Blog :: 09-2014

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.

Highlights of Asheville Real Estate Market Numbers

At Greybeard Realty, we monitor Asheville market news, always looking for indicators of how the housing market is growing. In the last month, we've seen some very interesting numbers that may foretell of further area growth in the coming year.

Highlights of the Asheville Housing Market

Highlights of the Asheville Housing Market

In the month of July, the number of housing units sold in Buncombe County reached 374 units. This figure surpasses the 362 homes sold in July of 2006 which was the peak for the number of unit sold. While the July 2014 average sales price of each home was a bit below the 2006 high, we see other numbers the lead us to believe those prices may be increasing over the next year as well.

For one example, the Asheville area had the lowest number of foreclosure filings in the last 5 years this summer with less than one in 100 homes going into foreclosure. With fewer distressed sales, prices should begin inching up. In addition, while year-to-date numbers are still slightly below the 2006/2007 peak in total sales volume and average price, both of those figures are up so far in 2014. Total Sales Volume is up 9% over the same period last year while average price is up 5% in 2014 for the same time in 2013. And perhaps the greatest indicator of potential growth in home price and sales volume is the continuation of the shrinking home inventory. From its peak of 3472 units for sale as this time in 2010, the number of units on the market year-to-date for 2014 stands at 2056 homes.

At Greybeard, we understand that one month of numbers do not represent a trend. We also know, however, that as the Asheville housing market continues to show these positive signs, it is reasonable to anticipate that the market will continue to show this strength. To see what's on the Asheville real estate market, browse through our Asheville listings. And please contact Greybeard Realty if you're ready to make a move to the Asheville area.