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A Lush Oasis Awaits You in Asheville's Beverly Hills Neighborhood

Beverly Hills Neighborhood Asheville

Beverly Hills is a hidden residential gem nestled in one of Asheville's most lush urban forests. With stately 80-year-old oak trees lining the East Asheville neighborhood’s historic municipal golf course, and quiet streets crisscrossing the fairways, Beverly Hills offers a wonderfully walkable, bikeable, reasonably-priced neighborhood with a real sense of community. Bordered roughly by Tunnel Road to the north and Swannanoa River Road to the south and east, the area boasts a perfect balance of natural and retail amenities, just minutes to downtown Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Swannanoa River East AshevilleA mixture of well-established brick ranches and newer 3- and 4-bedroom homes populates Beverly Hills. There is a voluntary Home Owners’ Association that aims to build community by providing a forum for sharing information, connecting neighbors, promoting activities and fostering civic involvement.

Golfing in Your Backyard

The Asheville Municipal Golf Course, at the southern tip of Beverly Hills, is one of the oldest golf courses in Western North Carolina. The 18-hole, 129-acre golf course, designed by Hall of Fame golf architect Donald Ross, opened for play in 1927 and was the first municipal course in N.C. to be racially integrated. The course’s scenic design accomplishes the difficult double task of being challenging and fun.

Parks and Nature Combine in Beverly Hills

Recreation Park AshevilleDirectly east of Beverly Hills lies the Asheville Recreation Park, home to the Gashes Creek recreation park pool, a favorite summertime destination.

Adjacent to the park is the Western North Carolina Nature Center, home to more than 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red and gray wolves and cougars. A short distance from there is the City of Asheville John B. Lewis Soccer Complex, with four soccer fields, a large, tree-shaded park, and running- and walking-friendly flat terrain circling the fields.

Winding its way through all of this is the Swannanoa River, perfect for fishing or taking a quick dip on a sunny afternoon. For pet owners, the Azalea Road Dog Park provides plenty of play space, with separate runs for small and big dogs.

Retail and Restaurants Galore

Highland BrewingDirectly to the east of Beverly Hills is the Asheville Mall, with an array of large and small department and specialty stores. Also nearby is Walmart Supercenter, Target, Lowes, Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond, just to name a few. Need groceries or a quick meal? No problem! Whole Foods and Ingles are mere minutes away, as are an array of restaurants lining nearby South Tunnel Road.

A quick drive south from Beverly Hills will take to you Highland Brewing Company, which features a tasting room, free tours of its facilities, and entertainment and special events (many of them free) in its tasting room, on the meadow, and in its event center.

For a personally guided tour of Beverly Hills, or for more information on any neighborhood in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Asheville's Chunns Cove Combines Country and Convenience

Chunns Cove East Asheville

If you’re in search of an Asheville neighborhood that perfectly encapsulates country and convenience, look no further than Chunns Cove. Enveloped by Town Mountain/Downtown Asheville to the west, Haw Creek/Sondley Estates to the east, and the Tunnel Road shopping corridor to the south, Chunns Cove is well-known for pastoral scenes and spacious residences. Dotting its hillsides are a variety of homes, ranging from 1960s ranch-style to custom-built residences. Travel higher up through the neighborhood’s rolling terrain to find landscaped mountain spreads offering fabulous Blue Ridge views.

Amenities abound Near Chunns Cove

Whole Foods AshevilleWith the commercial corridor of Tunnel Road bordering the neighborhood, Chunns Cove residents enjoy an amazing array of shopping and entertainment outlets within a few minutes’ drive of their homes. 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 five-minute drive west, via Tunnel Road or I-240, puts you in the heart of Downtown Asheville, with its vibrant restaurant, retail and arts scene.

Chunns Cove boasts close proximity to excellent schools, including standouts Haw Creek Elementary and Evergreen Community Charter. 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. And the 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center, only 2.5 miles away, provides plenty of family fun with more than 60 species of animals to see.

Nestled in nature

Blue Ridge Parkway Near AshevilleAs you wind your way up the hills through Chunns Cove, it’s easy to forget you’re so close to the commercial conveniences below. Mature, abundant trees and greenery spill from yards and line the streets. Generous lots mean plenty of room for kids’ play or glorious gardens. Residents can enjoy watching all manner of wildlife in the wooded pockets dotting the neighborhood.

Being close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Chunns Cove 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).

For a personally guided tour of Chunns Cove, 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.

