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For the Perfect Combination of Convenience and Country, Arden Awaits

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.

Outdoor Adventures Abound in the Arden Neighborhood

Tubing French Broad River ArdenTo 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.

Enjoy Jumps and Hops

Trampoline Park Arden NCWhen the weather’s less than hospitable, residents can get a little indoor exercise at one of the two nearby popular trampoline parks (Launch and Sky Zone).

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 23 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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Asheville Homes Search by Interest Lifestyle

When looking for a home, your search should go beyond the basics. Interests and lifestyle choices are integral to choosing a residence best suited to you and your family, and promise to enrich your life in a way that will truly make a house feel like YOUR home.

To that end, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty offers customers the option to search for real estate in the Asheville area by interest and lifestyle. By simply going to MyMosaicRealty.com and clicking on the “Interests & Lifestyles” tab in the upper right corner, you can search for available homes geared to any number of criteria.

Asheville Green Homes for SaleLooking for a green, energy-efficient home in Asheville? Mosaic has you covered. If historic homes strike your fancy, there’s a tab for that. And best of all, you can have your search come to you by registering with MyMosaicRealty.com: Save interest and lifestyle searches and your favorite Asheville listings, and receive email notifications when a new listing matches your search criteria.

Below, examples of other lifestyle-centric tabs to help hone in on the home of your dreams:

Pedestrian Friendly Asheville

If you want to lessen your environmental impact, or just get a little daily exercise, go to this tab. From these walkable Asheville listings, you can ditch the car and hoof it to restaurants, grocery stores, retail districts, and other attractive amenities.

Downtown Condos in Asheville

Downtown Asheville Condos for SaleIf you’re looking for condos in Asheville that give you the luxury of hassle-free living, click here. These flexible finds in downtown Asheville are only steps away from mouth-watering eateries, singular specialty stores, and lively nightlife – and come with no lawn to mow!

Asheville Homes Close to Trails

Imagine living so close to trails that an impromptu after-work hike or spontaneous morning mountain-bike ride is never out of the question. One click on this tab, and that dream can become a reality.

Homes with a Mountain View

If you’re looking for the pinnacle of Asheville living, quite literally, this category’s for you. There’s nothing better than drinking in the mountain views along with your morning coffee from the perfectly perched homes that come up under the search Homes with a Mountain View.

Bikeable Asheville

Asheville Homes Near TrailsFor bike enthusiasts, this tab takes you to pedal-perfect listings. From these bikeable Asheville homes, you can get out your door and right onto your bike, and you’ll be where you need to be in no time at all.

Other Interests & Lifestyles options include categories for Luxury Homes, Affordable Housing, and Greenways and Parks.

For a personally guided tour of Asheville real estate that fuels your lifestyle or interests, or for more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Discover Pastoral, Peaceful Fairview

Hickory Nut Gap Store Fairview

Boasting a bucolic backdrop of rolling hills and idyllic farmland, the community of Fairview in southeastern Buncombe County beckons. Fairview provides peaceful seclusion while at the same time offering perfect proximity to all downtown Asheville has to offer. U.S Route 74A (Charlotte Highway), which runs through Fairview, allows for easy passage to and through the area. Calling Fairview home means never having to leave to “get away from it all”!

A Range of Residences in Fairview

Fairview NC FarmlandFairview, settled in the late 18th century, was initially known as Cane Creek. As the community has grown, so have the living options. A census-designated place, Fairview offers a range of homes varying in size and style: everything from quaint mountain cottages on small parcels to rambling ranches surrounded by acres of untouched woods to pristine new developments. In addition, land for sale means you can start from scratch in making the home of your dreams a reality.

For families, the nearby Cane Creek Pool, part of Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Services, offers warm-weather fun. Other quick day trips from Fairview include Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, both about 16 miles southeast. And downtown Asheville is only 11 miles away.

Fairview has Farms Galore

Fairview NC Cheese FarmMany working farms dot the landscape of Fairview, producing a range of sumptuous goods and tasty treats. Below, a few to check out:

Looking Glass Creamery: small family farm is big into cheesemaking; it produces 1,200 pounds of cheese a week. Visitors to the creamery can enjoy a mountain view in the garden and linger over a carefully crafted cheese board and a perfectly paired bottle of wine, or enjoy the creamery’s caramel sauce and fruit pastes along with handmade products from all over WNC.

Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery: This creamery’s distinctive cheeses are hand-crafted in small batches and cave-aged to perfection. Cave aging gives the cheeses a unique character, imparting a flavor that can’t be duplicated anywhere else in the world. Call and make an appointment to tour the caves and sample the creamery’s cheeses.

