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Explore Malvern Walk, West Asheville's Newest Large-Lot Community

Malvern Walk, West Asheville

Mosaic Realty Invites You to a Kick-Off Event at Malvern Walk

Explore West Asheville's New Large Lot Community: Visit MalvernWalk.com

Malvern Walk, in beautiful West Asheville, North Carolina, is a new community set within Malvern Hills, one of the city’s original neighborhoods. Malvern Walk provides the rare opportunity to build a new home in a large-lot subdivision with broad sky views, sidewalks and great access to nearby amenities. Enveloped in natural beauty and mountain vistas, Malvern Walk is just a short stroll to West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor, Hominy Creek Greenway and Malvern Hills Park and Pool.

With underground utilities, graded building sites, hand-selected builders and thoughtful design guidelines, building your dream home has never been easier. Malvern Walk also offers two existing homes for sale, including the original Far Acres stone house.

Where Modern Living Meets Old World Charm

Historic Stone Manor at Malvern WalkMalvern Walk is a community for those who want to blend the new with the old. Our architectural guidelines foster designs that are inspired by both modern and timeless building styles. Luxuriously proportioned lots offer the opportunity for generous homes and yards. With quick access to interstates, greenways and downtown Asheville, Malvern Walk offers the best in location without being in the middle of the hustle of Asheville’s urban center; it’s a quieter West Asheville way of life.

Malvern Walk Kick-Off Event

We invite you to our kick-off event for Malvern Walk on Saturday, September 30th, and Sunday, October 1st, from 1-5pm. At this event, we will be releasing the first fourteen lots for sale as well as the two existing homes. Explore this unique West Asheville community and begin to envision your forever home!

Learn more at MalvernWalk.com!

Directions to Malvern Walk

If using GPS, you can get to Malvern Walk by using 239 Bear Creek Road, Asheville 28806. Our roads are not yet recognized by Google.

From Haywood Road, turn onto Sand Hill Road. Turn right onto Bear Creek Road. Turn left into Malvern Walk.

From I-240, I-40 or I-26, take the exit for Highway 191. Turn onto Bear Creek Road. Turn right when it ends to stay on Bear Creek Road. Go through the intersection and up the hill, then left into Malvern Walk.

Contact us about Malvern Walk

For more information about Malvern Walk, available lots and homes, and design guidelines, contact broker Mike Figura at 828.337.8190 or at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com.

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Asheville's Chunns Cove Combines Country and Convenience

Chunns Cove East Asheville

If you’re in search of an Asheville neighborhood that perfectly encapsulates country and convenience, look no further than Chunns Cove. Enveloped by Town Mountain/Downtown Asheville to the west, Haw Creek/Sondley Estates to the east, and the Tunnel Road shopping corridor to the south, Chunns Cove is well-known for pastoral scenes and spacious residences. Dotting its hillsides are a variety of homes, ranging from 1960s ranch-style to custom-built residences. Travel higher up through the neighborhood’s rolling terrain to find landscaped mountain spreads offering fabulous Blue Ridge views.

Amenities abound Near Chunns Cove

Whole Foods AshevilleWith the commercial corridor of Tunnel Road bordering the neighborhood, Chunns Cove residents enjoy an amazing array of shopping and entertainment outlets within a few minutes’ drive of their homes. 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. Movie theaters and a bowling alley provide rainy afternoon entertainment for the entire family. And just a five-minute drive west, via Tunnel Road or I-240, puts you in the heart of Downtown Asheville, with its vibrant restaurant, retail and arts scene.

Chunns Cove boasts close proximity to excellent schools, including standouts Haw Creek Elementary and Evergreen Community Charter. The East Asheville Public Library is a popular spot to spend an hour or two with a good book, and a playground and basketball court bordering the library give little ones the opportunity to enjoy outdoor time. And the 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center, only 2.5 miles away, provides plenty of family fun with more than 60 species of animals to see.

