Blog :: 2019

Five Reasons to Buy a Log Cabin in the Mountains of Asheville

When imagining your mountain dream home, what first comes to mind? For many, a quintessential mountain log cabin overlooking sweeping mountain views wins the day. These timber fortresses certainly come with a “wow factor,” but the desire to purchase a log cabin also has many practical benefits that may just provoke you to take the next step towards owning your own log cabin.

1). Log home construction is incredibly sturdy. There is a good reason why so many historic log homes are still standing. The construction is meant to withstand harsh weather and the test of time. The National Association of Home Builders notes that log and timber homes in Europe regularly date back over 800 years. 

2). It’s a great option as a rental! The picture association you may have of what a mountain home should look like is often shared by others. If you’ve been considering purchasing a log cabin as a vacation home, there is a good likelihood that area visitors will also be excited to see and stay in your log home. Feel free to contact our rental division, Greybeard Rentals, if you’re looking for a property management company to rent out your home in between your visits.

3). Log cabins not only look great, but they also fit right into the natural landscape of woodlands, mountainsides, or beside a bubbling brook. 

4). Log homes can provide energy efficiency. A recent National Association of Home Builders study suggests that homes with solid log walls are often up to 15% more energy efficient than standard stick-frame construction. 

5). Trees are a renewable resource. Some log home builders will build with standing dead timbers (sometimes impacted by insects), or practice reforestation when they do utilize live trees. Even the milling process can reduce construction waste.

Whether your ideal log cabin is a cozy, rustic cabin buried deep in the woods, sitting on a mountaintop, or within close access to city amenities, our Greybeard agents are all well versed in the mountain cabin search and can help guide you the through the process from log cabin dream to log cabin reality.

Log Cabins in Asheville, North Carolina 

Luxury Log Homes in Asheville, North Carolina

Rustic Log Cabin With Modern Touches Close to Black Mountain

With two houses and detached studio space – this one of a kind log cabin on North Fork Right Fork Road in Walkertown Valley is perfect for those looking to be close to nature with lots of space while also being close enough to the amenities of Downtown Black Mountian. Located just outside of downtown Black Mountain with 1.53 acres, this property meets all your needs.

2342 North Fork Right Fork Rd Black Mountain

The main house has a variety of contemporary amenities, like skylights and stainless appliances, that will make you think twice about whether you are in a log cabin. From skylights and stainless appliances to central HVAC, you are all set with this modern, yet cozy, wood-paneled property.

2342 North Fork Right Fork Rd Black Mountain - Main House Exterior2342 North Fork Right Fork Road Black Mountain - Main House Interior

The second house and studio space offer lots of extra living space. The second house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and open kitchen, dining, and living room floor plan.

2342 North Fork Right Fork Rd - 2nd House Exterior2342 North Fork Right Fork Rd Black Mountain - Second Home Interior

The large, detached studio space offers plenty of room for all of your needs and is also ready to go with power and water. 

2342 North Fork Right Fork RD Black Mountain - Detached Studio Exterior2342 North Fork Right Fork Road Black Mountain - Detached Studio Interior

Contact GreyBeard Realty for more information about this home. In the meantime, create an account to save this listing and to be notified when similar properties become available. You can also take a look at more Black Mountain homes. If you have a home you’re ready to list, learn more about selling with Greybeard

Finding Your Tune in Asheville | A Guide to Asheville Music

These mountains inspire creativity. Asheville is an obvious magnet for outdoor enthusiasts (with good reason), but it is also the regularly selected "studio" for painters, potters, crafters, chefs, brewers, musicians and more.  Asheville's thriving art culture is clearly evidenced by places such as the River Arts District, a section of Asheville that boasts 200 artists in 22 industrial buildings. It should be no surprise that this beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain paradise which is home to artists of all types, is also brimming with the music of a variety of genres. 

Asheville’s rich music history began with Scotch-Irish settlers and evolved into “mountain music,” and was additionally formed by musicians like Jimmie Rodgers, Doc Watson, and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Bluegrass, clogging, and old-time mountain music have been reverberating around these mountains for decades. Much of this music can be witnessed during Asheville’s 50+ year-running annual gathering which is known as the Shindig on the Green, in which residents and visitors, alike gather on the Pack Square green space and watch toe-tapping folk and bluegrass music.  

