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Seasonal Maintenance Helps Prep Your Asheville Home for Fall

Home Maintenance Fall Asheville

Cooler evenings in the Asheville area signal a seasonal shift is on the horizon, and while you may be ready for autumn and everything it brings, your home may not be. Here are some key ways to prep your home for fall so you’re not left out in the cold. 

Exterior

With the approach of cool weather, it’s a good idea to seal any spots where heat can escape your home. Caulk and seal openings around your home’s foundation, windows and doorframes. If you have storm windows and doors, now is the time to install them. Remove window screens where necessary, and clean and repair them before storing. Replace old or damaged gutters, considering ones that have leaf guards to prevent a pile-up of falling foliage. Make sure steps and handrails are in good condition.

Home Maintenance in AutumnInsulation

With Western N.C. temperatures dipping lower, especially in the evenings, now’s the time to inspect and upgrade insulation, and consider weather stripping for added protection against the coming colder days. Doors and windows that are weather-stripped will prevent drafts and heat loss. 

Water pipes

When water inside pipes freezes, the expansion can cause pipes to crack or, worse, burst. Check your pipes in the fall, before winter’s cold sets in. Don’t forget about exterior faucets and sprinkler systems: Drain water from them, disconnect outdoor hoses, and cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators. Pay particular attention to piping in garages, crawl spaces and attics, where it could get colder, and consider extra insulation for these areas. 

Fall Home MaintenanceHVAC

Vacuum internal parts of air conditioners, and remove or wrap any window units. While it’s still temperate, have your furnace or boiler checked; clean or replace the furnace filter if you have a forced hot air system; if you have a working fireplace, make sure to have your chimney checked and serviced before use. As you settle into fall, have fuel tanks filled, and monitor levels throughout the season and into winter; never set your heat lower than 55 degrees, as the walls where water pipes live are colder than your home’s interior. 

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Mosaic Makes Finding an Asheville Property With Homestay Potential Easy

Asheville NC Short Term Rental Properties

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Looking for an Asheville property with added homestay potential? Homestay – renting a room or rooms out within a private home – is a great way for a homeowner to make some extra cash or to offset mortgage costs. In Asheville, homestays are permitted in residentially zoned areas if you meet the regulatory requirements for homestays and obtain a homestay permit. 

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has made it easy to pinpoint properties with homestay or vacation rental potential. By visiting https://mymosaicrealty.com, clicking on the “Interests & Lifestyles” tab, then going to the “Homes with Homestay Potential” section, you can see which available properties offer a potential homestay option.

Asheville Homestay PropertiesWhat city law permits

The City of Asheville allows two types of paid overnight lodging accommodations within a home or apartment for less than one month.

A homestay is the rental of a room or rooms in a private home. A permanent resident must reside at the property and be present in the home during the time of the homestay. Homestays can be permitted in residentially zoned areas if they meet the regulatory requirements for homestays and the homeowner obtains a homestay permit. You can apply with the city for a new homestay permit, or apply to renew your existing permit, all online. 

Rental of an entire dwelling unit for less than a month is called a short-term vacation rental (STVR). STVRs are only permitted in the resort zoning district.

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Mosaic’s homestay search feature displays listings for a variety of Asheville-area real estate based on properties with “vacation rental” and similar terms in the property description. However, note that while these search results may offer homestay potential, the listing details may not be precise or accurate. To confirm if a property has legal homestay potential, it’s best to contact one of Mosaic’s knowledgeable agents.

You can also create an account with Mosaic to save your favorite searches and homestay listings, and to receive prompt email notifications when similar properties become available. This option will cut down on search time by keeping details of your most common key words and favorite homestay properties, and automatically alerting you to any changes to saved listings.

If you have any questions about potential homestay properties, or for more information on any other Asheville-area real estate, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Plentiful Neighborhood Parks Are Perk of Living in Asheville

Asheville Neighborhoods Near Parks

When beginning your home search in Asheville, nearby amenities are often a deciding factor. Parks – many boasting greenways, large playgrounds, ball fields, even a velodrome – are plentiful in the area, meaning there’s likely one within walking distance of (or a short drive from) your dream home. Here are some of Asheville’s most popular parks, and their nearby neighborhoods.

