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PERFECTLY PLANNED ESTATE ON 41 ACRES More on this home on page 73

Barnardsville history, heroes, and homes

Easements conserve, preserve and protect

Small business leads the way for local economy

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Carter, P.C. is proud to offer personalized attention to tax and accounting matters. Founded as Painter, Russell & Associates, the firm, which has offered certified public accounting services since 1975, became Carter, P.C. in the spring of 2011. Carter, P.C. engages in a broad-based practice, with a focus on audit, tax, accounting and advisory services. We draw upon the diverse skills and experience of our principals and staff to serve clients throughout Western North Carolina and beyond. We believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success.

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CONTENTS 18 Barnardsville History, and Heroes 34 Creating Sacred Space in Your Home or Garden

50 Easements Conserve, Preserve and Protect

76 Small Businesses Lead the Way in Driving Economic Growth

82 Grovewood Gallery: Artisan Rocking Chair Showcase

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Local Artist Creates Unique Art Feng Shui Design: Your Kitchen

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41 Acre Perfectly Planned Estate on page 73

58 Acre Estate | $4,000,000

This is a one of a kind estate. 7+ acres of pasture front this home site making it possible for the owners to watch the horses & enjoy the views of distant mountains. Property has a guard cottage, horse stalls with future build space for apt, large insulated workshop, guest home with 2 br suites & kitchen. 8 fireplaces to keep this home warm on a cool winter day. Open F/P clear cedar cedar ceilings. 4 BED 路 4 BATH 路 4,502 SQ FT 路 MLS#: 550799

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F INE H&OMES DESIGN PUBLISHER / OWNER Alan Sheppard ART DIRECTOR Kimberly P. Anderson EDITOR / WEB DESIGN Alphie Hyorth FOR ADVERTISING INQUIRIES Dave Soltis 828.606.3966 Tammy Sheppard 828.230.7537 High Five Enterprises, Inc. P.O. Box 8683 Asheville, NC 28814 828.279.5962 All advertising published in Fine Homes & Design of Western North Carolina is believed to be truthful and accurate. However High Five Enterprises, Inc. assumes no responsibility and shall have no liability whatsoever for errors, including without limitation, typographical errors or omissions in Fine Homes & Design of Western North Carolina. Any reference made to High Five Enterprises, Inc. is not to be construed as making any representation, warranty or guarantee concerning the information on properties advertised in Fine Homes & Design of Western North Carolina. The content of all ads contained herein are solely the responsibility of the advertiser. The opinions and statements contained in advertising or elsewhere in this publication are those of the authors of such opinions and are not necessarily those of High Five Enterprises, Inc. High Five Enterprises, Inc. reserves the right to edit or refuse any advertising submitted to this publication. 8 Fine Homes & Design | Spring 2016

High Elevation Custom Home Amazing Sunrise & Sunset Views Leave the stress of a busy life to enjoy the beauty of mountain life. Enjoy sunrise & sunsets views from an elevation of 4,600 ft elevation at Balsam Mountain Preserve. This carefully crafted house has 4 bedroom suites, 3 interior stacked stone fireplaces, wormy chestnut floors which set the stage for a wonderful mountain retreat. Oversized workroom can accommodate any craft or woodworking shop. Outside on a large covered deck is additional fireplace to enjoy the cool mountain evenings. MLS: 3155073

Offered at $1,875,000

The Balsam Team covers Balsam Mountain Preserve and all of Western North Carolina. We are here for you! Club Amenities: • Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course & Golf Practice Park • Soft surface tennis courts • Junior Olympic pool • Finess center • The Boarding House Restaurant & Lodge • Full service Equestrian Center • Hiking on more than 30 miles of groomed private trails • Family campsite inside the community • Stream fishing • Nature Center with on-site Naturalists

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Gracious Country Estate An Historic Home Maintained and Remodeled to this Level is a Rare Find!


Gracious entrance with tree lined winding drive in Flat Rock area that features your own “flat rock” and beautifully manicured 6.92 acres. An inviting foyer with gracious stairway and beautiful hardwood floors. Sitting area that can be used as a formal dining room. Great room features pecky cypress paneling, a beamed ceiling and beautiful windows which make this a light filled room. The dining room has a beamed cathedral ceiling, updated kitchen features beautiful cabinetry, granite countertops and charming beamed ceiling. Main floor office with en suite could be used as a master bedroom. The Master Suite on the main level features a beamed ceiling and a massive fireplace. A new addition offers luxury his and hers bathrooms and an oversized walk‐in closet featuring fine shelving and cabinetry. MLS: 585493 | $1,550,000

INDY CARTER JONES, REALTOR® 828‐692‐8275 Ext. 232 | 828‐243‐8491 Cell 640 Greenville Highway | Hendersonville, NC 28792

Just 8 miles west of Downtown Hendersonville

on Hwy. 64 and 15 minutes south of the

Asheville Airport!

No federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property. This is not intended to be a real estate sales offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction where prohibited by law or where registration is required. All plans and prices are subject to change without notice.

20 Cummings Cove Parkway, Hendersonville, NC 800-958-2905 I 828-891-5848 Take a virtual tour at 10 Fine Homes & Design | Spring 2016

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to be the owner of a luxury townhome in vibrant Biltmore Park Town Square. The Residences at Pilsgate Way will consist of new luxury townhome-condos in the heart of Biltmore Park Town Square. These homes will combine high-end finishes, ample outdoor living space and two-car garages. Offering the perfect blend of privacy and convenience, you are in walking distance of shopping, dining and entertainment . Of the three residences being built this year, two have been sold. Take advantage of this truly rare and exclusive opportunity now to be able to choose your colors and other options.




• 2,815 SF heated (1 - 1,439 SF/ 2 - 796 SF/lower - 580 SF) • 3 bedroom / 2 1/2 bath • Main level master suite • Main level rear deck • Upper level, large entertaining patio • 2-car garage • Cavity for elevator

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Biltmore Park® Town Square is a trademark of Biltmore Farms, LLC. Phase 1 condominiums are FHA approved. Townhomes are condominium-style ownership. Obtain the Property Report required by Federal law and read it before signing anything. No Federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property. ORAL REPRESENTATIONS CANNOT BE RELIED UPON AS CORRECTLY STATING REPRESENTATIONS OF SELLER. FOR CORRECT REPRESENTATIONS, REFERENCE SHOULD BE MADE TO THE PUBLIC OFFERING STATEMENT REQUIRED BY CODE SECTION 47C-4-103 OF THE NORTH CAROLINA CONDOMINIUM ACT AND THE PROPERTY REPORT REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW. NEED NOT BE BUILT. All prices and plans are subject to change without prior notice. Sales by Beverly-Hanks & Associates. ©2015 Biltmore Farms, LL

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Grammatico Signature Homes is an Asheville, NC based full service building company offering complete home building, remodeling, consulting, and real estate services for residential and commercial clients throughout western North Carolina. We offer services to discerning customers who desire unique spaces with inspired design, distinctive details, and unmistakable quality. At Grammatico Signature Homes, we strive to be the top builder of beautiful, timeless, and energy efficient custom homes. We build every home as if it was our own. We never stop embracing constant change and innovation. Our vision is to be identified as the number one builder in Western North Carolina by our clients. Not only that, but we want our team members to feel that we are the best company to be employed with. Our mission is to make life better for all our clients by producing the highest quality homes on time and on budget, and to make the construction process more enjoyable overall.

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Dan Grammatico holds an unlimited North Carolina builders license and is also licensed Realtor and member of the Board of Realtors. He has over 30 years experience in all types of construction. He has been building in the Asheville area for 11 years. Dan currently sits on the Asheville Home Builders Association’s Board of Directors. Dan has full Green building certification.

“If you are planning to build, buy, or remodel a home, I encourage you to give me a call at (828) 273-9877. Your satisfaction will be my priority and I will do what I can to make your construction project enjoyable.” Dan Grammatico, Master Builder and NC Real Estate Broker Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 13

14 Fine Homes & Design4|3Spring 2016SQUARE BLVD #130, ASH EV IL L E | 8 2 8 .6 7 6 .1 6 2 5 | W W W .MART H AL ERJ EW EL ERS.CO M TOWN

FEATURED MOUNTAIN VIEW ESTATE SPECTACULAR VIEWS & SETTING IN DESIRABLE FLAT ROCK. Stunning Austrian Crystal entry doors, gleaming oak floors, over 6600 quality square feet, landscaping & water feature gardens designed by Master Gardener owners. Home is perfect for treasured art collections. Three fireplaces & wood burning stove, year round inviting four season sun room with incredible views. Cherry elevator, two kitchens, wine cellar,full house generator, tray ceilings & crown molding. Master bedroom with sitting room, his & her closets & 6 piece master bath.Totally renovated 2006-2009. MLS# NCM3150754 $1,499,999

AMAZING LONG & WIDE MOUNTAIN VIEWS STUNNING VIEW HOME with striking hardwood floors, limestone fireplace in oversized living rm, built ins and crown molding, impressive open kitchen, custom cabinets, keeping room, dining, fireplace and enclosed sun room. Views everywhere. Spacious master suite, lovely bath w/marble. Lower level offers a 2nd master suite, media/fam rm. Guest area and office. 3 car garage on main. 3 bedrooms plus media room, second master, & 4 1/2 baths. MLS# NCM568778 $649,900

YEAR ROUND WIDE SOUTHERN VIEWS! REMODELED WITH TASTE & QUALITY. Family rm with floor to ceiling firepl. Wonderful kitchen situated perfectly for entertaining & Charming dining rm. & views. Awaken to amazing sights & stunning master bath. Two more bedrooms on the main floor and a series of decking some screened some open takes life outdoors. Fully fenced with lovely landscaping. Peaceful waterfall feature tops off the fabulous setting with VIEWS! MLS# NCM570671 $639,900

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Diane Wright 828-674-0205 • Constance Clement 828-216-3632 REALTORS, BROKERS CRS, GRI

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212+ Acres of Beauty and Tranquility Welcome to Bell’s Cove

A privately owned, unique Mountain Estate Property with views everywhere for everyone.... • 25+ acres of groomed pastureland • Spring-fed pond with waterfall and dock • Nine miles of maintained roads • Access to numerous home sites • Wooded mountain borders the National Forest

• Ease of access to property from main road • Commercial septic system • Underground power • Spring-fed water system for the home and out buildings • Campsites • Picnic shelter • Fire pit

Property potentials are endless.... can be used as commercial business, residential development or private estate, all of which are possibilities at Bell’s Cove near Asheville, North Carolina. NCM594391


Visit Bell’s Cove by appointment at 719 North Fork Road, Barnardsville, North Carolina, about 20 minutes from Asheville. 16 Fine Homes & Design | Spring 2016

Schedule a time so we may show you the possibilities. Contact Betsy Gudger, BIC, FMG Inc. at 828.285.0508 Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 17

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Of Barnardsville’s, heroes and history Our story begins with Pisgah National Forest as we celebrate its 100th anniversary. As we follow the forest’s natural Ridgeline, we come to the cities and towns that share its borders. We discover the history of the area, see how its heroes have shaped it and understand why so many call this special place home. Pisgah was one of the first national forests in the eastern US and is completely contained within western North Carolina. Near Barnardsville, in an area known by locals as the Coleman Boundary, and by the US Forest Service as the Big Ivy, you’ll find many trails, picnic areas, numerous water falls and the Ivy River. The history and beauty of the area draws nature lovers in abundance to hike or bike its many trails. The Big Ivy is ecologically significant with its old growth and virgin forests. Its rugged and scenic terrain has also served as film locations for The Last of the Mohicans. For The Hunger Games, the Big Ivy area was used as the local forest in the early scenes where we witnessed Katniss Everdene’s hunting skills.

who carved a place in this area. You’ll meet the heroes focused on nature conservation and protecting the beauty that abounds in this mountainous region. Today, it’s the new heroes who bring new business and creative ideas to the Barnardsville area. With minimal impact on the land, they complement their neighbors’ property, while bringing revenue to the area and awareness to Asheville’s outdoor community. One such business is Navitat, a thriving tree-based mountaintop zipline company that brings young and old to this spectacular wilderness area just outside of Asheville. Another is Blue Ridge Tiny Homes, a building company with a passion for unique and inspiring creations. Bed and Breakfasts continue to be popular, often maintaining the historic integrity of a property through repurposing, where old becomes

In Barnardsville, you’ll find many families who have lived there for generations. There are a number of Dillingham cousins in the area, for example, in 1965, the local grocery store and restaurant was named D&D after Hoyt Dillingham. The Dillingham family farm, operated by Marvin and Brenda Dillingham and their children, is a ninth generation farm. The farm raises grass-fed beef (finished on grass), pork, chicken and fresh eggs, along with other products that they sell at their Barnardsville market (6 Spice Cove Drive) every Saturday morning. If you visit the Big Ivy Community Center, you can read about the history of the families

(Left) Navitat is a thriving tree-based mountaintop zipline company.

