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A Lush Oasis Awaits You in Asheville's Beverly Hills Neighborhood

Beverly Hills Neighborhood Asheville

Beverly Hills is a hidden residential gem nestled in one of Asheville's most lush urban forests. With stately 80-year-old oak trees lining the East Asheville neighborhood’s historic municipal golf course, and quiet streets crisscrossing the fairways, Beverly Hills offers a wonderfully walkable, bikeable, reasonably-priced neighborhood with a real sense of community. Bordered roughly by Tunnel Road to the north and Swannanoa River Road to the south and east, the area boasts a perfect balance of natural and retail amenities, just minutes to downtown Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Swannanoa River East AshevilleA mixture of well-established brick ranches and newer 3- and 4-bedroom homes populates Beverly Hills. There is a voluntary Home Owners’ Association that aims to build community by providing a forum for sharing information, connecting neighbors, promoting activities and fostering civic involvement.

Golfing in Your Backyard

The Asheville Municipal Golf Course, at the southern tip of Beverly Hills, is one of the oldest golf courses in Western North Carolina. The 18-hole, 129-acre golf course, designed by Hall of Fame golf architect Donald Ross, opened for play in 1927 and was the first municipal course in N.C. to be racially integrated. The course’s scenic design accomplishes the difficult double task of being challenging and fun.

Parks and Nature Combine in Beverly Hills

Recreation Park AshevilleDirectly east of Beverly Hills lies the Asheville Recreation Park, home to the Gashes Creek recreation park pool, a favorite summertime destination.

Adjacent to the park is the Western North Carolina Nature Center, home to more than 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red and gray wolves and cougars. A short distance from there is the City of Asheville John B. Lewis Soccer Complex, with four soccer fields, a large, tree-shaded park, and running- and walking-friendly flat terrain circling the fields.

Winding its way through all of this is the Swannanoa River, perfect for fishing or taking a quick dip on a sunny afternoon. For pet owners, the Azalea Road Dog Park provides plenty of play space, with separate runs for small and big dogs.

Retail and Restaurants Galore

Highland BrewingDirectly to the east of Beverly Hills is the Asheville Mall, with an array of large and small department and specialty stores. Also nearby is Walmart Supercenter, Target, Lowes, Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond, just to name a few. Need groceries or a quick meal? No problem! Whole Foods and Ingles are mere minutes away, as are an array of restaurants lining nearby South Tunnel Road.

A quick drive south from Beverly Hills will take to you Highland Brewing Company, which features a tasting room, free tours of its facilities, and entertainment and special events (many of them free) in its tasting room, on the meadow, and in its event center.

For a personally guided tour of Beverly Hills, or for more information on any neighborhood in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Asheville Communities That Keep Up With Active Adults

Retirement

The Asheville area is replete with communities geared toward those 55 and older, or neighborhoods that naturally trend toward the active-adult set. A range of amenities – club houses, pools, libraries – as well as activities like exercise classes and coffee socials mean there’s always something to do onsite. And thanks to the setting, against Asheville’s Blue Ridge backdrop, the area’s 55+ communities offer the added benefit of relaxing and stunning surroundings in which to enjoy the region’s natural beauty. Following, a few to explore:

Crowfields

Situated in South Asheville, Crowfields is a 55 and older community set on 72 acres of woodlands, where Dingle Creek winds its way to the French Broad River. The property includes varied ecosystems, a sweeping meadow and two ponds.

Crowfields’ 192 units are arranged in groupings ranging from four to eight residences, with one-, two-, and three-level floor plans. Amenities include community garden plots, a heated outdoor pool, and a clubhouse where residents can enjoy community social activities, including bookclub, crafts, First Friday Socials, Men’s Coffee & Conversation, bocce and water aerobics.

Convenient to restaurants, grocers, retail and movie theaters, Crowfields is two minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway, 10 minutes to Asheville Regional Airport, and 20 minutes to downtown Asheville.