Asheville ParksFrench Broad River and Carrier Parks

These two greenway-connected parks bordering a densely populated portion of West Asheville are popular destinations, and it’s easy to see why. French Broad River Park (508 Riverview Dr.) features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, gazebo, picnic tables and grills, a dog park, an observation deck and a small playground. Carrier Park (220 Amboy Rd.) is one of Asheville's premier parks, built at a former racetrack that now serves as a velodrome for cycling. The infield has volleyball courts, playground, roller-hockey rink and basketball court. The greenway also runs past a lawn bowling court, multi-use sports field for baseball and soccer, picnic pavilion, river overlooks and wetland interpretive trails. 

West Asheville Park

This popular neighborhood park off of Vermont Avenue Extension is home to a Little League baseball field, concessions and restrooms. It also boasts a playground and picnic shelter on its 8.6 acres. Rhododendron Creek runs through the park grounds. 11 Vermont Ave. Ext.

Asheville Parks Bent CreekBent Creek Community Park

A popular Bent Creek 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. 125 Idlewood Dr.

Weaver Park

Located off Merrimon Avenue in the Norwood Park neighborhood of North Asheville, the 6.6-acre Weaver Park features a lighted ballfield, basketball court, tennis courts, a concession stand and a picnic shelter. There is paved off-street parking, a short trail, and restrooms. 200 Murdock Ave.

Azalea Park

Located in East Asheville along the Swannanoa River, not far from the neighborhood of Beverly Hills, sits Azalea Park. The park features the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex, a large, shaded playground, a dog park, restrooms and concessions. 498 Azalea Rd.

Kenilworth Park

Located in the heart of Asheville’s Kenilworth neighborhood, the 3-acre Kenilworth Park features basketball courts, ballfields, tennis courts, a picnic area with grills, a playground and restrooms. 79 Wyoming Rd.

Richmond Hill Park

Richmond Hill Park, not far from the Emma neighborhood in West Asheville, boasts 183 forest-filled acres, making it Asheville’s largest wooded city park. There are a wide variety of activities available, including disc golf, mountain biking, hiking, jogging, dog-walking and bird-watching. The disc golf course, considered one of the most challenging woods courses in the country, is 18 holes and 6,093 feet long. 280 Richmond Hill Dr. 

Aston Park and Tennis Center

This park, located close to the residential neighborhoods that line the southern border of downtown Asheville, features one of the top public clay court facilities in the country, with 12 lighted courts available for use. A small playground and rolling green hills surround the center. 336 Hilliard Ave.

Overlooking Malvern Hills Park and PoolMalvern Hills Park

The outdoor seasonal pool is the big draw of this popular park, which is surrounded by a tight-knit community in West Asheville. The park also features a bathhouse, restrooms, concession area, lighted tennis courts, playground, walking trail and a picnic shelter with grills. 75 Rumbough Pl.

Murphy-Oakley Park

This 7.7-acre park is extremely convenient to surrounding East Asheville neighborhoods and includes a lighted ballfield, three tennis courts, a playground, a picnic shelter, a concession and restrooms. 715 Fairview Rd.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

This 3.4-acre park, walking distance to many neighborhoods lining South Charlotte Street near downtown, features a lighted ballfield with scoreboard, concession stand, fitness court, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, open shelter, memorial statue, courtyard and grills. 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

For more information on homes near these parks, or anywhere in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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An Active, Entertaining Retirement Awaits in Asheville

Asheville Retirement Resources

Asheville has long enjoyed a reputation as a great place to retire, but as the city has grown, so have the reasons for retiring here. From a vibrant food scene to exciting cultural offerings to ongoing learning opportunities, Asheville offers everything to make your retirement anything but boring.

Asheville's Temperate Climate

Life in Western North Carolina offers up a refreshing range of weather experiences. Asheville, at an elevation of just above 2,000 feet, claims an overall mild year-round climate – not too cold in the winter, not too hot in the summer. Because the area features a full four seasons, weather-dependent activities thrive here. It’s easy to enjoy fall foliage, winter skiing, and spring and summer hiking and swimming thanks to the region’s seasonal changes. 

