Sally Craig

International Attention for Asheville

As I watched the Williams sisters at the Fed Cup in Asheville a few weekends ago, I was struck by how Asheville seems to be gaining a lot of national and international attention of late. In addition to tennis, important events are upcoming in biking, equestrian showing, and glass sculpture.  Knowing the fine qualities of the western NC mountains, I cannot say that I’m surprised by all of this attention. It’s getting more difficult to keep our secret of this very special place.

The Fed Cup in Asheville is news unto itself, but it was particularly exciting as it marked Serena Williams’ first return to competitive tennis since the birth of her first child last autumn. While the match had been decided in favor of the US prior to her arrival on the court, it was still exciting to watch as Serena and Venus played doubles before a sold out crowd.

Next on tap is the opening of the “Chihuly at Biltmore” on May 17. Dale Chihuly’s large-scale glass sculptures, set up in historic Biltmore Gardens, includes special “after-dark” viewings that promise to be spectacular. The exhibit remains in place until October 7th so there’s ample time to take it all in. That same weekend, May 18-20, Haute Route, a European cycling event, comes to Asheville. More than 300 international riders will take to the streets, with each of the stages beginning and ending in Asheville.

In September, more international riders will come to the Asheville area, however, these riders will be on horseback. The FEI World Equestrian Games will settle into Tryon, about 45 minutes southeast of Asheville, from September 11-25. This event may welcome a half million people from around the world into the area. Competitions at this event include jumping, dressage, endurance, vaulting and reining.

A quick glance at these activities really does encapsulate what’s so special about Asheville and its environs. Sure the mountains are peaceful, the views are incredible, and the pace may be a little bit slower than some larger cities. But the activities and events illustrate the broad interests of the area and offer residents a chance to experience a truly cosmopolitan life. To see other upcoming events, please check out Greybeard Realty’s event calendar. Asheville is more than just a pretty place.

A Log Cabin Home in Western NC on its Own Natural Paradise Could Be Yours

Are you someone who thinks about owning a beautiful, traditional-style western NC home that could accommodate family or guests? If so, you’ll want to look at 110 Wild Cherry Lane. This three-bedroom, 4-bath custom log cabin has an additional cabin on the property, making it a great family or group getaway spot. It’s like you have your own secluded resort, right in the NC mountains. Firepit on the water at 110 Wild Cherry Lane

Constructed in 2004 this meticulous log home has an open floor plan with a vaulted ceiling and a water view. Situated on 11.09 acres within the gated community of Gateway Mountain, this home features large covered porches that overlook two ponds and a large fire pit. Inside, a wood-burning fireplace as well as interior woodwork combines to create the anticipated mountain ambiance. In addition to the natural features on the property itself, new homeowners gain access to the amenities available within Old Fort’s Gateway Mountain community that include hiking trails, lakes, and a waterfall.

To appreciate this very special mountain property, consider heading up here to take a look at it in person. It’s really worth your time to take a walk round the property and see the incredible acreage as well as the well-maintained community in which it is nestled. If you want to tryout the area, consider staying a while at one of Greybeard Rentals’ long-term properties. If you want to see other log cabins for sale, please check out Greybeard's log home webpage. Also, if you’re looking for a home on a large land site, please look at Greybeard’s homes on 5 or more acres webpage. If you have any questions or want to request an appointment to go see this incredible property, please contact Greybeard Realty today.

Asheville Year-End Numbers Add Up to a Very Tight Supply

For many months now, Greybeard Realty has been watching the Asheville housing market grow tighter and tighter, and we see that trend confirmed when we look at the end-of-year numbers. In both Black Mountain and Buncombe County numbers, there is evidence of further tightening, which of course leads to higher prices and higher sales price to list price percentage as well. If anyone needs an example of how supply and demand work together, this year’s numbers are truly textbook. Lovely NC Mountain Home For Sale

Buncombe County

In 2017, there were 4,164 homes sold across the county, a 2% decline from 2016 numbers. At the same time, there was a 7% increase in total sales volume, up to $1.4 billion for the year. That, of course, indicates a rise in home prices. In this instance, the average price rose 9% to $338,374. In 2010, the average home price county-wide was $247,676, and prices have been rising steadily since.

As might be expected with these numbers, the sales price to list price has increased to 98%, demonstrating that buyers are paying very close to full price. And another statistic that’s very telling is the days on market (DOM) figure which has declined to 68 days, down from a high of 175 days in 2012. And of course, all of that’s an indication of just how tight the housing supply is right now. And there’s one more category that truly reinforces that. In 2017 at year’s end there were 1,425 units of the market, down 4% from 2016 figures. That’s down from 2,032 in 2012. And that drop is even more dramatic when you take into account that, of those homes listed as being on the market, 341 units or 24% were actually already under contract. The impact of the shortness of supply right now cannot be underestimated.

