Blog :: 2020

Low-maintenance Gardening Makes Lush Landscapes Easy

Native Perennials for Easy GardeningFor those who love the look of a summer yard brimming with blooms and showy foliage but don’t want to have to toil in the soil, a low-maintenance garden bed or a micro-garden is the ideal option. Low-maintenance gardens are exactly what they sound like – a collection of plantings chosen for their ease of care. Micro-gardens allow your green thumb to flourish on a small, easy-to-handle scale – think patio containers, window boxes and flower pots. Following are some tips on taking on either this summer.

Choose natives to Western N.C.

Native plants are an easy addition to a low-maintenance garden. They are already adapted to native soil types of Western North Carolina and generally grow best with little attention. Maximize your success by matching the right plants with the right site conditions: Take into account available light, moisture and soil pH, and for ideas look to nearby natural areas to observe how native plants grow naturally.

Some native plants to consider are: ferns such as Lady Fern and Hay-scented Fern; grasses and sedges such as Big Bluestem; ground covers like Wild Strawberry and Wild Blue Phlox; and wildflowers like Butterfly Milkweed and Blackeyed Susan.

Low Maintenance GardeningPack in perennials

A garden bed packed with perennials promises blooms year after year, with minimal-to-no work. Add in flowering perennials that require no deadheading, and you can literally sit back and enjoy the fruits of your one-time labor!

Perennials require less yearly maintenance, saving you money, energy and time by not having to clear out garden beds and replant every year. They also don’t require annual composting or mulching.

Perennial root systems offer some amazing advantages, not only to the perennials themselves, but to surrounding plants and soil. Because they don’t need to be pulled up and replanted each year, the soil remains undisturbed and structurally strong. The roots aerate and channel the ground, allowing water to travel more efficiently. This benefits shallow-rooted plants nearby, which draw moisture and nutrients up from the surface of the perennial roots.

Hardy perennials provide ground cover and preserve moisture. You can choose perennials that continue to benefit your yard through the winter, dying back in the colder months yet keeping enough foliage to cover the soil and protect it.

The magic of mulch 

Adding a layer of mulch to your garden bed helps to prevent weeds from proliferating among your plants, saving you time and effort. Mulch also prevents erosion, an issue in the many hilly yards common in the Asheville area. It allows water to drip into the soil, rather than run off the surface and strip topsoil with it. Mulch also helps to retain moisture, so you don’t have to water as much. And it aids in regulating soil temperature, protecting plants from extremes that can stress and weaken them.

Easy Gardening TipsDepending on what you use, mulch can help to add nutrients and improve your soil over time. Natural mulch gradually decomposes, helping to aerate soil and prevent it from becoming compacted and hard.

Micro gardening options

If you’d like to grow plants and vegetables on a smaller, easier-to-handle scale, micro gardening is the way to go. Flowers, greens and herbs are micro favorites, but really anything can be grown with this method of gardening. All you need is a small outdoor space and a container.

Window boxes and flower pots are great for micro gardening, and having such containers can make it easier to tend to plants and amend the soil specifically to each plant’s needs. Micro gardening usually requires seed selection and germination, moist, rich soil, and a warm environment to start.

Depending on the type of vegetables or herbs planted, a micro garden can begin producing within two weeks of first leaf formation. The result is fresh, nutritious food for you and your family, easily attained with some tending.

Read More: How to Create an Eco-Friendly Landscape



Give Your Quarantine Workout Some Weight With an At-Home Gym

Home Gym AshevilleWhile uncertainty continues to surround the safe reopening of gyms and workout studios around Asheville, it doesn’t mean your former exercise regimen has to lose muscle. Setting up a home gym is easier and less cumbersome than you might think. And doing so can be surprisingly economical: Body-weight workouts mean you can use items already available in your home. Here are some ideas for pumping up your at-home workout while you await your return to the gym.

