Blog :: 03-2019

Convenience Coupled With Peaceful Pockets Defines Arden

Lake Julian Arden NC

Living in Arden means enjoying all the peaceful, natural beauty Western North Carolina has to offer – along with close proximity to commercial corridors that provide the ultimate in daily conveniences. From established neighborhoods with rambling ranches to newer communities filled with spacious homes, Arden boasts a variety of real estate choices.

An unincorporated community situated in southern Buncombe County between Skyland and Fletcher, Arden is just 15 minutes south of downtown Asheville and 15 minutes north of Hendersonville. The communities of Mills River and Biltmore Forest are also nearby. Arden’s close proximity to the Asheville Regional Airport makes it easy to catch a flight. The nearby commercial corridor of Hendersonville Road boasts a plethora of restaurants, as well as grocery and department stores.

Schools in Arden are a major draw to the area. Part of the Buncombe County School system, Glen Arden Elementary School has been designated a School of Excellence many times over. Valley Springs Middle, Avery’s Creek Elementary, Koontz Intermediate and TC Roberson High Schools also serve the Arden community.

Arden Neighborhoods to Explore

Arden NC NeighborhoodsThere are a variety of Arden neighborhoods suited to a range of tastes. A few to explore include:

·     Ashley Woods – This area is populated with newer homes, many of which boast stellar mountain views.

·     Oak Forest – Older mid-sized ranch homes that are competitively priced dot this well-established community.

·     Brookwood – Just far enough from the hustle of Arden’s commercial district, Brookwood offers older ranch homes in a peaceful setting.

·     The Cliffs at Walnut Cove – This private, gated community sports luxury homes alongside an award-winning golf course, wellness center with pools, and clubhouse.

·     Royal Pines – This neighborhood offers charming ranches on generously sized lots.

Adventures Abound in Arden

Arden NCTo the east of Arden flows the French Broad River, replete with kayaking, canoeing and tubing opportunities. A short drive away is Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a hiker’s and mountain biker’s paradise, with miles and miles of trails on which to spend the day.

Also nearby is the North Carolina Arboretum, which offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of trails, and year-round exhibits to enthrall the entire family. A mere 30-minute drive away is Pisgah Forest, perfect for a daytrip getaway to spots like Looking Glass falls, Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry.

A popular place to spend the afternoon outdoors in Arden is Lake Julian Park, a county park with a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, disc-golf course, rental boats and picnic shelters.

For a break from the day, or an informative look behind the scenes of a state-of-the-art brewery, Arden residents can zip on over to the sprawling Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in nearby Mills River. The brewery’s taproom and restaurant offer a full menu and more than 20 beers on tap, many produced just a few feet from the eatery.

For a personally guided tour of the Arden, 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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Nestled in Natural Beauty, Black Mountain's Big on Small-Town Appeal

Black Mountain Homes and Neighborhoods

Collaborative Post by Mosaic Realty agent Megan Shook and Mosaic blog writer Christie Kafka

The charming town of Black Mountain, nestled 15 miles east of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is an arts and crafts, furniture and music mecca, boasting year-round appeal for full-time residents and second-home owners alike. Formerly home to the renowned Black Mountain College, Black Mountain offers an array of restaurants, specialty shops and breweries, as well as enviable access to lakes, waterfalls and hiking trails.

Black Mountain NCBrimming with activity

Dubbed “The Little Town That Rocks” thanks to the rocking chairs that line its picturesque streets, Black Mountain (population 7,500) was recently voted "Best Small Town in Western North Carolina," and it’s easy to see why. Black Mountain offers walkability with a central town square filled with a range of businesses. Gift shops, galleries, bed & breakfasts and antique stores populate the area.

For the outdoors and nature enthusiast, Black Mountain can’t be beat: walking, hiking, biking trails, greenways, camping, trout fishing, lakes and waterfalls dot the town and surrounding areas.Hiking options offer a challenge for any skill level, from short and easy (Lookout Point) to more strenuous (Seven Sisters mountain range).

Lake Tomahawk is close to the town center and offers a gravel walking path, playground and public community pool. Black Mountain also has its own popular 18-hole municipal golf course surrounded by enticing neighborhoods close to the town center. Nearby Montreat offers hiking trails, Fourth of July festivities, athletic events, and concerts at the college.

Megan Shook Black Mountain RealtorFind your mountain retreat

If you're looking to spread out further, Highway 9 offers miles and miles of mountain privacy stretching to Lake Lure and Gerton. Numerous neighborhoods are tucked away off of Highway 9, including several gated communities ideal for a second-home getaway. The Straightaway Cafe is its own hidden gem for Highway 9 residents and passersby alike, offering family-friendly music five nights a week.

Homes in Black Mountain are as varied as the town itself. From rambling ranches close to the town center, to expansive homesteads surrounded by peaceful acres of evergreens, to compact modern builds with mountain vistas perfect for a vacation home – Black Mountain offers buyers a range of properties as close to, or as far from, commercial hubs as they want to be.

For more information about real estate in Black Mountain, please contact Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty agent Megan Shook at Megan@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call her anytime at 828-450-6797. 

