Friday, March 22, 2013

904 Woodhill Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732

904 Woodhill Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732
MLS#534912/3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms

Property Description: CPO-appraised/inspected/home warranty. Desirable Southchase. Bright, open and comfortable three bedroom, two bath home. Undergoing brand new roof, interior paint, carpet, refinishing of hardwood floors and yard enhancements. Cozy gas fireplace. Large fenced-in backyard for pets and entertaining with mountain views. A MUST SEE! This one will go fast. 

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"Seller Says" 
There are so many things we love about Fletcher. The mountain views are magnificent and we enjoy the four seasons. Perfectly located between Asheville and Hendersonville, we have the best of both worlds. Schools, shopping, and the airport are convenient and close by. Both cities host a variety of events throughout the year that are fun and family oriented. We are close to the Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway and have so many activities available such as hiking, camping, fly-fishing, canoeing, and many, many other things to keep just about anybody happy year round.     

There are so many great places to eat here in the area. Along with many well-known names like Ruth Chris, Cracker Barrel, P.F. Changs, Carrabba's, Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday, and Red Lobster, there are many of the name brand fast food restaurants, too. Plus, there are dozens of locally owned restaurants like Acropolis Pizza, Tamarind Thai Restaurant, Kosta's Kitchen, Asiana Asian Buffet, 12 Bones BBQ, and many other great places to eat any kind of food imaginable.     

Grocery stores are plentiful and offer a wide variety of food items. Ingles Grocery, Dollar General and CVS Pharmacy are nearby. Harris Teeter, Food Lion and Bi-Lo grocery stores are a short drive away. A mall with Lowe's, Target, PetSmart, Office Max, Best Buy, and other stores is only a few minutes away. Super WalMart is near the mall. Dry cleaners, bakeries, hardware, auto parts, and other stores are convenient and close.     

When we bought the property, we were drawn to the friendly, family-oriented atmosphere of Southchase and the surrounding area. People are genuinely nice here and it has that "small town" flavor. We like that there are many activities available for families to enjoy time together such as the Fletcher City Parks. The City of Fletcher puts on free concerts in the summer and the parks are well maintained and safe. Nearby Asheville and Hendersonville host several events year round that are fun and offer something for everybody in the family.  

The Asheville area is wonderful and so diverse and offers something for everyone. Great outdoor activities await nature lovers and fishermen. Music and art are a big part of the local area. Many artists and musicians keep traditional Appalachian art, music, and crafts alive while others offer traditional and modern music, art and theater. Mixed in with locals are the people who come from all around the USA to live here after they discover how wonderful a place Asheville is to live.

A few other things I can mention are the EXCELLENT medical services available in Asheville. Many of the professional medical facilities are very highly rated and are staffed by some of the finest physicians and specialists in the country.

Both Buncombe (Asheville) and Henderson (Hendersonville) County Schools are highly regarded within the state of North Carolina.  The University of North Carolina has a campus in Asheville. Clemson is very close, just over the border in South Carolina, and there are several junior colleges and vocational schools throughout the area. 
We love Western North Carolina. Life is good here.  Of course, we all like different things. We enjoy the nice, cool summers here. Winter snow blankets the area and turns it into a winter wonderland. The fall colors rival anything in the northeast U.S. Spring is a burst of colors from all the magnificent Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Dogwoods that grow wild in the area. Many of our friends enjoy the numerous golf courses that are surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Fly fishermen enjoy world-class fly-fishing. Nature lovers marvel at the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park nearby. People like to canoe along the French Broad River. It is a beautiful and fun place to live. 

Our neighborhood is great for the tree lined streets and the quality of people living around us. Families enjoy a safe, friendly place they can truly call home. Southchase is located in the heart of Fletcher and is convenient to schools, shopping, restaurants. There are wonderful parks close by that offer many activities for people of all ages. The surrounding mountains offer million dollar views that are continually changing throughout the four seasons.     

Our utility costs are surprisingly reasonable. Our electric costs from Progress Energy, natural gas cost from PSNC, and our water bill from Hendersonville Water has been modest and reflects the efficiency of construction of the house. Other utilities such as sewer and trash collection are also reasonably priced. Recycling is encouraged and those items are picked up every two weeks.                                                 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

540 Gilreath Loop Road, Mills River, NC 28759

540 Gilreath Loop Road, Mills River, NC 28759
2 Bedrooms/1 Bathroom/MLS#533052

Property Description: Lovely setting! Enjoy sunrise and sunset views from your living room! Darling little house on beautiful private lot. There is tons of room to grow in the basement. Large master has two large closets and the large deck in the back is perfect for afternoon cookouts! Centrally and conveniently located to Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard. Close to all S. Asheville shopping and dining.

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"Seller Says" 
We love this area in Mills River, because of its small town charm yet close proximity to Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard. Restaurants, shopping and entertainment are minutes away, but it doesn't feel like you are in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a large city.   

We love eating at Tupelo Honey in South Asheville, Beef O'Brady's in Fletcher, Dugan's Pub in Brevard or Mezzaluna in Hendersonville.  Since Mills River is so close to Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard, we have so many options for dining out.      

Grocery stores are plentiful and a new Ingles Market is opening soon right up the road. If local produce is your passion, Mills River hosts a farmer's market on Saturday mornings during the summer.      

