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FOR SALE: 29 White Eagle Way

White Eagle Blog MainPrice: $269,900

Size: 2 Bed/2 Bath  2260sq/ft

Amenities: Bonus Room w/closet and Loft

Private and modernized Deltec retreat with open floor plan. Home sits privately on 1.22 acres at edge of the woods and opens to pastoral views to mountains. Main level features open living spaces and bonus room with closet . Upper level has two bedrooms plus open loft space. Entertaining 16 x 24 deck extends into woods. Radiant heated floors and on demand water heater keeps the home warm and green. For more click here.

Buyer’s Brief – 005

Hi Folks – Here is a variety of properties Kelly and I have our eye on this week as we warm up. Enjoy! TroyMarket Tour 05 02162014

Asheville Home Story #003

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In this edition of Asheville Home Stories and as part of my exploration of modern homes in Asheville, I wanted to use this platform to explore the “Deck House” by detailing a local example. Prior to reading this you may want to take a moment to review my original post on the Deck House to capture the philosophy and design influences behind these high quality, mid-century styled homes. Even today the company still markets the Deck Houses with the following: Exposed Post and Beam, Rich Natural Woods, Relaxed Elegance, Harmony with Nature.

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This house, registered as Deck House #727, is currently owned by Jeff Crawford, a freelance art director, and Guillermo Rodriquez, a landscape architect at LeisureByDesign.net. The pair was drawn to the cosmopolitan and entertainment quality of the home. The designer details and dramatic lines immediately appealed to their designer senses. It lives like a movie set with great flow and visibility from space to space and from arrival to the view beyond. 5 Lucky Lane Asheville NC-small-007-Living Room-666x443-72dpi

Shown below are the plans to Model 7127 from which their home was based. The upper level is identical to the one shown with the exception of being flipped. The lower level bedrooms were omitted to allow for a spacious garage. However, the area noted as Heater Storage Laundry was built out as the home’s fourth bedroom, laundry and lower bathroom.5-Lucky_Model-7127-plans

As conceived the homes were systemized, packaged and shipped to help keep costs down, but were designed with a depth of quality in terms or space planning and materials. The architectural richness is evident upon entry. The front door, along with all the exterior doors are solid core Mahogany set within a mahogany frame and architectural grade European style, brushed chrome, lever handles, lockset and dead bolt. I know the last time I exited the home I found myself studying and running my hands over the screen door — admiring the hand crafted quality. My mind wandered to the feel of a vintage, luxury wooden boat. All full glass doors are bronze finish to match with insulating tempered glass. Interestingly enough the Deck House company exists today and you can still order replacements for all windows and doors. How comforting is that?Untitled-1

The quality wood and mahogany is carried throughout many areas of the home including the framing of the screened porch, interior and exterior window sashes, stair risers, handrails and even the baseboards. The interior doors are hung in mahogany sashes while the interior doors are made with oriental ash. The ceilings and window walls are a blend of mahogany millwork, cedar decking and Douglas fir beams.5 Lucky Lane Asheville NC-small-012-Sun Porch-666x443-72dpi

Originally, the home was built with sound deadening insulation between the public and private spaces. Guillo and Jeff further enhanced that by installing cork flooring in the bedrooms to help soften the atmosphere of the bedrooms while enhancing the mid-century and natural feel of the home.5 Lucky Lane Asheville NC-small-015-Bedroom-666x443-72dpi

The warm materials through out this livable home mask the mechanical richness which includes all copper plumbing. There are a variety of heating systems including both passive and active solar, in floor radiant heat throughout much of the home and six mini-splits to further tailor the distribution of both heating and cooling. The efficiency of the home has been furthered by On Demand gas, hot water heaters. For emergencies there is a back up generator to keep the entire house up and running. And for pure luxury all bathrooms have been outfitted with heated towel holders. Keeping this cool home warm and cozy is a breeze. 5 Lucky Lane Asheville NC-small-018-Bathroom-666x443-72dpi

As with all homes the kitchen becomes the heart. Guillo and Jeff were very selective in crafting a new kitchen that sets the tone for both the entertainment quality and the modern elegance of the home. They started by selecting a custom Scavolini kitchen to enhance the clean lines of the architecture. Maintaining the European quality they added a Fagor gas stove top, Fagor Dishwasher, Kuppersusch Convection Oven and Dacor refrigerator/freezer. The kitchen is topped off by warm, natural granite counter tops.5 Lucky Lane Asheville NC-small-010-Kitchen-666x443-72dpi

Externally, the house was sited and landscaped by renown architect Doan Ogden. Guillo and Jeff have the original hand drawn plans hanging on the wall of the home. One can immediately tell that the house wasn’t just plopped down on the side of a hill developer style, but Doan was mindful of making the home both easy to access and making it an experience that unfolds and reveals itself slowly from beginning approach to the final expansive view beyond whether walking through the house or around it.IMG_2062

Guillermo, being a skilled landscape designer himself, is very aware of the arrival sequences and worked to both thoughtfully edit and enhance the experience from outside to in — to outside again.

