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The Blue Ridge Parkway Ranked Top US Drive by The Weather Channel

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

When was the last time you took a cruise on the Blue Ridge Parkway for sightseeing? With the recent ranking by The Weather Channel placing the Parkway at the top of the list of top 10 scenic drives, it may be time to take another look.

Capture fall foliage photos from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Capture fall foliage photos from the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Top 10 List includes Sonoma and Napa Valleys and the Red Rock Scenic byway. The Blue Ridge Parkway, the longest of the drives, stretches 469 miles, through the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Parkway history is worth a glance as well, as much of the work was done by workers previously unemployed due to the Great Depression. Construction on the parkway, which links Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park with NC’s Great Smoky Mountain National Park, began in 1935 and wasn’t completed until 1983.

A recent Greybeard Rentals blog talked about the multi-seasonal aspect of the Parkway. While often seen as a leaf-peeking conduit, the Parkway really does offer much more including spring wildflowers. The majestic beauty of the Parkway is one more example of what makes western NC such a special place to live. If you’re thinking of relocating to the area, take a drive along the most scenic drive in America. And then contact Greybeard Realty to start searching for your new home.


Black Mountain Land for Solitude Seekers

Monday, September 29th, 2014

This Black Mountain land, which has gated community amenities, offers quiet solitude with proximity to Black Mountain and Asheville. If you want a property where you can build your dream home, this 2.67 acre lot may suit the bill.

Beautiful Black Mountain land with peace and accessibility.

Beautiful Black Mountain land with peace and accessibility.

Listed as 99999 Catawba Falls Parkway, this lot sits within a community that features 10 miles of paved roads and an extensive trail system. There is an equestrian center barn as well as gate security and surveillance cameras. In addition, there are streams with waterfalls, and the community borders Pisgah National Forest. And all of this is within reach of Asheville, Old Fort, and, of course, Black Mountain.

With land, it really helps to get out and walk the property to get the feel of the area. For starters, start in Black Mountain and see the coffee shops, restaurants, and cultural offerings of this mountain community. That’s one of the assets of this property is its proximity to civilization while offering access to nature, including wildlife.

For more information about this lot or other Black Mountain land listings, please contact Greybeard Realty. Our Realtors are ready to get out and walk this special land with you.


Greybeard Realty Welcomes Black Mountain Resident and Realtor

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Greybeard Realty welcomes Annie Singletary, a Realtor, who joins the full-service real estate company this month. A 14-year Black Mountain resident, Annie becomes part of Greybeard Realty and Rentals, a home-grown realty company committed to providing individualized, personalized care to its clients.

Greybeard Realty welcomes Realtor Annie Singletary

Greybeard Realty welcomes Realtor Annie Singletary

“We are fortunate to have Annie joining our other 15 Realtors right now,” says Chip Craig, president and company founder of Greybeard Realty. “With her creativity and community experience, Annie brings local knowledge that will benefit our clients, both sellers and buyers. In particular, Annie’s artistic eye will assist sellers in getting their homes ready for the market and let buyers understand a property’s potential.”

Annie’s first Black Mountain experience was as a Camp Merrimac camper in the summers. After getting her BFA in ceramics from UNC-Asheville, Annie settled in Black Mountain. In addition to teaching classes at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts and the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, she has managed her own pottery studio. Her husband, Dan, is director of Black Mountain’s Camp Timberlake. Her family, including her two sons, enjoys participating in the varied outdoor activities offered and appreciates the cultural heritage in the area.

“My love of people, the area and all things creative are what steered me to a career in real estate,” Annie states. “I look forward to helping each person on their path with buying or selling a home by making it a smooth and joyful experience.”

Greybeard Realty and Greybeard Rentals, with offices in Asheville and Black Mountain, has 173 total property listings and manages 339 rental properties, including 170 long-term homes and 169 vacation rentals. Greybeard Realty, founded in 1999, has offices at 204 E. State Street in Black Mountain (828-669-1072) and 4 Olde Eastwood Village Blvd, Suite 207G in Asheville (828-298-1540). For more information, please call or visit Greybeard Realty.


Asheville Rises to the Top Ten Again

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Well, the votes are in, and Asheville has again risen to number one on another top ten list. This time, it’s Travel+Leisure readers who have ranked hundreds of towns for their main streets, coffee bars and eco-friendliness, among other things. And, yes, Asheville won the title of Quirkiest Town in the US.

Quirky or cool, Asheville is our number one pick.

Quirky or cool, Asheville is our number one pick.

