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Historic Hideaway in the Hub of Asheville: Kenilworth Neighborhood

 

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Named after Castle Kenilworth in England, Asheville’s own Kenilworth Neighborhood offers tranquil serenity only minutes from the city’s finest shopping, dining and entertainment.  Nestled between Biltmore Village on the south and downtown Asheville to the north, Kenilworth has long been an prestigious residential district in the Asheville area.

 

A Brief History of Kenilworth

 

As holds true of several Asheville neighborhoods, Kenilworth residences emerged around the presence of a large inn.  James Chiles purchased the Patton Farm and subsequently developed The Kenilworth Inn, a large Tudor Revival building  in 1926.  It is now used as an apartment building and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  To provide recreational opportunities for guests, he created the 19 acre Lake Kenilworth.  Nearly one hundred years later, this lake is still providing a peaceful habitat for wildlife and stunning vistas  for residents.


 

Kenilworth Neighborhood Architecture

 

Having had its heyday in the 1920s, Kenilworth exhibits styles of architecture characteristic of this time period.  Quaint bungalows are nestled within the mature wooded landscape, and Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor, and Prairie gems perch atop the gentle hills.  Increasingly, you will find green infill populating the neighborhood and providing a fantastic opportunity for eco-friendly living.


 

Convenient to Work and Play

 

Kenilworth Neighborhood is located within a few miles of several of the area’s largest employers.  Many medical industry professionals live in Kenilworth due to its proximity to Mission Hospital.  Being located between Biltmore and downtown, it is also an ideal location for tourism industry professionals.

 

In addition to  having its own scenic lake, the neighborhood also has its own park. Kenilworth Park, located in the heart of the neighborhood,  has picnic tables and grills, ballfields and courts, and a playground.  Merely a few minute drive away, you will find yourself in the excitement of downtown Asheville or the quaint serenity of Biltmore Village.

 

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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Thirty Tips for Staging Your Home for Sale

Planning on selling your home soon?  Staging a home is the preparation of your home prior to selling so that it will be appealing to buyers.  There are a number of things that you can do on a shoestring budget that will greatly improve the presentation of your house to potential buyers.  Accomplishing these tasks will leave you with a great start to packing, a clutter-free abode in anticipation of the move, and a significant return on your investment of time and elbow grease.  Here are 30 tips for staging your home.

 

Kitchen Home Staging Tips

Kitchen Flowers Staging1. For open shelving and glass shelves, display only a minimal amount of dishware.

2.  Take the time to clean out your pantry. Home buyers will look in there. It is probably a long-overdue chore anyway and will look much neater without old bags of flour.  Food storage containers, neatly stacked, can tidy up the appearance of the pantry.

3.  Make the counters as clutter-free as possible.  If you do not use the espresso maker and coffee grinder daily, go ahead and pack it away in a lower cabinet or storage box.

 4.  Wipe out the inside and outside of appliances.  Appliances are a major selling point and buyers are likely to peek inside of them to check out the condition.

5.  Place a bouquet of flowers on the counter or any dining surface.  Choose ones that do not have too strong of a smell and that add bright color to the room.

Living Room Home Staging Ideas

Living Room Staging6.  Make sure that window treatments are arranged to allow the most possible daylighting in.

7.  Remove personal photos so that a potential buyer can envision him or herself in this home rather than your family.

8.  A few colorful throw pillows and blankets can spruce up worn furniture.

9.  House plants bring the feeling of the outdoors in and add a boost of vibrancy to living areas.

10. Store away magazines, books, notepads and the clutter of everyday life in lidded natural grass baskets on lower shelves of coffee tables or in drawers.

Bathroom Staging Ideas

Bathroom Staging11.  Store away any kind of personal care items (toothbrushes, hairbrushes, etc.) out of view.

12.  Tidy up bathroom storage in linen closets, medicine chests and vanities by folding linens neatly and storing bathroom supplies in lidded stackable containers or baskets.

