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Asheville Area Earth Day Events Celebrate Environmental Stewardship

Blue Ridge Mountains

Since 1970, when a grassroots demonstration initiated by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson marked what we know today as Earth Day, millions of people have gathered around the world every year to participate in events and activities focused on improving, cleaning up and celebrating the environment. This month, Asheville is host to a multitude of events culminating in the April 22 Earth Day celebration. No stranger to environmental activism and stewardship, the city gives everyone, young and old, the opportunity to participate in a range of activities, including clean-ups, vigils and festivals.

Spearheading area Earth Day events is WNC for the Planet, a collective made up of local environmental organizations that provides access to service, educational and recreational opportunities throughout the month of April. WNC for the Planet is teaming up with local businesses, universities, community groups and individuals for a month of environmental service, educational opportunities and celebrations in Asheville and across Western North Carolina.

Mosaic Makes a Difference

River Clean Up AshevilleWNC for the Planet also includes a Business & Community Challenge, allowing area businesses, civic organizations and community groups to create teams and compete for prizes and bragging rights. As part of their mission to work with and support the vitality and health of our local and global community, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty agents and employees are joining in the challenge. Each team earns Planet Points according to how much it accomplishes at WNC for the Planet events – for example, how much trash it collects or how many trees it plants – and at the end of the month, each team is ranked. The harder the team works, the more points it earns.

Other Earth Month events include everything from clean-ups at the Green and Swannanoa Rivers, to invasive plant workshops and clearing, to composting talks and stargazing. The month culminates with a weekend of celebrations, including Earth Day Kids’ Festival with RiverLink on April 21, at Salvage Station, MountainTrue’s annual Earth Day Vigil with faith groups on April 22, at First Baptist Church, and an Earth Day Celebration Party on April 22 at New Belgium Brewery. For more information on all the WNC for the Planet events, visit https://wncfortheplanet.org/events/category/public-event/.

Impacting the Earth, Every Day in Asheville

Earth Day Asheville NCIn the meantime, there are many ways you and your family can make a positive impact, however small, on the environment in celebration of Earth Day, and all year long:

·      Clean up the Asheville community by organizing a group to pick up litter in a local park or along a roadway.

·      Talk to local government about planting more trees and native garden beds in public spaces, or consider planting your own on your property.

·      Try an organic vegetable garden.

·      Conserve water.

·      Simply enjoy nature through hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway or taking a stroll through any of Asheville’s beautiful local parks.

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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In Picturesque Woodfin, NC, Fun and Amenities Abound

Woodfin NC Real Estate

Photo by Gus Mujica, Mosaic Realty Agent

Nestled just north of Asheville, surrounded by picturesque vistas and exciting outdoor adventures, is the cozy community of Woodfin. Featuring eclectic shops and a range of dining options, Woodfin offers residents and visitors alike relaxed surroundings mere minutes from the amenities of the Merrimon Avenue corridor, and only a short drive to downtown Asheville. A range of housing options abound in Woodfin, from sleek condos with walkable amenities, to mid-century ranches with expansive yards, to modern mountain builds tucked in natural beauty.

Woodfin: a Little City in the Country

Woodfin YMCALocated in Buncombe County with a population just over 6,000, Woodfin was named for Nicholas Washington Woodfin, a renowned lawyer and statesman of early North Carolina, under whom Gov. Zebulon Vance clerked as an attorney. The town was incorporated in 1971, although the community itself dates back to at least the mid-19th century.

With Weaverville Road, Woodfin’s commercial epicenter, winding through the town, it’s easy to access a range of restaurants and stores. Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Eden-Out Bulk Organic Meals Delivery Service, Bellagio Bistro, and the Bavarian Restaurant & Biergarten are just a few of the tasty options available. The YMCA operates a facility and remote playing field out of Woodfin as well.

Also calling Woodfin home is the Shops at Reynolds Village, a collection of local businesses offering shopping, dining and other services. Located one mile north of Beaver Lake, Reynolds Village features walkable tree-lined streets, plenty of free parking, and fun community events in the town square and at various businesses on street level. The Knitting Diva, Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, Thirsty Monk and Chupacabra Latin Café all call Reynolds Village home. Services including medical, pet and floral are also available at the Shops. Getting some fun physical activity indoors is easy in Woodfin, with the Woodfin YMCA, 9Round North Asheville, Rococo Ballroom and Asheville Pilates located in the Shops.

