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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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Explore Malvern Walk, West Asheville's Newest Large-Lot Community

Malvern Walk, West Asheville

Mosaic Realty Invites You to a Kick-Off Event at Malvern Walk

Explore West Asheville's New Large Lot Community: Visit MalvernWalk.com

Malvern Walk, in beautiful West Asheville, North Carolina, is a new community set within Malvern Hills, one of the city’s original neighborhoods. Malvern Walk provides the rare opportunity to build a new home in a large-lot subdivision with broad sky views, sidewalks and great access to nearby amenities. Enveloped in natural beauty and mountain vistas, Malvern Walk is just a short stroll to West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor, Hominy Creek Greenway and Malvern Hills Park and Pool.

With underground utilities, graded building sites, hand-selected builders and thoughtful design guidelines, building your dream home has never been easier. Malvern Walk also offers two existing homes for sale, including the original Far Acres stone house.

Where Modern Living Meets Old World Charm

Historic Stone Manor at Malvern WalkMalvern Walk is a community for those who want to blend the new with the old. Our architectural guidelines foster designs that are inspired by both modern and timeless building styles. Luxuriously proportioned lots offer the opportunity for generous homes and yards. With quick access to interstates, greenways and downtown Asheville, Malvern Walk offers the best in location without being in the middle of the hustle of Asheville’s urban center; it’s a quieter West Asheville way of life.

Malvern Walk Kick-Off Event

We invite you to our kick-off event for Malvern Walk on Saturday, September 30th, and Sunday, October 1st, from 1-5pm. At this event, we will be releasing the first fourteen lots for sale as well as the two existing homes. Explore this unique West Asheville community and begin to envision your forever home!

Learn more at MalvernWalk.com!

Directions to Malvern Walk

If using GPS, you can get to Malvern Walk by using 239 Bear Creek Road, Asheville 28806. Our roads are not yet recognized by Google.

From Haywood Road, turn onto Sand Hill Road. Turn right onto Bear Creek Road. Turn left into Malvern Walk.

From I-240, I-40 or I-26, take the exit for Highway 191. Turn onto Bear Creek Road. Turn right when it ends to stay on Bear Creek Road. Go through the intersection and up the hill, then left into Malvern Walk.

Contact us about Malvern Walk

For more information about Malvern Walk, available lots and homes, and design guidelines, contact broker Mike Figura at 828.337.8190 or at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com.

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Spotlight on: Grace neighborhood in North Asheville

Grace Neighborhood Asheville

In search of a welcoming neighborhood replete with tree-lined streets, eclectic architecture, and an array of urban conveniences? Look no further than Grace neighborhood, just south of the North Asheville community. With the shopping corridor of Merrimon Avenue slicing through the center of Grace, a range of stores, restaurants and other services are within a short walk or drive of the neighborhood’s residences. At the same time, picturesque spots like the hilltop Grace Episcopal Church mingle with the neighborhood’s warmth and easy pace to make Grace feel worlds away from the commercial hustle.

Mid-Century Mixes with Modern

Edna's Grace Neighborhood AshevilleGrace is bordered roughly by Kimberly Avenue to the east, Osborne Road to the north, Fenner Avenue and Edgewood Road to the south, and Horizon Hill Road to the west. A mix of home designs defines the neighborhood, including stately structures from the 1930s, rambling mid-century ranches, and sleek new construction. Sidewalks line many of Grace’s streets, making this neighborhood one of the most walkable in Asheville.

Starting the morning with a quick stroll to the local coffee shop is a pleasure in Grace neighborhood, which boasts popular spots Geraldine’s Bakery and Edna’s Coffee House and Café on Merrimon. For lunch and dinner, neighborhood residents have a slew of options, including Asheville Pizza & Brewing, Avenue M, MOD Pizza and Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian. Dessert’s covered too, with Whit’s Frozen Custard and Frostbite soft serve ice cream nearby.

Quick Conveniences in Grace Neighborhood

A quick drive down Merrimon brings residents to a range of grocery stores, including Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s and Greenlife (Whole Foods), and beyond that, downtown Asheville. The Grove Park Inn is readily accessible from Grace, as is UNC-Asheville, which sponsors a wide mix of cultural and academic events, concerts, lectures, movie screenings and the like year-round.

The nearby North Asheville Tailgate Market (which runs from spring to fall) sets up shop on the UNCA campus every Saturday from 8 a.m. til noon. Since 1980, the market has provided visitors with a full range of local, sustainably produced produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. With more than 40 vendors and over 40,000 annual customers, the market’s energetic and warm environment exemplifies the celebrated diversity of Asheville.