In their assessment, voters approved of the Friday night drum circle in Pritchard Park as well as the numerous local beers. Mentioned in the article are the beer/moonshine “hoptails” from the Grove Park Inn’s Great Hall Bar as well as the BROO shampoo from Earth Fare. Of note, Asheville also ranked in the top 10 for great bakeries.

All of this ranking and rating got us to thinking. Exactly what is it about Asheville that makes it so special? Is it the so-called quirkiness? Or is it more about the coexisting diversity within this comfortable community? For those of you who live here or visit here, what do you consider to be its real appeal? Let Greybeard Realty hear from you. We would love to compile our own list of the top ten best qualities of Asheville that makes it number one in our hearts.

Highlights of Asheville Real Estate Market Numbers

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

At Greybeard Realty, we monitor Asheville market news, always looking for indicators of how the housing market is growing. In the last month, we’ve seen some very interesting numbers that may foretell of further area growth in the coming year.

Highlights of the Asheville Housing Market

Highlights of the Asheville Housing Market

In the month of July, the number of housing units sold in Buncombe County reached 374 units. This figure surpasses the 362 homes sold in July of 2006 which was the peak for the number of unit sold. While the July 2014 average sales price of each home was a bit below the 2006 high, we see other numbers the lead us to believe those prices may be increasing over the next year as well.

For one example, the Asheville area had the lowest number of foreclosure filings in the last 5 years this summer with less than one in 100 homes going into foreclosure. With fewer distressed sales, prices should begin inching up. In addition, while year-to-date numbers are still slightly below the 2006/2007 peak in total sales volume and average price, both of those figures are up so far in 2014. Total Sales Volume is up 9% over the same period last year while average price is up 5% in 2014 for the same time in 2013. And perhaps the greatest indicator of potential growth in home price and sales volume is the continuation of the shrinking home inventory. From its peak of 3472 units for sale as this time in 2010, the number of units on the market year-to-date for 2014 stands at 2056 homes.

At Greybeard, we understand that one month of numbers do not represent a trend. We also know, however, that as the Asheville housing market continues to show these positive signs, it is reasonable to anticipate that the market will continue to show this strength. To see what’s on the Asheville real estate market, browse through our Asheville listings. And please contact Greybeard Realty if you’re ready to make a move to the Asheville area.

Wonderful Western NC Home in the Weaverville Market

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

If you’re looking for a gorgeous, 3-bedroom home in a place with small town charm and proximity to Asheville, look at this new Weaverville listing on Buckle Ridge. Located just minutes from Weaverville, this home has hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and just about everything else you could want.

Quiet beauty on Buckle Ridge in Weaverville

Quiet beauty on Buckle Ridge in Weaverville

With its master bedroom on the main level, this western NC home could be a great retirement house. The beautiful landscaping around the home makes it an appealing home for any gardener or nature lover. And its location in the culturally rich community of Weaverville make it an attractive home for artists and art lovers alike.

Weaverville, less than 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, is home to an annual art event, Art in Autumn, which brings many area artists and craftsmen together. Whether it’s a stroll down Main Street Weaverville or a quick trip into Asheville for its eclectic art scene, the new owners of this home will treasure the home’s qualities and its location.

For more information on this property, please contact Greybeard Realty. And please browse through Greybeard’s other western NC listings in Weaverville. Tap into your artistic spirit by relocating to Weaverville.

Asheville Receives Accolades as one of the Happiest Cities in US

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Admit it. Being in Asheville just brings a smile to your face. Apparently, you aren’t alone. Results of Conde Nast’s Annual Readers’ Choice survey announced this month indicates that Asheville is a top ten choice as the happiest city in the US.

Asheville recognized as special happy place.

Asheville recognized as special happy place.

In addition to citing the friendly people and incredible beauty of the city, the blurb announcing the award also notes the arts, farm-to-table fare and the local beer scene. In receiving the recognition, Asheville joins some other great cities including New Orleans, Telluride, and Charleston. This survey only confirms the data collected in a research study reported in Greybeard’s blog that Asheville is a happy place. For those of us who call the Asheville area home, it brings great pride to get some national attention for the special small-town feel that exists here.

For anyone considering Asheville as a relocation spot, we encourage you to come have a look around. See our recent blog on the Asheville spirit and view the video link. For an additional overview, we have a brief description of Asheville on our website. But probably the best way to truly experience the happy phenomenon that is Asheville is to plan an Asheville vacation to see for yourself. Visit Greybeard Rentals to choose an Asheville area rental cabin. If you’re ready to consider a move, browse through Greybeard Realty’s Asheville listings. We’re willing to be that just seeing the possibilities will bring a smile to your face.

