Town of Biltmore Forest
Biltmore Forest is a planned residential community with a rich cultural history. The Town was planned by the best professional planners of their day. Mr. C.D. Beadle who had been associated with the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted of Boston, planned the protection, preservation, and perfection of the natural beauty of the area that is now known as Biltmore Forest. Mr. Frederick Law Olmsted, the Father of Landscape Architecture, planned his landscape to preserve the beauty of the natural environment and attempted to create a rural atmosphere although his designs were often located in cities. He was involved in the design of New York’s Central Park, the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, and the grounds of the Biltmore Estate.
Since Mr. Beadle had been associated with Mr. Olmsted, it is fair to say that the layout of Biltmore Forest and subsequent development is also a living example of more famous pioneering efforts in landscape architecture. Those ideas of 1920 are committed to paper in plans of the Town that existed in 1924 that have been followed and are still being followed today.
The Town of Biltmore Forest was incorporated in 1923, and was determined eligible for Determination as a Historic District by the U.S. Department of Interior in March 1990. The idea of preserving and enhancing nature is at the core of the beauty of Biltmore Forest and helps guide the ordinance makers, administrators, developers, and residents of the Town. It is for this reason that ordinances guide the removal of trees, that structures and buildings are forbidden in front yards, and why fences have always been discouraged, just a few of the rules that have made the Town of Biltmore Forest unlike any elsewhere.
When Mrs. George Vanderbilt set out to design the Town of Biltmore Forest in Asheville, she envisioned a community where persons of means could lay claim to a portion of the beauty created by her husband at Biltmore Estate. About 1600 acres were set aside for residential real estate development. There is no other such example of a town in all the United States.
Donald Ross was secured to design and build the challenging links for the private and prestigious Biltmore Forest Country Club, 1999 host of the Women’s U.S. Amateur Open and the epicenter of activity in the community. Frederick Law Olmsted (Central Park, Biltmore Estate) was the community landscape architect… nothing was left to chance.
Natural beauty was preserved and defined and is the hallmark of the town today. The atmosphere of Biltmore Forest was determined and the plan of development was worked out to the last detail before a single tree was touched. A superb Asheville real estate development!
Serene, thickly wooded, spread out and natural, the idea was not to create an enclave for the very rich or a compound for the elderly, rather a fine place in Asheville, bordering Biltmore Estate, for cottages, castles, condos… for walkers, runners, cyclists and active children. A quaint Town Hall, a friendly police force and a July 4th parade for kids complete with Uncle Sam make Biltmore Forest a real old-fashioned town.
Today, privately incorporated Biltmore Forest represents a desirable balance of community and seclusion… a neighborhood eligible for the Historic Registry. Average citizens are businessmen, professionals, retirees. No guards, no gate houses, no scheduled activities… just friendly neighbors and fine surroundings.
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