Creekside Village

Asheville Retirement CommunityLocated north of Asheville in Weaverville, Creekside Village features unique living spaces with modern amenities and high-quality materials. Mere minutes from the idyllic charm of downtown Weaverville, Creekside Village offers residents breathtaking views, a beautiful recreational park featuring Lake Louise, walking trails and playgrounds. With plenty of nearby shopping available, this community offers a great location for retirees who love the mountain experience but don’t want to live right in Asheville. Floor plans include low-maintenance patio homes (3 bedroom, 2 bath and office), townhomes (3 bedroom, 2.5 bath), and 3- and 4-bedroom single- and two-level Craftsman-style homes. Home features include: front covered porches, open rear decks, all wood cabinetry with dovetail constructed soft-close drawers, granite kitchen countertops, and cultured marble vanity tops and ceramic tile floors in bathrooms.

The Hills at Avery’s Creek

This well-established, gated 55+ community in Arden features 71 attached homes on quiet, tree-lined streets. The Hills is incorporated as a Planned Unit Development, with each of the homeowners being an equal shareholder. The attached homes typically range from 900 to 1,367 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one-car garage. The community center is home to Breakfast Club and Dinner Club gatherings, card games and other active-adult activities. Wildlife populates the walking and biking trails that meander through the grounds and offer scenic views of the community lake. Retail, grocery and antique shops, the N.C. Arboretum, the Biltmore House and the Grove Park Inn are all nearby.

Beaverdam Run

Active Adults AshevilleBeaverdam Run is a gated mountainside community of 136 condominiums located on 115 wooded acres in North Asheville. Five different styles of homes are available, each with unique views of mountains, ponds, streams and lush landscaping. Though not officially designated a 55 and older community, Beaverdam Run offers a range of amenities geared toward the active adult, including a clubhouse with kitchen, outdoor patio, fitness room, heated indoor swimming pool and saunas. A historic log cabin, used for meetings and social events, contains a card room, a pool table, and a ping-pong table, and has a fenced side yard where dogs are permitted to exercise. There are several ponds – three of which are stocked with fish for “catch-and-release” recreational fishing – two tennis courts and a pickleball court, a community garden, and walking trails with guard rails and benches. All of this is located a short drive to shops, restaurants, grocery, banks, the library and the Country Club of Asheville.

Deerwood

Located just off Hendersonville Road in South Asheville, Deerwood features 100 two- and three-bedroom condos and townhouses in a range of sizes and floor plans. Most units offer an attached garage, gas fireplace and a covered deck in the back. The community features a beautiful green space and creek-fed lake with charming wildlife and waterfalls. Amenities include a pool, clubhouse and two tennis courts. Once a month, residents gather for a cocktail hour, where wine and light hors d’oeuvres are served, and every Saturday morning for a casual and relaxed coffee hour. Deerwood is close to shops, groceries, dining and recreation, as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway.

For a personally guided tour of 55 and older communities, or for more information on any real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Natural Charm and Commercial Conveniences Come to Life in Haw Creek

Haw Creek Pool Asheville

Where can you be in the heart of Asheville’s commercial corridor, or the heart of the Blue Ridge Parkway, all within a few minutes of leaving your front door? If you live in the neighborhood of Haw Creek, you can lay claim to that rare privilege.

A farming community in the early 1700s, Haw Creek is a diverse neighborhood of more than 7,000 families living in a range of homes, from affordable apartments to single-family ranches, new modern structures, townhomes and condos. This East Asheville community boasts a rural charm that feels worlds away from hectic city life. Quaint coffee shops and restaurants serve as gathering spots for locals.

However, with Tunnel Road – replete with restaurants and retail stores – running along its southern border, Haw Creek affords its residents commercial conveniences few other Asheville neighborhoods can offer. And it’s only 10 minutes from the Asheville Mall, and 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, with quick access into the heart of the city via Tunnel Road or I-240.

An Asheville Neighborhood with Something for Everyone

Penny Cup Cafe AshevilleIn addition to its retail conveniences, Haw Creek is home to excellent schools – Haw Creek Elementary School and Evergreen Charter School are two standouts. It also features the popular East Asheville Recreation Club, with tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and a seasonal swim team. The Charlie Bullman Park, located on New Haw Creek Road, features two lighted ball fields, concessions and restrooms. The East Asheville Public Library is a popular spot to spend an hour or two with a good book, and a playground and basketball court bordering the library give little ones the opportunity to enjoy outdoor time.

Haw Creek has an activist neighborhood association, with many members serving on committees for City Council. Association activities include yard sales, an ice cream social, pot luck supper, Cider Fest, annual barbecue, National Night Out and a “Haw Creek Litter Brigade” to clean up along neighborhood roads.