Asheville NC EntertainmentCultural Offerings

Looking for an exciting and enriching entertainment experience in Asheville? The city brims with performing arts events grand and intimate. With an ever-changing roster of shows across Asheville, you’ll have plenty of inspiring options to choose from all year long. Among the offerings are the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (http://ashevillesymphony.org), Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (http://www.acdt.org), Asheville Ballet (https://www.ashevilleballet.com), Asheville Community Theatre (http://ashevilletheatre.org), The Magnetic Theatre (http://www.themagnetictheatre.org), and NC Stage Company (http://www.ncstage.org).

Ongoing Learning in Asheville

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed learning community dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research, with the goal of enabling its members to thrive in life’s second half. Members pay a $25 annual fee for access to 20-plus special interest groups, as well as the opportunity to attend classes and lectures. They also can take advantage of special events including programs with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Astronomy Club. https://olliasheville.com

Retiring in Asheville NCMany 55+ Communities

The Asheville area is replete with communities geared toward those 55 and older, or neighborhoods that naturally trend toward the active-adult set. A range of amenities – club houses, pools, libraries – as well as activities like exercise classes and coffee socials mean there’s always something to do onsite. And thanks to the setting, against Asheville’s Blue Ridge backdrop, the area’s 55+ communities offer the added benefit of relaxing and stunning surroundings in which to enjoy the region’s natural beauty.

Food and Drink Scene

The breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains enveloping Asheville have long-established the city’s reputation as a mountain lover’s mecca. But in recent years, Asheville has reached the pinnacle of another scene: food and drink. From creative craft cocktails to farm-collaborative dining to an unrivalled micro-brew boom, Asheville has become an epicurean’s escape like no other. 

Interested in retiring in Asheville and experiencing everything the city has to offer on a daily basis?  Find your perfect home by contacting Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or calling him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Idyllic Small Towns Surrounding Asheville Offer Best of Both Worlds

Small Towns Near Asheville NC

Asheville is a mecca for amenities typically found in much bigger cities – think delectable dining and drinking options, world-class entertainment, and a progressive, eclectic art scene. For those who may want easy access to all these things, but with the option to return home to a quieter setting, the small towns surrounding Asheville are the best of both worlds.

Arden

Located in southern Buncombe County, about 10 miles south of downtown Asheville, Arden is an unincorporated community considered part of the city of Asheville. It spans more than 37 square miles and encompasses several smaller communities, including Royal Pines, Oak Park and Avery Creek. This area is characterized by its wonderful school district, family-friendly feel and convenience to shopping and restaurants.

Buncombe CountyBiltmore Forest

Biltmore Forest is an idyllic suburb of luxury homes located in a stately hardwood forest just south of Asheville. This town, popular among families, consists primarily of quiet residential neighborhoods. Biltmore Forest has an estimated population of about 1,400 and is convenient to Biltmore Village and downtown Asheville.

Black Mountain

About 16 miles east of Asheville, Black Mountain is known as the front porch of Western North Carolina because of its quaint charm and stunning location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While Black Mountain is an amazing place to live year-round, it is especially popular among second-home owners and vacationers. Downtown Black Mountain has a wonderful collection of shops, restaurants and breweries, and the hiking and mountain biking is abundant.

Enka and Candler

Neighboring communities of Enka and Candler are situated southwest of Asheville. Enka is the eastern of the two, near the intersection of I-40, I-26 and I-240, while Candler is further west along Route 23. These communities share public schools – Enka Middle School and Enka High School, which are part of the well-respected Buncombe County School District. These neighborhoods offer a quieter, more pastoral feel but with all of the conveniences of a nearby city.

Candler_EnkaFairview

Located about 10 miles southeast of Asheville, Fairview is a historic town with a lovely and involved community of locals. The population of Fairview is just under 3,000, which gives residents plenty of privacy to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings.  Long an agricultural community, quaint neighborhoods and historic farmhouses are situated among the farmlands in this stunning valley.

Leicester

A community about 10 miles northwest of Asheville, Leicester offers residents gorgeous views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains in quiet seclusion. Leicester Elementary School serves local school children and is part of the Buncombe County School District. There are also numerous private schools located in nearby Asheville.

Swannanoa

Swannanoa is a quaint community located along I-40, east of Asheville in the breathtaking Swannanoa River Valley. The town boasts a great location, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Asheville and Black Mountain. Characterized by quiet neighborhoods, rolling farmland, and mom-and-pop businesses, this community offers a slower-paced life.

