Monday, May 27, 2013

72 Beaumont Drive, A Rare Opportunity to own a National Treasure in mountains of Flat Rock North Carolina

72 Beaumont Drive, Flat Rock NC 28731

MLS# 539663

The Beaumont Estate is a faithfully restored home which honors its glorious and storied past while gracefully incorporating modern amenities. 

Built in 1839 of local granite, with renovations by Biltmore Estate's architect Richard Sharpe Smith in 1910, and another historical renovation by the current owners. 

Comfortable elegance gives way to endless possibilities-family residence or retreat, summer home or Bed and Breakfast. On The National Historic Register.

This beautiful historic home was built for Mr Andrew Johnstone and his wife, Sophia Beaumont Clarkson, overlooking the mountains and the 4.76 acres of property.

Hendersonville North Carolina is just down the road, and you can reach Asheville North Carolina within 35 minutes' drive. 

The discerning owners of this wonderful home will be given a copy of the historic book put together by the previous owners, with delightful copies of letters of the the Johnstone's and later happenings, giving a real insight into life at the time of the civil war. 

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"Seller Says"

The things we love about Flat Rock are the friendly people, the mountain setting, and the culture. We enjoy the four unique seasons that our elevation provides.

Flat Rock is also close to Hendersonville, so we have small-town charm with the conveniences of city life. We love to eat at the new hot spots! Flat Rock has an abundance of culinary experiences and we are fortunate to always have a new menu to sample. Hendersonville offers an abundance of cuisines to suit any mood. Nearby Asheville is a food-lovers paradise.

Ingles and Harris Teeter are great for a quick trip and staple items. Fresh Market features gourmet
items and an impressive selection of meats. We look forward to the curbside market where we buy local produce and handmade items.

When we first saw Beaumont, the locally quarried granite made a stunning impression. The allure of renovating such a historical home was too much to resist. We fell in love with the Flat Rock area, as well. Flat Rock is close to numerous attractions. Biltmore House, Cherokee, and Pigeon Forge all make great day-trips. The changing seasons are wonderful to witness on a hike or camping trip in the Pisgah National Forest. Places to snow ski are in close proximity.

At the end of a day spent exploring the area, it's nice to return to the front porch and enjoy the cool mountain breeze. There is always something to do with a tennis court & pool on the property.

Beaumont is a great home for entertaining. The formal dining room, back deck, and well-landscaped grounds provide ample spaces for a large group. We enjoy working on the perennial garden beside the quaint ice house, shopping downtown for antiques, and reading on the front porch.

Beaumont Estates is a relatively small neighborhood. Neighbors are friendly and helpful, but we respect each others privacy.

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Flat Rock and Western North Carolina offers an array of recreational opportunities.

Carl Sandburg provided a popular voice for the American people of the twentieth century and still speaks to us through his words, songs and the beauty and serenity of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.
Explore Sandburg's Legacy and Experience Your America

Bicycling is a great way to get around. And North Carolina is an ideal place to bicycle. Climate, terrain, a rich history, and the many miles of pleasant country roads and off-road trails and greenways combine to provide for a great experience for any type of cyclist -- long-distance tourist, recreational rider, commuter, or mountain biker. There is a wide range in one’s skill and comfort level with bicycling in a variety of conditions.
This link will take you to a downloadable PDF file of a map of our area bike routes.  The map features a 184 mile system of routes; 4 signed routes totaling 106 miles and an additional 78 miles of unsigned connectors.
In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Elevations range from 2,240 feet at Cascade Lake to 3,620 feet at the peak of Stone Mountain. Little River runs through the forest, with four major waterfalls along its course. The forest also contains five lakes. The largest is 99-acre Lake Julia. The forest has over 80 miles of roads and trails that are shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a road – it’s a beautiful journey that entices visitors to explore a 469-mile gateway to America’s rich cultural heritage including Cherokee traditions, music, crafts, agriculture and nature. Your journey is just around the corner.

Find a Place to Hike! Hike WNC's Trailheads are hubs or larger areas where several trails are clustered together or in a network.

The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 90,000 patrons annually and is a major contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.

The Pisgah National Forest is a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. Comprised of over 500,000 acres, the Pisgah is primarily a hardwood forest with whitewater rivers, waterfalls and hundreds of miles of trails. This national forest is home of the first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1911 which led to the creation of the national forests in the eastern United States. It is also home of the first school of forestry in the United States, now preserved at the Cradle of Forestry in America historic site, and boasts two of the first designated wilderness areas in the east. The Pisgah, Grandfather and Appalachian Ranger Districts are scattered along the eastern edge of the mountains of western North Carolina and offer visitors a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoying the natural beauty of the mountains.

Whitewater rafting and outfitter guides directory.

