Blog :: 2014

Magnificent Views Make this Asheville Area Vacation Home

If spectacular views and privacy top your list for an Asheville area vacation home, you'll want to take a look at 92 Mountain Lily Ridge in Alpine Valley. This 3-bedroom contemporary one-level home in the greater Asheville area has fantastic long-range mountain and valley views. It has to be seen.

Magnificent Views From Mountain Lily Ridge Home

Magnificent Views From Mountain Lily Ridge Home

In addition to the main house, there's also a new one-bedroom, one-bath garage apartment for guests and family. The gated community where this lovely home is located has waterfalls and creeks and does not allow rentals. Mature landscaping around the home includes roses, irises and flame azaleas, all of which add to the sense of peacefulness in the home. Watch gorgeous sunsets, see the storm clouds drop into the valley, and take advantage of the best view around of the July 4th fireworks.

While this home cannot be used as a rental income property, it can serve as a fabulous second home. With nearby waterfalls, incredible vistas, and remarkable privacy, it meets the requirements of most people seeking solitude for their second home. For more information about this home or other Greybeard vacation homes for sale, please contact Greybeard Realty. To see how Greybeard assists buyers in the home-buying process, check out our buyers' webpage. It's not too early to think of watching dogwoods bloom in the distance from this gorgeous home.


Make Yourself at Home in Black Mountain at 69 Meeks

If you have been looking for a great Black Mountain home for your family, you will want to check out this Greybeard listing at 69 Meeks in Black Mountain. With 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a bonus basement room, this home is ready to welcome its new owners into the neighborhood.

Make this home your home.

Make this home your home.

Park your car in the attached two-car garage and head directly into the home. Located on a half acre lot, this house has a modern kitchen with granite countertops and stainless appliances. There's a great living space with a gas fireplace on the main level as well. Settle into a rocking chair on the covered front porch or head out back. The large rear deck provides access to a fantastic fenced yard with an outdoor space including a stone grilling area, a fire pit, and fruit trees down to a mountain stream. While the house is beautiful, you may be tempted to spend most of your time outdoors.

Black Mountain is a small, welcoming mountain community with good schools and easy access to Asheville. Feel free to browse through Greybeard's other listings as well. And for more information about this home or any other, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Buy Your Own Asheville Vacation Home Now

As this holiday season comes to a close, it is time to start working on the next family reunion. And what would be better than having that gathering in your own western North Carolina vacation home?

Buy your own western NC vacation home

Buy your own western NC vacation home

Right now, Greybeard Realty has a solid listing of Asheville vacation homes for sale. Having your own vacation home in this peaceful yet adventurous area offers everyone in your family a chance to pursue something of interest. Perhaps you have a dare-devil daughter who prefers ziplining or mountain climbing. Or does your grandchild love mountain biking? To see a little of what the area offers, check out Greybeard's Family Fun page. You could buy your dream vacation home now, and the extended family could settle in for a bit this summer for the next family get-together.

And if you want to use the property as a rental when you aren't using it, consider having Greybeard Rentals manage it as a rental property. Greybeard Rentals, founded in 1999 manages 339 rental properties, including 170 long-term homes and 169 vacation rentals. And a recent survey with almost 500 participants ranked their satisfaction with Greybeard's overall property management at 4.73 out of 5. For more information about our management team or to start searching for your own vacation home, please contact Greybeard.

Realtor Jean David Joins Greybeard Realty

Greybeard Realty welcomes Realtor Jean David who has joined the full-service real estate company. Jean brings the total number of Realtors at Greybeard Realty to 14, each of whom has a special connection to western North Carolina. In addition, Jean and his wife, Morgan, manage Greybeard Second Home Care, a new division of Greybeard Realty and Property. Greybeard, a home-grown company committed to providing individualized care to its clients, continues to seek new ways to provide quality service to its clients.

