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Ease Environmental Impact With These Green Moving Tips

Green Moving Tips AshevilleIf you’re gearing up for a move, keeping the environment in mind is easier than you might think. The Asheville area offers plenty of resources for a green move, making the impactful life change less impactful on the environment.

Moving containers

Little things like opting for eco-friendly moving containers and supplies can cut back on excessive cardboard uses, and can greatly reduce the amount of unfriendly packing materials you might use. Substitute packing materials like plastic bubble wrap and Styrofoam packing peanuts with more eco-friendly options. You can wrap and cushion delicate items with blankets, towels, sheets or clothing.

Instead of buying a bunch of brand-new moving boxes – which usually last for a handful of uses before they need to be recycled – ask friends or local businesses if they have any you can take off their hands. The Buncombe County Transfer Station offers a free moving-box exchange: Just stop by and grab as many as you need, and when you’re done moving, you can return them to the station.

You can also repurpose as moving containers items you already own. Suitcases, laundry baskets, clean garbage bins, furniture drawers and trash bags can all pull double-duty when transporting possessions. 

Pare down with sound disposal 

Hard2Recycle EventAdditionally, finding ways to soundly dispose of hard-to-recycle items you might not want to move – think that old television, dusty, unused books, or a dilapidated table – can help reduce moving costs AND stay kind to the environment.

Asheville GreenWorks offers an easy solution with its Hard 2 Recycle events. Held five times throughout the year (four events around the county and one central event in downtown Asheville), Hard 2 Recycle aims to collect and divert items that would otherwise end up crowding a landfill. Hard 2 Recycle will accept everything from electronics, appliances, Styrofoam, hardware, plumbing, and even rolls of chain link. Their updated list of items can be found here:  https://hard2recycle.org/dates-items/.

Finding the next Hard 2 Recycle event is simple; just visit https://hard2recycle.org/ for a schedule, along with which items will be accepted at the upcoming event.

Donate or sell

During a move, a lot of food and other household items are often thrown out. While some perishables do need to be disposed of, things like cleaning products, health and beauty items, canned foods and other unopened, shelf-stable goods can be donated to those in need. Asheville-area organizations that accept such donations include MANNA FoodBank and Homeward Bound of WNC.

If you’re looking to clear furniture and personal item clutter, consider holding a garage sale. Not only will you save on moving unwanted possessions, you’ll keep such items out of landfills. Whatever you don’t sell can be donated to Asheville organizations for resale. Asheville Habitat for Humanity ReStore, B.E.A.R. Closet and Asheville Humane Thrift Store are a few spots that accept donated home items. 

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Mosaic Realty Ranks Among 10 Best Mobile Realty Sites in the U.S.

MyMosaicRealty.comMosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s new responsive website was just ranked among the top 10 best mobile realty sites in the nation, according to REAL Trends’ annual review. With catered landing pages, one-click quick searches, and simple account creation to make the search process easy, especially on a mobile device, www.mymosaicrealty.com is the one-stop destination for clients looking to buy or sell property in Asheville and surrounding Western N.C.

REAL Trends – a trusted source of news, analysis and information on the residential brokerage industry since 1987 – examined sites from across the country to determine its annual rankings. The idea of responsive Web design is to make websites that easily adjust to fit multiple screen sizes, from desktop computers to mobile devices. Fluid layouts, flexible images and individually catered landing pages are the three technical factors for responsive Web design.

Seeking to streamline the real estate experience, Mosaic created its new responsive website using the same strategies it implements to help its clients: listening to customer needs and taking action on their feedback. People most often start their home searches online. As a shift to mobile phone use grows, the importance of responsive Web design is greater than ever. 

Accessing www.mymosaicrealty.com on a mobile device reveals a user-friendly experience, with large tabs, streamlined menus, and simple forms for creating personalized searches. Mosaic’s mobile site also offers homebuyers easy-to-use quick searches by listings, neighborhoods, lifestyles and price. Users can dig deeper, with quick links to advanced search options like green builds, newly listed or featured properties, and affordable homes. And with a click of a button, potential clients can go beyond real estate listings to learn all about life in Asheville and the surrounding areas.

