As real estate agents in the Asheville market, we constantly meet prospective buyers from other states who want to move here. They share their reasons for wanting to relocate, and it often becomes apparent that they really want a smaller town feel than what is offered in Asheville, a medium-sized city by most metrics. For people that want a small town but with the amenities of Asheville close by, we often recommend Black Mountain, TripAdvisor’s 2017 Prettiest Small Town in America.
While Black Mountain is small, with an almost “Mayberry” vibe, it offers a lot of the same conveniences as Asheville. Here are what I consider the top similarities between Asheville and Black Mountain.
- Great Restaurants – Asheville is widely known for its ridiculous number of high-quality, independent restaurants. Well, Black Mountain is no different, but you just might be able to get a table on a Friday night! Some of my favorites are Trailhead, Sake Sushi, and Cousin’s Cuban Cafe.
- A Variety of Breweries – Asheville’s beer tourism industry has boomed, and this growth has not been limited to just Asheville. Small towns like Black Mountain have some great breweries. Be sure to try Black Mountain Brewing and Lookout Brewing!
- Small Town Shops and Boutiques – No downtown would be complete without locally owned shops, galleries, and boutiques to browse. Black Mountain certainly checks the box, with a wide variety of gift shops, outdoors retailers, and art galleries. And to save you a trip to a big box home improvement store, you can visit Town Hardware or Henson’s Building Materials.
- Access to Hiking and Biking Trails – The Asheville area is famous for its outdoor recreation, with many people flocking here annually to enjoy the local trails. Black Mountain locals have some of the region’s best trails in our own backyards. The Montreat trail system offers miles of hiking and biking trails. And Kitsuma Peak is one of the most challenging singletrack mountain bike trails in Western North Carolina!
- Organic Grocery Options and Farmer’s Markets – People who love to cook will be thrilled to visit the Black Mountain Tailgate Market, as well as Black Mountain Natural Foods.
- Quality Schools – For families with school-aged children, school quality and school choice are paramount. Black Mountain’s Owen School District offers public schools for K-12, but there are local Montesorri, charter school, and private options as well.
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