Blog :: 04-2018

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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Asheville Area Earth Day Events Celebrate Environmental Stewardship

Blue Ridge Mountains

Since 1970, when a grassroots demonstration initiated by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson marked what we know today as Earth Day, millions of people have gathered around the world every year to participate in events and activities focused on improving, cleaning up and celebrating the environment. This month, Asheville is host to a multitude of events culminating in the April 22 Earth Day celebration. No stranger to environmental activism and stewardship, the city gives everyone, young and old, the opportunity to participate in a range of activities, including clean-ups, vigils and festivals.

Spearheading area Earth Day events is WNC for the Planet, a collective made up of local environmental organizations that provides access to service, educational and recreational opportunities throughout the month of April. WNC for the Planet is teaming up with local businesses, universities, community groups and individuals for a month of environmental service, educational opportunities and celebrations in Asheville and across Western North Carolina.

Mosaic Makes a Difference

River Clean Up AshevilleWNC for the Planet also includes a Business & Community Challenge, allowing area businesses, civic organizations and community groups to create teams and compete for prizes and bragging rights. As part of their mission to work with and support the vitality and health of our local and global community, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty agents and employees are joining in the challenge. Each team earns Planet Points according to how much it accomplishes at WNC for the Planet events – for example, how much trash it collects or how many trees it plants – and at the end of the month, each team is ranked. The harder the team works, the more points it earns.

Other Earth Month events include everything from clean-ups at the Green and Swannanoa Rivers, to invasive plant workshops and clearing, to composting talks and stargazing. The month culminates with a weekend of celebrations, including Earth Day Kids’ Festival with RiverLink on April 21, at Salvage Station, MountainTrue’s annual Earth Day Vigil with faith groups on April 22, at First Baptist Church, and an Earth Day Celebration Party on April 22 at New Belgium Brewery. For more information on all the WNC for the Planet events, visit https://wncfortheplanet.org/events/category/public-event/.

Impacting the Earth, Every Day in Asheville

Earth Day Asheville NCIn the meantime, there are many ways you and your family can make a positive impact, however small, on the environment in celebration of Earth Day, and all year long:

·      Clean up the Asheville community by organizing a group to pick up litter in a local park or along a roadway.

·      Talk to local government about planting more trees and native garden beds in public spaces, or consider planting your own on your property.

·      Try an organic vegetable garden.

·      Conserve water.

·      Simply enjoy nature through hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway or taking a stroll through any of Asheville’s beautiful local parks.

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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In Picturesque Woodfin, NC, Fun and Amenities Abound

Woodfin NC Real Estate

Photo by Gus Mujica, Mosaic Realty Agent

Nestled just north of Asheville, surrounded by picturesque vistas and exciting outdoor adventures, is the cozy community of Woodfin. Featuring eclectic shops and a range of dining options, Woodfin offers residents and visitors alike relaxed surroundings mere minutes from the amenities of the Merrimon Avenue corridor, and only a short drive to downtown Asheville. A range of housing options abound in Woodfin, from sleek condos with walkable amenities, to mid-century ranches with expansive yards, to modern mountain builds tucked in natural beauty.

Woodfin: a Little City in the Country

Woodfin YMCALocated in Buncombe County with a population just over 6,000, Woodfin was named for Nicholas Washington Woodfin, a renowned lawyer and statesman of early North Carolina, under whom Gov. Zebulon Vance clerked as an attorney. The town was incorporated in 1971, although the community itself dates back to at least the mid-19th century.

With Weaverville Road, Woodfin’s commercial epicenter, winding through the town, it’s easy to access a range of restaurants and stores. Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Eden-Out Bulk Organic Meals Delivery Service, Bellagio Bistro, and the Bavarian Restaurant & Biergarten are just a few of the tasty options available. The YMCA operates a facility and remote playing field out of Woodfin as well.

Also calling Woodfin home is the Shops at Reynolds Village, a collection of local businesses offering shopping, dining and other services. Located one mile north of Beaver Lake, Reynolds Village features walkable tree-lined streets, plenty of free parking, and fun community events in the town square and at various businesses on street level. The Knitting Diva, Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, Thirsty Monk and Chupacabra Latin Café all call Reynolds Village home. Services including medical, pet and floral are also available at the Shops. Getting some fun physical activity indoors is easy in Woodfin, with the Woodfin YMCA, 9Round North Asheville, Rococo Ballroom and Asheville Pilates located in the Shops.

Outdoor Adventures in Woodfin

French Broad River WoodfinThe French Broad River runs along the western length of Woodfin, meaning residents have easy access to all the outdoor water activities the river is famed for. Beaver Lake, with its scenic walking paths and varied wildlife species, is just a couple minutes’ drive from Woodfin. For an immersive, all-day adventure in the great outdoors, Woodfin is perfectly positioned near the Blue Ridge Parkway and all the hiking and camping options the parkway has to offer. Also nearby is the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, with its beautiful, easy hikes for an afternoon of outdoor enjoyment.

For a personally guided tour of Woodfin, 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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