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Asheville Attracts Interest as an Enviable ‘Zoom Town' Option

Asheville NC Zoom TownAs more of the U.S. population settles into working remotely, real estate migration patterns are shifting. So-called “Zoom Towns” – places that boast urban amenities, access to nature, and a lower cost of living than larger cities – are experiencing an influx of interest. Asheville is one such town, as many people from major metropolitan areas who can now work remotely consider the popular Western N.C. mountain destination as a place to call home.

A pandemic-prompted work shift

After the coronavirus pandemic sent many American workers into remote-only mode, one survey by MIT researchers estimated the share of virtual workers in the U.S. quadrupled to nearly 50% of the workforce. An Upwork Future Workforce Report, which polled 1,500 hiring managers, found that 56% of hiring managers felt the shift had “gone better than expected,” with more than 60% noting their employees will be working remotely moving forward. 

Remote employment is also spurring homeowners to take a closer look at workspace possibilities in their potential home. Factors that best support remote working situations, such as Internet connectivity, home size and affordability, and urban amenities, place many Southern cities, including Asheville, in a desirable position.

Work Remotely from Asheville NCLow interest rates

At the same time that migration patterns are accelerating interest in Asheville, low interest rates are driving buyers who have been waiting for just the right moment to make a move. 

According to Freddie Mac, September logged the lowest rates ever, with an average 30-year fixed rate of 2.86%. Rates aren’t expected to rise much anytime soon either: A survey by the Mortgage Reports of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association found the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is likely to average 3.18% through 2020. 

Asheville home sales

Recent home sales in Asheville lend validity to the “Zoom Town” migratory trend. During the third quarter, home sales in Asheville showed a strong uptick, with 457 home sales in the city and 952 home sales in Buncombe County.  The county had the highest number of home sales per quarter by 16%, and the city had its second-highest quarterly home sales.  This was a sharp departure from the second quarter, where there were fewer sales happening because of the initial COVID-related slowdown in both demand and supply.

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Eclectic Marshall Preserves Its Picturesque Past

Marshall NCFrom a quaint Main Street to ideal proximity to outdoor adventures, Marshall, N.C., is home to a range of rich experiences. A short 28-minute drive from Asheville, this idyllic town in Madison County, with easy access to trails along the French Broad River, features a downtown lined with historic buildings, including a century-old courthouse. Main Street features artists’ studios, interesting shops, music and dance venues and galleries. Stroll to Blannahassett Island, just over the river, to enjoy more artists’ studios, as well as picnic areas and fishing.

Marshall (population 870) boasts a history defined by the French Broad River. The Main Street has the river on one side and a cliff on the other. Transportation routes along the river and the subsequent railroad created a booming economy. Because of its location, the town was selected to be the Madison County seat, and the county courthouse was constructed in 1907. 

History has a home here

Marshall has strived to maintain pieces of its past, including the courthouse, the James H. White House and the Capitola Manufacturing Company Cotton Yarn Mill, all on the National Register of Historic Places. Old-time stores, art galleries, shops with unique home decor and gifts, restaurants and coffee shops line the downtown drag. Blannahassett Island, with the restored Marshall High Studios, features a Sunday afternoon farmers’ market, as well as arts festivals and holiday markets.

Marshall North CarolinaHomes in Marshall encompass a variety of sizes and styles. Mountain retreats with stellar views dot the hills around town; there’s also new construction on expansive tracts, as well as compact cottages and rustic cabins. Plenty of acreage is available to build a custom dream home.

Fun-filled Marshall NC festivals

Marshall features a number of entertaining festivals throughout the year:

Madison Potters Market – More than 20 of the best potters from around Madison County display their wares at Marshall High Studios (April).

Mermaid Parade & Festival – This downtown fest showcases arts, crafts and music, a seafood cook-off, and a costume parade (June).

Art on the Island Fest – Artisans, crafters and musicians join in this fall fair on Blannahassett Island (September).

Marshall Handmade Market – This arts fest, holiday market and open studio stroll in Marshall High Studios gives the public an opportunity to watch artists at work (November).

Town of Marshall NCOutdoor adventures galore in Marshall

When you’re ready to hit the outdoors, Marshall offers a range of activities suited to all interests and levels. The French Broad River provides the perfect stretch for whitewater rafting. Many outfitters offer knowledgeable guides for the adventure, for either half- or full-day trips.

