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Town and Mountain Realty Presents 60 North Market Street #303 Asheville, NC 28801 Standing in the sun-filled living room, looking out the floor-to-ceiling windows of this spacious 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom downtown luxury condo will take your breath away...

MLS # 575092


Situated on the southwest corner, with a long balcony overlooking the Thomas Wolfe House.

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Newly installed hard rock maple floors Stainless Steel appliances Open high ceilings Large Master Bedroom with exit to balcony One parking space Common areas: Club room, fitness, gardens, outdoor fireplace, & grill.

Ben Mansell, REALTOR ® (828) 273-2304

Call or Visit Us Today! Club room

(828) 232-2879

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888.517. 3322 Downtown Asheville in the Grove Arcade One Page Avenue, Suite 150

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Asheville & WNC’s diverse health care industry

Up in the sky, it's a drone


Hickory Nut Gap Farm: A legacy of food, family and community

O N T H E C O V E R: Mark Fields & Co., The Fitzgerald at Grove Park... Page 43 6 Fine Homes of WNC | Winter 2015


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The Estates Enjoy mountain living at its finest in this rustic contemporary built by one of Hendersonville’s favorite custom builders. Located in Flat Rock, the home is privately sited to enjoy 4.63 acres of landscaped grounds and a lovely mountain view, in one of the most coveted areas off Little River Road. Built to the highest standard of craftsmanship and attention to detail, the home features lofty cathedral ceilings, 4 fireplaces, oversized windows that invite the outdoors in, distressed wood beams and glowing floors and finishes throughout. The home offers generous rooms for indoor living & intimate areas for quiet reflection. A well-appointed kitchen features granite counters, a large island with bar stool seating and eat-in breakfast area. Ideal for entertaining and a favorite gathering spot, the wraparound deck opens off the sunroom and family room. A spacious main level master suite features a fireplace, luxurious bathroom, enormous closet with built-ins and a small office. The lower level boasts a recreation area, family room, 3 guest bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms with 2 oversized storage areas.

1,250,000 MLS# 559626


Call Betty @ 828-606-5896 to view this home!

Ridgeview Breathtaking long distance mountain views with 27 private acres, removed without being remote. Remarkable unpretentious high country home—this one has it all! New kitchen, newer appliances, Thermador top of the line range, granite counters, wood flooring. Spacious family room with stone fireplace. Luxurious main level master suite. Lower Level has 2 bedrooms, office & fitness room. Expanded screen porch with Trex flooring and 1200 SF of decking. Generator. 1800 SF Guest House w/spacious garage designed for your car collection. Waterfall and gazebo. 4 additional outbuildings.

1,800,000 MLS# 575309 • Call Betty @ 828-606-5896 to view this home soon!


Laurel Park "Forevergreen" is detailed with fine custom appointments. A perfect combination of traditional & timeless European elegance. Extra wide moldings, Brazilian mesquite wood floors, LR boasts a custom stone FP, curved wall, French doors lead to the terrace, Bay window with a window seat. The ultimate chef's kitchen with Aga stove. "Wee"cottage (26 x 18) for guests or studio. Gazebo. Priced under appraised value.

500,000 MLS#553564 • Call Betty @ 606-5896.


Kenmure Remarkable 4 BR, 4 BA Williamsburg Brick home built to endure. Formal & informal living areas, gas FP. LL game room with bar, office, and guest quarters. Sun tunnels. Front porch & screen porch and patio designed for outdoor enjoyment. Two-unit gas high efficiency HVAC system w/3 zones. 15 KW generator. New 40 year architectural roof, decks, gutters w/SS gutter guards. Security System. Main Lvl & LL garages with workshop.

554,900 MLS# 567110 • Call Betty @ 828-606-5896


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Veena Somani MD, Chad Krisel MD, Brian Lewis MD, and Melissa King, PA-C of Integrative Medicine of Asheville

Asheville & WNC’s diverse health care industry By Calen Rayne Asheville has long been known as a mountain retreat, a place to step away from our fast paced digital world and enjoy healing energies of area mountains. Asheville region is also the hub for Western North Carolina’s diverse health care industry. Health care services is our largest industry, accounting for 20% of area employment. Here one can find three major hospitals, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, primary care physicians, medical specialists in all fields, physical therapists, counselors and social workers, integrative care facilities, research facilities, and a wide range of practitioners offering alterna12 Fine Homes of WNC | Winter 2015

tive and complementary modalities for treatments.

kets and restaurants can all combine to support a healthy lifestyle.

While some people in the medical profession might look forward to retiring here in the Blue Ridge Mountains one day, an increasing number are choosing to establish their practice here rather than waiting until later in their career to relocate to enjoy the benefits of living in and around Asheville.

