Blog :: 09-2016

Gearing Up for a Great NC Hike

One great advantage of living in western NC is to have immediate access to all of the incredible hiking that’s so readily accessible in this area. Greybeard has some terrific hiking suggestions on Greybeard’s things to do list, and a recent Greybeard blog highlighted a top ten list just released.

One aspect of hiking that we haven’t really talked about is how to prepare to hike. We’re not talking about conditioning. We will leave that up to you. It’s more about being prepared, as even a day hike can become more of an adventure if you’re not ready for whatever comes along. As an example, one of our Realtors recently went out to walk on a large piece of land he was planning to show the next day, and he noticed that with the sun obscured by clouds and the lot completely covered by lush greenery with no paths, he quickly became disoriented. That’s why this “how to pack for a hike” website came to mind. If you’re going to hike, even just a day hike, it pays to prepare. Cell phones can lose battery power and be out of cell service, so a compass is a good idea. And, if you live up here and decide to take a multi-day hike, the packing list is a bit longer. Even a seasoned traveller can become disoriented in unfamiliar territory, and if you live up here you know the weather can change in an instant. Take some time to prepare before you head out. It can really make a difference.

And if all of this talking about frequent hiking has you yearning to live up this way, why not look at the listed for sale at Greybeard Realty. Even if you aren’t interested in relocating permanently, this could be just the time to buy that second home. Greybeard Rentals management services offers superior property management, and you can slip away and head up this way whenever you get a chance.


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    Gather up the Family and Enjoy Old Fort's Round Knob Lodge

    Round Knob Lodge, recently listed for sale by Greybeard Realty, has history, charm and remarkable amenities available on site. With two stocked ponds, a stream with a waterfall, and 29.4 acres to explore, new owners will think they’ve bought a piece of paradise, not just a home.

    Built in the mid-20th century by a group of railroad buffs this mountain getaway has 6 bedrooms and 5.5 baths which enables the owners to host a large number of people comfortably.  In the past, this home has served as a rental house and a special events site for weddings and family reunions. While it has the rustic feel of a mountain retreat, it has undergone expansive remodeling so it includes the expected modern conveniences, including a large, up-to-date kitchen. In addition to the Great Room which can accommodate up to 25 people, there’s a Game Room, accessible via a spiral staircase, that has a pool table, foosball, dart board and a bar with an ice maker. With close to 6,000 sq ft, this fine mountain retreat is a short 15 drive from Black Mountain though with its amenities the new owners may prefer to just hunker down and enjoy their peace.

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    How About Some Special Asheville Area Hiking

    Often times, when we’re choosing a new place to live like the Asheville area we get caught up in the school system, the nearby medical facilities, and the overall quality of life. Don’t get us wrong; all of that is relevant. We also value the outdoor opportunities, however, and we think this new list of Marmot’s top ten Asheville hikes is a keeper.

    Asheville Area HikesHiking is something many of us here at Greybeard Realty enjoy, and we offer some hiking spots on the Greybeard Rentals activities website. What is great about this list, however, is that it covers places a little further distance from town. So yes, you can learn about Crabtree Falls and Old Mitchell Trail, but you also can read up on Waterrock Knob, located 33.7 miles from downtown Asheville. See, that’s what’s great about this new listing. First of all, it tells you exactly how far most of the hikes are from Asheville, how difficult the hike is, and why the site is significant. And secondly, it offers some hikes that are a bit further out from town. In fact, through the article you can access a “bucket list” of Asheville hikes that has more than 25 locations within 100 miles of an Asheville home. This list is possibly more helpful to people who live in the area than people who have already travelled for an Asheville vacation and want something closer to town.

    Greybeard staff and Realtors spend lots of time enjoying the remarkable outdoor offerings in the Asheville area. We hike, bike, ultra-marathon, and whitewater raft, among other activities. To us, the Asheville area is unmatched in its possible outdoor pastimes.  It’s why we love living here, and why we think you would too. Take a look at Greybeard's western NC residential listings and contact us to go check out a few homes. It’s just the beginning of your mountain adventures.