If Santa didn’t come through on the Asheville vacation home of your dreams, it isn’t too late to make that your New Year’s resolution. Isn’t it time to have your own home up in the most beautiful mountains in the world?
Greybeard Realty has some lovely western NC vacation homes for sale, and it’s a great time of year to come up and check them out. Greybeard Rentals #1 request for vacation rentals is a traditional log cabin, and there are a number of log cabins currently listed on our Asheville area vacation homes for sale webpage. As an example, take a look at 1506 McKenzie Way South in Old Fort. This cozy 2-bedroom, 2-bath log cabin features a spacious loft area, and its location within the gated community of Gateway Mountain provides access to hiking trails, waterfalls and a fishing pond.
If you begin your search now, you could be fishing in that pond by springtime and have a home that can be used for rentals this summer as well. Be sure to look at Greybeard’s Buyers Link for tips on how to choose a great Asheville area vacation home. To begin your search, consider staying in a Greybeard Rentals home for a long weekend. Not only will that let you get familiar with the local area, but you can also experience the top management quality as a guest and understand why our renters consistently rate us at the top after their rental experience. Greybeard is here to help make your New Year’s Resolution a reality.
All aboard the Polar Express in Bryson City, NC! Located about an hour from Asheville, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers daily excursions with a chance to experience the magic of Santa and the North Pole. It’s one of the many western NC activities to experience during the winter holiday season.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad operates year-round with excursions along the Nantahala Gorge and the Tuckasegee River as well as an adult-only Carolina Shine Moonshine Experience. During the Christmas season, however, the train welcomes passengers on board to hear and experience the Polar Express. Sit back and listen as the story unfolds, sip hot chocolate and enjoy a treat, and then welcome Santa on board. Each child receives his or her own sliver sleigh bell, just like in the book. On the return trip to Bryson City, join in the Christmas caroling and relish in the special memories that have been created by this magical train ride.
Whether it’s the special seasonal offerings in the Asheville area or the daily opportunities to experience the cuisine and culture of western NC, there’s no doubt that Asheville, Black Mountain and Montreat each provide a unique, warm and friendly environment to live in. If you already live here, choose something today to do that you probably can’t do anywhere else. For example, when was the last time you visited one of the new microbreweries in the area? And if you’re not living here yet, what’s holding you back? Greybeard Realty is here, just waiting to welcome you home.
A charming Montreat home has come on the market, and it’s worth a trip up to see. 340 Texas Rd, with its central location and its bedroom capacity, offers plenty of room to enjoy the amenities of this friendly, accessible community.
Located just minutes from Lake Susan and the Conference Center, this nicely updated home has a large screened-in porch that overlooks a stream. The main level has the kitchen, dining area and half bath, along with the living room with gas stone fireplace. In addition to 4 large bedrooms, the upstairs also has a bonus room and full bath. The sunlit ground floor has another bedroom, along with the laundry room.
From this home, new owners can take advantage of the numerous hiking trails as well as the eclectic shops and dining spots in nearby Black Mountain. If you’re thinking about becoming Montreat homeowners, why not check out Greybeard Rentals Montreat listings and come up for a week or a longer stay and get a sampling of what it’s like living here. We at Greybeard love the area, and several of us have chosen Montreat as the place to call home. So if you’d like to learn more, please contact Greybeard Realty and let’s talk about your moving up this way
Third quarter numbers of western NC real estate are in, and the market seems to be holding fairly steady to its latest upward trend. While growth in some areas is small, there are a few particular statistics that may be very telling about the market to come.
The number of units sold countywide is up a solid 4% from 3073 for this period in 2015 compared to 3192 for the same period this year. Total sales volume for this period is up 16% from 854.8 million in 2015 to $988.8 million this year. As those increases indicate, there has been an increase in average price of 11%, from $278,156 in 2015 to $309,764 this year. As has been discussed in the most recent market reports, this increase in price was expected due to a shrinking market and an increase in demand.
And that leads to the most interesting statistics in this data, the days on the market (DOM) and the sales price/list price percentage. In the county, the number of DOM has shrunk from 124 days in 2015 to a mere 72 days in 2016, year to date, and sales price is 98% of asking price for 2016. That means that homes are not staying on the market very long, and buyers are not getting much negotiating room at this time.