Hiking is another popular and easy-to-access activity from Marshall. The nearby Laurel River Trail is an easy 7-mile round trip that follows Big Laurel Creek in Pisgah National Forest. An hour away are the famed hiking destinations of Max Patch – a bald with 360-degree, long-range views – and Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in eastern North America (6,684 feet).

Hot Springs, 23 miles from Marshall and tucked in Pisgah National Forest, is a popular destination, thanks to its natural hot mineral springs. After a relaxing soak, you can enjoy shopping and dining in the picturesque town.

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Waynesville Wows With Natural Beauty and Main Street Charm

Waynesville NC Walkable TownWaynesville, Haywood County's biggest town with about 10,000 residents, has been a favorite North Carolina mountain retreat since the early 1800s. The reasons for its popularity back then – cool, clean air and water and spectacular scenery – still exist today, but add to its modern allure a quaint, urban charm, a walkable shopping district, a vibrant farm-to-table restaurant and craft beer scene, and amazing proximity to exhilarating outdoor activities.

Waynesville sits about 25 miles west of Asheville, off of I-40, between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The town of Waynesville was founded in 1810 by Colonel Robert Love, a Revolutionary War soldier. He donated land for the courthouse, jail and public square, and named the town after his former commander in the war, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Waynesville boasts a number of historic places, including the Boone-Withers House, the Haywood County Courthouse, the Dr. J. Howell Way House and the Masonic Hall, among many others.

Home styles in Waynesville run the gamut, from rustic log cabins to majestic mansions to compact townhomes. Many properties come with plenty of acreage ideal for spreading out and soaking in the beauty of Waynesville’s natural surroundings. Waynesville is part of the Haywood County Schools system. Residents also have access to a handful of private parochial schools.

Downtown destinations

Downtown Waynesville's restored historic buildings and brick sidewalks are the perfect backdrop for browsing the town’s many specialty stores, galleries and antique shops. And when you’re ready for a bite (or a beverage), there is no shortage of restaurants, coffee shops and breweries. There is plenty of free parking along Wall Street (parallel to Main Street).

Waynesville NC WalkableWaynesville is home to a number of annual festivals: Folkmoot U.S.A. (July) is a 10-day celebration of world dance and music with performers from around the globe. Church Street Art & Craft Show (October), a popular juried art show, also features mountain music, clogging, entertainment and food. Apple Harvest Festival (October) celebrates all things apple – think cider, fried pies and donuts – and showcases mountain music, dance, craft and demo booths. 

Nearby outdoor adventures

Maggie Valley, just 8 miles from Waynesville, is home to lots of fun winter destinations, including Cataloochee Ski Area and Tube World. Lake Junaluska, just 3 miles away, offers the perfect spot to spend a Saturday. There are 13 peaks above 6,000 feet in Haywood County, including the famed Cold Mountain. Take a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to waterfalls, hikes and camping destinations. The Pigeon River section of the Great Smoky Mountains is home to plenty of outdoor adventures, including ziplining and whitewater rafting. 

Waynesville NC real estate

For these many reasons, you can see how Waynesville makes for a lovely place to live. For more information about real estate in Waynesville, or anywhere in the Asheville area, contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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Asheville's Varied Industries Provide Wide-Ranging Employment Opportunities

City of Asheville EmployerAs people around the country consider relocating to areas with more space and less density, Asheville continues to attract attention as the ideal balance of city and country. Thinking of making a move to Asheville, but wondering about employment and business opportunities? The Asheville area is lucky to have both low unemployment and strong job growth. And it’s no wonder: Very few tourist destinations boast the stable population growth, healthy housing market, growing professional services, strong health-care industry and small-business boom that Asheville does. 

Additionally, the Asheville population’s unfaltering support of local and independent businesses, coupled with the entrepreneurial spirit so integral to the city, has helped start-ups thrive in recent years, generating even more jobs and business opportunities.

Top employers in Asheville

According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, the top employers in the area range from medicine to manufacturing to education, in addition to tourism. The four-county Asheville metro is a diverse $16.4 billion economy, with nationally recognized schools, close proximity to many major cities, direct access to I-26 and I-40, and the Asheville airport, with direct flights to Washington and New York, among others. Annual visitors to Asheville number in the millions.

