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Asheville Sets the Stage for Exciting, Engaging Theater

Theater in Asheville NC

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If you’re a theater lover, Asheville is the perfect place to enjoy an entertaining evening performance. From grand-scale, world-renowned productions to intimate, locally sprung work, there’s an engaging show to suit all manner of tastes and interests.

Asheville Community Theatre

For more than six decades, Asheville Community Theatre has been entertaining audiences, making it the oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest community theaters in the country. It presents performances on its mainstage as well as at 35below, its intimate black-box performance space. The popular Saturdays at ACT program offers high-quality family theater at affordable ticket prices. http://ashevilletheatre.org

Diana Wortham Theater AshevilleDiana 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. http://www.dwtheatre.com

The Magnetic Theatre

The Magnetic Theatre, a not-for-profit production company, is the only professional theater in the Southeast dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with audiences. Almost all of the more than four dozen plays the theater has debuted since 2009 have been written, directed, designed, performed and staffed by Asheville residents. The theater operates year-round out of Magnetic 375 in the River Arts District. http://www.themagnetictheatre.org

NC Stage Company

Founded in 2001, the NC Stage Company prides itself in creating theater that is as consequential as it is entertaining.  The company’s dedication to artistic excellence and exploration includes education programming and community engagement. Productions from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to “Matt & Ben” promise a varied year-round roster. http://www.ncstage.org

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Asheville NC TheaterAsheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre is a non-profit professional dance company created in 1979. As Western North Carolina’s first professional modern dance company, ACDT is devoted to local and international work, forging collaborations and partnerships between Asheville artists and dance artists from around the world.Most of the shows are created and premiered in ACDT’s cozy and intimate black-box BeBe Theatre. http://www.acdt.org

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Flat Rock Playhouse

This theater, located 30 minutes south of Asheville, hosts a range of professional Broadway musicals, comedies and dramas. The 500-seat mainstage auditorium is group friendly, and offers such productions as “The Turn of the Screw,” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and fan favorite “A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas.” https://flatrockplayhouse.org

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A Multitude of Benefits Are Built Into Asheville's New Construction Homes

New Construction Homes in Asheville

There are many benefits to buying a newly constructed home in Asheville. From energy efficiency to low-cost maintenance to modern design and floor plans, new builds allow you a move-in-ready option so you can settle quickly and start enjoying your life in the mountains!

Minimal maintenance

One obvious benefit to owning a brand-new build is little need for maintenance. Everything – plumbing, appliances, HVAC – is modern and should require little of your attention in the first few years. And if they do, warranties will be in effect for a year or two (depending on the coverage) to handle any initial repair costs.

New homes are also built to require less maintenance in the long run. Long-lasting, engineered countertops can withstand much more than the laminated material of yesteryear; hardwood floors popular in most new builds are more durable, and there’s no carpet to replace; and modern exterior finishes utilize materials that can weather the elements for years longer.

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With modern construction and advanced appliances and other technologies, new builds easily integrate the kind of energy efficiency that will protect the environment and save you money on monthly utility bills.

Many builders in Asheville participate in Green Built Homes, a voluntary green building certification program administered by the Green Built Alliance. This program offers a certificate for meeting green-building guidelines, with multiple levels of certification available for a range of price points. With such certification, you can be assured of owning an energy-efficient, environmentally sound home.

Modern design

Most new homes embrace the open-floor design popular with modern lifestyles; think kitchens that blend seamlessly into dining and living spaces, large windows that allow for plenty of natural light, master-on-main designs, and the like.

With a new build, you will be assured that space is used efficiently, and aesthetically pleasing designs dominate. Modern floor-plan flow can be much improved over older homes, allowing for flexibility in furnishings, and supplying a more open, airy feel.

Asheville New Construction Home SearchMosaic’s “New Construction” search

Ready to begin your hunt for a newly constructed home in Asheville? Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has made the process easy with its “New Construction” Web site search. Simply go to mymosaicrealty.com, click on the “Interests & Lifestyles” tab, then scroll down to “New Construction.” Here, you will find homes in Asheville and the surrounding areas that have been built in the last three years. 

