Leicester Real Estate

Where is Leicester located?

Nestled in sprawling countryside, just a twenty minute drive from Asheville, North Carolina, is the charming, picturesque town of Leicester. In our world full of constant media stimulation, smartphones, and screens at every turn, this plot of land from the past offers relaxation from a simpler time. If paradise to you looks like miles and miles of lush rolling hills, and sounds like the gentle croon of grazing dairy cows, lilting thought the air, then living in Leicester, North Carolina, might be exactly what the doctor ordered!

History of Leicester

While the exact date of inhabitation is unknown, in 1829, a post office was established in an area called Turkey Run, what would later be known as Leicester. A frontiersman by the name of Leicester Chapman purchased the attractive real estate, and decided to name the area in honor of his namesake, the Earl of Leicester.

In 1859, the name was officially changed from Turkey Creek to Leicester, but many street names still linger from its original township. The population of this small community was less than thrilled at the amendment, as they felt the name sounded too pretentious for the humble, sleepy town. Still, Turkey Run became Leicester, and remains so today.  


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Things to do in Leicester

As you can imagine, with its rural setting, Leicester has an abundance of farms, many of which you can tour in the summertime! You can plan your trip by visiting the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) website, where you will find a user-friendly list of farms available for tour, and times to visit.

If picking berries and milking a goat isn’t quite your speed, there are still plenty of things to do in Leicester, especially if you appreciate the more artistic side of life. Leicester is home to a thriving artist’s community, and numerous galleries and shops can be toured as well. At least 23 shops and studios offer tours for guests to come see their working environment, appreciate their art, and even purchase a little something to take home.


Types of Homes for sale in Leicester

One might say Leicester’s “Bread and Butter” of real estate is the abundance of beautiful, historic farm homes. Nineteenth and twentieth century farm homes dot the countryside of Leicester, and beautiful red barns adorn the land like cherries strewn about on a picnic blanket. They beckon you to come inside, and listen to the ghosts of the past within their hand hewn walls; the whinny of a draft horse, the metallic slide of a hay fork, drawing its load into the loft powered by only equine brute strength, and the sighs of men wiping beaded sweat from their brow.

These homes stand like vacant steeples, a skeleton of the past, reminding us to appreciate all we have, down to the simple pleasures of drinking water you don’t have to pump.  If you don’t see yourself happy in a home built before this century, don’t worry, there are plenty of new homes popping up in the Leicester area!

While these newer residences have all the creature comforts of modern real estate, many of them keep with the farmhouse and arts and crafts style that provides the whole town with a classic feel. 

The median sale price for a home in Leicester last year was $221,000, with more expensive and less expensive options available depending on your budget and needs. Whether you are looking for a log cabin to escape to, or a brand new farmhouse to call your own, we can find what you need, and help you make Leicester, NC, your new home!



Leicester - Town vs. County Stats

Avg Price in Leicester: $733,700 / County Avg $937,300


Avg Sq. Ft. in Leicester: 2,612 / County Avg 2,342


Avg Price per/sqft in Leicester:$281 / County Avg $400


Avg Walkscore in Leicester: 3 / County Avg 29


Avg Year Built in Leicester: 1995 / County Avg 1988


Avg Days on Website in Leicester: 101 / County Avg 100


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