The Blue Ridge Parkway: a Haw Creek Perk

Being close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Haw Creek home. Road cyclists can leave from their front door and head east to be on the parkway in a matter of minutes. Or if you’d rather drive, you’re assured quick access to such popular parkway spots as the hiking destination of Haw Creek Valley Overlook (milepost 380) and the Folk Art Center (milepost 382).

For a personally guided tour of Haw Creek, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

Solar Eclipse Promises Out-of-This-World Experience in Asheville

Solar Eclipse Viewing Near Asheville

On Monday, Aug. 21, for the first time in 26 years, parts of the U.S. will experience one of nature’s most amazing celestial events: a total eclipse of the sun. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Asheville area that day, you’re in for a treat: the city will see a 99% eclipse, while Jackson, Swain and Graham counties – all located about 50 to 70 miles west of Asheville – will experience the extremely rare total eclipse. Towns in the direct path include Sylva, Dillsboro, Cashiers, Bryson City, Cherokee and Robbinsville.

Prepare to be Wowed

In a solar eclipse, the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth, revealing the sun’s rarely seen corona. The moon casts a shadow that moves across the Earth's surface, creating a path of totality. For areas within this narrow, 70-mile-wide band, the experience will be otherworldly: temperatures will drop, birds will go silent, and stars will come out as complete darkness falls in the middle of the day for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The total transition in Western N.C. will begin about 1 p.m. and end around 4 p.m. Asheville will experience a 99% eclipse at approximately 2:37 p.m.

Best Spots to Watch the Eclipse near Asheville

View the Solar Eclipse Near AshevilleThere are many places to witness the entire eclipse in Western N.C. With visitors coming from everywhere to experience the phenomenon, you’ll need to arrive early to avoid heavy traffic. Although many events will have viewing glasses on hand, secure yours in advance and you’ll be assured a safe eclipse experience. Following, some prime spots for soaking in the exciting event:

Downtown Asheville: The Asheville Museum of Science and UNC-Asheville will host a free Solar Eclipse Festival in Pack Square Park from 12-3 p.m., with music, food and hands-on eclipse activities. For those living outside the city who don’t want to travel far, Buncombe County Schools will be hosting three satellite viewing locations: Owen High School, North Buncombe High School and T.C. Roberson High School.

Sylva: Beginning Friday evening, and leading up to the main event on Monday, visitors to downtown Sylva can enjoy festivities to celebrate the eclipse. On Monday, live music, food trucks and eclipse experts will be at Bridge Park (76 Railroad Avenue) in downtown Sylva from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Time of total darkness will be 1 minute, 45 seconds.

Dillsboro: Park at Monteith Park for $2 and take a free shuttle from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. into Dillsboro to experience vendors, galleries, studios, shops and restaurants along the river. Time of total darkness will be 1 minute, 50 seconds.

Cashiers: From 12-4 p.m., the Village Green will host food trucks, live music and experts with equipment for viewing. Everyone receives viewing glasses. Totality of darkness will be 2 minutes, 25 seconds.

EclipseCherohala Skyway: This National Scenic Byway near Robbinsville, with many overlooks at which to park, will experience the longest period of darkness (about 2 minutes, 30 seconds).

Blue Ridge Parkway: The southern section of the parkway will be in the path of total darkness (about 20-60 seconds around 2:36 p.m.) - from around Looking Glass Rock overlook (Milepost 417) to the end at Cherokee. The numerous overlooks on the stretch will fill up quickly, so get there early.

Bryson City: Events downtown on Frye Street and at Swain County Event Park will feature food trucks and music from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Total darkness will be 1 minute, 57 seconds.

Gorges State Park: Visitors can enjoy a three-day celebration with free activities. Aug. 19 is Nature Day, with a series of guided hikes from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 20 is Fun Day, with programs, exhibits, food and music from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. On Eclipse Day, gates will open at 5 a.m. with free solar glasses, food and music from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – but get there early, since they’ll close the gates when they reach full capacity (1,400 vehicles).