When we bought this property, we were drawn to the open floor plan and natural light that exists throughout the house.  The master bedroom is very large with enough room to add an en suite bathroom if desired.

There is almost a full acre of property that allows for many gardening and landscaping opportunities. 

We were also excited about the location which is about 20 minutes from South Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard.  Highway 26 and the Asheville Regional Airport are also just minutes away.  

The Mills River area is a great place to live.  With sprawling farmland and the Pisgah National Forest as its backdrop, Mills River gives the feeling of being far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet it lies just minutes from great restaurants, shops and local attractions.  For those nature enthusiasts, there are many opportunities for hiking, canoeing, camping, riding and exploring from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the DuPont State Forest.

It's also a great place to be a part of a growing community with a developing park and green way area, a large selection of churches, a fledgling business association, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and more!

We do not have children in the school system, but the schools in the Mills River are excellent.  I am a graduate of West Henderson High School, so I can attest to this first-hand.  Mills River is served by Mills River Elementary School, located about 2 miles away, Rugby Middle School, and West Henderson High School, both located 5.5 miles away. Buses from all three schools run routes on Gilreath Loop Road.

If one is in need of extra study time or looking to pass the time reading, Mills River has a brand new public library open next to Town Hall.

We love the outdoors and Mills River is a great gateway to many of Western North Carolina's premiere outdoor destinations.  Within a short distance, residents have access to Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest, Gorges State Park, Caesars Head State Park, Holmes State Forest, Chimney Rock State Park, Table Rock State Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the French Broad River, literally right in your back yard.  It's incredible to think that these vacation destinations are so close to where we live!    

There is something for everyone near Mills River.  If you are into the great outdoors, many parks, trails and waterfalls are within your reach.  If you are into traveling, you have easy access to both the Asheville Regional Airport and Interstate 26. For those who enjoy finer things in life, catch a world-class performance at the Brevard Music Center, a play at the Flat Rock Playhouse, or sample some of the finest craft beer available at one of the local breweries, including newcomers Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues.

For families, there are many opportunities for the little ones as well. There are opportunities for recreation at Mills River Park, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and story time at the Mills River Library.  When autumn rolls around, head down to West Henderson High School to watch the Falcons take on their arch rivals in prep football or join one of the many baseball leagues which play in Henderson County.

Our neighborhood is good for a walk on crisp fall afternoons or lazy summer days. There is usually only local traffic on the loop, which makes walking with children or dogs very safe.  If you would rather, Mills River has a brand new park near the library complete with a walking path, tennis courts, playground and two fenced dog parks.      

The only utility cost the residence has is for electricity through Duke Energy.  The bill ranges from $70-$110 depending on the season and utility rates.  With the new HVAC system installed, the house is energy-efficient and helps keep costs down.  The water supply comes from a well located on the property and a septic tank is used for waste water.  In the living room, there is a gas fireplace, however there is currently not a tank attached.  Freeman Gas and Blossman Gas have offices in close proximity and are recommended if a gas tank hook up is desired.                                   

407 Bald Mountain Road, Burnsville, NC 28714

407 Bald Mountain Road, Burnsville NC 28714

2 Bedrooms in Main House + Guest House | MLS #: 530894
Property Description
Fishing Lodge with State Stocked Private Trout Waters! 2 Bedrooms upstairs with bonus trout room in basement. Bathrooms have radiant heated floors. All updated interior. Open Floor Plan and stone FP. Enough room for family and friends to spend time all year round. RV Parking, wired for 3 RVs. Complete with elevator. Guest House/Bunk House has full kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. Great for year round living or vacation rental.
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"Seller Says"
The thing I love about Burnsville is its location! We love hiking, cycling, and riding our motorcycle to nearby waterfalls. Burnsville is a quaint historic little town, with an active farmer's market and an old theatre. Several art shops, coffee shops and galleries surround the town square. The ski resorts in Boone are about 1 scenic hour drive  north. Wolf Laurel ski resort is literally just around the mountain!  Asheville is just 45 minutes to the south.     

We love to eat at the Hilltop Restaurant in downtown Burnsville. There is also a great restaurant with a view for miles at the Wolf Laurel Ski Resort. Blue Mountain Pizza and Jack of Hearts in Weaverville, are our favorite pizza and live music stops. For gourmet cuisine, we love to stop at the Stoney Knob Cafe in Weaverville.    

Groceries can be found in downtown Burnsville at Ingles; everything from wine and beer to a full deli and even local produce!    

When we bought the property we were drawn to the size of the creek, the hug of the mountain ridge behind the house, and the easy access to the property. There are no eyesores nearby, and the flowing creek can be heard in every room of the house. We love the fact that we have no houses encroaching on us. With over 7+ acres from creek to ridge line, the home has a wonderful private treehouse feeling to it. The lower level of the home has a drive in garage. We have used the bottom of the house for an art studio, and we have had the home wired for larger equipment. There is a canning kitchen downstairs, and an extra bedroom we built for company. The upper floor can be reached by stairs or elevator and has 2 more bedrooms and 2 baths. 

A separate "Bunkhouse/Studio" has been updated with a 1/2 bath, a hickory/stainless/granite kitchenette, and bedroom.    
The Burnsville area is a great starting spot for many adventures! Whitewater rafting on the Nollichucky, looking for aquamarines at the Ray Mine in Spruce Pine, hiking around Hot Springs. In Winter we day trip to Boone for skiing, or stay close to home at the Wolf!    

