Western NC Cities and Towns

Gorgeous picture of downtown Asheville with sun setting over the blue ridge mountains of western North Carolina in the background.


Asheville, NC

Asheville is the most famous and popular city in Western North Carolina and one of the most desirable places in the county for a vacation home. Known for its perfect spring and summer climates, stunning fall color and temperate winters the Asheville area is a big draw for those living in warmer parts of the country who want to have a second home during the hot summer months. While simply living in the Asheville area is a dream for many second or vacation home buyers, several high-end buyers are looking for also looking for a gated community with a private club to enjoy as a part of their lifestyle. Asheville is not short on a variety of options when tasked with finding the perfect community or private club which makes it all the more important to work with experts who know the difference between these communities and have your best interest at heart.Culture. Over the last 2 decades, Asheville has made a name for itself as a foodie mecca and home to many breweries. Asheville has long been a travel destination and the affluent nature of many of its guests has driven up the quality of hotels, restaurants, and all-around activities but has fortunately maintained the unique artsy and "weird" culture that so many people love about Asheville.When affluent folks from around the country are looking into homes for sale in Asheville they tend to at first be attracted to a handful of the larger, better-known communities such as the Cliffs at Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forest, or The Ramble. While these are all great communities, depending on the lifestyle you're looking for, there may be better options. Connecting with an experienced, knowledgeable broker that can understand you and what you are looking for can not only be a huge time saver but can perhaps be a window into better options that you may not have seen or considered.Location. Asheville sits at the intersection of i40 and i26 which makes it very accessible by car from a wide area of the east coast. If you're anything like me, 7hrs in a car is about the top-end of my willingness to be in a car. Beyond that, I'm booing flight. Asheville airport is a great airport that is a pleasure to fly in and out of. With direct flights to many of the places second homeowners are coming from or easy connections into Charlotte. You can expect to breeze right through security in a couple of minutes have a drink or meal at the bar and be very close to your gate. If you happen to fly private, Asheville can accommodate any size jet and has. Most of our jet-setting clientele use the Asheville airport instead of the many smaller jetports in the area even though they may be closer to their destination due to the quality of Asheville's services.While Asheville is the centerpiece of the area, there are several small towns, that are indistinguishable from Asheville but may not technically be within the city limits. Being an Asheville native myself, I've watched the area grow 2-3 fold over the last 30 years. Many areas that were once their own distinctly separate areas and towns have now essentially blended into Asheville and it's hard to tell that you are technically in a separate town.When looking for a home or Luxury Community in Asheville it's important to find an experienced real estate broker that can ask great questions, listen to what's important to you and help you narrow your search into your perfect community.Asheville and the surrounding western North Carolina Mountain Region contains over 200 different Private Mountain Communities, Gated Communities, Golf communities, Lake communities, and Equestrian communities.We understand how difficult and frustrating it can be when trying to compare second home communities when you don't live in or aren't familiar with the area. We also understand how you can be burned by reaching out to a community directly, believing that this is the best way to get information, only to later find out that they only told you the good stuff and failed to mention very important factors such as the club's financial insecurity.At Luxury-communities.com we only partner with truly experienced professionals, many that have worked in private communities in the past and understand the pitfalls and know the right questions to ask when researching private club communities. When working with our broker partners you will be able to discuss what is important to you. Not only basic facts like budget and location but much more granular but critical topics that make sure you are buying in a luxury community that you will be happy in. Things that only our brokers are in a position to understand. Such as, What is the culture like? Are people stuck up or friendly? Is it going to be easy to make friends? Are there be people like me or is it going to be hard to connect with people? Is golf very important to you? If so, let us know and we'll connect you to one of our golf professionals that have played all the local private and non-private courses. They can tell you how active the club is how well the course is maintained. Are you an equestrian? We have experienced equestrians that are knowledgeable and specialize in the area's best equestrian communities. They will be able to give you information from behind the scenes as to how well the stables are run etc.Current Trends Asheville has been experiencing a boom in growth for second home and vacation homes over the last 20 years. The coronavirus has caused an explosion in demand and as of spring 2021, the area is experiencing a shortage of available homes.Let's talk first and I'll connect you with an expert that best fits your needs.

Downtown Black Mountain North Carolina.


