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Winter Offers Optimal Opportunities to Prep Your Western N.C. Home for Spring Sale

Organizing Home for Spring Sale

Considering selling your Asheville-area home? Winter is a great time to tackle all the prep involved ahead of listing. Here are a few tips for getting your Western North Carolina property in stand-out shape come spring selling season.

Organizing Home for Spring SaleCut the clutter

Decluttering is an easy first step, as it requires little more than an objective eye; since you have a few months ahead of listing, you can take your time and de-clutter with care. Take inventory of all surfaces – countertops, bookcases, tables – as well as cabinets, closets, drawers and other spaces buyers may view, and pare down knickknacks, crowded stacks of papers and books, unnecessary personal items, and the like. You want buyers to see space potential; even a smaller home can give the illusion of space when clutter is cut out. If you can, curtail furnishings in order to open up rooms, and clear halls and other pathways to allow for unimpeded flow throughout.

Simple spruce-ups

Any home will accumulate wear and tear over time, no matter how careful the occupants. Take advantage of being indoors during the colder weeks of winter to give your walls and baseboards a fresh coat of paint yourself, in a soothing, universally appealing shade. Replace worn or outdated fixtures, cabinet and door handles, lighting and blinds. Tidy areas that don’t typically get a lot of attention – think closets, kitchen cabinets and bathroom drawers. Small spruce-ups like these combine to give an overall impression of a clean, cohesive aesthetic.

Focus on curb appeal

A potential buyer’s impressions begin as soon as they catch sight of your house. Make what greets them from the street draw them in the door. Winter is the perfect time to see your yard, porch, patio, pathways and exterior devoid of blooming trees, leaves and other foliage that may camouflage issues. Address things like peeling paint, clogged gutters, and worn decking. Consider a full exterior paint job, or if your budget doesn’t allow it, simply add a fresh color to your front door to make it pop. If you want to update or overhaul your landscaping, winter is a good time to map out a strategy, and take inventory of what you’ll want to purchase and plant come spring. 

Selling Western North Carolina HomeReady, set, stage

Are you thinking of staging your property? The increased time spent indoors during the winter offers the ideal opportunity to get a feel for a stand-out set-up. Are you looking for a modern, clean look? A warm and cozy aesthetic? Whatever the vibe, begin by neutralizing furniture and textile colors, increasing lighting, and creating interest even in underutilized rooms. Fashion an environment that feels inviting, one that potential buyers can see themselves in.

Find the perfect Western N.C. agent

With spring selling season around the corner, if you are not already working with a Mosaic broker, now is the time to choose a real estate broker to guide you on your journey. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to serve the real estate needs of Western North Carolina, and with a roster of 42 full-time brokers, you’re bound to find the perfect partner at Mosaic. Mosaic’s acclaimed agents are highly knowledgeable, committed to their clients, and dedicated to the Asheville-area community. That combination promises optimal results when you’re ready to sell your Western N.C. property. To learn more, contact your Mosaic broker directly, or to get started, please contact us at, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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Coming Soon to West Asheville: Westside Walk, a Brand-New Community of Modern Homes

Westside Walk Asheville Real Estate

Westside Walk is a community of brand-new modern homes in a prime West Asheville location. Join us for a public open house Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30 from 1-4pm at 259 Waynesville Avenue. The first Westside Walk home that will be listed will be available for touring, and Mosaic Realty open house hosts Holly Aracich and Caley [...]

Mosaic Broker Laura Moye to Host Emmy-Nominated American Dream TV Show

Laura Moye Asheville Realtor

We are thrilled to announce that Mosaic Realty broker Laura Moye has been chosen to host The American Dream, a nationally syndicated television program that airs on national networks. Laura will be hosting the commercial-free show featuring real estate, lifestyle and culture in various parts of the Asheville area on a bi-monthly basis over the next year, and potentially [...]

Indulge in Asheville's Unique Spa Spots

Asheville Spa Experiences

Asheville Spa ExperiencesWhen you’re ready to indulge in a spa day, Asheville has plenty of traditional options – and a range of delightfully unique ones. Here are a few one-of-a-kind ways to unplug, relax and recharge your body and your mind.

