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Holidays Herald Festive Events Across Western N.C.

Asheville WNC Holiday Events

Every year, the holiday season heralds a bevy of festive activities across Western North Carolina. From parades to light displays to stage performances, there’s something to enchant everyone; here are a few favorites.

A Winter’s Tail

The Western North Carolina Nature Center’s annual Winter’s Tail features festive crafts, games and animal programs, as well as photos with Santa. Standard admission rates apply. Visit www.wildwnc.org for program dates and times.

Holidays in WNCAnnual National Gingerbread House Competition Display

Visitors to the Omni Grove Park Hotel in Asheville can view this eagerly anticipated competition, which features breathtaking entries from all over the country, and in various age categories. Visit www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/things-to-do/upcoming-events/national-gingerbread-competition for schedule and more information.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Tryon International Equestrian Center is host to Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, more than 2 miles of drive-through custom-made displays set to music you play over your car radio. On the weekends, visitors can also enjoy Winterfest Village, featuring photos with Santa and storytelling with Mrs. Claus, carousel rides, animal experiences and live music. Visit www.shadrackchristmas.com/tryon-nc  for tickets and more information.

Winter Lights at the Arboretum

Walk through the N.C. Arboretum’s gardens and enjoy unique displays and landscapes dressed in more than a half-million holiday lights. Winter Lights includes interactive games, a model train exhibit, free crafts, a nature-themed animatronic children’s program and more. Visit www.ncarboretum.org/winter-lights/ for dates, times and admission.

Carolina Christmas Show

Staged at the Colonial Theater in Canton, this dazzling production of live music, dance and comedy features performers from Western N.C. and special guest artists presenting sacred and secular Christmas favorites. Visit www.marlumor.com/christmas-show for schedule and tickets.

The Big Crafty

A favorite art event for the past decade, the weekend-long Big Crafty, held in downtown Asheville, features 150 artisans, crafters and makers from across the region, and boasts the perfect one-stop shop for unique holiday gifts. Visit  www.thebigcrafty.com for schedule and more information. 

Festival of Lights

Lake Julian Park in South Asheville comes to life for this popular Christmas light show. Some 50 animated and stationary light displays shine along the half-mile drive. Go to www.lakejulianfestivaloflights.simpletix.com for schedule and tickets.

Holidays in AshevilleCashiers Christmas Parade

Held annually on the second Saturday in December, the Cashiers Christmas Parade features local businesses, organizations and residents celebrating the holiday season. Chamber staff organizes parade theme, volunteers, participating lineup, awards and live broadcast of the event from the Cashiers Crossroads. Go to www.cashiers411.com/142-cashiers-christmas-parade for schedule and more information.

Santa on Chimney Rock

Visitors to this annual event can watch Santa rappel down Chimney Rock, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy live holiday music, free hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities. Visit www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/santa-on-the-chimney-dec-7 for schedule and more information.

Old World Dickens in the Village Festival

Every year on the first weekend of December (Friday and Saturday), Historic Biltmore Village is transformed into a quaint Victorian town for the Old World Dickens in the Village Festival. Visitors to this immersive holiday experience – featuring performances by strolling carolers, actors and musicians dressed in Dickensian era costumes – can enjoy live music, the Mugs of Merriment Hot Chocolate Competition, jugglers, balloon animal makers, and the Montford Park Players performing vignettes from “A Christmas Carol.” Visit  www.historicbiltmorevillage.com for more information.

Montford Holiday Tour of Homes

This annual holiday tour features homes in Asheville’s Montford historic district, exquisitely decorated for the season. An expression of the rich architectural heritage and vitality of Asheville, Montford includes a variety of architectural styles, reflecting the cosmopolitan character of Asheville at the turn of the 20th century. Visit www.montfordtour.com for tickets and more information.

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

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Affording a Home in the Asheville Area Is Easier With These Helpful Resources

Picture of Green Craftsman Style Home

Housing in Asheville is expensive and can be out of reach for many people. At Mosaic Realty, we believe that you should have access to housing in our great city regardless of budget. Asheville has a number of programs to help facilitate homeownership for a range of budgets. These programs include OnTrack WNCMountain Housing Opportunities, and the City of Asheville Housing Trust. You can learn more about these helpful resources on our Affordable Housing Resource Page. Additionally, we have created this Affordable Homes Quick Search feature for you to begin to explore homes. We also encourage you to contact us so that we can help you navigate your options and assist in your search for housing. Mosaic Realty has agents trained in affordable housing who are ready to help you.

