Most Popular Content from 2018

In 2018l, we made a commitment to post new blogs on the regular, and we nearly hit our goal of a weekly post. We also put more time and energy into our digital presence and consistently shared updates, community and regional information, financial advice, and, of course, real estate advice and listings to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, and Pinterest accounts. So, we wanted to share the top five most popular pieces of content that we shared this year in hopes that you find it useful--or at least puts a smile on your face! 

1. 5 Reasons People Love Living in Western North Carolina

It's no surprise that this blog was our most popular blog from 2018 as it includes a roundup of five articles that highlight some of the best aspects of living in our region. In fact, CreditDonkey gives "23 reasons why North Carolina might just be the best state ever" while Only in Your State provides another "20 reasons why living in North Carolina is the best." U.S. News & World Report also praised our area's "prime access to outdoor activities" while Western North Carolina's "life in WNC" gives a nice overview. Lastly, we had to include this piece from The New York Times, "A Cultured Retreat in the Shadow of the Seven Sisters."

2. The History of Black Mountain

We discovered that we have quite a few history buffs amongst our followers, and this USA Today piece, The History of Black Mountain, was just one of the many history pieces we shared over our networks that garnered quite a bit of attention. We too our thankful for the lasting impact that Black Mountain College has had on our wonderful town!

3. Beer Haven

We like to show off all the amazing food, music, and, of course, beer through our Instagram that abounds in Western North Carolina (and throughout our great state), and people dug this post about a super-cute beer flight container we came across.

4. Hurricane Florence Drive

One of our proudest moments of 2018 was being able to deliver supplies and funds raised through our Hurricane Florence drive after it rocked the North Carolina coast and beyond. We partnered with many other real estate teams, local businesses, and generous individuals to load up our Client Courtesy moving truck and drive it out to the coast post-storm. 

5. Who Doesn't Want to Laugh?

And by far, our post showing off "that Friday feeling" was the most popular funny post of the year. In fact, we're feeling the same kinda way today...


A Few of Our Favorite Things (Er, Favorite Communities)


"Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells
And schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver-white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things"

From--"My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music

Some of these favorite things--snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver-white winters that melt into springs--accurately describe a couple of our favorite things about winters in Black Mountain. There's so much to love about winters in Western North Carolina, from the unique gifts crafted by artists and makers that call our region home, to the amazing food and libations crafted in WNC, to the holiday spirit that shines at NC Arboretum, The Biltmore, Grove Park Inn, and dozens of communities, locally-owned shops, and our locals streets. 

And since we're in the real estate biz, we thought we'd share about a few of our favorite communities and why they made our "nice" list!

Catawba Falls Preserve

Catawba Falls Preserve -- located within the Blue Ridge Mountains, just outside of Black Mountain and a short drive from Asheville -- quietly blends the sense of being far away from it all with the security of a gated community. The subdivision features 1+ acre homesites and larger estate parcels. It borders one of North Carolina's most beautiful natural treasures, Catawba Falls, a 304-foot cascading waterfall, located in the adjacent 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest. This mountain community offers residents 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains and the moderate climate of western North Carolina. Nature lovers will enjoy the community trails, which wind through hardwood forests and appreciate the property's many mountain streams teeming with trout.  Catawba Falls Preserve is the perfect destination for adventure or relaxation. Developed by Bluegreen Corporation, which has respected the natural environment in development for over 30 years, extraordinary care was employed to preserve old-growth trees and natural habitats in Catawba Falls Preserve. The community maintains architectural design guidelines to provide cohesiveness and to protect homeowner values.  Catawba Falls Preserve is an idyllic site for the ultimate peaceful treat for vacations, family, or retirement.

Falcon Ridge at Haw Creek

Falcon Ridge is a new real estate development in the city of Asheville, NC. It is a pristine 42-acre community of 28 home sites and is only minutes from downtown. Falcon Ridge combines the splendor of mountaintop living with the convenience of a short commute. It offers a close proximity to schools, libraries, and other services making it an ideal location in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Falcon Ridge offers breathtaking mountain views and is situated close to Asheville's historic Pack Square and the Biltmore Estate. It provides an ideal setting for your North Carolina mountain lifestyle.  Unlike most mountain communities, Falcon Ridge offers city fire and police protection, city water and sewer, natural gas, sidewalks, and more.

