Thursday, November 22, 2012

Craftsman's delight all the more so when offered below appraisal

Craftsman's Delight

37 Cottage Settings Lane, Black Mountain NC 28711

The Settings Of Black Mountain

$599,795 | 4 Bedrooms | MLS #: 527920
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-WOW - superb quality award-winning builder's Healthy-Built Energy-Star home. Superb kitchen. Wrap-porch, level corner lot, Majestic stone fireplace, media room/sound package, built-ins, open-plan great room. Just 3 minutes to restaurant town of Black Mountain and 2 mins Cheshire Fitness Center, 15 mins Asheville Mall. Featured builder in Parade of Homes. 

Seller Says:
Black Mountain is the perfect place to live.  It is beautiful, quaint and so convenient!  We have the benefit of being close to Asheville (10 minutes away) but yet the peace of living outside the city without all the traffic!

We love to eat date night at Thai Basil, great spicy food!  The boys love to eat burgers and ribs at Phil's Bar-B-Que and Put-Put Golf.  As a family, we like to eat at the Gluten friendly Fresh Pizza! The Artisan makes a great lunch that is healthy and fast! We love the brand new Ingles grocery store they just built in Black Mountain!  It is the Flagship store and has a gas station, Starbucks coffee and Lawn & Garden Center!

We were attracted to The Settings development because it was only 1.5 miles from the interstate.  It has city water and sewer and ALL underground utilities including DSL and natural gas.  There is a fabulous Clubhouse for parties and meetings that is at the end of our street.  The views from our development are fantastic.

The Asheville area is wonderful because it is the perfect balance of city mixed with nature.  We have 4 even seasons that are all relatively mild.  There are a ton of mom & pop shops while at the same time all the big box stores that you would want.  Asheville is very diverse and friendly and filled with Arts and Culture!

"A few other things that I can mention are that we are only a few miles away from Bill Grahams home in Montreat, the Biltmore House, and the Grove Park Inn.  We never run out of things to do or ideas of where to visit.  

The Village of Cheshire is a wonderful place to visit and has a fantastic coffee and wine bar as well as a gourmet market.  We love to cook, so we get fresh meat and seafood here, once a week, and make ourselves a gourmet dinner at a fraction of the price.  There are weekly wine tastings that are a excellent way to meet the neighbors.

People come here from all over the world to visit and move!"

We love this house for so many reasons.  It was the first house in the development and set the standard for quality and detail.  It is a Healthy Built Home so it really helps us with our allergies, and having all hand scraped wood floors is magnificent.  We really enjoy sitting around the stone fireplace and having family time or cranking up the wood stove when it is frigid out.  This house is perfect for entertaining.  It has landscape lighting and a house sound system.  It is wired for a back-up generator and has an awesome workshop space in the garage!

We are very active and have children in sports year round.  There are great facilities all around us to train, including an indoor soccer arena right here in Black Mountain.  Just one mile down the road is The Cheshire Fitness facility where we can lift weights, swim, take classes and play racquetball.  We are avid boaters so we visit Lake James all summer long which is only 35 minutes away!

Our neighborhood is great for living in a beautiful gated community but also having space from our neighbors.  There is a cute fishing pond at the entrance and great hiking trails all around us.  If you have children, or grandchildren, there is a fantastic Beanstalk playground in the development.

This home is Energy Star AND Healthy Built certified so we have an incredibly efficient home.  The insulation is spray foam so the attic spaces are acclimatized for storage and save a ton of energy.  On top of already having an incredibly energy efficient house, because it is Energy Star certified, the owner gets a 5% discount from both Progress Energy and PSNC Gas for the life of the home.  This discount is transferrable from owner to owner!

Monday, November 19, 2012

111 West Brook Street, Black Mountain NC 28711 MLS #: 529022

111 West Brook Street, Black Mountain NC 28711

4 Bedrooms | MLS #: 529022

Property DescriptionPriced at appraised value. Dream cabin in woods minutes to Black Mountain. Ideal vacation rental with space in loft for 4th BR.Cozy wood stove in great room with cathedral ceilings and abundant light. Wrap around deck w/breathtaking mountain views in both directions. Automatic solar shades and retractable awning. Game room in lower level with private guest quarters. Many antique cabin features with lots of storage. Plenty of parking.  

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"Seller Says:"

I fell in love with Black Mountain 10 years ago when my daughters attended college both in Asheville and in Swannanoa.  One attended the University of NC at Asheville and the other Warren Wilson College. There were many memorable trips visiting them and we always loved stopping off in Black Mountain, visiting this small town and enjoying both the ambiance and great food!  

