Residing in…Hendersonville, North Carolina

Known as “The City of Four Seasons” and self-proclaimed as “The Friendliest City for Retirees”, Hendersonville and Henderson countyare part of the four-county Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area – the fifth largest MSA in North Carolina.
It’s well-preserved Main Street and Downtown area is filled with r
estaurants, antique shops and numerous boutiques – especially since its revitilization in the early 1990′s. More recently, the town’s historic “7th Avenue Commercial District” has seen redevelopment efforts.  With it’s 19th and 20th century architecture, funky boutiques, brewhouses, and restaurants, Hendersonville is quickly becoming a lower-priced alternative to Asheville.

What is it known for?

Hendersonville is probably most well-known as the host city for the “North Carolina Apple Festival“.  This annual event, now in it’s 66th year, draws up to 50,000 spectators, capping it’s four-day run with the King Apple Parade!
Besides it’s historic and appealing downtown area, Hendersonville also offers plenty of natural beauty. It’s largest draw for outdoor lovers is 
Dupont State Forest.  With over 10,000 acres and no less then 6 waterfalls, Dupont attracts visitors from all over the country – Hollywood too! The Last of the Mohicans and more recently, The Hunger Games have both filmed inside the Forest.
Just outside of 
Hendersonville lies Flat Rock, a small town with two big draws – The Flat Rock Playhouse and the Carl Sandburg home, Connemara.

Where do you want to live?

Hendersonville offers plenty of choices for any lifestyle.  For the urban set, you can choose a condo or an apartment smack in the center of downtown or in one of the many surrounding neighborhoods such as Five Points, Druid Hills and Hyman Avenue.
For those looking for something a bit more rural, you can choose from several small communities like 
Dana which is close to downtown orEdneyville where the majority of the counties apple farms reside.
For the golfer, Hendersonville is home to 
Champion Hills Country Club and Kenmure in Flat Rock. The par-71 course inside of Champion Hills was designed by Tom Fazio and is consistantly ranked as one of “North Carolina’s 10 Best Golf Course” by Golf Digest while the par-72, Joe Lee-designed course of Kenmure was voted as one of the “Top 50″ by Golfweek.

Side Trips

As part of the Asheville MSA, Downtown Asheville is only a short drive from Hendersonville.  Even shorter is the mountain lake town ofLake Lure and the quaint city of Brevard. 

Asheville Regional Airport serves Asheville and the surrounding areas and has direct flights to many major US cities such as Chicago and New York City, which are an hour and and hour and a half flight respectively.
Public transportation comes in the form of the 
Apple Country Public Transit, a “dial-a-ride” service for Henderson County residents.

Practical Info

As mentioned previously, Hendersonville has become a lower-priced alternative to Asheville.  Once known as a “retiree-only” destination,Hendersonville has begun to attract a younger crowd.
Like most places, the prices vary depending on where you are looking and what you are looking for. The median sale price in August for a modest home in Hendersonville was $117,000 according to Trulia. However, expect to pay ”Asheville-like” prices for homes in more affluent areas such as 
Champion Hills and Hyman Avenue where prices start in the low $400k’s and climb to over $3,000,000.
1-2 bedroom apartments close to downtown start at around $700/month while a townhome or condo will start around $900.

Luxury Real Estate in North Carolina

From pristine beaches to mile-high mountains, there is nothing the state of North Carolina doesn’t have. North Carolina is characterized by unique natural beauty, the likes of which won’t be found in any other state. With mild temperatures, four distinct seasons, and easy access to all kinds of outdoor recreation, the state of North Carolina is ideal for nature lovers, but also for those who can appreciate breathtaking views and like to stay busy. North Carolina is one of the most diverse states in the country, which is why North Carolina High End Mountain Luxury Real Estate is so popular.

The North Carolina High End Mountain Luxury Real Estate you’ll find in Asheville NC is some of the most sought-after in the state. Each of the Asheville Homes for Sale in the Asheville area we offer has something very special, and our North Carolina High End Mountain Luxury Real Estate is never too crowded. In fact, we select the homes we represent very carefully so you can find the home of your dreams. We love the Asheville area as, other than being the greatest city in North Carolina, it is only 10 minutes from anywhere to the most beautiful natural landscapes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We understand that lush forests, brilliant blooms, scenic boulders, and other natural details are part of what makes North Carolina High End Mountain Luxury Real Estate as desirable as it is, so we appreciate families that are seeking the same features rather than change them to accommodate our Luxury Mountain Homes.