The top 10 employers in the Asheville area are:

Mission Health System and Hospital

Buncombe County Public Schools

City of Asheville

The Biltmore Company

Buncombe County Government

The Omni Grove Park Inn

Ingles Markets, Inc.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

VA Medical Center - Asheville Department of Veterans Affairs

Eaton Corporation - Electrical Division

Major Industries and Employers AshevilleBig on small business

Thanks to the kind of startups, incubators, co-working spaces, business community support and commercial resources you’d find in much bigger cities, Asheville is the perfect place for entrepreneurs who want to develop quality products and services while maintaining an enviable quality of life. With an overwhelming majority of businesses in the Asheville metro area employing fewer than 50 people, small businesses and entrepreneurship are active engines fueling the region's diverse business landscape and shaping the economy.

Driven by a city that embraces the impact of small companies on culture and lifestyle, the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Coalition and other community organizations have developed a variety of resources designed to help small businesses succeed https://www.ashevillechamber.org/business-environment/small-business/. In addition, services like those offered by the non-profit Mountain Bizworks help small businesses start, grow and create jobs through loans, classes and coaching https://www.mountainbizworks.org.

Work is brewing in Asheville

Nowhere is small-business growth more evident than in Asheville’s craft-beer boom. The community support of such local start-ups as Hi-Wire Brewing Co., Burial Beer Co. and Asheville Brewing – to name just a few – has helped fuel a cycle of growth that has spurred job creation and even greater entrepreneurial drive. And the country is watching: Local start-up successes have drawn the likes of such national heavy-hitters as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium brewery, whose second U.S. facility, based in West Asheville on the French Broad River, generated 140 new jobs when it opened in 2016.

Most who choose to relocate to Asheville are driven by the area’s natural beauty, range of outdoor activities, and greatly heightened lifestyle. Now you can add incredible employment opportunities to the mix. 

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Nature-Enveloped Sylva Exudes Idyllic, Small-Town Charm

Sylva NC Walkable TownA quintessential small town nestled amid stunning scenery, Sylva sits an hour southwest of Asheville in the Great Smoky Mountains. Sylva’s Main Street is a popular downtown destination, packed with restaurants, specialty shops, galleries, bookstores and breweries. It’s the perfect spot to stroll tree-lined streets, and take in the crisp fall days for which Western N.C. is famous.

Sylva is the county seat of Jackson County, situated in the Plott Balsam Mountains of Western N.C. It has a population of around 2,600. The town became the county seat in 1913 after the county voted to move the seat from Webster to Sylva, after the town gained a railroad station. Many businesses followed the railroad to Sylva. 

Majestic landmarks and movie backdrops

The majestic Jackson County Courthouse, a Sylva landmark, was constructed in 1914 and is perched on a hill at the end of Main Street. The building no longer serves as the official courthouse; since 2011, it has housed the Jackson County Public Library. The historic structure draws visitors from all around who come to admire its beauty, then climb its 107 steps for a bird’s eye view of Sylva’s downtown.

Sylva’s small-town scenery has attracted the attention of Hollywood over the years: Several movie scenes have been filmed here, including for the 1972 movie “Deliverance” and the 1993 movie “The Fugitive.” More recently, downtown Sylva was transformed for filming of the 2018 Oscar-nominated “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” 

The town has the main county high school, Smoky Mountain High School, as well as two K-8 elementary schools (Scotts Creek and Fairview). Sylva is home to Southwestern Community College; Western Carolina University is seven miles away in Cullowhee.

Sylva NC Walkable TownOutdoor activities and festival fun in Sylva

Recreational opportunities abound in Sylva. The town boasts a community-built state-of-the-art playground, as well Pinnacle Park, replete with hiking trails and waterfalls. Sylva is home to the Western N.C. Fly Fishing Trail; the Tuckasegee River is famed for its whitewater and trout populations. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are both just a short drive away.

Sylva is home to several annual festivals. Greening Up the Mountains Festival takes place on the fourth Saturday in April, drawing thousands of people downtown for arts, old-time Appalachian crafts, local music, ethnic and locally inspired cuisine, tastings from local craft breweries, and many family-friendly activities. The Hook, Line & Drinker Festival in May celebrates the designation of the area as a popular spot for fishing, and features fly-fishing guides, fishing-industry vendors, kids’ activities and live music. Concerts on the Creek takes place every Friday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day at Sylva Bridge Park.

