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Search Asheville Homes Suited to Your Interests and Lifestyle at Mosaic Realty

Asheville Homes Search by Interest Lifestyle

When looking for a home, your search should go beyond the basics. Interests and lifestyle choices are integral to choosing a residence best suited to you and your family, and promise to enrich your life in a way that will truly make a house feel like YOUR home.

To that end, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty offers customers the option to search for real estate in the Asheville area by interest and lifestyle. By simply going to MyMosaicRealty.com and clicking on the “Interests & Lifestyles” tab in the upper right corner, you can search for available homes geared to any number of criteria.

Asheville Green Homes for SaleLooking for a green, energy-efficient home in Asheville? Mosaic has you covered. If historic homes strike your fancy, there’s a tab for that. And best of all, you can have your search come to you by registering with MyMosaicRealty.com: Save interest and lifestyle searches and your favorite Asheville listings, and receive email notifications when a new listing matches your search criteria.

Below, examples of other lifestyle-centric tabs to help hone in on the home of your dreams:

Pedestrian Friendly Asheville

If you want to lessen your environmental impact, or just get a little daily exercise, go to this tab. From these walkable Asheville listings, you can ditch the car and hoof it to restaurants, grocery stores, retail districts, and other attractive amenities.

Downtown Condos in Asheville

Downtown Asheville Condos for SaleIf you’re looking for condos in Asheville that give you the luxury of hassle-free living, click here. These flexible finds in downtown Asheville are only steps away from mouth-watering eateries, singular specialty stores, and lively nightlife – and come with no lawn to mow!

Asheville Homes Close to Trails

Imagine living so close to trails that an impromptu after-work hike or spontaneous morning mountain-bike ride is never out of the question. One click on this tab, and that dream can become a reality.

Homes with a Mountain View

If you’re looking for the pinnacle of Asheville living, quite literally, this category’s for you. There’s nothing better than drinking in the mountain views along with your morning coffee from the perfectly perched homes that come up under the search Homes with a Mountain View.

Bikeable Asheville

Asheville Homes Near TrailsFor bike enthusiasts, this tab takes you to pedal-perfect listings. From these bikeable Asheville homes, you can get out your door and right onto your bike, and you’ll be where you need to be in no time at all.

Other Interests & Lifestyles options include categories for Luxury Homes, Affordable Housing, and Greenways and Parks.

For a personally guided tour of Asheville real estate that fuels your lifestyle or interests, or for more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Get a Taste of Asheville's Flourishing Food and Drink Scene

Asheville Beer and Breweries

The breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains enveloping Asheville, N.C., have long-established the city’s reputation as a mountain lover’s mecca. But in recent years, Asheville has reached the pinnacle of another scene: food and drink. From creative craft cocktails to farm-collaborative dining to an unrivaled micro-brew boom, Asheville has become an epicurean’s escape like no other.

Asheville is in a Glass All by Itself

Asheville Craft CocktailsThe craft cocktail scene in Asheville has gained a large, loyal following, not through lots of bells and whistles, but thanks to carefully curated, thoughtful recipes that incorporate seasonal, locally grown herbs, fruits and vegetables to produce the freshest cocktails possible. From downtown Asheville’s bustling eateries boasting popular bars, to laid-back lounges devoted exclusively to the art of the creative cocktail, there’s no shortage of spots to experience the city’s spirited side.

A Brewing Movement in Asheville

With more than two dozen craft breweries operating locally (and that number is growing at a mind-boggling pace), it’s no wonder Asheville has garnered national attention as an innovative, progressive player in the micro-brew boom. With the South Slope in downtown Asheville serving as craft-brew central, the local-tap trend has branched to all corners of the city, providing beer aficianados with high-quality, painstakingly crafted brews boasting flavor undertones that break new ground – think jalapeno, raspberries, dark chocolate, even peanut butter. With the attention to detail small-batch brewing demands, Asheville’s local beers are well-deserving of the unrivalled reputation they’ve gained.

