Blog :: 06-2017

Asheville: A Musical Destination of Note

Asheville Music Venues

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Asheville’s music scene boasts a diversity usually only found in much bigger cities – everything from small, intimate clubs drawing local and up-and-coming artists to large venues featuring world-class acts. Whether you’re headed downtown, visiting the River Arts District, or hanging in West Asheville, there’s a venue nearby to entertain nearly every musical taste. Following, a few of the most popular:

The Orange Peel

Orange Peel AshevilleHoused in a historic building in downtown Asheville, The Orange Peel has been recognized by a range of publications as one of the best live music venues in the nation. The club is known for presenting fresh talent as well as legendary performers. It features 1,100-standing capacity, as well as a new 75-person private club on the lower level called PULP. Once a skating rink, then a series of R&B and soul clubs, the Orange Peel has welcomed a range of acts over the years, from Bob Dylan and Joan Jett to Ice Cube, Macklemore and the Beastie Boys.

Salvage Station

Founded in 2016, Salvage Station is located in the River Arts District along the French Broad River. Large sweeping open areas of grass for group outings and multiple viewpoints from the river’s waterfront location provide a unique opportunity to combine music, food and fun into one great destination. Salvage Station features live music most nights, and a family-friendly atmosphere that has made it a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Indoor and outdoor dining options are both available; the restaurant features eclectic Southern and Appalachian inspired choices of in-house smoked meats, sandwiches, and lighter fare.

Isis Music Hall

Isis Music Hall AshevilleA concert venue with an accompanying bar and restaurant, Isis Music Hall showcases many recognized national and regional acts, as well as fresh new artists. The main stage features two styles of shows, from seated dinner cabaret-style with a capacity of 150 people to standing-room shows with a 450-person capacity. The hall features a balcony and intimate upstairs lounge. The lounge has a capacity of 50 for entirely seated shows, which are typically more acoustic-driven acts.

Grey Eagle

The Grey Eagle is Asheville’s longest-running all-ages venue and has hosted over 10,000 different bands and artists, including Ralph Stanley, Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Richie Havens, Frank Black, Deen Ween, Lake Street Dive, Slick Rick and many more. The Grey Eagle features a large dance floor, patio area, and intimate stage with options for seated shows, two flat-screen TVs and projector. Concert-goers can enjoy an in-house taqueria featuring original and creative meals and an ever-expanding beer selection.

The Mothlight at Mr. Freds

As home to local and traveling musicians alike, The Mothlight features acts that value creative artistic expression and intellectual freedom. The intimate venue boasts a high-quality sound and light system, and features at least three shows a week. The Mothlight is a private club, which means patrons sign in as members or guests.

Diana Wortham Theatre

Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District, Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate 500-seat theatre offering live performances of music, theater and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists. The theater, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, offers attendees convenient off-street parking; numerous nearby downtown restaurants make it easy to take in a pre-show dinner.

The U.S. Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Thomas Wolfe AuditoriumThe U.S. Cellular Center, located downtown, is the largest event venue in Asheville, with a seating capacity of 7,600. With a history dating back over one hundred years, the facilities have played host to a variety of concerts and other events. Recent acts include Celtic Woman, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the Avett Brothers, and Steve Miller Band.

The Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium first opened its doors in 1975 and has a seating capacity of 2,431. The Auditorium is the annual home of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and has hosted such acts as B.B. King, Willie Nelson and Jerry Seinfeld. 

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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Wonderful, Whimsical, Welcoming West Asheville

West Asheville Neighborhoods

Nowhere is the booming growth of Asheville more evident than in eclectic West Asheville. Home to hip stores, renowned restaurants, a vibrant music scene, and every type of residence, from quaint bungalows to vertical green builds, West Asheville continues to draw a wide range of fans to its whimsical, walkable neighborhoods.

Lots to Do, See, Hear and Taste in West Asheville

Historic West AshevilleSlicing through West Asheville is the vibrant thoroughfare of Haywood Road, the area’s main artery for more than 100 years. Mom-and-pop shops stand alongside an influx of newer businesses – everything from retro arcades to artist co-ops to bike and skate shops to music halls have found their way to Haywood. Even with the seismic shifts the street has seen, it still retains a small hometown air. Residents of the many West Asheville neighborhoods that border Haywood can, in mere minutes, walk to restaurants, bars, grocery stores, schools, parks and other amenities – making it all the easier to truly experience the area’s energy and sense of community.

West Asheville has a Neighborhood for Everyone

Tucked throughout West Asheville are various neighborhoods boasting beautiful homes appealing to a range of desires and aesthetics. Whether you’re looking for a green build with proximity to playgrounds for your young children, a bungalow within walking distance of after-work hotspots, or a space with easy access to greenways, West Asheville won’t disappoint. A few of its neighborhoods include:

·       Falconhurst: Located north of downtown West Asheville, bordered on the east by Louisiana Avenue, on the south by Haywood Road, on the west by Mitchell and Druid avenues, and on the north by Patton Avenue, Falconhurst has continued to develop as an attractive neighborhood for families. In recent years, Falconhurst has become a more active community, thanks to the formation of a community garden by local residents.

