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Blog :: 06-2020

Soak in the ‘Blue' Hue of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge MountainsNestled among the stunning backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is perfectly positioned to offer easy accessibility to all the famed mountain range has to offer. While the Blue Ridge Mountains extend from Georgia to Pennsylvania, the highest peaks are found in Western North Carolina. Living in Asheville affords the opportunity to enjoy the Blue Ridge almost everywhere you turn. 

But what puts the “Blue” in the Blue Ridge? A little science lesson provides the answer: The green trees and thick vegetation that blanket the Blue Ridge emit the hydrocarbon isoprene to protect themselves on excessively hot days. Oak trees, plentiful in these mountains, are particularly active producers of isoprene. When isoprene is released, it interacts with other molecules in the atmosphere. The resulting haze gives the surrounding range its distinctive blue appearance.

With summer upon us and popular spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway opening back up, it’s the perfect time to soak in the “blue” surroundings that have made this region world-famous. Here are a few 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.

Why are the Blue Ridge Mountains BlueMount 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 “blue” 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 “blue” 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 of the blueness surrounding you, from trails that cut through the grassy balds of Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain.

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 for some even closer opportunities to immerse yourself in the “blue” of the Blue Ridge:

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.

If you’re interested in finding an Asheville-area home from which to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains every day, please contact Mike Figura at or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190. 

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Enjoy the Full Bloom of Western N.C. Flower Farms

Asheville FarmsSummer is blossoming, and so are Asheville-area flower farms. From fresh offerings of peonies and poppies to zinnias and dahlias, there is no shortage of ways to bring the vibrant outdoor colors in. Flower farms provide their wares at farmers’ markets across Western North Carolina, or through flower bouquet shares (similar to CSA shares). Some farms also offer pick-your-own options for guests to create custom clusters.

Flying Cloud Farm – This Fairview farm sells its blooms in mixed bouquets at the River Arts District Farmers Market (Wednesdays) and the North Asheville Tailgate Market (Saturdays). And flower bouquet shares can be tacked on to Flying Cloud’s produce CSA shares: Each week, a fresh bouquet accompanies your box for the 20-week regular CSA season. Flying Cloud flowers are also available at its farm roadside stand every day May through mid-October. In addition, you can pick your own at the farm mid-July through mid-October. Website:

Bloom – Bloom, located in Black Mountain, is a pesticide-free, no-till farm offering unique specialty flowers. During spring and summer, the best way to guarantee the first and best cuts of flowers is with Bloom’s subscription shares. Being a shareholder allows you to come to the farm once a week and choose your own flowers by the stem, or select a pre-paid bouquet. Website:

Asheville Flower FarmFull Sun Farm – Flowers from this Leicester farm are available at both the River Arts District and North Asheville markets, with mixed bouquets and sunflower bunches among its most popular. The farm also offers fresh-picked field flowers for weddings and other special events, as well as weekly flower shares. Website:

Lady Luck Flower Farm – If you’re looking for a seasonal bouquet, you’re in luck – Lady Luck, to be precise. This farm in Leicester grows a variety of flowers from spring to fall, of which they hand-select the perfect blooms to create bouquets for sale at French Broad Food Co-op May through October.

Ivy Creek Family Farm – The field-grown flowers at Ivy Creek in Barnardsville are selected for their beauty, long vase life, and diversity. Ivy Creek produces three main products with its flowers: pre-made bouquets, bulk buckets (long-stem and table flowers), and custom-designed arrangements. Ivy Creek sells bouquets at the North Asheville Tailgate Market and Weaverville Tailgate Market from April to October. Bouquets change weekly with the flowers of the season.

The Never-Ending Flower Farm – This farm, located in the Big Ivy community of Barnardsville, offers wholesale flowers to florists and designers, full-service wedding floral design, and U-Pick options. Peak season starts in July with the arrival of the Dahlia blooms; other flower crops include peonies and hydrangea paniculata. The farm also grows a wide range of annuals and perennials that it incorporates into its design work. The flower field is honor system payment, with an info table set up at the top of the field.

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Stock the Shelves So Far Helps to Raise Over $55,000 for Asheville Area Families

Stock the Shelves ThanksAsheville’s Stock the Shelves for Summer, a community drive and fundraiser to provide food and essential supplies for local families in need, has so far helped to raise over $55,000 for the Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools Family Resource Centers. 

Thank you to our clients and community members who helped! 

Stock the Shelves continues to accept donations at

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.

Additional thanks to our fellow business sponsors, JAG Construction, Village Antiques, Alfie Loans, Symmetry Financial Group, and Jade Mountain Builders, who helped match contributions up to $30,000.



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Mosaic Implements Effective Strategies to Get Your Property Sold

Mosaic Realty Listing Your HomeIf you’re considering listing your Asheville area home, it’s important to find an agency that will promote your property in ways that are responsive to the environment, using strategies that will stimulate interest and maximize exposure in the markets most likely to produce interested buyers. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is adept at doing all of this and more, promising a positive selling experience with optimal results.

Mosaic promotes listings in ways that are responsive to changing markets and homebuyer trends. From properly positioning listings in the market to implementing grassroots promotions that engage potential buyers, properties are seen both online and in the community.

Marketing specialists

Mosaic employs a team of Internet and marketing specialists to maximize client listings in the online marketplace, including implementation of professional, wide-angle digital photography, virtual tours and full-color marketing brochures, to show a property in its best light. Mosaic listings receive their own gallery on the agency’s website and priority placement on other highly trafficked websites. Powerful tracking tools show how many people view a property online. Mosaic works to position a seller’s property for maximum exposure.

Mosaic Realty MarketingOnline marketing extends well beyond Mosaic advertises its properties in the most prominent online marketplaces, including Zillow, Trulia,, and Additionally, Mosaic makes sure properties are optimally positioned in social media channels where buyers spend time.

Because community relationships are a core value at Mosaic, its agents are deeply engaged in the unique culture of Asheville, volunteering and building relationships. That connection to community benefits each and every client.

Pricing and staging

There is an art and science to pricing a property. When a Mosaic agent prices a listing, he or she factors in such things as comps, inventory levels, seasonality, neighborhood, improvements and current market. Doing so in a balanced manner produces solid offers, faster sales and easier due diligence periods.

Staging a home can propel it into the spotlight ahead of its non-staged counterparts. In fact, staged homes sell around 75% more quickly than homes that are not staged. For every $100 invested in home staging, there is a potential return of $400, as staged homes can bring in up to 20% more than those non-staged. In addition, buyers are 38% more willing to walk through a staged home they saw online versus a non-staged one. 

Mosaic understands the importance of staging a property. To that end, the agency offers discounted rates to its sellers on its in-house staging company, Asheville Home Staging and Design.

Mosaic Realty Asheville Selling HomeExpansive reach

While Mosaic has strong local roots, it has cultivated a national reach; this means it is able to give your property the attention of a smaller agency with the resources and marketing knowledge of a much larger one. Its brokers use a collaborative approach: Each personally handles a client’s sale from start to finish, backed by Mosaic’s extensive experience and expertise.

Finding someone who wants to buy your home is only half the equation. You need a broker who can communicate clearly and effectively. Mosaic’s brokers are trained communicators; they practice Nonviolent Communication methods, the same technique used in conflict mediation and high-level international negotiations. Communicating in this manner smooths transactions and facilitates positive results.

If you’re looking for an agent equipped to help you get the most out of the sale of your Asheville area home, please contact Mike Figura at, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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