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Idyllic Small Towns Surrounding Asheville Offer Best of Both Worlds

Small Towns Near Asheville NC

Asheville is a mecca for amenities typically found in much bigger cities – think delectable dining and drinking options, world-class entertainment, and a progressive, eclectic art scene. For those who may want easy access to all these things, but with the option to return home to a quieter setting, the small towns surrounding Asheville are the best of both worlds.

Arden

Located in southern Buncombe County, about 10 miles south of downtown Asheville, Arden is an unincorporated community considered part of the city of Asheville. It spans more than 37 square miles and encompasses several smaller communities, including Royal Pines, Oak Park and Avery Creek. This area is characterized by its wonderful school district, family-friendly feel and convenience to shopping and restaurants.

Buncombe CountyBiltmore Forest

Biltmore Forest is an idyllic suburb of luxury homes located in a stately hardwood forest just south of Asheville. This town, popular among families, consists primarily of quiet residential neighborhoods. Biltmore Forest has an estimated population of about 1,400 and is convenient to Biltmore Village and downtown Asheville.

Black Mountain

About 16 miles east of Asheville, Black Mountain is known as the front porch of Western North Carolina because of its quaint charm and stunning location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While Black Mountain is an amazing place to live year-round, it is especially popular among second-home owners and vacationers. Downtown Black Mountain has a wonderful collection of shops, restaurants and breweries, and the hiking and mountain biking is abundant.

Enka and Candler

Neighboring communities of Enka and Candler are situated southwest of Asheville. Enka is the eastern of the two, near the intersection of I-40, I-26 and I-240, while Candler is further west along Route 23. These communities share public schools – Enka Middle School and Enka High School, which are part of the well-respected Buncombe County School District. These neighborhoods offer a quieter, more pastoral feel but with all of the conveniences of a nearby city.

Candler_EnkaFairview

Located about 10 miles southeast of Asheville, Fairview is a historic town with a lovely and involved community of locals. The population of Fairview is just under 3,000, which gives residents plenty of privacy to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings.  Long an agricultural community, quaint neighborhoods and historic farmhouses are situated among the farmlands in this stunning valley.

Leicester

A community about 10 miles northwest of Asheville, Leicester offers residents gorgeous views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains in quiet seclusion. Leicester Elementary School serves local school children and is part of the Buncombe County School District. There are also numerous private schools located in nearby Asheville.

Swannanoa

Swannanoa is a quaint community located along I-40, east of Asheville in the breathtaking Swannanoa River Valley. The town boasts a great location, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Asheville and Black Mountain. Characterized by quiet neighborhoods, rolling farmland, and mom-and-pop businesses, this community offers a slower-paced life.

Asheville NC Surrounding TownsWeaverville

Weaverville, located north of Asheville in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, boasts outstanding local shops and restaurants, and the cultural attractions of downtown Asheville are only a short drive away. Weaverville is a family-oriented town with dozens of community events and activities throughout the year.

Woodfin

A bustling town on the eastern shore of the French Broad River, just north of Asheville, Woodfin has a population of about 6,000 year-round residents and a growing number of visitors as the River Arts District of Asheville spreads down river toward it. Many residents of Woodfin enjoy spending time rafting and canoeing on the French Broad River and frequenting the growing number of businesses along the river.

For more information on real estate in these towns, 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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Asheville Events Inspire Creativity and Ingenuity

Networking Groups in Asheville NC

Asheville is a city brimming with vibrant creativity and exciting entrepreneurial energy. A number of recurring events throughout the year aim to capture and nurture that spirit, inspiring participants to find creativity and new ideas by sharing experiences.

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs and creatives to meet and present their startups to Asheville’s thriving peer network. The event, based on the notion that great ideas are discussed over a million cups of coffee, takes place Wednesday mornings in Asheville (as well as in cities all across the country). 

During each event, which is free and open to everyone, entrepreneurs have six minutes to present their company or business idea (from newly formed up to five years old) to a room full of community members. For the next 20 minutes, the audience asks questions, provides helpful feedback, and shares similar experiences or support.

Creative Networking in Asheville NCEvery 1 Million Cups event concludes with a question posed to the entrepreneur: “What can we as a community do to help you?” This cultivates the intention that 1 Million Cups chapters are created by the community, for the community.

