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We were interested to read that five (5)  North Carolina hospitals achieved national rankings in at least one specialty on U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 list of top medical centers. Duke University Hospital is the top-ranked hospital in North Carolina.  It  also ranked No. 4 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery and No. 5 in Pulmonology in the United States.    5 Best Hospitals in North Carolina   1. Duke University Hospital, Durham 2. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem 3. University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill 4. Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte 5. Mission Hospital, Asheville   Many "boomers" are relocating to beautiful Asheville. With an eye to the future, they can feel comfortable in knowing that Asheville offers excellent alternative and complementary wel...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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 ASHEVILLE Family Farmers- USDA Help                 Finding farm and pasture land with our Asheville team.   A recent  article in the Asheville Citizen-Times reported : " In many ways, Buncombe County is farming heaven — unless you’re trying to buy land. The local food movement is stronger here than many places in the country, with high demand for locally grown food and nearly 100 tailgate markets, and dozens of restaurants that will pay top dollar for local produce. But capitalizing on that market is dependent on having a place to grow the food, and finding the land can be much more difficult in the mountains than other places, particularly for younger growers. Unless they’re lucky enough to have family land passed down or sold to them, they must compete with developers, second home ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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 LOTS HAPPENING! Dateline ASHEVILLE- Local Opportunities, Happenings, and Things to Consider   ASHEVILLE – Business and Opportunities GE Aviation has a backlog of $161 billion in orders for jet engine parts made from revolutionary ceramic matrix composites-so it’s a good thing that construction is nearly complete on its new Asheville plant in the Sweeten Creek Industrial Park. “GE Aviation plans to hold a grand opening for the new plant in October. As more CMC parts are developed for jets, production will expand in coming years at the Asheville plant. While the company has conservatively committed to 52 new jobs for Asheville, more production will likely require even more workers. “With the backlog we have and as the technology builds, it’s only going to be a matter of time before we o...
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HOME FOR SALE - 30 DAVENPORT ROAD  ASHEVILLE NC  28806 POPULAR WEST ASHEVILLE 3Bedroom - 2Bath Ranch in popular West Asheville, 3 blocks from Haywood Rd. eateries! REMODELED kitchen with new cabinets, counters and tile floor.REMODELED large master bathroom with garden tub and separate shower. NEW WINDOWS 2014. Roof 2000/2003. Gas fireplace in living area. Office off of one of the bedrooms. Tile in kitchen and Master bathroom. Attic storage and two car garage. Great level yard with garden space.  MLS#570242 Directions: -I240 to Brevard Road, west on Brevard Road to left on Davenport (two blocks from Haywood Rd), Home is one block down on left. Shared Driveway.   SEARCH ALL OF MLS FOR HOMES FOR SALE IN ASHEVILLE NC   Asheville NC Homes for Sale, Asheville Nc Real Estate for Sale   Web Lin...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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It's THAT time!!!! And we are excited about gathering heirloom–tomatoes, holy basil, parsley, and pole beans, at the North Asheville farmer's market. (Organic,of course.)     Do YOU remember the delight of harvesting  as a child?  We do, so we also have our own specialty garden. A  kind touch from a caring gardener even in a small space, can result in bounty!  These beauties, fresh-picked and still warm from the sun, are sure to taste like nothing you buy in a store ... .       We grew our harvest from seeds from Sow True Seeds  headquartered right here in beautiful Asheville, N.C.    Sow True specializes in open-pollinated, non-hybrid and GMO-free vegetable, herb, flower and cover crop seed as well as seasonal plant starts, sweet potato slips, asparagus crowns, seed potatoes and garlic...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Asheville Luxury Homes and Neighborhoods-The Ramble at Biltmore Forest   Wonderful weather here in Asheville.  So, we have been exploring notable Asheville’s “Luxury Homes” and “Most Expensive”  communities. It’s always interesting to see what’s new- especially in “green” construction.   One luxury neighborhood not to miss is the Ramble at Biltmore Forest.What an amazing place to call home over a lifetime! Feathered nests for "aging-in-place"? No worries!   If you are a person who likes to be careful about design and construction details, you will appreciate the involvement of the Design Review Committee (DRC) at the Ramble at Biltmore Forest. Before construction may begin,  the DRC completes a site walk with the Builder. Only if the exact house location is staked out and a site plan s...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Gardening Asheville-Style     We were out early this morning- dew still on the leaves- sun just rising. We were checking on the Holy Basil in our small organic garden with a view of the mountains here in Asheville-     ( happy to help you find your garden land)  -   Gardening Asheville-Style is sure to bring relief from stress...in more ways than one.     