Sally Craig

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.

Asheville Isn't Just Good Looking, It's Friendly Too

Earlier this year, Conde Nast released its latest survey results for the Friendliest Cities in the US. And yes, Asheville made the list! More than 300,000 respondents contributed toward the compilation of the list that also included Charleston, Telluride and Key West. The survey results only confirmed what local residents have known for a while: Asheville folks are cheerful. Friendly Asheville Area Home For Sale

In addition to pointing how inclusive and gorgeous the area is, survey participants credit Asheville with being eclectic and artistic, citing the River Arts District as one area that particularly feels welcoming. It cites one respondent in particular who wrote: It's "an all-around wonderful small city." Other comments include: "Great mountain scenery and friendly people. Always a smile from those you meet."

It’s comments like this that highlight what draws new residents and visitors to the area year after year, and it’s one aspect of western NC that makes this area such a remarkable place to live. If you’ve been on the fence about moving up here, perhaps this will nudge you a little closer to taking that step. Take a moment to glance at some of Greybeard Realty’s home listings and see if anything catches your eye. From Asheville Log Homes to Black Mountain Condos, Greybeard has a wide range of homes available for sale.

And if you’re considering settling up here and just aren’t sure yet, how about moving into one of Greybeard Rentals’ longer term rentals so you can settle in and really get the flavor of the Asheville area. At Greybeard Realty, we feel as if you’ll find that indeed, Asheville is one of the friendliest cities in the US.

Come For a Few Nights and Stay For a Lifetime in this Lovely Asheville Area Home

How often have you checked into your NC mountain rental and declared, “Wow. We never want to leave!” Well, here’s a chance for you to try out a gorgeous five-bedroom home at 2031 McKenzie Rd in the gated community of Gateway. And if you love it, you can purchase it.

Known as Havencrest in the Greybeard Rentals listings, this lovely, large home features unbelievable year-round views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Lure and more.  Nestled on 4 private acres in proximity to a 3,000 acre nature preserve, this fantastic home is very reasonably priced and ready to move into.  Imagine yourself preparing family meals in the gourmet kitchen, sipping coffee on the screened porch, and hosting guests or family in the guest quarters downstairs.  With its post-and-beam construction and multiple fireplaces, this home offers a warm, cozy mountain setting for anyone looking for a tranquil, secluded, yet easily accessible landing spot in the NC mountains.

Located just 10 minutes from I-40, Havencrest is an easy 20 minute drive to Black Mountain and 30 minutes to Asheville and its amenities. And the Gateway community provides serenity and amenities including lake fishing, hiking, a waterfall park, and abundant wildlife. While this home would make a wonderful rental home, it also has a terrific vacation rental history available. Greybeard’s Property Management Services can make renting this property a very simple process.

If you’ve wondered what it’s like to live up in the mountains, here’s your chance to try it out. And if it’s everything you’ve dreamed it will be, then you can purchase this home and make it your idyllic getaway. This home’s price is very reasonable, and its breathtaking views are outrageous.  Come take a look for yourself, try it out, and then you can own your own piece of NC mountain paradise. Contact Greybeard Realty for more information about this home

US News and World Report Asked Greybeard About Purchasing a Family Vacation Home

When US News and World Report wanted information about the best approach for families wanting to purchase a vacation home, they contacted Greybeard founder, Chip Craig, to get a few ideas from him. As the article indicates, the most important aspects of the buying process are consolidating, communication, and compromise. Havencrest Vacation Rental for Sale

Contacted by US News, Chip points out that setting up a limited liability company or LLC prior to the purchase can make the most sense. And he notes that an LLC can set out the transfer of the property through generations upfront, especially if parents are buying with the idea of passing the home down to children. And as most of these transactions tend to be cash, setting up an LLC generally does not delay closings.

When families enjoy gathering in the same spot each year, it becomes logical that they might want to invest in their own vacation home, maybe even an NC mountain home. Owning a vacation home in a spectacular location allows families to have one central gathering spot and takes the guesswork out of where to stay as well. But as the US News and World Report article points out, that seemingly simple purchase can present some particular issues.

