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Stunning Natural Beauty Envelops Eclectic Brevard

Brevard NC Walkable TownBrevard, N.C., tucked in the heart of Transylvania County, boasts a unique mix of the eclectic and the enchanting: Unique boutiques dot its downtown, while mountain bike trails, waterfall hikes and epic views make it one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the Southeast.

Located 33 miles southwest of Asheville along scenic Highway 64, Brevard has a population of 7,600. The city is part of the Transylvania County School system, which includes three high schools, two middle schools, and four elementary schools. One charter school and several smaller private schools round out the academic offerings. In addition, Brevard College, a four-year liberal arts institution with nationally recognized programs in music and environmental studies, is located in Brevard.   

Brevard NC: Surrounded by Outdoor Beauty

Brevard’s natural beauty is renowned, with its temperate rainforest climate sustaining over 200 waterfalls across the area. The most visited spots are Looking Glass Falls and summer favorite Sliding Rock. 

Brevard NC Walkable Small TownNestled between Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park, Brevard affords visitors endless outdoor adventures. Known as one of the top mountain biking destinations in the U.S., Brevard sports 300 miles of epic single track in its pristine forests.  The area is also known for its road cycling and popular cycling shops, where guides and gear are always available.

Brevard is a favorite spot for rock climbers, featuring such destinations as Looking Glass, Cedar Rock and many other areas of interest. Brevard Rock Gym is available for the indoor climbing enthusiast. Fishing is also popular in Brevard, with a hatchery located in Pisgah National Forest to supply the rivers with fish.

Brevard boasts a range of cultural offerings. It is home to the world-renowned Brevard Music Center and its Summer Music Festival, the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College, and a vibrant live music community. Downtown hosts several fun festivals throughout the year, including The White Squirrel Festival, Halloweenfest and Twilight Tour, but downtown visitors can find much to explore year-round. Picturesque Main Street, anchored by a stately courthouse, is brimming with local shops, galleries and restaurants. Favorite stops include O.P. Taylor's toy store on the square and D.D. Bullwinkle's Outdoors.

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Weaverville Blends Vibrant Downtown District With Country Living

Weaverville, NCNorth of Asheville sits the unique, scenic town of Weaverville, home to entrepreneurs and artisans alike. With a thriving downtown district offering an array of businesses and plenty of parking, Weaverville draws visitors from all around to its quaint, picturesque Main Street and lush public spaces. Living in Weaverville offers the best of all worlds: quiet country living just a stone’s throw from a thriving in-town commercial district, with a 15-minute drive to Downtown Asheville.

The Town of Weaverville, with its range of home styles – everything from stately colonials to rambling ranches – started as a community of farmers. John Weaver, the community’s namesake, was one of the first settlers in the region. Families steadily settled in the area over the next 70 years, leading to the construction of several churches and schools.

Outstanding outdoor activities near Weaverville

Residents and visitors to Weaverville can enjoy two public parks within its jurisdiction: Lake Louise Park and the Main Street Nature Park. Well-maintained areas prized for passive recreation, the parks offer walking paths lined with volunteer-maintained flower beds and educational information celebrating Weaverville’s rich heritage.

Weaverville NC DowntownFor those looking for nearby nature adventures, Weaverville boasts an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, miles of local hiking trails, cycling routes, scenic drives, wildlife, and native plants. In addition, the Town of Weaverville hosts several community events throughout the year celebrating its unique roots in Western North Carolina, including a Memorial Day Observance at Lake Louise, Fire on the Lake: July 4th Celebration at Lake Louise, a 9/11 Observance at Lake Louise, a Veterans’ Day Observance at Lake Louise, and a Town Christmas Parade downtown.

Eclectic, engaging downtown Weaverville

Residents and visitors can stroll the length of Main Street, enjoying the town’s unique shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a range of art studios, where area artists welcome the public into their studios for events like the juried Art in Autumn and the Weaverville Art Safari. Some of the art galleries, shops, and restaurants that call downtown Weaverville home include: Miya Gallery, Mangum Pottery, Shop Around the Corner, Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub, Well Bred Bakery, Aabani Salon & Spa, Glass Onion, Curtis Wright Outfitters, Allgood Coffee, Twisted Laurel Eatery & Lounge, Zebulon Artisan Ales and Maggie B’s Wine & Specialty Store.

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Mosaic's Creative Partnership Is Music to Asheville's Ears


Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has always been a proud sponsor of local nonprofit organizations in and around Asheville. In these unprecedented times, such support has taken on even greater importance; it has also inspired some creative thinking. 