Asheville NC Surrounding TownsWeaverville

Weaverville, located north of Asheville in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, boasts outstanding local shops and restaurants, and the cultural attractions of downtown Asheville are only a short drive away. Weaverville is a family-oriented town with dozens of community events and activities throughout the year.

Woodfin

A bustling town on the eastern shore of the French Broad River, just north of Asheville, Woodfin has a population of about 6,000 year-round residents and a growing number of visitors as the River Arts District of Asheville spreads down river toward it. Many residents of Woodfin enjoy spending time rafting and canoeing on the French Broad River and frequenting the growing number of businesses along the river.

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

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Asheville's Mosaic Realty Makes Your Online Green-Home Search Simple

Green Built Homes in Asheville NC

Looking for a high-efficiency home in Asheville with low environmental impact? Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has made it easy to narrow your hunt with its online “Green Homes” search feature

For those interested in green-home ownership, aligning with a real estate agency well-versed in the green-built market is key. By going to www.mymosaicrealty.com and clicking on “Interests & Lifestyles,” then the “Green Homes” link, you can find a range of available eco-friendly, energy-efficient homes in Asheville and the surrounding areas.

Asheville NC Green Home SearchWhy go green?

Green-built homes are transforming the residential market and people’s lives everywhere – a fact that is especially true in the Asheville area. 

Green homes are built to be healthier and safer by providing cleaner indoor air. They use less energy and water, leading to monthly savings on utilities. This all means the average upfront costs of building green are quickly recouped, as a homeowner will save money for the duration of the home’s lifespan.

Additionally, green-home owners in Asheville and around the country experience increased market value, heralding a higher resale value when the time comes. They also enjoy state and federal tax credits for their home’s renewable energy use and energy-efficiency.

What makes a home green?

The green-built movement in Asheville has the added bonus of support from the Green Built NC Program, a voluntary, statewide green-building program encompassing all aspects of environmental design and construction including: 

Green Built Homes in AshevilleHealthy Site/Landscape: erosion control and preservation of existing trees

Water Efficiency: use of high-efficiency irrigation and plumbing fixtures to reduce water bills

Building Envelope: use of high-efficiency windows and insulation to reduce energy bills

Heating/Cooling Systems: use of high-efficiency equipment and sealed air ducts to increase comfort

Appliances/Lighting:use of Energy Star appliances and lighting to reduce utility bills

Healthy Indoor Air Quality: use of non-toxic finishes and methods to minimize moisture

Materials: use of durable local and recycled content materials for minimal maintenance

Beyond the “Green Homes” search function on Mosaic’s site, Mosaic agents can guide you through the intricacies and supply you with all of the information you need to go green. To learn more about green homes in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Winterhawk Offers Affordable Home Lots in Prime South Asheville Location

Lots for Sale in South Asheville

If you’re looking to build your dream home in Asheville, Winterhawk awaits. Situated in South Asheville’s Arden community, this new pocket neighborhood affords perfect proximity to downtown Asheville, as well as easy access to amazing amenities, including shopping, dining, employment centers, and the airport.

Winterhawk’s flat and gently sloping lots allow for easy building and provide the perfect yard for everything from playtime to parties. Underground utilities (water/sewer/cable/electric/gas) are already in place, simplifying the construction process.

Amenities abound

Living in Winterhawk means enjoying all the peaceful, natural beauty Western North Carolina has to offer – along with close proximity to commercial corridors that provide the ultimate in daily conveniences. Located in Arden, an unincorporated community in southern Buncombe County between Skyland and Fletcher, Winterhawk is just 20 minutes south of downtown Asheville and 20 minutes north of Hendersonville. Winterhawk’s close proximity to the Asheville Regional Airport makes it easy to catch a flight. The nearby commercial corridor of Hendersonville Road boasts a plethora of restaurants, as well as grocery and department stores.

Winterhawk AshevilleSchools near Winterhawk are a major draw to the area. Part of the Buncombe County School system, Glen Arden Elementary School has been designated a School of Excellence many times over. Valley Springs Middle, Avery’s Creek Elementary, Koontz Intermediate and TC Roberson High schools also serve the community.

Get outdoors

The French Broad River flows near Winterhawk, replete with kayaking, canoeing and tubing opportunities. A short drive away is Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a hiker’s and mountain biker’s paradise, with miles and miles of trails on which to spend the day.