Go to www.1millioncups.com/asheville for more information.

PechaKucha Nights

PechaKucha Nights, which occur quarterly in Asheville, feature a simple presentation format where the speaker shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically, and the presenter speaks along to each of the images. The informal and fun evening gatherings – which are held worldwide – draw people from all walks of life to share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps, just about anything, in the PechaKucha 20x20 format.

Anyone can present at PechaKucha Nights; the key to a great presentation is to present something you love. Most people use PechaKucha Nights to present their latest creative projects or work, share a passion, or simply showcase a unique hobby.

Asheville Networking GroupsDeeming the event a “real” social network, the organizers aim to provide a creatively nurturing and inspiring environment. For more information or to buy tickets for the next PechaKucha Nights, visit www.pechakucha.com/cities/asheville.

CreativeMornings

Invoking the mantra “Everyone is welcome. Everyone is creative,” CreativeMornings is a free, monthly breakfast lecture series that spotlights a local contributor to Asheville’s creative community. Each event includes a 20-minute talk, plus the opportunity to mingle over coffee with others in Asheville’s creative community.

Started in 2008 in New York City out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for the creative community, the concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Since then, the event has caught on in cities around the world, including Asheville.

Every month, attendees gather in downtown Asheville to enjoy a rotation of inspiring local speakers from a range of backgrounds. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected each month based on a global theme. Registration is required, and the event fills up fast. Visit www.creativemornings.com/cities/avl to find out when the next CreativeMornings will be held, and when registration opens.

To learn more about living in Asheville and Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Asheville's Mosaic Realty Makes Your Online Green-Home Search Simple

Green Built Homes in Asheville NC

Looking for a high-efficiency home in Asheville with low environmental impact? Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has made it easy to narrow your hunt with its online “Green Homes” search feature

For those interested in green-home ownership, aligning with a real estate agency well-versed in the green-built market is key. By going to www.mymosaicrealty.com and clicking on “Interests & Lifestyles,” then the “Green Homes” link, you can find a range of available eco-friendly, energy-efficient homes in Asheville and the surrounding areas.

Asheville NC Green Home SearchWhy go green?

Green-built homes are transforming the residential market and people’s lives everywhere – a fact that is especially true in the Asheville area. 

Green homes are built to be healthier and safer by providing cleaner indoor air. They use less energy and water, leading to monthly savings on utilities. This all means the average upfront costs of building green are quickly recouped, as a homeowner will save money for the duration of the home’s lifespan.

Additionally, green-home owners in Asheville and around the country experience increased market value, heralding a higher resale value when the time comes. They also enjoy state and federal tax credits for their home’s renewable energy use and energy-efficiency.

What makes a home green?

The green-built movement in Asheville has the added bonus of support from the Green Built NC Program, a voluntary, statewide green-building program encompassing all aspects of environmental design and construction including: 

Green Built Homes in AshevilleHealthy Site/Landscape: erosion control and preservation of existing trees

Water Efficiency: use of high-efficiency irrigation and plumbing fixtures to reduce water bills

Building Envelope: use of high-efficiency windows and insulation to reduce energy bills

Heating/Cooling Systems: use of high-efficiency equipment and sealed air ducts to increase comfort

Appliances/Lighting:use of Energy Star appliances and lighting to reduce utility bills

Healthy Indoor Air Quality: use of non-toxic finishes and methods to minimize moisture

Materials: use of durable local and recycled content materials for minimal maintenance

Beyond the “Green Homes” search function on Mosaic’s site, Mosaic agents can guide you through the intricacies and supply you with all of the information you need to go green. To learn more about green homes in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Winterhawk Offers Affordable Home Lots in Prime South Asheville Location

Lots for Sale in South Asheville

If you’re looking to build your dream home in Asheville, Winterhawk awaits. Situated in South Asheville’s Arden community, this new pocket neighborhood affords perfect proximity to downtown Asheville, as well as easy access to amazing amenities, including shopping, dining, employment centers, and the airport.

Winterhawk’s flat and gently sloping lots allow for easy building and provide the perfect yard for everything from playtime to parties. Underground utilities (water/sewer/cable/electric/gas) are already in place, simplifying the construction process.

