Historic Homes

HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 Home for Sale

 

HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 homeAsheville, NC -    HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 home will be on the market April 7th.  Asheville real estate firm, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, is excited to announce two weekends of public open houses.  The winner of last year's HGTV Urban Oasis giveaway has decided to sell, and Mosaic Realty is listing the home.  The open house events are located at 17 Russell Street in Asheville.  Doors will be open from 1:00-5:00 pm on April 16th, 17th, 23rd, and 24th.

Last year, the network chose to remodel an existing single-family home in Asheville, a change from its usual new construction and design of apartments in city high-rises.  The nearly 100 year old bungalow in the heart of historic West Asheville that they selected is representative of the city's relaxed and artistic vibe.  

The winner of the giveaway, Crystal Harriman of Washington, has decided to sell the home. "It's a beautiful home, and we love it very much," she says, "We had a hard time leaving it when we were in Asheville, but it would be really hard to uproot our children and our life."

This is a rare opportunity for a new buyer to own a home completely remodeled and designed by the poplar network and an A-List Asheville team, including JAG Construction and Wilson Architects.  The home, located in the heart of the hip and scenic mountain town of Asheville, comes entirely furnished and designed by designer Brian Patrick Flynn. Flynn curated some of the furnishings and art from local artists and antique stores.

HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 Great RoomHGTV utilized the expertise of Mike  Figura, owner and president of Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, to identify a home that was a good fit for the make-over.  Mosaic Realty is a boutique real estate firm that specializes in urban, historic, and green homes in Asheville, North Carolina.  Figura says, "It was an incredible experience being a part of the process by helping find the HGTV Urban Oasis home for 2015.  Now, I am excited to get to list the home for sale and find an owner who appreciates the style and wants to call it home."

Priority for viewing the home will be given to those who reserve a space.  To schedule a time to view the HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 home, please visit http://mymosaicrealty.com/home/17russell/ . Those who have not signed up will be admitted as space allows.  

The home, fully furnished, will be listed for $490,000.  Mosaic Realty will accept sealed bids from potential buyers through the end of April 24th. For additional information on the sale of the HGTV Urban Oasis home, please contact Mike Figura at (828) 707-9556.

 

Historic Hideaway in the Hub of Asheville: Kenilworth Neighborhood

 

Kenilworth Neighborhood Tour from Mosaic Realty on Vimeo.

 

Named after Castle Kenilworth in England, Asheville’s own Kenilworth Neighborhood offers tranquil serenity only minutes from the city’s finest shopping, dining and entertainment.  Nestled between Biltmore Village on the south and downtown Asheville to the north, Kenilworth has long been an prestigious residential district in the Asheville area.

 

A Brief History of Kenilworth

 

As holds true of several Asheville neighborhoods, Kenilworth residences emerged around the presence of a large inn.  James Chiles purchased the Patton Farm and subsequently developed The Kenilworth Inn, a large Tudor Revival building  in 1926.  It is now used as an apartment building and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  To provide recreational opportunities for guests, he created the 19 acre Lake Kenilworth.  Nearly one hundred years later, this lake is still providing a peaceful habitat for wildlife and stunning vistas  for residents.


 

Kenilworth Neighborhood Architecture

 

Having had its heyday in the 1920s, Kenilworth exhibits styles of architecture characteristic of this time period.  Quaint bungalows are nestled within the mature wooded landscape, and Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor, and Prairie gems perch atop the gentle hills.  Increasingly, you will find green infill populating the neighborhood and providing a fantastic opportunity for eco-friendly living.


 

Convenient to Work and Play

 

Kenilworth Neighborhood is located within a few miles of several of the area’s largest employers.  Many medical industry professionals live in Kenilworth due to its proximity to Mission Hospital.  Being located between Biltmore and downtown, it is also an ideal location for tourism industry professionals.

 

In addition to  having its own scenic lake, the neighborhood also has its own park. Kenilworth Park, located in the heart of the neighborhood,  has picnic tables and grills, ballfields and courts, and a playground.  Merely a few minute drive away, you will find yourself in the excitement of downtown Asheville or the quaint serenity of Biltmore Village.