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Moving to Asheville? Here's How to Set Up Utilities

Asheville NC Utilities

As a new resident of Asheville, one of the first matters of business is getting your utilities set up. From gas to water to cable to green resources, here’s what you need to know to get started.

Natural Gas

Dominion Energy – Servicing residential, commercial and industrial customers in the north central, piedmont and western parts of North Carolina. https://www.psncenergy.com

Asheville NC Utilities ElectricElectricity

Duke Energy Progress – Providing power to 7.7 million retail customers in six states, including customers in Western N.C. https://www.duke-energy.com/home

Internet, Cable and Telephone

Spectrum – Provides television, Internet and telephone set-up and service. https://www.spectrum.com/services/north-carolina/asheville

AT&T – Provides telephone, Internet and television services. https://www.att.com/local/north-carolina/asheville

DIRECTV – Provides satellite television, as well as Internet and telephone bundles. https://www.directv.com/city/asheville-nc/index.html

DISH Network – Provides satellite television. https://www.dish.com/availability/nc/asheville

Water, Sewer and Sanitation

One account with the City of Asheville will supply you with water, sewer and sanitation services. The city will provide you with a trash bin and a recycling bin when you open an account.

Asheville Water Resource Department – Maintains Asheville’s three water treatment plants, 30 pumping stations and 27 storage reservoirs. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/services/water-utilities/

The Metropolitan Sewerage District – Provides sewer services to Asheville city residents as well as other subdivisions within Buncombe County. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/services/water-utilities/

Asheville Water UtilitiesMunicipal Waste Services – Asheville City manages trash, recycling and brush collection, including bulky items and white goods. It provides special services for residents unable to manage their trash and recycling carts, and provides sanitation-related code enforcement. Garbage pickup is weekly, and recycling pickup is bi-weekly. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/department/sanitation/

Landfill – The Buncombe County landfill is located at 85 Panther Branch Road. The Transfer Station, which accepts residential trash only, is at 490 Brevard Road. Both facilities are open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. Both facilities also handle recycling. https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/solid-waste/landfill.aspx, https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/solid-waste/transfer-station.aspx

Green Resources

Danny's Dumpster – This waste disposal alternative specializes in waste reduction while striving to make environmentally responsible decisions both affordable and convenient. From set-up to pick-up for both commercial and residential customers, the service encourages responsible disposal through composting and recycling. It includes washing containers and using compostable bags, streamlining pick-ups, educating customers and brainstorming solutions to unique waste problems. http://www.dannysdumpster.com

Blue Ridge Biofuels – This company provides Bioheat, made with biodiesel as a sustainable alternative to standard home heating oil. Bioheat provides cleaner air and a healthier home environment and is made from local, renewable resources. http://blueridgebiofuels.com/bioheat/

Solar and other renewable energy – Using renewable energy saves money on heating and cooling bills, reduces dependence on fossil fuels, and is better for the environment. If you’d like to look into local solar or other renewable energy resources for powering your new home in Asheville, a good place to start is with the GreenBuilt Alliance’s Directory of Renewable Energy.  All businesses listed must meet minimum criteria to be included in the directory. https://www.greenbuilt.org/directory/renewable-energy/ 

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Urban Adventures Abound in the Heart of Asheville

Asheville Indoor Rock Climbing

The mountains surrounding Asheville are overflowing with opportunities for outdoor adventures, from hiking to cycling to camping to whitewater rafting. But did you know you don’t have to leave Asheville’s city limits to enjoy an afternoon of outdoor thrills? Urban adventures abound; here are a few favorites to try next time you’re looking for a little local excitement.