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In the Big Ivy Community Center, you can read about the history of the families who carved a place in this area.

new again. The Hawk and Ivy B&B, a holistic country retreat, captures the history of Barnardsville in their 1910 farmhouse and guest cottage, where guests can rejuvenate on their 24 acre nature preserve and enjoy gourmet breakfasts cooked with ingredients from their organic garden. From Asheville, take Future 26 West to the Barnardsville exit. Old Fork Road takes you to most

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businesses or a five mile drive down Dillingham Road to where the paved road ends will take you to the Big Ivy area. If you continue on FR74, you’ll find Walker Falls and further on, Douglas Falls. In the last few years, estate properties, large farms and developments with large lots have called many people of all ages to Barnardsville ‌ and home.

Featured Listings in Beautiful Yancey County! ENGLISH TUDOR HOME WITH OUTSTANDING VIEWS in gated Chestnut Farms Community

This home has exquisite workmanship throughout! Post and beam interior w/cozy living room & stone FP, custom kitchen w/granite counters & formal dining room lead into a spacious sunroom w/floor to ceiling windows & wood floors. Master BR suite has French doors leading to multilevel porches & decks. 2nd bedroom & 1/2 bath adaptable to studio or office space. Large BR/BA suite upstairs w/adj loft area den. Grounds are tastefully landscaped inc. shady stone patio. Community gazebo overlooks exceptional views in a park-like setting, close to town. $450,000 ML#523780

42 ACRE ESTATE WITH A CROSS-COUNTRY VIEW! Gorgeous Craftsman Bungalow w/ cedar shake & stone ext. 2BR/2BA w/ wonderful detail work, heart pine floors, quarter-sawn oak cabinets, granite counters & stainless appliances. Main floor features 2 car garage & lg. guest suite complete w/kitchen, living area & private slate terrace. Master BR suite on 2nd floor w/gourmet kitchen, center island & great room w/vaulted ceilings, panoramic views & stained glass details. Home is landscaped w/stone walls, quality perennials & ornamentals, terraced orchard and 7 acre sloping meadow w/a patch of 50 blueberry bushes. Abundant wild game! Ideal for a multi-family reserve. $795,000

4100 ft.ELEVATION AND GREAT ROOM SPACIOUSNESS with this 3726 sq.ft. brick contemporary home in the Hawks Nest Community. Light and airy with vaulted ceilings on a beautifully landscaped acre lot. 3BR/2BA, hickory floors in bedrooms and tile floors in great room, fully tiled baths generous storage. Guest rooms have connecting baths and each has it’s own sink and quartz vanity. Open kitchen w/quartz topped island & hickory cabinets. Spacious utility room joins the mudroom & attached two car garage. Gracing the front of the house is a deep covered porch which wraps around one side and is perfect for rockers! The full basement also has 3726 sq.ft. and is partially finished for a second heated living area inc. a 1-car garage. $850,000

1040K East US Hwy. 19E • Burnsville, NC 28714

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Private Kenilworth Estate Impeccably maintained, this eco-friendly mountain retreat features year-round mountain views, high-end details throughout, open floor concept, spa-like master bath, lower level bedrooms w/ private baths, and huge wrap-around deck. Solar powered hot water tanks, geothermal heating/cooling for master level, and radiant floor heat on lower level and bathrooms. Charming guest house above the 3-bay garage. Minutes to Downtown. MLS#3153510 / $875,000 / 3BD/3.5BA / 1.02 Acres

Historic Arts and Crafts Incredible SUN-UP cottage in Kenilworth on .83 acre corner lot w/ mountain views. Original Craftsman style details throughout, including quarter sawn oak floors, oak wainscoting, coffered ceilings, wood-burning fireplace and built-ins with leaded glass doors. Spacious kitchen has hand-crafted cabinets and artistic touches. Gorgeous views from the sunroom and front porch. Minutes to Downtown Asheville & Biltmore Village. Treasured Tree on property. Adjacent .59 acre lot available. MLS#3128370 / $880,001 / 4BD/2BA / 0.83 Acres

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1920’s Spanish Revival Home Gracious 1920’s Spanish revival home in desirable Kenilworth — situated on a huge triple lot with multiple, professionally landscaped garden areas. A unique octagonal hall welcomes you into the home, where you’ll find incredible architectural and period details throughout. Eco-friendly addition in 2008 includes private master suite, chef ’s kitchen and covered veranda with fireplace. One-level living with a finished basement. Three mini-splits with solar powered radiant floor and hot water. Just minutes to Downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village. MLS#3162706 / $1,150,000 / 4BD/3.5BA / 0.87 Acres | 60 Biltmore Avenue | Asheville, NC 28801 | 828.275.8534 Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 25


CHEVY TAHOE 1875 Spartanburg Highway I Hendersonville, North Carolina

(828) 693-3461 I

A Mountain Paradise Named “Fernbrook”

...and rightfully named, as it is located among the peaceful, natural landscaping of Wild Ferns, Mountain Laurels, Rhododendrons, year-round Creeks/Brook. Hiking Paths and walls built from stones and rocks, found on the land, enhance the beauty and border the brook. Enjoy drifting off to sleep while listening to the sound of the trickling water in the stream…. Gated Private Drive through the beautiful natural foilage takes you to this spectacular 60+ acre, private estate, this quality-custom-built, 4 bedroom, 3 bath Ranch Style home is located next to one of the year-round continuous running creeks (parallel to main house) and has a gorgeous deck built over the creek, perfect for relaxing, enjoying your meals, or entertaining. Floor to ceiling windows in most every room will allow you to enjoy the natural wooded setting among the trees, creek, wildflowers, turkey, deer, birds and other wildlife that call “Fernbrook” home. Hike on the blazed trails that lead up to the natural waterfalls on the property. A Spacious Artist/workshop studio with ½ bath could easily be converted into a guest or in-law suite, or there are options for many other building sites. MLS:NCM589641 | $1,050,000

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(828) 712-0615 |

Green built Gold Certified & Parade of Homes Winner Over-looking the mountains & downtown Asheville! Gorgeous views from all rooms. Open floor plan with high ceilings & lots of glass to take in your surroundings. Stacked stone FP, hardwood floors. Gracious living spaces w/room to entertain or just enjoy. Gourmet kitchen w/breakfast bar, gas range, hood vent, paperstone & granite counters. Guest suite on lower level w/private deck, FP & wet bar. MLS#: 593004 | $1,000,000

Amazing Renovation with a Nod to Mid-century Roots Open floor plan w/ lots of glass to take in sweeping sunset views. Vaulted ceiling, stone FP. Kitchen w/gas range, hood, quartz counters, & custom cabinets. 3 bedrooms on main, luxury 2nd master suite on lower level w/glass shower, views. Guest area. Full length deck, fire pit & arbor. MLS#: 3160211 | $850,000

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Creating sacred space in your home or garden by Laura Esculcas Professional athletes talk about “being in the flow” when referring to that moment of performance when everything just clicks into place. Most of us are not pro-athletes, but we may have experienced one of those moments of flow, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally. You might recognize it as the “click” of synchronous words or actions, an inner calm or peace of mind, or the flow of joy and spontaneous expression of love. So many words are used to describe this state of being in the flow, yet all are inadequate. Even so, phrases like she’s on a roll, he’s in the groove, everything just clicked into place, it’s all smooth sailing, and a state of grace help us to understand this experience of flow. But understanding is not the same as experiencing, and for most people it’s not that easy to move into a state 34 Fine Homes & Design | Spring 2016

of flow in the midst of an often-hectic day. This is why so many people today who are seeking that state of flow are drawn to spiritual practices such as yoga, chi-gong, prayer, meditation, and mindfulness. Dedicating time each day to care for your soul gives ordinary life depth, and invites you to be open to the flow of life, which in turn brings you more opportunities to “be in the flow.” Our natural world is alive with spirit. We have been shaped by our experiences here on earth, so it is important to maintain a connection to nature by creating sacred space at home. Practices that nurture relationship with the earth – and the force that you believe created it – deepen your sense of connection with flow. For many people, working in a garden is a spiritual practice. “When you work in the garden, the garden works on you,” write Ellen Gunter and Ted Carter in Earth Calling, reminding us that “ Reconnecting to the earth also reconnects you to your

senses, the nature that is always in you. When you turn your senses over to nature, it heightens your awareness of everything.” Effective spiritual practices help us to reacquaint ourselves with the spirit of our natural world. Calen Rayne, founder of Sacred Landscapes and co-founder of Earth Shamans, tells us, “Some people believe the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Asheville to be one of the most powerful healing places on Earth. So we have a base of meditative energy to draw from as we design our own sacred landscapes around our homes, or a contemplative space within our homes, to assist us to step back from our fast paced mobile world for a period of time to reconnect with that which truly nurtures our spirits.” Whether you already have a spiritual practice, or you’re just getting started, an essential part of your practice is the space in which you choose to care for your soul. A well-designed sacred space – whether it is a dedicated garden, room, or home altar on a windowsill – creates a physical connection to the land and is a tangible reminder of what gives meaning to your life journey. “Sacred space is as simple as making meaning. Sacredness comes from the meaning of your life story... make a space and a time that is full of meaning to you. The space you carve out of your life is the space where magic will happen, the place where you will be healed, grow and change,” write Michael Samuels and Mary Rockwood Lane in Creative Healing. Creating your own sacred space in your home or garden signals that self-care – deep soul care – is a priority for you. Your sacred space sets boundaries and grounds your intention to be in the flow of life. Five tips for creating your sacred space in your home or garden: 1. Where intention goes, energy flows. Begin by setting your intention for your sacred space. Are you creating a private sanctuary or a shared space for community prayer and meditation? How do you want your sacred space to support you? Do you want it to be inspiring, motivating, energizing, calming, grounding, or something else? Before you begin, take time to write out your intention for the space and how you would like to use it. 2. Make it clear and simple. Simplicity is key. Choose a place in your home or garden where you will not be tempted with distractions. Make sure your space is clean, clear and uncluttered. This is your place of peaceful self-care, so avoid high traffic areas and transition rooms in the house or garden. Remove mobile devices and electronics, and do not work or have a home office where you create your sacred