 

Town Mountain takes Asheville Living to New Heights

Cyclist Blue Ridge Parkway

If you’re looking for unparalleled mountain and city views in Asheville, Town Mountain is the place to be. The central neighborhood clusters along its main artery of Town Mountain Road, a meandering route of hairpin turns and switchbacks that winds up Beaucatcher Mountain from downtown toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dotting the hills are remarkable homes in a wide variety of styles – from gated communities to mountain estates to luxury condos – perched perfectly to maximize mountain enjoyment.

What sets Town Mountain apart is the fact that it feels luxuriously remote, while at the same time affording amazing proximity to Asheville’s twinkling city center. This means that Town Mountain residents are mere minutes from hiking trails and road cycling routes along the Blue Ridge Parkway in one direction, and all the urban amenities Downtown Asheville has on tap in the other.

Immersed in the Mountains of Asheville

Hiking on Blue Ridge ParkwayTaking in all the Blue Ridge has to offer is easy from Town Mountain neighborhood. Take in cloud-kissed mountaintop views as you enjoy a morning coffee from your deck. Catch the fresh mountain breezes that the higher elevation of the neighborhood affords. You can even ride your road bike right out your door and up Town Mountain Road to the Blue Ridge Parkway for an all-day adventure.

For a delightful and easy hike minutes from Town Mountain, there’s Craven Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The scenic hike goes along part of the Mountains to Sea Trail, which runs across the state of North Carolina. It’s mostly flat as it leads up from the parking area through hardwood forest (with a few creek crossings) to the Tanbark Ridge Overlook off the Parkway.

Town Mountain Leads You Downtown in a Heartbeat

Downtown AhevilleThere’s no trade-off between town and country when you live in Town Mountain. The urban oasis of Downtown Asheville offers dining options galore – everything from brunch hotspots (Over Easy Café , Early Girl Eatery, Tupelo Honey) to bustling brew pubs (Wicked Weed Brewery, LAB, Bhramari Brewing Co.) to dessert destinations (French Broad Chocolates, Karen Donatelli), just to name a few.

Culturally rich programs and entertainment are only minutes away from Town Mountain: Think dance and music performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre; a range of concerts and sporting events at the U.S. Cellular Center/Thomas Wolfe Auditorium; and all manner of outdoor music and arts fests in Pack Square. Itching for an enriching museum experience? Hit the Asheville Art Museum, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the Asheville Museum of Science, or the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, or mix in a little play at the Asheville Pinball Museum.

For a personally guided tour of the Town Mountain neighborhood, 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.

Search Asheville Homes Suited to Your Interests and Lifestyle at Mosaic Realty

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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Combat Environmental Concerns in Real Estate Deals

Environmental Concerns in Real Estate

So, you’re in the market to buy (or sell) your home. You have a to-do list at the ready, and feel fully prepared to embark on your real estate journey. But as equipped as you are, you may be overlooking something that is, quite literally, right under your nose – a property’s environmental issues. Everything from possible underground oil tanks, asbestos and mold to well-water and lead testing should be considered when entering any real estate transaction. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty can help to guide you through this particularly important facet of the process, allowing you to complete the deal with total peace of mind.

Underground Oil Tanks

Environmental TestingOne thing to consider when buying or selling a property is the possible existence of underground oil tanks. These are a common – and because of potential leaks – major environmental concern. Often, sellers don’t even realize that the oil tanks exist because they were never disclosed. But there are ways to determine if there is indeed an oil tank issue that needs addressing – from looking for pipes coming up from the ground or copper tubes in crawl spaces, to checking if a basement smells like oil. Mosaic agents are equipped to look for the tell-tale signs, and then if and when a problem is uncovered, they can advise on the best and most cost-effective ways to address it.

Asbestos, Lead and Mold

Asbestos RemovalUp until the mid-’80s, asbestos was used in a lot of building materials, including things like ceiling popcorn, drywall joint compound and plaster, and linoleum. Removal can be a pricey undertaking. In inspecting a home’s potential asbestos exposure, you may face many quandaries. Can asbestos mastic on a wood floor be abated? Should you be concerned about asbestos siding? These are questions Mosaic agents can answer, possibly saving you thousands of dollars on unnecessary measures.

When it comes to potential lead and mold contamination or well-water issues in a property deal, a highly informed agent is one of your best defenses. Mosaic’s agents can guide you in what to look for, and if further action is necessary, point you in the direction of the best-equipped professionals for the job.

Brownfields

Sites with environmental contamination are scattered throughout the region, so it’s important to know exactly where these brownfields are located before you close on a home or land deal. If such contamination is suspected, a thorough environmental analysis of the property and neighboring properties is advised. A Mosaic agent can go over the process and results with you, and determine if there are any red flags requiring further sampling.