Nestled in nature

Blue Ridge Parkway Near AshevilleAs you wind your way up the hills through Chunns Cove, it’s easy to forget you’re so close to the commercial conveniences below. Mature, abundant trees and greenery spill from yards and line the streets. Generous lots mean plenty of room for kids’ play or glorious gardens. Residents can enjoy watching all manner of wildlife in the wooded pockets dotting the neighborhood.

Being close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Chunns Cove home. Take a short drive east, 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).

For a personally guided tour of Chunns Cove, 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.

 

Wicked Plants: The Exhibit Returns to The N.C. Arboretum

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC Arboretum

Plants: They can be beautiful. They can be beneficial. But did you know they can also be deadly?

After five years of traveling around the U.S., the dangerous world of Wicked Plants: The Exhibit, a one-of-a-kind experience designed and created by The North Carolina Arboretum, returns to Asheville. The fun, safe and educational way to explore some of nature’s most toxic flora will be on display at the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center from Sept. 20-Jan. 7, 2018.

See Plants in a Whole New Light

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC ArboretumThe Wicked Plants exhibit provides a comprehensive overview that teaches about botany, health care and wellness in an entertaining, unique setting. Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities,” Wicked Plants features interactive displays in a Victorian-era “home,” where visitors can travel from room to room to learn about various poisonous plants that may be lurking in the most unexpected places: their homes and backyards.

The Wicked Plants exhibit – sponsored in part by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty – touches on a side of vegetation that’s rarely revealed. Visitors can feel like they’re part of a crime scene investigation in the potions laboratory; they can experience sniffing stations in the bathroom; and they can take a walk through a simulated graveyard featuring some of the most common deadly and toxic plants around.

Creepy but Cool

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC ArboretumSince the exhibit first opened at the Arboretum in 2012, it has gained fans beyond the Asheville area, traveling to museums and science centers across the country including the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Springs Preserve Museum in Las Vegas. Designed to feel a bit creepy, Wicked Plants creates an environment particularly engaging to children, making it easy for families to learn about bloodcurdling botany together.

Beyond its standard daytime exhibit hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wicked Plants will offer special extended hours during the Arboretum’s fourth annual Winter Lights nightly holiday light show (Nov. 17–Dec. 31) for all Winter Lights ticket holders. For more information on Wicked Plants, please visit www.ncarboretum.org. Exhibit admission to Wicked Plants is free; standard Arboretum parking fees ($14 per standard vehicle for non-members) apply.

In conjunction with the exhibit’s return, the Arboretum will host a special reading and book signing by Amy Stewart on Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Arboretum’s Education Center. Tickets are $10 for Arboretum members and $12 for non-members and must be purchased in advance at ncarboretum.org. Parking is included in the ticket price.

The North Carolina Arboretum is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for 2 miles to the entrance ramp.

For more information on living in our area or on Asheville real estate, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

Asheville Will Go Indigo for Arts Council's 2017 Color Ball

Asheville Arts Council Color Ball

Asheville, this is truly a party to dye for!

On Sept. 9, from 6 p.m to midnight, downtown Asheville will be awash in indigo as the Asheville Area Arts Council hosts its annual Color Ball fundraiser, a lively hue-themed evening of art and entertainment that draws more than 500 revelers every year.

Since the Color Ball first began in 2002, a different shade is chosen annually – this year it’s indigo – and the Asheville Area Arts Council is taking the evening’s five parties to the indigo extreme, from the decor to the cocktails to the monochromatic-clad guests. Beginning with its Out of the Blue Patron Party, and culminating in the Indigo Ball, Asheville’s most talked-about arts event will be brimming with creativity and entertainment, great food, enchanting libations, cool costumes and amazing art and music.

Asheville Arts Council Color BallThe Color Ball encompasses five parties: the patron party, three pre-parties at various locations, and the grand finale Indigo Ball. A $75 general admission ticket gets the holder entry into a pre-party of their choice and the Indigo Ball; a $125 patron ticket grants the holder entry to all the parties and the Indigo Ball. Local food and beverages are included in the ticket price. The evening will feature musical and dance performances, acrobatics and face-painting, as well as a silent art auction.