13.  Hang fresh towels and place fresh bath mats near the shower.

14.  Have a fresh bar/ container of hand soap available for guest use.

15.  Place a tropical, moisture-loving plant on the vanity or bathroom shelf to add a spa-like feel.

Bedroom Staging Ideas

Bedroom Staging16.  Make sure there is adequate lighting in the bedroom.  Turn on bedside lamps and open window treatments to let in sunlight.

17.  Ample closet storage is a huge selling point. Remove half of your clothes and shoes, packing them away into storage for your impending move.  This will give the feeling of plentiful storage space in your closets.

18.  Place mirrors across from windows to give the illusion of a larger room and to reflect daylight.

19.  Make the sleeping space look very restful with peaceful design elements. A few extra pillows, neatly folded blanket and small bouquet of flowers bedside give a sense of tranquility.

20.  Add a headboard.  This can bring a focal point to the room and make it feel like a fancy hotel.

Basement Staging Ideas

Basement Staging21.  Make sure there is adequate lighting.  Basements are typically dark.  Having a powerful warm light overhead light will give a good first impression when buyers enter.  

22.  Declutter! Anything that you can move into storage in preparation for your move is preferable, especially things you know you won’t need for a few months.  

23.  Create organized storage.  Put your remaining basement items into labeled, stackable bins or in storage containers on shelving.

24.  Highlight potential uses.  If you have a corner of your basement that is used as a workshop, highlight that usage by installing a cork board.  If an area is finished and used as a game room, leave one or two large game features such as a foosball table, but make sure that all else is cleaned up and stored away.

25.  If there are areas that are more livable and less utilitarian, play up that livability by adding some design elements such as area rugs, lamps and a cozy seat.

Yard / Porch Staging Ideas

Front Porch Staging26.  Whether it is through paint or nature, adding color to your yard can make a world of difference.  Here is our blog post about curb appeal through color. 

27.  Add a fresh layer of mulch to all garden beds to make them create a strong contrast with the yard.

28.  Spruce up your mailbox area and make sure that your street numbers are well-displayed since it is literally the first thing potential buyers will see.

29.  Make sure that your porch is clutter-free and clear of debris.

30.  Make sure that your door handle and keyed entry are clean and very functional.  Things that buyers touch make lasting impressions.

A staging consultation is part of our seller services at Mosaic Realty.  We would love to help you determine how to get the most from the sale of your home!

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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JAG & Associates Construction Helps Pave Path for Asheville's Green Building Movement

Brand New Gorgeous Energy Star Home

There’s no doubt the green build trend has gained a strong foothold in Asheville. People choose to go green for a variety of reasons, from economic to environmental. And when they do, many choose to go with Asheville-based JAG & Associates Construction.

As the effects of global climate change, foreign oil dependency and toxicity in standard building materials becomes more evident, a greater number of people are turning to the idea of sustainable, green housing. Spearheading the popular movement in green builds, JAG produces quality green homes in Asheville and Western North Carolina to fit a range of budgets. Home seekers can choose from a portfolio of “JAG Built” homes, or put their unique stamp on a dream residence by creating a custom build.

“Our commitment has always been to build quality-crafted, turnkey-ready green homes as well as custom creations in neighborhoods all over Asheville,” says Jody Guokas, founder and president of JAG. “We pride ourselves in providing a building process that is both efficient and enjoyable.”

JAG Construction Provides Green Details, Each Step of the Way

Gourmet Granite and Stainless KitchenSince it was established in 2003, JAG has focused on building homes optimally positioned to promote indoor and outdoor environments, as well as the communities they’re in. Every home JAG has built is certified through Green Built North Carolina; everything from product selection to the construction process stresses green technologies and energy efficiency. JAG homes top the 15% efficiency upgrade required by Energy Star; most of them reach a 30% to 60% energy efficiency premium. Combine all of this with JAG’s keen sense of design, attention to detail and singular craftsmanship, and you can understand why JAG’s houses stand out as some of the most sought-after in Asheville.

Lots of details go into making a new build green. Some of the things JAG takes into serious consideration are: site measures like infill construction, erosion control, native planting and groundcover and runoff control; building and structural details such as proper waterproofing and drainage, efficient framing, windows and insulation; high-efficiency heating and cooling; and options for solar power energy use.