Popular local restaurants in Sylva include Lulu’s on Main (678 West Main) and Guadalupe Cafe (606 West Main). For downhome cooking, head to The Coffee Shop (385 West Main Street), a favorite since 1926. For something sweet, stop at Baxley’s Chocolates (628 West Main Street).

Sylva’s Main Street is home to two breweries: Innovation Brewing (414 West Main Street) has 32 brews on tap, a homemade ginger ale and three ciders. Balsam Falls Brewing (506 West Main St) has 16-20 beers on tap, including a rotating selection of IPAs, pale ales and sours, along with six staple beers.

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Step Into the Charm of These Walkable Western N.C. Towns

The small towns surrounding Asheville are the perfect spots to soak in the sights as you stroll through quaint downtowns brimming with historic buildings, restaurants, galleries and specialty shops. Following are a few of our favorite Main Streets.

Weaverville NCWeaverville

Weaverville, located north of Asheville in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, boasts outstanding local shops and restaurants, all within an easy stroll. From coffee spots and bakeries to artists’ studios and historic sites, this family-oriented town offers a range of accessible downtown destinations in a relaxed atmosphere. Nearby Lake Louise provides a park setting for family play and recreation, and there is access to the Blue Ridge Parkway from the back of the Reems Creek Valley. Search Weaverville real estate.

Black Mountain

About 16 miles east of Asheville, downtown Black Mountain has a wonderful collection of shops, restaurants and breweries, and the hiking and mountain biking opportunities are abundant.Black Mountain is known as the front porch of Western North Carolina because of its downtown’s quaint charm and stunning location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sit in one of Black Mountain's iconic rocking chairs that line the streets of downtown and take in the charm for a while. Search Black Mountain real estate.

Brevard NC Walkable TownBrevard 

Tucked in the heart of Transylvania County, southwest of Asheville, Brevard boasts unique boutiques in the downtown area – offering everything from children’s toys to salvaged furniture to antiques. In addition, the walkable downtown district offers a range of restaurants and cafes. The city is famed for its ideal access to some of the most beautiful natural attractions – think mountain bike trails, waterfall hikes and epic views – in Western N.C. Search Brevard real estate.

Marshall

This historic town in Madison County, with easy access to trails along the French Broad River, packs an eclectic punch into its compact downtown. Lined with historic buildings including a century-old courthouse, Main Street features artists’ studios, interesting shops, music and dance venues and galleries. Stroll to Blannahassett Island, just over the river, to enjoy more artists’ studios, as well as picnic areas and fishing. Search Marshall real estate.

Waynesville NC Walkable TownWaynesville

Sitting at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains near the Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesville’s bustling downtown features everything from art galleries to antique shops to furniture centers, along with gift and specialty shops. A range of restaurants, as well as breweries, round out this walkable town’s offerings. The revitalized Main Street and historic Frog Level areas offer seasonal festivals and community gatherings during warmer months. Search Waynesville real estate.

Hendersonville

Filled with historic buildings and vibrant streetscapes, Hendersonville – the largest downtown in Western N.C. outside of Asheville – offers many outdoor dining options, as well as unique shops and galleries, along Main Street. Hendersonville’s downtown is part of the Main Street Program, aimed at revitalizing central business districts across the country through historic preservation, attention to design, and thoughtful recruitment of businesses. Search Hendersonville real estate.

Saluda NC Walkable TownSaluda

Saluda, NC, located to the southeast of Asheville, has been drawing tourists to its picturesque Main Street since the late 1800s. With established restaurants as well as shops and galleries set against a stunning backdrop, this tiny town offers the perfect opportunity for a downtown stroll after a day of outdoor adventures at nearby Green River Gorge. It's proximity to the Interstate 26 corridor makes it convenient to get to the neighboring town of Hendersonville. Search Saluda real estate.

Sylva

This small, scenic town in Jackson County has a Main Street packed with restaurants, specialty shops, galleries, bookstores and breweries. Its historic courthouse draws visitors from all around who come to admire its beauty, then climb its 107 steps for a bird’s eye view of Sylva’s downtown. Home to the campus of Western North Carolina University, the town also has a small college town feel. The beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest lie just to the west of Sylva.

