Blog :: 06-2019

Asheville's Mosaic Realty Makes Your Online Green-Home Search Simple

Green Built Homes in Asheville NC

Looking for a high-efficiency home in Asheville with low environmental impact? Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has made it easy to narrow your hunt with its online “Green Homes” search feature

For those interested in green-home ownership, aligning with a real estate agency well-versed in the green-built market is key. By going to www.mymosaicrealty.com and clicking on “Interests & Lifestyles,” then the “Green Homes” link, you can find a range of available eco-friendly, energy-efficient homes in Asheville and the surrounding areas.

Asheville NC Green Home SearchWhy go green?

Green-built homes are transforming the residential market and people’s lives everywhere – a fact that is especially true in the Asheville area. 

Green homes are built to be healthier and safer by providing cleaner indoor air. They use less energy and water, leading to monthly savings on utilities. This all means the average upfront costs of building green are quickly recouped, as a homeowner will save money for the duration of the home’s lifespan.

Additionally, green-home owners in Asheville and around the country experience increased market value, heralding a higher resale value when the time comes. They also enjoy state and federal tax credits for their home’s renewable energy use and energy-efficiency.

What makes a home green?

The green-built movement in Asheville has the added bonus of support from the Green Built NC Program, a voluntary, statewide green-building program encompassing all aspects of environmental design and construction including: 

Green Built Homes in AshevilleHealthy Site/Landscape: erosion control and preservation of existing trees

Water Efficiency: use of high-efficiency irrigation and plumbing fixtures to reduce water bills

Building Envelope: use of high-efficiency windows and insulation to reduce energy bills

Heating/Cooling Systems: use of high-efficiency equipment and sealed air ducts to increase comfort

Appliances/Lighting:use of Energy Star appliances and lighting to reduce utility bills

Healthy Indoor Air Quality: use of non-toxic finishes and methods to minimize moisture

Materials: use of durable local and recycled content materials for minimal maintenance

Beyond the “Green Homes” search function on Mosaic’s site, Mosaic agents can guide you through the intricacies and supply you with all of the information you need to go green. To learn more about green homes in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Winterhawk Offers Affordable Home Lots in Prime South Asheville Location

Lots for Sale in South Asheville

If you’re looking to build your dream home in Asheville, Winterhawk awaits. Situated in South Asheville’s Arden community, this new pocket neighborhood affords perfect proximity to downtown Asheville, as well as easy access to amazing amenities, including shopping, dining, employment centers, and the airport.

Winterhawk’s flat and gently sloping lots allow for easy building and provide the perfect yard for everything from playtime to parties. Underground utilities (water/sewer/cable/electric/gas) are already in place, simplifying the construction process.

Amenities abound

Living in Winterhawk 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. Located in Arden, an unincorporated community in southern Buncombe County between Skyland and Fletcher, Winterhawk is just 20 minutes south of downtown Asheville and 20 minutes north of Hendersonville. Winterhawk’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.

Winterhawk AshevilleSchools near Winterhawk 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 community.

Get outdoors

The French Broad River flows near Winterhawk, 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 near Winterhawk is Lake Julian Park, a county park with a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, disc-golf course, rental boats and picnic shelters.

Winterhawk Near South Asheville FunEnjoy jumps and hops

When the weather’s less than hospitable, residents can get a little indoor exercise at one of the two nearby popular trampoline parks (Launch http://launchasheville.comand Sky Zone https://www.skyzone.com/asheville).

For a break from the day, or an informative look behind the scenes of a state-of-the-art brewery, you can zip from Winterhawk to the sprawling Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in nearby Mills River. The brewery’s taproom and restaurant offer a full menu and 23 beers on tap, many produced just a few feet from the eatery.