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Creating a Home Office that Works

Home Office

Asheville draws people from all lines of work, but what makes the area especially attractive is the ease with which budding entrepreneurs can create and run a small business from home. Asheville’s supportive, nurturing environment for burgeoning business ideas means more and more people are striking out on their own, and first on their wishlist is an optimally functional home office. Whether running a business from home -- or working remotely for an employer --  setting up an office at home that really works takes a bit of forethought, but doing so promises a productive operation in the long run. Following, a few tips:

Home Office Space·        Separate work from home – Most people set up their home office in a separate room, but even a nook, a walk-in closet or corner of a larger living space can function as a small-business command station, with all your equipment, files and storage in one place. Erect a bookcase partition or high screen to set off your workspace, so you can physically AND mentally separate work from home.

·        Cut the clutter – Have only what you need, and keep it close at hand to help streamline operations, stay organized and remain focused. Having to hunt for files or supplies saps time from more pressing matters and breaks productive momentum.

·        Efficient storage – Things like floating shelves and double-duty filing cabinet “desks” (wood counters supported by two cabinets) make good, inexpensive use of tight spaces. Consider storage options that can double as bench seating or a coffee table.

·        Create a soothing space – Sure, functionality is important, but so is an inviting workspace: Add serenity with a soothing color scheme, position your desk so it faces outside and gets lots of light, place potted plants for a pop of green, or add a comfy couch for additional seating when you’re taking a call or working on your laptop. Such surroundings help to energize and inspire throughout the day.

·        Ergonomics matter – Working at a desk, even if it’s in the comfort of your home, can still take a toll on your body. Invest in a good, supportive chair; position a footrest to elevate your feet. Or consider a standing station. Take hourly breaks from the computer: focus on faraway objects to ease screen-weary eyes; stretch hands, wrists and shoulders; spend five minutes strolling around your neighborhood.

·        Go green when you’re making green – Activate power-saving features on your computer. Turn off your computer, printer and other electronic office equipment when not in use. When it’s time to trade in old equipment, don’t dump: There are many free, environmentally responsible recycling options around Asheville.

For a personally guided tour of residences featuring home-office potential, or for more information on all types of real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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    JAG & Associates Construction Helps Pave Path for Asheville's Green Building Movement

    Brand New Gorgeous Energy Star Home

    There’s no doubt the green build trend has gained a strong foothold in Asheville. People choose to go green for a variety of reasons, from economic to environmental. And when they do, many choose to go with Asheville-based JAG & Associates Construction.

    As the effects of global climate change, foreign oil dependency and toxicity in standard building materials becomes more evident, a greater number of people are turning to the idea of sustainable, green housing. Spearheading the popular movement in green builds, JAG produces quality green homes in Asheville and Western North Carolina to fit a range of budgets. Home seekers can choose from a portfolio of “JAG Built” homes, or put their unique stamp on a dream residence by creating a custom build.

    “Our commitment has always been to build quality-crafted, turnkey-ready green homes as well as custom creations in neighborhoods all over Asheville,” says Jody Guokas, founder and president of JAG. “We pride ourselves in providing a building process that is both efficient and enjoyable.”

    JAG Construction Provides Green Details, Each Step of the Way

    Gourmet Granite and Stainless KitchenSince it was established in 2003, JAG has focused on building homes optimally positioned to promote indoor and outdoor environments, as well as the communities they’re in. Every home JAG has built is certified through Green Built North Carolina; everything from product selection to the construction process stresses green technologies and energy efficiency. JAG homes top the 15% efficiency upgrade required by Energy Star; most of them reach a 30% to 60% energy efficiency premium. Combine all of this with JAG’s keen sense of design, attention to detail and singular craftsmanship, and you can understand why JAG’s houses stand out as some of the most sought-after in Asheville.

    Lots of details go into making a new build green. Some of the things JAG takes into serious consideration are: site measures like infill construction, erosion control, native planting and groundcover and runoff control; building and structural details such as proper waterproofing and drainage, efficient framing, windows and insulation; high-efficiency heating and cooling; and options for solar power energy use.

    High-Impact Homes in West Asheville’s Low-Impact Development: Craggy Park

    Tanager Model at Craggy ParkAs part of the substantial headway JAG is making in the green-build arena, the construction company is working with Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and East West Capital to develop the 8-acre Craggy Park in West Asheville, off Craggy and Tanglewood Avenues. It is Asheville’s only major subdivision of 45 green-built homes in an urban low-impact development. The property, a short walk to Haywood Road’s cafes, entertainment and shops, will feature clustered 3- and 4-bedroom JAG homes, many with finished walk-out basements.

    Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to be the exclusive listing agency for JAG. If you are interested in a spec or custom JAG Construction home, please contact Mosaic Realty broker Mike Figura at (828) 337-8190 or at mike@mymosaicrealty.com

    Asheville's Bent Creek Neighborhood: Kicking Adventure Into High Gear

    Bent Creek Community Park

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    A range of features attracts people to Asheville, but perhaps most popular is proximity to amazing outdoor activities and adventures. The neighborhood of Bent Creek is one of the most optimally positioned communities for outdoor adventurists, thanks to the fact that in its backyard stands the nationally renowned Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Add to that the fact that residents can also be at the North Carolina Arboretum, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or a plethora of commercial amenities in mere minutes, and you’ve got the perfect spot to set up in Asheville!

    The Bent Creek neighborhood boasts a range of single-family styles, from stately brick homes to rambling ranches to sweet bungalows. A warm, welcoming, tight-knit community, Bent Creek attracts couples, young families and retirees alike. A popular neighborhood gathering spot is the 20-acre Bent Creek Community Park, which features wide open areas and a covered pavilion for events, full basketball court, community garden, large playground, sandbox, paved roller area, bicycle pump track, trails, volleyball, playing fields and more.

    Take to the Trails from Bent Creek

    Lake Powhatan Near Bent CreekFor hikers and mountain biking enthusiasts alike, Bent Creek Experimental Forest stands out as one of the most popular in Western North Carolina. Located in the northern tip of the Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest, Bent Creek's watershed contains a collection of trails for all kinds of hikes, from those suitable for beginners and families to those more amenable to advanced hiking groups. For mountain bikers, the area boasts nearly 30 miles of doubletrack and singletrack trails to suit a variety of levels, from beginner and intermediate bikers, to families, to larger groups; big climbs and technical sections keep more advanced riders happy. Because of its proximity to the Bent Creek neighborhood and other parts of Asheville, the watershed is a popular spot for after-dinner rides.

    Adjacent to Bent Creek Experimental Forest is Lake Powhatan Recreation Area and Campground, a heavily wooded area on the banks of a small lake. Camp, or just come for the day (day passes are $2/person) to picnic or enjoy an easy 1-mile hike around the lake. There's a beach for swimming and a pier for fishing in the trout-stocked lake.

    Also close to the Bent Creek neighborhood is the North Carolina Arboretum. The renowned destination offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails for both hiking and biking, featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically diverse plants in the region. In addition, the Arboretum is home to an expansive bonsai garden, rotating art exhibits, and a range of educational programs.

    Amenities galore

    Asheville OutletsResidents of Bent Creek have the enviable advantage of being completely enveloped in nature, while at the same time living mere minutes from a range of commercial amenities: Within a couple of miles are grocery stores and restaurants, as well as the recently opened Asheville Outlets, boasting more than 70 popular retailers.

    For a personally guided tour of the Bent Creek neighborhood, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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    Asheville: A Musical Destination of Note

    Asheville Music Venues

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    Asheville’s music scene boasts a diversity usually only found in much bigger cities – everything from small, intimate clubs drawing local and up-and-coming artists to large venues featuring world-class acts. Whether you’re headed downtown, visiting the River Arts District, or hanging in West Asheville, there’s a venue nearby to entertain nearly every musical taste. Following, a few of the most popular:

    The Orange Peel

    Orange Peel AshevilleHoused in a historic building in downtown Asheville, The Orange Peel has been recognized by a range of publications as one of the best live music venues in the nation. The club is known for presenting fresh talent as well as legendary performers. It features 1,100-standing capacity, as well as a new 75-person private club on the lower level called PULP. Once a skating rink, then a series of R&B and soul clubs, the Orange Peel has welcomed a range of acts over the years, from Bob Dylan and Joan Jett to Ice Cube, Macklemore and the Beastie Boys.

    Salvage Station

    Founded in 2016, Salvage Station is located in the River Arts District along the French Broad River. Large sweeping open areas of grass for group outings and multiple viewpoints from the river’s waterfront location provide a unique opportunity to combine music, food and fun into one great destination. Salvage Station features live music most nights, and a family-friendly atmosphere that has made it a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Indoor and outdoor dining options are both available; the restaurant features eclectic Southern and Appalachian inspired choices of in-house smoked meats, sandwiches, and lighter fare.