Small items, big results

If you have even a free corner of a room, you can easily establish a workout spot. Start with a yoga mat; spreading one on the floor is a good way to delineate a designated exercise space. Mats are good for floor exercises, stretches and, of course, yoga. Another small item that can yield big results is a resistance band. Many can be purchased in sets of varying resistance. Use these for leg and arm strengthening. A stability ball has infinite uses as well: Think core strengthening, balance exercises, even stretching. A pair each of light, medium and heavy dumbbells can offer added weight when building upper-body muscle. For some cardio action, grab a jump rope: This old-school tool can be used outdoors or in, which means inclement weather won’t dampen your heart-pumping session. Finally, a foam roller and simple strap can help with stretching and flexibility.

Creating a Home GymOnline video guidance

Maybe you’ve got all the equipment but lack the guidance, or the motivation, to exercise. The Internet is teeming with tutorials for any type of workout you could want. Some may require a sign-up and fee, but you can easily find free videos to inspire you. The YMCA of Western N.C., among other establishments, offers a variety of full-length virtual classes touching on everything from core conditioning to pilates to youth and active older adult fitness.

Use what you have

Even if you don’t have official exercise equipment in your home, you can still work various muscles using common household furniture and a little improvisation. Incorporate your couch for feet-elevated glut bridges, incline and decline push-ups, and tricep dips. Use a chair to help balance while doing calf raises and lunges. Use a wall for wall-sits to strengthen quads. You can even get some workout use out of your bed by doing leg lifts from a reclined position. If your home has stairs, you can climb up and down them (maintaining control, of course) to elevate your heart rate. 



Stock the Shelves for Summer Drive Provides Relief to Asheville Families

Stock the Shelves AshevilleWhat is Stock the Shelves for Summer?

Stock the Shelves for Summer is a community food drive and fundraiser May 22-31 to provide food and essential supplies for local families in need before summer arrives. 

The drive is a partnership between area residents and six local business sponsors, including Mosaic Realty. We need your help to make this event a huge success!

If you have an agent at Mosaic already, contact your agent to schedule a donation pickup from a safe location outside your home. To learn more about the drive, make a financial donation, or find out how to drop off needed supplies, visit

When you go grocery shopping, buy some extra food and supplies (list provided). You can either arrange for a pick-up of the supplies at your house, take them directly to a drop-off location, or simply donate money. Your donation will be matched by our business sponsors: $1 per donated item or per dollar donated, up to $30,000!  All donations go directly to Buncombe County Schools’ Family Resource Center and to Asheville City School's Family Resource Center and Emergency Assistance Fund (through Asheville City Schools Foundation) to help with their supplemental meal and supply programs.

Primary - Stock the ShelvesWhy is this an urgent need?

Asheville City Schools has served over 48,000 breakfast and lunch meals to students in the district since the physical closure of schools on March 16. Their Resource Center has additionally provided 53 families with supplemental food / household items / art supplies / diapers and book boxes in the four weeks it has been open. Buncombe County Schools Resource Center is currently providing 108 supplemental food boxes per week and 900 meals per day to 300 addresses in the county. The need for basic supplies is ongoing and increasing. 

How can we work together to help?

Our goal is to Stock the Shelves for Summer with a food and household item drive between now and May 31. Six Asheville-based businesses- Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, JAG Construction, Symmetry Financial Group, Jade Mountain Builders, Alfie Loans, and Village Antiques- are matching $1 per donated food item or per dollar donated, up to $30,000.  Volunteers from those companies are also driving to homes to pick up donations and deliver to schools. 

"At a time when it is tempting to solely focus on your own small business or family, Stock the Shelves sponsors have stepped up to support everyone who calls Asheville home. Thank you to these local businesses for looking at summer as not just a time to get back to business but as a time to work for our kids and families most impacted by this pandemic,” Copland Rudolph, Executive Director of Asheville City Schools Foundation.

You can help by purchasing needed items or making a financial donation. Visit for a list of needed items and for more information on how to schedule a pick-up or make a donation.




