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This Summer, Swim Spots Make a Splash in Asheville

Recreation Park Pool Asheville

Hot weather is almost here, and the Asheville area’s many water destinations – both man-made and natural – are sure to help your summer go swimmingly. Following is a list of the best spots to cool off when temperatures heat up.

City of Asheville Pools

Malvern Hills Pool AshevilleThree public outdoor pools – Malvern Hills, Recreation Park and Walton Street – provide safe and affordable outdoor summer fun for children and adults. The pools have varied schedules, but generally are open early June through early September. General admission is $3, a 15-visit pass is $40, an individual season pass is $100, and a family season pass is $150. All three pools also offer two sessions of free swim lessons for school-age children (registration required).

In addition, there are swimming pool events throughout the summer, including $1 Dip Days at Malvern Hills and Rec Park, Float Days (all pools), and the Sixth Annual Doggie Dip day at Rec Park. For more information, and to register for swim lessons, visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/parks/pools_n_splasheville.htm. Malvern Hills is located at 75 Rumbough Place, in West Asheville; Recreation Park at 65 Gashes Creek Road, by the Nature Center; and Walton Street at 570 Walton Street, near the River Arts District.

Splasheville

The City of Asheville's interactive splash play fountain in downtown’s Pack Square Park features 21 jets of water that run in 12 combinations for hours of fun. The fountain usually operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week from April through September. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/parks/pools_n_splasheville.htm

Buncombe County Recreation Services Pools

Asheville Public Pools and FountainsBuncombe County boasts five outdoor public pools that will open for the season May 25. Cost to swim is $3 per day for Buncombe County residents. Discounted multi-visit passes are also available at each pool. Bonus: The pools are set against stunning mountain backdrops, so you can drink in the view while you enjoy the water. Cane Creek Pool is located at 590 Lower Brush Creek Road in Fletcher, Erwin Pool, 58 Lees Creek Road, Asheville; Hominy Valley Pool, 25 Twin Lakes Road, Candler; North Buncombe Pool, 892 Clarks Chapel Road, Weaverville; and Owen Pool, 117 Stone Drive, Swannanoa. https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/parks/facilities/pools/default.aspx

In-Town Swimming Hole

For a more natural water experience, nothing beats a dip in a swimming hole. But if you don’t have time to drive out to a waterfall in Dupont State Forest or Pisgah National Forest, Azalea Park, on Asheville’s east side, offers an ideal in-town alternative. While the swimming hole – along a stretch of the Swannanoa River that borders the park – is not officially maintained by the city, it draws a crowd with its light current, perfect for a refreshing stop on a hot day. Bonus: There are bathrooms and a playground at the park, so you can make a day of your dip. The park is located at 498 Azalea Road East in Asheville.

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

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Small-Business Support Makes Asheville Work for Entrepreneurs

Asheville Small Business Resources

“Go Local” – it’s a mantra Asheville truly takes to heart. The passionate support and strong nurturing of small businesses and the self-employed make the area fertile ground for those looking to bring an entrepreneurial idea to fruition. Asheville offers those who want to start a business or grow their at-home operation the tools necessary to do so successfully. Whether its loans, classes or coaching, if you’re seeking small-business support, Asheville is the ideal place to be.

Mountain BizWorks

Mountain BizWorks envisions a thriving Western North Carolina in which small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs have access to the resources needed to make their dreams a reality.

A U.S. Treasury-certified non-profit community development financial institution, Mountain BizWorks makes business loans ranging from $1,000 to $250,000 to small businesses in Western North Carolina who may find it difficult to secure funding from banks and other traditional sources. All loan decisions and relationships are managed locally, with customized, peer-to-peer business coaching by an extensive network of local, successful business owners. This innovative blend of lending and learning helps entrepreneurs overcome obstacles, grow strategically, and create jobs.

Asheville NC Small BusinessMountain BizWorks also offers a platform of three flagship courses to support aspiring and existing small-business owners on their journey from startup to sustainable growth. The courses are led by experienced small-business owners and use a participatory, supportive learning environment to deliver relevant, actionable skills and tools to further business goals. Each program is also designed to create a network of peers from which to gain ideas, support and feedback along the way. https://www.mountainbizworks.org

A-B Tech Small Business Center

The Small Business Center at A-B Tech Enka is part of the statewide Small Business Center Network, a community college-funded initiative with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship and small-business and economic development in local communities with an emphasis on assisting start-ups, early stage, and at-risk enterprises.  