The covenants and restrictions have been carefully crafted to protect the mountain setting and to build an active Homeowners Association. 40% of the development has been set aside for common green space and hiking trails.  

Laurel Ridge

Nestled in the mountains near the Burnette Reservoir, Laurel Ridge offers the combination of privacy and convenience. Enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Mount Mitchell. This beautiful community sits approximately 15 minutes outside of Black Mountain and 30 minutes from downtown Asheville, NC. Our peaceful, gated, spectacular mountain setting backs up to the Asheville watershed and is surrounded by acres of unspoiled forest. Our dedication to living in harmony with nature, natural beauty and a real sense of community are very important to all residents whether they own property here as a vacation home or year round residence. Over 45% of our 190 lots have been built on or have homes under construction. Laurel Ridge is a rare find as mountain communities go. All roads are paved and we have our own community water system. The Black Mountain Fire Department has a sub-station right in Laurel Ridge and there are fire hydrants throughout the neighborhood. The neighborhood has underground utilities, including phone lines, at each lot and so much more to offer.

The Settings of Black Mountain

The Settings of Black Mountain sits on approximately 370 acres of pristine mountain land in the Swannanoa Valley, of which 115 acres are a North American Land Trust conservation easement.  Minutes from downtown Black Mountain, North Carolina, The Settings provides one with the best of all 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 which is fifteen minutes away.

Village of Cheshire

And for this last one, The Village of Cheshire, take a little ride through with Eddie as he marvels at the snow that stuck around despite too-warm temperatures!

What's your favorite community in and around Black Mountain?


Give the Gift of Black Mountain!

Black Mountain has been called "America's Prettiest Small Town" by TripAdvisor, and part of our mountain town's charm lies in the many wonderful, family-owned small businesses that dot our little slice of heaven. And this holiday season, why not give the gift of Black Mountain by purchasing gift certificates to one of our lovely little shops, restaurants, or spas? We've rounded up a few great Black Mountain businesses offering gift certificates that will make great gifts for the mountain lovers in your life. 

Red Rocker Inn

It's been proven that experiences are better than things, so why not give the gift of a wonderful stay or meal at Red Rocker Inn, ranked the #1 restaurant in Black Mountain via Tripadvisor! Guests note that there are plenty of gluten-free options, "the most delicious pork chop I have ever eaten," and "fabulous desserts."

Fresh Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta 

Funky, fresh pizzas not found at just any pizza joint rule the menu at FRESH, a wood-fired pizza joint owned by an artist and chef Mark Tomczak that sells gift cards through Giftly in increments of $25, 50, $75, $100, $200, $250, or $500. "Mark has had a successful career for the last 12 years with his studio and gallery, Muddy Creek Pottery, in Old Fort. Galleries up and down the east coast carry his work. He has been the recipient of two arts council grants, an artist-in-residence, and taught ceramics at the undergraduate, graduate and community college level over the last 18 years. When the economy began to significantly impact his sales, Mark began to consider opening a restaurant where he could showcase his culinary as well as artistic skills."

Lookout Brewing

Western North Carolina is known as a craft beer hub, so why not give the gift of NC beer at our nanobrewery, Lookout Brewing, also through Giftly? Your recipient can enjoy house brews like Topless Amber, 11 Pound Brown, and Mother Pucker Sour Stout. 

The Dripolator Coffeehouse

Early this year, Food & Wine reported that "Americans Are Drinking More Coffee Than Ever," so giving the gift of  Black Mountain's delicious small batch coffeehouse will go a long way since they offer affordable prices like $3.50 lattes and $2.75 cappuccino. 

Black Mountain Bodyworks

The gift of wellness suits almost any tough-to-buy-for person in your life because everyone needs the gift of self-care and stress relief! They offer a therapeutic massage, body treatments, and walk-in chair massages as well as skincare and body waxing and customized gentlemen services as well. 

