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Blog :: 12-2020

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.

For more information about real estate in Brevard, or anywhere in Asheville or Western N.C., contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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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. The public can enjoy the virtual performance above, and also get a closer look at 59 Malvern Walk, at https://mymosaicrealty.com/listing/CAR3681335/59-malvern-walk-asheville-nc-28806/

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 https://www.blueridgeorchestra.org/bro-revels-2020.

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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.”

For more information about real estate in Lake Lure, or anywhere in the Asheville area, contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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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. www.foodinasheville.com

#AshevilleStrong

#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. https://www.ashevillestrong.com

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 (https://www.handsonasheville.org/covid-19-community-response/); Musician Relief Fund to support Asheville’s normally vibrant music scene as it experiences cancelled gigs, festivals and events (https://iamavl.com/musician-relief-fund/); and Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund to address local farmers’ needs as they deal with a dive in customers and sales (https://asapconnections.org/covid-19-response/).

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