Salt caves

Salt therapy, or halotherapy, involves breathing salty air to treat a range of respiratory conditions as well as other ailments, and to maintain holistic health. Simulating the environment of Himalayan salt caves, special salt spas feature tons of crystal salt rock in a meditative setting of dim lighting, soothing background music, and comfortable chairs. Asheville is home to two salt cave spas – Asheville Salt Cave   and The Salt Spa of Asheville & Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary  – offering a variety of experiences, including public and private salt-therapy sessions, couples massage, sound therapy, and even kid-friendly salt-therapy sessions.

Sauna treatments

The Sauna House, located in Asheville’s South Slope, features a range of spa services centered on the mental and physical benefits of hot/cold/relax therapy. Visitors can experience a two-hour bathhouse session, which includes use of an aspen wood sauna, dry cedar sauna, cold showers, cold plunge, heated benches, and a relaxing lounge space. Massage packages, as well infrared sauna sessions, are also available.

Flotation therapy

Still Point Wellness, a spa near downtown Asheville, specializes in sensory deprivation via saltwater flotation atop 1,000 pounds of healing Epsom salt, helping visitors achieve total relaxation. Other services include specialized massage, cranial sacral therapy, and somatic experiencing. Visitors can enjoy a single session, or buy a monthly membership plan.

Outdoor soaks

Enjoying a healing, relaxing soak is the ultimate spa therapy, but adding an outdoor element takes the experience to another level. Two popular spots in Western North Carolina for outdoor tub soaks are Shoji Spa & Retreat in East Asheville, and Hot Springs Resort & Spa in Hot Springs. Shoji offers traditional Japanese bathing and soaking in private outdoor salt tubs, as well as spa-style showers, massage, group forest bathing, and treetop sauna, all tucked away in a restful mountain setting. Hot Springs Resort & Spa features jetted outdoor tubs of natural, hot mineral water. The tubs, of varying sizes and views, are nestled along the banks of the Spring Creek and the French Broad River.

Foot spa experiences

Wake Foot Sanctuary, in downtown Asheville, offers a range of 45-minute foot soaks handmade with essential oils, nourishing clays, and revitalizing salts. Massage add-ons are also available.

To learn about real estate in Asheville or in the Asheville area, contact us at, or call anytime at 828-707-9556.

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Zirconia, N.C., Shines With Blue Ridge Beauty and Outdoor Adventure

Zirconia NC

Zirconia NCNamed for the valuable deposits of zircon in the area, Zirconia, N.C., is known for its striking Blue Ridge beauty as well as its proximity to cultural attractions. Living in the community of Zirconia – half an hour south of Asheville via I-26 – means you can spend a day enjoying a range of outdoor adventures, then take in dinner and entertainment in one of the many quaint neighboring towns.

Natural experiences abound around Zirconia

An unincorporated community in Henderson County, Zirconia sits near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Both Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest are a short drive away, offering day trips 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. Zirconia offers easy access to the Green River Game Lands, a rugged tract of more than 10,000 acres where seasonal hunting, fishing and trapping are allowed.

If you’re looking for a home in Zirconia, you’ll find a range of styles and settings. Properties with everything from mountain streams to long-range views to easy-care lots are available throughout the community. 

Nearby mountain towns to explore

There are a number of idyllic towns close to Zirconia that are perfect for an afternoon of exploring. Nearby Flat Rock is home to a variety of shops and galleries, featuring everything from folk art to vintage wares and antiques to locally made clothing. The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock allows visitors to explore the residence of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer, as well as its goat farm, pastures, gardens and hiking trails. The nonprofit Flat Rock Playhouse is famed for its professional productions of musicals, dramas and comedies.

Saluda, also just a few minutes’ drive from Zirconia, draws scores of visitors to its picturesque Main Street, set against a stunning mountain backdrop. Saluda boasts a number of established restaurants as well as interesting shops and galleries. Most of the buildings that line Saluda’s downtown are part of the National Register of Historic Places. The area is also a premier destination for road cycling. 

