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In Asheville, Residential Solar Systems Brighten the Bottom Line

Solar Panels Home Asheville

As the movement toward alternative energy sources continues, residential solar energy incentives are gaining a growing audience. In Asheville, homeowners can take advantage of many rebates and incentives at the state and federal levels, meaning that both up-front and long-term costs can be reduced. Following, a few financial benefits to installing solar systems in your home:

Federal Tax Credits

The installation of both solar water heaters and solar panels can qualify for a tax credit. As of 2018, that means a credit of 30% of the cost, including installation costs, with no upper limit. (The credit decreases to 26% in 2020). The systems must be installed in a home you own and use as a primary residence, between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2021. For solar water heaters, at least half of the energy generated must come from the sun, and the system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corp. For solar panels, the photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence.

State Incentives

Solar Power HomeDuke Energy provides its N.C. customers with rebates if they install solar panel systems. Homeowners can receive a $0.60/watt rebate for systems up to 10 kilowatts. That means an average 6-kilowatt system would be eligible for a rebate of $3,600.

Revolving loan options are another perk for North Carolina residents. Legislation enacted in the state allows for cities and counties to offer low-interest loans for solar panels. The legislation limits loan terms to 20 years, with an interest rate cap of 8 percent.

Property Tax Exemption

Solar PowerSolar systems are lauded for increasing the value of your home, but that can also mean higher property taxes. However, in North Carolina, for homeowners who are using their systems for residential purposes (and not for business or profit), an N.C. property tax exemption means that the value their system adds to the property isn’t included in property tax assessments.

Another incentive for N.C. residents who install solar panels is net metering. The state’s net metering policy credits homeowners for the extra power the solar panels produce, and allows them to apply that credit during times when the system doesn’t generate enough electricity.

At the local level, installing solar panels will net a bonus incentive. If you live in the city of Asheville, you can receive a rebate on your building permit when installing a solar system on either residential or commercial construction.

If you’re in the market for a home in Asheville that is equipped with a solar system, or one that can accommodate such a system, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Multilingual Site Makes Mosaic an Asheville Real Estate Resource for All

Mosaic Realty Website Asheville Homepage Spanish

As Asheville’s appeal widens, so grows its attractiveness as a place to purchase a home, whether it be a primary residence or a vacation property. International interest in the city means more non-English-speaking buyers are exploring real estate options in Asheville – and thus the need for multilingual assistance.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is at the forefront of accommodating this new population of potential clients, becoming an inclusive resource for non-English speakers searching for Asheville-area properties. One way Mosaic is doing this is through its website. Mymosaicrealty.com now offers Google Translate, which instantly translates the site from English into more than 100 other world languages.

Easy-to-Use System

Mosaic Realty Website Asheville SpanishThe system is simple: When a user goes to Mosaic’s homepage, or any other page, he or she can click on the tab appearing in the upper left corner that says “Select Language.” From there, a drop-down menu reveals the language options available. A quick click on one of the myriad language options will translate that page, and every page to which the user navigates.

In addition, there is also a notification on most browsers that will pop up to recommend visitors translate the language of the page. The notification might read: "We have detected that this website is in English. Do you want to translate to Spanish now?"

Spanish-Speaking Agents

Mosaic Realty AgentsBeyond its website, Mosaic is specifically reaching out to Spanish-speaking clients in a more direct fashion. Three Mosaic agents – Joseph Ruiz, Hart Dalhauser and Gus Mujica – are fluent in Spanish, which means they can adeptly assist Spanish speakers, providing them with a more comfortable environment in which to buy or sell a home.

Mosaic approaches each client’s individual needs with respect, honesty and integrity. Now, that approach can be extended across a multilingual platform. Thanks to Google Translate, navigating Mosaic’s listings and its other helpful real estate and regional information has never been easier – in any language.

For more information on real estate in the Asheville area, or if you know of a non-native-English speaker seeking to buy or sell a home in Asheville, contact Mosaic owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Make the Road to Your First Home Purchase a Smooth One

First Time Home Buyer Asheville

Taking the leap into first-time home ownership can be a daunting experience – but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking to make the process of buying your first home in the Asheville area a smooth one, the agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty can help. Mosaic’s agents are well-versed in the particulars of purchasing a first home; they are trained to support you through every step of the process, implementing tools and resources rarely secured by buyers who choose to go with less experienced agents. Following, a few tips from Mosaic to help you on your way to buying your first home:

Money Matters

Home ChecklistBefore diving deep into your home search, it’s best to meet with a mortgage broker who can explain the types of loans for which you qualify, and ways in which you can capitalize on financial aids available to you as a first-time homebuyer.