High-Impact Homes in West Asheville’s Low-Impact Development: Craggy Park

Tanager Model at Craggy ParkAs part of the substantial headway JAG is making in the green-build arena, the construction company is working with Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and East West Capital to develop the 8-acre Craggy Park in West Asheville, off Craggy and Tanglewood Avenues. It is Asheville’s only major subdivision of 45 green-built homes in an urban low-impact development. The property, a short walk to Haywood Road’s cafes, entertainment and shops, will feature clustered 3- and 4-bedroom JAG homes, many with finished walk-out basements.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to be the exclusive listing agency for JAG. If you are interested in a spec or custom JAG Construction home, please contact Mosaic Realty broker Mike Figura at (828) 337-8190 or at mike@mymosaicrealty.com

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.

 

Explore Malvern Walk, West Asheville's Newest Large-Lot Community

Malvern Walk, West Asheville

Mosaic Realty Invites You to a Kick-Off Event at Malvern Walk

Explore West Asheville's New Large Lot Community: Visit MalvernWalk.com

Malvern Walk, in beautiful West Asheville, North Carolina, is a new community set within Malvern Hills, one of the city’s original neighborhoods. Malvern Walk provides the rare opportunity to build a new home in a large-lot subdivision with broad sky views, sidewalks and great access to nearby amenities. Enveloped in natural beauty and mountain vistas, Malvern Walk is just a short stroll to West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor, Hominy Creek Greenway and Malvern Hills Park and Pool.

With underground utilities, graded building sites, hand-selected builders and thoughtful design guidelines, building your dream home has never been easier. Malvern Walk also offers two existing homes for sale, including the original Far Acres stone house.

Where Modern Living Meets Old World Charm

Historic Stone Manor at Malvern WalkMalvern Walk is a community for those who want to blend the new with the old. Our architectural guidelines foster designs that are inspired by both modern and timeless building styles. Luxuriously proportioned lots offer the opportunity for generous homes and yards. With quick access to interstates, greenways and downtown Asheville, Malvern Walk offers the best in location without being in the middle of the hustle of Asheville’s urban center; it’s a quieter West Asheville way of life.

Malvern Walk Kick-Off Event

We invite you to our kick-off event for Malvern Walk on Saturday, September 30th, and Sunday, October 1st, from 1-5pm. At this event, we will be releasing the first fourteen lots for sale as well as the two existing homes. Explore this unique West Asheville community and begin to envision your forever home!

Learn more at MalvernWalk.com!

Directions to Malvern Walk

If using GPS, you can get to Malvern Walk by using 239 Bear Creek Road, Asheville 28806. Our roads are not yet recognized by Google.

From Haywood Road, turn onto Sand Hill Road. Turn right onto Bear Creek Road. Turn left into Malvern Walk.

From I-240, I-40 or I-26, take the exit for Highway 191. Turn onto Bear Creek Road. Turn right when it ends to stay on Bear Creek Road. Go through the intersection and up the hill, then left into Malvern Walk.

Contact us about Malvern Walk

For more information about Malvern Walk, available lots and homes, and design guidelines, contact broker Mike Figura at 828.337.8190 or at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com.

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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.

 

Walkable Biltmore Village Gives Asheville of Old a Modern Twist

Biltmore Village Asheville

Asheville’s Biltmore Village recalls an old-world European hamlet: High-pitched roofs, heavy stone foundations and pebbledash post-and-beam walls, inspired by Biltmore House architect Richard Sharp Smith, bring together the eclectic architecture of the neighborhood. Bordered by businesses lining Lodge and Brook streets to the north, All Souls Crescent to the west, and Lula and Reed streets to the southwest, Biltmore Village affords residents an easy walk to award-winning restaurants, boutiques and galleries. From this neighborhood, you can follow quaint tree-lined streets to the renowned Biltmore Estate directly to the west, or take a short drive to the French Broad River or Blue Ridge Parkway.  