Not only is our North Carolina High End Mountain Luxury Real Estate beautiful and private, but it is close to a variety of recreational activities and charming mountain towns. If you love the outdoors, you’ll love our North Carolina High End Mountain Luxury Real Estate. Hiking, biking, horseback riding at our Asheville Stables North Carolina, skiing, rock climbing, and sports of all kinds are popular pastimes in the High Country, and when you purchase North Carolina High End Mountain Luxury Real Estate in the Asheville NC Area, you’ll be surrounded by opportunities to participate in your favorite outdoor activities. The weather is always wonderful and the scenery will take your breath away.

Our North Carolina High End Mountain Luxury Real Estate is suitable for those who love the outdoors, but it is also close to a number of exciting mountain towns and Asheville NC Vacation Spots. Asheville, Hendersonville, Arden, Fairview, Black Mountain and the Biltmore area all have quaint communities that offer plenty of things to do, including shopping, dining, discovering the arts and modern activities. Black Mountain NC is a beautiful little town that rests in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about a half an hour from our North Carolina High End Mountain Luxury Real Estate. In the Biltmore area, you’ll find shopping, a vibrant downtown, the highly visited Biltmore Estate, movie theatres, and more delicious restaurants than you can count. Though our North Carolina High End Mountain Luxury Real Estate is the perfect place to relax, it is within close proximity to some of the best recreational opportunities the High Country has to offer.

In Asheville, we offer much more than North Carolina High End Luxury Real Estate, we offer a brand new way of life. Imagine being surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the moment you wake up to the moment you shut your eyes at night. When you purchase a Luxury Mountain Cabin North Carolina in Asheville NC, you can have all of this, plus access to the amazing amenities that make our City the best in its class. Our Asheville Luxury Homes epitomize Carolina Mountain Luxury, so consider purchasing North Carolina High End Luxury Real Estate with Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty, the only truly International Real Estate company in Asheville. You won’t be sorry you did!

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Residing in…Lake Lure, North Carolina

In 1902, Dr. Lucius B. Morse and his brothers purchased 64 acres around Chimney Rock for $5,000.  They later acquired enough land to bring the total to 8,000 acres.
in 1925, the family created Carolina Mountain Power Company and began construction of a dam on the Broad River.  What was born from this ambitious project was the town of Lake Lure.

Encompassing 720 acres and 27 miles of shoreline, Lake Lure enjoys its proximity to larger towns like Asheville and Charlotte.  Within 100 miles of four states, it’s a wonderful destination for water skiing, boating, fishing, golfing, and hiking.

What is it known for?

Always intended to be a resort town, Lake Lure has played host to US Presidents, foreign dignitaries, authors, celebrities and the like.

Lake Lure has been used numerous times as a filming location for major motion pictures including My Fellow AmericansThe Last of the Mohicans, and most famously, Dirty Dancing.

In 2006, Lake Lure was chosen as the location for the HGTV Dream Home where a lucky winner was given an incredible custom home and an SUV.

Recently, in July 2012, National Geographic Traveler chose Lake Lure as one of “7 American Classic Lake Escapes”,  citing “Lake Lure retains the unpretentious character and natural splendor that has attracted vacationers for more than 80 years”.

Where do you want to live?

Why, the lakefront of course! The location of the lake allows for both “big water” views and expansive vistas of Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock, and the surrounding mountains.
While Lake Lure has several small subdivisions and plenty of rural housing, the largest community is 
Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure.  Inside the 3,600 acre resort lies Fairfield Mountains-a gated, mixed-use community with two championship golf courses, a private beach and marina, restaurants, tennis courts, a pro shop, an spa and fitness center, and both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.  Prepare to pay a one-time initiation fee of $5,000 and $2,129 yearly POA dues.
Firefly Cove is another option for those looking to have lower association dues though the amenities are not quite as expansive. However, Firefly Cove does offer a community lodge with a fitness room, billiard room, and a large gathering room as well as an outdoor pool and a small marina.  Perhaps Firefly Cove’s biggest “claim to fame” is that it was built on the same cove made famous by the film “Dirty Dancing”. You know; the cove where Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are practicing lifts…

Side Trips

As we mentioned earlier, Lake Lure is in wonderful proximity to larger towns.  Asheville is only a 45 minute drive.  Charlotte is about an hour and fifteen minutes.  Hendersonville is only 25 minutes and Greenville, South Carolina is around 45 minutes.
Much closer however is the small village of 
Chimney Rock, which is of course famous for its 315-foot monolith of the same name. The natural formation now resides in the newly-formed 4,531 acre Chimney Rock State Park.  Below “the Rock”, you’ll find a charming village filled with shopping and restaurants.
Asheville Regional Airport is closest though Charlotte-Douglas Airport is one hour away and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport is only a 45 minute drive.
While both Lake Lure and Chimney Rock offer modest accommodations, we’d recommend renting a lakefront home from a property management company like 
Lake Country Vacation Rentals.

