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By Bill Ness | Broker in Chicago, IL
  • Get Away From It All in Asheville, North Carolina

    Posted Under: General Area in Asheville, Quality of Life in Asheville, Home Buying in Asheville  |  February 3, 2012 6:15 AM  |  2,096 views  |  No comments
    Asheville, North Carolina retirementThe beautiful area surrounding Asheville and Hendersonville is a favorite North Carolina destination for many active adults. With mountain views, artistic shops, numerous outdoor recreations and plenty of diverse attractions, it is an ideal spot for both relocating retirees and visiting tourists.

    Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this picturesque area features impressive scenic views as well as interesting architecture and distinctive neighborhoods. While North Carolina is known for having a hot climate, temperatures are noticeably cooler when living in the Asheville area’s higher elevation. The winters are cold and do bring some snow, making it a great place for people who want to experience all four seasons.

    Over the years, the city of Asheville has received many accolades from a variety of sources. Good Morning America named Asheville as one of the “Most Beautiful Places in America” (August 2011), and U.S. News and World Report has listed the city as one of “America’s Best Affordable Places to Retire” (September 2009). The Asheville area is also frequently recognized for having fabulous fall foliage and some of the best craft beers in the country.

    Asheville’s downtown area exhibits a unique flair with a mix of Art Deco architecture, galleries, boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and historic attractions. The city is known for its rich art influence, and bustling shoppers will enjoy mingling with artists and street musicians. There are plenty of attractions to keep active adults busy including seasonal festivals, spectacular golf courses and invigorating full-service spas.

    Less than 25 miles south of Asheville, Hendersonville is an historic town which appeals to many active adults who are looking for a tranquil retirement destination. Outdoor recreations are popular with locals and visitors alike. Hiking, biking, fishing and golf are all popular pastimes. In the autumn months, the Hendersonville area is particularly popular for its fall foliage and numerous apple orchards.

    Active adults who choose to settle in the Asheville and Hendersonville area are more likely to find age-targeted communities than developments with age restrictions. One such community, Biltmore Lake, is a mountain lakeside development which spreads across 1,300 acres at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The spacious clubhouse provides several opportunities for residents to get together. There is an exchange library, a cozy fireside lounge, tennis courts and basketball courts.

    Smaller, more intimate communities offer tranquil neighborhoods which are perfect for retirees. Pinebrook Farms by Lifestyle Homes is an open age community with just 126 single-family and attached homes, yet it also boasts a lovely clubhouse with a fitness center, demonstration kitchen, billiards room and other amenities. Just outside of Asheville, Bee Tree Village by Blue Mountain Homes features cozy ranch-style homes with majestic mountain views and low-maintenance living.

    When looking for a mountainside retirement destination, the Asheville and Hendersonville area offers beautiful views, a wide range of outdoor recreations, diverse shops and delicious local eateries. Go for a visit and you may find your ideal retirement location.

    This article originally appeared on 55Places.com. For more articles like this or for information about hundreds of 55+ active adult retirement communities across the country, please visit 55Places.com.

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  • Pinebrook Farms, Asheville, North Carolina

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Asheville  |  August 20, 2011 1:37 PM  |  2,391 views  |  No comments
    Pinebrook Farms, Asheville, North CarolinaPinebrook Farms is a lovely community in Asheville, North Carolina with just 126 homes. Although Pinebrook Farms is not an age restricted 55+ community, it does cater to an active adult lifestyle with single-story living and low-maintenance homes.

    The community opened in 2007 and is being built by Lifestyle Homes. Today buyers can choose from either new construction or resale homes priced from the high $200’s to the mid $400’s. There are over a dozen different floor plans to choose from including traditional single-family homes (one or two-story), townhomes and carriage duplex homes. Sizes range from 1,248 to 2,983 square feet. The unique Arts and Crafts style design of the homes gives this community attractive curb appeal. The single-family homes are available as one or two-story designs with nice features such as vaulted ceilings, granite countertops, fireplaces, hardwood flooring, covered porches and deck spaces. The townhomes are all single level attached style homes while the carriage duplex homes are either one or two-story with an extra bedroom and bath, or loft space upstairs. The wide variety of floor plans to choose from ensures everyone can find the perfect home design to fit their needs.

