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Blog :: 11-2016

Shop Locally in Asheville to Support Public Schools

Go Local Asheville

With the holidays rapidly approaching, many people’s thoughts are turning toward gift procurement. It is easy to fall into the trap of online shopping with all of the convenience it offers.  Let us point out an alternative with many benefits, including support of our local businesses, support of our local schools and, of course, the coveted convenience!

2017 Go LocalThe Go Local card is a program of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance that features over 400 locally-owned independent businesses in our area.  Purchasing a card is a fantastic way to make a commitment to supporting the thriving and unique business culture in Asheville as well as supporting local public schools.  The 2016 card raised over $18,000 for our public schools and the goal is to surpass that number in 2017.

The 2017 Go Local card will be available to purchase by the end of November at Asheville Grown and in the offices of local public schools. Cards are also available at a discount in bulk (think holiday shopping in one fell swoop)!  Half of the price of the $16 card goes to support local public schools.  You may either designate a school to support or have it spread evenly across all of the city public schools.

This powerful card has membership benefits in many categories, including Eats Drinks and Entertainment, Fashion and Accessories, Professional Services, Health and Beauty, Outdoors and more!  The full list of discounts can be found here.

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

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Light up the Holidays in Asheville at the NC Arboretum

Winter Lights Asheville

The holiday season is not complete without a trip to scout out the best winter light displays in the area. Here, we would like to highlight one display that is created and hosted by one of our favorite Asheville area organizations, the North Carolina Arboretum.

The North Carolina Arboretum, located on the southwest side of town off of Highway 191, is a favorite destination in warmer months due to its stunning landscape displays and fantastic exhibits.  In the past few years, they have extended their viewing season by offering up an incredible winter light display, and many area residents are beginning to claim it as a family holiday tradition.

Arboretum Winter LightsThe 3rd Annual Winter Lights Holiday Lights Exhibit opens on Friday, November 18th and runs through Sunday, January 1st, from 6 to 10 pm every night.  Visitors walk through a self-guided tour of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights arranged to highlight the natural beauty and landscapes of the Arboretum.

Highlights of the exhibit include a projection show and educational program about animal hibernation during winter. Other attractions include a 50 foot animated tree, Rocky Cove G-Scale model train and lighted Quilt Garden.  You can purchase festive food and beverage at the cafe, including hot cocoa, s’mores, wine and beer.

Attending this event not only allows you to meander through a winter wonderland, but proceeds from the Winter Lights fundraiser will help the Arboretum to expand its educational programs, exhibits and facilities year-round.

Arboretum Winter LightsWinter Lights tickets are available for purchase online at All tickets must be purchased in advance and are date-specific. Pricing is $18 for adults and $16 for children (ages 5 to 11), not including handling fees and required sales tax. Children age four and under are free.

Mosaic Realty is a huge supporter of the North Carolina Arboretum because we believe in its mission of cultivating connections between people and plants.  For more information on our fantastic community or real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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River Arts District Neighborhood of Asheville = RAD

River Arts District Asheville

Undeniably, the neighborhood in Asheville that is undergoing the most radical change at the moment is the River Arts District.

This district is situated just southwest of downtown Asheville, nestled between the bustling central business district, historic Biltmore Village and funky West Asheville.  The French Broad River defines the neighborhood’s western border and brings with it many eager river adventurers.  However, it has not always been quite the cultural hub that it is now.

History of the River Arts District in Asheville

Historic River Arts District AshevilleBy the late 1800s, Asheville’s industrial district had settled in the low-lying area surrounding the French Broad River.  During this time, the railroad, still active today as the Norfolk Southern, brought scores of people to town.

In the 1980s, as downtown Asheville began to see a slow renaissance and artists faced higher rents there, many of them set up shop in the industrial buildings lining the banks of the French Broad River.  1994 marked the first official studio stroll, and hence the name River Arts District began to take effect.  

Around the turn of the century, a few Asheville entrepreneurs began to recognize the opportunity in the area and set up businesses such as the Grey Eagle Music Hall and the Wedge Brewery, which are still thriving today.  The momentum has continued through the last 15 years with many businesses experiencing success in the area.

