Blog :: 08-2018

The Pinnacle of Relaxation: Explore Asheville's Special Spa Experiences

Spa Asheville Massage

Unique spa experiences abound in Asheville. From a relaxing, rejuvenating salt cave session, to a hot spring soak against a Blue Ridge backdrop, there are plenty of unusual ways to unwind in the area, for an hour or for a weekend. Following, some singular spa destinations in and around Asheville to check out:

Wake Foot Sanctuary

Luxurious, handmade foot soaks are the signature of this downtown Asheville spa. The soaks contain a range of apothecary products, soaps, pure oils and salts – everything from lemon, fennel and clary sage to detoxifying rose salts. Massage add-ons are available.

Shoji Spa, Lodge & Wellness

Spa AshevilleA Japanese spa nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, Shoji features forest-shrouded hot tubs, cedar sauna, cold plunge pool and a range of massages for deep relaxation. The spa also offers lodging, which comes with a private spa pass to enjoy all the amenities.

Asheville Salt Cave

This therapeutic, sustainable and growing salt cave features 20 tons of pure pink salt within a microclimate saturated with negative ions, releasing scores of trace elements and minerals essential to the body’s balance. The salt spa, which also has massage rooms, offers opportunities for deep relaxation and meditation in private sessions, community sessions, couples massage and kids quiet play sessions, as well as sound healing and yoga events.

Grove Park Inn Spa

Spa Asheville Grove Park InnFor an immersive, in-town indulgence, head to the Grove Park Inn’s subterranean spa. The spa boasts 20 water features – including two therapeutic waterfall pools and a lap pool with underwater music – enveloped in cavernous rock walls, arches and tunnels. With skin care, body treatments, wellness pods, and foot treatments, as well as spa day passes, there’s no shortage of opportunities to sit back and relax.

Still Point Wellness

Visitors to this spa’s float lab tank can experience deep states of relaxation as they float atop 1,500 pounds of Epsom salt. The salt helps to release muscle tension, while the sensory deprivation of floatation allows the mind to unwind. Also available are sessions in Esalen massage, for deep relaxation and integration of body, mind and spirit.

Hot Springs Resort and Spa

This spa’s hot tubs, along the banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River, are supplied with a continuous flow of natural mineral water, heated deep within the earth and famed for its healing qualities. A range of massages is also offered. Visitors to the 100-acre resort and spa, 45 minutes from Asheville, can make a weekend of their experience by staying in one of the resort’s luxury suites or camping cabins, or at its campground.

For more information about Asheville or about finding real estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Drawn to Art? You'll Find Your Fill Amid Asheville's Art Festivals and Classes

Asheville Crafts

The Asheville area is rich with craft tradition, and that has translated into arts and crafts festivals and classes of every kind. From pottery to glass to cloth fiber, the media through which artisans and students alike can express themselves are plentiful. Following, a few of the many arts festivals and classes that you can be a part of in and around Asheville:

Biltmore Village Art & Craft Fair

Occurring annually for nearly half a century, Village Art & Craft Fair brings high-quality crafts to Biltmore Village, on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls.

Asheville Art in the Park

Quilts Asheville CraftsThis annual fest in Asheville’s Pack Square takes place on three consecutive Saturdays each June and October. Local artists of national renown exhibit handcrafted art across an array of media.

North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

Ceramic arts of all genres including tile work, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery are featured at this Pack Square festival. Among the attractions are 40 ceramic art vendors, food trucks, raku demonstrations and live entertainment.

The Big Crafty

This biannual craft marketplace features some 150 selected artists, makers and crafters. Visitors to the fest can also enjoy local food, drink and music amid a community bazaar atmosphere.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Held in downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center, this long-running annual fair features a variety of craft, from contemporary to traditional artistry of clay, wood, metal, glass, paper, mixed media and jewelry.

LEAF Festival and LEAF Downtown

Wood Bowls Asheville CraftsThese popular world cultural arts fests, occurring at Lake Eden and in Pack Square, draw thousands every year to experience an eclectic array of international entertainment and art.