Farm-Collaborative, Locally Sourced Dining

Asheville Fresh FoodThe Asheville area is lucky to be home to a range of farms, producing everything from grassfed beef and pastured pork to heirloom grains and cave-aged cheeses. And Asheville’s restaurants have taken full advantage of their proximity to such an eclectic range of farm-fresh products, crafting their menus around seasonal offerings and incorporating the freshest finds into their dishes. Big-box chains are notably missing from downtown Asheville; instead, you’ll find one-of-a-kind eateries encompassing the locally driven mindset particular to Asheville. With such notable chefs as Katie Button (Curate and Nightbell), John Fleer (Rhubarb and The Rhu), and Elliott Moss (Buxton Hall) at the helm, the Asheville restaurant scene sees no signs of slowing down.

Off-Beat and Hard to Beat

Looking for a not-your-everyday food experience? Asheville boasts plenty of them. There’s nothing vanilla about a molasses bourbon doughnut (Hole) or Basil Lemonade Pepita Milk ice cream (The Hop Ice Cream Café); and with more than 70 food trucks in Asheville offering everything from Lebanese Poutine (Gypsy Queen) to Pork Belly Bao (Bun Intended), adventurous mobile munching has never been more satisfying.

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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Discover Pastoral, Peaceful Fairview

Hickory Nut Gap Store Fairview

Boasting a bucolic backdrop of rolling hills and idyllic farmland, the community of Fairview in southeastern Buncombe County beckons. Fairview provides peaceful seclusion while at the same time offering perfect proximity to all downtown Asheville has to offer. U.S Route 74A (Charlotte Highway), which runs through Fairview, allows for easy passage to and through the area. Calling Fairview home means never having to leave to “get away from it all”!

A Range of Residences in Fairview

Fairview NC FarmlandFairview, settled in the late 18th century, was initially known as Cane Creek. As the community has grown, so have the living options. A census-designated place, Fairview offers a range of homes varying in size and style: everything from quaint mountain cottages on small parcels to rambling ranches surrounded by acres of untouched woods to pristine new developments. In addition, land for sale means you can start from scratch in making the home of your dreams a reality.

For families, the nearby Cane Creek Pool, part of Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Services, offers warm-weather fun. Other quick day trips from Fairview include Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, both about 16 miles southeast. And downtown Asheville is only 11 miles away.

Fairview has Farms Galore

Fairview NC Cheese FarmMany working farms dot the landscape of Fairview, producing a range of sumptuous goods and tasty treats. Below, a few to check out:

Looking Glass Creamery: small family farm is big into cheesemaking; it produces 1,200 pounds of cheese a week. Visitors to the creamery can enjoy a mountain view in the garden and linger over a carefully crafted cheese board and a perfectly paired bottle of wine, or enjoy the creamery’s caramel sauce and fruit pastes along with handmade products from all over WNC.

Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery: This creamery’s distinctive cheeses are hand-crafted in small batches and cave-aged to perfection. Cave aging gives the cheeses a unique character, imparting a flavor that can’t be duplicated anywhere else in the world. Call and make an appointment to tour the caves and sample the creamery’s cheeses.

Imladris Farm: This farm is a sustainable supplier of jams, jellies and preserves made from locally sourced fruit. Dating back to a land grant from the late 1700s, Imladris Farm still includes and makes use of several of the old farm buildings, the original springs, and tools inherited from family. Farm tours are available by appointment.

Hickory Nut Gap Farm: A serene 90 acres nestled in Fairview, Hickory Nut Gap Farm has been raising 100% grassfed beef, pastured pork, pastured poultry, and apples since 2000. Opened year-round, the farm offers a variety of activities for families, including hay rides, berry-picking, tours and barn dances. Visitors to the farm can stop into the store and butchery to buy farm products or enjoy lunch or brunch.

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

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Enjoy Show-Stopping Performing Arts in Asheville

Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Looking for an exciting and enriching entertainment experience in Asheville? The city brims with performing arts events grand and intimate. With an ever-changing roster of shows across Asheville, you’ll have plenty of inspiring options to choose from all year long.