Imladris Farm: This farm is a sustainable supplier of jams, jellies and preserves made from locally sourced fruit. Dating back to a land grant from the late 1700s, Imladris Farm still includes and makes use of several of the old farm buildings, the original springs, and tools inherited from family. Farm tours are available by appointment.

Hickory Nut Gap Farm: A serene 90 acres nestled in Fairview, Hickory Nut Gap Farm has been raising 100% grassfed beef, pastured pork, pastured poultry, and apples since 2000. Opened year-round, the farm offers a variety of activities for families, including hay rides, berry-picking, tours and barn dances. Visitors to the farm can stop into the store and butchery to buy farm products or enjoy lunch or brunch.

For a personally guided tour of Fairview, 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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Recreation Rules at Asheville's Biltmore Lake

Biltmore Lake Neighborhood Asheville

Luxurious lakeside living in the heart of the Western North Carolina mountains is the hallmark of Biltmore Lake, a master-planned community of more than 650 homes just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Asheville. The beauty of living at Biltmore Lake is that you can feel like you’re on a mountain vacation every day, without even leaving your neighborhood: Lake and Blue Ridge views abound, as do outdoor activities along Biltmore Lake’s trail system and in and around its lake. The neighborhoods – which feature everything from town homes to cottages to estate homes – seamlessly connect via sidewalk-lined streets, nature trails and idyllic common areas.

Biltmore Lake is Overflowing with Outdoor Amenities

Biltmore Lake Neighborhood AshevilleResidents of Biltmore Lake enjoy a range of onsite activities and amenities, maintained by the Biltmore Lake Community Association. Four miles of hardwood forest and rhododendron-enveloped trails offer plenty of opportunity for biking, running, walking or just enjoying the surrounding nature. There are four campsites alongside the trail system, two adjacent to the lake’s shoreline, and two on Scott’s Ridge’s higher elevation.

The lake offers an outlet for all manner of nonmotorized water sports, from canoeing and kayaking to paddleboating and sunfish sailing, all available for use from the Biltmore Lake boathouse. Fishing is also a popular pastime on Biltmore Lake. A sandy beach provides the perfect spot for sunning with a good book.

Sense of Community at Biltmore Lake

Walking Trails at Biltmore LakeBiltmore Lake also boasts playgrounds, two tennis courts, a basketball court and a clubhouse. The community association hosts a monthly fourth Friday social for neighbors to meet and mingle. In addition, the association coordinates a wide variety of activities for residents throughout the year, from clubs and lectures to live concerts.

Outside of Biltmore Lake, outdoor adventures are only a short drive away. One can take a hike through Pisgah National Forest; enjoy a scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway; or enjoy water activities on the French Broad River.

Shopping and Dining, Minutes Away in Asheville

Biltmore Lake residents enjoy amazing proximity to a range of commercial amenities. Just minutes away is Biltmore Park Town Square in South Asheville, a mixed-use center featuring an array of stores, restaurants and other amenities, including Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, REI, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Oven, the Reuter YMCA, Barnes & Noble and more.

Well-regarded public and private schools, including Hominy Valley Elementary School, Enka Middle and High schools, and Carolina Day School, serve the community.

For a personally guided tour of Biltmore Lake, 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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    Natural Charm and Commercial Conveniences Come to Life in Haw Creek

    Haw Creek Pool Asheville

    Where can you be in the heart of Asheville’s commercial corridor, or the heart of the Blue Ridge Parkway, all within a few minutes of leaving your front door? If you live in the neighborhood of Haw Creek, you can lay claim to that rare privilege.

    A farming community in the early 1700s, Haw Creek is a diverse neighborhood of more than 7,000 families living in a range of homes, from affordable apartments to single-family ranches, new modern structures, townhomes and condos. This East Asheville community boasts a rural charm that feels worlds away from hectic city life. Quaint coffee shops and restaurants serve as gathering spots for locals.

    However, with Tunnel Road – replete with restaurants and retail stores – running along its southern border, Haw Creek affords its residents commercial conveniences few other Asheville neighborhoods can offer. And it’s only 10 minutes from the Asheville Mall, and 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, with quick access into the heart of the city via Tunnel Road or I-240.

