Tag Archives: Homes

Real Estate Sales Overview

Hi Folks! Everyone talks about real estate at some point and always curious as to what is going on the market. Keller Williams puts together this monthly absorption report that we like to share with our clients, community and friends. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or what to know more. Cheers! Kelly and TroyAbsorption Report

Vote | Mastumoto Modern Architecture Prize

Matsu MainHi Folks! It is here again. The 2016 George Matsumoto design awards by our friends at NC Modernist Houses. The prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture is a unique design competition featuring $6,000 in awards, a blue-ribbon jury of internationally known architects, critics, and designers, and online public voting.Matsu Comp

Asheville has three cool homes in the running. To view the homes and vote go here. Modern Asheville will be making their annual trek for the prize ceremony later this year. Good luck to our designers and friends both here and across the state. Cheers!

Saturday, June 4th | Asheville Modern Home Tour Teaser

Hi Folks! We are only a few days away from our 2nd Annual Modern Home Tour. If you haven’t purchased your tickets please go here. You can, also, come to our social the night before and we will help you get tickets. In the meantime here is a quick peek at what is in store for you. You don’t want to miss it. Cheers!primary

The Barnard house by Form and Function Architecture captures the expansive views of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the north and creates a secluded rear buffer. The house is a modern example of a traditional southern archetype of the dog-trot, with the primary sleeping and living areas divided by an entry vestibule.butler-exterior2

The Butler Mountain home by Wilson Architects was conceived as an “L” shaped plan that hides the three car garage and defines the entrance courtyard. Landscaping and a fountain frame the entry path which leads to an all glass foyer. The foyer immediately highlights the mountains beyond and is equipped with pocketing doors that open to a gathering porch. All of the interior living spaces were designed to open to the exterior with large expanses of sliding glass. In the living room, doors fully pocket behind the fireplace to give an unobstructed view, and in the kitchen, doors open to a covered cooking and dining porch. The program required two main level master bedroom suites which are situated at either end of this central living and kitchen area.nantahala-terrace

The Nantahala Mountain home by Bach Design Studio is a mix of minimalistic detailing juxtaposing raw wood, against white walls with tall glass panes, and simple furnishings gives this rustic contemporary home its character. Terraces which surround it create a platform for multiple outdoor leisure spaces sheltered from the weather and with gorgeous views. The spaces weave in and out, framing panoramic views of the mountains and lake to blur the boundaries between inside and outside. This unique house brings back memories of the owners’ home living in Denmark and Atlanta by joining two living and building traditions into an experience.dunkirk-interior

The Dunkirk residence by Wilson Architects was built on a steep infill lot in the Kenilworth neighborhood of Asheville. The slope was circumvented with a 9’ wide pedestrian bridge that accesses the entrance. Glass entry doors open to the living space and double height windows frame the view of the trees behind the house. Additional bedrooms and living space are on the lower level, which walks out to wooded trails to the south of the home. The exterior is clad in stucco with shiplap wood siding accents around the entry. The steel floor framing is exposed throughout the main level, giving the home a slight industrial feel. The white oak floors were made from trees on the site along with several of the wood countersmerrillscove-interior

The Merrill’s Cove by John McDermott features a light space with a floor of polished concrete that sets the stage for gallery style living while absorbing the sun to keep the cool space warm. Rich handcrafted details of ash and oak are used sparingly with plenty of white space to keep the eye uncluttered. The natural beauty of the home veils the mechanics making it near Net Zero in efficiency using both passive and active solar for energy and heating. Further heating and cooling are supported by geothermal heat pump and a wood stove.purdue-exterior-1

Perdue Place by Rusafova-Markulis Architects was design in direct response to site constraints – the home’s footprint is restrained by the site’s set backs and the windows are carefully placed to frame views of the beautiful city forest. Inside, the home feels like a tree house as the trees around it are just a foot away and the large windows create a powerful connection between exterior and interior. Outside, the rich patina of the corten steel veneer panels blends the house into the lush green of the trees.primary-1

The West Chapel by Brickstack Architects was, also, designed in direct response to the extreme conditions imposed by the site. In an effort to both mitigate disturbance to the site as well as create a house that lives primarily on one level, and is easily accessible to the street, the house is entered via a timber and steel bridge. The main body of the house makes generous use of structural steel that cantilevers the structure out over the landscape, allowing the natural site to run freely below the house. Large expanses of glass blur the line between interior space and the tree canopies seemingly mere feet away. To take full advantage of the beautiful natural setting, the house features a dynamic outdoor living porch that is cantilevered 16’ beyond the main living space and 30’ above the landscape. The structural steel is a celebrated and expressive element of the design.