    The clubhouse at Pinebrook Farms Asheville features a nice collection of amenities to encourage a socially active and physically fit lifestyle. There is a multipurpose community room with a beautiful fireplace, flat screen TV, billiards and a convenient kitchen area. Residents use this space for community events, game nights, club meetings and more. There is also a fitness room with treadmills and weight machines. Other features include an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a relaxing sundeck with lounge chairs, outdoor pavilion with built-in grill plus scenic walking trails winding throughout the community.

    Asheville is a gorgeous area and is quickly becoming a popular retirement destination. Just a few miles from Pinebrook Village residents will find everyday conveniences such as grocery stores, restaurants, banks, shops and more. Downtown Ashville is a true delight with wonderful art galleries, performing arts centers and a wide variety of cultural and recreational attractions. The nearby town of Weaverville features a charming Main Street with numerous antique stores, boutique shops and neighborhood restaurants.

    Residents of Pinebrook Village appreciate the small-town feel of this intimate sized community as well as its ideal North Carolina location. The lovely Arts and Crafts design of the homes gives this community a charming and unique feeling while the friendly welcoming faces are a treat to come home to.

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  • Biltmore Lake, Asheville, North Carolina

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Asheville  |  November 19, 2010 6:43 PM  |  2,676 views  |  No comments
    The Biltmore Lake Ashville North CarolinaAsheville, North Carolina is well known for being home to the gorgeous Biltmore Estate set amidst views of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville offers a fantastic shopping and dining as well as a wonderful arts district with numerous galleries and artist studios. Living in Asheville is a dream come true for many and The Biltmore Lake community is perfect for retirees searching for a community offering wonderful amenities in a wonderful location. Biltmore Lake is open to residents of all ages yet is popular among active adults in search of a lovely community in Asheville.

    Set around the natural lake known as Biltmore Lake, the community sits on 1,300 acres at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are numerous neighborhoods within the community all joined together by convenient sidewalks, walking trails and common areas to encourage residents to meet new people and make new friends. Most active adult communities in North Carolina offer a wealth of amenities and that’s exactly what you’ll find at The Biltmore Lake community. Biltmore Lake offers unique amenities centered around a stunning 62-acre natural lake. Residents especially enjoy lake activities such as swimming, boating, fishing and sunning on the sandy lake shore. In addition there are two tennis courts and two basketball courts. For those who especially love the great outdoors there are also campsites available along the trail system perfect for enjoying a night out under the stars.

    The clubhouse at The Biltmore Lake is a charming mountain lodge with outdoor terraces overlooking the lake. The lodge encourages relaxation with an inviting fireplace perfect for curling up with a good book from the exchange library or just enjoying a hot cup of complimentary coffee. There is also free wireless internet available for resident use.

    The Biltmore Lake community is being developed by Biltmore Farms and features a variety of home builders. New construction homes are available in two neighborhoods within the community while resale homes are available throughout the rest of the community. In total there will be 1,000 homes at The Biltmore Lake upon completion. Floor plans available range in size from 1,300 square feet to over 3,600 square feet with two to four bedrooms and two to three-and-a-half baths. Homes are available as cottage style, townhomes, lodge and Craftsman style homes. Those interested in building a custom home will be pleased with the ability to build the home of their dreams at The Biltmore Lake with their particular finishes and personal touches.

    The uniqueness of The Biltmore Lake community shines through with its stunning lakeside location right in the heart of Asheville. Outdoor enthusiasts in search of a unique community in the prestigious town of Asheville will want to take a look at The Biltmore Lake. A wide variety of housing options ensures there is something for everyone at this amazing North Carolina community.

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