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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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

Other popular spots to visit in Mills River include the Mills River Creamery, offering a range of locally made milk, cheeses, ice cream (, as well as the Bold Rock Hard Cidery, which has daily tours, tastings, flights and food.

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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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A Taste of Asheville History Mingles With Modern Amenities in Albemarle Park Area

Sunset Albemarle Neighborhood AshevilleBordered roughly by the Grove Park Country Club, Sunset Drive and Charlotte Street, the North Asheville cluster of Sunset, Albemarle and Albemarle Park neighborhoods is a picturesque reflection of the Asheville of yesteryear, replete with historic architecture and lush surroundings. The area’s tucked-away feel belies the fact that it is mere minutes from the Charlotte Street and Merrimon Avenue commercial corridors, or that it’s only a 15-minute walk to Downtown Asheville.

Albemarle Park and Sunset neighborhoods of Asheville: Built on history

A nationally recognized landmark in residential design, and a rare surviving example of late 19th century “resort park” development, Albemarle Park anchors the area with dozens of original 1890s structures, still intact and relatively unchanged. The area gained prominence after railroad magnate William Greene Raoul spearheaded the creation of a sumptuous summer destination, built around striking structures, including The Manor Inn and the Lodge Gate, along with several cottages boasting architectural styles ranging from Tudor and Shingle-Style to Appalachian Rustic and Colonial Revival.

In the early years, The Manor was one of the main centers of social life in Asheville. Later, it would become a retirement home before housing a restaurant. It also served as part of the film set for “The Last of the Mohicans.” Eleanor Roosevelt and Grace Kelly stayed in The Manor during the 1950s. In 1991, the 80,000-square-foot former inn was restored to its earlier grandeur in a painstaking restoration effort, then converted to 35 individual apartments.

Sunset Albemarle Neighborhood AshevilleAs a local historic district, the area’s property owners are responsible for maintaining the historic integrity and character of the homes and landscape. The neighborhood holds many community events, including an annual Easter egg hunt and Fourth of July parade. Every summer is kicked off with a kickball game in the park. The holiday season features a progressive dinner party that ends with dessert at The Manor.

Nearby amenities

The Sunset, Albemarle and Albemarle Park neighborhoods could not be better situated to access Asheville’s many amenities. The Grove Park Inn, with its restaurants, country club and athletic center, is a short walk away. Also bordering the area is the Charlotte Street commercial corridor, with bistros, restaurants, coffee shops and specialty stores easily accessible. Merrimon Avenue features Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter and Ingles, along with a range of restaurants. A 15-minute walk will land you in vibrant Downtown Asheville, with all the restaurants, breweries and shops the city is famed for.

The area is served by Asheville City Schools: Claxton and Ira B. Jones elementary schools are nearby. Private schools in the area include Hanger Hall School for Girls, Asheville Catholic School and Odyssey School. The nearby Asheville Jewish Community Center offers a range of early-childhood education programs.

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Riceville Combines Rural Feel With Prime Proximity to Asheville Amenities

Shope Creek RicevilleThe mountain community of Riceville, just 7 miles northeast of Asheville, provides the perfect balance of proximity and privacy. Riceville’s rural setting makes it feel worlds away, but a short drive will bring you to the bustling retail corridor of Tunnel Road, as well as downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. A variety of home styles, from historic river homes to new construction homes with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, dot the community. 

Wild for nature

Riceville boasts some of the most undeveloped land in Buncombe County, with a high biodiversity of flora and fauna. Oak, maple, hickory, birch, pine, ash, beech, buckeye, sourwood, and poplar are only a few of the tree species found here. Riceville’s forests, lakes and ponds are also home to many species of wildlife. The forests provide nesting grounds for a variety of migrating birds. Mammals such as black bear, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, fox and possum roam Riceville’s forests.

There are plenty of trails for residents seeking an escape into nature. The nearby Shope Creek watershed area, a small gem at only about 1,700 acres, provides trails featuring beautiful forests, cascading streams, small waterfalls, and some cliff-top views. With elevations ranging from around 2700 feet to 5230 feet, the area has over a half-mile of elevation change and a surprisingly diverse and robust ecosystem.

Asheville Riceville NeighborhoodActivities for everyone

Being close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Riceville home. Take a short drive, 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 Riceville 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.

Riceville families enjoy many educational and enrichment options. Buncombe County Schools serves the immediate neighborhood; other options are nearby charter schools Evergreen Community Charter School and ArtSpace Charter School. The popular Roots & Wings School of Art and Design offers enrichment opportunities for every age, from preschool for tiny tots, to after-school community design labs for big kids, to adult studio classes.

