Blog :: 2017

Going Off Grid in Black Mountain Never Looked So Good

If you’re someone whose dreamed of living off grid in the NC mountains, you’ll want to take a look at 19 Kate Mountain Rd in Buncombe County's Black Mountain. This amazing property, which encompasses more than 86 acres, has privacy and two one-bedroom log cabins already in place. Located just 30 minutes from Black Mountain, it provides the type of seclusion with accessibility along with a sense of independence as well.

Lovely Off-Grid Black Mountain HomeThere’s a one-bedroom, one-bath cabin with a loft that includes a workshop/studio as well as a garage. Located nearby is another one-bedroom, one-bath cabin with a deck that overlooks open land as well as a trout pond and garden. Both homes feature custom woodwork and utilize the solar power, 275 gallon reservoir and gravity-fed spring water. While it is off grid, there’s still access to internet and TV through Verizon, so new owners can choose how far they want to disconnect. While this property is pristine and stand-alone, there’s also room for additional homesites, if the new owner would like.

For more information about this home, please contact Rosie Johnson at Greybeard Realty. Also take a look at Greybeard’s exclusive listings to see what else is available. It’s unusual to find a home of this quality off-grid and move-in-ready. And the expansive property provides room for branching out as well. Who among us hasn’t talked about finding a place to unwind and disconnect? Well, here it is!

Welcome Greybeard Realty's Newest Realtor

Greybeard Realty welcomes Realtor Jeannie W. Conner as its newest real estate broker. Jeannie, a native of western North Carolina, has had her NC Real Estate License since 1997. She currently resides in Rutherford County with her husband, two sons and three stepdaughter

Jeannie Conner, BrokerFor Jeannie, meeting her clients’ needs is primary, and she prides herself on her diligence in being sure each buyer and every seller gets her undivided attention. She states that her motto is: “Work hard; play hard; pray harder.”  When she isn’t focused on real estate, Jeannie can be found competing in CrossFit or completing a Spartan Race.

Jeannie joins 21 other Realtors who work in the Greybeard Realty offices in Black Mountain and Asheville to provide individualized care to western NC clients.  Greybeard Realty and Rentals began in Black Mountain in 1999 and now has an office in Asheville as well.

Greybeard Realty has numerous diverse western NC listings, and our agents are all familiar with the local community. Please contact Greybeard if you'd like to learn more about western NC homes for sale.

An Asheville Area Christmas

As western NC residents, Greybeard Realtors often are asked what their favorite season is in the Asheville area. For some, it’s the long days of summer that invite longer hikes and farm-fresh food. For others, it’s early-budding trees in spring and the vibrant, rich colors of autumn. Taking a look around now, however, it really feels like Christmas may be the very best season of the year up this way.

An Asheville Christmas at the BiltmoreOne of the highlights of the season is visiting one of the numerous western NC Christmas tree farms and making that careful selection of the perfect tree. Take some time to stop in at one of the local cider shops and then head over to The Biltmore to take in the spectacular decorations and enjoy some of the featured musical performances of the season. If holiday lights make your holiday, be sure to take in the multicolored light extravaganza at the NC Arboretum. Take a look at some of the Asheville area Christmas light suggestions. 

Back at home, perhaps there’s a Christmas train to set up under the tree or a special gingerbread home to construct, complete with peppermint candies and peppermint bark. If you’d prefer to ride a Christmas train, then head over to Bryson City and catch a ride on the Polar Express train. Alternatively, this year you can enjoy the 25th annual National Gingerbread House competition at the Grove Park Inn.  This year’s awards have been made, and there’s still time to check them out and get come inspiration for your own gingerbread houses.

For many of us, the holidays are about creating family traditions, and an Asheville area Christmas generates memorable moments for all family members. If you have time, take a moment to share your favorite Asheville holiday tradition. And let Greybeard Realty know what your favorite western NC season is as well. We’d love to hear from you.

Old Fort Farm Property Offers a Creek, Trails, and Incredible Views of NC Mountains

Horse folks and outdoor lovers will fall in love with 1304 Souther Rd, located just 15 minutes from Black Mountain. The more-than-34 acres include a creek, trails, mountain views and a charming 3-bedroom, 2-bath farm house.

A quick two minute drive from the interstate, this incredible property can be developed, and it already has a bridge over the creek on the property. And with long-range and mountain views, there’s a sense of peace and tranquility that makes this lovely property a real treasure.

The farmhouse, constructed in 1922, has a large covered front porch, a couple of fireplaces, and a cozy country kitchen. In addition to the main home, there are several outbuildings on the property. There’s plenty of room for horses and enough land for some great family adventures.

To appreciate this gorgeous property, it’s really something you need to come out and see. Sure, you can see the photos, but there’s something about getting out and walking the property and really getting a chance to see it for yourself. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to see this or any of Greybeard Realty’s exclusive listings, please contact Greybeard Realty. This property is a great find with its proximity to Asheville and Black Mountain and its large lot size. Go ahead and start packing up the horses for the move to their new digs.