Top Content of November 2018

It's time for another roundup of our most popular content from this month!

#1: Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade

The biggest news of the month was that our Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade fundraiser raised enough money to provide full Thanksgiving meals to 12 local families in need, blowing past our initial goal of raising enough to support five families. 

#2: Black Mountain Rental

Two bedroom two bathroom ground level apartment attached to main house located in Black Mountain on top of mountain road. Very open living space floor plan. All new paint. Lovely outdoor area. 4WD vehicle highly recommended. Washer & dryer provided. Huge screened porch.

Utilities included: electric, water, trash pick-up, wi-fi internet, satellite TV, AC unit
Tenants pay for propane for heater . Perfect location for single person or maximum of two. Owners live in attached house. Application fee $30.00 for credit/criminal background check. Serious inquiries, only.

#3: Flat Laurel Creek Hike

We love showing off all the amazing outdoor adventures we get to go on in the natural playground that is Western North Carolina, and our Instagram followers like these glimpses into our beautiful region.

#4: Asheville, North Carolina: Happiest City in America

"Why are residents of this charming North Carolina city always smiling? Find out in our report on Asheville, NC: one of the happiest cities around" via

#5: Beer Flights!

And unsurprisingly, our fans love content related to beer since we do live and work in and near Beer City aka Asheville. 

What topics would you like to see us cover in our blog next month? Leave a comment and let us know!

Black Mountain Businesses to Support to #ShopSmall

Everyone has heard of Black Friday, but have you heard of Small Business Saturday? This concept was launched in 2010 by American Express to help small businesses that were hurting from the 2010 economic recession "in an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong." Momentum has been strong since, and today, more than 7,000 Neighborhood Champions in all 50 states that help promote the movement. And with eight years under its belt, Small Business Saturday has encouraged customers to spend more than $85 billion dollars in only eight Saturdays of shopping small. 

To encourage YOU to shop small tomorrow, here are some local Black Mountain businesses that are having #ShopSmall specials. Plus, many of our community entrepreneurs are donating a portion of their proceeds to Bounty and Soul, a local nonprofit dedicated to "creating healthier communities through accessibility to fresh produce, nutrition literacy, and health and wellness counseling, regardless of income level." We love supporting this important nonprofit and helped sponsor their VegOut fundraiser at Pisgah Brewing earlier this year. Many will also be handing out "Small Business Saturday" swag bags while supplies last.

1. Roots and Fruits Market, 151 S. Ridgeway Avenue

To celebrate the opening on their online store, they are offering a buy one get one half off special through Monday, November 26 at midnight at Plus, free shipping for all orders of $50!

2. Tyson Furniture Company Inc., 109 Broadway 

They'll still be offering their Black Friday specials at their one-of-a-kind furniture retail store.

3. Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery, 104 Eastside Drive #307

Offering lots of seasonal hard ciders like the Fenberry (cranberry + maple mead) to help break up your shopping, plus they have to-go mulling kits and mugs of mulled apfelwein.

4. Mountain Nest, 133 Cherry Street

This gallery showcases work from over 100 local and regional artists, including Tanya Franklin, who makes these beautiful stained glass Christmas trees.

5. Visions of Creation Gallery, 100 Cherry Street

Offering a buy one, get 2nd of equal or lesser value items all weekend! They offer handcrafted custom designed jewelry created by Roberto Vengoechea.

Be sure to share your Black Mountain shopping experience and include the hashtag #ShopSmall! 

How to Give Back This Thanksgiving in Western North Carolina

We have so many reasons to be thankful living in Western North Carolina: breathtaking mountains, endless outdoor recreation, and top quality food, drink, art and more thanks to inventive and creative entrepreneurs and makers. So in this holiday season of giving, we wanted to round up a few ways you can give back to our community and region, including our Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade.

1. Mast General Store Coat Collection

"From Nov. 1-30 is hosting the 14th annual Share the Warmth coat collection drive. Bring in a new or gently used coats, fleece, jacket, sweater + other outerwear (scarves, blankets, gloves, hats, etc.) which will then be donated among the community." 

