Tag Archives: urban

Open Houses Today

2 Urban “Hudson Valley Style” Farmhouses

BW 72 Wayside Rd Kenilworth NC-small-009-17-Den or Library-666x445-72dpiHi Folks. Modern Asheville Real Estate is having a Broker Open House today, but if you are a buyer and have an interest in an artistic, vintage style farmhouse similar to a find in Hudson Valley, NY — stop by and see us today for lunch! 35 Wayside Rd. and 72 Wayside Rd. are centrally located just on the other side of the mountain from downtown. They offer a charming and creative escape with the potential for your own little urban homestead. Both properties our private with mountain views while having everything you need just down the hill. Last, they offer potential for extra buildings lots as well. Stop by and check them out from noon until 2pm today, Tuesday the 22nd. See you there! 35-wayside-rd-asheville-nc-mls_size-026-balcony-with-mountain-view-1024x768-72dpi

Designing Our Future | Architecture At Home In It’s Community

Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 2.27.20 PMContinuing on this series inspired by the new construction going on in Asheville, I’m posting a new seven minute video I watched today from an architect working in Africa and how he draws from the surrounding community to create designs for new public buildings. Please watch or click on link if it doesn’t show.


As a designer, realtor and resident of Asheville I’m conscious of the changes occurring with our built environment. Kelly, myself and our chosen families frequently witness discussions by both designers and citizens regarding the new hotels, apartments and commercial structures that are stamped out and replicated here identical to other cities. What do these new constructions say about Asheville that is different than Charlotte or Tampa as examples?Asheville Bad Comp

We moved here because Asheville is incredibly rich in geography, history, spirituality, creative talent, environmental consciousness and an independent desire to do things differently. I wonder what our buildings could be doing that help steward our town into its own future inspired by what is here and what is important to our community today and for the future. Think about it. Cheers!

SALE PENDING | 6 Von Ruck Court


Listed at $279,900

3 Bedrooms | 1586sqft

Take a look at our latest listing on MLS just today. This charming, split-level rancher is in a quiet, urban neighborhood and an easy walk to Gang Shan Station and other Charlotte St. venues. It has an open living space on the main level with a fireplace. 3 bedrooms and 1 bath are on the upper level. Lower level has a laundry, bathroom and a completely open space to use as you like. The home has a carport and winter mountain views. Modernize and make this into your efficient and urban nest.Von Ruck Comp Cheers! Kelly and Troy

Under Construction | Urban Infill Modern Home

IMG_0952Here is a progress peek at Roost’s latest project under construction near UNCA where infill lots have been snatched up over the past year. We love how the opposing wood and metal volumes define interior and exterior living spaces much like the lower level parking court is carved out of the earth and defined by concrete. Looking forward to a more detailed tour soon. Nice job David!

MAKE YOUR MODERN | Buyer’s Tour 020

Our Asheville home market offers many housing options, but we don’t have everything at all times. Kelly and I are the tip of the iceberg to a larger team of resources to help you buy, remodel or build your tailored 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 and I feel offer potential to “Make Your Modern” lifestyle in the mountains. Want more? Ask us!MYM Buyer 020

Urban Asheville home featured in Fine Homebuilding

A budget-conscious, urban home in Asheville designed by architect Daryl Rantis will be featured in the October/November issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine.

The home in the Chicken Hill neighborhood west of downtown was designed with a strict budget to meet the needs of downsized, contemporary lifestyles. The article about the home, “Small & Tall,” shows that despite a tiny lot and a tight budget, the little house can rise to the occasion. The urban feel of the vertical home was specifically designed to appeal to a modern sensibility and fit on a small lot, according to Rantis, the Director of Design at Green Hammer in Portland, Ore., a design/build construction company. Rantis took the position in July after practicing seven years in Asheville. He is still connected to Western North Carolina through an association with Alembic Studio.

The style of the house is a fusion of modern and Craftsman, reflecting the contemporary lifestyles of city dwellers while paying respect to the architecture and cultural heritage of Asheville with its rich tradition of highly detailed architecture. Details of the home are more typical of Craftsman-style houses, which are traditionally known for their intricate finishes.

The Fine Homebuilding article focuses on the home’s small footprint. The three-story design uses less foundation (concrete) and less roofing (metal), two materials used for their longevity but which are also carbon intensive. The small footprint of the building still allows a reasonable amount of square footage, about 1,500. The interior is appointed with minimalist trim details and modern cabinetry that breaks from the traditional Craftsman. Wood beams and floors in the living areas give it a clean, yet warm interior. Interiors were styled by Asheville artist Denise Legendre of Denuci Design. The skin of the building, made from cement fiber panels, reduces the amount of wood and maintenance. It is contrasted with the use of locally harvested cypress for its warmth and beauty.

The neighborhood’s proximity to downtown, the River Arts District and public transportation allows private, detached home ownership in an urban area. A family could live in the home with less dependence on a car. Built and developed by Bill MacCurdy of Sun Construction in 2009, it is designed to be part of a six-building cluster.

Photos by J. Weiland Photography

SOLD – 411 W. Haywood St.

MLS# 425558


1500 sq/ft

3 Beds and 3 Baths

Finally, some clever and well designed “in fill” housing that is badly needed in Asheville.  Located in the creative Chicken Hill area of Asheville it sits between downtown and the River Arts District.  I took a tour of this home today. Derived from the industrial and work cottage venacular of its context it has developed into a smart, loft style home. These healthy built homes pack a lot in a small square footage and represent the future of what homes will become.  Smaller square footage, healthy built and some versatile square footage.  The basement can be a bedroom, office or in-law suite.  The details all fit – from the european style cabinetry to the pine plank flooring and some of the built in shelving you will find these homes both clean and charming.

Here is how Bill MacCurdy describes his listing – “Trend Setting, affordable downtown residence – views of the river and fabulous sunsets, master bdrm with “Juliet” balcony, large flex room in daylight basement w/12′ ceilings, all bedrooms  with private baths, contemporary cabinetry, built-ins, wood and bamboo floors, tile baths, gas fireplace, back deck, front patio, professionally designed, – first of 6 contemporary healthy built Urban “dwellings” designs by Daryl Rantis Architects and Sun Construction”

FOR SALE – The Residences at 151

Luxury Condominiums

1500 – 2300 sq/ft    $910,000 – $1,450,000

After touring these new luxury condominiums today I found I was impressed by the details and design.  They are definitely a step up from anything else offered in downtown Asheville at this time.  Plus, they have views that no one else can offer.  The current models have been furnished by Four Corners.  They did a nice job of bringing in a warm, modern feel.  Having seen the marketing materials previously, I was expecting a cold and hard feeling space.  What I saw was very liveable, clean and warm.  I left wanting one for myself. 

Here is how their marketing materials describe them, “From the integration of tasteful regional motifs…to ergonomically curved walls…and aesthetically designed interiors…no detail has been overlooked in The Residences.  These elegan units invite you with spacious living areas, private outdoor terraces, and tasteful furnishings that harmonize the juxtaposing urban and natural landscapes.  Each unit will be draped in the serenity of floor-to-ceiling windows offering specatcular panaroamic views of downtown Asheville and the surrounding moutains.”

Urban Scenes

ashevilleskyline2009aMark File, creator of Romantic Asheville, has continually impressed me with his photographs of urban Asheville.  I wanted to take a moment and give him some credit for capturing and showcasing this side of Asheville and sharing it with others.  If you haven’t visited Romantic Asheville website ( http://www.romanticasheville.com ) it is one of the best sites for getting to know the area.   Thanks Mark!             mark-comp