A major source of funding for the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Color Ball – of which Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a proud sponsor – brings in revenue that directly supports the Council’s year-round programming. The Council is the collective voice for the arts, providing access to resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community.

Below, a rundown of the evening’s events:

Out of the Blue Patron Party & Run of the Ball

•   Location: The Refinery Creator Space, 207 Coxe Ave.

•   Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

•   Food provided by Jargon

•   Signature cocktail provided by Oak and Grist Distillery

•   Beer provided by Oskar Blues

•   Entertainment by The Justin Ray Trio

•   Dance performance by Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

Under the Sea Pre-Party

•   Location: Lexington Glassworks, 81 S. Lexington Ave.

•   Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

•   Food Provided by Chef Anthony Cerrato of Strada Italiano and Social Lounge

•   Signature cocktail provided by Absolut Vodka

•   Beer provided by Sierra Nevada

•   O’Henry’s House Cast will present a one-time-only performance

Asheville Arts Council Color BallFlamenco Nights Pre-Party

•   Location: AC Hotel, 10 Broadway

•   Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

•   Food Provided by Capella on 9

•   Signature cocktail provided by Absolut Vodka

•   Beer provided by Oskar Blues

•   Entertainment by The Juan Benavides Quartet and a special performance by Tim Doyle

Tokyo Twilight Pre-Party

•   Location: RISC Networks building, 81 Broadway

•   Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

•   Food Provided by Margeaux’s Catering

•   Beer provided by Hi-Wire Brewing

•   Sake provided by Ben’s Tune Up

•   Projection art by Asheville Darkroom

•   Entertainment by DJ Phantom Pantone, Asheville Aerial Arts, and award-winning body painter Ren Allen

Indigo Ball

•   Location: The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave.

•   Time: 9:30 pm – midnight

•   Desserts provided by Marijane Bowman and French Broad Chocolates

•   Beer provided by Hi-Wire Brewing, Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada

•   Projection art by Asheville Darkroom

•   Aerialists will suspend from the ceiling as the main stage sees performances by Nimbus, DJ M.P. Pride, an acro yoga duo, and a collaborative performance by Stephanie Morgan and Marley Carroll.  Local artists Lara Nguyen and Kimi Leger will be painting live. Their work and other items will be offered as part of the Silent Auction.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://ashevillearts.com/recurring-event/color-ball/.

And for more information about our area or living in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at 828-337-8190, or email him at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com

Spotlight on: Grace neighborhood in North Asheville

Grace Neighborhood Asheville

In search of a welcoming neighborhood replete with tree-lined streets, eclectic architecture, and an array of urban conveniences? Look no further than Grace neighborhood, just south of the North Asheville community. With the shopping corridor of Merrimon Avenue slicing through the center of Grace, a range of stores, restaurants and other services are within a short walk or drive of the neighborhood’s residences. At the same time, picturesque spots like the hilltop Grace Episcopal Church mingle with the neighborhood’s warmth and easy pace to make Grace feel worlds away from the commercial hustle.

Mid-Century Mixes with Modern

Edna's Grace Neighborhood AshevilleGrace is bordered roughly by Kimberly Avenue to the east, Osborne Road to the north, Fenner Avenue and Edgewood Road to the south, and Horizon Hill Road to the west. A mix of home designs defines the neighborhood, including stately structures from the 1930s, rambling mid-century ranches, and sleek new construction. Sidewalks line many of Grace’s streets, making this neighborhood one of the most walkable in Asheville.

Starting the morning with a quick stroll to the local coffee shop is a pleasure in Grace neighborhood, which boasts popular spots Geraldine’s Bakery and Edna’s Coffee House and Café on Merrimon. For lunch and dinner, neighborhood residents have a slew of options, including Asheville Pizza & Brewing, Avenue M, MOD Pizza and Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian. Dessert’s covered too, with Whit’s Frozen Custard and Frostbite soft serve ice cream nearby.

