheville metro area. It sits at the junction of the Mills River and the French Broad River and was incorporated as a city in 2003. Mills River boasts first-rate schools, a strong community feel, and the massive Sierra Nevada Brewery. 


If you have ever seen Dirty Dancing, you will have appreciated the crystal clear beauty of Lake Lure and the surrounding majestic mountains. Home to visitors year round, Lake Lure offers high-end living in the wilderness with resorts and lodges abound as well as mountain cottages and stately homes. Famous Chimney Rock Park is nearby and boasts a 500-million-year-old towering monolith as well as adjacent Chimney Rock Village, which offers an authentic trip back in time to a "Western Town." AAA members can save $2 off regular-price adult admission and $1 off children/youth admisssions ages 5-15 at Chimney Rock State Park. 


Built in 1913 by E.W. Grove, the Grove Park Inn remains a study in opulence. With its red clay tile roof and Craftsman design, the houses that sprung up around the Inn have the same charm and early 1900s feel. Still nestled in the woods with privacy to spare, the Grove Park neighborhood offers the feeling of being away from it all while being less than a 5-minute drive from downtown.  


West Asheville is an up-and-coming community with a funky vibe that welcomes new and unique eateries, music venues, and art galleries. Heading over to the west side in Asheville usually means you'll always find something new. The rising popularity of this neighborhood makes it an area where housing is still relatively affordable and you may be able to score a fixer-upper. 


With a location across from the entrance to the Biltmore Estate, the Biltmore Village was built in the early 1900s to house the workers who spent their days building what is now the largest private home in North America. Today, Biltmore Village is a bustling shopping destination with 10 popular restaurants and 40 reputable shops. While most of Biltmore Village is commercial, some homes can be found as well. Living here, you are a stone's throw away from the Biltmore Estate, where you can take all your friends when they visit. AAA members receive up to $10.00 on regular priced admission, and a child's ticket (9 and younger) is free with paying adult. 


Located just 15 minutes from Downtown Asheville, the Haw Creek area has more than 7,000 households, including affordable apartments, townhomes, and single-family residences. This area backs up to the Blue Ridge Mountains and has trails for biking and hiking to suit the outdoor enthusiast. Haw Creek has excellent schools, recreational activities, and is a great place to live and raise a family. 


Walkable Downtown Asheville offers something for everyone from art galleries and boutique shopping to some of the most delicious and eclectic eateries in the state. Folks come from miles around to spend the day tooling around downtown Asheville, and the area continues to expand. This community provides a variety of places to live, but the walkable location can be expensive. 


If you are looking for something fun to do with the family while in Asheville, AAA has you covered with discounts at the North Carolina Arboretum as well as the Fun Depot. The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just southwest of Asheville in the Pisgah National Forest. Admission is free, and AAA members save $1.00 on parking. The Fun Depot is a great place to take the kids to blow off some steam with gaming, laser tag, go-karts and more. Save $5 off 2-hour time packages with your AAA membership.


Let AAA make your move to the Asheville area as stress-free as possible. From moving truck discounts at Penske, where members save 12% off one way and local truck rentals when reserving online or by phone, to making sure you have the right homeowners insurance and even transferring your AAA membership, we can help. AAA has a Car Care Location on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville, so finding a trusted local mechanic won't be a problem. Moving is the ideal to time to check out our Deluxe Home Protection options, covering you for things your traditional insurance may not cover, like home warranties, home security, flood insurance, and even disaster mortgage insurance.

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