space. Once you’ve physically cleared your space, consider ritually clearing it as well by ringing a bell or chime, drumming, singing, chanting, burning sage, or using any element you choose. Bring into the space only a few basic furniture elements: a chair, cushion, or mat to sit on, a soft light, and a blanket to stay cozy. Choose colors that support your intention and create a comfortable ambiance based on your personal preferences. White or pastel colors enhance light and clarity, and dark, earth tones support going inward. 3. Home is where the heart it. Select for your sacred space items that support your intention and remind you of what you love. Personal items that are meaningful to you might include: a painting, collage, statue of protective symbols, favorite poem, sacred texts or words of wisdom, bells or musical instruments, ritual objects, images of your Spirit animal, a talisman symbolizing your intention for your space, photographs of loved ones, a candle, incense, personal divination tools such as runes or oracle cards, and a journal specifically designated for your sacred practice. 4. Make an Earth connection. If your sacred space is in a garden, then you will naturally feed your connection with Earth. In Earth Calling, authors Carter and Gunther recommend having a dawn and sunset practice outside “in which you pay homage to your life, the air you breathe into your lungs, and the earth that sustains you.” In your home, bring in a connection with the earth by adding natural elements to your sacred space, such as plants, stones, shells, fresh flowers, and water. Include objects or images from places of pilgrimage and special places that you have known. Add a photograph of your favorite tree, mountain peak, lake, river, seashore, or any place where you have felt your connection with nature. Every home, garden, or room has a point that resonates with the sacred energies of the land. Calen Rayne has named it the Genesis Point. It is from this point, he explains in his Genesis Point Training, that information and energy stream in and increase the transformational potential of a space. 5. Make room to grow. Use your intuition to gauge the energy of your sacred space, changing it with the seasons, special occasions, or to honor changes in your life. From time to time, review your intention for the space and update objects in it as life changes and you evolve. Make sure your sacred space is still supporting your intention, and if not, step back and look at what needs to be cleared or simplified in your space and in your spiritual practice. Asheville-based Feng Shui Consultant Jini Rayne suggests that you honor any changes you make in your space with ritual. Simply sounding a bell, lighting a candle, or Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 35

saying a prayer will help you to reset your space and intention. Creating a sacred space is essential to having a spiritual practice that moves you toward a state of flow and supports you to generate meaningful action and cultivate genuine relationships every day. Michael Warden, in his book, design energetics: The ancient pulse of feng shui in the modern world, tells us: “The elusive force of Life, however it is characterized, permeates buildings and landscapes just as it does plants and animals and people. This provocative (though far from unprecedented ) statement compels us to explore the essence of both ‘life’ and ‘environment’. It leads us to a journey wherein landscapes remember, people resonate in 36 Fine Homes & Design | Spring 2016

subtle synchronization with the forms around them, and events are inseparable from the place where they happen. A journey wherein the compass points have qualities of their own, the pulses of the very planet we are alive on are inseparable from our own, and each and every building is a ‘four walled universe’, influencing its occupants in amazingly specific ways.” Creating and entering your sacred space is a signal to your mind, body, heart and soul that you are ready to tune out the noise of ordinary life and tune in the flow, connecting with the pulse of nature and of Life. For more information on how to create sacred spaces in your environment, contact the Sacred Landscapes team at

Live in perfect harmony with nature and neighbors

...tucked away from sight, in a picture-perfect 250 acre gated community almost completely surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest. Hikers, equestrians, bird watchers, arborists, peace seekers and mountain lovers will be right at home here. This 3 bedroom and 3 bath cyprus-sided retreat, suitable for year-round living, has over 3,000 square feet of living space and offers a sunny garden space, generator and access to a 50+ acre common area to enjoy the magnificent, panoramic and multiple mountain range view. Just 30 minutes from historic Downtown Waynesville and close to Asheville, this custom-built home and unique development are unsurpassed.

Cold Springs Ranch | MLS:3138866 | $539,000

An exquisite light-filled “Southern Living” functional design

...with sensational all-season sun room, overlooking a sweeping impressive year-round mountain view, make this 3 bedroom and 3.5 bath 3,500 square foot home an absolute must see. Refined features include granite surfaces, crown molding, two stone wood-burning fireplaces, large entrance foyer and sloped cathedral ceiling in the great room. The spacious master bedroom suite on the main level, wonderful south facing view and large lower level screened porch, just 10 minutes from downtown Waynesville, define this house as a perfect choice for Western North Carolina mountain living.

Falcon Ridge | MLS:3130069 | $520,000

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80 Deerhaven Lane | Asheville Asheville’s best kept secret is now available! This 18+ acre Deerhaven estate adjoins Biltmore Park & comes with all the conveniences of city living without city taxes. Updated home with 2 kitchens, incredible great room w/wet bar & fireplace, stone patio, wrap-around rocking chair front porch, master on main, established gardens, stone walkways, horse barn & fencing, riding ring & more make this home not only unique, but move-in ready. MLS: 565293 Price upon inquiry. Listed by Broker | REALTOR® Brian Etheridge, | 828-551-8043

23 Mount Olive Lane | Asheville Spectacular year round Views! Have it all with this charming custom home just off of Town Mountain Road. Close to the Blue Ridge Pkwy and downtown Asheville this 3 beds, 3.5 baths and spacious 3 car garage offers the quiet mountain living you’re searching for. Deck access on the main and lower level for outdoor living space. Lower level has Media/Rec Room w/wet bar, full bath and fireplace for family gatherings. Renovations in 2009. Furnishings negotiable. Listed by Broker | REALTOR® D’Ann Ford, DFord@ | 828-774-0288. MLS:580637 $840,000

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3 Willowside Court | Fairview, NC Exceptional custom Old World European design in small gated community mountain views. 10 minutes from Asheville. 6700 square feet of high-end luxury. 5 Bedroom floor plan, coffered/tray ceilings, crown molding, hardwood. Huge great room, gourmet kitchen, viking gas stove, granite. 6 fireplaces. Ultimate 2800 sqft. entertainment level w/rec/billiard room, fpl, full sport bar, wine room, & custom home theater. Screen porch w/fpl & mountain view. Yard to play+outdoor fpl. 3+Car garage. Energy-Star rated! Listed by Broker | REALTOR® Gary Seifried, | 828-275-8834. MLS: 3137693 $997,500

380 Panthertown Trail | Sapphire, NC Equestrian estate located in The Divide at Bald Rock. Live year round or escape in the summer to this 3BR/3.5BA/4745SF Mission style mountain lodge on nearly 7 acres overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains & enjoy endless trails as the community adjoins Panthertown Valley. Rough log beams, soaring T&G ceilings, stacked stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace & natural light encompass this modern, rustic home. 3-Stall custom, top-ofthe-line barn w/pastures & arena make this an equestrian lover’s paradise. NO expense spared. Listed by Broker | REALTOR® Brian Etheridge, | 828-551-8043. MLS: 3159173 $1,500,000.

1066 Columbine Road | Asheville One of the most prominent homes in Biltmore Park, offering amazing quality combined with timeless character. Smart, open floor plan features a master on main, three generously sized bedrooms plus a 700 square foot bonus room on the upper level. A private back patio and fully white picket fenced front yard complete the picturesque appeal of this beautiful home. Listed by Broker | REALTOR® Molly McNichols, | 828-712-7877. MLS: 3159181 $749,000

10 Brook Street, Suite 235 | Asheville, NC 28803


113 Forest Hills Drive | Black Mountain, NC Rustic elegance abounds...within Blk Mtn city limits! Artistically renovated using natural materials, custom millwork & stone accents. Top of the line amenities are blended w/architectural design & custom features. Chefs kitchen w/Dacor appls, soaring ceilings, exposed beams in LR, plus a master suite w/air jet tub & river stone rainforest shower. Sold elegantly furnished. Nearby foot trail to Cheshire Village! Big mtn view, pool, hot tub & sauna. Listed by Brokers | REALTORS® Cain Cox & Jennifer Farley, | 828-772-7418 MLS: 577691 $950,000

14 Niagra Drive | Asheville Exquisite custom home in the heart of South Asheville, minutes to downtown, Biltmore Estate & Mission Hospital. The finest finishes throughout-no expense spared! Cedar shake & stone exterior, dramatic walnut floors, cypress paneling, hand scraped natural beams, LaCanche & SubZero appliances, marble counter tops, 3 floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces, private guest wing & more. Community features clubhouse, trails, fitness center, wellness center & the Blue Ridge Parkway is right across the street. Listed by: Broker | REALTOR® Brian Etheridge, | 828-551-8043 MLS: 3159606 $1,895,000

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40 Brookline Drive | Asheville This Rustic Elegant home captures the best of mountain living in South Asheville. Cedar shake siding & Tennessee stone exterior, flagstone porches, custom knotty alder cabinetry, hand-scraped hickory wood floors, 4 floor-toceiling stone fireplaces & stone accents create its unique ambiance. Outdoor living area w fully retractable doors & phantom screens bring the outdoors inside & are truly one of a kind. Its exceptional details and craftsmanship must be seen to be appreciated! Owner; Lic. NC Realtor. Listed by Broker | REALTOR® Sandi AuBuchon, | 828-707-0787. MLS: 3149725 $1,725,000

26 Eastwood Road | Asheville Recently painted & refreshed upstairs & back on the market! This beautiful brick Tudor estate home is perfectly tucked into its 1.3 acre setting. Impeccably renovated & restored in keeping with its original details & charm, the large, open & bright rooms make this Biltmore Forest home a must see! Its backyard terrace & patio w original brick walls shape the outdoor living space. Updates include; Geothermal HVAC system, new roof/gutters, restored hardwoods & renovated master bath to name a few! Listed by Broker | REALTOR® Sandi AuBuchon, | 828-707-0787. MLS: 3152542 $1,395,000

StoneRidge | Candler, NC An amazing development opportunity just outside of Asheville for a debt free subdivision. 64 acres +/- with a total of 49 lots with 7 estate site ranging in size from .80 to 4.84 acres and 42 home sites between .5 and 1.54 acres. The majority of the property is rolling pasture land that has incredible long range southern views. Roads and electricity are already on-site. There are fields that would serve as park space or clubhouse type area. There is also a nature trail and a pond. Listed by Broker | REALTOR® Greg Palombi, | 828-216-4037. MLS: 3156067 $3,500,000

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156 Red Oak Lane | Marshall, NC Superior Log Home construction meets thoughtful design & tasteful amenities. Nestled on a private knoll & protected by nearly 2.5 gentle acres, this builder’s home is oozing w/charm & extra features. Energy Star rated using quality Canadian White Pine logs, this beautiful mountain home also utilizes passive solar heat through intentional SW orientation and dramatic A-Frame windows. Remarkable Timber-Frame Construction creates breath-taking entertaining and living spaces, while boasting exposed and vaulted beams, stacked stone fireplace, open loft and gourmet granite kitchen. Flex space on the lower level offers spacious rec room, 4th bedroom, home office with separate entry, double garage & full workshop (easy kitchen conversion for full apartment on lower level). Listed by Brokers | REALTORS® Cain Cox & Jennifer Farley, | 828-772-7418 MLS: 3153324 $625,000 Masters Landing Plateau | Maggie Valley, NC Located at the lovely Maggie Valley Country Club, thirty minutes from Asheville, overlooking lush fairways, and mountain peaks, the exquisite Masters Landing Plateau homes feature open living spaces, on either one or two levels to suit your lifestyle. Master suite, den, kitchen and living areas are all on the main level. The homes seamlessly integrate indoor and outdoor living spaces. Architectural details include native stone accents, fireplace (s), hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, wood cabinetry and granite countertops. Built by Distinctive Custom Homes with attention to every detail, it is no surprise that builder Tom Hines has won the Craftsmanship Award from the Asheville Builders Association/Parade of Homes three years in a row. Listed by Broker | REALTOR® Kate Brantly, | 828-275-7266. Pricing from $440,000 -$699,000