Neighboring Nature

Jones Playground North AshevilleFor Grace residents, getting a good dose of nature is easy as well, with Beaver Lake and the Blue Ridge Parkway close by. The Botanical Gardens of Asheville, a 10-acre independent, non-profit botanical gardens dedicated to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians, are a few minutes’ drive from Grace.

The nearby Grove Park Country Club and the Country Club of Asheville provide area residents with world-class golf, tennis and gym facilities. Families with children have several school choices in or near Grace, including Ira B. Jones Elementary School, Claxton Elementary School, Asheville Catholic School, Hanger Hall School for Girls and Odyssey School.

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

Wonderful, Whimsical, Welcoming West Asheville

West Asheville Neighborhoods

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

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

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

West Asheville has a Neighborhood for Everyone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Craggy Park Kick-Off Event Announced

Craggy Park Entrance

Craggy Park is a new community of 45 GreenBuilt homes located in the heart of walkable West Asheville, featuring organic gardens and stream-side walking trails. The community's unique design clusters homes together to preserve green space and to allow for many amenities that foster community through shared use. Craggy Park is connected to the vibrant Haywood Road corridor through a greenway trail and short stroll up Dunwell Avenue.

Kick-Off Event

On July 8th and 9th from 1pm- 5pm, Craggy Park will welcome the public to come explore the newly completed homes and the community features. The first three homes will be open to tour and partners in the project will be present to answer questions. Additionally, guests will be able to tour the many community features that make this neighborhood unique.

Craggy Park Homes: in the Heart of West Asheville

Designed by W2 Architects, Craggy Park homes embrace a smart and sustainable design philosophy, maximizing livable space without a huge footprint. JAG and Associates Construction brings it's talents in green building to the project, offering five models from which to choose. Currently, there are three homes nearing completion and almost ready to tour. These homes exemplify the harmonious blend of green building technology and clean, modern design.

Craggy Park Amenities

Craggy Park Walking Trails and BridgeUtilizing a clustered design philosophy for the homes, the team of developers were able to create a low impact development that preserves as much green space as possible. This has allowed for considerable green space preservation and a park-like setting for residents. The many amenities available include a little free library, mulched walking trails, a tree house, bridge and lawn by the stream, fire pit for gathering and an organic community garden.  

Directions to Craggy Park

If you are using GPS to get to Craggy Park, use the address 180 Louisiana Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806. Our roads are not yet recognized by Google. If you are coming from Haywood Road, head north on Louisiana Avenue and Craggy Park will be 0.5 miles down on the left. If you are coming from Patton Avenue, head south on Louisiana Avenue and the Craggy Park entrance will be 0.2 miles on your right. There is a sign for Craggy Park and the entrance road is labeled Mauricet Lane.

For further information about Craggy Park, call Mike Figura, owner of Mosaic Realty at (828) 337-8190 or email him at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com

It's Spring! Time to Hit Asheville's Array of Farmers' Markets

Asheville Farmer's Market

Asheville area residents count themselves lucky to call this region home for many reasons, not least of which is its easy access to high-quality local produce and regionally crafted artisanal creations. The farms surrounding Asheville and extending throughout Western North Carolina provide an eclectic offering of both seasonal and year-round farmers’ markets as well as working farm tours. Spring heralds the start of the season, so grab your shopping bags and hit these memorable markets and farms!

West Asheville Tailgate Market·      Asheville City Market (North Market St. between Woodfin St. and Walnut St.; Saturday mornings, now through Dec. 16) – Vendors feature farm-fresh produce, local eggs, meats, farm-raised trout, wild salmon, fresh baked goods, handmade pasta, gourmet cheeses, honey, preserves, salsas, flowers, natural body care products, and artisan crafts. Enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs. For midweek shopping needs, visit Asheville City Market – South in the center of Biltmore Park Town Square. 

·      East Asheville Tailgate Market (954 Tunnel Road; Fridays 3-6 p.m. now through September) – Everything from fiber arts to herbs to hand-crafted popsicles are available against a backdrop of local music and camaraderie. 

·      North Asheville Tailgate Market (330 University Heights on UNCA’s campus; Saturday mornings now through Nov. 18) – Enjoy a full range of more than 40 vendors of local, sustainably produced meats, eggs, produce, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. 

Asheville Farmer's Market·      Oakley Farmers Market (Meadow at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Hwy.; Thursdays 3:30-6:30 p.m. now through Sept. 28.) – This market’s mission is to provide fresh, locally produced foods to its neighbors, “regardless of differences in income, race or social status.” 

