It’s All About The View

When we first started talking about moving to North Carolina, I would have been happy with a little house tucked deep into the woods. But once we got here and I became more embedded into the area, I gained a better understanding of why homes with a view are so prized.

There is a lot to be said for a cabin in the woods and I’m not knocking it at all but there is just something about looking out the windows and seeing the mountains, the valleys, or the string of mountain tops strung together in a long range view. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can find the trifecta and enjoy all three. Even with close in views, it’s mesmerizing watching the clouds rise up, seeing weather systems as they roll in, and it’s especially great to be able to watch the seasons unfold before your eyes.

That’s why I wanted to share two homes with you today. Both of these homes have spectacular views.

The first home is at 100 Sunflower Lane in Pisgah Forest Estates. It’s all one level living, has two workshops, and is perched on a point that gives you a wide view all the way to parts of South Asheville. And…it happens to include the jacuzzi!

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The second property is 1037 Glen Cannon Drive, also in Pisgah Forest. This is an estate size home with over 4,200 square feet of living space.  It has been recently updated with hard wood floors, a new master suite, and it has countless features that make it an energy efficient home to live in year round.

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These homes are located just minutes from the beautiful mountain town of Brevard, North Carolina.   If you’d like more information call me at 828-551-6290 or drop me an email at carol@clayteamrealestate.com

 

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Unlocking the Secret Code of Realtors

I’ve been working with a great young couple who have uncovered the secret code of Realtors.

They will be relocating to the Hendersonville, NC area and have taken a very active role in their search by doing a drive by on every home they want to see. Not only does this save me valuable time, it helps them understand the various communities so they can narrow in on exactly where they want to be. The fact that they are incredibly tech savvy and can find any location on their phone or Ipad…and get there… has been a bonus. When we go out to look at homes together, they have already scoped out the area and are ready to take a closer look.

Along the way they commented that they are learning to read between the lines and interpret the true meaning behind the words and phrases some Realtors employ when describing a property. Here are a few of the highlights that we’ve uncovered during several of their now famous drive bys:

“Serene pond” – Translation: Stagnant body of water. After one particular visit on their own, they described this “serene pond” to me in terms of the murky color, the strange smell, and the zombie fish moving slowing through the still water. We surmised that they were probably preserving their energy because of the lack of oxygen in the water which made us all kinda sad for the fish.ZombieFish

“Private wooded setting” – Translation: You better pack a lunch. If you live in an urban area, a “private wooded setting” may describe a property with some trees and something slightly more than a half an acre. Here in the mountains, it can mean something quite different and you better be prepared for anything. It could mean, just as it sounds, a nice home on a wooded lot surrounded by nature. Or, it might mean you better have 4WD and be able to navigate a steep gravel road deep into the woods where all the neighbors have four legs.

“Unique floor plan” – Translation: The opposite of open floor plan. I’m always leery of any description that includes the word “unique” unless it is accompanied by a picture to explain it. Otherwise, it leaves far too much to the imagination.

“Dine al dente” – Translation: ??. I actually saw this on a listing the other day.
If you are a fan of Italian food you probably already know that “al dente” describes the desired texture of cooked pasta. It literally means “to the tooth”. Perhaps this agent meant to say “al fresco” which means a casual form of dining outside. We may never know for certain, though.

“Creek on property” – Translation: There is some water on the property…somewhere. Finding land with a bold or even quietly babbling creek is a dream for many of our buyers…and I don’t blame them. It’s a very desirable feature. The question is “where” on the property. Is it by the building site or do you need repelling gear to get to it. If you are a buyer, this is where you really need an experienced agent who is willing to get their boots dirty helping you locate the creek.

My intention here is certainly not to disparage my fellow Realtors. When we list a property, it is our job to frame the home or land in the best possible light, highlighting the best features, minimizing the less desirable ones. You have to admit, though, that sometimes a property’s description and what it is in reality can vary drastically and that can set a buyer up for a heap of disappointment. It’s just one of the many reasons why you need the help of a knowledgeable, experienced agent who can translate the code for you and cut through the fluff.

Like this couple I’m working with, today’s buyers are more informed than ever and often know a lot about a property before we ever meet. But no third party web site like Zillow, Trulia, or Realtor.com can ever replace an agent who is experienced and knowledgable about the area where they do business.

If you are buying or selling a home or land and would like some help deciphering and navigating western North Carolina, give us a call. We are full time, professional Realtors proudly serving buyers and sellers in Brevard, Hendersonville, Pisgah Forest, Asheville, and all the great little mountain communities in between.let's go somewhere

 

Find Foreclosure Properties Here!

Find Foreclosures Here!There’s just no heads or tails about it! Banks have hundreds of foreclosure properties in the Asheville, Cashiers, Brevard, Hendersonville area that they want to sell. Large mountain tracts with glorious views, development lots, small homes, million dollar homes…they’re all available for pennies on the dollar.

Contact the Clay Team today and tell us what kind of property you’re looking for. We have the experience of working with the banks and will guide you every step of the way!

 

Visit us online at BrevardNCProperty.com.
Email us at RobertClay@KW.com or CarolClay@KW.com.
Call us today at 828-551-6291 or 828-551-6290.

