Western Carolina Market Update May 2019

A Look at the Buncombe County Real Estate Market

May’s market report is showing strong similarities to the market last month when we did this report. In Buncombe County, 288 homes have been sold last month, compared to 244 in February around this time. Furthermore, there are 1,914 active listings currently, compared to last months 1,757 indicating an increasing level of inventory. Presently, there is an estimated 7 month’s worth of inventory, which indicates that Buncombe County is in a slight buyer’s market! This has not changed since last month. Paired with the historically low mortgage interest rates, buyers should consider meeting with a real estate professional to discover their purchasing power. The list to sale price percentage currently is 97.8% in Buncombe County. This implies sellers on average will get 97.8% of their asking price, which has increased slightly since last month when it was 97.4%. As always, it is a very good time to invest in real estate in Asheville!

A Look at the Henderson County Real Estate Market

In Henderson County, there is currently 7 months of inventory! This figure is up from 6 months of inventory reported last month. This indicates the neutral market in Henderson has transitioned into a slight buyers market. Henderson County homes are generally more affordable than Asheville homes, meaning more bang for your buck. This is attracting more home owners to consider the blossoming Hendersonville, Mills River, and surrounding areas as a potential area for their next home.

Spring is heating up in Henderson County for sellers as well! On average, people are getting 98.2% of their asking price, compared to 97.9% last month! Sellers pay attention: the small difference in percentage means a lot when you get to the closing table. There were 867 active listings on the market this month and 133 homes sold. Home are selling quicker this month, as the listings in Henderson County are spending 72 days on the market on average as compared to 84 days on average last month. Henderson markets are very promising for buyers and sellers!

What does this mean if you are looking to sell a home in Buncombe County?

If you are contemplating selling your home in Buncombe County, you have some good signs as to why now is a great time to list. First off, mortgage interest rates and more inventory is incentivizing buyers to enter the market. This means more showing activity for you, and more competition for your home (meaning higher offers!). Data also shows that listings are spending an average of 60 days on the market (compared to 74 last month) and as mentioned above, receive 97.8% of their asking price. The Eskritt Group is seasoned in selling homes and helping you move into your next home. Last year, the Eskritt Group had a closing to list price ratio of 99.2%, 1.3% above the average of other agents in Buncombe County!

Wrap-Up of the Asheville Real Estate Market report.

In conclusion, both Henderson County and Buncombe County are showing strong growth and approaching an equilibrium point! Here at the Eskritt Group we are very excited to see these statistics as they show lots of potential in our Western Carolina housing markets. If you are a buyer looking to nestle into the mountains and enjoy all that Western North Carolina has to offer, you have a ton of housing options and great borrowing rates. If you are a seller and willing to price your home at a market competitive price, now is the time to sell. Please reach out to the Eskritt Group for any inquires so that we can help bring life to Western North Carolina!

Button & CO. Bagels, Benne On Eagle and Olde London Road English Pub

 Olde London Road English Pub

Olde London Road English Pu is a new pub downtown that most closely resembles a traditional English Pub. There is a massive variety of imported beer and awesome seating arrangements. Furthermore, As you walk down the stairs to enter the pub, sports memorabilia instantly encapsulate you as well as big screen tv’s for viewing the latest soccer matches. Furthermore, after speaking with the Host, who is native to East London, I was reassured that a focus of the pub is offering all available soccer games no matter what time they start (some of which begin around 5 am). Also, As you can imagine this venue strongly supports Asheville’s Local soccer club and they aren’t afraid to tell you about it! Lastly, customer service is excellent, all of the workers greet you with a smile and professionalism. Located in the heart of downtown, this is definitely a place you want to give a go!

Benne On Eagle 

Located on “the block” in downtown Asheville you will find this wonderful restaurant that specialized in uniquely prepared authentic southern food! Chef owner John fleer was named one of the “Rising stars of the 21stcentury” y the James Beard foundation and is a 5 time finalist for the James Beard foundation award for best chef in the southeast.