Distinctive Properties Showcase 60 North Market Place, #217 | Asheville Steps to Asheville’s vibrant dining, theater and nightlife scenes, this condo is everything that makes downtown living great. Open, bright and filled with windows, showcasing the extensive city and mountain views. At almost 2000 square feet, with an open floor plan, this is one of the largest downtown condos available. Two master suites plus an additional guest bedroom. Many upgrades throughout, including a home chef’s dream kitchen with gas range/grill, stainless appliances, granite and gorgeous tilework. On the second floor of a coveted building, providing access to a 24-hour gym and large clubroom. Listed by Broker | REALTOR® Kate Brantly, | 828-275-7266. MLS: 3156442 $875,000 301 Water Rock Terrace | Asheville Offering rare and spectacular year-round mountain views encompassing the downtown skyline, the Grove Park Inn and Biltmore property, this contemporary craftsman is everything a luxury mountain home should be. Excellent location within a gated community, just 10 minutes drive from downtown, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and NC Arboretum. Quality built, with architectural details throughout, this custom home has been sited to perfection on 3.4 stunning acres to capture the views from most rooms. Low, to no maintenance required with the landscaping, which includes a lovely established perennial garden. Smart floor plan on three levels offers privacy for guests as well as ample space to gather and entertain. Built in 2005, pre-inspected and lovingly maintained, all this property needs is someone new to call it home. Listed by Broker | REALTOR® Molly McNichols, | 828-712-7877. MLS: 3158686 $698,000

10 Brook Street, Suite 235 | Asheville, NC 28803


The Ramble: Award winning contemporary designed by Carlton Architecture. Custom wood and metal work, covered stone veranda with an outdoor kitchen, fenced backyard with evergreen privacy. Elevator to all 3 floors. $2,197,000 MLS# 3146096.

The Ramble: Large shingle style home with deep flagstone wraparound covered porches, screened porch, outdoor stone fireplace with cooking, private deck off the master. Guest suite over garage has a private exterior entrance PLUS a secret hidden entrance. $1,895,000 MLS# 577001

The Ramble: Light and bright with 2 BR’s and 2 BA’s on the main floor, hardwoods, quartzite and tons of storage, this 2014 stone and stucco home feels brand new. The floorplan takes great advantage of the wooded views. 5th bedroom currently used as workout. $1,095,000 MLS# 589612

32 Mirehouse Run: South facing lot plus it borders community land on both the entire left side and along the back of the lot. Enjoy the prestigious location of Mirehouse Run with the additional privacy from the adjacent common space. $529,000 MLS# 577567 Lot 124 Fairsted Drive: This .59 acre lot faces Longmeadow Park with park views in front, mountain views in back. $395,000 MLS# 587037 Lot 125 Fairsted Drive: This .60 acre lot faces Longmeadow Park with park views in front, mountain views in back. $395,000 MLS# 587034 18 Fairsted Drive: Combine lots 124 and 125 for over an acre right on Longmeadow Park for only $695,000! MLS# 587040

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The Pat and Donna Team Keller Williams Biltmore Village’s Real Estate Agents We are ALL ABOUT REAL ESTATE... with 20 years experience Pat Puckridge - Team Leader

I grew up in North Asheville, went to schools in Asheville, never lived anywhere but Asheville. Obviously, I love Asheville. My education was at AB Tech, UNCA and Western Carolina in Business and Accounting. My husband, Larry, and I owned and managed a trucking business for about 20 years. During that time, we started investing in real estate and that began my second career in life, property management and real estate sales. I think getting into real estate was the best thing that ever happened to me. I’ve met so many new and wonderful people, especially my business partner, Donna Prinz and our entire team. Our motto is, “If it’s not fun, we are not going to do it.”

Donna Prinz - Team Leader

I am a very driven and focused person, so it is the perfect job for me. It is so rewarding to work in the real estate industry and I am very proud of my profession. I am a native of Asheville and love this city and the people.Before real estate I worked in the fantastic medical field we have here in Asheville ​for over 26 years.​​I then decided to change careers. Since then (2000) I have been working for Keller Williams Realty and loving it! My business partner, Pat Puckridge, and I have know each other now for 16 years and have built a fantastic team. They are all well trained and love what they do as well. They are all, by far, the best of the best! I hope you can sense the honestly, integrity, sincerity, and love I have for our clients and our team.

Heather Hines - Lead Listing Specialist

Success is simple not easy! Beginning with my BA in History, from the University of Tampa, to teaching Americas youth on the frontline in the education field, these are words I have lived by everyday both in my professional and personal life. I began my real estate career in 2008, when many brokers were shutting their doors. Helping homeowners stay out of foreclosure became my focus at the time and over the years I have transformed myself into a Full Service Broker for Sellers. I fell in love with the industry simply because real estate is hard work and constantly changing. I am challenged everyday intellectually and for me to be able to convey this experience and knowledge to my sellers is priority number one. My tenacious spirit and determination to never give up are the most important attributes I bring to the closing table for all my sellers!

Tina Hill - Lead Buyers Agent

I have had the opportunity to live and work in several parts of the country and fell in love with Western North Carolina and the Asheville area almost 20 years ago, and made the decision to call it home for the last seven. These mountains are the perfect back drop for the activities I enjoy; Hiking with my dogs, kayaking, river rafting, photography and writing. From the variety of local music venues to the amazing restaurants and abundant selection of local craft beer, by any standard life is good here in Asheville. You need a local market expert, a master negotiator, a tireless advocate, someone who will guide you through the process with honesty, patience and clarity.

Karen Lewis - Listing Specialist

I started my career years ago in nursing which taught me to anticipate needs, follow protocol, meticulously administer care, and listen first and foremost in order to understand. After 12 years in the medical field I transitioned into full-time homemaker and homeschool mom. I quickly discovered that being a nurse and being a mother went hand-in-hand.All of my life experiences have brought me to where I am today, helping people! I was once told “A person doesn’t choose a career in real estate, but real estate chooses you.” How glad I am to have been chosen. I get to help people everyday with one of the most expensive and emotional transactions in life: buying and selling a home.

Shelia Owens - Buyer Specialist

Helping people has always been my passion. For as far back as I can remember, my goal was to make everything right in everyone else’s world. It never mattered who or why; it could have been my Kindergarten buddy get her finger painting “perfect” or helping a family move forward onto bigger and better things. This is why I ended up being a social worker for so many years. To me there is nothing better than to go to bed every night knowing I made a difference in someone else’s life. Being a real estate agent gives me that same satisfaction. Knowing that you have trusted me with one of your most valuable possessions is not something I take lightly or for granted. I believe in the power of patience, connections and most importantly perseverance. The single biggest and most important event in most people’s lives is buying and selling their home. I am here to help you and guide you.

Pat Puckridge, Luxury Agent, CRS, GRI, ABR, PHP, SRES Donna Prinz, Luxury Agent, CRS, GRI, ABR, PHP, e-Pro, SRES Keller Williams Biltmore Village - An Official Mega Agent Office

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Welcome Horse Lovers to the “Gem of the Blue Ridge Mountains!�

5 bedrooms | 6 baths, 2 half baths | 9,219 sqft | MLS 594685 | $2,800,000

Bald Rock is a unique, premier equestrian community located in the heart of Sapphire Valley, NC., providing a fresh, mountain living experience, in luxury, for you, your family, and your horses! Bald Rock Equestrian Community offers a Stable Facility (24 stalls), Equestrian Center, Riding Arena, Barn Manager, and common natural pasture areas for your horses to graze and blaze! Experience an extensive network of trails (9.2 miles) for exploring and riding horseback, just steps away from your front door! Residents of Bald Rock have access to Sapphire Valley Resort, PGA Sapphire Golf Country Club, and all the amenities the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer! The temperate climate of the Blue Ridge makes this an ideal setting for your horses to call home! The splendor of the Blue Ridge combined with the rustic craftsmanship of this estate home creates an experience like no other! Visit:

Presented by Heather Hines, Expert in Equestrian Properties. Showing by appointment only.

5 bedrooms | 5 baths, 2 half baths | 6,073 sqft | MLS 3152171 | $949,000 Absolutely fantastic luxury home in Waterford Lakes. Custom built home with 5 bedrooms & 5 full & 2 half baths. This home has an open floor plan with several layers of decks. Just imagine coming home to your covered deck & custom built pool to sit & relax as your family gathers around to share stories from the day. Many, many great memories to be made living in this wonderful home & neighborhood. Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 43

Private Estate Atop a Mountain in Fairview! Just a short drive from downtown Asheville...

Enter the gated community from below and make your way, gently meandering up what feels like a private drive, to this luxurious, yet cozy estate home. Views of the distant mountains and forest abound from the large windows. Open & bright, you will feel the over 7800 sq. ft. of this expansive structure to be warm and inviting. Walk a pathway through the gardens to a 2400 square foot drive-thru garage. Above, you will find a two bedroom guest quarters complete with a climb up cupola to take in the views! If privacy and a sense of security are as an important as room to entertain & raise your family, please consider making this your next home. MLS# 3121800

Offered at $2,200,000

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5 bedrooms, 4 baths | 6,516 SQ FT MLS 594407 |


Over $100,000 in updates and renovations since March of of 2015. Custom contemporary home with incredible long range mountain and city views. Spacious rooms, high ceilings and multiple levels allows an open, airy comfort with views from almost every room. Multiple decks and outdoor seating areas along with a waterfall and 8x10 jetted tub only expand on this impressive house. Extensive landscaping with an upper level flat yard.

4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1 half bath MLS 591609 | $999,000 The best value on a street of multi million dollar homes one mile from the Country Club of Asheville. Come see the amazing transformation of this stately home. Huge rooms throughout, all BRs with walk in closets, Bosch appliances, new granite in kitchen and master bath, elevator and 36� doorways make it fully handicap accessible. Gardeners paradise with extensive stonework, waterfall and Koi pond. An entertainers dream home.

4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 1 half bath MLS 591640 | $599,000

Beautiful mountain views from this meticulously maintained home. 9 foot ceilings with crown molding, 5 inch oak floors and porcelain tile throughout main. New carpet everywhere else. Master on main, second master on upper level plus full apartment in LL. Cherry cabinets, granite counters and Stainless in kitchen. Covered rocking chair front porch is only part of the 1400 sq ft of decking to enjoy beautiful gardens, Koi pond and waterfall.