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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All About the Mosaic Lifestyle Community Realty YouTube Channel

YouTube LogoDid you know that we have a YouTube channel?! Our YouTube channel is chock-full of useful videos from Tours of Asheville Neighborhoods to Testimonials from people we’ve worked within the past. YouTube is the second largest search engine, just behind Google. We are using that to our advantage to help sell homes. Real estate is visual, so what better way to show off homes than with high-quality videos?! By posting listing videos for properties we are getting in front of thousands of people - which is good news for our sellers. We update our YouTube regularly, so make sure you subscribe to stay in the loop!

Halloween in Asheville

Family Dressed Up for Halloween

The leaves have changed and the pumpkins have been picked, which means Halloween isn’t too far away! Have a costume and nowhere to go? Below you will find some fun activities to enjoy this Halloween in Asheville. 
 

Family-Friendly Halloween Fun
 

Annual Eliada Corn Maze

Pack up the whole family and head over to Eliada’s Corn Maze conveniently located just five minutes from downtown Asheville. Eliada’s 2019 Annual Corn Maze will be open from Saturday, September 14 through Sunday, October 27. Tickets are $10, children under 3 may enter the event for free. 100% of proceeds benefit the children at Eliada. 

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Howl-O-Ween

Head to the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville on October 26 from 10 am to 4 pm to enjoy the annual Halloween family festival. Participate in spooky arts and crafts, games and face painting, a hay maze, education animal encounters, and more! Wear your best costume and enter the costume contest. Members of the WNC enter the event for free, otherwise tickets are the regular cost of admission. 

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Halloween Fun for Adults
 

LaZOOM Haunted Comedy Tours

LaZoom’s Haunted Comedy Tours promise to show you Asheville’s strange, sometimes sordid past with a little bit of humor mixed in. Haunted Tours run approximately 60 minutes. Passengers must be at least 17 years old to ride! 

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Haunted Asheville

Experience the spookiest sites of downtown Asheville while you enjoy hair-raising tales and dark history. Tours take participants into the Asheville Mystery Museum in the basement of hte Asheville Masonic Temple.

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Illanthropy & Friends: An Immersive Halloween Experience

Get your tickets for Illanthropy & Friends: An Immersive Halloween Experience at the Asheville Music Hall on Friday, October 25 from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am for a night full of fun featuring art installations, live performances, and an extended Illanthropy set. 

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Into the Abyss: Halloween and 6th Anniversary Party

On October 26 from Noon to 1 am, dawn your best underwater garb and come celebrate Halloween at the Urban Orchard Cider Co. South Slope Tap Room. Enjoy the infamous spicy fire flights and there will be AVLFM DJs lined up all day! FREE ADMISSION and FREE Shuttle from our West Avl Taproom to South Slope from 9pm - 1:30am.

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Pack’s 10th Annual Halloween Bash

Stop by Pack’s on October 26-27 starting at 8:00 pm to have some Halloween fun. Live music starts at 9:30, $5 entry fee at the door. Wear your best costume to win cash prizes. 

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Proximity Makes Asheville Tops in Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes

Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville

Much of the beauty of living in Asheville is the city’s amazing accessibility to the Blue Ridge Parkway. With the famed Virginia-to-North Carolina scenic highway – America’s longest linear park at 469 miles – winding along mere minutes from Asheville’s city center, it’s easy to jump on the parkway – whether it’s an impromptu afternoon hike you’re after, or an all-day trek – and still be able to cap the day with dinner downtown. Following, a few favorites to check out:

Mount Mitchell Summit and Balsam Nature Trail

This short hike is 31 miles from Asheville along the parkway. A shady balsam-fir forest shrouds the paths to the top of Mount Mitchell, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet.

Black Balsam Hike Near AshevilleMount Pisgah Trail

You can be to this moderately challenging trail from Asheville in 40 minutes. Hike through lush green forest to reach the tower-capped summit, which offers 360-degree long-range views.

Craggy Gardens Trail

In season, blooming rhododendron and blueberries line the trail to the grassy mountaintop of Craggy Gardens, 19 miles from Asheville along the parkway. Even when not in bloom, the trail, framed in ghostly gnarled branches, still draws hikers to its surreal beauty.

