Blog :: 2015

River Arts District: Fall Studio Stroll set for November 14-15

Asheville’s River Arts District comprises a series of studios and galleries featuring local artists from a wide range of practices including painting, photography, sculpture and mixed material.  Located along the French Broad River, this vibrant neighborhood will once again host a Studio Stroll on November 14 and 15, allowing visitors to view artwork and meet some of the area’s most talented artists.



The Fall Studio Stroll will provide attendees with access to over 180 working studios located throughout 22 refurbished factories and historic buildings. This event is free to the general public and trolleys will be running all weekend to take people around the district.

While you're visiting the River Arts District, check out some of the awesome restaurants and breweries in the area, including 12 Bones Smokehouse, The Bull and Beggar, and Wedge Brewing Co.


Realistic Pricing Assists Asheville Area Home Sales

As recent real estate statistics indicate, Asheville area home sales are on the rise. With the housing market improving across the nation, some homesellers are overestimating their homes' value. Establishing an appropriate market-based price for your home can contribute to a timelier sale of your property. Greybeard Realty Asheville Home for Sale

According to the National Association of Realtors, the gap between what homeowners say their home is worth and what value appraisers put on the home has risen for seven straight months. Right now, homeowners place their home value at 2.65 percent higher. The pricing difference can lead to longer days on the market as potential buyers negotiate or walk away from the price differential. Realistic home pricing is just one element that factors into putting your home on the market.

At Greybeard Realty, we will walk you through the whole selling process. A few simple steps can make a big difference in preparing to put your home on the market. First of all, get your own home inspection completed. Don't wait for the buyer's inspector to make the list of what needs to be done; tackle the inspection list or at least know what needs to be done so there aren't any surprises. Work on your home's curb appeal. "You only make a first impression once." Make sure your home looks its best from the outside. Also, have a professional photographer take the photographs. With internet use for marketing, your home potentially will be seen by thousands of viewers. Make it look its best. And finally, have the plans for your next move sorted out so you know when you will be out of your old home. When a buyer makes an offer, you want to be able to tell them when they can move in.

For assistance in selling your home, please contact Greybeard Realty. And if you have questions about how to prepare your home for sale, our Realtors can assist you. Let us help you put your Asheville area home on the market.

Inaugural Asheville Cultural Celebration

For more than 20 years, Black Mountain has hosted the LEAF Festival twice yearly. Now this year, the LEAF Community Arts is premiering its first LEAF Downtown AVL in addition to its regular scheduled events. This new cultural arts fair, hosted in Asheville's Pack Square Park, occurs  over  the two-day event which highlights music, art, and plenty of family fun, all at no charge. Celebrate Asheville Arts

This new festival celebrates local talent with an emphasis on local talent. Experience creativity on August 1st and 2nd  with music from three stages, including many local bands for two days of continuous music. Enjoy workshops, check out the art, and try the tastes of Asheville. This year's inaugural festival coincides with the Biltmore Village Art & Craft Fair. In its 43rd year, the Biltmore Village Art & Craft Fair takes place on the grounds of the Cathedral of all Souls in Biltmore Village. With these two simultaneous Asheville events, it's a great time to check out what this beautiful city has to offer.

If you're someone who wants to see what Asheville has to offer, this weekend would be a great time to come check it out. If you're considering a move to the city or any of its surrounding communities, why not try out a rental from Greybeard Rentals to sample area life. And if you've known in your heart that Asheville is where you really should be living, then contact Greybeard Realty to see our western NC listings. The cultural richness and remarkable diversity within this incredibly beautiful area make it a great place to call home.

Secluded Western NC Log Home Available

Are you ready to relocate to a secluded log home in western NC? This finely-crafted log home, located in Upper Hominy, provides the ultimate location with wooded privacy amid scenic natural beauty.

Spacious interior of WNC log home Constructed in 2006, this three-bedroom, two-bath home is located on 97 acres. The property has multiple streams, waterfalls, and rock formations offering a natural respite. And although the home offers privacy, it is not isolated from the nearby community. After passing through the security gate and climbing the gently-sloped driveway, homeowners will find a home with a large garden space with an irrigation system, covered porches and an open deck. With winter views of Pisgah and Mitchell, this home features a living area with a cathedral ceiling and a natural stone fireplace. For anyone seeking a traditional home in western NC with meticulous attention to detail, there’s really no need to look any further.