Dr. Brad Whitney, a staff physician with Extended Care Physicians, has a practice centered on geriatric care, and at one time was named Geriatrician of the Year for the United States. Dr. Whitney believes the Asheville medical community supports what he calls “healthy aging.” Dr. Whitney says, “Western North Carolina is blessed with a wonderful and wide variety of cutting edge retirement communities. And Asheville, unlike some areas of the country, does not have major hospitals in a type of competition that can cause infighting in the medical community. Hospitals, physicians and medical specialists here all seem to get

A possible advantage to healthcare professionals in establishing or relocating their practice to the Asheville area is a supportive environment for their clients. A fairly mild climate, numerous outdoor activities, and access to healthy, organic and locally grown food at local groceries, farmer’s mar-

We live in a community of clean air, and beautiful nature featuring locally grown organic food, and restaurants that embrace the Farm- to-Table philosophy

Julie Ann Nugent-Head

along and work well together in service of their patients. Asheville’s holistic medicine community also seems vibrant and supportive of the regular medical community.” Integrative Medicine of Asheville (IMA), led by board certified family physicians, Dr. Chad Krisel, Dr. Brian Lewis, and Dr. Veena Somani, follows a unique, more grass roots approach in the local health care field. Their family practice was named “Best of WNC” for both 2013 and 2014 in the annual Mountain Express survey. They offer urgent care, individual visits and a comprehensive lifestyle program for those patients seeking to take more control over their individual health care. IMA makes use of more traditional Western Medicine combined with an emphasis on a holistic perspective that incorporates input from other healing methodologies. Their philosophy includes accessibility, sustainability, quality service, and what they refer to as “integrative holism,” seeking to address issues with patients in context with their entire life and community. I asked Chad why they opened their practice in Asheville. He said,“My medical/business Partner (Dr. Brian Lewis) and I originally came to Asheville to complete our residency training at the MAHEC Family Medicine Residency

program. We were drawn to Asheville’s independent minded culture. With this in mind, Brian and I decided that Asheville would be the perfect place to open a clinic that was very much outside the status-quo. Most of our staff have been in the Western North Carolina area for the past five years. We came here from all over the United States, including Pittsburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, and Arkansas.” Dr. Krisel says,“Our goal was (and currently is) to offer an integrative approach to primary care within a financial model that is within reach of ordinary people (and employers) across the socioeconomic spectrum. We pride ourselves on the fact that both multi-millionaires as well as folks on governmental assistance utilize our services and receive equally high quality treatment, without bias.” When asked how Integrative Medicine of Asheville found and established working relationships with members of local medical community, Dr. Krisel shared that “having completed our medical training here in Asheville, Brian and I had already cemented trusting relationships with much of the medical community. This made for a very easy transition when opening our practice. We are very lucky to have such a robust and talented medical community relative to the size of our

population. Unlike in many other places that I have worked throughout my medical training/career, Asheville doctors are incredibly open minded, yet highly qualified at their practices.” Chad continued…“We find it encouraging that several doctors from around the area contact us just to find out more about how our business model works. They hear that we are able to see a maximum of two patients per hour and it catches their attention. When we tell them that we are able to spend four times longer with our patients while at the same time making the care more affordable, they become quite interested in what we are doing. The beauty in what we do is the simplicity and transparency—quite a change from the unnecessarily complicated bureaucracy of insurance based care.” IMA considers their wellness classes, charitable and volunteer work, and pricing model to be important aspects of their business model. Dr Krisel streeses that “IMA places a high priority on community out-reach. Through helping to foster a healthy community and culture it will make it easier for all of us to individually live a healthier life. A core part of our mission is leaving this world a better place than we found it.” He explains that over the past few Winter 2015 | Fine Homes of WNC 13

Asheville already has a very receptive and active complementary and integrative medical community, with an educated population years IMA has helped to manifest a healhtier commmunity in several ways:

up to four times longer during appointments as well as charging affordable rates. The beauty is the simplicity of the model.”

1)Through collaboration with some of Asheville’s largest employers, we are offering very affordable medical care to the blue-collar employees who are literally keeping things running in our beautiful city. Employers have been The Association for ecstatic to have an option that is actuTraditional Studies Andrew Nugent ally saving them money while giving a recently moved medical benefit to their employees. their home base from China to 2) We try to keep the community atAsheville. ATS is a 501C3 not-for-profit large engaged with classes which organization dedicated to preservafocus on living in a sustainable healthy tion, documentation, and disseminamanner. We try to drive home the tion of China’s traditional knowledge, point that it is the decisions that we including Chinese medicine. The make on a moment to moment basis Association believes that the survival that end up having an influential of traditional knowledge is imperative impact on our health Past classes have as we face issues of sustainability and included discussions on Mindfulness development in the 21st century. Based Stress Reduction, Yoga, Executive Director, Dr. Andrew NugentPermaculture Design, Chinese Head, and his wife, Dr. Julie Ann Medicine and Qi-Gong. Nugent-Head, lead ATS. We have dedicated IMA’s entire revenue stream from our sales of supplements to support local organizations that are helping to make our community a better place. It has become a fun activity at the end of each month to decide who will receive that month’s donation. IMA’s fee structure is a critical component of their business model. Dr. Krisel explains their wellness plan.“Our pricing is straight forward—-$40/month and then $20 per visit fees. There is no charge for an annual physical exam. There is also no charge for standard labs. Procedures such as skin biopsies are generally a fraction of the typical insurance based cost. The bottom line is that through not taking insurance we are able to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in overhead fees that have nothing to do with patient care We are then able to pass this on to patients by spending 14 Fine Homes of WNC | Winter 2015