It is truly wonderful  to sit on the porch, smelling the forest and listening to the creek while the lightning bugs come out. The seasons are quite spectacular with lots of color in the fall. During the summer, we have a small grouping of pink blossomed mimosa trees, that are covered in black and blue swallowtail butterflies migrating through. The hummingbirds empty our feeders every fall on their way south. Mama and baby deer have grazed through our front yard.We have watched flocks of turkeys march along the snowy trails! Wild life watching is great from the porch with a cup of coffee!    

I really enjoy fishing the little drops in the creek in our front yardAt sunset, I can grab a beer and wade into the bend of the creek easing my line downstream when - "BAM" - trout attack! We have caught rainbows bigger than 10 inches as well as the little native brown and brook trout. These little native trout get thrown back into the creek.    

Our home location is great for FISHING! We are located just 1/2 mile from the confluence of the Cane River and Bald Mountain Creek. Fishing is FANTASTIC. The state stocks trout for the creek at our mailbox! Rather than facing the uncertainties of the big river, we always seem to have lots of trout on site! Our mountain behind the house boasts several boulder caves. We have panned gold flecks from the little brook off the mountain behind the home. A small grocery store is located at the River with everything from milk to bait!    

Utilities are lower than I expected. We are part of the French Broad electrical co-op.  Averaged out, we probably use $85-$100 month as there is no need for A/C. Fuel oil for heating in the winter is reasonable. The heated floors in the bathroom help, too!  

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

205 Riene Lane, Swannanoa, NC 28778

205 Riene Lane, Swannanoa, NC 28778
MLS#534616/3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms

Property Description: Priced Below Appraisal! Beautiful setting with great views, just minutes from downtown, close to all E. Asheville shopping and easy access to I-40. Great privacy in cul-de-sac. Large lot with fruit trees, outdoor living space, stunning landscaping, rocking chair front porch, large deck with views and room for a shed if you wish. Home has functional open floor plan, tons of natural light and large master on main.
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"Seller Says"
The thing I love the most about living in this part of the Swannanoa area is the close proximity to the interstate and being so close to the Asheville line which enables quick access to shopping, downtown, etc.     
We love to eat at many outstanding restaurants in the area.  You can just about find any style of food very close by and all of them are very delicious.    

Grocery stores are plentiful and easy to access regardless if you go east or west.  Walmart and the Asheville Mall is within 5-7 minutes as well.  Whole Foods is also opening very soon by the Asheville Mall.    

When we bought the property we were drawn to the front porch and deck with many great views.  The floor plan of the house is beautiful.  Also, during summertime, the view of our beautiful landscaping from the living room is absolutely amazing.    

The Asheville area is wonderful and provides many activities for all ages.  Beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls are in very close proximity.      

We are in close proximity to the Veterans Affairs Hospital and a very quick ride to Mission Health.    

Our house is within 5 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance as well as within 10 minutes to the lovely Biltmore Estate.    

Our neighborhood is nestled in Hannahs Whispering Pines and the views are outstanding.  Fall foilage is abundant here in the fall.  The community is close knit and the families are friendly.  Even though we are so close to downtown Asheville, we still feel like we are in a quiet country setting.    

Our utility costs are very low.  We have Progress Energy and our average bill is $139 per month.  We also have gas and that is serviced through Freeman, we pay around $300 every three to four months, depending on usage.    

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

105 Terry Estate Drive, Black Mountain, NC 28711

105 Terry Estate Drive, Black Mountain, NC 28711
MLS#534250/3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms

Property Description: CPO-appraised/inspected/home warranty. So much for so little, within walking distance to downtown Black Mountian. Immaculately kept 3BR home with bonus room and views. New enviro carpets, fenced in yard, garden beds and shed. Ample parking, Vaulted ceiling, Stainless open kitchen, Master bedroom with private deck and bathroom to die for. You may never leave your private escape!

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"Seller Says"
We love Black Mountain.  A small, picturesque town that makes you feel like you've stepped inside a Norman Rockwell painting.  I read that somewhere once and it made me smile because it is so true.     

I love the fact that we live next to so many wonderful places to eat.  One of our favorite things to do as a family is walk down to Louise's Kitchen for Sunday brunch.  I am obsessed with the huevos rancheros.  A few doors down is Red Radish to Go and it is my "go to" place to get a home cooked meal on a busy schedule and their desserts are divine.  Our family loves pizza and we take turns between My Father's Pizza and Fresh Wood Fire Pizza....both are wonderful. Trailhead, Ole's Guacamoles, Que Sera, Morning Glory, Thai Basil, and Veranda Cafe are a few others that we also enjoy immensely.  We also venture up to Hey, Hey Cupcake and splurge on the decadent yumminess of their cupcake creations.     

Places to shop are aplenty.  For groceries we shop at Ingles, the outdoor "Tailgate Market" from May to October (you will see the whole community there on Saturday mornings), the Black Mountain Farmers Market, Natural Foods, and The Artisan Gourmet Market.  Downtown shopping we have Town Hardware, Take a Hike Outfitters, Common Housefly, The Merry Wine Market, Cherry Street Kids, and so many antique shops and art/craft galleries.    