Greybeard welcomes Realtor Jean David

Greybeard welcomes Realtor Jean David

Jean David, a Louisiana native, notes that his love of western North Carolina grew along with his love for his wife, an Asheville native. After more than a decade of vacationing in the Blue Ridge mountains, the couple, along with their two children, relocated to the area two years ago. Jean, who is also Director at Cheshire Racquet Club, describes himself as an avid long-distance trail runner as well as a supporter of everything local. Jean is a passionate supporter of local charities and businesses, and his experience with in-home rehab projects has motivated him to take on the responsibilities of Greybeard Second Home Care. Launched this fall, Second Home Care provides homeowners with quality property care including emergency weather checks and monthly maintenance reports

"Greybeard's Second Home Care is a special offering for our homeowners, providing them with top quality home maintenance, and we are very proud to have Jean David managing this new division," says Chip Craig, president and company founder of Greybeard Realty. "From the start, Greybeard has strived to provide special services to our clients, and Jean David's passion for Western North Carolina and his renovation expertise makes him well-qualified to oversee this new endeavor.

Greybeard Realty and Rentals, with offices in Asheville and Black Mountain, has 173 total property listings and manages 339 rental properties, including 170 long-term homes and 169 vacation rentals. Greybeard Realty, founded in 1999, has offices at 204 E. State Street in Black Mountain (828-669-1072) and 4 Olde Eastwood Village Blvd, Suite 207G in Asheville (828-298-1540).  For more information, please contact Greybeard Realty.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Ranked Top US Drive by The Weather Channel

When was the last time you took a cruise on the Blue Ridge Parkway for sightseeing? With the recent ranking by The Weather Channel placing the Parkway at the top of the list of top 10 scenic drives, it may be time to take another look.

Capture fall foliage photos from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Capture fall foliage photos from the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Top 10 List includes Sonoma and Napa Valleys and the Red Rock Scenic byway. The Blue Ridge Parkway, the longest of the drives, stretches 469 miles, through the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Parkway history is worth a glance as well, as much of the work was done by workers previously unemployed due to the Great Depression. Construction on the parkway, which links Virginia's Shenandoah National Park with NC's Great Smoky Mountain National Park, began in 1935 and wasn't completed until 1983.

A recent Greybeard Rentals blog talked about the multi-seasonal aspect of the Parkway. While often seen as a leaf-peeking conduit, the Parkway really does offer much more including spring wildflowers. The majestic beauty of the Parkway is one more example of what makes western NC such a special place to live. If you're thinking of relocating to the area, take a drive along the most scenic drive in America. And then contact Greybeard Realty to start searching for your new home.


Black Mountain Land for Solitude Seekers

This Black Mountain land, which has gated community amenities, offers quiet solitude with proximity to Black Mountain and Asheville. If you want a property where you can build your dream home, this 2.67 acre lot may suit the bill.

Beautiful Black Mountain land with peace and accessibility.

Beautiful Black Mountain land with peace and accessibility.

Listed as 99999 Catawba Falls Parkway, this lot sits within a community that features 10 miles of paved roads and an extensive trail system. There is an equestrian center barn as well as gate security and surveillance cameras. In addition, there are streams with waterfalls, and the community borders Pisgah National Forest. And all of this is within reach of Asheville, Old Fort, and, of course, Black Mountain.

With land, it really helps to get out and walk the property to get the feel of the area. For starters, start in Black Mountain and see the coffee shops, restaurants, and cultural offerings of this mountain community. That's one of the assets of this property is its proximity to civilization while offering access to nature, including wildlife.

For more information about this lot or other Black Mountain land listings, please contact Greybeard Realty. Our Realtors are ready to get out and walk this special land with you.


Greybeard Realty Welcomes Black Mountain Resident and Realtor

Greybeard Realty welcomes Annie Singletary, a Realtor, who joins the full-service real estate company this month. A 14-year Black Mountain resident, Annie becomes part of Greybeard Realty and Rentals, a home-grown realty company committed to providing individualized, personalized care to its clients.

Greybeard Realty welcomes Realtor Annie Singletary

Greybeard Realty welcomes Realtor Annie Singletary

"We are fortunate to have Annie joining our other 15 Realtors right now," says Chip Craig, president and company founder of Greybeard Realty. "With her creativity and community experience, Annie brings local knowledge that will benefit our clients, both sellers and buyers. In particular, Annie's artistic eye will assist sellers in getting their homes ready for the market and let buyers understand a property's potential."

Annie's first Black Mountain experience was as a Camp Merrimac camper in the summers. After getting her BFA in ceramics from UNC-Asheville, Annie settled in Black Mountain. In addition to teaching classes at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts and the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, she has managed her own pottery studio. Her husband, Dan, is director of Black Mountain's Camp Timberlake. Her family, including her two sons, enjoys participating in the varied outdoor activities offered and appreciates the cultural heritage in the area.