RESEARCH- Medical News today-   We know that Holy Basil can help the body to adapt to and cope with stress by reducing the stress hormone cortisol in the blood stream. It is also said to rejuvenate adrenal glands. This is backed up by research. Good news for inflammatory wellness challenges such as arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases- "extracts of O. tenuiflorm (Holy Basil) were shown to reduce swelling by up to 73%, 24 hours aft...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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It's Raining in Asheville OH GOOD! ...that means it's time to create the next entry into our "sauces for the light-hearted spirit in the kitchen" notebook. It's easy. You don't even have to be in Asheville to do it!  Just take what you have on hand and mix it up with love. First, we dashed out between rain pours to gather veggies from our garden. Then we stirred up our taste buds and imagination to create  what turned out to be a delicate yet flavorful concoction. (recipe is below)  . It was delicious drizzled over the organic vegetables. We may even save a place for it in our upcoming saucy  eBook MamaZone© Recipes. Let us know how you like it...and stay tuned any time it rains in Asheville.   Lemon Garlic Drizzle for Main Dish (or Salad )  3 tablespoons oil 2T olive oil, ½ T walnut oi...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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      Dateline ASHEVILLE- Local Opportunities, Happenings, and Things to Consider     (Taken during a real estate closing from high atop a downtown historic building)   ASHEVILLE – Business and Enterprise   GE Aviation has a backlog of $161 billion in orders for jet engine parts made from revolutionary ceramic matrix composites-so it’s a good thing that construction is nearly complete on its new Asheville plant in the Sweeten Creek Industrial Park. “GE Aviation plans to hold a grand opening for the new plant in October. As more CMC parts are developed for jets, production will expand in coming years at the Asheville plant. While the company has conservatively committed to 52 new jobs for Asheville, more production will likely require even more workers. “With the backlog we have and as t...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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      In Parts 1, 2 and 3 (links are below) of this series we took a look at the Costs of  Up-Fitting an older home, and asked if you thought it advisable -for both Buyers and Sellers - to sit down to talk with local professionals –such as the Rehab Experts we are happy to recommend here in Asheville. As opposed to  relying on data from an online source, you might think that setting aside some time to meet with local experts makes sense.If you do- then we agree-  taking that important step can save you time and money. Here's a link to an eBooklet: you can use for a quick start... THE AGING P A L A C E -FEATHERED NEST   Asheville Home   On to part 4, where we get down to the tacks- literally.Imagine you are the Buyers of a potentially wonderful older home that needs a complete makeover. ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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  Real Costs  and Caveats:  Remodel Project: Gut Rehab (3) In Parts 1 and 2 of this series we took a look at Sellers who choose to put in about $3,000 in a cosmetic updates – i.e.  granite countertops,  stainless steel appliances, and a new coat of paint simply- figuring that potential Buyers simply  will “fall in love” . And we peeked at Buyer’s Real Costs of  Up-Fitting an older home- noticing we might need to figure on a spending plan of somewhere between $ 50,000 to 100,000. We asked (and thought it would be advisable) for both Buyers and Sellers to sit down to talk with local experts –such as the Asheville rehab experts we recommend here in Asheville— as opposed to  relying on data from an online source.   In Part 3—  The Real  Remodel Project: Gut Rehab we get a more specific as ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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      While reviewing a Seller’s bungalow built here in Asheville in the 1900s the Home Inspector discovered a number of “issues”. Now, as you know, “issues”(as per the list that follows in Part 2)  can be of concern. Depending on the objectives of the Sellers and their potential Buyers, this is a situation thoughtfully to be considered.     Reasonable Prices and Real Costs – and Good Questions: To keep their expenses to a minimum, are Sellers interested only in a cosmetic update? Are Buyers interested in a “bargain price”  knowing that there is lots of work to be done? Would Buyers plan to live in the home as they remodeled it?  Would Buyers need to plan for a total “Gut-Rehab” ? Seller’s Cosmetic Fix: The Sellers who choose to put in less than $3,000 in a cosmetic update may have read...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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 Buyer-Seller Issues, Home Inspectors, Real Costs  and Caveats (2)          The Scenario:Older home. Rental property.Inspector discovers a number of “issues” in this 1900s  attractive home.  In this case, will  theSellers chose to leave the  rehab of the rental property in the University District here in Asheville to Buyers who would deal with“Big Ticket Items” found in  many older buildings?     “Issues”-as per the list below-  depend on the objectives of Sellers and Buyers.       (We advise our clients that it’s always a good idea to give the “issues” situation thoughtful consideration before buying or selling a property.) Buyers: What about materials and contaminants such as lead paint, asbestos, mold, pesticides, and coal dust.  Sellers: Do the math and ball-park the cost for major...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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    Planning and creating a dwelling place that is designed for life makes sense regardless of one's age. But you may not be aware of a trend. Take a look at these statistics!   