Fairview Mid-Century

Between stopping by and seeing the progress on one client’s lot being cleared for their mountain modern home and reviewing a completed renovation for an upcoming contemporary listing, Kelly and I also stopped by to see the progress on client’s, Jim and Richard, mod home in Fairview. CompThey are transforming their mid-century with sweeping mountain views with the support of Brickstack Architecture and Bellwhether Builders. We can’t wait to see the completed project. Cheers Jim and Richard and Happy Holidays! Kelly and Troy

Samsel Architects | Modern Pavilion House

Tryon-RenderingI recently saw this project published online. Immediately, I was drawn to the updated mid-century, prairie styling. The home is being designed for a 40 acre farm in Columbus, NC with large oak trees, an existing barn, pastures and distant mountain views. I look forward to seeing this evolve. Go here for more.

Sally’s “Suburban to Urban” Kitchen Makeover

1-Spec-ialties-of-the-house1One of the things we keep saying is that someone needs to bring their vision to the world of 80’s and 90’s traditional suburban homes. The market is constipated with some of these unmovable, uninspired and outdated spaces. Flippers take note! For me it is an untapped market where differentiation is needed.

As it turns out, one our favorite people on Modern Asheville Real Estate‘s team of professionals, the fabulous and forthright Sally Spiegel, has been doing just that and has allowed Kelly and I to follow her along on this journey. I won’t go into everything here, but simply give you a glimpse of this inspired kitchen remodel and expansion. Enter here.10-GrandOpening2 Cheers! Troy

Architect Introduction | Felipe Santander


The Lopez House above is a 1500 sqft beach cabin. The goal was to enhance the views as well as blend the house with the site trees. All the rooms were designed with floor-to-ceiling windows while the access incorporates a wooden grid that provides privacy and integrates the house to the eucalyptus.

Kelly and I had the privilege of acquainting ourselves with architect and new Asheville resident Felipe Santander in our office a week back. Felipe and his wife moved here from the West Coast just one month ago and reached out to us for a visit. Often, we enjoy having designers come share lunch with us in our office as a break from our daily real estate work.Office

Felipe received his Architecture degree at the Finis Terrae University in Santiago, Chile in 2007. Following, he was recruited by professor and founder of WMR Arquitectos as a design architect and construction manager to develop high-end residences, mountain cabins and boutique hotels. Their work has been recognized widely by many publications, both nationally and internationally.

Looking to expand his skills, Felipe went to work for an international engineering company Arcadis, to be a lead project architect and project coordinator. Projects included a new design for Easter Island airport and an astronomical observatory for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the world’s largest three-mirror telescope.Ruiz.House

In 2011, Felipe moved from Chile to California. There he studied Permaculture at the Urban Permaculture Institute in San Francisco. With his permaculture certification, Felipe co-founded Integrated Habitats, a San Francisco based design studio. Integrated Habitats offers consultation, planning, and implementation of ecological spaces, from small-scale private residences to large-scale agroecological projects.

Eager to make his design come to life in the East Coast, Felipe and his family moved to Asheville, North Carolina. Inspired by the unique surroundings of the Appalachian Mountains Felipe is excited to share his vision for modern architecture and landscape design. A vision that incorporates the principles of permaculture and is modeled upon natural ecosystems.MR.House1

The MR House above is a 2,500 sqft house designed with simple and delicate lines. Elevate by dry-stone walls, the house creates a new stand to the hilly landscape of the surroundings. Stones were collected from the local query, blending the structure to the existing landscape. The second floor has a 13 foot cantilever above the first, capturing panoramic views of the valley.

Finding “Found Imagery” by John Arge

IMG_0581Yesterday, following my visit with artist and architect Peter Alberice I peeked into the “Indie Handmade” shop called Garage 34 Project on South Lexington for the first time. The retailer displays a mix of artistic creations along with vintage home furnishings and, my personal favorite, cowboy boots — Yeehaw! There I discovered the retro stationary creations of Jon Arge. Of course I had to stop and browse through the cards, collages and notebooks he has crafted by hand. So, be sure to stop by Garage 34 for some clever and light-hearted retail therapy. Enjoy!IMG_0585

MAKE YOUR MODERN | Buyers Tour 021

MYM Buyer 021Our Asheville home market offers many housing options, but we don’t have everything at all times. Kelly and I are 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! Above 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!

Shelter Pop-Up at CCC

Main After a busy day of Real Estate, Kelly and I managed to stop by the CCC to visit the opening of Shelter’s Collective Holiday Pop-Up Shop. With Gee’s Bend quilts as a backdrop the Collective brought in some of their favorite artisan wares such as home goods, apothecary items, apparel, ceramics, bags, textiles and gifts from some of their favorite US designers. It is worth a stop before the holidays. Cheers! TroyShelter Comp