The Flea is here! The Flea is here!

The Flea 4 Y’all is less than a day away. And there are so many reasons to come and hang out by the river at the hippest event in town on Sunday. There will be great food and drink vendors, along with, dozens of purveyors of cool vintage things you want and need: a mid-century coffee table, a rusted sign, the Tom Jones album you were missing.Flea

As Sponsors of the event Kelly and I will be there for Modern Asheville as always. What can we do for you tomorrow beyond providing our clever banter? We can…MA scrap

…sell you tickets to the local Modern Home Tour next Saturday the 4th. And we can sign you up to be the first to get information on a new small modern home development being launched next month by award winning local architects and builders. Yippee! We will have information on our 25 other listings and can answer any of your real estate questions. Does that sound good?IMG_3828

Now that I’ve covered it– see you there! Cheers!

MA2MA | Local Modern Home Tour Coming June 4th!

primary-1Modern Atlanta comes to Modern Asheville | Hi Folks! It is almost here. Our second annual Modern Atlanta and Modern Asheville sponsored Home tour here in Asheville. This year we will have 7 homes on the tour. To purchase  tickets please go HERE .unspecifiedThe tour will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 10am to 4pm. Some of the best of WNC contemporary homes will be on display. For more detailed information on the homes and to purchase tour tickets please go HERE or sign up for the EVENTS PAGE to get updates. Also, join us for our pre-tour social at the Supper Club on Friday evening HERE. We can’t wait to see you out there. Cheers!nantahala-terrace

Enter the George Matsumoto Prize Competition Today!

MatsuHello Architects, Designers and Home Owners! There are only six days left to submit an entry for the annual George Matsumoto Prize — our partners at NC Modernist Houses architectural design awards. We have had several WNC winners in the past few years.

The Matsumoto Prize provides motivating honors and incentives for a new generation of architects; contributes to wider public recognition of Modernism in all its forms (architecture, art, furniture, and fashion); and recognizes the significant economic and aesthetic impact of Modernist design across North Carolina.21 St Charles Pl Asheville NC-small-001-Front-666x445-72dpi

The Matsumoto Prize is the only juried architecture competition in North Carolina that focuses exclusively on Modernist houses, provides financial awards, involves a national jury plus public voting, and connects to a major architectural archive. The Prize meaningfully and powerfully engages the public with the architecture they love and showcases exceptional Modernist architects and designers in North Carolina.

For more information go here. Cheers!

MA2MA | Modern Home Tour

primary-1Modern Atlanta comes to Modern Asheville | Hi Folks! It is coming. Our second annual Modern Atlanta and Modern Asheville sponsored Modern Home tour here in Asheville. This year we will have 7 homes on the tour. unspecifiedThe tour will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 10am to 4pm. Some of the best of WNC contemporary homes will be on display. For more detailed information on the homes and to purchase tour tickets please go HERE or sign up for the EVENTS PAGE to get updates. We can’t wait to see you out there. Cheers!nantahala-terrace


Modern Atlanta comes to Modern Asheville | Hi Folks! It is coming. Our second annual Modern Atlanta and Modern Asheville sponsored Modern Home tour here in Asheville. This year we will have 7 homes on the tour. That’s a whole lot of modern! unspecifiedThe tour will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 2 to 4pm. Some of the best of WNC contemporary homes will be on display. For more detailed information on the homes and to purchase tour tickets please go HERE. We can’t wait. Cheers!