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park

Featuring 60 unique climbing, flying, walking, jumping, swinging and rappelling challenges anchored to more than 30 trees and poles, this park (just minutes from downtown Asheville in the Adventure Center of Asheville) has five different trails with various obstacles and challenge levels – think a jungle gym for all ages. Challenges include a flying kayak, snowboard and swinging hula hoops. https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-treetops-adventure-park

Asheville Bike ParkKolo Bike Park

Located in West Asheville, right off I-240, is Kolo Bike Park, part of the Adventure Center of Asheville. Here you’ll find four miles of mountain bike trails featuring a hand-built singletrack surrounded by wooded terrain, a machine-built flow trail with dirt berms and rollers, two pump tracks for beginners and advanced riders, wooden balance features and bridges, a dirt jump area with a range of jump levels, and a 180-degree wood berm. All the trails are designed for various rider levels, from beginner to expert. https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/kolo-bike-park

Rock Climbing and Bouldering

For some in-town climbing, head to Climbmax (with two locations, downtown and by the French Broad River in West Asheville). The downtown location (which is great for children as well as adults) features expansive bouldering terrain, as well as a 40-foot outdoor climbing wall. The Smoky Mountain Adventure Center location on Amboy Road features extensive top rope and lead climbing, with six auto-belays for indoor use. It also offers a 44-foot outdoor wall, MoonBoard and fitness equipment. https://www.climbmaxnc.com

Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures and KidZip

This convenient zipline canopy tour, amid white and red oaks on a 124-acre resort, affords views of downtown Asheville set against a majestic mountain backdrop. The full canopy tour includes 11 ziplines in nine treetop platforms and several large adventure towers, as well as three sky bridges. The express tour includes seven ziplines and one sky bridge. https://ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-zipline-canopy-adventure/about-asheville-zipline-canopy-adventures

In addition, kids ages 4-10 can enjoy KidZip (either self-guided for older kids, or with an adult escort for younger kids), which includes nine ziplines and four climbing elements, with ziplines ranging in length from 50 to 250 feet. https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/kidzip

River Tubing Near AshevilleFrench Broad River activities

The French Broad River flows through the heart of Asheville, which means you can enjoy a range of floating fun without leaving town. Among the offerings:

·       Stand-up paddleboarding – Wai Mauna offers paddleboard rentals, which include a free lesson (and complimentary footwear!), as well as guided tours where you can learn about Asheville’s history. https://www.waimaunaashevillesuptours.com

·       Tubing – This laidback way to see Asheville from the water involves putting in at one of the many points along the French Broad, then floating through forests and past riverside breweries, bars and restaurants. Popular starting points include Hominy Creek River Park, Carrier Park and Jean Webb River Park. Many businesses along the river encourage tubers to disembark for a drink or meal: Grab a bite at White Duck Taco or 12 Bones, or a brew from New Belgium Brewery or the Bywater. Tube rentals are plentiful (check out Asheville Outdoor Center or Zen Tubing for starters).

·       Flat-water canoeing or kayaking – To travel via canoe or kayak, there’s a popular seven-mile river trip that runs through Asheville, passing through the Biltmore Estate. Put-in is at Bent Creek River and picnic area (near the N.C. Arboretum), and take-out is at Hominy Creek River and picnic park. The Asheville Outdoor Center offers shuttles.

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Seasonal Maintenance Helps Prep Your Asheville Home for Fall

Home Maintenance Fall Asheville

Cooler evenings in the Asheville area signal a seasonal shift is on the horizon, and while you may be ready for autumn and everything it brings, your home may not be. Here are some key ways to prep your home for fall so you’re not left out in the cold. 

Exterior

With the approach of cool weather, it’s a good idea to seal any spots where heat can escape your home. Caulk and seal openings around your home’s foundation, windows and doorframes. If you have storm windows and doors, now is the time to install them. Remove window screens where necessary, and clean and repair them before storing. Replace old or damaged gutters, considering ones that have leaf guards to prevent a pile-up of falling foliage. Make sure steps and handrails are in good condition.

Home Maintenance in AutumnInsulation

With Western N.C. temperatures dipping lower, especially in the evenings, now’s the time to inspect and upgrade insulation, and consider weather stripping for added protection against the coming colder days. Doors and windows that are weather-stripped will prevent drafts and heat loss. 