Things to do in Brevard NC

It’s not too early to start making your plans for the Labor Day Weekend.  Two events you should absolutely include when you are in the Brevard, NC area are the 2010 Farm Fair and the 2nd Annual Founders Day. Both events will be held on Saturday, September 4.

Farm Fair is sponsored by the Brevard/Transylvania County Chamber of Commerce and it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the rich and diverse farming community in the area. Enjoy events, tastings, and demonstrations from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the American Legion Hall.

Founders Day is sponsored by the Transylvania County Heritage Society and celebrates the areas founding families.

Friday night, the 2nd SC Rifles Re-enactment group will set up an authentic Civil War camp. Then on Saturday morning from 9-10 am, a docent will lead a walking tour of Historic Uptown Brevard, $10 per person, reservations suggested, call 884-2347. Starting at 10 am, craftspeople will demonstrate their skills and sell their wares in the old-fashioned arts, like spinning, weaving, patchwork, woodcarving, and more, with many dressed in period costumes. Antique cars will be on display.

Also from 11 am to 5 pm, the Main Stage will present area musical talent including: Lynn Goldsmith & Jeter Mountain; Rabon Creek Bluegrass; Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition; East Fork Gals; and Transylvania Troubadours. Forge Mountain Cloggers will perform at 12 noon, and Sylvan Squares at 2:30.

The Museum will showcase Founding Family displays with descendants on hand to discuss the lives and legacies of Transylvania’s settlers. Special pioneer crafts will be available for the kids to do.

With all this activity, people will be hungry and thirsty, so Marco’s will be selling pizza by the slice and the Hobnob restaurant will have “food that would have been eaten during the Civil War but better!” Top that off with items from the Museum’s bake sale booth or some Kiwi Gelato to complete a wonderful day.

Both events are real down home fun for the entire family! Don’t miss it!

For more information about the Brevard area, things to do while you’re here, or for places to stay, visit BrevardNCproperty.com

Event information provided by the Chamber of Commerce and the Transylvania County Heritage Museum.

Mountain Cabin for Sale – Brevard, NC

Think of the mountains of western North Carolina and many people think of a cabin in the woods where they can enjoy the four seasons in a quiet natural setting. This cabin for sale near Brevard, North Carolina is all that and more. Newly built with loads of charm and character on 2.5+ acres.  Rustic but sophisticated, this home in the woods is easy to love with special touches like native laurel wood railings, spruce floors, and vaulted ceilings.  Everything for every day living is on the main floor. But when company comes, and you know they will, there is an extra bedroom, bath and living area below. Or you can utilize the loft for even more sleeping and play area.

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For fishermen and women, it just can’t get much better! This home is less than 3 minutes away from the East Fork river and some of the best flying fishing in the southeast. And if you like to tinker in the yard, you’ll appreciate the beautiful landscaping with hundreds of perennials and native plants.

If you would like more information about this cabin in the woods, or other properties for sale in the Brevard, North Carolina area, call the call the Clay Team at 828-551-6290 or 828-551-6291. You can visit us anytime online at BrevardNCProperty.com.

Home for Sale in Brevard, NC – Golf course community

Glen Cannon Country Club is one of the most popular golf course communities in Brevard, NC and a great choice for year round or seasonal living. The gently rolling terrain, wooded landscape, and the flowing creeks and waterfalls combine to create a beautiful backdrop for this mountain community.  Plus, it is only a short five minute drive from downtown Brevard and approximately 25 minutes from the Asheville Regional Airport.

This home for sale at 183 Argyll Circle in Glen Cannon offers you “end of the road” privacy in a quiet wooded setting with mountain views.  The main floor features a spacious kitchen and family room that open to the new deck where you can enjoy the mountain view. There’s also a formal living room with a cozy fireplace.  The master suite along with two more bedrooms are all located on the main floor for convenient, one level living.  Below you’ll find a large workshop and an additional space that could be finished out for a variety of uses.

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One reason many people choose to live in Glen Cannon is the golf course. The 6,548 yard, par 72 course is one of the finest in western North Carolina and is maintained for year round play.  Hole #2, the signature hole, features a naturally cascading waterfall that feeds into a crystal clear mountain stream that weaves it’s way throughout the golf course. No matter what your handicap may be, you’ll find four sets of tees to accommodate and challenge every level of play. You’ll also find Glen Cannon is well suited for those who enjoy a round of golf by walking the course.

Glen Cannon Country Club also serves up plenty of action on their five tennis courts. Two hard surface courts are open year round and three Har-Tru clay courts are available April through October. Two of the clay courts are also lit for night play.

In the summer months, relax at the oversized swimming pool with its two deep-water pods, large recreational area for laps, and shallow kiddie area for the little ones.

What’s life like at Glen Cannon? Ask Janet and Don W. –

“We love the Brevard area and our vacation condominium in Glen Cannon. We come up from Florida every chance we get. It’s the perfect place to get away to.”

For more information on property or other homes for sale in Brevard, NC, contact the Clay Team at 828-551-6290 or 828-551-6291. Or visit online at www.BrevardNCProperty.com. Discover for yourself why it’s good to have friends in the mountains.