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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.

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?

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.

Black Mountain Home Charms With Its Character

If you’re searching for a Black Mountain home with meticulous details and charm, you have found it at 201 Chapel Rd. Located across from the Black Mountain Golf Course, this five-bedroom, four-bath home has special elements that make it a unique property with ample indoor space and outside living area. Charming Black Mountain Home

With an open-concept floor plan and a first-floor master, this lovely home can work for a lifetime. The master bath has a large walk-in shower and a spa tub. The second-floor master provides extra privacy for guests while the finished basement, complete with a wet bar, offers a dedicated area for entertaining. And it’s all in the details of this home that create the one-of-a-kind feel for the home. From the copper farmhouse sink to the special fireplace mantels to the refurbished doors and brick floors, this home offers its owners a very original living space. And that’s just on the inside. Outside, the large corner lot has extensive landscaping that includes a creek, two small waterfalls, and a koi pond, all illuminated at night with special outdoor lighting.  In addition, there’s a greenhouse for cultivating new plants and storing tools as well as an open fire-pit to kick back and take in the backyard ambience. Constructed in 1978, this home has updates and special features, including stainless steel appliances and stain-glass windows. 

If you’re ready to relocate to Black Mountain, this home needs to be on your list. If you’d like to see what other Black Mountain and Asheville area homes are available, please take a look at Greybeard’s exclusive listings page.  Perhaps you prefer a smaller home or maybe you looking for an Asheville cabin perched on a mountaintop. If you have difficulty finding what you’re looking for, please contact Greybeard Realty directly.

Move Right Into This Western NC Mountain Log Cabin

Summer is rapidly approaching here in western NC, and it’s time to seize the moment and buy your own log cabin getaway! The 2 bedroom, 3 bath home located at 179 Rhododendron Drive in Old Fort provides a cozy mountain hideaway that can be used for yourself and as a rental property. 

The log home itself is situated on a 1.5 acre lot. Adjacent to that lot is an additional 1.6 acre creek-front lot that is suitable to keep for privacy or for constructing another home on the property. Inside the home, relax by the floor to ceiling stone fireplace or retreat to the loft to read the latest mystery book. Outside, breathe in the fresh mountain air on the wrap around deck or relax by the fire pit while listening to the peaceful sounds of the waterfall. Nestled in the Gateway Community in Old Fort, this home provides access to numerous outdoor adventures including hiking and fishing, all the while providing good proximity to Asheville and Black Mountain.

Built in 2003, this finely-crafted log home offers the number one requested feature of Greybeard’s rental guests, log construction. You may choose to settle into this home yourself or use it as a vacation rental property. To understand the services Greybeard Rentals offers for rental home management, please see the management services webpage.

And the good news is, this home is being sold furnished so you really can just move in just in time for summer! Greybeard ‘s Buying with Greybeard webpage can introduce you to the process. To get an idea of the local market, please take a look at Greybeard’s exclusive residential listings. There’s also a western NC log home page that can provide you with an idea of other log homes for sale. And as always, if you’re ready to buy or have a few specific questions to ask, please contact Greybeard Realty.

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.

Conclusion

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.