Montford Neighborhood, Asheville, NC Real Estate

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The Montford Neighborhood ~ Asheville, N.C. ~A Community Embracing a Sustainable Future.

     MONTFORD:  Where one picture tells the story.  

 The MONTFORD NEIGBORHOOD in Asheville, North Carolina: Historic and Happening!

Here is a neighborhood of about 300 acres that expresses a rich diversity of architectural styles,   most constructed between 1890 and 1920.

Montford, like its residents, is a place of complex overall 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 style made popular in Asheville by noted society architect, Richard Sharp Smith, supervising Architect to Biltmore House is 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.


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." .  But, as you may surmise from the photo above, it is the people in the 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. 

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 restoration has 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.

That business is the Bed & Breakfast business. Montford is home to about a dozen B&B's.   

Our out-of-town(and some local) clients tell us that they truly enjoy staying in Montford at one of those B&Bs. Like you, they look forward to  enjoying the many amenities in and around Asheville-- Art Galleries, Gourmet Vegetarian  or French 'comfort food" ,  Live Music, a Ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Horseback Riding at the Biltmore Estate, , or a Raft-ride on the French Broad River ... Like you, they look forward then to returning to inspired lodging, possibly to listen to traditional Appalachian music, attend a "social",  or  walk in lush gardens. And in the morning? A gourmet breakfast served on fine china, crystal and heirloom silver and organic coffee. You can expect the Montford B&Bs to bring you  hospitality with a warmth and graciousness that is typical of the Asheville area.

For those who choose to amble into downtown, many of the following B&Bs are within walking distance ... Check out photos (such as the one just below) that we took of a number of Montford's B&Bs one sunny winter's day at the Photos link.                                        


And here are a few links you  might explore.

Abbington Green  
Applewood Manor  

Carolina B&B 

Katherine's Place  

The Black Walnut B&B   

The Lion & The Rose B&B  

The Wright Inn  



Montford Community  Very Interesting Links

The Montford Arts Center

We are in the mountains , so if you are into elevation, here is a  link to a map that will give you a "bird's eye view"  of Montford in terms of the topography, or land contour, by means of contour lines.
Montford Topography TOPO Map



Famous (and some infamous) People Who Have Lived in Montford

Author F. Scott Fitzgerald lived and worked in Asheville during some of his literary career. |
His wife, Zelda Fitzgerald lived and died here.
A few disgruntled Montford residents found themselves immortalized in Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel. In Look Homeward Angel, a fictional account of Asheville, the character named Tommy French was based on a contemporary of Wolfe named Charles French Toms, who lived in one of the Montford B&Bs. 

We sent the dogs out to scout the neighborhood to ask current residents what
the MONTOFRD neighborhood itself is famous they are (see photo) and here is
what they told us the buzz on the street is...


Sharon, who you will find at the Newletter Offices in Montford told us that Montford is famous for

•1.       The stories behind the people and houses

•2.       You can imagine history

•3.       Friendliness of neighbors

•4.       Variety of architecture

•5.        Riverside cemetery

•6.       Walking tours

•7.       Newsletter

•8.       Neighborhood events

•9.       The Music and Arts Festival

•10.      Diversity of residents

All in all, we'd like to say that Montford is an amazing place to call home!

more Photos of Montford click here

Real Estate Market Report here   (coming soon)                                                

The Ivory -Billed Woodpecker you see depicted here  is our mascot. Symbol of the potential for stewardship, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, thought extinct for the past 60 years, has somehow survived to be recently re-discovered. With that hopeful finding comes inspiration for a sustainable future.


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Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent
I HAVE to go see leaves.  It's been over 20 years since I've gone to see the leave.  What a great photo.
Jan 27, 2007 09:21 PM #1
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
All I can say is "How beautiful", thanks for sharing shots of such a pretty place.
Jan 27, 2007 10:39 PM #2
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Chris...Asheville and Montford are SO gorgeous during the Autumn. We are lucky to have 4 distinct seasons here. Each seems to have its own gift to give the senses. ;-)
Jan 28, 2007 12:15 PM #3
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Jennifer...Thanks for your kind comment. I took this photos as the leaves were in full splendor in September. Just the sight of the family and neighbors talking and the shades of red and orange and yellow make most of us smile.
Jan 28, 2007 12:17 PM #4
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co


What a beautiful job showcasing a beautiful place.  After looking at what you have done, it's back to the drawing board for me.

Thanks for the tutorial!

Lynda Eisenmann, Brea, CA

Feb 07, 2007 07:23 PM #5
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Lynda...THX!  We, my team and I, are working on the evolution of the design of our  community outreach .... We think it is progressing, but we will be tweaking it =) so check back in the not too distant future..

One of the things I like best about Montford is the community spirit. Although it is just 5 minutes from downtown Asheville, there is still an air of "another time"...while we were out photographing, for istance, I notced an assortment of absolutely gorgeous, multi-colored hens onthe lawn of a small Craftsman across the street from one of  the B&Bs. There, behind a white pickett fence,  played the little group, hunting and pecking and commenting on the goings-on.. fresh eggs for the neighbors' breakfast (??)

Feb 07, 2007 09:29 PM #6
John Thomas
As you know, I try to read your BLOG every week because it is so informative. Now I think you have outdone yourself. This makes me want to live in Montford. I checked out the links, too. When I read your comment about the fresh eggs, that did it. I'm moving to Montford in 2007. It sounds like the perfect place for a cultural progressive guy.
Feb 09, 2007 05:29 AM #7
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A cultural progressive guy, eh? I had to think about that a little bit. I remember a book by Paul Ray on Cultural Creatives. The author portrays the CC as hungering..." for a deep change in your life that moves you in the direction of less stress, more health, lower consumption, more spirituality, more respect for the earth and the diversity within and among the species that inhabit her..." Does that sound like you? You  will be interested in sustainable building practices for sure, then. Use the "search" feature to find aritcles on sustainable community.
Feb 09, 2007 12:31 PM #8
Jill Short

I am "shopping' for a new climate to live in! How cold are your winters?


Mar 12, 2009 02:28 AM #9
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We are "temperate"...not too hot..not too cold...and plenty of happy times in snow that lasts for a day or three...

Jun 17, 2009 07:57 AM #10
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