Blog :: 2009

Find Sanctuary at the Biltmore - extraordinary Asheville vacation rental

Sanctuary at the BiltmoreSanctuary, an Asheville vacation rental condo located in the Biltmore Village Villas, lives up to its name, providing Asheville renters with a beautiful getaway within close proximity to Asheville.  This professionally decorated condo features two bedrooms, each with a private bath and ample closet space.

The unit, adjacent to Historic Biltmore Estate, includes a fully equipped kitchen with granite counter tops as well as a spacious living room with comfortable sofas and matching desks for your laptops.  The living room has a large flat screen television and a gas fireplace.  With the condo's amenities, renters can prepare their meals at home or travel just minutes to dine out in Asheville.

In the same way, renters can curl up by the fireplace on the sofa and read a great novel or surf the net with the high speed internet, sit out on the private outdoor patio, or travel a short distance to enjoy the beautiful mountain hiking trails in the area. Luxurious sheets and towels provided by the owners make this rental condo a complete vacation package.

Stay in an incredible Asheville Cabin and support Blue Ridge Forever at the same time!

Blue Ridge DreamThe Blue Ridge Dream is a one of our new Asheville vacation rentals. Just thinking about this place makes me dreamy. It is a beautifully renovated authentic log cabin and it's nearly 4000 feet of heaven near the Blue Ridge Parkway. The floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor decks make for panoramic views of the Mountains.

This rental has all the amenities such as Satellite TV, wireless internet & a Wii, but once you're on the porch, you'll forget what those things are. The views from the deck are the best I've seen in this part of North Carolina: Blue Ridge Mountain panorama!

Blue Ridge Mountains Panoramic ViewRenting this cabin makes you feel good about yourself in other ways, too: A portion of the rental proceeds are donated to Blue Ridge Forever, a land conservancy dedicated to preserving land in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

Greybeard Realty Opens Additional Office

Greybeard Realty, Black Mountain's largest real estate office, announces the opening of their new auxiliary office at 706 NC Highway 9 South in Black Mountain. In conjunction with Creston Community, this additional office location will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. A Greybeard sales agent will have information regarding Creston Mountain properties as well as other properties.

"We are very pleased with the new relationship with Creston Community," explains Chip Craig, president and founder of Greybeard Realty. "We feel that the responsible development going on at Creston is a very positive addition to the Black Mountain community, and we are also excited to have an office with such a high visibility location."

Creston Community, an 1100 acre development with 135 home sites, offers a perfect blend of homes, hiking trails, long range views, waterfalls and natural beauty.  The high quality of Creston's development has made it one of the most successful real estate projects in the area and at present approximately 40 lots remain on the market.

Greybeard Realty, currently celebrating 10 years of service in the community, has 9 real estate sales brokers as well as five rental management staff who oversee 245 vacation and long-term rental homes in the area. Greybeard's main office is located at 204 East State Street in Black Mountain. For more information about our new office or other aspects of Greybeard Realty, please contact us at 828-669-1072 or online.

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Greybeard Realty sees Opportunity in this Economy

"Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes." Henry J. Kaiser (1882 - 1967)

At first sight it is hard to see the opportunity in a difficult time, but more often than not we may find that it is the very time to reevaluate and make plans for the future. From the outset of the economic downturn, Greybeard Realty has intentionally used our time to do just that.

We are honing our website so that when we market your properties or you search for properties to buy, we are in the lead with user-friendly links for the seller and buyer.

One of our best characteristics is the personal service we offer buyers and sellers. We know that it is of utmost importance right now to give careful attention to our listings and to be creative in looking for the best options for our buyers. One way we do this is to communicate regularly with each other about properties we know about. And we are genuinely excited about the area we "sell."

One of our buyers recently said, "Once again, you were so very helpful and so proud of your area it made us really not want to rule this place out." We are seeing the results in the increase in market share that Greybeard Realty is experiencing.

In the first quarter of 2009, Greybeard Realty has sold 37% of the Black Mountain real estate market - up from 19% market share in 2008. 19% is the next largest of any other local firm.

If you include Montreat sales, Greybeard Realty accounts for 49% of the Black Mountain and Montreat real estate sales for the first quarter of 2009.

We hope you will take advantage of our "opportunity" in troubled times and make it yours as well. And give us your feedback...we want to hear from you!

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

Asheville Ranked #6 on Forbes List of Business-Friendly Cities

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Asheville, NC was recently ranked #6 on's list of the Best Places for Business and Careers.  The list studied cities throughout the U.S., and ranked areas based on such factors as Cost of Doing Business, Net Migration, and Income Growth.  Asheville ranked #2 nationally on the Cost of Doing Business list, costing businesses 20% less than the national average.  As a state, North Carolina dominated this category, taking the top 4 spots and 6 of the top 7.