·      River Arts District Farmers Market (175 Clingman Ave.; Wednesdays 2-6 p.m.) – Flying Cloud Farm, Spinning Spider Creamery and Asheville Wild Foods are just a few of the vendors you can find here. 

·      West Asheville Tailgate Market (718 Haywood Road; Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 p.m.) – Farmers’ market staples can be found alongside diverse offerings like plant starts for gardens, natural soaps and herbal products, and locally made art and crafts.

·      Western North Carolina Farmers Market (570 Brevard Road; daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., April-October; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., November-March) – This year-round indoor market features fruits and vegetables, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, preserves, sourwood honey, fresh baked breads, cookies and dozens of other farm-fresh items.

Asheville Area Farms

Asheville Area FarmsIf you’d like to go straight to the source, many working farms in the area are open to the public and offer an array of on-site activities and products for sale. Here’s a small sample of area farms to visit:

·      Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview offers Farm Dinners, HNG Kitchen Classes and Friday Night Barn Dances, just to name a few activities.

·      Franny’s Farm in Leicester hosts everything from summer camps to weddings to the annual Barnaroo Music Festival.

·      Sky Top Orchard stands out among pick-your-own apple and fruit orchards for its ponds with ducks and geese, a barnyard area with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, peacocks and more, a bamboo forest to explore, tractor rides and lots of picnic areas.

·      For a fun way to visit sustainable family farms in Western North Carolina, check out Asheville Farm to Table Tours. The themed tours take participants to several farms in a day, providing a unique window into regional farming.

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

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Asheville City Schools Foundation to Host Celebration of Champions

Asheville City Schools Celebration

Asheville boasts many exceptional leaders who work to champion children in the community by addressing and enhancing equity in the city’s public schools. On Saturday, May 6, the Asheville City Schools Foundation will honor a group of these community leaders, parents and organizations at its annual Celebration of Champions.

The 2017 Celebration of Champions event will feature honorees’ stories and celebrate the impact they are making on the students and teachers of Asheville City Schools. Additionally, a group of Parent Champions, one from each of the nine Asheville City Schools, will also be honored, reflecting the diversity, assets and support parents can provide.

MAKING ASHEVILLE SCHOOLS STRONGER

Mosaic Realty Asheville Public SchoolsFounded in 1988, ACSF champions strong public schools in Asheville through advocacy, grant-making, after-school programming and parent and community engagement. Since 2000, it has provided over $800,000 to projects that directly support the students and teachers in city schools and over $1 million to students through scholarships. Celebration of Champions is ACSF’s signature event to raise funds for key programs including: professional development opportunities for teachers, IRL (In Real Life) after-school program, TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools), and the Equity Fund.

The Celebration of Champions 2017 honorees are:

Lifetime Achievement Champion Alfred Whitesides, who has fought for decades to ensure educational opportunity for the children of Asheville through its city schools and for the young people of North Carolina through the state university system;

Asheville Supports TeachersCommunity Champion Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community, formed by Janet Hurley and Tamiko Ambrose Murray along with Meggen Lyon and Asheville City Schools Foundation to provide innovative arts and creative writing opportunities to children, teens and families in Asheville’s schools and communities;

Individual Champion Sarah Reincke of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, who coordinates OLLI’s Civic Engagement Committee, spreading the joy of volunteering to the more than 40 OLLI members she helps match with city school placements;

Parent Champions in ACS Luz Velazquez from Asheville City Preschool; Pat Hall from Claxton Elementary; Angelica Wind from Hall Fletcher Elementary; Joan Pinegar from Isaac Dickson Elementary; Gene Peyroux from Ira B. Jones Elementary; Allison Reece from Vance Elementary; Jessica Merchant from Asheville Middle; Alec Fehl from SILSA; and Nancy Hutchins from Asheville High.

MOSAIC REALTY’S INVALUABLE SUPPORT

ACSF Celebration of ChampionsAmong the premier sponsors of the Celebration of Champions 2017 is Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty. A longtime advocate for the health and vitality of the local community as a whole, and Asheville City’s public schools in particular, Mosaic has sponsored ACSF and the Celebration of Champions for four years. Mosaic’s sponsorship attests to the conviction that strong schools start with strong community support.

Celebration of Champions 2017 takes place May 6 at Crowne Plaza Expo Center (1 Resort Drive, Asheville). Buy tickets here. Ticket holders will enjoy appetizers and a cash bar while participating in a silent auction, followed by a seated dinner and program including short films honoring the 2017 Champions.

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

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