Amenities abound

Living in Winterhawk 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. Located in Arden, an unincorporated community in southern Buncombe County between Skyland and Fletcher, Winterhawk is just 20 minutes south of downtown Asheville and 20 minutes north of Hendersonville. Winterhawk’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.

Winterhawk AshevilleSchools near Winterhawk 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 community.

Get outdoors

The French Broad River flows near Winterhawk, 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 near Winterhawk is Lake Julian Park, a county park with a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, disc-golf course, rental boats and picnic shelters.

Winterhawk Near South Asheville FunEnjoy jumps and hops

When the weather’s less than hospitable, residents can get a little indoor exercise at one of the two nearby popular trampoline parks (Launch http://launchasheville.comand Sky Zone https://www.skyzone.com/asheville).

For a break from the day, or an informative look behind the scenes of a state-of-the-art brewery, you can zip from Winterhawk 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 chance to explore one of the 15 lots available at Winterhawk for your next custom home, investment property or vacation rental, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Asheville's Oakley Offers Alluring Amenities, Attractive Home Prices

Oakley Neighborhood Asheville NC

Tucked between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Historic Biltmore Village, and just minutes from downtown Asheville, sits the welcoming neighborhood of Oakley. A seamless blend of remodeled bungalows and newly constructed craftsman-style homes gives Oakley a distinct, close-knit feel. Residents can walk to the Oakley Library, spend an afternoon working in the community garden, or enjoy the area’s easy proximity to shopping, recreation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Folk Art Center.

But amenities aren’t the only thing Oakley boasts: Its allure also lies in home pricing. According to Mosaic Realty first-quarter data for this 2019, the median Asheville home price was $295,000, which is where the price of a home in Oakley falls. With many properties in Oakley featuring greater-than-average acreage, and new home developments priced moderately, more buyers are being drawn to the neighborhood.

Activities for Everyone in Oakley

Proximity to the Blue Ridge ParkwayBeing close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Oakley home. Take a short drive east, and 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). Historic Biltmore Village – with its many shops and restaurants – and the Biltmore Estate are just down the road, offering Oakley residents lots to experience in their own backyard. The 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center, mere minutes away, provides plenty of family fun with more than 60 species of animals to see.

Oakley families enjoy many educational and enrichment options. The well-regarded Oakley Elementary School, as well as the top-rated Reynolds Middle and High Schools, serve the neighborhood. Other educational options include nearby charter schools Evergreen Community Charter School and ArtSpace Charter School. The popular Roots & Wings School of Art and Design sits in the heart of Oakley, and offers enrichment opportunities for every age, from preschool for tiny tots, to after-school community design lab for big kids, to adult studio classes.

Accessible Amenities

A long list of stores a short drive away means Oakley residents never have to travel far to find what they need. Home Depot and Walmart Supercenter are nearby, as are the River Ridge Market Place (featuring such stores as AC Moore and Dollar General) and Oakley Plaza (featuring Gold’s Gym). For a fun-filled evening of music and mingling, residents can head to nearby Highland Brewing Company.

Sandra Brooks Asheville Realtor OakleyWith the close-by commercial corridor of Tunnel Road, Oakley offers an amazing array of shopping and entertainment outlets within a few minutes’ drive. The Asheville Mall, as well as big-name chains like Best Buy, Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond and Whole Foods, mingle with smaller boutiques and specialty stores to offer the ultimate retail mix. Movie theaters and a bowling alley provide rainy afternoon entertainment for the entire family. And just a 10-minute drive west, via I-240, puts you in the heart of Downtown Asheville, with its vibrant restaurant, retail and arts scene.

A home purchase in Oakley makes sense for anyone looking for a convenient neighborhood destined to appreciate in the coming years. For a personally guided tour of Oakley, please contact Mosaic Realty agent Sandra Brooks at or call her anytime at 828-333-2500.

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Now's the Time to Create Your Perfect Home in West Asheville's Malvern Walk

Malvern Walk West Asheville Real Estate

Looking to build or buy a home in a new-construction community with larger lots, eco-friendly green homes, and easy access to parks and greenways? Come visit Malvern Walk, nestled amid picturesque rolling hills in popular West Asheville. With improved pricing on lots, it’s never been easier to build your dream custom home or a spacious spec house .

