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Protect Your Home With Smart Pre-Vacation Prep

Prepare Your Home Before a VacationPlanning a vacation puts the focus on the destination, but it’s important to also remember what you’re leaving behind: your home. Safely securing your property promises peace of mind so you can fully enjoy your time away. Here are some important pre-travel home-prep tips:

Give the illusion of occupancy – Break-ins are less likely to happen if it looks like someone is home. Leave a few lights on, put lamps or sound systems on timers, or invest in a smart-home system where you can program lights to turn on and off. (These systems can also do things like raise and lower window shades remotely for an added illusion of occupancy.) Motion sensor or programmed lighting on the exterior of your home and in the driveway is also a good idea.

If you can, leave a car in your driveway. Or better yet, ask a neighbor to park there: The activity in your driveway will likely prove a strong deterrent to would-be intruders. Just make sure any vehicles parked there are securely locked, with no valuables left inside.

Lock in your spare-key plan – While you’re away from your home, it might be helpful to have a trusted neighbor or friend at the ready to enter in case of emergency. However, it’s never a good idea to leave spare keys in obvious outdoor locations (under doormats or in potted plants). Rather, give the friend a spare key, or consider storing that key in an exterior lockbox with a security code.

Home Prep for VacationOn the topic of locks, it may seem obvious, but make sure all doors and windows are securely locked, even upstairs ones. And don’t forget garages and sheds that may hold valuables.

Deter damage – It’s important to ensure your home will be in the state you left it when you finally return from holiday. Prevent flooding from pipe bursts by insulating those located in vulnerable areas like attics and basements. In temperate climates like Asheville’s, where frozen pipes are less of an issue, it makes more sense to turn off your home’s main water supply valve while you’re away.

Power surges can strike at any time, frying your home’s pricey electronics. Before you leave, disconnect computers, televisions, stereos and other electronic items. Alternately, you can safely leave your electronics plugged into outlets or power strips equipped with surge protectors.

Keep up appearances – If you’ll be gone for an extended period, hire a landscaping service to keep the lawn mowed and trees and bushes trimmed. Avoid an overflowing mailbox by temporarily suspending your postal deliveries. Ask a neighbor to retrieve any packages left on your front porch.

It may be tempting to document your daily travel adventures on social media, but doing so also broadcasts the fact that no one’s home. Because you can never be sure who’ll end up seeing your status, wait until you get back home to post those vacation photos.

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Quaint Saluda, NC Entices With Exhilarating Adventures

Walkable Saluda North CarolinaSaluda, N.C., has been drawing visitors to its picturesque Main Street and accessible forests since the late 1800s. With established restaurants as well as shops and galleries set against a stunning backdrop, this tiny town – 35 miles southeast of Asheville – offers lots of picturesque quaintness coupled with exhilarating outdoor adventure.

Straddling Polk and Henderson counties, Saluda sits atop the Norfolk Southern Railway’s Saluda Grade, which was the steepest railroad grade in the country during its use. The city has a population just over 700, with Polk County Schools, as well as a handful of private and parochial educational institutions, serving the residents. Homes in Saluda encompass everything from snug log cabins to rustic ranches to sprawling mountainside estates.

Eclectic eateries and shops of Saluda

Saluda’s Main Street features an eclectic selection of established restaurants, shops and galleries. Most of the buildings that line downtown are part of the National Register of Historic Places. Among the popular spots to stop in are M.A. Pace General Store (founded in 1899), as well as restaurants such as The Purple Onion (famed for Mediterranean fare and live music), Azalea Bistro (featuring a French lowcountry menu), and Green River BBQ.

Saluda NC Walkable TownSandwiched between 18,000 acres of the Green River Game Lands and the Greenville Watershed, Saluda offers a variety of outdoor adventures, including whitewater kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, tubing, fishing, seasonal hunting, camping and waterfall rappelling. Saluda is also a premier destination for road biking. A quick drive from Saluda is the world-famous Tryon International Equestrian Center, as well as the Tryon Foothills Wine Country.

Saluda festivities: art, horse races and dog days

Several festive events add excitement to the area every year. The Tryon Block House Steeplechase, held every April, captures the thrill of horse racing, with the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina. The Saluda Arts Festival, held in May along Main Street, features hand-picked regional artists from a range of backgrounds, as well as Americana, blues and folk musicians. The Coon Dog Day Festival, held in July, is a street fair for pups and their fans, featuring live entertainment, food, street dancing, dog competitions, a parade and more. 