Eighty (80) percent of older people today say they prefer live in their own homes. And this holds true here in Asheville where people  tell us they desire to live in a home of their choice. Have you ever thought that this actually may change the way homes are designed?  You may wonder when and where to start moving forward with your plans for the future and an awesome “all inclusive” home. Here’s our remedy.    A SELF- GUIDED TOUR TO THE ULTIMATE FEATHERED NEST AGING IN PALACE©.              The three steps to creating function, comfort, and beauty in a our ‘forever’ home” gave us a good starting point.”   As in...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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 Asheville Real Estate Journal   RELOCATING to ASHEVILLE and LOOKING  for information about what it is REALLY  like to live here-something data simply cannot provide? You have come to the right place! You will find a ten-foot stack of resource materials having to do with RELO INFO and “making happy connections” and good conversation about the Asheville experience, when we meet.  Here in Asheville, voted the “Happiest City in the U.S.A.” collecting materials of this sort has been  a breeze- especially when it comes to “boomer-friendly" feathered nests, beautiful properties—awesome acreages, energy efficient Green buildings and  sustainable excellence.   At Home in Asheville, N.C.   What's on your horizon? Here in the mountains, if  love nature and want to be closer to the great out-of-d...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Asheville Real Estate Journal Post50 Homes- Style Options   When Sage and John, a beautiful couple beginning their Post-50 adventure, decided to create a sanctuary – a wonderful dream dwelling—  it was clear to them that they wanted to build something small. They had seen an ad in an Asheville journal and were looking at a land and home package for just over $100,000. The interior would be just under 800 sqft. There would be room to add on  an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) as well. At some point in the future the idea of continuing a “family compound” might be on the table.   But now , for "aging in place" in a feathered nest, they were looking at the options in terms of styles, building techniques, and materials used. We gave them our self-mentored guide (see below) and then we sat do...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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We were out on the land this week- showing acreage for conservation. So we didn't make our usual weekly visit to Brother Wolf,  the No Kill animal shelter and organization here in Asheville, North Carolina.   In addition to offering services to the community -  including free spay/neuter assistance and a pet food pantry -  and the Behavioral Counseling and Youth Education programs help promote a better understanding of, and respect for, companion animals and each other. We are especially fond of the Outward Hounds Hiking Club       Even though the summer has been a busy one, we were able to make it over to Edna's Cafe to visit the dogs who were there on Saturday...   and found "MAGIC" in the smile of a dog who had just been "surrendered"...  I took a photo of TUCKER..."enhanced" it with...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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    More and more these days,  people across the land are opting for homes that can work across three generations of the family.   This is substantiated by a recent Pew Research Center Report. It  pointed out that  living in mutigenerational households is on the rise. "In general, people want to be more connected. We are becoming a culture of responsibility and more meaningful relationships." Gina Canzonetta   Is this simply due to "The Economy"? Not so say a number of Asheville, N.C. homebuilders.  FAMILY HOMES  that serve across the generations are  designed with separate living spaces and an open concept central area. A universal or “all-inclusive” design allows more than one generation to live independently, but together.   In the previous post, we talked about interior features. Bu...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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    Multigenerational Homes Trend "It's really good for children and young people to have a connection to their roots— a sense of history and who they are. Older relatives provide that."   ~ Donna Butts   According to a Home Features Survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, more buyers are also saying that they’d pay extra for a home with an in-law suite.  Here’s an animation not to be missed as it depictcs what you might refer to as The Ultimate Expanding  Multigenerational PALACE... Biophilic Multigeneration Low-Energy House - Design Thesis Studio    Many creative professionals are dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration.  This is especially true of Donna Butts (quoted above) who is the executive director of ...
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Asheville North Carolina is a magnet for creative and interesting people. The film industry has just named Asheville as a top city for the movie industry to thrive. We are number 1 or 2 in the top beer cities. Our unemployment is down to about 5%. However, housing in Asheville is not inexpensive. The only other area of the state where real estate is more expensive is the Outer Banks. Our inventory is at 8 - 9 year lows. Our Asking Price is creeping up. Sales have been strong all through 2013 but 2014 has lagged behind 2013 slightly. 2014 has, like most of the eastern half, had colder than normal weather so sales have slowed somewhat. We are just now catching up to the number of sales we had this time last year.             Copyright by Don Davies©  
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