For a chance to explore one of the 15 lots available at Winterhawk for your next custom home, investment property or vacation rental, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Asheville's Oakley Offers Alluring Amenities, Attractive Home Prices

Oakley Neighborhood Asheville NC

Tucked between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Historic Biltmore Village, and just minutes from downtown Asheville, sits the welcoming neighborhood of Oakley. A seamless blend of remodeled bungalows and newly constructed craftsman-style homes gives Oakley a distinct, close-knit feel. Residents can walk to the Oakley Library, spend an afternoon working in the community garden, or enjoy the area’s easy proximity to shopping, recreation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Folk Art Center.

But amenities aren’t the only thing Oakley boasts: Its allure also lies in home pricing. According to Mosaic Realty first-quarter data for this 2019, the median Asheville home price was $295,000, which is where the price of a home in Oakley falls. With many properties in Oakley featuring greater-than-average acreage, and new home developments priced moderately, more buyers are being drawn to the neighborhood.

Activities for Everyone in Oakley

Proximity to the Blue Ridge ParkwayBeing close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Oakley home. Take a short drive east, and you’re assured quick access to such popular parkway spots as the hiking destination of Haw Creek Valley Overlook (milepost 380) and the Folk Art Center (milepost 382). Historic Biltmore Village – with its many shops and restaurants – and the Biltmore Estate are just down the road, offering Oakley residents lots to experience in their own backyard. The 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center, mere minutes away, provides plenty of family fun with more than 60 species of animals to see.

Oakley families enjoy many educational and enrichment options. The well-regarded Oakley Elementary School, as well as the top-rated Reynolds Middle and High Schools, serve the neighborhood. Other educational options include nearby charter schools Evergreen Community Charter School and ArtSpace Charter School. The popular Roots & Wings School of Art and Design sits in the heart of Oakley, and offers enrichment opportunities for every age, from preschool for tiny tots, to after-school community design lab for big kids, to adult studio classes.

Accessible Amenities

A long list of stores a short drive away means Oakley residents never have to travel far to find what they need. Home Depot and Walmart Supercenter are nearby, as are the River Ridge Market Place (featuring such stores as AC Moore and Dollar General) and Oakley Plaza (featuring Gold’s Gym). For a fun-filled evening of music and mingling, residents can head to nearby Highland Brewing Company.

Sandra Brooks Asheville Realtor OakleyWith the close-by commercial corridor of Tunnel Road, Oakley offers an amazing array of shopping and entertainment outlets within a few minutes’ drive. The Asheville Mall, as well as big-name chains like Best Buy, Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond and Whole Foods, mingle with smaller boutiques and specialty stores to offer the ultimate retail mix. Movie theaters and a bowling alley provide rainy afternoon entertainment for the entire family. And just a 10-minute drive west, via I-240, puts you in the heart of Downtown Asheville, with its vibrant restaurant, retail and arts scene.

A home purchase in Oakley makes sense for anyone looking for a convenient neighborhood destined to appreciate in the coming years. For a personally guided tour of Oakley, please contact Mosaic Realty agent Sandra Brooks at or call her anytime at 828-333-2500.

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Now's the Time to Create Your Perfect Home in West Asheville's Malvern Walk

Malvern Walk West Asheville Real Estate

Looking to build or buy a home in a new-construction community with larger lots, eco-friendly green homes, and easy access to parks and greenways? Come visit Malvern Walk, nestled amid picturesque rolling hills in popular West Asheville. With improved pricing on lots, it’s never been easier to build your dream custom home or a spacious spec house .

Malvern Walk – located within one of Asheville’s original historic neighborhoods – has 30 lots, all a quarter acre or larger. With 10 homes completed or under construction and the new release of five shovel-ready lots, now is the perfect time to claim a piece of this inviting neighborhood for yourself.

Malvern Walk Asheville NeighborhoodA Rarity in West Asheville

Boasting broad sky views and an accessible community to delight walkers, cyclists and gardeners alike, Malvern Walk offers the rare opportunity to build a dream home in West Asheville’s original historic large-lot subdivision. All utilities are installed to the lots, including water, sewer, cable, fiber optics and natural gas. The lots are graded, and the driveway entrances have been installed, making planning and construction easy.

