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Enjoyed Your Asheville Rental Cabin? Become A Resident!



Black Mountain, NC Rental Cabins

Stroll through Black Mountain



If you have enjoyed your vacations in your Asheville rental cabin, perhaps it's time to make the move and purchase your own home in Black Mountain.  Greybeard Realty has two new listings, both conveniently located within city limits.  Each of these 4-bedroom/2-bath homes can offer owners their own little pied-a-terre with fireplaces for relaxation and covered front porches for enjoying the clear, mountain air.

Black Mountain Cabin Rentals

The Church Street listing, centrally located in a prime Black Mountain area, is within easy walking distance of the downtown shopping.  This well-maintained cottage, built in 1915, features a screened back porch, a carport, and a nice level yard.  Enjoy breakfast in the wonderful eat-in kitchen or take a short stroll to one of the nearby coffee shops.

The Hiawassee home, built in 2003, has spacious living areas on three levels with two decks on the back.  Within walking distance of Lake Tomahawk, this newer home features a low-maintenance yard and a family/game room.  The downstairs bedroom would convert nicely into an office.

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For more information on these two new listings or any of our other listings please contact us.

Greybeard Realty Website Dedicated to Asheville Rental Cabins

Greybeard Realty of Black Mountain, NC, unveiled a new website this week dedicated specifically to their rental home division.  The Asheville area rentals website offers clients more search options, including allowing them to set up a favorite homes grouping so they can do a close comparison to choose the property best suited for their needs.




Black Mountain NC Waterfall Image to Celebrate Site Dedicated to Asheville NC Rentals

Setrock Creek Falls in Black Mountain



For company founder Chip Craig the new website improves the service his company has striven to provide since its inception in 1999.  "We pride ourselves on being responsive to our clients, and we think this new website will give them more options and more information, which will make it even easier to choose the right rental home."

Asheville NC Vacation Rental Homes

Greybeard Realty's rental staff manages more than 150 vacation rental homes in Asheville and surrounding towns, and more than 100 long-term rentals in the Asheville area.  Amenity categories include pet-friendly homes, secluded homes, romantic homes, and homes with hot tubs.

Craig notes that his company just reached a milestone when they surpassed the 20,500th reservation in their rental division.  A survey conducted of Greybeard's rental guests last year indicated that 99% of them would recommend the company to their friends and family.  With the launching of the new website and the positive feedback from past renters, Craig predicts that the number of rental reservations will continue its steady increase.

Greybeard Realty is a full-service real estate company with 11 brokers and 6 guest service employees.  For more information on Greybeard Realty contact Chip Craig at 828-669-1072.

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Rent or Buy an Asheville Home Near a Cool School!

The Sept/Oct 2010 issue of Sierra Magazine ranks 162 US colleges in its 4th annual "Coolest School" contest, and Black Mountain's own Warren Wilson College came in at #14 on this year's list. This represents a four slot rise for the school as they appeared last year at #18.



Eco-Friendly College in Black Mountain NC

Farm Life at Warren Wilson College



The magazine ranks the colleges based on each college's responses to an 11 page questionnaire. Topics surveyed include energy supply, efficiency, food, and academics plus other categories.  Warren Wilson, which the article says gets one third of its food from farms within 500 miles of campus including from its own six-acre organic garden, scored 81.8 out of 100.  The number one school, Green Mountain College of Vermont, scored an 86.8.

Warren Wilson College boasts that "We are not for everyone..." and offers a unique triad approach to education: academics, work, and service.  The accredited, four-year, private liberal arts college was founded in 1894 with a philosophy of sustainability.  With this latest ranking, it seems that that philosophy has remained with the school for more than 100 years.

At Greybeard Realty, we pay attention to sustainability as well.  We offer a complete list of green homes available in the Asheville Real Estate market. Sharon McConnaughy, our sales agent specializing in environmentally conscious homes, can help steer you toward environmentally sound homes in the Asheville area.  For more information please contact her.