Malvern Walk – located within one of Asheville’s original historic neighborhoods – has 30 lots, all a quarter acre or larger. With 10 homes completed or under construction and the new release of five shovel-ready lots, now is the perfect time to claim a piece of this inviting neighborhood for yourself.

Malvern Walk Asheville NeighborhoodA Rarity in West Asheville

Boasting broad sky views and an accessible community to delight walkers, cyclists and gardeners alike, Malvern Walk offers the rare opportunity to build a dream home in West Asheville’s original historic large-lot subdivision. All utilities are installed to the lots, including water, sewer, cable, fiber optics and natural gas. The lots are graded, and the driveway entrances have been installed, making planning and construction easy.

Malvern Walk’s design promotes walking and biking as a means of relaxation as well as a mode of transportation. An interior mulched path ties seamlessly to the Malvern Hills neighborhood, where sidewalks and quiet streets provide the perfect setting for a morning jog or an evening stroll.

Perfect Proximity, but Away from the Hustle

Malvern Walk West Asheville HomesResidents can take advantage of the neighborhood’s short distance to multiple parks, the local library, coffee shops, restaurants, live music and more in West Asheville’s own “downtown,” the dynamic Haywood Road commercial corridor. Along this lively thoroughfare, 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.

With quick access to interstates and downtown Asheville, Malvern Walk offers the best in proximity without being in the middle of the hustle of Asheville’s urban center. Living in Malvern Walk means being able to hop on the Hominy Creek greenway and connect to Asheville’s river parks with ease. In addition, it’s only a short drive to hiking in Pisgah Forest or biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Closer to home are the Malvern Hills swimming pool, tennis court and playground. A number of well-regarded schools within a short distance – including Vance Elementary School, Francine Delany New School for Children, Rainbow Community School and Asheville City Preschool, just to name a few – make Malvern Walk ideal for families.

For a personally guided tour of Malvern Walk, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Green Yard, Green World: How to Create an Eco-Friendly Landscape

Pollinators Eco-Friendly Backyard

Creating a backyard that’s enjoyable for you and friendly to the Earth is easier than you think. From pollinator gardens to organic mulching to smart watering, taking an environmentally sound approach to landscaping helps to promote a green yard – and a greener world. Following, some simple tips to try:

Choose Native Plants

Populate your yard with plants native to Western North Carolina and you’ll be providing habitat for many beneficial local animals and insects. In addition, native plants are already acclimated to the region’s climate, and are naturally resistant to local pests and disease. All of this means they don’t require fertilizers or extra watering, which makes them eco-friendly. Native trees and plants to try in your Asheville yard include southern magnolia, flowering dogwood, redbud, cardinal flower, oakleaf hydrangea and foamflower –the list goes on and on. Visit local farmers’ markets, local plant vendors, or the Botanical Gardens at Asheville to get an idea of which native plants will work for your yard.

MilkweedPlant Pollinator Gardens

Pollinator gardens – with specific nectar- and pollen-producing plants – are designed to attract beneficial insects and animals to pollinate, thus performing an important step in the food and flower cycle. Because pollinator habitat has been lost to urban development, pollution, climate change and other adverse action, the population of many pollinator species is at risk. Flowers with large “landing pads,” plants with many small flowers, and plants that bloom very early or very late (when attractive pollination options are scarce) are all good options for your pollinator garden.

Use Plenty of Mulch

Using mulch helps to keep soil temperature consistent, retain moisture, and inhibit weed growth. As organic mulch like wood chips, bark leaves and pine needles breaks down, it adds nutrients to the soil. Bonus: Using more mulch means you can get away with growing less grass, which requires a lot of water to maintain.

Eschew Fertilizers

Dumping large amounts of chemicals onto your lawn via popular “weed and feed” products could put the environment, your health, and eventually the condition of your lawn at risk. A better option is to use organic fertilizer or, better yet, eliminate fertilizer and instead use compost and organic matter in your soil, aerate, cut grass on a higher setting, and incorporate low-maintenance moss and groundcover into your landscape.

Rain Barrel Eco-Friendly BackyardWater

There are many ways to water smart and still keep your yard happy. Harvesting rainwater via a rain barrel, cistern or rain chain means you’ll be using much less household water. When you water, make sure to do it in the morning before the temperatures start to climb and threaten the moisture. If you water in the late afternoon, make sure foliage has time to dry to avoid fungal diseases that thrive in damp nights. Water plants near the base rather than overhead, to better target the roots.