 

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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Explore the Montford Holiday Tour of Homes in Asheville

Montford Neighborhood Holiday Tour

Have you ever driven through Montford neighborhood near downtown Asheville and wondered about the interiors of the stunning and unique homes in this central historic district?  For a glimpse of holiday ambiance reminiscent of turn of the century Asheville, attend the 21st Annual Montford Holiday Tour of Homes.  

On Saturday, December 10th from 1:00-5:00pm, residents of some of Montford Historic District’s most gorgeous homes will be opening their doors and welcoming visitors.

Montford: Historic Architecture

Montford Holiday Tour of HomesThe self-guided tour features eclectic architecture in both lovingly restored and newly constructed homes that honor the historic styles of the turn of the 20th century. Many of the featured homes are located within the National Register Historic District.  Architectural styles in this district include Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Queen Anne, Neoclassical, Colonial Revival and castle-style homes.

This unique Asheville neighborhood is a reflection of a period of tremendous growth and wealth in Asheville.  The homes are colorful and grand in their individuality.  With wide, tree-lined streets, sidewalks, parks, a recreation center, quaint cafes and restaurants and an historic cemetery, you can make a day of the excursion by exploring the neighborhood's many highlights before the tour.

A Fundraiser for Montford Neighborhood

Montford Holiday Tour of HomesThanks to the volunteer time and hospitality of the residents, festive treats and entertainment will be provided.  Tickets are $25 each and include admission, a tour map and information about each of the featured properties.

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Montford Neighborhood Association for neighborhood improvement projects as well as programs for youth at the Montford Recreation Center.

Tickets may be purchased at MontfordTour.com or at the Asheville Visitors Center gift shop.

Mosaic Realty is proud to be sponsoring this event!  For more information on neighborhoods or real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Explore Historic Neighborhoods in Asheville

Montford Colonial Revival

Asheville, North Carolina is lucky to have a number of well-preserved historic districts among its many and varied neighborhoods.  Gorgeous examples of diverse styles of architecture are represented throughout these communities.  Many of them are graced with sidewalks, small businesses, public parks and are desirable for their walkability.

If you are considering buying an historic home for its aesthetic benefits and unmatched architecture, or simply curious about these majestic abodes, take a look the 8 historic neighborhoods featured here.

Historic Kenilworth

KenilworthThis lovely neighborhood sits perched atop some rolling hills just south of downtown Asheville.  Bungalows and other larger homes, mostly built in the 1920s, define the architectural style. There are also some prime examples of Spanish architecture found among the huge hardwoods.

The neighborhood’s location near the hospital, downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village make it convenient for many professionals.  There is also a public park and a small lake with peaceful views nestled in the center of the community.

Montford Historic District

MontfordThis centrally-located neighborhood is just a stone’s throw outside of downtown Asheville.  It had its heyday at the turn of the 20th century with many of the city’s professionals built large and colorful homes along the central corridor of Montford Avenue and its surrounding blocks.  

Today, some of the largest homes are now operating as bed and breakfast establishments, but most are still single family residences.  Homes in architectural styles such as Victorian, Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts and Neoclassical sit majestically overlooking the tree-lined streets.

Beaverdam

BeaverdamThe Beaverdam neighborhood is located in a gorgeous valley to the north of downtown.  The opening of the valley is conveniently located off of Merrimon Avenue, a straight shot into downtown and all of the conveniences it offers.  The back of the valley leads up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for easy access to hiking and biking in America’s most visited national park.

The historic homes in this valley are mostly a farmhouse style in a pastoral setting.  If you follow Beaverdam Road, parallel to Beaverdam Creek, you can glimpse some of these vintage farmhouses and cabins.

LakeView Park

Lake View ParkThis community of 485 homes surrounding Beaver Lake and Park in north Asheville has a blend of architectural styles and a good number of historical homes, built mostly in the 1920s, among the residences.  

The lake itself was created in 1923 by esteemed urban planner and architect John Nolen.  The lake and its surrounding trail system are privately owned and maintained by residents of Lakeview Park. This neighborhood offers proximity to downtown Asheville in balance with serene lakeside living.

 

Historic Grove Park Neighborhood

Grove ParkThis classic North Asheville neighborhood is known for its stately homes, Grove Park Inn golf course vistas and immaculately landscaped terraced yards.  Designed and developed by Edwin Wiley Grove, this area incorporates Neoclassical, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival and Bungalow styles of architecture among others.

