localism: Sundays on the Island: Reconnecting with the Land; Meeting the People ~Asheville Area Events Series: Tailgate Markets- The MARSHALL, NC Market. - 01/06/10 03:16 PM

I am looking forward to Sundays on the Island In Madison County, North Carolina  coming soon! It's still cold, so the Farmers' Market is indoors (see flyer and note below.)
But I can hardly wait to find vocal  streams, rolling pastures, welcoming  "coves" and unending vistas that take your breath away as I head out in Spring, 2010 to the  Madison County farmers market (see photos.) 
There's a spirit of community here. Camaraderie. Inclusiveness. A sense of place and a sense of belonging, all exemplified  in the weekly tailgate markets. .It is all about Reconnecting with the Land; Meeting the People. Again... Heaven-on-Earth...For those of … (12 comments)

localism: Going Green: A Snowbound Neighborhood - 12/20/09 02:20 PM
Going Green: A Snowbound Neighborhood 
According to the commonly understood real estate definition, a neighborhood is anarea of a municipality which is identifiable by a common use, a common atmosphere or a common business area. 
When I think of  neighborhood, I imagine ice cream socials, welcoming living spaces, community organic  gardens,  evening strolls on tree-lined sidewalks. Family. Friends. Pets and Parties.  
It's a very attractive picture to me, especially at this time of year. I so enjoy sharing images and stories of life in our neighborhood in the mountains in  Asheville. And for the past number of years I even have been … (2 comments)

localism: Education Asheville Style-More Awards - 04/17/09 12:22 PM
Education Asheville Style-More Awards in 2009. 
What do two local students have in common with Truman Capote, Francis Farmer, Sylvia Plath, Red Grooms, Robert Redford, and Andy Warhol?  They are winners of the National American Visions Awards. Hillary Stowe and Leo Thao whose work competed with other top award winners from around the nation at the National Scholastic Art Awards. (Stowe's Vulture and Thao's untitled drawing are seen here)

The Western North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards, a juried competition that showcases outstanding visual arts created by local middle and high school students honored.
  "Approximately 17,000 total works of art are … (2 comments)

localism: Blue Ridge Parkway- Asheville- The LEED Parkway Destination Center - - 04/10/09 10:03 AM
Have you ever had a chance to experience- first-hand - a Gold Rated LEED certified building ?
If you haven't maybe you will guess how much I was looking forward to our visit to the Asheville's new Leed Certified Destination Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I could hardly wait to talk with the Park Rangers about their experience of and in the building. 
Like me, you may have been over-flowing with questions:
How does it  feel  each day?
What is the human experience where walls stand in saw-tooth formation, (see photo)
where interior light respects the movement of … (5 comments)

localism: Asheville 1031s and Living Green in WNC Mountains - 04/01/09 04:29 PM
1031 Investors Smile  in the Mountains  where Real Estate in Greater Asheville, North Carolina Remains Strong
Excellent ECO-friendly investment properties still promise appreciation here in the Greater Asheville area mountains.If you are looking to expand your sustainable innovation portfolio, the Greater Asheville area is an excellent in which to invest.According  to HousingPredictor.com (85 percent accuracy rating for its forecast)"...the Asheville area and its surrounding mountain region of Western North Carolina has been an exception on the national scene; it has been strongly appreciating for the past few years.
The forecast predicts continued strong growth.Many eco-friendly developments are thriving in our area where … (1 comments)

localism: Asheville- Real Estate Web 2.0 & BUILDING CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS - Part 3- Localism - 03/22/09 08:50 AM
Asheville- Real Estate Web 2.0 & BUILDING CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS 2009    Part 3Professional Interpretation via REALTOR® and Local Expert.
In Part 2 of this series I noted that REALTORS®  possibly more so than other professionals, weave a tapestry where a dream can be fulfilled. ...the Dream, and to some extent, the very purpose of life... Real Estate professionals and our clients can exercise our talents within the reasonable boundaries of  this process, get what we want, and not give it away, but share it wisely.
REALTORS® offering objective fiduciary counsel are in the very unique position of  being able to bring all parties together in a cooperative … (4 comments)

localism: Asheville "Scene " Around Town Photo Series: The Pond, The Poet and the Photographer - 03/14/09 01:36 PM
I happened on this scene unexpectedly. Grabbing my small camera (I keep it in my pocket most times) I held my breath and hoped I could catch this moment....there was the pond deep in the wooded acreage we were scouting for our clients...and there was a photographer, obviously caught in a curious pose, and there was the poet...on the spot...and ready to to tell us later of the rhythms of life to be found near our small corner of the world....