I asked Andrew how traditional medicine practice works with the more Western educated medical community, and whether it was well-received. Andrew replied,“We believe everyone benefits when there is more than one option of high quality medicine available. Having worked in integrated hospitals in China for years, we have a very good feel for when we can offer alternatives to conventional care and when Western medical procedures are the best option. Both my wife and I have medical doctorates in the clinical practice of Chinese medicine from China, which means we have a high level of skill in acupuncture and herbal medicine as well as exposure to emergency, acute and chronic conditions that come from being in an East-West integrated environment.” “Our not for profit board includes a neurosurgeon, which is an incredible

resource for a clinic to have. East or West, all of us who are in the health care profession want to see our patients get better. We have found that some of our greatest supporters come from the ‘regular’ medical community as they see their patients derive measurable benefit from seeing us.” When asked why ATS moved to Asheville, Dr. Nugent-Head responded, “After more than 25 years in China working in the field of Chinese medicine, we finally chose to return to the United States due to the quality of life for our family. While we all loved our time in China, the pollution, traffic and food safety scares made it impossible for us to continue to live and raise our children there. We chose to relocate to Asheville because it offered what we wanted both as a family and as a business.” “For our family, we have moved to a place of clean air, beautiful nature and a community featuring locally grown organic food and restaurants that embrace the Farm- to-Table philosophy, which does not exist in other cities to which we considered relocating. For our business, Asheville already has a very receptive and active complementary and integrative medical community, with an educated population taking advantage of the broader health care choices Asheville offers. We are excited to see The Alternative Clinic add to the breadth and depth of the acupuncture and Chinese herb choices already available.” We are fortunate to have many health care options available to us in Western North Carolina. And as the medical community, both traditional and alternative, continues to grow in our communities, we look forward to an even broader focus in support of healthy lifestyles here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.




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Centrally located to several cities, mountains, lakes & hiking trails, this home on 46 acres provides privacy yet convenience. Surrounded by wood on one side & mountain views on the other. Foyer features fountain & cathedral ceilings. Gourmet kitchen includes plenty of cabinets/counter space, trash compactor, down Draft Jen-Air cook top, FR & MB has stone wood burning FP. Dumbwaiter for wood fireplaces. Motivated seller, will consider all offers! MLS#564073 ◆ $899,900 ◆

Greg Eskritt 828-338-8121 86 Asheland Ave. Asheville, NC 28801

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Gated home on 23 acres: Gate is for this house only, not a subdivision. 3 spring-fed ponds, largest is 4 acres. Whether you see this as your private estate or as a business venture into the world of summer camps in Western NC, the location 5 minutes off I-40 will please everyone. Rolling &level, fruit trees, crepe myrtle, rhododendron, mtn laurel and more. Main house 2350SF, 3BR/3BA open plan, red oak flrs, wrap around deck overlooking ponds. (Caretaker's cottage 1623 SF and 450SF workshop.). MLS567736 $1,200,000

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It’s all about the love of flying and photography. To be up in the air ... "to see what the birds see."

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Unmanned vehicles take to the sky By Alphie Hyorth

The videos are all over YouTube Small unmanned flying machines sailing cameras over mountains, oceans, couples getting married in the woods, goats in the woods. You name it. We call them drones. But they are more correctly known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). You can buy a UAV from Amazon, or any number of other outlets. They come in different sizes, configurations, power, numbers of motors, and on and on. They arrived under thousands of Christmas trees this past holiday, but they are far from toys. The Federal Aviation Administration regulates anything and everything that flies into what is called the National Airspace System (NAS). Look up. See the sky? That's the national airspace. The FAA maintains tight controls over flights of UAVs and began allowing limited use of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System in 1990. Legal flights are limited mainly to public (government) entities: The Department of Homeland Security, NASA and weather research, environmental monitoring, public safety by law enforcement agencies. Don't fit into any of those categories? You want to run a business based around flying a UAV? Not so much. Winter 2015 | Fine Homes of WNC 21

for profit is (pardon the pun) still up in the air. As Williams put it, suppose you are flying over a house making a video for a real estate company. Your video inadvertently shows the owner of the house next door engaged in some illegal activity that can only be viewed from the air. Is the UAV operator obligated to report that activity to the police, Williams asked. Can the UAV operator be sued for revealing what that homeowner is doing?