When we bought this property we were drawn to the location.  We also loved that it was a bungalow that was built recently so we didn't have to stress over things like lead paint, black mold, rusted pipes, leaky roofs, etc.  We love being on a dead end street and on a corner lot.  We love the simplicity of the layout of the house.  It is great for having people over.  Our kitchen opens up to the dining area and living room, so everyone can socialize without missing out.  It has been wonderful with small children as well because they are always within eyesight.  I love the front porch and it is where I spend most of my time from spring to fall.  Whenever I feel a little overwhelmed I go sit outside and look out at the view of the mountains from the side, take a deep breath and it calms me down every time. Honestly, I wish we could move our house and location and the things we love down with us.     

The Asheville area is wonderful because there is so much to do!  Downtown Asheville is the mecca for amazing food!  The people are wonderful and friendly. The mountains are breathtaking and calming.    

There are a great selection of schools to choose from within and around Black Mountain.  Wonderful public schools, a sought after charter school and great private school options such as Swannanoa Valley Montessori School, The Learning Community School, and Asheville Christian Academy.          

There are so many things to do around the area. We hike and bike.  Lake Tomahawk offers "Park Rhythms" in the summer for some great free outdoor concerts with local food.  We walk to catch the fireworks downtown every 4th of July.  There are lots of festivals and community events happening throughout the year and a huge selection of summer camps and outdoor activities.     

We love our neighborhood for so many reasons.  The first being LOCATION.  We live in this hidden nook that no one really knows about and yet we are so close to everything.  We are able to walk to town and get to everything we could ever need.  The cute downtown with all its wonderful shops and restaurants.  The library for our weekly book fix.  The many classes and events at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.  The post office and many parks and playgrounds. 
We live across from "In-the-Oaks", which was one of the last of the grand estates built in the early 1920s and is currently owned by Montreat College.  It is beautiful.  We enjoy many of the wonderful cross country trails within the estate, brimming with blackberries and black raspberries.  Just down from there is the greenway trail that takes you to the Black Mountain Rec Park, Grey Eagle Arena and the Black Mountain Community Garden.  We bike and hike a lot with the kids and I feel so fortunate it's just outside our door.  Our neighbors are wonderful and one of the things we will miss most about our neighborhood.     

Our utility costs stay low because of the size of our house.                                             

140 Bonnie Brae Court, Fletcher, NC 28732

140 Bonnie Brae Court, Fletcher, NC 28732
MLS#533621/4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms

Property Description: WNC has it all, wrapped up in one 6+ acre and 4000+ square foot bundle! You can't always get what you want, but if you search sometimes, you may find...just what you want! Meticulously maintained home with tons of storage! Open main level with large deck. Apartment with 2 bedrooms, great room, private deck and entrance on lower level. Hiking trails to waterfall, rope swing, rock outcroppings and hammock. RV pad. 

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"Seller Says" 
What do you love about the town you live in?  The town of Fletcher is nicely nestled between Asheville and Hendersonville. Just the right size for a home town feel, yet close to both cities. Not a lot of traffic to keep from getting the necessary trips made quickly. 

There is a large, clean, well stocked branch of the Henderson County Public Library, post office, efficient fire house, and a public recreational park with enclosed softball fields, play ground, walking track, planned functions and more. Fletcher has its own police department with minimal area crime.

This pleasant town holds a variety of shops from garden/feed stores, large fabric store, upscale dress shop, and a variety of churches and banks.  Fletcher also holds a lot of interesting history.  You will be proud being called a Fletcherite.
Where do you love to eat?  We enjoy the peaceful setting of our expansive decks to relax while eating a home cooked meal.  The outstanding long range views of nature, cool evenings, listening to the waterfall, or watching the radiant sunsets behind Mt. Pisgah, why go anywhere else?  Or sit and relax, eating a bowl of soup by the attractive easy to maintain, Hearthstone wood stove.  The warmth that it gives is perfect during the winter.  If you want an extra treat, just head down the mountain 2.5 miles to the just opened Strawberry Hill Yogurt which offers soup, panini sandwiches, pizza and a large variety of yogurt, sorbet with delicious toppings to top the evening off.

Where do you shop?  A variety of grocery shopping is within 8 miles of our house. Fletcher Valley Natural Foods, just 2.5 miles away, offers a large variety of organic and health foods.  Nearby is also an Asian market and the super grocery store Ingles - if they don't have it, you don't need it.  Hendersonville, Arden, Skyland and Asheville are all within 15-20 miles, offering many more choices.
At the large Farmer's Market in Asheville, vendors will fill your baskets or trunk with their produce, honey or other specialties. 

What were you drawn to when you bought the property?  When we saw this 6.5+ acre, 2,500 ft. elevation, untouched, private, secluded property, we absolutely fell in love with it.  The long range views, the woods, mountain laurels, rhododendrons.  The minimal mowing needed to take up our spare time. The creek/stream, natural springs, and a rare 30-foot waterfall.  Walking trails, wild life of birds, racoons, bob cat, an occasional visit from the black bear.  All of this is found on our property and we knew there was no other place to build our home. 

The excellent tasting, crystal clear well water with plenty to fill the 24-foot swimming pool was a great bonus.  We are blessed to have this peaceful seclusion in nature, room for a garden, and a RV 30/50 amp site pad. 

