The City of Hendersonville NC released a fantastic video recently highlighting what makes Hendersonville so great.  I wanted to share it with you so that you can get a glimpse of our beautiful community as well as the wonderful people who inhabit it. 

City of Hendersonville, NC from City of Hendersonville on Vimeo.

Just let me know when you are interested in becoming a part of our Hendersonville family and I’ll be happy to help you put down roots here.

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

Originally posted on my Western North Carolina real estate blog here: http://rich-cooke.com/2012/02/02/what-makes-hendersonville-nc-great/.

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Historic Districts in HendersonvilleWestern North Carolina is very proud of its rich history.  This is evident in the loving way we have preserved the best of our past in cities all around the area.  Hendersonville is no exception.  Hendersonville’s Main Street houses several historic buildings as well as antique shops and boutiques.  The Henderson County Courthouse was completely renovated just a few years ago (2008) and City Hall (built in 1924) was recently restored to its former glory.  If you’re a history buff, you simply must visit these historic districts in Hendersonville:

Druid Hills is a residential area located across from Patton Park in Hendersonville More than 70 buildings have been preserved here.  Some of the styles of architecture you will see in this neighborhood include Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival and Craftsman Bungalows.  The community was built with plenty of open area, mature trees and winding streets. 

The Hyman Heights/Mount Royal area is another residential district located to the northeast of Five Points and consisting of more than 120 historical buildings.  Originally, this neighborhood was where most of the doctors working at Patton Hospital (Hendersonville‘s first official hospital) built their residences.  Included in the historic buildings is a Gothic Revival home named Kilarney that dates all the way back to 1858.

To the east of Five Points and Main Street is the Cold Spring Park residential area.  This was where the city’s working class people lived.  With just 37 historic homes, this is Hendersonville’s smallest historic district.

To the southwest of downtown Hendersonville is the historic residential district of Lenox Park.  This area was set up in a grid pattern that was typical of the early 1900s.  Some of the architectural styles you will see include bungalows, Queen Anne and Four Square, amongst others.

While it’s fun to look at historic Hendersonville homes, you may be interested in checking out the historic commercial districts of the city as well.  The Seventh Avenue Depot District (two blocks to the northeast of Main St) originated in the late 1800s around the city’s first depot.  The Main Street Historic District is laid out in a typical grid pattern and dates back to 1841.  The area has been restored to its turn of the century splendor.

When you come to Western North Carolina, please visit the historic districts of Hendersonville.  If you love history, architecture or both, this is definitely the place for you.  It’s easy to see why residents are so proud of Hendersonville real estate.

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

Hendersonville Named Tree City USA CommunityFor the 20th year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation has named Hendersonville a Tree City USA Community in honor of its continued commitment to urban forestry.  In order to be honored as a Tree City USA Community, Hendersonville has to maintain a tree board or department (which is legally responsible to care for and manage the city’s trees), a community forestry program (with a budget of at least $2 per capita for tree care funding), a tree care ordinance (to put policies in place for caring for community trees) and an official proclamation and observance of Arbor Day.  The love and care of trees is a normal way of life for a community that sits in the natural beauty of Western North Carolina’s mountainous region.

How does Hendersonville benefit from being a Tree City USA Community?  Energy consumption can be cut by up to 25% by planting just three trees around every building in the community.  This could translate to $2 billion in energy consumption reduction across the country if it were implemented everywhere.  Trees also reduce costs for erosion control, storm water management and energy by an average of $273 per tree.  Property values increase by approximately 7-21% in neighborhoods that encourage tree planting.  Research also shows that properties in wooded areas rent quicker and the tenants of these property stay longer. 

Hendersonville isn’t the only local Western North Carolina city that has been honored as a Tree City USA Community.  Nearby Asheville has been a Tree City USA Community for more than 30 years now.  This shows how important we believe nature is to the health and well-being of our residents.  Just one more reason why I love living in the Hendersonville area.

