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Biltmore History

The Start of Biltmore

George Vanderbilt was the youngest grandson of tycoon Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. George and his mother's first visit to Weatern North Carolina mountains was in 1888. At the time Asheville was established as a high-society retreat for those from the Northeast. At 26, George Vanderbilt recognized the area as a perfect spot for an estate. He envisioned an estate that would not only showcase his collection of art, but also become a self-supporting business. He had traveled extensively throughout Europe, and believed he could bring a landed barony to America.Biltmore

The Vanderbilt's were not without their competitive streak and George's siblings in the Northeast had their own estates that he wanted to rival. The Vanderbilts had a tradition of building lavish homes, a tradition begun by the Commodore.

The orginal purchase of land by George Vanderbilt was about 125,000 acres with Pisgah Forest and the town of Biltmore Village of today originally being part of that. The name Biltmore comes from George combining the Old English name for open rolling land and the name of the Dutch town where his ancestor's originated.

The Biltmore House

The original designer for the Biltmore House was Richard Morris Hunt who was a famed society architect of the time. He had already built several homes for George's brothers in the Northeast. The ornate design required an immense amount of materials and was based on an early 16th-century French Chateaux. A special rail spur had to be laid between the depot in a neighboring village and the estate to carry the tons of materials used. Among the many laborers used for the project, there were also many world-renowned craftsmen of the day. Vanderbilt spared no expense and, in fact, found himself in some financial difficulties by the time the estate was finished.Biltmore House

Vanderbilt wanted his house to be not only a showcase for his extensive art collection, but also a technological marvel. Vanderbilt included such cutting-edge technology as central heating, electricity, running hot and cold water to upstairs baths, a fire alarm, cold-storage mechanical refrigeration (using circulating chilled brine solution), an elevator, an electric communication system for calling servants, and a swimming pool with underwater lighting. Many continue to marvel at what Vanderbilt had built and opened on Christmas Eve of 1895 despite some of the rooms being incomplete.

Surrounding Biltmore Landscape

Fredrick Law Olmstead, who had designed places like New York's Central Park, supervised the surrounding Biltmore landscape. Olmstead convinced Vanderbilt to veer away from having an extensive parkland to having commercial timber forest surrounding a 250 acre pleasure park. This plan worked nicely with Vanderbilt's desired for the estate to be profitable. Renovation of the forest was handed over to Gifford Pinchot, who later established the U.S. Forest Service.

Olmstead gathered seedlings from all over North Carolina to transplant onto a fully sculpted landscape. These native plants were supplemented with plants grown in the Biltmore nursery, including decidedly non-native plants such as the bamboo groves. The design of the approach road intended to mix deciduous trees, pines and shrubs to offer an interesting drive during any time of year.

The Biltmore Tradition

Forestry and farming were important to Vanderbilt who introduced new techniques to the region and helped to found the Biltmore Forest School which is known as the first institute for scientific forestry in America. Biltmore industries was started to teach woodworking and weaving, the traditional handcrafts of the area and help local people get better wages. For women of the area, the Vanderbilts setup the School for Domestic Science that taught housekeeping skills.The Ramble at Biltmore Forest

After the death of George Vanderbilt in 1914, Edith Vanderbilt continued to be active in community affairs. She deeded close to 87,000 acres to the federal government to preserve Pisgah Forest for public enjoyment.

Even today, George Vanderbilt's grandchildren continue to benefit the region through employing a 650-person staff to maintain Biltmore House for public enjoyment.

Call Green Mountain Realty today at (828)-215-9064 or contact us for more information on Biltmore area homes, land and real estate.

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$10,750,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 7
Sq. Ft. 16221
Acres 1.99
Year Built 2006
MLS #: 548005

An elegant French chateau constructed of 3" thick limestone and the utmost quality styled for today. A complete Roman Spa, entertainment area with card room, kitchen, pool, wine tasting room and theater entertain guests and owners regally. Formal rooms abound including a very special oak bar. There are 4 full kitchens, 4 garages, HVAC is water furnace.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$4,200,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Sq. Ft. 8224
Acres 2.60
Year Built 2010
MLS #: 560172

Magnificent 3-story Old World Normandy-style home designed by Griffin Architects on secluded knoll near Biltmore Estate. Built in 2010 to highest standards in architecture, technology & comfort w/ space & intelligence that cater to 21st C. needs. Generous main floor w/terrace lives & entertains w/ ease; expand to lower & upper floors for recreation & guests. Close to membership Country Club. In-town convenience! MUST SEE LIST OF DETAILS/FEATURES!

