Blog :: 08-2019

Mosaic Makes Finding an Asheville Property With Homestay Potential Easy

Asheville NC Short Term Rental Properties

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Looking for an Asheville property with added homestay potential? Homestay – renting a room or rooms out within a private home – is a great way for a homeowner to make some extra cash or to offset mortgage costs. In Asheville, homestays are permitted in residentially zoned areas if you meet the regulatory requirements for homestays and obtain a homestay permit. 

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has made it easy to pinpoint properties with homestay or vacation rental potential. By visiting https://mymosaicrealty.com, clicking on the “Interests & Lifestyles” tab, then going to the “Homes with Homestay Potential” section, you can see which available properties offer a potential homestay option.

Asheville Homestay PropertiesWhat city law permits

The City of Asheville allows two types of paid overnight lodging accommodations within a home or apartment for less than one month.

A homestay is the rental of a room or rooms in a private home. A permanent resident must reside at the property and be present in the home during the time of the homestay. Homestays can be permitted in residentially zoned areas if they meet the regulatory requirements for homestays and the homeowner obtains a homestay permit. You can apply with the city for a new homestay permit, or apply to renew your existing permit, all online. 

Rental of an entire dwelling unit for less than a month is called a short-term vacation rental (STVR). STVRs are only permitted in the resort zoning district.

Real Estate Homestay Asheville NCSearch with ease

Mosaic’s homestay search feature displays listings for a variety of Asheville-area real estate based on properties with “vacation rental” and similar terms in the property description. However, note that while these search results may offer homestay potential, the listing details may not be precise or accurate. To confirm if a property has legal homestay potential, it’s best to contact one of Mosaic’s knowledgeable agents.

You can also create an account with Mosaic to save your favorite searches and homestay listings, and to receive prompt email notifications when similar properties become available. This option will cut down on search time by keeping details of your most common key words and favorite homestay properties, and automatically alerting you to any changes to saved listings.

If you have any questions about potential homestay properties, or for more information on any other Asheville-area real estate, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Plentiful Neighborhood Parks Are Perk of Living in Asheville

Asheville Neighborhoods Near Parks

When beginning your home search in Asheville, nearby amenities are often a deciding factor. Parks – many boasting greenways, large playgrounds, ball fields, even a velodrome – are plentiful in the area, meaning there’s likely one within walking distance of (or a short drive from) your dream home. Here are some of Asheville’s most popular parks, and their nearby neighborhoods.

Asheville ParksFrench Broad River and Carrier Parks

These two greenway-connected parks bordering a densely populated portion of West Asheville are popular destinations, and it’s easy to see why. French Broad River Park (508 Riverview Dr.) features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, gazebo, picnic tables and grills, a dog park, an observation deck and a small playground. Carrier Park (220 Amboy Rd.) is one of Asheville's premier parks, built at a former racetrack that now serves as a velodrome for cycling. The infield has volleyball courts, playground, roller-hockey rink and basketball court. The greenway also runs past a lawn bowling court, multi-use sports field for baseball and soccer, picnic pavilion, river overlooks and wetland interpretive trails. 

West Asheville Park

This popular neighborhood park off of Vermont Avenue Extension is home to a Little League baseball field, concessions and restrooms. It also boasts a playground and picnic shelter on its 8.6 acres. Rhododendron Creek runs through the park grounds. 11 Vermont Ave. Ext.

Asheville Parks Bent CreekBent Creek Community Park

A popular Bent Creek neighborhood gathering spot is the 20-acre Bent Creek Community Park, which features wide open areas and a covered pavilion for events, full basketball court, community garden, large playground, sandbox, paved roller area, bicycle pump track, trails, volleyball, playing fields and more. 125 Idlewood Dr.

Weaver Park

Located off Merrimon Avenue in the Norwood Park neighborhood of North Asheville, the 6.6-acre Weaver Park features a lighted ballfield, basketball court, tennis courts, a concession stand and a picnic shelter. There is paved off-street parking, a short trail, and restrooms. 200 Murdock Ave.

Azalea Park

Located in East Asheville along the Swannanoa River, not far from the neighborhood of Beverly Hills, sits Azalea Park. The park features the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex, a large, shaded playground, a dog park, restrooms and concessions. 498 Azalea Rd.

Kenilworth Park

Located in the heart of Asheville’s Kenilworth neighborhood, the 3-acre Kenilworth Park features basketball courts, ballfields, tennis courts, a picnic area with grills, a playground and restrooms. 79 Wyoming Rd.

Richmond Hill Park

Richmond Hill Park, not far from the Emma neighborhood in West Asheville, 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. 

Aston Park and Tennis Center

This park, located close to the residential neighborhoods that line the southern border of downtown Asheville, features one of the top public clay court facilities in the country, with 12 lighted courts available for use. A small playground and rolling green hills surround the center. 336 Hilliard Ave.

Overlooking Malvern Hills Park and PoolMalvern Hills Park

The outdoor seasonal pool is the big draw of this popular park, which is surrounded by a tight-knit community in West Asheville. The park also features a bathhouse, restrooms, concession area, lighted tennis courts, playground, walking trail and a picnic shelter with grills. 75 Rumbough Pl.

Murphy-Oakley Park

This 7.7-acre park is extremely convenient to surrounding East Asheville neighborhoods and includes a lighted ballfield, three tennis courts, a playground, a picnic shelter, a concession and restrooms. 715 Fairview Rd.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

This 3.4-acre park, walking distance to many neighborhoods lining South Charlotte Street near downtown, 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.