Black Mountain, NC

Located just 15 miles east of downtown Asheville, the town of Black Mountain has established itself as a vibrant cultural mecca within a quiet, small-town atmosphere. The bustling arts and crafts and live music scenes offer year-round opportunities to experience the town’s charming and eclectic mountain vibe.Situated at 2,405’ elevation, Black Mountain offers some of the most jaw-dropping mountain views in Western North Carolina. Just a short walk from downtown, Lake Tomahawk park features a walking trail that provides glimpses of Greybeard Mountain and Seven Sisters peaks. Just on the outskirts of downtown in the neighboring municipality of Montreat, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy over 40 miles of protected hiking trails. Popular hikes such as Lookout Mountain and Rattlesnake Mountain offer breathtaking 360 views at the summit.Since its inception in 1893, Black Mountain has become home to a thriving arts and crafts community that is deeply tied to the city’s architectural history. The Swannanoa Valley Museum offers an inside look historical archives and artifacts, while the Black Mountain Center for the Arts houses a myriad of local art exhibits, classes, and workshops. Visitors can also find local art and live music at one of the town’s many renowned festivals. The annual Sourwood Festival is a summertime favorite, while the highly-anticipated LEAF festival attracts musical talent from across the world every spring and fall. Black Mountain’s quaint downtown streets are lined with over 30 restaurants and breweries. The Trailhead restaurant is a local favorite offering a rotating menu of seasonal dishes. Beer aficionados should be sure to visit Pisgah Brewing and Lookout Brewing to sample the best of the town’s local craft beers.

Boone NC


Boone, NC

The high-country hamlet of Boone, NC sits at an elevation of 3,333 feet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In Boone, rural aesthetics, sophisticated academics, and modern arts and culture merge, creating a unique mountain locale you’ll never tired of. Boone’s location plays a large role in its distinct character. Located 6 miles from the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway, 15 miles east of the Appalachian Trail, and 84 miles from metropolitan Asheville, Boone is its own Appalachian center of the universe. Boone is home to Appalachian State University, part of the University of North Carolina system. The school’s presence adds richness to this mountain town in the form of increased diversity, academic and intellectual sophistication, venues for visual and performing arts, and a national champion football team. The combined populations of the university (approximately 18,000) and the town itself (19,000) make Boone a small mountain city with a lot to offer. The higher elevation status of Boone makes for a pleasant mountain climate, with summer temps far cooler than other areas of North Carolina, brisk autumn seasons that delight with dazzling colors as the leaves change, and winters that bring on average 40 inches of snow. These seasonal changes combined with 205 days of sunshine per year are part of what makes Boone a beautiful and exciting place to live. Opportunities for recreation of all kinds abound in Boone. With the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Boone on all sides, and the Blue Ridge Parkway just a few miles away, visitors and residents have prime access to breathtaking mountain vistas, waterfalls, hiking trails, road cycling, camping, skiing, and fishing. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens present a peaceful, verdant setting for reflection and basking in nature as well. For those who wish to recreate in town, a flat three-mile greenway trail passes through many bustling areas of Boone, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of town on foot or by bicycle. Along King Street, a variety of locally-owned shops, restaurants, breweries, and cafes can be found. This area is host to art, street food, and entertainment as part of the First Friday Crawls hosted monthly. Finally, the Hickory Ridge Homestead is a living history museum found in Boone. Here history fans can get lost in incredible depictions of the Revolutionary War through the early-1800s. Spend an afternoon strolling the greenway and popping into shops. Bathe in the beauty of nature and the wonder of history. Or cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway and return to town for a nice meal and a glass of wine. These adventures and many more await you in Boone.

Brevard Transylvania county waterfalls. Hooker Falls at Dupont State Park in the fall.