A Mosaic agent can help you formulate an expected cost checklist, and advise on ways to tackle, stagger or better manage those costs. As with any big-ticket purchase, there will be risks associated with buying a home. It’s Mosaic’s job to make you aware of all of those risks, so that you’re fully prepared if and when you encounter them.

Educate Yourself

Did you know there are a variety of educational programs geared to the first-time homebuyer? A Mosaic agent can explain the class options offered in the area; everything from broad instruction to personalized guidance is available to you.

Strategies to Prepare

First Time HomebuyerAttaining the fiscal know-how necessary for a home purchase takes some practice. Mosaic knows this, and has a range of tips for getting you – and your wallet – ready for the undertaking. Everything from saving strategies to credit repair can be thoroughly explored with the help of Mosaic’s knowledgeable staff.

Knowing the Rules

Did you know specific loan rules can apply to homes on private roads? Or that certain condominium complexes can carry assessments and fees beyond the standard purchase price? When it comes to first-time home purchases, Mosaic agents are well-versed in the rules, both routine and unconventional. Having them in the driver’s seat means never being surprised by hidden or little-understood regulations.

Tips like this are only a start; if you are ready to buy your first home in the Asheville area, and want a plan that thoughtfully encompasses all of your purchasing parameters, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Asheville's Rooftop Bars: The Pinnacle of Picturesque

Asheville Rooftop Bar

Asheville, famed for some of the most spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain vistas, is seeing its popularity peak in a different arena: rooftop bars. Downtown Asheville boasts an ever-growing number of elevated outdoor bars and restaurants, featuring eclectic menus to go with those breathtaking views. Following, some of the most popular rooftop destinations from which to drink it all in:

The Montford Rooftop Bar, atop the eight-floor Hyatt Place Hotel, offers mountain views from the outdoor terrace or the indoor bar. The Montford features a seasonal cocktail menu, with accompanying small bites crafted from locally sourced ingredients. 199 Haywood St.

Asheville Rooftop BarPillar, part of downtown Asheville’s Hilton Garden Inn, offers signature craft cocktails, regional beers and sustainable wines, coupled with small plates of Southern fare. The sixth-floor outdoor terrace offers the perfect perch from which to soak in sunset vistas; its indoor lounge provides year-round views. 309 College St.

Hemingway’s Cuba Restaurant & Bar, on the fourth floor of the Cambria Hotel, has an outdoor terrace with a firepit. Soak in downtown and mountain views while enjoying craft cocktails and Cuban cuisine. 15 Page Ave.

AC Hotel has a large rooftop bar overlooking Pack Square Park and City Hall. The ninth-floor venue, which also has a spacious indoor bar, features a tapas-style menu. 10 Broadway St.

Social Lounge, one of Asheville’s first rooftop bars, offers a bird’s eye view of bustling Broadway below. Visitors to the cozy rooftop destination can enjoy a range of cocktails, wines and local beers, as well as small plates. 29 Broadway St.

Asheville Rooftop Bar Sky BarSkyBar features vistas from its multiple fire escape terraces atop the Flatiron Building. The unique seasonal experience begins with a ride up to the eighth floor in the building’s original elevator. Enjoy drinks and appetizers along with panoramic views. 18 Battery Park Ave.

The Top of the Monk sports signature hand-crafted classic cocktails featuring house-made bitters, infusions, syrups and fresh-squeezed juices. The cozy downtown patio, perched above Pritchard Park, offers city views framed by string lights. 92 Patton Ave.

Highland Brewery, in East Asheville, is famed for its open-air Meadow, featuring food trucks and live entertainment. Adding to the brewery’s popularity is its seasonal rooftop patio, surrounded by sweeping mountain views. Visitors can enjoy one of many Highland beers on tap, and they can even bring their furry friends to the dog-friendly venue. 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200

For a personally guided tour of neighborhoods within walking distance of rooftop bars, or for more information on real estate anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Biltmore Forest: Luxury Living Meets Ample Amenities

Biltmore Forest Asheville NC

Just 10 minutes south of downtown Asheville, amid the lush backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, sits the town of Biltmore Forest. Residents and visitors alike are drawn to Biltmore Forest for its close proximity to exhilarating outdoor activities, popular tourist attractions, and residential neighborhoods teeming with majestic mansions, historic rambling ranches and gated communities.