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra, established in 1960, presents seven full orchestra Masterworks concerts per year in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. Each concert features a performance by a guest artist. The Symphony’s programming reflects a desire to present both the old favorites as well as more recent works.

Blue Ridge Orchestra

The Blue Ridge Orchestra is a nonprofit, all-volunteer ensemble dedicated to engaging Western N.C.’s music community in opportunities to perform, listen to and learn about great symphonic music. The BRO, sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, performs in a range of venues across the region, bringing music into the heart of local communities and creating symphonic experiences of unparalleled intimacy.

Performing Arts in AshevilleThe Asheville Ballet

The Asheville Ballet is N.C.’s oldest non-profit regional ballet company. First incorporated in 1963, the ballet has produced both cutting-edge interdisciplinary work and full-length major performances. From “Cinderella,” “Swan Lake” and “Carmen” to “Peter and the Wolf” and “Winnie the Pooh,” there’s a production for every age and interest.

Diana Wortham Theater

Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, Diana Wortham Theatre is a small, 500-seat theatre that brings nationally touring music, dance and theatre performances to our small city. With it's proximity to Pack Square, grabbing a drink and bite to eat before the performance is easy! They also have a unique education program that helps many students, teachers and parents access the performing arts in Asheville.

Asheville Lyric Opera

Asheville Lyric Opera, a professional non-profit opera company, stages original productions of opera and lyric theater to enrich, engage and educate. It offers a variety of theatrical experiences – from Broadway classics to light operatic comedy to classic dramas – at its main performance venue, the Diana Wortham Theatre, in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre is a non-profit professional dance company created in 1979. As western North Carolina’s first professional modern dance company, ACDT is devoted to local and international work, forging collaborations and partnerships between Asheville artists and dance artists from around the world. Most of the shows are created and premiered in ACDT’s cozy and intimate black-box BeBe Theatre.

Asheville Community TheatreAsheville Community Theatre

For more than six decades, Asheville Community Theatre has been entertaining audiences, making it the oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest community theaters in the country. It presents performances on its mainstage as well as at 35below, its intimate black-box performance space. The popular Saturdays at ACT program offers high-quality family theater at affordable ticket prices.

The Magnetic Theatre

The Magnetic Theatre, a not-for-profit production company, is the only professional theatre in the Southeast dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with audiences. Almost all of the more than four dozen plays the theater has debuted since 2009 have been written, directed, designed, performed and staffed by Asheville residents. The theater operates year-round out of Magnetic 375 in the River Arts District.

NC Stage Company

Founded in 2001, the NC Stage Company prides itself in creating theater that is as consequential as it is entertaining.  The company’s dedication to artistic excellence and exploration includes education programming and community engagement. Productions from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to “Matt & Ben” promise a varied year-round roster.

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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Muscle Up With These Unique Asheville Fitness Options

Asheville Area Fitness Options

With the New Year come fitness resolutions that often by February fall by the wayside. Keeping exercise interesting and varied is key to a regimen that sticks. In Asheville, fun, unique ways to work out are plentiful; the hardest part will be choosing a fitness track to take. Below, a few options to inject some excitement into exercise:

Circus Arts in Asheville

No, this isn’t clown school. Think silks, trapeze, hand balancing and other specialized movement arts. At Aerial Space studio – the first circus arts studio in N.C. – students can take group classes and private lessons in these specialties, along with contortion, slacklining, pushing hands and more.

Interval Training

If you’re looking for an innovative interval-based strength and endurance program, intentionally crafted to deliver a specific intensity, try the MADabolic program. Everything is predetermined, carefully structured and built to complement any active lifestyle. MADabolic – which stands for momentum, anaerobic and durability – is designed around work-to-rest ratios, providing an intense environment scalable to your abilities.

