New Construction

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.

Black Mountain Home on Chapel Road Has Heavenly Views

If owning a spacious home with magnificent mountain views is on your bucket list, you will want to check out this new construction home on Chapel Road in Black Mountain. This 4 bedroom, 3.5-bath home has long-range mountain and golf course views and proximity to downtown Black Mountain.


Breathtaking mountain views from Chapel Rd. home.

Breathtaking mountain views from Chapel Rd. home.


This new-construction home has numerous upgrades as well as a wood-burning fireplace and hardwood floors. While the main construction has been completed, the buyer can select finish colors and fixtures. The new owners will be able to make it their own without having to redo colors and finishing touches. With more than 3,000 sq ft on almost one acre, this home provides space and a prime location, along with the much-desired mountain views.

Black Mountain offers small-town charm with numerous eating locales, shopping opportunities, and access to an incredible variety of outdoor activities. To see the full listings for Black Mountain, please see the Greybeard website listings. If you'd like more information about this particular listing, please contact Greybeard.  And if you'd like to sample a bit of Black Mountain life, consider spending some time in one of Greybeard Rentals' Black Mountain rental homes. It's your chance to try before you buy that little piece of heaven.

Landscape Improves for Asheville Land Sales

If you read the recent Greybeard blog on the increase in local construction permits, you may have wondered where all these new residential permits are being put to use. If the July MLS statistics on land sales are any indication, we may have found the answer.

Asheville land sales on the rise.

Asheville land sales on the rise.

Land sales in Asheville increased from 181 units sold year to date last year to 309 units for the same period in 2013. That represents a 71% increase for year to date from 2013. Black Mountain had a 20% increase year to date in land sales, from 15 units to 18 units. In terms of dollars sold, both Asheville and Black Mountain had increases that paralleled the number of units sold. Asheville showed a 69% increase while Black Mountain had a 23% increase.

One reason for this increase may be the tightening of supply of homes in the Asheville area market. As was discussed in a recent Greybeard blog on real estate trends, the number of homes on the market in the Asheville area is decreasing as well.  It may be that home buyers are becoming home builders to build the home of their dreams when they can't find it on the Asheville sales market.

Even with the large increases in land sales, the market has not returned to its peak of 2006. In that year there were 565 units sold year to date in Asheville and 54 land units sold in Black Mountain.  It will be interesting to track land sales over the next few months to see if the current trend holds. For more information, check out Greybeard's current market reports which updates frequently and will let you track Asheville market trends.

Asheville Area Residential Building Permits Rise

In yet another sign of a recovering residential real estate market, residential building permits for Buncombe County are up 21.1% for year to date. The statistics, compiled by The Market Edge, indicate a continuation of the upward trend that began last year for the Asheville area.

Residential Building Permits on the Rise

Residential Building Permits on the Rise

The Asheville area, which consists of 10 counties, increased 20.4% year to date over 2012 numbers. Buncombe County, which has a 21.2% year to date increase, had 368 permits of the 879 permits for the Asheville area. For 2012, Buncombe County had 613 residential building permits issued out of the 1,478 permits pulled in the Asheville region. While those are healthy numbers, they are still below the market peak numbers of 914 annual permits in Buncombe County of the 2,860 permits for the Asheville region that were recorded in 2008.

Still, the latest numbers indicate that 2013 should again be a positive year. If so, it would be the second consecutive year of increases in Buncombe County and the Asheville area residential building permits after three consecutive years of decline in permits pulled beginning in 2009. It's yet another sign that interest is increasing Asheville and its environs. Please check out Greybeard Realty's land listings and find that prime property you've always wanted. Add your residential building permit to growing number of permits in the area.

Asheville Real Estate Market: National New Housing Starts

The Commerce Department just released housing start numbers for January 2011, and they showed a 14.6% increase to an annual rate of 596,000 units.  That figure was up from an annual rate of 520,000 in December, but economists warned that statistic could be misleading.  They said the majority of the increase could be attributed to apartment construction, not single family construction.

 In fact, single-family home permits, which is viewed as a more stable indicator of new homebuilding activity, stayed flat for the month. Again, however, economists noted that the figures alone did not tell the whole story.  They said that staying flat in this case could be seen as positive news.  Given the harsh winter weather, making new construction more challenging, some experts had predicted a decline in new building permits.


Home Building Permits

Building Permits on the Rise


In addition, future housing permits declined 10.4% from last month to 562,000 falling short of the 575,000 figure that a national survey had predicted. Once again, however, economists qualified the numbers by saying that the December future housing permits were perhaps artificially high as people hurried to beat more stringent building restrictions anticipated for 2011.  For more information, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Why Choose a "Green" Home?

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Whether it's a choice to bring sustainability and healthy living indoors or the desire for energy efficiency, there are countless reasons to buy "Green." For a home to be certified requires third party verification. ENERGY STAR homes have met the requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes have energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes. Benefits for homebuyers and New Home Features can be found at By clicking on the "Take the Tour" icon at the bottom of the page you can actually look behind the walls of an Energy Star home.

An Energy Star townhome in Black Mountain, NC An Energy Star townhome in Black Mountain, NC

NC HealthyBuilt Homes have met criteria established by ENERGY STAR plus additional requirements which can be seen at Points are awarded for builders completing the various items on the checklist. There are four levels of certification depending on how many features the home has. For a list of homeowner benefits go to

Modular Construction Gains Popularity in Western North Carolina

With buyers focusing more and more on energy-efficient home designs, modular home construction has become increasingly popular in the Black Mountain and Asheville area.

Modular constructions provides other advantages, including a more environmentally-friendly building process that helps minimizes construction waste.

Some modular companies are North Carolina-based, like the Discovery Custom Homes plant in Albemarle, NC. Building homes indoors protects the home from inclement weather during construction and reduces construction time at the site. David Rand of DRA Living in Asheville, a modular home specialist, estimates 3-4 months to complete a new home. "We have two new subdivisions in Black Mountain that feature modular construction, and we can usually have someone in their new home with 3-4 months," says Rand. "But we can also build homes for customers on their land, what we call 'scattered site' builds."

One of Rand's developments, The Hamlets at Rustling Pine Trail in Black Mountain, features Energy Star-ready homes with 2x6 walls and Superior poured-concrete basement walls.  "The thicker walls make the home much more efficient in terms of heating and cooling, and the Superior walls are excellent at sealing a basement," according to Clint Farish, Business Development Manager for DRA Living.

Modular construction also lends itself to "systems building," according to Charlie Sparks, owner of Black Mountain Bungalow Company. Sparks has several decades' experience as a "stick-built" home-builder in Florida and Black Mountain, and is now offering this modular spec home on West Cotton Avenue in Black Mountain.

"Modular construction allows the manufacturer to perform more rigid quality-control inspections before the home even reaches the customer's lot. Modular homes always meet and many times exceed local and state building codes," says Sparks.