Blog :: 09-2014

The Blue Ridge Parkway Ranked Top US Drive by The Weather Channel

When was the last time you took a cruise on the Blue Ridge Parkway for sightseeing? With the recent ranking by The Weather Channel placing the Parkway at the top of the list of top 10 scenic drives, it may be time to take another look.

Capture fall foliage photos from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Capture fall foliage photos from the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Top 10 List includes Sonoma and Napa Valleys and the Red Rock Scenic byway. The Blue Ridge Parkway, the longest of the drives, stretches 469 miles, through the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Parkway history is worth a glance as well, as much of the work was done by workers previously unemployed due to the Great Depression. Construction on the parkway, which links Virginia's Shenandoah National Park with NC's Great Smoky Mountain National Park, began in 1935 and wasn't completed until 1983.

A recent Greybeard Rentals blog talked about the multi-seasonal aspect of the Parkway. While often seen as a leaf-peeking conduit, the Parkway really does offer much more including spring wildflowers. The majestic beauty of the Parkway is one more example of what makes western NC such a special place to live. If you're thinking of relocating to the area, take a drive along the most scenic drive in America. And then contact Greybeard Realty to start searching for your new home.


Black Mountain Land for Solitude Seekers

This Black Mountain land, which has gated community amenities, offers quiet solitude with proximity to Black Mountain and Asheville. If you want a property where you can build your dream home, this 2.67 acre lot may suit the bill.

Beautiful Black Mountain land with peace and accessibility.

Beautiful Black Mountain land with peace and accessibility.

Listed as 99999 Catawba Falls Parkway, this lot sits within a community that features 10 miles of paved roads and an extensive trail system. There is an equestrian center barn as well as gate security and surveillance cameras. In addition, there are streams with waterfalls, and the community borders Pisgah National Forest. And all of this is within reach of Asheville, Old Fort, and, of course, Black Mountain.

With land, it really helps to get out and walk the property to get the feel of the area. For starters, start in Black Mountain and see the coffee shops, restaurants, and cultural offerings of this mountain community. That's one of the assets of this property is its proximity to civilization while offering access to nature, including wildlife.

For more information about this lot or other Black Mountain land listings, please contact Greybeard Realty. Our Realtors are ready to get out and walk this special land with you.


Greybeard Realty Welcomes Black Mountain Resident and Realtor

Greybeard Realty welcomes Annie Singletary, a Realtor, who joins the full-service real estate company this month. A 14-year Black Mountain resident, Annie becomes part of Greybeard Realty and Rentals, a home-grown realty company committed to providing individualized, personalized care to its clients.

Greybeard Realty welcomes Realtor Annie Singletary

Greybeard Realty welcomes Realtor Annie Singletary

"We are fortunate to have Annie joining our other 15 Realtors right now," says Chip Craig, president and company founder of Greybeard Realty. "With her creativity and community experience, Annie brings local knowledge that will benefit our clients, both sellers and buyers. In particular, Annie's artistic eye will assist sellers in getting their homes ready for the market and let buyers understand a property's potential."

Annie's first Black Mountain experience was as a Camp Merrimac camper in the summers. After getting her BFA in ceramics from UNC-Asheville, Annie settled in Black Mountain. In addition to teaching classes at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts and the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, she has managed her own pottery studio. Her husband, Dan, is director of Black Mountain's Camp Timberlake. Her family, including her two sons, enjoys participating in the varied outdoor activities offered and appreciates the cultural heritage in the area.

"My love of people, the area and all things creative are what steered me to a career in real estate," Annie states. "I look forward to helping each person on their path with buying or selling a home by making it a smooth and joyful experience."

Greybeard Realty and Greybeard Rentals, with offices in Asheville and Black Mountain, has 173 total property listings and manages 339 rental properties, including 170 long-term homes and 169 vacation rentals. Greybeard Realty, founded in 1999, has offices at 204 E. State Street in Black Mountain (828-669-1072) and 4 Olde Eastwood Village Blvd, Suite 207G in Asheville (828-298-1540). For more information, please call or visit Greybeard Realty.


Asheville Rises to the Top Ten Again

Well, the votes are in, and Asheville has again risen to number one on another top ten list. This time, it's Travel+Leisure readers who have ranked hundreds of towns for their main streets, coffee bars and eco-friendliness, among other things. And, yes, Asheville won the title of Quirkiest Town in the US.

Quirky or cool, Asheville is our number one pick.

Quirky or cool, Asheville is our number one pick.

In their assessment, voters approved of the Friday night drum circle in Pritchard Park as well as the numerous local beers. Mentioned in the article are the beer/moonshine "hoptails" from the Grove Park Inn's Great Hall Bar as well as the BROO shampoo from Earth Fare. Of note, Asheville also ranked in the top 10 for great bakeries.

All of this ranking and rating got us to thinking. Exactly what is it about Asheville that makes it so special? Is it the so-called quirkiness? Or is it more about the coexisting diversity within this comfortable community? For those of you who live here or visit here, what do you consider to be its real appeal? Let Greybeard Realty hear from you. We would love to compile our own list of the top ten best qualities of Asheville that makes it number one in our hearts.