The Small Business Center provides a variety of training, including free business seminars, interactive workshops, and classes. Training is available on many business topics including basic bookkeeping, software training, Web design, marketing analysis, utilizing Google pay-per-click tools, WordPress, business-management training, international product export services, craft business development, and more.  Most of the business workshops and seminars are free, with some advanced topics available for a nominal fee.

Asheville New BusinessesThe center also provides free, one-on-one confidential counseling for small-business and startup ventures, in the areas of business law, planning, business coaching, business development and growth, problem-solving, and cash flow management. The center also offers access to free professional services involving individualized counseling and advice with area professionals. https://www.abtech.edu/small-business-center/services-and-resources

Asheville Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce pools many tools together to assist small-business owners, creating a curated set of resources specifically geared toward helping businesses in all stages of growth succeed. Included is a directory of Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce member businesses such as banks, legal firms, real-estate agents, and business counselors and consultants that can assist with the needs of small businesses.

The chamber’s research department can provide data necessary to make impactful business decisions, as well as information helpful to location selection, industry competitors and much more. The chamber’s business startup and counseling service helps hundreds of companies every year make key connections and plan next steps on the path to entrepreneurship.

For information about living in Asheville and Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190. We can also help find you some commercial real estate to locate your small business. 

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N.C. Arboretum Blossoms with “Covered in Color” Celebration

NC Arboretum Compositions of Color

From May 25 to Sept. 2, the North Carolina Arboretum will be blanketed in a canvas of color and creativity as it presents its 2019 Covered in Color summer celebration. Visitors to the 434-acre public garden, adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway and just minutes from downtown Asheville, will find themselves fully immersed in the broad spectrum of color found in flowers and foliage while learning about color theory and design through floral displays, art, creative landscapes, guided programs and more. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a proud sponsor of the event.

“From plants to animals to the sky, color plays a significant role in our natural environment,” said George Briggs, executive director of the Arboretum. “Through our Covered in Color celebration, we hope to educate visitors about the power of color in the landscape and how it impacts the way we see, experience and enjoy nature.”

Art intertwined with nature

Covered in Color NC Arboretum ExhibitIn conjunction with the Covered in Color celebration, the Arboretum will present Compositions of Color, an exhibit by renowned Asheville-based artist Leo Monahan. Showcasing the complex composition of art and music through various representations of paper-made guitars and other images, the presentation will be on display in the Baker Exhibit Center. In the Arboretum’s Exhibit Greenhouse, color-themed plantings will accompany a special student photography exhibit, Nature’s Palette, which will feature images of colors found in nature captured by K-8 students participating in the Arboretum’s ecoEXPLORE citizen-science program.

Asheville’s vibrancy on display

As part of the Covered in Color celebration, visitors can join in a special Colorful Asheville tour. On Thursdays and Saturdays from June through August, the tour will offer an inside look into the vibrant creations that make Asheville the unique art destination that it is. Included in the package are a guided color-themed tour of the Arboretum, lunch at Bent Creek Bistro, and a personalized dye workshop at WAXON Studios. Tickets for the half-day experience are $125 per person and can be purchased at www.leapfrogtours.com.

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What is a Comparative Market Analysis When Selling a Home?

Comparative Market Analysis

When it comes time to buy or sell a home, you have a multitude of tools to garner the best possible financial outcome for the transaction. One of those tools is a comparative market analysis. But what exactly is a CMA, and how can you execute one that covers all the bases?

What is a comparative market analysis?

Home Value Real EstateA CMA is a thorough examination of final sale prices that similar properties in the immediate area recently commanded. These properties should ideally have the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and be sized within 200 square feet and situated within a quarter-mile of your property. They should also be within your zip code and school district, if possible. Utilizing these comparatives can help you to accurately and attractively price your own home.

One key to an accurate analysis is taking into account recent sales, since the real-estate market is ever-changing. It’s advisable not to go back any more than six months. Another key is to make sure the prices analyzed are final sale prices, and not listing prices. That way, you’re not factoring into your analysis inflated, pie-in-the-sky numbers of what sellers hope to make.

How is a CMA different from an appraisal?

A CMA may sound similar to an appraisal, but there are some key differences. While CMAs help to determine a fair asking price, appraisals are used by banks to determine an appropriate amount of money to lend for a mortgage after a buyer makes an offer.