The 1.5 story large playhouse, tepee, rope swing, rock climbing wall, the pool and fun exploring the out-of-doors, makes this property perfect for raising a family or providing enjoyment for your visiting friends and family.

Note: The waterfall could be a potential for hydroelectric power. 

What is great about the Asheville area in your opinion?  This part of Western North Carolina is the best place to live.  The lush, green beauty, the great year-round temperatures of mild winters and summers, beautiful colors in the fall, and a very low population of flying insects makes for a pleasant environment.  If you are wanting to leave a snow packed, insect-mazed, tornado alley, flood or hurricane prone area - then this is the place for you.  We seemed to be spared the severe weather pattern that other places are impacted with.

Anything else you can mention about the infrastructure of the area - schools, hospitals, etc.?  Within 3 miles of this home, we are blessed to have a state of the art hospital and doctor's offices with excellent physicians.  Also a fitness center that is equipped with the latest exercise equipment, an indoor swimming pool, therapy pool and hot tub. Fitness classes are offered to help improve one's health. A massage and physical therapist are available on the premises.  We have excellent private and public elementary and high schools and we're only 4+/- miles to I-26.   All this so close!

Anything else you can mention about the area?  We love the endless variety of things to do in this area, such as hiking Mt. Pisgah, or Mount Mitchell and other scenic trails to walk or mountain bike.  We enjoy camping, whether in our RV or tent, and taking our canoe down one of the rivers or on the lake.  There are several multi-skill level snow skiing resorts within a two hour drive and we enjoy them all.

What kind of interests and hobbies are available in the area?  With the extra large bedrooms and the full apartment/guest quarters on the lower level that this house offers, you have a place for your friends and family to visit while you show them the Biltmore Estate or Carl Sandburg's Home and Farm and other attractions in the area.  If you like rugged, adventurous mountain climbing, biking or walking trails, we have it.  If you like southern hospitality, history, museums, and entertainment, they are all here.  There is such a variety of interests and activities that you don't need to go anywhere else and we are only 5-6 hours away from the beach/ocean.

What do you love about your neighborhood?  Our 140 acre neighborhood is a well-planned subdivision, full of local history and character. With a minimum of 2.5 acres for those on the mountainside, this provides plenty of space and privacy.  Some have larger parcels of land.

All the neighbors are friendly and caring and we would not hesitate leaving our house key with any of them.  Christmas get-togethers at one of the homes or a get-better acquainted, yearly subdivision meeting are highlights.  Just beyond our neighborhood are many hiking and mountain biking trails for your cardio workout.

Average utility costs?  Our average utility costs are well below the "Efficient Home" Duke Energy usage report, stating that we are among the MOST Efficient homes in our area.  This is due to the energy efficient, solid structure of our home built by one of the best builders in our area. The exterior walls are 6 inches to keep the heat out during the summer and the cold out in the winter.

The insulation is above code in all the walls, between floor levels and in the carpeted attic. There is also insulation in the walls of the split bedrooms, that are on either side of the great room, as well as around the bathrooms for a sound barrier.

Our A/C unit is newer than the house, we just did not need to install it, due to our high elevation, and a whole house attic fan to bring in the cool evening breezes.

The great room, kitchen, and the office on the main level have paddle fans, as well as the four bedrooms on the upper level. The lower level living room also has a paddle fan.

EnergyUnited Propane maintains the 500 gallon tank that supplies the two central, fan forced, propane gas furnaces that keep the house warm. A gas range/convection oven and a gas dryer are on the main level. We have plenty of hot water with our two 50 gallon gas water heaters.

There are electrical outlets installed behind the gas range, dryer and water heaters if you prefer to change to all electric.

The poured concrete daylight basement has a Jotul gas log stove, as well as electric zone control heat to keep warm.

The many windows let in the sunshine and allows one to enjoy the views. There is specialty lighting throughout the house, with theater lights on the stairways, and the house is wired for central stereo.

The two upper level bathrooms have electric wall heaters on a timer, that provide extra warmth as you come out of the 1). 6 ft. x 3.5 ft. cultured marble, double head shower, 2) cultured marble whirlpool tub, 3) 11x 13.5 dressing room, or the 4) cultured marble garden tub/shower.

The lower level bathroom also has a wall heater and a cultured marble garden tub/shower.

The property has a 6+ gallon per minute well and a septic tank.

No worries about any power outage: the house is set up with a whole house transfer switch, and you won't even be able to tell that the power is out.

There is so much more to this property that I was not able to include it all.  Such as a 6-foot walk-in kitchen pantry, plenty of storage throughout the house, the large two car garage with over-sized doors for large vehicles, plenty of lighting, and space for pool and camping gear, bikes, tools and more.

When you come, be sure to wear your walking shoes.       

Friday, March 8, 2013

28 Rose Point Drive, Leicester, NC 28748

28 Rose Point Drive, Leicester, NC 28748
MLS#533712/2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms

Property Description: Priced below appraisal, this quality built Arts & Crafts style bungalow is just the right size for starting out or downsizing. Located in a gated community with clubhouse and pool, convenient to shopping and approximately 15 minutes to downtown Asheville. One level living with open floor plan, 9-foot ceilings and a sunroom (not included in square footage). Low maintenance Trex deck. Owner is NC broker. 

