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4 Ideas for Fall Family Fun in Asheville, NC

Apple Orchard Asheville

There is no greater time to appreciate the abundant beauty of our area than autumn.  The colors become electric as the air turns crisp.  Fall in Asheville brings with it several associations for us, and seeking out these traditions in the name of family fun is a great way to spend time together!

Asheville Area Corn Mazes

Corn MazeThe campus of Eliada Homes offers 12 acres with 4 miles of twisting and turning trails through their corn field.  This has been an Asheville tradition for years, with families flocking to their West Asheville location by the van-full.  Annually, the event brings in 20,000 visitors and is ranked among the top corn mazes in the nation.  All funds raised benefit Eliada Homes, serving children and families since 1906.

For a smaller corn maze experience, head out to Hickory Nut Gap Farm, where just a stone’s throw from their country store, children can explore the corn maze and then return to the farm store for fresh cider.  The farm is located just 10 miles southeast of Asheville.  

Apple Orchards: A WNC Tradition

Sky Top Orchard offers incredible scenery as you pick your own apples surrounded by panoramic mountain views.  Children will delight in the sights of the geese, ducks, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and peacocks.  Sky Top is famous for its apple cider doughnuts and lasting memories!


Pumpkins AshevillePicking the perfect pumpkin is a fun and easy task with so many local and convenient options in Asheville.  The Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market has a plethora of pumpkins as well as gourds and other fall harvest decorations.  Many area churches hold pumpkin adoptions as fundraisers to benefit charities they support.  Hickory Nut Gap also features a pumpkin patch for your own picking.  

Leaf Color in Asheville

Fall Leaves AshevilleFamily fun in the autumn can be as simple as a drive to see the amazing colors on our deciduous trees, with some pit stops for the children to stomp in the leaves.  Because we live near so many state and national parks, a short drive pays huge dividends in satisfaction.  Mid to late October is known as “peak leaf season”, and there is no better time to hit the Blue Ridge Parkway with a picnic basket in hand.  There are vistas all along the drive, but larger stop-off points include Craggy Gardens and Mount Pisgah.

Don’t forget to plan ahead for trick or treating!  Here is our guide to the Halloween scene in Asheville’s neighborhoods.

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

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Halloween Haunted Happenings in Asheville: Neighborhoods to Explore

Luminaries Asheville Halloween

Asheville is a town that can slip into a festive spirit as easily as a witch slips onto her broom.  The end of October brings with it much anticipation of haunted Halloween happenings around town.  

Here are several neighborhoods, broken down by region but by no means an exhaustive list, of some of the tried and true neighborhoods that welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween festivities.

West Asheville

Halloween Dog AshevilleWest Asheville goes all out for Halloween with storefronts fully bedazzled and occasionally even a band set up at the Brew Pump on Haywood Road on Halloween night.

Vermont Avenue, the main corridor through historic West Asheville, welcomes hundreds of families for trick-or-treating.  Some homes put on shadow performances and blast spooky music.  In  recent years, the road has been closed to through traffic, making room for shoulder to shoulder treat-seekers.  Parking can be a challenge, but there is a large lot at the West Asheville Park at the bottom of Vermont Avenue.

For a quieter and more traditional Halloween experience, head to west West Asheville in the Malvern Hills neighborhood.  Sidewalks and wide roads make for a good pedestrian experience for children.  The mix of many generations means that there are plenty of homes offering candy and ample younger ones disguised and seeking candy.

East Asheville

Beverly Hills neighborhood is the go-to spot in East Asheville.  This neighborhood has tons of children, so the atmosphere is super kid-friendly.  The Halloween hub is on Kingsgate Road in the center of the neighborhood.

South Asheville

South Asheville has a handful of larger neighborhoods located close to school districts which makes for a great family vibe where you can cover lots of distance without getting in a car.  Oak Park and Biltmore Park near the T.C. Roberson School district are two stalwart Halloween locations in the south end of town.

North Asheville

Asheville Halloween CatNorth Asheville’s classic neighborhoods are welcoming to little haunts.  Kimberly Avenue, with its wide, tree-lined roads, is a fantastic location for trick or treating.  Adults can simultaneously enjoy the beauty of the architecture and the Grove Park neighborhood.  The historic Rose Garden at Gracelyn and South Griffing often turns into quite a crowd of costume-clad children. 

Homes near Weaver Park and Beaver Lake also have a great Halloween scene.  A bit further to the north, the small town of Weaverville has an historic district downtown that offers convenient, walkable fun for families adventuring out on the 31st.


In the Montford Historic District near downtown Asheville, Montford Avenue is the hot spot for haunted romping.  Houses are decked out from Nine Mile to the Montford Park.  The hosts of the historic Bed and Breakfasts along the avenue greet guests in full regalia with full sized candy bars.Park on side streets or walk from downtown Asheville to check out the decorations along this beautiful road.

Haunted AshevilleKenilworth neighborhood, just a few miles south of downtown Asheville, has long been a favorite Halloween destination for locals.  The homeowners go out of their way with elaborate decorations and jack-o-lantern displays. Most people start at the big church on the corner of Kenilworth Road and Chiles, and then walk up and down the sidewalks of Kenilworth Road, venturing into the smaller side streets..... if they dare.

Wherever you may roam this Halloween, we wish you a safe and fun evening!

