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Just For Fun?

For the past couple of weeks as we drive through downtown and see the alterations to the former BB&T building — somehow this movie scene flashes through our minds. Anyone else? What are your thoughts? Cheers!

MODERN MIXER | East Fork Pottery

east-fork-potteryHi Folks! A quick remindr that we will  be hosting a Modern Mixer at East Fork Pottery’s new store in downtown Asheville on Lexington Ave — Thursday, Dec 15th from 5 to 7pm. The store features modern designed, hand-crafted products around the world including a healthy inventory of their own artisan pottery created in Mars Hill. Come and stock up on gifts for your friends or YOU! You don’t have to be invited…just come. Go here for details. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

SOLD | Rankin Press Loft

15 Rankin Ave Asheville NC-small-001-1-Rankin Press1-666x444-72dpiKelly “the Closer” wrangled this one into the history books yesterday. The 2 Bedroom unit with outdoor terrace was purchased by an investor and part time resident who will enjoy a cool place to stay and the extra income on this one. {Yeah!} This warm and rustic condo is a great escape from the cold and blends the best in historic and modern features mixing together brick walls and oak Rankin Compfloors with stainless and concrete. The well-lit, lofty space is flowing from exterior to interior. Entry is street level to Rankin Ave for easy access while remaining super private and secure leading you through to the private terrace over Lexington Ave for great people watching. The urban, industrial style home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and extra storage.

1924-miller-pressThe Rankin Press building was originally constructed in 1925, but completely rebuilt from ground up in 2013 to accommodate a modern, mixed-use building for both residences and retail. Sustainable features such as a solar heated, hot water system, community bicycle room, energy-efficient appliances, solar tubes and water efficient fixtures were used in the redevelopment.

Preferred (cropped)Outside your doorstep is the best in coffee shops, retail and restaurants to maximize your metropolitan lifestyle in Asheville. Want to see more? Take the virtual tour here. Give Kelly and Troy a call for more information on downtown condos. Cheers!

Designing Our Future 016 | Designing for Tourism

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-3-49-04-amThank you Jack Thompson of the Preservation Society for sending out this article from The Post and Courier. It is a good little read to reflect on cities that struggle under a tremendous growth of tourism and worth considering given our own growth. For the full article go here. Cheers!toursim“Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, however, recognizes the importance of keeping a diverse mix of residential, business and tourist uses on the peninsula. Earlier this year he proposed that the city hold off for a while on approving new hotels while the city assesses the situation. More and more are being built on the peninsula to take advantage of Charleston’s popularity as a tourist destination.”

Maker Spotlight | Lexington Glassworks

interiorYesterday, I stopped by Lexington Glassworks having strolled past their open door a few times a week on my way to my “go-to” yoga studio Go Yoga. Having arrived a bit too early I decided to finally step into the space. Wow! I had no idea how established of a venue it was. I could always see that the product was well IMG_4786crafted, but the space itself was equally and thoughtfully crafted, too. From layout to detail they have created a mindful experience around glass blowing making it a blend of retail, education and cool social space. I’ll refrain from saying a whole lot more, but simply encourage you to visit. Their own space and website tells their story better than I so I’ll step back and let them take over. If you haven’t been — GO. They have a beer on tap and a schedule for live music. Cheers!Lex Two

Broker Open House Today

Kelly and I are hosting a Broker Open House today at this cool, condo in Rankin Press Lofts today from 3 to 5pm. Give us a call if you would like to see it or view the tour here. Cheers!Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 6.36.43 AM

SOLD

6afb35a4-7d12-410a-a21a-a32bbe20497fCongratulations to Matt on his new vintage nest tucked away in the hills near downtown Asheville. We are so happy for him. If you don’t know Matt check out his passion at, The Good of the Hive. He is out there fighting for the bees in a way only he can do!

And thanks to Porch Light Realty for all your great help and effort. Cheers!

