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et high in Braeside at Biltmore Park on a private cul-de-sac, this spectacular Chateaustyle, 2.5-acre estate enjoys fresh breezes and views of the Blue Ridge mountains. A gated circular drive and porte cochere welcome you to the stunning main house with threecar garage and artist’s studio. The home’s design and finishes include

a cathedral ceiling in the living room, breathtaking cantilevered staircase, cherry floors and Canterra wrought iron entryway doors. The chef’s kitchen boasts granite countertops, custom cabinetry, a farmhouse double sink, an island with butcher block top and walk-in pantry with second refrigerator. A warm, inviting wood-paneled library has a gas

fireplace, built-in bookcases and Neoclassical lighting. The home’s wide hallway leads to a master suite sanctuary that includes an indoor sitting area with a fireplace that opens to a screened porch with an additional fireplace – all leading to the inviting pool and spa. The spacious upstairs bedrooms, each with a full bath, are sure to please!

Contact me today for a consultation on how your home can be marketed in the Carolinas and around the world. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 10 Brook Street | Suite 130 Asheville, North Carolina 28803

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FRENCH COUNTRY STUCCO & STONE CUSTOM HOME in gated community with year round mountain views, entertain your guest on the open decks or covered porch with wood burning fireplace. Open floor plan with 14’ soaring ceilings, chef’s kitchen, en suite, theater and game room. Exquisite quality and details throughout. Beautiful Cane Creek Valley, 20 minutes to downtown Asheville. Natural gas is available.

WATERFORD LAKES | 4 BR, 4 BA | 2 HALF BA 6946 SF | MLS#: 3218943 | $1,275,000

CUSTOM HOME, MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE with mountain views. 9’0 ft. ceiling heights on both levels, Maple wood and tile flooring, 2 fireplaces (gas logs and wood burning), Master on Main and 2 car garage on main. Unfinished basement with 10’ ceiling, plumbed for bath. Family room is currently being used as an Artist Studio.

GROVE PARK | 4 BR, 3.5 BA | 3718 SF MLS#: 3168270 | $840,000

Jean Gatlin

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Stunning Views of City & Mountains... ...from this European-styled Robert Griffin designed home on Town Mountain. Less than a mile to downtown, this contemporary house has hand finished Mexican tiles in the foyer, high-end honed granite and stainless appliances in the kitchen and views from all rooms! Over 2500 sqft of porches with mountain views! Recently installed Gerard metal roof, copper flashing, Pella doors and windows, Electrolux central vac. MLS: 3212239

$2,700,000

LeNoir Medlock (828) 691-9981 lenoirm@preferredprop.com 39 Woodfin Street, Asheville NC 28801 | www.preferredprop.com


SOUGHT AFTER ARTS & CRAFTS ..

Townhome in North Asheville!!!! Home boasts Open Floor Plan, Upgrades galore, Master on Main w/Idyllic Sunroom, Chef ’s Kitchen w/Granite, SS Appliances, Sunny Breakfast Nook & Pantry. 2nd Bedroom w/Full Bath on Main currently used as a Media Room. Formal Dining Room, Great Room w/Cathedral Ceiling & Fireplace. Lower level houses a Family Room, 2 Bedrooms, Full Bath, Storage Room & a Workshop or Man Cave. Wonderful outdoor living space overlooking Reems Creek!!! MLS:3223162 ~ $525,000

RUSTIC ELEGANCE...

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

THIS CUSTOM BUILT HOME...

has an impressive entry from the shrub lined private drive to the impressive VIEWS from every room! Home boasts two full Kitchens, two Master Suites, sought after Open Floor Plan and incredible Outdoor Living Space. You will fall in love with the Designer Kitchen and the impeccable Wood Tray Ceilings. This stunning home overlooks a Pond and the 10th Tee of the Laurel Ridge Country Club! Treat Yourself and Come Take A Look! MLS:3162609 ~ $725,000

INCREDIBLE LAKE HOME...

Lake Home on Lake James with Double Level Dock! Custom Built Timberpeg Construction throughout! 3 Fireplaces, Heated Floors, 2 Car Garage with Unfinished Apt., Heated Concrete Driveway, ELEVATOR and Wrap Around Covered Porches on all three levels! An Architectural Masterpiece! MLS:592951 ~ $1,200,000

Lynn B. Phillips 828-275-5957 | lynn.phillips@coldwellbanker.com Coldwell Banker King The Biltmore Building | 1 N. Pack Square, East | Suite 100 | Asheville, NC 28801

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Find your comfort zone.

$1,350,000 EQUESTRIAN ESTATE ON 31.28 AC with stables, fenced/cross fenced. 2 level, main- master/1 guest, 2 BA, family room with fireplace, den. Screened porch, open wrap around porch. Lower level- game room, sitting area, office/exercise room, 1 BR + BA & Additional Rm w/closet. 4 Stall Horse Barn w/tack rm/guest quarters. 6 car Garage/2 car carport. Storage Bldg. Caretaker cottage. Pond w/dock & cabin for changing/guest. New Carpet. Additional 80+/- acres available for sale- $499K or purchase 112 ac + house - $1,799,000

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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 | $2,599,000 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: www.1053EastBaldRock.com

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5 bedrooms | 5 baths, 2 half baths | 4,987 sqft | MLS 3206558 | $919,000 Live in sophistication & style here in desirable Waterford Lakes. A timeless masterpiece w/ premier finishes & mountain views, you & your family will enjoy. This spacious home features a formal Dining Room, Master on the Main, Sauna, Billiard Room, Entertainment Room, Large Kitchen w/ Living Space, Double Sided Fireplace, Cathedral Ceilings, Guest Suite & Hot Tub! Move In Ready and Priced to Sell!

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

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Enjoy Downtown Living at its Finest

2 BEDROOM | 2 BATH 2,425 SQFT MLS: 3204088 | $1,150,000

Enjoy downtown living at its finest in this light filled, beautifully appointed condo on the quieter, NW side of the building with views of the mountains & historic buildings. The extra square footage of this unit provides for larger rooms & 4 patios. You’ll love the 9 foot ceilings, hardwood & tile floors & upscale kitchen & baths. There’s inside parking for 2 cars. Ample storage inside the unit & in a separate storage room. Rooftop entertaining & exercise areas.

Barbara Baskerville Residential Broker Associate, CRS, GRI

BASKERVILLE@BEVERLY-HANKS.COM | 828.777.7171 BEVERLY-HANKS & ASSOCIATES REALTORS® DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE

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MOUNTAIN LUXURY RETREAT! You’ll feel like you’re on vacation every day! Spa like master suite features private porch, see thru fireplace, whirlpool tub, spa shower and opens to year round swimming pool! Heated pool house opens in the summer, enclosed 12x40 easy maintenance heated pool with electric cover and wet bar, situated with decks and patios for easy entertaining! Gourmet kitchen features Thermador double ovens and warming oven, Sub Zero refrigerator, separate ice maker and gas cooktop. Upstairs billiard room overlooks the Great room with fireplace and connects to a family room or rec room. Additional steam shower and whirlpool tub upstairs. Come and enjoy nature and views from this private 3+ acre paradise with an option for additional 3+ acres, close to shopping, Blue Ridge Parkway, downtown Asheville and more! MLS #3212547 | $699,000

ARMOUR TEAM Mike and Nona 828.771.2336 | armourteam@gmail.com www.WeSellMtnHomes.com

Long horn cattle and mountain views will greet you on your drive home to this coveted Cane Creek Valley home. Sit on your front porch and enjoy the peaceful pond across the way. Two-story foyer and spacious Great room with fireplace are welcoming. Sip on morning coffee or afternoon tea on the quaint covered back porch or entertain friends and family in the large open kitchen featuring a keeping room with fireplace and vaulted cottage board ceilings. Master bedroom opens to the large stone patio perfect for a hot tub addition. Workshop and additional garage plus room to expand await in the unfinished basement. Three bedrooms, two baths on the upper level. Bonus room with full bath would make a perfect office, den or guest room on the main level. Wooded trails on your private 3 acres plus neighborhood trails and an equestrian park make this a special place to call home. MLS# 3149250 | $745,000 12 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2017


