Asheville Neighborhoods

Explore Malvern Walk, West Asheville's Newest Large-Lot Community

Malvern Walk, West Asheville

Mosaic Realty Invites You to a Kick-Off Event at Malvern Walk

Explore West Asheville's New Large Lot Community: Visit MalvernWalk.com

Malvern Walk, in beautiful West Asheville, North Carolina, is a new community set within Malvern Hills, one of the city’s original neighborhoods. Malvern Walk provides the rare opportunity to build a new home in a large-lot subdivision with broad sky views, sidewalks and great access to nearby amenities. Enveloped in natural beauty and mountain vistas, Malvern Walk is just a short stroll to West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor, Hominy Creek Greenway and Malvern Hills Park and Pool.

With underground utilities, graded building sites, hand-selected builders and thoughtful design guidelines, building your dream home has never been easier. Malvern Walk also offers two existing homes for sale, including the original Far Acres stone house.

Where Modern Living Meets Old World Charm

Historic Stone Manor at Malvern WalkMalvern Walk is a community for those who want to blend the new with the old. Our architectural guidelines foster designs that are inspired by both modern and timeless building styles. Luxuriously proportioned lots offer the opportunity for generous homes and yards. With quick access to interstates, greenways and downtown Asheville, Malvern Walk offers the best in location without being in the middle of the hustle of Asheville’s urban center; it’s a quieter West Asheville way of life.

Malvern Walk Kick-Off Event

We invite you to our kick-off event for Malvern Walk on Saturday, September 30th, and Sunday, October 1st, from 1-5pm. At this event, we will be releasing the first fourteen lots for sale as well as the two existing homes. Explore this unique West Asheville community and begin to envision your forever home!

Learn more at MalvernWalk.com!

Directions to Malvern Walk

If using GPS, you can get to Malvern Walk by using 239 Bear Creek Road, Asheville 28806. Our roads are not yet recognized by Google.

From Haywood Road, turn onto Sand Hill Road. Turn right onto Bear Creek Road. Turn left into Malvern Walk.

From I-240, I-40 or I-26, take the exit for Highway 191. Turn onto Bear Creek Road. Turn right when it ends to stay on Bear Creek Road. Go through the intersection and up the hill, then left into Malvern Walk.

Contact us about Malvern Walk

For more information about Malvern Walk, available lots and homes, and design guidelines, contact broker Mike Figura at 828.337.8190 or at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com.

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Asheville's Chunns Cove Combines Country and Convenience

Chunns Cove East Asheville

If you’re in search of an Asheville neighborhood that perfectly encapsulates country and convenience, look no further than Chunns Cove. Enveloped by Town Mountain/Downtown Asheville to the west, Haw Creek/Sondley Estates to the east, and the Tunnel Road shopping corridor to the south, Chunns Cove is well-known for pastoral scenes and spacious residences. Dotting its hillsides are a variety of homes, ranging from 1960s ranch-style to custom-built residences. Travel higher up through the neighborhood’s rolling terrain to find landscaped mountain spreads offering fabulous Blue Ridge views.

Amenities abound Near Chunns Cove

Whole Foods AshevilleWith the commercial corridor of Tunnel Road bordering the neighborhood, Chunns Cove residents enjoy an amazing array of shopping and entertainment outlets within a few minutes’ drive of their homes. 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. Movie theaters and a bowling alley provide rainy afternoon entertainment for the entire family. And just a five-minute drive west, via Tunnel Road or I-240, puts you in the heart of Downtown Asheville, with its vibrant restaurant, retail and arts scene.

Chunns Cove boasts close proximity to excellent schools, including standouts Haw Creek Elementary and Evergreen Community Charter. The East Asheville Public Library is a popular spot to spend an hour or two with a good book, and a playground and basketball court bordering the library give little ones the opportunity to enjoy outdoor time. And the 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center, only 2.5 miles away, provides plenty of family fun with more than 60 species of animals to see.

Nestled in nature

Blue Ridge Parkway Near AshevilleAs you wind your way up the hills through Chunns Cove, it’s easy to forget you’re so close to the commercial conveniences below. Mature, abundant trees and greenery spill from yards and line the streets. Generous lots mean plenty of room for kids’ play or glorious gardens. Residents can enjoy watching all manner of wildlife in the wooded pockets dotting the neighborhood.

Being close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Chunns Cove home. Take a short drive east, 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).

