East Asheville has a long list of attractive qualities that make it fantastic part of town to call Home. If you drive out Riceville Road in Oteen you’ll pass rustic homes with barns and great acreage. Haw Creek is a great place for families with ample yard space and recreational options. Tunnel Road is host to a variety of outlets including Target, Wal-Mart, and Asheville’s (currently) largest mall. Prices in East Asheville have remained moderate, yet the area still maintains all the charm and ruggedness that makes Asheville great.
The Kennilworth neighborhood is located in the heart of Asheville. It’s only a few miles to Downtown, Chunn’s Cove, Tunnel Road, McCormick Field, and Biltmore/Hendersonville Road. The community is home to approximately 900 residents and features a nice mix of architectural styles from arts and crafts to Spanish revival; there’s even a man-made lake supported by its own dam. It’s one of the best walking neighborhoods in town; winding streets and big elevation changes offer a challenge for even seasoned hikers. At one time Kennilworth was independent from the City of Asheville; it was incorporated in 1929, and is known for having the first female Mayor in North Carolina.
Who are your neighbors? Established families, upper-middle class professionals, doctors, nurses and support staff who work at the nearby Mission Hospital campus.
Haw Creek is a bit more rural than Kennilworth. Older homes are often mixed in among new construction. The neighborhood has a suburban feel but is only minutes to the city center and is great for walking and urban exploring. The majority of the homes are single family residences, though a couple complexes and developments have sprung up in recent years. Haw Creek features easy access to amenities along Tunnel and River Roads. For the kids, Haw Creek Elementary has an excellent educational reputation and is part of the Reynolds school district.
Who are your neighbors? Established and growing families, empty-nesters, and a growing mix of retirees and working blue/white collar professionals.
Oakley is a smaller neighborhood in East Asheville which features an elementary school, public library, and community center (Reynolds school district). Though you can find sidewalks down some streets, the neighborhood itself is not super walker-friendly. It’s surrounded by bigger outlet stores (Wal-Mart, Target, Dicks Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc.). Overall the neighborhood is fairly priced and packed with cute houses and charm. It’ll probably be one of the next “up-and-coming” parts of town in a few years.
Who are your neighbors? Oakley is home to younger blue-collar families, do-it-yourselfers, folks who might be new to Asheville, and retirees.
Centered between Asheville and Black Mountain, Swannanoa is home to sprawling ranch and farm-style homes and the private Warren Wilson College. The community has its own Library which is part of the Buncombe County system, as well as a public park and playground. In terms of distance, Asheville and Black Mountain are both approximately 10-15 minutes’ drive. Swannanoa is home to about 1,600 households and features ample camping and outdoor activities. Each year the community hosts the Swannanoa Gathering, an outdoor event with local folk arts workshops and music (bluegrass, traditional, banjo, even Celtic)
Who are your neighbors? Blue-collar locals with family history in Western North Carolina and college students attending Warren Wilson.