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"Seller Says"
Leicester is convenient to Asheville, but does not have the city taxes - just the county taxes - which adds to the affordability.  It is a small town but still provides schooling for K-12, a fire station with EMS, its own post office and county library.  A town community center is a great place to walk the track and for community gatherings.  Each Wednesday, a luncheon is prepared by volunteers from churches for area residents who can leave a donation or not.  A close knit group of people live here and can be seen frequently at the hardware store or the diners.  We use a local auto repair shop for our vehicles and they are great, reasonable and fair. 

There are the usual chain restaurants as well as a small and intimate local restaurant in Leicester run by a husband and wife team called Stone House Market.  Located in a former gas station building, its menu is posted on a blackboard outside.  It offers a limited menu but it is all one needs.  The trip down to Patton Avenue turning east or west provides more restaurants and shopping.  The ultimate is the Biltmore Estate, America's largest house, and its acclaim with restaurants, winery and Antler Hill Village.  The other ultimate is the Grove Park Inn, with all its offerings including a spa.      

Despite the quiet community, we are only eight minutes from major grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and the usual fast fooderies, without going into the city proper.  However, if we want the city we can be in its heart in 25 minutes - and not the 25 minutes type of driving experienced within the city limits.  A Mission Hospital family care facility has just opened and there is a Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care facility just a straight nine miles away, which we have used by the way.  We are only 1.5 miles from the fire station, which has a super EMS service.  The post office is just three miles and a Buncombe County Library branch is about two miles, which we use constantly.      

We fled from the Sandhills and to escape it's humidity, sand and pine straw for the more comfortable climate here in WNC and have not been disappointed.   Another prime draw was the Mission Hospital system, with its wonderful reputation.    

The Asheville area provides so much to do and to see, no matter what your interests may be.  The city has culture, art, sports, shopping and dining to make anyone happy.  The Asheville Airport is a manageable airport and you will not get lost trying to find your flights or your car.  The Asheville Visitors Center provides a tour by shuttle train which is so worthwhile and provides some history and familiarizes one with the area without having to drive around trying to see things at the same time.  There is a casino in Cherokee further west, as well as white water canoeing and kayaking, etc.  The mountians offer hiking, camping and "leaf peeping".

Our specific community has underground utilities.  Sewer and water are provided as part of the monthly fee.  We have not used the school system as we are retired and not had any "kids" or "grandkids" in the schools here.  However, the medical community is absolutely wonderful with every service one can want or need.    

Weather watchers rejoice as from our home we can see the mountains of Tennessee to one side which will have snow on the peaks when we don't have any snow.  To the other side we can see Mount Pisgah and when it is clear we call it a Pisgah morning.  It is so exhilariting here to walk the neighborhood and have views all around.  There is a breeze when it is hot in summer to keep us cool and no mosquitos when we sit out or grill on the open deck.  The three-season porch features blinds to close for a bit of privacy, or open them wide for maximum outside views.    

We enjoy going right across the road to the club house in the morning for pool exercises or a hot tub followed by an outside shower.  Or if we feel so inclined we can go inside to use the exercise equipment to workout.  There is a walking trail which goes down by the pond and benches to just sit a bit.  The community offers raised garden plots to grow vegetables, herbs or sunflowers.  You can pick veggies at the peak for salad for dinner.    

What sold us on this community were the amenities and the affordability.  It does give the opportunity to live here for part of the year and leave for parts unknown knowing things will be cared for and protected by the gated community aspect of Rose Hill.  The club house can be used for weddings, reunions, birthdays, graduations, etc.  Folks can gather there to sit by the fire and read or watch sports on the huge TV.  In good weather, the pool is so inviting and both the club house and the pool/hot tub areas are locked and only accessible by a fob issued to residents.   

The water and sewer are included in the HOA fees and we find that Charter offers the best internet connection. We do use Direct TV and the cost varies dependent on the package chosen.  Our phone is cell only but there is Verizon and AT&T.  Packages with either the cable or internet service can be added.  The electric is provided by Progress Energy and our plan is $128 per month.  The fireplace is wood burning, but if converted to gas it would use a propane tank.                                               

Thursday, March 7, 2013

934 Allens Creek Road, Waynesville, NC 28786

934 Allens Creek Road, Waynesville, NC 28786
MLS#533662/4 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms

Property Description: Priced below appraisal and offering a home warranty. Complete peace of mind in this excellent home perched along the bold Allens Creek. Walk from your covered deck into the water or sit by the fire pit. Seconds to nightlife, shopping and restaurants of Waynesville. Not often does one home for this price offer so much. Vaulted ceilings, stone gas fireplace, large living room, oversized kitchen, formal dining area. 

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"Seller Says" 
The main thing we love about Waynesville is living in a small town, yet having Asheville so close (within 30 minutes).  Our town has so many small businesses that care about their customer service.  When visitors come to Waynesville, it is easy to direct them to any type of restaurant they are in the mood for.
Thai Spice, City Bakery, and Bocceli’s are just a few of our favorite restaurants. All of these are only 5 minutes from our home. When we are done eating, we try to stop by one of the local breweries in town. Frog Level and Tipping Point Brewing are within the same distance as the restaurants. Or, if you are just looking for a cup of coffee, Panacea is a very relaxing place to go sip and enjoy some of the great smells when they are roasting. 