The famous Grove Park Inn sits on the hillside overlooking the central thoroughfare of Kimberly Avenue.  Several restaurants and bars provide meeting spots for locals along Charlotte Street.

Biltmore Forest

Biltmore ForestBiltmore Forest, once a part of the Biltmore Estate, is not only a neighborhood, but actually a town of almost three square miles as well.  It is located between the Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway and is characterized by its enormous hardwood trees.

The first homes were built around 1923 on White Oak Road.  While there are newer sections of the neighborhood, the areas closest to Biltmore Village and Hendersonville Road feature large historic homes on generous lots.

Biltmore Village

Biltmore VillageHistoric Biltmore Village was initially created as a community for the workers of the Biltmore Estate during its late 19th century construction. The architectural style is very unique with its pebbledash post and beam walls, high pitched roofs and heavy stone foundations inspired by Biltmore Estate architect Richard Sharp Smith.

Though the village is largely filled with businesses at this point, there are a few residences in the community that can enjoy the convenience of a completely walkable neighborhood.

Historic West Asheville

West Asheville HistoricHistoric West Asheville has a style entirely its own.  Many of the homes in this district were built in the 1920s in a bungalow style with large front porches and low-hanging eaves.  In recent decades, the area has undergone a kind of renaissance with people renovating many of these historic homes and revitalizing the central business corridor on Haywood Road, a lively downtown of its own.

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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    4 Benefits of Buying a Historic Home in Asheville

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    Part of the wide appeal of Asheville is its aesthetic.  Though it is a small city, nestled among the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, it draws in flocks of tourists.  Many of these tourists eventually make their way into the charming historic neighborhoods of Asheville and are drawn in by the architectural beauty of these well-preserved homes. This is evidenced by the quickly growing population and popularity of Asheville.

    The Craftsmanship and Strength of Historic Homes is Unmatched

    Unique Coffered Ceiling DesignOlder homes, particularly those that were built before World War 1, are typically built of much higher quality materials than newer homes.  You will often find rare hardwoods such as heart pine and wood from old-growth forests.  Rare gems such as copper adornments and opalescent glass exemplify the handmade nature of these buildings.

    America is currently undergoing a type of downtown revival.  Residents and tourists alike are enjoying the cultural hub provided by historic centers.  Start-up businesses such as bookstores and restaurants are thriving in these historic locations.  Historic neighborhoods close to these city centers are increasingly appealing for their vibrancy and walkability.

    Possible Tax Incentives

    As of January of 2016, the North Carolina legislature has put into effect a historic rehabilitation tax credit program.  This program provides a great incentive to taxpayers who rehabilitate their homes or income-producing properties.  These incentives for improving historic structures are an important tool for historic preservation in North Carolina.  Additionally, a federal tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic homes consists of a 20% credit for qualifying income-producing historic properties that have been rehabilitated.

    Adaptive Reuse is Environmentally Friendly

    Far superior to demolition, the concept of adaptive reuse encourages people to preserve the structural assets in place.  This saves a lot of energy that goes into the manufacture, transportation and assembly of new building materials.  Historical buildings’ energy efficiency can always be improved upon, and the latest building technologies are making that increasingly easy.

    You Are Preserving History

    Ideal Yard for Pets and PlayAsheville is a place of deep-rooted history.  A small group of big-dreaming activists played a large role in helping to stop the demolition of many of downtown Asheville’s historic buildings to put in a strip mall.  Fortunately, they were able to stop the destruction, and preservationists stepped in with a Public Works program that encouraged business owners to preserve the historic buildings and create businesses within their walls.  Today, Asheville has a vibrant downtown and many of the businesses are housed in architecturally astounding structures.

    Similarly, many devoted homeowners have moved into the many historic neighborhoods around Asheville, and with a little TLC, have preserved these stately homes.  Examples of this can bee seen in the Victorian and Queen Anne homes in Montford, pebble dash cottages in Biltmore Village, charming bungalows in West Asheville and Colonial Revival and Tudor homes of Grove Park, among many others.

    For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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    Sources and Further Reading: National Trust for Historic Preservation 

    Preservation North Carolina