Top Content of the Month June 2018

Black Mountain North Carolina Mountains

Fall colors in Black Mountain, North Carolina (Photo by Southeast Discovery)

This year, we've made an effort to step up our digital presence, and it's been a lot of fun interacting more with folks, especially on Facebook and Instagram. It also shows us what content grabs our audience the most, and we're going to start doing a round-up style piece each month to showcase what content people have been loving the most. So whether it's a history piece about the area, insights on managing your finances, or information about an awesome mountain home, area, or activity, this is the most popular content for June 2018.

1. Blanket Town: The Rise and Fall of an American Mill Town

This piece provides a brief history of Swannanoa dating back to its 1776 roots when it was called Shawano or Shawnee by the Cherokee Indians. 

2. Spring in WNC!

A collection of photos showcasing the beauty to be found in Western North Carolina.

3. 6 Reasons to Live in Black Mountain, North Carolina

One local shares a roundup of six reasons why he loves living in Black Mountain, including its convenience to getting around Western North Carolina thanks to the town's proximity to I-40.

4. Sourwood Festival

When a festival has survived 41 years, you know they are doing something right! This year's festivities take place on August 11-12 and include a Sourwood Idol amateur singing contest.

5. Black Mountain Grants Endowment Fund Announces $91K in Grants

Roundup of recent grant projects in and around the Black Mountain and Swannanoa communities.

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Black Mountain's Delightful Craft Beverage Scene

Cottonwood Properties at Pisgah Brewing fundraiser VegOut

The Cottonwood Properties team hanging out at VegOut, held at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain June 9.

It’s no secret that North Carolina is a major craft beer hub, with more than 260 craft breweries already opened and more opening every day. This makes it one of the beer powerhouses of the East Coast (Pennsylvania had 236 breweries accounted for at the end of 2017; New York had 214, with no other state coming in with more than 200). Of course, the competition gets stiffer when factoring in California (520) and Colorado (252). But the WNC region is also starting to take other craft beverage industries by storm, like hard cider, alcoholic ginger beer, and non-alcoholic crafted drinks like kombucha and craft sodas. Here’s where you can drink locally crafted suds and more in and around Black Mountain.

Black Mountain Ciderworks and Meadery

We love ciderist and mazeer Jessica Puzzo Bowman’s approach to cidermaking as she keeps it super-local. “We focus on what is local...and choose to appreciate how specific terroir of Henderson County shapes the complexities of our cider as a finished product,” she stated to Mountain Xpress. And she has a garden-to-glass approach as well, taking ingredients straight from her on-site garden to add to her ciders such as lavender, pineapple sage, and rosemary. Plus, Trips to Discover named Black Mountain Ciderworks one of their “6 Best Places to Go Cider Tasting in NC This Fall” last year (but we say go try their ciders anytime!).

Lookout Brewing

Lookout Brewing Company is a tiny brewery located across the street from some of the best pizza around at Fresh Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta. Last year, they expanded the taproom and production facility, but the laid-back, hang-for-awhile vibe hasn’t changed. They also employ interns from the A-B Tech brewing program, and often have live music on weekends. Read about their plans here in Black Mountain News.

Pisgah Brewing

Pisgah Brewing Company is the place to go for live music and craft beer in Black Mountain, and they certainly keep a jam-packed events calendar, like hosting the recent VegOut fundraiser for Bounty & Soul, which we were honored to help sponsor. They also host food trucks five days a week, have two stages, and even have a 9-hole disc golf course.

5 Reasons People Love Living in Western North Carolina

Cold Mountain North CarolinaNo doubt we could list hundreds, no, thousands of reasons we love living in North Carolina, and Western North Carolina specifically. But, we figured we’d let others do the talking, so we’ve rounded up 5 reasons people think living in WNC is awesome.

1. From’s “23 Reasons Why North Carolina Might Just Be the Best State Ever

“If you want to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Tar Heel State doesn’t disappoint. The Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and Great Smoky Mountains all thread their way through the western part of the state, and it’s where you’ll find some of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi.”

2. From Only in Your State’s “Here are 20 Reasons Why Living in North Carolina is the Absolute Best

“You’ll never run out of delicious new restaurants to try. North Carolina’s food scene is consistently ranked as one of the best, and most progressive in the nation. We have tied with states like California on notable lists for “best restaurants” in the country.

3. From U.S. News & World Report

“For many residents, the primary draw is the area’s prime access to outdoor activities. The metro area is located a short drive from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which features opportunities for seeing wildlife and stunning vistas, and hiking miles of trails.”

4.  From “Life in Western North Carolina

With mountain living comes plenty of access to streams, lakes, and rivers throughout Western North Carolina...Or, keep it simple and head to one of the many swimming holes in the area, like Paradise Falls.”