The FAA is saying "We own the air," as Dee Williams put it. Williams is an Asheville photographer who goes back a number of years. He now operates and has a number of drone-assisted videos on YouTube. He builds his own UAVs and flies for the love of it. He would like to to turn that love of flying into a profitable business. One day. In the meantime Williams realizes he and other photo UAV operators are walking a fine line when it comes to FAA regulations. He has friends who are investing in equipment to start UAV aerial photography businesses. "The FAA says no no no," Williams explained. Don't get all twisted up about this if you got a UAV for Christmas and you want to check it out with your new camera. According to FAA rules flying "strictly for hobby or recreational use" is fine as long as you follow some common sense safety guidelines. Keep away from airports and passenger jets. Keep the UAV in plain sight. Things like that. A lot of issues (related to safety, privacy and other things) have yet to be addressed and the legality of flying a UAV 22 Fine Homes of WNC | Winter 2015

This is how serious the FAA is when it comes to controlling drone flights for profit. Last year the agency fined a UAV operator $10,000 after the University of Virginia paid him to video the campus from a UAV. A judge threw out the fine but the FAA appealed that decision and won. Please send a check for $10,000 to the FAA, thank you very much. Just after the start of the New Year, the FAA announced it was asking local law enforcement for help. In other words, state and local police now have the FAA's blessing to seek out unauthorized or unsafe UAS operators. The FAA is concerned about the number of close encounters between UAVs and commercial passenger-carrying aircraft. At the end of November the agency announced it is putting together rules governing who can fly unmanned craft for profit, when they can fly, how high, and where. Severe regulations may be loosened, Williams said, but that's in the future. Actual implementation of FAA rules could take two years pending approval and review by other government entities including the White House. In the meantime you can petition the FAA for an exception that will allow your business to operate.

In September 2014, the FAA gave seven Hollywood production companies permission to shoot aerial footage with drones as long as the operators had a private pilot license, stayed at or below 400 feet and flew only in daylight. Outside of Hollywood an obvious use for UAVs is in real estate. One Realtor in Tucson, Arizona recently got permission from the FAA to use a UAV to video houses he's trying to sell. Williams added air quotes over the word "permission."

Meanwhile the industry continues to grow as manufacturers create UAV systems that are both more complex and easier to operate. Williams continues to pursue his love of flying and photography. To be up in the air ... "to see what the birds see."

That's because the FAA granted the exception only if the Realtor fulfilled a long list of requirements including one that the operator of the UAV obtain a private pilot license. In addition to setting mechanical and altitude restrictions, the FAA also mandated the posting of a sign that says “Attention Aerial Photography in Progress – Remain Back 150 Feet”. If you aren't up to speed on what you need to get a private pilot license, it is a lengthy process that can cost anywhere from $5000 to $10,000 depending on who your instructor is and where you train. In other words, it's not that simple. "I don't know what's going to shake out," Williams said about the FAA regulations.

All photos are courtesy Dee Williams. You can find more of his work at and on YouTube.

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WONDERFUL COUNTRY ESTATE IN THE JACKS CREEK VALLEY set in a private cove with beautiful mountain and meadow views! This custom-built 5BR/2.5BA home features two stories w/ wrap around terrace & porches. The Craftsmanstyle cherry woodwork & floors are outstanding! It features vaulted ceilings, a cook's kitchen, a formal sunny dining room & a spacious master suite. The ground level has 4 BR/1BA w/ large utility room. The bedrooms open out to a spacious patio & terraced garden. There is an attached 2 car garage & a 2300 sq.ft. barn/studio. In addition there is a 3BR/2BA log guest house & garage set in the woods a distance from the main house. This property is available with the two homes and 20 Acres for $859,000, or the main house and barn/shop and 14 Acres for $639,000. ML#542149, ML#521488

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. $875,000 ML# 561440 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 multi-level 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. $549,000 ML#523780

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CADILLAC HEWN LOG CABIN ON PRIVATE 3.86 ACRES in the shadow of Celo Knob, the southernmost peak on the Black Mtn Range

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Beautifully-built and well-maintained 3BR/3.5BA home in a totally private setting! Rustic great room design w/vaulted ceilings, custom built-ins, a generous kitchen island, formal dining & a native stone FP. Large & bright master-suite & oversized sleeping loft up. Finished basement inc. guest suite & garage. 3BR/2BA guest house. Paved drive. Ideal for family estate or high end vacation rental. $475,000 ML# 558680


1875 Spartanburg Highway I Hendersonville, North Carolina

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Interior has a great room design w/ 2BR/2BA, HW floors, stone FP, vaulted ceilings, custom woodwork & kitchen island w/granite counters. Bark covered walls in BR's. 2 covered porches w/iron railings, Poplar bark ext. w/elegant stone work. Immaculate grounds w/ sloping lawns, shade trees & lovely landscape! Field below is fenced for horses or dogs & has 3-bay garage/equipment shed & separate well. Two addit. outbuildings are kennels but could easily be converted. $365,000. ML# 524169