Black Mountain

The home sales numbers in Black Mountain very much parallel those of Buncombe County, although it’s important to remember it’s a much smaller market. The number of units sold decreased by 10% from 2016, dropping from 229 in 2016 to 205 in 2017. Simultaneously, total sales volume dropped by a modest 1%, which again indicates an increase in average price. What’s interesting in those numbers is that the total sales volume in 2017 was $61.3 million. Contrast that with the $29 million in total sales volume in 2012, and you can really start to see the tremendous growth in the housing market in the last five years.  In 2017, the average home price in Black Mountain was $299,310, an 11% increase over 2016 average price.

Similar to the Buncombe County numbers, the sales price to list price percentage stands at 98%. SP/LP was 93% in 2012.  And in Black Mountain, the DOM is down to a meager 58 days in 2017 from 85 in 2016. In 2012, homes were on the market on average 198 days. That’s quite a difference. Supply is so tight, that when houses do come on the market, they don’t seem to take very long to sell. To emphasis the market tightness, as well as the small sample in Black Mountain, at the end of 2017, there were only 70 homes on the market, that’s down sharply, 18%, from 2016 numbers. And again, that number of homes on the market is even smaller when you consider that 17 homes or 24% of the homes listed are already under contract.


So, what can you make from these numbers? First of all, if you have a home you’ve been waiting to put on the market in the Asheville area, this could be a great time to move on that. And secondly, if you’re looking to buy, be prepared to make an offer if you find your dream home. It won’t be available for long. And lastly, it’s time to start following land sales and watch for more spec homes. With a market this tight, people are looking to new construction and builders are seeing an opportunity for growth.

If you want to track trends, please take a look at Greybeard Realty’s market numbers webpage. If you’re looking for a new home, check out our exclusive listings in Buncombe county and Black Mountain. And if you’re ready to list that home you’ve been holding on to, give us a call at Greybeard Realty. We will help you get that sold before you know it.

Live in the Tree Tops in this Lovely Black Mountain Home

From the moment you approach the front door of 117 Valley Dr, you can sense there’s something special about this lovely Black Mountain home. From its eye-catching red door to its open floor plan, this private 4 bedroom, 5 bath home welcomes its owners home to a sunny, serene setting.

This custom-built home, constructed  in 1994, is nestled among the trees on a .86 acre lot. As a matter of fact, from the indoor living spaces, there’s a sense you’ve been transported to a treehouse rather than a mountain home. While winter light shines through from high windows in the living spaces, the north facing views include the spectacular Craggies. And from the two floors of decks, you can enjoy the light and the treetops simultaneously.

In addition to these particulars, enjoy the pristine landscaping and private trail. In the summer, the lush natural foliage provides a screen against the summer heat. The home is impaccably integrated into its environment. With its four bedrooms, this home also can accommodate a large family or guests. And with one level living an option, it’s a home that can truly grow and age as you do.  

Take a moment to look at Greybeard’s Black Mountain info page, if you’re new to the area. If you’re already familiar, contact Greybeard now to set up an appointment ot see this spectacular home. Perhaps you’d like to see what else is on the market. By viewing Greybeard’s exclusive listings page, you will get a sense of what is available currently.

Make a Resolution to Buy that Western NC Mountain Home in 2018

Still struggling with that New Year’s Resolution? Haven’t you always wanted to own a home in the Asheville area? Well, this is the year. Why not start the process now and make the move up to the NC mountains in 2018. Buy a western NC mountain home in 2018

Greybeard Realty suggests that a good starting point is to assess what purpose the new home in western NC would serve. Will it be your new permanent home? Before you start looking, try the Greybeard ABC’s for Buyers to narrow down your search. Or maybe you will be buying an Asheville vacation home for rental income and limited use by yourselves. Please take a moment to watch the video on buying a vacation home. It’s important that your expectations for rental income are realistic.

Or maybe 2018 is your retirement year. Maybe you’re all set to take a look at the Greybeard exclusive listings to start the buying process. If you’re still on the fence, however, it might be a good idea to come for a longer stay at one of Greybeard Rentals’ long-term rentals. If you do that, you’ll be able to experience first-hand what it’s like to live in the western NC mountains.

So, if this is the year, then click onto Greybeard’s neighborhood maps and select the community where you’d like to start looking. Contact Greybeard Realty and make an appointment to head on up and take a look at some houses. There’s nothing like a New Year’s Resolution to spur a person into action. And there’s nothing like owning a NC mountain home to make 2018 a fantastic year.

Mindboggling Views from this Western NC Mountain Home

‘Tis the season to enjoy your new home in the lovely gated community of Gateway mountain.  Built in 2005, 110 Christmas Tree Lane combines natural serenity and easy accessibility, making it a great home for anyone looking to get away but still be close by.  Breathtaking Views from 110 Christmas Tree Lane

This two-bedroom, two-bath log home has a stone, wood-burning fireplace in the cathedral-ceilinged great room and long-range mountain views. The basement has a woodstove, and, while the basement presently is unfinished, it could be completed for additional living space. Situated on 2.91 acres, this lovely home has three decks and a covered porch. Sit in the rocking chair and watch the clouds roll by or head out into Gateway for some lake fishing or hiking. And an easy 20-minute drive will have you in Black Mountain.

Gateway Mountain is a gated community with more than 3,000 acres of nature. If you would like more information about this home or any homes for sale in gated communities, please contact Greybeard Realty. There’s something very special about western NC, and here’s a chance for you to be a part of that. Contact Greybeard Realty today and get moving.