Cloth Fiber Workshop

This learning center, located in Asheville’s River Arts District, offers a variety of workshops centered on textile arts for students of all experience levels.

North Carolina Glass Center

This nonprofit, public-access glass studio provides daily educational offerings and demonstrations. The works of the center’s artists and instructors are on display in the NCGC glass gallery.

Open Hearts Art Center

Serving adults with disabilities since 2005, this one-of-a-kind program includes classes in painting, drama, dance, music, fiber arts, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, screen printing, gardening (seasonal) and creative writing.

Penland School of Crafts

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, this international center for craft education offers one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in books, paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking, letterpress, textiles, and wood.

Want to know more about Asheville or Real Estate in Asheville? Contact Mosaic owner, Mike Figura, at Mike@MyMosaicRealty, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Navigating Asheville's Real Estate Zoning Laws Requires the Right Research

Asheville Zoning

As you begin your real estate search in the Asheville area, it’s important to learn the zoning rules and regulations specific to the neighborhoods you’re interested in. The laws can be complicated and circuitous depending on the type of home or business you plan to establish; extremely helpful to the process is securing a real estate agent that knows the zoning ins and outs, and can successfully and smoothly guide you.

The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty can help you every step of the way, fully educating you on all the zoning regulations that can affect your purchase so you’re not left with any surprises once you’ve moved in. So whether you’re thinking of a future remodel, starting a home business, or even keeping farm animals, here are some tips as you begin your search:

Asheville Zoning Rules·      If you are within a city or town that is incorporated, they will have their own planning code that trumps the county’s planning code. It is essential to figure out which you are under; the best way to do this is to ask the listing agent.

·      If you’re planning to buy land to build on, or property to renovate or add onto, you will have to run it by the city. A Mosaic agent can help you craft a description of the project to submit to the city planning department.

·      Did you know that both residential and commercial properties can carry parking regulations and requirements? Everything from the size of parking to curb cuts can come into play. It’s important to know what’s required before you set out.

·      If you’ve decided on a neighborhood you like, find out what zoning category it falls under: single-family, multifamily residential, mixed use? These categories can affect whether or not a home business is lawful, and they can also prepare you for the possibility that the house next door could eventually be torn down and replaced with an apartment building.

·      If remodeling is in your future, make sure you get the lowdown on things like how much square footage you can add on, or whether a garage addition is allowed. Even exterior paint color and landscaping can fall under zoning ordinances. Enlist a Mosaic agent to do the research for you, and you’ll be fully prepared for the rules.

·      Raising farm animals such as chickens, roosters, even goats is a popular pastime for many in the Asheville area. But zoning regulations can prohibit keeping such animals in your yard. Best to find out early, so your urban farming dreams aren’t dashed!

·      When in doubt, visit Asheville’s city planning department in person and get your questions answered directly, and in writing. That way, if there’s any uncertainty down the road, you can produce documentation of permissible parameters.

If you’re ready to start your search, and would like more tips like these, and guidance maneuvering Asheville’s zoning regulations, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Diana Wortham Theatre's Mainstage Series Entertains With Eclectic Lineup

Asheville Theater Acrobats

Asheville boasts a range of theater venues producing world-class shows to entertain everyone. From Broadway musicals to children’s productions to intimate stage theater, you’ll find an array of performing-arts options for that next special date night, or a fun family afternoon outing.

A big performing-arts draw year after year is the Mainstage Series at the Diana Wortham Theatre. An intimate 500-seat venue, the Diana Wortham Theatre is centrally located in downtown Asheville in the heart of Pack Square. Its Mainstage Series features a full season of live performances of music, theater and dance by nationally renowned touring artists. Co-sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG Construction, the series showcases the value of the arts in forging community connections, something close to the heart of Mosaic’s philosophy.