These tips targeting environmental concerns only scratch the surface; if you’re ready to buy or list a property and want thorough environmental guidance sure to save you time and money down the line, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Biltmore Forest: Luxury Living Meets Ample Amenities

Biltmore Forest Asheville NC

Just 10 minutes south of downtown Asheville, amid the lush backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, sits the town of Biltmore Forest. Residents and visitors alike are drawn to Biltmore Forest for its close proximity to exhilarating outdoor activities, popular tourist attractions, and residential neighborhoods teeming with majestic mansions, historic rambling ranches and gated communities.

The town of Biltmore Forest provides a full range of services including police, public works, water, zoning and sanitation. With the Blue Ridge Parkway slicing the southern end, Hendersonville Road bordering the east, downtown Asheville and I-40 to the north, and the Biltmore Estate running along the western border, Biltmore Forest is perfectly positioned for optimal living and playing.

Biltmore Forest: Encompassed in History

Biltmore Forest AshevilleIn the early 1900s, 1,500 acres of Biltmore Estate bordering on Hendersonville Road was declared a restricted residential section and sold off as lots. The project, which would become Biltmore Forest, began in August 1920, and the town was officially chartered in 1923.

In 1990, the Biltmore Forest Historic District was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Eligibility included the area’s pioneering method of suburban real estate development; the Colonial revival, craftsman, rustic and Tudor revival styles specific to the area; and the coordination of plan, landscaping and architecture to create identity and character.

Residential zoning designations and conscientious zoning restrictions have helped to retain the historic design. The adoption of tree protection ordinances and community forestry programs have helped to conserve the natural landscaping that is a hallmark of Biltmore Forest.

Amenities Abound Near Biltmore Forest

Biltmore ForestBiltmore Forest offers its residents a number of community parks, 24-hour police and fire protection, the private-membership Biltmore Forest Country Club with golf course, pool, fitness center and tennis facilities, and a number of public, private and parochial schools nearby. The commercial thoroughfare of Hendersonville Road is home to a number of grocery stores, gyms and specialized fitness facilities, retail shopping both big-box and boutique, movie theaters and restaurants. The Asheville Regional Airport is a mere 15 minutes away.

Outdoor adventures are only a short drive away from Biltmore Forest. Residents 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.

For a personally guided tour of Biltmore Forest, or for more information on real estate here 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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Tips for Finding a Home in Asheville

Finding an Asheville Home

Shopping for a home can be a complicated, confusing undertaking. As rewarding as the end result is, the process of attaining your dream requires time, patience and, most importantly, organization. Before you set out on the journey, it helps to map out your wants and needs. While you may not meet every one of your desires, detailing them at the outset will help you streamline the shopping process and make it more enjoyable. Following, a few tips to set you on the right path for finding your dream home in the hot Asheville, NC Real Estate market.

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

This is an important first step toward a home purchase. Obtaining mortgage pre-approval means you can pinpoint your price range and narrow down your options. In addition, it shows you to be a serious buyer when it comes time to make an offer and you can be prepared to act quickly when that perfect property hits the market.

Zero in on Neighborhood Amenities

How to Find an Asheville HomeWhat are you looking for in a neighborhood? Is it homes with mountain views? Are you all about walkability? Do you desire a larger lot? Knowing what the options are, and then honing in on the neighborhoods that boast your favorites, will give you a good start in your search. Mosaic Realty's Search by Interest and Lifestyle page can assist you with dialing in your search.

Find a Knowledgeable Agent

When you’re looking for a home in Asheville, and especially if you’re planning to relocate to the area from a different part of the country, it helps to have a knowledgeable agent well-versed in Asheville’s neighborhoods and all they have to offer. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty know the ins and outs of this city they call home; they will listen to what you’re after in a home and neighborhood, and focus the search accordingly, saving you time and energy.

Prioritize Home Amenities

Asheville Homes for SaleThere are as many home styles and amenities to choose from as there are buyers. If you know you want an older home replete with claw-foot bathtub and antique fixtures, it makes little sense to spend time viewing modern green-builds. Homes may not house every detail you desire, but it is possible to find one that boasts a number of your top requirements.

Get to Know Your Potential ’Hood

The perfect home is only as perfect for you as the neighborhood it’s in. The best way to learn about a specific Asheville neighborhood is to visit it a few times, and during different times of the day and evening. Are there lots of kids playing in the neighborhood for yours to befriend? Do the barking dogs delight or dismay? Maybe even take a walk through the area and chat with residents you run into – most will be happy to talk to you about their neighborhood. If noise is a concern, it’s important to gauge things like area traffic and the resulting ambient noise. Details like this can’t be learned through a listing.