Water pipes

When water inside pipes freezes, the expansion can cause pipes to crack or, worse, burst. Check your pipes in the fall, before winter’s cold sets in. Don’t forget about exterior faucets and sprinkler systems: Drain water from them, disconnect outdoor hoses, and cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators. Pay particular attention to piping in garages, crawl spaces and attics, where it could get colder, and consider extra insulation for these areas. 

Fall Home MaintenanceHVAC

Vacuum internal parts of air conditioners, and remove or wrap any window units. While it’s still temperate, have your furnace or boiler checked; clean or replace the furnace filter if you have a forced hot air system; if you have a working fireplace, make sure to have your chimney checked and serviced before use. As you settle into fall, have fuel tanks filled, and monitor levels throughout the season and into winter; never set your heat lower than 55 degrees, as the walls where water pipes live are colder than your home’s interior. 

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Asheville Community Centers Offer Outlets for Entertainment, Information and Social Support

Asheville Community Centers

Community centers form the heart of a neighborhood, and Asheville is brimming with a variety of them. From spaces where folks can gather for games, camaraderie and social support, to meeting places equipped to handle a crowd, Asheville offers a range of community centers for young and old.

Asheville Jewish Community Center

The Asheville JCC celebrates Jewish culture and builds community through a wide variety of programs open to all regardless of background, religion, belief or age. An annual membership affords access to childcare, summer camps, most aquatics programs and other activities. 236 Charlotte St. https://www.jcc-asheville.org

West Asheville Community CenterKairos West Community Center

Kairos West, located in West Asheville, is a space for community building and empowerment through art and social service. The space is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and available for groups to use free of charge for community-building events and meetings. Also located in the building is 12 Baskets Café, offering free meals and community building to everyone. 610 Haywood Road. https://kairoswest.wordpress.com

Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center

Located in central Asheville and named for a prominent leader in Asheville’s African American community during the time of the Civil Rights movement and the period of Asheville’s urban renewal in the 1960s and 1970s, the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center is home to a variety of creative programs for all ages. The center features classrooms and an auditorium with a stage, and uses a geothermal HVAC system, and sports skylights and a living roof. 285 Livingston Street Park. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-grant-SR-southside-center/129319413837629

Asheville Community Yoga

Asheville Community Yoga is a nonprofit center for individual and community transformation offering donation-based yoga, Qigong, mindfulness-based programs, meditation, workshops, introductory immersions, teacher trainings, continuing education, yoga in Spanish, and yoga for seniors and kids. All classes, workshops and events at the center are free for people who cannot afford to pay. For people who are able to pay, the suggested “Love Offering” amount is $5 to $15 for regular classes and $15+ for special events and workshops. 8 Brookdale Road. https://ashevillecommunityyoga.com

Community Centers Asheville NCWoodfin Community Center

The Woodfin Community Center, located in quiet Woodfin, contains a full kitchen, a small stage, seating and tables for more than 200 guests as well as restroom facilities. The center is available for rent by the day. 23 Community St. https://www.woodfin-nc.gov

Burton Street Community Center

The Burton Street Community Center features an auditorium, game room, billiard room, arts and crafts room, a computer lab, a weight room and a kitchen. The park surrounding the center features two basketball courts, a playground and a play field. 134 Burton St.

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Asheville Activities Deliver Big Fun for Little Ones

Asheville NC Kids Activities

Asheville’s popularity as a kid-friendly town has made it the go-to spot for families to visit, and to live. Even the youngest set can get in on the Asheville action, with a variety of activities available for year-round fun. Here are a few favorites.

Splasheville

The City of Asheville’s free interactive splash play fountain in downtown’s Pack Square Park delights children with its 21 jets of water that run in 12 combinations. The fountain usually operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week from April through September. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/find-a-pool-or-splashville-information/

Asheville Children's ActivitiesBiltmore Estate

A visit to George Vanderbilt's 250-room chateau, gardens and farm offers many fun and educational activities for children of all ages. Guided tours of the house specially suited to children are available. In addition, the gardens – with expansive stretches of lawns to run through – often incorporate displays to wow even the youngest visitors. Antler Hill Village & Winery offers a playground, live music, a Creamery, and kid-friendly dining options. The Farm in Antler Hill Village gives children the opportunity to interact with farmyard animals including chickens, goats, horses and sheep. Kids can also explore and climb on antique tractors and wagons, play with toys and games from the 1800s, participate in fun daily crafts like churning butter or making a basket, and see demonstrations by a blacksmith, woodworker, beekeeper, and others. Children 9 and under are free with a paying adult. Visit https://www.biltmore.com for hours and admission.

Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville is a 10-acre independent, non-profit botanical garden adjacent to UNC-Asheville. The garden, which is free to visit, offers children ages 4 to 10 five “Investigation Passports,” which focus on animals, birds, insects, nature words, and plants. Each free Investigation Passport encourages kids to use their observation skills and senses while exploring the Gardens. The passports include investigation tips, pre-investigation and observation activities, and a fun take-home activity. Upon completion of the garden activities, kids can get their passports stamped at the visitor’s center. https://ashevillebotanicalgardens.org

Cradle of Forestry and Forest Discovery Center

The 6,500-acre Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site in Pisgah National Forest was home to the first forestry school in the country, the Biltmore Forest School, founded in 1898. Highlights include the 1.3-mile Forest Festival Trail, which features an ozone garden, antique portable sawmill, and 1914 Climax locomotive (which kids can climb aboard); and the 1-mile Biltmore Campus Trail, which winds through the Biltmore Forest School’s rustic campus. A one-room schoolhouse, general store, cabins, blacksmith shop, and garden provide opportunities to glimpse the lives of the first American forestry students and the families who lived there. The Forest Discovery Center features educational films, 15 hands-on exhibits, children’s games, a fire-fighting helicopter simulator, an “underground” forest floor tunnel, nature-based scavenger hunts, a gift shop and café. The Cradle of Forestry also offers The Adventure Zone, a collective of hands-on indoor and outdoor activities designed to help children and adults with autism become active in the outdoors and gain a better understanding about the natural world. Visit https://cradleofforestry.com for hours and admission.

The Asheville Museum of Science 

Western North Carolina’s home for experiential science learning, discovery and exploration, AMOS strives to spark the imagination and foster lifelong curiosity. Among its features are the Colburn Hall of Minerals, the STEM lab, an interactive panorama screen, Teratophoneus dinosaur skeleton and fossil dig, Southern Appalachian Forest tree climb, Terrabox elevation simulator, Toddler Nest, fun temporary exhibits, and a museum store. The museum’s newest addition is its French Broad River water table, which teaches children how human actions affect the health of the area’s river ecosystem. Visit https://ashevillescience.org for hours and admission.

Asheville NC Kids ActivitiesThe WNC Nature Center

This 42-acre zoological park aims to foster stewardship among both young and old of Western North Carolina’s native wildlife and habitats. The center is home to more than 60 species of wild and domestic animals – including otters, black bears, wolves and a cougar – and hundreds of species of plants, all representative of the Southern Appalachians. The center also hosts kid-friendly events throughout the year. Visit https://wildwnc.org for hours and admission.

KidZip

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park features KidZip, a zipline destination geared to children ages 4-10. KidZip – either self-guided for older kids, or with an adult escort for younger kids – includes nine ziplines and four climbing elements, with ziplines ranging in length from 50 to 250 feet. Visit https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/kidzip to reserve tickets.

Mountain Play Lodge

This indoor play and party center – perfect for a rainy day – offers play equipment for even the tiniest tots, including a miniature “Asheville” to explore, a giant three-part jungle gym, soft play items to climb on, over and under, all on padded flooring and within the safety of play floor gating. https://www.mountainplaylodge.com

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Mosaic Makes Finding an Asheville Property With Homestay Potential Easy

Asheville NC Short Term Rental Properties

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Looking for an Asheville property with added homestay potential? Homestay – renting a room or rooms out within a private home – is a great way for a homeowner to make some extra cash or to offset mortgage costs. In Asheville, homestays are permitted in residentially zoned areas if you meet the regulatory requirements for homestays and obtain a homestay permit. 