Quick Conveniences in Grace Neighborhood

A quick drive down Merrimon brings residents to a range of grocery stores, including Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s and Greenlife (Whole Foods), and beyond that, downtown Asheville. The Grove Park Inn is readily accessible from Grace, as is UNC-Asheville, which sponsors a wide mix of cultural and academic events, concerts, lectures, movie screenings and the like year-round.

The nearby North Asheville Tailgate Market (which runs from spring to fall) sets up shop on the UNCA campus every Saturday from 8 a.m. til noon. Since 1980, the market has provided visitors with a full range of local, sustainably produced produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. With more than 40 vendors and over 40,000 annual customers, the market’s energetic and warm environment exemplifies the celebrated diversity of Asheville.

Neighboring Nature

Jones Playground North AshevilleFor Grace residents, getting a good dose of nature is easy as well, with Beaver Lake and the Blue Ridge Parkway close by. The Botanical Gardens of Asheville, a 10-acre independent, non-profit botanical gardens dedicated to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians, are a few minutes’ drive from Grace.

The nearby Grove Park Country Club and the Country Club of Asheville provide area residents with world-class golf, tennis and gym facilities. Families with children have several school choices in or near Grace, including Ira B. Jones Elementary School, Claxton Elementary School, Asheville Catholic School, Hanger Hall School for Girls and Odyssey School.

For a personally guided tour of the Grace neighborhood, 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.

A Lush Oasis Awaits You in Asheville's Beverly Hills Neighborhood

Beverly Hills Neighborhood Asheville

Beverly Hills is a hidden residential gem nestled in one of Asheville's most lush urban forests. With stately 80-year-old oak trees lining the East Asheville neighborhood’s historic municipal golf course, and quiet streets crisscrossing the fairways, Beverly Hills offers a wonderfully walkable, bikeable, reasonably-priced neighborhood with a real sense of community. Bordered roughly by Tunnel Road to the north and Swannanoa River Road to the south and east, the area boasts a perfect balance of natural and retail amenities, just minutes to downtown Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Swannanoa River East AshevilleA mixture of well-established brick ranches and newer 3- and 4-bedroom homes populates Beverly Hills. There is a voluntary Home Owners’ Association that aims to build community by providing a forum for sharing information, connecting neighbors, promoting activities and fostering civic involvement.

Golfing in Your Backyard

The Asheville Municipal Golf Course, at the southern tip of Beverly Hills, is one of the oldest golf courses in Western North Carolina. The 18-hole, 129-acre golf course, designed by Hall of Fame golf architect Donald Ross, opened for play in 1927 and was the first municipal course in N.C. to be racially integrated. The course’s scenic design accomplishes the difficult double task of being challenging and fun.

Parks and Nature Combine in Beverly Hills

Recreation Park AshevilleDirectly east of Beverly Hills lies the Asheville Recreation Park, home to the Gashes Creek recreation park pool, a favorite summertime destination.

Adjacent to the park is the Western North Carolina Nature Center, home to more than 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red and gray wolves and cougars. A short distance from there is the City of Asheville John B. Lewis Soccer Complex, with four soccer fields, a large, tree-shaded park, and running- and walking-friendly flat terrain circling the fields.

Winding its way through all of this is the Swannanoa River, perfect for fishing or taking a quick dip on a sunny afternoon. For pet owners, the Azalea Road Dog Park provides plenty of play space, with separate runs for small and big dogs.

Retail and Restaurants Galore

Highland BrewingDirectly to the east of Beverly Hills is the Asheville Mall, with an array of large and small department and specialty stores. Also nearby is Walmart Supercenter, Target, Lowes, Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond, just to name a few. Need groceries or a quick meal? No problem! Whole Foods and Ingles are mere minutes away, as are an array of restaurants lining nearby South Tunnel Road.

A quick drive south from Beverly Hills will take to you Highland Brewing Company, which features a tasting room, free tours of its facilities, and entertainment and special events (many of them free) in its tasting room, on the meadow, and in its event center.

