The city that stands today boasts more Art Deco Architecture than any city other than Miami Beach. We have a beautiful, historic and vibrant downtown with old neighborhoods surrounding downtown and north and west.
Asheville has a rich and interesting history. Founded in the late 1700s, it has seen its share of booms and busts. As a result, the growth periods tended to tear down and re-build in the current styles. The last big "boom" was in the roaring 1920s, when Asheville experienced a 300% (yes, three-hundred) growth rate. Along with that growth came infrastructure projects and new construction that left the town in tremendous debt when the stock market (and the boom) crashed in 1929. The ensuing Great Depression left Asheville reeling, and rather than declaring bankruptcy, the city decided to do the honorable thing and pay its debts. The last of these debts was cleared in 1976! As a result, the mid-twentieth century saw little growth and development in the struggling town. Urban renewal projects were rare (thankfully), and 1920s Asheville survived largly intact. The city that stands today boasts more Art Deco Architecture than any city other than Miami Beach. We have a beautiful, historic and vibrant downtown.
The housing in Asheville proper is heavy with homes from the early 1900s with some in-fill from the mid-century (ranchers). These wonderful historic homes are, like Asheville, eclectic and range in size. However they are primarily the Bungalow and Craftsman style of the early 20th century. They tend to have nicely sized rooms, lots of windows, and simple details. As you go further from downtown Asheville, you find more homes from the 1960s and 70s. Then, as you, get into the county more, you will find more of the newer homes from the last 20 years. The new construction of the last ten years is reflective of our past and is predominantly in a "neo" bungalow style.
Throughout the area, however, you will find older and "historic" homes. Many are in-town bungalows, but there are also old farmhouses. And now the mid-century ranch is becoming popular, and we have an abundance of ranchers -- a few that a good examples of "mid-century modern."
If you are an old house lover, we have some great options for you. However, our styles and inventory are limited, and truly special examples are a bit hard to come by. Search for Asheville historic homes sale »
This article was written by Margaret Vestal