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It's Time to Spring Into Seasonal Home Maintenance

Spring Seasonal Home Maintenance Tips

After winter’s chilly rains, ice and snow, you’re probably more than ready for spring to arrive. But is your home? Gearing up for the coming spring in Asheville requires some simple yet important home maintenance steps; by performing these tasks, you can ensure that your property’s seasonal transition will be smooth sailing.

Home Maintenance Tips SpringClean gutters

Removing all of the leaves and other debris that have accumulated in your gutters and downspouts over the winter months is an important early step. Doing so helps to prevent damage from spring rains, protects wood trim from rot, and diverts rain properly so water doesn’t collect around your foundation.

Reseal exterior wood

Decks, fences, railings and other outdoor woodwork benefit from a stain and seal every year or so, especially ahead of the heavier use warm weather will bring. Doing so will ensure that the woodwork lasts longer and stays in better condition.

Inspect roofs, driveways and paths

The freezing and thawing that comes with wintry weather can take a toll on the concrete and other hardscaping materials on your property. Closely examine walkways, paths, roofs and driveways for cracks, holes and other damage, and patch before the problem grows too large. Extremely damaged concrete may need to be replaced completely.

Spring Yard MaintenanceCheck sprinklers and clean/set up rain barrels

Spring is the ideal time to check irrigations systems; doing so can save water and money. Make sure heads haven’t been damaged, and adjust any that are errantly spraying. If you use a rain barrel to collect rain for watering your yard, it’s important to clear out sediment and organic debris that accumulate at the bottom of the barrel, and set it up properly in preparation for Asheville’s spring showers.

Prevent mosquitoes

The warmer temperatures and increase in humidity mean a more hospitable environment for mosquitoes. Don’t let them set up shop in your yard: The key is getting rid of standing water around your property (and for neighbors to do the same!). Look for places where water stands, and remedy or maintain those spots.

Keep your cool

Spring is the time to schedule air-conditioning service. Doing so will not only ensure the most efficient use of the system, but will extend its life. Make sure to clean or replace HVAC filters. And if you have ceiling fans, don’t forget to give them a good wipe-down to eliminate the dust and particles that accumulate on top of the blades.

Get your garden going

Asheville’s last frost typically occurs in early to mid-April; ahead of that, pull up weeds, trim and clear dead twigs and brush, and plan out which plants you’d like to add to your yard. After the last frost, find flowering plants that thrive in early spring to bring brightness to your garden; seed any patchy lawn spots to take advantage of the moisture our April showers will bring; and mulch around trees and any perennials that have started popping up.

For information about Asheville or about 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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Immerse Yourself in Asheville's Art Gallery Scene

Asheville NC Art Galleries

Asheville’s eclectic art scene is as breathtaking as the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround this spirited city. Hundreds of artists practicing across a range of media call Western N.C. their home, selling their pieces in a multitude of galleries around the Asheville area. Whether you’re a casual shopper, waiting for  a just-right piece to strike your fancy, or have a specific style of art in mind, there’s no shortage of gallery spaces replete with visually vibrant works to peruse. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to know where to start your search; following are a few ways to more easily and enjoyably experience the galleries dotting downtown, River Arts District, South Slope and other Asheville neighborhoods.

Asheville Area Art GalleriesThe Downtown Asheville Art District

Beginning in April and continuing through December, The Downtown Asheville Art District galleries celebrate the beginning of a new month (and the weekend) with First Friday Gallery Walks. The walks, held from 5-8 p.m., are a great way to explore downtown Asheville while visiting the more than 20 galleries that contribute to Asheville's reputation as a vibrant arts community.

Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled artistic creations, from fine studio crafts to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.

You can find a complete listing of DAAD galleries, including a map with locations and contact information, in the Downtown Gallery Guide, available at each participating gallery, the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Pack Place.

https://www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org/index.html

The River Arts District

This once-industrial neighborhood nestled next to the French Broad River is now home to the working studios and galleries of hundreds of artists. From painting and pottery to jewelry, glass, metal and wood, the pieces created and sold in Asheville’s River Arts District are a reflection of the thriving artistic talent Asheville nurtures.

Many visitors descend on RAD every Saturday, with most studios open to the public. On the Second Saturday of each month, visitors can ride a free trolley to each building, see demonstrations, enjoy refreshments and meet the artists. RAD’s annual Studio Stroll is held on the Second Saturday and Sunday of November, with studios often open longer hours.

You can also visit studios in RAD during the rest of the week. Many studios are open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and some from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Artists work year-round, with some studios open earlier or later than the posted hours or days.

https://www.riverartsdistrict.com

Art Studios in Asheville NCAsheville Art Studio Tours

These tours, developed and led by area artists, give visitors an inside look into the Asheville arts scene. The tours help visitors better explore and understand Asheville’s vast and diverse community of artists and studios.

You can opt for the two-hour artist-led walking tour, which visits a variety of studios, some with multiple artists working out of them. For the visitor who’s always wanted to try their hand at throwing pottery, or blowing and sculpting glass, the Experience tour allows you to be an artist for a day. VIP tours offer the full art and entertainment treatment, down to handling dinner details.

http://www.ashevilleartstudiotours.com

For information about living in Asheville or about Asheville Real Estate, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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