    An Asheville Neighborhood with Something for Everyone

    Penny Cup Cafe AshevilleIn addition to its retail conveniences, Haw Creek is home to excellent schools – Haw Creek Elementary School and Evergreen Charter School are two standouts. It also features the popular East Asheville Recreation Club, with tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and a seasonal swim team. The Charlie Bullman Park, located on New Haw Creek Road, features two lighted ball fields, concessions and restrooms. The East Asheville Public Library is a popular spot to spend an hour or two with a good book, and a playground and basketball court bordering the library give little ones the opportunity to enjoy outdoor time.

    Haw Creek has an activist neighborhood association, with many members serving on committees for City Council. Association activities include yard sales, an ice cream social, pot luck supper, Cider Fest, annual barbecue, National Night Out and a “Haw Creek Litter Brigade” to clean up along neighborhood roads.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway: a Haw Creek Perk

    Being close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Haw Creek home. Road cyclists can leave from their front door and head east to be on the parkway in a matter of minutes. Or if you’d rather drive, 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).

    For a personally guided tour of Haw Creek, 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.

    Malvern Walk Weaves West Asheville's Past Into Modern Living

    Malvern Walk West Asheville

    In the heart of West Asheville sits a true rarity: Malvern Walk, a new, modern community offering generously proportioned lots, all within one of Asheville’s original historic neighborhoods, Malvern Hills. Adjacent to the site of the historic Sulphur Springs Hotel, and home to what was once the last stop on Asheville’s first electric trolley, Malvern Hills is steeped in history, natural beauty and mountain vistas. Living in Malvern Walk puts you in the midst of this history, but also affords residents amazing proximity to a wide range of amenities.

    Build your Dream Home at Malvern Walk

    Malvern Walk Asheville LotsBoasting broad sky views and an accessible community to delight walkers, cyclists and gardeners alike, Malvern Walk offers the opportunity to build a dream home in West Asheville’s original historic large-lot subdivision. Malvern Walk has 30 lots, all a quarter acre or larger, two of them with existing homes. 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 in a Quiet West Asheville Location

    Malvern Hills Park West AshevilleResidents 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, 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.

    Muscle Up With These Unique Asheville Fitness Options

    Asheville Area Fitness Options

    With the New Year come fitness resolutions that often by February fall by the wayside. Keeping exercise interesting and varied is key to a regimen that sticks. In Asheville, fun, unique ways to work out are plentiful; the hardest part will be choosing a fitness track to take. Below, a few options to inject some excitement into exercise:

    Circus Arts in Asheville

    No, this isn’t clown school. Think silks, trapeze, hand balancing and other specialized movement arts. At Aerial Space studio – the first circus arts studio in N.C. – students can take group classes and private lessons in these specialties, along with contortion, slacklining, pushing hands and more.

    Interval Training

    If you’re looking for an innovative interval-based strength and endurance program, intentionally crafted to deliver a specific intensity, try the MADabolic program. Everything is predetermined, carefully structured and built to complement any active lifestyle. MADabolic – which stands for momentum, anaerobic and durability – is designed around work-to-rest ratios, providing an intense environment scalable to your abilities.

    Pole Fitness

    CrossFit AshevilleOnce confined to gentleman’s clubs, pole dancing has gained popularity as a mainstream form of fitness. At Empyrean Arts in South Slope, students can try their hand at pole or chair dance, pole spin, flexibility contortion, or partner acrobatics, along with an array of circus arts options.

    CrossFit Asheville

    CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. Regardless of sport or competitive level, CrossFit helps people feel solid, move efficiently, and recover quickly, reducing risk for injury while increasing overall athleticism. Two local options are CrossFit Asheville and CrossFit Pisgah.

    Hot Yoga

    If you love yoga but also crave a cardiovascular boost, here’s a cool option: hot yoga. Hot yoga is performed in intentionally heated studios to protect muscles for safe deep stretches and greater freedom of movement. The heat opens pores to flush out toxins, and increases the heart rate. Hot Yoga Asheville offers beginning (Bikram) hot yoga classes – a series of 26 postures done two times over – and hot Vinyasa flow classes, set to upbeat music and incorporating more Ashtanga postures like downward dog, warrior and pigeon.

    Indoor Rock Climbing

    Rock Climbing Gym AshevilleWhen the weather’s inclement, or you just don’t want to venture outside Asheville to get a rock climbing adventure in, opt for an indoor climbing wall. Climbmax Climbing has two locations, and offers basic belay instruction, climbing basics skills courses, and lead skill courses, among others.

    Barre Workout

    Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to music, barre workouts tone glutes, thighs, abs and arms. At Pure Barre in South Asheville, all classes are the same level, and the positions and movements are basic – it’s how deep you work them that creates a challenging workout.