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$2,999,999
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Sq. Ft. 10726
Acres 2.60
Year Built 2009
MLS #: 564027

-Stunning custom home on a large, private lot in gated section of Biltmore Lake. Attention has been paid to every detail. Upscale gourmet kitchen, built in wine cellar, a dream home theater, towering stone fireplaces, spacious guest suites, amazing master bathroom off of the large but comfortable owners suite, and much, much more. Close to everything that Biltmore Lake has to offer! Enjoy lakeside clubhouse, hike/bike trails, sandy beach.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$2,950,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 5
Sq. Ft. 7441
Acres 2.23
Year Built 1927
MLS #: 527159

Exceptional detail, incredible mountain, golf course views, meticulous maintenance, private, level, two plus acres with guest house. Spiral staircase, classic details, airy sunroom, spacious bedrooms. Third floor finished as large open space for playroom, home business. Basement game room. Sited on historic membership golf course.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$2,499,999
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 5
Sq. Ft. 5460
Acres 2.27
Year Built 1936
MLS #: 557653

Stately situated on one of the finer lots in Biltmore Forest, attention to detail is evident throughout this beautifully decorated Mediterranean villa. Curved archways, granite, travertine, marble, solid plaster walls, hardwoods, family room, master suite and garage addition in 2009, chef's kitchen, formal dining and living room, office or study, 2 covered patios for entertaining, corner lot, truly a unique find in historic Biltmore Forest

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$2,498,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 4
Sq. Ft. 8910
Acres 1.09
Year Built 2005
MLS #: 543011

-Mediterranean-style mansion for the buyer whoappreciates luxury and exquisite details with 2story entry and marble spiral staircase; livingroom has soaring ceiling and glass wall; gourmetkitchen, family room; master suite French doorsleading to the sunset deck. First level has a 9seat theater starlit ceiling, family room, gameroom, wet bar, living room, second master suite, Wine Tasting room. Third level - bedrooms and baths.

Listing Courtesy of Distinctive Homes of WNC, Inc.
$2,250,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 4
Sq. Ft. 8091
Acres 2.88
Year Built 1997
MLS #: 556756

-Shingle style and stone home. Light filled, open with views of nature from every room. Spacious rooms, vaulted ceilings, wonderful outdoor entertaining spaces - screened porch. Flowing floor plan, graceful curved staircase, stone fireplaces. Bonus room up, study on main. Game/ big screen room on lower level space for pool table.Close to Carolina Day and membership Country Club. Extra lot held in conservation easement included PIN 9646-43-7236

Listing Courtesy of Distinctive Homes of WNC, Inc.
$2,200,000
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms 4
Sq. Ft. 5448
Acres 3.73
Year Built 1927
MLS #: 460510

-This historical home was designed by William Dodge for Wm.Knight, one of the original developers of Biltmore Forest. The home has been completely restored. Home sits on nearly 4acres with natural stream & stone lined pond, formal gardens & 100 yr-old hardwoods. Features include slate roof, copper gutters, German silver door knobs, gargoyles, new gas power, custom kitchen, new plumbing and electrical systems and much more!

Listing Courtesy of Preferred Properties
$2,170,000
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Sq. Ft. 4854
Acres 2.72
Year Built 1955
MLS #: 560379

Gorgeous golf course & mountain views highlight this 2.7 ac lot in the heart of Biltmore Forest. Main house is beautifully appointed w/chef's kitchen and large windows looking to golf course. Master suite encompasses entire second story w/balcony to watch the sunrise! LR w/fireplace and fr. doors opening to large stone patio for entertaining. COTTAGE w/BR/BTH/DEN/FP. Major additions/reno done in '91. Enchanting location; magnificent landscaping!