Overall, the mindfulness that went into the layout of both the house and the land over time creates expansive breathing room and an uninhibited stage for…well…the magic of living there. This magic is felt through witnessing the light penetrating deep into the house during the low winter sun, the marriage between indoors and out, fire blazing in the natural stone hearth opposite the cold snow, basking in the sunny warmth of the solarium on a winter day, fireworks and fireflies from the terrace Guillo designed, thunderstorms from the screened porch, the glowing and flowing quality of the home during festive parties, the view when they wake up and the view when they go to sleep.


In terms of being in “Harmony with Nature” and providing for a “Relaxed Elegance” this Deck House walks the talk.  Jeff and Guillo have maintained and furthered this story through their own modifications. They get it. 5 Lucky Lane Asheville NC-small-003-Side with View-666x445-72dpi

I know many clients who would like to import designer, kit homes that we all see on Dwell and Houzz today. I, too, get stirred by the notion. Here we have a quality, architectural home that is just that. However, this home has also been graced by time, matured into its environment and enhanced by both life and experience. It is a designer blend of yesterday and today setting a rich stage for not only living comfortably, but for living…period.



Buyer’s Brief – 004

Kelly and I were able to tour six condos for sale in the Battery Park building yesterday. Here are our top three in terms of styling, floor plans and views. Market Tour 020714

FOR SALE: 34 Saunooke Rd.

Saunooke MainPrice: $549,000

Size: 2779 sqft

Amenities: 3 Bed + 3 Bath + Views + Acreage

Kelly and I are looking forward to touring this property. I love the integrated mix of vintage with mid-century elements that give it a layered sense of history and home. The clerestory windows bring in a wonderful light and an interesting asymmetry to the main living spaces. Comp

Here is how the listing agent describes it,”Enjoy the privacy, the views and almost 23 acres less than 10 minutes to downtown. This quaint 1930’s cabin was added on to in the late 70’s with a magnificent wood buying fireplace, 2 master suites, double detached garage with workshop and office, private quest quarters downstairs in walk out basement, tons of land for gardening with mature fruit trees.Saunooke Last

For information on other architecturally interesting properties for sale, both modern and vintage, give Kelly or myself a call. Thanks.

FOR SALE: 111 Robinhood Rd.

Robinhood MainSALE PRICE: $1,250,000

SIZE: 3283 sqft

AMENITIES: 3 Beds + 3.5 Baths + Views

Buyers wanted for this contemporary home on one of my favorite streets in Sherwood Heights just north of Lakeview Park. Robinhood Rd. has many homes on it with great views of downtown and convenient to all North Asheville amenities.

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Here is how the listing agent describes the property – this home was completely remodeled (taken down to the studs) in 2008. The home has long-range, year 548055round views of downtown Asheville and the mountains beyond, an open floor plan, state of the art gourmet kitchen, many custom built-ins, large deck with retractable awning, and a low-maintenance yard.

For more information on this North Asheville home or building lots in this area please give myself or Kelly a call. Thanks!

FOR SALE: 14 Crowningway Drive

IS28zsm5f7xz1fPrice: $975,000

Size: 2,800 sqft

Features: 3 Beds + 3 Baths + View

Buyers wanted for this 1966 contemporary home in my dream neighborhood, Sunset Summit, off of Town Mountain Road. The neighborhood sits above downtown offering expansive views from an assortment of cool mid-century homes.

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Here is how the listing agent, describes this home, “This Contemporary Style (Mountain Top) Home offers Progressive Architectural features overlooking Asheville with Sunrise and Sunsets. This Unique Modern Home has been completely renovated / restored to its original grandeur to include 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths on a split floor plan with 2 master suites. The main upper level has 2800 Sq. Ft. with an open floor plan perfect for entertaining. All rooms offer access to an expansive deck with full views and an amazing view of city night lights. Downstairs there is a 1600 Sq. Ft. walkout basement with full glass windows and doors. This home is located 1.5 miles up Town Mountain from vibrant downtown Asheville on Top of Sunset Mountain in the Exclusive neighborhood of the Governors Western Residence and the Grove Park Inn.”

Give Kelly or myself a call for a tour of this home and great neighborhood.

SOLD: 46 Audubon Drive

l8e344744-m0xSale Price: $325,000

Size: 2,763 Sqft

Amenities: 4 Bed + 3 Bath + View

I was just driving my design partner through this obscure North Asheville neighborhood this week to show him the few mid-century standouts – some with views. Town and Country Estates is located just across the 26 in the North Asheville and Woodfin area with convenient access to the highway. However, the neighborhood winds up its own hill and offers privacy and views from many lots. This was one of the houses we stopped to appreciate on our drive.

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Here is how the listing agent describes this mid-century view property – Location & views! Meticulous california tri-level with year round views just 3 minutes from highway, but on a quiet, low traffic street. 5 minutes from grocery, restaurants & easy access to schools. Open feel with huge living room, dining with cathedral ceiling & family room with fireplace opening to deck with great hot tub. Updated kitchen with new stainless appliances & updated baths. Large master with private deck. New lifetime metal roof too.

For more information or a tour please contact me and my team.

FOR SALE: 6 Waverly Ct.