FAMILY FARM OF 32 ACRES has a 3400+ sq. ft. spacious two story home w/ magnificent Southern views across the county. Several fenced pastures & a barn make this a perfect home for livestock or horses. The near new home is custom-built w/gorgeous hickory floors & kitchen cabinets w/granite counters. Terrific storage areas throughout! Oversize windows and doors lead to an expansive Brazilian hardwood deck for outdoor play & entertaining. Three bedrooms on the main floor, w/a large loft for library or office. Full basement is in the process of being finished, includes separate living quarters. $650,000 ML# 570357

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Incredible views of the Cane Creek Valley from almost every room! 2-story Arts & Crafts, 3000-3500 ft. elevation in a gated community overlooking the Cane Creek Valley. Large spacious rooms and quality construction make for a dynamic opportunity. This is a home NOT TO BE MISSED. A wall of windows let you soak in the views from all of the main living spaces. Pristine condition, Master on main, three bedrooms upstairs plus an office, and a bonus one in the finished basement, hardwoods throughout the main floor, dramatic stone fireplace in great room and a second stone fireplace in the basement, granite & stainless kitchen, gas cooktop, home office. New recirculating hot water heater. Triple heat pumps - two with gas back-up. Tons of storage space. MLS:571853

Nancy Witek One Town Square Boulevard Suite 140 Asheville, NC 28803


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. MLS: 565293

Immaculate custom home in the Ramble, one of Asheville's premier gated communities. No expense spared - cedar shake & stone exterior, dramatic walnut floors on main & 2nd lvl, cypress paneling, hand scraped natural beams, LaCanche & SubZero appliances, marble countertops throughout, 3 floor-to-ceiling stone FPs, private guest wing, porte-cochére & more. MLS: 572159 $1,975,000

Enjoy this elegant log & timber frame home located between Asheville & Hot Springs Experience the comforts of a country home & the tranquility of a mountain retreat surrounded by the beauty of nature. Walk the trails & quiet back roads & see soaring mountains from windswept ridge. MLS: 520227 $669,000

Distinctive custom home situated on 10.49 private acres with breathless long range mountain views from every room. This home with approx.4800 sq. ft. offers coffered ceilings, top of the line chef’s kitchen, outdoor living space, triple garage and many must-see features. Four bedrooms, four and 1/2 baths, extra rooms for exercise or office further accentuates this property with one of a kind luxury. MLS: 558020 $2,399,000

Award-winning custom built home situated high on a ridge in desirable Poplar Ridge. Majestic western views seen from every bedroom-deck access on both levels. Main level features bright open flow between vaulted great room w/stone FP, kitchen/dining, master bedroom & spa bath offer soaking tub & dual shower. Lower level offers living room w/wet bar for guests & 3 large bedrooms on lower level w/ views! MLS: 525711 $1,195,000

North Asheville Lake Shore Hills All ONE LEVEL-LIKE NEW home high quality built 2006 professionally landscaped. Spacious split bedroom floor plan. Great room w/fireplace, cherry wood floors, step ceilingrecessed lights-speakers. 17x12 dining rm 13 ceiling+crown molding. Open kitchen, granite, pantry, breakfast area. Lg master bedroom - luxury bath-3 closets. 450sf Screened porch/deck. MLS: 570611 $649,000

Beautiful Cedar-Frame mountain estate nestled on banks of Reems Creek (stocked w/trout). Enjoy breath-taking river & mtn views, 6700SF to entertain, wrap around decks, custom features throughout, dual sided fireplace, home office & master BR potential on 1st & 2nd levels! Complete in-law suite on lower level w/ separate entrance, marble FP, full kitchen w/ granite & SS appliances, formal dining area, bonus room & hot tub! MLS: 537551 $761,500

Ultimate long range views! Gated community adjoining National Forest with tennis & pool. Near Biltmore Town Square and 10m to Asheville Airport. Builder’s personal home with many high-end features and custom finishes incl Brazilian wood floors, in-law guest level, 4 fireplaces, office/artist loft, shaft for 3-car garage, waterfall & more! MLS: 523484 $1,195,000

True craftsmanship in every detail of this elegant mtn home in a quiet cul-de-sac of the Ramble. Backs up to nature trail, offering ultimate privacy. Dramatic vaulted wood ceilings, white oak hdwds, 3 fireplaces, open floor plan, custom cabinetry and finishes. Fully finished space with full bath (471 sf-not incl. in sq.ft) that can be a 4th bdrm/office over the garage. Cedar shake/stone ext. & cobblestone drive complete the rustic charm. MLS: 555443 $1,499,000

Exceptional home site planned perfectly amongst green space & hiking trails in The Ramble at Biltmore. Exquisite, sun-filled Adirondack luxury w/ open staircase, cathedral ceilings, reclaimed heart pine floors, extensive native stone work, Porte Cochere & 4-car garage w/ loft. Expansive LL w/ Kitchen/Bar, Billiard Rm, Craft Rm, Exercise Rm & Guest BR. Ramble residents enjoy an array of amenities- wellness center, pool, natural amphitheater. MLS: 555725 $1,495,000