5. From The New York Times’ “A Cultured Retreat in the Shadow of the Seven Sisters

“The half-million-acre Pisgah National Forest is adjacent to town and is known for some of the best hiking and mountain biking in the South, and stream like Curtis Creek make for excellent fishing. In addition to the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, galleries in town feature many local artists.”

Why do you live in Western North Carolina (or, why do you want to?). Share with us on Facebook!


3 Houses We Love in Black Mountain Right Now

In Black Mountain, a great view comes practically standard with your home, so we are homing in on three other reasons to love each of these five Black Mountain homes.

69 Kalmia Drive, Black Mountain, $469,000, 3 bed/3 bath

North Carolina Black Mountain

Reason #1: Screened porch

Since Western North Carolina enjoys hang-in-your-outdoor-living-space-year-round kind of weather most days, this screened in porch provides daily opportunities to enjoy a cup of coffee, catch up on the news, or unwind with a glass of wine or local craft beer in the evenings. Long-range mountain views from it and the amazing deck also sweeten the deal!

Reason #2: Designed by local architect Thomas Lawton

The Lawton architectural firm promises to create “sustainable, sensible home and small business designs that fit clients’ land and space needs.” For this home, they focused on creating “convertible rooms and an efficient use of space, [and] an open floor plan that revolves around a fireplace.” Just check out the inglenook, perfect for stargazing!

Reason #3: Part of the Creston Community

This established mountain community has several waterfalls, hiking trails, and even community gardens, making it an amazing place to live for those that want to enjoy all the splendor of the Western North Carolina outdoors both out their back door and all around this mountainous region.

175 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, $462,800, 3 bed/3 bath

Four Minutes from downtown Black Mountain NC

Reason #1: Convenience

Want the mountain home without the long driveway up, up, up the mountain? Then check out this listing, which is located just four miles from downtown Black Mountain. This location means you’ll be just 8 minutes from the grocery, Lake Tomahawk Park, and tasty spots like Blue Ridge Biscuit Company and Louise’s Kitchen.

Reason #2: Can be combined with another lot

This Black Mountain getaway already comes with 2.18 acres, but those that want a little more privacy and peace can opt to add another 1.66 acres to the deal for a total of nearly 4 acres.

Reason #3: Room to grow

Finish the progress that has been made in the basement and build-out an in-law suite, create your man or woman cave, or generate rental income by converting the basement space into an Airbnb vacation rental.

115 Portmanvilla Road, Black Mountain, $388,900, 3 bed/3bath

Brand New Construction in Black Mountain North Carolina

Reason #1: Brand-new construction

While older homes certainly have their charms, there’s something pretty magical about being the first homeowners in a new home, especially when it looks like this!

Reason #2: Walk to downtown

Looking for the mountain vibe and views without sacrificing the convenience of city living? This new construction offers both, with several mature trees also on-site to still provide a bit of privacy even steps from downtown.

Reason #3: Creek included

Listen to the babbling little brook from your covered deck or dunk your feet in during a hot day as you sit and enjoy your little slice of Black Mountain heaven.

Want to hear the other reasons we love these three Black Mountain properties? Contact us!

New lot for sale in The Settings of Black Mountain

If you're looking for a lot to build your dream home or vacation home on that has the most amazing views, this is it! Perched at the top, this lot is located at the end of the cul-de-sac on Crockett Ridge and is perfect to build your dream mountain top home on. Imagine yourself sitting in your favorite chair reading your favorite book while look down on the little town of Black Mountain. Black Mountain recently voted #1 Prettiest Small Town To Vacation In by Trip Advisor 

The settings offer underground utilities and amenities include clubhouse, walking and hiking trails, gardens and an outdoor playground area. There is city water and city sewer all within 5 minutes of town and 15 minutes to Asheville. Sitting on approximately 370 acres of beautiful mountain land of which 115 acres are a North American Land Trust conservation easement. Providing the best of all the worlds, seclusion and privacy, natural splendor and refined elegance, with convenient access to cultural life, restaurants, boutiques stores, medical facilities and the vibrancy of Asheville. 


Lot 204 is a Cottage lot which has a minimum square foot requirement on a single story home of 1200. The minimum square foot requirement for a multi-story home is 1000 square foot on the first floor with a 1600 square foot minimum total on 2 levels. The set back requirements are 30' front setbacks, 10' side and 20' rear setback.




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    Mount Mitchell Challenge and Black Mountain Marathon Happening Soon!

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  The Mount Mitchell Challenge and Black Mountain Marathon schedule for February 24th! 

    The Challenge is this: Begin at dawn in Black Mountain, the quaint "front porch of Western North Carolina", and follow trails to the "rooftop" of Western North Carolina, the 6,684' summit of Mount Mitchell - eastern America's highest point - then return to the start/finish area!  