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How to Find the Perfect Home in Asheville, NC

How to Find a Home in Asheville NCReady to start your home search in Asheville or the greater Asheville area? There are many factors to consider. Of course, the obvious – size and price – are likely to be driving forces in your search. But other features, like style, neighborhood and nearby amenities, are also key in finding the perfect Asheville abode. Here are some ways you can hone your home search, and land on just the right fit for you.

Consider size and budget

The greater Asheville area offers homes in a range of sizes and prices to fit a variety of needs and desires. Everything from small starter homes to expansive estates can be had. Typically, homes and condos close to hip commercial corridors (think Haywood Road in West Asheville, or downtown Asheville) will offer a more urban feel, subbing commercial conveniences for home and yard size. Looking for acreage and space to spread out? Widen your radius and consider tucked-away spots in places like Woodfin, Swannanoa and Arden, just a few miles from downtown Asheville. 

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty boasts knowledgeable agents familiar with every part of Asheville and the surrounding area – just give them your home-search parameters. Or visit Mosaic’s award-winning website (, which makes it easy to search within your budget and size requirements to yield a comprehensive list of available properties in the region.

Consider design

While specific architectural designs are not limited to any one neighborhood, certain parts of Asheville offer a high concentration of singular styles that may appeal to you as you undertake your home search. Historic districts like Montford boast homes rich in historical detail; meanwhile, new builds populate many parts of West Asheville, which has gained in popularity in the last decade; and stately manors are a mainstay of the North Asheville, Beaver Lake and Biltmore Forest areas. 

New Green Home AshevilleDecide which neighborhood and home styles most appeal to you, and relay these to your broker. Mosaic’s website offers detailed lifestyle searches that include tabs for historic homes, luxury homes, green builds, new construction and the like, so you can see at the click of a button what the Asheville area has to offer within these categories.

Consider lifestyle

When you’re looking for the perfect home, it can be beneficial to consider how easily you can incorporate favorite activities and interests into your surroundings. An avid cyclist or mountain biker? The Asheville area has neighborhoods situated close to some of Western North Carolina’s most popular paths – trails, greenways, even the Blue Ridge Parkway – so convenient that you can bike directly from your home. If green living factors into your interests, finding a home with environmentally sound features will likely be foremost on your list. Green homes remain a popular choice around Asheville; focusing your search on such builds will produce plenty of options.

Mosaic’s website offers a unique lifestyle tab search, so that you can target a property that checks all the boxes, whether that includes things like park proximity, homestay potential, or 55+ communities. 

These are just a few of the many ways to refine your home search in the Asheville area. To secure a home in this competitive market, you will need to connect with one of Mosaic’s expert agents to ensure you are well represented and best positioned to win an offer. To get started on your search, or for more information about real estate anywhere in Asheville or Western N.C., contact us at, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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Cook Up Kitchen Improvements on a Budget

Kitchen ImprovementsSometimes injecting new life into your home’s aesthetic requires a professional and a big budget, especially when it comes to kitchen overhauls. But there are many ways to give your kitchen a fresh makeover on a mini budget – all it takes is a little time and creativity. Following are a few relatively inexpensive ways to add some punch to this high-traffic space. 

Make a (back)splash with tile – Play with color and pattern to create a unique backsplash with tile. Consider taking the tile all the way up the walls to the cabinets, or extend even higher for added drama.

Switch out hardware – Often, dated drawer pulls, cabinet knobs and faucets can bring down your kitchen’s appeal. But it’s easy, and inexpensive, to change out such hardware; make sure to keep the style and finish consistent throughout the kitchen for a seamless, updated look.

Add paint or wallpaper – A change or pop of color can do wonders for your kitchen, whether you choose to upgrade all the walls or concentrate on accenting with a vibrant hue or unexpected wallpaper pattern.

Fresh flooring – Adding a durable rug or runner can be both practical and pleasing to the eye, especially when you choose a pattern or color that stands out. If you’ve got a little time and a slightly bigger budget, you can play with tile or other flooring to give your kitchen a fresh look.

Kitchen Upgrade on a BudgetShelf this idea – Hanging open shelving not only expands your storage options, but offers plenty of opportunities to display decorative elements. Use open shelves to park prized plates, special stemware, and other kitchen items too pretty to put away.

See the light – One easy fix for a dated kitchen is to change lighting. Whether hanging new fixtures over a bar, installing a focal-point chandelier, or simply switching out old bulbs for a brighter set, upgraded lighting adds lift to both small and large kitchens. 

Small appliances, big panache – Small appliances have gone from simply utilitarian to conversation piece. Amp up your small-appliance stock by incorporating items like toasters, blenders and coffee makers that boast modern features, cutting-edge design and unexpected colors.