Although the service is impeccable and the quality of food is exquisite, I believe Benne on Eagle’s focus on historic Asheville, specifically the area they are headquartered is the real treat. Historically, “the block” was known for food, fun and entertainment for the community. Throughout the years this notion has changed due to economic factors and societal shifts. Benne On Eagle cherishes this memory and is making an effort to reproduce this atmosphere one step at a time. Moreover, the visual Centerpiece of the restaurant is a mural by local artist Joseph Pearson that depicts a historically sound representation of downtown Asheville. If you’re looking to get a sensational meal by a great staff of workers, you should check out this new restaurant!

Button & Co Bagels 

My final feature in this week’s blog is Button & Co Bagels! Opening in late 2018, this is Asheville’s newest bagel shop! This classic bagel shop is very delightful due the chef Kate Buttons extensive knowledge of baking. Button & Co Bagels focuses on using sustainable and local ingredients for many of the items on the menu. Bagels also offers a line of house made bottled sodas and freshly squeezed juices. They have a variety of bagel flavors that can satisfy anyone’s needs or wants! Located on Lexington Asheville, this bagel shop is sure to satisfy your taste buds. 

Haywood Country Club in West Asheville

West Asheville has historically been a very entrepreneurial part of town. The streets of West Asheville are filled with more than 40 locally owned businesses that captivate the masses year-round. Whether you would like to have a giant biscuit from Biscuit Headhttps://www.biscuitheads.com, drink a local beer from Westville Pubhttp://www.westvillepub.com, or eat Jamaican food with an interesting twist at Nine Milehttp://ninemileasheville.com/, West Asheville is the place for you! The newest addition to this sensational part of town is the Haywood Country Club. The Co-owners Cory and Trevor are experienced and well versed in the bar industry due to their previous bar ownership backgrounds.

The bar features astonishingly cool ascetics and designs on the inside and outside! The ceiling is a mixture of printed tin and wood slate. They complement each other wonderfully using a diamond design that leads onto the walls uninterrupted. Moreover, they used the design build concept on the inside in order to mold the bar area how they wanted. Furthermore, 3,000 pieces of wood were used in their hand made bar! Everything in the place is custom made and it took a whopping 2 years to get it just how they wanted it.

Additionally, Trevor and Cory decided to outsource locally for their artwork inside and out. A well known local artist Gus, Cutty developed the mural seen outside of the country club. Gus’s work can be seen all throughout Asheville so be on the lookout! Supporting local businesses is extremely important to the duo and they have even collaborated with a local ice cream shop, The Hop tooffer an ice cream flavor based off one of their specialty mixed drinks. Haywood Country Club has awesome drink deals daily as well as specialty drinks that you can’t find anywhere else.

Haywood Country club has a Steller set up inside and out! The bar features amazing drink deals as well as exceptional customer service. They have dance parties every other week and food trucks Friday and Saturday! Cory and Trevor have done an exceptional job building this business. Next time you are visiting Asheville, be sure to check out this magnificent new space!

April 2019 Market Report For Asheville North Carolina

A Look at the Buncombe County Real Estate Market

April’s market report is showing strong similarities to the market last year around this time. In Buncombe county, 244 homes have been sold this month. However, there are 1,757 active listings currently, indicating a high level of inventory. Presently, there is an estimated 7 month’s worth of inventory which indicated we are in a buyer’s market! The list to sale percentage currently is 97.4% in Buncombe county. This implies sellers will get 97.4% of their asking price which is stellar. It is a very good time to invest in real estate in Asheville! 

A Look at the Henderson County Real Estate Market

In Henderson County, there is currently 6 months of inventory! This indicates there is a sellers market evident in this area. On average, people are getting 97.9% of their asking price! This is a very promising statistic for sellers and buyers. On the market in Henderson county there were 779 active listings last month and 136 homes sold. This is similar to the situation last year around this time. The average days on the market for a home selling in Henderson is 84. Henderson markets are very promising at there current stature.

What does this mean if you are looking to sell a home in Buncombe County?