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has made it easy to pinpoint properties with homestay or vacation rental potential. By visiting https://mymosaicrealty.com, clicking on the “Interests & Lifestyles” tab, then going to the “Homes with Homestay Potential” section, you can see which available properties offer a potential homestay option.

Asheville Homestay PropertiesWhat city law permits

The City of Asheville allows two types of paid overnight lodging accommodations within a home or apartment for less than one month.

A homestay is the rental of a room or rooms in a private home. A permanent resident must reside at the property and be present in the home during the time of the homestay. Homestays can be permitted in residentially zoned areas if they meet the regulatory requirements for homestays and the homeowner obtains a homestay permit. You can apply with the city for a new homestay permit, or apply to renew your existing permit, all online. 

Rental of an entire dwelling unit for less than a month is called a short-term vacation rental (STVR). STVRs are only permitted in the resort zoning district.

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Mosaic’s homestay search feature displays listings for a variety of Asheville-area real estate based on properties with “vacation rental” and similar terms in the property description. However, note that while these search results may offer homestay potential, the listing details may not be precise or accurate. To confirm if a property has legal homestay potential, it’s best to contact one of Mosaic’s knowledgeable agents.

You can also create an account with Mosaic to save your favorite searches and homestay listings, and to receive prompt email notifications when similar properties become available. This option will cut down on search time by keeping details of your most common key words and favorite homestay properties, and automatically alerting you to any changes to saved listings.

If you have any questions about potential homestay properties, or for more information on any other Asheville-area real estate, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Plentiful Neighborhood Parks Are Perk of Living in Asheville

Asheville Neighborhoods Near Parks

When beginning your home search in Asheville, nearby amenities are often a deciding factor. Parks – many boasting greenways, large playgrounds, ball fields, even a velodrome – are plentiful in the area, meaning there’s likely one within walking distance of (or a short drive from) your dream home. Here are some of Asheville’s most popular parks, and their nearby neighborhoods.

Asheville ParksFrench Broad River and Carrier Parks

These two greenway-connected parks bordering a densely populated portion of West Asheville are popular destinations, and it’s easy to see why. French Broad River Park (508 Riverview Dr.) features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, gazebo, picnic tables and grills, a dog park, an observation deck and a small playground. Carrier Park (220 Amboy Rd.) is one of Asheville's premier parks, built at a former racetrack that now serves as a velodrome for cycling. The infield has volleyball courts, playground, roller-hockey rink and basketball court. The greenway also runs past a lawn bowling court, multi-use sports field for baseball and soccer, picnic pavilion, river overlooks and wetland interpretive trails. 

West Asheville Park

This popular neighborhood park off of Vermont Avenue Extension is home to a Little League baseball field, concessions and restrooms. It also boasts a playground and picnic shelter on its 8.6 acres. Rhododendron Creek runs through the park grounds. 11 Vermont Ave. Ext.

Asheville Parks Bent CreekBent Creek Community Park

A popular Bent Creek 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. 125 Idlewood Dr.

Weaver Park

Located off Merrimon Avenue in the Norwood Park neighborhood of North Asheville, the 6.6-acre Weaver Park features a lighted ballfield, basketball court, tennis courts, a concession stand and a picnic shelter. There is paved off-street parking, a short trail, and restrooms. 200 Murdock Ave.

Azalea Park

Located in East Asheville along the Swannanoa River, not far from the neighborhood of Beverly Hills, sits Azalea Park. The park features the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex, a large, shaded playground, a dog park, restrooms and concessions. 498 Azalea Rd.

Kenilworth Park

Located in the heart of Asheville’s Kenilworth neighborhood, the 3-acre Kenilworth Park features basketball courts, ballfields, tennis courts, a picnic area with grills, a playground and restrooms. 79 Wyoming Rd.

Richmond Hill Park

Richmond Hill Park, not far from the Emma neighborhood in West Asheville, boasts 183 forest-filled acres, making it Asheville’s largest wooded city park. There are a wide variety of activities available, including disc golf, mountain biking, hiking, jogging, dog-walking and bird-watching. The disc golf course, considered one of the most challenging woods courses in the country, is 18 holes and 6,093 feet long. 280 Richmond Hill Dr. 