Open doors for your cabinets – If your wood cabinets have seen better days, there’s no need to spend hundreds to replace them. Consider lightly sanding and repainting them in a classic white or soft gray.

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Cultural and Recreational Attractions Abound in Hendersonville

Hendersonville NCHendersonville, N.C., located 22 miles south of Asheville in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, boasts a gentle climate, breathtaking views, rich culture and history, and lots of outdoor recreational attractions. The Cheers! Trail showcases 16 craft beverage producers, including Sierra Nevada, plus wineries and cideries in the area.

Chartered in 1847 as the county seat of Henderson County, Hendersonville (pop. 14,150) is traditionally known as “The City of Four Seasons.” Filled with historic buildings and vibrant streetscapes, Hendersonville’s downtown – the largest in Western N.C. outside of Asheville’s – 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. 

Hendersonville is optimally situated, with I-26 running through the east side of the city, and routes 25 and 74 running concurrently. The city is a 17-minute drive to the Asheville Regional Airport. High schools in the city and surrounding area include Hendersonville High School, West Henderson High School, North Henderson High School, and East Henderson High School.

Hendersonville Cultural and Outdoor Activities

Hendersonville NC Walkable TownThe culturally rich area offers many options for an afternoon of entertainment. The Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County features giant geodes, minerals and dinosaur eggs; Hands On! Children’s museum boasts a fun, safe environment for learning; the Henderson County Heritage Museum, in the 1905 county courthouse downtown, features a gallery of regional Carolina history. North of Main Street is the Historic (1878) Johnson Farm, a summer retreat for tourists as early as the 1920s. The Western North Carolina Air Museum, featuring vintage airplanes, is near the small Hendersonville Airport.

Outdoor adventures abound as well: Five miles west of downtown Hendersonville in the town of Laurel Park is Jump Off Rock atop Jump Off Mountain. This overlook provides a panorama of the Pisgah and Blue Ridge Mountains. Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest, replete with hiking and biking trails, waterfalls and stunning scenery, sit less than 30 minutes away from Hendersonville.

Festival Fun in Hendersonville

The heart of apple country, Hendersonville hosts the extremely popular annual North Carolina Apple Festival, a four-day Labor Day weekend celebration that culminates in the Apple Parade. Main Street is home to other annual festivals and special activities throughout the year, including the Garden Jubilee Festival (Memorial Day weekend), the July 4th parade with free live music and fireworks, Fiesta Hendersonville (September) featuring the best of 20 Latin American countries’ music, art, food and culture; and Home for the Holidays, with many events from Thanksgiving through New Year's including ice skating, lights and carriage rides.

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Natural Beauty Abounds in Scenic, Secluded Montreat NC

Montreat NCNestled amid the Blue Ridge Mountains in the valley of Flat Creek sits the compact, secluded town of Montreat. The town (population 700), which is part of Buncombe County, is 18 miles east of downtown Asheville and features natural beauty untouched by commercial development.

Montreat was incorporated as a North Carolina township in 1967. Much of the property in the area is still owned by the Mountain Retreat Association, formed in 1897 by John Collins. Lake Susan, at the center of Montreat, is surrounded by historic stone buildings and offers paddle-boating, canoeing and fishing. Homes in the area allow for plenty of room to spread out: Everything from modern mountain retreats to quaint cabins dot the landscape.

Popular Montreat landmarks

Among the spots Montreat is famed for is Montreat College, a four-year liberal arts institution founded in 1916. The college brings many special events to Montreat, including symphonies, plays, community arts festivals, adult learning programs, community trips abroad and sports programs.Montreat Conference Center, one of three national conference centers affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, draws 35,000 visitors every year, and includes a hotel, guest lodges, and a stone auditorium. The Rev. Billy Graham and his wife called Montreat home, and lent significant support to the town and the college during their lifetime.

Montreat North Carolina HikingMontreat offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoor beauty for which Western N.C. is famed. In addition to a greenway, Montreat has five tennis courts, a playground, and plenty of hiking. The five-mile Greybeard Trail Hike leads to the top of Greybeard Mountain (elevation 5,480 feet). The trail starts on the edge of Montreat, following Flat Creek for a mile or two over rocky technical terrain before reaching a section of the trail called the Trestle switchbacks. 

From there, the trail climbs more steeply to the summit of Greybeard through many short, technical sections. The summit offers stunning views of Black and Craggy Mountains as well as the foothills below.

Montreat's nearby destinations

Montreat is a quick drive to the charming town of Black Mountain, an arts and crafts, furniture and music mecca. Formerly home to the renowned Black Mountain College, Black Mountain offers an array of restaurants, specialty shops and breweries, as well as enviable access to lakes, waterfalls and hiking trails.

