Friday, August 28, 2015

Asheville's Top 5 Most Expensive Listings for 2015

Asheville's Top 5 Most Expensive Listings for 2015

We have seen a lot of blogs and articles showing the most expensive listings in every state in the U.S. Yes! All of those listings are absolutely gorgeous, spacious and luxurious. On the other hand, some homes were built in a more whimsical style and had been carefully crafted by an artisan.

My curiosity took me to all the news, articles, and everything about Asheville. But, one thing got stuck in my head; and that is how gorgeous the houses are in Asheville. This is absolutely the place if you want the European setting and still live in the U.S.

I came up with the list of  the Top 5 Expensive Home's in Asheville. Most of the of the photo credits goes to Dwell Realty Group's website and

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed compiling this  list of homes! Here is, Asheville's Top 5 Most Expensive Listings:

1. $10,750,000 -   24 Browntown Rd, Biltmore Forest, NC 28803

You can have this elegant French chateau for just $10,570,000! What makes this property very special is that this property had been constructed using a 3" thick lime stone. Impressive right?
 Also, this property comes with 5 beds, 7 baths, and 16,221 sqft. Comes with complete Roman Spa, entertainment area with card room, kitchen, pool, wine tasting room and theater entertain guests and owners regally. Formal rooms abound including a very special oak bar.

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2. $4,979,000 - 193 Stratford Rd, Asheville, NC 28804

Stratford Towers-an exquisite brick English Manor home inside Lakeview Park. Constructed in 1925 and designed by renowned North Carolina architect S. Grant Alexander (1875-1953), this grand estate was one of two homes original to Lakeview Park.  This Historical home had been renovated and comes with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 7,640 sqft. 

Solid oak flooring, wainscoting, mill-work, and accents are present throughout this 7,000+ square foot home. The formal entry is graced by 20' ceilings and an original chandelier that is suspended over the grand staircase and surrounding balcony. Connected to the formal entry by oak French doors, the bright front parlor features intricate mill-work and a wood burning fireplace. See more at

3.  $3,800,000 - 1 Forest Rd, Asheville, NC 28803

3-story Old World Normandy-style home designed by Griffin Architects on secluded knoll near Biltmore Estate. Built in 2010 to highest standards in architecture, technology & comfort with space & intelligence that cater to 21st C. needs. Comes with 5 beds, 6 baths and 8,224 sqft
Generous main floor w/terrace lives & entertains w/ ease; expand to lower & upper floors for recreation & guests.  See more at

4. $3,250,000 - 50 Glendale Rd, Asheville, NC 28804

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This grand historical home has been completely restored while retaining the original architectural details of Henry Gaines. Comes with 4 bed, 5 baths, and 7,580 sqft. Beautiful finishes, great floor plan, private,wrought iron gated entrance and fence are only the beginning of the list of features. Detached three bay garage w/2 bedroom guest house has also been completely remodeled. See more at


5. $2,780,000 - 678 Altamont Vw, Asheville, NC 28804

Partially finished 2,500+sq.ft. on lower level. If completed would add up to 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, & an entertainment room.Quality custom built English Manor Style Home on quiet cul-de-sac. Panoramic views. Only 10 minutes to downtown Asheville. Custom Oak Pub Room with a private entrance for hosting family & friends. Ironwood deck with fire-pit & grill. 3 car garage and a lift for 4th. See more at


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Asheville’s 1-2-3 Graffiti Free Program Runs Through September 30 2015

Asheville’s 1-2-3 Graffiti Free Program Runs Through 

September 30


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Funding grants for the City of Asheville’s 1-2-3 Graffiti Free initiative continue through Sept. 30. After that date, the City’s removal assistance program will be discontinued.
Starting in July 2014, the City began the 1-2-3 Graffiti Free removal assistance program aimed at providing a comprehensive approach to tackling graffiti. Designed to be a 90-day intensive cleanup, City Council in September 2014 voted to extend the program through Sept. 30, 2015.
So far, 381 Notices to Remove Graffiti have been sent to the property owners. Already 93% of those property owners have complied and cleaned up their properties. Of those 381 notices, 23 were sent recently and those property owners are still within the grace period for graffiti removal.
The City has spent $78,323 on graffiti removal, according to Vicky Haskell, Graffiti Special Projects Coordinator. That money was paid to contractors who did the removal.