Practical Info

Lake Lure has around 1,200 full-time residents. In the summer though, the population can balloon up to around 10,000.  That’s because many of the homes in the area are second or even third vacation homes.  Because of the provenance of Lake Lure has always been a playground for the slightly more affluent, the real estate market was slower to be affected by the downtown.  2009 proved that no market was immune however, and sales began to drop sharply. Flash forward to 2012 – Lake Lure has now “market-corrected” and though prices have dropped considerably, sales are now returning to the area.

Non-waterfront single family homes start in the $170′s while non-waterfront condos start around the $140 mark.  For those that want to be on the water (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?), lakefront homes start in the $220′s and go all the way up to $2,650,000.

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Real Estate Rebound in Asheville

Families are drawn to Asheville, N.C., for its small-town feel, good schools and great outdoors. Young hipsters come for the eclectic vibe, craft breweries and lively music scene. And older Americans like the gentle seasons, health-care facilities and educational opportunities, such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of North Carolina Asheville, which offers courses and activities for seniors.

But the great life comes at a price. For houses priced above $500,000, 2013 was the strongest year since 2007, said Don Davies, owner of a real-estate agency that bears his name and includes Realsearch, a service that tracks real-estate trends in Asheville and surrounding Buncombe County. In the first four months of this year, the average asking price rose to $459,500, from $409,400 in the year-ago period.

“We’re approaching the record asking prices of 2008,” said Mr. Davies. At the same time, he noted, the number of homes sold from January through April dropped by 6% from the same period last year, mostly because of thin inventory and buyers’ difficulties in securing a down payment or mortgage.

Earlier this month, Hadley Cropp, an agent with Asheville Realty Group, represented buyers from Chicago who bought a home on Reynolds Mountain in trendy North Asheville, at the asking price of $860,000. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom property sold within two weeks of its listing. “The market has totally shifted,” said Ms. Cropp. “It’s a seller’s market.”

Boosting Asheville’s appeal are its distinctly different neighborhoods. Young, progressive residents flock to the burgeoning River Arts District, with its vibrant arts scene. The cool crowd also likes West Asheville, a funky area across the French Broad River that has tattoo parlors, bike shops and creative eateries.

Older, more established home buyers prefer the pricier community of Biltmore Forest near the Biltmore Estate, Asheville’s biggest tourist attraction, and the Ramble, a newer, gated community nearby that is attracting young families. Demand for luxury homes above $1 million is coming back with strength, said Ann Skoglund, an agent with Beverly-Hanks & Associates. Her most expensive listing is a $10.75 million house modeled on a French château in Biltmore Forest, but most homes in the leafy suburb cost between $1 million and $1.5 million.

Houstonians John and Darlene McNabb bought a 9,000-square-foot Tudor-style house last year in Biltmore Forest, a community located a few minutes from Asheville and near a private country club that was started in 1922 by the Vanderbilt family.

The McNabbs paid $2.8 million for their four-bedroom home on 2.4 acres overlooking a golf course. While still Texas residents, they now spend several months a year exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, along with the food and art scene in Asheville.

“This is like a resort, but there is enough infrastructure to get done what you need to get done,” said Mr. McNabb, vice chairman of investment banking for Duff & Phelps Corp. in Houston and chairman of Willbros Group Inc., WG +0.36% a Houston-based company specializing in energy infrastructure.

Recently, Asheville’s downtown Art Deco district was filled with evening strollers, to a backdrop of street music and noise spilling out of restaurants, many of them with a farm-to-table approach. At one, a modern tapas place called Curate, every seat at the bar was taken. In the summer, there are free downtown concerts, along with art gallery walks and annual events such as an arts and crafts show and a beer festival. Beer is a big part of Asheville’s ascent. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Colorado-based Oskar Blues have expanded into the area, and craft brewer New Belgium is building a new brewery in Asheville.

“It will bring in jobs, it will bring in tourists and it will bring in money,” said Mike Miller, co-owner of Town and Mountain Realty. At the same time, he is concerned that Asheville will be “loved to death,” as he said, with new arrivals driving up property prices and causing future home buyers to look elsewhere. Mr. Miller said that in the past most buyers came from the New York area and Florida, but he is now getting calls from across the country, as well as Canada and Japan. He also noted a growing interest in new and green construction.

