The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Asheville's
Neighboring Communities

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Vance Birthplace, Weaverville NC, pen and ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
To purchase a print of this drawing by author/artist Lee Pantas, visit Cherry Orchard Studio

Arden
Arden is an unincorporated area located in southern Buncombe County, south of Asheville. It is considered part of the greater Asheville area. Arden is home to the private boys Episcopal School Christ School, and is primarily residential, with a concentration of businesses and stores located along the major highways.

Biltmore Forest
Biltmore Forest is a planned residential community in Buncombe County, surrounded by the much larger city of Asheville. Population of Biltmore Forest is estimated at approximately 1700 residents and the town is 99% residential. It is located between the historic Biltmore Estate and  Biltmore Village, and is culturally and historically affiliated with both. In 1916, a flood caused significant damage to portions of the Biltmore Estate and the affected land was sold to lessen the upkeep and tax burden of the Biltmore Company, owners of Biltmore Estate. The town was created from this parcel of land and chartered & incorporated in 1923. The first houses were built on White Oak Road. The town hall is located at 355 Vanderbilt Road, Biltmore Forest NC 28803.

Candler
Candler is an unincorporated community in Buncombe County, located to the west of Asheville. It is primarily agricultural and residential, with some light industry and businesses centered on the main highway, NC 151 and 74. Candler is home to the locally famous Pisgah View Ranch, and a number of private mountain communities.

Enka
Enka is an unincorporated community in Buncombe County, located on the west side of Asheville.  Enka was developed in 1928 as a company town for the Dutch-based American Enka Company which at the time was the nation's largest rayon producing manufacturer. In 1929 the company began developing a community plan that included employee houses and that area became known as Enka Village. Enka Village is now an historic community, with most of the area around the former Enka Lake transformed into a private mountain community, Biltmore Lake. There continues to be some light industry along the major highways although most of Enka is still agricultural and residential in nature.

Fairview
Fairview is an unincorporated community in Buncombe County located on the southeast side of Asheville. It is primarily a residential community of about 3000 residents which still retains a rural and agricultural dimension. In the past ten years, Fairview has seen considerable growth of residential subdivisions, luxury developments and private mountain communities due to its proximity to Asheville and its unspoiled natural beauty. Fairview is at a higher elevation than Asheville, over 3000 feet, and is in a 10 mile-long mountain valley surrounded by 5000 foot peaks. Fairview is home to many artists and crafts persons, including Asheville guidebook author and artist Lee Pantas. Fairview also has a monthly newspaper, the Fairview Town Crier.

Leicester
Leicester is an unincorporated community in Buncombe County, located on the northwestern border of Asheville. Population is estimated to be around 12,500 residents. The community has seen considerable development in the past ten years, and today has numerous residential developments and a number of private mountain communities. Parts of Leicester however, remain rural with agriculture still very much in evidence.
    Originally known as Turkey Creek, Leicester had a post office beginning April 7, 1829. The name was changed in 1859, in honor of Leicester Chapman. Post office records reveal that Leicester Chapman was Postmaster at Turkey Creek from 1852 to 1856. Leicester has a commercial area that stretches along Leicester Highway, heading west through the town from Asheville.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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