Asheville LGBT Real Estate

About Dylan Lennon, Gay Realtor in Asheville, NC

I am very candid and open about living in Asheville, and it is no secret that I love what I do and that I love living in Western North Carolina. Your trust, privacy, and respect are my top priorities. Working with me is a partnership to find your lifestyle a home in the mountains. If you've fallen in love with Asheville or are somewhere in the process of it, let's chat. Discovering what's possible (and what's not) is an exciting adventure - and I'm always thrilled to experience that with people moving to this area.

Before real estate, I worked at the University of Florida and Harvard University. After Harvard, I moved to Asheville. I began my dream job in real estate, and built a life here. In my first year of real estate, I was rookie of the year. I have earned recognition and mentions in several media outlets. In 2019, I traveled to Google's Boston, MA offices to further my impact and support other LGBTQ+ real estate professionals across the country.

Why Work with a Gay Realtor?

You deserve representation in one of the largest financial transactions of your life. You do not have to sacrifice representation in search of an honest, experienced, high-performing Realtor. Whether you are hiring me to sell you home, or we are working together to find your new place in Asheville, know that I share your interests. I have bought, renovated, and sold several homes and personal residences. I know first-hand the uncertainty and discomfort that can accompany a purchase or sale. I have a consistent track record of helping LGBTQ+ individuals and families find and sell homes.

50% of my business is LGBTQ+ clients & families relocating to, or within, Asheville. The other 50% is a mixture of referrals from past clients and from agents around the country with whom I've established professional relationships.

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Partnering with to Serve the LGBTQ+ Community

For years, I've been working alongside to help positively change the way LGBTQ+ individuals and minorities relocate to Asheville, NC. It's amazing to think that I'm able to make an impact in the LGBTQ+ community through my work in real estate. This is, and will always be, the most rewarding aspect of what I do. It's my "why" and the driving force that motivates me every morning. Being a gay Realtor in Asheville fills me with pride, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve this community.

If you're considering moving to or from Asheville, I'd love to chat. My personal e-mail is

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Giving Back to the Profession Through the Keller Williams Rainbow Network

Not only do I assist LGBTQ+ individuals and their families in relocating to the greater Asheville area, but I also believe in giving back to my profession. Through the Keller Williams Rainbow Network, I support corporate initiatives that promote diversity in real estate. "My passion is making real estate better for my clients and my colleagues."

Additionally, I enjoy giving back through other local organizations including Habitat for Humanity.

Supporting LGBT-Owned Businesses: Why Representation Matters

Furthermore, aside from the impact I've made through partnerships with gay-centric real estate organizations, I also support several other LGBT-owned businesses, both locally and nationally. Representation matters to me, which is why I try to allocate most of my marketing budget towards minority-owned businesses. It's not difficult to do so in Asheville since we have a diverse range of small businesses driving the local economy, many of which are LGBT-owned and operated.

My "Why": Fulfilling Work with Diverse Clients

My "why" stems from the fact that over the years, I've had the pleasure of representing diverse clients from all over the world. Each year, I'm humbled and surprised by the number of phone calls I receive from clients who found my website and are interested in relocating to Asheville. Although this journey was unexpected (I wasn't always going to do real estate), I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people.

Why Asheville is a Great Place for LGBTQ+ Relocation

Asheville is known for its LGBTQ-friendly environment and has been named the most LGBT-friendly city in the US, the top city for LGBTQ retirees, and the most LGBT-friendly city in North Carolina. These accolades are a testament to the city's commitment to creating an inclusive and accepting environment for all. It's true, after all.

My Thoughts on Living in Asheville

It's no secret that Asheville is a queer friendly town, but it's very unassuming. Asheville doesn't smack you in the face with it's pride. There are no "gayborhoods" or "gay streets." Everywhere I've lived in Asheville, I've had a queer neighbor. Some of them had pride flags waving in the window, some didn't. The longer I've lived here, the more I've grown used to (and appreciate) the diversity of our community and the various forms of expression that it takes on.