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Hickory Nut Gap Farm: Creating community for one hundred years En route to meet with John and Annie Ager the bustle of the city falls away as I wend my way towards Hickory Nut Gap Farm, which spreads out into the valley just before you drive up into the mountains on Highway 74. Turning into their drive is like stepping back in time. On this homestead is the oldest building in Buncombe County and it carries the flavor of its history to this day. My meeting began with John, who had just won a seat in the NC State Legislature a month earlier. True to a working farm, he was nowhere in the house, but rather out on the farm, heading up the hill to our meeting. John welcomed me as the Agers welcome everyone and invited me into the warmth of the woodfired kitchen hearth. We celebrated his recent win and he talked briefly about his campaign before taking me back to 1790 when the Ashworth family, the first settlers, moved into the area. John has written the extensive history of the family’s farm and life in the book We Plow God’s Fields. I was looking, however, for their roots in consciously creating community and I was delighted to discover that they go all the way back to 1916 when James (Jim) and Elizabeth McClure, Annie Clarke Ager’s grandparents, bought the property. Farming has always been challenging, but it was especially difficult after

World War I when commodity prices tumbled. Instead of packing it in, James founded the Farmer’s Federation, bringing mountain farm families together to try to make everyone’s lives better. Eventually, more than 10,000 farm families throughout the region collaborated to open stores and create markets for their products and to help one another learn how to be better businessmen as well as how to farm in new and more productive ways. In 1930, Annie’s other grandfather, Dumont Clarke, came to organize the Lord’s Acre. One of his projects was bringing running water to the farm houses, most often inspiring churches to get involved.The churches responded by creating water systems in many communities. In addition to supporting the farming industry, Jim McClure believed that education was important. Mountain families were large and all children needed a good education. He served on the Board of Education, ensuring that all children had an opportunity. The extended Clarke family has supported Warren Wilson College for years, taking in students and offering work opportunities for them. Annie, John’s wife, came in from the farm with an apple in hand. She poured us tea and offered me slices of the apple, fresh from their

Written by Cheri Torres and part of a series on Conscious Communities: Intentionally Ensuring Economic, Social and Environmental Thrivability for the Region. The Conscious Communities series, sponsored by Cheri Torres and Betsy Gudger, showcases local family-owned businesses, networks and entrepreneurial ventures that are intentionally designed and operated to support a thriving future for the region.

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Gathering sunflowers is Annie Louise Perkinson, who with husband Isaiah Perkinson started Flying Cloud Farm, in Fairview. Annie is the daughter of Elspeth and Jamie Clarke's eldest daughter, Susie Hamilton, and Will Hamilton.

orchard. She shared that she and John grew up farming and have expanded their farm into a prosperous business that supports a growing demand for local, organic foods. Hickory Nut Gap Farm — HNG on most of the menus in Asheville restaurants and grocery meat counters – provides high quality meats—beef, poultry, and pork—to the community. Their son Jamie and his wife Amy now run the farm, but the whole family has stayed involved. They continue as active community members, still intentionally working to 34 Fine Homes of WNC | Winter 2015

create a community where everyone thrives. In addition to supporting a thriving “grow local” and organic farming community, they are actively engaged as board members and volunteers with schools in the area as well as the Fire Department, the Community Center and the Library. Under Jamie’s leadership, the farm has expanded into agri-tourism. They have a year-round farm store, host weddings, and in the fall sell apples, create a corn maze, offer hayrides and children’s games. In the summer they run a farm camp for 40-45 children who have the opportunity to ride horses

and engage in art, pottery and drama…and experience life on the farm. My time with Annie and John culminated in a tour of their homestead. The wall murals were painted by Annie’s grandmother. They tell the history of the family home and are still beautiful. The study is an original log building. As you walk up the steps and into the room everything becomes silent. Thick walls and bookcases lined with historical knowledge and wisdom let you know you have entered a kind of sanctuary. There on an old antique table is

In addition to the year-round farm store, they host weddings, sell apples, create a corn maze, and run a summer farm camp for children the family register, recording names and dates of people, both famous and not, who have stayed here. I left with an awareness that part of Conscious Community is connection to history, to honoring the past, learning from it and celebrating it. Bringing the stories forward helps inform the present, informs the values that are still alive in this family today. Community was important to the McClure’s at the outset and it has been passed down through the generations where is vibrant and alive today. The Agers are still inspiring a thriving community throughout the region and they are a pivotal part of the region expanding success for local, organic farming. Take a ride out to Hickory Nut Gap Farm and visit the store. Head south on Highway 74 towards the mountains. When you begin to feel the peace of the countryside and the mountains are calling you, you’re almost there.