Many musical legends have deep roots in our region, including Roberta Flack, Nina Simone, Warren Haynes, The Steep Canyon Rangers, David Holt, Doc Watson. The Father of Electronic Music and creator of the Minimoog Analog Synthesizer, Bob Moog, established his Moog Music Factory in Asheville and has lived in the area for 30 years.

Bluegrass and folk music tend to run in the veins of the region but it certainly isn’t limited to those genres.

In terms of venues, The Orange Peel tends to hold the reputation as one of the most popular live music venues in the country, having hosted greats like Modest Mouse, Tegan and Sara, Bob Dylan, Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, The Black Keys, Hootie & the Blowfish, Jason Mraz, and many more music legends. Rolling Stone magazine named it one of the top five music venues in America in 2008. There are even more incredible and intimate music venues such as The Grey Eagle and The Mothlight and Ambrose West. Mainstream, high capacity events, and concerts in the area tend to congregate at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the US Cellular Center.

Beyond paid musical performances, there are also free traditions like Isis Restaurant & Music Hall’s Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions and the Asheville Friday Night Drum Circle which has been Asheville’s favorite drumming dance party for over 20 years, taking place in Pritchard Park. For more information on live music in Asheville, we recommend checking out ExploreAsheville.com's music calendar. 

Live in the Heart of Downtown Asheville's Brewery District

Asheville's South Slope district, which was once home to tired industrial buildings, is now a fully revitalized section of town that boasts over 10 breweries as well as noteworthy eateries like Buxton Hall Barbecue, Bharmari Brewing, and Wicked Weed Brewing's new restaurant, Cultura, which pairs well with the brewery's innovative sour beers. The flourishing district offers the best of Asheville's laid-back mountain feel, with plenty of options for activity and culture. 

241 Short Coxe Avenue is a 2 bedroom luxury condo with 2 full bathrooms and 2 partial bathrooms, and the perfect home to enjoy all that life in downtown Asheville has to offer -- with a  location right on the corner of the South Slope, walkable to much of downtown. The home is adorned with premium granite, natural gas fireplace, upscale appliances, radiant heated floors in the foyer and both full bathrooms, as well as travertine tiles in both the master and guest bathrooms. Sit on the private fourth-floor patio to enjoy views overlooking Asheville. Parking is never a challenge with condo's private 2-car garage. Easily access the 3 floors of living space with the home's private elevator. Listed at $849,000, this 2017 condo with over 2,000 square feet of living space, may just be the perfect spot to call home, or your next home away from home. Contact a Greybeard realtor for more details.

Looking for a second home that can be utilized as a short term rental when you're not in town to enjoy Asheville? While vacation rentals are restricted in the majority of downtown Asheville, the future owner of this home will also enjoy the rare privilege of owning a home that is compliant to rent as a short-term vacation rental within the city. Greybeard's rental division will be happy to discuss rental options.

Custom Mountain Home Close to Downtown Asheville

Exterior View of Home at 188 Cherokee Rd in Asheville NCIf you are looking for long-range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains while still being close enough to walk to downtown Asheville, you won’t want to miss the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 188 Cherokee Road in Asheville. This custom mountain home is within 2 miles of walking to downtown Asheville and features beautifully landscaped gardens with rock pathways and a custom rock wall. You will never have to worry about your view disappearing since the home is protected by ownership of the strip of land in front of the sloped lot. 

Listed at just under $1 million at $999,900, this graciously appointed home offers residents privacy and gorgeous views from its 3 decks. 

Living Room of 188 Cherokee Rd in AshevilleThe main floor is designed with an open floor plan with lots of windows so you never miss the view. Buyers have the choice between two master bedroom suites on the upper or lower levels. Other notable features of the home include granite countertops, vaulted ceilings, multiple fireplaces, and an attached two-car garage.

 

Contact GreyBeard Realty for more information about this home. In the meantime, create an account to save this listing and to be notified when similar properties become available. You can also take a look at more Asheville homes. If you have a home you’re ready to list, learn more about selling with Greybeard

Dare to be scared: An Asheville Halloween

Kids love Halloween. Adults love Halloween. Pets love Halloween. Asheville loves Halloween, and here, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate the spookiest time of year. Whether you’re interested in learning about Asheville’s haunted history or wanting to experience something a bit scarier, there’s something happening for everyone. So take a break from the leaf looking and check out these Halloween happenings.