Our favorite stop was the Dripolator where we always indulged in their delicious lattes.  My husband likes the Golf Course and Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain, just a short distance from our home.  Walking around the lake is always a pleasure and great exercise, and we always enjoy when the baby ducks have arrived at the lake each spring.  We have attended so many festivals in Black Mountain as well, and the Lake Eden Festival is always one of our favorites, featuring amazing music and art. The Sourwood Honey Festival is another one of our favorites featuring all kinds of local crafts and of course honey!  Antiquing is one of my pastimes and there are some great stores in Black Mountain that have been there for years.  

Black Mountain has some pretty outstanding restaurants - My Father's Pizza is a great place to eat and another pizza cafe has just opened  - Fresh Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta.  Right downtown is the Veranda Cafe which features everything made from scratch, delicious!  Enjoying a latte is fun either at the Dripolator right in town or a few blocks from our house is the Dynamite Coffee Company where they also roast their own beans.  

Out Route 9 is the Morning Glory Cafe, a great place for breakfast or lunch, and next door is a deli where you can get all the fresh meat and cheese, bread and fixings to take home. You can also get  soup, coffee, sandwiches, etc.   Grocery stores that we like would be Ingles which is brand new and also has a place to rent movies. They have a huge variety also of organic and gluten free products.  We also like the small natural food store in town.
The first time we drove up to our mountain house I was immediately drawn to the beautiful property surrounding the home.  And once we were on the deck which wraps all around the house, the view took our breath away.  We have a mountain view all around with complete privacy.  Once we entered the house, we knew we were interested as it was like entering a lodge rather than a home.  With high ceilings, huge windows all around with views of the mountains and the loft, wood stove and great room, it was everything we wanted in a mountain home. We also liked the possibility of building on the lot, as with over an acre there can be 3 additional building lots.  We liked the idea of putting cabins adjacent to our main house.  We added an herb garden, flower garden, rhododendrons, azaleas, pyracantha, 2 birch trees as well as an oak tree when we landscaped the property.  I always enjoy the drive up the road, especially when the Rose of Sharon are in bloom both up the driveway and in the front of the house. We feel our home is a true gem at the top of a mountaintop yet right in town. 

Black Mountain is a very special place, not only because of its beautiful downtown but also just the area that surrounds it. You feel as though you are immersed in the mountain life, with the mountains surrounding you.  With close proximity to Asheville and a short drive to Lake Lure, we always felt we had the best of both worlds in this very special town.    

Black Mountain is just down the road from Warren Wilson College which is in Swannanoa, the next town over.  We originally purchased our home when our daughter went to school there and it was just a 10 minute drive for her to get to school.  Our other daughter went to the University of Asheville which is just 16 miles away so we had the perfect place to be in.   

We will remember the many breakfasts we had on our deck overlooking the mountains as well as dinners on the back deck.  Bathing in our oversized victorian tub is truly a spa experience.  Listening to the blue jays and watching hawks fly overhead, or the wind whistling through the trees, looking out our front window and seeing the fog surrounding the mountains in the early morning, enjoying the first snowfall of the season while the fire is crackling in the wood stove, watching movies in our den downstairs on a cold and chilly evening with a big bowl of popcorn will forever be in our memories!   

I love antiquing and flea markets, which abound in this area.  Gardening is also my passion and I love the property for its remarkable soil and the way things grow here.  Music is another venue which we enjoy and there is plenty of that both in Black Mountain and Asheville.  I always take time to read  books when at the house - there is a great used bookstore right in downtown Black Mountain and also a wonderful bookstore, Malaprops, in Asheville.  Weaverville is full of fun as well as Waynesville, all near to us.  We just enjoyed a trip to Chimney Rock, right down the road and enjoyed the beautiful Fall colors as well as apple orchards.  This past summer we went to an amazing Estate Sale in Little Switzerland up the Blue Ridge mountains.  There is so much here to enjoy!
Because this is our vacation home, we don't have as much a chance to visit with our neighbors.   We love walking to the Town of Black Mountain and have sidewalks all the way into town.  We also walk to Lake Tomahawk from our house.          