The Black Mountain real estate sales market is a little different. There’s only a slight change in the number of units sold, 164 in 2015 down to 162 in 2016, a 1% decreased. Similarly, sales volume is down a small 2% from $42.3 million to $41.6 million in 2016. As that indicates, there has been a negligible change in the average price from last year. It’s important to note, however, that this statistic also may be indicative of the small supply that is available in Black Mountain right now. Anecdotally, there are interested buyers who have not been able to find a home because of the small number of homes available for sale at this time.
Interestingly, there has been a similar decline in DOM for Black Mountain, down from 141 days in 2015 to only 79 days in 2016. And again at the same time, the SP/LP percentage has increased, from 95% of asking price to 98% of asking price. And the number of units on the market has increased 15% to 129 from 112 in 2015. In this instance, there were 38 units, or 29% of the homes listed as on the market, under contract at the time the numbers were extracted for analysis. If that number is extracted from the number of units listed on the market, then the supply may actually be a bit tighter than last year at this time.
So what can be garnered from these third quarter numbers? First of all, it’s important to recognize that the Black Mountain market is smaller, making some of the numbers seem more dramatic than they are. It seems apparent that buyers are out there looking, as the DOM has decreased so dramatically across the board. Also, it seems as if perhaps sellers have decided that they can get a good price for their homes and perhaps people who were holding off on selling have now moved forward.
In the months to come, it will be fascinating to watch what interest rates do, with a rumored increase in late 2016 anticipated. While that shouldn’t have any immediate impact on buyers or sellers, it may be what’s pushing both buyers and sellers forward in this positive real estate market right now. As usual, time will tell.
And in the meantime, Greybeard Realty is ready to show you the home of your dreams. Whether you're considering a NC mountain home or the ideal Asheville log cabin for your own escape, it's a great time to own your own place in western NC. Come on up and settle into your own peaceful mountain place.
If epic views from an immaculate Black Mountain log home appeal to you as a homeowner, you’ll want to take a look at 36 Winding Poplar, a 3-bedroom, 4 bath home located in the gated community of Laurel Ridge.
This 4,269 sq ft home is located just minutes from Black Mountain and Asheville and offers remarkable vistas from its two separate decks. The open floor plan features cathedral ceilings and two stone fireplaces, one located on the porch deck. In addition to its granite countertops in the kitchen and wood floors throughout, this luxurious log home also has a private game room and basement wine cellar. The meticulously constructed interior complements the outdoor living spaces, including the decks which feature natural, rustic railings. With its log construction and its convenient location, this lovely home makes an appealing full-time home or vacation home.
As mentioned in previous blogs, requests for log home rentals tops the list of Greybeard Rentals’ requests for rental homes. If you’d like information about owning a rental property and what that entails, please contact Greybeard Rentals or take a look at Greybeard’s property management webpage. Take some time to look through Greybeard’s residential listings and the Black Mountain Log Homes page. Then, come on up here and take a look at this beautifully crafted mountain home. It truly epitomizes the mountain home so any folks are looking to own
Visiting Asheville in the fall? Take a tour on the Gray Line! This hop-on-hop-off tour in a trolley is a great way to learn about the history of Asheville as well as interact with the bustling downtown. With 10 spots including the diverse Montford Historic District, Art deco-rich downtown, legendary Grove Park Inn, as well as the edgy River Arts District.
Created by George Vanderbilt in 1895, Biltmore is Asheville’s crown jewel. Fall is a great time to explore America’s largest home as the bounty of the fields, gardens, and vineyards are celebrated. Walk the spacious formal gardens or just enjoy the beautiful fall foliage across the Blue Ridge Mountains. From day passes to overnight stays, there is something for everyone at the Biltmore Estate.
Take a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway
A 469-mile drive winding through the Southern Appalachians, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must-see! Fall brings brilliant foliage that can’t be beaten. Whether you just take a drive through parts of it or get out of the car and hike, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a can’t miss in the fall!
