Tiny House, Big Idea

Hand to chin, Jennifer eyed the space where her silver SUV was parked.

“Could I build a tiny house right here?”

 

Last year, she fell in love with the house in Kenilworth and its view of the lake. After moving in she added an outdoor room — the perfect playroom for her two-year-old grandson.

Gazing from this room at the pines reflected in the water below, she smiled. “Blissful.”

But living here could be even better, she mused, if her daughter, son-in-law, and baby grandson were right next door.

 

She makes a good point.

 

Tiny House Asheville Kenilworth Lake

 

With scant rentals available, and costs prohibitive for many first-time homebuyers, a tiny house may be a smart option. Costs can be kept low, around $15,000, but quickly rise with the quality of materials used.  

Smaller homes are catching the imagination of many, including downsizing Boomers and Millenials just starting out.

Where did tiny houses start, and just how tiny are they?

 

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‘Wee Houses’ began in 2003 as affordable alternative housing.

In North Carolina, a tiny house must be at least 120 square feet, but anything under 500 square feet is considered tiny. A typical storage shed is 100 square feet.

City of Asheville rules allow homeowners to build a small house next to the main one. However, zoning regulations, HOA bylaws, environmental, and other restrictions apply, so if you’re thinking about building a tiny home, do your homework and ask your real estate agent for more information.

Tiny houses can be site-built and made to be “grow-able,” to accommodate the homeowners’  changing needs.

 

For Jennifer, building a tiny house at the top of her driveway would mean a visit from her grandson could be only steps away, not a half-hour drive. And that could create a living arrangement to benefit the whole family.

 

Written by Suzanne Arthur, Broker, REALTOR, and Kenilworth neighbor. Connect with Suzanne at suzanne@dixonpacifica.com to see if a tiny house may be a good (and legal) choice for your property, and keep up with all of Asheville’s local happenings by following @suzannearthur_realtor on Instagram.

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Tubing the French Broad River

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As recently as 10 years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find much recreational activity on the French Broad River in Asheville. City planning had not accounted for best and highest use of river front properties, leaving it less than scenic for river goers who may have wanted to canoe, paddle board, or tube.

Organizations such as River Link and River Keepers, as well as active community members, have worked hard to change that, and one of the results is hundreds of tubers enjoying a leisurely float down the river with the first signs of summer. Now, you can even stop along the way to grab some local beer or snack from a food truck.

There are many options for river “sports,” and I’ll use that term loosely as I’ll be focusing on tubing, which requires limited athletic ability or even energy. Rather, it’s a simple and relaxing way to enjoy a sunny day with family or friends.

Whether you choose a DIY option, go through an outfitter, or something in between, you’ll find you have many options.

There are multiple local outfitters offering a range or services from tube rental, shuttles, changing rooms and more. There are also numerous locations available for putting in and taking out your tube depending on how long you’d like to spend floating and where you’d like to end your trip.

Putting in at Hominy Creek and taking out at Amboy Road River Park typically lasts 2+ hours. For a longer float with a beer or food option, you’ll need to go a bit further to reach Wedge Brewing or The Bywater. Of course, the length of your float depends on the flow of the river at that time. For an accurate read on the current, visit American Whitewater and search for the French Broad. Don’t forget to check the water temperature while you’re there!

Some outfitters you may want to consider are French Broad Outfitters, Asheville Outdoor Center, and Zen Tubing. Prices range from $12 for a half day, walk, and tube to $20 which includes a shuttle and an extra raft for your cooler. For a thrifty but less convenient option, you can grab your own tube and either walk back to your starting point, grab a $5 shuttle, or leave a 2nd car at your final destination.

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Some things you’ll want to have handy are river shoes, sun screen, a floating cooler with drinks (no glass), a sun visor or hat, a few bucks for beer or snacks, and towel and change of clothes at your stopping point. If you’re doing it on your own, don’t forget to account for your car key! I always bring a few ziplocks for keys and money and tuck them in a secure pocket.

However you choose to do it, just do it. There are few better ways to spend a hot summer day so get out and #movesmarter!

Written by Bethany Behrmann, Broker, REALTOR. Bethany had her first tubing adventure on the French Broad at age 10 and has logged dozens of trips since with family, friends, neighbors and countless exchange students. Whether you seek more recommendations for enjoying Asheville summers or information on riverfront property, Bethany can be reached by email at bethany@dixonpacifica.com.

 

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Market Report for January 2017

January saw predictably steady market growth with a slight increase in average list to sales price as well as a slight decrease in months of inventory. However, there was a significant uptick this month in change in average price. This reflects the greater volume of homes sold in a higher price bracket than in previous months more so than individual home prices drastically increasing. We believe the trend of greater sales in higher price brackets will continue this year as more people move into the Asheville-Buncombe market from other markets.

Asheville City Market Report

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Buncombe County Market Report

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Our agents would be glad to give you more information about our market as a whole or your individual neighborhood or area of interest. Send an email or give as a call at (828) 232-4030 and we’re happy to give you more insight into current trends.

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Market Report for December 2016

The market trends we saw in December strongly reflect the larger market trends for our area. While there were fewer new listings and closed sales overall, the sharp increase in median sales price in Buncombe County as well as the significant decrease in month supply of homes in Asheville and Buncombe County indicates that the market is “hot.” Fewer days on the market until sale and fewer days between list and close compared to last December further support this conclusion. Check out the data below for a more targeted look at our local markets.

Asheville City Market Report

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Buncombe County Market Report

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If you’d like additional data about our market in general or even a specific neighborhood in the area, we’re happy to help. Send one of our agents a message or give us a call at (828) 232-4030. Happy New Year!