"My love of people, the area and all things creative are what steered me to a career in real estate," Annie states. "I look forward to helping each person on their path with buying or selling a home by making it a smooth and joyful experience."

Greybeard Realty and Greybeard Rentals, with offices in Asheville and Black Mountain, has 173 total property listings and manages 339 rental properties, including 170 long-term homes and 169 vacation rentals. Greybeard Realty, founded in 1999, has offices at 204 E. State Street in Black Mountain (828-669-1072) and 4 Olde Eastwood Village Blvd, Suite 207G in Asheville (828-298-1540). For more information, please call or visit Greybeard Realty.


Asheville Rises to the Top Ten Again

Well, the votes are in, and Asheville has again risen to number one on another top ten list. This time, it's Travel+Leisure readers who have ranked hundreds of towns for their main streets, coffee bars and eco-friendliness, among other things. And, yes, Asheville won the title of Quirkiest Town in the US.

Quirky or cool, Asheville is our number one pick.

Quirky or cool, Asheville is our number one pick.

In their assessment, voters approved of the Friday night drum circle in Pritchard Park as well as the numerous local beers. Mentioned in the article are the beer/moonshine "hoptails" from the Grove Park Inn's Great Hall Bar as well as the BROO shampoo from Earth Fare. Of note, Asheville also ranked in the top 10 for great bakeries.

All of this ranking and rating got us to thinking. Exactly what is it about Asheville that makes it so special? Is it the so-called quirkiness? Or is it more about the coexisting diversity within this comfortable community? For those of you who live here or visit here, what do you consider to be its real appeal? Let Greybeard Realty hear from you. We would love to compile our own list of the top ten best qualities of Asheville that makes it number one in our hearts.

Highlights of Asheville Real Estate Market Numbers

At Greybeard Realty, we monitor Asheville market news, always looking for indicators of how the housing market is growing. In the last month, we've seen some very interesting numbers that may foretell of further area growth in the coming year.

Highlights of the Asheville Housing Market

Highlights of the Asheville Housing Market

In the month of July, the number of housing units sold in Buncombe County reached 374 units. This figure surpasses the 362 homes sold in July of 2006 which was the peak for the number of unit sold. While the July 2014 average sales price of each home was a bit below the 2006 high, we see other numbers the lead us to believe those prices may be increasing over the next year as well.

For one example, the Asheville area had the lowest number of foreclosure filings in the last 5 years this summer with less than one in 100 homes going into foreclosure. With fewer distressed sales, prices should begin inching up. In addition, while year-to-date numbers are still slightly below the 2006/2007 peak in total sales volume and average price, both of those figures are up so far in 2014. Total Sales Volume is up 9% over the same period last year while average price is up 5% in 2014 for the same time in 2013. And perhaps the greatest indicator of potential growth in home price and sales volume is the continuation of the shrinking home inventory. From its peak of 3472 units for sale as this time in 2010, the number of units on the market year-to-date for 2014 stands at 2056 homes.

At Greybeard, we understand that one month of numbers do not represent a trend. We also know, however, that as the Asheville housing market continues to show these positive signs, it is reasonable to anticipate that the market will continue to show this strength. To see what's on the Asheville real estate market, browse through our Asheville listings. And please contact Greybeard Realty if you're ready to make a move to the Asheville area.

Wonderful Western NC Home in the Weaverville Market

If you're looking for a gorgeous, 3-bedroom home in a place with small town charm and proximity to Asheville, look at this new Weaverville listing on Buckle Ridge. Located just minutes from Weaverville, this home has hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and just about everything else you could want.

Quiet beauty on Buckle Ridge in Weaverville

Quiet beauty on Buckle Ridge in Weaverville

With its master bedroom on the main level, this western NC home could be a great retirement house. The beautiful landscaping around the home makes it an appealing home for any gardener or nature lover. And its location in the culturally rich community of Weaverville make it an attractive home for artists and art lovers alike.

Weaverville, less than 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, is home to an annual art event, Art in Autumn, which brings many area artists and craftsmen together. Whether it's a stroll down Main Street Weaverville or a quick trip into Asheville for its eclectic art scene, the new owners of this home will treasure the home's qualities and its location.

For more information on this property, please contact Greybeard Realty. And please browse through Greybeard's other western NC listings in Weaverville. Tap into your artistic spirit by relocating to Weaverville.