Asheville Neighborhoods, Distinctive Mid Century Asheville Homes

Biltmore Forest

If you’re looking for luxury living in an established neighborhood, Biltmore Forest is a neighborhood to explore. Natural landscaping and distinctive homes on generous sized lots are the hallmarks of this beautiful community.

Located in south Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway cuts through the southern end of Biltmore Forest with Hendersonville Rd to the east, downtown Asheville and I-40 to the north, and the Biltmore Estate to the west.

As with many of Asheville’s historic neighborhoods a majority of the homes were built during one of two building eras- the 1920s and the 1950’s -60’s. There is a wide variety of styles including Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Tudor and Normandy- homes designed by William Waldo Dodge Jr, Erle Stilwell and Charles Parker.

There are also many wonderful mid century modern homes – homes designed by Henry Gaines, Larry Traber, Charlie Sappenfield and preeminent Asheville mid century architect, Bert King

History of Biltmore Forest– In 1917 a prominent group of investors with the cooperation of Edith Vanderbilt, her daughter Cornelia, and the trustees of the estate of George Vanderbilt formed the Biltmore Estate Company. Their intent was to develop an upsacle community on the 1,500 acres extending from Biltmore Estate’s lodge gate south along Hendersonville Road.

The Town of Biltmore Forest was officially chartered in 1923. Chauncey Beadle, head landscaper at the Biltmore Estate and protegee of Fredrick Law Olmsted, designed the roadways and surrounding landscaping, preserving the natural forest setting. Elegant homes were built on three to five acre lots, surrounding a Donald Ross designed golf course and a country club.

The town of Biltmore Forest has its own fire and police departments, as well as water and sanitation. The exceptional amenities include the golf course, a 47,000+ square foot, private-membership Country Club with pool, fitness center and tennis facilities, and two community parks.

The south Asheville location of Biltmore Forest can’t be beat. Only a stone’s throw away, Biltmore Village presents excellent dining and shopping choices and Hendersonville Rd, downtown Asheville and Biltmore Park are just a short drive. For recreation the Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway offer exploration beyond compare.

The attention to detail and environment that were so prominent during the development of the Town have been preserved by virtue of residential zoning designations and conscientious zoning restrictions. Conservation of the naturalistic landscaping, designed with the same influences as the Biltmore Estate, has been possible through adoption of a tree protection ordinance and community forestry programs.

Driving through Biltmore Forest today you will still find a beautiful natural setting surrounding the winding roads and generous-sized lots creating a sense of privacy and peacefulness unlike any other neighborhood in Asheville.

Looking to buy or sell a mid century modern home in the greater Asheville area? Give me a call at 828-545-2712 or email me at

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