6 Waverly Ct Asheville NC-small-001-Front-666x443-72dpiMLS: 535519

Price: $269,900

Size: 2065 soft

Features: 2 Bed, 2 Bath, In-law Suite + View

Look at the curb appeal on this sweet little ranch on one of my favorite view streets in Beverly Hills. If you don’t grab this one – I will!

Here is how our ranch expert, realtor Carol Marin, describes her latest listing. “Beverly Hills mid-century offering many living possibilities! Charming main level w/hardwoods, 2 bedrooms, fireplace & deck. Full in-law suite downstairs w/family rm, bedrm, kitchen, bath & patio. Spectacular backyard, site of several weddings, w/gorgeous mountain views & perennials galore! Plenty of gardening space, greenhouse & outbuilding. New roof. Downstairs space has been rented in past. Convenient to downtown, shopping & Biltmore Village.”

For a tour click here.


Brickstack + Bellwhether = Asheville-styled Modern Ranch

DSC_0018Recently, I was able to connect with Scott Huebner of Brickstack A + D . Scott was brought in by Bellwether Builders to pull together the design vision for this ranch home expansion in the Grove Park Inn neighborhood of North Asheville. During the time of construction it was right around the corner from me so I was able to watch the progression and get occasional tours from Brad Rice of Bellwhether builders.

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The progressive owner’s looked to Scott to guide the home back to its more modern roots. Through discovery it was found the house had been remodeled at least twice, disguising some of the more modern and horizontal lines remaining only in the fireplace and large picture windows on back of the house. In the process the home gained 2500 sqft of indoor and outdoor living space + garage to accomodate the client’s growing family. The other criteria was that it be “fun” for their children. Overall, Scott thought the collaborative process between client and designer was synchronistic allowing for a cohesive team vision and construction.

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From my perspective the design is a thoughtful balance between the original mid-century atomic ranch and today’s northwest modernism making use of earthy lines and materials. It seems to me a very Asheville appropriate ranch aesthetic and, overall, a successful investment given the neighborhood and view location. Great job to all involved.

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Yes – I’ll say it again. We have well established, ranch neighborhoods here in  great locations. They are worthy of exploration for creating a modern lifestyle in Asheville. Take along a designer and work it out like Scott did.

SOLD: 11 Beaverbrook Rd.

First BeaverbrookSale Price: $617,500

Size: 3115 SQFT

Features: 4 Beds + 3.5 Baths + View

Beaverbrook is a wonderful and wandering, hillside street on top of Lakeview Park. Developed in the 50’s and 60’s, there are significant ranch homes, a few seriously atomic, that offer simple living in a great location provided you have the right vision. Mike Barton saw that in expertly recreating this home for himself. From a 50’s ranch he carved out a clean and light filled home with great volume and comfortable flow. From my experience, it is a house that steps back, opens up and let’s you live your life the way you want to. It is not just sophisticated in its styling, but in the mindful editing to do more with less. Just the way I like it.


A few details I liked most: The cool front door. The sleek kitchen cabinetry with quartz countertops. Large floor to ceiling pocket doors to every room. Room expanding private patios off bedrooms for California style living.  A well lit master closet where you can both view everything at your fingertips and can host a dance party.

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Listing agent, Clary McCall, describes it – “Totally remodeled contemporary home in desirable Lakeview Park. This 4/3.5 has a huge master bedroom suite and closet. Tons of updates to include all new Bosch chef’s kitchen with quartz countertops, luxury baths, designer paints, hardwoods, porcelain tiles, etc. Other updates include total electrical, plumbing, roof, gutters, HVAC and more. Gas fireplace in living room. Great downstairs inlaw suite or office. Nice downtown views.”

For a more complete visual tour click here.

I couldn’t end without reminding you that simple and modern style living in Asheville can be accomplished by starting with one of our many ranch homes. There is an abundance in wonderful neighborhoods such as Lakeview Park waiting to fulfill their more modernist destiny with thoughtful design guidance. Take a drive and see for yourself or allow me to arrange a tour.

SOLD: 661 Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy

Sale Price: $1,610,000

Size: 3516 sqft

Amenities: 4 Beds + 3.5 Baths + View

Great to see that this house recently sold up at Ciel this year. Below is from a past article I had written on it in 2011.

The Bower House

The Bower House is in punch list phase of completion and I was fortunate enough to get a little tour yesterday from the listing agent. The 3516 sq/ft. home encompasses 4 bedrooms and 3.5 Baths and is currently listed at $1,595,000. Overall, the two things I like the most about this speculative designer home is the scale and the way it sits on the lot. Hunter Paul Coffey of Blowing Rock designed the contemporary home and is savvy to dramatic mountain settings. The house comfortably takes advantage of both the slope and the dramatic view, offering some indoor/outdoor living options including a retractable wall that slides open to allow for an additional outdoor living room with fireplace.

Interior Designer, Talli Roberts, chose interior materials that warmly blended the mountain and modern aesthetic. Constructed by Cottonwood, it is a very solid, livable mountain home that blends with its mountain environment without overstating itself and wisely bucks the trend of massive living spaces. I think its a high quality home for this moment that will only get better with age and patina.