Asheville NC Neighborhoods We Love -MONTFORD HISTORIC DISTRICT:
From the Favorite READ ABOUTS Series. (Part 2)
Montford,This Historic Asheville Neighborhood is HAPPENING!
"...Few neighborhoods express the rich architectural heritage and vitality of Asheville better than the Montford Historic District. During an era of remarkable growth in Asheville and in an environment of a few powerful individuals with enormous personal wealth, Montford grew as a residential neighborhood for middle-class people. Businessmen, lawyers, doctors, architects and the retired all came home to Montford," says the National Park Service Register of Historic Places.
Homes: Thoughtful design signifies this "Close In" neighborhood of about 300 acres with a lovely and rich diversity of architectural styles.
Most of the homes, many currently enjoying "green-upfitting" were constructed between 1890 and 1920. Even with the variety of designs throughout Montford, consistent patterns and use of materials like shingles, stucco, pebbledash and half-timbering comprise a cohesive Montford impression." .
Much of the Montford neighborhood was designated as an Historic District and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Since that time, historic restorationhas been on the rise. Today the Montford community is home to several businesses (see photos) and the neighborhood has developed a new business, centered around the historical restoration projects of a number of devoted stewards of fine buildings.
Neighbors: Like most neighborhoods in Asheville, NC, the folks who live here (many of whom are "Cultural Creatives -- architects, designers, teachers, authors, doctors, poets, lawyers, and gallery artists) are known for old-fashioned neighborliness.
Indeed, we can assure you, it is the people in the Montford neighborhood, through their vibrant sustainable community spirit, that make this neighborhood a great place to visit and an even greater place in which to live.
Atmosphere: Montford, like its residents, is a place of complex and intriguing character.. .
Romance and history are in the air, so expect to " feel" the artistic influences. Even residents of other neighborhoods in and around Asheville find themselves drawn to Montford. Maybe you will see them strolling down a tree-lined boulevard. Maybe you will notice how often they stop to gaze at the majestic homes that grace the streets
There are wondrous architectural details including those from such trendsetters as Bruce Price, Bernard Maybeck, the prominent Arts and Crafts architect, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Arts and Crafts stylemade popular in Asheville by noted society architect, Richard Sharp Smith, supervising Architect to Biltmore Houseis well-represented here in Montford. According to the National Park Service, "Smith's preference for pebbledash, shingles, high-pitched roofs and heavy stone foundations contributed to an overall form for the neighborhood.
Neighborhood Parks, Greenspace & Hangouts: Located in the heart of the Montford neighborhood, the Montford Center Has an outstanding Climbing Wall and gymnasium and ..a view of the mountains from the playground, tennis court, lighted ball field and amphitheater.
Or walk over to Montford Park (see photo).Bring your tennis gear, or a picnic basket. For those of you who appreciate the Arts, check out The Montford Arts Center and don't miss The Montford Park Players NC's Longest Running Shakespeare Festival,
The Neighborhood BUZZ: We sent our furry-friends (see photo) out to communicate with neighbors and let us know what they love about the MONTOFRD neighborhood ....here is what they told us the buzz on the street is...Top 10 favorite things about living in this neighborhood:
1. The stories behind the people and houses
2. You can imagine history
3. Friendliness of neighbors
4. Variety of architecture
6. Walking tours
8. Neighborhood events
9. The Music and Arts Festival
10. Diversity of residents
Pet -Friendly: Yes! (for sure)
Price Range: $189,00 (due for Green Renovation) to $1,390,000
Homes Available : 32
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