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Living Is Easy In Downtown Asheville

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Downtown Asheville Living from Mosaic Realty on Vimeo

Why live in Downtown Asheville? Why not is the question! With access to world class restaurants, breweries, shopping, entertainment, and more, this urban hotspot is perfect for couples, singles, and frequent corporate visitors. 

It’s the perfect city for a condo. Walk to farmer’s markets, enjoy coffee at one of the many quaint cafes, or enjoy the nightlife of this impromptu town. It is the perfect combination of city and Southern living meshed with the beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. 

This walkable city offers abundant activities for the active lifestyle, and there are culinary delights for every diet. Named one of the happiest cities in America, and Beer City U.S.A, Asheville is a lifestyle

This city is known for its up and coming music scene, incredible street artists, and year-round festivals. It’s fun, it’s spontaneous, and full of life. 

Welcome to Downtown Asheville. View homes available in Asheville here.

 

 

The Magic of Asheville, North Carolina

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The Magic of Asheville North Carolin

Once named the happiest city in America, Asheville North Carolina has something to offer for everyone. This breathtaking city, known as the Land of the Sky, is located on a plateau rising over 2,000 feet high in the heart of the magnificient Blue Ridge mountains. 

Vibrant downtown Asheville is known for its extraordinary culinary scene, artists, culture, and of course, it's beauty.  Surrounded by extraordinary vistas and blow your mind natural wonders, Asheville, North Carolina is the place where magic happens. 

From drumming circles to art galleries, and an established music scene to architectural treasures, Asheville is ranked in the top 10 places to live, to retire, start a business, and to raise a family. Dozens of microbreweries and brewpubs producing tasty local craft beers has garnered Asheville the title of beer city USA for four years in a row, and one of eight best beer towns in the United States. 

Downtown's street performers and shops all turn heads and add to the city's charm. Coveted spots in downtown are the outdoor dining tables at many of the city's nationally acclaimed restaurants. Entertainment such as LaZoom comedy tours, and delicious treats at French Broad Chocolate Lounge, will leave you begging for more of this impromptu city.

Voted one of the ten most beautiful places in America, Asheville is an outdoor paradise. Downtown condos, and neighborhoods such as Montford, Five Points, and The Grove Park are within walking or biking distance to everything you need. Downtown markets like Hopey and Company and the French Broad Coop provide convenient access to supermarket needs, and the best thing - it's all local! 

People love Asheville because they don't have to fit into a mold. They can be who they are and still feel at home. 

Welcome to the city of Asheville. This Appalachian town is an abundance of magic and happiness. 

PS - Bike Love 2016 and You Are Invited!

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Bike Love 2016 Asheville Saturday, February 13, 2016, show your love by attending Bike Love at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. 

 

This event is a celebration of cycling in support of Asheville on Bikes. The event includes an Industry Nine whilst drawing, silent auction, membership activation, presentations, and a killer dance party. New Belgium and Isis Restaurant will be hosting a special VIP dinner, and DJ Marley will be spinning from 11pm-1am. 

Bike Love Schedule:

6pm-8pm
Exclusive VIP Dinner w/ New Belgium and Isis Restaurant.  

8pm-8:45pm
Doors Open
Silent Auction
Membership Activation
Presentations by leaders in transportation advocacy, health, and urban bicycle culture.

  • Lisa Diaz Riegel, Executive Director of Bike Walk / NC
  • Terri March, Health Improvement Specialist Mountain Area Health Education Center
  • Ann Silver & Drew Cistola, Asheville on Bikes Youth Program Instructors
  • Mike Sule, Director of Asheville on Bikes

9pm – 11pm
Music by The Digs w/ Ryan Rn’B Barber
Industry Nine Wheelset Drawing

11pm – 1am
DJ Marley

Reserve tickets online

Get Outside At These Asheville Parks

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Asheville Parks

With a new year, many strive to make a commitment to get outside more often to be active. Asheville's surrounding mountains offer great escapes from the everyday, however some its parks are the perfect place to clear your head during a lunch or evening break away from the office. With smart phones increasing the constant noise around us, we wanted to share some of our top favorite afternoon parks to escape the daily grind.

 

Beaver Lake: Take a stroll through the bird sanctuary or if you are a runner it's a great place to run around this small lake located in North Asheville. It's picturesque and quaint, and is the perfect place to get a few minutes of fresh air. 

 

Carrier Park: Known as one of Asheville's top park locations, this park offers volleyball, a playground, roller-hockey rink, basketball court, track, a paved trail, a multi-use field, great for baseball or soccer, and a picnic pavillion. Connected by a 2.8 mile bicycle and pedestrian trail known as the French Broad River Greenway, Carrier Park is connected to Hominy Creek Park, a popular spot for Asheville tubers to get in the river. 