A log home with water features on the property is at the top of many people’s wish list for a western NC home. For more information on this special property, please contact Greybeard Realty. And if you are just beginning to consider the Asheville area, consider one of Greybeard Rentals’ monthly rental cabins to sample daily life in the area. We’re very proud of our local area and would welcome a chance to share what we know about it. If you want assistance in selecting the best rental home to try out the area or if you want more information on this home or another listing, please contact Greybeard.

Come See the Montreat Parade of Homes

This time of year, everyone loves a parade. To do its part, Greybeard Realty is hosting its annual parade of homes. Come by Sunday and join us for the Montreat Open House Tour.

Beautiful Lake Susan in MontreatThis annual event opens selected Montreat homes for sale this Sunday, June 28th, from 2-4 PM. To start the tour, stop by Greybeard’s office or any of the Montreat homes with “Open House” signs out front. From there, you can take a self-guided tour to all of the featured homes.

Montreat, a peaceful, quiet community, has windy roads, walking paths, and some of the best hiking trails in the area. This small town is a great year-round option, though it may be better-known for its NC vacation appeal. If you’ve considered relocating or investing in a NC retirement or vacation home, you should take advantage of this tour opportunity. Head out Sunday afternoon and see a great selection of Montreat homes, all in one afternoon. For more information, please contact Greybeard Realty. And if you can’t make it this year, then check out Greybeard’s Montreat homes for sale webpage. This may be your best chance to buy a NC home in one of the best little towns in NC.


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Front Porch Views of Black Mountain

It’s well known that Black Mountain is viewed as the “Front Porch of Western NC.” With its majestic mountain views, the town serves as the gateway to western NC amenities including hikes, arts and crafts, and historic sites including The Biltmore house.  And living in this idyllic small town gives you access to a welcoming community that treasures its arts, its culture, and its music.

Black Mountain Porch ViewsPerhaps lesser known is the tremendous growth in front porches in homes across America in the last 20-25 years. According to a recent Parade magazine article, in 2013 63% of single family homes in America had front porches. This figure is up from 42% in 1993. For many people, front porches serve as a window to the world, a place to sip a drink and enjoy the view or watch the world stroll by.

And truly what could be better than enjoying a NC mountain front porch.  Greybeard Realty has numerous Black Mountain homes listed, many with porches just waiting for rocking chairs. To get started on buying your own home, check out Greybeard Realty’s real estate buyers’ tips. Then take a look at our NC real estate market information. Get started now, and you can be watching the world from a Black Mountain front porch in no time.

Blaze a Trail to this Black Mountain Log Cabin

People often imagine themselves settling into a Black Mountain log cabin and living the simple life of old. With this newly-listed three-bedroom, three-bath log home, new owners actually can enjoy that traditional style while taking advantage of modern amenities as well. Make Tracks to this Black Mountain Cabin

Constructed in 1988 using 1850’s style logs, 21 Bear Track Rd. has RV insulation and cedar beams. Slate and wood flooring, a large covered porch, and a stone chimney complete the old-style feel of this Black Mountain home. Take advantage of the outdoor wood furnace and utilize the hot tub as well.  In addition to a two-car garage with an unfinished loft, this property also has two creeks with a working water wheel, a horse barn and additional outbuildings. The home, nestled in an ideal setting, is located only several miles from downtown Black Mountain.

If you’re familiar with the area, you will appreciate this traditionally-styled home with proximity to Black Mountain. If you’re not as familiar, why not check into one of Greybeard’s Black Mountain rentals to see what makes this mountain community so special. But you probably don’t want to wait too long to check out this listing. A log cabin, property creeks, and quick access to Black Mountain…it just doesn’t get any better than this one. For more infomation, visit the Greybeard Realty website.

