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Greybeard Realty Features Sweet Birch Commons

Greybeard Realty announces it’s the exclusive listing agent for Sweet Birch Commons, a 60 unit townhome project now under development in Black Mountain. This duplex-style community offers easy maintenance and an atmosphere reminiscent of a time gone by. With no through traffic, this charming new community provides a quiet living space with a small-town feel.

The center piece of Sweet Birch Commons is the 1200 sq ft community pavilion, constructed from reclaimed barn wood. Included at the gathering spot are an original grain silo, a stone terrace, a game lawn and a fire pit. The community has easy proximity to Black Mountain, year-round mountain views, and simple access to Asheville and its environs.

Homeowners can choose from two styles of home: the Sawyer model and the Magnolia model. The Sawyer model features three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a two-car garage. With high-end finishes and ample space, this large duplex-style home includes granite countertops and hardwood floors on the main floor plus other features. The Magnolia Model, a three-bedroom, 2.5 bath option with a two-car garage, provides the same elements in its standard package. Additional features are available through upgrade options, so homeowners have a chance to create the home of their dreams.

To get a better idea of what’s underway in this Black Mountain development, please take a moment to watch the video on the Sweet Birch Commons homepage. In addition, it may be helpful to watch the Greybeard videos on a day in Asheville and in Black Mountain. Construction on the model units begins in the next few weeks, and these finely crafted homes can be customized to accommodate new owners’ preferences.

Sweet Birch Commons provides access to the incredible mountain lifestyle that is Black Mountain. With arts, music, incredible dining options, hiking and outdoor adventures, and a thriving craft beer industry, Black Mountain has something for everyone. For more information about this exciting new development, please contact Greybeard Realty. Here’s your opportunity to customize an incredible mountain home and enjoy all that the western NC mountains have to offer.

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    Loving Life in Western North Carolina

    With autumn coming to a close and Thanksgiving just around the corner, it seems natural to look around and take note of why we are grateful to live and work in the western NC mountains. Next year marks the 20th anniversary in the history of Greybeard Realty, and we are very thankful to have made our home in the area with offices now in Black Mountain, Asheville, and Old Fort.

    Probably the first thing that comes to mind is the people. There’s something very special about living in close-knit communities that come together when needed and support each other. And each community has its own identity, whether it’s Asheville, Black Mountain, Old Fort or any one of the other local towns. Greybeard recently produced a video of life in Black Mountain and a day in Asheville that encapsulates some of this charm.At Greybeard Realty, we are fortunate to have local employees who know the different areas. In fact, most every employee has a western NC tie to the area. In some instances, people were born and raised here and have never left. In other cases, people arrived here for college or through marriage and have decided to settle in and stay. That commitment to the local area is something that is very important in setting Greybeard apart from some of the other national real estate companies that have come into the area.

    Another bright spot about western NC is the natural beauty. Is there anyone who hasn’t hiked up to Lookout in Montreat for a sunrise and been so grateful for the incredible views and peacefulness? And the innumerable trails and hikes throughout western NC draw thousands of visitors each year, and we are fortunate enough to have them all right out our back door!

    And next, let’s throw in the diverse restaurants and the craft beer industry. The Asheville area is known both as Beer City USA and as Foodtopia. Again, people come from all over to enjoy our cuisine and our beers, and we can just head into town. On Greybeard’s Things to Do List, there is the well-known Biltmore Estate to tour and the lesser-known but still remarkable Thomas Wolfe House. There’s also the Black Mountain Center for the Arts as well as the Montford Park Players. And there’s something very moving about the Friday night Drum Circle that pulls together the diverse community in Asheville.

    So, as we head into winter and the holidays, it feels important to recognize what makes western NC such a superior place to live. At Greybeard, we are very grateful to be here, and we appreciate the folks that have let us help them buy and sell their homes. Greybeard Realty feels very fortunate to have grown here the last nearly 20 years, and we look forward to continuing our business here in the years to come. Please use the comment button to let us know what you're grateful for about the western NC mountains.

    Charming Black Mountain Cottage Includes Cozy Outdoor Spaces

    Located a short distance from Black Mountain center, 26 Wordsworth Rd features many green elements as well as inviting outdoor spaces. Nestled within the lovely Village of Cheshire, this four-bedroom, three-bath home would make a terrific full-time home or a second home for anyone that yearns to spend time in the western NC mountains. 