Rich Cooke, your Hendersonville real estate specialist

2010 North Carolina Apple Festival in HendersonvilleThe 2010 North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville takes place this Labor Day weekend, September 3rd through September 6th.  For more than 60 years, the Apple Festival has been considered the premier family event in Western North Carolina.  The schedule of events includes:

Friday, September 3
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
– First Baptist Church (4th Ave and Washington St), 7am to 10am.  Cost $6/person.
Festival Opening Ceremony– Historic Hendersonville Courthouse (Main St & First Ave), 10am.
Apple Recipe Contest – First Citizens Bank Plaza (Main St & 6th Ave), 8:30am to 1pm.
Apple Orchard Tour – County Extension Office in Jackson Park, 9am to 12:30pm. 
Downtown Hendersonville Sidewalk Sales – 9am-5pm.
NC Apple Festival Street Fair– On 6th Ave to Caswell St, 10am-8pm.
WNC Air Museum Open House – Gilbert St & Brooklyn Ave, 12-5pm.
Mineral & Lapidary Museum Special Display – 400 N Main St, 10am-6pm.
28th Annual Gem & Mineral Spectacular– Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Road, 10am-6pm.
Family Fun Zone– Wachovia Bank Parking Lot, 10am-9pm.
Laurel Park Village Sidewalk Series – 10am-6pm.
Opportunity House Arts & Crafts Fair– 1411 Asheville Hwy, 9am-5pm.
Henderson Co. Heritage Museum – 10am-5pm.
Stage Entertainment all day, Buddy K, Big Band (big band era music) from 7:30-10pm.

Saturday, September 4
2010 North Carolina Apple Festival in HendersonvilleLions Club Big Apple Country Breakfast
– First Baptist Church Gym (4thAve & Washington St), 7-10am.  Cost: $6/person.
Chamber of Commerce/Pardee 8K Run and Chic-fil-A Mini Moo Mile Fun Walk – Start/Finsh at Pardee Hospital (800 N Justice St), 8am start, 11am finish.  Registration begins a 6:30am. 
Downtown Hendersonville Sidewalk Sales – 9am-5pm.
NC Apple Festival Street Fair – On 6th Ave to Caswell St, 10am-8pm.
WNC Air Museum Open House – Gilbert St & Brooklyn Ave, 10am-5pm.
Mineral & Lapidary Museum Special Display – 400 N Main St, 10am-8pm.
28th Annual Gem & Mineral Spectacular– Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Road, 10am-6pm.
Family Fun Zone– Wachovia Bank Parking Lot, 10am-9pm.
Laurel Park Village Sidewalk Sales & Blue Ridge T-Riders Antique Car Show – Sidewalk sales from 10am-6pm, car show from 10am-4pm.
Opportunity House Arts & Crafts Fair– 1411 Asheville Hwy, 9am-5pm.
Mountain Music Jamboree– HVL High School Auditorium (311 8th Ave W), 3-5pm.  Cost 10/person.
Henderson County Heritage Museum – 10am-5pm.
Stage Entertainment all day, The Original Tams featuring Beach music and Shaggin’ from 7-9:30pm.

Sunday, September 5
Breakfast with the Elks – Elks Lodge (546 N Justice St), 7am-12pm.  Cost: $7/person, kids 6 & under free.
Downtown Hendersonville Sidewalk Sales – 10am-5pm.
Historic 7th Avenue Organic Market – 11am-5pm
WNC Air Museum Open House – Gilbert St & Brooklyn Ave, 12-5pm.
NC Apple Festival Street Fair– On 6th Ave to Caswell St, 10am-8pm.
Mineral & Lapidary Museum Special Display – 400 N Main St, 10am-6pm.
28th Annual Gem & Mineral Spectacular– Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Road, 10am-6pm.
Family Fun Zone– Wachovia Bank Parking Lot, 10am-9pm.
Youth Challenge
Henderson County Heritage Museum – 1-5pm.
Stage Entertainment all day, Sound Express (Big Band, Top 40, Motown, Beach music and oldies) from 7:30-10pm.

Monday, September 6
Downtown Hendersonville Sidewalk Sales – 9am-12pm
NC Apple Festival Street Fair– On 2nd Ave to Caswell St, 10am-5pm.
WNC Air Museum Open House – Gilbert St & Brooklyn Ave, 12-5pm.
Mineral & Lapidary Museum Special Display – 400 N Main St, 10am-5pm.
28th Annual Gem & Mineral Spectacular– Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Road, 10am-5pm.
Family Fun Zone– Wachovia Bank Parking Lot, 10am-4pm.
Henderson County Heritage Museum – 10am-5pm.
Youth Challenge
Antique Aircraft Fly-Over
King Apple Parade
– N Main St at Five Points to Caswell St, 2:30pm.
Stage Entertainment

Make sure to leave your pets at home.  This includes not just dogs and cats but birds, snakes and any other creature of the non-human persuasion.  Shuttles are available to the festival from Jackson Park for just $1 per person.  Children ages 3 and ride free.  The shuttle service is available from 10am to 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Please note that there is no shuttle service available on Monday, Labor Day.  Handicapped parking is available at the Visitors Center.

