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    Saturday, April 6, 2024   /   by Amy Brown

    Second update on proposed STR restrictions in Buncombe County providing some much needed clarity

    We have had some good news and existing short term rentals will be allowed to continue even after transfer of deed which is a huge relief. 
    And while none of this has been voted upon yet, I know that it has caused some anxiety for all of us looking to invest in the area. Here is what is looking like will pass according to an article released on April 2nd.

    The proposed regulations, which were introduced in December as part of the Buncombe 2043 Comprehensive Plan, would ban new whole-house short-term rentals in the unincorporated parts of Buncombe County unless they were located within five commercial zones or in the county’s residential open-use zone. Existing short-term rentals would not be affected by the changes but would require a county permit. 
    Updates and changes (New STRs)
    After receiving feedback from residents, the board updated its recommendations to allow residents who live in open-use districts to operate one or two STRs if the property ! ...

    Saturday, April 6, 2024   /   by Amy Brown

    The Little White Farmhouse, Episode 1

    Welcome to our new documentary series, The Little White Farmhouse! We will be taking you through turning our farmhouse into a working farm and homestead. Stay tuned for more additions and adventures!https://youtu.be/nF-kgwWAERoWe are going to have a lot of fun! ...

    Thursday, April 4, 2024   /   by Amy Brown

    Update on Buncombe County Additional Proposed Short Term Rental Restrictions

    We have been following this very closely as we are approaching the final days for vote and implementation. The final meeting on this issue by the Buncombe County Planning Board will be held on April 22nd at 5:30pm in A-B Tech's Ferguson Auditorium. At that time, a final public hearing and vote will be held. Recommendations will then be sent on to the Board of Commissioners who will also hold a public hearing and vote to decide on which changes to make into law.
    Though we are still looking for clarity and specifics this is what was published on the Buncombe county website as of April 3, 2024.
    Buncombe County’s Planning Department is continuing  work on proposed short-term rental text amendments stemming from recommendations from the recently approved 2043 Comprehensive Plan.

    What you need to knowThe proposed restrictions would only apply to newly created short-term rentals. Existing properties would be grandfathered. These proposed rules would not be appli. ...

    Wednesday, April 3, 2024   /   by Amy Brown

    There is much more to WNC than Asheville, take a look at some of the communities that you may be missing by limiting your search

    Asheville is a great city. It is full of bohemian charm, eclectic art, a fun brew scene, and delicious culinary delights. But if you are limiting your search to just the city of Asheville, you may be selling yourself short. There are a lot of great communities and small towns within a short drive of the city where you can gain even more mountain charm without the city noise, traffic, and let's face it...urban unsavoriness.
    Today I want to show you some of the communities that are available right outside of the city limits that may offer you just what you are looking for. And by being outside of the city limits, if you are looking for a short term rental where you can rent the entire property, these are the places to look.
    #1 Candler


    Candler is located a short 15 minute drive to the west and has one of the few lakefront communities in the area. Above is the community of Biltmore Lake, a peaceful neighborhood of homes set around a lake that offers non-motorized watersports, a fitn! ...