·       East West Asheville: Encompassing the area between I-240 and the French Broad River, East West Asheville indulges the greenway and park lover with easy access to the French Broad River Park and Greenway as well as Carrier Park. Homes perched along the periphery boast views of the Biltmore Estate across the river. Also nearby is Hall Fletcher Elementary School.

West Asheville Parks·       Malvern Hills: This neighborhood, bordered by Bear Creek Road on the east, Wendover Road on the south, and School Road on the north, has just over 200 houses within its boundaries. It has three community-maintained landscaped islands, one with a rose garden, where residents congregate during neighborhood gatherings. The architecture is a pleasant mix of larger, stately 1920s homes, small bungalows, brick tudor cottages, and mid-century ranch houses.

·       Horney Heights: This neighborhood surrounding the Malvern Hills swimming pool and tennis courts represents the quintessential small-town, tight-knit community. Populated primarily by cottages and bungalows, Horney Heights offers great access to West Asheville’s many restaurants and bars, a public library, and Vance Elementary School, but feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle.  

·       Morningside Park: Loosely encompassing the Morningside Drive loop, and with easy access to I-26 and I-40, Morningside Park boasts a mix of bungalows, new green builds, and stately brick homes. West Asheville Park and ball field are a short walk away.

.       Craggy Park is a new sustainable community in urban West Asheville, just North of the Haywood Road business district. It consists of 45 new Energy Star certified JAG Construction homes in a low impact development. The community uses a clustered home site plan in order to create community gathering spaces and to preserve green spaces. Community amenities include a fire pit, community garden, little free libraries, lawn near a stream and walking trails. As of summer 2017, the first few homes will be hitting the market. 

·       West Asheville Estates: This neighborhood, bisected by the wide and welcoming Vermont Avenue, gives residents easy access to both Brevard and Haywood roads. Francine Delany New School is also located here.

For a personally guided tour of West Asheville, 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.

 

 

Industry Abounds in Asheville

Asheville Beer Jobs

Thinking of making a move to Asheville, but wondering about employment and business opportunities? The Asheville area is lucky to have both low unemployment and strong job growth. And it’s no wonder: Very few tourist destinations boast the stable population growth, healthy housing market, growing professional services, strong health-care industry and small-business boom that Asheville does. The population’s unfaltering support of local and independent businesses, coupled with the entrepreneurial spirit so integral to the city, has helped start-ups thrive in recent years, generating even more jobs and business opportunities.

Top 10 Major Asheville Employers

According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, the top employers in the area range from medicine to manufacturing to education, in addition to tourism. The four-county Asheville metro is a diverse $16.4 billion economy, with nationally recognized schools, close proximity to many major cities, direct access to I-26 and I-40, and the Asheville airport, with direct flights to Washington and New York, among others. Annual visitors to Asheville number in the millions.

Asheville Employer BiltmoreThe top 10 employers in the Asheville area are:

Mission Health System and Hospital

Buncombe County Public Schools

City of Asheville

The Biltmore Company

Buncombe County Government

The Omni Grove Park Inn

Ingles Markets, Inc.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

VA Medical Center - Asheville Department of Veterans Affairs

Eaton Corporation - Electrical Division

Big Support for Small Business in Asheville

Small Business AshevilleThanks to the kind of startups, incubators, co-working spaces, business community support and commercial resources you’d find in much bigger cities, Asheville is the perfect place for entrepreneurs who want to develop quality products and services while maintaining an enviable quality of life. With an overwhelming majority of businesses in the Asheville metro area employing fewer than 50 people, small businesses and entrepreneurship are active engines fueling the region's diverse business landscape and shaping the economy.

Driven by a city that embraces the impact of small companies on culture and lifestyle, the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Coalition and other community organizations have developed a variety of resources designed to help small businesses succeed.

In addition, services like those offered by the non-profit Mountain Bizworks help small businesses start, grow and create jobs through loans, classes and coaching.

Nowhere is small-business growth more evident than in Asheville’s craft-beer boom. The community support of such local start-ups as Hi-Wire Brewing Co., Burial Beer Co. and Asheville Brewing – to name just a few – has helped fuel a cycle of growth that has spurred job creation and even greater entrepreneurial drive. And the country is watching: Local start-up successes have drawn the likes of such national heavy-hitters as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium brewery, whose second U.S. facility, based in West Asheville on the French Broad River, generated 140 new jobs when it opened in 2016.