2. Donate to Western Carolina Rescue's Week of Thankfulness

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM) will hold a week long celebration in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Each day of this week there will have a specific theme and giveaway 
for the general public during dinner service.  Services will be held Monday 19th - Friday 23rd from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in the WCRM dining room. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jessica May (828)254-1529 or Donations can be made at

3. Holiday Gift Drive for Enka Middle and Enka Intermediate

"Help support students in need during the holidays at Enka Middle and Enka Intermediate! We are looking for folks to sponsor a student (or students) this holiday season. For each student, we will be asking the sponsor to provide one pair of shoes, a shirt and pair of pants, and one fun item ($50-$100 total per child). Once you express interest, we will get you the information about sizes and the students' interests. Please, no used items. 

Please sign up by November 19 and plan to have your gifts to Enka Middle School by December 3. Thanks!" via Hands On Asheville.

4. Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade

And last but not least, we are collecting funds to deliver full Thanksgiving dinners to Black Mountain families in need. We've received generous donations already from several folks including Paul Allen, Holly Askew Lindsey of Keller Williams Black MountainJennifer Ames, and Joan Hall Weaver. Please join us in helping feed as many families as possible! Donations accepted at our Black Mountain office, 100 W. State Street, or through PayPal at through November 19.

5 Day Trips to Take From Black Mountain

Black Mountain is situated just 20 minutes from Asheville, but that's not the only mountain community worth exploring. With so many mountain towns to eat, drink, and sightsee through in Western North Carolina, putting roots down in Black Mountain makes for a fun home base to enjoy all the amazing small businesses, makers, and artists that make our region so special. So, we've provided a short description of some of four of our favorite WNC day trips, and all of these locations are less than an hour's drive from Black Mountain!

1. Saluda, 48 miles / 49 minutes from Black Mountain

The tiny town of Saluda has a population of under 1,000 people and has retained that Main Street, tight-knit vibe since 1831 thanks in part to being home to North Carolina's oldest grocery store, Thompson's Store, which opened in 1890. Today's grocery store is flanked by ta few tasty restaurants like The Purple Onion, Green River Barbeque, and Whistle Stop Pizza. Be sure to stop at the tiny Green River Brew Depot for a local craft brew from one of their 14 rotating taps.

2. Lake Lure, 23 miles / 42 minutes from Black Mountain

Made famous by being the backdrop to the original Dirty Dancing movie. The lake community celebrates their claim to fame with their annual Dirty Dancing Festival every September (and yes, they host a "lake lift" competition! The rest of the year, Lake Lure makes the view from Chimney Rock extra special, and a water wonderland with boat, kayak, and SUP rentals available. Or, let someone else do the driving and join a scenic lake cruise.

3. Morganton, 41 miles / 43 minutes from Black Mountain

The local-ingredient-obsessed Fonta Flora Brewery has helped put Morganton on the map by gaining international recognition for their craft brews. But before Fonta Flora opened in their historic flatiron building, Root + Vine opened down the street--with an adorable courtyard--following a similar locally-sourced, scratch made philosophy. And one of North Carolina's best-known breweries, Catawba, also has a  production facility and taproom in Morganton. 

4. Hendersonville, 39 miles / 43 minutes from Black Mountain

Another adorable downtown resides in Hendersonville, dotted with inventive restaurants, craft breweries, bars, and coffee shops that would fit right in as part of Asheville's or a larger city's culinary landscape. Go to Never Blue to experience unique items like Lamb Kofta and Gypsy Cheese (poblano-smoked jalapeño pimento cheese dip) and plenty of Southern staples with a twist like shrimp and grits and butter biscuits and jams. Hendough Chicken & Biscuits and Umi are also amazing local eateries.

What is your favorite small mountain town in Western North Carolina? Let us know on our Facebook page

Top Content for October 2018

It's that time of the month again... time to share the content that our fan's liked the most this month in hopes that YOU will also find value (and maybe a laugh or smile) from this content too. Which of these five top content pieces is your favorite?