Going Off Grid in Black Mountain Never Looked So Good

If you’re someone whose dreamed of living off grid in the NC mountains, you’ll want to take a look at 19 Kate Mountain Rd in Buncombe County's Black Mountain. This amazing property, which encompasses more than 86 acres, has privacy and two one-bedroom log cabins already in place. Located just 30 minutes from Black Mountain, it provides the type of seclusion with accessibility along with a sense of independence as well.

Lovely Off-Grid Black Mountain HomeThere’s a one-bedroom, one-bath cabin with a loft that includes a workshop/studio as well as a garage. Located nearby is another one-bedroom, one-bath cabin with a deck that overlooks open land as well as a trout pond and garden. Both homes feature custom woodwork and utilize the solar power, 275 gallon reservoir and gravity-fed spring water. While it is off grid, there’s still access to internet and TV through Verizon, so new owners can choose how far they want to disconnect. While this property is pristine and stand-alone, there’s also room for additional homesites, if the new owner would like.

For more information about this home, please contact Rosie Johnson at Greybeard Realty. Also take a look at Greybeard’s exclusive listings to see what else is available. It’s unusual to find a home of this quality off-grid and move-in-ready. And the expansive property provides room for branching out as well. Who among us hasn’t talked about finding a place to unwind and disconnect? Well, here it is!

Welcome Greybeard Realty's Newest Realtor

Greybeard Realty welcomes Realtor Jeannie W. Conner as its newest real estate broker. Jeannie, a native of western North Carolina, has had her NC Real Estate License since 1997. She currently resides in Rutherford County with her husband, two sons and three stepdaughter

Jeannie Conner, BrokerFor Jeannie, meeting her clients’ needs is primary, and she prides herself on her diligence in being sure each buyer and every seller gets her undivided attention. She states that her motto is: “Work hard; play hard; pray harder.”  When she isn’t focused on real estate, Jeannie can be found competing in CrossFit or completing a Spartan Race.

Jeannie joins 21 other Realtors who work in the Greybeard Realty offices in Black Mountain and Asheville to provide individualized care to western NC clients.  Greybeard Realty and Rentals began in Black Mountain in 1999 and now has an office in Asheville as well.

Greybeard Realty has numerous diverse western NC listings, and our agents are all familiar with the local community. Please contact Greybeard if you'd like to learn more about western NC homes for sale.

An Asheville Area Christmas

As western NC residents, Greybeard Realtors often are asked what their favorite season is in the Asheville area. For some, it’s the long days of summer that invite longer hikes and farm-fresh food. For others, it’s early-budding trees in spring and the vibrant, rich colors of autumn. Taking a look around now, however, it really feels like Christmas may be the very best season of the year up this way.

An Asheville Christmas at the BiltmoreOne of the highlights of the season is visiting one of the numerous western NC Christmas tree farms and making that careful selection of the perfect tree. Take some time to stop in at one of the local cider shops and then head over to The Biltmore to take in the spectacular decorations and enjoy some of the featured musical performances of the season. If holiday lights make your holiday, be sure to take in the multicolored light extravaganza at the NC Arboretum. Take a look at some of the Asheville area Christmas light suggestions. 

Back at home, perhaps there’s a Christmas train to set up under the tree or a special gingerbread home to construct, complete with peppermint candies and peppermint bark. If you’d prefer to ride a Christmas train, then head over to Bryson City and catch a ride on the Polar Express train. Alternatively, this year you can enjoy the 25th annual National Gingerbread House competition at the Grove Park Inn.  This year’s awards have been made, and there’s still time to check them out and get come inspiration for your own gingerbread houses.

For many of us, the holidays are about creating family traditions, and an Asheville area Christmas generates memorable moments for all family members. If you have time, take a moment to share your favorite Asheville holiday tradition. And let Greybeard Realty know what your favorite western NC season is as well. We’d love to hear from you.

Old Fort Farm Property Offers a Creek, Trails, and Incredible Views of NC Mountains

Horse folks and outdoor lovers will fall in love with 1304 Souther Rd, located just 15 minutes from Black Mountain. The more-than-34 acres include a creek, trails, mountain views and a charming 3-bedroom, 2-bath farm house.

A quick two minute drive from the interstate, this incredible property can be developed, and it already has a bridge over the creek on the property. And with long-range and mountain views, there’s a sense of peace and tranquility that makes this lovely property a real treasure.

The farmhouse, constructed in 1922, has a large covered front porch, a couple of fireplaces, and a cozy country kitchen. In addition to the main home, there are several outbuildings on the property. There’s plenty of room for horses and enough land for some great family adventures.

To appreciate this gorgeous property, it’s really something you need to come out and see. Sure, you can see the photos, but there’s something about getting out and walking the property and really getting a chance to see it for yourself. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to see this or any of Greybeard Realty’s exclusive listings, please contact Greybeard Realty. This property is a great find with its proximity to Asheville and Black Mountain and its large lot size. Go ahead and start packing up the horses for the move to their new digs.