For a personally guided tour of Chunns Cove, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Spotlight on: Grace neighborhood in North Asheville

Grace Neighborhood Asheville

In search of a welcoming neighborhood replete with tree-lined streets, eclectic architecture, and an array of urban conveniences? Look no further than Grace neighborhood, just south of the North Asheville community. With the shopping corridor of Merrimon Avenue slicing through the center of Grace, a range of stores, restaurants and other services are within a short walk or drive of the neighborhood’s residences. At the same time, picturesque spots like the hilltop Grace Episcopal Church mingle with the neighborhood’s warmth and easy pace to make Grace feel worlds away from the commercial hustle.

Mid-Century Mixes with Modern

Edna's Grace Neighborhood AshevilleGrace is bordered roughly by Kimberly Avenue to the east, Osborne Road to the north, Fenner Avenue and Edgewood Road to the south, and Horizon Hill Road to the west. A mix of home designs defines the neighborhood, including stately structures from the 1930s, rambling mid-century ranches, and sleek new construction. Sidewalks line many of Grace’s streets, making this neighborhood one of the most walkable in Asheville.

Starting the morning with a quick stroll to the local coffee shop is a pleasure in Grace neighborhood, which boasts popular spots Geraldine’s Bakery and Edna’s Coffee House and Café on Merrimon. For lunch and dinner, neighborhood residents have a slew of options, including Asheville Pizza & Brewing, Avenue M, MOD Pizza and Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian. Dessert’s covered too, with Whit’s Frozen Custard and Frostbite soft serve ice cream nearby.

Quick Conveniences in Grace Neighborhood

A quick drive down Merrimon brings residents to a range of grocery stores, including Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s and Greenlife (Whole Foods), and beyond that, downtown Asheville. The Grove Park Inn is readily accessible from Grace, as is UNC-Asheville, which sponsors a wide mix of cultural and academic events, concerts, lectures, movie screenings and the like year-round.

The nearby North Asheville Tailgate Market (which runs from spring to fall) sets up shop on the UNCA campus every Saturday from 8 a.m. til noon. Since 1980, the market has provided visitors with a full range of local, sustainably produced produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. With more than 40 vendors and over 40,000 annual customers, the market’s energetic and warm environment exemplifies the celebrated diversity of Asheville.

Neighboring Nature

Jones Playground North AshevilleFor Grace residents, getting a good dose of nature is easy as well, with Beaver Lake and the Blue Ridge Parkway close by. The Botanical Gardens of Asheville, a 10-acre independent, non-profit botanical gardens dedicated to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians, are a few minutes’ drive from Grace.

The nearby Grove Park Country Club and the Country Club of Asheville provide area residents with world-class golf, tennis and gym facilities. Families with children have several school choices in or near Grace, including Ira B. Jones Elementary School, Claxton Elementary School, Asheville Catholic School, Hanger Hall School for Girls and Odyssey School.

For a personally guided tour of the Grace neighborhood, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

A Lush Oasis Awaits You in Asheville's Beverly Hills Neighborhood

Beverly Hills Neighborhood Asheville

Beverly Hills is a hidden residential gem nestled in one of Asheville's most lush urban forests. With stately 80-year-old oak trees lining the East Asheville neighborhood’s historic municipal golf course, and quiet streets crisscrossing the fairways, Beverly Hills offers a wonderfully walkable, bikeable, reasonably-priced neighborhood with a real sense of community. Bordered roughly by Tunnel Road to the north and Swannanoa River Road to the south and east, the area boasts a perfect balance of natural and retail amenities, just minutes to downtown Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Swannanoa River East AshevilleA mixture of well-established brick ranches and newer 3- and 4-bedroom homes populates Beverly Hills. There is a voluntary Home Owners’ Association that aims to build community by providing a forum for sharing information, connecting neighbors, promoting activities and fostering civic involvement.

Golfing in Your Backyard

The Asheville Municipal Golf Course, at the southern tip of Beverly Hills, is one of the oldest golf courses in Western North Carolina. The 18-hole, 129-acre golf course, designed by Hall of Fame golf architect Donald Ross, opened for play in 1927 and was the first municipal course in N.C. to be racially integrated. The course’s scenic design accomplishes the difficult double task of being challenging and fun.

Parks and Nature Combine in Beverly Hills

Recreation Park AshevilleDirectly east of Beverly Hills lies the Asheville Recreation Park, home to the Gashes Creek recreation park pool, a favorite summertime destination.