Outdoor Adventures in Woodfin

French Broad River WoodfinThe French Broad River runs along the western length of Woodfin, meaning residents have easy access to all the outdoor water activities the river is famed for. Beaver Lake, with its scenic walking paths and varied wildlife species, is just a couple minutes’ drive from Woodfin. For an immersive, all-day adventure in the great outdoors, Woodfin is perfectly positioned near the Blue Ridge Parkway and all the hiking and camping options the parkway has to offer. Also nearby is the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, with its beautiful, easy hikes for an afternoon of outdoor enjoyment.

For a personally guided tour of Woodfin, 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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Combat Environmental Concerns in Real Estate Deals

Environmental Concerns in Real Estate

So, you’re in the market to buy (or sell) your home. You have a to-do list at the ready, and feel fully prepared to embark on your real estate journey. But as equipped as you are, you may be overlooking something that is, quite literally, right under your nose – a property’s environmental issues. Everything from possible underground oil tanks, asbestos and mold to well-water and lead testing should be considered when entering any real estate transaction. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty can help to guide you through this particularly important facet of the process, allowing you to complete the deal with total peace of mind.

Underground Oil Tanks

Environmental TestingOne thing to consider when buying or selling a property is the possible existence of underground oil tanks. These are a common – and because of potential leaks – major environmental concern. Often, sellers don’t even realize that the oil tanks exist because they were never disclosed. But there are ways to determine if there is indeed an oil tank issue that needs addressing – from looking for pipes coming up from the ground or copper tubes in crawl spaces, to checking if a basement smells like oil. Mosaic agents are equipped to look for the tell-tale signs, and then if and when a problem is uncovered, they can advise on the best and most cost-effective ways to address it.

Asbestos, Lead and Mold

Asbestos RemovalUp until the mid-’80s, asbestos was used in a lot of building materials, including things like ceiling popcorn, drywall joint compound and plaster, and linoleum. Removal can be a pricey undertaking. In inspecting a home’s potential asbestos exposure, you may face many quandaries. Can asbestos mastic on a wood floor be abated? Should you be concerned about asbestos siding? These are questions Mosaic agents can answer, possibly saving you thousands of dollars on unnecessary measures.

When it comes to potential lead and mold contamination or well-water issues in a property deal, a highly informed agent is one of your best defenses. Mosaic’s agents can guide you in what to look for, and if further action is necessary, point you in the direction of the best-equipped professionals for the job.

Brownfields

Sites with environmental contamination are scattered throughout the region, so it’s important to know exactly where these brownfields are located before you close on a home or land deal. If such contamination is suspected, a thorough environmental analysis of the property and neighboring properties is advised. A Mosaic agent can go over the process and results with you, and determine if there are any red flags requiring further sampling.

These tips targeting environmental concerns only scratch the surface; if you’re ready to buy or list a property and want thorough environmental guidance sure to save you time and money down the line, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Whimsical Weaverville Has It All

Weaverville NC Real Estate

North of Asheville sits the unique, scenic town of Weaverville, North Carolina, home to entrepreneurs and artisans alike. With a thriving downtown district offering an array of businesses and plenty of parking, Weaverville draws visitors from all around to its quaint, picturesque Main Street and lush public spaces. Living in Weaverville offers the best of all worlds: quiet country living just a stone’s throw from a thriving in-town commercial district, with a 15-minute drive to Downtown Asheville.

The Town of Weaverville, with its range of home styles – everything from stately colonials to rambling ranches – started as a community of farmers. John Weaver, the community’s namesake, was one of the first settlers in the region. Families steadily settled in the area over the next 70 years, leading to the construction of several churches and schools.

Outstanding Outdoor Activities Surround Weaverville

Blue Ridge Parkway WeavervilleResidents and visitors to Weaverville can enjoy two public parks within its jurisdiction: Lake Louise Park and the Main Street Nature Park. Well-maintained areas prized for passive recreation, the parks offer walking paths lined with volunteer-maintained flower beds and educational information celebrating Weaverville’s rich heritage.

For those looking for nearby nature adventures, Weaverville boasts an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, miles of local hiking trails, cycling routes, scenic drives, wildlife, and native plants. In addition, the Town of Weaverville hosts several community events throughout the year celebrating its unique roots in Western North Carolina, including a Memorial Day Observance at Lake Louise, Fire on the Lake: July 4th Celebration at Lake Louise, a 9/11 Observance at Lake Louise, a Veterans’ Day Observance at Lake Louise, and a Town Christmas Parade downtown.