    Constructed in 2006, this delightful home has a welcoming front porch as well as a cathedral ceilinged living room with a stone, natural gas-fired fireplace. With a formal dining room as well as an eat-in kitchen, there’s ample dining area. And in addition to the indoor areas, there are also several sitting areas outdoors that allow homeowners and their guests to take full advantage of the fresh mountain air.

    The Village of Cheshire has a welcoming, neighborhood feel and includes retail and recreation. The community has a diverse blend of year-rounders, frequent visitors, and vacationers. In addition, with its proximity to Black Mountain and Asheville, this home provides easy access to the arts and culture of western North Carolina. Homeowners can enjoy local events, like those listed on the Greybeard events page, as well as take advantage of Asheville area things to do.

    If you’d like to get more information about Greybeard’s exclusive listings, please contact Greybeard Realty. And if you’d like a chance to try out the Village of Cheshire, why not take a look at Greybeard Rentals’ Cheshire rental homes. It’s a great way to get the feel for the area prior to buying a home with Greybeard Realty.

    Expansive Views From a Spectacular Western NC Luxury Log Home

    Imagine yourself atop 40 acres of mountain property in the western NC mountains with 360^ views of mountains and valleys. Welcome home to 3250 Sand Branch Rd in Black Mountain. This once-in-a-lifetime offering provides ample space, both indoors and out, to enjoy the special qualities of the western NC mountains. 

    With more than 5000 sf of interior space, this 4-bedroom home features five stone fireplaces and a wrap-around porch that includes an indoor/outdoor eating area. A few of the meticulous upgrades include geo-thermal heating, mahogany floors, copper kitchen countertops, and a hand-crafted locust wood porch railing. Perhaps the most eye-popping feature is the rooftop observatory that is accessible via a spiral staircase. From this vantage point, views include majestic mountains as well as telescopic moon shots.

    Even the drive down the entryway to this impeccable home captures the scenic essence of the western NC mountains. Located 20 minutes from Black Mountain and 40 minutes from Asheville, the trip home includes gentle slopes and tree-covered mountains, reminiscent of a national forest. True appreciation of this remarkable home requires a personal tour so please contact Greybeard Realty to set up an appointment.

    Greybeard Realty has homes of various sizes and locations through our exclusive listings page. For a glance at available luxury log homes, please browse through Greybeard’s luxury log homes page. And if you have a specific wish list for your newest home, please let us help you find your dream home. Buying from Greybeard is a very individualized process, and we look forward to meeting with you.

    Realtor Kirstie Conner Joins Greybeard Realty's Old Fort Office

    Greybeard Realty welcomes Kirstie Conner aboard in its Old Fort office. While Kirstie is new to the Greybeard Old Fort office, she is not new to Old Fort. She grew up in the area and is a graduate of Old Fort Elementary and McDowell High School. With degrees from McDowell Tech and UNC Asheville, Kirstie settled into Old Fort with her husband, Casey. As a long-term resident of the area, Kirstie remains involved with numerous civic organizations including being a planning team member of the Old Fort Community Forum, that is funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation, and serving as an elected Executive Board member of the Old Fort Chamber of Commerce. 

    Kirstie’s previous work experience includes working in photography and movie productions and serving as a social media marketing professional as well as running a small bakery. With her NC real estate license, she states she is looking forward to showing off her hometown to potential buyers. 

    “With my long history in Old Fort, I am really excited to introduce Old Fort to people looking to move into western NC,” she says. “Old Fort has some incredible homes available right now, and there isn’t a better place in the world to settle down.”

    When not showing real estate across the area, Kirstie enjoys scrapbooking, music, and cheering on the University of Tennessee Volunteers football program.

    Kirstie joins the other 25 Greybeard Realtors who work at Greybeard Realty, which was founded by Chip Craig in 1998. In addition to its original Black Mountain office, located at 204 East State Street, Greybeard Realty has additional offices in Asheville and Old Fort. For more information, please contact Greybeard Realty at 828 669-1072 or on line at greybeardrealty.com.

    If you’re ready to relocate to Od Fort, please contact Kirstie. If you want to see what’s available in the Old Fort areas as well as the western NC area, please look at Greybeard’s exclusive listings page. Now is a great time to take a look at available properties, and many of the available properties can be utilized as rental homes if you’re not ready to make the move full time up this way. Greybeard Rentals can make that process very easy for you. Take a look at the rental management services page to get an idea of how simple the whole process can be.

