Asheville Lifestyles

A Look Inside the Downtown Asheville Condo Life

Downtown Asheville Condo

The Downtown Asheville Lifestyle

Asheville Condo BalconyLiving in downtown Asheville is an exciting and convenient way of life, and given the growing number of refurbished and new condo buildings, it is an increasingly popular lifestyle as well. With dozens of incredible restaurants, bars, art galleries and entertainment merely steps away, there is never a dull moment.

Many of the amenities provided by these downtown condominiums are designed to accommodate a walkable lifestyle with easy access to all that you would need.  Features such as in-house gyms, storage closets, common areas and on-site parking help to make that lifestyle possible.

Newer Downtown Asheville Condos

Downtown Asheville CondoA number of new condominium buildings have cropped up in downtown Asheville in recent years, with many of them adopting a mixed-use model.  For example, 12 South Lexington and Lexington Station have commercial spaces on the ground level and multiple housing units in varying sizes above.

A hallmark of many of the newer condos is the use of balconies and terraces in most units. The luxury condos at both 60 North Market and 21 Battery Park feature terraces with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  They also both feature rooftop club houses for entertaining guests.

Refurbished Downtown Asheville Condos

Downtown Asheville CondoDowntown Asheville is known for its well-preserved historic district.  Many small independent businesses have moved into the ground floor units of these stunning buildings while the upper floors have turned into mixed use developments with offices as well as residences.

Buildings as old as the 1891 Oxford Place Condos have been refurbished and modernized, providing residences with tons of character and historic charm.  The Broadway Arts Building condos and Sawyer Motor Building Condos feature original hardwood floors and exposed brick walls alongside modern conveniences such as updated electric, plumbing and windows.

Many of these vintage condos have been carefully renovated to provide many of the community features desirable in newer condos as well. For example, 37 Hiawassee and the Kress Building condos have incorporated rooftop terraces for residents to take in the city views, and Ardmion Park, once known as the Sky Club, provides its residents with a community swimming pool and gardens overlooking the city.

For more information on real estate or living in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Explore the Serene Swannanoa River Valley in Asheville

Swannanoa River Valley Asheville

To the east of Asheville, stretching out between the mountains of Asheville and Black Mountain, lies the gorgeous Swannanoa River Valley. Through it winds the Swannanoa River, flowing west from its headwaters in Black Mountain and the slopes of Mount Mitchell to eventually become a major tributary of the French Broad River in Biltmore Village.  Though it is just outside the small city of Asheville, this valley has a peaceful, rural feel and a growing hub in downtown Swannanoa.  

History of the Swannanoa River Valley

Warren Wilson CollegeFor nearly 12,000 years, the Swannanoa Valley has been inhabited.  The Cherokee Native Americans hunted along the banks of the river for thousands of years.  By the late 1700s, European settlers began to make permanent settlements.  Subsistence farmers scraped together a difficult mountain lifestyle throughout the next hundred years.  

Sweeping changes came to the valley in 1879 with the arrival of the railroad to Western North Carolina.  Logging and development of major religious retreats such as Montreat changed the landscape of the valley greatly.  In the 1920s, E.W. Grove, developer of the Grove Park Inn, built Lake Eden near Black Mountain which was to have a country club built around it.  He passed away before the project was completed, but it became the site of Black Mountain College in 1940, and many of Grove’s original buildings are still in use today.

Farmland and manufacturing played important roles in this area in the past century, but these are diminishing presences today, and many of the residents in the valley now commute to Asheville for work.

Hiking along the Swannanoa River

Warren Wilson Trails AshevilleWarren Wilson College, located in the heart of the valley, is a nationally renowned liberal arts college with an emphasis on work and service.  Many Warren Wilson graduates have become successful entrepreneurs in the Asheville area.  They also host several wonderful farmer's markets throughout the year.

The college has been kind enough to welcome the public to enjoy some of its many beautiful and well-maintained hiking trails.  They are a short 15 minute drive from Asheville and feature both easy hiking trails with entry points along the river and trails with significant elevation gain.  A map of the trail system may be found here.

On the Western end of the valley, the Blue Ridge Parkway crosses highway 70. The Mountains to Sea Trail runs along the Parkway here, providing another easily accessible hiking experience.  You can also check out the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center and Folk Art Center after your hike.