For a personally guided tour of Beverly Hills, or for more information on any neighborhood in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Asheville Communities That Keep Up With Active Adults

Retirement

The Asheville area is replete with communities geared toward those 55 and older, or neighborhoods that naturally trend toward the active-adult set. A range of amenities – club houses, pools, libraries – as well as activities like exercise classes and coffee socials mean there’s always something to do onsite. And thanks to the setting, against Asheville’s Blue Ridge backdrop, the area’s 55+ communities offer the added benefit of relaxing and stunning surroundings in which to enjoy the region’s natural beauty. Following, a few to explore:

Crowfields

Situated in South Asheville, Crowfields is a 55 and older community set on 72 acres of woodlands, where Dingle Creek winds its way to the French Broad River. The property includes varied ecosystems, a sweeping meadow and two ponds.

Crowfields’ 192 units are arranged in groupings ranging from four to eight residences, with one-, two-, and three-level floor plans. Amenities include community garden plots, a heated outdoor pool, and a clubhouse where residents can enjoy community social activities, including bookclub, crafts, First Friday Socials, Men’s Coffee & Conversation, bocce and water aerobics.

Convenient to restaurants, grocers, retail and movie theaters, Crowfields is two minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway, 10 minutes to Asheville Regional Airport, and 20 minutes to downtown Asheville.

Creekside Village

Asheville Retirement CommunityLocated north of Asheville in Weaverville, Creekside Village features unique living spaces with modern amenities and high-quality materials. Mere minutes from the idyllic charm of downtown Weaverville, Creekside Village offers residents breathtaking views, a beautiful recreational park featuring Lake Louise, walking trails and playgrounds. With plenty of nearby shopping available, this community offers a great location for retirees who love the mountain experience but don’t want to live right in Asheville. Floor plans include low-maintenance patio homes (3 bedroom, 2 bath and office), townhomes (3 bedroom, 2.5 bath), and 3- and 4-bedroom single- and two-level Craftsman-style homes. Home features include: front covered porches, open rear decks, all wood cabinetry with dovetail constructed soft-close drawers, granite kitchen countertops, and cultured marble vanity tops and ceramic tile floors in bathrooms.

The Hills at Avery’s Creek

This well-established, gated 55+ community in Arden features 71 attached homes on quiet, tree-lined streets. The Hills is incorporated as a Planned Unit Development, with each of the homeowners being an equal shareholder. The attached homes typically range from 900 to 1,367 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one-car garage. The community center is home to Breakfast Club and Dinner Club gatherings, card games and other active-adult activities. Wildlife populates the walking and biking trails that meander through the grounds and offer scenic views of the community lake. Retail, grocery and antique shops, the N.C. Arboretum, the Biltmore House and the Grove Park Inn are all nearby.

Beaverdam Run

Active Adults AshevilleBeaverdam Run is a gated mountainside community of 136 condominiums located on 115 wooded acres in North Asheville. Five different styles of homes are available, each with unique views of mountains, ponds, streams and lush landscaping. Though not officially designated a 55 and older community, Beaverdam Run offers a range of amenities geared toward the active adult, including a clubhouse with kitchen, outdoor patio, fitness room, heated indoor swimming pool and saunas. A historic log cabin, used for meetings and social events, contains a card room, a pool table, and a ping-pong table, and has a fenced side yard where dogs are permitted to exercise. There are several ponds – three of which are stocked with fish for “catch-and-release” recreational fishing – two tennis courts and a pickleball court, a community garden, and walking trails with guard rails and benches. All of this is located a short drive to shops, restaurants, grocery, banks, the library and the Country Club of Asheville.

Deerwood

Located just off Hendersonville Road in South Asheville, Deerwood features 100 two- and three-bedroom condos and townhouses in a range of sizes and floor plans. Most units offer an attached garage, gas fireplace and a covered deck in the back. The community features a beautiful green space and creek-fed lake with charming wildlife and waterfalls. Amenities include a pool, clubhouse and two tennis courts. Once a month, residents gather for a cocktail hour, where wine and light hors d’oeuvres are served, and every Saturday morning for a casual and relaxed coffee hour. Deerwood is close to shops, groceries, dining and recreation, as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway.