Today, there are plans for a Visitor’s Center with public parking and restrooms and many other improvements in the works.  The city was awarded a federal grant titled Tiger VI to improve transportation in and around the River District.  Ahead of the improved infrastructure, many local businesses are looking to be a part of this area.

River Arts District Culture

River Arts StudiosThis neighborhood is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Asheville. (Link)  It’s friendliness to alternative transportation is only increasing as the city is investing more and more in infrastructure for greenways, sidewalks and bike lanes.  

The plethora of craft beers, artisan cocktails, fine dining and casual bites to eat is overwhelming and on the rise.  Our detailed blog post on river culture in Asheville lays out some of our favorite destinations in the River Arts District as well as some outstanding pass times.

Architectural Styles of the River Arts District

 Historic cottages dot the hillside of Chicken Hill, facing west over the river and south over the center of the business district.  In the past few years, some historic industrial buildings have been renovated to include studio apartments near artists’ studio spaces.  

New construction is popping up all along the River Arts District featuring mostly condos and modern style homes.  These homes are designed to reduce urban sprawl and to take advantage of the walkability of this neighborhood.

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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Sources/Further Reading: The History of the River Arts District



Exquisite Mediterranean-Style Home in the Kenilworth Neighborhood of Asheville

Exquisite Mediterranean- Style Home in Kenilworth

11 Digges Road, Asheville, NC 28805


2,209 Square Feet, 1.01 Acres

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

Built in 2004   

MLS# 3224525



Peaceful SettingExquisite one-story home in the popular Kenilworth neighborhood

Beautiful postcard-like setting on an acre at the end of a quiet road

Walkable community with sidewalks to Kenilworth Lake and Park

Traditional Mediterranean architectural design include private courtyards, old-world plaster walls and arched doorways

Hand-sculpted oak posts and trim milled from trees on the property— in the living room, dining room and kitchen

Crème de la crème of heating systems with radiant-heated Italian tile floors

On-demand gas furnace for the radiant floor heating system

Exterior features include a terracotta tile roof, stucco walls, arched portico and private courtyards

Welcoming entrance with antique ornamental lamp posts, enormous clay urns, iron lantern and recessed sculpture alcove

Open, flowing floor plan with fantastic daylighting from a multitude of Anderson aluminum-clad windows

Great Room - Cathedral Ceiling - Exposed RafterSophisticated recessed lighting and Art Deco iron accent lighting

Inviting great room with cathedral ceiling and exposed rafters-15.7 feet at the peak

Coat closet in great room

Great room opens to central dining area surrounded by large gourmet kitchen

Enormous custom oak dining table harvested from trees on the property

French Doors off of living area lead to main courtyard, perfect for al fresco dining

Iron Art Deco chandelier

Splendid kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 5-burner Dacor gas range and hood, and electric oven and warming drawer

Corian countertops and custom tile backsplash

Enormous Custom Oak Dining TableCustom quarter-sawn oak kitchen cabinets in chestnut stain

Split bedroom plan ensures privacy for owners and guests

Master bedroom wing includes a study with built-in Schuler double desk

Gas fireplace with stone surround, site-harvested oak mantel and custom-tiled overmantel

Master suite hallway features arched doorways and recessed sculpture alcove

Picture rail molding and iron window hardware

Large walk-in closet with custom shoe storage

French Doors from master open to a private courtyard with gas outdoor fireplace and mature tulip tree

Master bathroom has two quarter-sawn oak vanities with Corian counter tops

Great Room Opens to Central CourtyardInternational Bath Corporation jetted tub and walk-in shower

Make-up/dressing area and custom tile backsplash

Light-filled hallway with recessed nook leads to guest quarters

2 guest bedrooms have ceiling fans, ceramic tile floors, picture rail trim for artwork and large locking oak armoires for closet storage

Guest bath has pedestal sink, walk-in shower, built-ins shelves, and glazed ceramic subway tile backsplash