If you are contemplating selling your home in Buncombe County you have the advantage. Data shows that listings spend an average of 74 days on the market and as mentioned above, receive 95.9% of their asking price. The Eskritt Group is seasoned in selling homes and helping you move into your next home. Last year, the Eskritt Group had a closing to list price ratio of 99.2%, 1.3% above other agents in Buncombe County!

Wrap-Up of the Asheville Real Estate Market report.

In conclusion, the statistics show the housing market and inventory in Henderson and Buncombe County are promising. Now is an amazing time to either buy a new home, or sell your current home. With low interest rates, and an abundance of opportunity; it is an ideal time to invest in real estate! The Eskritt Group would take pleasure in helping with your buyer or seller needs! Please feel free to reach out to us at… so that we can serve you.

Spring Is In The Air

Living in the mountains is always fun due to the atmosphere, aesthetics, and adventure available here in Western North Carolina. Now that Spring is here, Asheville is blooming with activities for all ages and interests. Whether you want to go see one of the many garden exhibits, attend local festivals or local art galleries, or spend time doing outdoor activities, Asheville has everything you could dream of.

Beginning on April 1st, the Biltmore Estate will be hosting Biltmore Blooms. Walk the 8,000 acres of grounds and gardens to experience beautiful and exotic plants as they burst with color this season. Enjoy the Flowering Cherry, Red Maple, Kobus Magnolia, Spiraea, Quince, Japanese Pieris, Hyacinths, Snowdrops, Daffodils, and many more Spring surprises on the estate of the largest home in the United States. After walking the gardens, The Biltmore Estate offers dining, wine-tasting, shopping, and historical tours of the mansion to keep you entertained all day!

Furthermore, The North Carolina Arboretum’s gardens begin to bloom this time of year. Placed in one of the most botanically diverse and attractive environmental settings in America, The North Carolina Arboretum has 65 acres of fostered gardens that satisfy the senses. You will have to opportunity to pay tribute to the region’s rich cultural heritage. Strolling through the Arboretum’s gardens is a perfect way to reconnect with nature in a peaceful setting.  The Asheville Botanical Gardens make for another great Spring destination! The Asheville Botanical Gardens are a “10-acre independent, non-profit botanical garden dedicated to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians.” It is a beautiful place for a casual stroll with your family that will allow you to return to nature in the most fundamental sense.

Festivals are a critical part of the Asheville culture as well because of how nice the weather is here! This month, we have the annual Asheville Orchid Festival, which is your chance to see hundreds of amazing orchids and watch the competition unfold to see who will take home first place! If that isn’t your cup of tea, we also have the Sweet Treats of the Carolinas Festival coming up on April 20th. This festival will not only have all of the sweetest treats you can imagine, but will also have a donut eating contest, 5k run, half marathon, pageant, crafts, food trucks, and a variety of other vendors. Moreover, the French Broad River Festival is coming May 3-5, and will include some of the best music in the area, camping, vendors, and outdoor events in celebration of the beautiful French Broad River. These are just a few of the many festivals that will take place in Western North Carolina this spring! (romanticasheville.com)

Western North Carolina is one of the top areas in the country for art, and has thousands of amazing artists living here. For a great Spring day activity, take time to stroll between the more than 30 art galleries and studios in Downtown Asheville and the 180+ working artist studios in the River Arts Ditrict. One of the top galleries in town is Grovewood Gallery, adjacent to the historic site of the Grove Park Inn. Experience outdoor sculptures, rotating exhibits, and working artist studios all with a gorgeous view of Asheville and the Great Smoky Mountains! In the River Arts District, The Village Potters Gallery offers a more hands-on experience. Attend workshops hosted by the 6 accomplished resident sculptors while being surrounded by work in all mediums. The final gallery we want to highlight is the Momentum Art Gallery in Downtown Asheville. This exquisite gallery showcases the best of contemporary art, and is comprised of artists work from all over the country, including Western North Carolina!

