City Highlights



Following are some interesting facts about Asheville and its commercial real estate market…

  • Asheville is known as the “Paris of the South”, with a very eclectic population, and more breweries per capita than any other City.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Asheville’s population in 2008 was 78,543 and is part of the four-county Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area, the population of which was estimated to be 408,436.
  • Surrounded by mountains and national forest, it attracts both active retirees, and outdoor-active young adults. A bear may still find its way to downtown on occasion!
  • In 2007, Asheville was named one of the top seven places to live in the U.S. by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated, and #23 of 200 metro areas for business and careers by Forbes.
  • Home to the stately Biltmore House, the largest house in America with more than 250 rooms. Built as a private residence in 1895 with indoor pool and bowling alley, it is situated on 125,000 acres. Still privately owned, parts of the home and grounds are now open to the public, and serve as the area’s #1 tourist destination.
  • Downtown Asheville has a plethora of interesting shops, restaurants, bars and music venues, and is a major attraction for tourists throughout the region.

About the Principal:

Mr. Melby is an International Site Selector and Entrepreneur, with 30+ years experience in buying, selling, leasing, managing and developing commercial real estate – both for his own account and exclusive clients. He is a member of ITRA Global, the world’s largest exclusively Commercial Tenant/Buyer-Representation organization, which has offices worldwide. Perhaps unique to his industry, Mr. Melby has deep experience with all facets of commercial real estate include retail, office, industrial and land acquisition.

Mr. Melby holds the commercial real estate industry’s top two designations: the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), and is the co-author of: Leasing Smart – which has been required reading for the University of Florida’s masters in real estate program, and Professional Real Estate Investor’s Handbook – approved by the Florida Real Estate Commission for use as a continuing education textbook. He has also written many articles published in such magazines as Area Development and the Commercial Investment Journal. Has served as instructor for numerous real estate investment and brokerage courses and has been certified by the Florida Real Estate Commission, qualified to teach their continuing education classes.

 For more information, contact:
Craig Melby
Phone: +1 (828) 884-4454

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