So, if you’re ready to begin your home search in Asheville, or want more tips to make the most of your house hunt, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Drawn to Art? You'll Find Your Fill Amid Asheville's Art Festivals and Classes

Asheville Crafts

The Asheville area is rich with craft tradition, and that has translated into arts and crafts festivals and classes of every kind. From pottery to glass to cloth fiber, the media through which artisans and students alike can express themselves are plentiful. Following, a few of the many arts festivals and classes that you can be a part of in and around Asheville:

Biltmore Village Art & Craft Fair

Occurring annually for nearly half a century, Village Art & Craft Fair brings high-quality crafts to Biltmore Village, on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls.

Asheville Art in the Park

Quilts Asheville CraftsThis annual fest in Asheville’s Pack Square takes place on three consecutive Saturdays each June and October. Local artists of national renown exhibit handcrafted art across an array of media.

North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

Ceramic arts of all genres including tile work, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery are featured at this Pack Square festival. Among the attractions are 40 ceramic art vendors, food trucks, raku demonstrations and live entertainment.

The Big Crafty

This biannual craft marketplace features some 150 selected artists, makers and crafters. Visitors to the fest can also enjoy local food, drink and music amid a community bazaar atmosphere.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Held in downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center, this long-running annual fair features a variety of craft, from contemporary to traditional artistry of clay, wood, metal, glass, paper, mixed media and jewelry.

LEAF Festival and LEAF Downtown

Wood Bowls Asheville CraftsThese popular world cultural arts fests, occurring at Lake Eden and in Pack Square, draw thousands every year to experience an eclectic array of international entertainment and art.

Cloth Fiber Workshop

This learning center, located in Asheville’s River Arts District, offers a variety of workshops centered on textile arts for students of all experience levels.

North Carolina Glass Center

This nonprofit, public-access glass studio provides daily educational offerings and demonstrations. The works of the center’s artists and instructors are on display in the NCGC glass gallery.

Open Hearts Art Center

Serving adults with disabilities since 2005, this one-of-a-kind program includes classes in painting, drama, dance, music, fiber arts, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, screen printing, gardening (seasonal) and creative writing.

Penland School of Crafts

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, this international center for craft education offers one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in books, paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking, letterpress, textiles, and wood.

Want to know more about Asheville or Real Estate in Asheville? Contact Mosaic owner, Mike Figura, at Mike@MyMosaicRealty, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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The Latest Technology Makes Smart Homes a No-Brainer

Smart Home Technology

With ever-advancing technology, smart homes are only getting smarter. From security cameras that send motion notifications to your smartphone, to doorbells that let you see who’s at the door before you even answer it, the latest additions to the smart-home roster promise easier, less stressful, streamlined living. How can you make your home smarter? Read on.

Doorbells

With built-in video cameras, smart doorbells can send images to your phone so you can see who’s knocking without going to the door. Some even come with built-in microphones for communicating with your visitor even if you’re not home.

Speakers

Smart Homes AshevilleThese hands-free devices allow you to do a range of things, from checking the morning traffic to sending a text to streaming a podcast, all via voice activation. In addition, such smart speakers can allow you to do things like dim lights and lower the shades, using compatible smart-home kits.

Security Cameras

Gone are the days of third-party security services: With the latest smart security devices, a camera can send emails, pictures and alerts to your smart phone whenever it detects motion or activity outside. Built-in speakers allow you to also listen or speak through the device.

Ovens

Even cooking is getting tech-y: Some of the newest ovens on the market offer built-in Wi-Fi, so you can use a smartphone app to preheat, adjust temperatures, or even turn off the appliance (especially helpful if you often leave home wondering if the oven is still on). The ovens will also alert you if you’ve left a burner on, which you can turn off via your phone.

Robotic Mowers and Vacuums

Smart Home Technology AshevilleThe newest models have perfected their sensors to more easily detect obstacles and work around them. Some mowers can return to their base if they sense rain, or need to recharge. Vacuums have improved on multi-surfacing and cornering, and many allow you to schedule tasks or set virtual mapping for a truly hands-free clean-up.

Thermostats

Manually changing temperature settings is a thing of the past, thanks to the latest smart thermostats, which respond to your comfort and energy-saving needs using algorithms and smart senses. With responsive touchscreen displays, remote temperature sensors, and integrations with smart-home kits, these devices make it simple to reduce consumption, and thus save money.

For information about Asheville or Real Estate in Asheville, email Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at 828-777-3955.

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