To learn about Real Estate in Asheville, NC, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Western N.C.'s Varied Yet Temperate Climate Lets Seasons Shine

Asheville NC Climate

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Life in Western North Carolina offers up a refreshing range of weather experiences. Asheville, at an elevation of just above 2,000 feet, boasts an overall mild year-round climate – not too cold in the winter, not too hot in the summer – but traveling just a short distance outside of the city can reveal a greater fluctuation in temperature and precipitation.

Because the area boasts a full four seasons, weather-dependent activities thrive here. It’s easy to enjoy fall foliage, winter skiing, and spring and summer hiking and swimming thanks to the region’s seasonal changes.

Higher Elevations in Western North Carolina, Greater Differences

While the city is quite temperate – Asheville sits in a relatively dry and protected spot along the French Broad River Valley – traveling higher into the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains promises greater weather variations. It’s not uncommon to encounter sudden clouds and fog, snow on the ground, a rain shower, or a 20-degree temperature drop in a single drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s windier in the higher elevations, and nighttime temperatures can still dip into the 30s during springtime.

While Asheville experiences the seasons to the fullest, weather extremes rarely occur. When they do, they’re not sustained. Snowfalls in the city are sporadic, and the snow melts quickly, with an average annual accumulation of 10 inches. Higher elevations, however, see heavier snowfalls, along with icing that can close roads for extended periods. The cold season in Asheville is from late November to late February, with an average daily high in the mid-50s. During the coldest point of the year, night temperatures can dip into single digits, but generally, they hover in the 30s.

The warm season in Asheville lasts from late May to mid-September, and even though temperatures can hit the upper 80s to 90s during the hottest periods, the average daily high is 76 degrees. While summers can be humid in town, higher elevations offer cooler forests, streams and waterfalls for respite.

Climate of Western North CarolinaA Range of Rainfall Amounts Around Asheville

Rainfall varies widely across the region: Asheville gets an average of 44 inches of rain per year, but surrounding areas like Brevard and its forests can get around 67 inches. Spring, which begins relatively early in Western North Carolina, is usually the wettest season of the year. Tropical systems can affect the region in late summer and early fall, resulting in heavy rainfall and forceful winds.

The driest time of year in Western North Carolina is autumn. Cooler temperatures (60s to low 70s) and crisper, clearer air create the perfect conditions for producing brilliant, sustained fall foliage. The best colors come forth from late September at the higher elevations to late October and early November in the valleys.

Eager to experience Asheville’s climate year-round? Please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190 to learn about available real estate options in Asheville and the surrounding areas.

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This Summer, Swim Spots Make a Splash in Asheville

Recreation Park Pool Asheville

Hot weather is almost here, and the Asheville area’s many water destinations – both man-made and natural – are sure to help your summer go swimmingly. Following is a list of the best spots to cool off when temperatures heat up.

City of Asheville Pools

Malvern Hills Pool AshevilleThree public outdoor pools – Malvern Hills, Recreation Park and Walton Street – provide safe and affordable outdoor summer fun for children and adults. The pools have varied schedules, but generally are open early June through early September. General admission is $3, a 15-visit pass is $40, an individual season pass is $100, and a family season pass is $150. All three pools also offer two sessions of free swim lessons for school-age children (registration required).

In addition, there are swimming pool events throughout the summer, including $1 Dip Days at Malvern Hills and Rec Park, Float Days (all pools), and the Sixth Annual Doggie Dip day at Rec Park. For more information, and to register for swim lessons, visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/parks/pools_n_splasheville.htm. Malvern Hills is located at 75 Rumbough Place, in West Asheville; Recreation Park at 65 Gashes Creek Road, by the Nature Center; and Walton Street at 570 Walton Street, near the River Arts District.