For more information about real estate in Henderson County near Zirconia, or anywhere in Asheville or Western N.C., contact us at, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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198 Alpine Ridge Drive in South Asheville Offers Convenience and Mountain Views

198 Alpine Ridge Drive Asheville


198 Alpine Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28803

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

1,385 Square Feet

MLS #3765271 

Explore 198 Alpine Ridge Drive, Asheville

Low-maintenance living awaits! Like-new, end-unit townhome in a super convenient south Asheville location. Welcoming living room with gas-log fireplace and laminate wood flooring. Open [...]

155 Lexington Avenue: A Paragon of Downtown Asheville Living

155 Lexington Avenue Asheville

155 Lexington Avenue AshevilleINFO 155 South Lexington Avenue, #305B,

Asheville, NC 28801

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

1,163 Square Feet

MLS #3757895


FEATURES • Downtown Asheville condo, steps from the heart of the culinary and music scene • Desirable third-floor unit with west-facing balcony in Lexington Station — not directly above the ground-floor retail spaces, and not as subject to the heat as the fourth-floor units • Enjoy Asheville’s galleries, museums, popular South Slope breweries, and events all within an easy walk or bike ride • Secure entry opens to lobby and elevator access • Condo offers privacy and quiet — first right-side unit off lobby doors to the left hall; no condo unit on one side • Beautiful, light-filled condo offers a split-bedroom floor plan, eat-in kitchen, large windows, crown molding, and hardwood floors throughout • Entry flows to kitchen and living area • Spacious and bright, the living room Asheville NC 155 Lexington Avenuehas room for ample seating and a small dining nook • Glass door in living room opens to balcony • Updated kitchen has breakfast bar, granite counters, recessed lighting, glass tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances  • Private primary suite features a large walk-in closet and elegant bathroom with double-sink vanity, walk-in shower, and soaking tub • Second bedroom is spacious, with large windows and closets • Full guest bathroom has granite-top vanity and tub/shower • Convenient laundry closet with washer/dryer and room for storage • Start your morning with coffee — or end your evening with a cocktail — on the covered balcony • Balcony faces scenic, tree-lined Church Street (one-way traffic only) and has a pretty view of a rare downtown green space • Secure underground parking with elevator access to third floor


155 Lexington Avenue Downtown AshevilleUPDATES • Entire condo professionally painted (walls, ceilings, trim) with Benjamin Moore paint • Kitchen cabinets professionally refinished and painted; new kitchen faucet • Installed Pottery Barn curtain rods/rings in living room and both bedrooms; four-panel IKEA linen drapes at all three triple-hung windows in living room and both bedrooms • New pulls on all cabinetry in the kitchen and both bathrooms • New HVAC system installed by White and Williams 2016 • New deck railing installed 5/21 • New garbage disposal installed 6/21 • Subway backsplash tile professionally installed in kitchen • Upgrades in both bathrooms include new mirrors and new lights over them; new towel racks; and new toilets — all professionally installed • Primary bathroom also has the following professional upgrades: new glass shower surround; new shower head; electric wallmount towel warmer; wall storage cabinet above toilet • Guest bathroom has new shower rod • All plumbing throughout condo was professionally cleaned in August 2016 by Nesbit Plumbing • New recessed lights over breakfast bar; new ceiling fans in living room and both bedrooms, all with integrated lights and operated by light switch and/or fan remotes • Wood floors throughout have been professionally buffed and revarnished

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315 Fairfax Avenue Offers the Quintessential West Asheville Experience

315 Fairfax Avenue

Overview of 315 Fairfax Avenue

315 Fairfax Ave Asheville, NC 28806

Main Level: 3 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom

975 SF Apartment: 1 Bedroom + Bonus Room, 1 Bathroom

915 SF 0.16 Acre MLS # 3751238

"I think it’s a great opportunity for someone who wants to “house hack” or someone to do a very simple/easy renovation on the upstairs kitchen to charge more [...]

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