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Come view this stunning custom home with long range views from the front or rear of this beautiful home. Located within 1 mile of Downtown Asheville with spectacular views from almost everywhere in this home. Come enjoy your spacious gourmet kitchen with Knotty Alder cabinetry and an oversize center island. Enjoy the sunrises and sunsets from the cover spaces on the exterior of this beautiful home. Also enjoy the media room above the 3 car garage with an office and Movie Bar space. MLS# 3161731 | $1,250,000

Welcome to your mountain paradise. Just removed from the hustle of downtown Asheville but still an easy commute to all Asheville offers. This beautiful home features expansive stonework and outdoor living with a very private patio and absolutely wonderful living space inside. Situated on 2+ ac lot in Poplar Ridge, this home offers 2 office/study spaces and generous spaced bedrooms as well as a 2,200+ SF unfinished basement for your extra needs. MLS# 594545 | $1,200,000

Steve Dozier

Showcase home built for contractor’s personal residence. Numerous upgrades thru-out this home since construction. Spacious enough for any and all uses. Over-sized decks wraps entire back of the home w/ man cave, workshop, & studio in walkout basement for virtually any hobby. BONUS room with three other bedrooms upstairs; master on main, chef’s kitchen, 5.5 large baths; two garages on main plus additional over-sized garage, winter views and 100 year shingles. All in a beautiful gated community. MLS# 3161754 | $850,000

Real Estate is my Profession and is not a Hobby!


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Top Level Quality Throughout This Entire Home! Featuring a Chef`s kitchen with Frigidaire Professional Series appliances. Custom tile,cabinets, granite countertops with beautiful #2 Red Oak Flooring and Frieze carpet downstairs. Fantastic Year Round Long Range Views from the wrap around deck with over 922 S.F. of deck. Wired for standby generator. MLS:3142107 | $729,000

Looking for that estate with appeal of a rustic but very comfortable feeling then look no further than this estate. Situated on about 6.5 acres with year round, long range views of Downtown Hendersonville this log cabin offers. The 6.5 acres offers the potential for a couple of building sites if desired or keep the privacy and estate feeling this place offers. Sit out on the open expansive deck or relax in one of the 2 screened decks on the main level to enjoy the sunrises in the mornings. MLS:3153770 | $685,000

Custom built home with 1 owner with a mountain retreat feel w/privacy and long, year round views from rear of home. This open floor plan is inviting and a great entertaining home offering a see through fireplace, expansive decks and a magnificent 4 season sun room. A spacious master suite on the main levels offers luxurious living space with views. This home also offers a spacious workshop in the lower level. One of the few homes in High Vista with an easy driveway to the entrance. MLS# 3147481 | $615,000

If you are looking for a relaxing place to call home, then look no further than this spectacular home with an abundance of space and rooms and multitude of areas to rest and relax in. From the over-sized family room and open kitchen floor plan to the spacious wrap around deck and patio which opens out to your beautiful; in ground pool, what else could one wish for. Situated on over 2 acres of easily laying property with a level yard, outbuilding, a 2nd driveway you can easily call this home. MLS# 3149324 | $610,000

A beautiful 2-story home with walkout lower level and long mountain views in Powder Creek Estates. Hardwood floors, granite counters, glass backsplash are just a few notable features. Private, wooded setting with two large decks for entertaining or taking in the views. Custom closet systems, generator and tons of storage. Like new and move in condition. MLS# 3144977 | $600,000 Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 47

Lake Summit

A private lakefront home with majestic views over the lake, surrounded by unmatched gardens and landscaping. Master gardeners have worked years to establish the trails, gardens & mature plantings. The lake is designed for fun, fishing, boating and water sports with over 680 feet of lake front. The house is large enough to accommodate family and friends, and has over 6000 SF with 3 levels, 3 fireplaces, 6 BRs, 4.5 Baths, formal and informal areas. There are decks, patios & balconies at the main house for outdoor enjoyment and a 2-slip boathouse with a spacious deck. The property includes over 2 acres of grounds with a 2-car detached garage. The house is being sold furnished. MLS# 3131597 $2,400,000 Call Betty @ 828-606-5896 to view this home.

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Ridgeview Breathtaking long distance mountain views with 27 private acres, enhanced by a waterfall and gazebo. This high country home has it all— new enlarged kitchen with bay window, Thermador top of the line range, granite counters, wood flooring. Spacious main level master suite with a luxury bath, main level laundry and study with a FP. Walk-out LL with 2 BR’s, small kitchenette, office and fitness rm. Expanded screen porch w/Trex flooring and 1200 SF of decking. Second 1800 SF home located on property with multi-car garage space. 4 additional outbuildings. Seeing is believing. $1,500,000 MLS# 575309 Call Betty @ 828-606-5896 to view this home.

Wilson Farm Incredible details heighten the beauty of this traditional 3 bedroom, 3 full and three half bath custom home. Distinctive elegance with a gourmet kitchen, granite counters and morning rm. A generous sized, private master suite adjoins a splendidly appointed master bath with an oversized closet. A second BR, Bath and Study is nearby. A desirable home with exceptional warmth & charm is combined with all conveniences. Formal living & dining room, study, game room. A workshop w/easy outside access. This home has it all. See it soon. $575,000 MLS# 585952 Call Betty @ 828-606-5896 to view this home.

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The Sallie Lee Cottage in Montford benefits from preservation easement agreements

Easements conserve, preserve and protect By Colleen Watson

though the focus is very different.

Easements are all around us. They provide us with sidewalks, access to utilities or driveway access for a neighbor. They may be public easements that define a specific area of land for public use, such as beach or trail access.

In reality, whether it’s a conservation or preservation easement, the principles are the same. Basically, an easement is a voluntary legally binding agreement that limits certain types of uses or prevents development on a piece of property now and in the future. And with either agreement, land or property owners retain many of their rights, including the right to own and use the property, sell it, or pass it on to their heirs.

Two very different types of easements are those that are granted by individual landowners or property owners to limit development and protect property for the future. The most common, or at least the one that most people are aware of is a conservation easement. Preservation easements are not so mainstream, but are of equal importance even 50 Fine Homes & Design | Spring 2016

Donating both types of easements come with many benefits. In addition to the possibility of tax benefits, the most profound is the preservation of the land or property for future generations.

Conservation easements The purpose of a conservation easement is to protect the property’s ecological or open-space (conservation) values. One of the very first conservation easements was donated in 1961 to The Nature Conservancy. It was for land in Connecticut and helped set the stage for this nonprofit to lead the way in helping craft the policy around conservation easements. And ever since then, The Nature Conservancy has used conservation easements to protect the value of land and water as habitat for native plant and animal species. Closer to home, the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is in business to safeguard our region’s rich natural features—our beautiful, ancient mountains, forested

Conservation easements offer great flexibility, yet provide a permanent guarantee that land will not be developed wilderness, precious waterways and historic rural landscapes. Through more than 100 conservation easements, this organization is creating a network of protected farms, forests, parks and natural lands that include thousands of acres. Conservation easements offer great flexibility, yet provide a permanent guarantee that the land will not be developed. For example, an easement on land containing rare wildlife habitat might prohibit any development, while one on a farm might allow continued farming and the building of additional agricultural structures. All conservation easements must provide public benefits, such as water quality, farm and ranch land preservation, scenic views, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, education and historic preservation. Preservation easements While it’s critically important for our future to conserve our precious environmental resources, it’s just as crucial to preserve our historic resources. To that end, preservation easements play an integral role. The purpose of a preservation easement is to protect the property’s historic integrity. The legal agreement is made between the property owner and a qualified preservation organization, such as the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County (PSABC). Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 51

One of the more recognizable buildings that maintains permanent protection through a preservation easement is the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Some of the properties on Wall Street also fall into this category of protection.

Preserving an historic building for the future creates a link to the past that cannot be broken. Many who have entered into an easement agreement have mentioned their deep personal connection to their historic property, speaking about their family legacy and their desire to preserve it.

Moving away from downtown, there are a number of homes in Asheville neighborhoods that have preservation easement agreements with the PSABC. The Sallie Lee Cottage in Montford is one such home. It is one of the older homes in Asheville, believed to be built in 1883. The Victorian Stickstyle home was named after its original owner and will be preserved in perpetuity.

When entering into an easement agreement, both the property owner and the organization have certain responsibilities. The property owner agrees to maintain the property in satisfactory condition and protect its historic integrity without inappropriate alterations, additions or demolitions. The organization is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the conditions of the easement by inspecting

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Preservation easements can be a tool for neighborhood preservation as well the property and communicating with the property owner. The owner retains the right and duty to manage and care for the property, continues to pay taxes, and can continue to live and/or work in the building and on the property as before. The legal agreement is written in deed form and filed at the Buncombe County register of deeds. It’s also included in the property title and not only affects the original property owner, but all future owners. The easement will be listed during a title search, thereby notifying each potential new property owner of its existence and the conditions that go along with the property’s purchase. Easements are flexible and can be customized to meet the property owner’s needs. For instance, the owner may choose only to protect the exterior of the building, but a preservation easement may also protect a building’s interior and important landscape elements, such as outbuildings, walls or terraces. Preservation easements protect properties—private residences, commercial buildings, landscapes and gardens— with significant historical, architectural or archaeological resources. Eligible properties must meet certain standards for historic significance. Being listed in the National Register of Historic Places is a standard typically used. Preservation easements can be a tool for neighborhood preservation as well. An easementprotected property becomes a stable anchor for its neighborhood, demonstrating historic status and a heightened awareness of the value of preservation. Benefits of easements There are many advantages to both types of easements. Whether for historic property or land conservation, easements benefit owners by securing the property for the future. Through the donation of an easement, a personal legacy is created that will live on, leaving an indelible mark for all to enjoy.

This is how it works. By precluding certain development alternatives, the market value of the property can be reduced. The resulting difference is the value of the interest in the property that is transferred to the non-profit organization. Property tax assessments may be adjusted appropriately, with a corresponding impact on estate taxes. There are some specific requirements that must be met to obtain federal and state tax incentives for the donation of easements. For example, the easement must be perpetual, the donor must work with a qualified charitable organization, and the easement must meet one or more of the purposes set out in the federal tax code, which include: • Preservation of historically important land or buildings • Preservation of land for outdoor recreation or education • Protection of relatively natural habitats of fish, wildlife or plants • Preservation of open space pursuant to a clearly delineated governmental conservation policy Additional requirements must be met to take a tax deduction on an easement donation for a property in a local historic district. Each property and the applicable local preservation law must be considered individually in order to correctly assess the value of a preservation easement. You can check with the PSABC for more information about this. The importance of easements cannot be understated … conserving and preserving land is in everyone’s best interests. Conserving our natural resources is critical to our future and preserving our history helps sustain our sense of place and connects us more deeply to who we are as a community. Saving the places that are important helps to define us and in effect makes us who we are. It helps create a sense of pride and accomplishment that can be felt in the energy of Asheville and Western North Carolina. For more information about preserving your historic property, contact the PSABC at (828) 254-2343, or through email at

An owner may also benefit from savings in income, property and estate taxes. Following IRS regulations, property owners Note: All property owners are strongly advised to engage professional legal and tax council independent may deduct the value of the easement from their federal of any conversation with an easement holding/accepting income taxes as a charitable contribution. organization.

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The THREE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS needed for every successful cabinet project:

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open the door to the magnificent view!