In conclusion, Asheville has a vast amount of attractions to fit anyone’s adventure needs! Whether you live here or are visiting the area , feel free to reach out to the Eskritt Group at Keller Williams with any questions you may have. We are local experts, and would cherish the opportunity to share with you why we made this city ‘home.’

Considering a move? We can help there too! Call us to find out how we can help you determine the best move for your family.

Greenwood Fields Community In North Asheville

Welcome to Greenwood Fields in Woodfin, NC! This new development attracting a lot of attention in the Asheville area. Greenwood Fields is nestled in a very scenic area with loads of mountain views and mountain trails accessible. Activities that can be accessed nearby include biking, rafting, tubing and sightseeing! You have the ability of being within 10 minutes of Woodfin Riverside park, Roy Pope Memorial park, Asheville Botanical Gardens, and you are located next to the French Broad River!  But that is not it, Greenwood Fields is strategically located within 15 minutes of Downtown Asheville. In downtown Asheville, you can enjoy attractions such as farm-to-table dining, art galleries, live theater, the Asheville Symphony (www.ashevillesymphony.org), countless festivals (https://www.ashevillechamber.org/news-events/), local breweries (http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-brewery-list/), nightlife, live music venues and tons of shopping.

This development is great because its all new construction homes! Homes are priced from 300-400k and 25 lots have already been built on and sold. There are a few different builders with different designs (list builders) and buyers have the ability to design custom finishes, such as granite countertops, cabinet materials, flooring, fireplace designs, etc. (discuss style of the homes, and expected finishes)

Greenwood Fields Home Owners Association dues are $60 a quarter, and you take care of your own house and yard. These are city streets not private streets; so, for $240 a year you are getting a great bang for your buck. For young families, Greenwood Fields is located in the North Buncombe School District. (link) Although Phase 1 of the 3 phase building plan is almost filled, you still have the opportunity to purchase your dream home from Phase 2 and 3, which will feature more prominent mountain views.

Asheville is a continually growing city with lots to do and an amazing atmosphere that never disappoints. The Greenwood Fields development is exciting because it fits right into the Asheville area (why?) and will allow for more to come and enjoy the beauty of the mountains. One of our top buyer agents, Mary Jo, is working in conjunction with one of the builders and would be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the development. For more information on this amazing opportunity, contact us at (828) 778-1783.

Renovation Loans: What can they do for you?

Renovation Loans

The amazing reality of home buying today is that loan providers have more options for you than ever. Many of us recognize home buyer programs for first-time buyers or low-income families, but renovation loans are an often-overlooked option that can help realize your dream home. Most of us think of renovations in terms of our favorite home makeover shows (such as HGTV’s Fixer Upper), but the definition of a renovation in financing terms does not require busting out walls and cabinetry. And in addition, when used smartly, renovation loans can help home buyers navigate a competitive market (like ours) and save money!

Renovation financing covers a wide variety of work on the home, from cosmetic to structural. The one limitation is that you may not set a new foundation using renovation funds, but with most programs, almost every other scenario will be covered without question. Need to cosmetically update your house before selling? Covered. Want to purchase a particular home but need an extra bedroom? Covered. Are you changing the exterior paint color and fencing the yard? Covered. Simply put, these loans are a tool to help homeowners make changes to their home now that will give them long-term gains. Think outside of the box!

These renovation loans are simple!

One of the most attractive features of renovation loans is the simplicity of repayment. These loans are typically rolled into a 30-year mortgage, making the billing simple and the monthly payments affordable. Mortgage interest rates are stabilizing at a historic low of around 4%, and your renovation loan will accrue interest at the same low rate. Qualification for these loans vary depending on who will be living in the home. Owner occupants qualifying for the loan must have 3-5% of the down payment, second home buyers must have 10% down, and investors must have 15% down. Credit scores are also considered in the pre-qualification as in a standard loan. Looking for an Asheville mortgage lender? Give us a call for our recommendations on lenders in Asheville.

How can renovation loans help sellers?

