Asheville Furniture Drive To Benefit Homeward Bound

The Bourke Group is happy to be an ambassador and support this upcoming event hosted by Divine Living which supports WNC Homeward Bound.




Press Release:

Divine Living in Asheville North Carolina had been in the area for many years. But in 2016 we decided that we wanted to be part of the bigger picture and make a better difference right here in our local community. Phyllis, the owner, looked at several Non-Profits to work with, and ended up reaching out to Homeward Bound as furniture is one of the main needs when assisting people with moving out of homelessness and into a new residence.

Today, we are happy to announce that Divine Living is launching the 1st Annual Asheville Furniture Drive to benefit Homeward Bound. From August 16th – September 30th, we will be collecting gently used furniture and home decor items at 1856 Hendersonville Rd in south Asheville. Folks can either drop their items off, or arrange a pick-up time.

In addition to this, many local businesses are teaming up with Divine Living as Ambassadors. As an Ambassador, they will collect and gather at least three pieces of furniture from their employees and staff, to donate to the Asheville Furniture Drive. Together, we are going to make a big difference in so many lives. Stay tuned as we will be announcing our wonderful Ambassadors soon!

For more information, please see these posts:

Asheville Furniture Drive Launch Party Event Page on Facebook
Asheville Furniture Drive Event Page on Facebook
Asheville Furniture Drive Event Page on AskAsheville
Asheville Furniture Drive Blog Post on AskAsheville
Asheville Furniture Drive Blog Post in the Mountain Xpress

Live, Eat & Play In Downtown Asheville

21 Battery Park Ave Asheville-MLS_Size-001-Front-1024x768-72dpiDo you enjoy visiting downtown Asheville?  Being in the midst of the foodie scene, listening to live music, hearing the laughter of others as they walk down the street or dine on patios?  There is so much to do in our city, wouldn’t you love to live in the midst of all of the action?

Welcome to 21 Battery Park Avenue, #404… this luxurious 4th floor condo is walk-able to downtown shops and restaurants, offers amazing views of downtown Asheville and the mountains, and has executive finishes throughout.




  • spacious open floorplan
  • rich hardwoods
  • gas log fireplace
  • granite counter tops
  • streamlined cabinetry
  • breakfast bar
  • crown molding
  • built-in bookshelves
  • spacious master suite
  • ceramic tiled bathrooms
  • balcony with city/mountain views
  • access to penthouse terrace
  • rooftop clubhouse with dining area/entertainment space
  • community gym
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Walk to …


Bouchon – Locally sourced French comfort food served in a cozy space with a bar, open kitchen & alley patio.

Mela Indian Restuarant – Indian hub known for a lunch buffet & tandoori dishes offered in an airy, modern setting.

Chai Pani – Indian chaat (small plates) plus home-style platters (thalis) in a snug storefront space.

Laughing Seed Cafe – Funky, no-frills cafe & bar serving organic, locally sourced global vegetarian & vegan fare.

The Bier Garden – Easygoing sports pub with a huge beer selection, specialty cocktails & lots of flat-screens.


Ten Thousand Villages – Retailer selling fair-trade crafts & housewares from Asia, Africa, Latin America & the Middle East.

Urban Outfitters – Chain with a hipster vibe known for on-trend fashions, accessories & quirky home-decor items.

The Spice & Tea Exchange of Asheville – Retailer selling a wide range of spices & exotic teas, plus olive oils, extracts & more.

Quick drive to …

Biltmore Estate

Omni Grove Park Inn

Blue Ridge Parkway


Call us today to schedule a showing, 828-771-2333.   Want to see more properties for sale?

See also:  Downtown Condos For Sale







Asheville, NC: A Music Lover’s Paradise

When people think of Asheville, often times they think about the mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway or landmarks such as the Biltmore Estate… but our town is so much more than that.  Aside from the food and beer scene, Asheville has an extremely diverse music scene.  Let’s take this weekend’s events for example.

Tonight (6/10/16) River Music begins their summer events at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza featuring the “Friends of Widespread Panic evening”.