    Asheville Makes the Top Five Most Livable Hiking Towns in US List

    If you’re an aficionado of hiking and are searching for the best town to live in for that purpose, then you will want to check out a recent blog by Run Repeat, the self-reported #1 shoe review website worldwide.  The company started out trying to find the best hikes and then looked at communities that allowed you to do those hikes and then return to your own bed afterwards. And guess who landed in the number four slot? That’s right. Asheville, NC. is listed among the Top 5 Livable Town for the Diehard Hiker. 

    The article points to several key differences in its listing of the top 15 livable hiking cities. For one, it needs to be a year-round community, not one that shows its beauty and accessibility only a season or two. Hikes need to be within a 30 mile radius of the town center, though extra points are given for hikes within an hour drive as well. Also, there need to be job opportunities and a strong economy. Run Repeat also looked at the general culture of the communities, particularly drawn towards those with managed trail systems and evets with recreational initiatives.

    And when the results were in, Asheville landed in the number four slot, trailing only Boise, Idaho, Conway, NH, and Durango, Co. Asheville is cited for its 330 miles of local trails and more than 3,000 miles of trails throughout the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They highlight Craggy Gardens, Chimney Rock, Black Balsam Knob, Max Patch and Mt Mitchell as being among the “don’t miss” hikes in the area. A Greybeard Rentals blog recently covered some great waterfall-seeking hikes in the area. And for a further listing of options, take a look at the National Forests’ 10 best hikes in Asheville.

    If you’re new to the area, it would be great to have you come up for a week or two and stay in one of Greybeard Rentals’ Asheville area mountain cabins so you can see for yourself what the brouhaha is all about. To get you started on your hiking adventures, take a look at the Asheville area hikes webpage or contact Greybeard Rentals to get some suggestions on where you might want to start off. And when you’ve seen the mountain magnificence and decided it’s time to call Asheville home, then browse through the Greybeard Realty home listings and choose your dream home. Perhaps you’d like a stupendous mountain view like you can find at 22 Mountain View Drive. Or maybe you’re looking for something closer to town, like 109 Pleasant Drive. Regardless, Asheville has an abundance of beauty and an endless array of outdoor activities for its residents. Isn’t it time you made the move up our way?

    Making Sense of the Asheville 2018 Mid-Year Real Estate Market Numbers

    The mid-year Asheville real estate numbers are in, and, on the surface, the statistics show a small decline in home sales for Buncombe County and continued growth in Black Mountain. After a closer analysis of the numbers, however, it appears that there may be some changes coming to the western NC real estate market. 

    Buncombe County

    For the first six months of 2018, the number of homes sold decreased 7% from the same period last year, declining to 1843 homes in 2018 down from 1991 homes the previous year. At the same time, the total sales volume declined 3%, to $639 million, while the average home price increased 5% to $347,051 for year-to-date 2018. In addition, the sales price/list price ratio (SP/LP) has stayed steady at 98% for the first half of this year. At face value, these numbers do not point to any strong trends, but a closer look reveals a few numbers that may raise some eyebrows.

    At the same time as the home prices show some growth, the number of homes on the market has increased a moderate 3%, up to 1978 homes in 2018 from 1921 homes in 2017. That number, while an increase, is still dramatically below the 2011 number of 3089 homes on the market. What catches the attention here is the increase in the average home price at the same time the number of homes on the market has increased, albeit slightly. Also, the number of days on the market (DOM) has increased slightly as well, up to 74 days in 2018 year-to-date versus 71 days at the same time last year. Could it be just a small shift or are these numbers indicative of a new market trend?

    Black Mountain

    The Black Mountain real estate numbers indicate a bit different scenario, again at face value. And as always, it is important to remember that the Black Mountain market is very small. Drawing firm conclusions from this small a market can be tricky. The number of homes sold increased in mid-year 2018 to 93 homes, up 3% from 2017’s 89 units sold. Total sales volume increased a hefty 17% in 2018, up to $30.6 million from $26.2 million in 2017. Of course, that means that there was an increase in the average home price in 2018, up 12% to $329,443. And, the SP/LP ratio tightened slightly from 2017, up to 98% in 2018.

