Blog :: 2018

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 RomanticAsheville.com, 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 info@cottonwoodpropertiesnc.com.

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!!!

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#5: Wine Time in Western North Carolina

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

The Matt & Molly Keller Williams Team Donates $1,000 to Cottonwood Properties Hurricane Relief Drive; Cottonwood Team Matches

Cottonwood Properties urges other Keller Williams teams--especially from North Carolina--to also contribute matching donations

September 25, 2018—Cottonwood Properties has been collecting hurricane relief supplies since news of the storm hit and will continue to take donations through Sunday, September 30. The Black Mountain Keller Williams’ team hopes to completely fill their Client Courtesy moving truck before heading to Wilmington, North Carolina next week, and thankfully, The Matt & Molly Team, located at 86 Asheland Avenue in downtown Asheville, stepped up and donated $1,000 to the cause. Their generosity inspired the Cottonwood Properties team to match their donation, and now owner Eddie Colley encourages all Keller Williams’ teams in Western North Carolina and throughout North Carolina to also match this donation.

“We were blown away by The Matt & Molly Team donating $1,000, and we hope that other WNC real estate teams will join us in matching it. Together, we can make a real difference for those fellow North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Florence,” Colley says. Digital donations can be sent via PayPal to eddiecolley@kw.com.

Many area businesses have already joined Cottonwood’s efforts, including Jim Cook Chevrolet who will continue to collect items in a pickup on their lot at 1075 North Main Street Marion, NC 28752. Other local supporters so far include Ingles Corporation, Retreat Realty, Allstate Insurance, Lake James Realty, and Old Fort Elementary School. Supplies are also being collected at the downtown Keller Williams office located at 86 Asheland Avenue.  

The Cottonwood Properties team will continue to collect relief items as well through September 30, including:

  • Water
  • Batteries
  • Non-perishables
  • Blankets
  • Flashlights
  • Any cleaning supplies including brooms, dustpans, masks, bleach, household cleaners,
  • canned goods, coffee, tea, cleaning supplies,
  • Visa gift cards
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Solar Chargers
  • Solar lights
  • Diapers/wipes/formula

About Cottonwood Properties

Our team at Cottonwood Properties is dedicated to offering the best customer service possible, with high standards and a culture of caring. When you're looking for a Real Estate firm to help you navigate through the process of buying or selling, you need to choose a company that is experienced, local, and has a proven track record. Cottonwood Properties is a full service Real Estate firm focusing on sales and short- and long-term rentals in Asheville, Black Mountain, Montreat, and surrounding areas. We take pride in our knowledge of the Western North Carolina (WNC) region. Whether you’re looking to purchase a condo in downtown Asheville, or rent a vacation cabin getaway in the mountains, we’re here to help.


For more information, call Cottonwood Properties at (828) 419-9128, visit their website at https://cottonwoodpropertiesnc.com/blog/posts/2018/09/12/help-us-help-our-coast/ or connect with Cottonwood Properties on Facebook or Instagram.

Press Release: Cottonwood Properties in Black Mountain is collecting Hurricane Relief supplies for North Carolina Coast

Press Release

Cottonwood Properties in Black Mountain is collecting Hurricane Relief supplies for North Carolina Coast

Cottonwood Properties is accepting donations through Sunday to fill their moving truck before driving to Wilmington Monday morning

September 19, 2018—Cottonwood Properties, located in Black Mountain at 100 W. State Street across from the Town Square, has been collecting hurricane relief supplies since news of the storm hit. Many area businesses have already joined Cottonwood’s efforts, including the wonderful folks at Jim Cook Chevrolet who are filling up a pickup truck in their car lot right now to add to our cause at 1075 North Main Street Marion, NC 28752.

Other local supporters so far include:

  • Ingles Corporation

  • John Haynes, Retreat Realty

  • Emily Bartlett and Tim Johnson, Keller Williams

  • Mark Morris, Black Mountain

  • Chuck Pittman, Allstate Insurance

  • Polly Leadbetter, Lake James Realty

  • Old Fort Elementary School

  • Cindi Davis

Cottonwood Properties owner, Eddie Colley, hopes that they’re able to fill their Company’s Client Courtesy moving truck to the brim with hurricane relief supplies. Most helpful items people can donate include:

  • Water

  • Batteries

  • Non-perishables

  • Blankets

  • Flashlights

  • Any cleaning supplies including brooms, dustpans, masks, bleach, household cleaners,

  • canned goods, coffee, tea, cleaning supplies,

  • Visa gift cards

  • Personal hygiene items

  • Solar Chargers

  • Solar lights

  • Diapers/wipes/formula

For those located in Asheville, Alex King Yarmo is collecting supplies to add to the truck at the downtown Keller Williams office located at 86 Asheland Avenue.  