5:30:  Randall Bramblett Band
6:45:  Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons
8:15:  Bloodkin

RiverMusic gates will open at 5 p.m. and the good times roll until 10. RiverFest will begin at 1 p.m., about the time the Anything That Floats parade yachts will begin arriving at the river access we built, and go until 7 p.m.

Also tonight, Hickory Nut Gap is hosting a barn dance as part of their summer series where the featured band will be Cane Creek Boys and will include Square Dance style music.  There is a $5 cover charge and food will be available for purchase.

Tomorrow (6/11/16), the Steep Canyon Rangers are performing at a free event at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, hosted by the Asheville Downtown Association & Oskar Blues.  This show is sure to draw a large crowd, you can find the complete details here.

This is just a small snippet of what you can find in and around Asheville this weekend.  For future events, check out the following venues/calendars.


What’s your favorite Asheville event?  What venue do you frequent?

Oh, and by the way, if you are looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate in the Music Lover’s Paradise, give The Bourke Group a call, 828-771-2333.  We love helping buyers/sellers/investors reach their real estate goals.



Welcome to West Asheville

O44 Vandalia Ave Asheville NC-MLS_Size-004-24-Front-1024x768-72dpiver the last few years West Asheville has grown into a thriving community and has become its own entity, with shops and restaurants aplenty, you really can have it all in 28806.  Our latest contribution to the area is our new listing at 44 Vandalia Avenue, it is a cute 3BR/2BA home on a private corner lot, just minutes to West Asheville, downtown Asheville and the River Arts District.  Call us today to schedule a showing, 828-771-2333.

What’s there to do in West Asheville you ask?

Dine at …

The Admiral – “The Admiral embarked not with a set course, but steered more in a general direction. We had little doubt that we could cultivate a successful dive bar, but we aspired to create an unexpected restaurant that thrived on its talent and creativity.”  See their menu here.

Sunny Point Cafe’ – “Sunny Point Café is a family owned, independent restaurant serving upscale comfort food from dawn to dark. Whether you want breakfast for dinner or a scrumptious dessert for breakfast we would love to satisfy your craving. We take pride in our made-from-scratch products and farm-to-table approach with our menu selections.”

Zia Taqueria – “Zia is an authentic Mexican taqueria providing high-quality, moderately priced, regional Mexican food and beverage using only natural ingredients.”  See their menu here.

Buffalo Nickel – “At Buffalo Nickel, we strive to provide you with a warm and inviting atmosphere, free of pretense. A place where you can feel comfortable and relaxed as you join us for dinner or drinks.  We are a chef-driven restaurant, providing familiar flavors from many different regions of this great country.”  See their menu here.

Kick back and relax at … WALK (West Asheville Lounge & Kitchen), Westville Pub, Universal Joint, … and more.

Enjoy live music at … The Mothlight or ISIS Restaurant & Music Hall.

Shop at… West Village Market, Whist, or Twice Round Vintage.

Do you live in or visit West Asheville?  Where is your favorite place to go?


See also…

Homes for Sale – West Asheville

Montreat, NC: Rich In History, Full of Community

Asheville is known for its food, entertainment and vibrant atmosphere, but there is so much to do around the perimeter; there are a lot of little towns that are rarely talked about but they are full of life and rich in history.  Let’s take Montreat, NC for instance.  Montreat is  a suburb of Black Mountain, with a population of just over 700, it was incorporated in 1967; a majority of the area, to this day, is still owned by the Mountain Retreat Association.

download (3)Montreat thrives to this day in large part to the Montreat Presbyterian Church: PC(USA), Montreat College (founded in 1916), and Christ Community Church (formerly Montreat Presbyterian Church, EPC).  Did you know that Montreat College was almost forced to close its doors recently?  Though they were able to celebrate their 100 year anniversary, it didn’t come without adversity.  Almost two years ago Montreat found itself in financial ruin and was on the cusp of merging with another college… then along came an anonymous donor who saved the day.  What could have changed the course of history for Montreat has now become a become a large part of their continuing history.

Montreat College is a liberal school in a scenic location that offers a sense of community.