Adjacent to the park is the Western North Carolina Nature Center, home to more than 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red and gray wolves and cougars. A short distance from there is the City of Asheville John B. Lewis Soccer Complex, with four soccer fields, a large, tree-shaded park, and running- and walking-friendly flat terrain circling the fields.

Winding its way through all of this is the Swannanoa River, perfect for fishing or taking a quick dip on a sunny afternoon. For pet owners, the Azalea Road Dog Park provides plenty of play space, with separate runs for small and big dogs.

Retail and Restaurants Galore

Highland BrewingDirectly to the east of Beverly Hills is the Asheville Mall, with an array of large and small department and specialty stores. Also nearby is Walmart Supercenter, Target, Lowes, Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond, just to name a few. Need groceries or a quick meal? No problem! Whole Foods and Ingles are mere minutes away, as are an array of restaurants lining nearby South Tunnel Road.

A quick drive south from Beverly Hills will take to you Highland Brewing Company, which features a tasting room, free tours of its facilities, and entertainment and special events (many of them free) in its tasting room, on the meadow, and in its event center.

For a personally guided tour of Beverly Hills, or for more information on any neighborhood in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Natural Charm and Commercial Conveniences Come to Life in Haw Creek

Haw Creek Pool Asheville

Where can you be in the heart of Asheville’s commercial corridor, or the heart of the Blue Ridge Parkway, all within a few minutes of leaving your front door? If you live in the neighborhood of Haw Creek, you can lay claim to that rare privilege.

A farming community in the early 1700s, Haw Creek is a diverse neighborhood of more than 7,000 families living in a range of homes, from affordable apartments to single-family ranches, new modern structures, townhomes and condos. This East Asheville community boasts a rural charm that feels worlds away from hectic city life. Quaint coffee shops and restaurants serve as gathering spots for locals.

However, with Tunnel Road – replete with restaurants and retail stores – running along its southern border, Haw Creek affords its residents commercial conveniences few other Asheville neighborhoods can offer. And it’s only 10 minutes from the Asheville Mall, and 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, with quick access into the heart of the city via Tunnel Road or I-240.

An Asheville Neighborhood with Something for Everyone

Penny Cup Cafe AshevilleIn addition to its retail conveniences, Haw Creek is home to excellent schools – Haw Creek Elementary School and Evergreen Charter School are two standouts. It also features the popular East Asheville Recreation Club, with tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and a seasonal swim team. The Charlie Bullman Park, located on New Haw Creek Road, features two lighted ball fields, concessions and restrooms. The East Asheville Public Library is a popular spot to spend an hour or two with a good book, and a playground and basketball court bordering the library give little ones the opportunity to enjoy outdoor time.

Haw Creek has an activist neighborhood association, with many members serving on committees for City Council. Association activities include yard sales, an ice cream social, pot luck supper, Cider Fest, annual barbecue, National Night Out and a “Haw Creek Litter Brigade” to clean up along neighborhood roads.

The Blue Ridge Parkway: a Haw Creek Perk

Being close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Haw Creek home. Road cyclists can leave from their front door and head east to be on the parkway in a matter of minutes. Or if you’d rather drive, 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).

For a personally guided tour of Haw Creek, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

Asheville's Bent Creek Neighborhood: Kicking Adventure Into High Gear

Bent Creek Community Park

                                                                                                                                                     photo credits: Evan Kafka

A range of features attracts people to Asheville, but perhaps most popular is proximity to amazing outdoor activities and adventures. The neighborhood of Bent Creek is one of the most optimally positioned communities for outdoor adventurists, thanks to the fact that in its backyard stands the nationally renowned Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Add to that the fact that residents can also be at the North Carolina Arboretum, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or a plethora of commercial amenities in mere minutes, and you’ve got the perfect spot to set up in Asheville!

The Bent Creek neighborhood boasts a range of single-family styles, from stately brick homes to rambling ranches to sweet bungalows. A warm, welcoming, tight-knit community, Bent Creek attracts couples, young families and retirees alike. A popular neighborhood gathering spot is the 20-acre Bent Creek Community Park, which features wide open areas and a covered pavilion for events, full basketball court, community garden, large playground, sandbox, paved roller area, bicycle pump track, trails, volleyball, playing fields and more.