Graveyard Fields Trail

One of the parkway’s most popular hikes, Graveyard Fields offers waterfalls, gorgeous views, and wild blueberries and blackberries for picking – all just 34 miles from Asheville.

Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain Loop

A 5-mile loop takes you over two summits, affording amazing views from trails that cut through the grassy balds of Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain.

Blue Ridge Parkway Near AshevilleRattlesnake Lodge

This trail – a mere 21 minutes from Asheville – winds through the remains of an early 1900s estate, with parts of a barn foundation, lodge, spring house, pool and outbuildings still standing for hikers to explore.

Visitor Center Loop

An easy, smooth hike, the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center loop offers the perfect terrain for youngsters or those not wanting to venture too far into the woods or too far away from the parking area.

And when the parkway is closed…

Craven Gap

This trail, accessible at the end of Town Mountain Road in Craven Gap, is 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, but feels worlds away. It’s proximity to the city, easy hiking, and beautiful backdrop make it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike – including President Obama and wife Michelle, who hiked the trail during a 2010 visit to the area.

Folk Art Center Trail to Bull Mountain

A popular, well-maintained spot located just outside the city limits, the Folk Art Center Trail winds along the Mountains to Sea Trail, a rolling path interspersed with short steep climbs. Begin or end your hike with a stop into the Folk Art Center.

For more information about Asheville or 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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Asheville's 2018 Parade of Homes to Feature Malvern Walk Stunner

Malvern Walk Asheville New Homes

Asheville’s 2018 Parade of Homes to Feature Malvern Walk Stunner

For two weekends in October, the Asheville area’s world-class custom-home market will be on display, with more than 35 newly constructed projects open to the public.  Free self-guided tours will be available during the Asheville Home Builders Association Parade of Homes held Oct. 13-14 and 20-21, 2018, from 1-5 p.m. each day.  The event showcases a variety of craftsmanship styles available for your next building or remodeling project, from modern to rustic to farmhouse.

Malvern Walk Parade of Homes AshevilleAmong the homes featured will be JAG & Associates Construction’s meticulously crafted custom green build in West Asheville’s “newest old neighborhood,” Malvern Walk. High-quality features woven throughout the 4-bed, 4-bath, 2,752 sq. ft. home, coupled with thoughtful design, make this build a must-see. Highlights include high-efficiency HVAC, water heating and lighting; Photovoltaic Solar System; unique garage plan featuring bike-centric space; open concept floor plan for kitchen, living and dining rooms; and large doors to connect indoor and outdoor spaces.

Where History and Modern Meet

And of course, a major allure of the home comes in its surroundings. Situated within one of the city's original historic neighborhoods, the new community of Malvern Walk is adjacent to the site of the historic Sulphur Springs Hotel, and home to what was once the last stop on Asheville’s first electric trolley. The neighborhood is steeped in the past, yet thoroughly modern, an area enveloped in natural beauty and mountain vistas, with amazing proximity to a wide range of amenities. Boasting broad sky views and an accessible community to delight walkers, cyclists and gardeners alike, Malvern Walk provides the rare opportunity to build a new home in a historic large-lot subdivision.

JAG Construction Malvern Walk AshevilleWhether you find building inspiration in this year’s Parade of Homes, or already have your dream home plans in hand, Malvern Walk offers the perfect starting point. Act fast to choose from one of the only 17 remaining lots, all approximately a quarter acre or larger.  With all of the groundwork for building already in place- including underground utilities, graded building sites and thoughtful design guidelines- you can start your new construction home quickly by bringing your own builder or choosing from one of Malvern Walk’s preferred green builders.

For more information on Malvern Walk, visit https://www.malvernwalk.com, email Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190

For more information on JAG’s building options, visit http://jaggreenbuilders.com.

And to learn more about the Parade of Homes, visit https://paradeofhomesasheville.com.

 

Mills River Offers Ample Space Amid Abundant Natural Beauty

Mills River Neighborhood

Within minutes of some of the country’s most popular and picturesque state and national forests sits Mills River, a town in the northwestern part of Henderson County stretching northeast to the Buncombe County border and southwest to the Transylvania County line. Sitting 17 miles to the southwest of Asheville, Mills River offers expansive living against breathtaking backdrops, with close proximity to all manner of amenities.

