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A Look Inside the Downtown Asheville Condo Life

Downtown Asheville Condo

The Downtown Asheville Lifestyle

Asheville Condo BalconyLiving in downtown Asheville is an exciting and convenient way of life, and given the growing number of refurbished and new condo buildings, it is an increasingly popular lifestyle as well. With dozens of incredible restaurants, bars, art galleries and entertainment merely steps away, there is never a dull moment.

Many of the amenities provided by these downtown condominiums are designed to accommodate a walkable lifestyle with easy access to all that you would need.  Features such as in-house gyms, storage closets, common areas and on-site parking help to make that lifestyle possible.

Newer Downtown Asheville Condos

Downtown Asheville CondoA number of new condominium buildings have cropped up in downtown Asheville in recent years, with many of them adopting a mixed-use model.  For example, 12 South Lexington and Lexington Station have commercial spaces on the ground level and multiple housing units in varying sizes above.

A hallmark of many of the newer condos is the use of balconies and terraces in most units. The luxury condos at both 60 North Market and 21 Battery Park feature terraces with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  They also both feature rooftop club houses for entertaining guests.

Refurbished Downtown Asheville Condos

Downtown Asheville CondoDowntown Asheville is known for its well-preserved historic district.  Many small independent businesses have moved into the ground floor units of these stunning buildings while the upper floors have turned into mixed use developments with offices as well as residences.

Buildings as old as the 1891 Oxford Place Condos have been refurbished and modernized, providing residences with tons of character and historic charm.  The Broadway Arts Building condos and Sawyer Motor Building Condos feature original hardwood floors and exposed brick walls alongside modern conveniences such as updated electric, plumbing and windows.

Many of these vintage condos have been carefully renovated to provide many of the community features desirable in newer condos as well. For example, 37 Hiawassee and the Kress Building condos have incorporated rooftop terraces for residents to take in the city views, and Ardmion Park, once known as the Sky Club, provides its residents with a community swimming pool and gardens overlooking the city.

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

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Asheville Will Go Indigo for Arts Council's 2017 Color Ball

Asheville Arts Council Color Ball

Asheville, this is truly a party to dye for!

On Sept. 9, from 6 p.m to midnight, downtown Asheville will be awash in indigo as the Asheville Area Arts Council hosts its annual Color Ball fundraiser, a lively hue-themed evening of art and entertainment that draws more than 500 revelers every year.

Since the Color Ball first began in 2002, a different shade is chosen annually – this year it’s indigo – and the Asheville Area Arts Council is taking the evening’s five parties to the indigo extreme, from the decor to the cocktails to the monochromatic-clad guests. Beginning with its Out of the Blue Patron Party, and culminating in the Indigo Ball, Asheville’s most talked-about arts event will be brimming with creativity and entertainment, great food, enchanting libations, cool costumes and amazing art and music.

Asheville Arts Council Color BallThe Color Ball encompasses five parties: the patron party, three pre-parties at various locations, and the grand finale Indigo Ball. A $75 general admission ticket gets the holder entry into a pre-party of their choice and the Indigo Ball; a $125 patron ticket grants the holder entry to all the parties and the Indigo Ball. Local food and beverages are included in the ticket price. The evening will feature musical and dance performances, acrobatics and face-painting, as well as a silent art auction.

A major source of funding for the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Color Ball – of which Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a proud sponsor – brings in revenue that directly supports the Council’s year-round programming. The Council is the collective voice for the arts, providing access to resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community.

Below, a rundown of the evening’s events:

Out of the Blue Patron Party & Run of the Ball

•   Location: The Refinery Creator Space, 207 Coxe Ave.

•   Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

•   Food provided by Jargon

•   Signature cocktail provided by Oak and Grist Distillery

•   Beer provided by Oskar Blues

•   Entertainment by The Justin Ray Trio

•   Dance performance by Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

Under the Sea Pre-Party

•   Location: Lexington Glassworks, 81 S. Lexington Ave.