The town of Biltmore Forest provides a full range of services including police, public works, water, zoning and sanitation. With the Blue Ridge Parkway slicing the southern end, Hendersonville Road bordering the east, downtown Asheville and I-40 to the north, and the Biltmore Estate running along the western border, Biltmore Forest is perfectly positioned for optimal living and playing.

Biltmore Forest: Encompassed in History

Biltmore Forest AshevilleIn the early 1900s, 1,500 acres of Biltmore Estate bordering on Hendersonville Road was declared a restricted residential section and sold off as lots. The project, which would become Biltmore Forest, began in August 1920, and the town was officially chartered in 1923.

In 1990, the Biltmore Forest Historic District was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Eligibility included the area’s pioneering method of suburban real estate development; the Colonial revival, craftsman, rustic and Tudor revival styles specific to the area; and the coordination of plan, landscaping and architecture to create identity and character.

Residential zoning designations and conscientious zoning restrictions have helped to retain the historic design. The adoption of tree protection ordinances and community forestry programs have helped to conserve the natural landscaping that is a hallmark of Biltmore Forest.

Amenities Abound Near Biltmore Forest

Biltmore ForestBiltmore Forest offers its residents a number of community parks, 24-hour police and fire protection, the private-membership Biltmore Forest Country Club with golf course, pool, fitness center and tennis facilities, and a number of public, private and parochial schools nearby. The commercial thoroughfare of Hendersonville Road is home to a number of grocery stores, gyms and specialized fitness facilities, retail shopping both big-box and boutique, movie theaters and restaurants. The Asheville Regional Airport is a mere 15 minutes away.

Outdoor adventures are only a short drive away from Biltmore Forest. Residents can take a hike through Pisgah National Forest; enjoy a scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway; or enjoy water activities on the French Broad River.

For a personally guided tour of Biltmore Forest, or for more information on real estate here 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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Explore 21 Lakeview Road in Beautiful Asheville, NC

Picture yourself if this stunning historic Lakeview Park home. This meticulously maintained two-story granite and block stucco home features incredible views of Beaver Lake and Elk Mountain, and is just a few miles from downtown Asheville. Architecturally designed to maximize natural daylight, the home has walls of east and west facing windows throughout. Chef’s kitchen has Carrara marble countertops, FiveStar Stove, Viking refrigerator, original craftsman tile flooring, and custom cabinetry. Floor plan is spacious with beautiful period details throughout include original crystal chandeliers, oak floors, leaded glass windows, butler’s pantry, and library. Perfect for entertaining inside and out. Multiple terraces, fenced backyard, two car garage, and ample off street parking. Large elevated lot offer views and privacy. Enjoy Beaver Lake’s walking paths, kayaking, and canoeing or walk to library, restaurants, shopping, and more.

MAIN FLOOR:

MAIN FLOOR LIGHT AND BRIGHT AND AIRY

  • Stone steps lead you to the front entrance
  • Front door opens to tiled vestibule which leads to an elegant foyer
  • Living room is spacious and bright and features a wood-burning fireplace with wood mantel and custom handcrafted tiles
  • Walls of windows let in abundant daylight and offer views of both Beaver Lake and Elk mountain and the private shaded backyard
  • 10-foot ceilings and picture rail throughout
  • French doors open to library
  • Library currently used as a den has walls of arched windows, custom built-ins, ceiling fan, and door to back patio and yard
  • Dining room off foyer has large chandelier, room for large table and stunning views
  • Dining room flows to butler’s pantry/ breakfast room
  • Butler pantry currently used as first floor office has room for storage and would be an ideal breakfast room
  • Powder room accessible from kitchen or off foyer

KITCHEN:

KITCHEN_carrara marble countertops

  • Designer chef’s kitchen features six-burner stainless steel FiveStar stove, Viking refrigerator, and Carrara marble countertops
  • Individually laid original tile flooring
  • Custom cabinetry with built-in plate rack, glass front upper cabinets, and built-in pantry cabinets
  • Pendant lighting, crown molding, and large windows
  • Kitchen opens to Butler Pantry/ Breakfast room
  • Backdoor leads to basement stairwell and grilling porch
  • Grilling porch has permanent gas line

SECOND FLOOR:

  • Second floor features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry room, and covered porch with views
  • Master bedroom has large walk-in closet with custom closet system and offers lovely mountain and lake views
  • Second closet in master for extra storage
  • Master bathroom has large vanity, marble tile floors, cast-iron tub/ shower combo, and subway tile chair rail
  • Spacious second bedroom has west facing windows and two closets
  • Third bedroom has lake views and ceiling fan
  • Second full bathroom features a Carrara marble pedestal sink, marble tile flooring, chandelier, and cast-iron tub/shower combo
  • Fourth bedroom has glass French doors that lead to covered porch
  • Laundry has room for storage and is light and bright