As stated in the article, in 2016, 12% of home buyers purchased vacation homes in the US. With different generations involved, it can become complicated when making plans for the smooth transfer of the property. Again, consolidating the home into an LLC can take care of some of the issues. One area that can become dicey is how to manage the home, if it enters the renters’ market when not in use by family. Who’s going to get the proper insurance, who’s going to clean it, and who’s going to manage the reservations to make sure it isn’t double booked? One option is signing on with a rental management company, like Greybeard Rentals that can take over the detailed responsibility for that. And even that plan should be decided prior to a vacation home purchase. That’s where the communication piece comes into it. Sit down and really talk about what’s important, what works, and what everyone sees as the longer-term plan for a shared vacation home. And of course, that’s where the compromise comes in. Be willing to listen to each other and be willing to work together to get a great plan in place.

If you’re all ready to move forward, why not take a look at Greybeard Realty’s vacation home listings. We have a number of homes available, many with a proven rental history. If you’d like to talk more about purchasing a home as a family or even with friends, feel free to touch base directly with Greybeard Realty, and we would be happy to work with you through the process. Family vacations homes generates memories and traditions that will not be forgotten.

Montreat Mountain Getaway

Montreat has a simple, mountain feel to it that you really have to experience to understand. From the trail above Lake Susan down the creek bed to the large double stone gate, there’s just a great feel to the quiet, tranquil community. And now, there’s a 5-bedroom, 2.5 bath cabin on the market that truly matches the Montreat atmosphere. Take a look at 416 South Carolina Terrace and see if it doesn’t match the image of your dream Montreat home.

Magical Montreat HomeConstructed in 1915, this charming cabin has a large covered wrap-around porch, perfect for sipping your drink and taking in the small town’s ambience. The main floor features a rock fireplace as its focal point and includes the living area and kitchen. Upstairs has 4 bedrooms, each with its distinct style and appeal. On the lower level accessed through an outside entrance, there’s another living area with a bedroom and bath attached. This home is fantastic for a family that wants to be together but have some privacy at the same time. The fireplace serves as the sole heating source.

For anyone who appreciates Montreat’s character, this home will feel ideally perfect. It could serve as a summer family getaway and also enter the rental home market when its not in use by family. To get an idea of what Montreat is all about, consider renting a Montreat home and see what the buzz is about. Take a look at the local hikes available, including the Montreat hikes that can be accessed from this mountain cabin. If you’re ready to buy and enter the vacation home realm, Greybeard Rentals Property Management page is a good read. Look here for other Montreat homes for sale or contact Greybeard Realty directly for more information. With proximity to Black Mountain and Asheville, this lovely mountain community makes a fantastic, centrally-located landing spot.

Why Own an Asheville Area Log Home

Owning a log home in western NC is the penultimate dream for many homebuyers. For some people, it’s a chance to live in a style of home that is most equated with mountain living. When it comes down to it, however, there are a number of very practical reasons that make a log home a very special place to live.

Asheville Log CabinIt can’t be denied that a log home is just a little different from other homes styles. There’s no comparing a traditional log-constructed house with a brick-front or wood-paneled siding house. The logs present a natural material in a very natural setting in the NC mountains. With a log cabin you can personalize the style and take an already unique structure even further toward your particular taste. It’s also a style that doesn’t lose its charm. Log cabins were one of the early home styles, and they continue to be a timeless choice for homebuilders and buyers.

Log homes present a very practical advantage as well. Logs have a tremendous insulation property. As a matter of fact, log homes generally require less energy for temperature maintenance than do other style homes. That efficiency can begin very early in the process as well. Some use the logs from the land they are building on, meaning less deforestation of other land.

And finally, log homes are the most requested type of rental cabin at Greybeard Rentals. Vacationers love the idea of heading up to western NC and staying in a log-constructed cabin for a truly authentic mountain experience. So, if you’re someone who wants a to invest in a second home in the Asheville area, you might want to consider getting a log cabin.

So where should you start? Take a look at the Greybeard Realty log homes for sale page for starters. If you’re considering building a log home, Greybeard also has Asheville area land listings. And if you want to use the home as a vacation rental, take a look at the Greybeard Rentals property management page. Still not sure where to start? Contact Greybeard Realty, and we can help you narrow down your options and find that special log home in the NC mountains.

Magnificent Views, Stone Fireplaces and Log Construction, Oh My.

Close your eyes and envision your ideal NC mountain home. Great views. Cathedral ceilings. Log Home. Stone fireplaces and open decks. If these features are on your wishlist, you may have just found your dream home. Welcome to 36 Winding Poplar Rd in Black Mountain.

