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 rebuild in the current styles.
Asheville Before the Great Depression
The last big "boom" was in the roaring 1920s, when Asheville experienced a 300% growth rate. Along with that growth came infrastructure projects and new construction that left the town in tremendous debt, especially 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 finally cleared in 1976.
Asheville’s Economic Recovery
The mid-twentieth century saw little growth and development in the struggling town. Urban renewal projects were rare and 1920s Asheville survived (largely) 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.
How History has Shaped Housing
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. 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. Further from downtown Asheville, you find more homes from the 1960s and 70s. As you get deeper into the county, you’ll notice newer homes from the last 20 years. The new construction of the last ten years is reflective of our past and is predominantly done in "neo" bungalow style.
Asheville’s Historic District
Despite its growth, Asheville has preserved many of its older and "historic" homes. These are abundantly in-town bungalows and old farmhouses. The mid-century ranch is also becoming popular, and we have an abundance of ranchers – a few of which are good examples of "mid-century modern."
Historic Homes for Sale in Asheville, NC
If you are an old house lover, we have some great options for you. Keep in mind, our styles and inventory may be limited. Truly special examples are rare, so if you find a historic home for sale that you really love, act quickly. Feel free to contact Margaret Vestal for help along the way.