Asheville Isn't Just Good Looking, It's Friendly Too

Earlier this year, Conde Nast released its latest survey results for the Friendliest Cities in the US. And yes, Asheville made the list! More than 300,000 respondents contributed toward the compilation of the list that also included Charleston, Telluride and Key West. The survey results only confirmed what local residents have known for a while: Asheville folks are cheerful. Friendly Asheville Area Home For Sale

In addition to pointing how inclusive and gorgeous the area is, survey participants credit Asheville with being eclectic and artistic, citing the River Arts District as one area that particularly feels welcoming. It cites one respondent in particular who wrote: It's "an all-around wonderful small city." Other comments include: "Great mountain scenery and friendly people. Always a smile from those you meet."

It’s comments like this that highlight what draws new residents and visitors to the area year after year, and it’s one aspect of western NC that makes this area such a remarkable place to live. If you’ve been on the fence about moving up here, perhaps this will nudge you a little closer to taking that step. Take a moment to glance at some of Greybeard Realty’s home listings and see if anything catches your eye. From Asheville Log Homes to Black Mountain Condos, Greybeard has a wide range of homes available for sale.

And if you’re considering settling up here and just aren’t sure yet, how about moving into one of Greybeard Rentals’ longer term rentals so you can settle in and really get the flavor of the Asheville area. At Greybeard Realty, we feel as if you’ll find that indeed, Asheville is one of the friendliest cities in the US.

Come For a Few Nights and Stay For a Lifetime in this Lovely Asheville Area Home

How often have you checked into your NC mountain rental and declared, “Wow. We never want to leave!” Well, here’s a chance for you to try out a gorgeous five-bedroom home at 2031 McKenzie Rd in the gated community of Gateway. And if you love it, you can purchase it.

Known as Havencrest in the Greybeard Rentals listings, this lovely, large home features unbelievable year-round views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Lure and more.  Nestled on 4 private acres in proximity to a 3,000 acre nature preserve, this fantastic home is very reasonably priced and ready to move into.  Imagine yourself preparing family meals in the gourmet kitchen, sipping coffee on the screened porch, and hosting guests or family in the guest quarters downstairs.  With its post-and-beam construction and multiple fireplaces, this home offers a warm, cozy mountain setting for anyone looking for a tranquil, secluded, yet easily accessible landing spot in the NC mountains.

Located just 10 minutes from I-40, Havencrest is an easy 20 minute drive to Black Mountain and 30 minutes to Asheville and its amenities. And the Gateway community provides serenity and amenities including lake fishing, hiking, a waterfall park, and abundant wildlife. While this home would make a wonderful rental home, it also has a terrific vacation rental history available. Greybeard’s Property Management Services can make renting this property a very simple process.

If you’ve wondered what it’s like to live up in the mountains, here’s your chance to try it out. And if it’s everything you’ve dreamed it will be, then you can purchase this home and make it your idyllic getaway. This home’s price is very reasonable, and its breathtaking views are outrageous.  Come take a look for yourself, try it out, and then you can own your own piece of NC mountain paradise. Contact Greybeard Realty for more information about this home

US News and World Report Asked Greybeard About Purchasing a Family Vacation Home

When US News and World Report wanted information about the best approach for families wanting to purchase a vacation home, they contacted Greybeard founder, Chip Craig, to get a few ideas from him. As the article indicates, the most important aspects of the buying process are consolidating, communication, and compromise. Havencrest Vacation Rental for Sale

Contacted by US News, Chip points out that setting up a limited liability company or LLC prior to the purchase can make the most sense. And he notes that an LLC can set out the transfer of the property through generations upfront, especially if parents are buying with the idea of passing the home down to children. And as most of these transactions tend to be cash, setting up an LLC generally does not delay closings.

When families enjoy gathering in the same spot each year, it becomes logical that they might want to invest in their own vacation home, maybe even an NC mountain home. Owning a vacation home in a spectacular location allows families to have one central gathering spot and takes the guesswork out of where to stay as well. But as the US News and World Report article points out, that seemingly simple purchase can present some particular issues.

As stated in the article, in 2016, 12% of home buyers purchased vacation homes in the US. With different generations involved, it can become complicated when making plans for the smooth transfer of the property. Again, consolidating the home into an LLC can take care of some of the issues. One area that can become dicey is how to manage the home, if it enters the renters’ market when not in use by family. Who’s going to get the proper insurance, who’s going to clean it, and who’s going to manage the reservations to make sure it isn’t double booked? One option is signing on with a rental management company, like Greybeard Rentals that can take over the detailed responsibility for that. And even that plan should be decided prior to a vacation home purchase. That’s where the communication piece comes into it. Sit down and really talk about what’s important, what works, and what everyone sees as the longer-term plan for a shared vacation home. And of course, that’s where the compromise comes in. Be willing to listen to each other and be willing to work together to get a great plan in place.