Because of the more official nature of appraisals, it’s extremely important they to be done correctly: A faulty appraisal can lead to mortgage fraud and lawsuits. A sub-par CMA can delay or even kill a sale, but there’s no legal hot water tied to it. As a result, appraisals are performed by those state-certified to do so. A CMA can be performed by the homeowner – but it makes sense to hire a real estate agent to do the work for you.

Why hire an agent to perform a CMA?

Asheville Homes for SaleYou could perform your own CMA, but having a real-estate agent to do it will leave you with a more comprehensive analysis. There are online tools available to homeowners – automated home value estimators, for example – but these tools just skim the surface. An agent can dig into data not readily available to you.

If you’re looking to sell (or buy) a home in Asheville, any of the agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty are fully equipped to perform a thorough CMA of your property. Their keen knowledge of Asheville’s many neighborhoods, along with their varied expertise, means you’ll get a detailed, all-encompassing CMA that only someone well-versed in the local market can provide. For more information on CMAs, or for more information on real estate in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Perfect Proximity to Desirable Destinations Puts Asheville on the Map

Asheville NC Blue Ridge Mountains

An amazingly eclectic food scene, rich cultural offerings, and an abundance of outdoor activities – all set against a monumental Blue Ridge backdrop – make Asheville, N.C., a destination unto itself. But Asheville’s proximity to attractions outside the city also makes it the ideal locale to set up a home base. From quaint coastal towns to big-city spots, for Ashevillians, a change of scenery is only a simple drive away.

Asheville NC LocationWhere is Asheville, N.C., located?

Situated in the western part of North Carolina, Asheville is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers. The county seat of Buncombe County, Asheville is the largest city in western N.C., with a population of 91,000.

Asheville has a number of neighboring communities perfect for a quick afternoon of exploration. Arden, Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Enka, Fairview, Montreat, Swannanoa and Weaverville are all less than a 30-minute drive from Asheville, and offer appealing activities for the entire family.

How far is Asheville from the mountains?

The Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains range, cover most of western N.C. While the Blue Ridge Mountains stretch from Georgia to Pennsylvania, the highest peaks are found around Asheville, which is itself at 2,134 feet. Mt. Mitchell (31 miles from Asheville via the Blue Ridge Parkway) is the highest point east of the Mississippi River (at 6,684 feet).

Five entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – including Cataloochee Valley, Balsam Mountain and Big Creek – are within 70 miles of Asheville. That means you can enjoy a day trip to this national gem, with free entry.

How far is Asheville from the beach?

Asheville’s reasonable proximity to the Carolina coast means you can easily make a weekend trip to the region’s many popular beaches. Keep in mind that, because of the curve of the coastline, South Carolina beaches are closer to Asheville than North Carolina’s. Folly Beach and Isle of Palms are around a four-hour drive from Asheville, essentially a straight shot down I-26 East. Hilton Head Island is 4.5 hours away, and Myrtle Beach is just under five.

Asheville North Carolina mapHow far is Asheville from major Southern cities?

Just because you’re in a small town doesn’t mean you can’t easily get your big-city fix. Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city and the second-largest city in the Southeast (behind Jacksonville, Fla.), is just over two hours (130 miles) away from Asheville. The city of Atlanta (pop. 486,000) is a 3.5-hour drive, which makes Georgia’s capital the perfect weekend destination. For a little Lowcountry charm, head to Charleston, S.C., just four hours away. North Carolina’s Research Triangle – Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham – is about four hours away as well.

If Asheville – and its proximity to attractive destinations – sounds appealing to you, and you’d like to explore real estate options, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Bank on a Feast at Asheville's Many Riverfront Restaurants and Breweries

Asheville Riverside Bars and Restaurants

One of the many perks of living in Asheville is the city’s access to the French Broad River. The third-oldest river on Earth, the French Broad slices through the center of Asheville, offering plenty of opportunity for fun on, and along, the famed waterway – including an abundance of riverfront dining and drink venues. Visit one of these spots to take in some tastiness as you absorb the relaxing riverside atmosphere.

Zillicoah Beer Company

Zillicoah, located in Woodfin on the eastern bank of the French Broad River, specializes in open-fermented farmhouse ales and lagers. The brewery’s open-air tasting room rotates up to 12 taps, including in-house beers and guest taps. Zillicoah’s partnership with Taqueria Muñoz means you can savor tacos, tortas and tamales along with the river views. 870 Riverside Drive.

