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Benefits Build With a New Construction Home

New Green Home Asheville NC

Asheville has experienced a boom in new construction over the past few years that shows no signs of slowing. Whether it’s in West Asheville, Montford, Kenilworth, North Asheville, or one of the many other popular neighborhoods in the area, new builds are plentiful, as are lots prime for building on.

As you begin your Asheville real estate search, it makes sense to consider the benefits of owning a newly constructed home. Following are a few of the most popular reasons – and some you may not have contemplated.

Energy Efficiency

New Construction Green Home AshevilleToday, homes are often built with energy efficiency in mind. Whether it’s windows that prevent heat gain and loss, energy-efficient appliances, better insulating and air sealing, or simpler options like dual flush toilets, smart thermostats, and LED lighting, a new build is sure to save on energy use compared with older homes. Especially in Asheville, more and more builders are putting a priority on constructing green and energy-efficient homes that benefit both the buyer and the environment.

Customization

When you construct a new home, you have control over both exterior and interior customization. From major details like paint color, flooring and appliance upgrades to smaller things like kitchen fixtures and lighting, having a hand at the outset of construction can assure you’ll create a home perfectly suited to your tastes and lifestyle.

Less Maintenance

New Construction Home Asheville NCWith a new home, there’s very little chance at the outset that you’ll be dealing with a leaky roof, broken pipes, or other repairs typical of older homes. In addition, new builds come with a range of warranties for things like full structure, exterior and appliances.

Smart Features

Newly constructed homes often come with smart technology build right in. Whether it’s alarm systems, in-wall speakers, digital thermostats or the like, having control right at your fingertips or via voice command makes life easier, saving you time and money in the long run.

Entertaining and Lifestyle

Green Home New Construction AshevilleHome floor plans and amenities have evolved immensely over the years. Modern builds often boast open layouts, higher ceilings, more windows and a fresh focus on outdoor space. All of this lends a more convivial air to entertaining and family time, bringing everyone together in expansively combined living, dining and kitchen spaces. New homes are also more likely to have large master baths, walk-in closets and dressing rooms, and creative storage solutions.

More Time

Moving into a new build is most often a seamless undertaking, which means you can unpack those boxes and quickly get to what really matters – enjoying your new home. And once you’re settled, you can spend more time enjoying where you live and less time dealing with weekend home-improvement to-do lists.

If you’re ready to build or buy a new-construction home in Asheville, and want a thorough plan and expert direction that thoughtfully encompasses all of your needs, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190, or get in touch with any of Mosaic’s selling agents at info@mymosaicrealty.com.

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These Asheville-Crafted Gifts Are in Great Taste

Locally Made Asheville Holiday Gifts

Got a foodie on your holiday list? This season, Asheville abounds with unique, locally crafted gifts to suit a range of tastes. Here are just a few of the many regionally made consumables sure to be a hit this holiday – gift a single item as a stocking stuffer, or cluster in a basket for the ultimate palate-pleasing present.

Lusty Monk Mustard

Asheville Lusty Monk MustardHandcrafted in small batches with all-natural ingredients, Lusty Monk is a local favorite that is quickly gaining a national presence. The family-owned company’s fresh-ground mustards come in cheeky-named flavors – Original Sin, Burn in Hell and Altar Boy Honey – that deliver serious punch. https://lustymonk.com

Firewalker Hot Sauce Co.

Committed to handmade, small-batch production with locally grown produce, this Asheville company creates hot sauce with complex layers and depth to brighten and intensify food, not drown it. Using no artificial preservatives, GMOs or sugar, Firewalker’s Original and Running With the Reaper flavors aim for the ideal balance of spice and heat. http://firewalkerhotsauce.com

Asheville Bee Charmer

Asheville Local Gifts for HolidaysThis honey maker works with beekeepers across the region to curate a selection of raw honeys. Infused with herbs, peppers and spices, Asheville Bee Charmer’s selection boasts unusual flavors and experiences ranging from sweet to heat. Offerings include spicy Chai, savory Rosemary, Firecracker Hot and more. https://ashevillebeecharmer.com