Black Mountain Land Rejuvenates

As you may have heard, a fire this spring burned more than 740 acres of Black Mountain and Montreat  land. After a dryer than usual winter, the fire spread quickly and took several days to contain.  A photo, taken by a runner on the Toll Road just after the fire ended, shows the degree of charring. Montreat Land Several Days Post Fire

 But if anyone doubts the rejuvenating ability of nature, all you have to do is take a look at a second photo, taken less than a month later from the same spot. The dark gray landscape has been replaced by a blanket of green, indicating that regrowth is already occurring in the area. It's likely that in a few months, it will be very difficult to see the remaining scars of the fire. Same Montreat Area a Few Weeks Later

In addition to its ability to rejuvenate, Black Mountain is a vibrant, thriving community. And as Greybeard Realty's market news indicates, the real estate market is also on the uptick.
If owning a home in western NC is on your bucket list, this year would be a good year to do that. Take a look at Greybeard's Black Mountain listings, and contact Greybeard Realty for more information.

Piecing Together Western NC First Quarter Real Estate Numbers

Analyzing the Western NC real estate market is similar to assembling a jigsaw puzzle. In addition to collecting the pieces and comparing the edges, a good puzzle solver also needs to be able to make an educated guess about what the next piece will be. First quarter numbers for the Asheville area indicate that the recent upward trend in the real estate market continues and has solidified. Indices including total sales volume and the number of homes sold continue to grow at a healthy rate, just one indication of the vibrant housing market the area is enjoying right now.

Piecing Together Western NC Real Estate Puzzle

Piecing Together Western NC Real Estate Puzzle

Buncombe County

In Buncombe County, the number of homes sold in 2015 grew 14% over the same time period in 2014. The 715 homes sold are still below the 819 homes sold in 2007, but it represents the second consecutive year that the number of units has increased. As anticipated, the total sales volume has increased a steady 15% as well. The $195 million sales volume marks the fourth consecutive year of increases in total sales volume for year-to-date numbers. The sales figure is slightly below the $233.7 million in sales volume which occurred in 2007, the last year before the recession occurred. The price average of $260,065 represents a modest increase of 1%, a figure that is anticipated to increase as inventory continues its steady decline. The number of houses on the market is down 17% this quarter to 1,469 units on the market and down from the high of 3,316 homes available in 2010.

Black Mountain

In Black Mountain, the real estate market grew in the first quarter of 2015 at a very robust rate. The total number of 49 units sold in the first quarter of 2015 is up 63% from the same time last year. As a further illustration of the market's growth, that number of units compares with the low of 17 units sold in the first quarter of 2009. Total sales volume, $11 million in the first quarter, represents a 71% increase over the same period last year and marks the largest sales volume in the last nine years. Interestingly, the average price per home was $228, 642, up a modest 5% from last year's number. It marks the third consecutive year of increase in the first quarter. And because inventory is at 102 homes, down 10% from last year and the sixth year of steady decrease in units, it seems reasonable to conclude that the steady increase in home prices should continue.


All the puzzle pieces seem to be falling together, indicating that home prices should begin to rise at a sharper rate and the western NC real estate market upward trend should continue. The only mystery to this puzzle is land sales which continue to lag behind the growth of existing homes. In both Buncombe County and Black Mountain, land sale units have decreased in the first quarter of 2015. In Black Mountain, in particular, the number of lots sold, four, matches the lowest number of units sold in 2012. If the inventory of existing homes continues to shrink, land sales may rise as people opt to build their own homes. However, it's going to take a few more quarters of tracking real estate and land sales to see if that final piece falls into place. For more information about the Greybeard western NC listings, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Yes, Asheville is Cool and Now Others Know It

Asheville Coolness

Come see what makes Asheville cool.

A recent on-line article by Matador Network lists the top 20 coolest towns in the US, and we are not surprised to see Asheville at the top of that list. Citing the architecture, the food-to-table cuisine and the craft beer industry, the article attributes Asheville's real rise to coolness to the hardworking people who drove the mid-1980s revitalization of the local area.

Matador notes its general criteria for coolness include towns having a local heart, excellent natural features, and cultural diversity. Specific to Asheville, the writers note the town wins top billing because of its location, the welcoming, supportive community, and the Southern family-friendly culture. Recognized local activities include hiking along Horsepasture River, cocktails at the Crow and Quill, and catching some music at the Orange Peel.

If you are ready to settle in the coolest town in the US, check out Greybeard Realty and take a look at the local western NC real estate listings. If you want a chance to sample Asheville first prior to purchasing a home here, consider staying in one of Greybeard Rentals' Asheville rentals. Come see for yourself what makes Asheville so cool.