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Simple Ways to Support Hard-Hit Businesses in Asheville

Asheville Help During CovidAs the economic repercussions of COVID-19 continue to rattle the Asheville small-business community, finding ways to offer support is more important than ever. For Ashevillians seeking to bolster independent businesses, these movements and resources can be a good starting point.


#AshevilleStrong encourages people to buy local gift cards from businesses around Asheville and Western North Carolina. Local restaurants, hotels, shops, salons, theaters and markets that are seeing a decline in visitors can get an immediate boost from gift-card sales. #AshevilleStrong’s website offers a list, updated daily, of the area businesses offering gift cards, so support can continue even while stores and restaurants stay shuttered or limited.

Asheville Take-Out foodRestaurant Takeout in Asheville

One simple way to support the Asheville economy through the coronavirus epidemic is to continue patronizing hard-hit area restaurants by ordering meals for takeout and delivery. Many restaurants offer online ordering and payment, as well as curbside pickup, for a contactless experience. Asheville Independent Restaurants keeps an updated list of local restaurants offering take-out or delivery.

One Buncombe Fund

This fund – a centralized COVID-19 donation and relief center – has been launched by Buncombe County and the City of Asheville in conjunction with business leaders from the Asheville-Area Chamber of Commerce, Mountain BizWorks and the Land of Sky Regional Council. The mission of the fund is to provide bridge funding to area small businesses as well as to support the basic needs of individuals who have lost employment due to COVID-19. It is a secure and immediate way to donate to the response effort. 

Home Made Face MaskSupplyConnector

Finished goods, materials, manufacturing capability and support services are needed to combat COVID-19. SupplyConnector was started by a small group of outdoor industry professionals seeking a way to connect brands that were pivoting operations to help provide relief in the current crisis. This regional directory is designed to connect those who can supply materials and manufacture finished goods with essential providers who need them most. The site allows you to submit information to give or receive critical equipment (such as face coverings, shields, surgical masks and the like). Users can connect directly with one another.

There are many other ways to help out our local community as we continue with Stay Home and social distancing orders. Just a few others to explore are: United Way & Hands-On Asheville to donate goods and volunteer; Musician Relief Fund to support Asheville’s normally vibrant music scene as it experiences cancelled gigs, festivals and events; and Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund to address local farmers’ needs as they deal with a dive in customers and sales.




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Explore New Listings by Mosaic Realty the Week of April 27

Asheville Metro Real Estate ActivityDespite the current global health crisis, our local real estate market is seeing good activity. Last week (the week of April 20-April 26), the Asheville Metro Area saw 127 New Listings, 187 Homes Under Contract, and 129 Closings. Continue to follow our weekly real estate activity updates on our Facebook page and our Instagram account, or contact us to get a better picture of what is happening with real estate in our area right now.

In this week's blog post, we would like to highlight a few of our brand new listings that hit the market this week! Find all of our current listings on Our Listings page. There, you can view detailed informational brochures and Virtual Showings that our agents now offer in order to let people get a thorough preview of homes before deciding to tour them in person. 




155 Carroll Avenue


155 Carroll Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms 2,032

SF • 0.40 Acres MLS #3612201

155 Carroll Avenue AshevilleFEATURES

• Updated 1960s ranch with lower-level studio

• Walkable to downtown

• Spacious kitchen offers plenty of cabinets and lots of countertop area

• Lower-level bathroom updated with beautiful, tiled, walk-in shower

• Huge fully fenced yard

• Large back deck

• Large storage shed

• Wood-burning fireplace in living room

• Private, stone fire pit in back yard

• Mini-splits throughout the home offer efficient, ductless, zoned heating and air conditioning

• Nice, wide driveway can accommodate multiple vehicles

• Hardwood and tile upstairs; carpet downstairs

Learn more about 155 Carroll Avenue here!

49 Tahkieostie Trail


49 Tahkieostie TrailAsheville, NC 28806

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathrooms

2-Car Garage

2,049 Sq. Ft.

.17 Acres

MLS # 361544

49 Tahkieostie TrailFEATURES

• 2017 Modern cottage with all the bells and whistles!

