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Asheville Lights Up With July Fourth Celebrations

Fireworks Asheville

Every Fourth of July, the Asheville area plays host to a multitude of Independence Day celebrations, with an array of activities to delight young and old. Choose from one of these Fourth of July fetes, and you’re sure to have a blast! (Unless otherwise noted, all events occur on July 4th.)

Downtown Asheville:

July Fourth AshevilleIngles Independence Day Celebration 2018 – Things kick off in Downtown’s Pack Square Park at 2 p.m. with kids’ activities and a bouncy house. There will be live music at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30. Food trucks, along with beer and wine for sale at the event, mean you can bring your lawn chair or blanket to the park early and plan on spending the day enjoying the festivities. https://www.ashevilledowntown.org/independenceday

Asheville Tourists Baseball – Take in a game, followed by a grand fireworks display, at the Tourist stadium in South Slope. https://www.milb.com/asheville

South Asheville:

Lake Julian offers the perfect backdrop for a night of family fun this Fourth. Enjoy sand volleyball, horseshoe, boat rentals, and a picnic ahead of the fireworks display, which begins at sundown.

Biltmore House:

For a special celebration, head to the Biltmore’s Antler Hill Barn beginning at 6 p.m. to enjoy a dinner buffet, live music, Biltmore wines and old-fashioned fun and games for all ages. The evening culminates in a dramatic fireworks display on the estate grounds. $125/adult, $60/child. https://www.biltmore.com/events/detail/july-4th-celebration-dinner-at-antler-hill-barn

Surrounding Towns:

Fourth of July AshevilleWeaverville – Lake Louisa Park will feature live music, vendors and food, followed by fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.

Bryson City – From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., downtown Bryson City comes alive with a 5K, crafts, food, live music and fireworks.

Sylva – Take in the shops and restaurants along Sylva’s picturesque Main Street, then enjoy live music starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Marion – A parade at 6 p.m. kicks off Fourth festivities. There will be live music, food vendors and fireworks.

Lake Lure – This celebration, on July 3, features fireworks over the lake that you can view from the beach, so bring a picnic and make an evening of it!

Hendersonville – Downtown will feature live outdoor music at its Visitors’ Center, followed by fireworks.

Waynesville – While there won’t be fireworks, Main Street will light up with music, sidewalk sales and children’s parade at 11 a.m.

Brevard – An 8 a.m. Firecracker Run kicks off the festivities, followed by a Fine Arts & Craft Festival. The Courthouse Gazebo will host live music all day. Fireworks will happen at Brevard College.

For more information about the Asheville area, or for questions about Asheville real estate, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828.337.8190.

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Mills River Offers Ample Space Amid Abundant Natural Beauty

Mills River Neighborhood

Within minutes of some of the country’s most popular and picturesque state and national forests sits Mills River, a town in the northwestern part of Henderson County stretching northeast to the Buncombe County border and southwest to the Transylvania County line. Sitting 17 miles to the southwest of Asheville, Mills River offers expansive living against breathtaking backdrops, with close proximity to all manner of amenities.

Mills River was incorporated as a town in 2003, and has a population of around 7,000. Featuring rolling hills dotted with everything from rambling ranches to newly constructed homes, as well as lots ready for custom creations, the town is a draw for those seeking room to stretch out, but still be within arm’s reach of conveniences. The Asheville Regional Airport and I-26 are mere minutes away. The towns of Hendersonville (8 miles away) and Brevard (14 miles away) are also easily accessible.

Outdoor Adventures Abound

Du Pont State ForestWhen it comes to outdoor adventures, Mills River can’t be beat. For water activities, the French Broad River flows through the northeastern part of town, while one of its tributaries, the Mills River, flows through the center of town. Both Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest are a short drive away, offering daytrips overflowing with waterfalls, hiking paths and mountain biking trails – you can even take a horseback trail ride. The area also boasts renowned destinations like Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry.

For world-class music performances, Mills River is just a short drive from the Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, which features everything from bluegrass to classical to operatic productions.

Excitement is Brewing in Mills River

Sierra Nevada Brewery Mills RiverA major boon to the town came in 2014, when Sierra Nevada opened a brewery – its second in the U.S. – in Mills River. The sprawling, state-of-the-art facility and Taproom and Restaurant draw thousands of visitors from all over the region and the world to enjoy tours, tastings and special events, as well as live music indoors and outdoors, in a relaxed family atmosphere. 

Other popular spots to visit in Mills River include the Mills River Creamery, offering a range of locally made milk, cheeses, ice cream, as well as the Bold Rock Hard Cidery, which has daily tours, tastings, flights and food.

For a personally guided tour of Mills River, 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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LEAF Brings Epic Celebration of Global Arts, Music and Creativity to WNC

LEAF Festival Asheville Black Mountain

Each May and October, 12,000 people descend on the Lake Eden grounds in Black Mountain for LEAF, an epic celebration of music, art, creativity and culture. Taking place at Camp Rockmont on the site of the old Historic Black Mountain College amid rolling hills, lakes and mountain beauty, LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) features global artists, musicians, performers and facilitators who are not only masters of their craft, but who also care deeply for the power of arts education and community impact.