See Asheville’s Spirit for Yourself

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Greybeard Realty tries to convey the special qualities of Asheville and its environs. In our blogs we talk about art, food, and outdoor activities. If you want to hear more of the same message from a variety of people, check out this YouTube video we ran across.

Asheville Drum Circle

Asheville Drum Circle

The video, first aired in 2009, shows the drum circle, a few local galleries and the gorgeous scenery around town. More than that, however, it also has the people of Asheville speaking for themselves about what makes this city so great. We can talk about Asheville’s unique flavors, but there’s nothing like hearing it from the people who live here.

If you’ve been thinking about making Asheville home, this video might just be what cinches it for you. And if you’re not that familiar with Asheville and want to know more, consider renting an Asheville area rental to try out living here. Or perhaps you’ve been vacationing here and know it’s where you want to settle. Please see our listings for western NC homes for sale. Isn’t it time to get into the Asheville spirit?

Charming Black Mountain Cottage Comes to Market

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

If you’ve just spent an incredible week in a Black Mountain rental cabin and can’t fathom the idea of leaving, why not buy? A charming mountain cottage has just come onto the Black Mountain sales market. With its convenient location and quality construction, 29 Rhododendron easily could become the home of your dreams.

Whimsical features give Black Mountain home charm.

Whimsical features give Black Mountain home charm.

While the 2 bedroom home is less than five minutes from town, it sits on a 1.03 acre lot in a quiet, private setting. It has an apartment/in-law suite downstairs and the potential for expansion by finishing the large second story area. Built in 2010, this beautiful house has special details that add whimsical charm, making it a unique home with high-end finishes. From the special railings on the entryway to the arched front doorway, this mountain cottage has character and charm.

As anyone who’s visited knows, Black Mountain offers arts, culture, and a small-town community feel. Long known as the Front Porch of Western North Carolina, Black Mountain provides access to mountain hiking and numerous outdoor activities. To see more of Greybeard’s Black Mountain listings or to learn more about 29 Rhododendron, please contact Greybeard Realty. Isn’t it time to find a Black Mountain cottage where you have your own front porch?

Counting on Mid-Year Asheville Area Real Estate Numbers

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The mid-year real estate sales numbers for Buncombe County are in and reflect solid growth for 2014. The housing market in the Asheville area continues to show steady gains with healthy increases across the board, and indications are that this positive trend should follow through the rest of the year.

Buncombe County

In Buncombe County, the number of homes sold increased modestly with 1616 units sold year to date in 2014, compared with 1597 units for the same period in 2013. Total sales volume increased 9% for this same period with the average price per home increasing 8% to $267,839. While these numbers are still substantially below the peak levels of 2006 and 2007, they represent a very steady trend that has been underway in the County for several quarters now. And at this rate, the market should be able to maintain this level of growth.

Rosy Swannanoa skies match area real estate numbers.

Rosy Swannanoa skies match area real estate numbers.

In addition to the sales numbers themselves, there are two other statistics that foretell future growth as well. First of all, the days on market (DOM) numbers are down since peaking in 2012. That number indicates that houses are selling a bit faster than they have. And the second number, the number of units on the market is down 4% in 2014 from the same period in 2013 which means supply continues to decline as it has for the last few quarters. That number has decreased each year since the peak in 2010. With that tightening supply, it is reasonable to assume that demand will be increasing for homes on the market as fewer homes are available.

Black Mountain

The Black Mountain market is a little more difficult to read. Because the number of units sold is smaller, it makes it more difficult to draw conclusions about trends. For example, the number of units sold year–to-date in 2014 is down only 1 unit from 2013 while total sales volume is down 5% year-to-date in 2014. The average price per unit also declined, a modest 4% to $207,336. And while supply tightened county-wide, the number of units on the market actually increased in Black Mountain, up 25% from last year to 146 units in June. These numbers will bear watching over the next quarter to understand more fully what is happening in the Black Mountain market. It is reasonable to conclude that the supply is increasing as homeowners have been waiting for signs that the market has improved which it has over the last few quarters.


Again, the solid numbers in Buncombe County should continue with the limited supply of homes on the market and the small but solid level of growth which should be sustainable for the foreseeable future. If you want to track the Asheville real estate market, check out our up-to-date market trends webpage. And for Black Mountain, it seems that patient homeowners who wanted to be sure the real estate market was on solid footing may have finally taken that step toward listing their homes for sale. It is anticipated that the Asheville area housing market should continue its solid march toward higher numbers over the next few quarters, at least. For more information about the Asheville area real estate market, please contact Greybeard Realty. For current sales listings, visit our western NC real estate listings.


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