Public fishing locations.   Western North Carolina has many miles of fishable trout waters.

Just as our experience of nature is intimate, visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum connect with plants in personal ways that are as diverse and rich as the land itself.  Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, exploring exhibits, enriching your mind or hiking and biking, the Arboretum offers activities for all ages.

The Center is now home to over sixty species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of plants, all representative of this unique bio-region, the Southern Appalachians. The Center is currently operated by the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.

Climb to the top of this towering 315-foot monolith located on the very edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains high above beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge. At a soaring elevation of 2,280 feet with its 75-mile views, this mountaintop experience will take your breath away.

If your child is ready for the experience of a lifetime, summer camp in Henderson County is the place to begin! Whether it’s boating, hiking, crafts or music, they are sure to find at least one camp that caters to one or all of their interests. All of these beautiful places meet the State Board of Health’s standards and require that health certificates be furnished by each camper. See below for camps in our chamber and check out the details.


Friday, May 24, 2013

3 Fairfield Drive, Candler, NC 28715

3 Fairfield Drive, Candler, NC 28715
MLS#539479/3 Bedrooms/2.5 Bathrooms
Property Description: Priced below May 2013 appraisal! Light and bright and tons of square footage for the money! Wooded privacy, fantastic outdoor living spaces and mature landscaping create a wonderful setting. Just 10 minutes to downtown Asheville and convenient to shopping and restaurants on Smokey Park Highway. Master suite on main. Spacious kitchen opens to screened porch. Dining room opens to back deck. 2 BR/1 BA upstairs with large family room on lower level.

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"Seller Says"
The thing I love about Candler is that it is lower traffic and busyness but so close to all the interstates and Asheville.  I can be in downtown Asheville in less then 15 minutes at my favorite restaurants.  Asheville is a great place where everyone fits in.
I love to eat out.  There are so many close restaurants with local, organic food.  It is great to be a foodie here.  We are also the top beer city.  I love the healthy eating choices.  I also order from Eden-Out that delivers organic prepared to my door twice weekly.  How does it get better then that.  My favorite restaurants are Laughing Seed, Sunny Point, Bandidos, and Green Tea for the sushi!  

There is a shopping center less then a mile from home with a grocery store.  Also, within 10 minutes you can be at the original Earth Fare which is my favorite for organic healthy foods.    

I was most drawn to the large trees and wooded lot of my home.  The lot is loaded with evergreen English Ivy that makes a low maintenance lawn, no mowing.  I had a local landscaper add local plants that bloom throughout the seasons and some healing herbs.  I loved all the decks, cathedral ceilings, fireplaces, sunken living room.  I also loved the hydrotherapy shower I had built in with a steam shower.  I love the views that are like being in a treehouse.  A green sanctuary.  The basement was perfect for an awesome workout room.      

I love the area, because it has the being away from it all in the woods feel.  However, you are minutes from everything because the interstates are all so close.  I love taking community education classes at the AB Tech branch that is less then a mile from my home.  There are so many festivals and activities I am close to in West Asheville, Asheville, and Hendersonville.    

Some other things worth mentioning is that the home has an Eco Water system installed which filters out bleach, fluoride, etc from the city water.  The bright white walls make any artwork stand out in the home.  The extended kitchen breakfast bar is so convenient for entertaining large groups with potlucks.         

My favorite hobby is strength training for strongman meets and there are several close trainers that I go to for group training with in Asheville and Hendersonville.  I also enjoy living a healthy lifestyle and Asheville is probably the best place in the country to eat local, organic, non-GMO foods if you are trying to make that choice.  I love being a local foodie with all the great restaurants.  The mountains offer many hiking groups to take advantage of to get closer to all the beautiful views.      

Our neighborhood has a very private large road where people walk among big beautiful trees and landscaping.  There are larger lots than other developments.  Everyone is nice and peaceful.     
My utility costs are inexpensive.  My Duke electric bill worst case in the winter has been under $150 and I have had bills about $50 for many of the other months.  The taxes are lower because we are not in city limits.  I have city water for about $20 every couple of months.  Waste Pro picks up trash and recycling Tuesday mornings for $40 every couple months.  I have a bundle with Charter Cable for $60 per month for high speed internet and phone service.                                                  

Thursday, May 16, 2013

29 Stafford Court, Fletcher, NC 28732

29 Stafford Court, Fletcher, NC 28732
MLS#538090/2 Bedrooms/1.5 Baths
Property Description: Carefree living at its best! This wonderful 2BR/1.5BA end unit condo in Stafford Crossing would make a great starter home or could be perfect for downsizing. Minutes to the Airport and less than 20 minutes from either Asheville or Hendersonville. Five minutes to Airport Road shopping! Very nice upgrades like recessed lighting, laminate wood floors, custom paint. Rear terrace ready for outdoor grill. Experience the easy life today.