Designing Our Future | 014

A Regionally Inspired Parking Garage

masstimber1As always, we believe we could be far more innovative in designing and constructing a living and sustainable downtown. I came across this little story on NPR and just wanted to share it as inspiration from the Northwest. Here is a snippet, “Employing a unique engineered wood product only recently produced by Oregon mills, a UO student team has won an Honorable Mention in a competition hosted by the American Institute of Architects Northwest and Pacific Region.dt.common.streams.StreamServer

The students in Professors Judith Sheine and Mark Donofrio’s spring studio designed a parking structure using Oregon’s newest structural wood product—cross-laminated timber, or CLT—an exceptional accomplishment in architectural education and design practice.” Go here for the rest.

Wouldn’t it be great to see some of our own designers be able to participate, use regional inspiration and resources, in the design and construction of our downtown buildings and community. Cheers!

Designing Our Future | 011

maxresdefaultThanks to Kelly for sending me this video. There are some really beautiful points within this that offer us good perspective of the development of our own beloved Asheville. It is worth the fourteen minutes to watch.

What Makes a City Attractive? Try These 6 Points. Challenging the notion that beauty is subjective, Alain de Botton has made a case for attractive cities, believing that a city’s beauty is key to its success and citizens’ quality of life. The Swiss philosopher, author and founder of London’s The School of Life believes that attractiveness is the primary reason why many choose to vacation to Paris, and not Frankfurt.

“We think beauty is subjective, and so no one should say anything about it,” says Botton. “It’s a very understandable qualm, but it’s also horribly useful to greedy property developers.”

So, what makes a city attractive? Find out Botton’s six points for beautiful cities. Watch the video here. Cheers!attractive-Buffalo

FOR SALE | Rankin Press Loft

15 Rankin Ave Asheville NC-small-001-1-Rankin Press1-666x444-72dpiMLS#3126728   |   2 Bd + 2 Bth = 1608 Sqft   |   $795,000

Hi Modern Asheville Folks and Investors ~ Take note that this condo offered for sale currently rents for $220/weeknight and $425/weekend nights. A great return on your downtown living investment!

HOA Allowed Short Term Rent

This warm and rustic condo is a great escape from the cold and blends the best in historic and modern features mixing together brick walls and oak floors with stainless and concrete. The well-lit, lofty space is flowing from exterior Rankin Compto interior. Entry is street level to Rankin Ave for easy access while remaining super private and secure leading you through to the private terrace over Lexington Ave for great people watching. The urban, industrial style home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and extra storage.

1924-miller-pressThe Rankin Press building was originally constructed in 1925, but completely rebuilt from ground up in 2013 to accommodate a modern, mixed-use building for both residences and retail. Sustainable features such as a solar heated, hot water system, community bicycle room, energy-efficient appliances, solar tubes and water efficient fixtures were used in the redevelopment.

Outside your doorstep is the best in coffee shops, retail and restaurants to maximize your metropolitan lifestyle in Asheville. Give Kelly and Troy a call for more information. Until then — take the virtual tour here. Cheers!

Designing Our Future #10 | Faking It

Why Asheville Needs New Design Guidelines

635658300605119947-BBT-FINAL3Thanks to our colleague for pointing out this article to us by Laura Berner Hudson who serves on the Planning Commission. The article in Mountain Xpress reflects some of our sentiments here, but she expresses our need to better our city’s design criteria so much better — so let’s let her take over the dialogue. Click here for the article. Cheers!

Laura says,”When serious, authentic architecture is rejected in favor of simulacra, we exchange reality for a mythical past where everything is made to resemble what might have been. In turn, we blur the boundary between copies and genuine history. It is the elaboration of continuously changing ideas that makes a city truly authentic, and if we don’t embrace this vitality and diversity, we risk becoming a generic, theme park version of what we never were instead of an authentic manifestation of who we truly are.”

the Sinclair | Modern Urban Luxe

Sinclair-Ext-19-yes-all_squareYesterday, we were able to sneak in a quick, private peak of the swanky, new temporary stay units at 59 Broadway downtown know as the Sinclair. Wow! We were super impressed with the level of sophisticated design and detailing. The warm European style interiors blended light industrial touches with clean Danish modern textures and just a bit of mid-century thrown in. Overall, it was very mindfully put together. The vision was pulled together by a team of people including the owners and designer Traci Kearns of Alchemy Design. Cheers to the team!Sinclair 02

Want to stay? Find the details here. We know some clients who will be booking this today upon seeing this. Yes…you know who you are!Sinclair Bottom