Blog :: 02-2013

The Research is in on Asheville: Come on; Get Happy

If you need one more reason to invest in Asheville real estate, a recent study may just provide you with that extra incentive.  A recent study by a University of Vermont mathematician ranked US locales by using  a happy meter, and Asheville landed in the top 10.  Not only was Asheville in the top ten, but it was the only city east of the Mississippi to make the top 10.

Study proves Asheville is happy place!

Study proves Asheville is happy place!

By using a device called a "hedonmeter", analysts considered national tweets and noted the number of happy words used by residents of different areas.  In fact, all they needed was to take a trip to Asheville, and they could have experienced the goodness of the town firsthand. In fact, the recent study was only the latest recognition of Asheville as a great place to live.  Even President Obama got into the conversation recently when he noted he and Michelle would like to consider living here after the White House.

One option to discover Asheville's charms firsthand is to take advantage of one of Greybeard Rentals' long term rentals which lets you sample retirement before you settle in.  If you want, you can look into Asheville vacation homes and invest now for your future retirement.  If you're thinking about moving here while still raising children, you will want to check out our school report blog.

Regardless of your level of readiness, it's always a good time to check out the Asheville real estate market.  As our economic statistics indicate, the Asheville real estate market is on the upward track. For more information about buying a home in Asheville contact Greybeard Realty.  And head on up here and check out Asheville; Come on, get happy!

Is Obama Thinking About An Asheville Retirement?

During his brief visit to Asheville last week, President Obama eluded to a possible retirement in Asheville.  "Love coming to Asheville.  Michelle and I always talk about how, after this whole presidency thing, we're looking for a little spot to play a little golf, do a little hiking, fishing, barbecue."

Obama may vote for an Asheville retirement.

Obama may vote for an Asheville retirement.

If you want to beat the President here, it may be a good time to head up this way and see what Asheville real estate has to offer.  If you, like the President, still have some work to do before you can move here, consider purchasing one of Greybeard's vacation homes for sale.  With these homes, you can find the perfect home for retirement and rent it until you're ready to retire.

If you like the idea of Asheville but haven't had a chance to experience it first hand, check into one of Greybeard's rental cabins and see for yourself what Obama is talking about.  Our Guest Services can set you up with tee times and our staff is always willing to share some of our favorite hiking and picnic spots for our rental guests.

If you are familiar with the area but would like just a little bit more time to see if it's a good fit for your retirement plans, Greybeard's long term rentals can provide you with an extended stay to really let you try out an Asheville retirement.

If you have any questions about whether retiring in Asheville NC is right for you, now is the time to look into it. If the Obama-to-Asheville rumors are true, you will be able to beat the rush. For more information about Asheville homes for sale or the best rental homes for trying out retirement, contact Greybeard Realty.

Something Old and Somethings New in Mountain Real Estate

Western North Carolina real estate offerings vary as much as the various mountain views in the changing sunlight. To get an idea of the wide range of Asheville area homes for sale, all you need to do is take a quick sampling of Greybeard Realty's listings.

Newly built 8 Robin Ridge Lane in Black Mountain has southern and western views with one level living possible. The master suite is located on the main level, and the views are some of the best in town.  The two lower level suites offer a screened porch and an office. This three-bedroom, three-bath home with more than 3,000 sq. ft. has impeccable details including the kitchen tile work. Add the natural landscaping and the flat driveway in the small mountain community, and you could have the house of your dreams.

Charming cottage for sale

Lovely new cabin with traditional touches.

Or consider another newly-built cottage listed by Greybeard Realty.  29 Rhododendron Road is in Christmount within Black Mountain and offers many special touches including hardwood flooring, concrete counters, and meticulous landscaping. This two-bedroom, three-bath home with more than 2,000 sq. ft. includes a finished basement with a separate entrance. The beautiful mountain cottage also has an unfinished second floor with expansion possibilities. The stone fireplace and wooden beams in the living room create the mountain ambiance making this home a very special offering.

In nearby Ridgecrest, 2 Knox Drive has the charm and character one expects from a century-old mountain home. The wood paneled walls, stone fireplace and narrow stairway to the second floor make this an ideal mountain getaway, reminiscent of olden times. The quaint kitchen and claw-foot tub in this four-bedroom, two-bath home are elements that will appeal to anyone looking for the perfect mountain escape.

While each of these homes provides something special and different, they also demonstrate the range of offerings and price range of Greybeard Realty's listings. Greybeard appreciates that home buyers are not looking for cookie-cutter homes. For more information about these homes or any of our other western North Carolina real estate listings, please contact Greybeard.