If you’re all ready to move forward, why not take a look at Greybeard Realty’s vacation home listings. We have a number of homes available, many with a proven rental history. If you’d like to talk more about purchasing a home as a family or even with friends, feel free to touch base directly with Greybeard Realty, and we would be happy to work with you through the process. Family vacations homes generates memories and traditions that will not be forgotten.

Montreat Mountain Getaway

Montreat has a simple, mountain feel to it that you really have to experience to understand. From the trail above Lake Susan down the creek bed to the large double stone gate, there’s just a great feel to the quiet, tranquil community. And now, there’s a 5-bedroom, 2.5 bath cabin on the market that truly matches the Montreat atmosphere. Take a look at 416 South Carolina Terrace and see if it doesn’t match the image of your dream Montreat home.

Magical Montreat HomeConstructed in 1915, this charming cabin has a large covered wrap-around porch, perfect for sipping your drink and taking in the small town’s ambience. The main floor features a rock fireplace as its focal point and includes the living area and kitchen. Upstairs has 4 bedrooms, each with its distinct style and appeal. On the lower level accessed through an outside entrance, there’s another living area with a bedroom and bath attached. This home is fantastic for a family that wants to be together but have some privacy at the same time. The fireplace serves as the sole heating source.

For anyone who appreciates Montreat’s character, this home will feel ideally perfect. It could serve as a summer family getaway and also enter the rental home market when its not in use by family. To get an idea of what Montreat is all about, consider renting a Montreat home and see what the buzz is about. Take a look at the local hikes available, including the Montreat hikes that can be accessed from this mountain cabin. If you’re ready to buy and enter the vacation home realm, Greybeard Rentals Property Management page is a good read. Look here for other Montreat homes for sale or contact Greybeard Realty directly for more information. With proximity to Black Mountain and Asheville, this lovely mountain community makes a fantastic, centrally-located landing spot.

Why Own an Asheville Area Log Home

Owning a log home in western NC is the penultimate dream for many homebuyers. For some people, it’s a chance to live in a style of home that is most equated with mountain living. When it comes down to it, however, there are a number of very practical reasons that make a log home a very special place to live.

Asheville Log CabinIt can’t be denied that a log home is just a little different from other homes styles. There’s no comparing a traditional log-constructed house with a brick-front or wood-paneled siding house. The logs present a natural material in a very natural setting in the NC mountains. With a log cabin you can personalize the style and take an already unique structure even further toward your particular taste. It’s also a style that doesn’t lose its charm. Log cabins were one of the early home styles, and they continue to be a timeless choice for homebuilders and buyers.

Log homes present a very practical advantage as well. Logs have a tremendous insulation property. As a matter of fact, log homes generally require less energy for temperature maintenance than do other style homes. That efficiency can begin very early in the process as well. Some use the logs from the land they are building on, meaning less deforestation of other land.

And finally, log homes are the most requested type of rental cabin at Greybeard Rentals. Vacationers love the idea of heading up to western NC and staying in a log-constructed cabin for a truly authentic mountain experience. So, if you’re someone who wants a to invest in a second home in the Asheville area, you might want to consider getting a log cabin.

So where should you start? Take a look at the Greybeard Realty log homes for sale page for starters. If you’re considering building a log home, Greybeard also has Asheville area land listings. And if you want to use the home as a vacation rental, take a look at the Greybeard Rentals property management page. Still not sure where to start? Contact Greybeard Realty, and we can help you narrow down your options and find that special log home in the NC mountains.

Magnificent Views, Stone Fireplaces and Log Construction, Oh My.

Close your eyes and envision your ideal NC mountain home. Great views. Cathedral ceilings. Log Home. Stone fireplaces and open decks. If these features are on your wishlist, you may have just found your dream home. Welcome to 36 Winding Poplar Rd in Black Mountain.

Located in beautiful Laurel Ridge, this three-bedroom, 4-bath log home boasts unmatched vistas from it two decks and has its own wine cellar and private game room. With its updated kitchen and open floor plan, this home feels as spacious and restful as its location.  Situated at more than 3000 ft altitude, this home offers birds’ eye views of the incredible NC mountains.

At the same time it offers peaceful solitude, 36 Winding Poplar provides easy access to Black Mountain and Asheville. New owners can take advantage of the varied dining spots in Black Mountain or enjoy the hubbub of Asheville’s Friday night gallery stroll. If hiking and outdoor living are important, this centrally located home provides easy access to local hikes and ziplining/whitewater rafting excursions.

And if you’re not ready to settle here yet, this home can become your home away from home. And while it’s not in use by your family, this home will make a valued NC rental home. “Log cabin” is one of the most requested types of homes we get at Greybeard Rentals, our rentals and property management company.

So if your bucket list includes owning your dream home in western NC, take a serious look at this home and take a moment to browse through Greybeard Realty’s exclusive listings. Also, you may want to glance at our page of Black Mountain log homes. Black Mountain is known as the “Front Porch of Western NC”. Isn’t it time to claim your own home here?