OUTDOOR:

OUTDOOR_ Slate Stone Terrace and Level Lawn

  • Elevated .40 acre lot has sprawling lawns, mature trees and perennials, and multiple terraces with ample space to entertain
  • Large front terrace features wooden decking, cast-iron railings, and stunning views of Beaver Lake and Elk Mountain
  • Second front terrace has slate-stone flooring and is wonderfully private and overlooks a level lawn area and line of evergreen trees
  • Fenced-in backyard has a grilling porch with permanent gas line, large patio for outdoor dining, mature trees, and large garden bed
  • Stairs from yard lead to back driveway and garage
  • Second floor porch has new wood decking, room for multiple sitting areas, and is covered by custom canvas awning

DIRECTIONS:

From downtown Asheville: Merrimon Ave. North to left onto Lakeshore Dr. Turn right onto Lakeview Rd. Home is on your left.

For more information, contact listing agents Vanessa Byrd and Laura Moye

 

Gain Guidance on Investment Property Purchases in Asheville

Rental Investment Property Asheville

If you’re in the market for an investment property in Asheville, you’re probably aware of the wide range of properties available, and the long list of logistics involved in purchasing one of those properties. Navigating the complicated process of buying a single- or multi-family home, a parcel of land, or a commercial building can be daunting, but it can be made less so by aligning with a real estate agency adept at spearheading such deals. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has agents specially equipped to guide you through the ins and outs of investment property purchases, offering a deeper knowledge and invaluable tips that might otherwise be unavailable from a less experienced agent. Below, a few ways Mosaic makes the process more manageable, helping you to get the best deal on your investment:

Cap Rate and Contract Considerations

Commercial Investment Property AshevilleOne important guide in shopping for an income-producing property is the capitalization rate – the ratio of the property’s net income to its purchase price. Evaluating the rate of return on your investment goes beyond a simple math equation; things to consider include financing duration, interest rates, and the type and condition of investment property. A Mosaic agent can dig deep for you, helping you to compare the cap rate on several properties and hone in on the one that gets you the best return on your investment.

Transaction contracts and what they contain vary widely depending on the type of property. Which one to implement, and what it should include in the fine print, can be complicated to understand, which is why it helps to have Mosaic at the table. How quickly the process during the examination period (due diligence) is completed is crucial, something that Mosaic agents know and prepare for accordingly.

Assembling Your Team

Investment Properties AshevilleBuying an investment property often involves retaining a variety of experts for inspections, code reviews, and structural and environmental components. Do you need an architect, civil engineer, builder, surveyor? Mosaic agents can advise you on which specialists make sense to add to your team, and which assessments need to be covered.

Types of Leases

When you’re looking at an investment property purchase, one of the things to consider is the type of lease you will be implementing with your tenant. You may be unfamiliar with the terms of a gross lease, a full-service lease, or a triple-net lease, so it’s important to have an agent who can help you weigh the pros and cons to each of these options.

These are just a minute portion of the many bases that must be covered when diving into an investment property deal. For a personalized plan suited to your investment goals, or for more general 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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Lively Living in Leicester,NC, Against a Breathtaking Backdrop

Leicester Neighborhood Near Asheville

Leicester, a community nestled among rolling hills against a breathtaking Blue Ridge backdrop, sits 10 miles northwest of Asheville in Buncombe County. To spend time in Leicester is to discover the perfect balance of natural beauty, exciting annual events, and popular amenities, all within easy driving distance. Leicester’s ideal location puts it mere minutes from West Asheville, Downtown Asheville, Weaverville and Woodfin.

The area features a range of home styles – everything from rustic ranches to green builds to maintenance-free condominiums. Or you can find your perfect parcel of land to create the home of your dreams from scratch.

Leicester’s Beginnings

Leicester NC FarmIn 1829, a post office opened in the area, originally called Turkey Creek. Frontiersman Leicester Chapman purchased a tract of land in the area from the city of Asheville, becoming the postmaster in 1852. Seven years later, Chapman renamed the area Leicester for the Earl of Leicester, also his namesake.

New Leicester Highway serves as a main commercial corridor for the community, featuring a range of restaurants, grocery chains, and retail stores. If you’re looking to get away and immerse completely in the outdoors, the Great Smoky Mountains are a little over an hour’s drive. A favorite destination from Leicester is Max Patch in Pisgah National Forest, an Appalachian “bald” and one of the Appalachian Trail’s most popular hikes.