Roots & Branches

Specializing in artisanal crackers, Roots & Branches has grown from a tiny, in-home operation into a regional favorite. The owners still oversee every batch of crackers to ensure high-quality production. Cracker flavors like Black Pepper, Sesame Seed and Rosemary pair well with dips and cheeses to create the ultimate savory gift basket. https://www.rootsandbranchesavl.com

Looking Glass Creamery

Looking Glass Creamery AshevilleStarted in 2009, this artisanal cheese producer handcrafts a variety of cheeses, from fresh to aged. Among local favorites are its Fromage Blanc, Chocolate Lab, Green River Blue, fresh Cheddar Curds, and a raw-milk Alpine style called Bear Wallow. The creamery also offers Carmoolita, a rich, dulce de leche-style caramel sauce. https://ashevillecheese.com

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

For the meat and pork lover on your list, this Fairview farm offers gift packages boasting pasture-raised, grass-fed beef and locally raised pork. For a unique gift idea or hostess present, there’s a meat stick gift bag, salami chub gift box, cured meat sampler, or even steak sampler basket. https://www.hickorynutgapfarm.com/product-category/gift_packages/

Roots Hummus

This “Microbrew of Hummus,” which produces, packs and ships out of its River Arts District facility, has found an ardent following for its spreads thanks to unique, high-quality flavors like Thai Coconut Curry, Lima Bean and Hot Chipotle. Add to a gift basket, or break out at your next holiday party. https://www.rootshummus.com

To learn more about Asheville or 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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Asheville Area Offers Flurry of Fun Activities This Winter

Skiing in Western North Carolina

As Western North Carolina gears up for winter, the Asheville area comes alive with snow-centric activities. From skiing to snow tubing to wintry hikes, a range of outdoor adventures makes the flakes all the more fun, for young and old alike. Following, a few favorites to try out this season:

Ski and Snowboard Central – With a range of slopes dotting the area, a day or evening of skiing or snowboarding is an easy option when the snow starts falling – or even if it doesn’t! Barring unusually warm weather, area ski centers are equipped to make snow, so you always have the option to hit the slopes this winter. Area resorts include:

·     Wolf Ridge Ski Resort – Located 30 minutes north of Asheville in Mars Hill, this family-oriented resort provides lessons in skiing and snowboarding, as well as night skiing. The lodge overlooking the slopes boasts three fireplaces, cafeteria, gift shop and rental shop. https://skiwolfridgenc.com

Snow Tubing Near Asheville·     Cataloochee Ski Area – An hour away from Asheville in Maggie Valley, this ski and snowboard resort offers 18 slopes and trails, lessons and special rates for day and night sessions. Afterschool and School Race programs are popular options at the resort, which also has a large lodge with cafeteria, fireplace and rental shop. https://cataloochee.com

·     Beech Mountain Resort – Make a weekend of it and visit this popular resort town, about two hours from Asheville. In addition to offering 17 slopes in the highest ski area in the eastern U.S., Beech also has snowtubing and ice skating. A free youth sledding hill next to the visitor center entertains the 12-and-under set. https://www.beechmtn.com/things-to-do/winter-sports/skiing

Snow Tubing – Take to the slopes on a tube, an easy, all-ages way to enjoy the snow. Area tubing spots include:

·     Tube World – Located 4 miles from Cataloochee Ski Area, this tubing park also offers Wee Bowl Snowplay area for young children not tall enough to tube. https://cataloochee.com/planning/tube-world/

·     Zip N Slip – Just half an hour from Asheville in Mars Hill, this spot features three tubing lanes, night tubing, a solarium with fireplace and snacks. http://zipnslip.com

Frozen Waterfall·     Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing – This Hendersonville spot features the steepest tubing slope in Western N.C. There’s also a gift and snack shop, changing area and fire pit. http://www.moonshinemountain.com

·     The Tube Run – Located just outside Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, this slope has no designated lanes, allowing tubers to link up – and amp up the excitement. https://skiwolfridgenc.com/tickets/snow-tubing

Waterfall Hikes – Trekking to an icy waterfall in the winter affords a stunning adventure like no other. Partially frozen or fully iced-over falls dot popular hiking trails, making it easy to take in the wintry scenes. And with trees bare, long-range views normally shrouded by leaves open up. A few favorite frozen falls to visit include: Looking Glass Falls (aptly named for the icy “mirror” it boasts in the winter), Moore Cove Falls and Daniel Ridge Falls in Pisgah National Forest; Triple Falls, High Falls and Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest; and Dry Falls and Cullasaja Falls near Highlands.