Located in beautiful Laurel Ridge, this three-bedroom, 4-bath log home boasts unmatched vistas from it two decks and has its own wine cellar and private game room. With its updated kitchen and open floor plan, this home feels as spacious and restful as its location.  Situated at more than 3000 ft altitude, this home offers birds’ eye views of the incredible NC mountains.

At the same time it offers peaceful solitude, 36 Winding Poplar provides easy access to Black Mountain and Asheville. New owners can take advantage of the varied dining spots in Black Mountain or enjoy the hubbub of Asheville’s Friday night gallery stroll. If hiking and outdoor living are important, this centrally located home provides easy access to local hikes and ziplining/whitewater rafting excursions.

And if you’re not ready to settle here yet, this home can become your home away from home. And while it’s not in use by your family, this home will make a valued NC rental home. “Log cabin” is one of the most requested types of homes we get at Greybeard Rentals, our rentals and property management company.

So if your bucket list includes owning your dream home in western NC, take a serious look at this home and take a moment to browse through Greybeard Realty’s exclusive listings. Also, you may want to glance at our page of Black Mountain log homes. Black Mountain is known as the “Front Porch of Western NC”. Isn’t it time to claim your own home here?

Alejo Rottenberg Joins Black Mountain's Greybeard Realty

Greybeard Realty welcomes Realtor Alejo Rottenberg who joined the Black Mountain-based real estate company on September 12, 2017. Alejo joins 20 other Realtors who work in the Black Mountain and Asheville offices to provide individualized care to western NC clients. Alejo Rottenberg at Greybeard Realty

“Greybeard strives to meet the specific needs of each client that enters our office, whether they are buying or selling their property,” states Chip Craig, president and founder of Greybeard Realty. “Alejo will fit right into our company as he works diligently for each client he serves.  Greybeard will benefit from his dedicated approach and thoughtful demeanor.”

Alejo, a native Argentinian, has been working in real estate in western NC since 2014. He arrived in NC in 2009 after relocating from Florida where he started and later sold a successful graphic design business. As a dedicated father of two, Alejo participates in numerous community groups and loves hiking, particularly on the Blue Ridge Parkway. With his vested interest in the area he lives in, Alejo can assess the needs and wants of each of his clients and knowledgeably direct them toward a particular community and house that fits them.

“I work with each client to be sure they find a home, not just a house,” Alejo says. “In addition to the number of bedrooms and the acreage, it’s important that a house matches a client’s interests. Often times, I end up suggesting a particular trail I’ve enjoyed or an organization I’m familiar with for people relocating to the area. Western NC offers such broad amenities. I make sure I know what’s going on in each community so I can best direct my clients."

As proof of Alejo’s varied interests, in addition to being a Realtor, he finds time to be a soccer player, a medical massage therapist, and a glassblower. Alejo looks forward to introducing his new clients to all the possibilities that western NC provides.

To get an idea of what's on the market in the greater Asheville area, take a look at Greybeard's exclusive listings page. Greybeard Realty and Rentals began in Black Mountain in 1999 and now has offices in Black Mountain and Asheville. For more information, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Western NC Market Numbers Add Up to Solid Growth

The first six months of Asheville real estate statistics further confirm the solid positioning of home sales in 2017. In both Buncombe County and in Black Mountain, sales figures continue to indicate that the western NC home sales market is strong and growing steadily.

Black Mountain Market

In Black Mountain, the numbers of homes sold dropped 16%, but that decline can be attributed more to lack of supply than a falling market. Sales volume stayed steady despite the units sold drop which indicates that the average price increased, up 19% over 2016 year to date prices. With the meager change in the number of homes on the market, only a 1% increase over 2016 numbers, the tight supply continues. At mid-year, there were only 106 homes on the market, and 30 of those listed actually were under contract but had not yet closed.

Black Mountain Log Cabin for SaleThe average home price for homes sold to date in 2017, $294,642, has surpassed the record high that occurred in 2008, $286,926, prior to the severe economic issues and stock market decline. That price increase coupled with the steady sales price/list price ratio of 97% and the significant decrease in days on market (DOM) from 81 days to merely 64 days so far in 2017 are all further indications of the incredibly tight market right now in Black Mountain. As always, it’s important to add the caveat that Black Mountain is a small market sample. Interestingly, a look at Buncombe County numbers only solidifies these observations.