Here are a few facts:




  • Montreat, NC (43-acre main campus, traditional program)
  • Asheville, NCCampus2
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Black Mountain, NC (89-acre campus)
  • Morganton, NC




Total: 924

School of Arts and Sciences: 461

School of Adult and Graduate Studies: 463

Student-to-faculty ratio: 


Job & grad school placement rate at time of graduation:


I know what what you’re thinking… there has to be more to do than go to college on Montreat.  Here’s what else you can find in and and around the area.


Local Attractions


Dining (in nearby Black Mountain)

Want to live in or near Montreat?  Call The Bourke Group today, we can help you buy or sell a home in WNC, 828-771-2333.


See Also:

Homes for Sale – Montreat

Homes for Sale – Black Mountain

Homes for Sale – WNC




Why You Should See 503 Webb Cove Rd (Asheville, NC)

With 503 Webb Cove Rd Asheville NC-large-001-17-Front-1500x1000-72dpiinventory still at an all time low, finding the home of your dreams can be challenging; however, if you’re a luxury home buyer, the supply is plentiful and choosing the right home for you can be difficult.  Let us introduce you to 503 Webb Cove Rd in Asheville, NC and tell you the many reasons why you should consider viewing this home.

  • There are 11 acres of privacy and you’re just 1/10th of a mile away from the Blue Ridge Parkway.  What’s not to love about being centered in nature?
  • Views Views Views!  At 3100 feet in elevation you can see multiple mountain ranges all the way up to Tennessee… from the expansive decks, from the hot tub, from the soaking tub in the master bathroom… from all over!
  • High end and luxurious finishes:  wood beam ceilings, granite counter tops, two soap stone wood stoves, two fireplaces (including a “Russian Wall” honey comb radiant fireplace in the great room), a four person hot tub on the deck (with views views views), a sauna, a 500503 Webb Cove Rd Asheville NC-large-013-9-Master Bath-1500x1000-72dpi bottle temperature/humidity controlled wine cellar, instant back up generator with two propane gas tanks, snow blower, and media center with surround sound.
  • There are guest quarters above the 3 car garage and there is a 600 sqft heated workshop.
  • Did we mention the views?
  • It’s just 12 minutes to downtown Asheville from Town Mountain Rd, 12 minutes to Fresh Market & Ingles Grocery from Webb Cove Rd/Beaverdam Rd, and just 20 minutes to Carolina Day School.


In case we failed to also mention, this home has amazing views….


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Call The Bourke Group today to schedule a showing, 828-771-2333.


See Also:

Homes For Sale – 28804

Homes For Sale – Luxury

Where to Eat:

28804 Dining Options





Where To Dine in North Asheville

Bourke Group - Dining in North Asheville Blog

Steve & Carol Bourke, founders of The Bourke Group, have lived in the Asheville area for over 25 years in the Lakeview Park Neighborhood.  Both are active in the local community and enjoy social events and the culinary diversity of the mountains.  Most people think that to find good food you have to go to the heart of downtown, but that’s not true.  North Asheville provides a multitude of local options with menus that appeal to the carb lovers and vegans alike.

Luella's BBQ North Asheville

Do you like BBQ or southern comfort food with a twist?  Head over to Luella’s Bar-B-Que for pulled pork, brisket, smoked chicken/turkey, and tons of specialty sides.  They also have Sunday brunch, bloody marys with a dry rub rim, occasional live music, local brews and weekly specials.

Is home cooked Italian or a hand shaken martini more your speed?  Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian has become a north Asheville gathering place for casual dining and has a menu that  features classics like Chicken Parmesan, Sausage and Peppers, Veal Marsala, Linguini and Clams & Pizza; be sure to also check out their weekly specials.

If you’re looking for a restaurant that buys local produce and has an ever changing menu, be sure to visit HomeGrown, they make eating local affordable.  Here you can dine in or out, and you will find offerings that range from smoked trout dip, hummus, soups, and sandwiches to fried chicken or meatloaf.  Whatever your hunger level, they can satisfy it.

When you have a taste for the eclectic, Ambrozia Bar & Bistro is sure to satisfy.  Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday, they offer dishes such as smoked olives, crispy chicken skin, rabbit & dumplings, a corn crusted mushroom and goat cheese tart, and specialty cocktails.

Those are just a few of the places our team members have frequented.  We are all foodies here, so check back as we share more of our favorite restaurants, and tell us about yours.