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Stunning Natural Beauty Envelops Eclectic Brevard

Brevard NC Walkable TownBrevard, N.C., tucked in the heart of Transylvania County, boasts a unique mix of the eclectic and the enchanting: Unique boutiques dot its downtown, while mountain bike trails, waterfall hikes and epic views make it one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the Southeast.

Located 33 miles southwest of Asheville along scenic Highway 64, Brevard has a population of 7,600. The city is part of the Transylvania County School system, which includes three high schools, two middle schools, and four elementary schools. One charter school and several smaller private schools round out the academic offerings. In addition, Brevard College, a four-year liberal arts institution with nationally recognized programs in music and environmental studies, is located in Brevard.   

Brevard NC: Surrounded by Outdoor Beauty

Brevard’s natural beauty is renowned, with its temperate rainforest climate sustaining over 200 waterfalls across the area. The most visited spots are Looking Glass Falls and summer favorite Sliding Rock. 

Brevard NC Walkable Small TownNestled between Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park, Brevard affords visitors endless outdoor adventures. Known as one of the top mountain biking destinations in the U.S., Brevard sports 300 miles of epic single track in its pristine forests.  The area is also known for its road cycling and popular cycling shops, where guides and gear are always available.

Brevard is a favorite spot for rock climbers, featuring such destinations as Looking Glass, Cedar Rock and many other areas of interest. Brevard Rock Gym is available for the indoor climbing enthusiast. Fishing is also popular in Brevard, with a hatchery located in Pisgah National Forest to supply the rivers with fish.

Brevard boasts a range of cultural offerings. It is home to the world-renowned Brevard Music Center and its Summer Music Festival, the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College, and a vibrant live music community. Downtown hosts several fun festivals throughout the year, including The White Squirrel Festival, Halloweenfest and Twilight Tour, but downtown visitors can find much to explore year-round. Picturesque Main Street, anchored by a stately courthouse, is brimming with local shops, galleries and restaurants. Favorite stops include O.P. Taylor's toy store on the square and D.D. Bullwinkle's Outdoors.

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Weaverville Blends Vibrant Downtown District With Country Living

Weaverville, NCNorth of Asheville sits the unique, scenic town of Weaverville, home to entrepreneurs and artisans alike. With a thriving downtown district offering an array of businesses and plenty of parking, Weaverville draws visitors from all around to its quaint, picturesque Main Street and lush public spaces. Living in Weaverville offers the best of all worlds: quiet country living just a stone’s throw from a thriving in-town commercial district, with a 15-minute drive to Downtown Asheville.

The Town of Weaverville, with its range of home styles – everything from stately colonials to rambling ranches – started as a community of farmers. John Weaver, the community’s namesake, was one of the first settlers in the region. Families steadily settled in the area over the next 70 years, leading to the construction of several churches and schools.

Outstanding outdoor activities near Weaverville

Residents and visitors to Weaverville can enjoy two public parks within its jurisdiction: Lake Louise Park and the Main Street Nature Park. Well-maintained areas prized for passive recreation, the parks offer walking paths lined with volunteer-maintained flower beds and educational information celebrating Weaverville’s rich heritage.

Weaverville NC DowntownFor those looking for nearby nature adventures, Weaverville boasts an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, miles of local hiking trails, cycling routes, scenic drives, wildlife, and native plants. In addition, the Town of Weaverville hosts several community events throughout the year celebrating its unique roots in Western North Carolina, including a Memorial Day Observance at Lake Louise, Fire on the Lake: July 4th Celebration at Lake Louise, a 9/11 Observance at Lake Louise, a Veterans’ Day Observance at Lake Louise, and a Town Christmas Parade downtown.

Eclectic, engaging downtown Weaverville

Residents and visitors can stroll the length of Main Street, enjoying the town’s unique shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a range of art studios, where area artists welcome the public into their studios for events like the juried Art in Autumn and the Weaverville Art Safari. Some of the art galleries, shops, and restaurants that call downtown Weaverville home include: Miya Gallery, Mangum Pottery, Shop Around the Corner, Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub, Well Bred Bakery, Aabani Salon & Spa, Glass Onion, Curtis Wright Outfitters, Allgood Coffee, Twisted Laurel Eatery & Lounge, Zebulon Artisan Ales and Maggie B’s Wine & Specialty Store.

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Mosaic's Creative Partnership Is Music to Asheville's Ears


Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has always been a proud sponsor of local nonprofit organizations in and around Asheville. In these unprecedented times, such support has taken on even greater importance; it has also inspired some creative thinking. 