Listing Courtesy of Preferred Properties
$2,170,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 5
Sq. Ft. 7674
Acres 1.13
Year Built 2005
MLS #: 559937

Magnificent, newly constructed french chateau w/outstanding floor plan. All living on main if desired. Design highlights include master on main retreat w/sitting room & office, luxurious bath w/dual vanities & access to covered deck. Grand entrance hall opens to LR/library. Gourmet kitchen. Wormy chestnut/cherry trim. 4 fireplaces, LL kitchen & game rm smart wired. Exquisite craftsmanship, design & technology.

Listing Courtesy of Preferred Properties
$2,100,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 4
Sq. Ft. 6193
Acres 2.21
Year Built 1955
MLS #: 551629

Extraordinary private home across from Biltmore Forest Golf Course on 2+ acres. 5+ bedrooms, 4+ baths with incredible indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. Mahogany cabinets, huge pantry, spacious eat-in kitchen, large dining room and hardwood floors. Enjoy large master suite with custom walk-in closet.

Listing Courtesy of Preferred Properties
$2,100,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Sq. Ft. 6500
Acres 1.28
Year Built 1999
MLS #: 542032

Nestled deep in the quietest part of Biltmore Forest. This grand home was custom designed by Bill Ashe. Formal living spaces, and peaceful master retreat featuring a peaceful sunroom & separate dressing room & baths for him/her. Sizeable bedrooms with ensuite baths. Privacy wall encloses the private back yard with swimming pool. Handsome gentleman's study with custom pecan walls. Luxury, style and comfort surrounds you.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$1,999,999
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 5
Sq. Ft. 8475
Acres 2.00
Year Built 2006
MLS #: 545996

Spectacular 8000+ sq ft home on 2 acres w/views of Biltmore Estate.3 kitchens plus plan for outdoor Carolina Kitchen,maduir granite,Viking appliances.Open kitchen,breakfast… keeping room.Elevator,Mexican marble,2 offices,$75K home theater,billiard room,spacious rooms,library has cherry herring bone floors,mahogany doors,security system w/camera,furniture for sale.Interior Design by Susan Nilsson.Call for brochure.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$1,995,000
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Sq. Ft. 5683
Acres 3.77
Year Built 1952
MLS #: 545149

-If you favor Frank Lloyd Wright or just want over 4200 square feet of updated, main floor living on 3.77 private acres, this is for you. Walk or golf cart to membership country club and Carolina Day School. Filled with light, open, airy, livable! A small portion of the house was built in the 1950s but the majority of the home was built in the 90s up to today. The original part has been completely updated with style by commercial builder.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$1,975,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Sq. Ft. 5755
Acres 1.29
Year Built 2007
MLS #: 563667

Large flat 1.29 acre home site features this amazing Tudor style home. The grand outdoor living space with an outdoor fireplace opens up to a private level yard to entertain or for play. Attention to detail has not been missed! Fine quality finishes throughout including a gourmet kitchen overlooking family room. Courtyard w/ fountain, 3-car garage, vaulted ceilings, & exposed beams are just a few features that make up this amazing home.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$1,890,000
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Sq. Ft. 6689
Acres 1.21
Year Built 1962
MLS #: 567091

Elegant golf course treasure, designed by Henry Gaines, enlarged by Robert Griffin, meticulously updated & decorated to perfection. Highly liveable for everyday enjoyment, entertains effortlessly. Delightful elements; home theater, to gorgeous island kitchen, cozy study, incredible master ste. w/FP in sitting area. Private guest ste. w/spa bath, family rm, elegant formal dining overlooking course. Gracious outdoor living. Dedicated exercise room.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$1,795,000
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Sq. Ft. 6010
Acres 1.96
Year Built 1993
MLS #: 459027

Architect George Stowe designed this custom home for casually elegant living. Large rooms, open and flowing set the scene. Octagonal breakfast room bathed in morning light, secluded master adjoins screened porch. Island kitchen with breakfast bar, guest area, study/office with built-ins, separate family bedroom area, work room with sauna on lower level, fenced yard, lovely terrace. -

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$1,750,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Sq. Ft. 6803
Acres 1.05
Year Built 2001
MLS #: 563772