Asheville, NC's Market Trend as of AUGUST 21, 2015

 Asheville, NC's Market Trend as of AUGUST 21, 2015

As we approach the end of August and enter the "Ber" months of the year, we would like to give you a quick update on the current real estate market status in Asheville, NC

The information that we will be providing you may or may not be accurate and was last updated August 21, 2015. If you would like a more custom and accurate report, feel free to reach out to our team to request for a FREE Custom Home Valuation Report.
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Current Price Trend in Asheville, Nc:

 The median single family home price as of August 21 2015 for Asheville, NC is $344,388.


Current Sales and Demand Trend in Asheville, Nc:

 The average property in Asheville as of August 21 2015 has been on the market for about 133 days. 


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

U.S. Climate Organization Selects Asheville for NationalOffice

U.S. Climate Organization Selects Asheville

 for National Office

Beach Valey Federal Building, Asheville, NC
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In conjunction with the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), the American aAssociation of State Climatologists (AASC) announced today it will locate the organization’s headquarters and first full-time executive director in Asheville, N.C. The AASC supports the development of science-based climate services that assist in climate-related decisions for the public and private sectors, from community planning to business resiliency and risk mitigation.
The AASC has selected its new Executive Director, Lieutenant-Colonel Glenn Kerr (retired), former commander of the 14th Weather Squadron of the U.S. Air Force.  Kerr has served in diverse weather and climate-related capacities for the USAF for more than 20 years and holds a Master’s degree in Meteorology.
“The Executive Committee of the AASC felt very strongly that the concentration of climate related activities, including the presence of the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites – North Carolina (CICS-NC), UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC), and a nexus of private-sector climate related interests make Asheville the premier location for AASC’s national office,” said Dan Leathers, AASC President. “We are thrilled to be located in Asheville.”
The Association joins a growing cluster of private sector technical and professional businesses located proximate to the federally funded NCEI Headquarters (formerly NCDC).  Based in Asheville since 1951, today the data center employs nearly 400 scientists, technologists and analysts, including 16 Nobel Laureates. As a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NCEI hosts and provides public access to one of the most significant environmental data archives on Earth, with over 20 petabytes of climate, weather, atmospheric, coastal, oceanic, and geophysical data.
"Having AASC’s Executive Office in Asheville will build even stronger relationships and collaborations between the climate data and scientifically informed decision making on climate resilience,” said Michael Tanner, Director, Center for Weather and Climate at NOAA NCEI.
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Asheville's Greatest Architectural Finds

Asheville's Greatest Architectural Finds

In the 1540's, the first European visitors came to Asheville.  Asheville was used as their hunting grounds until the middle of 19th Century. Their presence in Asheville greatly influenced the architecture of the most prized and valued buildings that we have right now.

Knowing Asheville's history and all the hardships that the city had gone through makes me feel proud and feel a great amount love for this amazing city. I know it wasn't a good time for everyone during the great depression, but we were able to survive the hardships and what we went through wasn't for nothing.

I was going through pictures and cannot help but admire the intricate details of the buildings, how they stood the test of time and them being part of history. These architectural designs are an absolute work of art. Perfectly preserved for everyone to see and for some lucky residents, they go to work there. If only buildings can talk, they will provide us a detailed story of the past and recent ones. I wonder how it feels to work in a functional and historical building... Maybe I am just an old soul who loves art.

Enough of what I think or what I feel about Asheville's architecture. Here are the list Asheville's Greatest Architectural Finds.