Because our home has been mainly a vacation home, our costs may be a little off but I know that the previous owners used 2-3 cords of wood all season with a backup of the propane (hot water radiant heat). We have been very satisfied with this type of heat and because we have thermostats in 4 areas, (loft, front room, back hallway & downstairs) we can control which areas we wanted to heat.  We own the 500 gallon propane tank which is buried under the front of the driveway and have only had to use about 200 gallons each year.  We love using the wood stove as well.  Our electric bill is through Progress Energy and has run around $30-40/month.  Our water and sewer bill through the Town of Black Mountain is just around $20/month.  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

2408 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville NC 28739

2408 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville NC 28739

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | MLS #: 527745

Priced Below Appraisal! Unique arts and crafts home completely rebuilt with careful preservation of 1921 rock shelf . Exquisite kitchen with solid walnut cabinets with adjustable shelving, rare imperial red granite. Oak doors with walnut pegs built locally,slate tile and red oak floors. Anderson vinyl-out/wood-in windows. 3 car carport PLUS 5 car insulated garage with washer-dryer hook-up, utility sink, full bath and game room.

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“Seller Says”

The things I love about Hendersonville are the people, the mountains, and the convenience without all of the big-city headaches.  The people in Hendersonville are "small-town friendly."  From restaurant hair-dressers...everybody seems to be accommodating here in Hendersonville. The beauty and tranquility of the mountains must add to the attitude of this friendly town. 

Hendersonville is known as "the city of four seasons."  No matter what time of year it is, the mountains are absolutely breath-taking. Hendersonville offers anything that one could want; great shopping, dining, golf, sports, jobs - without the stress of a huge city. You can enjoy a mountain-top view, and within fifteen minutes in a car, you can be downtown Hendersonville to shop and dine.  

We love to eat at the various local restaurants. Our favorite is Janitzio, which is the best Mexican restaurant in town!  Not only is the food excellent, but the hospitality that you receive is top-notch! Hannah Flannigan's on Main Street also has great food and cold drinks!  It is based on a traditional Irish pub.  Hendersonville has numerous restaurants ranging from Italian, to seafood, barbecue, steaks, and many more! Grocery stores are plentiful and convenient to our house.  The Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, and Ingles are all within a 5 minute drive. The Fresh Market is nice because it features hand cut steaks, fish, cheeses, breads,etc.  They have a lot of in-house specialties that you won't find in a typical grocery store. 

When we bought the property, we were drawn to its uniqueness!  Anybody can throw up a new house,  but you can't find a true 1920s arts and crafts house sitting on two prime acres, that is convenient to downtown Hendersonville!  The quality stonework of almost 100 years ago presented an opportunity to not only preserve a piece of history, but to also create a work of art that is rarely seen in modern construction.

The Hendersonville area is wonderful because it is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, yet you are close to business and recreation.  Our house is 1 mile from Crooked Creek golf course, 5 minutes from downtown Hendersonville, less than 10 minutes from The Flat Playhouse and Carl Sandburg's Home, and 30 minutes from the Asheville airport.  

A few other things that I can mention are the nearby schools.  Henderson County is home to 4 great High Schools and one community college. Our house is less than a mile from Atkinson elementary school, which is a great school with a good track record. We love to hike at Holmes State Forest.  It can be fun for the whole family. It features the "talking trees" which is a fun learning experience for all ages!  It is also a great place for novice and experienced hikers alike, with trails ranging from easy to advanced. Carl Sandburg's Home is also a fun place to visit; you can tour the home, gardens and grounds of the late great poet, or just spend an afternoon enjoying a good book by the pond, hiking, picnicking, or seeing the goats and other livestock. 
Of course we all like different things, we enjoyed riding our bikes around Osceola lake.  It is less than 1/2 mile from our house.Not only was it good exercise, you could unwind and enjoy the beautiful landscape.  The lake is home to bass, catfish, ducks, geese turtles, many types of birds, and even beavers. We also enjoyed playing Frisbee and kickball with friends and neighbors in the almost 2 acre yard. Our neighborhood is great for all ages.  It offers a nice, safe, fun place for children to grow well as a beautiful quaint place to relax and take in some mountain air!    

Our utility costs are very reasonable in this house, due to the fact of the quality of construction.  The basement walls are 26" thick (18" of rock and 8" of concrete) and the upstairs walls are 16" thick!  Combined with double paned windows and modern insulation, this home holds it temperature! We also have a detached garage with 1800 sq. ft. of heated space. 