Because the coronavirus pandemic has curtailed live events, performing arts organizations have taken a particular hit. Thanks to Mosaic’s sponsorship of the Blue Ridge Orchestra, Western North Carolina's all-volunteer symphony orchestra, the public can continue to enjoy performances virtually, presented in an inspired fashion.

59 Malvern Walk Asheville NC59 Malvern Walk, Asheville NC: A Luxury Listing of Note

Recently, Mosaic’s sponsorship provided a highly unique venue for a performance by its concertmaster, Hanako Hjersman, video-recorded for at-home audiences. Mosaic’s luxury listing at 59 Malvern Walk in West Asheville served as the special stage for Hjersman’s solo performance of two pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach: the Double from Partita No. 1 in B minor, and the Giga from Partita No. 2 in D minor. 

Presenting such a musical feast for the senses against the lush backdrop of this striking property highlights Mosaic’s unique community partnerships; it is also a testament to how Asheville’s local businesses and nonprofits continue to support one another through the pandemic. The public can enjoy the virtual performance above, and also get a closer look at 59 Malvern Walk, at

Virtual Holiday Concert: Revels!

In addition, thanks to Mosaic’s continued sponsorship of the Blue Ridge Orchestra, the (holiday) show will go on: Anyone with an Internet connection will be able to enjoy the beloved annual music event BRO Revels! virtually. 

Forced to shift gears from a live event (previously held at UNC-Asheville) to a virtual affair, a small subset of musicians from the Blue Ridge Orchestra held a safely spaced gathering at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts to record holiday favorites for the BRO Revels! concert. This unique concert features secular and sacred favorites performed by a variety of musical ensembles: a woodwind quintet, a brass octet, a 13-piece string orchestra, a solo soprano with piano, and a string quartet. The final recording will be available for the public to enjoy from Dec. 11-31 at

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Lake Lure Makes a Splash With Natural Beauty and Outdoor Adventures

Lake Lure NC Real EstateNestled at the base of the Hickory Nut Gorge amid breathtaking shoreline, mountain peaks, and rare plant and animal species, the town of Lake Lure in Western North Carolina is a nature lover’s dream. The town, which encompasses the famed lake of the same name, sits at an elevation of 1,000 feet and is surrounded by peaks topping out over 3,000, including Rumbling Bald Mountain, Chimney Rock Mountain and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Life in Lake Lure affords myriad options for enjoying the outdoors, and its proximity to Asheville (28 miles northwest) and Charlotte (78 miles east) makes for easy, delightful day trips.

Part of Rutherford County, Lake Lure was incorporated in 1927, and acquired the lake after which it was named in 1965. It has a year-round population of close to 1,200. The lake covers about 720 acres, with a shoreline of about 27 miles.

Properties in Lake Lure vary, from lavish lakefront to modern forest-shrouded to open tracts for building a mountain dream home. Schools are part of the Rutherford County System. Nearby Chimney Rock, Rutherfordton and Forest City offer quaint Main Street shops and specialty restaurants.

Outdoor adventures in Lake Lure

The town of Lake Lure offers many spots for soaking in the area’s beauty and natural features. Most prominent is, of course, the lake itself. Lake Lure beach, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is the perfect place for cooling off, with lifeguards, a water slide, and other fun water sports. You can also kayak, rent a boat, or take a tour boat.

Homes for Sale in Lake Lure NCHiking and mountain biking options are plentiful in and around Lake Lure. Dittmer-Watts Nature Trail Park is a popular, 3-mile walking trail system perfect for all ages and fitness levels. Buffalo Creek Park offers thousands of acres of conserved land, and intermediate to advanced mountain biking trails. Among the surrounding mountain peaks, Chimney Rock Park’s Rumbling Bald Climbing Access is a perfect park for hiking, with trails leading to rock formations at the base of Rumbling Bald.

Year-round events in Lake Lure

A number of events and festivals draw visitors every year to the area. Following are a few to check out:

Spring and Fall Lake Lure Arts and Crafts festivals – More than 100 crafters and food and entertainment vendors participate in these annual fests, one during Memorial Day Weekend and the other in mid-October.

Fourth of July Fireworks – Two shows, on the third (public) and the fourth (for guests and members of Rumbling Bald Resort) of July, occur at Lake Lure. 

Lake Lure Olympiad – Every August, hundreds of swimmers, runners, cyclists and golfers compete in a series of events around the area.

Dirty Dancing Festival – In homage to the iconic 1987 movie, which was filmed at Lake Lure, visitors to this annual September event can take dance lessons, enjoy live music, and view an nighttime outdoor showing of “Dirty Dancing.”

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