After visiting Asheville on business, James Madison Chiles experienced what is now known as the Old Kenilworth Inn. Chiles eventually became one of the business partners of the Old Kenilworth Inn and decided to buy additional property in the Kenilworth area. Kenilworth, at the time, was a town independent from the city of Asheville, but eventually it would be Chiles’ residential development that would become synonymous with the former town of Kenilworth. In 1929 Kenilworth residents took a vote, and agreed to allow the town to be annexed by the city of Asheville.
Chiles then set out to introduce the idea of planned residential development to the Asheville area. Kenilworth was an experiment and subdivision for the city long before its time. Finally in the early 1920’s, Chiles planned development came to fruition. A new neighborhood was built, complete with a man made lake, supported by the newly constructed Kenilworth Dam. With incredible vistas to the neighboring mountain ranges, lots began to sell at a “better than expected” pace.
That was the beginning of what would become a thriving urban neighborhood in Asheville, with homes constructed varying from small Arts and Crafts cottages to significant estates, like the Spanish revival home Chiles had built for his own family. Kenilworth is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood in walking distance to Biltmore Village, Downtown Asheville and McCormick Field.
Kenilworth Quick Facts
Schools: Asheville City Schools
Closest Interstate:I-40 and I-240
Proximity to Downtown: 10-15 minute drive
Home Prices: $180,000-$900,000+
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