For more information on homes near these parks, or anywhere in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Clothing Boutiques Outfit Asheville in Unique Options

Asheville Clothes Boutique

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Small, locally owned clothing boutiques abound in Asheville, making it easy to find unique, quality outfits and accessories not typically offered in big-box stores and malls. Stroll the streets of downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village, and you’ll find plenty of boutiques to choose from; the trend is also stretching into other corners of the city. Following are just a few to choose from:

Frock – This women’s clothing boutique on Battery Park Avenue in downtown features contemporary and classic designer styles, plus handbags and jewelry. The boutique carries a range of brands, including Hobo, Michael Stars and Hanky Panky. https://www.befrocked.com

Boutique Clothes Stores AshevilleVirtue – This unique boutique on N. Lexington Avenue in downtown carries boho-chic fashions, plus vintage-inspired accessories and housewares. https://www.shopvirtue.com

Old North – A hip boutique on downtown’s Walnut Street, Old North showcases modern and classic men’s and women’s clothing from U.S., European and Japanese makers, created with a focus on timeless appeal. https://oldnorthclothing.com

Minx – Minx, on N. Lexington Avenue in downtown, has been in business since 2002, offering contemporary fashions, personal care products and unique gifts. Brands on hand include Frye, Kensie and Free People. https://minxboutique.wordpress.com/about/

Scout – This boutique in Biltmore Village offers a finely curated assortment of stylish women’s apparel and accessories that fit a broad range of sizes, styles and budgets. https://www.scoutavl.com

Union His & Her – This down-to-earth shop carries everyday clothing and accessories for men and women.Located in downtown’s historic Miles Building, Union’s ever-evolving inventory changes weekly, offering such brands as BB Dakota, Joe’s Jeans, Ben Sherman and 7 Diamonds. https://www.unionasheville.com

Asheville NC Clothing StoresHip Replacements – This downtown mainstay has been around since 1995, and showcases men's and women's apparel from independent designers, plus vintage and handmade goods. https://hipreplacementsclothing.com

Royal Peasantry – This unique shop on N. Lexington Avenue offers a wide range of one-of-a-kind clothes and leather accessories to fit every shape. Royal Peasantry prides itself on transforming discarded pieces of high-quality upholstery, fur and leather scraps into bags, holsters, and detailing on clothing. http://www.royalpeasantry.com

Sugar Britches – This shop, located at The Foundation in the River Arts District, specializes in up-cycled and hand-crafted whimsical finery from the most inspired fabric artists in town. Sugar Britches offers stand-apart pieces for sale, in addition to providing maker space for artists, plus classes and unique private party possibilities like “Hats On” parties for making hats and headpieces, and “Tie One On” parties for men. https://www.sugarbritches.style

Elementality – This women's clothing shop with a New Age vibe stocks eclectic casualwear, handmade jewelry and gifts. Elementality is located on Tunnel Road in East Asheville. https://myelementality.com

For information 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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Swimming Holes Around Asheville Offer Cool Spots to Chill Out

Sliding Rock Near Asheville

Looking for a cool way to beat the heat of summer? Swimming holes in and around Asheville are the perfect answer. It’s easy to make a day of it, so suit up and head out to one of these natural splash spots.

Azalea Park

For those who want to take a quick, in-town dip, Azalea Park, on Asheville’s east side, offers an ideal spot. While the swimming hole – along a stretch of the Swannanoa River that borders the park – is not officially maintained by the city, it draws a crowd with its light current, perfect for a refreshing stop on a hot day. Bonus: There are bathrooms and a playground at the park, so you can make a day of your dip. 498 Azalea Road East in Asheville.

Lake Lure Beach

Lake Lure Beach and Water Park

This popular destination – famed as one of the locations where the iconic 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing” was filmed – boasts a large sandy beach, a children’s park, a waterslide and water games. The lake – 45 minutes from Asheville – is nestled in Hickory Nut Gorge, with a backdrop of majestic mountains. In-season admission is $9/adult and $7/child. 2724 Memorial Hwy in Lake Lure

Carolina Hemlocks

Carolina Hemlocks, a shaded recreation area surrounded by thick hemlock forest with a mix of deciduous trees and rhododendrons, sits in Pisgah National Forest adjacent to the South Toe River. It’s the perfect spot for you and your family to swim, tube or even camp. There’s a shaded picnic shelter, as well as hiking trails to explore after your fun in the water. https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233954

The Beach at Lake James

Popular Lake James, about an hour east of Asheville, beckons with its wide sandy beach, bathhouse, concession and kayak/paddleboard rentals. When lifeguards are on duty (from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends), there’s a fee of $5/adult and $4/child. You can make a day or even a weekend of your visit, thanks to the lake’s camping options. In addition to water activities, take in the trails – all 25 miles of them – either by foot, or on mountain bike (where designated).  https://www.ncparks.gov/lake-james-state-park

Swimming Hole Hooker FallsHooker Falls

This 12-foot waterfall spills into a wide, open pool, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. The fourth waterfall on the Little River in DuPont State Forest, Hooker is easy to access via a short trail from the main parking area, which is equipped with a bathroom for changing. After swimming (and remember to take caution around waterfalls, never standing at the top), you can easily hike to the other falls – Triple, High and Bridal Veil – along a well-marked trail. https://www.dupontforest.com/explore/hooker-falls/

Sliding Rock

This favorite natural mountain waterfall in Pisgah National Forest offers the ultimate in water slide action. Fans line up to ride down the 60-foot flat, sloping rock, splashing at the bottom into a chilly, 8-foot-deep pool. If you’d rather watch than participate, there’s an observation deck to take in all the action. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48156

 For information 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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