Brevard, NC

The town of Brevard is a mountain gem located 35 miles southwest of Asheville. Sitting at an elevation of 2,231 feet, this Transylvania County community is known for its unique combination of small-town family values, world-class music and arts, and breathtaking natural beauty. Here you will encounter endless opportunities to explore a little bit of everything Western North Carolina has to offer.With 250 waterfalls located in Transylvania County, nature’s abundance is available at Brevard’s doorstep. Options for waterfall spectating run the gamut from roadside accessibility at Looking Glass Falls to off-trail adventures leading to more clandestine cascades like Paradise Falls. Adventure awaits cyclists on the over 300 miles of mountain bike trails accessible in adjacent Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest. Hikers can enjoy summit views from the signature granite domes of Looking Glass Rock, Cedar Rock, and John’s Rock trails. And anglers will encounter beautiful native trout in sparkling clear waterways like the Davidson and French Broad Rivers.Brevard has also garnered a reputation for its high-quality craft beer offerings. Local breweries like Brevard Brewing Company, Ecusta Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, and Noblebräu Brewing are just a few of the many options available to quench your thirst after a day of exploration. If other spirits are more your speed, downtown has several excellent options for wining and dining including Wine Down, Jordan Street Cafe, The Falls Landing, Square Root Cafe and many more.With Grammy award-winning artists like the Steep Canyon Rangers calling Brevard home, it’s no wonder why this area is also known for its world-class music. The Brevard Music Center offers concerts and festivals featuring the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. True to the town’s culture and values, many of these performances serve as fundraisers for local nonprofit organizations that benefit the community. Brevard knows how to embrace its unique quirks and turn them into something fun too; a perfect example of this is Brevard’s White Squirrel Festival. White squirrels are native to the area, and their signature pelt is celebrated at this free street festival featuring a seasonal White Squirrel Whit beer from Brevard Brewing, live music, art vendors, and street games.

Sapphire Valley Cashiers NC


Cashiers, NC

In the southernmost part of Jackson County, NC, the mountain town of Cashiers sits at an elevation of 3,484 feet. Surrounded by mountain lakes, domed granite cliffs, rhododendron cloaked hollows, and high mountain meadows, Cashiers is a quaint escape from the hustle and bustle. Here pristine mountain beauty and modern pleasures meet, creating a unique setting for relaxation, recreation and exploration. Cashiers’ elevation, location and geography create an unmatched climate with four distinct seasons. The high rainfall designates the area as a temperate rainforest, and its subsequent waterfalls, crystal clear creeks, mountain lakes, and lush forests provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Anglers will experience world class trout fishing, boaters can explore miles of mountain lake coastline, and hikers will find endless opportunities to marvel at the nearby thunderous cascades. Visitors and residents can also enjoy beautifully maintained golf courses and tennis courts in valleys and atop mountains throughout the Cashiers area. In the winter, skiing at nearby Sapphire Mountain is a must! Downtown Cashiers is home to a number of unique options for shopping and dining. Located at the intersection of NC Highway 107 and Scenic Highway 65, town goers can experience a spectrum of shops including boutiques, antique stores, art galleries and award-winning restaurants. The Cashiers Farmer’s Market is a perfect opportunity to take in the abundance of local vendors and have a picnic lunch. The casual yet classy culture of Cashiers will delight you, and the scenery will endlessly captivate your senses. Come experience this magical haven for yourself!

Photo of downtown Hendersonville NC.


