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Spotlight on: Grace neighborhood in North Asheville

Grace Neighborhood Asheville

In search of a welcoming neighborhood replete with tree-lined streets, eclectic architecture, and an array of urban conveniences? Look no further than Grace neighborhood, just south of the North Asheville community. With the shopping corridor of Merrimon Avenue slicing through the center of Grace, a range of stores, restaurants and other services are within a short walk or drive of the neighborhood’s residences. At the same time, picturesque spots like the hilltop Grace Episcopal Church mingle with the neighborhood’s warmth and easy pace to make Grace feel worlds away from the commercial hustle.

Mid-Century Mixes with Modern

Edna's Grace Neighborhood AshevilleGrace is bordered roughly by Kimberly Avenue to the east, Osborne Road to the north, Fenner Avenue and Edgewood Road to the south, and Horizon Hill Road to the west. A mix of home designs defines the neighborhood, including stately structures from the 1930s, rambling mid-century ranches, and sleek new construction. Sidewalks line many of Grace’s streets, making this neighborhood one of the most walkable in Asheville.

Starting the morning with a quick stroll to the local coffee shop is a pleasure in Grace neighborhood, which boasts popular spots Geraldine’s Bakery and Edna’s Coffee House and Café on Merrimon. For lunch and dinner, neighborhood residents have a slew of options, including Asheville Pizza & Brewing, Avenue M, MOD Pizza and Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian. Dessert’s covered too, with Whit’s Frozen Custard and Frostbite soft serve ice cream nearby.

Quick Conveniences in Grace Neighborhood

A quick drive down Merrimon brings residents to a range of grocery stores, including Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s and Greenlife (Whole Foods), and beyond that, downtown Asheville. The Grove Park Inn is readily accessible from Grace, as is UNC-Asheville, which sponsors a wide mix of cultural and academic events, concerts, lectures, movie screenings and the like year-round.

The nearby North Asheville Tailgate Market (which runs from spring to fall) sets up shop on the UNCA campus every Saturday from 8 a.m. til noon. Since 1980, the market has provided visitors with a full range of local, sustainably produced produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. With more than 40 vendors and over 40,000 annual customers, the market’s energetic and warm environment exemplifies the celebrated diversity of Asheville.

Neighboring Nature

Jones Playground North AshevilleFor Grace residents, getting a good dose of nature is easy as well, with Beaver Lake and the Blue Ridge Parkway close by. The Botanical Gardens of Asheville, a 10-acre independent, non-profit botanical gardens dedicated to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians, are a few minutes’ drive from Grace.

The nearby Grove Park Country Club and the Country Club of Asheville provide area residents with world-class golf, tennis and gym facilities. Families with children have several school choices in or near Grace, including Ira B. Jones Elementary School, Claxton Elementary School, Asheville Catholic School, Hanger Hall School for Girls and Odyssey School.

For a personally guided tour of the Grace neighborhood, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

111 Robinhood Road: A Sustainable North Asheville Home with Huge Mountain Views

111 Robinhood Road, Asheville, NC 28804


3509 Square Feet, 0.46 Acres

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

Built in 1987    MLS# 3227282

Elegant North Asheville ContemporaryNorth Asheville contemporary with breathtaking downtown views offers a sustainable luxury home for the sophisticated consumer. From the handmade Mahogany front door to the exquisite gourmet kitchen, this home leaves nothing wanting. Custom cherry and maple built-ins, artist fabricated ironwork, master masonry stonework, lovely landscaping and vast ipe deck. Rebuilt from the studs, this home was recreated by skilled craftsmen, artists, designers and efficiency experts. See brochure for details.