Please come to downtown this Labor Day weekend to enjoy the 2010 North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville.  It’s great fun for the entire family.

Rich Cooke, your Hendersonville real estate specialist

Our fair city has jumped onto the social networking train. The City of Hendersonville has now joined Facebook to keep residents up-to-date with local news, events and other information about the City. If you have a Facebook account, all you need to do is login to your Facebook account and then go to the City of Hendersonville Facebook page. Once you click the “like” button on the city’s page, any updates made to the page can be viewed in your Facebook account’s live news feed. The city plans to use its Facebook page to release local announcements, press releases and official photos. This is just the next step in Hendersonville’s goal to become more available to its citizens in this every-increasing technological age.

The City of Hendersonville joins Facebook.  Click here to become a fan.

The City of Hendersonville also recently launched its revamped website, where website visitors can view City Council agendas and minutes from their meetings, job opportunities, access information on the different City departments, learn about the city and more.

The City of Hendersonville has joined Facebook in an effort to keep up with the same technology its citizens utilize. This is just the beginning of the “new” City of Hendersonville. Come back often to see what’s next for our fair city.

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Henderson County is building a new CNG refueling station that will be open to the public.

Thanks to a stimulus grant, Henderson County has broken ground on its own CNG station.  CNG (compressed natural gas) is a cleaner alternative to propane, gas or diesel and can save the county around $1.50 per gallon once the CNG conversion is completed.  Another positive reason to use CNG is that it decreases our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, the base for our petroleum use.  Construction of the CNG filling station is expected to be completed by this October.

While Henderson County vehicles will be converted to CNG (two CNG-run buses have already been purchased for the Apple Transit System), the goal of the new filling station is also to get Henderson County residents to consider using CNG in their personal vehicles instead of other, harsher fossil-based fuels, such as petroleum-based gasoline or diesel.  There are already CNG fueling stations in Arden and Asheville.  They are going to make the new CNG filling station a public fueling station instead of just for private County use.

If you’re interested in converting your own vehicle into a cleaner CNG-run vehicle, there are several things to consider first, such as the cost of conversion, seeing if your car can handle the weight of the canisters that hold the CNG, EPA standards, availability of refueling stations and more.  To find out more about how to convert your vehicle to natural gas, click here.

With Henderson County building a CNG station, it’s nice to know that they take the environment seriously as well as using our tax dollars wisely.

Don't get a lemon. Contact Rich Cooke for all your Hendersonville real estate needs.

The Full Moon Follies is an ECO fundraiser in Hendersonville on June 26, 2010.  Reserve your tickets today!Most people are today understand that we need to help out the burden placed on our planet by “going green”.  This means reducing your carbon footprint wherever possible by reducing the amount of waste you create, reducing the amount of energy you consume and reusing and recycling items whenever possible.  ECO’s Marvelous Malarkey group has put together a fun Full Moon Follies fundraiser in downtown Hendersonville on Saturday, June 26, 2010.

ECO has kept the idea of “thinking locally” firmly in mind when developing this event.  Local businesses and restaurants have donated food and beverages.  Local printer Hendersonville Printing Co. was hired by ECO to create the invitations.  And local talent will be performing, including Hendersonville’s very own all female a cappella group The Atomic Sisterhood.  In addition to The Atomic Sisterhood, singer/guitarist Tania Battista, rocking duo Carol Deurmit & Steve Whiteside, singers Pam and Don McMahon and storyteller Chuck Breckheimer will be performing.

There will be a raffle for great, fun prizes, including a garden scarecrow, local Christmas tree, custom hula hoops, a clothesline that will be installed for free and even a truckload of goat manure from the Carl Sandburg house as well as tons of other great prizes.

ECO plans on making this a low waste event, just like last year’s Marvelous Malarkey.  At that event, the leftover food and other waste only generated a total of two bags of trash for all 110 attendees, thanks to the use of vegetable-based plastic cups, paper napkins and paper cups.  The plates were provided by Camp Glen Arden and were washed and returned afterwards.

Tickets are $50 each or $90 per couple.  All proceeds help fund ECO’s ongoing efforts to promote recycling, renewable energy and clean water as well as keep local people working.  All attendees must make reservations in advance of the event.  If you’re interested, please call 692-0385 or visit Eco-WNC.org.  Let’s help keep Hendersonville on the “green” path.  Think locally and help globally.

Rich Cooke, your Hendersonville real estate specialist