•   Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

•   Food Provided by Chef Anthony Cerrato of Strada Italiano and Social Lounge

•   Signature cocktail provided by Absolut Vodka

•   Beer provided by Sierra Nevada

•   O’Henry’s House Cast will present a one-time-only performance

Asheville Arts Council Color BallFlamenco Nights Pre-Party

•   Location: AC Hotel, 10 Broadway

•   Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

•   Food Provided by Capella on 9

•   Signature cocktail provided by Absolut Vodka

•   Beer provided by Oskar Blues

•   Entertainment by The Juan Benavides Quartet and a special performance by Tim Doyle

Tokyo Twilight Pre-Party

•   Location: RISC Networks building, 81 Broadway

•   Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

•   Food Provided by Margeaux’s Catering

•   Beer provided by Hi-Wire Brewing

•   Sake provided by Ben’s Tune Up

•   Projection art by Asheville Darkroom

•   Entertainment by DJ Phantom Pantone, Asheville Aerial Arts, and award-winning body painter Ren Allen

Indigo Ball

•   Location: The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave.

•   Time: 9:30 pm – midnight

•   Desserts provided by Marijane Bowman and French Broad Chocolates

•   Beer provided by Hi-Wire Brewing, Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada

•   Projection art by Asheville Darkroom

•   Aerialists will suspend from the ceiling as the main stage sees performances by Nimbus, DJ M.P. Pride, an acro yoga duo, and a collaborative performance by Stephanie Morgan and Marley Carroll.  Local artists Lara Nguyen and Kimi Leger will be painting live. Their work and other items will be offered as part of the Silent Auction.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://ashevillearts.com/recurring-event/color-ball/.

And for more information about our area or living in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at 828-337-8190, or email him at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com

Asheville's Rooftop Bars: The Pinnacle of Picturesque

Asheville Rooftop Bar

Asheville, famed for some of the most spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain vistas, is seeing its popularity peak in a different arena: rooftop bars. Downtown Asheville boasts an ever-growing number of elevated outdoor bars and restaurants, featuring eclectic menus to go with those breathtaking views. Following, some of the most popular rooftop destinations from which to drink it all in:

The Montford Rooftop Bar, atop the eight-floor Hyatt Place Hotel, offers mountain views from the outdoor terrace or the indoor bar. The Montford features a seasonal cocktail menu, with accompanying small bites crafted from locally sourced ingredients. 199 Haywood St.

Asheville Rooftop BarPillar, part of downtown Asheville’s Hilton Garden Inn, offers signature craft cocktails, regional beers and sustainable wines, coupled with small plates of Southern fare. The sixth-floor outdoor terrace offers the perfect perch from which to soak in sunset vistas; its indoor lounge provides year-round views. 309 College St.

Hemingway’s Cuba Restaurant & Bar, on the fourth floor of the Cambria Hotel, has an outdoor terrace with a firepit. Soak in downtown and mountain views while enjoying craft cocktails and Cuban cuisine. 15 Page Ave.

AC Hotel has a large rooftop bar overlooking Pack Square Park and City Hall. The ninth-floor venue, which also has a spacious indoor bar, features a tapas-style menu. 10 Broadway St.

Social Lounge, one of Asheville’s first rooftop bars, offers a bird’s eye view of bustling Broadway below. Visitors to the cozy rooftop destination can enjoy a range of cocktails, wines and local beers, as well as small plates. 29 Broadway St.

Asheville Rooftop Bar Sky BarSkyBar features vistas from its multiple fire escape terraces atop the Flatiron Building. The unique seasonal experience begins with a ride up to the eighth floor in the building’s original elevator. Enjoy drinks and appetizers along with panoramic views. 18 Battery Park Ave.

The Top of the Monk sports signature hand-crafted classic cocktails featuring house-made bitters, infusions, syrups and fresh-squeezed juices. The cozy downtown patio, perched above Pritchard Park, offers city views framed by string lights. 92 Patton Ave.

Highland Brewery, in East Asheville, is famed for its open-air Meadow, featuring food trucks and live entertainment. Adding to the brewery’s popularity is its seasonal rooftop patio, surrounded by sweeping mountain views. Visitors can enjoy one of many Highland beers on tap, and they can even bring their furry friends to the dog-friendly venue. 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200

For a personally guided tour of neighborhoods within walking distance of rooftop bars, 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.

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Diana Wortham Theatre's Mainstage Series Entertains With Eclectic Lineup

Asheville Theater Acrobats

Asheville boasts a range of theater venues producing world-class shows to entertain everyone. From Broadway musicals to children’s productions to intimate stage theater, you’ll find an array of performing-arts options for that next special date night, or a fun family afternoon outing.