 

Richmond Hill Park: This large wooded park is great for trail running, mountain biking, and paying disc golf. Dogs are often seen on the trails with their owners, and it is a beautiful place to take in serenity within Asheville city limits. 

 

Azalea Park: Well known in the soccer community, Azalea Park is located along Swannanoa River and has soccer fields, picnic pavilions, and a running/walking trail. It is home to competitive soccer HFC, as well as an adult league. Also home to the Azalea Dog Park. To reserve a field, go to the Asheville Parks web site

 

Montford Park: With tennis courts, a playground, and green space, this park has much to offer. Located in the Asheville neighborhood of Montford, it has convenient access to/from the highway. 'Shakespeare in the Park' by the Montford Park Players during the spring, summer, and fall adds a magical charm to this park. 

 

Asheville's Restaurant Week 2016

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Asheville Restaurant Week

It is almost here, Asheville's restaurant week. A culinary spectacle to celebrate food, conversation, and this foodie towns talented chefs. Asheville's earned a designation as one of the top ten food and wine destinations in the United States, and for good reason. Many restaurants our committed to farm-to-table dining, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

 

Restaurant week is exciting. January 19-28, it is a time to embrace Asheville's dining options at participating restaurants offering affordable menus for lunch and/or dinner.  Prices offered during restaurant week are designated by location, however will be one of the following:

 

Lunch: $15 two-course meal for one person.

Dinner: $30 three-course meal for one person.

Dinner: $30 two-course meal for two or

Dinner: $20 two-course meal for two

 

Reservations can be made at many of the participating restaurants, and a full menu will also be available at regular prices. It is a great week for a date night or friends/family outing in Asheville to enjoy some great food. 

 

Participating restaurants include: 

131 Main 

Ambrozia Bar and Bistro

The Blackbird Restaurant

Blue Dream Curry House

Buffalo Nickel

The Bull & Beggar 

Buxton Hall 

Carmel's Kitchen & Bar

Chai Pani

Chestnut

Chop House Asheville Downtown

Chorizo Latin Fare

Copper Crown

Cucina 24

Corner Kitchen

Curate

Fatz Cafe

French Broad Chocolates

The Junction 

Lexington Avenue Brewery

The Lobster Trap

The Market Place Restaurant & Lounge

Modesto Trattoria

Nightbell

Posana Cade

Red Stage Grill

Rhubarb

Roux

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro

Strada

Table 

Twisted Laurel

Wild Wing Cafe

Zambra

 

Happy New Year from Mosaic

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Happy New Year From Mosaic

This week we say goodbye to 2015, and hello to a new year. As we reflect on the past year and the clients, friends, and family we have had an opportunity to spend time with, we want to say a big thank you. Thank you for filling our 2015 with memories, moments, and laughter. The past year in Asheville, we have seen growth and change, and we are looking forward to what is in store for 2016. 

As you ring in the new year, we wish you peace, joy, and happiness. We are grateful for each of you, and proud of your accomplishments and successes and wish all of your dreams for 2016 will come true. 

Happy New Year, 

 

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty

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See The Historic Montford Asheville North Carolina Video

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Historic Montford in Asheville, North Carolina

 

The charming neighborhood of Montford, located within walking distance to Downtown, Asheville is filled with beautiful historic homes, parks, and history. Montford's established restaurants such as Nine Mile, Tod's Tasties, and Chiesa are soothing to the palate.  With it's quaint bed & breakfasts and historical elegance, Montford has become a prominent neighborhood in Asheville. Single family homes adorn the brick-sidewalk streets, convenient access to Reed Creek Greenway, and location to the Interstate, make it a desirable area to live. 

 

View Mosaic Realty's Historic Montford Neighborhood Video here:

Historic Montford Neighborhood Tour from Mosaic Realty on Vimeo.

 

End of the Year Financial Check List

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financial checklistDecember has many of us thinking we can't believe it is almost the end of the year. Where did 2015 go? As the year comes to a close, it's a good time to do a little financial housekeeping. 

 

Consider the following as your close at your year and start 2016. 

 

Give... reduce your tax liability by doing good:

Now is the time to get credit for your 2015 tax return. December is a time where we are reminded of the many people in need in and around our communities. This is a good time to give goods, clothing, or cash to inspire good.