Ingles Supermarket is right down the street and always has the best produce. Walmart, Best Buy, and PetSmart are only a couple minutes away. Main Street is 3 miles away, and includes locally owned businesses such as Mast General Store (hiking & outdoor gear), consignment shops, massage therapy and yoga studio, etc.   

The creek is what really drew our attention. There are not many places you can walk out your back door to go down to your own creek. It was only a matter of time before a fire pit was put in and were able to have a fire by the creek. Having a nice level yard is great to get out and play in, yet we see the mountains all around.

Another bonus is the flat roads to the highway. When the roads get back its much easier to get in and out of.  We added a covered porch as well.  During bad weather, this is especially nice if you plan on grilling out or need extra room for get-togethers. Great hiking trails are about 25-30 minutes away on the Blue Ridge ParkwayWaterrock Knob is 25 minutes away and has an awesome view to watch the sunset or to have a picnic.   

Waynesville has an outstanding small town feel. Once you start going out and about you will have new friends in no time.  

Our daughter isn’t old enough for school yet, but we both grew up in the school system and would match to any of the other surrounding areas. Our daughter was born at the local hospital and, having used to work there, I can say that it is an outstanding and caring place to receive medical care.  
There are usually an abundance of festivals that Waynesville has to offer. From the Apple Harvest Festival to Folk Moot Parade (a festival/parade that brings dancers from many countries).  Art After Dark happens on the first Friday of each month, and most businesses stay open a few hours later so you can walk the streets and look at some of the local art galleries and enjoy local bands.  
We are right in the middle of the outdoor playground. We really enjoy going hiking and are only 6 minutes from an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. One of our favorite spots is Devil’s Courthouse which is only a 25 minute drive. There are some great fishing spots as well. There are plenty of parks and recreation areas for kids and grown-ups. You could pick up Frisbee golf at the local course. Allens Creek Park is located only half a mile from our house, and includes a beautiful track .We feel very safe in our neighborhood and never worry about what we may leave outside an our neighbors keep their lawns nicely manicured. 

We have city water and sewer and have an average water bill of $36/month. For electric we have Progress Energy with an average of $115/month. In the spring and summer months, we usually open the windows to let the fresh air in which reduces the bill. We also have a gas log fireplace that is nice to use on the cold and snowy days but also serves as backup in case the power goes out.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

109 Fisher Lane, Asheville, NC 28804

109 Fisher Lane, Asheville, NC 28804
MLS#533804/4 Bedrooms/3.5 Bathrooms

Property Description: Your own Asheville Oasis! Worlds away from the hustle and bustle, yet only minutes from Downtown Asheville. Built in 2007 with 4BR/3.5BA, large in-ground pool,front and back decks and spacious family room. Master on main with access to deck and hot tub. Gourmet kitchen, formal dining and sitting room in open floor plan. 3 master suites, endless hot water, 3 HVAC zones. Manicured grounds and so much more.

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"Seller Says"
The things we love about Asheville, NC are the mild winters and the cool summer nights, good places to eat, interesting places to visit and the breathtaking views of the mountains.   
We love to eat at Stony Knob, Bellagio Bistro and 12 Bones, which are minutes away, as well as many of the restaurants in downtown Asheville which are world famous. Even the President has to visit the area to eat at our restaurants several times a year. We love to shop at the Asheville Mall and the shops in Biltmore Village.  Grocery stores are plentiful and minutes away.  Lowe's and Walmart are off the next exit of Highway 26.  

When we bought the property we were drawn the the beautiful natural setting and the views of the mountains.  The south facing property allows plenty of natural sunlight. The Asheville area is wonderful because it provides all the modern conveniences while being located in the middle of nature. 

A few other things that I can mention are the great schools systems.  The public schools are good and there are several private school systems in the area.  The University of North Carolina at Asheville is five minutes from our house.  Mission Hospital offers excellent health care and is ten minutes away.   

We love to spend our evenings and weekends outside.  We both work inside all day and can't wait to get home to sit on the front deck and watch the sunset or take a refreshing dip in the pool. 

Of course everyone has different things they like to do in their spare time and there is so much to do in the area.  We love to go tubing down one of the many nearby rivers in the surrounding mountains in the summer and snow sking at a nearby ski resort in the winter.  Taking a hike to one of the many waterfalls is a nice way to spend an afternoon. 

Our neighborhood is great for the country surroundings just minutes from Asheville.  We work in Asheville but love living in the country.  We have bears, deer, racoons, foxes and turkeys who come down from the surrounding mountains to visit us frequently.  The neighbors are friendly.

Our utility costs are very reasonable because of the mild seasons and the fact that we have natural gas service.  Progress Energy is the electric utility and our electric bill averages $75 a month.  Public Service Gas is our natural gas utility and our gas bill averages $50.  We have public water and sewer and our water/sewer bill averages $40.         