Eclectic, Engaging Downtown Weaverville

Weaverville NC DowntownResidents and visitors can stroll the length of Main Street, enjoying the town’s unique shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a range of art studios, where area artists welcome the public into their studios for events like the juried Art in Autumn and the Weaverville Art Safari. Some of the art galleries, shops, and restaurants that call downtown Weaverville home include: the Miya Gallery, Mangum Pottery, Shop Around the Corner, Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub, Well Bred Bakery, Aabani Salon & Spa, Glass Onion, Curtis Wright Outfitters, All Good Coffee, Twisted Laurel Eatery & Lounge, Zebulon Artisan Ales and Maggie B’s Wine & Specialty Store.

For a personally guided tour of Weaverville, 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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Semi-Professional Soccer Kicks Into High Gear in Asheville

Asheville City Soccer Club

Bringing a community-driven semi-professional soccer experience to Western North Carolina, Asheville City Soccer Club continues the region’s history of love and support for the world’s game by offering up another season of unique excitement in the heart of Downtown Asheville. Asheville City SC, which saw an incredible outpouring of community support for its inaugural men’s team in 2017, will debut its women’s team as it kicks off its 2018 season, truly bringing to life its “Two Teams, One City” motto.

The club – proudly co-sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and Mosaic agent (and Asheville City SC women’s head coach) Stacey Enos – will start things off with a 2018 season launch party at Hi-Wire’s Big Top (2 Huntsman Place) Thursday, April 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fans will have a chance to meet and mingle with Asheville City SC players and staff. There will also be soccer pool, giveaways, speeches and special guests.

Sport Your Support for Asheville Soccer!

Asheville City Soccer ClubAsheville City SC is offering fans a new home jersey season ticket for the 2018 season, which will be unveiled and distributed at the launch party. Not only does the jersey give fans entry to all home games for both the men's and women's teams, it also allows them the opportunity to proudly display their team support anytime they wear it. Fans who purchase the season ticket option will also have an exclusive entry gate, with no lines. Of course, fans can also buy a ticket at the door for any game. And all kids 5 years old and under get in free with an accompanying adult.

Asheville City SC will play all home games at Memorial Stadium, bordering South Slope in Downtown Asheville. The stadium, built in 1925 to serve as a regional athletic and special events facility, stands adjacent to McCormick Field, home of the Asheville Tourists. It has seen action as the home field of the Asheville Splash women’s semi-professional soccer team (2002-2004) and the Asheville Grizzlies semi-pro football team. With last year’s men’s soccer club debut, the stadium contained an average 2,000 loyal and loud fans per game.

Kick-Off Soccer Matches in the Heart of Asheville

Asheville City Soccer ClubThe men kick things off May 4 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, facing the Myrtle Beach Mutiny. The women’s inaugural season gets under way May 5 at 7 p.m., when the team takes on Chattanooga FC at Memorial.

With the men’s team reaching the National Premier Soccer League's Southeastern Conference playoffs last year, this season promises to bring unprecedented excitement for fans. For more information, or to purchase season tickets, visit https://www.ashevillecitysc.com.

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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Native American Knowledge and Western Science Intertwine in N.C. Arboretum's Roots of Wisdom Exhibit

NC Arboretum Asheville

Studying the Earth’s past in order to improve its future may be a tried-and-true strategy, but The North Carolina Arboretum brings fresh perspective to the process in its exhibit Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science., on display through May 6, 2018. The national traveling exhibit, proudly sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, educates visitors about the ways in which traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and cutting-edge Western science are intertwined to enhance the natural world.

Roots of Wisdom Exhibit NC ArboretumOn display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily inside the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center, Roots of Wisdom spotlights four indigenous communities, including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The exhibit features the voices of elders and youth, engaging video interactives, and hands-on games, whereby visitors can learn about and take part in the growing movement toward sustainability and the incorporation of age-old yet timeless practices into today’s world to restore vital ecosystems, provide sustainable food sources and improve human health.

Each of the indigenous communities featured in the exhibit holds a sacred relationship with its homeland, and it’s the traditional knowledge gleaned from this relationship that helps to complement Western science in its quest for solutions to a multitude of ecological and health challenges. Visitors to the exhibit will come away with a new perspective on some not-so-new methods for drawing from the Earth’s resources for the greater good.

Roots of Wisdom NC ArboretumThe North Carolina Arboretum, located just south of Asheville on 434 acres of public gardens, has an ongoing history of and keen interest in working with native indigenous communities. Most recently, its Germplasm Repository has joined forces with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, United South and Eastern Tribes, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to assist in conserving traditional ecological knowledge through a variety of initiatives. It is this inspiring collaboration to help preserve the Asheville region’s botanical diversity that continues to shine through in exhibits like Roots of Wisdom.

