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      Blog :: 01-2011

      Luxury Homes and Land in Asheville

      There are some great choices for luxury homes and land here in Asheville NC. Over one hundred Asheville NC luxury homes exist in some of the finest gated luxury home developments known to man and Asheville NC land options exist for those home owners wanting to build that special home in an existing community or further out on a larger tract of land. There are land tracts still available in and around the Asheville area up to about five hundred acres and land prices are extremely good these days. Many luxury home buyers like Asheville area gated and golf communities due to the many amenities that are offered like wellness centers, nature centers, and the overall country club setting. The Cliffs at Walnut Cove is probably a main draw for luxury home buyers seeking luxury everything. The Cliffs communities have always been known for their high end luxury appointments and overall community design that makes you feel like you are on a retreat instead of in your neighborhood. The Ramble at Biltmore Forest is a very special gated luxury home community that affords its home owners the convenience of in town living with luxury amenities like a common park, walking trails and wellness center. The Ramble is gorgeous with all of its European influenced one of a kind luxury homes within a pristine forest like setting that will spur your inner self to be the best you can be that day and everyday.
      Asheville NC Luxury Homes and Land

      Asheville NC Luxury Homes and Land

      Ok, you like the luxury home communities but you want a one of a kind luxury home designed and built that offers you the special details and features important to you and your family. We offer our clients turn key land home packages in just about every luxury home community in the Asheville NC area. We get the architect involved, help you design the home and then either build it ourselves or supervise the build out with another local Asheville custom builder. We make purchasing the land, lot or tract easy for clients and then we make the entire home building process a breeze with many luxury custom homes being completed in a six to nine month period. Let us make buying or building that custom luxury home a joy rather than a burden. Call Green Mountain Realty at 828.215.9064 for homes, land or real estate in Asheville.

      Luxury Golf Condos in Asheville

      If you are looking for luxury condos in Asheville NC that overlook a world class golf course then look no further. The Asheville NC luxury condos at The Fitzgerald are located directly next to the Grove Park Inn and overlook the one of a kind Donald Ross golf course that was built originally in 1899 and redesigned by Mr. Ross in the early 1900s. This golf course is considered to one of the best courses in North Carolina and is rated as one of the ten best in the country for golf courses over one hundred years old. Many famous PGA golfers have played this world class course and you will be in heaven sitting on your private balcony overlooking this gorgeous course. The Fitzgerald offers luxury condos with uncompromising quality and in a setting that cannot be duplicated. These luxury condos are located in the heart of Asheville and close to everything great that Asheville has to offer. These luxury condos range in size from about 2000 to about 3000 square feet. There are only 24 luxury condos in the entire project that offers its residents secure and gated underground parking. From the time you walk into your luxury condo unit you will be amazed by the amenities that each unit offers such as solid eight foot doors, heavy moldings, special trim and of course a gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances, custom cabinets and granite galore.
      Asheville NC Luxury Condos

      Asheville NC Luxury Golf Condos

      Own a piece of history at The Fitzgerald as only thirteen luxury condos remain for sale out of the original 24 and they will be going quick as spring arrives here in beautiful Asheville. If you are searching for luxury homes in the Asheville area and arent sure if luxury condos are the perfect fit then come to Asheville and let us take you on a tour of the area and all of the fine luxury homes available here. Asheville offers many fine luxury homes and condos in other locations but the Fitzgerald is located on the Grove Park Inn golf course and offers its residents gorgeous views of the course and of the Blue Ridge Mountains as a back drop. Call Green Mountain Realty at 828.215.9064 for homes, land and real estate in Asheville.

      Asheville Luxury Homes and Gated Communities

      Asheville NC has some of the finest luxury home gated communities you will find in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Luxury home buyers want luxury homes in Asheville NC gated communities for a variety of reasons. Safety is probably the number one reason that folks choose luxury homes in a secure luxury home gated community here in Asheville. Many like gated communities because the neighborhood is quieter due to less through traffic and the chances of vandalism are reduced because entry to the development is limited to home owners or their guests. The Cliffs at Walnut Cove is one of our personal favorites when it comes to luxury gated home communities here in Asheville. The Cliffs is set back on just over 1300 pristine acres of beautiful mountain land and is home to a world class Jack Nicklaus signature golf course that was opened in 2005. You will be in your own little world at The Cliffs and enjoy every minute of it. Mornings at the Cliffs may involve a jog to the communitys one of a kind luxury wellness center for a swim, work out and perhaps a relaxing massage. Your afternoon may involve some reading at the community nature center where you read up on wildlife before talking a long hike on one of the communities beautiful trails. Lunch or afternoon cocktails at the communitys club village may also be on your daily agenda.
      Asheville NC Gated Communities and Luxury Homes