Asheville "Scene " Around Town Photo Series: The Pond, The Poet and the Photographer

localism: Asheville NC Neighborhoods Lakeview Park -The Favorite READ ABOUTS . Part 4 - 03/14/09 05:31 AM
AshevilleNC Neighborhoods Lakeview Park -The Favorite READ ABOUTS . Part 4 from the Neighborhoods We  Love  Series-
                                                                                                      LAKEVIEW PARK, North Asheville's Elegant and Understated Gem
As I mentioned in an earlier post not more than five minutes from downtown Asheville, you will find Beaver Lake and Asheville's lovely Lakeview Park Neighborhood . Convenient to downtown Asheville, both shine like diamonds in the North Carolina sun.
Though private, the lake has been a popular public spot since its creation in the early 1920s. Beaver Lake is located at a broad enough to embrace a sustainable  community, including the inviting lake itself and an … (1 comments)

localism: Asheville "GREEN" Real Estate Market Outlook-It's GREEN (Part 2) New "GREEN" Construction - 02/27/09 04:36 AM
Asheville "GREEN" Real Estate Market Outlook-It's  GREEN (Part 2)... New "GREEN" Construction
We are lucky to report thecontinuing strength of "green", eco-friendly homes and land sales in the Asheville, NC real estate market.  In Part 1 of this series I looked at appreciation and eco-friendly properties. I mentioned that New Construction is a good indicator of economic stability/growth. Here in  Asheville new "Green" construction stats are strong. 
(This Asheville area couple is beginning to plan for an energy efficient home here in the mountains where the outlook, as you can see in this photo I took not long ago, is full of … (1 comments)

localism: Asheville "GREEN" Real Estate Market Outlook-It's GREEN (Part 3) "GREEN" Financing and Tax Incentives (Part 3) - 02/27/09 04:18 AM
Asheville "GREEN" Real EstateMarket Outlook-It's  GREEN (Part 3) "GREEN" Financing and Tax Incentives (Part 3)
 There is a bright outlook for home and land buyers here in the Greater Asheville area.

Take for example the financing power in terms of energy efficient mortgages. ..and Tax Incentives.
(photo is one I took of the Asheville sky line...there is a bright outlook here)
According to the Residential Energy Services Network:   An energy mortgage is a mortgage that credits a home's energy efficiency in the home loan. There are two types of energy mortgages:
Energy Improvement Mortgage - Finances the energy upgrades … (1 comments)

localism: Green-Builts of Asheville Relocation Tour : Scout What's For Sale Before You Buy - 02/21/09 06:02 AM
On the recent Green-Builts of Asheville Tour  list,  one of the favorite stops is really just outside of Asheville, NC.  Still, it is a great place to settle down. You can relocate close to the town of Black Mountain and yet enjoy a feeling of the country (and on over an acre of land) .
 This favorite stop on the tour is a green-built home that has been featured in Asheville's Parade of Homes.  (see photo)
It is NC Healthy Built & Energy Star Certified. In a park-like setting, with handcrafted, cedar-shake allure,  it welcomes potential relocation buyers with its  light filled rooms, large … (2 comments)

localism: Asheville GREEN RELOCATION TOURS: The Urban Green-Built Homes of Asheville Tour - 02/21/09 05:31 AM
Hop on board for the  Asheville GREEN RELOCATION Urban Green: : Green-Built Homes of Asheville Tour. Whether it is a home's environmental impact, its green features and/or place in the community many people relocating to Asheville look at this eco-friendly trend as THE important connection to what really matters...
 (photo is one I took of new green construction in Asheville)
And  when they explore Asheville, a desire for deeper look at  sustainable and historic neighborhoods, horse farms and eco-communities, urban lofts, and expansive acreages just seems to arise, naturally. 
That's where Asheville's  Eco Certified ®Real Estate Consultants  can be of real assistance.
The "just … (1 comments)

localism: Asheville Relocating: Grand GREEN Tours Make It Easier - 02/17/09 08:44 AM
Seems like almost every one who comes to the Happiest City in the USA (that's Asheville) wants to stake a claim here.
So wandering around taking in  Asheville's  landmarks, historic buildings, art galleries and shops soon seems to turn to a desire for deeper investigation of  sustainable and historic neighborhoods,horse farms and eco-communities, urban lofts, and expansive acreages. 
Recently, I talked with the Eco Certified ®Real Estate Consultants  at a local firm. I had heard they offered a remedy for would-be property owners who just couldn't resist Asheville's allure and want to relocate......a particular kind of real estate tour.
 They told me...