    Isis Music Hall

    Isis Music Hall AshevilleA concert venue with an accompanying bar and restaurant, Isis Music Hall showcases many recognized national and regional acts, as well as fresh new artists. The main stage features two styles of shows, from seated dinner cabaret-style with a capacity of 150 people to standing-room shows with a 450-person capacity. The hall features a balcony and intimate upstairs lounge. The lounge has a capacity of 50 for entirely seated shows, which are typically more acoustic-driven acts.

    Grey Eagle

    The Grey Eagle is Asheville’s longest-running all-ages venue and has hosted over 10,000 different bands and artists, including Ralph Stanley, Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Richie Havens, Frank Black, Deen Ween, Lake Street Dive, Slick Rick and many more. The Grey Eagle features a large dance floor, patio area, and intimate stage with options for seated shows, two flat-screen TVs and projector. Concert-goers can enjoy an in-house taqueria featuring original and creative meals and an ever-expanding beer selection.

    The Mothlight at Mr. Freds

    As home to local and traveling musicians alike, The Mothlight features acts that value creative artistic expression and intellectual freedom. The intimate venue boasts a high-quality sound and light system, and features at least three shows a week. The Mothlight is a private club, which means patrons sign in as members or guests.

    Diana Wortham Theatre

    Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District, Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate 500-seat theatre offering live performances of music, theater and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists. The theater, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, offers attendees convenient off-street parking; numerous nearby downtown restaurants make it easy to take in a pre-show dinner.

    The U.S. Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

    Thomas Wolfe AuditoriumThe U.S. Cellular Center, located downtown, is the largest event venue in Asheville, with a seating capacity of 7,600. With a history dating back over one hundred years, the facilities have played host to a variety of concerts and other events. Recent acts include Celtic Woman, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the Avett Brothers, and Steve Miller Band.

    The Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium first opened its doors in 1975 and has a seating capacity of 2,431. The Auditorium is the annual home of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and has hosted such acts as B.B. King, Willie Nelson and Jerry Seinfeld. 

    For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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    Wonderful, Whimsical, Welcoming West Asheville

    West Asheville Neighborhoods

    Nowhere is the booming growth of Asheville more evident than in eclectic West Asheville. Home to hip stores, renowned restaurants, a vibrant music scene, and every type of residence, from quaint bungalows to vertical green builds, West Asheville continues to draw a wide range of fans to its whimsical, walkable neighborhoods.

    Lots to Do, See, Hear and Taste in West Asheville

    Historic West AshevilleSlicing through West Asheville is the vibrant thoroughfare of Haywood Road, the area’s main artery for more than 100 years. Mom-and-pop shops stand alongside an influx of newer businesses – everything from retro arcades to artist co-ops to bike and skate shops to music halls have found their way to Haywood. Even with the seismic shifts the street has seen, it still retains a small hometown air. Residents of the many West Asheville neighborhoods that border Haywood can, in mere minutes, walk to restaurants, bars, grocery stores, schools, parks and other amenities – making it all the easier to truly experience the area’s energy and sense of community.

    West Asheville has a Neighborhood for Everyone

    Tucked throughout West Asheville are various neighborhoods boasting beautiful homes appealing to a range of desires and aesthetics. Whether you’re looking for a green build with proximity to playgrounds for your young children, a bungalow within walking distance of after-work hotspots, or a space with easy access to greenways, West Asheville won’t disappoint. A few of its neighborhoods include:

    ·       Falconhurst: Located north of downtown West Asheville, bordered on the east by Louisiana Avenue, on the south by Haywood Road, on the west by Mitchell and Druid avenues, and on the north by Patton Avenue, Falconhurst has continued to develop as an attractive neighborhood for families. In recent years, Falconhurst has become a more active community, thanks to the formation of a community garden by local residents.

    ·       East West Asheville: Encompassing the area between I-240 and the French Broad River, East West Asheville indulges the greenway and park lover with easy access to the French Broad River Park and Greenway as well as Carrier Park. Homes perched along the periphery boast views of the Biltmore Estate across the river. Also nearby is Hall Fletcher Elementary School.