IN THE HEART OF DT ASHEVILLE,

2BR/2BA condo has established income production for over past decade. Turn Key sale, everything included from linens to fully equipped kitchen provides buyer w/well appointed condo, light & bright, Open Plan, FP, High Ceilings, King Master & Queen Guest on Mezzanine level, overlooking living area & huge windows. Elevator access & stairs. Full size Kitchen on Mezzanine level. Owners closet on common hall 3’x12’. Master boasts 2 huge closets, one currently used as owner’s closet. Loft is registered w/city as vacation rental. With over a decade of established income: $80,000 Annual Avg Gross. MLS#: 3209042 | $850,000

BEAVER LAKE BEAUTY,

built 1998: Enjoy city benefits (including the bus line) but don’t pay city taxes! Main Level Living! 100% Updated Kitchen, Pantry Room, Master-on-Main Suite, Library, Dining, Breakfast Nook, Living Room, Wet Bar, Nice Laundry & Double Garage. Big Private Deck off Open Plan Great Room with 2-story atrium ceiling. 3 bedrooms 2 Baths upstairs. Lower level is a walk-out so plenty of light plus access to yard which backs up to acres and acres of virgin woods belonging to the university w/ no plans to develop. Lower Level boasts bright Walk-Out floor plan, including Office, Kitchenette, Billiards Rm, full bathroom and bedroom, plus storage. Short-term rental allowed so potential as an income producing property while you live there! MLS#: 3206886 | $800,000

Binford Jennings Residential Broker Associate, ABR, SRES BINFORD@BEVERLY-HANKS.COM | (828) 707-6442 BEVERLY-HANKS & ASSOCIATES REALTORS® | DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE

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The BEST value you will find in the Cliffs Community! Gorgeous home with high end finishes and absolute privacy. This home is the definition of cozy mountain elegance. Minutes from Hendersonville and an easy drive to Greenville makes this an ideal location. Motivated sellers. MLS:3235502

Nancy Witek

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Weaverville - Mountaintop Estate, 5,927 Square Feet 31.65 Acres w/ Pond and Multiple Building Sites MLS # HNCM567799 Priced below $830,000

Maggie Valley - Cataloochee Ranch Retreat 1.05 Acre, 4,178 Square Feet MLS # H3178554 $950,000

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North Asheville - Green-Built, French Estate 6.09 Acres, 4,382 Square Feet MLS # H3131393 $1,579,000

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Wildcat Cliffs Phase II is NOW OPEN

Wildcat Cliffs Phase II all view lots now available. 3 miles from center of Asheville’s vibrant downtown. Wildcat Cliffs is a gated community of high end homes on Town Mountain Road. 14 luxury view lots with underground utilities from 200-400K. Call 828-338-9662 for your private tour.

Lindon Cove Crossing Phase II is NOW OPEN This quiet cove has gentle slopes, view lots and multiple streams running through it giving you the all the best of Western North Carolina home site options. Priced from 90,000 to 300,000 and ranging from 1.08 acres to over 10 acres. Call 828-338-9662 for plat.

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Exceptional Home | $3,500,000

Built by Morgan Keefe builders & designed by architect Alice Dodson. Rare 180 degree views include downtown Asheville, Beaver Lake, & the French Broad River. Bedrooms all w/ensuite baths. Media, wine cellar, bar/entertainment area, spa/exercise room, extensive outdoor living areas. Easy entertaining & living! MLS#: 3216137

Heidi DuBose

Residential Broker Associate HDUBOSE@BEVERLY-HANKS.COM | (828) 280-8430 BEVERLY-HANKS & ASSOCIATES REALTORS® | NORTH ASHEVILLE beverly-hanks.com/agents/hdubose

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A New Year, A New You: Landscape Edition

With the days becoming subtly longer and the energy of the holiday season fading down, we now have time to focus on the newest addition to our daily routine - 2017. For many home owners, the colder air offers a feeling of relief. Less time doing outdoor projects means more time spent on the indoor ones that were set aside during the warmer weather. The winter months are the ideal time to spend reflecting and planning for a landscape that brings you joy - long before the planting, maintaining and hard work begins. In our personal lives, many of us also view the end of the year is a time for self reflection and planning for the year to come. We see the fresh calendar as another opportunity to reach new and exciting goals. Here at Snow Creek Landscaping, we always encourage our clients, friends and family to include your own personal development with the planning of your landscape. We firmly believe that the outside of a home can greatly affect one’s happiness.

By Snow Creek Landscaping Arden, North Carolina

Have you ever felt unattached when you pull up to your house? Too often people unconsciously feel agitated or disconnected because their landscape doesn’t fit what they internally envision their home to be like. Whether it was designed for previous owners, unkept because of a busy work schedule, or it just doesn’t match the person you have become throughout the years - all of those can affect your personal life.

What Makes You Truly Happy? As we focus our attention in the outside of the house, it is extremely important to understand what makes you happy. So many people focus soley on creating a personalized space on the inside of their walls. For us, the outside of one’s house is just as important as the inside. Then, if the outside of our home is truly an extension of who we are as a person, surely it should include things that give us joy. To start off, we suggest writing down characteristics of what your ideal yard is. What is it that makes you stop and stare in appreciation at other homes? Is it a clean cut and simplistic design that just makes you feel comfortable, or are you drawn to a more organic and natural looking yard? For some, functionality and maintenance plays a big role, while others may be initially drawn to certain smells, colors and textures of specific plant species. Left: A waterfall we installed at a client’s house. How can we help you make your home become a place to relax and enjoy nature?

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Creating a list doesn’t mean that everything on there has to be completed, so think of it more as a brainstorming session. Some yards wouldn’t be complete without statues, stepping stones and waterfalls - extras that are tailored specifically for the owner. Get creative and follow your instinct. Imagine your ideal outdoor environment and put it into a list. Again, write down what makes you happy. You know what brings you joy better than anyone. Once your characteristic list is complete, compare it to what you already have. If your perfect yard is well trimmed with not a weed in sight, but your current situation is the opposite, that could potentially be a source of frustration for you. For those who are in the process of building - knowing what will make you feel satisfied is a crucial part of the planning process.

Priority Work While the overall goal of owning a home is to create a place that makes you happy, there are unfortunately going to be certain ’unflattering’ aspects. If with each storm you are worried about a seemingly dead tree falling over or water flooding into the driveway and neighborhood, those should be a priority for the new year. Take time to make a list of all the things that need to be fixed around your yard before taking on new projects. Examples of priority items on your property: Unhealthy or dead trees Incorrect drainage of water Obstacles in the way or unsafe pathways Dim lighting making it hard to see Anything that could promote structural damage As a company, we value our clients. We want the natural environment around you to be thriving and healthy, while at the same time creating a safe place for you to live. Our arborists, production and maintenance crews are trained to make sure both plants and clients are happy. When you make your plans for the next year, we ask that you please take the time to look at your property and identify the landscape jobs that need to get done to ensure your safety and well-being. We also offer environmental assessments in our packages.

Top: Amanda, our Gardening Supervisor, works with her team to make sure your yard stays healthy and looking fabulous! Middle: Getting creative with steps and railings is what seperates our clients from other yards. Bottom: Proper drainage can be both functional and naturally beautiful.


Making a Plan Obtaining the perfect yard, most of the time, can’t be achieved overnight. Nature needs time to grow and settle into it’s place. Like our personal goals, preparing and planning can lead to those successes. Consider the following when tackling projects in the new year. What is your budget for the next couple of years? Investing in landscape projects often is multi year project that increases property value and overall happiness. Start with priority items, then move towards the preferred projects. If contacting us for our tree service to remove a dead tree is an urgent need, budget that as soon as possible. After those are done, figure out what is left for those extra projects that you been wanting to have around the home. How is your landscape going to be maintained? Creating your backyard oasis is just the first step. Watering and general upkeep is key to having a flourishing yard. If currently you cannot maintain your yard, then let’s work out a plan with our maintenance and gardening crew before new projects are installed. Remember, if you know that a clean and healthy yard is what makes you happy let’s work on getting that for you! What is your timeline? Sometimes giving yourself a deadline to get things accomplished by is a great way to take that first step. Using an upcoming family reunion or graduation party as a deadline is a great way to start the design and installation process. We often have clients come to us with a specific date they would like the job to be completed by. This helps us make suggestions and create the best timeline for completion. A landscape that brings you joy and happiness each time you come home is something that we want all of our clients to experience. As a local landscaping company in Western North Carolina, we strive to promote beautiful and healthy habitats that are both native and environmentally friendly. Give us a call and let’s see how we can help you grow in 2017.