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The City of Asheville's interactive splash play fountain in downtown’s Pack Square Park features 21 jets of water that run in 12 combinations for hours of fun. The fountain usually operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week from April through September. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/parks/pools_n_splasheville.htm

Buncombe County Recreation Services Pools

Asheville Public Pools and FountainsBuncombe County boasts five outdoor public pools that will open for the season May 25. Cost to swim is $3 per day for Buncombe County residents. Discounted multi-visit passes are also available at each pool. Bonus: The pools are set against stunning mountain backdrops, so you can drink in the view while you enjoy the water. Cane Creek Pool is located at 590 Lower Brush Creek Road in Fletcher, Erwin Pool, 58 Lees Creek Road, Asheville; Hominy Valley Pool, 25 Twin Lakes Road, Candler; North Buncombe Pool, 892 Clarks Chapel Road, Weaverville; and Owen Pool, 117 Stone Drive, Swannanoa. https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/parks/facilities/pools/default.aspx

In-Town Swimming Hole

For a more natural water experience, nothing beats a dip in a swimming hole. But if you don’t have time to drive out to a waterfall in Dupont State Forest or Pisgah National Forest, Azalea Park, on Asheville’s east side, offers an ideal in-town alternative. While the swimming hole – along a stretch of the Swannanoa River that borders the park – is not officially maintained by the city, it draws a crowd with its light current, perfect for a refreshing stop on a hot day. Bonus: There are bathrooms and a playground at the park, so you can make a day of your dip. The park is located at 498 Azalea Road East in Asheville.

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Small-Business Support Makes Asheville Work for Entrepreneurs

Asheville Small Business Resources

“Go Local” – it’s a mantra Asheville truly takes to heart. The passionate support and strong nurturing of small businesses and the self-employed make the area fertile ground for those looking to bring an entrepreneurial idea to fruition. Asheville offers those who want to start a business or grow their at-home operation the tools necessary to do so successfully. Whether its loans, classes or coaching, if you’re seeking small-business support, Asheville is the ideal place to be.

Mountain BizWorks

Mountain BizWorks envisions a thriving Western North Carolina in which small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs have access to the resources needed to make their dreams a reality.

A U.S. Treasury-certified non-profit community development financial institution, Mountain BizWorks makes business loans ranging from $1,000 to $250,000 to small businesses in Western North Carolina who may find it difficult to secure funding from banks and other traditional sources. All loan decisions and relationships are managed locally, with customized, peer-to-peer business coaching by an extensive network of local, successful business owners. This innovative blend of lending and learning helps entrepreneurs overcome obstacles, grow strategically, and create jobs.

Asheville NC Small BusinessMountain BizWorks also offers a platform of three flagship courses to support aspiring and existing small-business owners on their journey from startup to sustainable growth. The courses are led by experienced small-business owners and use a participatory, supportive learning environment to deliver relevant, actionable skills and tools to further business goals. Each program is also designed to create a network of peers from which to gain ideas, support and feedback along the way. https://www.mountainbizworks.org

A-B Tech Small Business Center

The Small Business Center at A-B Tech Enka is part of the statewide Small Business Center Network, a community college-funded initiative with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship and small-business and economic development in local communities with an emphasis on assisting start-ups, early stage, and at-risk enterprises.  

The Small Business Center provides a variety of training, including free business seminars, interactive workshops, and classes. Training is available on many business topics including basic bookkeeping, software training, Web design, marketing analysis, utilizing Google pay-per-click tools, WordPress, business-management training, international product export services, craft business development, and more.  Most of the business workshops and seminars are free, with some advanced topics available for a nominal fee.

Asheville New BusinessesThe center also provides free, one-on-one confidential counseling for small-business and startup ventures, in the areas of business law, planning, business coaching, business development and growth, problem-solving, and cash flow management. The center also offers access to free professional services involving individualized counseling and advice with area professionals. https://www.abtech.edu/small-business-center/services-and-resources

Asheville Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce pools many tools together to assist small-business owners, creating a curated set of resources specifically geared toward helping businesses in all stages of growth succeed. Included is a directory of Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce member businesses such as banks, legal firms, real-estate agents, and business counselors and consultants that can assist with the needs of small businesses.

The chamber’s research department can provide data necessary to make impactful business decisions, as well as information helpful to location selection, industry competitors and much more. The chamber’s business startup and counseling service helps hundreds of companies every year make key connections and plan next steps on the path to entrepreneurship.

For information about living in Asheville and Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190. We can also help find you some commercial real estate to locate your small business. 

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