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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.