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Modern Asheville Real Estate | Team Milestones

The planets have aligned around our team at Modern Asheville Real Estate this week. We have had many milestones to celebrate and be proud of. Keep up and read along!

WNC Magazine | Modern Love

modernarchYesterday, the almighty Facebook sent me a reminder that it has been five years since ModernAsheville.com was first published in a magazine having already established a growing audience online for two years prior to. Yes, Modern Asheville has grown from a mere blog to a business to a community. Though many things have changed over those five years and our audience has more than doubled — the passion around design remains the same. For some quick reminiscing read the WNC Magazine article here. Enjoy!

Modern Asheville | Global Property Specialist

541b6d780c72e1a2cdf36eb79ded4a6375438572Did you know that 1 of 12 properties purchased in the United States is bought by an international buyer? It’s true! This week Modern Asheville Real Estate became part of a Keller Williams exclusive and international network of realtors. Our team’s involvement means that when you list your property with us your home will be featured in multiple online real estate services across the globe. The features of your home will be translated into 53 languages and growing. Also, we will be networking with thousands of agents from here to just shy of the moon to broaden our visibility. Modern Asheville Real Estate combined with Keller Williams global presence will receive the best exposure in niche, local, national and global marketing. We now have it all covered!

Matt | ABR Government Affairs Committee

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 5.51.48 AMOur eager Buyer’s Specialist, Matt, jumped in to involvement on the Asheville Board of Realtor’s Government Affairs Committee. The committee gets involved in both local and state issues that affect real estate. Yesterday, he attended a meeting on issues surrounding our growing Asheville population including transportation and affordable housing. He, also, reviewed City Council candidates prior to the election. Go Matt!

Kelly | KW ALC Leadership Council

131007_troykelly_30-EditbAs a top agent Kelly was recently appointed to Keller Williams Agent Leadership Council for 2016 having participating on a committee in 2015. The council consists of top agents who want to help grow, train and lead our company into new levels of customer and community service. Today, Kelly is in Charlotte attending a two state conference with ALC members across North Carolina and South Carolina. She’ll be one of the best sharing and learning from the all the other bests in our state. Go Kelly!

Troy | AIA CRAN Committee Co-Chair

131007_troykelly_33-EditYesterday, Kelly and I attended the local American Institute of Architect’s chapter meeting and luncheon. I was willingly voted onto the board as Co-Chair for their CRAN committee. CRAN is AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network. It is a resource for sharing information focused on custom residential practitioners. I’ll be serving a two-year position with the local chapter having been a member for a few years now. Go Me!

Our Growing Team

Yesterday, we announced our newest team member Christina. {see post below} What we haven’t told you is that this past Monday we have signed another agent to our team. They will be slowly transitioning throughout this year. Currently, they’re working as a LEED certified architect and looking forward to helping our client’s envision, buy and ultimately create their well designed homes in Asheville. We can’t wait to introduce you. Go team!

As you can see we are not just any ordinary brand of real estate company. Our extra-ordinary team doesn’t stop with “just enough”. We care to grow a unique business we want to be in and maintain the unique community we care about and want to live in. After all, we are all in this together. Proud? Indeed we are!

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. 


Modern in the Movies | Ex Machina

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Being an avid movie buff I find there is much to admire in Ex Machina, the directorial debut of author/screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later). From Oscar Isaac’s powerhouse performance as a shady, machismo Steve Jobs-type (in a perfect world he’d be a shoo-in for all major best supporting actor nominations come the end of the year) to little touches, like the fictional beer imbibed by Isaac’s character throughout the film, called “Keikaku” (which means “plan” or “scheme” in Japanese, a clever reference to some third-act plot developments), the film is chock-full of heady ideas and arresting imagery.Untitled-1

Perhaps the most important contributing factor to the success of the overall mood and look of the film is the setting. Taking place almost exclusively at Isaac’s character’s estate, the movie was filmed at the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Norway. Opened in 2007, the hotel’s rooms, which were conceived by the inimitable architects at Norwegian firm Jensen & Skodvin, are breathtaking examples of modern design. The sustainable architecture of this Scandinavian hotel was designed so that the interior mirrors the experience of the landscape — blurring the lines between inside and outside. To dig deeper go here.Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 5.31.16 AM


Our Asheville home market offers many housing options, but we don’t have everything at all times and currently inventory is low. 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 Kelly, Matt and myself feel offer potential to “Make Your Modern” lifestyle in the mountains. Want more? Ask us!MYM Buyer 028

Monday “Buyer” Mania

What a great Monday in the Modern Asheville Real Estate office for us and our buyer clients. First, Kelly and I closed on the {below left} Bert King designed home in the Country Club area for some buyers just moving to town. Literally, they arrived prior to closing with pets and air mattresses in tow to move into this cool, well-preserved home and start their life here in Asheville. Monday Comp

Secondly, Kelly, watching the market daily, jumped on the {above right} mid-century home just hitting the market over the weekend to place some local, first time home buyers into this cool, contemporary family home in South Asheville. Today, they are under contract. Kelly “the Closer” left the competition in the dust. BAM!11717326_10207210972851564_2464125858018290602_o

Third, new Buyer Specialist Matt Allen closed on a home for some local first time buyers as well. Go team! Of course this means only one thing…COCKTAILS!