Because the coronavirus pandemic has curtailed live events, performing arts organizations have taken a particular hit. Thanks to Mosaic’s sponsorship of the Blue Ridge Orchestra, Western North Carolina's all-volunteer symphony orchestra, the public can continue to enjoy performances virtually, presented in an inspired fashion.

59 Malvern Walk Asheville NC59 Malvern Walk, Asheville NC: A Luxury Listing of Note

Recently, Mosaic’s sponsorship provided a highly unique venue for a performance by its concertmaster, Hanako Hjersman, video-recorded for at-home audiences. Mosaic’s luxury listing at 59 Malvern Walk in West Asheville served as the special stage for Hjersman’s solo performance of two pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach: the Double from Partita No. 1 in B minor, and the Giga from Partita No. 2 in D minor. 

Presenting such a musical feast for the senses against the lush backdrop of this striking property highlights Mosaic’s unique community partnerships; it is also a testament to how Asheville’s local businesses and nonprofits continue to support one another through the pandemic. 

Virtual Holiday Concert: Revels!

In addition, thanks to Mosaic’s continued sponsorship of the Blue Ridge Orchestra, the (holiday) show will go on: Anyone with an Internet connection will be able to enjoy the beloved annual music event BRO Revels! virtually. 

Forced to shift gears from a live event (previously held at UNC-Asheville) to a virtual affair, a small subset of musicians from the Blue Ridge Orchestra held a safely spaced gathering at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts to record holiday favorites for the BRO Revels! concert. This unique concert features secular and sacred favorites performed by a variety of musical ensembles: a woodwind quintet, a brass octet, a 13-piece string orchestra, a solo soprano with piano, and a string quartet. The final recording will be available for the public to enjoy from Dec. 11-31 at

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Lake Lure Makes a Splash With Natural Beauty and Outdoor Adventures

Lake Lure NC Real EstateNestled at the base of the Hickory Nut Gorge amid breathtaking shoreline, mountain peaks, and rare plant and animal species, the town of Lake Lure in Western North Carolina is a nature lover’s dream. The town, which encompasses the famed lake of the same name, sits at an elevation of 1,000 feet and is surrounded by peaks topping out over 3,000, including Rumbling Bald Mountain, Chimney Rock Mountain and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Life in Lake Lure affords myriad options for enjoying the outdoors, and its proximity to Asheville (28 miles northwest) and Charlotte (78 miles east) makes for easy, delightful day trips.

Part of Rutherford County, Lake Lure was incorporated in 1927, and acquired the lake after which it was named in 1965. It has a year-round population of close to 1,200. The lake covers about 720 acres, with a shoreline of about 27 miles.

Properties in Lake Lure vary, from lavish lakefront to modern forest-shrouded to open tracts for building a mountain dream home. Schools are part of the Rutherford County System. Nearby Chimney Rock, Rutherfordton and Forest City offer quaint Main Street shops and specialty restaurants.

Outdoor adventures in Lake Lure

The town of Lake Lure offers many spots for soaking in the area’s beauty and natural features. Most prominent is, of course, the lake itself. Lake Lure beach, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is the perfect place for cooling off, with lifeguards, a water slide, and other fun water sports. You can also kayak, rent a boat, or take a tour boat.

Homes for Sale in Lake Lure NCHiking and mountain biking options are plentiful in and around Lake Lure. Dittmer-Watts Nature Trail Park is a popular, 3-mile walking trail system perfect for all ages and fitness levels. Buffalo Creek Park offers thousands of acres of conserved land, and intermediate to advanced mountain biking trails. Among the surrounding mountain peaks, Chimney Rock Park’s Rumbling Bald Climbing Access is a perfect park for hiking, with trails leading to rock formations at the base of Rumbling Bald.

Year-round events in Lake Lure

A number of events and festivals draw visitors every year to the area. Following are a few to check out:

Spring and Fall Lake Lure Arts and Crafts festivals – More than 100 crafters and food and entertainment vendors participate in these annual fests, one during Memorial Day Weekend and the other in mid-October.

Fourth of July Fireworks – Two shows, on the third (public) and the fourth (for guests and members of Rumbling Bald Resort) of July, occur at Lake Lure. 

Lake Lure Olympiad – Every August, hundreds of swimmers, runners, cyclists and golfers compete in a series of events around the area.

