Home Tour | Grove Park and Sunset Mountain

This upcoming Sunday will be the Grove Park | Sunset Mountain home tour. Sunset Mountain is one of our favorite neighborhoods of mid-century homes. Get out an enjoy some of Asheville’s most special neighborhoods this weekend. For more info and how to purchase tickets click here. Enjoy! Troyposter_2014

MAKE YOUR MODERN | Pioneers of Modern in Riceville

photo-13One of our modern pals, Gary, sent me the above photo earlier this summer. Looking closely you’ll see what appears as a mirage of a modern home under construction across the pastoral fields of his home in Riceville. The photo perched on my desktop tugged at me until Kelly and I found ourselves visiting one recent Saturday. Comp

The construction did not just spontaneously appear one day, but has been carefully hand crafted and detailed by modern day pioneers, John and Carla. The couple moved to the states having graduated from Oxford University in England. Following, they spent two years in a motor home traveling the plains of the U.S. scouting a friendly place to call home. Their tour took them through Asheville. Ultimately, they were unable to escape nestling within the safety of our ancient mountains. They found a lot tucked into a hillside in Riceville among new suburban, craftsmen homes. Seeing the view behind the trees they quickly carved out a building site and mountain views for their contextually  simple and utilitarian, shed style home.Close View

Initially, they worked with Myles Alexander of Form and Function to help pull together the overall vision of the home. The over 1700 sqft box contains only two bedrooms including a cozy and efficient master suite for them and guest quarters. The remaining is clean open living space. Both sides have retracting doors for the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living. Comp 02

Neither had ever built before, but driven by a budget and the homesteading spirit they have hand constructed everything up from the foundation slab. It began with the 2×6 walls with staggered 24” opening to allow for the maximum in insulation all the way up to the HydroStop roofing. They scouted out local resources for custom details such as the steel columns off the back.Comp 03

Once they complete the house their homesteading compound will include tiered growing gardens out back neighbored by a chicken coup. They, also, have a spot carved out for two shipping containers to house extra storage and bunking guests.IMG_0417

Ultimately, their vision includes sharing what they have learned with other interested hands-on folks {Ashevillians at their core} and spread their modern-day pioneering philosophy. Their belief is that modernism should be accessible and affordable to everyone. Kelly and I are all too happy to clear a path for them. Cheers to John and Carla! Troy

Blue Spiral 1 | Hoss Haley

Blue SpiralI stopped and talked with gallery director Brandon at the Blue Spiral 1 today to see how the new show was going. I loved seeing Hoss Haley’s latest work as always. Here it is juxtaposed over a Michael Barringer painting. Stop by this weekend and check out the show. Cheers! Troy

SALE PENDING | 4 Kent Place

Kelly and I are excited to have a contract on this cool mid-century home within two weeks of being marketed. We are still taking back up offers so be sure to schedule a tour and see this gracious modern home by architect Bert King. Cheers! TroyIMG_5998

MODERN MIXER | Cotton Mill Soiree

In support of all our modern artist friends at the Cotton Mill, Kelly and I are throwing our next Modern Mixer there. So, save this date and come and join the fun. Cheers! Troy

FOR SALE | Woodburn Place Building Lots

Woodburn SignsThanks to Chett for placing our sturdy new signs on a few of our land listings in Swannanoa. These mountain view lots come already septic approved for 4 bedroom homes. More lots coming on the market there soon. Woodburn Place - KW Screen Graphic

Looking for land? We have a beautiful 56 acre listing in Barnardsville. Check it out the mountain and pastoral views here. And coming in a few weeks we will have a flat building lot off Town Mountain Rd — Architects and builders stay tuned!

MAKE YOUR MODERN | Buyer Tour 016

Our Asheville home market offers many housing options, but we don’t have everything. Kelly and I are just the tip of the iceberg to a larger team of resources to help you buy, remodel or build your tailored nest here in the mountains. Whether it’s scouting out the illusive architectural designed home, a retro ranch to remake or industrial loft or condo – we can help! We do the groundwork for you by previewing modern inventory, networking with skilled builders and staying in touch with potential sellers. Below are three properties currently on the market that Kelly and I feel offer potential to “Make Your Modern” lifestyle in the mountains. Want more? Ask us!MYM Buyer 016 07202014