1. Art deco, Asheville's City Hall

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The Asheville City Building is a colorful, massive and eclectic Art Deco masterpiece. Douglas D. Ellington, an architect who came to Asheville in the mid-1920s, designed the eight-story building, which was completed in 1928. Originally proposed as part of a joint City-County Plaza development, the City Hall represents the progressive aspirations of the city in the 1920s. City officials proceeded with Ellington's design even though municipal and county officials failed to agree on a common architect and mode of design. Ellington designed other Asheville landmarks including First Baptist Church, Asheville High School, and the S & W Cafeteria. Ellington stated that the design was "an evolution of the desire that the contours of the building should reflect the mountain background," referring to the amazing scenery that surrounds Asheville and serves as the backdrop of City Hall. -  

2.  Pack Squre

The public square has been a central feature of Asheville since the town's creation in 1797. The county court ordered that lands for a public square be procured in the "most convenient and interesting" place. Lying at the intersection of ancient trading paths, the site chosen encompassed the important existing public and commercial buildings of the young town and established, in essence, a focal point for Asheville's future growth.The city as a whole and the square in particular benefited from the generosity of George W. Pack, who offered property for a new courthouse on the condition that the former site become part of the public square and donated two-thirds of the cost for a monument to Buncombe County native and Civil War governor Zebulon Baird Vance. Local architect Richard Sharp Smith designed the Vance Monument, erected in 1896. The new courthouse (no longer standing) was completed in 1903, and in an expression of civic gratitude, municipal authorities renamed the newly enlarged square in Pack's honor.  Pack Square has evolved and expanded over the years, yet still remains the symbolic center of Asheville. -Source:

 3.  First Baptist Church

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Completed in 1927, with later additions, is the building that brought Douglas Ellington to Asheville. Ellington designed the church in Beaux Arts and Renaissance styles with distinctive Art Deco ornamentation. The octagonal building of marble and brick has a massive two-story entrance with six brick columns, topped by a large tiled dome with a copper cupola. The sanctuary is a large, circular auditorium seating 2,000 on two levels. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

5. All Souls Episcopal Cathedral 

All Souls was built by railroad baron George Washington Vanderbilt II in 1896 to serve as the local parish church for Biltmore Village, which had been developed near his Biltmore Estate

The Right Reverend G. Porter Taylor is the current bishop seated at the cathedral.
The church was established in 1896 as a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. It is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Church and Parish Hall were commissioned by George Vanderbilt and designed by Richard Morris Hunt, the architect of Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate.

The chancel organ was installed by the Casavant Frères organ company of Canada in 1971. The Cathedral of All Souls was designated as the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina on January 1, 1995. The Right Reverend G. Porter Taylor is the current bishop.

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6. Drhumor Building

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The Drhumor (pronounced "drummer") Building purportedly is the oldest standing commercial building in downtown Asheville. It was built in 1895 by William J. Cocke, an attorney who studied at the University of North Carolina and at Harvard. The building was named for the ancestral Irish island of Cocke's Scots-Irish grandfather and rests on the land where Mr. Cocke's childhood home and birthplace once stood. Architect Allen L. Melton designed the grand Romanesque Revival building, and Biltmore Estate English stone carver Frederic Miles was commissioned to carve the limestone frieze above the first-floor exterior.  -


7.  Grove Arcade

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“It is generally conceded that the Arcade Building would do justice to a city many times the size of Asheville. It is by far the finest structure in the South and there are few, if any, finer in the entire country.”

— E.W. Grove, 1927
The Grove Arcade was the grand dream of E.W. Grove, a self-made millionaire who moved to Asheville in 1910. By 1915, he had completed the Grove Park Inn and become involved in other civic projects. Grove understood that a successful city needed a vibrant downtown. In the early 1920’s, he began plans to build an elegant new building to enliven the downtown of the city he had come to love. He conceived of the Arcade as “the most elegant building in America”—and as a new kind of retail center. Architect Charles N. Parker designed the Arcade, which was originally envisioned as a 5-story base with a 14-story tower, filled with shops, offices, and living spaces.

