Thursday, July 31, 2014

We Took my Dad Ballooning Dad came to visit from NY recently. He visits for a few weeks every year and looks for all kinds of adventures while my Mom enjoys a staycation of her own at home. Last year, his visit here included a day of Ziplining at Navitat...when he was 83 years old.

This year he chose to go for a Hot Air Balloon Ride!!
We all woke at 4am (yikes!) to head just a few miles out of town - 
very excited to be meeting Rowena, our pilot from
(Did you know balloons only launch in the early morning hours?
 Has to do with cooler wind patterns before the sun heats up the air)

Nothing could have prepared us for the fascinating set up
(from out of a deceptively small box trailer).
Between the highly attentive, 2-man ground crew and
Rowena's 30-years-of-balloon-piloting anecdotes,
we were almost too busy learning and being amazed 
to notice we were lifting away from the ground in pour basket...
yes, an actual basket,
just like the Wizard leaving Oz.

Now, it's not really a natural thing for most of us - 
to be rising into the air, standing straight up, without any ability 
to steer the vehicle, looking out as the terrain falls away,
then aligning with clouds - 
barely a surrounding barrier between us and the
way, way ...way down
Not a strap, harness, buckle, parachute or personal tethering apparatus of any kind.
Just hands and hips resting against the basket rim.

Once past that startling realization, 
it was suddenly and infinitely calming.
Effortless gliding...soaring serenity found...
No sound at all except dogs barking up at us from their yards
and the occasional release of propane to heat the air that kept us bouyant.
Too far up now to even be worried
(besides, after a few minutes of watching Rowena, why worry?
This pilot is a master and delights in what she does!)

We began to look around at an area widely renowned for its ancient beauty - 
though we were about 1800 feet up with wide open, 360-degree views-
not at all like from a plane window.
This was truly birds's eye ...
exhilarating and unspeakably splendid!
The gilded skyline brightened as the sun ascended 
and a few other balloon silhouettes rose up in the distance - 
intrepid travelers like us in an otherwise empty, silent sky...
very, very cool. 

We LOVE Making these Two HAPPY!!!

Byron Greiner, our fearless leader, (pictured left)
 has been working with his friends, Teresa and Robert 
for over 2 years to find them a home.  

After 3 contracts, we finally have some very happy Buyers.

Congratulations, you two -
You Deserve It!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Rare but True

Downtown Condo

Coming on the Market Soon...

Situated in the HEART of downtown Asheville,
this 21 Haywood Street condo has great city views
from its 3rd floor locale.

Gas-vented fireplace and bamboo flooring
Loads of natural light thanks to the skylight and many windows!

 Western-facing living room
Bright entry way
Each bedroom has a window
2 full baths

Lower level shared storage
On-site recycling
Secure buiding entrance
Off-street parking

For more information on this downtown condo,
give us a call!

It will not last long!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cape Cod Gem!!

Our great new listing at 75 Windy Park Road in Candler, NC

Fantastic 3-bedroom home on over an acre
Loads of privacy with plenty of trees
Seasonal views once the leaves fall

Master suite boasts a garden tub
and a fireplace!!

Lower level boasts a (wo)man cave
with a wet bar

Modern kitchen with island and desk area
opens to a very sunny dining area 
and the back deck

Give us a call before this hits the market!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Happy Buyers ...

it's what we do!!!

Here are Larry & Carolyn, 

the very happy buyers of 3 Clinton Street

We sold this very adorable little home
in Weaverville after it had been on the market for less than 24 hours!!

Congratulations to Lisa Yoli, our buyer's agent!!!
She was also the Seller's agent for this home,
and we know she worked doubly hard to make this experience a successful one!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Smilin' Man and His Dog the closing table!!!

A HUGE congratulations to Paul and his puppy 
on their purchase of a new home in Asheville.

Always glad to bring a smile to the closing table!!!