Hill House sits in the middle of a neighborhood that stretches north for about a mile from a triangle point in downtown Asheville. One side of the triangle is heavily commercial Merrimon Avenue and the other is Broadway, which is something of a greenway. The triangle base, connecting them, is WT Weaver Blvd. Principal cross streets are Chestnut Street and Hill House's own Hillside Street.
Many call the area Five Points, referencing the Broadway, Chestnut and Mt. Clare intersection. Some Merrimon Avenue businesses probably prefer the more generic North Asheville. The entire county thinks of us as Grocery Store Central, with the recent opening of a Trader Joe's and Harris Teeter, both next to an existing Whole Foods.
The neighborhood is a mix of the old, like Hill House, and the new like Trader Joe's. Except for Merrimon and Broadway, it's all residential, a mix of single-family homes, apartments, and condos. On the northern edge are the University of North Carolina Asheville and the Asheville Botanical Gardens. Most popular restaurants are
- Plant, vegan and gourmet
- Casual and fresh Homegrown
- Vinnie's (Italian comfort food)
- HighFive Coffeehouse,
- The light and airy deli, Dough, and
- Luella's Barbecue.
You can rent a bike around the corner from Hill House at Youngblood Bikes, or just come and take a stroll.