Pole Fitness

CrossFit AshevilleOnce confined to gentleman’s clubs, pole dancing has gained popularity as a mainstream form of fitness. At Empyrean Arts in South Slope, students can try their hand at pole or chair dance, pole spin, flexibility contortion, or partner acrobatics, along with an array of circus arts options.

CrossFit Asheville

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. Regardless of sport or competitive level, CrossFit helps people feel solid, move efficiently, and recover quickly, reducing risk for injury while increasing overall athleticism. Two local options are CrossFit Asheville and CrossFit Pisgah.

Hot Yoga

If you love yoga but also crave a cardiovascular boost, here’s a cool option: hot yoga. Hot yoga is performed in intentionally heated studios to protect muscles for safe deep stretches and greater freedom of movement. The heat opens pores to flush out toxins, and increases the heart rate. Hot Yoga Asheville offers beginning (Bikram) hot yoga classes – a series of 26 postures done two times over – and hot Vinyasa flow classes, set to upbeat music and incorporating more Ashtanga postures like downward dog, warrior and pigeon.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Gym AshevilleWhen the weather’s inclement, or you just don’t want to venture outside Asheville to get a rock climbing adventure in, opt for an indoor climbing wall. Climbmax Climbing has two locations, and offers basic belay instruction, climbing basics skills courses, and lead skill courses, among others.

Barre Workout

Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to music, barre workouts tone glutes, thighs, abs and arms. At Pure Barre in South Asheville, all classes are the same level, and the positions and movements are basic – it’s how deep you work them that creates a challenging workout.

Expressive Dance

Exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise might just be the ticket to a sustained fitness regimen. At Studio Zahiya, a boutique dance and movement space, you can take belly dance, hip hop, and Bhangra – an energetic and joyful dance from Northern India. Drop-in and enrollment dance classes are available for adults and kids.

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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Volunteer Opportunities Abound in Asheville

Asheville Volunteer Opportunities

The spirit of helping, sparked during the holidays, can continue throughout the year, thanks to the myriad volunteer options available around Asheville. Below, a few ways to help those less fortunate in our community:

Homeward Bound

The local chapter of Homeward Bound, which aims to end homelessness by providing much-needed services to people transitioning into a home, has many volunteer opportunities. AHOPE Day Center volunteers assist people experiencing homelessness while they wait for housing by handing out towels and toiletries for showers, and checking mail and phone messages, all in an environment of kindness. Volunteers can also help at the Welcome Home Donation Center, which provides basic furniture and household goods to help clients’ new housing feel like home.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity AshevilleDedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes, Habitat for Humanity offers volunteers a variety of ways to help. No prior experience is needed to aid in building or repairing homes. Volunteers can also lend a hand at ReStore, a retail store that sells donated home goods and building supplies at affordable prices to the general public.

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is a nonprofit organization that teaches basic reading, writing and English language skills to adults and children through individual and small-group instruction. Tutors complete orientation sessions and training, and commit to working with their students for a designated period of time.

Animal Lovers

Asheville Area Pet SheltersThere are plenty of ways to help animals in Buncombe County through organizations like Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf. Volunteers do everything from providing socialization and companionship to adoption-center animals to manning the front desk and assisting with daily cleaning.

Asheville City Schools Foundation

Asheville City Schools Foundation, which works to create strong public schools and break the cycle of poverty, has a need for volunteers to tutor and mentor students K-12. Volunteers can also lend their expertise to tutor Asheville High School/SILSA students in all subjects, but especially math.

The Council on Aging of Buncombe County

A nonprofit that provides services to those 60 and older, The Council on Aging of Buncombe County offers a volunteer transportation program that provides rides to seniors who can no longer drive. It also has a need for volunteers to help in its Adopt-A-Lawn service.

RiverLink

RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn, work and play. Volunteers can help with river cleanups, invasive plant removal, environmental education, special events, administrative tasks, park construction and more.

MANNA FoodBank

Hunger-relief organization MANNA FoodBank provides food to more than 347 member agencies throughout Western North Carolina. There’s a need for drivers, distribution assistants and warehouse volunteers.

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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