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Top: Working on a home is a team effort that is individualized to make you feel good about coming home. Photo credit: Lori Herlin

“If the outside of our home is truly an extension of who we are as a person, then surely it should include things that give us joy.” Established in 1989, Snow Creek Landscaping provides a full range of landscaping services to residential and commercial clients throughout Western North Carolina. Services include: Design, Installation, Maintenance and Gardening Crews Irrigation, Lighting and Specialty Projects Certified Tree Arborists for a Range of Tree Services Specializing in Native Species to WNC

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T he R E SI DE NCES at PILSGATE WA Y

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to be the owner of a luxury townhome in Biltmore Park Town Square. Located in the heart of vibrant Biltmore Park Town Square, 6 Pilsgate Way combines high-end finishes, great outdoor living space, and a two-car ga age. Offering the perfect blend of privacy and convenience, you can enjoy premier shopping, dining and entertainment within easy walking distance from home. If you are looking for a new luxury townhome in an outstanding South Asheville location, you will want to explore 6 Pilsgate Way. Contact me today to learn more. • 2,815 Heated Square Feet

• 2 Full Baths, 1 Half Bath

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• Upgraded Finishes and Appliances

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• Clubhouse and Pool Amenities

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• $715,000

• 3 Bedrooms

Carol Fisk

Residential Broker Associate CAROLFISK@BEVERLY-HANKS.COM | (828) 674-0441 BEVERLY-HANKS & ASSOCIATES REALTORS® | SOUTH ASHEVILLE (BILTMORE PARK)

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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It’s Another World Up Here Bear Lake Reserve Lake Fronts and Customs Bear Lake Reserve is a crystal clear lake amid the Blue Ridge Mountains with uncompromised beauty. We are offering 3 magnificent homes in this beautiful mountain lake community.

Looking for something a little larger than just a small Get-A-Way, then you need to see the first Custom Home built in Bear Lake Reserve, Experience the Rustic Elegance with 6 inch Hardwood Plank floors, custom Rock/stone fireplace, granite counter tops throughout, open concept with dining, kitchen and great room. Absorb the fantastic views from the entire house looking through the architectural windows. Complete with 2 Master Suites, 2 Guest Rooms, Entertainment Room, Bonus room with two full size beds and chase lounge and a loft for the kids. One must see this beautiful home and create you LEGACY TODAY at one of the best kept secrets in the Southeast at Bear Lake Reserve. Enjoy water sports, full service dining, golf, hiking, pools and much more. Come experience a simple lifestyle with a little flair in the Great Smoky Mountains at Bear Lake Reserve. MLS: 26002213 | $649,900

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Bernard Gilchrist, Broker Mountain/Lake/Stream Specialist

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Bear Lake Reserve Lake Bear Lake Reserve is a private gated mountain lake resort with a Jack Nicklause designed 9-hole golf amenity. Enjoy the Lake Club with full service dining, pools, lake access, tennis, fitness and much more.

This brand new Custom ‘Arts & Crafts Lake Front home, affectionately know as The Mustard Seed is nestled in a private cove in Bear Lake Reserve, truly an experience like no other in the Southeast! Gourmet Kitchen with HUGE Island and gas range, bar seating as well as formal dining room. Screened porch, 3 bedrooms & baths. Have an Artist in the family, enjoy the Art loft/office looking out at the long range vistas and the gorgeous lake. Large family room and guest quarters downstairs includes morning kitchen sink and coffee bar! HUGE Wrap around decks on both levels, fantastic vistas of the Lake and Cedar Cliff Rock Outcropping from every vantage point. Shared Dock for the boat, kayaks and all other water toys. Lay by the poolside, lakeside. COME LIVE ON THE LAKE AND START THE FAMILY LEGACY YOU ALWAYS DREAMED ABOUT! MLS: 26002518 | $1,050,000 Are you ready to live in your DREAM Custom home on the LAKE! Well, you have found one of the most gorgeous homes in WNC with LONG LAKE views and custom Decks with 4 wood burning fireplaces to enjoy the gorgeous scenic views around Bear Creek Lake. Complete with upgraded Appliances, Sub Zero Refrigerator, Island with gas range with vented Hood, fully decorated with rustic accents and furnished, granite counter’s throughout, engineered hardwood floors, Master bathroom has a Clawfoot Tub and large shower along with slate floors. Private outside relaxation area just off the Master Bedroom (main level). Enjoy the Amenities of Bear Lake Reserve with Lake Club with full service dining, pools, fitness, theatre, marina and much more. Relax with a round of golf at the Jack Nicklaus designed 9-hole golf course at 3600 feet in elevation after playing on the lake. Hike the 20 plus miles of hiking trails. Kayak, Canoe to the waterfalls. Bear Lake Reserve is a one of a kind destination Mountain Lake Resort. Come experience the Rustic Elegance of Bear Lake Reserve in the Great Smoky Mountains! MLS: 26000559 | $1,450,000

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Unique Mountain Estates in Jackson County Looking for a Family Compound or just a great retreat to enjoy nature at its fullest? You have found it, this 80.34 acre bowl of a mountain has a custom Post & Beam 4100 sq ft 3/3 hand built by the Owner. Simply gorgeous, too many features to name! Located in Cedar Creek Farms, this parcel is truely enchanting with natural elements and plant life throughout, such as Lady Slippers, Trilliums, Flaming Alzalea’s, unbelieveable! Complete with Wood Stove (Downstairs), Fireplace(Main Level), Hardwood Floors, Custom Wood Countertops, Large pantry, 3100 sq ft of decks, work shop, garden area, chicken coop/run and Workshop (Tools Negotiable). Over 12 more buildsites if you are looking to build more cabins. Be sure and watch the Virtual Tour on this amazing property! MLS: 25951693 | $929,000

This 4000 +/- square foot home sits in the Cove at Flat Gap. ONLY home in the community for COMPLETE PRIVACY! Fantastic Views of the Cullowhee Valley with mulitiple layers of wrapped decks to absorb the outdoors. 4 full Master Suites (2 up and 2 down) 2 Full Kitchens, Main level and lower level. Chef’s kitchen comes with gas Wolf Range/Hood, state of the art Stainless steel appliances. Custom archways built with inlaid stone and brick. T&G vaulted ceilings, Austrailian hand laid pine floors, Large Dining Area. Builtin DECOR custom shaker style cabintry, T&G Vaulted Ceilings, 2 Gas log fireplaces on main level. Entire Downstairs ceramic tile floor is heated. Additional full laundry, mechanical room, crafts room/family room, all downstairs. Fully wired for sound and Security. Double Detached Garage with Storage. MLS: 25952146 | $749,900

This Exquisite 4600+ Custom Home is sure to impress from the moment you enter the gate. In the center of 9+ wooded acres with breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains. The gourmet kitchen features solid surface granite countertops, a massive island, Rohl water features, Thomasville Custom cabinetry, upgraded LG appliances include double oven, microwave & side by-side refrigerator. The open floor plan has a great room with soaring T&G Wood Ceilings & stacked stone gas fireplace. The Gunstock Oak Hardwood flooring sprawls throughout the upper level.Wake up in the Master on Main with double doors that open to the wrap around porch with endless mountain vistas. Master bath features marble flooring, Jacuzzi tub. A large loft upstairs has great views. The lower level has another full Master Suite, private entrance to lower porch with large family room & 2 Bonus Rooms. Convenient to HWY 441 for travel! MLS: 26000789 | $659,900

This gorgeous Arts/ Crafts style custom home sits in the relaxing Community fo Sundrops on Caney Fork, fabulous views, craftmanship, granite countertops, wood burning stove in Great Room, Island in Kitchen, Master Suite on Main. Comfortable outdoor covered porch to capture the scenic vistas of the Caney Fork Valley while sitting by the wood burning stone fireplace. Downstairs includes family room, 3 bedrooms and walk out patio. Enjoy swimming in the infinity lap pool, fish in the trout stream, tube down the Caney Fork Stream to the Tuckasegee River or take a ride to the lakefront Laughing Trout Camp, the private timberframe pavilion complete with bathroom/showers/kitchen to play on the lake! This Boutique community is the #1 Amenitized Community in Cullowhee, just 4 miles from WCU and 15 minutes to Historic Sylva. Fantastic Rental income with this property or live year round. Come experience the mountains of NC in style! MLS: 25952119 | $599,900

