Category Archives: Neighborhoods

Ventana | A View from the Very Top

IMG_2065We met up with one of the owners of Ventana yesterday for a great Jeep tour of the development and to view the upcoming land + modern home packages nearing the final stages of design prior to release. We were fortunate enough to get a sneak peek of the preliminary designs and floor plans and are thrilled to have potential inventory that meets a variety of our modern buyer’s needs. The photo above shows the Asheville downtown view from Phase Two which should release in the fall of this year. They promise to send us information as they have it so sit tight folks! Let us know if you are interested and we will provide you information as we get it. Email us at Cheers!

NORTH – Woodland Hills

By Carol Marin


Just north of Asheville, almost to Weaverville, you will find one of my favorite ranch neighborhoods. Woodland Hills, developed by James Barfield in the 1960’s, is a neighborhood of brick ranch homes with a number of 1970’s contemporary homes sprinkled in. Woodland Hills encompasses four sections, all close in proximity, Highlander Road, Lake Section SignThe Lake Section, Blueberry Hill and New Stock Road. The Lake section has, you guessed it, a small lake and park. Though Woodland Hills was developed as a planned community, it is thoughtfully arranged so as to take advantage of the abundant natural beauty of the location.  A walk through any one of the neighborhoods in full spring bloom is breathtaking!  Large, sheltering oak and maple trees in caringly landscaped lawns are embellished with natural dogwoods, brightly colored azaleas and rhododendron. Another common sight is a flock of wild turkey wandering freely through the neighborhood as though they were kindly sharing it with the humans!

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Though most of the homes were built in the 1960s and 70’s there is a nice variety throughout the neighborhoods:

  • There are homes with three, four and five bedrooms.
  • Square footages range from 1500 to 3800.
  • Many have finished lower levels.
  • Lot sizes average about half an acre.

image.phpMany homes are still owned by the original owners but are gradually being sold to new owners who appreciate the mid century architecture and are updating them for their own modern-living lifestyle. As we lovers of the ranch know, these solid well-built homes lend themselves to simple living with easy connection to outdoor living space.


Woodland Hills is just minutes to conveniences in north Asheville and downtown Weaverville. Ingles Supermarket, the Fresh Market and UNCA are close by. Downtown Asheville is a 10 minute, smooth sailing commute on Highway 19-23.

Living in Woodland Hills

Woodland Walk 021Our friend and client, Robert Teller, looked at many mid-century ranch homes when he decided to move to Asheville from Mexico a few years ago. After two intensive home-searching trips to Asheville, Robert bought a custom-built brick 1969 ranch home in Woodland Hills. His home, in the Lake Section, actually backs up to the small lake and is the only home with a dock. Robert was attracted to the large spaces the home offered and set to opening up the floor plan and creating a space that made sense for his lifestyle and to appropriately showcase his modern furnishings.

Robert's Home

“The lifestyle of Woodland Hills, like the architecture of its homes, is unpretentious, but comfortable” says Teller. He enjoys the natural wildlife, trees and greenery in the neighborhood as well as the lack of traffic.“There is no through traffic, and few cars pass in the day.  Because of a clause in the original covenant, garages are not on the street side of the homes, and except for occasional visitors, cars are not parked on the streets. This gives the neighborhood the uncluttered look more likely to be found in pricier areas.”

About his Woodland Hills neighbors Teller says “Woodland Hills seems to welcome diversity, and its residents demonstrate civility and concern for their neighbors without being overly inquisitive. They enjoy walking out on the quiet streets with their dogs of every size and description.” On any given day in Woodland Hills you will find Robert walking the neighborhood in the company of his two poodles.



The real estate market in Woodland Hills is currently very active. There have been six sales this year, three of them closing in the last 30 days. Sold prices range from $239,000 – $305,000 with the average sales price right around $245,000. Here are the current listings in Woodland Hills.

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Let us know if you are interested in buying or selling a home in Woodland Hills or in any of the neighborhoods of the greater Asheville area. Give Carol, Kelly or myself a call or shoot us an email and let’s get the process started!

EAST – Beverly Hills


“All homes in Beverly Hills will be of the type that are termed “different.” They will possess a personality and charm all their own and will radiate a distinctiveness of motif that will be immediately welcomed and accepted by persons who would naturally want such a location in which to live. A Beverly Hills home will be pleasing to the eye, a jewel mounted in a perfect setting and a place that will be more than just a house in which to seek shelter. They have been so planned and designed by the developers as to fit naturally into the atmosphere of the entire locality.”