• Views of the Biltmore Estate property

• Open floor plan and beautiful maple floors

• Hunter Douglas custom window shades throughout the home

• Large living room with lots of natural light and gas log fireplace

• Stone fireplace surround

• 10’ Ceilings on the main level

• Oversized dining area with plenty of room for your large table

• Eat-in kitchen features stainless steel appliances and oversized kitchen island

• Spacious vaulted master suite with ensuite bathroom featuring a dual master vanity and custom closet system

• Two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs

• Lower level utility room and exercise/workshop space

• Rear deck with completely fenced in backyard

• Year-round views

• Newer concrete driveway

• Two-car garage

Learn more about 49 Tahkieostie Trail here!

14 Davenport Road


14 Davenport Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

1,549 Square Feet

• 0.15 Acres

MLS #3616396

14 Davenport Road AshevilleFEATURES

• Brand new GreenBuilt Arts and Crafts home by McMaster Builders

• Fantastic location in the heart of West Asheville; a stone’s throw to shopping and dining

• Walkable to West Asheville Park • Short drive or bike ride to downtown Asheville

• Flat lot perfect for playing and entertaining

• Pisgah Range mountain views looking west from the second floor

• Open, flowing floor plan and oversized windows for great light

• Gorgeous hardwood and tile floors throughout the home

• Coat closet at entry, and 9-foot ceilings

• Powder room and laundry room on main level

• Chef’s kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, pantry, modern fixtures and kitchen island with breakfast bar connects to dining area

• Gas fireplace in living room in living room for a cozy ambiance

• Bright living room adjoins open-slatted stairwell leading to three bedrooms and two full bathrooms upstairs

• Master on second level features gorgeous hardwood floors, tray ceiling, a walk-in closet, a second closet and ensuite full bathroom that includes granite countertops and a tiled shower

• Second full bathroom upstairs with quartz countertops, a tiled shower, and a linen closet

• Extra storage under stairs on main level • Outdoor living with covered front porch and sunny back deck

Learn more about 14 Davenport Road here!

For a complete display of our newest listings this week, visit our saved search, Our Listings at, where you can view virtual showings of these homes and detailed brochures.


Open the Door to a Thorough Spring Cleaning

Deep Spring Cleaning of Home

Spring-cleaning season is here, and hunkering down at home in light of “Stay home, stay safe” directives provides plenty of opportunity for a thorough, top-to-bottom sweep. As you set out to tackle those nooks and crannies, here are some often-overlooked spots to target.

Clear the closets

If you’re not sure where to start, begin in those bedroom, hallway and coat closets. Sort last season’s clothes, bagging for donation the pieces you no longer wear, and moving the rest onto higher, out-of-the-way shelves for storage until next winter. Move spring- and summer-wear into the spotlight. Clean coats before storing away: Check the label to see which of them can be machine-washed. Use a small brush and a little soapy water to scrub mud, snow and rock salt stains off winter boots before storing away. Finally, don’t forget to wipe down and vacuum closet floors.

Deep Home CleaningClean windows, inside and out

Spring is a good time to wipe away winter’s grime from windows and windowsills. An easy and inexpensive way to clean glass is by mixing one part water to one part distilled vinegar in a spray bottle; for tough spots, you can use a cloth soaked in undiluted vinegar. Use a microfiber cloth to dust windowsills, and don’t forget the base between the window and the screen.

Wipe down baseboards

While we may vacuum and mop on a regular basis, we often neglect baseboards, which can accumulate a fine layer of dust over time. The easiest ways to wipe them down are with a microfiber cloth; skimming a vacuum-cleaner hose attachment along the edges will also do the trip. For those inevitable scuff marks, swipe a melamine foam sponge (commonly called Magic Eraser). 

Outdoor Cleaning of HomesFreshen couches and rugs

Deep cleaning fabric couches and rugs can be easy, economical and chemical-free. Liberally sprinkle baking soda (you can mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you’d like) directly onto the entire area and let sit, preferably overnight. Vacuum as you normally would.