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Wolf Lake

Looking for a Family Estate on the Lake? This is it, both with views and private dock. This 6 Bedroom, 6.5 Bathrooms is one of kind show place with tongue and groove Ceilings and walls from top to bottom. Brilliant blending of woods to make it a unique setting. Vaulted Ceilings with huge stacked stone fireplace with LOPI wood stove for great supplemental heat to take the edge off the cool nights at 3200 ft elevation. Gorgeous long range vistas looking over pristine Wolf Creek Lake. Exposed wood beams, locust post and Mtn. Laurel pickets shows off the rustic nature of the mountains. Large kitchen and dining with huge pantry and upgraded Frigidaire Gas oven/range and appliances. Laundry/Mudroom off of kitchen. Step out on to the screened porch or sit on your deck with Architectural Railings to enjoy the views. Master Suite on the Main with 2 other Master Suites upstairs. Downstairs features family room, pool table, ping pong table, poker table and 3 more bedrooms. Words can’t describe the privacy or the beauty this home offers. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to own a very special place here in the Smoky Mountains. MLS: 26003047 | $1,245,000

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Experience the Best of Winter in WNC By Colleen Watson Winter, that most generous of seasons … You see her coming in her white coat, slipping down the mountains, frosty tendrils following at her heels. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, lush and green in the summertime, are more silent now. Filled with campers, hikers, cyclists, rock climbers and a myriad of others, they are alive with activity during the season of light. But now, stark in their beauty, they only awaken for the songs of the winter birds and those avid nature lovers wishing to experience the rush of bright blue skies and views that go on for miles. WILDFIRES IN OUR FORESTS This year was a time of great destruction for the beautiful mountain forests. While the NC Nature Conservancy regularly conducts planned burns to keep the forests healthy and vibrant, this year saw uncontrolled devastation fueled by extreme drought over the summer and the build up of dense forest over the years. Climate change will continue to play a role as we see more and more extremes. Unbelievably, according to the US Forest Service, most of the fires in October and November of 2016 were believed to be human-caused. Due to the extreme circumstances caused by the lack of rain and other factors, they were difficult to 42 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2017

control and extinguish. The toll to wildlife and the environment was inestimable! But while fires, particularly fires of this magnitude, always change the forest; they also open it up to new life, preparing it for renewal. The forests will return with new growth and wildflowers in the spring. And until then, even with the chill of winter, our milder climate welcomes its locals and tourists alike, offering activities for all ages. HIKING THE WINTER TRAILS OF WNC An abundance of great trails beckons nature lovers to hike the great outdoors and marvel at the beauty of this area. The majesty of the leafless trees creates sweeping views of the rolling mountains. Fewer hikers are out and about, so you can revel in the quiet solitude of a winter’s day. While sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed in the winter, it can be accessed at many of its crossroads or at Asheville’s Folk Art Center. Closed sections can be completely cleared of snow and ice and can be a great place to hike (or bike). Continued on page 44


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Renovated mid-century modern home in Lakeview Park. Enjoy one level living and the attention to detail throughout the home. Wonderful open floor plan with a beautiful, private back yard. The spacious bright kitchen has beautiful granite & stainless appliances. Ann Sacks Tile Entrance, Glass Garage Doors, custom Lowen windows, Brazilian Cherry Hardwood floors and much more. Walking distance to Beaver Lake, shopping, restaurants and 10 minutes to downtown Asheville. www.344MidlandDrive.com

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John Rock: 37 miles from Asheville will find you at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the trail to this rock summit where you will be treated to a panoramic view of Looking Glass Rock. Cedar Rock Falls is on the way and a perfect place to take a break on this five-mile loop. Lover’s Leap: A great trail 36 miles from Asheville is the short 1.5-mile loop of the Appalachian Trail that starts in downtown Hot Springs. You will cross the French Broad River and climb the ridge to a rock outcropping for some beautiful views of the valley, river and the town. Complete the outing with a hot soak in the mineral springs. Rainbow Falls: There are a number of great hikes that take you to beautiful cascading waterfalls, many times frozen in glistening formations, dotted with rainbows as the sunlight catches the crystals. Located 53 miles southwest of Asheville, Rainbow Falls is one of four falls on a two-mile stretch of the river in the Nantahala National Forest. This three-mile round-trip hiking trail is rated moderate and begins from the Gorges State Park access area. Rattlesnake Lodge: Located 14 miles north of Asheville, this local favorite is part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and can be accessed from Ox Creek Road. This three-mile roundtrip hike takes you on the old carriage road up the ridge on a gradual climb to the ruins of a summer lodge from the early 1900s. Make sure you check the weather forecast before heading out and remember that it can be much colder in the higher elevations. Also check with the Forest Service for updated trail closings (their website address can be found at the bottom of this article). TAKING TO THE SLOPES

Here are some excellent places to hike that are easily accessible. Bearwallow Mountain: 19 miles from Asheville will find you at this spot where you can access a two-mile round-trip moderate-rated hiking trail created by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. At 4,232 feet, Bearwallow Mountain straddles the Eastern Continental Divide at the western rim of the Hickory Nut Gorge and treats hikers to a grassy meadow at its summit, along with a nearly 360 degree view. Chimney Rock: Chimney Rock State Park is located 25 miles southeast of Asheville. A number of trails offer sweeping views, many of which are open during winter. An excellent choice is the Four Seasons Trail, which is 1.2 miles round-trip, but quite steep. This trail provides you with a choice to climb to the top of the Chimney or to the bottom of the falls. 44 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2017

While winters in Asheville are typically milder, the higher elevations of the mountains in WNC bring plenty of snow and an excellent opportunity for some downhill fun. Beech Mountain Ski Resort: Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this resort includes 95 acres of skiable area and 15 slopes and trails designed for all ski levels. The town of Beech Mountain sits at 5,506 feet, which makes it the highest town in the eastern US and a perfect winter spot. A state-ofthe-art snow tubing park is located at the base of the slopes adjacent to the Alpine Village where ice skating is available. [beechmountainresort.com] Cataloochee Ski Area: Located in Maggie Valley, NC, this winter resort is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains just 40 miles west of Asheville. Its gentle slopes are excellent for those just starting out, while the 1000 foot Upper Omigosh is perfect for the seasoned expert. With 50 acres of skiable area, nighttime skiing is offered and snow tubing is available. [cataloochee.com]


Sugar Mountain Resort: Located in Banner Elk, NC, this resort features 125 acres of skiable terrain. Eight lifts will get you to the top of their 21 slopes quickly. 15 slopes are available for night skiing and snowboarding. Ice skating and snow tubing are also options. [skisugar.com] Wolf Ridge Ski Resort: This Madison County resort is the closest to Asheville, just 30 minutes north of downtown. With beautiful long-range views, the ski terrain boasts 15 runs and four lifts. [skiwolfridgenc.com] DINING IN ASHEVILLE In and around Asheville you can always find great food. It can be said that a great many of the nearly 250 independent restaurants truly understand the principles behind sustainability and farm-to-table. All manner of excellent cuisine can be found, so if you’re a foodie, you will be in your element. Designated as one of the top ten food and wine destinations in the US, Asheville restaurateurs understand the importance of using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. You can enjoy Asheville’s superb and diverse cuisine at any time, but from January 17-26, participating restaurants during Asheville Restaurant Week offer prix fixe menus ranging from $15-$35 per person. Craft brewing is on the rise in the US, and that’s particularly true here. In addition to great food, about 100 local beers can be found in Asheville, which has more breweries per capita than any other US city. BIRD WATCHING Bird watching may be something you think of for warmer seasons, but in winter you will find some of the migratory birds that you may not see at other times of the year. You may also see some familiar birds in their winter plumage. These will look completely different and you may not recognize some of them. For example, the male American Goldfinch, while bright yellow in the summer, will appear to be olive to brownish in color. Winter is the perfect time to observe the nuthatch as they scale the trunks of trees, moving rapidly up and down and even sideways in a rather erratic motion. They jam large seeds and nuts into tree bark before pecking with their sharp bill to dislodge the seeds inside. They also store food under the bark of a tree to eat later. The White-breasted Nuthatch is the most common in this area.