You can benefit from renovation loans even if you are not personally obtaining one. Think about this scenario: You have inherited a home that is in desperate need of updating. You are looking to sell the property because you are busy and the maintenance has become a burden. Traditionally, buyers are looking for move-in ready homes, and it would be necessary to pay out of pocket to update the home before listing it. But we say “use your resources!” Consult your realtor and have them assist you in creating a vision board for your home. Vision boards are a compilation of suggested updates in flooring, cabinetry, structure, appliances, and the like to help

potential home buyers envision what your home could become. In addition to the vision board, have a mortgage lender provide pamphlets on renovation financing to include at your next open house. Without spending a dime of your money, you will provide a desirable vision of the home space for potential home buyers and inform them on the financing that will make that vision a reality. Even if your home is not in ideal condition, you may not have to be the one to pay for the restorations!

 

They are other situations where renovation loans may help. The situation may arise where a home for sale has missing or broken utilities, making the home unlivable. If a buyer applies for a renovation loan, you may close on the transaction without having those systems repaired. The funds for the repair are available immediately after close, so contractors can get right to work. Some Asheville mortgage lenders will settle invoices with the contractors directly, rather than pushing that responsibility on you. How convenient!

How can renovation loans help home buyers?

If you are a home buyer looking to purchase in Western North Carolina, home inventory is incredibly low, and some of the properties for sale are not in the best condition. Instead of competing with buyers over move-in ready homes (which often end with multiple offers over asking price), look for real estate steals in the area and obtain the renovation financing before closing to alter the home to your liking. You could save money and have a more suitable home if the price is right. Additionally, consulting your realtor can help you make targeted decisions on what improvements will guarantee higher appraisal and market value. With a plan in mind, don’t delay your home renovation projects until you have all the money in place. Take advantage of the low mortgage interest rates and get the funds you need now!

This article has only scratched the surface on the situations that renovation loans can help you. For more information on loans in Asheville, please feel free to consult our team at (828) 585-7370.

April 2017 Asheville Real Estate Market Report

 Asheville Real Estate Market Report

 

A Look at the Buncombe County Real Estate Market

April 2017 has remained steady in the real estate market. In Buncombe county, 276 homes have sold this month, about a fourth of the total homes on the market. As there continues to be a low inventory of homes and a high rate of interest, there is a strong seller’s advantage in this area. However, historic lows in mortgage interest rates makes it a great time to buy as well.

What does this mean if you are looking to sell a home in Buncombe County?

If you are currently looking to sell your home in Buncombe County, you will have the advantage. April 2017 shows listings spend an average of 60 days on market, and receive 97.9% of the asking price at close. This closing to list price ratio is nearly the highest it has been in over 10 years, indicating increased competition during the offer process. Our team, the Eskritt Group, has a closing to list price ratio of 99.2%, 1.3% above other agents in Buncombe county. With the median home price in Buncombe County being $291,000, using the Eskritt Group to sell your home would yield you $3783 more on average than using a different realtor.

What does this mean if you are looking to buy a home in Buncombe County?

Money is cheap! The mortgage interest rates are currently sitting at 4.05%, which is following the historic lows for mortgage rates since 2008. This allows you to afford more home for the same monthly payment. In 2008, the mortgage interest rates were 6.03% on average, meaning that if you could spend $1,200 a month on housing, your mortgage would cover a $200,000 home. However, with the current interest rate at 4.05%, the same $1,200 payment could afford a $250,000 home. Take advantage of these historically low interest rates, as they can truly influence how much property you can afford.

Asheville Real Estate Market – Condos

The Buncombe county market saw 51 condo sales in April at a median price point of $212,000. The average 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo is going for $230,485, which you can afford at $1107 a month at the current interest rates. Rather than renting an apartment, it is a wise idea to invest your money into a property that accrues value as opposed to paying a landlord. Any site-built property appreciates around 3.4% of the market cost annually (according to the Case-Schiller Index), but rent payments accrue no value.

