If you have ever followed Rick and I around on social media you will not be surprised to hear that Asheville, North Carolina is one of our favorite get away spots. We have a special bond with the Blue Ridge Mountains and several of our all time favorite restaurants, antique shops, galleries and hotels are located there. But all of that is for another blog, at another time.
Of course everyone is familiar with the famous tourist attraction (and largest privately owned estate) built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in the late 1800’s. Nothing is more fascinating in life to me than great achievements in architecture, especially during the Gilded Age. Again, another blog for another time
From a recent trip during Christmas / Dining Room at Biltmore Estate.
But what you may not know about Asheville is that in 1916 there was a epic flood that damaged not only the Biltmore Estate, but neighboring Biltmore Village. The flood resulted a very smart man by the name of Junius Adams to be requested to do a survey after said flood and his report came back stating that 1500 acres of Biltmore Estate wasn’t very productive and was bringing nothing but tax burden to the Biltmore Estate. Solution? Declare this area strictly residential and sell off lots ranging between 3 to 5 acres for a mere starting price of $5,000.00 with promise to build homes ranging between $7,500.00 to $25,000.00. The Town of Biltmore Forest was officially chartered in 1923.
Last fall Rick and I happen to get stuck at the Grand Bohemian during a snow storm. I know, horrible right? I got a bit of cabin fever and took off for a quick walk in the snow. That’s when I stumbled onto Biltmore Forest. Of course it’s beautiful in the snow. But the word charming pales in comparison to the character of this community.
It’s got it all folks, the Country Club, two gorgeous public parks, superb police department and public works and in 1990 the town became eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Because of the brilliant planning of this town in it’s initial stages the conservation is prevalent in not only the community itself through strict zoning and ordinance, but in the landscaping and most importantly, the architecture. This place is a dream for anyone who loves Georgian, Craftsman, Tudor and Colonial revival. And while I cannot personally take you through the winding, gentle hills of the town chocked full of absolutely gorgeous homes tucked in among North Carolina’s native cedars, oaks and rhododendrons galore, I can show you the current homes for sale. (I thought I may get arrested and truly be charge with house stalking if I were to take photos myself.) Biltmore Forest today is home to some of the largest estates and is one of the wealthiest towns in the country.
For more on the history of Biltmore Forest , watch this adorable video below.
I love getting a notification from Zillow when a new house comes on the market in 28803!
Below is a sampling of my current favorites. I found one for just about every decade. All available through Beverly – Hanks realtors and all available for interior design services through yours truly.
Let’s start with the oldies, but goldies. Click address to follow links to listings.
Nothing feels more grand than pulling up to a historic Georgian home! The red brick and white columns get me everytime. They always feel very nostalgic and very much like a family home, easy to fall in love with at first sight.
Stats: $3,175,000.00 / Georgian, Built 1928 / 3+ acres / 7,569 sq ft / 6 Bedroom, 6.5 Bath / Favorite Room: Den
Check out the garden out back! Reminds me of Colonial Williamsburg!!
Stats: $1,875,000.00 / Tudor, Built 1927 / 1.77 acres / 5,831 sq ft / 6 Bedroom, 7.5 Bath / Favorite Room: Sunroom
OH, and it comes with a small charming cabin . Heaven!
Stats: $1,722,000.00 / Colonial, Built 1929 / 1 acre / 4,621 sq ft / 5 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath / Favorite Room: Entry
See what I mean about the natural landscape?!
Stats: $1,260,000.00 / Tudor, Built 1941 / 1.11 acre / 3,923 sq ft / 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath / Favorite Room: Study
Stats: $1,850,000.00 / Traditional, Built 1962 / 1.21 acre / 6,689 sq ft / 4 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath / Favorite Room: Sitting Room
Check out these front doors!
Ok, hear me out on this one. It’s two houses in one! And yes it is stuck in retro land!! And yes it needs a ton of renovation!!! And yes that is a loft in the cottage!!!! But it is a steal!!!!! Fabulous location and great bones with great potential.
Stats: $675,000.00 / Retro, Built 1977 / 1.05 acre / 3,255 sq ft / 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath / Favorite Room: Kitchen!
Designed and built by the owner (who is an architect) this one is not just for anyone. But it is spectacular!!
Full of angles, wood accents, panels, and ceiling details, it is Bauhaus inspired interiors and a mountain house exterior. It has a viewing tower. Check it out!!
Stats: $899,000.00 / Contemporary, Built 1992 / 1.82 acre / 2,999 sq ft / 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath / Favorite Room: Upstairs Sitting Room
Unique way to open your stair well and incorporate custom wood elements.
In no way does this home look like it was built in 2007! This French Provincial new construction blends in seamlessly with the surrounding older homes.
Stats: $2,650,000.00 / French Provincial, Built 2007 / .85 acre / 6,031 sq ft / 5 Bedroom, 7 Bath / Favorite Room: Master Closet
Because every home should have a room dedicated to art!
Our youngest home of the bunch, a modest Tudor is just on the other side of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Don’t worry, here you are still considered Biltmore Forest. And for all of our hiking fanatics, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is basically in your front yard!!
Stats: $1,095,000.00 / Tudor, Built 2014 / .69 acre / 2,630 sq ft / 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath / Favorite Room: Screened In Porch
And last, but definitely not the least, a tastefully done sprawling 16,000 square foot French Chateau complete with, wine tasting room, home theater, card room, two-story dining room, Roman bath and 5 kitchens. Just five, that’s all. I would say there is no mistake that the person who built this property chose Biltmore Forest as it’s home!
Stats: $10,750,000.00 / French, Built 2006 / 1.99 acre / 16,221 sq ft / 5 Bedroom, 7.5 Bath / Favorite Room: Too Many To List
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Where are some of your favorite neighborhoods and towns with spectacular homes? We would love to hear about them!