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VOTE | 2019 George Matsumoto Prize

Good Morning Folks! It is that time of year again to VOTE for your favorite modernist house in North Carolina. This year Asheville has 3 homes in the running. Yeah! Prizes will be given for first, second, and third, selected by the public through online voting. You are limited to one vote per e-mail address. However, if you want to vote more than once, say from a home email and a work email, that’s fine. Voting closes Wednesday, July 3, at 5pm EST.

The award ceremony is 6-8pm, July 25 at McConnell Studios, 324 Dupont Circle, Raleigh NC. The party is free, and all are welcome! If you missed it, go HERE to vote. Cheers!

Moonshine in May 2019

Thank you to all our wonderful clients who came to our Moonshine in May client appreciation event last night at the Smokey Park Supper Club. It was a sweet night of celebration and we are ever so grateful to you. And a special shout out to the Kim Winters Team {Kim, Kim and Sienna} at Movement Mortgage for their support and participation. We are blessed to be surrounded by great folks everywhere. Cheers! Troy and Kelly

April Showers Us … with Awards!

Yeah! Another great month in 2017 finds Modern Asheville Real Estate with more honors at Keller Williams Professionals. Cheers!

Masterpieces Film Premiere | Tuesday

Join us with AIA Asheville’s screening of Masterpieces – the most Extraordinary Buildings Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright next Tuesday evening at the Grail Moviehouse. Meet the Producer and Director Michael Miner. Cheers!

Sunday Morning Modern

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-4-15-23-amModern American Poetry | Good Morning Folks. I’m choosing to take you on a subjective diversion this morning into the world of modern-day poetry and animation which are two art forms I’ve never highlighted before. But as I sit awake {as often I do at this hour} listening to the winds of both extreme weather and screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-4-08-20-ampolitical candidates it is a moment that requires extreme diversions as a counterpoint or, perhaps, simply getting lost in the “everyday” as poet Billy Collins offers in this 2012 TedX talk. During unsettling times I find that art in many forms can ground us in our in the beauty of humanity. Please enjoy this humorous and entertaining TED TALK here.

And if you are still hoping for an escape into the world of modern design get out to the Asheville Builder’s Parade of Homes today from 1 to 5pm. Again, we will be at 111 Carter Cove {shown below} with Red Tree Builders. To get there you will take a shuttle from the church on Beaverdam Rd where it meets Carter Cove. Cheers!111-careter-cove

Real Estate Market Overview | August 2016

Hi Folks! Courtesy of Keller Williams here is our sales overview for Buncombe County from August. First, check out that $125,000 to $175,000 price point with over 100% of those homes under contract. This is the most competitive range given first time home buyers and investors are competing for the same inventory. Buyers need to be ready to compete! There are still strong sales up to $600,000 with the biggest portion of that in the $200,000’s. Bargain hunting buyers check out the List/Sale Price and know there isn’t a whole lot of negotiating around Asheville. Our sellers are holding firm. For sellers in the million range know there is 40 months of inventory to sell through so your going to have to make yourself standout and be a little patient. The good news is that homes above $900,000 are moving. Want to know more? Give us a call to discuss. Cheers! Kelly and Troyaugust-2016-buncombe-absorption-report

2016 Matsumoto Prize Awards | Thursday Night

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 3.45.43 PM2016 Matsumoto Prize Awards Presentation: McConnell Studios in Boylan Heights, Raleigh, will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ 2016 George Matsumoto Prize Recognizing Excellence in North Carolina Modernist Residential Design. Free and open to the public, the awards presentation is part of NCMH’s monthly “Thirst4Architecture” networking events. Along with the awards presentation, entertainment for the evening will include live music, catered food, various beverages, and the opportunity to tour McConnell Studios. For more info go HERE.

Sunday Morning Modern


Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 6.28.29 AMModern Asheville has been working with North Carolina Modernist Houses for years in helping document our modern and mid-century homes here in the mountains, but who knew the extent of what they were up to? For years they have been working hard to collect the largest database on mid-century and modern architecture including period publications. Check out this recent article on it at Curbed online magazine then find yourself lost in the fascinating archives. Happy Sunday!Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 6.28.07 AM

“Open floor plans, intercoms, air conditioning, hi-fis in the home: we take these things for granted today, but back in the ‘50s, they were cutting edge. Architecture and design fans can now relive the kind of breathless coverage given to favored mid-century signifiers with Colossus, a massive online database putting decades worth of architectural periodicals and journals just a click away. Created and maintained by volunteers, the archive offers a treasure trove of articles detailing the growth and development of mid-century architecture, as well as numerous trends and the careers of designers throughout the 20th century.”

MA Design is Human | Modern Home Tour

Hi Folks! We will be on our way tomorrow to tour homes in Atlanta. This year it seems we will be joined by many from our Asheville modern community. Should be fun and inspiring. It is not too late to join in. Go here for more info. Cheers! Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 7.54.06 AM

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.