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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!

Details of an Architectural Kitchen

screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-7-10-07-amThis clean white kitchen is one of my most favorite styles of kitchens and typical of what you would see in a modernized architectural home. I thought it might be worth sharing this video today prior to the home tour to give you some thoughts to consider while touring other new and designed homes. There are some clever details here I hadn’t thought of previously. Enjoy the video here. Cheers!

Sunday Morning Modern

Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 3.47.15 PMThe Playful Architecture of Andrew Geller | Yesterday, I was scrolling through our Pinterest pages for some thoughts on a post for today. As always I was drawn to Horace Gifford‘s architecture on Fire Island and thinking of the gay culture given the events of the week. However, that led me to a cool documentary called Modern Tide on the mid-century homes of Long Island. While I’m not showcasing the whole documentary this section on designer Andrew Geller is very inspiring given the combined desire for design  and innovative, affordable homes. Watch this nine minute segment and think about how this sense of efficiency and play could be applied to some fun little homes in the mountains. Do enjoy and have great Sunday!elkin

FOR SALE | 31 Griffing Circle

IMG_38044 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | Studio | 4379 sqft | MLS#3171637 

On the market is Grove Park’s premiere mid-century home by notable Asheville architect Tony Lord of the Asheville Citizen Times Building. This completely updated legacy home has been mindfully stewarded forward for future generations to enjoy.Main Comp

Meticulously modernized this gallery style interior sets the precedent for a minimalist aesthetic allowing the occupant to take center stage. Framed by clean, architectural lines the flowing main level is open and nestled in lush nature offering a variety of rooms for living, working and entertaining.Lower Level Comp

The lower level is designed to be highly versatile as a studio, office or guest bedroom /in-law suite. There is a full bathroom and it comes readily plumbed for a studio kitchen. To tour more on this home, including the new European style kitchen and expansive master bedroom suite, go here31 Griffing Cir Asheville NC-MLS_Size-066-62-31 Griffing Twilight11-1024x768-72dpi

This home is shown by appointment. Give Kelly or Troy a call to learn more. Cheers!

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FOR SALE | the Redbud House

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 3.38.17 PM“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William MorrisMerrills Entry Comp

This quote by the ultimate craftsman captures the spirit of this custom crafted, modern home constructed with heirloom quality craftsmanship. With the richness and lightness of a modern, Japanese cottage — the Yin of cool, clean space harmonizes with the Yang of warm, rich hand finished materials in this artistic home affectionately named — the RedbudMain Front

3 Bedrooms  |  3.5 Baths  |  3423 sqft  |  MLS#314879342 Merrills Cove Rd Asheville-small-016-24-42 Merrills Cove16-666x445-72dpi

The floor of the light filled living space is polished concrete and sets the stage for gallery style living while absorbing the sun to keep the cool space warm. Rich hand crafted details of ash and oak are used sparingly and mindfully with plenty of white space to keep your eye uncluttered from excess. The main level provides all you need for living including the kitchen, living, dining, laundry and the master bedroom en-suite. The upper level has two bedrooms suites for your family or friends with a flexible loft for extra living, office or a studio to meet all your creative needs.Level Comp

The kitchen, the heart of any home, has been specially designed to do more with less. The efficient work space is flanked on either side with spacious and tactile surfaces atop rich wood cabinetry. Everything you need is at your fingertips with an ample pantry nearby to store all the extras. It comes fully furnished with quality Bosch appliances. Located adjacent are the side entry mudroom and laundry room for fully servicing the home. Kitchen Comp

The natural beauty of the Redbud veils the sophisticated mechanics that render it near Net Zero in efficiency. It effectively uses both passive and active solar for energy and heating. Further heating and cooling are supported by a geothermal heat pump and a wood stove for enhancing that Danish modern style coziness. Electric bills are close to nothing for this 3330 sqft home. There is nothing more to do, but to live lightly in this earth grounded home. Sign

The heirloom quality built Redbud is the second of three homes creating the dawning green, net zero community of Green Acres in South Asheville. Green Acres rests convenient to all the amenities of South Asheville while remaining a rustic getaway for private sustainable living or urban style homesteading. The 2.62 acres that accompany the home have the starts of a richly composted, organic veggie garden and berries. The neighbors further support the community with fruit trees and other shared ways to live off the land. back

Want to see more of this cool home? Take our tour here. Give Kelly and Troy a call for more information or a private tour of your very own. Cheers!