Mills River was incorporated as a town in 2003, and has a population of around 7,000. Featuring rolling hills dotted with everything from rambling ranches to newly constructed homes, as well as lots ready for custom creations, the town is a draw for those seeking room to stretch out, but still be within arm’s reach of conveniences. The Asheville Regional Airport and I-26 are mere minutes away. The towns of Hendersonville (8 miles away) and Brevard (14 miles away) are also easily accessible.

Outdoor Adventures Abound

Du Pont State ForestWhen it comes to outdoor adventures, Mills River can’t be beat. For water activities, the French Broad River flows through the northeastern part of town, while one of its tributaries, the Mills River, flows through the center of town. Both Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest are a short drive away, offering daytrips overflowing with waterfalls, hiking paths and mountain biking trails – you can even take a horseback trail ride. The area also boasts renowned destinations like Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry.

For world-class music performances, Mills River is just a short drive from the Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, which features everything from bluegrass to classical to operatic productions.

Excitement is Brewing in Mills River

Sierra Nevada Brewery Mills RiverA major boon to the town came in 2014, when Sierra Nevada opened a brewery – its second in the U.S. – in Mills River. The sprawling, state-of-the-art facility and Taproom and Restaurant draw thousands of visitors from all over the region and the world to enjoy tours, tastings and special events, as well as live music indoors and outdoors, in a relaxed family atmosphere. 

Other popular spots to visit in Mills River include the Mills River Creamery, offering a range of locally made milk, cheeses, ice cream, as well as the Bold Rock Hard Cidery, which has daily tours, tastings, flights and food.

For a personally guided tour of Mills River, or for more information on real estate here 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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Catch Mosaic Realty Agent Laura Moye on National TV

Laura Moye on National TV

Our very own Laura Moye is making her small-screen debut this week! Tune in to “Mountain Life” on Great American Country (GAC) June 25 at 9 p.m. ET to see Laura help her clients, Alesha and Sean – and their dog Bandit – find and purchase their growing family’s first home in Canton.

Can’t tune in? Not to worry. The episode airs several more times in the coming weeks on GAC and HGTV. Click here for listings. https://www.greatamericancountry.com/shows/mountain-life/episodes/200

Learn more about Laura here

 

Explore 21 Lakeview Road in Beautiful Asheville, NC

Picture yourself if this stunning historic Lakeview Park home. This meticulously maintained two-story granite and block stucco home features incredible views of Beaver Lake and Elk Mountain, and is just a few miles from downtown Asheville. Architecturally designed to maximize natural daylight, the home has walls of east and west facing windows throughout. Chef’s kitchen has Carrara marble countertops, FiveStar Stove, Viking refrigerator, original craftsman tile flooring, and custom cabinetry. Floor plan is spacious with beautiful period details throughout include original crystal chandeliers, oak floors, leaded glass windows, butler’s pantry, and library. Perfect for entertaining inside and out. Multiple terraces, fenced backyard, two car garage, and ample off street parking. Large elevated lot offer views and privacy. Enjoy Beaver Lake’s walking paths, kayaking, and canoeing or walk to library, restaurants, shopping, and more.

MAIN FLOOR:

MAIN FLOOR LIGHT AND BRIGHT AND AIRY

  • Stone steps lead you to the front entrance
  • Front door opens to tiled vestibule which leads to an elegant foyer
  • Living room is spacious and bright and features a wood-burning fireplace with wood mantel and custom handcrafted tiles
  • Walls of windows let in abundant daylight and offer views of both Beaver Lake and Elk mountain and the private shaded backyard
  • 10-foot ceilings and picture rail throughout
  • French doors open to library
  • Library currently used as a den has walls of arched windows, custom built-ins, ceiling fan, and door to back patio and yard
  • Dining room off foyer has large chandelier, room for large table and stunning views
  • Dining room flows to butler’s pantry/ breakfast room
  • Butler pantry currently used as first floor office has room for storage and would be an ideal breakfast room
  • Powder room accessible from kitchen or off foyer

KITCHEN:

KITCHEN_carrara marble countertops

  • Designer chef’s kitchen features six-burner stainless steel FiveStar stove, Viking refrigerator, and Carrara marble countertops
  • Individually laid original tile flooring
  • Custom cabinetry with built-in plate rack, glass front upper cabinets, and built-in pantry cabinets
  • Pendant lighting, crown molding, and large windows
  • Kitchen opens to Butler Pantry/ Breakfast room
  • Backdoor leads to basement stairwell and grilling porch
  • Grilling porch has permanent gas line