Aston Park and Tennis Center

This park, located close to the residential neighborhoods that line the southern border of downtown Asheville, features one of the top public clay court facilities in the country, with 12 lighted courts available for use. A small playground and rolling green hills surround the center. 336 Hilliard Ave.

Overlooking Malvern Hills Park and PoolMalvern Hills Park

The outdoor seasonal pool is the big draw of this popular park, which is surrounded by a tight-knit community in West Asheville. The park also features a bathhouse, restrooms, concession area, lighted tennis courts, playground, walking trail and a picnic shelter with grills. 75 Rumbough Pl.

Murphy-Oakley Park

This 7.7-acre park is extremely convenient to surrounding East Asheville neighborhoods and includes a lighted ballfield, three tennis courts, a playground, a picnic shelter, a concession and restrooms. 715 Fairview Rd.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

This 3.4-acre park, walking distance to many neighborhoods lining South Charlotte Street near downtown, features a lighted ballfield with scoreboard, concession stand, fitness court, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, open shelter, memorial statue, courtyard and grills. 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

For more information on homes near these parks, or anywhere in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Clothing Boutiques Outfit Asheville in Unique Options

Asheville Clothes Boutique

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Small, locally owned clothing boutiques abound in Asheville, making it easy to find unique, quality outfits and accessories not typically offered in big-box stores and malls. Stroll the streets of downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village, and you’ll find plenty of boutiques to choose from; the trend is also stretching into other corners of the city. Following are just a few to choose from:

Frock – This women’s clothing boutique on Battery Park Avenue in downtown features contemporary and classic designer styles, plus handbags and jewelry. The boutique carries a range of brands, including Hobo, Michael Stars and Hanky Panky. https://www.befrocked.com

Boutique Clothes Stores AshevilleVirtue – This unique boutique on N. Lexington Avenue in downtown carries boho-chic fashions, plus vintage-inspired accessories and housewares. https://www.shopvirtue.com

Old North – A hip boutique on downtown’s Walnut Street, Old North showcases modern and classic men’s and women’s clothing from U.S., European and Japanese makers, created with a focus on timeless appeal. https://oldnorthclothing.com

Minx – Minx, on N. Lexington Avenue in downtown, has been in business since 2002, offering contemporary fashions, personal care products and unique gifts. Brands on hand include Frye, Kensie and Free People. https://minxboutique.wordpress.com/about/

Scout – This boutique in Biltmore Village offers a finely curated assortment of stylish women’s apparel and accessories that fit a broad range of sizes, styles and budgets. https://www.scoutavl.com

Union His & Her – This down-to-earth shop carries everyday clothing and accessories for men and women.Located in downtown’s historic Miles Building, Union’s ever-evolving inventory changes weekly, offering such brands as BB Dakota, Joe’s Jeans, Ben Sherman and 7 Diamonds. https://www.unionasheville.com

Asheville NC Clothing StoresHip Replacements – This downtown mainstay has been around since 1995, and showcases men's and women's apparel from independent designers, plus vintage and handmade goods. https://hipreplacementsclothing.com

Royal Peasantry – This unique shop on N. Lexington Avenue offers a wide range of one-of-a-kind clothes and leather accessories to fit every shape. Royal Peasantry prides itself on transforming discarded pieces of high-quality upholstery, fur and leather scraps into bags, holsters, and detailing on clothing. http://www.royalpeasantry.com

Sugar Britches – This shop, located at The Foundation in the River Arts District, specializes in up-cycled and hand-crafted whimsical finery from the most inspired fabric artists in town. Sugar Britches offers stand-apart pieces for sale, in addition to providing maker space for artists, plus classes and unique private party possibilities like “Hats On” parties for making hats and headpieces, and “Tie One On” parties for men. https://www.sugarbritches.style

Elementality – This women's clothing shop with a New Age vibe stocks eclectic casualwear, handmade jewelry and gifts. Elementality is located on Tunnel Road in East Asheville. https://myelementality.com

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