Entryway features custom fabricated ironwork by Portable

Welding Service

Stunning slate and granite stone work by Marc Archambault of

Hammerhead Stoneworks

Landscape architecture by Tony Hauser of Ambient Design

Accent exterior landscape lighting

Replaced driveway with new engineered retaining wall and

driveway ($100,000)

Whole house generator


Zephyr Hood. Wolf Induction CooktopKitchen design by Susan Mimken

Exquisite granite countertops by Rock Star Granite and Marble

Pastry island with marble countertop

Wood-Mode fine custom maple cabinetry with dovetail and soft
close features

Custom cabinets with built-in cutting board and knife drawer

Wolf induction and gas cooktops

Zephyr kitchen range hood

Miele dishwasher, steam, and convection ovens

KitchenAid refrigerator, bar refrigerator

Dornbracht faucet, separate bar sink

Johnsonite rubber floors are soft on the feet

Walk-in pantry


Open Living Room. Built-In Shelving.Breathtaking mountain and city views

Wall of west-facing windows

Hidden coat closet with door blending into custom paneling in the foyer

Gorgeous maple and cherry paneling

Conrad custom motorized blinds with hand woven raffia in living room and dining

Trey ceiling in living area

Whole-house sound system

Accent LED lighting embedded into cabinetry

Opens to spacious Ipe wood deck


Spacious Dining Room.Handmade, elegant contemporary maple and Anigre paneling

Modern built-ins with stainless steel accent bands made by
Jessie Jozwiak of True to Form

Sophisticated and stylish lighting package


Wool carpet (hypo-allergenic)

Closets by More Space Place®

American Clay Paint

Built in cherry desk

Beautiful garden view


Handmade glass bowl and matching vanity mirror from New


Custom tile


Master Bedroom. Incredible City and Mountain ViewsBreathtaking downtown and mountain views

Trey ceiling

Wool carpet (hypo-allergenic)

Grasscloth wallpaper

Custom closet by More Space Place®

Electric heated floor in master bath

Steam shower with custom tile

Toto Neorest toilet

Dual vanity with marble counter plus sit-down makeup area

Linen closet in master bath



En Suite Bathroom with Soaking Tub. Custom Tile Vanity.Serene garden view

Wool carpet (hypo-allergenic)

Beautiful natural light

Closet by More Space Place®

En-suite bathroom with soaking tub

Custom vanity and tile in bathroom


Wood-Mode cabinets for plenty of storage

Corian counters

Johnsonite rubber floors are soft on the feet


Lower Level Great Room. Separate EntranceHuge great room or third bedroom

Cork flooring

Built in murphy bed by More Space Place®

Great natural light with lots of windows

Corian counters and ample cabinetry for hobbyists

Full bathroom on lower level

Separate entrance

952 square feet in basement ready to be finished for easy expansion


Entertain on the Spacious Ipe DeckSpacious Ipe wood deckfor tranquil rest or first class entertaining

Breathtaking downtown Asheville and long-range mountain

Stainless steel railing by Marc Archambault

Retractable electric awning


Home deconstructed to the studs and completely rebuilt —

inside and out •

Replaced electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roof, exterior walls,

interior walls, deck and more

Landscape Architecture by Ambient DesignLoewen aluminum clad windows

50 year architectural shingle roof

Hardiplank cement board siding

Advantech subfloor and sheathing

High efficiency Bryant heat pump with gas furnace back up

HVAC system zoned with three active zones (master bedroom,
main area and lower level) and capacity for more zones

Whole house humidifier on HVAC system

Aquasana whole-house water filter

Sealed and conditioned crawl space by Home Energy Partners

Foundation sealed for water protection during renovation

Spray foam insulation in walls (Iceyene), floors and ceiling by

Home Energy Partners

Triple pane windows on East and South sides, North and West

sides double pane

Tankless gas hot water heater with recirculating pump

Half round gutters with leaf guard


Located just 5 miles north of downtown Asheville, known for its fine dining, craft beverages, galleries and performing arts

Proximity to the Country Club of Asheville’s golf, pool, tennis and social facilities

Convenient access to walking trails at Beaver Lake and hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Driving/ Biking Directions:

Breathtaking Mountain and City Views.From Downtown Asheville, take Merrimon Avenue north and turn right on Beaverdam Road. Turn left on Elk Mountain Scenic Highway. Left on Robinhood Road. 111 Robinhood Road is on the left.

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Asheville's Beaverdam Neighborhood: Serene Rural Living in the City



Beaverdam Neighborhood Tour from Mosaic Realty.