For more information about Asheville, or 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 Improvements Can Pay Off Big When It's Time to Sell Your Home

Asheville Real Estate Agents

When it comes time to sell your home, even the smallest improvements can help you get top dollar. From a fresh coat of interior paint, to a major kitchen renovation, there is a range of home improvement options to fit every budget and price point. Following are a few tried-and-true tacks:

De-clutter – This may seem like an obvious first step, but sellers are often unsure of how thoroughly they should pare down their presentation. Start with those stacks of bills and papers, unnecessary items crowding your kitchen counter, shelves piled high with knickknacks, clothes piled in the closets, and the like. Art is fine, but keep family and personal photos to a minimum – you want potential buyers to see themselves, not you, in the home. Streamline furnishings and keep hallways and paths free of any objects that can impede the flow of the home.

Staging Your Home for Sale AshevilleCurb appeal – Landscaping is an economical way to improve a buyer’s first impressions. Local garden centers can offer advice and design services, or a quick drive around the neighborhood can serve as inspiration. Adding sod, small bushes, or a focal point like a stone walkway can enhance your home immensely. If you don’t have the funds for a full exterior paint job, coat the front door in a fresh color that complements the exterior but provides just the right pop to make your home stand out.

Consider staging your home – Presenting your home as the star of the show is one of the easiest things you can do to up the appeal. Professional stagers are equipped with the materials – whether furniture, accessories or the like – to add the right amount of polish. But you can also do the staging yourself, with a few simple tricks:

·     Neutralize wall colors to provide a calm backdrop on which to create inviting rooms

·     Increase lighting, open blinds, clean windows – generally present an open, bright air about your home

·     Create furniture arrangements that are “conversational”: couches that face one another and aren’t pointed at a TV

·     Make small spaces appear larger with things like mirrors, pedestal sinks and “airy” furnishings: If you can, replace that giant sectional with a polished sofa, or a heavy hutch with understated shelves

·     Never leave a room empty; instead, turn it into a guest room, craft room or office

Asheville Home Improvements for SaleBathroom and kitchen updates – A gut renovation of an outdated bathroom or kitchen can help immensely in the final selling price, but if it’s not in the budget, consider smaller updates that can freshen the overall look. Swap out old fixtures and faucets for modern ones, re-caulk around sinks, replace or re-glaze old tubs, and re-face cabinets and drawers.

For more tips like these, or to find an agent equipped to help you get the most out of the sale of your Asheville area home, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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How To Get the Most Out of Your Asheville Real Estate Negotiations

Asheville Real Estate Agents

When it comes time to buy or sell your home in Asheville, having a seasoned agent well-versed in the intricacies of real estate transactions and negotiations is crucial to getting the best results. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty have the knowledge that comes with industry experience, but beyond that, knowledge of the market specific to Asheville. Did you know a Blue Ridge view can add thousands to a home price? Or that floodplain maps, which can adversely affect property values, are shifting at a significant rate? Mosaic agents can offer you guidance on these and a range of other logistics as you set out on your real estate journey. Following, a few tips to get you started:

Asheville Real Estate·      When selling a home, it’s key to cut utilities off after the day of closing, and no sooner. Power needs to stay on in case the closing is delayed for things like last-minute walk-throughs.

·      A thorough comparative market analysis will help you get the most for your home: A Mosaic agent can closely examine nearby sales for comparable finishes, size, views – the list goes on. Knowing how to price competitively, especially in hot markets like West Asheville, will help keep your property from stagnating.

·      Did you know that soil stability can affect property values? If a home is on a steep slope, as many in the Asheville area are, or on a flood plain, it’s important to obtain tests by a geotechnical engineer to assess soil stability. A Mosaic agent can point you in the direction of reputable firms to assess potentially problematic land, saving you headaches down the road.

·      When you’re in the market to buy a home, it’s extremely important to know what surrounds your preferred neighborhoods: Will your home be near an environmental waste site or sewer plant? Which industries are – or could potentially end up – nearby? Is flooding a possible risk? Relying on a knowledgeable Mosaic agent to steer you away from problematic properties can give you peace of mind during your house hunt.

