Thirty miles southeast of North Carolina's border with Tennessee and located near the magical Great Smoky Mountains, Arden is an unincorporated community that has long enticed nature lovers. Nestled between Skyland and Fletcher, this town sits right near the Henderson County line.
Home to a moderate population of 20,605 and a great place to raise a family due to a healthy economy, Arden has a median income of just over $60,000 and a median age of 40. Homes in the area have a median cost of above $269,000, with values appreciating an average of 3.85% in the last 10 years.
If you are seeking peace and tranquility, Arden is where you need to be. Visit Lake Julian Park to do some fishing and boating or head to Jake Rusher Park for a picnic with a view.
The popular Biltmore Waterfall is also nearby, frequented by lovers and photographers. Camping is big in the area; you'll typically find residents hitting the trails anytime the sun is out.
Locals enjoy Asheville's Pinball Museum, collecting treasure at the Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, and guzzling down crafted brews or locally produced wines at the various nearby breweries and vineyards. Close by, the Asheville River Arts District boasts eccentric murals and assorted art galleries, and artists converge to engage and express their creativity. The Downtown Asheville Art District is a bit more refined and swanky but, nonetheless, teeming with creative types.
Arden and the surrounding Asheville Metro area are home to some of the best public schools in the state. This esteem can be attributed to smaller class sizes, which average just about 15.5 students per teacher. For an advanced education, a number of nearby colleges offer programs that rival some of the best in the nation. Arden hosts two private schools within city limits: The Arden Christian School (a Baptist school serving 5-11 grade students) and the Nativity Preschool and Kindergarten (early childhood education offered at an evangelical Lutheran church located off Hendersonville Rd).
Wonder how Arden got its name? This mountain town is named after the Forest of Ardenne, an English forest referred to in Shakespeare's comedic play “As You Like It." A resort town that attracts wealthy vacationers looking to escape the summer heat in the lowlands, Arden has made a name for itself as a popular tourist destination. The Asheville region (including Arden) was originally established as a “health resort.” In fact, eight of our U.S. presidents have vacationed in Arden!