The Rich History of Biltmore Village

In building the Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt aimed to create a home in the mountains of Western North Carolina that emulated the working estates of Europe, including a self-sustaining community. He commissioned accomplished architects Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted to create the community, now known as Biltmore Village. One of the earliest examples of a planned, mixed-use community, there were grocery and hardware stores, schools and a train station. The tree-lined streets of the village emanated from the village’s centerpiece, All Souls Episcopal Church (today the Cathedral of All Souls). The village’s original cottages were designed, as was the church façade, with brick, stucco pebbledash and wood timbers; some buildings featured gambrel roofs and dormers while others showcased hip roofs.

Vibrant Commercial Hub

Biltmore Village Asheville RestaurantsEven though Biltmore Village retains its old-world charm, today it’s well-known as an exciting commercial hub. National chains like Williams-Sonoma and J. Crew mingle with specialty gift and antique shops, clothing boutiques and local jewelry makers – all within walking distance for the Village’s residents. Galleries featuring a range of artwork, and an eclectic mix of furniture shops make it easy to outfit and decorate your home.

When you want to take a break from shopping, Biltmore Village offers everything from formal dining to pub fare, famous chains to local eateries. The Corner Kitchen and Well-Bred Bakery & Café are popular brunch destinations; enjoy a relaxed lunch at Moe’s Original Bar B Que or Cantina Biltmore; and experience fine-dining at Red Stag and Fig. Hillman Beer serves up craft brews and house-made sandwiches and bites.

An Array of Housing Choices

Residential roads with historical single-family homes alongside new, modern builds dot Biltmore Village. Low-maintenance condominiums are another popular choice for those wanting to live in the walkable neighborhood. Not only are the homes within easy distance of Biltmore Village’s retail and restaurant hub, they’re a short drive to South Asheville’s commercial corridor of Hendersonville Road, as well as to Downtown Asheville and Mission Hospital.

For a personally guided tour of the Biltmore Village 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.

 

Dog-Friendly Asheville

Dog Friendly Asheville

Asheville is an enjoyable place for every member of your family – including the four-legged ones. Dog-friendly restaurants, hikes and parks abound in and around town, promising that your furry pals can join in on all the non-stop fun Asheville has to offer.

Eating Out with Your Pup in Asheville

Asheville Dog ParkMany restaurants around town allow well-behaved canine companions to come along for the ride. Your best bets are eateries with outdoor and patio seating. Another enjoyable option are the myriad dog-friendly breweries around town, many with open areas for you and your furry friend to mingle and make new ones. From Downtown to River Arts District, check out these pooch-perfect spots:

12 Bones Smokehouse – Outdoor seating makes for a perfect spot for your dog to dine with you.

Carmel’s Restaurant and Bar – This Grove Arcade restaurant has an outdoor covered dining patio.

Posana Café – Along with its eclectic menu, Posana serves dishes specifically designed for dogs, so you and your pooch can park for a meal on the patio, entertained by the buskers that frequently set up nearby.

Laughing Seed Café – This vegetarian restaurant offers a laid-back vantage point from its Wall St. patio.

West End Bakery – Stop in on your Haywood Street stroll to enjoy this West Asheville eatery’s shaded outdoor deck.

Edna’s of Asheville – The west location offers the perfect place to stop in for a pastry and cup of coffee after a stroll with your pup along the French Broad River Park.

Highland Brewing Co. – A wide open field for performances doubles as the perfect place to relax with your pup and a beer. The brewery’s rooftop is also dog-friendly.

Asheville Kennels and Day Care

Dog Kennel AshevilleFor those times when your dog needs day or overnight care, there are many options from which to choose:

Soapy Dog – This RAD facility offers full-service grooming, dog boarding and daycare, and Asheville’s first do-it-yourself dog wash.

Pet Vet on Patton – In addition to an array of veterinary services, this centrally located office offers boarding, grooming and doggie daycare.

Happy Tails Country Club – This Fairview facility is crate-free: Boarders instead have “suites” with full walls.

Pampered Pets Inn and Spa – Play care, a spa, training and boarding are all offered at this location.