Mosaic Realty Agents·      Beyond the basics of getting home inspections, radon studies and well and septic field tests, it’s important to dig deeper: If a home smells even the slightest bit moldy, for example, don’t dismiss it. An inspection is imperative, as is finding and addressing the source of the water problem. Getting the highest-risk issues inspected first is key to avoiding unnecessary costs.

·      Carrying out a real estate deal that involves an HOA brings its own set of logistics. Part of due diligence involves examining the health of the HOA, especially with condos and townhomes. A Mosaic agent will examine the budget, bylaws and rules, and verify possible restrictions on everything from rentals to pets.

These are just a few of the many areas Mosaic can cover with you as you embark on your Asheville real estate experience. For more tips like these, or to find a Mosaic agent suited to your specific needs, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Asheville Area's Aglow With Holiday Happenings

Holiday Lights Asheville

A flurry of festive events makes Asheville the ideal destination this holiday season. From lively parades, to twinkling town light displays, to Old World celebrations, there’s a holiday affair sure to please everyone.

Annual Asheville Holiday Parade

The Asheville Downtown Association hosts this free holiday staple the Saturday before Thanksgiving beginning at 11 a.m. The parade features around 100 entries, from marching bands, floats and street performers to animals, pageant queens and, of course, Santa. The parade begins on Biltmore Avenue at Charlotte Street and concludes on Patton Avenue at S. French Broad. Don’t forget to check out the store windows decked out for the season as part of the downtown association’s annual Holiday Windows Contest. https://www.ashevilledowntown.org/holidays

Christmas at Biltmore

Biltmore Holiday AshevilleFrom Nov. 3, 2018, to Jan. 6, 2019, visitors to the Biltmore Estate can enjoy a rich, magical experience for the senses: holiday décor featuring wreaths, garlands and the sparkle of thousands of ornaments on more than 55 stunning Christmas trees fill the house. The celebration continues across the estate, including colorful holiday blooms in the Conservatory, commemorative Christmas wine at the Winery, and Antler Hill Village's evening illumination display. “Candlelight Christmas Evenings” (additional ticketed event) envelops the estate in a soft glow of candlelight, firelight and twinkle lights. Live performances of Christmas music add to the self-guided evening visit. https://www.biltmore.com/events/christmas-at-biltmore-daytime-celebration-1

Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum

From Nov. 16 to Dec. 31, 2018, 6-10 nightly, visitors to the arboretum can experience an outdoor winter wonderland and enjoy unique displays and landscapes composed of more than 500,000 holiday lights. Listen to the sounds of holiday music favorites and enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider or beer. https://www.ncarboretum.org/exhibits-events/winter-lights/

Annual National Gingerbread House Competition

Asheville HolidaysCome to the Omni Grove Park Inn Nov. 25, 2018, to Jan. 4, 2019, to take in all the amazing creations that populate this stunning event, in its 26th year.

Except for the base, the gingerbread house entries are constructed entirely of edible materials. While guests with hotel, spa or restaurant reservations may view the display at any time, others are invited to see the winners on Sundays after 3 p.m. and Monday-Thursday anytime (except Dec. 23-Jan. 1). Admission is free, but there is a $20 per car parking fee. https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/things-to-do/upcoming-events/national-gingerbread-competition

An Old-Fashioned Dickens of a Christmas Festival at Biltmore Village

Historic Biltmore Village transforms into a quaint Victorian village on the first Friday night and Saturday of December. Enjoy concerts, refreshments, horse-drawn carriage rides and strolling vocalists and instrumentalists in costumes of the period. At nightfall, the glowing white lights outlining the historic buildings enhance the ambiance. Shops will stay open late, with many of the shopkeepers dressed in Victorian-era garb. Free admission. Friday starts at 6 p.m. with a tree lighting, Saturday 11-5 p.m.