A big performing-arts draw year after year is the Mainstage Series at the Diana Wortham Theatre. An intimate 500-seat venue, the Diana Wortham Theatre is centrally located in downtown Asheville in the heart of Pack Square. Its Mainstage Series features a full season of live performances of music, theater and dance by nationally renowned touring artists. Co-sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG Construction, the series showcases the value of the arts in forging community connections, something close to the heart of Mosaic’s philosophy.

Theater Asheville PianoWith the 2018-19 recently announced, the lineup features everything from exotic acrobatic performances to classic Shakespeare to contemporary dance. Following, a few highlights from the coming season:

Mélange (Sept. 15, 2018) – Asking the crowd to select from a musical menu of more than 30 works in 15 different styles — from classical to jazz to baroque — the members of Mélange are completely in control of the audience, with captivating results.

Blindside (Nov. 2) – Entertaining for all ages, Blindside is one-eyed storyteller Stéphanie Morin-Robert’s account of her life as a feisty 7-year-old cancer survivor, wielding her glass eye as a superpower and using spoken word, contemporary dance and live projected video to leave a dramatic, humorous, meaningful impression.

The New Chinese Acrobats (Nov. 7) – With vibrant costumes of smooth silk, sparkling lace and brightly colored spandex, the New Chinese Acrobats awe with unbelievable physical feats.

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring Damien Sneed (Jan. 22, 2019) – Pianist, singer, composer and bandleader Damien Sneed and his curated group of performers celebrate generations of civil rights activists.

Diana Wortham Theatre AshevilleAquila Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Feb. 2) – One of  Shakespeare’s most beloved and witty comedies is brought to life in this innovative new production. Beautiful movements, unique staging and bold physical style come together in a feast for the senses.

Piano Battle (March 28) – Piano Battle pits two musicians – Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis – against one another in a unique and interactive performance, where the audience gets to decide who emerges the winner.

Ballet Hispánico (April 9 and 10) – Fusing bold and eclectic contemporary dance with traditional Latino influences, Ballet Hispánico showcases heritage-inspired movements in a stunning display.

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

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Asheville Sets the Stage for Exciting, Engaging Theater

Theater in Asheville NC

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If you’re a theater lover, Asheville is the perfect place to enjoy an entertaining evening performance. From grand-scale, world-renowned productions to intimate, locally sprung work, there’s an engaging show to suit all manner of tastes and interests.

Asheville Community Theatre

For more than six decades, Asheville Community Theatre has been entertaining audiences, making it the oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest community theaters in the country. It presents performances on its mainstage as well as at 35below, its intimate black-box performance space. The popular Saturdays at ACT program offers high-quality family theater at affordable ticket prices. http://ashevilletheatre.org

Diana Wortham Theater AshevilleDiana Wortham Theatre

Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District, Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate 500-seat theatre offering live performances of music, theater and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists. http://www.dwtheatre.com

The Magnetic Theatre

The Magnetic Theatre, a not-for-profit production company, is the only professional theater in the Southeast dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with audiences. Almost all of the more than four dozen plays the theater has debuted since 2009 have been written, directed, designed, performed and staffed by Asheville residents. The theater operates year-round out of Magnetic 375 in the River Arts District. http://www.themagnetictheatre.org

NC Stage Company

Founded in 2001, the NC Stage Company prides itself in creating theater that is as consequential as it is entertaining.  The company’s dedication to artistic excellence and exploration includes education programming and community engagement. Productions from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to “Matt & Ben” promise a varied year-round roster. http://www.ncstage.org

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Asheville NC TheaterAsheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre is a non-profit professional dance company created in 1979. As Western North Carolina’s first professional modern dance company, ACDT is devoted to local and international work, forging collaborations and partnerships between Asheville artists and dance artists from around the world.Most of the shows are created and premiered in ACDT’s cozy and intimate black-box BeBe Theatre. http://www.acdt.org

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Flat Rock Playhouse

This theater, located 30 minutes south of Asheville, hosts a range of professional Broadway musicals, comedies and dramas. The 500-seat mainstage auditorium is group friendly, and offers such productions as “The Turn of the Screw,” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and fan favorite “A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas.” https://flatrockplayhouse.org

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