All photos provided by Ken Abbott from his book, titled, Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm which will be coming out in mid-2015. It includes more than 80 color photographs of the house and farm, that Abbott made mostly between 2004 and 2009. There are also three short historical essays by Asheville area historian Rob Neufeld, and an essay by the photographer. For more information and news of the publication, please visit Abbott’s website: "" or find the facebook page, Useful Work. Winter 2015 | Fine Homes of WNC 35

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Exceptional Quality Built Log Home With Breath Taking Views!

10 inch hand hewn white pine logs, open floor plan with tons of windows, south facing, cathedral ceilings, 2 full kitchens,1 in basement (chefs kitchen) granite counters, 3 fireplaces, screened porch with hot tub off Huge Master Suite with Great Bath & Closet, Anderson windows, basement is fully finished with recreation room, wood burning FP, electronic workstation, 2 car garage. This level could be rented for added income, or would be great mother-in-law suite. Home has amazing craftsmanship, & detail. Unrestricted 26.35 +/- acres has several additional building sites Must see! MLS#27755 Offered at $625,000

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Spectacular Panoramic Views

Kenmure Golf Community - Discover everything you’ve been looking for in this stunning home with spectacular panoramic long range year round views from most every room. Situated on a private cul-de-sac with phenomenal landscaping. $665,000 · Flat Rock · MLS#558104

Outstanding Quality Throughout





Two Homes In One! Outstanding home in beautiful upscale neighborhood. Granite kitchen with island, luxurious master suite, great room w/ fireplace, bonus room, HW floors, high & vaulted ceilings. Finished lower level is perfect for guests & extended family with full master suite, family rm, kitchen & dining rm and private deck. $535,000 · Hendersonville · MLS#571212

Magnificent & Beautifully Designed

Unique Architectural Detail

Exquisite finishes throughout. Gourmet kitchen w/slate floors, granite tops, island, high end appliances, exquisite master suite, huge game room, home theater, office, wine cellar with mahogany wood walls & racks, wet bar, workshop, iron wood deck, & patio. $549,900 · Hendersonville · MLS#542303

Exceptional like new home offers unique architectural detailing with exquisite taste. Features volume ceilings, spacious rooms w/ arched entries, living rm w/ fireplace, cherry cabinetry & granite, wine cellar, LL family rm, sunroom w/views, huge wkshp. $785,000 · Hendersonville · MLS#550856

Keller Williams Realty . 404 South Main Street . Hendersonville . NC . 28792 828.674.1508

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Exquisite Masterpiece

Exquisite appointments throughout this beautiful Wilson Farm home. Main level boasts both elegance & unsurpassed quality w/ attention to detail. True mountain charm in the LL. You will be mesmerized by the stunning Mountain Views! $960,000 · Hendersonville · MLS#562906

Two Master Suites

Upscale Equestrian Community

Impressive Setting

Kenmure Golf Community - Stunning describes this lovely home situated on .96 beautifully landscaped acres. Exquisite quality throughout. 2 mstr suites, gourmet kitchen, formal DR, morning rm, GR with vaulted ceiling & generator. $599,000 · Flat Rock · MLS#560066

Located in the Heart of Horse Country. Stunning 3550 SqFt home is situated on 3+ acres with trail access. Quality abounds throughout from the expansive gourmet kitchen and luxurious master suite to the southern charm patio and courtyard. $599,000 · Campobello · MLS#1288171

Kenmure Golf Community - Expect to be impressed with the old world charm & superior craftsmanship of this magnificent home. State of the art kitchen, professionally landscaped grounds with waterfall & KOI pond. $649,000 · Flat Rock · MLS#559539

Panoramic Long Range Mountain Views


Entertainers Delight

PINNACLE FALLS - The beauty of the outdoors envelopes you as soon as you arrive. Extraordinar y 3900+ SqFt home with gourmet kitchen, luxurious master suite, great room with stone fireplace, sunroom & so much more. 1.4 Private acres. MLS#559046 $1,200,000


Expansive home sitting graciously on 1.88 gorgeous acres with stunning Mountain Views. Features 1470 SqFt indoor heated pool & sauna, outstanding great room, 2 master suites, grand slate terrace & screened porch to enjoy the views. MLS#567549 $995,000

Terri Eisenhauer Signature Properties REALTOR®, ePRO, CNHS


(828) 674-1508

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This Is Not Your Father’s Log Cabin! Private 7.82 AC oasis w/ private drive. 2011 construction. Quality Contemporary beauty & casual luxury! Extensive decks & patio spaces allow more private expanded living space. Borders Southcliff & short 10 minutes to Downtown Asheville. 2-Car in basement & detached 2-Car Garage. Beautiful new water feature & landscaping. Simply Beautiful! 3.82 AC and Home option of $859,900 (MLS# 571724) MLS #567939 ◆ $939,900 Cheryl Reavis and Bob Gordon Mountain Connect Team ◆ 828-712-5007