Asheville’s Downtown Local Lights

Holidays in AshevilleThe City of Asheville, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville Downtown Association and Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority are partnering for Downtown Local Lights, an artistic holiday light display at Pack Square, and new this year, expanded to Pritchard Park. Downtown Local Lights will kick off Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. at Pack Square with free photos with Santa, hot chocolate from French Broad Chocolate Lounge and holiday carols from The Gay Men’s Chorus. The official lighting ceremony will be at 6:30 pm. https://www.ashevilledowntown.org/downtown-local-lights-ceremony-free-photos-w-santa

"Come Home for the Holidays" Hendersonville

From Nov. 23, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2019, Hendersonville offers a range of festive happenings along with a magical Main Street, decked out in thousands of lights. Events include a Christmas Parade Dec. 1 and a Holiday Tour of Historic Inns Dec. 9, along with Flat Rock Playhouse productions, carriage rides, concerts and an “iceless” ice skating rink. https://www.visithendersonvillenc.org/home-for-the-holidays

For information about Asheville or 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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Proximity Makes Asheville Tops in Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes

Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville

Much of the beauty of living in Asheville is the city’s amazing accessibility to the Blue Ridge Parkway. With the famed Virginia-to-North Carolina scenic highway – America’s longest linear park at 469 miles – winding along mere minutes from Asheville’s city center, it’s easy to jump on the parkway – whether it’s an impromptu afternoon hike you’re after, or an all-day trek – and still be able to cap the day with dinner downtown. Following, a few favorites to check out:

Mount Mitchell Summit and Balsam Nature Trail

This short hike is 31 miles from Asheville along the parkway. A shady balsam-fir forest shrouds the paths to the top of Mount Mitchell, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet.

Black Balsam Hike Near AshevilleMount Pisgah Trail

You can be to this moderately challenging trail from Asheville in 40 minutes. Hike through lush green forest to reach the tower-capped summit, which offers 360-degree long-range views.

Craggy Gardens Trail

In season, blooming rhododendron and blueberries line the trail to the grassy mountaintop of Craggy Gardens, 19 miles from Asheville along the parkway. Even when not in bloom, the trail, framed in ghostly gnarled branches, still draws hikers to its surreal beauty.

Graveyard Fields Trail

One of the parkway’s most popular hikes, Graveyard Fields offers waterfalls, gorgeous views, and wild blueberries and blackberries for picking – all just 34 miles from Asheville.

Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain Loop

A 5-mile loop takes you over two summits, affording amazing views from trails that cut through the grassy balds of Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain.

Blue Ridge Parkway Near AshevilleRattlesnake Lodge

This trail – a mere 21 minutes from Asheville – winds through the remains of an early 1900s estate, with parts of a barn foundation, lodge, spring house, pool and outbuildings still standing for hikers to explore.

Visitor Center Loop

An easy, smooth hike, the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center loop offers the perfect terrain for youngsters or those not wanting to venture too far into the woods or too far away from the parking area.

And when the parkway is closed…

Craven Gap

This trail, accessible at the end of Town Mountain Road in Craven Gap, is 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, but feels worlds away. It’s proximity to the city, easy hiking, and beautiful backdrop make it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike – including President Obama and wife Michelle, who hiked the trail during a 2010 visit to the area.

Folk Art Center Trail to Bull Mountain

A popular, well-maintained spot located just outside the city limits, the Folk Art Center Trail winds along the Mountains to Sea Trail, a rolling path interspersed with short steep climbs. Begin or end your hike with a stop into the Folk Art Center.

For more information about Asheville or 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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Coffee Scene's Brewing in Asheville

Asheville Coffee

Asheville has gained nationwide attention for all it has to offer – from its scenic Blue Ridge vistas to its world-class cuisine to its craft-beer boom. And now you can add coffee capital to the list: More and more roasters and cafes dot the city, offering the perfect pick-me-up for your morning run, or a comforting cup for your afternoon break. Following, some favorite spots for a java stop.

South Asheville Coffee Shops

10th Muse Coffee

Specialty coffee drinks include Nutella, cookie butter, dulce de leche, and even horchata. Open, comfy seating and board games make for an entertaining experience. https://www.facebook.com/10thmusecoffee/

Biltmore Coffee Roasters

A rotating selection of freshly roasted single origin hot and cold brews are available each day, along with unique signature drinks like Super Coffee (a take on bulletproof coffee). Each roast is slightly different, exhibiting the nuances of the roasting climate and the bean’s distinctive terroir. https://www.biltmorecoffeeroasters.com

Central Asheville Cafés

Cafe AshevilleSummit Coffee Co.