Make Your Modern | Buyer Tour 33

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!MYM Buyer 033

FOR SALE | Danish Modern Style Cottage

Yesterday, we highlighted the influences of Scandinavian design and culture. It’s true — we are big fans at Modern Asheville. We gather inspiration on our Pinterest page regularly. Take a look here. Now we get to take it a step further by offering this listing for a unique Danish modern style cottage.Main with Title

MLS#3135891 | $360,000 | 3 Beds + 2.5 Baths = 2052 SQFT

This “pre-construction” package by a local design/build team here in Asheville blends European simplicity and sophistication reflected in the design inspiration photographs below. Inspiration Compwith Title

This minimal, modernist home called “the Field View” reflects that iconic shape of home, barn or shed in that Danish Modern style we love. The simplified details blending raw and basic materials creating a warm yet contemporary internal space. A neutral palette for material selections will bring in a regional aesthetic that when combined with contemporary elements reflect a modernist urban/rural refinement. 3 beds & 2.5 baths with great room on the main living space. The lower level is open use with flexibility in mind to adapt to your specific needs. See plans for this speculative home below to be located at 26 Blalock Ave in the Oakley neighborhood of east Asheville. Drawings Comp with Title

Maxey Andress {designer} and June Gartrell {builder} with some stewarding from the Modern Asheville Real Estate team, put together the vision for this home. Maxey and June have been working on remodeling homes here in Asheville, but this is their first speculative home here. They both have been involved in design/build work in the Southeast including new custom homes. Below is a brief sampling of their quality work. More samples and references are available upon request.Comp

Want more information on this home? Contact Troy or Kelly here for the full speculative package. We look forward to seeing this dream become reality.

Modern In The Movies | Beginners

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In the quiet first scenes of director Mike Mills’s autobiographical 2011 film Beginners we see Ewan McGregor’s character (playing Mills’s alter ego) cleaning up and removing items from sparsely decorated rooms of a house both seemingly unoccupied and not his own. The house in question is Richard Neutra’s international modernist masterpiece, the Lovell Health House. We soon find out that, within the film, the house was owned by McGregor’s character’s late father (played perfectly by Christopher Plummer).6a00d8341c630a53ef0167626b6bae970b-600wi
Completed in 1929, this icon of L.A. architecture had previously featured in the excellent 1997 film noir, LA Confidential. However, while that film highlighted the house’s unique exterior, Beginners favors interior shots, the filmmakers utilizing the plethora of windows lining the house for natural lighting. Also essential to these interior shots is the myriad of mid-century furniture pieces owned by Plummer’s character (which were apparently supplied by various members of the film crew!).6a00d8341c630a53ef0168e76c01e9970c-600wi
 As for the film itself, it’s easily one of the best romantic dramas of the 2000s and is an unqualified success for Mills, especially considering Beginners is only his second film (his third is currently in production). The cast is uniformly excellent, but Melanie Laurent as McGregor’s character’s love interest might steal the show, proving that her stunning performance in 2009’s Inglorious Basterds was no fluke.movie-beginners-stills-1657194450
For more on the Lovell Health House go here, and check out Beginners on Netflix streaming.
Contributed by Buyer’s Specialist Matt Allen — an avid film buff and creator of Asheville Film Snobs Anonymous group.

5 Questions Before Buying a Mid-Century Modern Home

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I found this article on realtor.com by Claudine Zap covering a few pointers for Mid-Century and Architectural home shoppers and owners. Many of these things we have discussed with our own clients whether they were owners wishing to sell or buyers looking at unique, pedigree homes. Also, it was fun to see some of our modern realtor partners across the states weigh in on the subject. To read the article go here. To peruse some mid-century homes in Asheville visit our Pinterest page here. Cheers!

Modern in the Movies

A Single Man‘s the Schaffer House by Matt Allenschaeffer-residence-lautner-park-mcdonald-remodelista-01

For his directorial debut, fashion designer Tom Ford used largely his own money in elegantly and convincingly bringing to life Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel, A Single Man. That the production was a labor of love to Ford is apparent throughout the film, from the strong performances Ford elicits from his actors (particularly Colin Firth, who was nominated for several awards for his lead turn), to the dream-like cinematography by Eduard Grau and era-evoking costume and set design by the same team that worked on the critically acclaimed TV series Mad Men.