Terri King, president of Coldwell Banker King in Asheville, said she is seeing increasing demand for downtown luxury condominiums, especially from older residents who retired to large houses outside Asheville who then downsized to more manageable homes within walking distance of local attractions. Properties currently under contract include two contemporary condos atop the Hotel IndigoIHG.LN +0.23% a high-rise with sweeping mountain views. One, a three-bedroom, was listed for $918,900, while the other, a two-bedroom, was listed for $810,900.

“The challenge of being a destination market is that the cost of living is higher than in, say, Knoxville, [Tenn.],” said Ms. King. “When people come to Asheville, they typically get sticker shock.”

As reported by the Wall Street Journal

Residing In…Asheville, North Carolina

Steadfast in its place as one of the most atmospheric cities in the southeast, the “land of the sky”, the eclectic jewel in the crown of western North Carolina.  With its stunning art deco architecture, its vibrant arts scene, its eclectic mix of culture, and its iconic natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is a sense of permanence that helps root all who live here.  Where else could a mountain hike in the morning, a tour of one of the largest private residences in the US in the afternoon, enjoying a locally crafted brew while you enjoy music at dusk, and then retiring to a 5-star luxury hotel at night seem so perfectly and incredibly expected?

What is it known for?

What seemed like one of the darkest periods in US history has now proved to be one of Asheville’s most fortunate.
No, it wasn’t New York, or Chicago, or St. Louis.  The city that suffered most from the economic collapse was Asheville-a municipality so poor for so long that the “ancient” buildings never faced the bulldozers or urban renewal.  While many cities chose to default on their Depression-era liabilities and start over with a “clean slate”, the Asheville city fathers chose to pay back every dollar.  It was a burden several generations would endure, until 1976 when the last obligation was paid. During those years, the city stayed much as it was before that black day in 1929.

Asheville today is more than a city where architecture stood still.  It is distinctive because in the year that time stopped, 1929, Ashevillewas a boom town.  A home for the Vanderbilts, a resort for Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and many other historic luminaries, and a Mecca for rising young architects.  Those young minds would follow in the footsteps of master architect Richard Morris Hunt, who built the lavish Biltmore House in 1895.

Asheville is now one of the most visited cities in the United States, with tourists thronging the French chateau-inspired Biltmore House, the Art Deco-infused downtown area, the native granite-founded Grove Park Inn, and the winding roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

But Asheville is so much more than just the architecture.  It’s host to Bele Chere; the largest street festival in the southeast.  It was named BeerCity USA 2012. It features numerous 5-star luxury hotels such as The Grove Park InnThe Grand BohemianHotel Indigo, and the Biltmore Inn.  It boasts hundreds of attractions including the Blue Ridge Parkway, hot air balloon rides, historic trolley tours, numerous art galleries including the Kress Emporium and Woolworth Walk. It even has the Asheville Tourists; a minor league baseball team!

Where do you want to live?

Asheville is surrounded by mountains and suburbs are attractive for families looking for homes with more space and greenery.  Popular areas include historic Biltmore Forest, and Biltmore Lake.
For those looking to be closer to the urban action, consider 
The Fitzgerald; luxury condos located on Macon Avenue in the Grove Park area, the historic Montford area, or the Lexington Condominiums in the heart of Downtown.
Biltmore Park embodies both the urban setting with a suburban feel.  While 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, this mixed-used community features single family homes, condos, townhomes, and apartments – all within walking distance of lively restaurants and cafes, spa and health clubs, as well as a range of dynamic shops, businesses and entertainment.

Side Trips

As the largest city in Western North Carolina, it’s easy to get to several charming towns such as Hendersonville, Brevard, and Lake Lure.  In the winter, many head for the higher elevations for skiing in towns such as Wolf Laurel.

Asheville Regional Airport serves Asheville and the surrounding areas and has direct flights to many major US cities such as Chicago and New York City, which are an hour and and hour and a half flight respectively.
Public transportation comes in the form of the 
Asheville City Bus System (ART). However, should you wish to go anywhere outside the Downtown area, you will need your own car.

Practical Info

Asheville continues to be a thriving mecca here in the southeast.  In 2007, the median sale price of a single family home in Asheville was $232,000. Like most markets, Asheville real estate was not immune to the market downturn.  However, the latest reports from June-August of 2012 show a median sale price at $215,000.
Entry-level homes in the eastern suburbs of Asheville start in the high $160′s while luxury homes North and South of downtown Asheville start in the high $900′s and climb to as much as $5,000,000.
Rentals in the downtown area are in demand from students and professionals.  A two-bedroom apartment near the city center rents for $1,100 a month.

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