Blog :: 05-2013

Cool Times at Black Mountain Square Concert

Greybeard Realty often tells potential buyers in Black Mountain and other local communities to spend some time in the towns they're considering purchasing real estate in, perhaps attend an event. Tomorrow's Rockin' Around the Square Concert in Black Mountain, June 1, is one of those community gatherings that will capture the essence of this small mountain town.

Greybeard Realtor Rocks!

Greybeard Realtor Rocks!

Playing at the free concert will be the local band, The Hackbirds. This free event, from 2-4 pm on the site of the future Black Mountain Town Square, will have food and drink; all you'll need to bring is a chair or blanket to sit back and enjoy the music. The planned Town Square will be a community gathering spot that will include public parking, a market area, and open space.

We at Greybeard are particularly excited about the concert as The Hackbirds include Adam Johnson, one of Greybeard Realty's Realtors. A resident of the Black Mountain area for more than 10 years, Adam epitomizes what makes Greybeard Realtors and Rentals agents so knowledgeable. Adam attended Montreat College and is passionate about fly fishing in the area. It's hard to find anyone in the area more familiar with the vast outdoor activities available in the NC mountains.

So if you are looking at the Black Mountain area as a possible new home location, or if you just enjoy some fantastic music on a beautiful afternoon, come on over to the future site of Black Mountain Town Square. And if you're too far away to join us to hear the Hackbirds, we are sorry to hear that.  Don't forget you can check out the Greybeard Black Mountain Webcam anytime to see what you're missing in town.

Log Cabin Living in Western NC Comes to Life

Imagine a log cabin, four acres of beautiful land including pasture, two creeks and a pond all within easy access of Asheville. Now view the listing on our website for MLS #53995 and see that image in your mind become reality.

Special log cabin can become home of your dreams.

Special log cabin can become home of your dreams.

This well-maintained cabin in Fairfield has come on the market and offers its buyer a chance to experience an authentic log cabin experience. The cabin logs, more than 200 years old, originally stood in McDowell County but were moved to Buncombe County in the 1950s. In addition to the main structure, the property includes two outbuildings. The present owners have included some of the personal property, with specific exclusions, in the sales price.

This secluded cabin has two bedrooms and a fireplace. Sit out on the covered porch and enjoy the pasture land wildlife. It's away from it all but close to everything. To get a sense of the experience this unique property offers, check out the virtual tour of this property. After watching it, see if you can imagine yourself walking through the spotted sunlight among the tall trees on the property. Can you see yourself heading out through the screen door to sit on the porch rocker with your morning coffee? Is this the Asheville area mountain escape you've been searching for?

This or another Western NC log cabin can be your own mountain escape or may make a great vacation rental property for you to have until you're ready to retire and move in full time. It's an exquisite mountain retreat that fills many of the prerequisites for NC mountain vacationers. Contact Greybeard Realty to tour it and see if it is the home of your dreams.

There's No Place Like Home, Especially in Western North Carolina

There's no place like an Asheville home, unless it's a Montreat cottage, or a Black Mountain cabin.  At Greybeard Realty, we have come to realize that it isn't all in the name.  When it comes down to it, what people really want is a special house in western North Carolina.

When searching for real estate for sale in the area, people often choose "Asheville cabin" as their search words, even when they want an elegant, four-bedroom structure in the middle of the city.  In fact, "Asheville cabin" is among the most searched keyword phrases for real estate in western NC. The on-line Merriam-Webster defines cabin as: a small one-story dwelling usually of simple construction. That word choice, then, is often correct for Asheville log cabins for sale. But it doesn't quite capture the essence of some of our larger houses, for example our listings of homes with 5 or more bedrooms.

A five-bedroom Montreat listing on Assembly Drive.

A five-bedroom Montreat listing on Assembly Drive.

In second place for most searched is "cottage," as in Montreat cottage, which again conjures up the image of a small, cozy structure.  A quick glance at Greybeard's Montreat listings, however, indicates that some of these western NC homes for sale are hardly small. Again, Merriam-Webster defines cottage as: a usually small house for vacation use. The definition does match some of our Asheville vacation homes for sale.

And how about an Asheville home? Merriam-Webster defines home as: one's place of residence. Well, that may be true for some of our western NC listings, but what if someone is looking for a vacation home for sale to buy now for a later Asheville retirement? Does that still qualify as one's residence?

If all of this conversation about residential words has your head spinning, don't panic.  For the best results of houses, homes, cabins and cottages in western North Carolina for sale, simply go to our Asheville real estate advanced search option, enter the criteria you're seeking, and hit search. And as always, if you want the one-on-one contact with a Greybeard Realtor, please contact us. After all, to paraphrase a famous bard, "a home by any other name is still a home".

Black Mountain Arts are Rockin'

If you want to explore the flavor of a particular western North Carolina community prior to purchasing a home, there may be no better way than hitting a few arts and craft festivals to see what each NC mountain town has to offer.  Whether it's a Montreat cabin, a Black Mountain home or a mountain vacation rental for sale that you are looking for, you will have a better idea of how each town feels just by walking the streets and viewing the area culture.

Rock out to the fantastic culture of western NC

Rock out to the fantastic culture of western NC

The idea came to mind Friday night while strolling through Black Mountain at the Blue to Black Art Weekend.  This event, aptly named because it stretches from the Blue Ridge Parkway through Asheville all the way to Black Mountain and then Old Fort, runs all weekend.  It concludes on Sunday, May 6, with another gallery stroll from 11-5.

The Black Mountain gallery AnTHM is participating, and there isn't another spot that offers such a selection of eclectic art to let you see what is really happening in the culture of the area.  If you can't make it this weekend, consider checking out the next Black to Blue art Weekend October 10-13th, 2013.

So if you know you're ready to buy an Asheville area house, start looking in all the right places. Check out the Greybeard Calendar for upcoming arts and craft events such as LEAF and get the true feel. In the true spirit of "try before you buy", why not select a convenient weekend and rent an Asheville cottage. Greybeard Rentals has a complete listing of available homes. For more information about specific communities and the homes available in the area, contact Greybeard Realty.