Activities in the Swannanoa River Valley

Beer Tasting PisgahSwannanoa Valley Museum and History Center is a fantastic resource for Buncombe County history.  It is open seasonally but events continue year round.  The museum is located on West State Street in Black Mountain in a building built in 1921 by famous architect Richard Sharp Smith.  Find history tidbits there and join in their hiking programs with gorgeous vistas and invaluable historical information.

Pisgah Brewing Company is an organic microbrewery located in the heart of the valley.  It has a large outdoor stage and field, perfect for hearing music with children.  Music and beer appreciators bring blankets and chairs for a festival-style listening experience in warm weather.  Enjoy the indoor stage and tasting room in cooler weather.  This venue not only has some of the best microbrews in the region, they also draw nationally touring bands.

Just off of 70, near the old Beacon Mill Village homes of the 1920s, is a downtown area of Swannanoa that is ripe for revitalization.  The Native Kitchen and Social Club are two local businesses that have started to pick up steam in the area and become community hubs.  The Root Bar has become a favorite of locals as well.  With the smattering of mom and pops businesses along highway 70, easy access to I-40, and gorgeous natural surroundings, this area is becoming increasingly popular.

For more information on our community or on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Sources and Further Reading: Swannanoa Valley Museum

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  1. Adam Donkus on

    I had not been to Asheville since I was a teenager. It does seem to have a lot going on. I may have to schedule a vacation to Asheville.

    Asheville, NC: Where it's Hip to be Sober

    Fresh Juices

    Asheville is renowned for its locally crafted adult beverages.  Known nationally as Beer City USA, it has also garnered attention for its craft cocktail scene as well as its growing wine culture.  Where does that leave the non-drinker? Fortunately, artisan options abound for the alcohol-free imbiber as well!

    Kombucha

    KombuchaKombucha, known as the “immortal health elixer” by the Chinese, is a fizzy tea with a slight taste of vinegar that has been around for over 2000 years. It is made from black tea and sugar and fermented by a colony of yeast and bacteria.  These lively carbonated beverages are filled with enzymes and probiotics.  There are innumerable claims to health benefits, including increased energy, improved digestion and immune support.

    Buchi Kombucha, perhaps the largest maker of kombucha in our area, bottles its beverages and distributes them to local health food stores.  You can also find it at local taps such as the one at Rosetta’s Kitchen.  Fill a growler to go or sip at several restaurants around town.

    Bhramari Brewing Company features its Kombucharia, where you can get a number of uniquely flavored kombucha on tap. They partner with local tea house Dobra Tea to create these tantalizing drinks.  http://www.bhramaribrewhouse.com/kombucharia

    Tea

    TeaDobra Tea has three locations in downtown Asheville, Black Mountain and West Asheville.  Their tea offerings are extensive and perfectly prepared and their tea rooms are ideal for settling in with a hot beverage and good conversation.  The food forward eater will find plenty to snack on since most of their menu items are gluten free and vegan.

    Kava

    Noble Kava, located on Haywood Road in West Asheville, provides a unique drinking experience. Kava is a beverage made from a root that is native to the Western Pacific islands.  This drink, popular socially in the South Pacific, is gaining popularity in the United States as well due to some potential health benefits including easing anxiety and sleeplessness.

    Smoothies and Juice Bars

    You can really step up your healthy drink game by checking out the fresh and tasty juices and smoothies at Farmacy Juice and Tonic Bar in the West Village Market, Elements Real Food downtown or the Mountain Juicery in south Asheville.  Sip these juices after fresh pressing or pick up an entire pre-bottled juice cleanse regimen to continue at home.  Laughing Seed Cafe and Green Sage Cafe also offer superfood juices that can be enjoyed in a pint glass at their downtown locations.

    Coffee and Hot Cocoa

    CoffeeThere are multiple places to get a fantastic cup of coffee in Asheville. Among some of our favorites are Izzy’s, Odd’s Cafe and Battle Cat on the West side of town.  Downtown, check out High Five Coffee, World Coffee and Izzy’s Coffee Den.

    The perfect mug of hot cocoa can be paired with artisan handmade truffles at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge on Pack Square.  Take it to go and explore downtown Asheville with liquid heaven in hand while all of those beer drinkers are confined to their bar stools!

    Cheers to your health!

    For more information on our community and real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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