Asheville, NC Real Estate News

By Brian Barrett
(Asheville Regional Brokers LLC)
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By Bill Westel, ECO
(Eco-Steward Realty)
 The Asheville City Council voted last Tuesday, June 12th to forbid new gated communities, following through on concerns that these developments make the city less of a community. The ban passed by the council on a 5-2 vote applies to future developments, which would no longer be allowed to restrict access to only residents and their guests, done usually with gates or security workers. The council action also forbids new gated developments just outside municipal borders where Asheville exercises zoning control. It does not affect existing gated developments or those already approved by the city.This has been a much debated issue in Asheville with many residents expressing concerns that gated communities work against the concept of developing a community with many believing the term "gat...
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By Leslie Godbold, Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living"
(WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio)
 Home Staging takes Asheville by StormThe above article is on the front page of the Asheville Citizen times's real estate section -TODAYAsheville Stagers's owner and Head property merchandiser,  Leslie Godbold, provided information to Asheville Citizen times on the need for home staging, the importance of their Listing agent and home stager working together to prepare the top merchandising plan for the homeowner's investment and tips that homeowners need to listen to for preparing their home.Strike when the fire is hot! You may want to  read this article and call your clients so they know you are on top of the ball and save the article to show future clients! Please notify me of any other marketing and educating methods which you have found productive.Thank you!Asheville Stagers828-658-...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
   We are a vocal community here in Asheville, very much involved in what is happening in the way of development and plans for positive futures for all concerned. One example,  the Downtown Association just released this item:  News Release Urban Advisors Lecture of Economic Growth for Downtown Asheville For Immediate ReleaseIn an effort to support the Downtown Commission's goal of crafting a  Downtown Master Plan, The Downtown Association, City of Asheville and Quality Forward are offering a free seminar May 24, 2007 at 5:30 pm at The Asheville Community Theater for all interested parties. Ed Starkie with Urban Advisors, LTD from Portland Oregon will be the guest speaker.Mr. Starkie has received three awards from the American Planning  Association in the areas of main streets and downt...
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By Bill Westel, ECO
(Eco-Steward Realty)
  Often times when people are looking real estate for sale in the Asheville, North Carolina events that the area has to offer. Asheville and Western North Carolina do have a tremendous variety of gatherings, festivals, and events occurring  throughout the spring, summer and fall. One of the most popular spring gatherings is the LEAF Festival. .  It is a three day events that offers an incredible variety of musical performers, many local talented artists and healers, and wonderful culinary delights all taking place in a gorgeous mountain lake setting,. LEAF is also extremely child and family friendly with one of its major goals being the enhancement of  the arts in local schools and community centers. My wife and I had the opportunity to attend LEAF this year and were not disappointed. L...
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By Bill Westel, ECO
(Eco-Steward Realty)
  You know sometimes I am amazed at the power of this network. The Asheville City Council  is meeting today to discuss potential revisions to the steep slope ordinance that the city is planning implementing. The main sticking point is that whether to have the ordinance cover property beginning at 2200 feet elevation ( backed by many environmental and citizens groups) or go up and begin covering property at 2500 feet elevation(backed by many developers, builders, and an affordable housing coalition). There is a concern that by going to 2500 feet that little of the property in City of Asheville will be covered by the ordinance and that many new homes for sale could be sited on slopes that really do not warrant that level of development.So I had sent am email to the mayor and all council m...
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By Bill Westel, ECO
(Eco-Steward Realty)
 The Asheville Mountain Sports Festival is just what it sound like, a rousing and rollicking combination of a variety of different sports competitions, along with music and  demonstrations designed for the whole family to have some fun. The premier events include:The Sunset Stampede 10 mile run  consists of three running races in downtown Asheville. The Stampede includes a ten-mile race, five-kilometer race, and kid's one mile stampede. The race course leads runners through downtown Asheville with beautiful views of the mountains and Asheville at sunset.The Town Mountain Hill Bike Climb with the race starting from downtown Asheville for a five-mile climb to the crest of Town Mountain. The race has lots of uphill, mixed with level and downhill sections. There is even an added bonus this ...