Beverly Hills 012When Carol Marin, Realtor at Real Living, thinks of classic Asheville ranch neighborhoods, Beverly Hills is certainly one that comes to mind. Nestled around the Municipal Golf Course in east Asheville, the winding roads and lush greenery of this community give it a special character, as do the many architecturally diverse homes built from the 1920’s to the present. Walking or driving the neighborhood you will see many mid century ranch homes as well as charming rock cottages and bungalows from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Location, Location, Location

Map Scan 2Beverly Hills is close to everything. Grocery shopping, restaurants, public library, tons of shopping around Tunnel Road and in less than 10 minutes you can be in Biltmore Village or downtown Asheville. For recreation the Nature Center is directly across Swannanoa River Road from Beverly Hills and the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway is close by on Highway 70. The Municipal Golf Course, designed by Donald Ross, with its greenways meandering through Beverly Hills is an Asheville landmark all its own and Ann Patton Joyce Park is a public park in the heart of the neighborhood.


5922876Beverly Hills Home Owner’s Association is an active organization meeting monthly and organizing a community picnic as well as a large, well-attended community yard sale each spring. The Yard of the Month Committee recognizes outstanding Beverly Hills gardens in the spring and summer months.

Real Estate Market

Despite what you hear about the real estate market in general, Beverly Hills continues to have consistent sales and there always seem to be those who seek out this neighborhood specifically when buying a home. 17 homes were sold in the past year. Sold home prices range from $135,000-$272,000. The average sale price for a home in Beverly Hills is currently $198,000.

IMG_0757The majority of Beverly Hills homes are either two bedroom and one bath cottages or 3 bedroom and 2 bath ranch style homes, consistent with the two building booms.

Here is Carol’s link to the homes that are currently available for sale in Beverly Hills. If you are looking to buy or sell in the near future- it would be our pleasure to meet with you to get the process started!


During the 1920’s Asheville experienced its greatest economic boom and as a result  Asheville began to spread out as numerous new housing developments appeared. Grovemont, Kenilworth, Malvern Hills and Beverly Hills were all developed during this period of prosperity.


In researching Beverly Hills history, Carol Marin came across a document, which was apparently, the original marketing brochure for Beverly Hills entitled The Master Suburb. While she thinks of Beverly Hills as being just a hop, skip and jump to downtown, in the 1920’s, it was marketed as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

IMG_0758Certainly a large part of the charm of Beverly Hills is in the variety of homes. There are many smaller, cottage-style homes from the earlier boom as well as an abundance of ranch style homes that represent the second wave of construction from the 1950’s through the 60’s. All are distinctive and interesting in their own way and that seems to have been the plan for the neighborhood from the very beginning.

Lastly, what do the residents love about their neighborhood?  Here are the top several things: 1. Great Walking Neighborhood  2. Active Neighborhood Association  3. Friendly Neighbors  4. Views  5. Convenient to Everything. 6. Golf Course.

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FOR SALE: 6 Waverly Ct.

6 Waverly Ct Asheville NC-small-001-Front-666x443-72dpiMLS: 535519

Price: $269,900

Size: 2065 soft

Features: 2 Bed, 2 Bath, In-law Suite + View

Look at the curb appeal on this sweet little ranch on one of my favorite view streets in Beverly Hills. If you don’t grab this one – I will!

Here is how our ranch expert, realtor Carol Marin, describes her latest listing. “Beverly Hills mid-century offering many living possibilities! Charming main level w/hardwoods, 2 bedrooms, fireplace & deck. Full in-law suite downstairs w/family rm, bedrm, kitchen, bath & patio. Spectacular backyard, site of several weddings, w/gorgeous mountain views & perennials galore! Plenty of gardening space, greenhouse & outbuilding. New roof. Downstairs space has been rented in past. Convenient to downtown, shopping & Biltmore Village.”

For a tour click here.


As you all know I’m a big fan of ranch neighborhoods in Asheville. I was born in 1964 and spent my entire Indiana childhood growing up in them. For me they hold a sense of nostalgia, along with a sense of promise for creating simple and efficient living spaces which is what I’m naturally drawn to as an adult. When originally constructed, they offered opportunity for affordable and efficient living for many. Today, following the growth of oversized and multi-story homes, they offer a smart option for downsizing to one level living and a blank canvas for putting your own design style within great neighborhoods.

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Realtor Carol Marin and I, along with Kelly Erin-Spinney, have spent hours and hours over the years scouring these neighborhoods seeing the opportunities and have helped several buyers create their dream home here in the Ranchhoods of Asheville. This spring we will be reporting on these neighborhoods each month given the uptick in this trend. In the meantime feel free to read through some of my past articles on this subject. Enjoy!