Dirty Dancing Festival – In homage to the iconic 1987 movie, which was filmed at Lake Lure, visitors to this annual September event can take dance lessons, enjoy live music, and view an nighttime outdoor showing of “Dirty Dancing.”

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Simple Ways to Support Asheville Businesses This Holiday Season

Support Local Asheville BusinessesFor Ashevillians seeking to bolster independent businesses this holiday season, these movements and resources can be a good starting point.

Restaurant takeout and safe dine-in

One simple way to help local business in Asheville is to patronize area restaurants, particularly hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic. Many restaurants offer online ordering and payment, as well as curbside pickup, for a contactless experience. Some have also reopened for limited in-house dining, with safely spaced tables as well as outdoor heated patios. Asheville Independent Restaurants keeps an updated list of local restaurants offering take-out or delivery, as well as dine-in options.


#AshevilleStrong encourages people to buy local gift cards – perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers – from businesses around Asheville and Western North Carolina. Local restaurants, hotels, shops, salons, theaters and markets that are seeing a decline in visitors can get an immediate boost from gift-card sales. #AshevilleStrong’s website offers a list, updated daily, of the area businesses offering gift cards, so support can continue even while stores, restaurants and entertainment venues stay shuttered or limited.

Streaming entertainment

While a select few area venues have reopened for limited audiences, many local theaters and music venues are streaming concerts, plays and other performances for audiences to access remotely, from the comfort of home. Check out your favorite venue’s website for specific offerings and a calendar of events.

There are many other ways to support our local community as we enter the holiday season amid the pandemic. Just a few others to explore are: United Way & Hands-On Asheville to donate goods and volunteer (; Musician Relief Fund to support Asheville’s normally vibrant music scene as it experiences cancelled gigs, festivals and events (; and Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund to address local farmers’ needs as they deal with a dive in customers and sales (

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Cherokee Influence Across Blue Ridge Region Creates Rich Cultural Experience

Cherokee Influence Blue Ridge MountansThe Cherokee Indians of North Carolina were among the earliest inhabitants of Western North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and their legacy has created a rich cultural imprint on our region. The tribe’s influence is evident in the artifacts, art and agricultural methods that remain today. 

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe descended from a small group of 800 Cherokee who were either able to stay or escaped and remained here after the Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced 16,000 Cherokees to walk to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears in 1838. Others later returned from Oklahoma to their native land.

Cherokee art that still thrives in the region includes basketry, pottery, stone- and wood-carving, finger-weaving and traditional masks. Ancient American Indian agricultural methods of burning and deadening the trees and underbrush to provide needed grazing and cropland are evident today in the many fields still visible at the base of the mountains. Mountain and river names along the Blue Ridge Parkway also reflect the American Indian influence. 

Vibrant Cherokee History on Display

The heart of the Cherokees’ rich tribal history is, of course, Cherokee, N.C., located 50 miles from Asheville in Jackson County at the main N.C. entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Most of the 15,300 members of the tribe live on the Cherokee reservation (properly called the Qualla Boundary), slightly more than 56,000 acres held in trust by the federal government.Visitors to Cherokee can experience the tribe’s past and its present, brought to vibrant life, at a museum, visitor center and arts cooperative, as well as at festivals and other events throughout the year.

The state-of-the-art Museum of the Cherokee Indians here features exhibits that tell the Cherokee story, from ancient times until today. Inspired by the beauty and ingenuity of the Cherokee people, the cultural and historical tour blends interactive video and intriguing displays into a full sensory experience.

Native American Tribes Western NCA Village Brought to Life: Cherokee of the Blue Ridge

The seasonal Oconaluftee Indian Village shows what Cherokee life was like in the 1750s Southern Appalachians. Self-guided tours allow visitors to interact with craft demonstrators and other villagers in the traditional attire of the era. Winding paths, flanked with traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites are the backdrop for viewing villagers as they hull canoes, sculpt pottery and masks, weave baskets, fashion beadwork, and perform cultural dances.

The Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc., in Cherokee, founded in 1946 with the purpose of preserving and advancing Cherokee arts and crafts, is the oldest Native American Arts cooperative in the U.S. Part shopping experience, part gallery dedicated to the preservation of Cherokee’s craftsmanship and skill, the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual promotes the work of more than 350 Cherokee artisan members.

For a completely immersive experience, visitors to Cherokee can enjoy the seasonal “Unto These Hills” outdoor drama. One of the longest-running outdoor dramas in the country, “Unto These Hills” portrays the unique story of the Cherokee from a historical perspective, from 1780 to the 21stcentury.

