Asheville is the largest city in western North Carolina, and continues to grow steadily. It is a popular destination for baby boomers who have spent years dreaming of having a home in the mountains. By far the most famous home in Asheville is the Biltmore Estate. Check out some of the most popular retirement communities in Asheville below.
The Coves Mountain River Club is a spectacular master-planned and gated community. Vacationing families and active retirees have found Western North Carolina to be ideal for thriving cultural locales, year-round enjoyable climate and a multitude of recreational opportunities. The Coves Mountain River Club offers all of these qualities in a single 3,600 acre gated community, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Lenoir and Blowing Rock.
Far from being a resort community or weekend getaway, The Coves is loaded with built-out amenities designed for 365 days of activities and events. Active adults can take advantage of the beautiful natural environment while enjoying a full social calendar of gatherings with other like-minded residents. Walk along gentle mountain paths, challenge yourself with a high-country hike or Kayak 5 miles of the Johns River without ever leaving the community. Spend a morning in the garden and then attend a community barbecue or concert that evening. Rejuvenate yourself in our state of the art fitness center. While away a winter afternoon in our library, or spend lazy summer days on horseback. With such a wide array of homesites to choose from, it’s easy to pick your perfect getaway.
Explore Asheville – This is Asheville’s official tourism website.
Insider’s Guide to Asheville – From the folks at Southern Living this is a helpful guide to the best shops, restaurants, hotels, and activities in Asheville.
Fodor’s Asheville Travel Guide – Features everything from travel tips, the best hotels, and even sample itineraries.
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Popular Asheville Area Retirement Communities
French Broad Crossing – Located just 25 miles from downtown Asheville, French Broad Crossing is the area’s only private riverfront mountain community. Recipient of the 2008 Award for “Best Waterfront Living” from Mountain Homes Magazine, French Broad Crossing offers the perfect mix of mountain magic and river fun.
Bill’s Mountain – Vista Developers offer homes and land for sale in North Carolina in four gated communities. Bill’s Mountain in Lake Lure, NC is one of these new developments of custom homes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is not one of the many North Carolina retirement communities, rather a gated neighborhood that offers safety, great views and comfortable living.
Blue Heron Point – Blue Heron Point is a new gated community in the town and on Lake Lure, North Carolina, offering 43 home sites on 55 acres. Secure and beautiful, Blue Heron Point could be a good retirement alternative to other North Carolina 55+ active adult communities.
Chinquapin – Chinquapin is a North Carolina community located in Cashiers, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chinquapin is a sister property to, and built by the same development company, as Trillium which we reviewed here before. Either property provides the perfect setting for a North Carolina retirement community lifestyle.
Creston – The Creston Community is aptly situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is an environmentally sensitive community that awaits the nature-loving individual such as you. Encircled by unspoiled forests that are home to a rich diversity of native flora and fauna, Creston Community’s environmentally sensitive home sites provide peace and solitude that is a getaway from city life. Creston Mountain Community is a nature-inspired community that caters to your nature-loving privacy.
Cummings Cove – Cummings Cove Golf and Country Club is located in the mountains of Western North Carolina in Hendersonville. Cummings Cove is a gated community surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. This community is an ideal setting to plot out your North Carolina retirement.
Mountain Air – Mountain Air is situated on Slickrock Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Selected by Barron’s magazine as “one the top twenty places to retire in the world,” Mountain Air epitomizes southern charm as one of the favorite communities in North Carolina. It is also one of just a handful of communities in the country to have its own airstrip.
Reynolds Mountain – Reynolds Mountain, with serene mountain landscapes and magnificent views, Reynolds Village offering urban living in its highest form, and Reynolds Park, a recreation enthusiast’s dream-come-true. Residents will soon enjoy pedestrian access to all three communities, and Reynolds Park will feature the largest free public park in Western North Carolina.
The Settings of Black Mountain – If you are looking for a lush mountain setting with easy access to a real city, The Settings of Black Mountain, may be an option. The Settings is located just 15 minutes outside of downtown Asheville, a popular destination because of its mountain setting, seasonable temperatures and its culture that blends Appalachian charm with the spirit of an arts colony.
Smoky Mountain Retreat – Smoky Mountain Retreat has redefined the custom log home mountain lifestyle. The community is being built and developed by Sarasota Developer, Sherell Johnson. Smoky Mountain Retreat in Maggie Valley combines the mountain setting with a private Country Club including golf, tennis, swimming and fine dining.
Trillium – Trillium is a community located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountain area. Trillium offers a good mix of the mountain, lake, and golf course lifestyle baby boomers are looking for in a North Carolina retirement community.