Land Prices in Black Mountain: 2-acre pretty treed lot already outfitted with well, septic and drive goes for $70,000.
Why we love it: More Mayberry than Asheville, Black Mountain quietly lolls in the valley of the Craggy Mountains, surrounded by misty vistas of the Southeast’s tallest peaks.
Black Mountain calls itself “The Front Porch of Western North Carolina.” (Downtown there’s a giant rocking chair poised for photo ops.) And, it’s true, that this small community with its pretty historic galleries — shops where you can score a hammered dulcimer, wrought-iron fire screen or a bottle of North Carolina wine — is happily situated near rivers frothing with white water, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, Chimney Rock Park and miles of hiking trails.
Why you’ll it: Black Mountain is 15 minutes from bigger, hipper Asheville, so if you want a dose of “big-city” culture, it’s easily had. This also is a municipality that’s long on festivals and its Appalachian roots. There’s the Sourwood Festival — mountain food, music and drink; the Black Mountain Marathon and Mt. Mitchell Challenge; the holiday “Circle of Lights” around the town’s Lake Tomahawk; the Taste of Black Mountain; and Lake Eden Arts Festival, to name several. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts hosts all manner of fine art and crafts classes, concerts, workshops and exhibits. Duffers will appreciate the local course — longest par six in the nation — and The Cliffs at High Carolina, the first Tiger Woods’ course in America, is currently being built.