Winter is a great time to visit the Biltmore Estate to see waterfowl, particularly buffleheads, hooded mergansers, teal and ring-necked ducks. Some winters may find flocks of snow geese on the grounds. Year round residents can also be spotted as you walk through the meadows, pastures, fields and woods. It’s easy to see why the Biltmore Estate is an official site on the North Carolina Birding Trail. Another great bird watching site, no matter the season, is the Beaver Lake Sanctuary. This marvelous wildlife oasis, managed by the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, is in the heart of the busy north Asheville area. Morning bird expeditions can award you with some great sightings. The 3/8-mile boardwalk through the wetland area and by the lake provides sitting areas to watch the birds. Guided bird walks occur from October through March. Meet at the gazebo on the south end of the lake at 9:00 am on the first Saturday of each month. To help both new and seasoned birders, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has developed the Merlin Bird ID. They recently added an amazing upgrade that analyzes photos taken on your phone that offers bird ID suggestions. Merlin features 650 bird species and you can download the app for free for your specific device. AND DON’T FORGET INDOORS If the chill is too much for you and the kids are itching to take off their gloves, there are plenty of things to do. The Asheville Art Museum is undergoing a major expansion and renovation at its location on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. In the meantime, they’ve opened a pop-up location at 175 Biltmore Ave. This Asheville Art Museum On the Slope is offering programming at that location, and in conjunction with other community locations. Check their event page for upcoming activities. [ashevilleart.org/events/] Everyone enjoys touring America’s largest home, the Biltmore Estate. Their 3rd annual costume exhibition, Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics, runs from February 10th through July 4th. The exhibit features over 40 costumes from popular movies, inspired by favorite stories in George Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume library. For the artist in all of us, a visit to the Folk Art Center, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, features artists from Southern Appalachia. Daily craft demonstrations are held where visitors can interact with the artists and gain a better understanding of the inspiration behind their work. Continued on page 46 Winter 2017 | Fine Homes & Design 45


This gorgeous log home

conveniently located in Waynesville’s Campbell Mountain Estates is at a lower elevation for year-round access and offers mountain and valley views. It boasts two massive stone fireplaces, open floor plan with impressive great room, large loft living area, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and gleaming hardwood floors. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and slate tile finishes. The newer roof, garage workshop, plentiful parking and negotiable furnishings, make this home a real contender! MLS:3198047

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For something completely different, you can tour the Queen Anne-influenced boyhood home of the novelist Thomas Wolfe at 52 North Market Street. The 29-room, Queen Anne-influenced house has been preserved with original furnishings, in much the same way as it was when the writer of Look Homeward, Angel and You Can’t Go Home Again lived there. After you’ve spent a day in the great outdoors, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. The kids can choose a variety of drinks or desserts, but if you really love chocolate don’t miss their signature Liquid Truffles. Whether you’re a local, a tourist or new to the area, Western North Carolina has it all. The unique culture and diversity of Asheville draws you in and the vibrant energy of this area keeps you here. So get out this winter and enjoy what this area offers. Meet the chill head-on and have a great season!

Ellen Sither

Residential Broker Associate

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The USDA Forest Service website posts up-to-date information on trail closings in the National Forests in NC: www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc Asheville Restaurant Week: www.exploreasheville.com/restaurant-week/ Images on the first and last pages of this article are by local Asheville biologist and photographer, Michael Torres, PhD: www.facebook.com/MysticElanPhotography/


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Family-Owned Staffing Businesses Support WNC’s Job Market By Colleen Watson There are a number of reasons why Asheville continues to make the many “Best of” lists. Asheville and the surrounding area’s tourism-based economy draws people in part because of its beauty and access to amazing outdoor activities, the many great restaurants (most with a Farm-to-Table and organic focus), its vast live music and art scene, and let’s not forget the thriving brewery businesses. People come to visit and many wish to stay … let’s face it, Asheville is a hot market! And where jobs are concerned, new development and redevelopment are bringing new businesses to the area. Let’s look at the numbers. According to Forbes, Asheville is #40 in Best Places for Business and Careers and #10 in the Cost of Doing Business. As of September 2016, data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the Job Growth rose 2.3% with Unemployment at 3.8%. For the past six years, Asheville has seen year-overyear employment growth.

Express owners Gary Gallagher and daughter Meredith Campbell

Not surprisingly, at the crest of the job growth is the health services industry. Next in line is the professional and business services sector that includes accounting, architecture, law, and consulting firms—jobs offering higher pay and requiring a higher level of education.

About now, you may be asking yourself how you can tap into this growth and find a job in Western North Carolina (WNC). The process of finding a job has changed dramatically over the years, with even the content and formatting of your resume changing. There are companies that can help you navigate this process and two family-owned businesses are options in this area: Express Employment Professionals, located in Asheville, and Friday Staffing, with offices in Arden, Hendersonville and Morganton. On the surface, some may think this type of business doesn’t have much of an impact on the marketplace; however, this industry makes a large financial contribution to the job market. In 1987, John Modaff and his wife, Diane, bought Friday Temporary Help Services, tapping into his customer service experience as a commercial banking officer to successfully compete with national and international firms. 56 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2017

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Friday Staffing, owned and operated by David Modaff What had started with one person working out of her home on one job at a time with revenues to match grew into Friday Staffing, with revenues of $20 million and 22 internal employees covering eight WNC counties. Friday has 500 - 700 employees assigned to work at over 200 client companies. They handle traditional industrial and clerical staffing, but also provide workers in technical and professional fields. Express Pros is another family business that provides a much-needed service to individuals and businesses. Their tradition of “helping good people find good companies and good companies find good people” supports their process. Being successful in this field and connecting the right job seekers with employers is a skill that takes more than matching resumes with job descriptions. With a team of certified employment professionals who focus on specific industry sectors, Express has the business knowledge to be able to more effectively consult with their Associates (individuals who have successfully completed the Express application process). Services are available to help support Express Associates, and the connections the Express staffing representatives make with businesses provide the team with a much deeper 58 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2017

understanding of the need. Gary Gallagher is at the helm of Express. Gary’s daughter, Meredith Campbell, is co-owner and has the distinctive title of Chief Joy Facilitator. This helps set the stage for what is important for this company. They have a heart-driven philosophy where they truly care about the people they work with—where doing their job right means losing their Associates that get hired by companies with whom they get placed. I had an opportunity to visit their office recently and was greeted by Meredith’s dog, WhoDey, a rather large, friendly Golden Doodle. Thank you cards line the window where Lauren, the front office coordinator, provides fast and friendly service. With a fish tank angled near computers set up for Associates to use, the office has a warm and welcoming feeling. Asheville Express is a franchise, which means they have the right to use the award-winning, successful business model and proven methods from Express Employment Professionals International, in business since 1983. With access to staffing resources and tools provided by the international company, the Asheville Express team are the experts in the local job market.


Express office, Lunch and Learn Prior to moving to Asheville in 2006, Gary had spent most of his career in sales and Human Resources with large corporations, two of which were Fortune 50 firms. After attending UNC Asheville, Gary’s oldest daughter decided to stay. With the birth of their first grandchild, and a request from his company to transfer, Gary and his wife decided he should leave the corporate world behind, and together, they would create something of their own in Asheville. When they moved here, the local Express franchise had been operating since 1997. Gary had met the owner through a networking event and decided to contact him about a job. As it turned out, the owner was interested in selling the business, and following a due-diligence period Gary took over ownership of the Asheville Express franchise in April 2007. Gary was able to lure his younger daughter, Meredith, to Asheville to potentially become part of the business. Following a process where the current Express team interviewed Meredith, she was hired in 2007 and became co-owner in 2014. While this is a true family business, Meredith runs the day-to-day operations and according to Gary, is the “oil that keeps the engine running.” Gary explains, “When Express started out, much of the focus was on industrial jobs, the hospitality sector, and more transaction-based work. Prior to 2007, the job market was candidate driven. When the recession hit in 2008, everything changed and it became more company driven, with lots of people, but not so much work.”