Take to the Trails from Bent Creek

Lake Powhatan Near Bent CreekFor hikers and mountain biking enthusiasts alike, Bent Creek Experimental Forest stands out as one of the most popular in Western North Carolina. Located in the northern tip of the Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest, Bent Creek's watershed contains a collection of trails for all kinds of hikes, from those suitable for beginners and families to those more amenable to advanced hiking groups. For mountain bikers, the area boasts nearly 30 miles of doubletrack and singletrack trails to suit a variety of levels, from beginner and intermediate bikers, to families, to larger groups; big climbs and technical sections keep more advanced riders happy. Because of its proximity to the Bent Creek neighborhood and other parts of Asheville, the watershed is a popular spot for after-dinner rides.

Adjacent to Bent Creek Experimental Forest is Lake Powhatan Recreation Area and Campground, a heavily wooded area on the banks of a small lake. Camp, or just come for the day (day passes are $2/person) to picnic or enjoy an easy 1-mile hike around the lake. There's a beach for swimming and a pier for fishing in the trout-stocked lake.

Also close to the Bent Creek neighborhood is the North Carolina Arboretum. The renowned destination offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails for both hiking and biking, featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically diverse plants in the region. In addition, the Arboretum is home to an expansive bonsai garden, rotating art exhibits, and a range of educational programs.

Amenities galore

Asheville OutletsResidents of Bent Creek have the enviable advantage of being completely enveloped in nature, while at the same time living mere minutes from a range of commercial amenities: Within a couple of miles are grocery stores and restaurants, as well as the recently opened Asheville Outlets, boasting more than 70 popular retailers.

For a personally guided tour of the Bent Creek neighborhood, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Wonderful, Whimsical, Welcoming West Asheville

West Asheville Neighborhoods

Nowhere is the booming growth of Asheville more evident than in eclectic West Asheville. Home to hip stores, renowned restaurants, a vibrant music scene, and every type of residence, from quaint bungalows to vertical green builds, West Asheville continues to draw a wide range of fans to its whimsical, walkable neighborhoods.

Lots to Do, See, Hear and Taste in West Asheville

Historic West AshevilleSlicing through West Asheville is the vibrant thoroughfare of Haywood Road, the area’s main artery for more than 100 years. Mom-and-pop shops stand alongside an influx of newer businesses – everything from retro arcades to artist co-ops to bike and skate shops to music halls have found their way to Haywood. Even with the seismic shifts the street has seen, it still retains a small hometown air. Residents of the many West Asheville neighborhoods that border Haywood can, in mere minutes, walk to restaurants, bars, grocery stores, schools, parks and other amenities – making it all the easier to truly experience the area’s energy and sense of community.

West Asheville has a Neighborhood for Everyone

Tucked throughout West Asheville are various neighborhoods boasting beautiful homes appealing to a range of desires and aesthetics. Whether you’re looking for a green build with proximity to playgrounds for your young children, a bungalow within walking distance of after-work hotspots, or a space with easy access to greenways, West Asheville won’t disappoint. A few of its neighborhoods include:

·       Falconhurst: Located north of downtown West Asheville, bordered on the east by Louisiana Avenue, on the south by Haywood Road, on the west by Mitchell and Druid avenues, and on the north by Patton Avenue, Falconhurst has continued to develop as an attractive neighborhood for families. In recent years, Falconhurst has become a more active community, thanks to the formation of a community garden by local residents.

·       East West Asheville: Encompassing the area between I-240 and the French Broad River, East West Asheville indulges the greenway and park lover with easy access to the French Broad River Park and Greenway as well as Carrier Park. Homes perched along the periphery boast views of the Biltmore Estate across the river. Also nearby is Hall Fletcher Elementary School.

West Asheville Parks·       Malvern Hills: This neighborhood, bordered by Bear Creek Road on the east, Wendover Road on the south, and School Road on the north, has just over 200 houses within its boundaries. It has three community-maintained landscaped islands, one with a rose garden, where residents congregate during neighborhood gatherings. The architecture is a pleasant mix of larger, stately 1920s homes, small bungalows, brick tudor cottages, and mid-century ranch houses.

·       Horney Heights: This neighborhood surrounding the Malvern Hills swimming pool and tennis courts represents the quintessential small-town, tight-knit community. Populated primarily by cottages and bungalows, Horney Heights offers great access to West Asheville’s many restaurants and bars, a public library, and Vance Elementary School, but feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle.  

