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Blog :: 07-2020

A Taste of Asheville History Mingles With Modern Amenities in Albemarle Park Area

Sunset Albemarle Neighborhood AshevilleBordered roughly by the Grove Park Country Club, Sunset Drive and Charlotte Street, the North Asheville cluster of Sunset, Albemarle and Albemarle Park neighborhoods is a picturesque reflection of the Asheville of yesteryear, replete with historic architecture and lush surroundings. The area’s tucked-away feel belies the fact that it is mere minutes from the Charlotte Street and Merrimon Avenue commercial corridors, or that it’s only a 15-minute walk to Downtown Asheville.

Albemarle Park and Sunset neighborhoods of Asheville: Built on history

A nationally recognized landmark in residential design, and a rare surviving example of late 19th century “resort park” development, Albemarle Park anchors the area with dozens of original 1890s structures, still intact and relatively unchanged. The area gained prominence after railroad magnate William Greene Raoul spearheaded the creation of a sumptuous summer destination, built around striking structures, including The Manor Inn and the Lodge Gate, along with several cottages boasting architectural styles ranging from Tudor and Shingle-Style to Appalachian Rustic and Colonial Revival.

In the early years, The Manor was one of the main centers of social life in Asheville. Later, it would become a retirement home before housing a restaurant. It also served as part of the film set for “The Last of the Mohicans.” Eleanor Roosevelt and Grace Kelly stayed in The Manor during the 1950s. In 1991, the 80,000-square-foot former inn was restored to its earlier grandeur in a painstaking restoration effort, then converted to 35 individual apartments.

Sunset Albemarle Neighborhood AshevilleAs a local historic district, the area’s property owners are responsible for maintaining the historic integrity and character of the homes and landscape. The neighborhood holds many community events, including an annual Easter egg hunt and Fourth of July parade. Every summer is kicked off with a kickball game in the park. The holiday season features a progressive dinner party that ends with dessert at The Manor.

Nearby amenities

The Sunset, Albemarle and Albemarle Park neighborhoods could not be better situated to access Asheville’s many amenities. The Grove Park Inn, with its restaurants, country club and athletic center, is a short walk away. Also bordering the area is the Charlotte Street commercial corridor, with bistros, restaurants, coffee shops and specialty stores easily accessible. Merrimon Avenue features Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter and Ingles, along with a range of restaurants. A 15-minute walk will land you in vibrant Downtown Asheville, with all the restaurants, breweries and shops the city is famed for.

The area is served by Asheville City Schools: Claxton and Ira B. Jones elementary schools are nearby. Private schools in the area include Hanger Hall School for Girls, Asheville Catholic School and Odyssey School. The nearby Asheville Jewish Community Center offers a range of early-childhood education programs.

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Enjoy Asheville's Dining and Entertainment Scene – Outdoors and Safely – This Summer

Asheville Outdoor DiningThe typically vibrant restaurant and live music scene in Asheville is looking a little different this summer. With coronavirus concerns and restrictions in place, venues have adapted by creating outdoor options that are both safe (following CDC guidelines) and enjoyable. Here are a few spots to socially distance while enjoying the food and entertainment that are singular to Asheville.

Eating out, literally

Sunny Point Café – While this West Asheville destination isn’t offering dine-in service, customers can take to-go orders to a newly created picnic area, or enjoy their meals in the garden.

All Souls Pizza – Guests can place orders at the counter or order online, then enjoy their meal at outdoor seating on the patio or the adjacent field.

Zia Taqueria – A counter-ordering system is in place at this West Asheville spot, which has turned its side parking lot into an outdoor patio with 14 tables. Food runners deliver meals, and get guests more drinks, close tabs and clear tables.

Taco Billy – Guests to this West Asheville favorite can place an online order, then take their food to one of the picnic tables in the newly expanded back yard.

Mellow Mushroom – This popular pizza spot offers a huge patio perfectly perched at a bustling downtown intersection, ideal for taking in Asheville’s energy while enjoying a slice.

Asheville Restaurants with Outdoor SeatingJettie Rae’s Oyster House – This new eatery on Charlotte Street – featuring fresh fish and oysters – offers an open-air patio for dine-in enjoyment.

White Duck Taco Shop – The River Arts District location of this popular Asheville spot provides counter service and a beautiful riverside setting with plenty of picnic tables from which to safely enjoy your meal.

Bent Creek Bistro at the N.C. Arboretum– Guests here can enjoy lunch al fresco when they order at the window or online. Socially distanced seating is available in the Education Center Courtyard and Plaza, or guests can take the Bistro’s picnic-friendly packaged meals to their favorite spots on the Arboretum’s 434-acre campus.

Live music, outdoors 

Isis Music Hall – This West Asheville venue continues its popular lawn shows – replacing the open free lawn and bring-your-own-chair seating with dining-only tables socially distanced throughout the patio and lawn. Reservations are recommended.

One World Brewing West – Most Thursdays through Sundays, One World’s West Asheville location hosts live outdoor music to enjoy along with a rotating selection of flagship brews.