Laundry room off of kitchen utility sink in custom tile vanity

Courtyard is landscaped with crape myrtles and a mature camelia

Stained concrete floor and large concrete planters

Large tile top dining table with umbrella and iron chairs will convey

Landscaped Central Courtyard - Al Fresco DiningTwo wooden garden gates for yard access from courtyard

Double covered carport with a work bench, and dogtrot to kitchen entrance

High thermal mass house with no cooling needed by previous owner

Heavily-insulated walls with plaster inside

Electrical backup system - generator will convey

Newer EPM roof on flat section, replaced in 2009

Dry-stacked stone garden terraces, garden arbor, and serene wooded view

Great spaces for raised garden beds with organic soil amendments

Mature fig and apple trees

4 miles to shopping, dining and entertainment in DowntownAsheville and Biltmore Village

Close Proximity to the hospital, Whole Foods Market and Interstate


Pergola with Grape Vine TrellisDriving/ Biking Directions: From Biltmore Avenue, turn onto Caledonia.  Turn right onto Forest Hill Drive. Turn left onto Kenilworth Road.  Turn left onto Digges Road. 11 Digges Road is on your right.

For information about this listing, or other properties in Asheville, email Mike Figura at or call him anytime at (828)-337-8190.

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111 Robinhood Road: A Sustainable North Asheville Home with Huge Mountain Views

111 Robinhood Asheville NC Home tour from Mosaic Realty on Vimeo.


111 Robinhood Road, Asheville, NC 28804


3509 Square Feet, 0.46 Acres

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

Built in 1987    MLS# 3227282

Elegant North Asheville ContemporaryNorth Asheville contemporary with breathtaking downtown views offers a sustainable luxury home for the sophisticated consumer. From the handmade Mahogany front door to the exquisite gourmet kitchen, this home leaves nothing wanting. Custom cherry and maple built-ins, artist fabricated ironwork, master masonry stonework, lovely landscaping and vast ipe deck. Rebuilt from the studs, this home was recreated by skilled craftsmen, artists, designers and efficiency experts. See brochure for details.


Entryway features custom fabricated ironwork by Portable

Welding Service

Stunning slate and granite stone work by Marc Archambault of

Hammerhead Stoneworks

Landscape architecture by Tony Hauser of Ambient Design

Accent exterior landscape lighting

Replaced driveway with new engineered retaining wall and

driveway ($100,000)

Whole house generator


Zephyr Hood. Wolf Induction CooktopKitchen design by Susan Mimken

Exquisite granite countertops by Rock Star Granite and Marble

Pastry island with marble countertop

Wood-Mode fine custom maple cabinetry with dovetail and soft
close features

Custom cabinets with built-in cutting board and knife drawer

Wolf induction and gas cooktops

Zephyr kitchen range hood

Miele dishwasher, steam, and convection ovens

KitchenAid refrigerator, bar refrigerator

Dornbracht faucet, separate bar sink

Johnsonite rubber floors are soft on the feet

Walk-in pantry


Open Living Room. Built-In Shelving.Breathtaking mountain and city views

Wall of west-facing windows

Hidden coat closet with door blending into custom paneling in the foyer

Gorgeous maple and cherry paneling

Conrad custom motorized blinds with hand woven raffia in living room and dining

Trey ceiling in living area

Whole-house sound system

Accent LED lighting embedded into cabinetry

Opens to spacious Ipe wood deck


Spacious Dining Room.Handmade, elegant contemporary maple and Anigre paneling

Modern built-ins with stainless steel accent bands made by
Jessie Jozwiak of True to Form

Sophisticated and stylish lighting package


Wool carpet (hypo-allergenic)

Closets by More Space Place®

American Clay Paint

Built in cherry desk

Beautiful garden view


Handmade glass bowl and matching vanity mirror from New


Custom tile


Master Bedroom. Incredible City and Mountain ViewsBreathtaking downtown and mountain views

Trey ceiling

Wool carpet (hypo-allergenic)

Grasscloth wallpaper

Custom closet by More Space Place®

Electric heated floor in master bath

Steam shower with custom tile

Toto Neorest toilet

Dual vanity with marble counter plus sit-down makeup area

Linen closet in master bath



En Suite Bathroom with Soaking Tub. Custom Tile Vanity.Serene garden view

Wool carpet (hypo-allergenic)