For a personally guided tour of 55 and older communities, or for more information on any real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Natural Charm and Commercial Conveniences Come to Life in Haw Creek

Haw Creek Pool Asheville

Where can you be in the heart of Asheville’s commercial corridor, or the heart of the Blue Ridge Parkway, all within a few minutes of leaving your front door? If you live in the neighborhood of Haw Creek, you can lay claim to that rare privilege.

A farming community in the early 1700s, Haw Creek is a diverse neighborhood of more than 7,000 families living in a range of homes, from affordable apartments to single-family ranches, new modern structures, townhomes and condos. This East Asheville community boasts a rural charm that feels worlds away from hectic city life. Quaint coffee shops and restaurants serve as gathering spots for locals.

However, with Tunnel Road – replete with restaurants and retail stores – running along its southern border, Haw Creek affords its residents commercial conveniences few other Asheville neighborhoods can offer. And it’s only 10 minutes from the Asheville Mall, and 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, with quick access into the heart of the city via Tunnel Road or I-240.

An Asheville Neighborhood with Something for Everyone

Penny Cup Cafe AshevilleIn addition to its retail conveniences, Haw Creek is home to excellent schools – Haw Creek Elementary School and Evergreen Charter School are two standouts. It also features the popular East Asheville Recreation Club, with tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and a seasonal swim team. The Charlie Bullman Park, located on New Haw Creek Road, features two lighted ball fields, concessions and restrooms. The East Asheville Public Library is a popular spot to spend an hour or two with a good book, and a playground and basketball court bordering the library give little ones the opportunity to enjoy outdoor time.

Haw Creek has an activist neighborhood association, with many members serving on committees for City Council. Association activities include yard sales, an ice cream social, pot luck supper, Cider Fest, annual barbecue, National Night Out and a “Haw Creek Litter Brigade” to clean up along neighborhood roads.

The Blue Ridge Parkway: a Haw Creek Perk

Being close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Haw Creek home. Road cyclists can leave from their front door and head east to be on the parkway in a matter of minutes. Or if you’d rather drive, 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).

For a personally guided tour of Haw Creek, 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.

Solar Eclipse Promises Out-of-This-World Experience in Asheville

Solar Eclipse Viewing Near Asheville

On Monday, Aug. 21, for the first time in 26 years, parts of the U.S. will experience one of nature’s most amazing celestial events: a total eclipse of the sun. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Asheville area that day, you’re in for a treat: the city will see a 99% eclipse, while Jackson, Swain and Graham counties – all located about 50 to 70 miles west of Asheville – will experience the extremely rare total eclipse. Towns in the direct path include Sylva, Dillsboro, Cashiers, Bryson City, Cherokee and Robbinsville.

Prepare to be Wowed

In a solar eclipse, the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth, revealing the sun’s rarely seen corona. The moon casts a shadow that moves across the Earth's surface, creating a path of totality. For areas within this narrow, 70-mile-wide band, the experience will be otherworldly: temperatures will drop, birds will go silent, and stars will come out as complete darkness falls in the middle of the day for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The total transition in Western N.C. will begin about 1 p.m. and end around 4 p.m. Asheville will experience a 99% eclipse at approximately 2:37 p.m.

Best Spots to Watch the Eclipse near Asheville

View the Solar Eclipse Near AshevilleThere are many places to witness the entire eclipse in Western N.C. With visitors coming from everywhere to experience the phenomenon, you’ll need to arrive early to avoid heavy traffic. Although many events will have viewing glasses on hand, secure yours in advance and you’ll be assured a safe eclipse experience. Following, some prime spots for soaking in the exciting event:

Downtown Asheville: The Asheville Museum of Science and UNC-Asheville will host a free Solar Eclipse Festival in Pack Square Park from 12-3 p.m., with music, food and hands-on eclipse activities. For those living outside the city who don’t want to travel far, Buncombe County Schools will be hosting three satellite viewing locations: Owen High School, North Buncombe High School and T.C. Roberson High School.

