Blog :: 10-2018

Loving Life in Western North Carolina

With autumn coming to a close and Thanksgiving just around the corner, it seems natural to look around and take note of why we are grateful to live and work in the western NC mountains. Next year marks the 20th anniversary in the history of Greybeard Realty, and we are very thankful to have made our home in the area with offices now in Black Mountain, Asheville, and Old Fort.

Probably the first thing that comes to mind is the people. There’s something very special about living in close-knit communities that come together when needed and support each other. And each community has its own identity, whether it’s Asheville, Black Mountain, Old Fort or any one of the other local towns. Greybeard recently produced a video of life in Black Mountain and a day in Asheville that encapsulates some of this charm.At Greybeard Realty, we are fortunate to have local employees who know the different areas. In fact, most every employee has a western NC tie to the area. In some instances, people were born and raised here and have never left. In other cases, people arrived here for college or through marriage and have decided to settle in and stay. That commitment to the local area is something that is very important in setting Greybeard apart from some of the other national real estate companies that have come into the area.

Another bright spot about western NC is the natural beauty. Is there anyone who hasn’t hiked up to Lookout in Montreat for a sunrise and been so grateful for the incredible views and peacefulness? And the innumerable trails and hikes throughout western NC draw thousands of visitors each year, and we are fortunate enough to have them all right out our back door!

And next, let’s throw in the diverse restaurants and the craft beer industry. The Asheville area is known both as Beer City USA and as Foodtopia. Again, people come from all over to enjoy our cuisine and our beers, and we can just head into town. On Greybeard’s Things to Do List, there is the well-known Biltmore Estate to tour and the lesser-known but still remarkable Thomas Wolfe House. There’s also the Black Mountain Center for the Arts as well as the Montford Park Players. And there’s something very moving about the Friday night Drum Circle that pulls together the diverse community in Asheville.

So, as we head into winter and the holidays, it feels important to recognize what makes western NC such a superior place to live. At Greybeard, we are very grateful to be here, and we appreciate the folks that have let us help them buy and sell their homes. Greybeard Realty feels very fortunate to have grown here the last nearly 20 years, and we look forward to continuing our business here in the years to come. Please use the comment button to let us know what you're grateful for about the western NC mountains.

Charming Black Mountain Cottage Includes Cozy Outdoor Spaces

Located a short distance from Black Mountain center, 26 Wordsworth Rd features many green elements as well as inviting outdoor spaces. Nestled within the lovely Village of Cheshire, this four-bedroom, three-bath home would make a terrific full-time home or a second home for anyone that yearns to spend time in the western NC mountains. 

Constructed in 2006, this delightful home has a welcoming front porch as well as a cathedral ceilinged living room with a stone, natural gas-fired fireplace. With a formal dining room as well as an eat-in kitchen, there’s ample dining area. And in addition to the indoor areas, there are also several sitting areas outdoors that allow homeowners and their guests to take full advantage of the fresh mountain air.

The Village of Cheshire has a welcoming, neighborhood feel and includes retail and recreation. The community has a diverse blend of year-rounders, frequent visitors, and vacationers. In addition, with its proximity to Black Mountain and Asheville, this home provides easy access to the arts and culture of western North Carolina. Homeowners can enjoy local events, like those listed on the Greybeard events page, as well as take advantage of Asheville area things to do.

If you’d like to get more information about Greybeard’s exclusive listings, please contact Greybeard Realty. And if you’d like a chance to try out the Village of Cheshire, why not take a look at Greybeard Rentals’ Cheshire rental homes. It’s a great way to get the feel for the area prior to buying a home with Greybeard Realty.

Expansive Views From a Spectacular Western NC Luxury Log Home

Imagine yourself atop 40 acres of mountain property in the western NC mountains with 360^ views of mountains and valleys. Welcome home to 3250 Sand Branch Rd in Black Mountain. This once-in-a-lifetime offering provides ample space, both indoors and out, to enjoy the special qualities of the western NC mountains. 

With more than 5000 sf of interior space, this 4-bedroom home features five stone fireplaces and a wrap-around porch that includes an indoor/outdoor eating area. A few of the meticulous upgrades include geo-thermal heating, mahogany floors, copper kitchen countertops, and a hand-crafted locust wood porch railing. Perhaps the most eye-popping feature is the rooftop observatory that is accessible via a spiral staircase. From this vantage point, views include majestic mountains as well as telescopic moon shots.

Even the drive down the entryway to this impeccable home captures the scenic essence of the western NC mountains. Located 20 minutes from Black Mountain and 40 minutes from Asheville, the trip home includes gentle slopes and tree-covered mountains, reminiscent of a national forest. True appreciation of this remarkable home requires a personal tour so please contact Greybeard Realty to set up an appointment.

Greybeard Realty has homes of various sizes and locations through our exclusive listings page. For a glance at available luxury log homes, please browse through Greybeard’s luxury log homes page. And if you have a specific wish list for your newest home, please let us help you find your dream home. Buying from Greybeard is a very individualized process, and we look forward to meeting with you.