Asheville Real Estate Market – Single Family Homes

If you are looking for single family homes for sale here in Buncombe County, now is a great time to do so. Single family residences continue to rise in value, all while remaining relatively more affordable in comparison to the rental market. The average 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in this county goes for $201,000, constituting a $965 monthly payment at current interest rates. The Asheville Citizen Times reported in April that the median rent for a 2 bedroom property in Asheville is $1,180 a month, making it actually cheaper to invest in real estate.

Wrap-Up of our Asheville Real Estate Market Report

Although there is a seller’s advantage in the current real estate market, it truly is a great time to buy or sell real estate in Buncombe County. With low interest rates, you can afford more home for the same monthly payment. Low inventory of homes for sale causes increased competition in the bidding process, securing more of the asking price than usual. If you are feeling ready to move forward with purchasing or selling property, the Eskritt Group would appreciate the opportunity to represent you in this hot market. With over 35 years of experience between us, we have the tools to make your transaction more stress-free and the competence to keep your real estate dreams on track. Call (828) 585-7370 to find out how we can help you today.

 

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The Ramble Biltmore Forest Community in Asheville, NC

 

Welcome to The Ramble Biltmore Forest, a private gated community in South Asheville that is more than a community; it’s also a lifestyle. Let me paint the picture for you. The Ramble is a luxury community situated on property just south of the famous Biltmore Estate. The streets wind through charming forested hills, and are decorated by vibrant landscaping inspired by the design principles of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect responsible for the gardens at the Biltmore Estate.

Beyond the beauty of the neighborhood, The Ramble provides many opportunities for the residents to mingle and explore their interests, from community events like The Ramble Art Crawl, to weekly clubs meetings like the Hiking Club and the Gardening Club. Read the weekly newsletter to find out what events are coming up, discover what they are reading in the book club, or register for a cooking class at the Living Well Center!

If you lead an active lifestyle, The Ramble Biltmore Forest has something for you too! Residents enjoy a private 11-acre park containing soccer fields, basketball courts, a fire pit, a natural amphitheater, a botanical garden, and a playground for the kids! Why drive to the park? Additionally, each home can easily access 15 miles of hiking trails that connect the entire community and show off the best of these amazing grounds.  For those looking to get in serious shape, the Living Well Center offers fitness equipment, a lighted tennis court, and a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool as well. Nothing like a neighborhood that supports a healthy lifestyle!

If you choose to build or purchase a home here, you will be delighted to know that The Ramble supports a broad range of custom home design. No cookie-cutter houses here! Choose to work with 9 featured builders or start your own design from scratch with HOA approval. There are currently 15 available lots ranging from 0.51 to 1.69 acres and from $239k-730k, with additional future phases planned. All homes are provided city water, city sewer, fiber optics, and natural gas. You can expect the average market price of a home in this neighborhood to run $1-1.2 million, but the options truly range from $700k – $3 million.

The Ramble delivers a unique experience for its residents, including the proximity to local amenities. Enjoy a short drive to Ingles, Fresh Market, Earthfare, Gold’s Gym, and the shopping complexes in Biltmore Forest and off of Hendersonville Road. Downtown Asheville is a short 15 minute drive, and both Mission Hospital and the Asheville Regional Airport are a 10 minute drive. The most spectacular amenity is access to Biltmore Park Town Square through the private Southern Gate, which is no more than bike ride away to amazing restaurants, stores, and the Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 movie theater.

For the families with children, The Ramble is served by a selection of great public and private schools. Estes Elementary School, Valley Springs Middle School, and TC Roberson High School are the public options for this neighborhood. Carolina Day Private School and Asheville Christian Academy are private options nearby. Additionally, feel safe on the hiking trails with your kids as the neighborhood provides 24 hour security and a limited access gate. With great choices for education and recreation in a safe environment, this is the perfect neighborhood for growing families!

The Ramble Biltmore Forest is a truly unique community combining the best of location and lifestyle. To learn more about making your home at The Ramble,  take a day to meet with an agent and explore what this community can offer you. This neighborhood is highly desirable, so show your interest early! Call us at (828) 585-7370 today so we can take you on your own private tour, and show you what is currently available!