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Ease Environmental Impact With These Green Moving Tips

Green Moving Tips AshevilleIf you’re gearing up for a move, keeping the environment in mind is easier than you might think. The Asheville area offers plenty of resources for a green move, making the impactful life change less impactful on the environment.

Moving containers

Little things like opting for eco-friendly moving containers and supplies can cut back on excessive cardboard uses, and can greatly reduce the amount of unfriendly packing materials you might use. Substitute packing materials like plastic bubble wrap and Styrofoam packing peanuts with more eco-friendly options. You can wrap and cushion delicate items with blankets, towels, sheets or clothing.

Instead of buying a bunch of brand-new moving boxes – which usually last for a handful of uses before they need to be recycled – ask friends or local businesses if they have any you can take off their hands. The Buncombe County Transfer Station offers a free moving-box exchange: Just stop by and grab as many as you need, and when you’re done moving, you can return them to the station.

You can also repurpose as moving containers items you already own. Suitcases, laundry baskets, clean garbage bins, furniture drawers and trash bags can all pull double-duty when transporting possessions. 

Pare down with sound disposal 

Hard2Recycle EventAdditionally, finding ways to soundly dispose of hard-to-recycle items you might not want to move – think that old television, dusty, unused books, or a dilapidated table – can help reduce moving costs AND stay kind to the environment.

Asheville GreenWorks offers an easy solution with its Hard 2 Recycle events. Hard 2 Recycle aims to collect and divert items that would otherwise end up crowding a landfill. In 2021, GreenWorks will be hosting 6 Hard 2 Recycle events, 2 in Henderson County and 4 in Buncombe County. At these events, they will accept electronics, appliances, styrofoam, books, batteries, and more for recycling. Their updated list of items can be found here:

Finding the next Hard 2 Recycle event is simple; just visit for a schedule, along with which items will be accepted at the upcoming event.

Donate or sell

During a move, a lot of food and other household items are often thrown out. While some perishables do need to be disposed of, things like cleaning products, health and beauty items, canned foods and other unopened, shelf-stable goods can be donated to those in need. Asheville-area organizations that accept such donations include MANNA FoodBank and Homeward Bound of WNC.

If you’re looking to clear furniture and personal item clutter, consider holding a garage sale. Not only will you save on moving unwanted possessions, you’ll keep such items out of landfills. Whatever you don’t sell can be donated to Asheville organizations for resale. Asheville Habitat for Humanity ReStore, B.E.A.R. Closet and Asheville Humane Thrift Store are a few spots that accept donated home items. 

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Mosaic Realty Ranks Among 10 Best Mobile Realty Sites in the U.S.

MyMosaicRealty.comMosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s new responsive website was just ranked among the top 10 best mobile realty sites in the nation, according to REAL Trends’ annual review. With catered landing pages, one-click quick searches, and simple account creation to make the search process easy, especially on a mobile device, is the one-stop destination for clients looking to buy or sell property in Asheville and surrounding Western N.C.

REAL Trends – a trusted source of news, analysis and information on the residential brokerage industry since 1987 – examined sites from across the country to determine its annual rankings. The idea of responsive Web design is to make websites that easily adjust to fit multiple screen sizes, from desktop computers to mobile devices. Fluid layouts, flexible images and individually catered landing pages are the three technical factors for responsive Web design.

Seeking to streamline the real estate experience, Mosaic created its new responsive website using the same strategies it implements to help its clients: listening to customer needs and taking action on their feedback. People most often start their home searches online. As a shift to mobile phone use grows, the importance of responsive Web design is greater than ever. 

Accessing on a mobile device reveals a user-friendly experience, with large tabs, streamlined menus, and simple forms for creating personalized searches. Mosaic’s mobile site also offers homebuyers easy-to-use quick searches by listings, neighborhoods, lifestyles and price. Users can dig deeper, with quick links to advanced search options like green builds, newly listed or featured properties, and affordable homes. And with a click of a button, potential clients can go beyond real estate listings to learn all about life in Asheville and the surrounding areas.

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Asheville Attracts Interest as an Enviable ‘Zoom Town' Option

Asheville NC Zoom TownAs more of the U.S. population settles into working remotely, real estate migration patterns are shifting. So-called “Zoom Towns” – places that boast urban amenities, access to nature, and a lower cost of living than larger cities – are experiencing an influx of interest. Asheville is one such town, as many people from major metropolitan areas who can now work remotely consider the popular Western N.C. mountain destination as a place to call home.

