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Stock the Shelves for Summer Drive Provides Relief to Asheville Families

Stock the Shelves AshevilleWhat is Stock the Shelves for Summer?

Stock the Shelves for Summer is a community food drive and fundraiser May 22-31 to provide food and essential supplies for local families in need before summer arrives. 

The drive is a partnership between area residents and six local business sponsors, including Mosaic Realty. We need your help to make this event a huge success!

If you have an agent at Mosaic already, contact your agent to schedule a donation pickup from a safe location outside your home. To learn more about the drive, make a financial donation, or find out how to drop off needed supplies, visit www.stocktheshelvesavl.org.

When you go grocery shopping, buy some extra food and supplies (list provided). You can either arrange for a pick-up of the supplies at your house, take them directly to a drop-off location, or simply donate money. Your donation will be matched by our business sponsors: $1 per donated item or per dollar donated, up to $30,000!  All donations go directly to Buncombe County Schools’ Family Resource Center and to Asheville City School's Family Resource Center and Emergency Assistance Fund (through Asheville City Schools Foundation) to help with their supplemental meal and supply programs.

Primary - Stock the ShelvesWhy is this an urgent need?

Asheville City Schools has served over 48,000 breakfast and lunch meals to students in the district since the physical closure of schools on March 16. Their Resource Center has additionally provided 53 families with supplemental food / household items / art supplies / diapers and book boxes in the four weeks it has been open. Buncombe County Schools Resource Center is currently providing 108 supplemental food boxes per week and 900 meals per day to 300 addresses in the county. The need for basic supplies is ongoing and increasing. 

How can we work together to help?

Our goal is to Stock the Shelves for Summer with a food and household item drive between now and May 31. Six Asheville-based businesses- Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, JAG Construction, Symmetry Financial Group, Jade Mountain Builders, Alfie Loans, and Village Antiques- are matching $1 per donated food item or per dollar donated, up to $30,000.  Volunteers from those companies are also driving to homes to pick up donations and deliver to schools. 

"At a time when it is tempting to solely focus on your own small business or family, Stock the Shelves sponsors have stepped up to support everyone who calls Asheville home. Thank you to these local businesses for looking at summer as not just a time to get back to business but as a time to work for our kids and families most impacted by this pandemic,” Copland Rudolph, Executive Director of Asheville City Schools Foundation.

You can help by purchasing needed items or making a financial donation. Visit www.stocktheshelvesavl.org for a list of needed items and for more information on how to schedule a pick-up or make a donation.

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  1. Gary Spaulding on

    I do not work for any of the listed companies, but do know Mike Figura. If it would help, I would like to volunteer to drive and pick up donations. I am retired, so my schedule is open, and I have a pickup with plenty of room. Please let me know, 704.918.0292.
    • Stephanie Sharp on

      Hi Gary- We would love your help and will be in touch!
    • Stephanie Sharp on

      Hi Gary! We would love your help. I believe that Mike has already reached out to you via email. Thank you!

Explore New Listings by Mosaic Realty the Week of April 27

Asheville Metro Real Estate ActivityDespite the current global health crisis, our local real estate market is seeing good activity. Last week (the week of April 20-April 26), the Asheville Metro Area saw 127 New Listings, 187 Homes Under Contract, and 129 Closings. Continue to follow our weekly real estate activity updates on our Facebook page and our Instagram account, or contact us to get a better picture of what is happening with real estate in our area right now.

In this week's blog post, we would like to highlight a few of our brand new listings that hit the market this week! Find all of our current listings on Our Listings page. There, you can view detailed informational brochures and Virtual Showings that our agents now offer in order to let people get a thorough preview of homes before deciding to tour them in person. 

 

 

 

155 Carroll Avenue

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155 Carroll Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms 2,032

SF • 0.40 Acres MLS #3612201

155 Carroll Avenue AshevilleFEATURES

• Updated 1960s ranch with lower-level studio

• Walkable to downtown

• Spacious kitchen offers plenty of cabinets and lots of countertop area

• Lower-level bathroom updated with beautiful, tiled, walk-in shower

• Huge fully fenced yard

• Large back deck

• Large storage shed

• Wood-burning fireplace in living room

• Private, stone fire pit in back yard

• Mini-splits throughout the home offer efficient, ductless, zoned heating and air conditioning

• Nice, wide driveway can accommodate multiple vehicles

• Hardwood and tile upstairs; carpet downstairs

Learn more about 155 Carroll Avenue here!

49 Tahkieostie Trail

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49 Tahkieostie TrailAsheville, NC 28806

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathrooms

2-Car Garage

2,049 Sq. Ft.

.17 Acres

MLS # 361544

49 Tahkieostie TrailFEATURES

• 2017 Modern cottage with all the bells and whistles!

• Views of the Biltmore Estate property

• Open floor plan and beautiful maple floors

• Hunter Douglas custom window shades throughout the home

• Large living room with lots of natural light and gas log fireplace

• Stone fireplace surround

• 10’ Ceilings on the main level

• Oversized dining area with plenty of room for your large table

• Eat-in kitchen features stainless steel appliances and oversized kitchen island

• Spacious vaulted master suite with ensuite bathroom featuring a dual master vanity and custom closet system

• Two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs

• Lower level utility room and exercise/workshop space

• Rear deck with completely fenced in backyard

• Year-round views

• Newer concrete driveway

• Two-car garage

Learn more about 49 Tahkieostie Trail here!

14 Davenport Road

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14 Davenport Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

1,549 Square Feet

• 0.15 Acres

MLS #3616396

14 Davenport Road AshevilleFEATURES

• Brand new GreenBuilt Arts and Crafts home by McMaster Builders

• Fantastic location in the heart of West Asheville; a stone’s throw to shopping and dining

• Walkable to West Asheville Park • Short drive or bike ride to downtown Asheville

• Flat lot perfect for playing and entertaining

• Pisgah Range mountain views looking west from the second floor

• Open, flowing floor plan and oversized windows for great light

• Gorgeous hardwood and tile floors throughout the home

• Coat closet at entry, and 9-foot ceilings

• Powder room and laundry room on main level

• Chef’s kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, pantry, modern fixtures and kitchen island with breakfast bar connects to dining area

• Gas fireplace in living room in living room for a cozy ambiance

• Bright living room adjoins open-slatted stairwell leading to three bedrooms and two full bathrooms upstairs

• Master on second level features gorgeous hardwood floors, tray ceiling, a walk-in closet, a second closet and ensuite full bathroom that includes granite countertops and a tiled shower

• Second full bathroom upstairs with quartz countertops, a tiled shower, and a linen closet

• Extra storage under stairs on main level • Outdoor living with covered front porch and sunny back deck

Learn more about 14 Davenport Road here!

For a complete display of our newest listings this week, visit our saved search, Our Listings at MyMosaicRealty.com, where you can view virtual showings of these homes and detailed brochures.

 

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.

Search: Affordable Homes in the Asheville Area

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All About the Mosaic Community Lifestyle 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. 

Learn More About the Eliada Corn Maze

 

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. 

Learn More About Howl-O-Ween

 

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! 

Learn More About LaZOOM Haunted Comedy Tours

 

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.

Learn More About Haunted Asheville

 

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.

Learn More About Into the Abyss

 

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. 

Learn More About Pack’s 10th Annual Halloween Bash

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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