    Expressive Dance

    Exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise might just be the ticket to a sustained fitness regimen. At Studio Zahiya, a boutique dance and movement space, you can take belly dance, hip hop, and Bhangra – an energetic and joyful dance from Northern India. Drop-in and enrollment dance classes are available for adults and kids.

    For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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    The 2018 Southern Conference Basketball Championships Promises a Winning Weekend in Asheville

    SoCon Tournament Asheville

    The Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships are an exciting annual draw to Asheville, and this year’s event promises another fun-filled weekend of nonstop action, on and off the courts. The college basketball championships will take place March 1-5, 2018, at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. Women’s quarterfinals kick off Thursday, March 1, while Men’s first round starts Friday, March 2.

    For fans visiting the city to attend the games, Asheville offers plenty of restaurants, breweries, shopping and activities to make the weekend an all-around winner. Businesses around town – including Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville’s Fun Depot, Asheville Outlets, Gray Line Trolley Tours, and Adventure Center of Asheville – will be offering discounts and special deals for fans.

    SoCon Tournament AshevilleThe championship games are sponsored in part by Mosaic Community LIfestyle Realty and Mosaic agent Kathleen Cook.  " I'm thrilled to be supporting a college sports tournament that brings so much to our Asheville community. As an avid sports fan, it's amazing to see how the SOCON basketball tournament positively impacts our city. In it's 7th consecutive year in Asheville, SOCON draws an average of 30,000 - 35,000 sport fans to our downtown and more than 6 million dollars in expected economic impact to the area.  That's tremendous not only for us college-hoops-lovers, but for Asheville as a whole,” says Cook.

    For fans wanting to get in on the basketball action, there will be a series of fun family events:

    ·      Downtown Dribble & Kid Fest Saturday, March 3, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Pack Square. Families will enjoy a pep rally filled with inflatables, obstacle courses and more. The first 700 children who register to participate in the event will receive a free basketball and t-shirt and the opportunity to participate in the dribble parade from Pack Square to the Cellular Center. In addition, they will receive free admission to the Men’s Quarterfinal noon session.

    SoCon Tournament Asheville·      The SoCon Teddy Bear Toss, Saturday, March 3, at noon. When you make a small donation to Mission Children’s Hospital, you’ll receive one of 1,500 stuffed animals to throw on the court during the Teddy Bear Toss. The bears will be donated to the children’s hospital.

    ·      The second annual Ingles Jamfest, Sunday, March 4, from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. (after the women’s championship game and before the men’s semifinals). The outdoor tailgate party, outside the Cellular Center, will feature popular local musicians, as well as local food and beverage vendors.

    ·      Hometown Heroes Night, Monday, March 5, at 9 p.m. The final evening of competition will honor Hometown Heroes, the people and organizations that help keep us safe every day. Members of military, fire, police, emergency and medical services, charitable organizations, and civil service will have the opportunity to attend the men’s championship game at 9 p.m.

    ·      Hoops Against Hunger, all tournament weekend. Anyone bringing an approved food item to donate will get $5 off a single-session ticket for any session.

    For tickets and more information on all the championship weekend events, visit SoConSpors.com .

    For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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    Volunteer Opportunities Abound in Asheville

    Asheville Volunteer Opportunities

    The spirit of helping, sparked during the holidays, can continue throughout the year, thanks to the myriad volunteer options available around Asheville. Below, a few ways to help those less fortunate in our community:

    Homeward Bound

    The local chapter of Homeward Bound, which aims to end homelessness by providing much-needed services to people transitioning into a home, has many volunteer opportunities. AHOPE Day Center volunteers assist people experiencing homelessness while they wait for housing by handing out towels and toiletries for showers, and checking mail and phone messages, all in an environment of kindness. Volunteers can also help at the Welcome Home Donation Center, which provides basic furniture and household goods to help clients’ new housing feel like home.

    Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity AshevilleDedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes, Habitat for Humanity offers volunteers a variety of ways to help. No prior experience is needed to aid in building or repairing homes. Volunteers can also lend a hand at ReStore, a retail store that sells donated home goods and building supplies at affordable prices to the general public.

    The Literacy Council of Buncombe County

    The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is a nonprofit organization that teaches basic reading, writing and English language skills to adults and children through individual and small-group instruction. Tutors complete orientation sessions and training, and commit to working with their students for a designated period of time.

    Animal Lovers

    Asheville Area Pet SheltersThere are plenty of ways to help animals in Buncombe County through organizations like Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf. Volunteers do everything from providing socialization and companionship to adoption-center animals to manning the front desk and assisting with daily cleaning.