Awaken the bedroom

Dust loves to collect around heavy furniture, including beds and dressers. Spring is a great time to tackle the dust bunnies: Vacuum under and behind furniture, and wipe floor corners with a microfiber cloth. Remove duvet covers, as well as decorative and throw pillow covers, and toss in the washing machine.

Scrub decks and patio/lawn furniture

Bring lawn pieces back to life and manage mildew on wooden decks and furniture safely and effectively using ingredients you probably have in your home right now. For resin lawn furniture, use a wet sponge coated in baking soda to gently scrub away grime. Mild detergent mixed with half a cup of bleach and a gallon of water will help to clean dingy-looking plastic-mesh lawn furniture. You can remove mildew from wood decks and patio furniture by wiping them with a solution of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup of white vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda in a gallon of water. The vinegar will help to prevent future mildew growth, but you can also keep some full-strength on hand in a spray bottle for spot cleaning wherever you see mildew emerge.

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Mosaic's Video Walkthroughs Offer Secure, Comprehensive Property Viewings

Asheville Real Estate Virtual Tours

If you’re interested in exploring the Asheville real estate market in the age of COVID-19 – either as a buyer or a seller – you can do so safely and with confidence thanks to Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s virtual walkthroughs. These high-quality recorded video showings are a key way Mosaic has quickly calibrated operations to conform to the changing climate, keeping the safety of our clients, our agents and our community at the forefront, while at the same time continuing to make the real-estate experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

The advantage to virtual showings

Mosaic listings’ virtual walkthroughs offer peace of mind to both sellers and buyers on many levels. Video showings help to curb viral exposure that traditional, potentially high-traffic showings might bring. They are helpful in educating a buyer on the design, layout and special features of a home, piquing interest and encouraging buyers to pursue a property further.

Virtual showings also serve to streamline the house-hunting or -selling process, allowing for convenient perusal of a home with a click of a button anytime, at the buyer’s leisure. Video showings can be viewed as many times as the buyer would like, and at any pace desired.

Professionally shot videos

Mosaic’s in-house videographer creates unique, high-quality virtual tours that feature the property’s surrounding yard, view, all interior spaces, garage and accessory structures, and deck or patio space. The videos, which also showcase the surrounding neighborhood and approach, are shot with optimal natural and professional lighting, boast high definition, and are prominently displayed on Mosaic’s listing page. 

If, after viewing Mosaic’s online video walkthroughs, you would like to virtually examine a property further, you can request a live-stream walkthrough (either via Zoom or FaceTime and given by the seller or the listing agent). After viewing a virtual walkthrough, buyers are encouraged to do drive-bys of properties that interest them, getting a first-hand look at the home’s exterior, yard and neighborhood. 

The option for in-person showings

Real estate in Asheville has been deemed an essential service, so Mosaic can do in-person showings, making every effort to adhere to CDC best practices to keep our clients, sellers and agents safe. For more details, see Mosaic’s COVID Compliant Commitment and Disclosure.

To view Mosaic Realty’s virtual tours, view this search. For more information on real estate in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Incentives for Building Green Grow in Asheville

Asheville Green Building

Looking for ways to bolster your finances in light of our ever-changing world events? As a homeowner, you can take advantage of a variety of local and federal incentives and rebates available for building green and implementing sustainability in Asheville.

The City of Asheville Sustainability Office recently rolled out residential building permit fee rebates for single-family homes to support sustainability. Measures such as Green Built certification, solar photovoltaic systems, and tree protection will net homeowners a range of rebates. Information on all sustainability fee rebates can be found at the City of Asheville website

Green Building Incentives AshevilleElectric and gas discounts and rebates 

Duke Energy is offering Asheville area homeowners incentives to implement green upgrades. Its Smart Saver program provides rebates for such actions as attic insulation and air sealing, duct repair and replacement, and heat pump water heater installation. Energy Star-labeled homes receive a discount on electric rates after the first 350 kWh used per month. Visit the Duke Energy website to learn more.