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Market Report for November 2016

November is typically the slowest month of the year in the real estate industry. Clients find it challenging to make time for house hunting and keeping the home they’re selling pristine for showings during the holiday season. Because there are fewer sellers in the market, the months supply of homes is at the lowest it’s been this quarter, which means those sellers who do decide to list homes in November have less competition. We also saw that without as much inventory to choose from, the average days on the market ticked back down. That said, buyers don’t have it so bad either: the average sales price and the YOY change in average sales price is the lowest this quarter.

Asheville City Market Report

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Buncombe County Market Report

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For more information on the Asheville real estate market, you can check out the reports for October, September, and August or give us a call at (828) 232-4030. We’re happy to go in depth about the trends we’re seeing generally or more specifically in your area of interest.

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Market Report for October 2016

With prices up and inventory down, the market was hot for sellers in October, which is consistent with the trends we saw in August and September. In fact, the median home price in Asheville continues to show increase month over month. That said, we are seeing the months supply of homes has leveled off and in some cases risen slightly, meaning that market growth is becoming more consistent and less extreme. This conclusion is also supported by the data for days on the market, which has been ticking up ever since it hit the lowest point in years in June/July.

Asheville City Market Report

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Buncombe County Market Report

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If you’d like to see more data from these locations or want to know what’s happening in a different part of Western North Carolina, we invite you to email one of our agents or call us at 828-232-4030. We’d love to provide more information so you have a better picture of what these real estate trends mean for you.

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Market Report for September 2016

We’ve analyzed the data for September and have compiled the real estate market stats and trends we’re seeing in Asheville and Buncombe County. Perhaps most interesting to us this month was the year over year drop in home supply across all price brackets for single family homes.

Asheville City Market Report

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Buncombe County Market Report

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For a more specific picture of what’s going on in your neighborhood, price range, or in a different part of WNC, contact us or give us a call at (828) 232-4030. Our agents are knowledgable and eager to help!

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DixonPacifica Celebrates Three Years

This photo shows the DixonPacifica team of brokers together in downtown Asheville. Above them is a banner that says "celebrating three great years." Below them is the DixonPacifica logo.

Think back to January 2013. Bruno Mars “Locked out of Heaven” was top of the charts. The economy was starting to recover, and DixonPacifica opened its doors to residents and aspiring-to-be-residents of Asheville, North Carolina. What started as two locals talking big dreams over a cup of coffee has since grown into a multi-million dollar real estate company. In January 2013, DixonPacifica was born.

Much has happened since then: Asheville’s population has grown about 4% (That’s 14,000 new residents!), 16 breweries have opened in the Asheville area, and our downtown office has overlooked 47 Friday night drum circles in Pritchard Park. We have made a point to put down sturdy roots and invest in the Asheville area. Our brokers are on boards and committees for the Boys & Girls Club, United Way, school PTO’s and the Buncombe County Sports Commission, and because of our brokers’ success, DixonPacifica is able to contribute to local charities including Manna Food Bank, Brother Wolf, Boys & Girls Club, Buncombe County Schools Foundation and United Way. In support of fellow small businesses, we’ve had fun taking clients and friends to Asheville Tourist games, LaZoom tours, the Holiday Parade, Downtown after 5 socials, wine tastings and bike events. We deeply value the relationships we’ve built with clients, agents and the community over this time and appreciate the confidence you have shown to us.

We know our team of brokers is truly the reason we’ve been successful beyond our expectations. We are honored to work with such hard-working and trustworthy professionals. They constantly strive to offer the highest quality advice and representation to our clients, and we are thankful for everything they do. Since opening, we are proud to have been able to hire nine brokers with a combined 74 years of real estate experience, and they’ve certainly proven their skill with more than $55 million in sales and over 130 homes sold in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.

One thing that’s been confirmed to us since DixonPacifica started is that real estate is constantly changing. We seek out and embrace new technology and are one of the most agile real estate companies in the area. If there is a program or strategy which improves the service we provide we are quick to implement it, which is why we’re the only paperless real estate office in WNC.

Looking forward we want to continuing growing our company while maintaining our high standards. Our brokers are carefully chosen for their communication and negotiation skills, pro-active nature, ability to fully understand a client’s needs and be trusted advisors.  Our agents make DixonPacifica what it is, and we are proud of them. It’s been an amazing three years and we look forward to many more.

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Arden Broker Open House Today

120 Christa

Bethany Behrmann will be holding a broker open house today at 120 Christa Lane in Arden, NC. This home features:
– 4 Bedrooms 3.5 bathrooms
– 5300 Square feet
– MLS 575644
– $625,000.00

Beautiful two story home with walkout lower level and mountain views in Powder Creek Estates. Hardwood floors, granite counters, glass back splash are just a few notable features. Private, wooded setting with two large decks for entertaining or taking in the views. Custom closet systems, generator and tons of storage. Like new condition and move-in ready.

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DixonPacifica Real Estate Is Excited To Welcome Holly Martin!

Holly is an ‪#‎Asheville‬ native and for 17 years she found immense joy teaching, coaching and mentoring high school students. She played field hockey for four years at Davidson College and continues to coach at Carolina Day. Her husband, Mark, is a local real estate attorney and a great resource for her clients. As you can imagine real estate is a constant topic of conversation in her home, and she strives to stay current on the latest legal, marketing and sales trends. Holly is ready to help you with all of your real estate needs. You can reach her at holly@dixonpacifica.comHolly3528_215x170.

http://www.dixonpacifica.com/agents/holly-martin

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