Throwback Thursday’s Retro-Rama

Hi Folks! In honor of that special Facebook day we thought we would share some of our growing mid-century inspiration boards just for fun. We have everything  you need from:39e2f520b189d2d9b4e8df6cd15bc027

General Mid-Century Design heref549e87e42c840ec37b81d3e1219036a

…to Retro Interiors from magazines here1b7a67fc3d2e9a2202340638d7a34b3c

…and Mid-Century Home Plans here96623c2bfb3ac56bfb3ede542506a9cd

….and bringing it all back home to Asheville here. Exploring further you’ll find boards on everything from Eames to Eichler. Enjoy!

the Roots of Modernism | the Arts and Crafts Period

Image-69When moving here Asheville was endlessly celebrated for Art Deco and Arts & Crafts periods of design. Modern structures did not get any attention. Always pulling for the underdog I sought to expose the hidden modern through our region and ignored the popular. However, triggered by a recent conversation, I was reminded that we don’t often relate our local and pervasive Arts and Crafts architecture to modernism. We tend to think of it as decorative and historic from our vantage point in the here and now. The truth is that the Arts and Crafts movement formed the roots to 20th century modernism. Rather than my trying to explain it please enjoy this linked article by Anthony Denzer for deeper insight into design and manufacturing in the first half of our last century. Then when finished take a look at Modern Asheville’s pinterest pageArt and Crafts comp on local architect Richard Sharp Smith and consider some of the stripped down architecture, simplistic forms and exposed natural materials compared to that of the Victorian era and you can see the influence on some of the modern designs being drafted by local architects today. Cheers!Celo-Exterior-Twilight-e1410184725575

photo courtesy of Samsel Architects

Modern Monday

Our Video Archives X3 | Good morning folks! This monday I thought I would select a few videos from our YouTube channel that cover various aspects of modern building and design to kick off the week. Cheers!Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 7.54.08 AM

Effortlessly Modern: The Simple Home | Here is some Eichler inspiration that speaks for itself. To watch the video go here.Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 7.58.37 AM

Marvin’s Newest Contemporary Windows and Doors | Here is a good little overview of some products on the market for those thinking of building or remodeling a contemporary home. To watch the video go here.Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 8.42.43 AM

Mark Kushner: Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by…you | Can architects be entertaining? Here is proof. This is one of the most enjoyable and relatable talks by an architect I’ve watched. Yeah! This video, also, relates to our discussions on design, both private and public, in our city of Asheville and how we can get more involved in building a city we want to live in. Go and watch here!

Happy Birthday ModernAsheville.com | No7

On this date in 2009 modernasheville.com began capturing modern art and design in our region. The first post is shown below. That year it was exciting to receive an average of 60 views per day having assumed no more than 3. Today, it 25764_1344238721187_705433_nis 5 times that and growing. Another year later Modern Mixers began so that modern enthusiasts and practitioners could mingle. Here is a photo of one of the first in the new Hotel Indigo lobby. Tomorrow, the tradition continues with our Mixer at Charlton Bradsher Art & Design. Charlton’s work and home was first featured in March of 09. Come and join us tomorrow night as we mix it up from 5 to 8pm and celebrate both modern art and design here in Asheville. For details go here. Cheers and thank you for your continued support!

Blue Ridge Parkway | Destination Center  1|28|2009

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Lord Aeck Sargent Architecture

Take a look at this cool, green modern building and read what Sharon McHugh has to say about it.

“Taking their cue from the Appalachian region’s rural and natural character, the architects designed the center to evoke the feeling of “tree-house”. Built of wood and glass with expansive open interiors, the facility houses exhibit space dedicated to the history and development of the Parkway, space for regional exhibits and visitor information; a 70-seat theater, and a retail shop. One of the larger exhibits is a 22-foot interactive map of the entire Blue Ridge Parkway known as the “I-Wall” which provides multi-media information on places to visit on and around the Parkway.

Although rustic in feel, the Center incorporates the latest sustainable technologies including a green roof, active and passive solar heating and cooling and radiant floor heating. Completed in October 2007, the Center received a LEED Gold rating from the United States Green Building Council.”