I'm not exactly sure what you mean by walkable neighborhood. I live south of Asheville, about 45 mins away in the Tryon/Columbus area. There are some nice new & older, established neighborhoods where kids can "play in the street" & while small, I have done very well homebirthing, (one breech) bf, & homeschooling. B/c of the small size, the playgrounds are in terrific shape. I personally love Saluda (35 mins S of A-ville), it's like a tiny Asheville. I would guess that the population age of the area is closer to forties/fifties & retirees than young couples, but I kind of like that aspect. I also recommend visiting b/c Asheville & the areas around are all so beautiful & so different. There are places with different focuses--living off grid areas, farming, gardening, living on top of a mountain--really, you can find whatever. For this area & Rutherfordton area, check out the Barefoot Learners yahoo group for hs/unschool group. I'm happy to answer any other specific questions. Enjoy your searching!