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Asheville Cabin Day Trip

If you are looking for an international cultural event within a short distance from your Asheville cabin, consider taking in the 26th annual Folkmoot USA International Festival taking place in various Western North Carolina counties from July 22nd to August 1. One of only two international folk festivals in the US, Folkmoot USA, centered in Waynesville, NC, features more than 300 traditional dancers and musicians from 10 to 12 countries each year.  This year's festival has 21 ticketed performances as well as 34 private and charitable performances, some held as close as Asheville.  Of course, the first step is choosing the right Asheville cabin.  Greybeard Realty can help you make the right decision.  Choosing the right festival event is up to you.

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Enjoy Presidential Treatment in Your Asheville Cabin



Obama Motorcade Heads to Asheville NC

Obama Visits Area



President Obama (POTUS) and first lady Michelle Obama, completed an Asheville vacation weekend that featured a Blue Ridge Mountain hike and golfing, as well as sampling various local restaurants and visiting with Reverend Billy Graham.  Their vacation included lots of scheduling and logistics to ensure that everything went smoothly.

Do you think the Obamas planned their own recreational activities during their weekend in Asheville? Did they choose the best site for their Blue Ridge Parkway hike?  Did they make the calls to the restaurants for reservations? Was the President on the phone checking for the best tee times?  You can be sure that they had someone take care of that for them.  Now, from your Asheville rental cabin you can enjoy the same level of planning on your behalf.

When you rent your Asheville cabin from Greybeard Realty, you can also utilize the guest services division and have them plan and organize your entire vacation, just like the Obamas did.  Think of it as having a vacation's worth of Presidential treatment.    Greybeard has packages that include golfing at multiple golf courses, including the course Obama played during his Asheville vacation.  We can also arrange for your romantic getaway weekend or an Asheville outdoor adventure package.

If you would prefer several activities, consider taking advantage of one of our a la carte services like a spa day or a horseback riding adventure.  The President had most every move during his vacation photographed by the local press.  While we can't arrange that type of coverage for you, we can schedule a photography session with a very talented local photographer to record your vacation memories.

The first step in the process is to choose the best Asheville area rental cabin to meet your particular needs.  If you need help with that, we can offer suggestions including best views, dog friendly or most secluded.  Once you have settled on your rental, let us handle the rest of the planning, to make your next Asheville vacation comparable to a Presidential retreat.

Asheville Area Cabin with Authentic Ambiance: Hold the Wi-Fi

For people choosing an Asheville cabin to get away from it all we have added a new rental to our listings, one that offers the desired ambiance and the basic amenities.  This Montreat home really recalls the simpler days and offers renters a chance to escape from the hubbub of today's technology.  Absent are the wi-fi and the big screen TV.  Available is the peace and serenity that comes with simple mountain living.


Lake Susan

Beautiful Day at Lake Susan


Built in the 1920s and completely renovated in 2009, the Lancaster House boasts period charm with high ceilings, tall windows and vintage bead board.  With a new second floor and all new kitchen appliances, renters can experience a fresh, updated home that still has the mountain character they want. 

 Just a 10 minute walk from Lake Susan, this charming home sleeps 14.  In this home, you can quiet the everyday buzz of electronics and really enjoy the solitude of Montreat.   Contact us and we can give you more details on this and other rental homes from our extensive listings.

Obama Vacationing in Deluxe Asheville Cabin?

When the President of the United States comes to Asheville, does he rent an Asheville cabin?  Not exactly.  With his secret service entourage, Obama needs very large accommodations.  The White House announced last week that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Asheville this weekend, April 23rd to 25th, and they plan to stay at the historic Grove Park Inn.  Accompanying him on this pleasure trip in addition to his wife will be his children, Malia and Sasha, as well as his mother in law.


Obama Family

Obama Family Headed to Asheville


Historic Grove Park Inn opened in 1913, built from granite boulders from Sunset Mountain.  The inn lobby, The Grand Hall, features two 14 foot wide fireplaces.  The Grove Park has hosted ten presidents, including Obama who stayed there when he last visited Asheville in October 2008, just prior to the November election.

The Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau notes that Asheville spends about $2.5 million annually to promote tourism in Asheville.  They say that the publicity generated by a presidential visit like this one is priceless.  A White House press release indicated that this is a vacation trip, with no scheduled public appearances.  The Grove Park Inn issued a statement on Facebook indicating that the resort will be operating in a heightened state of security for the weekend with all persons and vehicles subject to search.

On his last visit to Asheville, Obama made a lunch stop at 12 Bones Smokehouse.  If you are hoping for a glimpse of the first family, you might consider dropping in at some of the more popular spots in town.  Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe comes to mind.  On second thought, if you have rented your own Asheville cabin from Greybeard Realty for the weekend, you might just want to hunker down, avoid the crowds and enjoy the peaceful mountain views.  

Rooms with a View: Asheville Area Cabins

When renters contact us, they often come with their list of criteria, and often that list includes a mountain view.  We recently added two mountain homes to our rental listings that meet that need, each with a different perspective.


Mountain Views

NC Mountain Views


Cooper Cottage represents old Montreat.  This charming, rustic home has a wonderful view of Big Piney Mountain, yet it is within walking distance of the Montreat Conference Center. This home sleeps 11.

Linton's Mountain Top, perched high on a ridge overlooking Black Mountain, has views from all sides.  This 4,800 sq. ft. home features six bedrooms and five baths, making it an ideal home for large gatherings.  Just a five minute drive from Black Mountain, this wonderful home sleeps 18, and linens are provided.

For other homes with a mountain perspective, please contact us for more information.

Rocking in an Asheville Cabin: Two Montreat Rentals with Porches

If you consider rocking on the front porch as the quintessential mountain experience, then we have two new rental homes that will interest you. Both homes, located in Montreat, have porches and rockers,  and can fulfill your dream of biding time relaxing in the fresh mountain air.


Porch Rockin'


Log Cabins features an authentic log cabin and bunk house right in Montreat. The 100 year old main cabin has the porch and rockers. The smaller cabin has an efficiency kitchen. The two cabins combined sleep 13.

Ransford's Roost, an updated colonial, offers plentiful natural lighting through its skylight and features a large stone fireplace. Its large front porch has rockers and a porch swing. There is also a stone patio with a picnic table and grill. This rental sleeps 14. For more information on these cabins or to hear about other rentals where you can rock and relax, please contact Greybeard.

An Asheville Cabin with a Movie Star Neighbor, Please

Like other Asheville cabin owners, I have mixed feelings when I see that Asheville has made another top ten list.  While I am reassured by these lists that I have indeed chosen to live in one of the best places on Earth, I fear that more and more people will discover what those of us who live here already know.   The Asheville area is a very special place.


Andie MacDowell, Asheville Neighbor


The most recent top ten listing comes from Barron's, the weekly business publication, and highlights the top ten places for second homes in the U.S. The article cites one real estate expert as noting that in addition to a good R&R site, investors are now on the prowl for solid investments as well.  The article points out that the decline in prices of luxury homes, in these second home markets, seems to have bottomed out.

Asheville came in at #9 on the list, trailing Maui, Kiawah Island, SC, and The Hamptons which finished 1,2,3 respectively.   Barron used as its criteria "gorgeous homes, spectacular views, world-class fishing and skiing, fine dining and great shopping."  It also cautions that the rankings are somewhat subjective as are house styles, and that a return on investment in buying one of these homes may take a while. For Asheville, they list the median luxury home at $700,000, representing a 38% decline from peak pricing.   As a bonus, the article also notes the most famous movie star who could be your potential neighbor.  In the instance of Asheville, it is actress Andie MacDowell.  If you are a Barron's subscriber, you can read the full article.  If you want to look for your own luxury home in a top ten setting, please contact Greybeard Realty.