Beaverdam neighborhood, several miles north of downtown Asheville, was one of the first areas to be settled in Buncombe County.  Beaverdam Creek, the main artery flowing through this beautiful valley, is not as strong as it once was, having powered a grist mill in the 1800s.  However, passers-by will notice how the community orients towards the babbling creek.  


Historical Significance


There is some evidence that the Beaverdam Valley and the Swannanoa River Valley were settled before Asheville, with settlers entering the valley through Craven Gap and Bull Creek.  Early family names that you may recognize from other areas of present-day Asheville include the Bairds, Swains, Lanes and Rices.


Grace Episcopal Church, situated on Merrimon Avenue near the entrance to Beaverdam Road, was first built as a log cabin in 1860.  It served as a community hub for early settlers of the valley.  In 1905, it was constructed in its present day design by famous architect Richard Sharp Smith.  


The Lay of the Land


This gorgeous valley, carved out over millions of years by the once-mighty Beaverdam Creek, has gently rolling hills nestled up to the larger ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains behind them.  The setting is still largely pastoral and bucolic, with many coves and communities of homes.  The winding and climbing Beaverdam Road and Elk Mountain Highway provide the main thoroughfares through the valley.


Architectural Style


Historical farmhouses and even a few remaining log cabins dot the valley and are well worth seeking out and researching the stories behind them.  For example, the 1840s Killian House, located on the left, west of Wild Cherry Road, still stands today.  Newer styles of homes include mid century ranchers, contemporary and traditional styles and GreenBuilt homes.  


Dining and Entertainment


Although the neighborhood itself is largely residences and scenic farmland, it is close to all of the amenities you would need.  Downtown Asheville is merely 4 miles south and the small town of Woodfin is a mile or two up Merrimon Avenue.  Beaver Lake and the Bird Sanctuary provide opportunities for level walking.  Boating, fishing and paddle boarding are also permitted on the lake.


There are many restaurants within a mile of the entrance to Beaverdam Road,  Avenue M, Zen Sushi, Marco's Pizzeria and The Hop Ice Cream among them.  Catch movies at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company or sip craft brews at Thirsty Monk in Reynolds Mountain Village.


For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.


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Resources:  Beaverdam Valley Community Association


Sources and Further Reading: ACT article Jan 2014

Video by: JustinAsheville


Lakeside Living in Asheville: Lakeview Park


A Brief History of Lakeview Park


In the early 1900s, the area that is now Beaver Lake was a quiet meadow known as Baird Bottom where livestock grazed.  During this time, a trolley system ferried vacationers back and forth between Asheville and Weaverville.


In 1923, esteemed urban planner and landscape architect John Nolen designed the neighborhood and recreational lake.  According to local legend, famous Asheville-born author Thomas Wolfe would occasionally go skinny dipping in the lake when darkness fell.


Beaver Lake and Park


Today, the lake and surrounding park and trail system are privately owned and maintained by residents of Lakeview Park.  On any given day, you will see both residents and guests enjoying the park.  A walking trail was recently extended to the full circumference of the lake.  Residents can store canoes and kayaks at the lake for a fee.


Just south of Beaver Lake you will find the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary.  This is a 3/8th mile long boardwalk that winds through the wetlands of Beaver Lake.  There are benches to stop and observe the various species of native and migratory birds that come to feed and rest near the lake.

Beaver Lake Asheville


Beaver Lake, North Asheville


The Community


Only 4 miles from downtown Asheville, this neighborhood offers the convenience of being close to town with the serenity of lakeside living.  The water and ample green space of this size is rare to find so close to the city center.  Many architectural styles, from historic to contemporary, grace the gentle topography of the neighborhood.


Merrimon Avenue, the main road leading into the city from Lakeview Park, has all of the conveniences you would need.  There are 5 or more grocery stores to choose from.  Many favorite local eateries also line this road, including Zen Sushi, Marco’s Pizzeria, and Homegrown restaurant.  You can watch a movie and grab a beer at Asheville Pizza and Brewing then cross Merrimon for some locally made ice cream at The Hop.


Living in Asheville


For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.


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Suggested Reading and Sources:


Lakeview Park




By Just in Asheville