Some ideas on local Asheville charity needs-

Donate cash to a local Holiday Toy Drive - Eblen Charities St. Nicklaus Project 

Donate cash to help finish a women's shelter - Western Carolina Rescue Mission Woman's Shelter on Patton Avenue 

 

Re-assess your Retirement

Contribute to your 401(k) or IRA 

Defer income if 2015 was a high-income year.

 

 

Take a Look at Your Mortgage 

Mortgage rates have been low. It may be time to take the plunge and refinance while interest rates are still lower than years past.

Rents are on the Rise... Is it Time For You to Buy a Home?

Rents are projected to rise in 2016, and in Asheville rentals go off the market as fast as they go on. This may be the perfect time to start thinking about buying a home. With the holidays and winter, it may help with negotiations, price, and not competing with a crowd of buyers looking at the same homes.

Top 8 Asheville Holiday Experiences

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Asheville ChristmasToday, is December 1st, and the beginning of the season of holiday lights, family traditions, celebrations, yummy food, and many toasts in honor of friends, family, and loved ones. Asheville has much to offer during this merrymaking month. Take a peek at our top 8 holiday things to do. 

1- Christmas at Biltmore - The nostalgic decor and Christmas tree are a special sight, and will inspire fond memories of when you felt that special feeling of Christmas.  

2- Polar Express Train - Sip hot cocoa and watch the kids’ faces light up with the magic of the North Pole and Santa Claus. It’s a short drive to get to the Smoky Mountains Railroad, yet worth the memory in the making.

3- Beech Mountain Ski Resort - 15 slopes and 95 acres of skiable terrain make this a perfect day or weekend getaway to enjoy snow covered ground and racing family and friends down the mountain – the perfect December experience.

4- Visit Biltmore Village - The lighted Christmas tree and shops are filled with the spirit of Christmas. It’s quaint and charming. Visit the Christmas store, taste a cookie from Well-Bred, or enjoy some traditional Mexican food at The Cantina. 

5- The Omni Grove Park Inn - Pure magic. The live fire in the extra-large fireplace, photos next to Santa’s sleigh on the porch overlooking the endless mountain peaks, and holiday drinks to delight. Consider viewing the annual Gingerbread house competition entries, or visit to relax and enjoy the holiday decor. 

6- Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum - Take a stroll through the NC Arboretum to view lights which complement the plants and trees. 

7- Rappelling Santa at Chimney Rock - Each Saturday in December, Santa can be seen practicing for his Christmas Eve rappel down this 535-million-year-old rock! We hear he does this to make up for all the milk and cookies he eats on Christmas Day!

8- ZipLine - Take the family out for a zipline adventure at the Crowne Plaza® Resort Asheville. The kid-friendly zip-line is perfect for kids and adults, and is located a mile from downtown Asheville. We dare you to wear a Santa hat or reindeer antlers and take a selfie!

 

From all of us at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, we wish you and yours a happy Holiday season! 

 

Top 5 Things To Do To Save $$$ On Your Heating Bill This Winter

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Save $$$ On Your Heating Bill This WinterThere is a chill in the air in Asheville, and it has us all thinking about keeping warm this winter. Heating our homes cost efficiently is a concern for many, and Mosiac Community LIfestyle Realty exposes "Top 5" things to check in your home to save on your energy bill this winter.

 

  1. PREVENT COLD AIR FROM GETTING IN - By sealing the envelope of the house, you stop cold air from getting in and petetrating coolness inside. Weather-strip doors and windows, and fill any leaks or gaps in the attic floor, such as around pipes, chimneys, wiring, and recessed light fixtures in the ceiling. Small openings and cracks can drastically increase your heating and costs. 
  2. KEEP WARM WITH INSULATION: If you insulate only one thing, it should be the attic floor, since heat rises. It is advised to have at least 10 inches of insulation in this area.
  3. CHECK DUCTWORK: Most of us understand that doors and windows can leak air in, however the ducts in a typical house leak much of both heated and cooled air into the attic, basement, or crawlspace. If you find missing duct tape, holes, or openings in the duct work, this can dramatically alter your heating bill, as the a majority of the heat is going to areas in the house that are not livable. You will need a professional to take care of the duct work to fix the duct drafts, as this is a messy and time-consuming job. 
  4. HOW OLD IS YOUR FURNACE?: Heating systems that are more than about 20 years old and cooling systems that are more than about 10 years old are inefficient by today's standards. Installing even middle-of-the-road equipment sold today can yield 10 to 20 percent savings. 
  5. CHANGE THE THERMOSTAT: Cut energy costs by installing a  programmable thermostat. These devices are said to save about 10 percent on your heating bills, according to the Alliance to Save Energy

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