Shops galore

A long list of stores a short drive away means Riceville residents never have to travel far to find what they need. Home Depot and Walmart Supercenter are nearby. 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. Nearby Highland Brewing Company offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy famed locally brewed beers on an expansive outdoor lawn. And just a short drive west, via I-240, puts you in the heart of downtown Asheville, with its vibrant restaurant, retail and arts scene.

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Explore These Featured July Listings by Mosaic Realty

Mosaic Realty has some exceptionally beautiful new listings that have hit the market during this first part of July. Here are just a few of our recently listed properties, from a historical home near Downtown Asheville, to a Jade Mountain Builders green build in Montford to a contemporary Biltmore Park beauty.

97 Broad Street Asheville97 Broad Street, Asheville NC

FEATURES • 2018 Griffin Award winning, classic craftsman two-story bungalow • Fully remodeled from the inside out including all new HVAC, windows, plumbing, and electrical • Located on a lovely, tree-lined street in the Annandale neighborhood • Walkable to Taco Temple, Plant Restaurant, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, City Bakery and downtown Asheville • Built in 1908 by C.C. Willis, the one-time owner of the Asheville Fish Market • Spacious covered wraparound porch • Light and bright foyer leads into home • 9’ Ceilings on main level, an open floor plan and many windows provide an abundance of natural light • Natural gas fireplaces in living and dining rooms • Living room has porch access through French doors • Gourmet kitchen with quartz counter tops, island, apron sink and stainless steel appliances including a natural gas range • Counter-to-ceiling tiled backsplash with floating wood shelves • Large butler’s pantry with built-in cubbies; laundry room Covered Front Porch is Perfect for Relaxing • Main bedroom had a cozy fireplace and ensuite bathroom • Upstairs porch has been converted into bedroom • Large guest bedroom • Upstairs bathroom features a claw foot tub and subway tile Wainscoting • Hardwood floors and high-end light fixtures throughout • High-end window treatment and shades throughout • Permitted vacation rental in lower level with separate outside entrance • Lower level includes bedroom, living room, full bath and kitchenette • Rear deck overlooking fenced-in yard perfect for entertaining • Concrete driveway • Mature trees and established landscaping • Stained and polished concrete basement floors

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114 Hibriten Drive Asheville114 Hibriten Drive, Asheville NC

FEATURES • Walkable to downtown Asheville • Historic Montford on Hibriten Street which hosts historic homes as well as a large number of new GreenBuilt homes by some of Asheville’s top green builders, including JAG Construction and JADE Mountain • Locally harvested walnut trim and bar top on main level • Locally harvested poplar trim on lower and upper levels • White oak, tile, and stained concrete flooring • On-demand water heater • Low-VOC paints • Low-maintenance landscape • Open floor plan from kitchen to dining to living • Chef’s kitchen has cherry cabinets and stainless steel BOSCH appliances, including a gas range • Custom sinks in both upstairs bath and main level half bath • Large windows let in abundant natural light • Mudroom off main entry • Laundry and bonus space for storage or workshop in basement • Basement bedrooms have large windows and lots of natural light • Amazing open staircase leads to upper and lower levels • Live-edge trim on windows and doors • Walk-in shower in upper level bathroom • Shower/tub combo in lower level bathroom • 10-Foot ceilings • AC with gas heat for efficient heating and cooling • Great outdoor living with front porch, fenced yard, and extensive decking • Nestled among the trees

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35 White Ash Drive35 White Ash Drive Asheville

FEATURES • Gorgeous Arts and Crafts Home in Biltmore Park • In-law suite on the lower level • Recent updates include fresh paint, new lighting fixtures, new plumbing fixtures, and more • Covered front porch with winter mountain views • Cozy sitting area at entry overlooks the neighborhood • Chef’s kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, large pass-through window, island, and a pantry • Sunny dining area with space for large table • Spacious living room features a stone-surround gas fireplace and oversized windows for great natural light • Primary bedroom on the main level includes a large walk-in closet, new carpet, crown molding/picture railing, and an ensuite bathroom with a dual vanity, walk-in shower, and a soaking tub • 9-Foot ceilings, laundry, and powder room on the main level • Two-car garage on the main level opens to laundry room • Plenty of space upstairs with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a linen closet, and tons of storage • Second-level front bedroom has large walk-in closet and year-round mountain views • Second-level bathroom is Jack-and-Jill style with two sinks, two toilets, and one shared tub/shower • Fully finished basement with separate entrance, two bedrooms, one full bathroom, living room, laundry, and kitchen area • Basement ideal for relatives, guests, or spacious home office • Extraordinary outdoor living with a sunny back deck, private back yard, mature landscaping, and firepit • Beautiful stacked-stone walls and mature trees/perennials highlight the professionally landscaped yard • Walkable/bikeable to Biltmore Park shopping, dining and amenities • Go for a mountain hike from your doorstep with a connection to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail just down the road • Community features include pool, park, playground, walking trails, and wide sidewalks perfect for quiet strolls