Historic Fernbrook Farm Spectacular Lodge-style home encased by handpicked river stone situated on a high knoll, surrounded by 20 lush, organic acres of pasture, woods and specialty trees. Perfect for compound, equestrian use, or agriculture! See the sunset and views from the veranda, app. 4000 sq. ft barn, and rolling hills or watch the sunrise from the morning porch! MLS#3129725 $1,500,000

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IF sustainability, elegance & privacy are in your vocabulary then you owe it to yourself to consider this luxurious, high performance home. Views to Mt. Pisgah, quietude, flexible living & outdoor space abound. Superior ICF construction, multiple garages & a European horse arena & barn that could transform into your personal spa or collectible automobile showcase places this at the mtns & you begin to get an idea of what is truly offered. NCMMLS#: 3130639 | $2,700,000

Gardener’s paradise in N Asheville with invigorating views! French Normandy inspired estate w/ green built features overlooking multiple streams, waterfalls and private pond. Gourmet kitchen, cathedral ceilings, hardwood & travertine flooring complimented by sculptured fireplaces, custom built­ins, radiant sun room, highest quality of interior appointments. Cherished private location yet only minutes from AVL amenities. The head of the Beaverdam Creek starts here! Come home to the extraordinary. NCMMLS#: 3131393 | $1,579,000

Divine mountain seclusion only 20 min from downtown AVL! This stunning mountaintop home captures spectacular year­round views from impressive great room windows, 2nd floor balcony and Ipe decks. Floor-­ to-ceiling center stone FP, gourmet kitchen complete w/ 6 ­burner Wolf stove, master suite w/ private deck & FP, granite countertops & high end appliances. Driveway is an exhilarating rise in elevation! Write your next great novel in the peace & tranquility of this extraordinary mountain retreat! Paved, elevated driveway. NCMMLS#:591626 | $900,000

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Wildcat Cliffs Phase II is NOW OPEN 14 luxury view lots with underground utilities from 200-400K

Introducing the much anticipated release of Phase II in Wildcat Cliffs! Top of the world views combined with sylvan seclusion only 3 miles from downtown Asheville. Wildcat Cliffs is a gated community of high end homes, clearly prized by Mother Nature. Enjoy city convenience w/ only county taxes. Underground utilities in place; driveways cleared. Nearly every lot boasts sensational views. In a prime location off Town Mountain Road w/ easy access to Blue Ridge Parkway, this is one of Asheville’s finest places to build. Ron is the only Certified International Property Specialist in Asheville and is the founder of Asheville kw Luxury Homes International • • Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 57

A true mountain retreat by Alderman Custom Homes in French Broad Crossing. Enhanced by current owner to add more features. This property can be your getaway or compound and includes 2 additional lots, all surrounded by conservation lands and with rare views directly of the French Broad River. This rustic yet contemporary house is truly easy living and a short hop from the club and pool house or hang out directly at river level and access. All modern conveniences in place and minutes to AVL. Agent Remarks: This listing offers a combination of lot 6 with home as well as lots 4 and 5. Each lot offered separately in MLS as well. NCMMLS#:3156934 | $1,493,000


Phenomenal living awaits in this remarkable lakeside estate nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains! This grand masterpiece in Bear Lake Reserve boasts ceremonious lake & mountain views and includes amenities such as golf, tennis, boating, hiking and swimming. This monumental home features 2 master bedrooms, multiple fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, 2nd kitchen, formal dining area and vaulted great wood w/ stunning stone fp. Marvel at the awe足inspiring views from nearly every room. Prime WNC location! NCMMLS#: 3131607 | $1,749,000

An oasis in the wilderness! This majestic arts & crafts style home rests above a spectacular waterfall in a serene sylvan setting. Multiple decks offer divine views of Mother Nature. Built in 1996 with an exquisite eye for detail, no other property parallels the many unique fetures in this well足sculpted retreat. Charming guest house included! This prestigious get足away has been a worthy vacation rental for the current owners. Make this your sweet escape, smart investment or both! NCMMLS#: 3155958 | $850,000

You must spend some time at this property to appreciate all it has to offer. Hand-made locust fencing lines the property as you drive into the Four Seasons Ranch. Turn right at the tobacco barn & take a leisurely walk to the pond stocked w/fish and have a BBQ at your own private park. The land has been swept clean and the views from the top seem to go on forever. This is the perfect family home land w/space enough to build @ least 2 more homes. NCMMLS#:584865 | $829,000

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­Currently The Oaks Bed and Breakfast Inn. This spectacular 1895 Queen­Anne Victorian home is located in the unique mountain town of Saluda, NC. The Oaks features a total of 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms on .75 acres. Includes 2 luxury apartment suites in the adjacent carriage house, one of which is currently used as the owner’s/operators quarters. A must see! NCMMLS# 581543 | $650,000 Established 12­room Inn located at entrance to Great Smokey Mtns Park, the most visited national park in the country. Unusually commodious owners’ quarters situated on main level & fully­equipped commercial kitchen w/ potential for extended meal service. Unrealized possibilities include event hosting for weddings, family reunions, Sylvan surroundings in private location. Turnkey operation. Priced below appraisal. NCMMLS#: 593029 $850,000

Elegant Colonial­style home with extraordinary master suite plus 6 bedrooms, each w/ private bath. Spacious rooms offer many possibilities! Shaded backyard with gazebo for outside relaxation, entertaining and enjoying nature. Large marble covered front porch boasts style, curb appeal and mountain views. Ample parking. Convenient to downtown shopping, restaurants and the Penland School of Crafts. NCMMLS#: 593279 | $675,000 Ron is the only Certified International Property Specialist in Asheville and is the founder of Asheville kw Luxury Homes International • • Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 59

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Captivating Mountain Estate

View soaring stone walls and surrounding layers of decking with lavish landscaping. Enjoy 2 private ponds, tennis, a separate two-story guest house consisting of 2 efficiency apartments and an endless swimming pool enclosed in it’s own heated pool house. These are just a sampling of the features of this spectacular 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath home situated on 25 acres in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. A prestigious estate that has it all! Includes a 3-car attached and 4-car unattached garage. You must see it to fully appreciate this VERY SPECIAL FIND! MLS#27966 • WNCRMLS#: NCM578730

$750,000 105 High Ridge Road, Little Switzerland, NC 28749 Located in the Shoppes at the Switzerland Inn and Spa on the Blue Ridge Parkway Jann Godwin 828-385-0042

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Fletcher: Fletcher: Breathtaking Breathtaking views views on on 7-acres 7-acres in ainpopular a popular equestrian equestrian friendly friendly community community justjust 20 20 minutes minutes to downtown to downtown Asheville. Asheville. Custom Custom built built 6BR/6.5BA 6BR/6.5BA withwith lotslots of character. of character. Raised Raised garden garden beds, beds, triple triple garage garage & more! & more! $2,400,000 $2,400,000 MLS# MLS# 3150061. 3150061. CallCall BillyBilly Taylor Taylor at (828) at (828) 778-6075. 778-6075.

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Fletcher: of glass for light & views provides a real WOW factor! Wonderfully creates a casual elegance. Fletcher: Lots Lots of glass for light & views provides a real WOW factor! Wonderfully openopen floorfloor plan plan creates a casual elegance. 4BR/5.5BA, master on main, room+Den+Office+XXL Bonus Room+3 car garage. Professional landscaping, irrigation 4BR/5.5BA, master on main, GreatGreat room+Den+Office+XXL Bonus Room+3 car garage. Professional landscaping, drip drip irrigation system & invisible fencing. County minutes to great South Asheville amenities! $935,000 MLS# NCM569525. system & invisible fencing. County taxestaxes yet yet minutes to great South Asheville amenities! $935,000 MLS# NCM569525.

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Fletcher: Expertly manicured grounds, ponds, trails, mature woodlands, & gardens nestled along Fletcher: Expertly manicured grounds, ponds, trails, mature woodlands, & gardens nestled along a bold creek. Ideal of retreat. than 10 minutes to desirable South Asheville a bold creek. Ideal for for anyany typetype of retreat. LessLess than 10 minutes to desirable South Asheville withwith abundant shopping & restaurants. $1,950,000 MLS# 3138475. Taylor at (828) 778-6075. abundant shopping & restaurants. $1,950,000 MLS# 3138475. CallCall BillyBilly Taylor at (828) 778-6075.

Asheville: Stunning Arts & Crafts home w/pastoral views. Private 2 plus2 acre adjoins babbling creek,wooded trailstrails & community park.park. 5 Asheville: Stunning Arts & Crafts home w/pastoral views. Private plus lot acre lot adjoins babbling creek,wooded & community 5 BR / 6BR full/ 6 en suite BA & BA 2 half mainmain level level livingliving w/stone fireplace. Spacious mainmain level level master w/custom closet. Bonus roomroom upstairs. full en suite & 2BA. halfOpen BA. Open w/stone fireplace. Spacious master w/custom closet. Bonus upstairs. Family/Rec roomroom downstairs w/wet bar, home theater & large workshop/storage. Invisible fencefence in place. $959,000 MLS#MLS# NCM594805. Family/Rec downstairs w/wet bar, home theater & large workshop/storage. Invisible in place. $959,000 NCM594805.

Fletcher: Exquisite luxury custom home w/stone work,work, rusticrustic yet elegant coffered ceilings & natural finishfinish mill work. OpenOpen plan plan greatgreat Fletcher: Exquisite luxury custom home w/stone yet elegant coffered ceilings & natural mill work. for entertaining, 2 fireplaces, spacious master suite.suite. Fantastic lowerlower level level guestguest suite,suite, family/game roomroom with with wet bar. for entertaining, 2 fireplaces, spacious master Fantastic family/game wet Bridgewater bar. Bridgewater offers quietquiet country setting, park,park, trailstrails & pavilion all less than than 15 minutes fromfrom downtown Asheville. $895,000 MLS#MLS# 3145652. offers country setting, & pavilion all less 15 minutes downtown Asheville. $895,000 3145652.

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A World-Class Club. A True Community.

The #1 Ranked Year-Round Golf Course in Western North Carolina. Our residents have come from 35 different states, but are united by the welcoming, inclusive culture of the Champion Hills community. We invite you to contact us today to schedule a visit tailored to your interests. We know that once you have seen our spectacular location, experienced our lifestyle and spent time with some of our members, you will know you have found your new home. Contact us at or call 800.633.5122 Champion Hills Club is a private, member-owned country club. Admission is member-sponsored and requires approval by the Board of Governors.

