Asheville is a city in western North Carolina that's famous for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, including the Biltmore historic mansion. The city is a foodie destination packed with amazing places to eat, and it's also among the top three cities in the U.S. with the most breweries per capita. The region has picturesque attractions, rich culture and ample opportunities for seniors to stay active and engaged.
Seniors moving here can expect to find the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains and a variety of beautiful national forests and parks, including the Pisgah National Forest and North Carolina Arboretum. Mountain-to-sea hiking trails as well as camping grounds, historic gardens and museums are also available in abundance. The city enjoys a mild climate with four seasons, with flaming fall foliage and serene snow scenes in the winter. The city's prominent art and culture scene includes more than 30 galleries and several annual music and art festivals.
According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019, the cost of assisted living in Asheville is $3,325 per month, a figure that's quite low compared to the national average of $4,051 and the North Carolina state median of $4,000.
If you're thinking of retiring in Asheville, read our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in the area.
Harmony at Reynolds Mountain
41 Cobblers Way
Asheville, NC 28804
Harmony at Reynolds Mountain offers its residents a comfortable, high-end environment that is clean, updated and well-maintained. The facility has independent living, assisted living and memory care options with studio, one and two-bedroom living arrangements so seniors aged 55 years and older can find the right mix of care and housing to match their individual needs. Dining choices are similarly tailored to each resident; seniors can choose to prepare their own food at their in-room kitchenettes, socialize with shared meals in the dining room or even pick from "chef-inspired" extra meal plan options.
Brookdale Asheville Overlook
308 Overlook Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Brookdale Asheville Overlook is nestled a short distance from Lake Julian, just down the road from the Skyland/South Buncombe Library. The facility has a bright dining area where residents aged 60 years and older enjoy three meals per day that can be adapted to accommodate low salt and low-fat diets. Seniors' medical needs are well-taken care of with nursing staff on hand during weekdays and a medication management program in place. A wrap-around porch provides a comfortable, airy place for residents to enjoy the outdoors.
Arbor Terrace of Asheville
3199 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Residents of this homey facility benefit from a warm, attentive environment thanks to a high staff-to-resident ratio. A nutrition consultant is on hand to keep residents well-fed, and financial guidance services are available for those who need help navigating money matters. An activity room run by an on-staff activities director provides a social hub where seniors can play bridge and listen to visiting musicians. The facility's "Cyber-Senior Center" provides high-speed internet and helps to earn the community a place in our top 10 assisted living facilities in Asheville.
2360 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803
This resort-style facility is set near a series of walking trails where residents can enjoy the outdoors by hiking or bird-watching. They can also unwind by the facility's pool, stay active in the fitness room or join in an art class. Seniors with a green-thumb can garden in small plots outside their apartments. A bistro, a private dining room and catering services give residents a further variety of dining options, while dance classes, a lecture hall and massage therapy keep them busy and engaged. The plethora of services and amenities earn Givens Estates a place in our top 10.
Western North Carolina Baptist Home
213 Richmond Hill Drive
Asheville, NC 28806
Set near the French Broad River, Western Northern Carolina Baptist Home offers residents assisted living and nursing home care in clean, updated surroundings. The staff has a roster of nurses available 24-hours per day, as well as physical and occupational therapists who attend to residents with warmth and professionalism. Seniors can keep busy with different activities like music, games and yoga, and meet fellow residents during ice cream socials, shopping excursions or group sing-alongs.
Fleshers Fairview Health Care
3016 Cane Creek Road
Fairview, NC 28730
Fleshers Fairview HealthCare is a family-run facility that provides exceptional care to its assisted living, memory care and nursing home residents in a well-maintained environment surrounded by green space. Group activities often take place outdoors, and residents can take trips out into the community. The on-campus library provides a comfortable place for residents to read and relax. The spacious one-bedroom apartments come furnished, but residents can appoint them with furniture and decor brought from home.
Heather Glen at Ardenwoods
103 Appalachian Blvd.
Arden, NC 28704
Located beside Avery Creek at the edge of the Nantahala National Forest, Heather Glen at Ardenwoods is an assisted living community that provides 24-hour support to seniors who need help with activities of daily living. The facility is set on a wooded campus that provides plenty of greenery for seniors who enjoy nature. Residents can take boat rides at a nearby lake, golf on the putting green or participate in bingo and shuffleboard. We included Heather Glen at Ardenwoods on our top 10 list thanks to its five-star features like a heated indoor pool and private spa complete with heated floors, aromatherapy and whirlpool that residents say put the facility a step above.
2533 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704
Residents at Trinity View benefit from a host of housekeeping services, such as a private, weekly laundry service and bi-monthly apartment cleaning, so they don't need to worry about domestic duties. Seniors also enjoy a full-service, communal dining area and a high staff-to-resident ratio where qualified personnel can provide 24/7 nursing care and assisted living services. Yoga classes, bridge games and billiards give residents plenty to do, while organized outings keep them connected with local services and attractions.
Givens Highland Farms
200 Tabernacle Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Givens Highland Farms makes the cut for our top 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Asheville list because its location in the mountains, nestled peacefully by the woods, and its luscious landscaping give residents a picturesque natural environment to enjoy. The facility is also well-equipped with trained, professional nursing staff to provide all levels of care to its residents, including physical therapy and medication management. The studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments are well-laid-out with an in-room kitchenette, but residents are always invited to eat together in the dining area.
McCracken Rest Home
203 McCracken Street
Waynesville, NC 28803
We included the McCracken Rest Home on our Top 10 list because it's well-equipped to provide excellent support to its residents with trained staff available 24-hours-per-day, on-staff nurses, a medication management program and an emergency response plan. The facility also provides financial guidance to seniors, including support navigating financial aid, selling one's home and investigating benefit options. Residents can enjoy three prepared meals per day in the dining room, as well as three snacks, and benefit from clothing and linen laundry services.