Buncombe County Market 

The number of homes sold in year-to-date in 2017, 1991, represents a small 1% increase over the same time period in 2016. At the same time, total sales volume has grown 10%, from $601.1 million to $659.5 million. The average home price has increased 9% in 2017 to $331,255, which is a solid increase. That rise in price is even more significant when you take a look at the average home price for the same period in 2009, $270,089. That’s a fairly impressive increase over a not very long time.

As we saw in the Black Mountain market analysis, the DOM has decreased, from 75 days in 2016 to 71 this year. Compare that with the 2009 DOM of 131 days. That means that homes sat on the market for almost 4.5 months in 2009, compared to just over 2 months in 2017. At the same time, the sales price/ list price (SP/LP) held steady in 2017 at 98%. It’s interesting to look back again to 2009, when SP/LP ran at 94%. And again, that tightening of asking versus sales price ratio can be attributed to a continuing shrinking of the houses on the market. Year-to-date 2017, there are 1921 units on the market, a 2% decrease in the market over 2016. And consider the number of units on the market in 2009 at this point in the year, 3406 homes. That number really illustrates what’s happened in the western NC housing market over the last few years. It’s a classic supply versus demand lesson, and, if you follow that theory, you can anticipate that prices will continue to rise as the market shrinks.

Conclusion

In Black Mountain and Buncombe County real estate markets, it’s anticipated that home prices will continue to rise. It will be interesting to see just how low supply will go. It’s notable that the decrease in units has slowed slightly in the last few months. In addition to an anticipated price increase, it’s also possible that DOM may further diminish as the competition for listed homes rises. It’s hard to imagine the SP/LP rising much more, but anecdotally, some buyers are finding themselves competing with other buyers for the same home. That may mean sales prices may begin to match or even surpass list prices. That bears watching over the next six to 10 months.

So, if you have a home you’ve been sitting on, waiting for the right time, it may be that time has arrived. It’s a good time to list your home and expect a relatively quick sale, if the home is appropriately priced. On the other hand, if you’re considering buying in the area, there are still plenty of fine homes on the market, just fewer of them than in prior years. If you’re buying, come ready to make an offer and do not anticipate that sellers are going to accept offers that are not fairly close in line with the asking price.

If you have questions about homes for sale in western NC, please contact Greybeard Realty. And if you’d like to track market trends, take a look at our Real Estate Market webpage. While the supply is smaller, Greybeard Realty still has plenty of Asheville area home listings to show you. In addition, there doesn’t appear to be any expected decline in prices for the short term. If you want to have a western NC home, now is the time to make the move. Let us know at Greybeard how we can help make that happen for you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Buy Your Own Western NC Log Cabin

If you take a glance at the photos of this wonderful log home at 87 Spring Branch Rd. in the Gateway Mountain community, you’ll see the elements that make it a quintessential mountain getaway. From the stone fireplace to the wooden beams to the year-round mountain views, this 3-bedroom, 4-bath home checks all of the boxes for buyers searching for that ultimate mountain house. Add in the lovely gated community it’s nestled in, and there’s really no need to look any further.

On approach of the property, you’ll see the log cabin structure, along with the wrap around deck. Upon entering the home, you will encounter the large log beams and the vaulted ceiling of the great room. The main floor includes the master bedroom w en suite bath as well as the kitchen/dining area that opens out into the screened porch. In addition to a large loft area with plenty of reading space, the upper floor has two bedrooms with a bath. On the lower level, there’s a family/rec room as well as two bonus rooms and a bath.  The finely crafted home is energy efficient with insulation between the half-log construction.

Situated on 8.9 acres, this mountain house has plenty going on outside as well with a fire pit, a basketball/bocce ball area as well as a nearby creek. The Gateway Mountain community features a waterfall, canoeing and fishing, as well as numerous well-marked hikes. If you’re interested in utilizing the property as a vacation rental, be sure to read over Greybeard Rentals rental management webpage to get an idea of what services Greybeard Rentals provides. Gateway Mountain community makes a great living and rental location with its extensive amenities, its privacy, and yet its proximity to Black Mountain and Asheville.

Constructed in 2004, this lovely home has been meticulously cared for and is move-in ready. If you’re interested in more information about this home or any of Greybeard Realty’s other log homes for sale, please contact Greybeard.