    With a starting altitude of 2,360', the elevation gain for this 40-mile run will be 4,324' - in the first 20 miles!  The Marathon runners start side-by-side with the Challengers and duplicate their course to the Black Mountain Gap overlook on the famed Blue Ridge Parkway.    Here, at an elevation of 5,340' and with an extraordinary view of Mount Mitchell as a backdrop, Marathoners will turn and retrace their course to the Start/Finish area in Black Mountain. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE DANGERS OR THE DIFFICULTIES INHERENT IN THIS EVENT!  This will be an extremely demanding course run over rugged mountain terrain under potentially life-threatening weather conditions. Participants must understand that their safety is paramount in the minds of the organizers and that while all reasonable precautions have been taken, it will be the competitor's ultimate responsibility to insure his or her own safety.    

    Runners will begin on Cherry St in downtown Black Mountain and end at Lake Tomahawk.  Many spectators fill the streets to cheer our neighbors and visitors on!  

    For more information, feel free to visit the full site here.



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      Why I Love Living At 7 Carolina Heights

      Our family has loved living at 7 Carolina Heights.  While it is quiet and we are surrounded by trees and mountains, we are close to everything.  We frequent Montreat; enjoying the walking trails, the playground, and the lake.  Should we choose to walk to dinner, the sidewalk takes us right into Black Mountain.  

      Our home is cozy and warm, easy to clean, and has enough space for everyone.  The kids enjoy movies and games in the playroom while the adults often visit and play games upstairs in the living room.  

      In the winter, we enjoy our wood stove and eat nearly every meal at our breakfast bar.  In the summer, we enjoy spending time with the kids in the backyard and grilling on the back porch. The kitchen is the perfect size with plenty of counter space & storage and has plenty of room when both kids are in the kitchen with me baking cookies and making other sweet treats.  

      While Black mountain is quaint, it has everything we need.  Hiking, biking, Town Hardware, great grocery stores, and several wonderful restaurants.  We also enjoy all of the holiday/seasonal events that Montreat and Black Mountain host.  Our favorites are Holly Jolly, the Christmas parade, and 4th of July in Montreat.  Did I mention we are about 1/10 of a mile from the gates of Montreat!?


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        5 E. Keesler Street Black Mountain

        Living in the heart of Black Mountain has allowed us to experience the many benefits of a small town. Well maintained sidewalks and access to the Black Mountain Greenway make walking downtown to our favorite restaurants easy and enjoyable, as well as Saturday morning walks to take advantage of the fresh produce and meat at our local tailgate market. Lake Tomahawk is also only a short distance away with lighted walking paths and beautiful views. Another benefit to our home’s location is being less than a mile from Montreat’s paved path to Lake Susan, many hiking trails, and well-loved playground. Experiencing the beauty of the Swannanoa Valley is easy to do when you’re within walking distance of both downtown Black Mountain and Montreat. 


        No matter the season, our spacious backyard and patio allow us to host family and friends with ease. The porch provides the perfect place to grill and the rockwork patio has ample room to enjoy the built-in fire pit. For overnight guests, the half bath in one of bedrooms allows for privacy and a comfortable stay.


        The Town of Black Mountain consistently keeps our road well maintained, no matter what the weather may bring. The fire and police department are only a mile away and trash pick-up is on time and consistent. The house is truly a rarity with it’s space and serenity, while being in such a convenient location. We are excited and hopeful that the next owner will maximize what this amazing home and town has to offer, just as we have been lucky enough to do.



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          Pre-Qualification Vs. Pre-Approval

          Pre-Qualification Vs. Pre-Approval

          "What's The Difference?"



          These are two of the most commonly asked questions from first-time home and experienced home buyers alike.  One of the best places to start is by getting pre-approved by a lender up front in the process.  Not only does it give you peace of mind knowing your price range is already pre-approved by the lender, but it also strengthens your position at the negotiating table, especially in a multiple offer situation.  Some lenders offer pre-qualifications and pre-approvals.  Here's the difference.

          Here's the difference:


          • Pre-qualification: Provides a ballpark estimate of your buying power and is based on summary information you provide on your income and assets.  It also requires a satisfactory review of property, financial documents, and program requirements to ensure final approval.  Pre-qualification is offered by most lenders.


          • Pre-approval:  Provides proof to Real Estate Agents and sellers that you're pre-approved for a specific loan amount and is based on verification of your income, credit, and assets (in some cases, verification may not be needed).  It requires a satisfactory appraisal and title review and no change in financial condition for final approval. Pre-approval is offered by Movement Mortgage, as a service to you before you find a home at no cost.








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