For the most part, Asheville is a small but progressive town acceptive of all kinds of diversity, including it's LGBTQ+ population. I wouldn't live here if that weren't the case. But, it's not for everyone. If you're curious about what it's like to live in Asheville, I'd love to chat with you on the phone to answer any questions you might have. You're welcome to send me an e-mail at

My Approach to Relocation: Serving as a "Hub" for Your Move

When it comes to relocation, every move is unique. Relocating from California to Asheville is a different experience than relocating from Orlando to Asheville. Regardless of where you're coming from, whether it's a primary or secondary residence, I approach my job as being the "hub" for your move.

Virtual Coffee Tours and Move Logistics Assistance

During the initial consultation, I'm happy to answer any questions you have about Asheville. I also offer virtual coffee tours of the city to give you a glimpse of what Asheville has to offer. As the "hub" for your move, I can connect you with resources to make your relocation easier, including movers, storage, short-term or long-term rentals, and other logistics. I have established relationships with local vendors for mortgages, inspectors, and apartments, and I'm always happy to provide recommendations.

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Home Marketing Assistance: Connecting You with Vetted Agents

If your relocation to Asheville includes selling your home, I have a small but reliable list of agents (whom I have vetted) that I can send to you. Over the years, this list has expanded into new areas as my relocation business has grown. Even if your area is not on the list yet, I'm happy to conduct agent interviews and vetting on your behalf to give you 3-4 good options.

About Moving to Asheville: FAQ and Key Statistics

If you have any questions about moving to Asheville, check out the frequently asked questions section below. Asheville has a population of approximately 90,000 people, but the larger metro area includes more than 400,000 people. There are a variety of resources you can use to answer any questions you have about the area. If you'd rather chat about your questions, shoot me a quick e-mail at or contact me using the form below (I check this daily =)).

My Philosophy and Vision

At the end of the day, my goal is to make your relocation to Asheville as smooth and stress-free as possible. I'm committed to providing excellent service and creating a positive experience for all my clients, regardless of their background or identity.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Gay Asheville

Yes, Asheville is very LGBTQ+ friendly. Many businesses and local spaces proudly display pride flags and are very queer-friendly. There is also a large presence of LGBT- and minority-owned businesses and professionals operating and serving the community.


Asheville's marquee annual event, the Blue Ridge Pride Festival, launched in 2009. The festival takes place in early fall. Highlights of Asheville Pride include art and a festival at Pack Square Park, movie screenings, pageants, and procession through the streets. I'm always proud to see that our pride has dozens of local and corporate sponsors including The YMCA, ThermoFisher, Explore Asheville, & J Crew.

There are over 20 LGBTQ+ centered meetup groups in Asheville. From fitness clubs to breakfast clubs, chorus, adventure, and everything in between, there are several ways to get involved in the community.

Asheville is an inclusive, diverse community. In addition to being LGBTQ+ friendly, Asheville is taking steps towards implementing community reparations for the Black community.

With some New Orleans ex-pats living in Asheville, there's also a pretty queer, glittery, and beads-filled Asheville Mardi Gras parade and celebration on Fat Tuesday every year, plus some other associated events during the year like January's Twelfth Night Dance Party. Do keep an eye peeled for appearances by local "Boulet Brothers' Dragula" contestant Priscilla Chambers!

Recent Blog Posts about LGBTQ+ Life in Asheville

Gay Sports and Fitness in Asheville

By Dylan Lennon, REALTOR® | April 10, 2023

Asheville is a vibrant and welcoming city that offers a variety of sports and recreation opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete…

Asheville is a top destination for LGBT relocation

By Dylan Lennon, REALTOR® | April 4, 2023

Asheville has been recognized as one of the top cities for the LGBTQ+ community by national and location organizations and news outlets, including the Human…


24 Queer Friendly Bars and Breweries in Asheville

By Dylan Lennon, REALTOR® | March 30, 2023

When I moved to Asheville from Boston, I quickly realized that there aren’t that many dedicated queer spaces. However, though this is just my opinion,…