PSNC Energy offers incentives for green upgrades as well. Replacing gas furnaces and water heaters with high-efficiency versions will net homeowners $150 per appliance upgrade.

Incentives for installing renewable energy

North Carolina allows cities and counties to offer low-interest loans for solar panels and other energy upgrades Learn more about these loans here. Federal incentives include a 30% tax credit with no caps; details found here. And through NC Green Power, a per-kWh rate is paid to homeowners for electricity generated from a renewable energy source. Morei information is available at this website. For a database of all renewable and efficiency incentives by state, visit

Green Building IncentivesCommercial cost-cutting

Business owners in Asheville can also qualify for rebates and incentives when they implement energy-efficient measures. Duke Energy offers a Small Business Energy Saver program, which pays up to 80% of energy-efficiency improvements such as LEDS and lighting controls, HVAC and refrigeration. Duke Energy also provides up to 14% off your bill if you take part in its Demand Response Automation, in which you use less energy during peak demand periods. (The program also helps you create a plan of action to take during these peak periods.)

For additional information on tax discounts and other programs to positively impact your wallet while at the same time aiding the environment, go to Green Built Alliance’s comprehensive compilation.  

Mosaic Realty is proud to be a member and supporter of Green Built Alliance and thankful for the important green building resources that they provide.


Mosaic Safely Adjusts to Meet Real Estate Needs During ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe' Mandate

Updated April 9th, 2020

As Asheville and Buncombe County adjust to the mandated “Stay Safe, Stay Home” local order (updated April 9), you may be wondering how to (or even if) you can successfully navigate the real estate market as a buyer or seller. Mosaic Realty has quickly calibrated operations to conform to the changing climate, for the safety of our clients, our agents and our community, while at the same time continuing to make the experience as smooth and successful as possible. Here’s what you can expect when working with us:

We will be asking all buyers and sellers to read and sign the COVID Compliant Commitment and Disclosure. Please review this document to read about the best practices we will adhere to and buyer and seller commitments.

Virtual Showing AshevilleIf you’re in the market to buy a property in Asheville:

  • Your Mosaic agent will continue to send you listings as usual, and you can let them know which ones pique your interest.
  • After letting your agent know which properties you’d like to “see,” he or she will send you any video walkthroughs that aren’t attached to the listing (agents are still working to get these done for all area properties) of those properties, along with floor plans and any other pertinent info that will help you to best experience the properties.
  • You can do a drive-by of homes you are interested in.
  • Virtual showings will be used whenever possible and can happen with livestream services such as Zoom and Face Time.
  • Real estate in Asheville has now been deemed an essential service, so we can now do in-person showings and will make every effort to adhere to CDC best practices to keep our clients, sellers and ourselves safe. For more details, see our  COVID Compliant Commitment and Disclosure.
  • If you are more comfortable with "touring" from afar, virtual showings can happen via Zoom/Face Time live-stream videos.  These are either given by the seller or the listing agent when the seller can't provide the walkthrough.
  • Once you have a property under contract, you can come inside during the inspection.

Asheville Virtual Real EstateWhat you should expect once a deal is in place:

  • Once you are under contract, we can get a home inspector in to do a general home inspection of the property, radon test and the like. Inspectors are asking that they be unaccompanied, but they can do a video call walkthrough to point out concerns with you and your agent once they are done.
  • Mosaic can execute all contract elements electronically, including signatures.
  • Your loan will most likely take longer to process; we will speak to your lender for definitive information on this.
  • It is advisable to ask for an extended due diligence period to accommodate the longer loan-processing time (length of due diligence will be primarily driven by what your lender says). A longer DD period will also allow for the possibility that the situation may improve enough to let you view the home in person before the expiration of DD or, at least, before closing.