Theater Asheville PianoWith the 2018-19 recently announced, the lineup features everything from exotic acrobatic performances to classic Shakespeare to contemporary dance. Following, a few highlights from the coming season:

Mélange (Sept. 15, 2018) – Asking the crowd to select from a musical menu of more than 30 works in 15 different styles — from classical to jazz to baroque — the members of Mélange are completely in control of the audience, with captivating results.

Blindside (Nov. 2) – Entertaining for all ages, Blindside is one-eyed storyteller Stéphanie Morin-Robert’s account of her life as a feisty 7-year-old cancer survivor, wielding her glass eye as a superpower and using spoken word, contemporary dance and live projected video to leave a dramatic, humorous, meaningful impression.

The New Chinese Acrobats (Nov. 7) – With vibrant costumes of smooth silk, sparkling lace and brightly colored spandex, the New Chinese Acrobats awe with unbelievable physical feats.

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring Damien Sneed (Jan. 22, 2019) – Pianist, singer, composer and bandleader Damien Sneed and his curated group of performers celebrate generations of civil rights activists.

Diana Wortham Theatre AshevilleAquila Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Feb. 2) – One of  Shakespeare’s most beloved and witty comedies is brought to life in this innovative new production. Beautiful movements, unique staging and bold physical style come together in a feast for the senses.

Piano Battle (March 28) – Piano Battle pits two musicians – Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis – against one another in a unique and interactive performance, where the audience gets to decide who emerges the winner.

Ballet Hispánico (April 9 and 10) – Fusing bold and eclectic contemporary dance with traditional Latino influences, Ballet Hispánico showcases heritage-inspired movements in a stunning display.

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

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Tips for Finding a Home in Asheville

Finding an Asheville Home

Shopping for a home can be a complicated, confusing undertaking. As rewarding as the end result is, the process of attaining your dream requires time, patience and, most importantly, organization. Before you set out on the journey, it helps to map out your wants and needs. While you may not meet every one of your desires, detailing them at the outset will help you streamline the shopping process and make it more enjoyable. Following, a few tips to set you on the right path for finding your dream home in the hot Asheville, NC Real Estate market.

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

This is an important first step toward a home purchase. Obtaining mortgage pre-approval means you can pinpoint your price range and narrow down your options. In addition, it shows you to be a serious buyer when it comes time to make an offer and you can be prepared to act quickly when that perfect property hits the market.

Zero in on Neighborhood Amenities

How to Find an Asheville HomeWhat are you looking for in a neighborhood? Is it homes with mountain views? Are you all about walkability? Do you desire a larger lot? Knowing what the options are, and then honing in on the neighborhoods that boast your favorites, will give you a good start in your search. Mosaic Realty's Search by Interest and Lifestyle page can assist you with dialing in your search.

Find a Knowledgeable Agent

When you’re looking for a home in Asheville, and especially if you’re planning to relocate to the area from a different part of the country, it helps to have a knowledgeable agent well-versed in Asheville’s neighborhoods and all they have to offer. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty know the ins and outs of this city they call home; they will listen to what you’re after in a home and neighborhood, and focus the search accordingly, saving you time and energy.

Prioritize Home Amenities

Asheville Homes for SaleThere are as many home styles and amenities to choose from as there are buyers. If you know you want an older home replete with claw-foot bathtub and antique fixtures, it makes little sense to spend time viewing modern green-builds. Homes may not house every detail you desire, but it is possible to find one that boasts a number of your top requirements.

Get to Know Your Potential ’Hood

The perfect home is only as perfect for you as the neighborhood it’s in. The best way to learn about a specific Asheville neighborhood is to visit it a few times, and during different times of the day and evening. Are there lots of kids playing in the neighborhood for yours to befriend? Do the barking dogs delight or dismay? Maybe even take a walk through the area and chat with residents you run into – most will be happy to talk to you about their neighborhood. If noise is a concern, it’s important to gauge things like area traffic and the resulting ambient noise. Details like this can’t be learned through a listing.

So, if you’re ready to begin your home search in Asheville, or want more tips to make the most of your house hunt, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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