Custom & elegant Preish built Biltmore Park home perfect for entertaining or intimate gatherings. Heated swimming pool & hot tub. Spacious kitchen w/large island & bar seating. Keeping room w/fireplace & a library/study. Master suite on main level w/fireplace. 3 en suite BR's on 2nd level & bonus room all w/built-ins. Lower level w/kitchen, guest suite, game room, wine cellar & more. Quality construction & details throughout. Backup generator.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$1,695,000
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms 5
Sq. Ft. 7519
Acres 0.78
Year Built 2008
MLS #: 560990

Subtley elegant home w/old world styling. Located in the choice Ramble neighborhood. Only the finest details & finishes grace this home w/its spacious rooms. Fabulous kitchen - Subzero, DCS gas cooktop, breakfast area, master suite w/FP, luxurious bath & closet. Guest room w/FP, lower level has FP, wet bar, guest quarters, workout, theater/flex room. Enjoy swim/Wellness Center, miles of hike/bike trails, parks in gated community.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$1,695,000
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Sq. Ft. 4681
Acres 3.15
Year Built 1936
MLS #: 550069

-Beautiful French Norman Estate with great charm by Architect Henry Gaines. Beverly-Grant complete renovation mid 70's replaced insulation, wiring, plumbing, patio, slate roof. New HVAC 2008. The house is immaculately maintained, sited on park like 3 acres with 2 long drives. Studio/apt with bath & kitchen and porte-cochere with bedroom/bath adds another 1021 sq ft. A spiral staircase enhances the foyer and the covered porch is a jewel.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$1,695,000
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Sq. Ft. 5134
Acres 0.70
Year Built 2007
MLS #: 554931

Country French Jack Arnold design on very private, woodsy lot. Open with copious main floor living. Two bedrooms on main, vaulted beamed great room, kitchen/hearth room, bonus over garage, game room or 4th bedroom down. Very flexible floor plan with outdoor living galore in amenity packed community.

Listing Courtesy of Beverly-Hanks, South
$1,675,900
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Sq. Ft. 4526
Acres 0.70
Year Built 2006
MLS #: 536402

-French Country Cottage in desirable gated Ramble Community offering all the details of opulence incorporated with the certification of a N.C. Healthy Build home. The finest of details and materials were used from DaVinci slate tile roof to the cobble stone pavers beneath your feet. Solid Knotty Alder doors, Sandcast Bronze hardware, Stone Masonry FP, exposed beams - every element strategically considered. Extraordinary PebbleDash craftsmanship.-

Listing Courtesy of Carolina Mountain Sales
$1,650,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3
Sq. Ft. 4924
Acres 1.89
Year Built 1984
MLS #: 544037

Gracious 5BR home overlooking Biltmore Forest golf course, 4th hole. New gourmet, eat-in kitchen installed in 2013. Unique barrel ceiling in FR. Deck spans 75' across back. 3 heating zones. Master on main w/steam shower. Great living space on LL w/2 BR's, living area, laundry, porch, & lots of storage. Beautifully landscaped. 1.89 acre lot. Owners are willing to entertain trading their home with a buyer. Exterior of home painted in 6/2014.

Listing Courtesy of Carolina Mountain Sales
$1,649,900
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Sq. Ft. 6860
Acres 1.19
Year Built 2000
MLS #: 560490

-One of the most desirable areas of Biltmore Forest, this sprawling home offers extraordinary features and updates. Fresh paint throughout main level, Vaulted entrance with in cathedral entrance with multiple arched doorways, large kitchen with tons of natural light and work space, recessed lights throughout, workout room with sauna, private back yard. all bedrooms with en-suite Lower level with dens and guest rooms. Triple heated garage.

Listing Courtesy of Carolina Mountain Sales
$1,600,000
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms 5
Sq. Ft. 6824
Acres 1.56
Year Built 2006
MLS #: 561795

-Gated luxury in one of Asheville's most popular neighborhoods. Enjoy stunning views from the decks & sunsets by the outdoor fireplace. Granite, stone & marble throughout. 10' ceilings on main & lower levels. Chef's kitchen, with butler's pantry, perfect for entertaining. Dedicated craft room. His & hers master bath & closets. Stone fireplace, wine cellar, guest suite, theater room and two car garage in lower level. Three car garage on main.

Listing Courtesy of Carolina Mountain Sales
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