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By Bill Westel, ECO
(Eco-Steward Realty)
 I was at a meeting with a group of concerned citizens in the Fairview  community a couple of weeks ago listening to the woman who had organized the effort ten years ago  to get Charlotte Highway (the main road running through Fairview) designated as a North Carolina Scenic Byway.  This designation basically means the state views the road as scenic and prevents billboards from being placed along side the road. This lady was an ordinary mother and housewife but somehow ended up spearheading this huge community effort to save a highway from being sullied with billboards. The story was really inspiring as the bureaucratic mountains that had to be overcome were incredible especially when working with the Department of Transportation and county officials. After all their time, work, and effo...
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By Bill Westel, ECO
(Eco-Steward Realty)
 I read a comment on a Dena Stevens blog a couple of days ago by Michael Rossregarding his opinion that the Green Movement(my definition below)was anti-growth, anti housing, anti builder, anti developer, anti business, anti property owner's rights. Dena responded by saying  the editor of the local newspaper also shared his opinion that being Green meant opposing growth and new developments.  While I know most members of the Eco-All Stars Green Scene would not agree with this idea I believe that there may be more than a few out there in the Active Rain community and the general public who might share the same sentiments as Mr. Ross.  So I got inspired to write this blog because I have had many years to watch, experience, and mull over this issue. To start my definition of Green Movement ...
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 The Princeton Review recently released its 2008 survey of Best Value in Public Colleges with the University of North Carolina Asheville(UNCA) being rated as number three in the country out of 650 colleges and universities. Two Best Values lists are presented, one for Public Colleges and the other for private institutions. UNCA is the only North Carolina college or university to be rated on the public list. The Review praises UNC Asheville's growing national academic reputation, noting that the University "offers the quality education of a private school at a public school price." It also favorably notes the University's numerous academic options, small class size and strong focus on the liberal arts and sciences. The full article can be found here. The presence of schools like UNCA plu...
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By Bill Westel, ECO
(Eco-Steward Realty)
Finishing up our mini tour of Haywood Street, the east side of Haywood has two art galleries, The Aerial Gallery and a branch of the  Fine Arts League of Asheville although their main office is a block over on Rankin Ave.  The eclectic mix of stores, shops, and eateries also includes the Beirgarden ( wide variety of beers, many local as you may have surmised by the name), a Flower Gallery, a Soup and Sandwich eatery inside the Haywood Park Hotel , the True Blue Art Supply Store voted Best Arts Supply Store in Asheville two years running , and the store that is extremely difficult to stay away from even though I know I really should, the Chocolate Fetish  home of a variety of award winning chocolate creations including the best truffles I have ever tasted. So there you have it, a short t...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
 Once you have experienced Asheville, you will understand the "Paris of the South" in the mountains of Western North Carolina ranks among the favorite second home and vacation spots. But let me give you a few quick reasons:1) The people are amazing, full of life, and great storytellers.2) The locally -grown FOOD (see link below) is delicious and good for you!3) There's FUN galore.    Find out for yourself by "hopping" on   one of our "down-home' tours.                          photo courtesy of Asheville Trolley Tours  Asheville Historic Trolley Tours - Hop on the darling trolley for an hour or so and ay narrated tour of the Asheville area.  And/or Hop on a Segway for a glide through Asheville's downtown ...a Moving Sidewalk Tours -  And/or...if you want to extend your range,  simply ho...
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By Bill Westel, ECO
(Eco-Steward Realty)
I thought I would start my tour of downtown Asheville on the street I first used when entering Downtown Asheville and that would be Haywood Street. The first thing I saw that comes into view is the Basilica of St. Lawrence a building with great architecture and a rich history.  Right across the way from St. Lawrence's is the Asheville Civic Center and the Pack Memorial Library.  Just a little way down Haywood on the same side of the street is the Malaprops Cafe/Bookstore . a favorite local poet Keith Flynn was giving a reading this afternoon out of his new book  "The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz & Memory: How to Make Your Poetry Swing". He was actually singing and reading out of the book! Continuing down Haywood and crossing Walnut Avenue we run into the Open Door Boutique. This is an ecle...
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By Leslie Godbold, Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living"
(WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio)
America's Top 100  Places to Live in 2007 by relocateamerica.com Click here: Relocate-America'sTM 2007 Top 100 Places to Live *#1 is Asheville NC!! Click here: Asheville North Carolina Real Estate Asheville is also the location of some of the most creative marketing professionals. If you are ready to move to or ready to have a vacation home in Asheville NC area look at  Localism's of Asheville NC top  Real Estate Professionals. Leslie Godbold of Asheville Stagers is in the top 5 but she is not a Real Estate Agent but is an experienced Real Estate  Stager/Merchandiser, who uses her creativity in making Asheville's Real Estate market as HOT as the fun activities in our area.