The Duke Energy electric bill (with 2 outdoor street lights included) averages about $150.00 per month. The PSNC natural gas bill averages $75.39 per month (keep in mind that this is for a 96% efficient gas furnace, gas stove, gas hot water heater, gas logs, gas grill, gas wall furnace in garage office, and hanging gas furnace in garage!!!!) The water bill ranges from $25- $28 per month; we have city water.  We have no monthly septic bill, because the house has its own septic tank which was installed new in 2006 when we completely rebuilt the house.

Friday, November 9, 2012

264 Cedar Lane, Asheville NC 28704

264 Cedar Lane, Asheville NC 28704  

3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bath | MLS #: 528052 

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Location, location, location!! Lovely home with private setting and minutes to Biltmore Park and all convenient South Asheville Shopping. Extremely well maintained, move in ready with newer wood flooring on main level. Large family room downstairs with half bath and carpet allowance to buyer. Enjoy the creek at the front of the property and the level, fenced back yard. Over sized garage with built-in shelving. New front outdoor stairway.

“Seller Says”

The things I love about Arden are the wonderful areas to shop, plentiful restaurants to eat at, Biltmore Park, the wonderful outdoor activities, and the kind people who live in this area. There are so many great restaurants around this area. Any type of cuisine one would like is right around the corner. Ones that really stick out are Iannucci's (not quite sure of the spelling) and Blue Sky cafe. Both of these restaurants are locally owned and are not chains. Grocery stores are plentiful! There are three different Ingles within a few miles, Two super walmarts, a super Target, an Earth Fare and a new Lowes foods. When I bought the property I was drawn to the nice wooded lot with a stream, the large laundry room along side a spacious den, large bedrooms and the ability to walk to Royal Pines Park from my front door. 

The Arden area is a wonderful place to live for many reasons. Notably the Robertson school district which is top notch. Also, the convieniance of the area cannot be beat. Literally everything is right around the corner. It is a great place to live with pets. There are two parks close by to walk dogs and a wide variety of vets and grooming available. The reputation of the Robertson school district is unbeatable. Many people move to this area especially for the school district. It is a huge selling point for the Arden area. Short travel to great outdoor recreation. IE: Pisgah forest, Bent Creek, Dupont State Forest, Fletcher park, Lake Jullian, of course the Blue Ridge Parkway.    

The Asheville/Arden area provides it's community with a wide variety of things to do. Notably, the home is very close to the Blue Ridge Parkway. One could spend the entire day driving the park way, taking in the wonderful views, picnicing, name it! Our neighborhood is great for wonderful kind neighbors, royal pines park and a strong sense of security. 264 Cedar Lane Arden, NC 28704. "The utilty costs are very affordable in this home. We rarely used the air conditioning due to the wooded lot. This saved a good amount of money in the summer.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

9 Bees Mountain Drive, Asheville NC 28804

9 Bees Mountain Drive, Asheville NC 28804

3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | MLS #: 527919

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The Realtor's say:
Priced Below Appraisal! Mountain Views year round, 4 seasons of color and majesty. Contemporary home is low-maintenance easy-living, spectacular from every angle. Heart Pine floors. Upscale amenities and did you see this view? This is why you move to Asheville. Gardening pleasure while looking at the views. Wonderful home for entertaining family and friends. 5 minutess to grocery & amenities on Merrimon Avenue. 2nd kitchen & bedroom on lower level

“Seller Says”

Asheville is such a lovely town with a unique and diverse population.  It has all the necessities of a larger city with the feel of a small town. As for restaurants, there is a wonderful BBQ restaurant just down the street named Luella's. There are several establishments that offer treats such as homemade ice cream and fudge. We have a variety of grocery stores nearby as well.  There is a Fresh Market and an Ingles just 5 minutes away.  You can find many organic stores in the area as well.
This property is situated on the side of a mountain which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains.  It attracts wildlife to enjoy, including birds and bunnies.  We have lovely flowers planted in the yard and have grown wonderful fruits and veggies. Asheville is an arts community that offers unique experiences like the outdoor music concerts in the summer, a large farmers market, and there are farms close by where we buy fresh eggs and meats.

We enjoy hiking the Blue Ridge Mountain trails or just walking the quiet streets nearby.  "The property is on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with the parkway within hiking distance.  The Arboretum is a short 20 minute drive on the parkway, and the beautiful Biltmore Estate is 20 minutes through town.  The UNC, Asheville is a only 10 minutes away with a lovely Botanical Garden with wonderful trails to enjoy.  In town are many specialty shops and a highlight for anyone is Mast Country store located in town.