Arden is an unincorporated
area located in southern Buncombe County, south of Asheville. It is
considered part of the greater Asheville area. Arden is home to the
private boys Episcopal School
and is primarily residential, with a concentration of businesses and
stores located along the major highways.
Forest is a planned residential community in Buncombe County, surrounded
by the much larger city of Asheville. Population of Biltmore Forest
is estimated at approximately 1700 residents and the town is 99%
residential. It is located between the historic
and is culturally and historically affiliated with both. In 1916, a
flood caused significant damage to portions of the Biltmore Estate
and the affected land was sold to lessen the upkeep and tax burden
of the Biltmore Company, owners of Biltmore Estate. The town was
created from this parcel of land and chartered & incorporated in 1923. The first
houses were built on White Oak Road. The town hall is located at 355
Vanderbilt Road, Biltmore Forest NC 28803.
Candler is an unincorporated
community in Buncombe County, located to the west of Asheville. It
is primarily agricultural and residential, with some light industry
and businesses centered on the main highway, NC 151 and 74. Candler
is home to the locally famous
Pisgah View Ranch,
and a number of private mountain communities.
Enka is an unincorporated
community in Buncombe County, located on the west side of Asheville.
Enka was developed in 1928 as a company town for the Dutch-based
American Enka Company which at the time was the nation's largest
rayon producing manufacturer. In 1929 the company began developing a
community plan that included employee houses and that area became
known as Enka Village. Enka Village is now an historic community,
with most of the area around the former Enka Lake transformed into a
private mountain community, Biltmore Lake. There continues to be
some light industry along the major highways although most of Enka
is still agricultural and residential in nature.
Fairview is an unincorporated
community in Buncombe County located on the southeast side of
Asheville. It is primarily a residential community of about 3000
residents which still retains a rural and agricultural dimension. In
the past ten years, Fairview has seen considerable growth of
residential subdivisions, luxury developments and private mountain
communities due to its proximity to Asheville and its unspoiled
natural beauty. Fairview is at a higher elevation than Asheville,
over 3000 feet, and is in a 10 mile-long mountain valley surrounded
by 5000 foot peaks. Fairview is home to many artists and crafts
persons, including Asheville guidebook author and artist
Lee Pantas. Fairview
also has a monthly newspaper, the
Fairview Town Crier.
Leicester is an unincorporated community in Buncombe County,
located on the northwestern border of Asheville. Population is
estimated to be around 12,500 residents. The community has seen
considerable development in the past ten years, and today has
numerous residential developments and a number of private mountain
communities. Parts of Leicester however, remain rural with
agriculture still very much in evidence.
Originally known as Turkey Creek, Leicester had a post office
beginning April 7, 1829. The name was changed in 1859, in honor of
Leicester Chapman. Post office records reveal that Leicester Chapman
was Postmaster at Turkey Creek from 1852 to 1856. Leicester has a
commercial area that stretches along Leicester Highway, heading west
through the town from Asheville.