Designing Our Future | How to Make an Attractive City

I came across this video this morning and wanted to share it. While it makes some good points I don’t necessarily agree with everything Alain says here. I appreciate the overall thinking and would love for us to follow a more European model with our urban growth.

His sixth point does hit home to me as we watch most of our newest construction coming from outside influences bringing corporate brands to Asheville blurring our unique identity. My question for us as a community is how can we accommodate this important growth while constructing buildings that are filtered by the values of Asheville itself? What is important to us? How do we maintain our own sense of place that has attracted us all to live and travel here? Think about it. Cheers! Troy

FOR SALE | 12 S Lexington Unit 403

12 S Lexington Ave Unit 403-MLS_Size-006-Living Room-580x436-72dpiCheck out our newest downtown condo listing. It consists of 1 bedroom, 1 bath and 1 parking space. This warm, sophisticated and efficient downtown condo was originally laid out by architect Robert Todd. The space has been refined to get the most out of a small space including a bedroom loft space over the main closet. Everything is at your fingertips on the inside while being a doorstep away from the best of downtown on the outside. The Juliet balcony offers views of downtown’s deco architecture and Beaucatcher mountains. Want to see more? Watch the virtual tour.12 S Lexington Ave Unit 403-MLS_Size-003-Living Room-580x436-72dpi

The building has a 25% rental cap and is currently at 18% making this a potential for an investor. Want to know more on the building? See below. Cheers!

12 South Lexington Ave.

designed by Camille-Alberice Architects

thThis modern, downtown mixed-use building was created as a quality, low-maintenance structure that respects Asheville’s historic architecture. 12 South Lexington, designed by Camille-Alberice Architects was completed in 2007 and recently added to the list of architecturally successful new buildings in downtown. Overlooking Pack Square and Patton Avenue, the 7-story building includes 2 commercial spaces, 43 residential condos including 5 penthouse suites and 49 parking spaces.

Green and Sustainable features:

  • Considered a smart growth project because the site was an underutilized parking lot and not a green space.
  • A great majority of the materials used in the building are recyclable:-
  • The steel frame for the building was manufactured from over 200 recycled automobiles.
  • The steel stud framing is also manufactured from recycled steel.
  • The lower roof is sodded to absorb rainwater, provide insulation and protect the inner roof membrane.
  • The wood floors are primarily of bamboo, a sustainable, harvested material.
  • The thermal envelope of the building exceeds the building code requirement by approximately 14%.
  • Aluminum, double-paned glass windows and doors, lower the energy costs for homeowners and HOA alike and can be opened to take advantage of Asheville’s fantastic weather and reduce the need for AC.
  • Parking decks under the units reduces the footprint of the building.

Make Your Modern | Buyer Tour 025

Our Asheville home market offers many housing options, but we don’t have everything at all times and currently inventory is low. Kelly and I are the tip of the iceberg to a larger team of resources to help you buy, remodel or build your tailored and edited 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! 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 025

MODERN MIXER | Grand Opening Celebration

Atomic Furnishings and Design + TC’s Retro Rentals

2fc6a72fb42e739a62e18ae64d476b6cHipster or Not-So-Hip, Kelly and I are co-hosting our next Modern Mixer with the folks at both Atomic Furnishings and TC’s Retro Rentals. They have recently changed locations and are now cohabitating in a shiny new showroom at 1060 Patton Avenue. Todd Walsh DJharmonize should be there mixing up the sound. Beer, Wine and Light Snacks provided. When is it? Thursday evening March 5th from 5 to 7 pm. Stop in and get to know these energetic entrepreneurs. And don’t make me say it again…if you see this post consider yourself invited. Cheers!Atomic Comp

CLOSED | A Room with a View

Kelly and I closed on this luxury condo today nestled above downtown. Our buyer clients, and Modern Asheville fans, called us wanting a minimal and modernist summer escape from the Texas heat. With lack of inventory in general, especially modern properties, we were able to place them in this Ardmion Comphome which gave them the romantic setting they were looking for. Bringing in one of our design and build team members to plan and budget, Kelly was then able to negotiate a deal that would accommodate modernizing the interior. Today, Kelly wrangled it to a close. Tomorrow, Sally Spiegel and her team will start to demo. Go girl power! By late spring some more happy clients will be enjoying their own modern lifestyle in the mountains of Asheville. Watch along as our team helps more folks make their modern.

Did I tell you that we love what we do! Cheers! Kelly and Troy

MODERN MIXERS | Save these dates!

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Hi Folks! The weather is improving and Kelly and I are starting to plan our next Modern Mixers since our last one at 828 Design shown above. Please put the following two dates in your calenders: Thursday, March 5th from 5 to 7pm and Wednesday, April 1st from 5 to 7pm. Both Mixers are Mid-Century inspired and anyone seeing this is welcome to come. Details on the next one coming this week. Stay tuned! Kelly and Troy

Retro Pendant Lights at Stuff Antiques

IMG_0367I made a quick stop downtown while showing one of our condo listings to Stuff Antiques. We have another client looking for some vintage fixtures so I thought I would be helpful and check their current inventory to pass along. I spotted this row of retro fixtures. Stop by 52 Broadway if interested. They also do great lamp repairs. Cheers! Troy