    Asheville City Schools Foundation

    Asheville City Schools Foundation, which works to create strong public schools and break the cycle of poverty, has a need for volunteers to tutor and mentor students K-12. Volunteers can also lend their expertise to tutor Asheville High School/SILSA students in all subjects, but especially math.

    The Council on Aging of Buncombe County

    A nonprofit that provides services to those 60 and older, The Council on Aging of Buncombe County offers a volunteer transportation program that provides rides to seniors who can no longer drive. It also has a need for volunteers to help in its Adopt-A-Lawn service.

    RiverLink

    RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn, work and play. Volunteers can help with river cleanups, invasive plant removal, environmental education, special events, administrative tasks, park construction and more.

    MANNA FoodBank

    Hunger-relief organization MANNA FoodBank provides food to more than 347 member agencies throughout Western North Carolina. There’s a need for drivers, distribution assistants and warehouse volunteers.

    For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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    Solar Eclipse Promises Out-of-This-World Experience in Asheville

    Solar Eclipse Viewing Near Asheville

    On Monday, Aug. 21, for the first time in 26 years, parts of the U.S. will experience one of nature’s most amazing celestial events: a total eclipse of the sun. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Asheville area that day, you’re in for a treat: the city will see a 99% eclipse, while Jackson, Swain and Graham counties – all located about 50 to 70 miles west of Asheville – will experience the extremely rare total eclipse. Towns in the direct path include Sylva, Dillsboro, Cashiers, Bryson City, Cherokee and Robbinsville.

    Prepare to be Wowed

    In a solar eclipse, the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth, revealing the sun’s rarely seen corona. The moon casts a shadow that moves across the Earth's surface, creating a path of totality. For areas within this narrow, 70-mile-wide band, the experience will be otherworldly: temperatures will drop, birds will go silent, and stars will come out as complete darkness falls in the middle of the day for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The total transition in Western N.C. will begin about 1 p.m. and end around 4 p.m. Asheville will experience a 99% eclipse at approximately 2:37 p.m.

    Best Spots to Watch the Eclipse near Asheville

    View the Solar Eclipse Near AshevilleThere are many places to witness the entire eclipse in Western N.C. With visitors coming from everywhere to experience the phenomenon, you’ll need to arrive early to avoid heavy traffic. Although many events will have viewing glasses on hand, secure yours in advance and you’ll be assured a safe eclipse experience. Following, some prime spots for soaking in the exciting event:

    Downtown Asheville: The Asheville Museum of Science and UNC-Asheville will host a free Solar Eclipse Festival in Pack Square Park from 12-3 p.m., with music, food and hands-on eclipse activities. For those living outside the city who don’t want to travel far, Buncombe County Schools will be hosting three satellite viewing locations: Owen High School, North Buncombe High School and T.C. Roberson High School.

    Sylva: Beginning Friday evening, and leading up to the main event on Monday, visitors to downtown Sylva can enjoy festivities to celebrate the eclipse. On Monday, live music, food trucks and eclipse experts will be at Bridge Park (76 Railroad Avenue) in downtown Sylva from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Time of total darkness will be 1 minute, 45 seconds.

    Dillsboro: Park at Monteith Park for $2 and take a free shuttle from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. into Dillsboro to experience vendors, galleries, studios, shops and restaurants along the river. Time of total darkness will be 1 minute, 50 seconds.

    Cashiers: From 12-4 p.m., the Village Green will host food trucks, live music and experts with equipment for viewing. Everyone receives viewing glasses. Totality of darkness will be 2 minutes, 25 seconds.

    EclipseCherohala Skyway: This National Scenic Byway near Robbinsville, with many overlooks at which to park, will experience the longest period of darkness (about 2 minutes, 30 seconds).

    Blue Ridge Parkway: The southern section of the parkway will be in the path of total darkness (about 20-60 seconds around 2:36 p.m.) - from around Looking Glass Rock overlook (Milepost 417) to the end at Cherokee. The numerous overlooks on the stretch will fill up quickly, so get there early.

    Bryson City: Events downtown on Frye Street and at Swain County Event Park will feature food trucks and music from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Total darkness will be 1 minute, 57 seconds.

    Gorges State Park: Visitors can enjoy a three-day celebration with free activities. Aug. 19 is Nature Day, with a series of guided hikes from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 20 is Fun Day, with programs, exhibits, food and music from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. On Eclipse Day, gates will open at 5 a.m. with free solar glasses, food and music from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – but get there early, since they’ll close the gates when they reach full capacity (1,400 vehicles).

    For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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