Asheville, North Carolina 82204
Leafy, Peaceful Lakeview Park Boasts a Resident-Owned Lake, a Bird Sanctuary and Many Classic Homes from the Early- and Mid-20th Century
On the north edge of Beaver Lake in north Asheville, about four miles from downtown, leafy, quiet, low density Lakeview Park has 485 homes. They date from the early-20th century to the mid-20th century.
While parts of Asheville, funky and touristy, have seen tremendous growth in the last couple of decades, transforming once rural neighborhoods into trendy enclaves, Lakeview Park is much as it was when development first began here more than a hundred years ago.
Many homes are single level, classic examples of the mid-century ranch rambler. Others have been extensively renovated inside and boast elegant contemporary features, including tall windows, cathedral ceilings, extensive decking, smart wiring and more.
Some new homes are here, too, and feature recessed ceilings, free-hanging staircases, media rooms, outdoor living spaces and more. Properties are tucked behind red maples, poplars, sweetgums and other mature trees.
Prices begin the mid-$200,000s and top out in the millions. Approval is needed for new construction, additions or renovations that expand the footprint of a home.
Lakeview Park is home to white collar families, empty nesters and retirees. They enjoy its safe, meandering streets and solid, secure feeling. The neighborhood does not have a lot of racial diversity, and politics lean to the right.
Beaver Lake is the highlight of Lakeview Park. Man-made, it was dredged from a meadow in the 1920s and is owned by Lakeview Park homeowners. A yearly $150 HOA fee managed by the Lakeview Park Commission keeps the lake healthy and open for canoeing, kayaking and fishing (a $10 yearly permit is required). Rumor has it that in the early days, novelist and Asheville resident Thomas Wolfe spent many an evening skinny dipping in Beaver Lake.
Lakeview Park amenities include the Asheville Country Club, an 18 hole golf course and a 10-acre bird sanctuary with a boardwalk. A walking trail surrounds Beaver Lake, offering soothing views of water and wildlife.
Merrimon Avenue is the main road leading into the city from the neighborhood and has grocery stores, eateries, movie theaters and pubs.
Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures in the 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 37 inches of rain and 14 inches of snow each year.
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Population is 90,000
Median age is 43
Percentage of population with at least a bachelor's degree or higher is 45%
Estimated median household income is $44,096
Median home value is $290,000
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