Unusual Houses Asheville NC

Biltmore Estate Asheville, NCThere are a great number of unusual houses in Asheville NC.  The most unusual, of course, is the famed Biltmore Estate, ranked eighth in America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects, and sits on some 8000 acres.

Having marketed unusual houses in Asheville as well as Hendersonville NC  since 1995, I am very familiar with the broad range of fun, unique, weird, and wonderful properties in the area.

Take a look at this map to see the surrounding counties.

Map of unusual houses Asheville NCBuncombe County — where Asheville is located, is known as the ‘Land of the Sky’. This area is also home to a variety of interesting architectural styles including bungalows, Victorian cottages, mid-century modern homes and neo-classical townhouses.  

Henderson County to the south is home to a number of smaller towns including Hendersonville, Brevard, and Fletcher. This area is known for its many artists and artisans as well as its outdoor recreation opportunities. The Blue Ridge Mountains of Henderson County offer breathtaking views and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, biking and rock climbing. It is also home to quaint towns such as Chimney Rock, Zirconia and Flat Rock. 

Transylvania County is the smallest county in North Carolina but it is packed with natural beauty. This county is home to DuPont State Forest  Pisgah National Forest, and Gorges State Park. 

Haywood County  — to the west, with wonderful Waynesville, just 20 minutes from Asheville; Hot Springs with its hot mineral springs, and Canton, the county seat — is becoming increasingly popular for outdoor recreation and country living. It is also home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Jackson County lies just northwest of Asheville and is known for its stunning mountain views, beautiful rivers and peaceful small towns. The highest peak east of the Mississippi, Mt. Mitchell, is located in Jackson County. From there you can take a short drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway or explore the Pisgah National Forest and Nantahala National Forest.

Madison County — with the artistic and farming communities of Marshall and Mars Hill — provides stunning views of the French Broad River and the Appalachian Mountains. It is home to many small farms, hiking trails, waterfalls, campgrounds and businesses with a unique mountain flair. It is just a short drive to Asheville!

Haywood County — with its charming towns of Waynesville and Canton — is known for its majestic mountain ranges and numerous outdoor activities such as rafting

Polk County — with the lush forests of Saluda — offers some of the most beautiful views in western North Carolina. Its rolling hills and peaceful streams make it a great place to explore and relax.  Tryon is well known for equestrian activities, with its picturesque countryside, horse farms, and trails. Tryon International Equestrian Center is the largest equestrian center in North America, offering world class events throughout the year. 

Transylvania County — with the beautiful college town of Brevard, and over 250 waterfalls  — is a prime destination for avid hikers and nature lovers. The Pisgah National Forest offers ample opportunity to explore the many trails and sights of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an adrenaline-filled adventure, Transylvania County has something for everyone.

Yancey County — to the north and east, with Burnsville as its county seat — is home to Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Miles of hiking and biking trails wind through the scenic Black Mountain range. The area is also rich in arts and culture, with a number of galleries and performance venues.

Mitchell County — nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, with the small town of Bakersville as its county seat — is home to some of the most beautiful views in Western North Carolina. The rugged terrain and abundant wildlife provide ample opportunity for exploration, while nearby Roan Mountain State Park offers everything from camping and fishing to picnicking and hiking.


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