Black Mountain NC Real Estate

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?

 

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!!!

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#5: Wine Time in Western North Carolina

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

Top Ten in the Carolinas Region

Top Ten Team in Carolinas Region for July 2018

In July, our Black Mountain real estate team earned a top ten spot in the Keller Williams Carolinas Region. We were thrilled to represent Western North Carolina alongside strong teams from Charlotte, Kernersville, Pinehurst, Fort Mill, and Burlington. 

Having a regional Keller Williams office and all the support, education, and resources that come with being part of the Keller Williams family is a wonderful asset for our team. And these monthly Tops Lists are certainly motivational as we want to provide the best service and opportunities for our clients AND be the best real estate company in Black Mountain ...and in Western North Carolina...and in all of North Carolina...and in all of the Carolina Region! 

As an organization, Keller Williams has been named in the past year as:

  • #1 training organization across all industries
  • More offices represented on top real estate brokerages list than any other franchise
  • More agent teams ranked by closed transactions and sales volume than any other franchise
  • #1 Power Broker Brand with 32% of top brokers
  • #3 Happiest Companies to Work for
  • Top Company Cultures
  • One of the top 50 franchises for women
  • Only real estate company on "Fast & Serious" list of 40 smartest-growing brands

These accolades and more are why we're proudly a Keller Williams team that focuses on a hyperlocal approach. Our mission is to provide our Black Mountain clients the best possible experience whether they're selling their home or buying a home, and we are so happy that July was an amazing month for many of our satisfied clients and for our special team. We truly love getting to work, live, and play in this beautiful part of America with our Black Mountain community!

And as SmartAsset shared this week, "The average property tax rate in North Carolina is .84%, which is the 20th-lowest in the U.S." Just another reason to #ChooseNorthCarolina!

Client Testimonial: We Netted 30K More Working with Eddie Colley

We had to share our latest client testimonial written by a very happy client that allowed us to work with him to sell the very home that we also helped him buy a few years ago. 

"Eddie is the guy in Black Mountain, period. If you're buying or selling a home and don't use him you're crazy."

Bottom line: We netted over $30K more selling our house than if we had used another realtor. Here are the details:

We bought a house in Cheshire in 2013 for $581K. Eddie was our buyers agent then, and did a great job. But when our plans changed and we decided to sell the house 4 years later, we talked to 3 well-respected realtors (including Eddie). Our guess was that it would make sense to list the house for $650K, then if we got lucky we'd end up with an offer near that, and after paying realtor commissions and a few minor repairs (that are always needed after buyer inspection), we'd probably break even on the house, or maybe make a little. We didn't suggest the selling price to any of the realtors- we wanted to see what THEY suggested.

The first two realtors suggested exactly what we thought made sense--list the house for $650K, and see what happens. When we asked if we should "freshen" the house with new carpet and interior paint (both probably about ten years old), both advised against spending money on that, saying the buyers would want to choose their own colors, etc. That seemed to make sense to us, too. Then Eddie came over.

He said, "Do you want to know what I really think?" Obviously, we did. He said that we had a gorgeous house, but it really didn't come off that way. The paint and carpet were old and probably dated. We had furnished the house with our older furniture from our main house in Ohio, and added some Ikea things. Eddie said we should hire a staging company to select modern paint and carpet colors, and we should have them "stage" the home with nice furniture, artwork, etc. He said if we did that, he was confident in pricing the house at $700K. I thought that price was high, but it hadn't made sense to me that the other realtors didn't want us to paint the house and do carpet- it just looked "worn-out." Who wants to buy an expensive house that looks "worn-out"?

So, we went with Eddie. Hired the staging company he recommended, who chose paint and carpet, and redecorated the home with some our furnishings, and some new furniture and artwork added. Then we held our breath. It's not unusual for high-end vacation homes in Black Mountain to take a year or more to sell--there's just not a lot of buyers at those prices. We were confident we had made the right decision, the house looked GORGEOUS, but knew it might still take a long time to sell. Eddie also did great marketing, including great photos, a nice color brochure, even an online walk-through. And of course, he did open houses for both realtors and potential buyers. Several people looked at the house, some more than once. But no nibbles.

And then, after only a couple months, we had not only an offer, but a FULL PRICE offer. And, yes, it was a real buyer. After the inspection, there were a few minor repairs needed to make the buyer happy, and we gladly paid for those (since we don't live in the area, Eddie actually arranged and managed the repairs for us). Then we closed. The buyer is very happy, and so are we! We sold the house for $50,000 more than the other two realtors would have listed it for. After deducting the cost of the paint and carpet (which I bet we would have ended up doing anyway if we had gone with another realtor) and the staging fee, we netted about $30,000 more by using Eddie. Not because he simply wanted to try to sell our home for a higher price, but because he had a detailed, logical plan to make the house more desirable. 

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!