    And again, just like in the Buncombe County stats, it is the more detailed figures that catch the eye. DOM has increased from 64 days in 2017 year-to-date to 85 days in 2018. Also, there has been an 8% increase in the number of homes on the market. At mid-year 2018 there were 115 homes on the market, 29 of which were under contract. For the same time in 2017, that figure was 106 homes with 30 homes under contract. So, it seems as if the market may be loosening up a bit. There definitely seems to be some support in both Buncombe County and Back Mountain figures that a shift may be occurring.

    Conclusions

    What’s interesting to see is the combination of statistics that present mixed information. At the same time that the DOM is increasing slightly, the supply is also increasing. But, the price in both realms represented here continue to increase. It appears that there may be reasons to be observant to the market over the next few quarters.

    For example, these statistics represent only one snapshot of the market news. It is not possible to predict or see a trend in this one set of data. It could just be a slight correction with the market continuing its growth in the next quarter. It could be, however, that the market is beginning to slow. It could be the impact of the slight rise and predicted further increase in market interest rates is impacting the market. There’s also a possibility that buyers are getting somewhat concerned about the US economy  with tariffs imposed and investigations underway which may lead to a market slowdown. Also, if the prices continue to grow, that may make houses seem less affordable to folks which may in turn lead to a slowdown.

    So, in short, numbers for the first half of 2018 present a very mixed message with price increases and small increases in demand with larger increases in average prices. At Greybeard Realty, real estate market numbers are tracked quarterly, and by the end of the third quarter, there should be a clearer picture of just what is going on in the western NC housing market. In the meantime, if you're interested in seeing Greybeard's exclusive real estate listing, please visit the Greybeard Realty listings page.

    Charming Black Mountain Farmhouse Captures Small-Town Character

    So, you say you’ve always dreamed of living in a lovely farmhouse in a small NC town? Well, look no further than 102 Terry Estate, a charming 102-year-old farmhouse with additional structures located in downtown Black Mountain. 102 Terry Estate

    The 4-bedroom,3 bath two-story home features hardwood floors, two fireplaces and a remodeled kitchen. The deep front foyer opens to several gathering areas and ends with the staircase up to the second floor. This lovingly decorated home has numerous original features that preserve the original character of this home, constructed in 1916. With its covered front porch and back deck, there’s plenty of space to enjoy the charms of Black Mountain. 

    In addition to the farmhouse, there are an additional four living spaces: an apartment in the main home, a lovely cottage, and a duplex. The structures are located on a 1.14 lot that backs up to the almost 90 acre campus of Montreat College Black Mountain. In addition, there’s a small vacant lot parcel that provides year-round mountain views. The proximity of this property allows for easy strolls to the greenway, the park, and downtown shops and restaurants. At the same time, the multiple structures provide the potential for both a residence as well as rental properties.

    This beautiful farmhouse fits perfectly with the small-town charm of Black Mountain. To see other listings, please see the Greybeard Black Mountain listings website. For more information about 102 Terry Estate or any of Greybeard’s listings, please contact Greybeard Realty.

    Greybeard Realty Introduces Matt Lutz as Newest Realtor

    Greybeard Realty of Black Mountain, NC, proudly announces the addition of Matt Lutz to its list of Real Estate brokers. Matt brings with him a wealth of local information and a commitment to western NC, as do all of Greybeard’s Realtors.

    Realtor Matt Lutz Joins Greybeard RealtyLutz moved to the Swannanoa Valley as a young teen and never has left completely. He attended Owen Middle School and High School and headed to college in Wilmington, NC. After graduation, he worked as a professional actor and singer in LA and on/off Broadway in NY before returning to the Asheville area in 2016.  He states that his time away only deepened his love for western NC, and he just looked for the right time to come back. For Lutz, moving into a real estate career was the next natural progression.

    “I love people, home, land, and family so working in real estate is a natural fit for me,” Lutz explains. “Those are all things I care very deeply about. I love to assist families in finding that special home they will want to have and share for generation after generation.”

    In addition to being a Realtor, Lutz also serves as the artistic director of the Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. In his spare time, Lutz reports he loves to run, eat good food, laugh, connect with art and artists, and watch Game of Thrones...but not all at the same time.

    Lutz joins 23 other Realtors at Greybeard Realty, which was founded in 1998 by Chip Craig. In addition to its original Black Mountain office, located at 204 East State Street, Greybeard Realty has additional offices in Asheville and Old Fort. For more information, please contact Greybeard Realty at 828 669-1072 or on line at greybeardrealty.com.