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"Seller Says"
The things that I love about Fletcher, NC are numerous.  The town is safe and well-protected by dedicated policemen and women.  The location could not be more convenient, with easy access to both Asheville and Hendersonville.  Fletcher also provides you with easy access to all of the necessary resources: grocery stores only two miles away, gas stations within a mile, and many restaurant choices nearby.
We love to eat at the brand new Olive Garden that just opened down the road.  We also enjoy the local cuisine including Blue Sky Cafe and Kostas Kitchen. Shopping is available in every direction of our great location.  There is an Ingles Market just two miles away.  The Southridge Shopping Center provides great shopping options, including a Target, Best Buy, OfficeMax, PetSmart, Michael's, Ross, and Marshall's, to name a few. 
When we bought the property we were drawn to the fact that it was an end unit, which are generally more desirable.  Again, the location was a huge draw, with everything so close by.  

The Asheville area is an amazing area in so many ways.  Asheville is an extremely diverse city; there is something for everyone!    

A few other things that I can mention are the nearby services, such as Park Ridge Hospital, located just miles away.  Fletcher Park is also just miles away, providing a great place for kids to play or for adults to exercise and enjoy the walking and biking trails.          
We enjoy spending time outdoors, especially with our dog.  Nearby Fletcher Park provides a great place for taking pets for walks, riding bikes, and picnicking.    

Our neighborhood is extremely friendly and everyone is very conscientious, which helps provide a feeling of security and community.  The neighborhood has a garage sale each year, allowing the whole community to clean out their attics and garages and spend a day socializing and finding great deals.      

Our utility costs are very reasonable.  Water is provided by the City of Hendersonville and averaged under $20 a month.  Sewer service is provided by Henderson County and averaged around $25 a month.  Electric Service is provided by Progress Energy and varies throughout the year from as low as $30 in the winter to a high of approximately $100 in the summer.  Gas service, which provides both heat and hot water, also varies throughout the year, starting at about $30 a month to $80 a month.  The necessary utilities usually averaged approximately $150.                                                

Friday, May 10, 2013

92 Camsyn Drive, Weaverville, NC 28787

92 Camsyn Drive, Weaverville, NC 28787
3 Bedrooms/3.5 Bathrooms/3992 Square Feet/.46 Acre

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Property Description: Great, flowing, functional floor plan. Beautiful custom built home offered at a fantastic price! High end finishes, European inspired bathrooms, large open kitchen with granite and stainless appliances. Zoned HVAC. Fantastic master retreat with striking floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace opens to massive deck with picture perfect views of desirable Reems Creek Valley. Nestled in a wonderful gated community, convenient to Weaverville and Asheville.

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"Seller Says"
The things I love about Weaverville are the friendliness of the people and the warm feeling of living in a small town that has its own brand of sophistication.  It has grown since I have been here and will continue to grow, although I hope it doesn't get too big.

I love to eat at the following restaurants:  In Weaverville: Blue Mountain Pizza, Well-Bred Bakery and Stoney Knob Cafe.  

Of course, there are so many good restaurants in Asheville, which is only 15 minutes away, that it would be impossible to name them all.  Grocery stores are plentiful - Ingles (2 of them) are minutes away, as well as Fresh Market, Greenlife and soon to be Harris Teeter and Trader Joe's.  

When we purchased our property, we were mainly attracted by the wonderful mountain views.  I love Asheville for it's unique assortment of people, the accessibility of theater, music and arts and many fine restaurants.  The shopping is good and it is, generally, a pleasant town to hang out.  

As I do not have school-age children, I cannot discuss the schools, except to say that from what I hear from friends, the schools are excellent.  Mission Hospital in Asheville is very well regarded, and we have had very quick response both from the paramedics and the fire department.  

Another advantage to the area is the Asheville Regional Airport which offers direct connections to Atlanta or Charlotte, thus making it easy to get any place while still being able to small, convenient, hometown airport.  

At UNCA, the Reuters Center offers an amazing selection of courses geared to seniors.  There is something for everyone who is interested. 

My favorite hobby here is walking and hiking and there are many readily accessible trails and paths.  This neighborhood is great for the country feeling, the beautiful views, wonderful people and its closeness to all the conveniences of Weaverville and Asheville.  

My utility costs are comparable or less than the ones I paid while living in Florida.  They are:

Electric - Progress Energy (includes heat or A/C) - $300/monthGas - 

PSNC (stove, barbecue and hot water) - $15/month 
Water -  

Town of Weaverville -  $30 monthTelephone and Internet - 

Frontier - $85/monthTV - Dish Network - $90/month