·       Morningside Park: Loosely encompassing the Morningside Drive loop, and with easy access to I-26 and I-40, Morningside Park boasts a mix of bungalows, new green builds, and stately brick homes. West Asheville Park and ball field are a short walk away.

.       Craggy Park is a new sustainable community in urban West Asheville, just North of the Haywood Road business district. It consists of 45 new Energy Star certified JAG Construction homes in a low impact development. The community uses a clustered home site plan in order to create community gathering spaces and to preserve green spaces. Community amenities include a fire pit, community garden, little free libraries, lawn near a stream and walking trails. As of summer 2017, the first few homes will be hitting the market. 

·       West Asheville Estates: This neighborhood, bisected by the wide and welcoming Vermont Avenue, gives residents easy access to both Brevard and Haywood roads. Francine Delany New School is also located here.

For a personally guided tour of West Asheville, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

 

Craggy Park Kick-Off Event Announced

Craggy Park Entrance

Craggy Park is a new community of 45 GreenBuilt homes located in the heart of walkable West Asheville, featuring organic gardens and stream-side walking trails. The community's unique design clusters homes together to preserve green space and to allow for many amenities that foster community through shared use. Craggy Park is connected to the vibrant Haywood Road corridor through a greenway trail and short stroll up Dunwell Avenue.

Kick-Off Event

On July 8th and 9th from 1pm- 5pm, Craggy Park will welcome the public to come explore the newly completed homes and the community features. The first three homes will be open to tour and partners in the project will be present to answer questions. Additionally, guests will be able to tour the many community features that make this neighborhood unique.

Craggy Park Homes: in the Heart of West Asheville

Designed by W2 Architects, Craggy Park homes embrace a smart and sustainable design philosophy, maximizing livable space without a huge footprint. JAG and Associates Construction brings it's talents in green building to the project, offering five models from which to choose. Currently, there are three homes nearing completion and almost ready to tour. These homes exemplify the harmonious blend of green building technology and clean, modern design.

Craggy Park Amenities

Craggy Park Walking Trails and BridgeUtilizing a clustered design philosophy for the homes, the team of developers were able to create a low impact development that preserves as much green space as possible. This has allowed for considerable green space preservation and a park-like setting for residents. The many amenities available include a little free library, mulched walking trails, a tree house, bridge and lawn by the stream, fire pit for gathering and an organic community garden.  

Directions to Craggy Park

If you are using GPS to get to Craggy Park, use the address 180 Louisiana Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806. Our roads are not yet recognized by Google. If you are coming from Haywood Road, head north on Louisiana Avenue and Craggy Park will be 0.5 miles down on the left. If you are coming from Patton Avenue, head south on Louisiana Avenue and the Craggy Park entrance will be 0.2 miles on your right. There is a sign for Craggy Park and the entrance road is labeled Mauricet Lane.

For further information about Craggy Park, call Mike Figura, owner of Mosaic Realty at (828) 337-8190 or email him at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com

Ventana: The Peak of Comfort and Convenience in Asheville

Ventana Asheville blue skies

Daily life can get quite hectic, even in easy-going Asheville. But you can rise above it all – quite literally – in the neighborhood of Ventana. Nestled in the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 3,000 feet, the North Asheville neighborhood offers a private, gated community of uniquely luxurious homes situated seamlessly in a stunningly scenic setting. And one of the best parts? Easy access to town. What may feel like a remote, peaceful spot worlds away from the commercial hubs of Asheville is actually a mere three minutes from the Merrimon Avenue shopping corridor, and eight minutes from downtown Asheville.

An Asheville Rarity: Mountain Views, Close to Town

Ventana Rear Elevation Samsel PlanVery few neighborhoods positioned so close to downtown Asheville can boast the beautiful mountain views Ventana offers. Add to that the natural beauty of majestic forests and winding streams residents can take in from the comfort of their homes, and you’ve got a truly unique enclave. But even as the neighborhood has grown, it has maintained one overarching philosophy: minimizing the impact of building on the surrounding landscape. From the moment construction begins, architectural and site design aim to create continuity and quality throughout the neighborhood, while preserving the natural beauty of the existing landscape and community. Green building and sustainability are highlighted throughout the area.

Ventana Entrance GateThe forests surrounding Ventana are a standout feature, specifically because the homes’ material use and color palettes blend seamlessly and unobtrusively. Ventana’s architectural and site design philosophy aims to educate owners, builders and architects on ways to protect the natural beauty and resources through the building process and beyond. Low association dues (to cover the maintenance of the common areas, gate and private paved roads, trail system, and gas street lamps) ensure that this design philosophy is consistently maintained, for the benefit of residents and environment alike.