Virtual Real Estate AshevilleIf you’re in the market to sell your Asheville property:

  • A Mosaic agent can list your property now and visit it in person, but will ask that you leave the home during the visit. You and your agent can have a conversation about the house outside of the home.
  • In-person showings to buyers or buyers’ agents can now happen, and we will make every effort to help you minimize viral exposure in your home should you decide to allow in-person showings.
  • Once you have a signed listing contract with Mosaic, your agent can have a photographer, videographer and floor plan/measuring consultant come to the property and take photos, record a video walkthrough, and create a floor plan of the property to market it in the MLS. You will be asked to leave the house while those service providers are inside.
  • Buyers' agents can do in-person showings or they may show the property to their clients via listing agent-provided video walkthroughs, photos and floor plans.
  • If you are technically proficient, you may be asked to provide a live video walkthrough for serious buyers and their agents.
  • Once we receive an offer, Mosaic will negotiate and execute contracts just as we always have, via email, phone calls and electronic signatures.
  • Once the property is under contract, the buyer can come inside the home during the inspection.
  • Mosaic will make every effort to curb viral exposure within your home, including those outlined in our COVID Compliant Commitment and Disclosure. These efforts will include: leaving all lights on and interior doors open, so there’s no need for unnecessary handling of knobs and switches; and placing small notes around your home reminding visitors not to touch surfaces unnecessarily.

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Asheville Partnership Provides Early Education and Enrichment Guidance

Buncombe Partnership for Children Childcare

Childcare, youth activities, kindergarten: The educational and enrichment options available to parents of young children can feel overwhelming. Buncombe Partnership for Children offers parents in Asheville guidance and a range of resources to help them make the best decisions for their family as they embark on their educational journey. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to help build up area families by supporting this invaluable initiative. 

Asheville Buncombe PreschoolsWhat is Buncombe Partnership for Children?

The group partners with local organizations to provide programs that improve the quality of early childhood education, increase access to affordable, high-quality early care, expand early literacy opportunities, and provide family support. The partnership’s vision is that every child in the Asheville community will reach his or her fullest potential and be prepared for lifelong success.

Asheville/ Buncombe County Childcare

Finding the right childcare program can be daunting; the partnership points parents in the direction of helpful resources, such as Mountain Child Care Connections, a regional call center providing families with free, confidential information about quality child care to meet their individual needs. Another resource is the Division of Child Development & Early Education, which offers guides and a database for parents to easily research area childcare centers. Buncombe Partnership also offers a map of childcare centers in the county so parents can gauge proximity to home or work.

Play & Learn groups

Buncombe Partnership also works with Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups, which are free adult-child groups for families of children 3 months to 5 years old. Activities include singing songs, stories, art, outdoor play, puppet shows and crafts. Children must reside in Buncombe County and not be in enrolled in licensed childcare. Registration is ongoing, but is required before attending and begins immediately.

Asheville Buncombe ChildcarePre-kindergarten

Buncombe Partnership for Children administers the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program  (NC Pre-K) in Asheville. NC Pre-K is a state-funded, free, high-quality early care and education program that aims to enhance children’s school readiness. The program is offered for 6.5 hours a day for 10 months; programs are located in public schools, private childcare programs, and Head Start. 

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read program provides free books to children 6 months to 5 years at all well child doctor’s office visits. The medical practitioners have a chance to observe the child’s interest in and approach to the book, which helps them note development stages. Doctors also advise families on how best to introduce books and build a love of reading. Reach Out and Read’s partnership with Buncombe Partnership for Children has helped to bring the total number of area children served to 1,600 annually.

Asheville Adventure Play

The partnership has been working with community volunteers to provide untraditional play opportunities, hosting pop-up adventure playgrounds around Buncombe County. Its newest collaboration will bring pop-ups to Buncombe County Sports Park throughout the summer.

Kindergarten preparedness

To help your child get ready for making the transition to kindergarten, the partnership recommends you do a number of things before the first day. Talk with your child about their new school. What are they looking forward to?  What are they wondering about? Find books at the library about getting ready for school to read to your child. Practice getting ready. Take a trip to their new school. Even seeing the school from the outside can help your child feel more prepared.

For more information on early education and enrichment in Asheville, visit

To learn more about Asheville area Real Estate, contact Mosaic Realty owner/broker Mike Figura at or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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