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Mills River Offers Space Amid Abundant Natural Beauty

Mills River NCWithin minutes of some of the country’s most popular and picturesque state and national forests sits Mills River, N.C., a town in the northwestern part of Henderson County stretching northeast to the Buncombe County border and southwest to the Transylvania County line. Sitting 17 miles to the southwest of Asheville, Mills River offers expansive living against breathtaking backdrops, with close proximity to all manner of amenities.

Mills River was incorporated as a town in 2003, and has a population of around 7,500. Featuring rolling hills dotted with everything from rambling ranches to newly constructed homes, as well as lots ready for custom creations, the town is a draw for those seeking room to stretch out, but still be within arm’s reach of conveniences. The Asheville Regional Airport and I-26 are mere minutes away. The towns of Hendersonville (8 miles away) and Brevard (14 miles away) are also easily accessible. 

Mills River is part of the Henderson County Public Schools system. In addition, families can choose from a number of private and parochial educational options. Brevard College, a small, liberal arts institution, is 20 minutes away from Mills River.

Outdoor adventures abound in Mills River

Mills River NCWhen it comes to outdoor adventures, Mills River can’t be beat. For water activities, the French Broad River flows through the northeastern part of town, while one of its tributaries, the Mills River, flows through the center of town. Both Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest are a short drive away, offering daytrips overflowing with waterfalls, hiking paths and mountain biking trails – you can even take a horseback trail ride. The area also boasts renowned destinations like Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry. 

For world-class music performances, Mills River is just a short drive from the Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, which features everything from bluegrass to classical to operatic productions. www.brevardmusic.org

Excitement is brewing

A major boon to the town came in 2014, when Sierra Nevada opened a brewery – its second in the U.S. – in Mills River. The sprawling, state-of-the-art facility and Taproom and Restaurant draw thousands of visitors from all over the region and the world to enjoy tours, tastings and special events, as well as live music indoors and outdoors, in a relaxed family atmosphere. www.sierranevada.com/visit/north-carolina/

Other popular spots to visit in Mills River include the Mills River Creamery, offering a range of locally made milk, cheeses, ice cream (www.millsrivercreamery.com), as well as the Bold Rock Hard Cidery, which has daily tours, tastings, flights and food. www.boldrock.com/visit/mills-river-cidery/

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Find Your Blue Ridge Mountain Escape in Fletcher

Fletcher NCIf you’re looking for a town that’s tucked away yet perfectly positioned to take advantage of everything Western N.C. has to offer, Fletcher is for you. Located in Henderson County, with downtown Asheville 12 miles to the north and Hendersonville 9 miles to the south, Fletcher provides proximity along with a sense of respite – living here will feel like a vacation getaway!

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Fletcher was incorporated in 1989, and has a population of around 8,000. Its 5 square miles rise 2,112 feet above sea level. It is bordered to the west by Mills River and to the north by Arden. Interstate 26 passes through the west side of Fletcher, while Hendersonville Road passes through its center, providing quick and easy access to vibrant commercial corridors as well as the natural outdoor activities for which the area is famed.

Home styles in Fletcher vary to fit almost any taste and budget, from rambling ranches and grand new builds with long-range views, to conveniently compact cottages and condominiums. Part of the Henderson County Public Schools system, Fletcher also features private educational options, including a number of parochial schools.

Fletcher’s close proximity to the Asheville Regional Airport makes it easy to catch a flight. The nearby commercial strip of Hendersonville Road boasts a plethora of restaurants, as well as grocery and department stores.

Outdoor activities abound in Fletcher

To the west of Fletcher flows the French Broad River, 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. 

Fletcher North CarolinaAlso 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 28-minute drive away is Pisgah Forest, perfect for a day trip getaway to spots like Looking Glass falls, Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry. 

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

Fiber fairs, pigs and plays

The nearby Western N.C. Agricultural Center & Fairgrounds is home to year-round events to appeal to a range of interests: everything from train shows to fiber fairs to livestock expos to the ever-popular N.C. Mountain State Fair.

For an evening play or performance, take a quick drive to the Flat Rock Playhouse. The nearby Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is the perfect place to spend a day, where you can learn about the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer.

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