Happy {April Fool’s} Anniversary

Hi Folks! We hope you won’t be afraid to be a bit foolish today in being completely you. Wholeheartedly, Kelly and I did 5 years ago today in starting our unique business — Modern Asheville Real Estate. Now look where we are today!

As we head into this 6th year of building a business we love we just want to thank all the people who have helped us along the way: Our partner builders, architects and designers for allowing us to play alongside them in making our unique, design-minded real estate company model, Our clients who share our passions and values and who are becoming a part of our growing community. Our supportive partners, Mr. Chett and Dr. John, for their tireless support. As a Happy Anniversary to us look what we received last week. Local top 100 times 3.

Cheers to all of you! Now go out and follow your own hearts! Kelly and Troy

Make Your Modern | Home Story 05

Nature Wrapped Mid-Century | Sue and Sean were looking for a non-traditional home tucked into nature when they found this Mid-Century Modern home (circa 1973). The dramatic central fireplace and views of woods and mountains tugged at their heart. Architect Les McCormick helped them imagine and realize the modernized home it is today.

Everything was taken down to the studs. After replacing all the systems, they layered in mid-century and modern detailing throughout. The master suite was opened up with natural light coming in through a composition of square windows. A double-sided fireplace visible from both bedroom and bath was added as uniquely luxurious touch. Sean, a chef by trade, created a spacious kitchen with a giant island for parties, and a cozy, built-in banquet for more intimate gatherings. Expansive windows, large doors, and a wrap-around deck helped to increase the livable area of the home and connect with the wooded surroundings.

This distinctive renovation brings together nature and modernism with a dusting of sparkle.

Open House | 45 Riverview Drive

Stop by this Saturday the 23rd at our Open House hosted by broker Natalie Malis. This newer, convenient and efficient one level bungalow is walkable to Haywood Road and the River Arts District. Built in 2009 this bungalow style home has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths on one end and a large open great room on the other. Enter into your own private dog-friendly courtyard. This home shares a driveway, parking and community garden space where you can grow your own food if desired. For event details go here. Cheers!

Happy St.Patrick’s Day

IMG_3432Our team at Modern Asheville Real Estate wishes you a happy and festive holiday. Be safe, have tons of fun and the best of luck to you this year. Cheers!

SOLD | Home for an A-Frame

Yeah! This week Greg and Aubrie of Earthtone Builders closed on a sweet piece of mountain land to build their A-frame escape home. We are so happy for them and excited to watch their dream come to life. Cheers! Troy and Kelly

Make Your Modern | Home Story 04

California Sunset | Andrea and Lucy fell immediately in love with this property given the hidden location and context. While the home’s foundation sits on an urban hillside walkable to restaurants and downtown, the elevation allows it to live in up in the natural environment reminiscent of their life in Northern California. Here they get to enjoy both the urban and natural world. Ultimately, the San Francisco couple took what was a fifties ranch home and elevated it on many levels — vertically, functionally and aesthetically.

The main level of the ranch home was maximized by combining functions and offering spaces that could be either offices or entertaining spaces using that Danish style simplicity, lightness and unity. All rooms were opened up inside and outside creating expansiveness and a needed relationship with nature. The upper level addition was key in the requirements to provide both a private guest space and more importantly a writer’s retreat in the clouds for Lucy.

The end result for Andrea and Lucy is an approachable and joyful modern home that marrys the urban and natural context while bringing their own relaxed northern California vibe to our mountains.

Announcing the UnCommon Market Asheville

Asheville’s Largest Market for the Old, the Bold, the Creative and Unexpected is in its 5th season of gathering quality curators of antiques, vintage decor, art, jewelry, and home furnishings.

Robert and Rebecca Nicholas own Splurge, a custom lighting and antique business in the River Arts District. They are also former owners of Asheville Flea for Y’all. This duo has almost 30 years experience in the antique and design world. For over a decade they traveled the US doing shows and 5 years ago thought it was time to start one here in Asheville. Under new branding, Uncommon Market, they’re excited to bring 5 unique shopping experiences in 2019.