Leicester Area Activities

Leicester Farm GoatsLeicester is brimming with annual events and seasonal fests to keep residents and visitors entertained year-round. Following, a few favorites:

·      Asheville Barnaroo – Started in 2009 and held every fall at Franny’s Farm, this popular festival features non-stop music over 38 acres for three days. It aims to showcase, promote and celebrate local and regional singer-songwriters and bands in rock, folk, Americana, bluegrass and funk. The fest offers optional camping; concertgoers can enjoy local beer from Hi-Wire, local food from Farm to Fender food truck, and talented regional crafts and artists.

·      Come to Leicester Studio Tour – This annual art studio tour, held in August, showcases Leicester’s local talent and builds awareness of its vibrant arts community. The free, self-guided tour of more than 23 studios and shops offers the opportunity to see artists at work, and to purchase pieces. A detailed tour map is available at every tour stop.

·      Addison Farms Vineyard – This family-owned and -operated vineyard, winery and tasting room is situated on 55 pristine, rolling acres, land that has been in the family for four generations. The tasting room is open year-round; Addison also offers a Winemaker’s Tour & Tasting for a personal, behind-the-scenes experience.

·      Noble Cider Taproom – Located on New Leicester Highway, Noble Cider – Asheville’s first hard cider company – offers visitors the opportunity to watch raw apples arriving for pressing, fresh apple juice being pumped into tanks to be fermented, or the finished product being put into kegs or bottles. Noble’s 20 taps feature an eclectic range of crisp and creative hard ciders. Open Wednesday-Sunday.

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

 

Asheville Brims with Park Perks

Pack Square Park Downtown Asheville

Asheville is home to many parks large and small, some replete with sports fields, others boasting an abundance of green space, and a number perfect for playground time. Following, a few of the area’s popular parks – as well as some lesser-known gems. Many of these parks are located in wonderfully walkable Asheville neighborhoods.

Pack Square Park 

A major community gathering spot is the Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville. Surrounded by historic buildings, this park hosts many events and outdoor concerts. With landscaped, terraced lawns, an outdoor stage and Splashville water feature for children, it is a popular hub for many families.

West Asheville Park/Gassaway Field

An 8-acre park tucked away on the Vermont Avenue extension in walkable West Asheville, West Asheville Park is home to Little League baseball’s Gassaway Field. There are also concessions, restrooms, a picnic shelter and a playground. Rhododendron Creek runs through the park grounds. 11 Vermont Ave. Ext.

Malvern Hills Park

Malvern Hills Park West AshevilleThe outdoor seasonal pool is the big draw of this popular West Asheville park. Nestled between the Horney Heights neighborhood and near the Malvern Hills neighborhood, the park also features a bathhouse, restrooms, concession area, lighted tennis courts, playground, walking trail and a picnic shelter with grills. 75 Rumbough Pl.

Montford Park

Montford Park is located in the heart of the Montford historic district, just outside of downtown Asheville. It features tennis courts, mature trees, benches and a short walking path. This park is an established gathering spot for Montford neighborhood families and has great access via sidewalk. A second small park in Montford features playground equipment, a covered pavilion and a small walking loop.

Murphy-Oakley Park

This 7.7-acre park is extremely convenient to surrounding East Asheville neighborhoods and includes a lighted ball field, three tennis courts, a playground, a picnic shelter, a concession and restrooms. 715 Fairview Rd.

Riverside Cemetery

Located in the Montford Historic District, this cemetery features more than 87 acres of landscaped grounds for strolling and is the final resting place for many of Asheville notables including writers Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry. 53 Birch St.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

This 3.4-acre park features a lighted ballfield with scoreboard, concession stand, fitness court, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, open shelter, memorial statue, courtyard and grills. 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

Kenilworth Park

Located in the heart of the Kenilworth neighborhood, this park includes 3 acres of ballfields, basketball courts, picnic tables, a playground, restrooms, tennis courts and grills. 79 Wyoming Rd.

Walton St. Pool and Park

A popular summer destination, the Walton St. Park features an outdoor swimming pool complete with a concession and bath house, as well as a softball field, basketball court, off-street paved parking, a picnic shelter and a playground. 570 Walton St.