SECOND FLOOR:

  • Second floor features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry room, and covered porch with views
  • Master bedroom has large walk-in closet with custom closet system and offers lovely mountain and lake views
  • Second closet in master for extra storage
  • Master bathroom has large vanity, marble tile floors, cast-iron tub/ shower combo, and subway tile chair rail
  • Spacious second bedroom has west facing windows and two closets
  • Third bedroom has lake views and ceiling fan
  • Second full bathroom features a Carrara marble pedestal sink, marble tile flooring, chandelier, and cast-iron tub/shower combo
  • Fourth bedroom has glass French doors that lead to covered porch
  • Laundry has room for storage and is light and bright

OUTDOOR:

OUTDOOR_ Slate Stone Terrace and Level Lawn

  • Elevated .40 acre lot has sprawling lawns, mature trees and perennials, and multiple terraces with ample space to entertain
  • Large front terrace features wooden decking, cast-iron railings, and stunning views of Beaver Lake and Elk Mountain
  • Second front terrace has slate-stone flooring and is wonderfully private and overlooks a level lawn area and line of evergreen trees
  • Fenced-in backyard has a grilling porch with permanent gas line, large patio for outdoor dining, mature trees, and large garden bed
  • Stairs from yard lead to back driveway and garage
  • Second floor porch has new wood decking, room for multiple sitting areas, and is covered by custom canvas awning

DIRECTIONS:

From downtown Asheville: Merrimon Ave. North to left onto Lakeshore Dr. Turn right onto Lakeview Rd. Home is on your left.

For more information, contact listing agents Vanessa Byrd and Laura Moye

 

Recreation Rules at Asheville's Biltmore Lake

Biltmore Lake Neighborhood Asheville

Luxurious lakeside living in the heart of the Western North Carolina mountains is the hallmark of Biltmore Lake, a master-planned community of more than 650 homes just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Asheville. The beauty of living at Biltmore Lake is that you can feel like you’re on a mountain vacation every day, without even leaving your neighborhood: Lake and Blue Ridge views abound, as do outdoor activities along Biltmore Lake’s trail system and in and around its lake. The neighborhoods – which feature everything from town homes to cottages to estate homes – seamlessly connect via sidewalk-lined streets, nature trails and idyllic common areas.

Biltmore Lake is Overflowing with Outdoor Amenities

Biltmore Lake Neighborhood AshevilleResidents of Biltmore Lake enjoy a range of onsite activities and amenities, maintained by the Biltmore Lake Community Association. Four miles of hardwood forest and rhododendron-enveloped trails offer plenty of opportunity for biking, running, walking or just enjoying the surrounding nature. There are four campsites alongside the trail system, two adjacent to the lake’s shoreline, and two on Scott’s Ridge’s higher elevation.

The lake offers an outlet for all manner of nonmotorized water sports, from canoeing and kayaking to paddleboating and sunfish sailing, all available for use from the Biltmore Lake boathouse. Fishing is also a popular pastime on Biltmore Lake. A sandy beach provides the perfect spot for sunning with a good book.

Sense of Community at Biltmore Lake

Walking Trails at Biltmore LakeBiltmore Lake also boasts playgrounds, two tennis courts, a basketball court and a clubhouse. The community association hosts a monthly fourth Friday social for neighbors to meet and mingle. In addition, the association coordinates a wide variety of activities for residents throughout the year, from clubs and lectures to live concerts.

Outside of Biltmore Lake, outdoor adventures are only a short drive away. One can take a hike through Pisgah National Forest; enjoy a scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway; or enjoy water activities on the French Broad River.

Shopping and Dining, Minutes Away in Asheville

Biltmore Lake residents enjoy amazing proximity to a range of commercial amenities. Just minutes away is Biltmore Park Town Square in South Asheville, a mixed-use center featuring an array of stores, restaurants and other amenities, including Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, REI, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Oven, the Reuter YMCA, Barnes & Noble and more.

Well-regarded public and private schools, including Hominy Valley Elementary School, Enka Middle and High schools, and Carolina Day School, serve the community.

For a personally guided tour of Biltmore Lake, 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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