Over the years, a shift occurred in how Express interacted with its clients. They wanted to be the employer of choice and partner with companies, not be just another staffing vendor. For their Associates, they wanted them to reach out to the staffing team and ask for advice; they wanted to support them more broadly. Express focused on having a broader vision of the market … to grow something of value. This meant a move in direction to the healthcare industry and the professional and business services sector, not surprisingly the two areas that are at the top of the current job market growth. To help make the best decisions, both for their Associates and clients, Express offers a variety of services. For its Associates, they offer training resources, development opportunities and other programs to assist them with building the skills necessary to be successful. They also try to keep them engaged and working … the Associates, after all, are their employees. At Express, 250 300 people get a paycheck every week, with an average pay rate of $14 an hour, and they are happy when Associates are hired by Express client companies. As for supporting their clients, Express works closely with businesses to assess their needs, and then match qualified Associates who will succeed at meeting those needs. They also offer a variety of resources designed for businesses and business leaders. These include live seminars, leadership webinars and videos, white papers, and many more tools. Continued on page 60 Winter 2017 | Fine Homes & Design 59


Express conducts regular lunch and learns that are open not only to their clients, but also to other local and WNC businesses. Decision makers attend and discuss pertinent topics, many times suggested by the Express team members who may be hearing things that cross business lines. Business leaders have an opportunity to ask questions, engage in discussions, compare notes and basically talk to each other.

NC for some time now. The growth has been substantial and the opportunities numerous.

Express is a hands-on business. According to Gary, “We never send anyone to work unless our team member has been there.” It’s their belief that they need to feel the place, breathe the air, really understand what the role is, so they know who can do it best.

While Friday Staffing and Express are competitive, they are also collaborative and complement each other well. While their focus is different, together they support the WNC job market and the companies looking for the right employees. This is a perfect example of how the FBF provides networking opportunities and a chance to connect with others in similar businesses.

In the past 10 years, Express has conducted 12,430 interviews, filled 19,463 jobs, put 5,567 different people to work, and placed 1,675 different people in permanent positions. As family-owned businesses, both Friday Staffing and Express are members of the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum (FBF). Membership in this organization provides access to other family businesses in WNC and to educational events sponsored by the FBF. These events cover a wide range of information pertinent to family businesses, with the knowledge offered specific to business operations in general.

According to David, “A person has to know what field they’re looking for work in and research that field. Although Friday Staffing has many openings, we don’t have openings in all fields. Our Metro population is just not large enough to support every industry.”

For Express, it doesn’t stop there. With a focus on the community, they are engaged in helping charities where they can. Over this past holiday season, for example, their Pay it Forward Hiring Drive focused on placing as many job seekers as possible. In collaboration with area businesses, for each Express employee hired, they made a $10 donation to MANNA Food Bank where a single $10 donation provides 30 meals to those in need.

As Gary says, “People from all walks of life come through our door. Our business is about getting business life squared away; In 2000, John Modaff’s son, David, it’s about helping to put food on people’s joined Friday Staffing and in 2006 became tables.” The owners and team members at president with all operational responsibilExpress are embedded in the communiMeredith and WhoDey ity. “It has been a wonderful opportunity ty—they live here, they work here, they raise to work alongside my father and to take their families here, and they work with other what he and my mother created into the next stage. Friday organizations to support the well-being of the WNC area. is facing many challenges as staffing has become more of a commodity and we are adapting our business to stay For Friday Staffing, their company’s logo says it all. vibrant for another 35 years and beyond.” Created by John’s daughter, Lynda, it features a friendly Dalmatian puppy with the slogan “Hang On, Friday’s For Friday Staffing, the FBF has provided awareness coming!!” It’s an accurate reflection of Friday’s corporate of the pitfalls and problems other family businesses culture, a professional business that’s also a fun place to have gone through. David says, “By understanding their work. successes and their responses to failures, we’ve been able to better plan for success.” Fun is a key theme for Express as well. As Meredith says, “We’re about building relationships … making As the data has confirmed, Buncombe and Henderson connections and building trust.” And along the way, they counties have had the lowest unemployment rates in all of give back, enjoy life and above all, they have fun! Asheville Express Employment Professionals: (828) 654-8101, www.expresspros.com/AshevilleNC Friday Staffing: Website: www.friday-staffing.com 60 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2017

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Bedroom Feng Shui for children By Jini Rayne

Most parents and other guardians of children want to do their very best to facilitate maximum growth, comfort and happiness for their young charges. Ample rest is important for a child’s overall health and is especially important for a developing brain. These feng shui tips can help in that effort. The location of a child’s bedroom within the home is very important. The farther back and higher up the location of a room in a building, the more secure and controlling the person occupying the room is. This is called “commanding position”. While we want our children to feel secure, they must not be in control of the family. That is the proper role of the responsible adult/s in charge. So if, for example, the master bedroom is on the ground floor with the children upstairs, or if the child’s bedroom is farther back in the house than the parents’, we have an imbalance in power. To rectify this imbalance, it is necessary to put a representation of the adults’ presence and energy in the 62 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2017

commanding position of the house. One family who had finished the attic to be a playroom, painted hand prints of the whole family on the walls with those of the children below those of the parents, thus putting the parent’s energy highest in the home. Some have chosen to display a treasured collection, toy or trophy from their own childhood in their child’s room. A young child will likely feel secure with a picture of the parent/s on the back wall of their room. You might have to hide that picture behind a poster on the wall of a teen’s room in order to assert your proper authority. The location of the bed within the room is also of importance. You want the child to be able to see the door while in bed but not be directly across from the door within the stream of chi (energy) flowing in. It is ideal for the bed to be as far from the door as possible. The bed should not be positioned under the short part of a slanted ceiling as this compresses and stunts their chi. For the same reason, bunk beds are not recommended. It is best if the head of the bed is not right next to a window. If it must be in that position, hang a multifaceted spherical feng shui crystal in the window to circulate and diffuse


If any bedroom is positioned over a garage, there will be shifting energy beneath. Because children need a firm foundation for optimal growth and development, this needs to be addressed. the chi coming in. A solid wall behind the head of the bed provides a strong sense of support and protection. It is best if there is nothing underneath the bed to inhibit the flow of nourishing energy. Under bed storage is not desirable. It is tempting for some children to shove things under their bed when hurriedly cleaning their room ( a trick I employed when trying to convince my mom that I had tidied up), but permanent storage is discouraged. Chi can circulate best if the bed is not pushed up against the wall, but often this is not possible because of space considerations. Against a wall is okay if the bed is otherwise positioned correctly. Sleep studies are showing that the light from computer, tablet, phone and TV screens interferes with the body being able go to sleep. The current recommendation is to discontinue use of all screens for at least an hour before bedtime. We have found that many children are sensitive to the electromagnetic fields in their bedrooms, especially if there are electronics close to the bed. Televisions are especially problematic. We have consulted with families that have a child who awakens with nightmares regularly at a certain time only to find that the television station last watched is playing a horror film or re-runs of “X-Files” or “Twilight Zone” at that hour. If you must leave the TV in the child’s room, unplug it and drape something over it at night. Color is also important in a child’s room. Pink is a very soothing color and used to be considered a boy’s color. Bubblegum pink is used in some prisons and holding rooms to calm the inhabitants. My guess is that none of you are going to paint a boy’s room pink, so what else is good? Green is associated with growth, so almost any shade of green will do. Any skin tone is also very soothing and reassuring, so any of those, not necessarily even yours, are good. Ideally you will use a color in the room that appeals to your child. When we lay the bagua (energy map) over a room, the area commonly called Knowledge and having to do with all learning including inner knowledge as well, is located to the left front of the base line established by the door to the room. This is a good area for the child’s study desk, a bookcase or any other symbol of learning or knowledge. Even hanging a citation for achievement in school, scouting or church reinforces the energy of this area and