Maybe you love Halloween, but don’t exactly love the scarier aspects of the holiday? Well, you can now have your Halloween candy and eat it too with these family-friendly Halloween activities in Asheville. Eliada’s Annual Corn Maze runs from September 14 through October 27th and features a monster mystery scavenger hunt. There’s a jumping pillow (for adults and kids), tractor rides, tube slides, and more. 100% of the proceeds also go to support the children of Eliada. The WNC Nature Center hosts its Howl-O-Ween on October 26. Stop in to enjoy Halloween themed arts and crafts, face painting, a hay maze, and educational animal encounters. There’s also a costume contest so make sure you dress up. Downtown Black Mountain will host the 16th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade. You’ll love watching the pets strutting through downtown in their best costumes. There’s also a costume contest that will follow the parade. A truly unique Halloween experience is the Adventure Center of Asheville’s Halloween Twilight in the Treetops on October 26th. Take a climb in trees with this magical night-time obstacle course, which will be illuminated with more than 15,000 lights and lasers. On October 26th from 10am- 1pm, The Orange Peel, along with Asheville Pizza & Brewing, is hosting the Halloween Outdoor Kid Hop. This event will include an open dance area, live DJ, costume contest, Halloween crafts, bounce house, and Asheville Brewing beer on tap for the parents.

A great way to familiarize yourself with Asheville and learn more about Asheville’s spooky history is a ghost tour. You’ll have several to choose from as each ghost tour is unique. Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours was developed by a renowned paranormal expert and is the only tour that includes admission to the Asheville Mystery Museum. Ghost Hunters of Asheville offers 3 distinct walking tours- downtown Asheville, historic Montford, and downtown Black Mountain. The downtown Asheville is an interactive experience comprised of ghost stories, paranormal information, and Asheville history. Gray Line Trolley Tours offers a Haunted History and Murder Mystery Trolley Ghost Tour from October through mid-November. The iconic red trolleys will drive you around downtown Asheville and spook you with stories like The Pink Lady at the Grove Park Inn, the Ghost of Church Street, or the child spirits at the haunted hospital. LaZoom Haunted Comedy Tour is an adult-oriented comedy and ghost tour for those “who want to die...of laughter”. Recommended for ages 17 and up, beer and wine are welcome aboard the big purple LaZoom bus. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream during this 60-minute BOO-ze cruise. In celebration of Black Mountain’s 125th birthday, Black Mountain’s Historic Haunted House Tour will be a 2 hour long walking tour of downtown Black Mountain on October 25 and 26.

And is it really Halloween if you haven’t tested your bravery at one of the Asheville’s haunted houses and trails? The Haunted Trail at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain runs from October 24-28. This family-friendly trail leads you through a maze of live actors, spooky surprises, eventually rewarding the brave with a party at Pisgah Park. There will be Halloween crafts, contests, local food vendors and Pisgah Beer on tap. Rated one of the best haunted houses in North Carolina, Pinhead’s Graveyard in Asheville is the longest-running outdoor haunted house in Western North Carolina. Here you’ll encounter some of Hollywood’s most notorious horror movie monsters, including Pinhead, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and more. About 15 minutes from Asheville, the scariest Halloween attraction is The Haunted Farm- a 50-minute excursion of terror. You’ll walk (and scream) your way through The Woods, The Farm, and The Haunted Hayride.

For the best trick or treating on Ole Hallows Eve, check out these locations:

  • Church Street in Black Mountain is a scene straight out of Halloweentown. Church Street shuts down for trick or treaters and every house is decorated for the evening. Community donated candy means the kids will score big

  • Montford is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Asheville, kids will love the endless selection of homes with candy while parents will undoubtedly fall in love with the historic homes.

  • Vermont Ave in West Asheville is a community dedicated to a fun, safe Halloween experience. The street is shut down to traffic and many of the homes will be decorated to the tens. 

  • South Slope for adult “trick or treating”. Costume contests, beer and Halloween candy pairings, and an endless supply of Asheville’s best breweries, South Slope is the perfect trick or treat afterparty location for 21 and up.