Asheville Riverside DiningWhite Duck Taco

This restaurant’s flagship recently moved a block from its original location to the east bank of the French Broad River, with ample parking, indoor and outdoor seating, and pet-friendly waterfront access. Enjoy such fare as Banh Mi tofu, Thai peanut chicken, or mushroom, potato and romesco sauce tacos, as well as sides like green chile black beans and watermelon with mint. 388 Riverside Drive.

High Five Coffee

This outpost of High Five offers a place to enjoy your coffee overlooking the water, and has a take-out spot if you’re paddling down the river. High Five offers classically prepared espresso drinks as well as house-made syrups for creative concoctions, and a variety of brewing methods for the cup, as well as whole beans. The café serves both savory and sweet, locally prepared fare, as well as several local beers on tap. 2000 Riverside Drive, in the Mill at Riverside

Salvage Station

This riverfront bar, restaurant, concert hall, and special events venue features a relaxed outdoor setting in the River Arts District along the French Broad River.

The restaurant boasts eclectic Southern and Appalachian-inspired choices of in-house smoked meats, sandwiches, and lighter fare. Full bar, vegan/vegetarian options, late-night menu, live music almost nightly, and a family-friendly atmosphere make Salvage Station a year-round favorite. Large sweeping open areas of grass for family outings and multiple viewpoints from the river’s waterfront location provide a unique opportunity to combine music, food and fun. 466 Riverside Drive

Asheville Food and Drinks by the RiverSmoky Park Supper Club

The largest shipping container restaurant in the U.S., Smoky Park Supper Club is situated on the French Broad River on close to 2 acres of land in the River Arts District. The restaurant features seasonal, wood-fired farm-to-table fare, craft beer, cocktails and live music. Arrive by bike, boat or car for riverside dining outdoors on the lawn or deck, or inside the creatively constructed eatery. 350 Riverside Drive.

New Belgium Brewing

Nestled along the French Broad River, New Belgium features a 5,100-square-foot tasting room, as well as a massive outdoor space comprising a large lawn perfect for picnic and play, a fire pit, plenty of picnic benches and high-top seating on a large deck, and Adirondack chairs facing the river with a view of the River Arts District and Chicken Hill neighborhood. A rotating roster of food trucks, live outdoor music in warmer weather, and the array of beers New Belgium is famed for mean you can make a day of it with family and friends. Extremely kid- and dog-friendly (although dogs are not allowed inside the tasting room), New Belgium is also an ideal stop after a bike ride along the greenway. 21 Craven Street.

HomeGrown West

Enjoy locally sourced and updated American cuisine across from the French Broad River Greenway in West Asheville, near Carrier Park. Favorites include such dishes as buttermilk fried chicken and catfish po’boys, as well as sides like sautéed sesame greens and grit cakes. Dine at outdoor picnic tables behind the restaurant, or get your food to go and amble across the street to the park for a riverside picnic. 219 Amboy Road.

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

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As Greenways Gain Ground in Asheville, Neighborhood Accessibility Grows

Asheville Homes Near Greenways

Asheville Parks and Recreation maintains a beautiful system of greenways throughout the city, with miles more planned for completion in the next few years. This means that even if you don’t currently have a greenway near your Asheville home, you likely will soon. From paths that incorporate edible gardens, to trails dotted with playgrounds and dog parks, Asheville offers a multitude of options for immersing yourself in nature without having to stray far from your neighborhood.

Glenn’s Creek Greenway – This paved greenway extends westward from Weaver Park on Merrimon Avenue to Riverside Drive along the French Broad River.  Glenn’s Creek connects the Norwood, Montford and University neighborhoods via mostly wooded settings. The trail is on-road in portions but there are also off-road trails through Weaver Park and UNCA.   Reed Creek Greenway links into this greenway corridor.

Asheville Homes Near ParksReed Creek Greenway – This path begins at the Botanical Gardens on W.T. Weaver Boulevard, and runs parallel to Broadway Avenue along a creek, offering a slightly urban feel.

Swannanoa River Greenway – This greenway, situated next to Walmart, travels the banks of the Swannanoa River in East Asheville inside River Bend Park.  It is accessible from the shopping center parking lot.