2019 Event Dates:
• 4/7 & 8/25 @ Asheville Outlets
• 5/5 & 10/6 @ New Belgium Brewing
• 6/29-6/30 @ WNC Ag Center

Why Apartment Buildings Look the Same

Featured Bloomberg Businessweek Story | Here is an interesting perspective for what we see being built all around our area. These buildings are in almost every U.S. city. They range from three to seven stories tall and can stretch for blocks. They’re usually full of rental apartments, but they can also house college dorms, condominiums, hotels, or assisted-living facilities. Close to city centers, they tend toward a blocky, often colorful modernism; out in the suburbs, their architecture is more likely to feature peaked roofs and historical motifs. Their outer walls are covered with fiber cement, metal, stucco, or bricks. They really are everywhere! For the rest of Justin Fox’s story go HERE.

TONIGHT | Who’s Afraid of Red?

Opening tonight from 5 to 8pm the Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to host 16 artists in a new exhibit by curator Barbara Fisher called Who’s Afraid of RED? The title is inspired by a series of Barnett Newman paintings called Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue.

This exhibit will explore the many meanings and associations to the color red: love, vitality, opulence, fire, the heart, the devil, blood, power, passion…. as well as the many uses of the word red in our language such as: red tape, red carpet, red-letter day, red herring, red ink, caught red-handed, red cent.  Also, because of the expense of the dye, red cloaks and hats have been worn as status symbols throughout history.  The associations are endless.Go HERE to find out the skinny. Cheers!

The Perfect Forever Home

We have been discussing this type of home for years given the need for smaller, smarter homes that live like a loft for both retirees and other couples living smaller. People are living differently and Asheville, for the most part, doesn’t have the homes that meet those needs. We would say the home featured in this article and video successfully captures what many people are looking for today. Susan and Charles Elder’s roots run deep in their neighborhood outside of downtown Houston. They moved into a starter house there in 1981, just six houses around the corner from the house Susan grew up in. Now after raising their kids and retiring they’ve built this amazing dream home.

Make Your Modern | Buyer Tour 37

Our Asheville home market offers many housing options, but we don’t have everything at all times and currently inventory is low. As realtors we 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 we feel offer potential to “Make Your Modern” lifestyle in the mountains. Want more? Ask us!

Support for Artist Eric Knoche

Hi Folks! As you know artists are a big part of our Modern Asheville community and we are all too happy to support them and what they bring to our Asheville area community. Eric Knoche, also, happens to be a neighbor to John and myself and suffered a big loss being housed in the old French Broad school which burned just down the street from us. In support we all are passing along his request for assistance. Thanks for any consideration. Cheers!

Greeting friends, colleagues and patrons,

Unfortunately I am writing today with some bad news:  On Feb 5, the building where I had my studio burned to the ground due to arson.  I lost all of my tools and equipment, all of my finished inventory, 15 years of sketchbooks and four months of finished but unfired work.

I am hesitant to ask for help, but have been encouraged to do so by my friends and colleagues.  So, if you would like to help me out, here are a few ways to do so.

1. Please consider contributing to the GoFundMe that my fiancé, Kristin, has helped me set up. We are hoping to raise $20,000. I will use this money to finish the small studio I started building on my land last year and also for living expenses as I begin from scratch to build a new body of work. If you would like to contribute to the GoFundMe Campaign, a link is here
I am grateful for contributions in any amount.

2. My gallery in Asheville, Blue Spiral 1, has generously offered to temporarily alter the terms of our agreement in my favor.  For the next two months Blue Spiral 1 is donating half of their share of the sales of my work back to me.  So if any of the work they have in their inventory appeals to you, purchasing it in the next two months is exceptionally beneficial to me.  You can see the work I have there here.  I am most grateful for all of the support I have received for my work over the years.

3. I could also really use some physical help.  If you live in western North Carolina and would like to donate a day or half day of your time I would really appreciate it.  Here is a list of things I need help with: Hanging drywall, eaves, painting and trim for the little studio I have been working on on my land; splitting wood for the kiln; other kiln prep; clay making; carpentry (rebuilding some of the tables and racks that were lost.  If you have a little extra time and would like to come help me, please reach out.

4. Please consider sharing with anyone you think might be interested.

(You can find some news articles if you google ‘”french broad school fire.”  They do get some details wrong but the overview is correct).

I’ve written a bit about the event on my website

Thanks so much for your continued support.  I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Eric