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Mosaic Implements Effective Strategies to Get Your Property Sold

Mosaic Realty Listing Your HomeIf you’re considering listing your Asheville area home, it’s important to find an agency that will promote your property in ways that are responsive to the environment, using strategies that will stimulate interest and maximize exposure in the markets most likely to produce interested buyers. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is adept at doing all of this and more, promising a positive selling experience with optimal results.

Mosaic promotes listings in ways that are responsive to changing markets and homebuyer trends. From properly positioning listings in the market to implementing grassroots promotions that engage potential buyers, properties are seen both online and in the community.

Marketing specialists

Mosaic employs a team of Internet and marketing specialists to maximize client listings in the online marketplace, including implementation of professional, wide-angle digital photography, virtual tours and full-color marketing brochures, to show a property in its best light. Mosaic listings receive their own gallery on the agency’s website and priority placement on other highly trafficked websites. Powerful tracking tools show how many people view a property online. Mosaic works to position a seller’s property for maximum exposure.

Mosaic Realty MarketingOnline marketing extends well beyond Mosaic advertises its properties in the most prominent online marketplaces, including Zillow, Trulia,, and Additionally, Mosaic makes sure properties are optimally positioned in social media channels where buyers spend time.

Because community relationships are a core value at Mosaic, its agents are deeply engaged in the unique culture of Asheville, volunteering and building relationships. That connection to community benefits each and every client.

Pricing and staging

There is an art and science to pricing a property. When a Mosaic agent prices a listing, he or she factors in such things as comps, inventory levels, seasonality, neighborhood, improvements and current market. Doing so in a balanced manner produces solid offers, faster sales and easier due diligence periods.

Staging a home can propel it into the spotlight ahead of its non-staged counterparts. In fact, staged homes sell around 75% more quickly than homes that are not staged. For every $100 invested in home staging, there is a potential return of $400, as staged homes can bring in up to 20% more than those non-staged. In addition, buyers are 38% more willing to walk through a staged home they saw online versus a non-staged one. 

Mosaic understands the importance of staging a property. To that end, the agency offers discounted rates to its sellers on its in-house staging company, Asheville Home Staging and Design.

Mosaic Realty Asheville Selling HomeExpansive reach

While Mosaic has strong local roots, it has cultivated a national reach; this means it is able to give your property the attention of a smaller agency with the resources and marketing knowledge of a much larger one. Its brokers use a collaborative approach: Each personally handles a client’s sale from start to finish, backed by Mosaic’s extensive experience and expertise.

Finding someone who wants to buy your home is only half the equation. You need a broker who can communicate clearly and effectively. Mosaic’s brokers are trained communicators; they practice Nonviolent Communication methods, the same technique used in conflict mediation and high-level international negotiations. Communicating in this manner smooths transactions and facilitates positive results.

If you’re looking for an agent equipped to help you get the most out of the sale of your Asheville area home, please contact Mike Figura at, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Low-maintenance Gardening Makes Lush Landscapes Easy

Native Perennials for Easy GardeningFor those who love the look of a summer yard brimming with blooms and showy foliage but don’t want to have to toil in the soil, a low-maintenance garden bed or a micro-garden is the ideal option. Low-maintenance gardens are exactly what they sound like – a collection of plantings chosen for their ease of care. Micro-gardens allow your green thumb to flourish on a small, easy-to-handle scale – think patio containers, window boxes and flower pots. Following are some tips on taking on either this summer.

Choose natives to Western N.C.

Native plants are an easy addition to a low-maintenance garden. They are already adapted to native soil types of Western North Carolina and generally grow best with little attention. Maximize your success by matching the right plants with the right site conditions: Take into account available light, moisture and soil pH, and for ideas look to nearby natural areas to observe how native plants grow naturally.

