Cottonwood Properties at Pisgah Brewing fundraiser VegOutThe Cottonwood Properties team hanging out at VegOut, held at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain June 9.

It’s no secret that North Carolina is a major craft beer hub, with more than 260 craft breweries already opened and more opening every day. This makes it one of the beer powerhouses of the East Coast (Pennsylvania had 236 breweries accounted for at the end of 2017; New York had 214, with no other state coming in with more than 200). Of course, the competition gets stiffer when factoring in California (520) and Colorado (252). But the WNC region is also starting to take other craft beverage industries by storm, like hard cider, alcoholic ginger beer, and non-alcoholic crafted drinks like kombucha and craft sodas. Here’s where you can drink…

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No doubt we could list hundreds, no, thousands of reasons we love living in North Carolina, and Western North Carolina specifically. But, we figured we’d let others do the talking, so we’ve rounded up 5 reasons people think living in WNC is awesome.

  1. From’s “23 Reasons Why North Carolina Might Just Be the Best State Ever”

“If you want to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Tar Heel State doesn’t disappoint. The Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and Great Smoky Mountains all thread their way through the western part of the state, and it’s where you’ll find some of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi.”

  1. From Only in Your State’s “Here are 20 Reasons Why Living in North Carolina is the Absolute Best”

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We had to share our latest client testimonial written by a very happy client that allowed us to work with him to sell the very home that we also helped him buy a few years ago.

"Eddie is the guy in Black Mountain, period. If you're buying or selling a home and don't use him you're crazy."

Bottom line: We netted over $30K more selling our house than if we had used another realtor. Here are the details:

We bought a house in Cheshire in 2013 for $581K. Eddie was our buyers agent then, and did a great job. But when our plans changed and we decided to sell the house 4 years later, we talked to 3 well-respected realtors (including Eddie). Our guess was that it would make sense to list the house for $650K, then if we got lucky we'd end up with an…

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Uniqueness of Living In Our Catawba Falls Home....A Note From The Owners

Every season brings with it numerous sensory inspiring experiences from the tranquil yet richly stimulating environment of our mountain setting. The Fall beckons early morning walks in the chill of fresh clean air and the striking brilliance of the mountain color palette. And relaxing times rocking on the front porch listening to music in the otherwise quiet of the day; and later gazing out from the loft at the panoramic beauty of the season. In the Winter, there is the peacefulness of watching thick white clouds fill the valley below; sipping hot refreshments in the ambiance of a glowing fireplace while snow quietly falls outside and then bundling up and venturing out to enjoy…

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Black Mountain is situated just 20 minutes from Asheville, but that's not the only mountain community worth exploring. With so many mountain towns to eat, drink, and sightsee through in Western North Carolina, putting roots down in Black Mountain makes for a fun home base to enjoy all the amazing small businesses, makers, and artists that make our region so special. So, we've provided a short description of some of four of our favorite WNC day trips, and all of these locations are less than an hour's drive from Black Mountain!

1. Saluda, 48 miles / 49 minutes from Black Mountain

The tiny town of Saluda has a population of under 1,000 people and has retained that Main Street, tight-knit vibe since 1831 thanks in part to being home to North…

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Black Mountain, Certified Entrepreneurial Community

For people interested in starting a business, Black Mountain, North Carolina might be just the place for you to stretch your entrepreneurial muscles. In fact, Black Mountain was the recipient of the FIRST Certified Entrepreneurial Community (CEC®) certificate for a town in America. They earned this status in part because "Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley want businesses to know they are welcome. Businesses who come or grow here find it easy to do business, and business people reach out to each other, mentoring and helping when owners are in a pinch. An active youth entrepreneurial program is helping keep young people in town, assuring this entrepreneurial community will thrive for decades" according to CEC®.

Local leadership credits this…

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Everyone has heard of Black Friday, but have you heard of Small Business Saturday? This concept was launched in 2010 by American Express to help small businesses that were hurting from the 2010 economic recession "in an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong." Momentum has been strong since, and today, more than 7,000 Neighborhood Champions in all 50 states that help promote the movement. And with eight years under its belt, Small Business Saturday has encouraged customers to spend more than $85 billion dollars in only eight Saturdays of shopping small.

To encourage YOU to shop small tomorrow, here are some local Black Mountain businesses that are having #ShopSmall specials. Plus, many of our community entrepreneurs are donating…

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"Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells
And schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver-white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things"

From--"My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music

Some of these favorite things--snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver-white winters that melt into springs--accurately describe a couple of our favorite things…

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Black Mountain has been called "America's Prettiest Small Town" by TripAdvisor, and part of our mountain town's charm lies in the many wonderful, family-owned small businesses that dot our little slice of heaven. And this holiday season, why not give the gift of Black Mountain by purchasing gift certificates to one of our lovely little shops, restaurants, or spas? We've rounded up a few great Black Mountain businesses offering gift certificates that will make great gifts for the mountain lovers in your life.

Red Rocker Inn

It's been proven that experiences are better than things, so why not give the gift of a wonderful stay or meal at Red Rocker Inn, ranked the #1 restaurant in Black Mountain via Tripadvisor! Guests note that there are plenty of…

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Spring is officially almost here, and you are thinking about selling your home. Congratulations! This process can be overwhelming; maybe you are unsure where to start. Or maybe you are worried that no one will love your home like you do. Don’t worry, these stresses are completely normal! You’re in luck – besides using a professional real estate agent, there are several simple home repairs you can do that may improve the showing of your home. Keep in mind, this list is in no particular order but each step you take will move you closer to a sale! Many factors influence the success of your sale, including market changes, location, price, condition, marketing, etc. That being said, the following tasks don’t impede the…

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