Hendersonville, NC

Hendersonville is a delightful Western North Carolina community nestled in a wide plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At an elevation of 2,200 feet and a population of roughly 13,000, Hendersonville is the middle sister city to larger Asheville located 22 miles north, and the small town of Brevard sitting 20 miles to the west. Boasting a beautiful climate, friendly people, ample access to outdoor recreation, and a thriving arts and culture scene, this town has something for everyone. Outdoor enthusiasts and thrill-seekers will delight in Hendersonville’s proximity to stunning natural areas like Dupont State Forest. This forest is home to towering waterfalls that have been featured in films such as The Hunger Games, and also to top-notch mountain bike trails for cyclists of all levels. For those who enjoy other forms of outdoor recreation, Hendersonville affords visitors access to excellent golf courses, horseback riding, and even zipline tours in nearby Saluda. Hendersonville’s countryside is both beautiful and bountiful. Known as the Crest of the Blue Ridge, Hendersonville’s wine country was awarded the distinction of being named an American Viticulture Area in 2019. Here you can sip delicious varietals in an idyllic setting at vineyards such as Burntshirt, Point Lookout, Saint Paul Mountain, and many more. The countryside has more than wine to offer. Henderson County produces an incredible annual apple crop, and the fruits of this harvest can be enjoyed at numerous cideries and orchards in the Hendersonville area. Hendersonville is also home to the NC Apple Festival, featuring a variety of entertainment options and delicious apple products. Downtown Hendersonville is the warm heart of this small city. Holding a place on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988, this area is characterized by its winding streets dotted with locally-owned shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants. Planter boxes and trees are interspersed between sculptures and benches, creating a quaint and peaceful setting to do a little shopping or grab a bite to eat. In the months of June through August, downtown is host to a free weekly concert series called Music on Main Street. And on Monday nights during the summer, residents and visitors can participate in weekly street dances featuring local bluegrass musicians and a spectrum of folk dancing. The arts and culture scene in Hendersonville is rich, with a variety of performing and visual arts offerings occurring regularly. If theater is your artistic wheelhouse, you’ll love taking in performances at the Hendersonville Little Theater and nearby Flat Rock Playhouse. Each of these spaces stage several productions during their season. Flat Rock Playhouse is host to professional actors and Broadway-quality sets, making it no wonder why the theater has been deemed the “State Theatre of North Carolina” by many. If history is more your thing, you’ll delight in Connemara, the estate of author Carl Sandburg. At this 1830’s home site located in nearby Flat Rock, you will encounter Sandburg’s collection of books and notes. Finally, if classical music is what you’re after, the 70-piece Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra can be found performing six concerts per season at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Center.

Beautiful image of North Carolina fall foliage from blue ridge parkway.


Highlands, NC

Rugged mountain beauty, small town charm and big city sophistication come together in the Appalachian Mountain village of Highlands, NC. Encompassed by the Nantahala National Forest and coming in at an elevation of 4,117 feet, this mountain community lives up to its name. But don’t let the rural setting deceive you; this town boasts diverse and high-class offerings for all. Red brick sidewalks line the quaint streets of tiny downtown Highlands, where visitors escaping the heat of the summer can enjoy luxury shopping, antique shops, art galleries, and James Beard award-winning restaurants. Arts and culture are of high value in Highlands, with visual and performing arts centers, a music festival and three theater groups calling this community home. Nature enthusiasts can also participate in the numerous workshop offered by the Highlands Biological Station and Nature Center. The offerings of more metropolitan Asheville are only a car ride away as well, as Highlands is approximately 72 miles southwest of the city. A centerpiece of this community is the Highlands Country Club, established as a well-respected golf destination in the 1930s. Opportunities to tee off in some of the most uniquely beautiful settings in the Southeast abound here and throughout the Highlands area. If tennis is more your wheelhouse, you’ll be hard pressed to find more beautiful courts than those available in this corner of Macon County.The numerous mountain lakes, rivers, waterfalls and National Forest lands adjacent to Highlands afford visitors and residents a never-ending list of options for outdoor recreation. Bring your boat, your rod, your hiking boots, or a book and relax in nature’s splendor that surrounds you in Highlands.

Lake Junaluska in Waynesville NC.


Waynesville, NC

Nestled 30 minutes outside of Asheville between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Waynesville has established itself as an epicenter of historical mountain charm. The town’s unique location has contributed to a rich geographical history that embodies the culture and heritage of Western North Carolina.At 2,792 feet in elevation, Waynesville is surrounded by over a dozen mountain peaks that reach 6,000 feet or higher. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park on one side and Nantahala National Forest on the other provide access to some of the most scenic outdoor experiences east of the Rocky Mountains. Popular family-friendly hikes such as Graveyard Fields, Black Balsam Knob, and Max Patch provide unparalleled mountain views.Located just outside of Waynesville, near the entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cataloochee Ski Area is one of most popular ski locations in the area. In the summer, the nearby Pigeon River is a popular spot for tubing, rafting, and canoeing/kayaking. Just 3 miles from downtown, the beautiful Lake Junaluska offers kayak and paddleboard rentals, boat tours, and lakeside lodging for out-of-town guests.Waynesville’s tree-lined downtown area is home to dozens of art galleries, specialty shops, and restaurants. The craft beer scene has grown exponentially in the past few years, and local breweries such as Frog Level Brewing and Boojum Brewing have gained national recognition for their brews. The town is also host to a variety of cultural events including the Folkmoot USA. Festival, a 10-day celebration of international song and dance that occurs each July.