Blog :: 10-2017

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?