This Certified Organic roaster and retailer focuses on small-lot coffees sourced intentionally from around the world. Housed in the River Arts District, Summit’s space encourages community and collaboration. https://www.summitcoffee.com/asheville/

PennyCup Coffee Co.

With locations in RAD, downtown, and North and East Asheville, this small-batch roaster sources sustainable, green coffee, roasted to exacting standards. The rotating menu features everything from Ethiopia Kochere fair trade organic to Locomotive Blend to Mexico FTO. https://pennycupcoffeeco.com

Double D’s Coffee

Housed in a double-decker stationary bus, this downtown destination features quality beans and syrups in a range of specialty staples, from macchiatos to espressos to Americanos. http://doubledscoffee.com

High Five Coffee

High Five, with downtown, Five Points and Woodfin locations, partners with Counter Culture Coffee to source and roast its coffee. The coffee house offers classically prepared espresso drinks as well as house-made syrups for its creative concoctions. http://highfivecoffee.com

Izzy’s

This downtown fixture, along with its newer West Asheville location, serves Counter Culture, Mountain Air, Blanchards and Stumptown roasts. http://izzyscoffee.com

Trade and Lore

Trade and Lore, featuring Mountain Air Roasting brews, offers experimental coffee while working to fuel and empower the community. The cafe works with local purveyors, and hosts pop-up events and educational classes. https://www.tradeandlore.com

North Asheville Cafés

Asheville Coffee HouseMountain City Coffee Roasters

Mountain City moved from its longstanding Candler facility to Charlotte Street, and joined forces with High Noon Coffee Roasters. The joint venture’s rotating roster of roasts includes single-origin coffees from Colombia, Ethiopia, Sumatra and Honduras.

https://www.mountaincity.com

Asheville Coffee Roasters

For more than 15 years, this artisan Woodfin roaster has worked with small batches of the best varietals from around the world, cooling and packing specialty roasts daily in foil-gusseted packages with de-gassing valves to preserve freshness. http://ashevillecoffeeroasters.com

West Asheville Coffee Houses

Odd’s Cafe

Odd’s, which features a cozy space along bustling Haywood Road, specializes in high-quality, all-natural products including Summit Coffee Co. freshly roasted coffee. http://www.oddscafe.com

Bean Werks Coffee & Tea

For more than 20 years, this roaster has produced quality artisan roasted small-batch coffee and tea. Naturally Grown, Fair Trade, Direct Trade, Rain Forest Alliance, Bird Friendly, Shade Grown and Organic are many of the supplier-certified offerings available. https://beanwerks.com

BattleCat Coffee Bar

This coffee bar offers PennyCup coffees, along with blended beverages in a laid-back setting, with outdoor garden seating perfect for people-watching. http://battlecatcoffeebar.com

East Asheville Cafés

Peaberry Press

A locally owned coffee and smoothie shop in River Ridge Business Center, Peaberry’s beans are locally roasted, organic and fair trade. Offerings include everything from espressos to red eyes to breves. https://www.peaberrypress.com

Filo

This cozy café offers traditional coffee beverages as well as specialty drinks like their flavored Filo lattes and Filo cappuccinos. https://filopastries.com

For more information about Asheville and 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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Range of Exciting Activities Makes Halloween a Treat in Asheville

Haunted Asheville NC

Halloween in Asheville offers something for everyone. Many area neighborhoods have a great trick-or-treating scene. But if candy and costumes aren’t your thing, you can still find fun ways to enjoy Halloween in Asheville this year. From hair-raising comedy tours to chilling haunted trails to thrill-filled dance parties, there’s something sure to entertain you this October!

Ghost Hunters of Asheville

Looking for an interactive ghost tour complete with equipment and training on the use of spirit boxes, EVP recording, EMF meters, and other ghost-detecting equipment? Ghost Hunters offers all of this and more. Featuring ghostly walking tours Downtown Spirits, Haunted Montford and Black Mountain, Ghost Hunters recounts carefully curated stories of Asheville’s paranormal past and present. All ages are welcome for these evening tours, with tickets ranging from $13 to $20 (kids 6 and under free).