Grove died in 1927, two years before the building was completed. Only the base was built, yet at 269,000 square-feet, it was by far, the largest building in the region. When the Arcade opened in 1929, it quickly became home to a fine collection of local shops and services. Tenants included candy and cigar stores, a haberdashery, a public stenography office, fruit stands, millinery shops, beauty parlors and barbershops, a photography center, bookstalls and specialty groceries. Offices filled the upper floors. For 13 years, the Arcade was the center of commercial and civic life in Western North Carolina.
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8. The Buncombe County Courthouse

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Asheville's courthouse, completed in 1928, is one of the most extravagant courthouses in North Carolina. In 1792, after its founding, Buncombe County built its first courthouse in what was then known as Morristown, renamed Asheville in 1797. Several log and brick courthouses were constructed during the 19th century including substantial buildings of 1877 and 1903. By 1923, with the rapid growth of the county and Asheville, county court officials proclaimed that a new courthouse was "imperative and essential."

The Courthouse is Milburn's most opulently finished public building. The building's complex setbacks, window groupings and overlay of Neo-Classical Revival ornamentation result in a distinctive building from this period, when courthouses were characterized by simple massing and conservative classical elements. The interior lobby contains a sweeping marble staircase, bronze and glass screens, a coffered ceiling with ornate plasterwork and a mosaic tile floor that echoes the ceiling's tones. The lobby is one of the best-preserved and most elegant Neo-Classical interiors in the state. - source:

9.   Basilica of St. Lawrence 

Rafael Guastavino (1842-1908), an architect and builder of Spanish origin, came to Asheville to work on the Biltmore House in the mid-1890s. The Spanish Renaissance Revival style Church of St. Lawrence contains no beams of wood or steel in the entire building; all walls, floors, ceilings, and pillars are of tile or other masonry materials. 

The center dome, which has a clear span of 58 by 82 feet, is reputed to be the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America. The roof is tile with a copper covering. Special interior features of the basilica include a Spanish woodcarving dating from the mid-17th century that represents Jesus, Mary, and St. John at the Crucifixion; a 17th-century painting of "The Visitation" by Massimo Stanzione; stained glass windows taken from the church building formerly on this site; and 10 semicircular windows made in Munich, Germany, which depict scenes from the life of Jesus. 

 10. Biltmore Estate


In the 1880s, at the height of the Gilded Age, George Washington Vanderbilt, youngest son of William Henry Vanderbilt, began to make regular visits with his mother, Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821–1896), to the Asheville, North Carolina, area. He loved the scenery and climate so much that he decided to create his own summer estate in the area, which he called his "little mountain escape," just as his older brothers and sisters had built opulent summer houses in places such as Newport, Rhode Island, and Hyde Park, New York. Vanderbilt named his estate Biltmore derived from "Bildt," Vanderbilt's ancestors' place of origin in Holland, and "More," Anglo-Saxon for open, rolling land.

The Biltmore Estate (c. 1900) Construction of the house began in 1889 and continued well into 1896. In order to facilitate such a large project, a woodworking factory and brick kiln, which produced 32,000 bricks a day, were built onsite, and a three mile railroad spur was constructed to bring materials to the building site. Construction on the main house required the labor of well over 1,000 workers and 60 stonemasons. Construction on the main house required the labor of well over 1,000 workers and 60 stonemasons. George Vanderbilt engaged two of the most distinguished designers of the 19th century: architect Richard Morris Hunt (1828-1895) and landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) Vanderbilt went on extensive buying-trips overseas as construction on the house was in progress.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Asheville's Origin, The Civil War and The Nationwide Recognition

Asheville's Origin, The Civil War and The Nationwide Recognition

Where do I start with Asheville? Just thinking about this city opens up a lot of great topics! Asheville have a rich history, arts, theater, food, beer and so much more!

Some of the most watched films like Dirty Dancing, Last of the Mohicans,  Richie Rich, Forrest Gump,  Patch Adams, and The Hunger Games were partially filmed in Asheville.

Before its Nationwide recognition, Asheville had gone through and endured a lot of hardships. Thus, giving them a diverse past and became the key for Asheville's success: in fact the reason Asheville has so many wonderful art deco buildings is because it was so poor people could not afford to tare them down thus preserving them to last. Here is a brief history of Asheville.

Asheville, North Carolina

It is the largest city in Western North Carolina, and the 11th largest city in North Carolina and quite progressive.

It is home to the  United States National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the world's largest active archive of weather data.