localism: Greater Asheville Area Relocation: Our Amazing CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and Lucky Consumers - 02/16/09 12:28 AM

A CSA, (for Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA. .." (Local Harvest)
We are lucky  in Greater Asheville Area to enjoy the option of joining a number of amazing CSAs.
But then, that's no surprise. According to many local residents, "."...Asheville is rich with layer upon layer of the most exquisite quality of life just waiting to be discovered ..."
 Possibly … (4 comments)

localism: Asheville, NC Relocation : Where Sustainability is the By-Word - 02/14/09 09:19 AM
You could say that sustainability is the by-word here in Asheville.
 So it is not surprising that my intuition, based on down-to-Earth observations, tells me that there is a significant public interest and shift (at least in the Asheville area) toward environmentally-sensitive residential properties like the one I photographed seen here just recently.
 Could there be more evidence than this, for example, (see photo) a new urban, green-builthome in an eco-friendly neighborhood with neighborhood gardens (organic)  and congenial members of the community?  

Here are just a few of the the features this home and the urban community offer


localism: Asheville NC Lifestyle: Land and Sky and Mountains...and QUALITY - 02/14/09 09:00 AM
As a land specialist here in the Greater Asheville, N.C. area,  I think about things like the quality of air and water and how that can impact our clients.
(Carolina Blue sky and mountains)
I think about the troposphere and stratosphere, and how each affects the quality of life on Earth differently.
As a former schoolteacher, I remember emphasizing to my students the importance of learning about such things.  Maybe you remember learning that the troposphere begins at the Earth's surface and extends for 6-10 miles.
It absolutely and directly affects the health of the people, animals, and plants living on … (2 comments)

localism: Unique Mountain Acreage Attracts Treasure Seekers - 02/14/09 08:13 AM
It's like finding treasure ..... The sheer choices in variety when it comes to acreage here in the Greater Asheville (Buncombe, Madison, Henderson and Yancey County) has always attracted people area. I've been reading a novel set in 18th century North Carolina that makes it clear that even in 1776 people braved ocean waves and mountain passages just to be here! YES... It is like finding treasure .....
In the past, even 20 years ago, it was not too difficult for land lovers to secure significant tracts of land here in the Appalachians, whether for investment or for conservation purposes.  However, … (0 comments)

localism: Real Estate Market NICHES: How Do They REALLY Work? Stepping Up to Your Real Estate Niche, Part VIII - 01/28/09 11:49 AM
If you as a real estate professional, or as a potential client were looking for a market niche, could you recognize it by it's "Face"??
(photo of "face" by JT)
 How would it appear, and how do real estate market NICHES work?-
First Step: To prepare for the series of posts on this subject, we've been taking a poll-asking
  a) if clients began looking for properties they desired       with broad criteria in mind, and  b) if they soon  began  to get a specific leaning toward neighborhoods      and properties that attracted them.
Poll results showed that both questions were answered in the affirmative.  

localism: Will This Home Meet Our Clients' "Sustainably Built" Expectations? - 01/17/09 03:39 AM

 "Will This Home Meet Our Clients' "Sustainably Built" Expectations?"
 Recently JT  and I were exploring the area for our "green" clients hoping to unearth a few "hidden gems"...As we scouted the Asheville area, JT "happened"  to bump into  and start up a conversation with a young couple . it seems they had just completed construction of a "sustainably built' home, their second such project.  As it turned out, they  even were considering selling this home. Talk about LUCK! 
Will this home meet our clients' Sustainably Built expectations? Take a look at the details below and let us know what you think... 
House … (12 comments)

localism: Strength in Size? A Lesson in the North Carolina National Forest - 01/16/09 05:53 AM

"What are you doing out here all on your owney-o?"  ~Diana Gabaldon,  from her novel, A Breath of Snow and Ashes  
JT took this photo while we were out previewing conservation acreage for one of our land legacy clients earlier this week.
As you can see, it was a frosty day-the evergreens, dusted with snow,  forming  a living lacy border for the mountainscape, our wee, but mighty dog seeming even smaller on the trail. . . 
When I saw the photo JT took, immediately I was captured by the visual metaphor. That tiny dog-Friend. Those enormous trees. And the vast … (14 comments)



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