Carrier Park

French Broad River Park AshevilleA former racetrack, West Asheville’s Carrier Park is one of area’s most unique parks. Circling Carrier is a recently renovated velodrome for cycling, in-line skating, scooting or simply strolling. The infield has volleyball courts, a giant playground, a roller-hockey rink and a basketball court. A lawn bowling court and multi-purpose fields, a picnic pavilion, river overlooks and wetland interpretive trails round out the offerings. The French Broad River Greenway, a 2.8-mile bicycle and pedestrian paved trail, connects Carrier Park to Hominy Creek Park and French Broad River Park – another West Asheville gem featuring open green space, a gazebo, picnic tables, and a large fenced-in dog park. 220 Amboy Rd.

Azalea Park

Perched beside the Swannanoa River in East Asheville, Azalea has soccer fields, a dog park, a large playground and a picnic shelter. 498 Azalea Rd.

Aston Park and Tennis Center

Featuring one of the top public clay court facilities in the country, Aston Park has 12 lighted courts open to the public. A small playground and rolling green hills surround the center. 336 Hilliard Ave.

Food Lion Skatepark

This park, located in downtown Asheville, features 17,000 square feet of skating surface. There’s a beginner bowl, intermediate street course and advanced vertical bowl. 50 Cherry St. North.

Richmond Hill Park

Richmond Hill Park boasts 183 forest-filled acres, making it Asheville’s largest wooded city park. There are a wide variety of activities available, including disc golf, mountain biking, hiking, jogging, dog-walking and bird-watching. The disc golf course, considered one of the most challenging woods courses in the country, is 18 holes and 6,093 feet long. 280 Richmond Hill Dr.

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

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Unique Farm-Connected Programs Feed Asheville's Green Movement

Asheville CSA Produce Basket

In Asheville, it’s never been easier to go green while getting your greens.

Green living through local and organic shopping and support of local businesses and farmland is gaining an ever-greater foothold in Asheville. The city’s proximity to farm-rich regions in Western North Carolina means the freshest organic, local produce and foods are readily available. Spreading that access to everyone is the goal of a number of food programs focused on local and organic produce and edibles sourced from area farms and food makers. If you’d like a convenient way to simultaneously go green and bring fresh local produce into your kitchen – and in the process help others to do the same – or if you’d like to learn more about how to strengthen area farms and build a healthier Asheville community, the following programs are a perfect place to start.

Mother Earth Produce

FEAST Classroom in AshevilleMother Earth Produce Delivery is a family-owned, year-round delivery service of local and organic produce and edibles sourced from area farms and food crafters.  The program partners with local farms and food artisans to bring sustainable vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs, bread and pantry items to Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. Mother Earth Produce increases the reach of the farmer, and sharply curtails your need to get in the car and go to the grocery store – in other words, it makes green living easy in more ways than one.

Mother Earth Produce’s contribution to the green movement goes beyond grocery deliveries, though. Graham and Andrea DuVall, the owners of Mother Earth Produce, have been donating produce to the FEAST program since Mother Earth Produce’s inception. The weekly fresh local produce allows FEAST to serve more than 1,000 students every week, providing hands-on cooking and garden education to area children in grades K-8.  

Mother Earth Produce also partners with Asheville schools to strengthen real food awareness by creating opportunities for the schools to raise funds for healthy snacks and edible education objectives. The partnership benefits students in afterschool programs by providing items like local, organic apples, peaches, carrots, pears, Roots Hummus and Happy Cow Cheese.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive and link farmers to markets and supporters. It also aims to build healthy communities where farming is valued as central to the past – and the future.

ASAP focuses on a number of areas to support its mission, including providing marketing support and training to area farmers; connecting regional chef and foodservice buyers with the farmers who match their needs; spearheading a Local Food Campaign, which includes publishing a local food guide; and running Growing Minds Farm to School Program, which focuses on reconnecting children with where their food comes from.

Mountain Food Products

Fresh Produce Asheville NCLooking for a unique way to promote local products, Mountain Food Products started a Community Supported Agriculture program with members of the Asheville community. Traditionally, a CSA is between a farmer and a customer, and produce mainly comes from that one farm. But because they were already working with a number of farmers, Mountain Food Products decided to source produce for their CSA from all around the area, providing a diverse mix of products.

Since 2011, Mountain Food Products has been partnering with area businesses to deliver these local food boxes directly to workplaces, making local food accessible to hundreds of people. The program runs from May to November, offering a wide variety of fresh local produce, a list of which farm they came from and a recipe on how to cook what’s in the box. Mountain Food’s program aims to put food dollars back into the local economy, in the process strengthening the community and keeping it resilient against changing forces in the food industry.

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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