Also nearby is the North Carolina Arboretum, which offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of trails, and year-round exhibits to enthrall the entire family. A mere 30-minute drive away is Pisgah Forest, perfect for a daytrip getaway to spots like Looking Glass falls, Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry.

A popular place to spend the afternoon outdoors near Winterhawk is Lake Julian Park, a county park with a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, disc-golf course, rental boats and picnic shelters.

Winterhawk Near South Asheville FunEnjoy jumps and hops

When the weather’s less than hospitable, residents can get a little indoor exercise at one of the two nearby popular trampoline parks (Launch http://launchasheville.comand Sky Zone https://www.skyzone.com/asheville).

For a break from the day, or an informative look behind the scenes of a state-of-the-art brewery, you can zip from Winterhawk to the sprawling Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in nearby Mills River. The brewery’s taproom and restaurant offer a full menu and 23 beers on tap, many produced just a few feet from the eatery.

For a chance to explore one of the 15 lots available at Winterhawk for your next custom home, investment property or vacation rental, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Asheville's Oakley Offers Alluring Amenities, Attractive Home Prices

Oakley Neighborhood Asheville NC

Tucked between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Historic Biltmore Village, and just minutes from downtown Asheville, sits the welcoming neighborhood of Oakley. A seamless blend of remodeled bungalows and newly constructed craftsman-style homes gives Oakley a distinct, close-knit feel. Residents can walk to the Oakley Library, spend an afternoon working in the community garden, or enjoy the area’s easy proximity to shopping, recreation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Folk Art Center.

But amenities aren’t the only thing Oakley boasts: Its allure also lies in home pricing. According to Mosaic Realty first-quarter data for this 2019, the median Asheville home price was $295,000, which is where the price of a home in Oakley falls. With many properties in Oakley featuring greater-than-average acreage, and new home developments priced moderately, more buyers are being drawn to the neighborhood.

Activities for Everyone in Oakley

Proximity to the Blue Ridge ParkwayBeing close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Oakley 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). Historic Biltmore Village – with its many shops and restaurants – and the Biltmore Estate are just down the road, offering Oakley residents lots to experience in their own backyard. The 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center, mere minutes away, provides plenty of family fun with more than 60 species of animals to see.

Oakley families enjoy many educational and enrichment options. The well-regarded Oakley Elementary School, as well as the top-rated Reynolds Middle and High Schools, serve the neighborhood. Other educational options include nearby charter schools Evergreen Community Charter School and ArtSpace Charter School. The popular Roots & Wings School of Art and Design sits in the heart of Oakley, and offers enrichment opportunities for every age, from preschool for tiny tots, to after-school community design lab for big kids, to adult studio classes.

Accessible Amenities

A long list of stores a short drive away means Oakley residents never have to travel far to find what they need. Home Depot and Walmart Supercenter are nearby, as are the River Ridge Market Place (featuring such stores as AC Moore and Dollar General) and Oakley Plaza (featuring Gold’s Gym). For a fun-filled evening of music and mingling, residents can head to nearby Highland Brewing Company.

Sandra Brooks Asheville Realtor OakleyWith the close-by commercial corridor of Tunnel Road, Oakley offers an amazing array of shopping and entertainment outlets within a few minutes’ drive. 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 10-minute drive west, via I-240, puts you in the heart of Downtown Asheville, with its vibrant restaurant, retail and arts scene.

A home purchase in Oakley makes sense for anyone looking for a convenient neighborhood destined to appreciate in the coming years. For a personally guided tour of Oakley, please contact Mosaic Realty agent Sandra Brooks at or call her anytime at 828-333-2500.

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Now's the Time to Create Your Perfect Home in West Asheville's Malvern Walk

Malvern Walk West Asheville Real Estate

Looking to build or buy a home in a new-construction community with larger lots, eco-friendly green homes, and easy access to parks and greenways? Come visit Malvern Walk, nestled amid picturesque rolling hills in popular West Asheville. With improved pricing on lots, it’s never been easier to build your dream custom home or a spacious spec house .

Malvern Walk – located within one of Asheville’s original historic neighborhoods – has 30 lots, all a quarter acre or larger. With 10 homes completed or under construction and the new release of five shovel-ready lots, now is the perfect time to claim a piece of this inviting neighborhood for yourself.