Shopping for Your Pet

In addition to national chains, Asheville has many locally owned pet stores.

Three Dog Bakery – The world's first full-functioning bakery for dogs uses only 100% human quality ingredients to create fresh-baked, all-natural treats and food.

The Tailgate Market – Stocking a range of food options for dogs (and cats), this market also carries lots of holistic, natural pet accessories.

Asheville Pet Supply – Premium foods and treats, grooming supplies, beds, vitamins and supplements are all available at this local favorite in North Asheville.

Patton Ave Pet Company – A knowledgeable staff and store blog cover everything from nutrition to health and training of your pooch. Patton Ave Pet routinely holds seminars, workshops and classes on a range of companion animal topics. With Downtown, West and South Asheville locations.

Parks and Hikes

Asheville Dog ParkYour dog has plenty of exercise options around the area. In addition to the myriad hiking trails in Asheville, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and in national forests, there are city parks where (leashed) pooches can play, and fenced dog parks where they can run with abandon:

French Broad River Park and Dog Park

The meandering paths of this West Asheville gem wind along the French Broad River and lead to a large, fenced-in dog park (with an area set off for small dogs), complete with water and poop bags.

Azalea Dog Park

Just beyond the John B. Lewis Soccer complex in East Asheville is the Azalea Dog Park. With large fenced areas for small and big dogs, and plenty of seating and shady spots for their owners, this is a favorite place to mingle with fellow dog lovers.

For more information on our area or Real Estate in Asheville, contact broker Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at 828.337.8190.

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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.

Asheville Trails That Aren't a Hike to Get To

Hikes Near Asheville NC

Western North Carolina is renowned for world-class hikes to suit all tastes and experience levels. Living in Asheville affords easy day trips to every manner of mountain trail. But what if you just want a quick lunchtime loop or an easy afternoon jaunt without going far? Asheville and the immediate area around it are replete with spontaneous options sure to stimulate the senses and pump the blood. Below, a few favorites.

NC Arboretum Explorer Loop

For a nearby hike you can do in just a few hours, head to the North Carolina Arboretum in southwest Asheville, near the banks of the French Broad River. The 4.4-mile loop offers beautifully maintained and gently grade trails that are perfect for young hikers and those looking for a less arduous route. The trail traces the perimeter of the Arboretum, beginning at Hardtimes Road and culminating at the beautiful gardens and sculptures surrounding the Visitor Education Center.

Destination Center Track Trail

The Blue Ridge Parkway visitor center at milepost 384 near Asheville offers an easy, 1.4-mile loop trail that starts at the far end of the visitor center parking lot. The trail allows visitors to enjoy the Parkway’s nature without venturing too far from the road, and also connects to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Stop into the center before the hike to get a map, talk to a ranger, pick up some merchandise, learn about other area offerings, watch the park film, and explore Parkway-themed exhibits.

Bent Creek North Loop

Bent Creek Experimental Forest AshevilleThis southwest Asheville trail nestled in Bent Creek Experimental Forest offers views of Enka, Candler and Biltmore Lake along its 8-mile loop. The hike starts at Rice Pinnacle Trailhead and runs along Deer Lake Lodge Trail, up the slopes of Little Hickory Top. The payoff of the moderately difficult climb along the trail is reaching Ingles Field Gap and tracing Stradley Ridge to take in long-range views of west Asheville and Enka.

Haw Creek Valley Overlook

From the Folk Art Center just east of Asheville to the Haw Creek Overlook runs a 5-mile, out-and-back trail featuring a moderate course overflowing with wildflowers and wild mushrooms in season. The gradually uphill hike follows the Mountains-to-Sea Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway north from the Folk Art Center at milepost 382 to the mountain just above Haw Creek Valley Overlook, which offers picturesque mountain and valley views. When you’re done hiking, you can stop into the center to view a variety of Appalachian arts and crafts and, in season, enjoy daily craft demonstrations and talk to the craftspeople as they work.

For a personally guided tour of neighborhoods near local hiking trails, or for more information on real estate anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.