Commercial Real Estate Broker Bill Roberts Joins Greybeard Realty

Greybeard Realty welcomes commercial real estate broker Bill Roberts to its Black Mountain office. Bill, who has spent the last two decades in commercial real estate, brings not only an expertise in commercial real estate development but a strong commitment to his community and western NC.

Originally from Memphis, Bill relocated to western NC in 2012 and immediately put his commercial real estate skills to work in the area. In addition to property sales, he has handled leasing and management assignments for property owners and land for development. Also, Bill has represented numerous tenants in buying and leasing commercial properties.  In particular, Bill enjoys working as an advisor to investors and tenants in determining the best site location and configuration for their businesses. He provides viable alternatives and information that allows his clients to make an educated decision in their own time.

“Greybeard is fortunate to have someone with Bill’s commercial real estate expertise join our team,” explains Chip Craig, Greybeard Realty and Rentals president and founder. “Bill brings with him not only his real estate acumen but his commitment to the local community as well.”

Bill, his wife, Cameron, and daughter, Willa, make their home in Montreat, and Bill continues to be very active in the local community. Bill served as board chair of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis, presently is a board member with Youth Villages of WNC, and sits on the Planning and Zoning Committee of the Town of Montreat.

Bill and his family enjoy the strong sense of community and friendship that Black Mountain and Montreat provide.  Working with Greybeard allows Bill to continue to be active in the community where he lives and now works. When not working on commercial estate projects, Bill enjoys spending time with his family, hiking local trails, and working around his old Montreat home and yard.  

Bill joins the more than 25 Greybeard Realtors who work at Greybeard Realty and Rentals, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. See here Greybeard Realty's exclusive listings for residential and commercial properties. In addition to its original Black Mountain office, located at 204 East State Street, Greybeard Realty has additional offices in Asheville and Old Fort. For more information, please contact Greybeard Realty at 828 669-1072 or on line at greybeardrealty.com.

Greybeard Realty Welcomes Realtor Amanda Berryhill

Greybeard Realty announces the addition of Amanda Berryhill as their newest broker. Realtors need to manage multiple details simultaneously, and Greybeard Realty’s newest real estate agent, Amanda Berryhill, has a strong history of success in that area, from many facets of her life. 

Originally from Lincoln County, Amanda relocated to Rutherford County in 2016. Long committed to working within her church and with her five children, she has found her next calling in real estate.

“I really wanted to do something to help my family while helping others as they invest in their future by the buying and selling of their home,” Amanda explains. And with her previous responsibilities, Amanda seems well-prepared to tackle the specifics and initiative that successful Realtors need.

As the homeschooler for her five children for 20 years, Amanda understands the need for organization and careful to attention to details. With her background, Amanda feels uniquely able to address the needs and concerns of each of her clients as they go through the home buying and home selling process.

In her free time, Amanda continues to enjoy time with her children as well as her two grandsons. And as the wife of a pastor, she also enjoys teaching Sunday school. She also enjoys crocheting, reading, history, and spending time with her two cats and two dogs.

Amanda joins the other 24 Greybeard Realtors who work at Greybeard Realty and Rentals, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. In addition to its original Black Mountain office, located at 204 East State Street, Greybeard Realty has additional offices in Asheville and Old Fort. Please check Greybeard's exclusive listings and for more information, please contact Greybeard Realty at 828 669-1072 or on line at greybeardrealty.com.

Sunrises and Sunsets From this Charming Black Mountain Home

If Swannanoa Valley sunrises and sunsets are on your must-have list, then you need to check out 14 Red Plum Lane in Black Mountain. This four-bedroom, three-bath semi-detached villa provides incredible colorful views of the magnificent valley. At the same time, it offers easy proximity to downtown Black Mountain and all it has to offer. Gorgeous Views from 14 Red Plum Lane

The main floor of this home, easily accessible by a one-step entry, features incredible sunlight through spacious windows and mountain charm with special touches like a stone fireplace. The natural flow from foyer to living room to sunroom, dining and kitchen areas make it a perfect home for entertaining. And the exquisite view from the deck will keep new owners outside watching the changing colors for hours at time. A two-car garage has custom built storage, and a three-car garage has a family rec room/workshop, providing ample space for storage and family time space. There’s also an acoustical media room with hardwood floors and custom cabinetry. Outside, there’s a gorgeous garden with roses and numerous budding trees including a Kousa dogwood, a Franklin tree, and a redbud. All again, all of this is within a five-minute drive of Black Mountain.