Perhaps Ford’s savviest choice, however, was selecting famed architect John Lautner’s Schaffer House as Firth’s character’s home. The Schaffer House was Lautner’s first solo project post-Frank Lloyd Wright tutelage but many consider A-Single-Man-Kitchenthe artful construction his masterpiece. Ford utilizes the house early and often to great effect. The first several minutes of the film are spent following Firth’s character as he does his morning routine, and Ford uses the opportunity to tumblr_loaqo8RWrK1qc2reyshowcase the impeccable mid-century design of the house, from the enormous glass windows to the redwood walls and ceilings throughout.

See here for more pictures of and information about John Lautner and the Schaffer House and the nuances of selling the unique, architectural real estate that our team loves.  Also, check out A Single Man while it’s still streaming on Netflix.

Matt Allen, not a single man, is a Buyer’s Specialist at Modern Asheville Real Estate, as well as, an avid film buff and tennis and piano player. 


FOR SALE | Iris Falls Estate

Distinctive Luxury Estate or-small-001-Pool-580x387-72dpi191 North Fork Rd $1,295,000


Distinctive Luxury Estate or Retreat Center

Enjoy this architecturally unique home located outside Burnsville, North Carolina. Nestled between Celo Knob and Cattail Creek, the distinctive luxury estate resonates with the sounds of a cascading trout stream. The thoughtful and quality-built compound has several buildings, including a unique 1945 concrete and rock main house, two full-powered garage/workshops, office building and large recreation room with gym for approx 6500 sq ft of heated and internet updated spaces. Splash in the stream or the private lap pool. This is a true luxury retreat no matter the use. Building by building, let’s take a closer look.

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Main House | The 40′ x 40′, 1600 sqft main house has walls, floors and decks of poured concrete with the walls faced in rock. It is 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. The house was constructed in 1946 by a structural engineer who built bomb shelters. There are approximately 1600 square feet of covered cantilevered decks supported by 7″ x 12″ steel beams and beautifully chamfered rails of formed concrete. The current owner has updated everything from roofing to mechanical systems to make the home efficient, light, bright and ready for today’s living. A full list of quality details can be provided.

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Garage, Workshop and Laundry | Built in 1997 the 1445 sqft two car garage adjacent to the home, also, has a large workshop space. The space is heated with an Empire gas heater and has three-phase power to provide for all your industrious needs, but could easily be converted into additional living or working space if needed. The building has an easy to access attic for additional storage or use.


Gym | The gym building was built in 1997 and is 1315 sqft. and is loaded with the latest in the state of the art gym equipment. This building does have one bathroom and is located above the creek to give you that natural spa ambiance. The space, also, has a high quality projector system and high-speed internet for entertainment or to convert into a workshop presentation space as needed.


Office | The 425 sqft office building, also built in 1997, is located privately on the creek with its own screened porch attached. The building is heated, insulated, powered and has high-speed internet. You could maintain it as an office, use for a private treatment room or convert it to private living quarters.


4 Car Garage | The property’s other garage can hold 4 cars if needed and is 1125 sqft. It, also, comes fully heated and powered. The space is topped by an easily accessed attic space. The quality built facility could, again, be converted to serve a variety of functions.


Pool | The gunite lap pool is 4′ deep x 10′ wide x 50′ long and is located between an original hedge and the main lawn. The pool has a hydraulic cover, an oversized 400,000 BTU propane heater for fast heating, fiber optic lighting, automatic chlorine generator, self-cleaning vacuum system along with an outdoor shower with separate water heater. The walls are a full 12′ thick with dual 1/2″ rebar on 6′ x6′ centers. The floor is a full 16″ thick with triple 1/2″ rebar on 6” centers. Not only can you enjoy the pool for all the obvious reasons, but you can relax and enjoy it for its quality and low maintenance construction.Distinctive Luxury Estate or-small-024-Lower Patio by Creek-666x444-72dpi

Cattail Creek | The property is edged by a cascading trout stream. Both the Gym and Office building were solidly constructed alongside. The property offers pathways and terraces to enjoy the water intimately.

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This property is cooperatively co-listed by Kelly and Troy of Modern Asheville Real Estate and Diane Vander Linden of WNC Mountain Realty Group. Give us a call for more information or email us at hello@modernasheville.com. Cheers! Troy, Kelly & Diane.