For more information on Asheville’s neighborhoods or information on buying or selling real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Featured Green Home near Asheville: 123 Ivey Baptist Road

Green Home Near Asheville

A gorgeous property has just hit the market, and the icing on the cake is that it is a highly desirable NC Healthy Built home!  

Incredible Custom Mountain Retreat Near Asheville

  • Front DoorNestled in the mountains with gorgeous views
  • Minutes to Weaverville’s shopping and restaurants
  • Just 25 minutes to downtown Asheville
  • Close to hiking, mountain biking, Navitat Ziplines, and Big Ivy Historical Park
  • NC Healthy Built home
  • Handcrafted artisan details throughout home
  • Huge covered front porch features a gas-assisted fireplace, rock surround and chimney, handcrafted wood mantel, and built-in seating area
  • Gorgeous handmade artisan door welcomes you
  • Open floor plan creates a mountain lodge feel
  • Locally-sourced walnut floors, breakfast bar, and trim
  • Site-sourced pine woodwork throughout

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Healthy Built Features

Certified Gold v4 NC Healthy Built home

Solar hot water and geothermal systems in place for future installation

Radiant heat floors in lower & main levels

Marvin Ultimate doors and windows

Central vacuum

Whole-house energy recovery ventilator 

Icynene insulation

Hardwood siding

Back-up generator w separate electric panel

Pond acts as a rain catchment system

Locally-sourced wood throughout

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Weighing the Benefits of Buying a Green Home

Benefits of Buying a Green Home

Envision yourself enjoying all of the comforts of modern life: hot showers, well-lit rooms, comfortable indoor climate and more-- all accomplished with the help of the ever-expanding green technologies available to today’s homebuilding and home renovating professionals.  Do you simultaneously envision large costs coming along with this dream? Let’s dig deeper.

With rising energy costs not only looming on the horizon, but now a stark reality, the goal of purchasing a green home is on the minds of more and more buyers.  Although the cost of a green home is initially more than a conventional home, consider this:

Green Homes Will Help You Save on Utilities and Build Equity

Green HomeConservatively, the average purchaser will spend $70-$80 less per month on utilities in a green home.  Over the course of a 30-year mortgage, a person could initially pay about $12,000 more for their green home and not pay any more per month after adding together their monthly mortgage and utilities. Even better, the owner of the green home would be spending that $70-$80 per month to build equity in their home rather than to burn fossil fuels to heat, cool and power their home.

Green Homes Maintain Value Over Time

By purchasing a home made with durable materials, maintenance costs are substantially reduced.  Durable materials such as recycled steel, metal roofing and fiber cement siding have a threefold benefit.  They will save you time and money by not having to replace these parts of your home eventually.  Additionally, it will prevent items from ending up in the landfill.  The use of such durable materials helps a home to maintain its value over time as well.

Green Homes Mean Greater Health Benefits for Your Family

HERS IndexHealthy buildings help keep people who live in them healthy as well, which creates short term and long term medical savings. Green buildings usually mean healthier indoor environments. A study by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors shows that hospitals that underwent green renovations had a 21% improvement in hospital discharge rates. Also, Pennsylvania Power and Light saw a 540% return on investment from their green building upgrades due to lower absenteeism and higher productivity.

Well built green homes are comfortable and cozy throughout the coldest months of winter as well as cool and quaint during the hottest days of summer.  Its efficient envelope allows you to experience cost savings from day one.  With the ever-increasing cost of energy, buying a green home is a sustainable and smart investment.

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Top 5 Mistakes that First Time Home Buyers Make

First Time Home Owner

Carrie-Welles CravenHere are the top 5 mistakes that first time home buyers make according to Carrie-Welles Craven, one of our fantastic agents who has a special niche in our boutique real estate firm.  Carrie-Welles has been an exclusive buyer's agent for first time home buyers for over 15 years in the rapidly growing market of Asheville, NC.  Check out these 5 common pitfalls that people new to real estate purchases often make.

5.   Many first time home-buyers don't budget for the unexpected costs of home ownership.  They fail to account for  general maintenance and repairs, therefore buying a home that seems like it will be financially doable but becomes an expense when fluid funds are necessary to pay for replacing a furnace or roof.

4.  Often due to a desire for convenience, they often shop online for lenders instead of local lenders.  The customer service aspect is just not there with online lenders.  There are so many forms, and filling them out correctly can be difficult.  If you are a more seasoned real estate investor, the online route may make more sense, but for first-time home buyers, use a local lender.

3.  Many clients entering the market to buy their first home don't get prequalified before falling in love with a property.  This can slow the process of and make them less able to act quickly when they find the right home.

Sales Contract2.   A lack of understanding how to be able to seize opportunities in real estate means many people wait to call a Realtor until they have found a house.  Often, in a fast-moving market, the best deals and homes on the lower end of the price range move quickly due to a lack of affordable housing in many areas.  This means missed opportunities for first time home buyers.

1.   Many first time home buyers select a Realtor that is in the right place at the right time but don’t use an exclusive home buyer agent.  Many realtors spend their time on the seller’s side, thus their expertise lies in this side of the deal.  Benefits to using an exclusive home buyer agent include knowledge of how to get a contract in a seller’s market, receiving education about the home-buying process and having a professional perform market-price comparisons, thus ensuring that you do not overpay for your home.

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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