encourages further growth. Speaking of the bagua, if a child’s bedroom is outside of the energy map of the home, (it is in a section of the home that juts out in front of the front door of the house) they will feel disconnected from the family. This circumstance is very disconcerting to a young child as on some level they will feel that they do not belong to the family. A disconnected bedroom might work well for an older teen or young person returning home after college as they are in the process of disconnecting from the family to establish their independence. But we have seen a case in which a teen was too disconnected from the family, getting into all kinds of trouble and disregarding guidance from the parents. So caution is advised. There is a way to use mirrors to draw the energy of the room into the home, a cure that is best implemented by a knowledgeable feng shui consultant. If any bedroom is positioned over a garage, there will be shifting energy beneath. Because it is especially important that children have a firm foundation for optimal growth and development, this needs to be addressed. Planting vines on the outside walls of the room that climb up and attach the room to the ground is one way to ameliorate this situation. One could paint a tree on the wall of the garage with the branches reaching up and supporting the floor of the room and a sturdy trunk planted in the ground. One client connected the upstairs bedroom this way and even had leaves and apples on the painted tree. Another idea is use heavy objects to weight down and ground the room. This could be heavy furniture, a statue or even big rocks for the child interested in geology. Another problem with a bedroom over a garage is that we often store toxic substances there such as garden chemicals and paints and solvents. Make sure these are well sealed and in a place where only adults can access them. Also please be aware of of moving the car out of the garage quickly after starting so as to minimize exhaust fumes. These are some of the most important feng shui tips for a child’s bedroom. Attention to these tips will help you maximize the safety, comfort and positive growth of your children. For more information visit www.fengshuiasheville.com. Winter 2017 | Fine Homes & Design 63


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Calen Rayne: Bringing the Patterns of Heaven and Earth to Fine Home Designs By Laura Esculcas

Rev. Dr. Calen Rayne is an accomplished geomancer, a Unitarian Universalist Lay Community Minister, and Adjunct Faculty of Wisdom School of Graduate Studies at Ubiquity University. Calen has traveled extensively and spent time in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia studying with great masters of both Japanese and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, with Bon and pre-literate Bon masters, with geomancers from both Celtic and Druid traditions, and with alchemists of various indigenous religions. Instruments used for his sound and energy work include dowsing rods, Himalayan singing bowls, shaman drum, ghanta and dorje, tingshas, bonpo shangs, phurbas and other ritual objects from many world wisdom traditions. Calen consults with clients around the world offering his unique blend of skill and experience as the foundation for his geomantic work with earth energies in clients’ homes and landscapes. Fine Homes and Design had the opportunity to speak with Calen about his understanding of how the energy of the earth informs our home environments and influences landscape design. FHD: You have studied with geomancers from various traditions. What does it mean to be a geomancer? 66 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2017

Geomancy is one of the terms used to describe work with earth energies. Earth alchemy, Zahori art, sacred landscapes, sacred geography, and feng shui are other terms one might use. The origin of the term comes from geo-, meaning earth, and -mancy, which is the ability to foresee or discern. FHD: What are the origins of these traditions? Many elements of geomancy are universally found across cultural and global borders. The tradition of reading or discerning the earth’s energy patterns is as old as humankind. It is a natural response and a matter of survival to want to understand and learn from our surroundings. Long before the development of modern scientific equipment, humans relied on their powers of perception and intuition, which were fine-tuned with the help of simple tools such as dowsing rods. In 1873, Ernest Eitel authored The Science of Sacred Landscape in Old China. In it he describes the art of feng shui and working with earth energies, which originated in the Sung Dynasty around the 12th century at the same time that European master builders were working on the great cathedrals of Europe. Yet structures for worship and ceremony in most world wisdom traditions appeared centuries earlier and were often sited according to principles of geomancy.


FHD: What are the reasons someone would want to consult with a geomancer? In ancient traditions as well as today, a geomancer would be consulted when selecting a site to locate a home. Clients seeking property for new home construction are assisted with picking the best location for a home to keep in harmony with the existing eco-field and take advantage of landscape features already present. I also assist clients with assessing an existing home before or after a purchase or remodeling project. In addition to geomancy, I have past experience as a real estate broker, appraiser, and federal housing inspector, which means my clients gain an advantage from a multi-faceted consultation incorporating a broad range of experience and expertise. FHD: You have studied in various lineages; tell me about some of your most memorable teachers. I trained with Michael Rice at the New York School of Feng Shui. Michael is a bioarchitect from Ireland whose building designs incorporate sacred geometry to bring balance and harmony to spaces. I find his designs fascinating because they Rev. Dr. Calen Rayne is using a Himalayan singing bowl and ritual draw out the energy of the land surroundobjects to balance a property near Averbury in southwest England ing them, which enhances the experience of the people entering those spaces. His I also analyze the energetics of sacred sites around the work is the best architectural example of the three levels world and bring these practices into my work. of experience taught in Buddhism and encompassed in the work I do: the outer, inner and secret meanings of FHD: What is your process when working with a an experience. On the outer level is the architecture, a property? physical structure in harmony with the landscape; on an inner level is the sacred geometry embedded in the design, I begin with an extensive questionnaire that enables the which is a map by which the ordinary human mind is client to understand what they expect from the property transformed into enlightened mind; and on a secret level Michael’s work seeks to perfect the balance of subtle ener- and helps identify what ancestral memories they might bring forward from previous places they have lived. I gies of the body, landscape, and the clear light dimension then determine the genesis point on the property using a of mind. technique learned in the Himalayas to access information I spent time in the field with Dominique Susani, a French from the surrounding eco-field. From this I determine how best to bring the client’s energy into balance with the master builder in the lineage of builders of the great property and the surrounding eco-field of the land. This cathedrals of Europe. I learned, as Dominique explains in his book on Earth Alchemy, how to make living and work might involve installing a menhir, labyrinth, or zen garden, planting trees or making other changes to the spaces healthier through realignment with the natural immediate landscape earth patterns. This focus on working with trees, alignment of stones, and the mitigation of negative influences Continued on page 72 in the eco-field are an essential component of my work. Winter 2017 | Fine Homes & Design 67


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24 Chloe Lane | Waynesville Builder’s own home, filled with exceptional quality and attention to detail. Private and peaceful, yet close to town in Whispering Woods at Sanctuary Cove. Open plan on three levels, offering privacy and functionality. Many windows and French doors to capture the surroundings. Ideal outdoor living spaces to relax and enjoy the sound of the creek on the property. Master on main, two bedrooms up and two en suite bedrooms on lower level. Bonus room with separate entrance would make an ideal office. MLS: 3156453 Offered at $729,000. Listed by: Kate Brantly | Kate@CarolinaMountainSales.com | (828) 275-7266

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108 Wild top Trail | Cullowhee Unparalleled luxurious mountain living! Thoughtfully designed & meticulously crafted home offers incredible custom features inside & out including vaulted ceilings, chefs kitchen, built-in shelving, & floor-to-ceiling stacked rock fireplace. Lower level features great room w/home theater, wet bar & second master. Enticing outdoor spaces include fireplace & wrap around porch w/vaulted wood ceilings. Amenities include pool, hot tub, fitness center, clubhouse, comm. garden, creek & private lake retreat. MLS: 3228083 $824,500 Listed by: Brian Etheridge | Bretheridge@gmail.com | (828) 551-8043

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2034 Indian Creek Road | Balsam Grove Stunning 13+ acre estate bordering Pisgah National Forest. This incredible property features a high-end, custom built home and detached 2-car garage with a finished studio. The stunning, 4 bedroom home is filled with top of the line finishes and boasts an airy, open floor plan. The completely private setting features both open and wooded acreage with mountain views and trails. This mountain paradise is just minutes from some of the area’s best hiking, fly-fishing, camping, cycling and more! MLS: 3228907 $1,275,000 Listed by: Alec Cantley & Brian Etheridge | Alec.Cantley@gmail.com (828)989-4487 | Bretheridge@gmail.com | (828) 551-8043

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478 Jupiter Road | Weaverville Exceptional acreage in ideal Weaverville location bordering Jupiter Road. Property includes 1,300 sq feet of road frontage with 56+ acres of gently rolling land nestled in a beautiful setting with mountain views & stream. Property would be ideal for equestrian estate or development. Multiple premier-view sites with 180 degree views and road bed in place, make accessing the back of the property a breeze. Close proximity to Weaverville and downtown Asheville. MLS: 3178529 $1,285,000 Listed by: Cain Cox & Jennifer Farley | Info@AvlHomeTeam.com | (828) 772-7418

