East Asheville has its own soup to nuts cachet: not quite granola, not quite funky, but with just the right touch of hip individuality. Tucked into a pocket between the Biltmore and Tunnel Road, it seems both very near to everything yet very far away. The lifestyle here is relaxed, the kind of place where musicians rub elbows with foodies and farm-to-table baskets appear on the back doorstep. The curving neighborhood streets are simply mid-20th century pretty, but it’s not all about nostalgia. In areas like Oakley, you’ll see lots of older homes being brought back by newcomers who plant edible landscaping and native habitats, or who grow micro-businesses on their kitchen tables. Nifty shops, specialty stores, a neighborhood organic grocery, and a strong sense of identity make this one of those places where you want to know your neighbors – and can get to know yourself.