A pandemic-prompted work shift

After the coronavirus pandemic sent many American workers into remote-only mode, one survey by MIT researchers estimated the share of virtual workers in the U.S. quadrupled to nearly 50% of the workforce. An Upwork Future Workforce Report, which polled 1,500 hiring managers, found that 56% of hiring managers felt the shift had “gone better than expected,” with more than 60% noting their employees will be working remotely moving forward. 

Remote employment is also spurring homeowners to take a closer look at workspace possibilities in their potential home. Factors that best support remote working situations, such as Internet connectivity, home size and affordability, and urban amenities, place many Southern cities, including Asheville, in a desirable position.

Work Remotely from Asheville NCLow interest rates

At the same time that migration patterns are accelerating interest in Asheville, low interest rates are driving buyers who have been waiting for just the right moment to make a move. 

According to Freddie Mac, September logged the lowest rates ever, with an average 30-year fixed rate of 2.86%. Rates aren’t expected to rise much anytime soon either: A survey by the Mortgage Reports of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association found the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is likely to average 3.18% through 2020. 

Asheville home sales

Recent home sales in Asheville lend validity to the “Zoom Town” migratory trend. During the third quarter, home sales in Asheville showed a strong uptick, with 457 home sales in the city and 952 home sales in Buncombe County.  The county had the highest number of home sales per quarter by 16%, and the city had its second-highest quarterly home sales.  This was a sharp departure from the second quarter, where there were fewer sales happening because of the initial COVID-related slowdown in both demand and supply.

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Eclectic Marshall Preserves Its Picturesque Past

Marshall NCFrom a quaint Main Street to ideal proximity to outdoor adventures, Marshall, N.C., is home to a range of rich experiences. A short 28-minute drive from Asheville, this idyllic town in Madison County, with easy access to trails along the French Broad River, features a downtown lined with historic buildings, including a century-old courthouse. Main Street features artists’ studios, interesting shops, music and dance venues and galleries. Stroll to Blannahassett Island, just over the river, to enjoy more artists’ studios, as well as picnic areas and fishing.

Marshall (population 870) boasts a history defined by the French Broad River. The Main Street has the river on one side and a cliff on the other. Transportation routes along the river and the subsequent railroad created a booming economy. Because of its location, the town was selected to be the Madison County seat, and the county courthouse was constructed in 1907. 

History has a home here

Marshall has strived to maintain pieces of its past, including the courthouse, the James H. White House and the Capitola Manufacturing Company Cotton Yarn Mill, all on the National Register of Historic Places. Old-time stores, art galleries, shops with unique home decor and gifts, restaurants and coffee shops line the downtown drag. Blannahassett Island, with the restored Marshall High Studios, features a Sunday afternoon farmers’ market, as well as arts festivals and holiday markets.

Marshall North CarolinaHomes in Marshall encompass a variety of sizes and styles. Mountain retreats with stellar views dot the hills around town; there’s also new construction on expansive tracts, as well as compact cottages and rustic cabins. Plenty of acreage is available to build a custom dream home.

Fun-filled Marshall NC festivals

Marshall features a number of entertaining festivals throughout the year:

Madison Potters Market – More than 20 of the best potters from around Madison County display their wares at Marshall High Studios (April).

Mermaid Parade & Festival – This downtown fest showcases arts, crafts and music, a seafood cook-off, and a costume parade (June).

Art on the Island Fest – Artisans, crafters and musicians join in this fall fair on Blannahassett Island (September).

Marshall Handmade Market – This arts fest, holiday market and open studio stroll in Marshall High Studios gives the public an opportunity to watch artists at work (November).

Town of Marshall NCOutdoor adventures galore in Marshall

When you’re ready to hit the outdoors, Marshall offers a range of activities suited to all interests and levels. The French Broad River provides the perfect stretch for whitewater rafting. Many outfitters offer knowledgeable guides for the adventure, for either half- or full-day trips.

Hiking is another popular and easy-to-access activity from Marshall. The nearby Laurel River Trail is an easy 7-mile round trip that follows Big Laurel Creek in Pisgah National Forest. An hour away are the famed hiking destinations of Max Patch – a bald with 360-degree, long-range views – and Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in eastern North America (6,684 feet).

Hot Springs, 23 miles from Marshall and tucked in Pisgah National Forest, is a popular destination, thanks to its natural hot mineral springs. After a relaxing soak, you can enjoy shopping and dining in the picturesque town.

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