Beautiful natural light

Closet by More Space Place®

En-suite bathroom with soaking tub

Custom vanity and tile in bathroom


Wood-Mode cabinets for plenty of storage

Corian counters

Johnsonite rubber floors are soft on the feet


Lower Level Great Room. Separate EntranceHuge great room or third bedroom

Cork flooring

Built in murphy bed by More Space Place®

Great natural light with lots of windows

Corian counters and ample cabinetry for hobbyists

Full bathroom on lower level

Separate entrance

952 square feet in basement ready to be finished for easy expansion


Entertain on the Spacious Ipe DeckSpacious Ipe wood deckfor tranquil rest or first class entertaining

Breathtaking downtown Asheville and long-range mountain

Stainless steel railing by Marc Archambault

Retractable electric awning


Home deconstructed to the studs and completely rebuilt —

inside and out •

Replaced electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roof, exterior walls,

interior walls, deck and more

Landscape Architecture by Ambient DesignLoewen aluminum clad windows

50 year architectural shingle roof

Hardiplank cement board siding

Advantech subfloor and sheathing

High efficiency Bryant heat pump with gas furnace back up

HVAC system zoned with three active zones (master bedroom,
main area and lower level) and capacity for more zones

Whole house humidifier on HVAC system

Aquasana whole-house water filter

Sealed and conditioned crawl space by Home Energy Partners

Foundation sealed for water protection during renovation

Spray foam insulation in walls (Iceyene), floors and ceiling by

Home Energy Partners

Triple pane windows on East and South sides, North and West

sides double pane

Tankless gas hot water heater with recirculating pump

Half round gutters with leaf guard


Located just 5 miles north of downtown Asheville, known for its fine dining, craft beverages, galleries and performing arts

Proximity to the Country Club of Asheville’s golf, pool, tennis and social facilities

Convenient access to walking trails at Beaver Lake and hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Driving/ Biking Directions:

Breathtaking Mountain and City Views.From Downtown Asheville, take Merrimon Avenue north and turn right on Beaverdam Road. Turn left on Elk Mountain Scenic Highway. Left on Robinhood Road. 111 Robinhood Road is on the left.

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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Appalachian Offsets: A Local Solution to Global Pollution

Tree in Light Bulb

A Program of Western North Carolina Green Building Council

Appalachian OffsetsWestern North Carolina Green Building Council (WNCGBC) is bringing back it’s locally focused carbon-offsetting program due to community demand!  This innovative local program allows area residents to calculate their carbon footprint and then offset it by paying into a community fund.  The community fund then supports energy-efficient upgrades at local nonprofits, low-income housing and schools.

Executive director of the WNCGBC, Sam Ruark Eastes, states, “the scientific consensus is in.  Climate change is happening and is greatly influenced by the burning of fossil fuels.” The average United States resident was responsible for 18 tons of carbon dioxide in one year.  This number is almost 4 times greater than the global average of 4.6 tons, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report in 2011 (the last year of the data).

Two grants have helped to bring the Appalachian Offsets program back into action.  It encourages individuals to first offset their own carbon footprint.  Then, they can pay into a fund that helps the community as a whole.  

Making a Difference in Asheville

UNCA AHAAn example of a project that is funded would be upgrading inefficient lighting and supporting clean energy within area organizations.  In 2007, UNCA students volunteered with the Asheville Housing Authority to replace 13,000 inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.  This initiative helped reduce carbon emissions by 3, 790 tons annually and saved the Housing Authority and its residents about $250,000 annually!

“Appalachian Offsets is the bridge that matches companies and individuals looking to offset their emissions with organizations who need support cutting energy costs and upgrading their facilities,” Ruark Eastes said.

You can get involved by going to the program’s website:!  Here, you can use the carbon calculator to see your own or your business’ carbon footprint.  Additionally,you can also learn more about the projects that will be supported by offsets you may choose to purchase.

Mosaic Realty is proud to be a supporter of the Western North Carolina Green Building Council.  For information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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