14 Red Plum Lane Living RoomNew owners at 14 Red Plum can use this lovely home as their primary residence, a second home, or a rental property. And regardless of its use, this home allows residents easy access to town. Black Mountain, with its small town feel with big-time amenities, provides an incredible array of restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries. In addition, this charming town features numerous shops and various galleries. And if you’re more about the outdoors, you will find some of the most beautiful, varied hiking trails in all of western NC an easy distance from downtown Black Mountain.

For more information about this home, please contact Greybeard Realty. You can take a look at more western NC homes for sale by looking here. And if you have a home you’re ready to list, you can look on the Greybeard sellers page to get some tips on how to make that happen. The warmer weather of summer makes a great time to spend time out on the deck, watching the sun set. Isn’t it time you had a home that let you do that?

Western NC Real Estate Numbers May Have Peaked For Now

For several quarters now, signs have been pointing to a shift in the western NC housing market. The 2019 first quarter numbers further indicate that supply continues to increase while average price is holding steady or decreasing. A closer analysis of these 2019 indicate that these and other numbers support the notion that the western NC housing market is slowing a bit. Western NC Mountain Home

Buncombe County

In Buncombe County in the first quarter of 2019, the number of homes sold increased 4%, up to 786 units as compared to 754 homes in the same period for 2018. While that number may seem modest, it represents a steady increase in the number of homes sold since 2012 when only 535 homes sold during the first quarter. In terms of total sales volume, the market increased 4% as well in 2019, growing from $252.8 million to $264.1 million. Interestingly, the figure is almost double the 2012 first quarter total sales volume of $133.5 million. The average home price of $336,074 shows no measurable increase from 2018 numbers. That number, again, represents a substantial increase from the average home price for the first quarter of 2012 which was $249,513.

Another key figure to consider is Days on Market (DOM) which increased from 80 days in 2017 and 82 days in the first quarter of 2018 to 90 in the same period in 2019. While that represents a slight increase from last year, the DOM figure still falls significantly below the 189 DOM seen in 2012. The 2019 number of homes on the market, 1931 units, shows a 21% increase over the number of homes on the market in the first quarter of 2018. In both years, of the number of homes listed, 70% were not under contract. By contrast, the number of homes on the market in the first quarter of 2012 was 2422, a much larger figure than seen in the market in 2019.

Black Mountain

 In the Black Mountain housing market, which is notably a smaller sample size than the county, the number of homes sold increased 13% from 2018 to 2019 with 45 units sold in the latter year. It is interesting to contrast that with 2012 first quarter unit sales, the lowest figure in the last 8 years, when only 27 units sold. At the same time, total sales volume increased 9% to $13.4 million in 2019, up from $12.4 million in 2018. That 2019 figure represents more than 100% increase in total sales volume from the 2013 first quarter total sales volume of $5.99 million. At the same time, the average price per home in 2019 actually decreased by 3%, down to $299,465 from 2018 figure of $309,685. In contrast, the lowest average home price in the last eight years occurred in 2013 when average price was $213,983.

As was the case in the Buncombe County numbers, Black Mountain’s DOM increased as well, rising to 111 days in 2019 versus 79 in 2018. While this increase is steeper than the county figure, it still falls well below the 2012 first quarter DOM number which was 204 days. One final interesting number for Black Mountain is the number of units on the market for the first quarter. That number, 128 units, represents a 44% increase over 2018 first quarter’s 89 units. This increase, while again substantially higher than the county percentage increase, still falls below the 132 units listed in 2012.

Conclusion

As stated earlier, the loosening of supply and the slowing or turning of the average home price are both indications that the housing market pace has slowed. Add to that the increase in both the county and the Black Mountain market DOM numbers, and it seems appropriate to begin to talk about an early trend toward a market slow down. Now, it seems that all eyes will be on the next few quarters to see if this is a natural and expected settling of the market or perhaps more of a solid downturn. And as usual, a few more quarters of numbers are needed to make that determination. For more information about market trends, please see the Market Numbers link. And if you want to list your home, please check out the selling your home link at Greybeard Realty. You can find all of Greybeard Realty's exclusive listings here. And please contact Greybeard directly for more information about the western NC real estate market.