Visit the Folk Art Center
While on your Blue Ridge Parkway adventure, you can’t miss the Folk Art Center located at milepost 382, and just 5 minutes from downtown Asheville. Home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Folk Art Center showcases Southern Appalachia’s finest traditional and contemporary crafts.
Take a Farm to Table Tour
Take a tour with Asheville Farm to Table Tours and visit sustainable family farms where farmers specializing in cheese, chicken, produce, beef, or lamb share their passion and knowledge. At the end of the tour the Chef prepares a delicious meal made with the food from the farms you visited that day. Don’t just experience the uniqueness of Asheville, taste it!
For some, residing in western NC is synonymous with living in a log cabin in the woods. If you are one of those people, you’ll want to look into 29 Woodhaven Lane. This 3-bedroom, 2-bath log home fits the bill perfectly.
Located in the gated community of Laurel Ridge, this charming Black Mountain home has a great room with vaulted ceilings and a large stone fireplace. The lofted master suite has exposed beams and a bathroom with a claw-foot tub. With a 1.56 acre wooded lot, there’s room to explore and ramble. Additionally, this home would make a fantastic vacation rental as one of our most popular rental requests is for a secluded log cabin in the woods! Despite its secluded feeling, this lovely home is only minutes from downtown Black Mountain. For owners who like a peaceful locale without losing access to amenities, this home is a great choice.
Greybeard Realty has a number of vacation homes for sale that can be solid investment properties. In addition, Greybeard Rentals has an award-winning rental management team to ensure that our rental properties are well maintained and well marketed. To get a better understanding about our management philosophy, take a moment to watch the video on the property management webpage.
Several Greybeard staff and Realtors call Black Mountain home, and we can’t think of a better place to live. This new 3-bedroom, 3-bath home, 25 Lake Ave, is within walking distance of downtown Black Mountain, meaning new owners are just steps away from everything this fine town has to offer.
Constructed in 2013, this lovely home features an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. It also has a large covered front porch to sit and watch the world go by. That’s only appropriate as Black Mountain is viewed as the “Front Porch of Western NC.” With cork floors, granite counter tops and stainless-steel kitchen appliances, this carefully-crafted home offers modern amenities with old-style charm. The interior and exterior woodwork as well as the large stone fireplace work to give this home a great cottage feel. And the fenced-in backyard makes a wonderful area for children or grandchildren to enjoy. It’s only a mile from the Montreat gate which means new owners will be in proximity to the Montreat trails, some of the finest hiking in western NC.
For more information about this home, please contact Greybeard Realty. And feel free to browse through Greybeard Realty’s other Black Mountain home listings as well. Those of us that live in Black Mountain are always happy to talk about the quality of life we’re afforded here. With good schools, great outdoor activities, and unlimited cultural and dining options, there really isn’t a better place to call home.
One great advantage of living in western NC is to have immediate access to all of the incredible hiking that’s so readily accessible in this area. Greybeard has some terrific hiking suggestions on Greybeard’s things to do list, and a recent Greybeard blog highlighted a top ten list just released.
One aspect of hiking that we haven’t really talked about is how to prepare to hike. We’re not talking about conditioning. We will leave that up to you. It’s more about being prepared, as even a day hike can become more of an adventure if you’re not ready for whatever comes along. As an example, one of our Realtors recently went out to walk on a large piece of land he was planning to show the next day, and he noticed that with the sun obscured by clouds and the lot completely covered by lush greenery with no paths, he quickly became disoriented. That’s why this “how to pack for a hike” website came to mind. If you’re going to hike, even just a day hike, it pays to prepare. Cell phones can lose battery power and be out of cell service, so a compass is a good idea. And, if you live up here and decide to take a multi-day hike, the packing list is a bit longer. Even a seasoned traveller can become disoriented in unfamiliar territory, and if you live up here you know the weather can change in an instant. Take some time to prepare before you head out. It can really make a difference.
And if all of this talking about frequent hiking has you yearning to live up this way, why not look at the listed for sale at Greybeard Realty. Even if you aren’t interested in relocating permanently, this could be just the time to buy that second home. Greybeard Rentals management services offers superior property management, and you can slip away and head up this way whenever you get a chance.
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