The central mission of the Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants. A standard $14 per vehicle parking fee is required for non-members; no other admission fee is required for entry to the exhibit. For more information on the Arboretum and Roots of Wisdom, visit www.ncarboretum.org or call (828) 665-2492.

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Beyond the Mountains: The Inside Scoop on Asheville Entertainment

Asheville Entertainment and Music

Looking for something to do in Asheville after a day of driving along the Blue Ridge, hiking the waterfalls of DuPont State Forest, or floating down the French Broad River? Asheville is brimming with lots of enriching, entertaining indoor activities to rival even the most invigorating outdoor adventures. Below, a taste of some of the most popular options:

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra, established in 1960, presents seven full orchestra Masterworks concerts per year in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.

The Orange Peel

Housed 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.

Asheville Community Theatre

The oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest community theaters in the country, ACT presents performances on its mainstage as well as at 35below, its intimate black-box performance space.

Blue Ridge Orchestra

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium AshevilleThe Blue Ridge Orchestra is a nonprofit, all-volunteer ensemble dedicated to engaging Western N.C.’s music community in opportunities to perform, listen to and learn about great symphonic music.

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 U.S. Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

The U.S. Cellular Center, located downtown, is the largest event venue in Asheville, with a seating capacity of 7,600. Notable 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.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor Rock Climbing AshevilleTo get a rock climbing adventure in, opt for an indoor climbing wall. Climbmax Climbing has two Asheville locations (downtown and West Asheville), and offers basic belay instruction, climbing basics skills courses, and lead skill courses, among others.

Expressive Dance

At Studio Zahiya, a downtown boutique dance and movement space, you can take belly dance, hip hop, and Bhangra – an energetic and joyful dance from Northern India. Drop-in dance classes are available for adults and kids.

The Galleries of the River Arts District

This popular destination boasts a vast array of artists and working studios to visit in 22 former industrial and historical buildings spread out along a 1-mile stretch of the French Broad River. Twice a year, the River Arts District holds an artist’s studio stroll, where visitors can see the more than 200 artists showcasing their art in paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, glass, wax, paper and more.

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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Staging Your Home for Selling Success

Asheville Home Seller Services

When you’re ready to put your house on the market, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure a standout in a sea of listings. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty understands this, which is why our agents are equipped to guide you through one particularly important, yet sometimes overlooked, facet of the selling process: staging your home. Giving your home an aesthetic overhaul – whether large or small – can offer a clean slate, free of distractions so potential buyers can truly see themselves living in your home. To learn how to hook buyers and keep them interested, read on.

Back to Basics

Seller Services Staged Living RoomTo get your home market-ready, there are a few basic areas that every seller should consider. They include painting (both interior and exterior as needed), landscaping (think curb appeal), kitchens and bathrooms. A Mosaic agent can advise you on how extensive the updates – sellers often end up pouring more money into updates than is necessary, whittling away their return on investment once the sale is complete. Conferring with one of Mosaic’s agents, you will learn everything from which interior paint hues are of-the-moment to which minor bathroom updates give the impression of a fresh overhaul minus the full renovation.

It’s the Little Things

You may not think about, or even see, the small flaws in your home – but a buyer will, and Mosaic’s agents know this. That unused curtain rod or those damaged blinds will most definitely distract, no matter how new the windows. Mismatched, outdated door fixtures and cabinet handles, often overlooked by sellers, are an easy fix that will leave the buyer with the impression of a clean, attractive aesthetic. An inexpensive chandelier can help to define a dining room, doing double duty if the light fixture needs updating anyway.

Grow Interest

Seller Services Staged Outdoor LivingLandscaping and exterior work are obvious areas to improve when you want to set your listing apart from others. Sure, you should seed a patchy lawn or pressure wash that mildewed fence. But did you know that adding a fountain to the landscape can help to muffle street noise? Something as simple as cleaning gutters and replacing broken ones not only improves the appearance of your home, but can help to mitigate musty odors often associated with backed-up drainage.

Tips like this are only a start; if you are ready to list your home and want a detailed staging plan sure to garner selling success, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190, or get in touch with any of Mosaic’s selling agents at info@mymosaicrealty.com.

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The 2018 Southern Conference Basketball Championships Promises a Winning Weekend in Asheville

SoCon Tournament Asheville

The Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships are an exciting annual draw to Asheville, and this year’s event promises another fun-filled weekend of nonstop action, on and off the courts. The college basketball championships will take place March 1-5, 2018, at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. Women’s quarterfinals kick off Thursday, March 1, while Men’s first round starts Friday, March 2.