Grey Eagle Taqueria - This iconic music venue in the River Arts District also has an attached restaurant and large courtyard patio. They are offering small and socially distant concerts that people can enjoy while enjoying tacos and craft beer.

Wortham Center for the Performing Arts – This downtown destination is closed, but the center is presenting Top Deck Concerts at the Pack Square Parking Deck. Guests can bring their own chair or relax in their vehicle for rooftop-level performances at the Pack Square Parking Deck, directly adjacent to the Wortham Center balcony level. Up to 25 single tickets are available per performance for physically distanced outdoor seating (mask required). Drive-in passes are sold per car and include a parking space to enjoy the performance from inside your vehicle (no mask required).

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Riceville Combines Rural Feel With Prime Proximity to Asheville Amenities

Shope Creek RicevilleThe mountain community of Riceville, just 7 miles northeast of Asheville, provides the perfect balance of proximity and privacy. Riceville’s rural setting makes it feel worlds away, but a short drive will bring you to the bustling retail corridor of Tunnel Road, as well as downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. A variety of home styles, from historic river homes to new construction homes with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, dot the community. 

Wild for nature

Riceville boasts some of the most undeveloped land in Buncombe County, with a high biodiversity of flora and fauna. Oak, maple, hickory, birch, pine, ash, beech, buckeye, sourwood, and poplar are only a few of the tree species found here. Riceville’s forests, lakes and ponds are also home to many species of wildlife. The forests provide nesting grounds for a variety of migrating birds. Mammals such as black bear, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, fox and possum roam Riceville’s forests.

There are plenty of trails for residents seeking an escape into nature. The nearby Shope Creek watershed area, a small gem at only about 1,700 acres, provides trails featuring beautiful forests, cascading streams, small waterfalls, and some cliff-top views. With elevations ranging from around 2700 feet to 5230 feet, the area has over a half-mile of elevation change and a surprisingly diverse and robust ecosystem.

Asheville Riceville NeighborhoodActivities for everyone

Being close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Riceville home. Take a short drive, and you’re assured quick access to such popular parkway spots as the hiking destination of Haw Creek Valley Overlook (milepost 380) and the Folk Art Center (milepost 382). Historic Biltmore Village – with its many shops and restaurants – and the Biltmore Estate are just down the road, offering Riceville residents lots to experience in their own backyard. The 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center, mere minutes away, provides plenty of family fun with more than 60 species of animals to see.

Riceville families enjoy many educational and enrichment options. Buncombe County Schools serves the immediate neighborhood; other options are nearby charter schools Evergreen Community Charter School and ArtSpace Charter School. The popular Roots & Wings School of Art and Design offers enrichment opportunities for every age, from preschool for tiny tots, to after-school community design labs for big kids, to adult studio classes.

Shops galore

A long list of stores a short drive away means Riceville residents never have to travel far to find what they need. Home Depot and Walmart Supercenter are nearby. The Asheville Mall, as well as big-name chains like Best Buy, Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond and Whole Foods, mingle with smaller boutiques and specialty stores to offer the ultimate retail mix. Nearby Highland Brewing Company offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy famed locally brewed beers on an expansive outdoor lawn. And just a short drive west, via I-240, puts you in the heart of downtown Asheville, with its vibrant restaurant, retail and arts scene.

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Explore These Featured July Listings by Mosaic Realty

Mosaic Realty has some exceptionally beautiful new listings that have hit the market during this first part of July. Here are just a few of our recently listed properties, from a historical home near Downtown Asheville, to a Jade Mountain Builders green build in Montford to a contemporary Biltmore Park beauty.

97 Broad Street Asheville97 Broad Street, Asheville NC

FEATURES • 2018 Griffin Award winning, classic craftsman two-story bungalow • Fully remodeled from the inside out including all new HVAC, windows, plumbing, and electrical • Located on a lovely, tree-lined street in the Annandale neighborhood • Walkable to Taco Temple, Plant Restaurant, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, City Bakery and downtown Asheville • Built in 1908 by C.C. Willis, the one-time owner of the Asheville Fish Market • Spacious covered wraparound porch • Light and bright foyer leads into home • 9’ Ceilings on main level, an open floor plan and many windows provide an abundance of natural light • Natural gas fireplaces in living and dining rooms • Living room has porch access through French doors • Gourmet kitchen with quartz counter tops, island, apron sink and stainless steel appliances including a natural gas range • Counter-to-ceiling tiled backsplash with floating wood shelves • Large butler’s pantry with built-in cubbies; laundry room Covered Front Porch is Perfect for Relaxing • Main bedroom had a cozy fireplace and ensuite bathroom • Upstairs porch has been converted into bedroom • Large guest bedroom • Upstairs bathroom features a claw foot tub and subway tile Wainscoting • Hardwood floors and high-end light fixtures throughout • High-end window treatment and shades throughout • Permitted vacation rental in lower level with separate outside entrance • Lower level includes bedroom, living room, full bath and kitchenette • Rear deck overlooking fenced-in yard perfect for entertaining • Concrete driveway • Mature trees and established landscaping • Stained and polished concrete basement floors