French Broad River Greenway – This 2.8-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail in West Asheville connects Carrier Park to Hominy Creek Park, French Broad River Park, and RiverLink’s future Karen Cragnolin Park as it winds along the river, Amboy Road and Riverview Drive. French Broad River Park features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, gazebo, picnic tables and grills, a dog park, an observation deck and a small playground. Carrier Park is one of Asheville's premier parks, built at a former racetrack that now serves as a velodrome for cycling. The infield has volleyball courts, playground, roller-hockey rink and basketball court. The greenway also runs past a lawn bowling court, multi-use sports field for baseball and soccer, picnic pavilion, river overlooks and wetland interpretive trails.

There are plans to close the gap between the half-mile section of greenway on New Belgium Brewing Company’s property at Craven Street and the French Broad River Park (near the dog park). Once completed, it will extend just over 1 mile. Dubbed “The Edible Mile,” this greenway will feature information on the indigenous edible plants in the area and feature volunteer-led edible gardens. Construction is slated to begin this spring.

Asheville Greenways Real EstateTown Branch Greenway – This .75-mile-long greenway will start at the Grant Southside Center on Depot Street and Livingston Street near the River Arts District and end at Phifer Street near the McDowell and Southside intersection. An important East/West connection in the greenway network, the trail runs on flat terrain along the banks of Town Branch creek. It will feature a series of interpretive signs educating visitors about the detrimental impact the razing of the Southside Community had on its historically African-American community. Construction will begin Spring 2021.

River to Ridge Greenway and Trail Network – This will be a connection of continuous greenways that encircle the downtown area with the River Arts District and French Broad River greenways, the South Slope Greenway Connector, Beaucatcher Greenway and the Urban Trail. Once completed, the network will have 10.25 miles of connected greenways and trails.

RADTIP– This project will feature a new greenway, as well as enhance the River Arts District with a safer roads, flood mitigation measures, sidewalks, separated bike lanes, public art and new gardens. The French Broad River East Bank corridor will have a 2.2-mile long section that will be completed in this construction project. The section will begin at Hill St. and Riverside Drive and end at the Amboy Road Bridge.

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

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Convenience Coupled With Peaceful Pockets Defines Arden

Lake Julian Arden NC

Living in Arden means enjoying all the peaceful, natural beauty Western North Carolina has to offer – along with close proximity to commercial corridors that provide the ultimate in daily conveniences. From established neighborhoods with rambling ranches to newer communities filled with spacious homes, Arden boasts a variety of real estate choices.

An unincorporated community situated in southern Buncombe County between Skyland and Fletcher, Arden is just 15 minutes south of downtown Asheville and 15 minutes north of Hendersonville. The communities of Mills River and Biltmore Forest are also nearby. Arden’s close proximity to the Asheville Regional Airport makes it easy to catch a flight. The nearby commercial corridor of Hendersonville Road boasts a plethora of restaurants, as well as grocery and department stores.

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

Arden Neighborhoods to Explore

Arden NC NeighborhoodsThere are a variety of Arden neighborhoods suited to a range of tastes. A few to explore include:

·     Ashley Woods – This area is populated with newer homes, many of which boast stellar mountain views.

·     Oak Forest – Older mid-sized ranch homes that are competitively priced dot this well-established community.

·     Brookwood – Just far enough from the hustle of Arden’s commercial district, Brookwood offers older ranch homes in a peaceful setting.

·     The Cliffs at Walnut Cove – This private, gated community sports luxury homes alongside an award-winning golf course, wellness center with pools, and clubhouse.

·     Royal Pines – This neighborhood offers charming ranches on generously sized lots.

Adventures Abound in Arden

Arden NCTo the east of Arden 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.

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

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

For a break from the day, or an informative look behind the scenes of a state-of-the-art brewery, Arden residents can zip on over to the sprawling Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in nearby Mills River. The brewery’s taproom and restaurant offer a full menu and more than 20 beers on tap, many produced just a few feet from the eatery.

For a personally guided tour of the Arden, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Nestled in Natural Beauty, Black Mountain's Big on Small-Town Appeal

Black Mountain Homes and Neighborhoods

Collaborative Post by Mosaic Realty agent Megan Shook and Mosaic blog writer Christie Kafka

The charming town of Black Mountain, nestled 15 miles east of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is an arts and crafts, furniture and music mecca, boasting year-round appeal for full-time residents and second-home owners alike. 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.