Sylva: Beginning Friday evening, and leading up to the main event on Monday, visitors to downtown Sylva can enjoy festivities to celebrate the eclipse. On Monday, live music, food trucks and eclipse experts will be at Bridge Park (76 Railroad Avenue) in downtown Sylva from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Time of total darkness will be 1 minute, 45 seconds.

Dillsboro: Park at Monteith Park for $2 and take a free shuttle from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. into Dillsboro to experience vendors, galleries, studios, shops and restaurants along the river. Time of total darkness will be 1 minute, 50 seconds.

Cashiers: From 12-4 p.m., the Village Green will host food trucks, live music and experts with equipment for viewing. Everyone receives viewing glasses. Totality of darkness will be 2 minutes, 25 seconds.

EclipseCherohala Skyway: This National Scenic Byway near Robbinsville, with many overlooks at which to park, will experience the longest period of darkness (about 2 minutes, 30 seconds).

Blue Ridge Parkway: The southern section of the parkway will be in the path of total darkness (about 20-60 seconds around 2:36 p.m.) - from around Looking Glass Rock overlook (Milepost 417) to the end at Cherokee. The numerous overlooks on the stretch will fill up quickly, so get there early.

Bryson City: Events downtown on Frye Street and at Swain County Event Park will feature food trucks and music from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Total darkness will be 1 minute, 57 seconds.

Gorges State Park: Visitors can enjoy a three-day celebration with free activities. Aug. 19 is Nature Day, with a series of guided hikes from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 20 is Fun Day, with programs, exhibits, food and music from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. On Eclipse Day, gates will open at 5 a.m. with free solar glasses, food and music from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – but get there early, since they’ll close the gates when they reach full capacity (1,400 vehicles).

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

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Creating a Home Office that Works

Home Office

Asheville draws people from all lines of work, but what makes the area especially attractive is the ease with which budding entrepreneurs can create and run a small business from home. Asheville’s supportive, nurturing environment for burgeoning business ideas means more and more people are striking out on their own, and first on their wishlist is an optimally functional home office. Whether running a business from home -- or working remotely for an employer --  setting up an office at home that really works takes a bit of forethought, but doing so promises a productive operation in the long run. Following, a few tips:

Home Office Space·        Separate work from home – Most people set up their home office in a separate room, but even a nook, a walk-in closet or corner of a larger living space can function as a small-business command station, with all your equipment, files and storage in one place. Erect a bookcase partition or high screen to set off your workspace, so you can physically AND mentally separate work from home.

·        Cut the clutter – Have only what you need, and keep it close at hand to help streamline operations, stay organized and remain focused. Having to hunt for files or supplies saps time from more pressing matters and breaks productive momentum.

·        Efficient storage – Things like floating shelves and double-duty filing cabinet “desks” (wood counters supported by two cabinets) make good, inexpensive use of tight spaces. Consider storage options that can double as bench seating or a coffee table.

·        Create a soothing space – Sure, functionality is important, but so is an inviting workspace: Add serenity with a soothing color scheme, position your desk so it faces outside and gets lots of light, place potted plants for a pop of green, or add a comfy couch for additional seating when you’re taking a call or working on your laptop. Such surroundings help to energize and inspire throughout the day.

·        Ergonomics matter – Working at a desk, even if it’s in the comfort of your home, can still take a toll on your body. Invest in a good, supportive chair; position a footrest to elevate your feet. Or consider a standing station. Take hourly breaks from the computer: focus on faraway objects to ease screen-weary eyes; stretch hands, wrists and shoulders; spend five minutes strolling around your neighborhood.

·        Go green when you’re making green – Activate power-saving features on your computer. Turn off your computer, printer and other electronic office equipment when not in use. When it’s time to trade in old equipment, don’t dump: There are many free, environmentally responsible recycling options around Asheville.

For a personally guided tour of residences featuring home-office potential, or for more information on all types of real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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