The site of the festival, which has been running for more than two decades, is surrounded by hundreds of stunning acres featuring rustic cabins, large camping fields with mountain views, hiking trails, barns, streams and lakes for canoeing and swimming, and a zipline. Included in entry is a range of fun-filled activities for the entire family:

LEAF Festival Asheville·      Entertainment Stages: With six performance stages, attendees can enjoy all manner of entertainment. A variety of musicians, dancers and other performers fills the roster and keeps the nonstop entertainment going. This fall, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG & Associates Construction are co-sponsors of The Barn stage.

·      LEAF Family Adventure Villages: There are eight adventure villages, and each is filled with interactive stations, where young and old alike can enjoy crafts, games, sports and shows.

·      Healing Arts: Free healing arts workshops are available to attendees, including yoga, dance and martial arts. Workshops on nutrition, ancient earth skills and plant walks, as well as booths offering massage, rolfing, acupuncture and chiropractic work, are also available.

·      Vendors: Over 100 of the region’s best artisans, crafters, holistic practitioners and foodies gather at every LEAF to market their wares and services.

LEAF Festival Black MountainAt any given LEAF, expect to experience more than 400 performing artists, more than 100 shows, around 50 healing arts workshops and some 20 Family Adventure workshops.

In addition, LEAF Café in Eden Hall and various culinary booths throughout the festival grounds provide gourmet, international fare from local chefs. The food is prepared on site all day and into the evening, with offerings ranging from vegan dishes to BBQ, and everything in between. Culinary Passports containing multiple meal vouchers are available for purchase.

LEAF offers daily and weekend passes. Attendees with weekend passes can also choose to spend the entire weekend on the grounds by renting tent or vehicle camping spots, or by booking an on-site cabin.

LEAF Community Arts, which spearheads the festival, is a nonprofit organization that directly supports cultural arts education programming locally and globally. For more information or to purchase tickets to LEAF, visit www.theleaf.org.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG and Associates Construction are proud co-sponsors of the Barn Stage in 2018.

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

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Smaller images courtesy of Evan Kafka, larger image courtesy of LEAF

Benefits Build With a New Construction Home

New Green Home Asheville NC

Asheville has experienced a boom in new construction over the past few years that shows no signs of slowing. Whether it’s in West Asheville, Montford, Kenilworth, North Asheville, or one of the many other popular neighborhoods in the area, new builds are plentiful, as are lots prime for building on.

As you begin your Asheville real estate search, it makes sense to consider the benefits of owning a newly constructed home. Following are a few of the most popular reasons – and some you may not have contemplated.

Energy Efficiency

New Construction Green Home AshevilleToday, homes are often built with energy efficiency in mind. Whether it’s windows that prevent heat gain and loss, energy-efficient appliances, better insulating and air sealing, or simpler options like dual flush toilets, smart thermostats, and LED lighting, a new build is sure to save on energy use compared with older homes. Especially in Asheville, more and more builders are putting a priority on constructing green and energy-efficient homes that benefit both the buyer and the environment.

Customization

When you construct a new home, you have control over both exterior and interior customization. From major details like paint color, flooring and appliance upgrades to smaller things like kitchen fixtures and lighting, having a hand at the outset of construction can assure you’ll create a home perfectly suited to your tastes and lifestyle.

Less Maintenance

New Construction Home Asheville NCWith a new home, there’s very little chance at the outset that you’ll be dealing with a leaky roof, broken pipes, or other repairs typical of older homes. In addition, new builds come with a range of warranties for things like full structure, exterior and appliances.

Smart Features

Newly constructed homes often come with smart technology build right in. Whether it’s alarm systems, in-wall speakers, digital thermostats or the like, having control right at your fingertips or via voice command makes life easier, saving you time and money in the long run.

Entertaining and Lifestyle

Green Home New Construction AshevilleHome floor plans and amenities have evolved immensely over the years. Modern builds often boast open layouts, higher ceilings, more windows and a fresh focus on outdoor space. All of this lends a more convivial air to entertaining and family time, bringing everyone together in expansively combined living, dining and kitchen spaces. New homes are also more likely to have large master baths, walk-in closets and dressing rooms, and creative storage solutions.

More Time

Moving into a new build is most often a seamless undertaking, which means you can unpack those boxes and quickly get to what really matters – enjoying your new home. And once you’re settled, you can spend more time enjoying where you live and less time dealing with weekend home-improvement to-do lists.

If you’re ready to build or buy a new-construction home in Asheville, and want a thorough plan and expert direction that thoughtfully encompasses all of your needs, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190, or get in touch with any of Mosaic’s selling agents at info@mymosaicrealty.com.

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