Blog :: 02-2014

Lake Views and Mountain Peaks From This Western NC Mountain Home

Imagine yourself lakeside in the western NC mountains with gorgeous mountain peaks in the distance. If that picture fits your dreams, you'll want to see Greybeard's listing on Bear Cliff Village Drive. This well-maintained townhome on Lake James is a short walk from the Bear Creek Marina and will go a long way toward meeting your aspirations of owning a mountain escape.

A western NC mountain home with a cool lake and blue mountains.

A western NC mountain home with a cool lake and blue mountains.

This 4-bedroom, 3 bath townhome has a gas fireplace and cathedral ceilings, creating a warm open area for gathering. The master suite is located on the main level with 3 large bedrooms and 2 full baths on the lower level. From the covered porch, you can enjoy lake views.  With the meticulous upkeep on this home, it is move-in ready. And with no yard to maintain, you really can make this the ultimate vacation home.

Lake James, located in McDowell County, has more than 150 miles of shoreline. The lake is the focal point of Lake James State Park, nestled between Marion and Morganton.  This state park is one of the youngest in the state, established in 1987 by NC general assembly. With its boating and fishing, its abundant wildflowers, and its forest creatures, this mountain lake area makes the ultimate backyard without the required upkeep.

For more information on this restful townhome or to see our other listings, please visit the Greybeard Realty website. Or contact Greybeard for more information. It's a good time to make your dream of owning a lakeside mountain home a reality.

Exterior Projects Open Doors for Asheville Home Sellers

Asheville homeowners who wonder which home improvement project has the best return for the money only have to recall the trite but true adage, "you only make a first impression first." If you go by that saying and a recent study presented on the website houselogic, you will know that exterior projects are among the most valuable to consider.

Solid exterior projects sell well.

Solid exterior projects sell well.

The website mentions that 8 of the top 10 most cost-effective projects, for people hoping to recoup their costs, are exterior projects. Specifically, replacing a front door with a steel door entry and adding a wooden deck top the list for projects. The two interior projects that make the list are adding an attic bedroom and making minor kitchen adjustments.  The idea that a home's exterior is a huge selling point is not a new one.  A Greybeard blog on how to prepare your home to sell pointed out that the so-called curb appeal goes a long way toward making that all-important first impression.

Another important factor to consider when planning any home improvement project is the timing of it. While some sellers often wait until they are preparing to put their home on the market to tackle that home project, it seems better to move forward with it when you can. After all, doesn't it make more sense to complete the home improvement project as soon as you can so you can enjoy the latest project for a while prior to moving on to your next home?

That being said, as recent market numbers indicate, the supply of homes on the market is tightening. Right now could be a great time to tackle that long-planned project so you can list your Asheville home by summertime. For more information on how to prepare your home for listing, please visit Greybeard's sellers' page for some tips. And don't forget; when considering home improvement projects, it is important to think outside the home!