Asheville, NC

West Asheville's Craggy Park Combines Community and Nature

Craggy Park Streetscape

Imagine a sustainable urban community featuring streamside trails and organic gardens against a park-like backdrop. Now imagine this idyllic setting within easy walking distance of West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor. The distinctive neighborhood of Craggy Park has all of this, and more. Its 45 green-built homes, featuring modern, clean lines and bright, open designs, are responsibly constructed for low environmental impact and sustainable living. Ditching the car in favor of biking or walking to restaurants, grocery, schools, the library and other amenities along Haywood Road and Patton Avenue is easy for Craggy Park residents, making this neighborhood the ultimate in green living.

Connecting to Nature at Craggy Park

Amenities at Craggy ParkCraggy Park’s design philosophy of clustering homes around ample common space means residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the outdoors. The neighborhood’s park on Fox Creek and adjacent urban woodland conservation area make it easy to stay connected to nature. The park includes a nature trail with benches, a lawn by the stream, two “little free libraries,” a tree house, an oversized double swing, organic gardens, a fire pit, a picnic area with a community grill and herb spiral gardens. Native, drought-tolerant and edible landscaping throughout the neighborhood provides a habitat for local flora and fauna.

For a more immersive experience in nature, residents have a range of nearby options. The neighborhood is an easy drive to hiking and biking trails in Bent Creek, water recreation on the French Broad River, and camping in Pisgah National Forest.

Connecting to Community at Craggy Park

Easy Access to Haywood RoadCraggy Park is linked to the Haywood Road business district via a greenway trail and a short stroll or bike ride up Dunwell Ave. Slicing through West Asheville, the vibrant commercial corridor has been the area’s main artery for more than 100 years. 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. Even with the seismic shifts the street has seen, it still retains a small hometown air. Residents of Craggy Park can, in mere minutes, be at restaurants, bars, grocery stores, parks and other amenities – making it all the easier to truly experience the area’s energy and sense of community.

A number of well-regarded schools within walking or biking distance – including Vance Elementary School, Francine Delany New School for Children, Rainbow Community School and Asheville City Preschool, just to name a few – make Craggy Park ideal for families.

For a personally guided tour of Craggy Park, 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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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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The Pinnacle of Relaxation: Explore Asheville's Special Spa Experiences

Spa Asheville Massage

Unique spa experiences abound in Asheville. From a relaxing, rejuvenating salt cave session, to a hot spring soak against a Blue Ridge backdrop, there are plenty of unusual ways to unwind in the area, for an hour or for a weekend. Following, some singular spa destinations in and around Asheville to check out:

Wake Foot Sanctuary

Luxurious, handmade foot soaks are the signature of this downtown Asheville spa. The soaks contain a range of apothecary products, soaps, pure oils and salts – everything from lemon, fennel and clary sage to detoxifying rose salts. Massage add-ons are available.

Shoji Spa, Lodge & Wellness

Spa AshevilleA Japanese spa nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, Shoji features forest-shrouded hot tubs, cedar sauna, cold plunge pool and a range of massages for deep relaxation. The spa also offers lodging, which comes with a private spa pass to enjoy all the amenities.

Asheville Salt Cave

This therapeutic, sustainable and growing salt cave features 20 tons of pure pink salt within a microclimate saturated with negative ions, releasing scores of trace elements and minerals essential to the body’s balance. The salt spa, which also has massage rooms, offers opportunities for deep relaxation and meditation in private sessions, community sessions, couples massage and kids quiet play sessions, as well as sound healing and yoga events.

Grove Park Inn Spa

Spa Asheville Grove Park InnFor an immersive, in-town indulgence, head to the Grove Park Inn’s subterranean spa. The spa boasts 20 water features – including two therapeutic waterfall pools and a lap pool with underwater music – enveloped in cavernous rock walls, arches and tunnels. With skin care, body treatments, wellness pods, and foot treatments, as well as spa day passes, there’s no shortage of opportunities to sit back and relax.

Still Point Wellness

Visitors to this spa’s float lab tank can experience deep states of relaxation as they float atop 1,500 pounds of Epsom salt. The salt helps to release muscle tension, while the sensory deprivation of floatation allows the mind to unwind. Also available are sessions in Esalen massage, for deep relaxation and integration of body, mind and spirit.

Hot Springs Resort and Spa

This spa’s hot tubs, along the banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River, are supplied with a continuous flow of natural mineral water, heated deep within the earth and famed for its healing qualities. A range of massages is also offered. Visitors to the 100-acre resort and spa, 45 minutes from Asheville, can make a weekend of their experience by staying in one of the resort’s luxury suites or camping cabins, or at its campground.

For more information about Asheville or about finding real estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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