1. Stainless Steel Appliances FTW

Over on Pinterest, people have been digging the stainless steel, sleek kitchen of 115 Portnvaille Road Black Mountain NC. Just under 1900 sq ft. LP smart siding with cedar shakes with hardwoods and tile throughout. Kitchen offers granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

2. Hope Griffin, Local Musician



Wow! @hopegriffin from #blackmountainnc! #supportlocal #leaf2018 #leaffestival

A post shared by Cottonwood Properties (@cottonwoodproperties) on Every year, the fall L.E.A.F. festival, held in Black Mountain, brings an amazing array of musicians, vendors, and experiences to Lake Eden, This year, we got the chance to watch the extremely talented Hope Griffin, who lives right here in Black Mountain. Hope is described as a folk/Americana singer-songwriter, and " her free-spirited personality and ability to tell beautiful stories through song make her a true force to be reckoned with--and a hard excuse to miss."

Every fall, the L.E.A.F. festival comes to Black Mountain, bringing an array of amazing musicians, vendors, and experiences to Lake Eden. This year, we had the distinct pleasure of seeing local musician Hope Griffin perform. Take a listen and see why this folk/Americana singer-songwriter is making waves for "her free-spirited personality and ability to tell beautiful stories through song mak[ing] her a true force to be reckoned with--and a hard excuse to miss."

3. Fall is HERE!

Fall has finally come to Western North Carolina after a slight delay due to warm temperatures and rainy weather. But it's always worth the wait and our falls are one of the best in the world. We certainly love this time of year!

4. Speaking of Fall...

And since everyone goes crazy for the leafpeeping opportunities in Western North Carolina, it's no surprise that one of our most popular Facebook posts this month was the Fall Color Forecast provided by, an amazing thing for all things WNC! 

5. Apple Butter Festival

And right in tune with the season, people got excited about the Apple Butter Festival in Bakersville, which takes place each year in mid-October. Are you an apple butter fan?

Turkey Brigade Donation Drive!

Please help support our Turkey Brigade with a monetary donation to purchase and deliver Thanksgiving dinners to local families in need. No one should have to go without! We will then take the monies and purchase a full ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meal for local families. Each family will receive the same items in their Thanksgiving dinner basket. Let's see how many local families that we can support this holiday season!

Monetary donations can be made payable to Cottonwood Properties and dropped off or mailed to:

Cottonwood Properties

100 W. State Street

Black Mountain, NC 28711

We will deliver the baskets on Tuesday, November 20, so you have between now and Monday, November 19 to mail in or drop off your monetary donation via cash or check to our office in downtown Black Mountain.

Call or email us with any questions at 828-419-9128 or

Thank you for being a positive influence in our wonderful community!

Most Popular Content of the Month

Fall is here in Western North Carolina, and most residents will tell you that it's our favorite time of year. Cool mountain breezes, a wonderland of colors thanks to our region's incredible biodiversity, and tons of fun fall events make Black Mountain and beyond a wonderful place to live and visit in the fall.

But before we dive head first into fall, we're sharing a roundup of our 5 most popular pieces of content from September.

#1: You Should Move to Black Mountain, North Carolina!

"Black Mountain, North Carolina is the kind of town that has real personality. Warm and welcoming, shes a community of artists and artisans and all types who have sought out the landscape seeking entertainment or inspiration. The creativity surging around here is palpable and deep-rooted. Shes home to the former Black Mountain College, pretty much a modern art legend production factory in the 1940s and 50s. This town has seen talent. Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning and more learned and taught at the progressive liberal arts school."

#2: Turnkey Vacation Property or Your Dream Mountain Home

Great information about the community and neighborhood surrounding this gorgeous luxury log cabin at ListReports.

#3: Hurricane Drive

We spent much of the month focused on collecting donations and supplies for our Hurricane Florence relief drive to benefit Wilmington, North Carolina. THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

#4: The Matt & Molly Team Step Up!

Big shout out to The Matt & Molly Team!!!


#5: Wine Time in Western North Carolina

WNC has dozens of wineries...which one is your favorite?