58 Stony Ridge Road #58 | Asheville ELEGANT NORTH ASHEVILLE! Take in long range views from the expansive deck of this freshly updated home. End unit has new paint, carpet and fixtures with gourmet kitchen and breakfast room, perfect for entertaining. Master on main has relaxing garden tub and separate shower. A large den below, with fireplace, has access to a covered deck plus an extra bedroom and bath for family or guests! Community has pool, clubhouse, tennis, and easy access to shopping and to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Move Right In! MLS: 3233246 $575,000 Listed by: Ben & Patty Woolf | Ben@CarolinaMountainSales.com | (828) 230-3518 | Patty@CarolinaMountainSales.com | (828) 230-0940 5 Oakwind Hill | Fletcher Stunning luxury home located in the beautiful gated community of Bridgewater. This custom home boasts a spacious gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar, a main level master suite, two fireplaces, theater, and numerous elegant details throughout. The walk-out basement downstairs provides plenty of recreation room for entertaining, including a wet bar and additional bonus room with full bath, perfect for guests! Located in the highly desirable area of Cane Creek, Bridgewater is only 15 mins from downtown! MLS: 3183874 $799,900 Listed by: Shana Brookshire & Lisa Andres | 828-707-2773 or 828-772-2352

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51 Bear Track Loop | Black Mountain Custom log home located in a private community on 10.47 private acres. Situated at the end of the road you will find this home to be everything you’re looking for; open floor plan, stacked stone fireplace, generator and long range views, 1 acre pasture for horses or goats, fruit trees and garden space. The home has brand new gutters, fresh painted exterior, workshop and new windows installed in master bedroom. Great second home or full time living and acreage can be subdivided. MLS: 3217986 $ 629,000 Listed by: D’Ann Ford | Dford@CarolinaMountainSales.com | (828) 774-0288

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34 & 36 Points West Drive | Asheville One of the last two pre-construction town homes at The Views on Reynolds Mountain. Spectacular views, charming house plan, open spaces, your choice as to Solarium or Dining closed in on portion of porch. Indoor/outdoor living at it’s best, lock it up and go convenience. All you need on main, plus two bedroom suites on lower level. Elevator access! Porches abound up and down, magnificent sunsets to be enjoyed from either. Customize your very own mountain paradise. MLS: 3182196 & 3182197 $1,025,000 $1,055,000 Listed by: Kate Brantly | Kate@CarolinaMountainSales.com | (828) 275-7266

590 Meadow Creek | Weaverville Beautiful views from this charming custom mountain log home. Wonderful open spaces designed for entertaining, choose from the back porch towards the stunning long range mountain views, or cozy deck off dining room next to waterfall/pond. Kitchen will please even a discerning home chef. Master on main, all light and bright, terrace on lower level, a great loft up for studio/ office. Suited to any lifestyle, you will never want to leave, yet 10-15 minutes to Weaverville, 30 minutes to Asheville. MLS: 3211608 $659,900 Listed by: Kate Brantly | Kate@CarolinaMountainSales.com | (828) 275-7266

107 Noble Road | Fairview Move right into this newly competed home in Fairview. Low maintenance Hardiplank & cedar shake siding, upgraded exterior trim selections, double car garage with concrete driveway, underground utilities, & large lot with mountain views. Enjoy open concept living with hardwood & tile floors, master on main with walk in shower, granite counters, KitchenAid appliances, upgraded door and trim selections, vented gas fireplace, covered front porch, & open back deck. Taxes to be determined. MLS: 3228744 $395,000 Listed by: Scott McKenzie | Scott@CarolinaMountainSales.com | (828) 419-0883

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certification trainings to expand my knowledge as it relates to working with eco-fields. My time living in the Himalayas training with alchemists from the first religion there was also valuable. This so-called “nameless religion” is known as “patterns of heaven and earth” or “sacred conventions,” and the core teachings deal with working with existing eco-fields using advanced mathematical principles. FHD: I have heard stones referred to as “record keepers.” From your perspective, what does this mean? Are there other tasks served by stones? Even the Bible refers to stones as “witnesses.” It is believed that stones and trees carry ancestral memories of the land they are on. They have “witnessed” all that has taken place for centuries around them, so it seems reasonable to believe they have kept “record” of their experiences. Biologists have observed the physical aspect of this record keeping in dendrochronology, the study of tree rings to answer questions about the natural world.

Rev. Dr. Calen Rayne standing by stones in Carnac, France FHD: What are some recent projects you’ve been involved with? In the last two years I have sited and installed nearly a dozen labyrinths for clients in Europe and North American, including in Orkney, on a small island off the coast of northern Scotland, at a large estate in Devon, England, and in a community space near Culemborg in the Netherlands. I have recently consulted on several home and workspace projects in Portugal, and visited various sacred sites to study their eco-fields. Europeans have a rich tradition of working with land and stones, thus my work is more mainstream in Europe, going back to days of master builders who worked on the various cathedrals and sacred sites on that continent. FHD: How long have you been a geomancer? Could you explain from your point of view what is happening when you are dowsing? I have been dowsing since I was five years old, so I have over six decades of experience to draw from when I engage a property. I believe a channel is opened that connects a dowser to a larger eco-field of information, what Rupert Sheldrake describes as a morphic field. My doctoral dissertation discusses quantum non-locality and systematic morphogenesis, based in part on Sheldrake’s work. I became more interested in working with earth energies after studying in Japan 30 years ago. Since then I have traveled extensively and completed multiple 72 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2017

FHD: What is sacred geometry and from your perspective why is sacred geometry important in landscape and home design? Working with landscapes is highly mathematical. Like interior designers, geomancers also incorporate the golden mean into their designs. It’s well known that Fibonacci numbers exist in nature, such as the golden mean spiral that appears in many patterns of nature, and can be used to harmonize frequencies in the eco-field surrounding a home. But there are variations of Fibonacci numbers like Lucas numbers and a blended set that can be used to harmonize an eco-field as well. When I engage a property, I am analyzing the invisible patterns there as well as the visible components on the property that together indicate the state of harmony and balance. I see a lot of what I do as design. I apply geomantic principles from many of the world wisdom traditions to make adjustments as needed. A guiding principle of mine is best summarized in this quote by Marko Pogacnik: “Geomancy is an ancient word denoting the knowledge of the invisible as well as the visible dimensions of the Earth and its landscapes. I refer to geomancy as ‘sacred geography.’ By ‘sacred’ I mean the


task of geomancy in our present day is not simply to foster public interest in etheric, emotional and spiritual levels of places and landscapes, but also to promote a deeper, more loving, and more responsible relationship toward the Earth, the cosmos, and toward all beings, visible and invisible.” FHD: That reminds me of the concept of forest bathing we have heard so much about recently. What’s your take on this? I have been practicing forest-bathing as long as I can remember, although when I was a child growing up in the hills of Eastern Kentucky we called it “playing in the woods.” The practice of Shinrin-yoku was developed in the 1980’s in Japan, during a time I studied there. Most of the temples I visited in Japan had a walking meditation across their grounds, which often included altars, water elements, and ornamental gardens. We try to incorporate some of these features in our sacred landscape designs to assist with necessary adjustments. FHD: In your opinion, what is the future of home and landscape design with respect to geomancy and sacred geometry? Do you see our relationship with the natural elements changing?

I believe people are becoming more aware of their surroundings and will seek to better position themselves in a larger eco-field to support them on their life journey. It seems possible that people need to come to the understanding that we are all part of an unfolding spiritual story, and that we must direct our energies toward a successful outcome for that story. I believe we are all indispensable, that we are all part of “the plan.” I once listened to a symphony orchestra perform a lengthy piece, and took note of the man sitting in the back simply turning page after page intently and not contributing. But twenty or so minutes into the piece, he adjusted his tuxedo and picked up a small triangle. As the orchestra reached a crescendo, he tapped the triangle once, and then sat back down. That “ping” may have seemed insignificant to listeners, but in the mind of the composer, something would be lost without that moment. Each of us is that “ping,” and this world needs our imagination and attention and works to enable the unfolding story of creation to manifest. My intention is to “tap the triangle” as needed when engaging a landscape to help my clients achieve their goals. For more information about Calen’s work visit www.raynemaker.com.

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