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

36 Centennial Drive Waynesville NC 28786 MLS Number 560211 Presented by Patton & Lee Waynesville

36 Centennial DriveWaynesville NC 28786MLS Number 560211

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  • 5Bedrooms
  • 2.40Acreage
  • 4Bathroom
  • 2Half Baths
A thoughtful blend of modern convenience and old world charms, this 18th century inspired Georgian stone home was designed by award-winning Philadelphia architect, Frederick L. Bissinger. Unique property offers rare combination of bold creek and majestic mountain views. High end custom finishes throughout the spacious home. Family retreat above 3-car garage and entertainment room. See attached feature sheet.

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"Seller Says"
We love Waynesville, because it is a quaint small town with friendly people. There is so much to do in the town with many restaurants, shopping and town events. Downtown Waynesville offers seasonal street events and fairs that offers something for everyone.  These are always fun events that everyone comes out to enjoy. The HART Theater offers wonderful plays and music events. We saw A Christmas Carol there this year. If you enjoys sports, golf and skiing are minutes away.  Every year we enjoy Christmas shopping downtown. The town and the shops are decorated elegantly for the Christmas season. Every year we find the most special gifts for loved ones in the local shops. The best part is that we are only a five minute drive to Main Street.

Waynesville and surrounding communities have some great family friendly, affordable restaurants. You can find something for everyone to enjoy.  We love to eat at The Sweet Onion, Thai Spice, The Tipping Point Brewery & TavernNick & Nates and Angelos Pizza. We really enjoy Bosu's Wine Shop. All we have to do is tell Bob what we are having for dinner and he always matches the meal with a perfectly balanced wine at reasonable prices.      

Grocery stores are plentiful on Russ Avenue in downtown Waynesville. Our favorite grocery store is the Ingles on Russ Avenue. It has everything you need, even speciality items. We enjoy grabbing a Starbucks coffee located in the store to start off our shopping trip.  Seasonally, we always frequent Barber Orchard Fruitstand. We look forward  to the pies, apple dounghuts, apple cakes, apples and fresh apple cider. This is a popular destination for locals as well as the tourists.  A favorite country store we enjoy is Christopher Farms. We get all kinds of cheeses at very good prices. We enjoy attending the local Farmer's market held at the HART Theatre from spring to fall. We look forward to getting up every Saturday and heading there. It is a five minute drive and you can get everything from fresh seafood, breads, produce, cut flowers, fresh meats and much more. We have even ordered our Thanksgiving turkey here.
We bought the property because it is one of the only lots in the Sanctuary that offers flat ground, a creek flowing through the property and wonderful south winter sun.  The winter here is not a dreary at all. Our exposure offers some of the most incredible sunsets. The sunsets are a palate of colors.  

In terms of the house we can honestly say that if we built the house again we would do nothing different. That says a lot! The house was designed by Fred Bissinger from Pennsylvania. The style of the house is reminiscent of a Georgian farmhouse. The floor plan is warm and functional, yet elegant and distinctly beautiful.  There is charm throughout the house.  The house is wonderful for entertaining in the large dining room to relaxing in the formal living room. The house was build with lots of closets and storage and laundry facilities close to the bedrooms. There is granite throughout the house and the kitchen has a huge countertop, double Wolf ovens and a large Sub Zero refrigerator and a smaller one for beverages. The extended family always wants to have the holidays at our home and cooking becomes a family affair that is enjoyable and spacious. We don't have enough room to write about all of the pluses and fond memories we have had in the house. 

The Smoky Mountain Sanctuary community is dedicated to maintaining a clean and attractive community. The community is well maintained all year. Our homeowners association is very well organized and professional. The association has the general welfare of all property owners as their primary objective.    

Our children are in a private Christian school in Asheville but we have many friends who have their children in Haywood County Schools and they are pleased. This is the only reason we are seeking to move from our home. We are currently commuting two hours per day for school. Also, because of the distance, the children are not able to be involved in many after school activities and their friends all live in Asheville. We love our home and would otherwise never move.    

We love to spend time on our huge covered porch. We have enjoyed many family meals as well as entertaining in this peaceful space. We have many perennial  beds and always have cut flowers from spring through the fall. There is beauty in every season.    

The Smoky Mountain Sanctuary community affords hiking, picnicking and plenty of relaxation. There are wildflowers and wonderful views for every season. We have a variety of wildlife including deer, hawks, turkeys, bobcats, foxes and an occasional bear has been sighted. Not to worry, though, most animals run at the sight of humans.     

Our neighborhood is really the best of both worlds. It is private yet right in downtown Waynesville.  The drive home is very picturesque and we get to enjoy golf course, farm and mountain views. The neighborhood has wide roads which are always maintained. The neighborhood is gated. When you approach the gate you are greeted by a small flowing waterfall and an attractive gatehouse. We have a beautifully constructed community pavilion that offers a large stone fireplace, outdoor grill, restroom facilities, picnic tables, tennis courts and a chapel.   

The entire community offers gorgeous mountain views. The best part is the Smokey Mountain Sanctuary is not within the city limits, so we only pay county taxes which will cut your taxes in half.     

The house has three zones for heating and cooling, one for each floor.  This allows you to control each floor independent of another.  All of the stone on the house acts as a great insulator of the temperatures. The heating bill average for the year is $250 per month.  We fill the propane tank once a year and this fuels our tankless water heater, the Wolf gas stove top and the two gas fireplaces located in the master bedroom suite and in the downstairs game room. In addition, we have two conventional fireplaces in the house.  We have heated floors in the master bathroom which can be programmed to one's preferences.