Blog :: 2020

Luxurious Mountain Home in Montreat, NC

This luxurious mountain home, located in historic Montreat, North Carolina, will undoubtedly blow you away. Equipped with 9 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, and a stone fireplace, this 5,054 square foot home is a regal presence in the mountains. 

232 North Carolina Terrace Montreat - exterior232 North Carolina Terrace Montreat - exterior above

The architecture of the house plays nicely with the forest that surrounds it. Large windows, along with hardwood flooring and paneling, seem to invite the forest inside rather than shut it out. Outdoor balconies offer both an escape into the fresh air and views of the canopied forest and the mountains. Once inside, the wood and stone interior give the home a warm, rustic feel that mixes well with its modern and luxurious finishings.  

In this secluded yet spacious home, relaxing and entertaining are equally manageable. For the entertainer, the detached garage and extensive level parking allow large numbers of people onto the property with ease. Additionally, the large dining, living, and recreational rooms that exist within the relatively open floor plan provide the perfect environment for hosting guests. Not to mention the kitchen, which boasts a large center island that doubles as a cutting board, and modern stainless steel appliances that would make a chef swoon. 

For the more private host, there exists a separate living suite equipped with 2 beds, 2 baths, a full kitchen, dining area, living room with a wood-burning fireplace, and laundry. Attached to the garage, there is also a private office space that contains a wet bar, Murphy bed, and full bath. 

From exquisite views to luxurious living spaces, this property has it all. View the full listing here. Interested in setting up a tour? Contact GreyBeard Realty to schedule a visit or ask for more information. To take a look at other homes for sale in Montreat, click here. To save this listing and/or receive notifications about similar properties, create an account to register with GreyBeard Realty.

Asheville Market Update | May 2020

Since March 2020, stay at home orders, health and safety concerns, and the events surrounding the novel coronavirus have had an impact on daily life in the United States (and across the globe). It is no surprise that questions about the economy, including the health of the real estate market, have naturally surfaced as well. As North Carolina and other states begin stages of reopening and we enter "the new normal," many are wondering what "the new normal" is for buying and selling real estate.

While the answer to that question will likely vary depending on what part of the country you are living in, the Asheville area market remained relatively stable in the early spring and has even gained momentum and remained strong going into the late spring. The quick answer is: It's still very much a seller's market in Asheville due to the market continuing to tighten with fewer homes coming on the market and buyer demand remaining strong. If you've been considering listing your home or property, this is a good time to make the move. 

In Buncombe County, the number of new listings year to date compared to 2019 has decreased from 1,866 to 1,527, an 18% decrease. New listings in April were down a staggering 39.5% compared to April 2019. This has created a decrease in the supply of inventory -- there is simply not enough inventory to meet the demand of buyers looking to purchase homes and property in the area. This decrease in inventory has impacted key metrics in favor of the seller. List to close days has decreased by 5.6% while days on market have decreased by 16.4% -- going from an average of 61 days on the market to 51 days. Sales to list prices have increased by 0.4%. The tighter market has driven the average sales price up 9.5% year to date. 

Other regional markets are showing similar trends to Buncombe County and Asheville. McDowell County's inventory of homes for sale has decreased even more than Buncombe County from 8.4 months supply in April of 2019 to 4.1 months in 2020, or a decrease of 51%. Burke County decreased from 3.6 to 2.3 months, and the median price is up 13.7%. Yancey County is showing the same trends. Inventories are down 12.2% with months of inventory decreasing from 15.3 in 2019 to 10.5 in 2020. The average sales price in Yancey County is 34.9% higher compared to 2019 for the month of April.

Real estate has remained an "essential business" in North Carolina throughout the stay at home orders, and GreyBeard has remained committed to serving buyer and seller needs, safely. These safety initiatives have included:

  • Utilizing contact-free signature software for documents
  • Offering simple video tours and 3D virtual tours of listings
  • Video conference meetings
  • Following CDC guidelines for physical distancing for in-person showings

As we enter phases of reopening, GreyBeard Realty and our agents remain committed to the health and safety of our clients. We have joined our community to support the "Asheville Cares Pledge" which includes wearing face coverings around customers and clients while showing homes and property in Asheville, frequent hand washing, following CDC standards of cleaning and sanitation at our office locations, and conducting wellness screenings of employees. The health and safety of our clients, employees, and community remains our top priority. 

 As always, please let us know if you have any questions about selling with GreyBeard or would like to connect with a GreyBeard agent. Stay well, and stay safe. 

 

Modern Farmhouse in Private Location

This modern farmhouse is not a property you want to miss out on. With a bright blue door and stellar sunset views, this 4 bed, 3 bath house has been recently renovated and is located in Leicester, North Carolina. The home was upgraded with new stainless steel appliances, new flooring, new roof, HVAC system, water filtration system, exterior and interior doors, new window treatments, and custom woodwork.

But wait! If you've also been looking for a home with shiplap accents - this is it. Shiplap accents have been added throughout the home, from the home to the master bathroom, you'll love the variety of seamless shiplap accents. 

  

This property is meant to be enjoyed. You can hangout in the rec room, watch the sunrise or sunset from the front deck, or warm up by the stone outdoor fire pit. However you choose to relax in this home, it'll be yours for a lifetime! 

  

Interested in touring this home? Contact GreyBeard Realty to schedule a viewing and to learn more. You can also create an account to save this listing and to be notified when similar properties become available. Want to take a look at other properties? See more Ashville homes for sale. If you have a home you’re ready to list, learn more about selling with Greybeard

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    Walking in a Winter Wonderland | Why winter is an ideal time to begin your Asheville land search

    The term "winter wonderland" may conjure up imagery of snow angels, ice skating on frozen ponds and snowball fights.  While our mountain paradise in Western North Carolina certainly sees low digit temperatures and a few seasonal snow flurries with accumulation from time to time, average high temperatures in Asheville actually tend to hover between the high 40s and low 50s. Asheville winters are a great combination for those who like to enjoy the best of mild winter hiking or walking during the daytime and then cozying up around the fireplace as the evening chill sets in. 

    In addition to the completely bearable temperatures, the winter months also have some great benefits when it comes to those who are looking to purchase land in the Asheville area. 

     

    GreyBeard Realtor Ali Whitman shares:

    Many folks may slow their home or land search for a variety of reasons in the colder months, but walking lots with your real estate agent in winter is actually more ideal. With the leaves gone and suppressed undergrowth and briar thickets, winter allows for better visualization of the contours of the lot, walkability, and long-range view potential. 


    In addition to being able to better visualize the contours of the lot, here are a few other benefits to starting your land search in the winter months:

    • Evaluate sound and "background noise" that may not be present when leaves return to the trees
    • Examine how sunlight impacts the land (and your future home) without dense foliage present to block views, and consider things like window placement for sunset views
    • Remote mountain homes often have septic and well systems when city water and sewer do not reach the property. Walking the land in the winter months can assist with establishing plans and placement for these systems.

    At GreyBeard Realty we have mountain lot listings in numerous developments throughout Western North Carolina that we would love to explore with you. To name a few, check out our listings in Catawba Falls Preserve, Gateway Mountain, and Creston. For those who are looking to build on a vacant lot, we encourage you to make an appointment with a GreyBeard agent so you can make the most of the winter months during your land search.