Welcome Back To Nature! Tranquility abounds as you wind your way along the drive to this 9+ acre private PARADISE! Unique, architect designed, custom home with spiral staircase to guest quarters, 3 fireplaces,1100+ SF of deck w/Gazebo wired for Hot Tub. FOUR CAR GARAGE for the car enthusiast. Media room w/93" HD and leather seating; 2 wet bars; 2 wine coolers. One acre fenced for animals. Let the rain hitting the metal roof soothe your soul. Come Home! MLS #568059 ◆ $775,000 The Armour Team ◆ 828-771-2336 Mike & Nona Armour 86FineAsheland Ave, Asheville, NC 40 Homes of WNC | Winter 2015


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The Pat and Donna Real Estate Team in Asheville North Carolina is truly a homegrown, full service real estate group. We help our clients, buy, sell, invest, rent and manage their real estate. We like to say that “We Are All About Real Estate”. Everyday, we make sure that we do our best to serve our clients with integrity, knowledge and compassion. Buying or selling a home in Asheville is a huge undertaking for most people and can be the most stressful thing they will ever do. Our goal is to make the transaction as painless and, even as enjoyable, as possible. Our Team is comprised of some of the most knowledgeable and experienced agents in Western North Carolina. With Keller Williams, we have an international stage, if necessary, to find or sell the exact right homes for our clients, whether it be in the local Asheville and WNC area or overseas, we have the systems and offices in place to get you there. On our Real Estate Team, we have specialists in buying, listing, investing, working with Seniors, Luxury Sales and Short Sales, We also have as part of our Team, listing support, closing support, and photography experts who work with our clients until the end of the transaction and beyond. Many of our friends are our clients, but we also like to make all of our clients our friends. The Pat and Donna Team started in February of 2000 when we met and became friends and business partners almost immediately. Along with our husbands, we are both natives of Asheville and have so much in common. We started out one client at a time. We took every class we could take (and still do). We worked with each client with knowledge and integrity. We really believe that every home in Asheville is a luxury home for many reasons. However, our formal definition of a Luxury Home in Western North Carolina tends to be those homes with an over $500,000 sales price. These can be historic homes from the 1800’s that have been beautifully restored or brand new homes abutting a pristine 18 hole golf course…or anything in between. As we say, location, location, location will be a factor as to Luxury status but so many other things determine that all important price. Size, style, quality of construction and quality of finishes all go into this determination. If you are buying… you’re Realtors, The Pat and Donna Team will know where to look. If you are selling…The Pat and Donna Team will know how to sell your home.

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When the environment loves a home and a home embraces the surrounding landscape, you have a "NC Healthy Built" sanctuary that encompasses spectacular views of not only the Blue Ridge mountains and the forest but also the amazing skyline of the city of Asheville. Come see the artwork in the craftsmanship and be astounded by the attention to detail. Walk the trails and sit on the porch of a home that is peaceful in its surroundings. Over 4700 square feet with four en suite bedrooms, a gourmet's kitchen, wine cellar, 2000 square feet of outdoor living space and elevator ready. $2,995,000 •

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices ..............................26 Beverly-Hanks & Associates ..........................................52 Beverly-Hanks & Assoc., Binford Jennings ....................19 Beverly-Hanks & Assoc., Vivien Snyder ........................15 Beverly-Hanks & Assoc., Nancy Witek ..........................29 Boyd - Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick ..................................28 Carolina Mountain Sales ..........................................30-31 Carriage Park ..................................................................2 ERA Betty Oates ......................................................10-11 Heirloom Timber Framing ..............................................16 Jaguar Asheville ............................................................50 KB Properties, Kathleen Blanchette ..............................24 Keller Williams ..............................................................40 Keller Williams, Terri Eisenhauer ..............................38-39 Keller Williams, The Eskritt Real Estate Group ..............16 Keller Williams, Pat and Donna Team ......................17, 44 Keswick Hills..................................................................47 Lifestyle Homes of Distinction, Inc. ................................26 48 Fine Homes of WNC | Winter 2015



Mark Fields & Co. ............................................1, 5, 41, 51 Mark Fields & Co., 2121 Ogle Meadows Road ..............18 Mark Fields & Co., 615 Upper Sondley Drive ................25 Mark Fields & Co., Mount Airy Farm Estate....................36 Mark Fields & Co., 116 Robinhood Road........................42 Mark Fields & Co., The Fitzgerald at Grove Park ..........43 Mark Fields & Co., Grove Park Cove ............................46 McKinney Insurance ......................................................24 Mosaic Realty ..................................................................9 Packard Cabinetry..........................................................24 Preferred Properties of Asheville, Lenoir Medlock ..........45 Premier Mountain Properties, Inc. ..................................37 Private Mountain Communities ........................................4 The Thoms Estate ............................................................7 Thurston Associates ..............................................27 & 28 Town and Mountain Realty ..............................................3 Wall Street Partners ......................................................28 Yesterday’s Tree ............................................................35 Winter 2015 | Fine Homes of WNC 49

Jaguar Asheville 496 Cardinal Road (3 miles from AVL airport) Mills River, NC 28759 828-891-7493

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24 Browntown Road MLS#548005