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114 Hibriten Drive Asheville114 Hibriten Drive, Asheville NC

FEATURES • Walkable to downtown Asheville • Historic Montford on Hibriten Street which hosts historic homes as well as a large number of new GreenBuilt homes by some of Asheville’s top green builders, including JAG Construction and JADE Mountain • Locally harvested walnut trim and bar top on main level • Locally harvested poplar trim on lower and upper levels • White oak, tile, and stained concrete flooring • On-demand water heater • Low-VOC paints • Low-maintenance landscape • Open floor plan from kitchen to dining to living • Chef’s kitchen has cherry cabinets and stainless steel BOSCH appliances, including a gas range • Custom sinks in both upstairs bath and main level half bath • Large windows let in abundant natural light • Mudroom off main entry • Laundry and bonus space for storage or workshop in basement • Basement bedrooms have large windows and lots of natural light • Amazing open staircase leads to upper and lower levels • Live-edge trim on windows and doors • Walk-in shower in upper level bathroom • Shower/tub combo in lower level bathroom • 10-Foot ceilings • AC with gas heat for efficient heating and cooling • Great outdoor living with front porch, fenced yard, and extensive decking • Nestled among the trees

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35 White Ash Drive35 White Ash Drive Asheville

FEATURES • Gorgeous Arts and Crafts Home in Biltmore Park • In-law suite on the lower level • Recent updates include fresh paint, new lighting fixtures, new plumbing fixtures, and more • Covered front porch with winter mountain views • Cozy sitting area at entry overlooks the neighborhood • Chef’s kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, large pass-through window, island, and a pantry • Sunny dining area with space for large table • Spacious living room features a stone-surround gas fireplace and oversized windows for great natural light • Primary bedroom on the main level includes a large walk-in closet, new carpet, crown molding/picture railing, and an ensuite bathroom with a dual vanity, walk-in shower, and a soaking tub • 9-Foot ceilings, laundry, and powder room on the main level • Two-car garage on the main level opens to laundry room • Plenty of space upstairs with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a linen closet, and tons of storage • Second-level front bedroom has large walk-in closet and year-round mountain views • Second-level bathroom is Jack-and-Jill style with two sinks, two toilets, and one shared tub/shower • Fully finished basement with separate entrance, two bedrooms, one full bathroom, living room, laundry, and kitchen area • Basement ideal for relatives, guests, or spacious home office • Extraordinary outdoor living with a sunny back deck, private back yard, mature landscaping, and firepit • Beautiful stacked-stone walls and mature trees/perennials highlight the professionally landscaped yard • Walkable/bikeable to Biltmore Park shopping, dining and amenities • Go for a mountain hike from your doorstep with a connection to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail just down the road • Community features include pool, park, playground, walking trails, and wide sidewalks perfect for quiet strolls

Explore 35 White Ash Drive here.

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N.C. Arboretum's Whimsical LEGO Sculpture Exhibit Brings Nature to Life

Lego Exhibit NC ArboretumThe North Carolina Arboretum, the 434-acre public garden located just south of downtown Asheville, is pleased to unveil the one-of-a-kind exhibit Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks, a whimsical, toy-filled outdoor adventure. Originally set to open in May but delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis, the exhibit – of which Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a community partner – opened July 1 with an extended schedule, and will remain on display through November 1, 2020. 

Composed of nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks, Nature Connects includes 16 nature-inspired sculptures constructed on a larger-than-life scale by renowned artist Sean Kenney. Among the fanciful sculptures on display are a 5-foot-tall colorful peacock, a giant dragonfly, a bonsai tree and a massive monarch butterfly. This family-friendly exhibit, appealing to a range of ages and interests, draws inspiration from the living world and combines play with science to create an innovative intersection of education, entertainment and environment. 

Daytime admission to Nature Connects is free; however, a standard $16 parking fee applies to non-Arboretum members. When outdoors on the Arboretum grounds, guests are encouraged to wear face coverings whenever they are unable to socially distance themselves from others.

NC Arboretum Lego ExhibitExtending into the evenings

As an added bonus, Nature Connects will take center stage during the Arboretum’s ArborEvenings summer after-hours series. This year, the Arboretum is extending the dates and times of ArborEvenings: The event will be held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July through September, from 8 to 11 p.m. (some exclusion dates apply; please check the Arboretum’s website for details).

Visitors to ArborEvenings can sip and stroll through the Arboretum’s beautiful gardens and discover the illuminated LEGO Brick sculptures while listening to live music. Sweet and savory snacks, along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, are available for purchase from the Arboretum’s Bent Creek Bistro. 

In addition to the parking fee admission, there is a special ArborEvenings admission price of $5 per person. Proceeds from ArborEvenings go to support The North Carolina Arboretum Society, the Arboretum’s 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides financial assistance to further support the Arboretum’s mission and educational programming. This year, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, 10% of all proceeds from the ArborEvenings event series will be donated directly to MANNA FoodBank, the Feeding America food bank serving over 100,000 people facing hunger across 16 counties of Western North Carolina. 

For more information about the Arboretum or Nature Connects, please visit or call 828-665-2492.