County: Buncombe

Population: 87,236 (as of 2013)

Climate: Subtropical Climate

A mountain city at 2100 feet rising to 3500 feet

Ashville's Origin

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Before the arrival of the Europeans, the land where Asheville now exists lay within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation. The area was used as an open hunting ground until the middle of the 19th century. The history of Asheville, as a town, began in 1784. In that year, Colonel Samuel Davidson and his family settled in the Swannanoa Valley, redeeming a soldier's land grant from the state of North Carolina. Soon after building a log cabin at the bank of Christian Creek, Davidson was lured into the woods by a band of Cherokee hunters and killed. Davidson's wife, child and female slave fled on foot overnight to Davidson's Fort (named after Davidson's father General John Davidson) 16 miles away.
In response to the killing, Davidson's twin brother Major William Davidson and brother-in-law Colonel Daniel Smith formed an expedition to retrieve Samuel Davidson's body and avenge his murder. Months after the expedition, Major Davidson and other members of his extended family returned to the area and settled at the mouth of Bee Tree Creek.


The Civil War

Asheville, with a population of approximately 2,500 by 1861, remained relatively untouched by the Civil War, but contributed a number of soldiers to the Confederate States Army, and a substantially smaller number of soldiers to the Union.For a short time, the Enfield Rifle Manufacturing facility was located in the town. The war came to Asheville as an afterthought, when the "Battle of Asheville" was fought in early April 1865 at the present-day site of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In late April 1865 troops under the command of Union General. Stoneman captured Asheville. Known as the Stoneman's Raid.  After a negotiated departure, the troops nevertheless subsequently returned and plundered and burned a number of Confederate supporters' homes in Asheville.

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Asheville experienced a slow but steady growth as industrial plants increased in number and size, and new residents built homes. Textile mills were established and plants were set up for the manufacture of wood and mica products, foodstuffs, and other commodities.

The Great Depression

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The Great Depression, the period of Asheville's history made world-famous by the novel Look Homeward, Angel,( Thomas Wolfe) hit Asheville quite hard. On November 20, 1930, eight local banks failed. Only Wachovia remained open with infusions of cash from Winston-Salem. Because of the explosive growth of the previous decades, the per capita debt owed by the city (through municipal bonds) was the highest in the nation.
By 1929, both the city and Buncombe County had incurred over $56 million in bonded debt to pay for a wide range of municipal and infrastructure improvements, including City Hall, the water system, Beaucatcher Tunnel, and Asheville High School. Rather than apply to default, the city paid those debts over a period of fifty years. From the start of the depression through the 1980s, economic growth in Asheville was slow. During this time of financial stagnation, most of the buildings in the downtown district remained unaltered- boarded up and preserved. That is why Asheville has one of the most impressive, comprehensive collections of Art Deco architecture in the United States, short of Miami.

  The Nationwide recognition

Asheville is listed  on almost all top 10 lists for a variety of things:

Asheville is listed  on almost all top 10 lists for a variety of things:

"A New Age Mecca" (CBS News' Eye On America, 1996)

"New FreakCapital of the U.S." (Rolling Stone, 2000)

"The 50 Most Alive Places To Be" (Modern Maturity, 2000)

The "Happiest City for Women" (Self, 2002)

One of the "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life" (AARP Magazine, 2003)

One of the "Best Outside Towns" (Outside Magazine, 2006)

One of the "Top Seven Places to Live in the U.S." (Frommer's, 2007)

One of the "10 Most Beautiful Places in America" (Good Morning America, 2011)

One of the "25 Best Places for Business and Careers" (Forbes, 2012)

One of "20 Great Cities For Writers" (Flavorwire, 2013)

Asheville has been listed as one of the "Top 25 Small Cities for Art" in AmericanStyle magazine's annual list from 2000 to 2012.

Reigned the champion "Beer City USA" each year from 2009 to 2012. No sporting over 20 micro- breweries dotting the downtown, with major brands like New Belgium Brewing Company and The Sierra Nevada.

In his 2008 book, The Geography of Bliss, author Eric Weiner cited Asheville as one of the happiest places in the United States.

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