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Gorgeous Contemporary Mountain Home in Champion Hills, w/ Tom Fazio golf course rated #6th in NC. Open layout separated by a massive stone fireplace. New Chef like kitchen, Great room w/ soaring ceilings and walls of windows. Wonderful layout with master on the main, guest rooms upstairs, & Family room has another large stone fireplace. Flex space can be an office, workout area or work shop. Multiple decks and a wrap-around screened porch. Located 8 minutes from town. MLS# 3154698

Long Distance Views • $535,000

Great home with long distance views in a lovely setting. Terrific open layout, with a wall of windows, large stone fireplace, rich cabinetry, cathedral ceiling. The outdoor space completes this home. It has both a screened in porch and an open deck to relax and take in the views. NEW architectural shingle roof 2014. Located in Champion Hills, with a Tom Fazio designed golf course rated #1 in WNC for best year round course and #6 in NC by Golf Digest. Golf Membership and Cart negotiable. MLS# 3152976

Lovely Privacy • $700,000

Nestled on a very private, beautifully landscaped 2.28 AC lot, this home offers a slightly more contemporary interpretation of a mountain home with clean lines and neutral tones. Spacious rooms, gorgeous cherry floors, fabulous kitchen and keeping room, large master. Lower level has a family room with fireplace, 2 guest suites, office/hobby room and sunroom. Plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the temperate 4 season climate. Close to downtown. MLS# 3134245

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Jeff Slosman, President of National Wiper Alliance, Large Business winner of NC Family Business Award

Small business leads the way in driving economic growth By Colleen Watson We’ve seen it many times, the desire for communities to entice large corporations to their areas. It may seem like a quick fix to economic growth, but there are many benefits to supporting small businesses. Whether that support comes in offering certain incentives to a business start-up or through opportunities for existing businesses to tap into knowledge 76 Fine Homes & Design | Spring 2016

and leading-edge innovation, the end result is the same—a thriving economy with continued job opportunities. According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, small business is the backbone of Asheville’s economy. The facts back up this statement, so it’s not surprising that the Chamber of Commerce and many other community organizations offer a variety of resources designed to help small businesses succeed. One such group is the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum (FBF). Helping business owners maximize the well being of their business, the FBF focuses on professional development and creates an environment that raises awareness specifically for family owned and privately held businesses in Western North Carolina. They allow for the sharing of ideas and access to relevant business education. The mission of the FBF is “to support you so your business can succeed across generations.” The first week of May is Asheville’s Small Business Week. According to the US Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses represent 99.7% of all employer firms. Since 1995, they’ve generated 64% of new jobs and

George, Tate, and Matt Groome of Colton Groome & Company

accounted for 42.9% of the total US payroll dollars Small businesses stimulate economic growth through employment opportunities and by bringing innovation to the community. They tend to attract talent who invent new products or implement new solutions for existing ideas. To support this, a study by the SBA found that small businesses produced 16 times more patents than larger firms. In short, small businesses of all types help strengthen local economies. In honor of Asheville’s Small Business Week, the Family Business Forum will be opening its doors free to the public for their Thursday, May 5th luncheon event. Mark Peters of the Michigan-based, family-owned dairy operation known as Butterball Farms (not to be confused with Butterball Turkeys), is on the schedule. Mark’s talk, Because Butter Should Be Beautiful, will cover the company’s transition to the next generation as well as the importance of collaboration in the business community. Mark has appeared on TEDx Talk and you can see his presentation, I want lifetime employment (not just with you), on YouTube.

While FBF members include all business sizes, they have one thing in common—dedication to preserving family business for future generations. The Forums provide educational programming presented by nationally known experts, with event topics originating from member feedback and current hot topics. An ongoing topic centers on passing the reigns to the next generation. An article in the Harvard Business Review states that 70% of family businesses fail before they reach the second generation, and only 10% make it to the third. An important benefit to joining the FBF is their commitment and dedication to preserving family business for future generations. The Forums also provide opportunities for members to build relationships with other family businesses and service providers. According to G. Tate Groome, Co-CEO of Colton Groome & Company, his father, George, helped create the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum 15 years ago with the goal of bringing best-in-class speakers to Asheville from family businesses throughout the country. Tate recalled that, “My dad had been traveling around the Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 77

country to hear what top notch family business leaders had to say. The educational and other events offered by the Family Business Forum provide great insight, allowing you much needed time to work on business rather than in business. The FBF is a great place for reflection and a place where people share; everyone benefits through a transfer of knowledge and experience. People are there for the same reason—to be better at what we do.” Colton Groome & Company has been in business since 1950, providing trusted financial solutions to business owners, medical professionals, retirees, families and individuals. They provide comprehensive financial guidance, life insurance strategies, corporate retirement plan management and investment advisory services. George

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Groome is Chairman of Colton Groome and his sons, Tate and Matt, are now his equal partners and Co-CEOs. Both brothers graduated from their father’s alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill. Matt’s focus is on retirement planning while Tate is well versed in the area of insurance strategies. Colton Groome & Company recently announced the release of Tate’s first published book, …the Best Policy, Managing Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts – Getting to the Heart of the Matter. The book takes this very complicated subject, and makes it understandable and enjoyable for readers. At just over 100 pages the book weaves in a human element, using real-life examples of how better management of Life Insurance Trusts have made a difference in people’s lives.

While some businesses may be small, their impact is not. They are the drivers of job creation in the US In his first chapter, Origins, Tate provides us with some excellent insight into how his father, George, got into the business. It’s all about an interaction that happened when George was eight years old and how the subsequent friendship that resulted impacted not only Tate’s life, but you could also say, Asheville’s family businesses. Are you intrigued? You can check out Tate’s book on his website: This book is being mentioned here as the first chapter sets the stage for a life dedicated to financial security, families and small businesses. It speaks of not only George, but of Henry Colton, Colton Groome’s founder. Henry earned his engineering degree at Yale, flew 22 combat missions in WWII, and then made the law review at UNC Chapel Hill. Tate speaks about Henry with a great deal of respect and fondness. In Tate’s words, “We speak of Henry often. He was really important to us and what we do. Our company was built on the fabric and foundation of ‘combining the thoroughness of an attorney, the precision of an engineer and the courage of the greatest generation ever’.” And that was Henry, through and through. Henry would be proud that Colton Groome & Company will be honored in May with the North Carolina Family Business Award in the Small Business category. The award will be presented by the Wake Forest University Family Business Center and media sponsor Business North Carolina. Another member of the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum, National Wiper Alliance of Swannanoa NC, is the winner in the Large Business category. The NC Family Business Award is designed to recognize the achievements of family-owned businesses and their contributions to their communities. In addition to business success, entries are judged on the following criteria: • Innovative Business Strategies and Practices • Business Growth and New Development • Contributions to Community and Industry • Involvement by Different Family Members and Generations

• Commitment to Family Well-Being and Keeping the Business in the Family This annual NC award is a great way to draw attention to family businesses. Statistically, it’s easy to see how these businesses play a significant role in the US economy. According to Harvard Business School, family firms account for two thirds of all businesses around the world. In the US, at least half of all companies are family owned. And, just over half of all publicly listed companies in the US are family owned. As for small businesses in general, many are able to react and adapt quickly to accommodate a changing economic climate. Because they generally are more customer-focused, their customers tend to remain loyal during an economic downturn. In spite of this, during the recession of 2009, small businesses were hit hard. It took awhile but they have continued to rebound. Because they’re small, however, it’s easy to underestimate their value and role in our economy. But while they may be small, their impact is not. They are the drivers of job creation in the US. So, whether family owned or a small business, it’s in our best interests to support our many locally owned establishments. In many ways, they are the heart of our community. In the larger scheme of things, they may not generate as much money as large corporations, but they are a critical component and contribute greatly to the strength of our local economy. For information about Colton Groome & Company, contact Claire Hester, Marketing Manager, at (828) 252-1816, Ext 121 or check out their website at For more information about the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum, contact Cindy Clarke, Executive Director, at (828) 232-5091. To find out how you can become a member or to check upcoming events, access their website at

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This home is one of the finest Custom Builds in North Asheville. 5 Bedrooms each with its own Bath. Impressive Living Rooms with Fireplaces, Rich Hardwoods, Outdoor Balconies with VIEWS of Sunset Mountain & Asheville Country Club! Formal Dining Room, Designer Kitchen with Viking Double Ovens, Copper Sinks, Italian Tiles & Granite plus a Butler’s Pantry. Plush landscaping & Gardens overlooking the 9th Green. Easy walk to Beaver Lake!!! MLS:590867

$2,750,000 Lynn B. Phillips 828-275-5957 | Coldwell Banker King 20 Town Mountain Road, Suite 100 | Asheville, North Carolina 28801 80 Fine Homes & Design | Spring 2016



is what you will experience in this Contemporary Home on 3.75 private acres in prestigious 28804! Elegant taste reflected by the Hand Blown Lights that surround the home. Antique Cedar Doors, Walls of Windows with VIEWS, Dining Room w/Antique Marble Heated Buffet,Unique Breakfast Room that opens to Outdoor Living Space w/Full Kitchen. Dual Staircase to 4 Bdrm Suites & a Grand Master w/Fireplace, Private Balcony, His n Her Closets, Jacuzzi & Sauna! A True Treasure! MLS:593232 ~ $1,375,000

Resting on 42.5 acres this totally renovated exquisite Wood & Stone Home boasts Soaring Ceilings, Massive Fireplace, Hardwood Floors, Open Floor Plan, Designer Kitchen, Delightful Screened In Porch and Full Length Decks to relax on and enjoy the Mountain VIEWS! Master Suite is INCREDIBLE with VIEWS and a Spa! Property is Stunning! At one time a wedding venue! Romantic Garden, Firepit, Creek, Hiking Trails, Pasture for Horses and a Barn! From the minute you enter the Stone Pillar Entrance you will be impressed! Country Escape yet minutes to all amenities! MLS:593543 ~ $1,149,000



Stunning Custom Built 4 Bdrm, 3.5 Bath Home on 3 Private Acres of plush Lawns, Gardens & Mountain VIEWS! Home boasts spacious Open Floor Plan, Sought after Outdoor Living Space, 2 Master Suites, Great Kitchen w/new Granite, Island, Pantry and Bakers Rack! Feels like Weaverville but address is Alexander. Also available with just 3 acres. Minutes to all Shopping and Dining. MLS:3152654 ~ $750,000

Enjoy cool mountain breezes & spectacular VIEWS from this 3 Bedroom Contemporary Home hugging Town Mountain. Home is designed for indoor/outdoor living with its private Front Atrium, Stone Patio with Firepit and Hot Tub. Screened in Porch off the Kitchen and 2 full length Rear Decks with VIEWS! Walls of Windows bring in Nature’s Beauty in each room! Bright,Sunny,Open Floor Plan. Handsome Office with Fireplace in Master Suite and an Artist Studio in the Lower Level. A Home to Envy! MLS:592951 ~ $749,000

Contact: Lynn B. Phillips for more information on any of these properties | 828-275-5957 | Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 81

Grovewood Rocks! A Showcase of Artisan Made Rocking Chairs at Grovewood Gallery June 4 – August 28, 2016 | Opening Reception: June 4 from 3 - 6pm

Brian Fireman

ASHEVILLE, NC - Art meets function in Grovewood Rocks! - a showcase of artisan made rocking chairs by 11 American woodworkers, including 6 from North Carolina. Rocker styles will range from traditional to contemporary and reflect the creative diversity and unique personality of each maker. This exhibition will be celebrated with an opening reception on June 4 from 3 - 6pm (free & open to the public).

Grovewood Rocks! is curated by Russell Gale, who began managing Grovewood Gallery in 2015. Prior to coming to Grovewood, Gale was a full-time woodworker himself, primarily making custom studio furniture. He attended the highly regarded Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, CA before settling in Asheville in 2009. His work has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Woodworker West, and Lark Books’ 500 Cabinets. “We chose to do this exhibit because the rocking chair is such an iconic piece of furniture,” said Gale. “Whether they are used to take in a sunset from a porch or to rock a child to sleep, they hold such a special place in the hearts and minds of many people. The participating woodworkers, most of whom are regular Grovewood artists, were chosen because I thought each one would bring a unique and fresh perspective to the form.”

Mark Whitley

Participating artists include Fatie Atkinson, Brian Brace, Curtis Buchanan, Alan Daigre, Brian Fireman, Joe Godfrey, Andy McFate, Libby Schrum, Leslie Webb, Seth Weizenecker, and Mark Whitley. Grovewood Rocks! will be on view through Sunday, August 28, 2016. ABOUT GROVEWOOD GALLERY Grovewood is a family-owned, fine crafts destination located in the former weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries (built during 1917-1924), adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn in North Asheville. The gallery showcases traditional and contemporary craft, all handmade by American artisans.