Black Mountain NCBrimming with activity

Dubbed “The Little Town That Rocks” thanks to the rocking chairs that line its picturesque streets, Black Mountain (population 7,500) was recently voted "Best Small Town in Western North Carolina," and it’s easy to see why. Black Mountain offers walkability with a central town square filled with a range of businesses. Gift shops, galleries, bed & breakfasts and antique stores populate the area.

For the outdoors and nature enthusiast, Black Mountain can’t be beat: walking, hiking, biking trails, greenways, camping, trout fishing, lakes and waterfalls dot the town and surrounding areas.Hiking options offer a challenge for any skill level, from short and easy (Lookout Point) to more strenuous (Seven Sisters mountain range).

Lake Tomahawk is close to the town center and offers a gravel walking path, playground and public community pool. Black Mountain also has its own popular 18-hole municipal golf course surrounded by enticing neighborhoods close to the town center. Nearby Montreat offers hiking trails, Fourth of July festivities, athletic events, and concerts at the college.

Megan Shook Black Mountain RealtorFind your mountain retreat

If you're looking to spread out further, Highway 9 offers miles and miles of mountain privacy stretching to Lake Lure and Gerton. Numerous neighborhoods are tucked away off of Highway 9, including several gated communities ideal for a second-home getaway. The Straightaway Cafe is its own hidden gem for Highway 9 residents and passersby alike, offering family-friendly music five nights a week.

Homes in Black Mountain are as varied as the town itself. From rambling ranches close to the town center, to expansive homesteads surrounded by peaceful acres of evergreens, to compact modern builds with mountain vistas perfect for a vacation home – Black Mountain offers buyers a range of properties as close to, or as far from, commercial hubs as they want to be.

For more information about real estate in Black Mountain, please contact Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty agent Megan Shook at Megan@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call her anytime at 828-450-6797. 

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It's Time to Spring Into Seasonal Home Maintenance

Spring Seasonal Home Maintenance Tips

After winter’s chilly rains, ice and snow, you’re probably more than ready for spring to arrive. But is your home? Gearing up for the coming spring in Asheville requires some simple yet important home maintenance steps; by performing these tasks, you can ensure that your property’s seasonal transition will be smooth sailing.

Home Maintenance Tips SpringClean gutters

Removing all of the leaves and other debris that have accumulated in your gutters and downspouts over the winter months is an important early step. Doing so helps to prevent damage from spring rains, protects wood trim from rot, and diverts rain properly so water doesn’t collect around your foundation.

Reseal exterior wood

Decks, fences, railings and other outdoor woodwork benefit from a stain and seal every year or so, especially ahead of the heavier use warm weather will bring. Doing so will ensure that the woodwork lasts longer and stays in better condition.

Inspect roofs, driveways and paths

The freezing and thawing that comes with wintry weather can take a toll on the concrete and other hardscaping materials on your property. Closely examine walkways, paths, roofs and driveways for cracks, holes and other damage, and patch before the problem grows too large. Extremely damaged concrete may need to be replaced completely.

Spring Yard MaintenanceCheck sprinklers and clean/set up rain barrels

Spring is the ideal time to check irrigations systems; doing so can save water and money. Make sure heads haven’t been damaged, and adjust any that are errantly spraying. If you use a rain barrel to collect rain for watering your yard, it’s important to clear out sediment and organic debris that accumulate at the bottom of the barrel, and set it up properly in preparation for Asheville’s spring showers.

Prevent mosquitoes

The warmer temperatures and increase in humidity mean a more hospitable environment for mosquitoes. Don’t let them set up shop in your yard: The key is getting rid of standing water around your property (and for neighbors to do the same!). Look for places where water stands, and remedy or maintain those spots.

Keep your cool

Spring is the time to schedule air-conditioning service. Doing so will not only ensure the most efficient use of the system, but will extend its life. Make sure to clean or replace HVAC filters. And if you have ceiling fans, don’t forget to give them a good wipe-down to eliminate the dust and particles that accumulate on top of the blades.

Get your garden going

Asheville’s last frost typically occurs in early to mid-April; ahead of that, pull up weeds, trim and clear dead twigs and brush, and plan out which plants you’d like to add to your yard. After the last frost, find flowering plants that thrive in early spring to bring brightness to your garden; seed any patchy lawn spots to take advantage of the moisture our April showers will bring; and mulch around trees and any perennials that have started popping up.

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