LaZoom Haunted Comedy Tour

Halloween AshevilleThis year-round, adults-only comedy bus tour features a comedic guide who reveals Asheville’s bloody past and once-seedy underbelly. Along the way, hear stories of Asheville’s murders, hangings and unsolved mysteries. The hour-long tour runs nightly through October. Tickets $26, with reservations recommended.

Pinhead’s Graveyard

This top-rated outdoor haunted house runs over a ½ mile path through thick, dense woods and features a bevy of horror movie characters – think Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Leatherface, and of course Pinhead. Open to all ages, the experience offers thrills for adults, but is also toned down for small children. The tour runs on select October evenings. Tickets $20.

The Haunted Trail at Pisgah Brewing

Halloween AshevilleThis popular trail, filled with live actors, realistic props and ghostly sounds, runs in late October. The trail walk stays in family-friendly territory, without violence or gore, and actors cater the scares appropriately to each age group. After enjoying the adrenaline rush, guests can regroup at the Party at Pisgah Park, which features Halloween crafts, local food trucks, games and Pisgah beer on tap for the grown-ups. Tickets range from $9 to $13.

The Haunted Farm

Located on what many believe to be haunted grounds, this scary spot in Hendersonville features three main parts – the Woods, the Farm and the Haunted Hayride. Runs select evenings through October. Tickets $25 (cash only).

Haunted Grove House Inferno

An annual 18+ Halloween costume and dance party at the Grove House Entertainment Complex in downtown Asheville, the Haunted Inferno features three levels of themed dance halls. Come dressed to impress and enter the costume contest for a chance to win $1,000. $25 ticket allows entry to the entire complex.

For more information about Asheville, or 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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Wrap a Dash of Asheville Into Your Next Housewarming Gift

Local Gift Asheville

With so many people making Asheville their new home, you’re bound to know someone moving to the area soon. And while the region already exudes a welcoming warmth, you can make recently relocated friends or family feel even more at home by bestowing a uniquely Asheville housewarming gift. Following, a few creative and thoughtful ways to say “Welcome Home”:

Brew Basket

What better introduction to “Beer City” than a basket boasting an array of local brews? Breweries like Highland, Wedge, Green Man, Twin Leaf, Funkatorium – the list goes on and on – provide a range of options for gifting. Create your own basket stocked with seasonal offerings, variety packs, or limited releases. Or consider adding some local ciders (Urban Orchard, Noble) and alcoholic ginger beers (Ginger’s Revenge) to the mix. And for the nondrinker, a regionally crafted kombucha (Buchi) or fermented effervescent tea (Shanti Elixirs) provides the perfect punch of local flavor.

Home Sweet Home

Local Products Asheville HoneyAsheville boasts a number of locally crafted, eclectic treats, from chocolates (French Broad Chocolate Lounge) to honey (Asheville Bee Charmer) to popcorn (Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn). Proffer a present that encapsulates a range of sweet treats for a housewarming gift sure to impress.

Focal-Point Pottery

With Asheville artisans galore, picking a piece of pottery, whether decorative or functional, for a housewarming gift is easy – and hard! The range of glassware (think a set of cocktail vessels), pottery (perfect for new dishes), even woodwork (an intricately carved fruit bowl, replete with locally grown fruit) is mind-boggling. Hit the River Arts District for one-stop shopping, or peruse the wares at permanent artist stalls (Kress and Woolworth).

Restaurant Gift Cards

Moving can be a delightful, and draining, experience. Sometimes new homeowners just need a break from the boxes begging to be unpacked; gift cards to locally owned eateries provide the perfect excuse to get away, and to also learn about all that Asheville’s amazing food scene has to offer.

Hit the Trails

Local Products AshevilleOnce they’ve settled in, your newly relocated friends will want to take advantage of Asheville’s proximity to amazing hiking trails. Get them started with the ideal gift: a small backpack containing a hiking guide (Five-Star Trails Asheville), stainless steel water bottle, compass, flashlight and small first-aid kit.

New Home Spa

Asheville is home to a range of local companies crafting naturally delightful bath and body products. Stock a gift bag with soaps (Appalachian Natural Soap), mineral salts and scrubs (Faerie Made), and perfume and body lotions (Mountains to Sea Skincare) for a special, sweetly scented housewarming gift.

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

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