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There are many benefits to buying a newly constructed home in Asheville. From energy efficiency to low-cost maintenance to modern design and floor plans, new builds allow you a move-in-ready option so you can settle quickly and start enjoying your life in the mountains!
One obvious benefit to owning a brand-new build is little need for maintenance. Everything – plumbing, appliances, HVAC – is modern and should require little of your attention in the first few years. And if they do, warranties will be in effect for a year or two (depending on the coverage) to handle any initial repair costs.
New homes are also built to require less maintenance in the long run. Long-lasting, engineered countertops can withstand much more than the laminated material of yesteryear; hardwood floors popular in most new builds are more durable, and there’s no carpet to replace; and modern exterior finishes utilize materials that can weather the elements for years longer.
With modern construction and advanced appliances and other technologies, new builds easily integrate the kind of energy efficiency that will protect the environment and save you money on monthly utility bills.
Many builders in Asheville participate in Green Built Homes, a voluntary green building certification program administered by the Green Built Alliance. This program offers a certificate for meeting green-building guidelines, with multiple levels of certification available for a range of price points. With such certification, you can be assured of owning an energy-efficient, environmentally sound home.
Most new homes embrace the open-floor design popular with modern lifestyles; think kitchens that blend seamlessly into dining and living spaces, large windows that allow for plenty of natural light, master-on-main designs, and the like.
With a new build, you will be assured that space is used efficiently, and aesthetically pleasing designs dominate. Modern floor-plan flow can be much improved over older homes, allowing for flexibility in furnishings, and supplying a more open, airy feel.
Mosaic’s “New Construction” search
Ready to begin your hunt for a newly constructed home in Asheville? Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has made the process easy with its “New Construction” Web site search. Simply go to mymosaicrealty.com, click on the “Interests & Lifestyles” tab, then scroll down to “New Construction.” Here, you will find homes in Asheville and the surrounding areas that have been built in the last three years.
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As a new resident of Asheville, one of the first matters of business is getting your utilities set up. From gas to water to cable to green resources, here’s what you need to know to get started.
Dominion Energy – Servicing residential, commercial and industrial customers in the north central, piedmont and western parts of North Carolina. https://www.psncenergy.com
Duke Energy Progress – Providing power to 7.7 million retail customers in six states, including customers in Western N.C. https://www.duke-energy.com/home
Internet, Cable and Telephone
Spectrum – Provides television, Internet and telephone set-up and service. https://www.spectrum.com/services/north-carolina/asheville
AT&T – Provides telephone, Internet and television services. https://www.att.com/local/north-carolina/asheville
DIRECTV – Provides satellite television, as well as Internet and telephone bundles. https://www.directv.com/city/asheville-nc/index.html
DISH Network – Provides satellite television. https://www.dish.com/availability/nc/asheville
Water, Sewer and Sanitation
One account with the City of Asheville will supply you with water, sewer and sanitation services. The city will provide you with a trash bin and a recycling bin when you open an account.
Asheville Water Resource Department – Maintains Asheville’s three water treatment plants, 30 pumping stations and 27 storage reservoirs. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/services/water-utilities/
The Metropolitan Sewerage District – Provides sewer services to Asheville city residents as well as other subdivisions within Buncombe County. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/services/water-utilities/
Municipal Waste Services – Asheville City manages trash, recycling and brush collection, including bulky items and white goods. It provides special services for residents unable to manage their trash and recycling carts, and provides sanitation-related code enforcement. Garbage pickup is weekly, and recycling pickup is bi-weekly. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/department/sanitation/
Landfill – The Buncombe County landfill is located at 85 Panther Branch Road. The Transfer Station, which accepts residential trash only, is at 490 Brevard Road. Both facilities are open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. Both facilities also handle recycling. https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/solid-waste/landfill.aspx, https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/solid-waste/transfer-station.aspx
Danny's Dumpster – This waste disposal alternative specializes in waste reduction while striving to make environmentally responsible decisions both affordable and convenient. From set-up to pick-up for both commercial and residential customers, the service encourages responsible disposal through composting and recycling. It includes washing containers and using compostable bags, streamlining pick-ups, educating customers and brainstorming solutions to unique waste problems. http://www.dannysdumpster.com
Blue Ridge Biofuels – This company provides Bioheat, made with biodiesel as a sustainable alternative to standard home heating oil. Bioheat provides cleaner air and a healthier home environment and is made from local, renewable resources. http://blueridgebiofuels.com/bioheat/
Solar and other renewable energy – Using renewable energy saves money on heating and cooling bills, reduces dependence on fossil fuels, and is better for the environment. If you’d like to look into local solar or other renewable energy resources for powering your new home in Asheville, a good place to start is with the GreenBuilt Alliance’s Directory of Renewable Energy. All businesses listed must meet minimum criteria to be included in the directory. https://www.greenbuilt.org/directory/renewable-energy/
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
What 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.
Search with ease
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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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.
French 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.
Bent 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.
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.
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.
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.
Malvern 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.
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.
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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.
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
Many 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Why 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:
Healthy 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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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.
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.
Schools 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.
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.
Enjoy 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.
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