Blast from the Past – Year 1960

Article from The Asheville Citizen, Thursday July 28, 1960

Minnichs’ Mix Contemporary With Tradional

What kind of house does and architectural engineer build for himself?  The home of S. Clinton Minnich on Sunset Mountain is a fascinating example.  Clint, an engineer, and Tony Lord, architect, two of the Six Associates, worked for a year in their spare time on the plans.  The Minnichs wanted a contemporary design as a background for traditional furniture and wanted to try new materials and new uses of old materials.

Marian says that people are beginning to call its location “Rotary Ridge” because so many members of Rotary Club live up there.  From the mail box where one turns off Old Toll onto Bent Tree Road it is half a mile to the house.  A walk at the left of the carport leads to a front door set between floor-deep windows with louvered glass above.  The exterios is stone from Flag Pond, Tenn, and oak siding.  Oak and firpanels on the “town” side are painted Delft blue, yellow, rusty red, black and white above and below aluminum windows.  Marian actually had nightmares worrying about the effects before they were finished.

Many things about the house are unusual.  The only conventional ceilings are in the kitchen and bathrooms, the rest are raftered with exposed beams bolted together with large iron bolts at the rooftree.

Room dividers separate living and dining areas from the entrance hall and breakfast from the laundry area in the kitchen.  This gives a feeling of height and spaciousness.  It also provides better circulation of air.  The whole place is practically dust-free because of the warm air furnace equipped with an electro-static filter.  Thanks to Clint’s efforts it can be washed out in a few minutes by merely turning a valve.

Another feature is the absence of plastered walls.  The whole fireplace end of the living room is stone, another wall is pine stained blue-green-gray and the rest is glass door and windows framing the western expanse of mountains.

Pine panels the master bedroom, 13 year-old Ken’s room and the rumpus room and Larry’s immediately below.  All of the oak floors are done with a dull, walnut wax stain instead of shellac.  Washable pink plaid fabric wallpaper and resilient black-streaked vinyl tile floor decorate the bath adjoining the two first floor bedrooms.

Great thought has gone into planning the large and workable kitchen.  The overall color scheme is grey and turquoise but cabinet doors are each painted a different color, picking up some of the soft deep tones of exterior panels.  Just think how convenient that would be to identify where something is – such as the salt behind the blue door.

The gray slate entrance hall and stairway lead down, beside a red brick wall, to the lower level.  Sliding wood panel folding doors open on a rumpus room with raised brick fireplace and whole wall of bookshelves.  Furnished with studio beds it doubles as a guest room.  To the left is a bath having a stall shower of beautiful red Tennessee marble.  Across the hall is a tiny efficiency kitchen.  When Marian’s parents, Capt and Mrs. K.B. Bragg of Annapolis, MD. Are here they like to get up early and prepare their own breakfast.  Frequently when entertaining Marian bakes a ham or turkey down there.  Of course the refrigerator is stacked with snacks for the teenage boys and their friends.

Larry, now 15, hopes to go into medicine, so bookshelves in his room are adjustable for large textbooks in the future.

Opposite is what every house should have, a workroom with built-in desk on one wall and huge deep storage shelves for luggage and “junk” on another.  Marian has made heavy draw curtains to conceal them, but mostly they are pulled back.  Her sewing machine stands open in the middle.  A phone with a long cord is accessible to the other rooms by means of a pass through.

Not quite visible at lower left of the picture is a door from the rumpus room to the small terrace, one of two and the front walk fromed of gravel heavily mixed with concrete to look like stone.  Above, out of sight, off the master bedroom is a redwood balcony supported by the house beams.

Like everyone who has built recently the Minnichs found that costs exceed the budget, necessitating elimination of something.  In their case they amputated a third bedroom on the first floor and workshop for Clint below.  Now they don’t even feel the need of them.

Note: Clinton Minnich was an engineer employed by the Six Associates.  The Six Associates were: William Waldo Dodge, Jr., Henry Irvin Gaines, Anthony Lord, William Stewart Rodgers, Erle G. Stillwell, Charles Waddell. Information couresy of Laura Hope-Gill.

A Mid-Century Neighborhood Soars to Great Heights

IMG_0812Mid-Century homes have never looked so good set within the dramatic landscape of Asheville’s mountains overlooking its urban fabric.  Juxtaposing the natural with the cityscape is just the environment to inspire contemporary design.  Above downtown Asheville is Town Mountain Road. IMG_0821 It’s a dramatic road that begins on the edge of downtown and snakes its way through the neighboring mountains.  A some point in the 1960’s many builders and architects began constructing neighborhoods in those hills.  Here you will find a great collection of mid-century ranch and contemporary homes.  Many hug the hills while others cantilever into the sky.  Some have rustic styling while several maintain asian inspired designs.   So the next time you are in town be sure to spend a couple of hours touring the hills above Asheville along Town Mountain Road.  You’ll find a museum to modern mid-century residential design and a place I hope to call my home someday.

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