“We’ve got a long way to go to fill this big truck, so please drop off your supplies now through Sunday,” Mr. Colley says. “We’ll be heading out early Monday morning to drive everything we collect out to Wilmington.” Folks that want to drop off supplies over the weekend are encouraged to send a Facebook message to the Cottonwood Properties’ page at https://www.facebook.com/cottonwoodpropertiesnc/ or contact Eddie Colley directly through private message at https://www.facebook.com/eddie.colley.56.

About Cottonwood Properties

Our team at Cottonwood Properties is dedicated to offering the best customer service possible, with high standards and a culture of caring. When you're looking for a Real Estate firm to help you navigate through the process of buying or selling, you need to choose a company that is experienced, local, and has a proven track record. Cottonwood Properties is a full service Real Estate firm focusing on sales and short- and long-term rentals in Asheville, Black Mountain, Montreat, and surrounding areas. We take pride in our knowledge of the Western North Carolina (WNC) region. Whether you’re looking to purchase a condo in downtown Asheville, or rent a vacation cabin getaway in the mountains, we’re here to help.

For more information, call Cottonwood Properties at (828) 419-9128, visit their website at https://cottonwoodpropertiesnc.com/blog/posts/2018/09/12/help-us-help-our-coast/ or connect with Cottonwood Properties on Facebook or Instagram.

Help Us Help Our Coast!

Client Courtesy Vehicle

Some of you may already know about our moving truck or seen it around town (with our smiling faces on it!), which we allow any past or current customers to use free of charge. It's just one way we try to give back to our wonderful clients and community! But now, we are going to put our moving truck to work helping our fellow North Carolinians on the coast after Hurricane Florence passes through. Current predictions show the monster storm hitting our coast late Thursday or Friday.

Here's a list of North Carolina counties under mandatory evacuation, according to NC Emergency Management:

  • Dare County – mandatory evacuation for entire county effective 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 11
  • Hyde County – mandatory evacuation for residents to Ocracoke effective Tuesday, Sept 11
  • New Hanover County – mandatory evacuation for UNC-Wilmington
  • Onslow County – mandatory evacuation of Topsail Beach effective Tuesday, Sept 11
  • Pamlico County
  • Tyrell County
  • Currituck County – mandatory evacuation for Currituck Outer Banks (Corolla and Carova) effective 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 11

And here is a list of North Carolina beaches under mandatory evacuation:

  • Atlantic Beach
  • Indian Beach
  • Emerald Isle
  • Pine Knoll Shores
  • Ocracoke
  • Carolina
  • Kure
  • Wrightsville Beach
  • Topsail
  • Currituck Beach
  • Outer Banks (visitors)
  • Oak Island (visitors)
  • Holden Beach (visitors)

Supplies are already depleted in the area, and of course supplies will be even thinner after the storm. So, we are turning our Black Mountain office at 100 W. State Street into a supply drop-off center until Tuesday, September 18 at 5pm. Please HELP US HELP OUR COAST and FILL OUR TRUCK with water bottles, first aid kits, canned goods, batteries, sanitation/personal hygiene supplies, etc. Here's a list of other suggested supplies: https://beprepared.com/blog/16381/20-must-have-supplies-for-a-hurricane/.

Let's pull together as a community and help our coast heal after the storm. No donation is too small. THANK YOU, and please spread the word to your family and friends in Western North Carolina. See you at the office!

5 Most Popular Pieces of Content for August

Every month, we're going to share a roundup of the five most popular pieces of content that we've shared. We hope you find these fun, interesting, and/or useful too!

1. 24 Hours in Asheville, NC 

Created by Dig Local Asheville, an app that helps you stay on top of daily specials, events, fun things to do, and other deals, this video shares this video in order to answer the question: "What can you pack into a single day in Asheville, NC? A lot! Whether you already dig Asheville, or you’re thinking about visiting, check out all the things that make this mountain town like no other place on the planet."

2.  A peaceful morning has broken at Sheets Gap (MP 252.8). Nothing like starting the day off with a view like this!

Every time we get to drive or hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we pinch ourselves because this mountain range and America's Favorite Drive is truly a magical route that we try to enjoy as much as possible! 

3. Western North Carolina has a rich railroad history. Black Mountain celebrates its ties to the railroad and its significance in our community's history each and every day.

Watch the video shared by Visit Black Mountain here.

4. 22 Sellers Lane Black Mountain NC

And the listing that got the most attention this month is this beauty!

   

 

5. Those Monday Blues...

Last but not least, we also make sure to share some things to just plain ol' make our followers laugh sometimes, and folks certainly enjoyed this Monday blues post! 

Follow our daily posts to Facebook and Instagram today!

 

 

 

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.