Despite being low density, the neighborhood has a high level of infrastructure, including city water, city sewer, natural gas, electric and phone all installed underground. Prospective residents select from vacant lots and pre-construction packages (land plus home) from a group of three competing builders, but they can choose to use their own builder provided they follow Ventana’s architectural guidelines.

Amenities, Mere Minutes Away

Living in Ventana means you’re just a few minutes from the commercial corridor of Merrimon Avenue, replete with grocery stores (Ingles, GreenLife, Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market and Harris Teeter) and restaurants (Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian, Luella’s Bar-B-Que, Plant, HomeGrown, Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. and Marco’s Pizzeria, to name just a few). And just a few minutes beyond that lies downtown Asheville, where you can enjoy all the entertainment, fine dining and shopping the urban hub has to offer.

For the outdoor enthusiast, having a home in Ventana puts you at the foot of heaven: think winding, stream-lined walking paths throughout the community, a number of nearby hiking trails, and easy access to the French Broad River and all the water sports it has to offer.

For a personally guided tour of Ventana, contact Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s William Yeager, the exclusive listing agent for Ventana’s developer, at William@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him at 828-450-0140. You can also contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him at (828) 337-8190.

Asheville Elevates the Art of Downtown Living

Pack Square Park Asheville

Asheville is synonymous with lots of things – wide-ranging outdoor activities, a world-class craft beer scene, unparalleled mountain vistas – but urban oasis? Many would be surprised to learn that at the heart of Asheville’s natural beauty sits a compact, livable downtown district brimming with big-city amenities, arts, entertainment, eateries, markets, gyms … the list goes on. Living in downtown Asheville puts all of these conveniences within easy walking distance – making it simple to ditch the car and reduce that carbon footprint!

First Up, Downtown Asheville is Foodtopia

Grove Arcade Market AshevilleThere’s no shortage of dining options in downtown Asheville – everything from brunch hotspots Over Easy CaféEarly Girl Eatery, Tupelo Honey  to bustling brew pubs Wicked Weed Brewery , LAB , Bhramari Brewing Co. to dessert destinations French Broad Chocolates , Karen Donatelli , just to name a few. Feeling like a home-cooked meal? Pop into the locally owned artisan and discount food shop Hopey & Co.’s  downtown location, or make a quick stop at French Broad Food Co-op to pick up all your meal-making necessities. And every Saturday morning, you can visit the Asheville City Market for farm-fresh produce, meat, dairy and local artisan products.

Asheville: Enriching – and Entertaining

Asheville Civic CenterLook for culturally rich programs and entertainment in downtown Asheville, and you won’t be disappointed. Think dance and music performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre; a range of concerts and sporting events at the U.S. Cellular Center/Thomas Wolfe Auditorium ; and all manner of outdoor music and arts fests in Pack Square. Pack Memorial Library also features performances and a range of organized activities for all ages. Itching for an enriching museum experience? Hit the Asheville Art Museum, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the Asheville Museum of Science, or the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, or mix in a little play at the Asheville Pinball Museum.

Catch a Movie, See a Play

Getting to the movies to see first-run, art and independent films is easy in downtown Asheville, thanks to the Fine Arts Theatre and the recently opened Grail Moviehouse. When you’re ready to see top-notch plays – or if you’d like to be in one yourself – visit Asheville Community Theatre or the N.C. Stage Company.

Get Fit Right in Downtown

YMCA Downtown AshevilleWalking the streets of downtown can be a workout in itself, but if you’re looking for something a little more challenging, the district boasts a YMCA (which sports two pools, basketball and racquetball courts, along with the traditional wellness center) as well as a Climbmax Climbing gym, with indoor and outdoor facilities.

Places to Park It

Partaking of all Asheville has to offer can be exhausting; luckily, the downtown area is replete with parks for relaxing, meeting up with friends, or simply people-watching. Pack Square, surrounded by the art deco treasures Asheville is famed for, presents the perfect spot for spreading a blanket and soaking in the atmosphere. A bonus for kids is Splashville water park, at the east end of the square. For some fun people-watching (and a little Friday evening drum circle action), head to Pritchard Park. Once you’re recharged – and ready for a rush – grab your wheels and head to Food Lion Skatepark.

For a personally guided tour of downtown Asheville, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.