Most who choose to relocate to Asheville are driven by the area’s natural beauty, range of outdoor activities, and greatly heightened lifestyle. Now you can add incredible employment opportunities to the mix. For a guided tour of all the Asheville real estate market has to offer, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Craggy Park Kick-Off Event Announced

Craggy Park Entrance

Craggy Park is a new community of 45 GreenBuilt homes located in the heart of walkable West Asheville, featuring organic gardens and stream-side walking trails. The community's unique design clusters homes together to preserve green space and to allow for many amenities that foster community through shared use. Craggy Park is connected to the vibrant Haywood Road corridor through a greenway trail and short stroll up Dunwell Avenue.

Kick-Off Event

On July 8th and 9th from 1pm- 5pm, Craggy Park will welcome the public to come explore the newly completed homes and the community features. The first three homes will be open to tour and partners in the project will be present to answer questions. Additionally, guests will be able to tour the many community features that make this neighborhood unique.

Craggy Park Homes: in the Heart of West Asheville

Designed by W2 Architects, Craggy Park homes embrace a smart and sustainable design philosophy, maximizing livable space without a huge footprint. JAG and Associates Construction brings it's talents in green building to the project, offering five models from which to choose. Currently, there are three homes nearing completion and almost ready to tour. These homes exemplify the harmonious blend of green building technology and clean, modern design.

Craggy Park Amenities

Craggy Park Walking Trails and BridgeUtilizing a clustered design philosophy for the homes, the team of developers were able to create a low impact development that preserves as much green space as possible. This has allowed for considerable green space preservation and a park-like setting for residents. The many amenities available include a little free library, mulched walking trails, a tree house, bridge and lawn by the stream, fire pit for gathering and an organic community garden.  

Directions to Craggy Park

If you are using GPS to get to Craggy Park, use the address 180 Louisiana Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806. Our roads are not yet recognized by Google. If you are coming from Haywood Road, head north on Louisiana Avenue and Craggy Park will be 0.5 miles down on the left. If you are coming from Patton Avenue, head south on Louisiana Avenue and the Craggy Park entrance will be 0.2 miles on your right. There is a sign for Craggy Park and the entrance road is labeled Mauricet Lane.

For further information about Craggy Park, call Mike Figura, owner of Mosaic Realty at (828) 337-8190 or email him at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com

From Raging to Restful: River Adventures Near Asheville

River Adventures Near Asheville

Looking for a summer river adventure to keep the body cool and the blood pumping? Asheville’s awash in them! Thanks to the city’s proximity to the region’s major rivers, there are plenty of ways to get your water sport on.

Tubing Near Asheville

River Tubing Near AshevilleDeep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Bryson City, is a popular spot for river tubing. The upper section beginning near Indian Creek Falls has bigger rapids. The lower section is more shallow and easy-going, perfect for all ages. Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground and Deep Creek Lodge & Creekside Tubing are located creekside and are ready with a large supply of tubes and shuttle service.

You can’t get closer or more convenient to Asheville than the French Broad River, where tubers can float right through the middle of town. Tubing the slow-moving waterway can take three hours, and is dependent on water levels of the river, so check for current conditions. For a quieter spot on the river, head south of Asheville, for a relaxed 4-mile float.  French Broad Outfitters and Lazy Otter Outfitters can get you set up in no time!

For gentle rapids, contact Wilderness Cove Tubing to ride the Green River through the lush forest of the Green River Gorge near Saluda. The river is dam-released, so tubing times coincide with the best water level.

Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking in WNC

Whitewater Rafting Near AshevilleThe Asheville area is overflowing with water-sport accolades, thanks to amazing rivers and outfitters galore to provide equipment and guides. From whitewater rafting to inflatable and regular kayak and canoe riding, there’s something for every experience level.

The busiest and most well-known whitewater rafting river is the Nantahala, a dam-controlled river with 20 class II/III rapids and scenic sections of flat water. The 8-mile river ride takes about 2.5 hours. About an hour and a half from Asheville, it's the coldest water, perfect for the hottest days. Wildwater Ltd. Whitewater Rafting and Nantahala Outdoor Center are the most prominent outfitters in the gorge.

The French Broad River offers rapids along with mountain vistas about 45 minutes north of Asheville. Blue Heron Whitewater and French Broad Rafting allow riders to experience a dozen class II and III rapids.

About 50 miles from Asheville near the Tennessee line is the Pigeon River, a dam-controlled river with easy access via I-40. The upper Pigeon River is filled with continuous waves and class III and IV rapids through a scenic gorge. The lower is a more gentle ride. Wildwater Ltd. Whitewater Rafting can equip you to explore the Pigeon River.  

The Green River offers the perfect artery for rafting, through a gorge filled with steep ravines and lush coves. Green River Adventures is your go-to outfitter in this gorge.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding: An Asheville Attraction

Paddling the French Broad RiverPicking up more and more fans along the French Broad is stand-up paddle boarding. Wai Mauna Asheville SUP Tours, Asheville's only outfitter offering guided (and self-guided) stand-up paddle board tours on the French Broad River, supplies stand-up paddle boards with certified instructors and all the gear needed to paddle through the Biltmore Estate and Asheville, ending within walking distance of breweries and shops in the River Arts District.

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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