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Natural Beauty Abounds in Scenic, Secluded Montreat NC

Montreat NCNestled amid the Blue Ridge Mountains in the valley of Flat Creek sits the compact, secluded town of Montreat. The town (population 700), which is part of Buncombe County, is 18 miles east of downtown Asheville and features natural beauty untouched by commercial development.

Montreat was incorporated as a North Carolina township in 1967. Much of the property in the area is still owned by the Mountain Retreat Association, formed in 1897 by John Collins. Lake Susan, at the center of Montreat, is surrounded by historic stone buildings and offers paddle-boating, canoeing and fishing. Homes in the area allow for plenty of room to spread out: Everything from modern mountain retreats to quaint cabins dot the landscape.

Popular Montreat landmarks

Among the spots Montreat is famed for is Montreat College, a four-year liberal arts institution founded in 1916. The college brings many special events to Montreat, including symphonies, plays, community arts festivals, adult learning programs, community trips abroad and sports programs.Montreat Conference Center, one of three national conference centers affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, draws 35,000 visitors every year, and includes a hotel, guest lodges, and a stone auditorium. The Rev. Billy Graham and his wife called Montreat home, and lent significant support to the town and the college during their lifetime.

Montreat North Carolina HikingMontreat offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoor beauty for which Western N.C. is famed. In addition to a greenway, Montreat has five tennis courts, a playground, and plenty of hiking. The five-mile Greybeard Trail Hike leads to the top of Greybeard Mountain (elevation 5,480 feet). The trail starts on the edge of Montreat, following Flat Creek for a mile or two over rocky technical terrain before reaching a section of the trail called the Trestle switchbacks. 

From there, the trail climbs more steeply to the summit of Greybeard through many short, technical sections. The summit offers stunning views of Black and Craggy Mountains as well as the foothills below.

Montreat's nearby destinations

Montreat is a quick drive to the charming town of Black Mountain, an arts and crafts, furniture and music mecca. Formerly home to the renowned Black Mountain College, Black Mountain offers an array of restaurants, specialty shops and breweries, as well as enviable access to lakes, waterfalls and hiking trails.

For more information about real estate in Montreat, 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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As It Grows, Mosaic Realty Builds Support for Asheville's Community Organizations

Mosaic Realty Gives 2020Giving back to the community that has supported its growth has always been Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s mission. Since the realty’s founding a decade ago, the number of non-profit and community organizations Mosaic supports has expanded to encompass a range of segments across Asheville’s population. 

In the past 10 years, Mosaic has given well over $500,000 to hundreds of non-profit and community organizations and events in the Asheville area. In addition, representatives of Mosaic regularly volunteer their time organizing and assisting these community initiatives.

Mosaic understands the importance of supporting area organizations that advocate for the vitality of our local and global community. To that end, the realty aims to assist groups that touch on all segments: everything from youth education to health and wellness to social justice and beyond.

Asheville area youth and schools

Aiding organizations that educate and nurture Asheville youth is important to Mosaic. Among recipients of Mosaic support are Jones Elementary School, Vance Elementary Parent Team, Asheville City Schools Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, and Buncombe Partnership for Children.

Health and wellness

A healthy population is a happy population: With a focus on helping to keep the community well, Mosaic supports Asheville on Bikes, Girls on the Run, Pisgah Rage Youth Mountain Bike Team, and the YMCA of Western N.C. And because mental and emotional health is just as important as physical well-being, Mosaic gives to All Souls Counseling Center.

Environment and green initiatives

Mosaic understands that as stewards of the Earth, it’s important to care for our environment through protective measures and green initiatives. Mosaic dollars go to support Western N.C. organizations like MountainTrue, Asheville GreenWorks and Green Built Alliance.

Housing and food security

Ashevillians in need have a number of resources at their disposal, but these organizations rely on countless volunteer hours and dollars to dole out that assistance. Mosaic helps by donating to groups like Homeward Bound, Mountain Housing Opportunities, Eblen Charities and Manna Food Bank.

Culture

Asheville is brimming with art and cultural events that enrich the community. By supporting such organizations as LEAF Community Arts, Blue Ridge Public Radio, Asheville Music School and Blue Ridge Orchestra, Mosaic helps to make dance, music, art and other cultural experiences available to a wider population.

Social justice

Aiding organizations that advocate for social justice is extremely important to Mosaic. Support from the realty goes to such groups as Our Voice and Pisgah Legal. 

These are just a few of the many Asheville area organizations and non-profits that receive Mosaic’s backing. For a complete list of groups that benefited from Mosaic’s support in 2020, visit our Donations and Volunteer page.

To learn more about real estate in the Asheville area, email us at info@mymosaicrealty.com, or call anytime at 828-707-9556.

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