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Asheville North Carolina Named Most Beautiful Place in America to Live and More

Asheville, North Carolina (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

No need for mascara or lipstick, Asheville, North Carolina’s acres of mountain terrain won the ultimate beauty contest in 2011. ABC’s Good Morning America, announced its list of “Ten Most Beautiful Places to Live” and this little city nicknamed Land in the Sky near the Blue Ridge Parkway topped the charts at #1. But beauty is not only what’s Asheville’s know for. In 2013, Conde Nast Traveler named Asheville on the list of Friendliest Cities in the World. More recently, Purina ONE selected Asheville in May 2014 as a “perfect dog-friendly city” after touring the country to find the best place to kick off its 28-Day Challenge. In June 2014, Livability.com placed Asheville at #4 on its “Top 10 Foodie Cities 2014” round-up.

Asheville, North Carolina beat Aspen, Colorado with flying colors for the top beauty title. This culturally rich beautiful mountain town is nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Asheville’s stellar outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking and fishing appeal to folks of all ages. Families from far and wide travel to the region to check out the rich cultural festivals and foodie venues. Visitors enjoy this place so much that many end up searching for Asheville homes for sale while they’re on holiday to see if Asheville is right for them. Check out which Asheville neighborhoods Real Estate Scorecard believes are getting even more beautiful as time goes on:

BILTMORE LAKE – A bass fisherman’s dream! This luxury community filled with Asheville homes is known for its catch and release fishing, gorgeous mountain views and its 1,300 acres of superb architectural planning. Add Biltmore Lake‘s convenient location near the Blue Ridge Parkway and additional amenities like the lakefront Biltmore Clubhouse, two tennis courts and 4.2 miles of hiking trails and this is clearly the most ideal destination for retirement.

THE CLIFFS AT WALNUT COVE – For the golfing enthusiasts of the family, this is one of the best places to live in North Carolina mountains. This upscale, gated gated community comes with its own fine dining at the Walnut Cove Tavern, four lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, a superb Wellness Center and, of course, 18-hole Championship Jack Nicklaus golf course. This 1,500-acre golfing paradise set in a valley is more than what any Baby Boomer could bargain for who wants to live close to downtown Asheville.

SOUTHCLIFF – Quaint elegance is the best way to describe this gated mountain community. It is 400 acres of manicured parks, six miles of walking trails, and plenty of farmhouse and cottage-inspired Asheville homes for sale. The rustic porches and bridges sweeten the already breathtaking landscapes of the mountains in this cozy Asheville neighborhood for house-hunting retirees and young families.

THE RAMBLE – Location, location, location. It’s hard to beat The Ramble’s proximity to downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Luxury Asheville homes and European-style estates are built among a 1,000 acre forest. An extensive trail system provides hiking adventures outdoor lovers crave in Western North Carolina. Award winning restaurants and shopping can be quickly accessed at Biltmore Park Town Square.

REYNOLDS MOUNTAIN – Perched up on a mountain, the twinkling lights of downtown Asheville will steal your breath away at Reynolds Mountain. Situated on the north end of the city, Reynolds Mountain offers low maintenance townhomes and cliffside Asheville homes. It urban towncenter at the base of the mountain is home to a large YMCA fitness center and outdoor cafes.

CHAMPION HILLS – Competitive folks will love the opportunity to win at Champion Hills. Complete with a resort-style heated outdoor pool, 18-hole Tom Fazio Championship golf course, fitness center and four lighted tennis courts, this mountain golf community will keep any fitness fanatic in top shape. The 100 social clubs and hobby organizations occupy the social butterflies of the family, and the grand 25,000 square foot clubhouse offers a scenic venue for folks to reunite and share the events of their memorable days.

All of these neighborhoods have been welcoming folks looking to relocate to the Western North Carolina area. Now is still an excellent time to buy while Asheville home prices are still affordable. Asheville shows off its natural beauty year round and continues to win the reputation of being one of the best places to live in North Carolina mountains.