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By Bill Westel, ECO
(Eco-Steward Realty)
The condo market in downtown Asheville right now is in high demand with 4 closings and 18 units pending in the past 4 months. Depending on the location of the building and its amenities the current price ranges from $200 - $300 a square foot . Here are some units and their prices as of April 20th. $149,000  -  582 sq. ft. 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit -  Within a Mile of Downtown$253,000 -  1190 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit - Within a Mile of Downtown$320,000 -  1244 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit - Within a Mile of Downtown$429,000 -  1100 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit - Middle of Downtown$450,000 -  1330 sq. ft. 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit - Middle of Downtown $699,500 -  1925 sq. ft - 2bedroom, 2 bath - Middle of Downtown$1,775,000 - 2895 sq, ft. Penthouse 2 bedroom, 2 bath - Middle of Downtown
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By Bill Westel, ECO
(Eco-Steward Realty)
The single most important driving force in the Asheville, North Carolina Market today is this: How many minutes from downtown Asheville do you want to live? The answer to this question usually influences many other decisions that buyers will make about purchasing a home or land since proximity to downtown goes hand in hand with prices.What, thendraws so many to our downtown area? I know there are plenty of answers to that question so I will just list some of my reasons why I thoroughly enjoy a visit to downtown. First is the walkability of the area. There are at great streets that you can leisurely stroll shopping at unique  retail shops, cultural exhibits and galleries, a variety of fantastic restaurants and of course, the Grove Arcade.  My  favorite streets are Haywood Ave., Battery P...
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By Leslie Godbold, Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living"
(WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio)
My name is Leslie Godbold and I am the founder and owner of Asheville Stagers. We are experienced  home staging and redesign professionals. We serve Buncombe and Madison County and surrounding areas. We prepare properties, (occupied, vacant and model homes)( residential and commercial) to be placed on the market. We follow principles that give the property the edge and WOW over non prepared properties.    We offer full redesign and one day redesign for homes and offices.I am asking you for your consideration in using and referring our services. We are hired by home owners, agents, building service, builders etc. Please pass our information to others as you see fit.    Please give us a chance to show you what using us as a marketing tool, will do for your business   We give  free present...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
                                                                                 It was early morning. Still early enough for the anxious homeowners  to deal with an unexpected blanket of snow on this April morning the Appraiser had scheduled his visit. The Appraiser was due  to arrive within the hour. According to the Department of Labor, Appraisers of real estate "estimate the value of real property for a variety of purposes, such as to assess property tax, to determine a sales price, or to determine the amount of a mortgage that might be granted on a property. "   Alert to the importance of this event, and that the Appraiser would be confirming the highest and best use of their property, the couple began to scurry around. The wife cleared a path from the driveway to the door and aske...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
When it comes to being an Eco-Star every home can shine...even an old "castle"... Simple  changes at home can add up to real benefits for your family, neighborhood and the world.  Here's an ever-expanding list of  things you can do to retrofit or GreenUP an older home  that Sharon Simms  over at the ECO-All-Stars Group  started . Steve Dalton added to it, and that's how the "seed" that Sharon planted began to "sprout".  Soon, John Cilladi, REALTOR, EcoBroker, e-PRO  told us about a  fluorescent light bulb he has had since 1994 that is still going strong after 13 years.  WOW! Is that amazing, or what?? OK y'all! I'm liking this conversation.  It's Spring! And I got to thinking "Spring Cleaning" ...and recycling. Did you know that according to the National Institutes of Health we generate...
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There was a meeting of concerned citizens of Fairview, North Carolina last Saturday, March  24th to discuss a variety of issues concerning sustainability and the fast paced development that is occurring in the community. The main issues that the group addressed were:Rising property taxes as home and land are assessed at greater and greater values as new developments are completed. Having people forced to sell their homes because of increased taxes  was a major concern.The lack of planning regarding commercial development along Charlotte Highway also known as Route 74A. Group members hope to be able to influence how development occurs along this transportation corridor, attempting to keep as much of the rural charm and character of Fairview community intact as possible. The group decided...
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