Malvern Walk’s design promotes walking and biking as a means of relaxation as well as a mode of transportation. An interior mulched path ties seamlessly to the Malvern Hills neighborhood, where sidewalks and quiet streets provide the perfect setting for a morning jog or an evening stroll.

Perfect Proximity, but Away from the Hustle

Malvern Walk West Asheville HomesResidents can take advantage of the neighborhood’s short distance to multiple parks, the local library, coffee shops, restaurants, live music and more in West Asheville’s own “downtown,” the dynamic Haywood Road commercial corridor. Along this lively thoroughfare, mom-and-pop shops stand alongside an influx of newer businesses – everything from retro arcades to artist co-ops to bike and skate shops to music halls have found their way to Haywood.

With quick access to interstates and downtown Asheville, Malvern Walk offers the best in proximity without being in the middle of the hustle of Asheville’s urban center. Living in Malvern Walk means being able to hop on the Hominy Creek greenway and connect to Asheville’s river parks with ease. In addition, it’s only a short drive to hiking in Pisgah Forest or biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Closer to home are the Malvern Hills swimming pool, tennis court and playground. A number of well-regarded schools within a short distance – including Vance Elementary School, Francine Delany New School for Children, Rainbow Community School and Asheville City Preschool, just to name a few – make Malvern Walk ideal for families.

For a personally guided tour of Malvern Walk, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Green Yard, Green World: How to Create an Eco-Friendly Landscape

Pollinators Eco-Friendly Backyard

Creating a backyard that’s enjoyable for you and friendly to the Earth is easier than you think. From pollinator gardens to organic mulching to smart watering, taking an environmentally sound approach to landscaping helps to promote a green yard – and a greener world. Following, some simple tips to try:

Choose Native Plants

Populate your yard with plants native to Western North Carolina and you’ll be providing habitat for many beneficial local animals and insects. In addition, native plants are already acclimated to the region’s climate, and are naturally resistant to local pests and disease. All of this means they don’t require fertilizers or extra watering, which makes them eco-friendly. Native trees and plants to try in your Asheville yard include southern magnolia, flowering dogwood, redbud, cardinal flower, oakleaf hydrangea and foamflower –the list goes on and on. Visit local farmers’ markets, local plant vendors, or the Botanical Gardens at Asheville to get an idea of which native plants will work for your yard.

MilkweedPlant Pollinator Gardens

Pollinator gardens – with specific nectar- and pollen-producing plants – are designed to attract beneficial insects and animals to pollinate, thus performing an important step in the food and flower cycle. Because pollinator habitat has been lost to urban development, pollution, climate change and other adverse action, the population of many pollinator species is at risk. Flowers with large “landing pads,” plants with many small flowers, and plants that bloom very early or very late (when attractive pollination options are scarce) are all good options for your pollinator garden.

Use Plenty of Mulch

Using mulch helps to keep soil temperature consistent, retain moisture, and inhibit weed growth. As organic mulch like wood chips, bark leaves and pine needles breaks down, it adds nutrients to the soil. Bonus: Using more mulch means you can get away with growing less grass, which requires a lot of water to maintain.

Eschew Fertilizers

Dumping large amounts of chemicals onto your lawn via popular “weed and feed” products could put the environment, your health, and eventually the condition of your lawn at risk. A better option is to use organic fertilizer or, better yet, eliminate fertilizer and instead use compost and organic matter in your soil, aerate, cut grass on a higher setting, and incorporate low-maintenance moss and groundcover into your landscape.

Rain Barrel Eco-Friendly BackyardWater

There are many ways to water smart and still keep your yard happy. Harvesting rainwater via a rain barrel, cistern or rain chain means you’ll be using much less household water. When you water, make sure to do it in the morning before the temperatures start to climb and threaten the moisture. If you water in the late afternoon, make sure foliage has time to dry to avoid fungal diseases that thrive in damp nights. Water plants near the base rather than overhead, to better target the roots.

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

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