Libby Schrum

Grovewood is also home to 9 working artist studios, the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, the North Carolina Homespun Museum, as well as Asheville’s new Greek and Mediterranean restaurant, Golden Fleece Slow Earth Kitchen. Free parking is available on site. To learn more about Grovewood Gallery, visit or call 828.253.7651. 82 Fine Homes & Design | Spring 2016

$1,100,000 This parcel of land consists of 15.31 acres, platted as 9 lots by LandDesign. Assets include approval by city for water and natural gas connections, as well as, elevation providing views of the French Broad River and common area riverfront for use by owners of lots in the subdivision, plus adjacent to Blue Ridge Parkway. Five minutes to shopping and movies of Biltmore Park & 10 minutes to downtown Asheville. Assets that cannot be beat! MLS#: 587091


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Extraordinary Property


EisEnhauEr (828) 674-1508 rEaltorÂŽ, e-Pro, Cnhs, ClhMs

Unsurpassed quality! Attention to details! Breathtaking VIEWS! The magnificent great room with see-thru stone fireplace which connects to the gourmet kitchen with every amenity imaginable, expansive master suite, library loft with reading rm, family room/ bar area & add’l 587SQFT carriage house are only a few of the features. The multi-level decking with cable railing & waterfall/ Koi pond only enhance this property. $1,300,000 ML 3139021

Picturesque Setting

A hallmark of design & quality with ultimate privacy. Main level living featuring oak floors w/black walnut inlays, beamed & coffered ceilings, library, DR, great rm w/stone FP, gourmet kitchen & luxurious master suite. The LL features a family rm, billiard area, full bar, card rm& 2 guest suites. Outdoor living include gazebo-style covered deck, open deck, stone patios, cascading waterfall w/ Koi pond &lush landscaping. $975,000 ML 3152356


Keller Williams Realty . 404 South Main Street . Hendersonville . NC . 28792

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Prestigious Location

Exceptional Holland Brady home situated on 6.25 acres in a private lush garden setting in one of the Old Hunt Country’s most prestigious locations. Mountain & garden views from every room. No details have been spared in this stunning home. $699,000 ML 583863


Phenomenal Landscaping

Simply Spectacular

Mountain & Lake Views

NEW PRICE! Gorgeous park-like setting located in Kenmure. Superior craftsmanship with exceptional interiors. This unique masterpiece is a work of art, rich with detail. ML 587179 $749,000

The ultimate in casual elegance & outdoor living! Exquisite grounds features an outstanding stone deck pool area, outdoor kitchen, stone firepit, waterfall that flows into pool & expansive waterfall entry w/Koi pond. ML 594509 $1,300,000

NEW PRICE! Spectacular year round long range mountain views in this exquisitely updated home in desirable Laurel Park. Situated on 1 plus acres w/ lake views & access. ML 3156410 $529,000

Exquisite Finishes

Exceptional Kenmure Home

Unparalleled craftsmanship. Features open floor plan, custom designer kitchen, great rm with floor to ceiling stone FP, formal dining rm, luxurious master suite, screened porch & deck. The LL provides a family room with stone FP, billiard table, & wet bar. Elevator, generator & more. ML 3150896 $775,000

Extraordinary Property! Architectural excellence describes this Arts & Crafts estate w/a New England flair. From the impressive great rm w/its grand stone FP, the luxurious owners suite w/sitting rm to the designer kitchen, you will definitely be impressed. This prestigious estate encompasses 1.9 acres of professionally landscaped grounds & offers mtn views & ultimate privacy. ML 584472 $899,000



Terri Eisenhauer Signature Properties rEaltorÂŽ, e-Pro, Cnhs


(828) 674-1508

Experience, Enthusiasm & Excellence....Working for You!!

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French Broad Crossing is a registered trademark of Preserve Communities Real Estate, LLC. This is not intended to be an offer to sell or solicitation of offers to buy real estate in French Broad Crossing for residents of CT, HI, ID, IL, NY, or PA, or any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law. French Broad Crossing is exclusively marketed by PMC Development Group.

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Mountain Living


“The Oaks” on 14 acres in Equestrian Estates features an elegant home with sweeping mountain views and custom designed windows designed for maximum light. Nestled among gorgeous land that could be cleared for pasture for horses. On the FETA trail system and minutes from the Tryon Equestrian Center. MLS:3127432

Nancy Witek


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Local artist creates unique illustrations with a knife North Carolina artist, Kimberly Anderson has been an illustrator, graphic designer, and silk painter for years. She started her artistic journey at the young age of three years old where she started drawing and never stopped. According to her family she drew on everything... including walls. Her talent is an inherited talent that she shares with several other artist in her family and it came naturally even as a toddler. Kim decided early in life that she was going to pursue a profession in design and the arts. She was always fascinated with photography at a very early age. At the beginning of her 20’s her first real creative job came about when an uncle bought a photo lab in Hendersonville and hired Kim as the manager. This is where she was able to set up a photography studio and a dark room along with the newest photo lab equipment that did all the work for you. This is also where her first lessons in CMYK color came from (the format for all 4-color printing). It was the beginning steps to her graphic design career. During this time Kim became a professional photographer and went on to work in commercial photography with a well known photographer in Hendersonville. After a few years in the photography business and at the age of 24 she was able to get her first job as a graphic designer and this became her profession. Besides being a graphic designer she has many years of experience in management as a Production Manager and an Art Director. She is currently the Art Director for Fine Homes & Design magazine. Her career as a graphic designer came true early on and she still works in the advertising/marketing /publication industry.

She never stopped drawing... She eventually became known for her pen, ink, and watercolors and was accepted into galleries in the area and began selling her art. And like so many creative people she had many mediums that she experimented with, some stuck and some didn’t. With the exception of a few workshops she is a self taught artist and crafts person. It was less than 10 years ago when Kim was teaching silk painting at AB Tech in their Continuing Ed classes that one of her students carried in the white clay board that had been painted on with India ink and scratched back off. Kim had been working with the black scratchboard but this was different. Kim thought “I can get excited about this” and went out the next day and purchased what she needed from the former Carolina Arts Supply on Swannanoa River Road. It really began there with the scratch art and the art has evolved over the years. The boards are a product of Ampersand and the correct name for the boards are Scratchbord and Claybord. “I found my niche and what I have a passion to do. It’s my illustration skills inside out. I am drawing on this black ink with a knife and bringing it to life through tiny scratch lines. It’s sort of like drawing in the negative by taking solid black and turning it into a realistic image.” Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 89

Kim works on both the black scratchbord and the white claybord, but most of her work is on the claybord. A common misconception by many is that the color is underneath the ink and there is not any color, it is applied later. These boards are either totally white (claybord) or totally black (scratchbord). Kim’s process on the claybord begins with painting in the subject with black ink and then with her knife tool she removes that ink creating her subject. The white clay shows through all the scratch lines. Next she colors the piece, with a combination of watercolor, and inks. She finishes the art with a high gloss sealant. Framed pieces are without glass so that you can see and feel the texture of the line work. She works mainly in nature, birds, and florals. The scratch art lends itself well to the realism. She also likes to be creative and do “block print” style scratch art (see Hummingbirds on page 88). That is where she starts on black scratchbord and then removes the white around the subject. It leaves a black outline and little marks throughout all the white. The scratch art is a labor of love and can take many hours on the larger pieces. “Kimberly shares that her drawing background is what drives her art. With a strong understanding of many art materials and superb drawing skills, it is no surprise that Kimberly’s current artwork is both beautifully designed, exquisitely rendered, and nationally recognized.” - Ampersand Art Supply - Featured Artist July 2015 As a graphic designer and photographer, Kim is able to photograph her art and then turn it into many products such as art pendants, ornaments and note cards to name a few. She is also involved in the coloring book craze and is currently working with a publisher illustrating a coloring book to be published late in 2016. She has been represented by many galleries in the area. Current galleries now are: Mountain Made Gallery, Grove Arcade in Asheville, Mountain Nest Gallery, Cherry Street in Black Mountain, and Art MoB Studios & Marketplace in Hendersonville. Visit her website for more information and the links to her blogs where she shares her techniques. You can also find information on upcoming classes and shows. Kimberly is a member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. 90 Fine Homes & Design | Spring 2016

Stunning Long-Range Mountain Views! Custom Home design, Fisher-Paykel stainless appliances, granite, cherry cabinets. Master suite with sitting area and morning breakfast room. Spacious Bonus Room and Recreation Rooms. Triple Garage on main. Spacious Open Floor Plan. Tremendous deck. Private 2.53 acres ridge top lot.

3 BR/3 BA | 5,325 SF | 2.53 AC. | MLS:3125874 | $1,100,000

Stephen G. Duncan


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Feng Shui design:

The importance of your kitchen By Jini Rayne

Kitchens are a place of nurturing and support for a family. The kitchen is both a private, almost meditative space, and a public space where family and friends gather around for the preparation of food. In feng shui, the kitchen is particularly important because the stove is seen as the hearth of a home, a place where the family is continually nourished, and where personal vitality is replenished. Along with the entrance, where energy and opportunity are welcomed, and the bed, where you rest and rejuvenate and spend about one third of life, the stove is one of the three most important features of a home. It is the engine that runs the house. As the source of nourishment for inhabitants, the stove is a symbol of wealth as well as health. It is important that all of the burners and the oven function properly, and that they all be used on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean that one must cook elaborately, just that it is important to use all of the sources of family nourishment, not just a favorite burner or two, to avoid inhibiting your ability to provide for your family. Keeping the stove sparkling clean is also a good way to honor and reinforce its function as a source of good energy. The stove (fire) should be separated by some counter space from the sink (water) and refrigerator (water) and not be under a window or skylight. It should be well lit and free from any oppressive block overhead such as a beam. The cook should have plenty of space to work at the stove and ideally should also be able to see the door while cooking. If the cook’s back is to a door, a shiny teapot might be placed next to stove, or some other adjustment might be required so that they can see the reflection of the door. Hanging a crystal or wind chime over the cook’s position at the stove can bring clarity to the cook and generally clear and balance energy in the kitchen. This is especially indicated if there are many windows or doors in the kitchen, if the kitchen does not have three defining walls, or if it is not a regular square or rectangle in shape.

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Good lighting in the kitchen is not just a practical or esthetic consideration but also a feng shui imperative. The

Chinese believe that a dark kitchen portends a dark future. Well lit work spaces at both the sink and stove, in addition to general, overhead lighting, is ideal. It is undesirable for a kitchen to have a common wall with a bathroom. It is especially adverse if bathroom plumbing (water) is on the wall of the bath behind the stove (fire). Likewise, a common wall between a bedroom and the kitchen is considered unfortunate. At the very least, the head of the bed should not be on the wall against the stove on the other side. If the house is an irregular shape and the kitchen, particularly the stove, is outside the bagua (the energy map) of the house, then it is hard to bring money in and one partner is likely to be gone a lot. There is a way to use a mirror to “pull the stove� back into the house. One very negative circumstance is if the stove can be seen from the front door when one enters the house. This

view must be blocked in some way as illness or death, especially for adult women, is believed to result from this circumstance. I must admit that this is one feng shui rule for which I could find no logical reason. Yet I have seen too many fatal illnesses of the woman of the house when this circumstance is present to doubt the validity of this rule. In this day where many of us habitually enter from a garage directly into the kitchen, I would be cautious of the woman of the house using such an entrance if the stove is immediately in her line of sight when entering the kitchen. At least I would not use such an entrance very often if it were my house. Feng shui is a method of bringing balance and harmony to one’s environment. A well designed kitchen is important in this endeavor and is very auspicious for all who live there. Jini Rayne is a feng shui consultant based in Asheville, NC. For more information, visit: Spring 2016 | Fine Homes & Design 93

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