Asheville’s extraordinary setting, within a short drive of 1.5 million acres of mountain wilderness, along with its music, art and cultural offerings, has given rise to a number of enduring descriptions, including “Land of the Sky” and “Paris of the South.” Both of these lines hold truth and fascination and both apply to the open spaces and castle-like architecture of George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate®, which gracefully resides on 8,000 acres in the heart of Asheville’s metropolitan area. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt and landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, the 250-room 19th century chateau is the nation’s largest residence, attracting visitors from around the world since its inception.
Developed with care by direct descendants of George Vanderbilt, and within a few minutes drive of Biltmore Estate®, the properties of Biltmore Lake sustain the family’s great belief in conservation and craftsmanship. The community is also in close proximity to downtown Asheville, where area residents and guests can delight in a generous mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences.
Music has long been a part of mountain culture, and the offerings run the gamut from an evening with the Asheville Symphony to guitar-banjo-fiddle jams at a city pub where locally-brewed beers are perpetually on tap. A culinary center for innovative cuisine, downtown is host to countless independent restaurants that conjure and inscribe flavors from around the world. All of these enticing places to see and visit are set amid Asheville’s historic art deco buildings, which survive from the city’s first golden age from the late 1800s through the roaring 1920s.
The arts & crafts movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century conveyed a style that sought to bridge utility with craftsmanship. It focused on artistry rather than mass efficiencies. Biltmore Lake began and continues with those same principles in mind, giving residents an escape hatch into a world of meticulous quality and connectedness to nature.
Biltmore Park Town Square, situated in South Asheville and just minutes from Biltmore Lake, is a new urbanism mixed-use center that also features a number of topflight destinations, including Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, REI, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Oven, Asheville’s largest YMCA, Barnes & Noble, and more.
Asheville’s cultural caché develops out of a rich heritage of creative expression and intellectual curiosity. Its many exemplary public and private schools, colleges and universities strive to ensure that these traditions will continue across each new generation.
Wellness, woven into Biltmore Lake’s design, is an inherent aspect of quality of life. Access to top-tier medical and recreational facilities ensures a path to both peace of mind and sustained good health. A carefully designed network of trails encourages walking, running and biking throughout the neighborhood. Basketball and tennis courts invite players at all skill levels. And the community’s centerpiece lake inspires multiple opportunities to get out on the water.
Asheville’s medical resources area acknowledged throughout the region and country as top drawer. Asheville is home to a thriving traditional healthcare industry as well as alternative and complementary medicine health practitioners. The city’s Mission Health was recently named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) for the sixth time in seven years and has served the community for more than 130 years. Biltmore Farms Chairman George H.V. Cecil and President John F.A.V. Cecil have both served on the hospital’s board of directors, making the health of the community part of their personal story and legacy.