    West Asheville Parks·       Malvern Hills: This neighborhood, bordered by Bear Creek Road on the east, Wendover Road on the south, and School Road on the north, has just over 200 houses within its boundaries. It has three community-maintained landscaped islands, one with a rose garden, where residents congregate during neighborhood gatherings. The architecture is a pleasant mix of larger, stately 1920s homes, small bungalows, brick tudor cottages, and mid-century ranch houses.

    ·       Horney Heights: This neighborhood surrounding the Malvern Hills swimming pool and tennis courts represents the quintessential small-town, tight-knit community. Populated primarily by cottages and bungalows, Horney Heights offers great access to West Asheville’s many restaurants and bars, a public library, and Vance Elementary School, but feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle.  

    ·       Morningside Park: Loosely encompassing the Morningside Drive loop, and with easy access to I-26 and I-40, Morningside Park boasts a mix of bungalows, new green builds, and stately brick homes. West Asheville Park and ball field are a short walk away.

    .       Craggy Park is a new sustainable community in urban West Asheville, just North of the Haywood Road business district. It consists of 45 new Energy Star certified JAG Construction homes in a low impact development. The community uses a clustered home site plan in order to create community gathering spaces and to preserve green spaces. Community amenities include a fire pit, community garden, little free libraries, lawn near a stream and walking trails. As of summer 2017, the first few homes will be hitting the market. 

    ·       West Asheville Estates: This neighborhood, bisected by the wide and welcoming Vermont Avenue, gives residents easy access to both Brevard and Haywood roads. Francine Delany New School is also located here.

    For a personally guided tour of West Asheville, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

     

     

    Industry Abounds in Asheville

    Asheville Beer Jobs

    Thinking of making a move to Asheville, but wondering about employment and business opportunities? The Asheville area is lucky to have both low unemployment and strong job growth. And it’s no wonder: Very few tourist destinations boast the stable population growth, healthy housing market, growing professional services, strong health-care industry and small-business boom that Asheville does. The population’s unfaltering support of local and independent businesses, coupled with the entrepreneurial spirit so integral to the city, has helped start-ups thrive in recent years, generating even more jobs and business opportunities.

    Top 10 Major Asheville Employers

    According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, the top employers in the area range from medicine to manufacturing to education, in addition to tourism. The four-county Asheville metro is a diverse $16.4 billion economy, with nationally recognized schools, close proximity to many major cities, direct access to I-26 and I-40, and the Asheville airport, with direct flights to Washington and New York, among others. Annual visitors to Asheville number in the millions.

    Asheville Employer BiltmoreThe top 10 employers in the Asheville area are:

    Mission Health System and Hospital

    Buncombe County Public Schools

    City of Asheville

    The Biltmore Company

    Buncombe County Government

    The Omni Grove Park Inn

    Ingles Markets, Inc.

    Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

    VA Medical Center - Asheville Department of Veterans Affairs

    Eaton Corporation - Electrical Division

    Big Support for Small Business in Asheville

    Small Business AshevilleThanks to the kind of startups, incubators, co-working spaces, business community support and commercial resources you’d find in much bigger cities, Asheville is the perfect place for entrepreneurs who want to develop quality products and services while maintaining an enviable quality of life. With an overwhelming majority of businesses in the Asheville metro area employing fewer than 50 people, small businesses and entrepreneurship are active engines fueling the region's diverse business landscape and shaping the economy.

    Driven by a city that embraces the impact of small companies on culture and lifestyle, the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Coalition and other community organizations have developed a variety of resources designed to help small businesses succeed.

    In addition, services like those offered by the non-profit Mountain Bizworks help small businesses start, grow and create jobs through loans, classes and coaching.

    Nowhere is small-business growth more evident than in Asheville’s craft-beer boom. The community support of such local start-ups as Hi-Wire Brewing Co., Burial Beer Co. and Asheville Brewing – to name just a few – has helped fuel a cycle of growth that has spurred job creation and even greater entrepreneurial drive. And the country is watching: Local start-up successes have drawn the likes of such national heavy-hitters as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium brewery, whose second U.S. facility, based in West Asheville on the French Broad River, generated 140 new jobs when it opened in 2016.

    Most who choose to relocate to Asheville are driven by the area’s natural beauty, range of outdoor activities, and greatly heightened lifestyle. Now you can add incredible employment opportunities to the mix. For a guided tour of all the Asheville real estate market has to offer, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.