Malvern Walk Asheville NeighborhoodA Rarity in West Asheville

Boasting broad sky views and an accessible community to delight walkers, cyclists and gardeners alike, Malvern Walk offers the rare opportunity to build a dream home in West Asheville’s original historic large-lot subdivision. All utilities are installed to the lots, including water, sewer, cable, fiber optics and natural gas. The lots are graded, and the driveway entrances have been installed, making planning and construction easy.

Malvern Walk’s design promotes walking and biking as a means of relaxation as well as a mode of transportation. An interior mulched path ties seamlessly to the Malvern Hills neighborhood, where sidewalks and quiet streets provide the perfect setting for a morning jog or an evening stroll.

Perfect Proximity, but Away from the Hustle

Malvern Walk West Asheville HomesResidents can take advantage of the neighborhood’s short distance to multiple parks, the local library, coffee shops, restaurants, live music and more in West Asheville’s own “downtown,” the dynamic Haywood Road commercial corridor. Along this lively thoroughfare, 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.

With quick access to interstates and downtown Asheville, Malvern Walk offers the best in proximity without being in the middle of the hustle of Asheville’s urban center. Living in Malvern Walk means being able to hop on the Hominy Creek greenway and connect to Asheville’s river parks with ease. In addition, it’s only a short drive to hiking in Pisgah Forest or biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Closer to home are the Malvern Hills swimming pool, tennis court and playground. A number of well-regarded schools within a short distance – including Vance Elementary School, Francine Delany New School for Children, Rainbow Community School and Asheville City Preschool, just to name a few – make Malvern Walk ideal for families.

For a personally guided tour of Malvern Walk, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Green Yard, Green World: How to Create an Eco-Friendly Landscape

Pollinators Eco-Friendly Backyard

Creating a backyard that’s enjoyable for you and friendly to the Earth is easier than you think. From pollinator gardens to organic mulching to smart watering, taking an environmentally sound approach to landscaping helps to promote a green yard – and a greener world. Following, some simple tips to try:

Choose Native Plants

Populate your yard with plants native to Western North Carolina and you’ll be providing habitat for many beneficial local animals and insects. In addition, native plants are already acclimated to the region’s climate, and are naturally resistant to local pests and disease. All of this means they don’t require fertilizers or extra watering, which makes them eco-friendly. Native trees and plants to try in your Asheville yard include southern magnolia, flowering dogwood, redbud, cardinal flower, oakleaf hydrangea and foamflower –the list goes on and on. Visit local farmers’ markets, local plant vendors, or the Botanical Gardens at Asheville to get an idea of which native plants will work for your yard.

MilkweedPlant Pollinator Gardens

Pollinator gardens – with specific nectar- and pollen-producing plants – are designed to attract beneficial insects and animals to pollinate, thus performing an important step in the food and flower cycle. Because pollinator habitat has been lost to urban development, pollution, climate change and other adverse action, the population of many pollinator species is at risk. Flowers with large “landing pads,” plants with many small flowers, and plants that bloom very early or very late (when attractive pollination options are scarce) are all good options for your pollinator garden.

Use Plenty of Mulch

Using mulch helps to keep soil temperature consistent, retain moisture, and inhibit weed growth. As organic mulch like wood chips, bark leaves and pine needles breaks down, it adds nutrients to the soil. Bonus: Using more mulch means you can get away with growing less grass, which requires a lot of water to maintain.

Eschew Fertilizers

Dumping large amounts of chemicals onto your lawn via popular “weed and feed” products could put the environment, your health, and eventually the condition of your lawn at risk. A better option is to use organic fertilizer or, better yet, eliminate fertilizer and instead use compost and organic matter in your soil, aerate, cut grass on a higher setting, and incorporate low-maintenance moss and groundcover into your landscape.

Rain Barrel Eco-Friendly BackyardWater

There are many ways to water smart and still keep your yard happy. Harvesting rainwater via a rain barrel, cistern or rain chain means you’ll be using much less household water. When you water, make sure to do it in the morning before the temperatures start to climb and threaten the moisture. If you water in the late afternoon, make sure foliage has time to dry to avoid fungal diseases that thrive in damp nights. Water plants near the base rather than overhead, to better target the roots.

To learn about Real Estate in Asheville, NC, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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