Overall, North Carolina had 6 cities in the top 20 of the Forbes list, including 3 in the top 6.  Kurt Badenhausen, Associated Editor at Forbes, explains North Carolina's business-friendly environment in a video posted on the Forbes website.  Click here to listen to his comments and watch the entire Forbes video.

$8,000 Tax Credit Offered to "First-Time" Home Buyers

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009, provides many buyers with a tax credit of up to $8,000 if they purchase a home between January 1 and November 31, 2009.  Most news outlets have referred to this credit as available only to first-time homebuyers, but that is not entirely accurate.

The Act does specify that this incentive is for first-time buyers, but it is important to understand how the law defines first-time buyers.  In this case, a first-time homebuyer is someone who had no interest in a principal residence in the prior 3 years.  Clearly, this opens up the tax credit to more than just true first-timers.

The actual amount of the credit is based on the sales price, with the credit equal to 10% of the sales price up to $8,000.  That would mean a home over $80,000 would qualify for the full $8,000.  This new incentive is actually a modified version of the $7,500 tax credit offered as part of the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008.  That version required re-payment of the credit, in essence making it an interest-free loan.  However, the new version is not a loan, and it does not requirement re-payment as long as the buyer remains a principal residence for a minimum of 3 years.

For information about claiming the first-time homebuyer tax credit on your tax return, visit the IRS website.  Also, the National Association of Realtors has a good list of frequently asked questions.

This article is a brief summary of this exciting homebuying incentive, but anyone looking to take advantage of it should consult a tax adviser.

Asheville Cabins Movie Night: Being There and Dirty Dancing

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If you are safely ensconced in your Asheville cabin and would prefer a screen tour of the Biltmore Estates why not rent or buy the fabulous movie starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine, Being There.  Filmed at the Biltmore and first released in movie theaters in 1979, it has come out in a deluxe edition DVD and in blue ray for the first time this month.  Sellers' character, a gardener/avid television watcher, is mistaken for a deep thinking, well-educated man in this timeless satiric movie. Each is available at for $14.99 and $19.99 respectively.

If you enjoy viewing movies and then the locale itself then don't forget to order Dirty Dancing while you are at Amazon.  This movie, filmed at nearby Lake Lure, features Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. A DVD 20th anniversary addition, released in 2007, is available for only $4.99.

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Featured Asheville NC Home for Sale

When it comes to quintessential mountain living, most people think of beautiful views.  Of course, to get those views, you usually need to gain elevation, which often involves negotiating a steep driveway or gravel road.  But that's not always the case.  Laurel Ridge, a neighborhood just north of Black Mountain, is home to some of the most incredible mountain views in Western North Carolina, and you may be surprised how easy they can be to access.

39 Great Aspen Way

This home in Laurel Ridge offers many of the features that vacation home buyers desire - great year-round views, a fireplace, and easy access to town.  In this case, we are talking about downtown Black Mountain, which features a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and galleries.  For folks looking to retire, other requirements usually include one-level living (including the master suite on the main level), a garage, and easy entry to the house (few steps).

This home is unique in that it has a very flat driveway (and the road to the house has a gentle grade), as well as a 3-car garage, which is a bit of rarity in the Asheville area for a home with a view.  Above the garage is 700 square feet of unfinished (studs in place) apartment space and another deck.

Inside, the wood flooring and beadboard ceilings give the home a very "mountain home" feel.  And what mountain home would be complete without an expansive deck to take in the view!

To view more photos and see detailed information, click here.

Woodhaven Asheville Cabin

Secluded Woodhaven, a luxurious mountain cabin, sits on more than 200 acres of land providing renters with privacy while still giving them access to Asheville amenities.  The vacation cabin is located just 30 minutes from Asheville, 25 minutes from Black Mountain and 12 minutes from Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.  The 2400 sq. ft. custom built log home features high vaulted ceilings, handcrafted railings and wormy maple floors.


The main floor of this beautiful cabin has a master bedroom and bath with a garden tub and a steam shower.  Also on the main floor is an additional bedroom and bath.  The upstairs has two loft areas and another bedroom and bath.  Large windows throughout the home offer magnificent views.  After a mountain hike by the property's creek, warm up in front of the stone fireplace or unwind while enjoying the view from the outdoor four person hot tub just steps from the living room.  With an entry ramp, wide doorways, and grab bars in the downstairs bath, this home is handicap friendly.  Because of the secluded nature of the home, it is highly recommended that guests arrive during daylight hours, and it is suggested they arrive in a front wheel drive or 4WD vehicle.  Linens are provided. Book Today.  View Virtual Tour

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