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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Hendersonville, North_Carolina

This southern mountain town is located in what is called the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area of western North Carolina. Hendersonville and the nearby Village of Flat Rock has an exceptional and beautifully and revitalized downtown area with boutiques, antique shops and tourist attractions. Its architecture reflects the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The population is 12,000, although far more people live in the area. Hendersonville is located in Henderson County.

Hendersonville's economy is strong thanks to tourism and the popularity of North Carolina’s climate and charming atmosphere. There is plenty to do and see.

Photograph of downtown Hendersonville courtesy of Wikipedia and T.D. Cox.

Where to Retire in Hendersonville and Home Prices

There are historic neighborhoods on the city's west side and in the northern suburb of Druid Hills. According to Zillow, the median home value was $370,572 in early 2022, up over 25% during the past year.

What Is Special about Hendersonville

The downtown goes on for blocks with plazas, curving streets, and interesting shops and restaurants. All of the stores are occupied and it is lively, making it look like a much bigger town. Apple and Golden Jubilee festivals; Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site; Flat Rock Play House; Blue Ridge Parkway; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Pisgah National Forest; Dupont State Forest; The Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County; Thomas Wolf's Angel;  Henderson County Curb Market

What Is Not Special about Hendersonville

Not for those looking for an urban environment.  Hendersonville has a high crime rate, most of which is property related.

Climate and Physical Environment

Hendersonville is located in western North Carolina and is near both the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville is about 25 miles away and Spartanburg is 40 miles to the south. Due to its elevation it is considerably cooler here than in the rest of North Carolina.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The town has a symphony orchestra and concert band. The Flatrock Play House is one of the top 10 seasonal theatres in the country.The community has a number of festivals such as the NC Apple Festival, Music on Main Street, art shows, street dances, and other events through the year. There is also the Arts Center of Henderson County, in addition to several small museums such as the Mineral and Lapidary Museum and the Henderson County Heritage Museum.


The crime rate is above average.

Medical Facilities

The Margaret R Pardee Memorial Hospital is here


Asheville Regional Airport is 10 miles away. Greenville-Spartanburg International is about 35 miles.

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