Lea Blackwood

Residential Broker Associate
Allen Tate / Beverly-Hanks, REALTORS®
Biltmore Park
cell: (828) 582-9433
office: (828) 684-8999
team member since 2023

About Me

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

I grew up spending summers with my grandparents in Asheville, exploring the mountains and going downtown to eat and hear live music. I always knew that I wanted to live in the mountains one day, and after graduating high school in 1998, I moved to Asheville from my hometown of Columbia, SC to attend Warren Wilson College. After graduating in 2002, I stayed in Asheville because of all of the things that make this place so special: the art and live music, the delicious food, and, of course, the beauty of the mountains.

I have only grown to love Western North Carolina even more since having a family. There are a ton of great schools and the local culture is very kid (and dog!) friendly. My husband, Ted (also an Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks Realtor!), and I have loved raising our two sons (now teenagers) in Asheville. They have gotten a great education in our local schools, where they both learned Spanish through the immersion curriculum beginning in kindergarten. They have been able to roam the woods and experience all of the art, food, and culture that Asheville has to offer.

When I’m not busy working, I enjoy spending time exploring the beautiful outdoors with my family. I also love wandering through art galleries, going to tailgate markets, and going to see live music and comedy shows. Traveling is a passion of mine, with some of my favorite trips having been to Barcelona, Palenque, and Big Bend National Park. I am an active volunteer in my community and believe in giving back to those in need. I serve as secretary on the board of Rosscraggon Wood, a local nature preserve and spent many years reading to preschoolers through a library outreach program.

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Before transitioning to real estate, I worked in early childhood education for over two decades, where I honed my skills in communication, patience, and attention to detail. My love for teaching led me to pursue a career in real estate, where I can continue to educate and guide clients through the home buying and selling process. My background in teaching has given me the ability to listen attentively to my clients' needs and concerns, so that I can give proper guidance according to your wants and needs.

I am excited to combine my passion for helping people and my love of Western North Carolina to help you find your dream home in this beautiful area. If you're looking for a real estate agent with a strong work ethic, enthusiasm, and problem-solving skills who will guide you through every step of the process, contact me today!

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Service Areas & Specialties


  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Dog/Cat
  • Cooking/Dining
  • Dog/Cat Lover
  • Parenting
  • Personal Wellness
  • Reading/Writing
  • Book Clubs/Literature
  • Music
  • Environmental Activism
  • Gardening
  • Hiking and Camping
  • Travel

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How is the tax bill of a home determined in North Carolina?

Real property is appraised at 100% of market value and includes land, buildings, structures, and improvements. State law requires counties to reappraise every eight years, but many counties reappraise every four. A bill can be a combination of tax rates. For example, a home inside the City of Asheville and Asheville City School districts will have three separate tax rates represented on a bill: the Buncombe County rate, the City of Asheville rate, and the Asheville City School rate. All rates are totaled to calculate the total tax liability. Tax rate estimates for our mountain communities can be found on page 127 of the Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks Welcome magazine.

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Community Organizations

  • Rosscraggon Wood, Inc.