Some native plants to consider are: ferns such as Lady Fern and Hay-scented Fern; grasses and sedges such as Big Bluestem; ground covers like Wild Strawberry and Wild Blue Phlox; and wildflowers like Butterfly Milkweed and Blackeyed Susan.

Low Maintenance GardeningPack in perennials

A garden bed packed with perennials promises blooms year after year, with minimal-to-no work. Add in flowering perennials that require no deadheading, and you can literally sit back and enjoy the fruits of your one-time labor!

Perennials require less yearly maintenance, saving you money, energy and time by not having to clear out garden beds and replant every year. They also don’t require annual composting or mulching.

Perennial root systems offer some amazing advantages, not only to the perennials themselves, but to surrounding plants and soil. Because they don’t need to be pulled up and replanted each year, the soil remains undisturbed and structurally strong. The roots aerate and channel the ground, allowing water to travel more efficiently. This benefits shallow-rooted plants nearby, which draw moisture and nutrients up from the surface of the perennial roots.

Hardy perennials provide ground cover and preserve moisture. You can choose perennials that continue to benefit your yard through the winter, dying back in the colder months yet keeping enough foliage to cover the soil and protect it.

The magic of mulch 

Adding a layer of mulch to your garden bed helps to prevent weeds from proliferating among your plants, saving you time and effort. Mulch also prevents erosion, an issue in the many hilly yards common in the Asheville area. It allows water to drip into the soil, rather than run off the surface and strip topsoil with it. Mulch also helps to retain moisture, so you don’t have to water as much. And it aids in regulating soil temperature, protecting plants from extremes that can stress and weaken them.

Easy Gardening TipsDepending on what you use, mulch can help to add nutrients and improve your soil over time. Natural mulch gradually decomposes, helping to aerate soil and prevent it from becoming compacted and hard.

Micro gardening options

If you’d like to grow plants and vegetables on a smaller, easier-to-handle scale, micro gardening is the way to go. Flowers, greens and herbs are micro favorites, but really anything can be grown with this method of gardening. All you need is a small outdoor space and a container.

Window boxes and flower pots are great for micro gardening, and having such containers can make it easier to tend to plants and amend the soil specifically to each plant’s needs. Micro gardening usually requires seed selection and germination, moist, rich soil, and a warm environment to start.

Depending on the type of vegetables or herbs planted, a micro garden can begin producing within two weeks of first leaf formation. The result is fresh, nutritious food for you and your family, easily attained with some tending.

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Give Your Quarantine Workout Some Weight With an At-Home Gym

Home Gym AshevilleWhile uncertainty continues to surround the safe reopening of gyms and workout studios around Asheville, it doesn’t mean your former exercise regimen has to lose muscle. Setting up a home gym is easier and less cumbersome than you might think. And doing so can be surprisingly economical: Body-weight workouts mean you can use items already available in your home. Here are some ideas for pumping up your at-home workout while you await your return to the gym.

Small items, big results

If you have even a free corner of a room, you can easily establish a workout spot. Start with a yoga mat; spreading one on the floor is a good way to delineate a designated exercise space. Mats are good for floor exercises, stretches and, of course, yoga. Another small item that can yield big results is a resistance band. Many can be purchased in sets of varying resistance. Use these for leg and arm strengthening. A stability ball has infinite uses as well: Think core strengthening, balance exercises, even stretching. A pair each of light, medium and heavy dumbbells can offer added weight when building upper-body muscle. For some cardio action, grab a jump rope: This old-school tool can be used outdoors or in, which means inclement weather won’t dampen your heart-pumping session. Finally, a foam roller and simple strap can help with stretching and flexibility.

Creating a Home GymOnline video guidance

Maybe you’ve got all the equipment but lack the guidance, or the motivation, to exercise. The Internet is teeming with tutorials for any type of workout you could want. Some may require a sign-up and fee, but you can easily find free videos to inspire you. The YMCA of Western N.C., among other establishments, offers a variety of full-length virtual classes touching on everything from core conditioning to pilates to youth and active older adult fitness.

Use what you have

Even if you don’t have official exercise equipment in your home, you can still work various muscles using common household furniture and a little improvisation. Incorporate your couch for feet-elevated glut bridges, incline and decline push-ups, and tricep dips. Use a chair to help balance while doing calf raises and lunges. Use a wall for wall-sits to strengthen quads. You can even get some workout use out of your bed by doing leg lifts from a reclined position. If your home has stairs, you can climb up and down them (maintaining control, of course) to elevate your heart rate.