 

Southcliff Community in Fairview, NC

Southcliff Community in Fairview, NC

Normally, privacy and convenience are mutually exclusive. However, the residents of Southcliff truly enjoy the “best of both worlds.” Tucked away in the mountains of Fairview, North Carolina, this 400-acre gated community will charm you immediately. The homes are built on the sloping face of Cedar Cliff Mountain, so most roads and homes in this neighborhood enjoy a long-range view of Bear Wallow and Pisgah Mountain Chains. Peppered throughout the three individual communities is 175 acres of a sprawling and healthy forest, which houses 6 miles of exclusive hiking trails for the residents. While this community boasts of the best of rural living, it lies only a short seven-minute drive to Downtown Asheville, and a ten-minute drive to the Tunnel Road’s shopping malls and complexes. You would be hard pressed to find a gated community like this anywhere!

The Neighborhoods of Southcliff

The homes for sale in Southcliff are even more beautiful than the view, but there are very distinct neighborhoods within this community. Hawk’s Branch is a collection of handsome upscale townhomes with open floor plans and 2 car garages. These homes are 3,375 sq. ft, containing 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a large balcony facing the ranges. With only a couple units left, these homes are highly desirable.

Also on the smaller end of Southcliff homes is the development Cottages at Still Creek. Depending on your choices of an optional basement or upper level, these cottages can range from 1,800 to 3,000 sq. ft. Perfectly sized for a small family, each cottage contains 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The details that Amarx Construction put into these homes are what makes them over the top stunning: granite countertops, maple cabinetry, hardwood floors, stacked stone fireplaces, and more. You can secure one of these treasures for 450-560k, which is a great value for this area!

The next neighborhood up the mountain is East Owl Creek, with homes boasting larger lots, house styles near 3000 sq. ft., and ranging from 500-650k. This community was the first to be completed in Southcliff, and homes rarely turn over due to the durable construction and great vantage points. East Owl Creek is great for families, as it has hiking access to a small lake, and is a short walk from the community playground and pavilion. A comparable neighborhood, Laurel Park, lies on the other side of the cliff face from East Owl Creek. Laurel Park has slightly smaller lots, but has access to its own private park where families can play sports or have a picnic.

Phase 2 of Southcliff contains 6 neighborhoods: Elkmont, Peregrine’s Ridge, Poplar Grove, Red Tail Court, Twin Creeks, and Wonderlynd. All of the properties are located higher on the mountain, have larger acreage per lot, and start around 750k for the smallest model. There are lots available in these developments, allowing you to customize your home design with the help of the builders.

At the very top of the mountain, there are plans to create one last community called Cliff Tops. Although this portion of Southcliff will not be available for 34 months, there are only 25 lots, so it is expected that they will go incredibly fast. Homes adorning Cedar Cliff Mountain will start at 1.5 million, or just 350k for the lot. Cliff Tops will have access to a challenging array of hiking trails, a small stream, and the most remote privacy of the entire development. The views from Cliff Tops are the most expansive, and can see a good portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina.

Fairview Community

Southcliff is located in the town of Fairview, NC, where a large majority of the town is centered around farming and local ranching. In the Fairview 2016 Citizen Survey, 96.7% of those who answered believe that Fairview should encourage continued agricultural activities, while only 19% supported an increase in industry. Many locals would like for Fairview to keep its quaint country charm, as this was the number one reasons residents decided to call Fairview home. Other reasons that attract families to Fairview are low taxes, being close to family, and low crime (98.2% of residents claimed to feel either ‘somewhat safe’ or ‘very safe’). While the town strives to stay smaller, there are a few bars and restaurants that the locals frequent. The Local Joint is a quirky New American diner that is the hot spot during lunch, and of course the Fairview Tavern is always great for a philly cheesesteak and a drink from the full service bar. The convenience of this gated community to Asheville’s shopping and professional services allows Southcliff residents to live comfortably while not sacrificing the secluded charm of this quaint mountain village. Southcliff is truly a special mountain retreat.

Check out more about Southcliff on their website.