For fans visiting the city to attend the games, Asheville offers plenty of restaurants, breweries, shopping and activities to make the weekend an all-around winner. Businesses around town – including Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville’s Fun Depot, Asheville Outlets, Gray Line Trolley Tours, and Adventure Center of Asheville – will be offering discounts and special deals for fans.

SoCon Tournament AshevilleThe championship games are sponsored in part by Mosaic Community LIfestyle Realty and Mosaic agent Kathleen Cook.  " I'm thrilled to be supporting a college sports tournament that brings so much to our Asheville community. As an avid sports fan, it's amazing to see how the SOCON basketball tournament positively impacts our city. In it's 7th consecutive year in Asheville, SOCON draws an average of 30,000 - 35,000 sport fans to our downtown and more than 6 million dollars in expected economic impact to the area.  That's tremendous not only for us college-hoops-lovers, but for Asheville as a whole,” says Cook.

For fans wanting to get in on the basketball action, there will be a series of fun family events:

·      Downtown Dribble & Kid Fest Saturday, March 3, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Pack Square. Families will enjoy a pep rally filled with inflatables, obstacle courses and more. The first 700 children who register to participate in the event will receive a free basketball and t-shirt and the opportunity to participate in the dribble parade from Pack Square to the Cellular Center. In addition, they will receive free admission to the Men’s Quarterfinal noon session.

SoCon Tournament Asheville·      The SoCon Teddy Bear Toss, Saturday, March 3, at noon. When you make a small donation to Mission Children’s Hospital, you’ll receive one of 1,500 stuffed animals to throw on the court during the Teddy Bear Toss. The bears will be donated to the children’s hospital.

·      The second annual Ingles Jamfest, Sunday, March 4, from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. (after the women’s championship game and before the men’s semifinals). The outdoor tailgate party, outside the Cellular Center, will feature popular local musicians, as well as local food and beverage vendors.

·      Hometown Heroes Night, Monday, March 5, at 9 p.m. The final evening of competition will honor Hometown Heroes, the people and organizations that help keep us safe every day. Members of military, fire, police, emergency and medical services, charitable organizations, and civil service will have the opportunity to attend the men’s championship game at 9 p.m.

·      Hoops Against Hunger, all tournament weekend. Anyone bringing an approved food item to donate will get $5 off a single-session ticket for any session.

For tickets and more information on all the championship weekend events, visit SoConSpors.com .

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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For the Perfect Combination of Convenience and Country, Arden Awaits

Lake Julian Arden NC

Living in Arden means enjoying all the peaceful, natural beauty Western North Carolina has to offer – along with close proximity to commercial corridors that provide the ultimate in daily conveniences. From established neighborhoods with rambling ranches to newer communities filled with spacious homes, Arden boasts a variety of real estate choices.

An unincorporated community situated in southern Buncombe County between Skyland and Fletcher, Arden is just 15 minutes south of downtown Asheville and 15 minutes north of Hendersonville. The communities of Mills River and Biltmore Forest are also nearby. Arden’s close proximity to the Asheville Regional Airport makes it easy to catch a flight. The nearby commercial corridor of Hendersonville Road boasts a plethora of restaurants, as well as grocery and department stores.

Schools in Arden are a major draw to the area. Part of the Buncombe County School system, Glen Arden Elementary School has been designated a School of Excellence many times over. Valley Springs Middle, Avery’s Creek Elementary, Koontz Intermediate and TC Roberson High schools also serve the Arden community.

Outdoor Adventures Abound in the Arden Neighborhood

Tubing French Broad River ArdenTo the east of Arden flows the French Broad River, replete with kayaking, canoeing and tubing opportunities. A short drive away is Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a hiker’s and mountain biker’s paradise, with miles and miles of trails on which to spend the day.

Also nearby is the North Carolina Arboretum, which offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens,10 miles of trails, and year-round exhibits to enthrall the entire family. A mere 30-minute drive away is Pisgah Forest, perfect for a daytrip getaway to spots like Looking Glass falls, Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry.

A popular place to spend the afternoon outdoors in Arden is Lake Julian Park, a county park with a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, disc-golf course, rental boats and picnic shelters.

Enjoy Jumps and Hops

Trampoline Park Arden NCWhen the weather’s less than hospitable, residents can get a little indoor exercise at one of the two nearby popular trampoline parks (Launch and Sky Zone).

For a break from the day, or an informative look behind the scenes of a state-of-the-art brewery, Arden residents can zip on over to the sprawling Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in nearby Mills River. The brewery’s taproom and restaurant offer a full menu and 23 beers on tap, many produced just a few feet from the eatery.

For a personally guided tour of the Arden, 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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