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Residing In…Asheville, North Carolina

Steadfast in its place as one of the most atmospheric cities in the southeast, the “land of the sky”, the eclectic jewel in the crown of western North Carolina.  With its stunning art deco architecture, its vibrant arts scene, its eclectic mix of culture, and its iconic natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is a sense of permanence that helps root all who live here.  Where else could a mountain hike in the morning, a tour of one of the largest private residences in the US in the afternoon, enjoying a locally crafted brew while you enjoy music at dusk, and then retiring to a 5-star luxury hotel at night seem so perfectly and incredibly expected?

What is it known for?

What seemed like one of the darkest periods in US history has now proved to be one of Asheville’s most fortunate.
No, it wasn’t New York, or Chicago, or St. Louis.  The city that suffered most from the economic collapse was Asheville-a municipality so poor for so long that the “ancient” buildings never faced the bulldozers or urban renewal.  While many cities chose to default on their Depression-era liabilities and start over with a “clean slate”, the Asheville city fathers chose to pay back every dollar.  It was a burden several generations would endure, until 1976 when the last obligation was paid. During those years, the city stayed much as it was before that black day in 1929.

Asheville today is more than a city where architecture stood still.  It is distinctive because in the year that time stopped, 1929, Ashevillewas a boom town.  A home for the Vanderbilts, a resort for Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and many other historic luminaries, and a Mecca for rising young architects.  Those young minds would follow in the footsteps of master architect Richard Morris Hunt, who built the lavish Biltmore House in 1895.

Asheville is now one of the most visited cities in the United States, with tourists thronging the French chateau-inspired Biltmore House, the Art Deco-infused downtown area, the native granite-founded Grove Park Inn, and the winding roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

But Asheville is so much more than just the architecture.  It’s host to Bele Chere; the largest street festival in the southeast.  It was named BeerCity USA 2012. It features numerous 5-star luxury hotels such as The Grove Park InnThe Grand BohemianHotel Indigo, and the Biltmore Inn.  It boasts hundreds of attractions including the Blue Ridge Parkway, hot air balloon rides, historic trolley tours, numerous art galleries including the Kress Emporium and Woolworth Walk. It even has the Asheville Tourists; a minor league baseball team!

Where do you want to live?

Asheville is surrounded by mountains and suburbs are attractive for families looking for homes with more space and greenery.  Popular areas include historic Biltmore Forest, and Biltmore Lake.
For those looking to be closer to the urban action, consider 
The Fitzgerald; luxury condos located on Macon Avenue in the Grove Park area, the historic Montford area, or the Lexington Condominiums in the heart of Downtown.
Biltmore Park embodies both the urban setting with a suburban feel.  While 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, this mixed-used community features single family homes, condos, townhomes, and apartments – all within walking distance of lively restaurants and cafes, spa and health clubs, as well as a range of dynamic shops, businesses and entertainment.

Side Trips

As the largest city in Western North Carolina, it’s easy to get to several charming towns such as Hendersonville, Brevard, and Lake Lure.  In the winter, many head for the higher elevations for skiing in towns such as Wolf Laurel.

Asheville Regional Airport serves Asheville and the surrounding areas and has direct flights to many major US cities such as Chicago and New York City, which are an hour and and hour and a half flight respectively.
Public transportation comes in the form of the 
Asheville City Bus System (ART). However, should you wish to go anywhere outside the Downtown area, you will need your own car.

Practical Info

Asheville continues to be a thriving mecca here in the southeast.  In 2007, the median sale price of a single family home in Asheville was $232,000. Like most markets, Asheville real estate was not immune to the market downturn.  However, the latest reports from June-August of 2012 show a median sale price at $215,000.
Entry-level homes in the eastern suburbs of Asheville start in the high $160′s while luxury homes North and South of downtown Asheville start in the high $900′s and climb to as much as $5,000,000.
Rentals in the downtown area are in demand from students and professionals.  A two-bedroom apartment near the city center rents for $1,100 a month.

For information regarding Asheville Real Estate and to view all listings available, visit pinnaclesir.com