      Asheville NC Gated Communities and Luxury Homes

      Lets move on now to The Ramble at Biltmore Forest which is also a top pick of our luxury home gated communities here in Asheville. Enjoy luxury homes with French or European flair within this gated and luxury home community. The community park is gorgeous and you will certainly want to join other residents around the outside fire pit as you watch the kids play soccer on those chilly afternoons. Enjoy long walks and talks with your loved ones or perhaps meet up with some friends at the wellness center for a spin class or a game of cards. The Ramble will take you back to the days of the Vanderbilts and remind you why living in Asheville is everyones dream. Call Green Mountain Realty at 828.215.9064 for luxury homes, gated home communities, land or real estate here in Asheville.

      Luxury Timber Frame Homes in Asheville

      Asheville NC timber frame homes are just about some of the most gorgeous mountain homes one will ever experience. Timber frame homes are made with large timbers, posts and beams and still utilize many craftsmen techniques and joinery from years gone by. The Asheville NC area is known for its many high quality timber frame home builders since luxury home buyers that are seeking Luxury Mountain homes will almost always demand that their new home be built around an architect designed timber frame shell. There is nothing better than gazing at the large exposed vaulted ceilings in your new mountain home full of large timbers and massive wood brackets. All types of wood can be used in your luxury timber frame home from oak, Douglas fir, pine, cedar and maple. It is very important that your luxury home builder use a timber frame company for the shell that has experience in the kiln drying of the wood and best practices when erecting the shell and the timber frame package will adjust to wood shrinkage or swelling over time as these are very large timbers that we are dealing with. Timber frame homes use joinery methods such as dowel and pin to join the vertical pieces called the posts to the horizontal wood members called the beams. Clients love luxury timber frame homes because of all of the exposed wood beams within the home, they are simply gorgeous and no normal home can compare to this look.
      Asheville NC Timber Frame Homes

      Asheville NC Timber Frame Homes

      Wood is not a very good insulator so many clients ask if a timber frame is very energy efficient. The timbers are just used for the shell of the home and all walls and roof systems can be built using extremely state of the art methods to increase the homes energy efficiency rating. More and more timber frame homes are being built to high level green building certification programs that make them at least 30% more energy efficient than a code built home. Many people building a custom timber frame home will first start with a basic floor plan design that they want and then have their timber frame home designed around the floor plan. As luxury home builders and luxury home Realtors we enjoy working with clients that are either buying existing timber frame homes on the market or wanting to build new ones. Call Green Mountain Realty today at 828.215.9064 for homes, land or real estate here in the Asheville area.

      Luxury Energy Star Homes in Asheville

      Asheville NC Energy Star homes are built to the nationally recognized energy star home building standard and once certified the homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than a code built home. Many luxury home buyers are requiring that their luxury home builders make sure that their new home is built to this standard. Energy Star homes in Asheville NC are being completed in some of the areas finest luxury home developments. Most high quality builders have already been building their luxury homes to this great energy efficient home building standard for many years now. So what makes an Energy Star home an energy star home? The main components of energy star center around making your luxury home more energy efficient, but there is an indoor air quality component of energy star to assure that your home is healthier to live in. If you purchase a luxury home that is energy star rated you will receive a much more energy efficient heating and cooling system in the home and all of the associated systems ductwork will be better sealed and then tested for minimal amounts of duct leakage in the home. The homes hot water heater will be specified to be energy star rated thus saving energy in that luxury home. All electrical products in the home like appliances, lighting, washers and home theatre systems will be energy star rated as they will use almost 50% less energy.
      Asheville NC Luxury Energy Star Homes

      Asheville NC Luxury Energy Star Homes

      The blue Energy Star logo on devices assures the consumer that the device is about 50% more energy efficient than its non energy star counterpart. Energy Star luxury homes will also have the homes envelope built, caulked and sealed to assure very few penetrations and better insulation and techniques will be used to assure that the home has fewer thermal breaks and is better insulated. The basis of any very energy efficient home provides that the home is better sealed of penetrations to the outside world and that the home is better insulated. Luxury homes and luxury home buyers usually want a quality home so why would you not demand that your home is built to an Energy Star standard? Energy Star homes are high quality homes that use less energy and are healthier to live in. Call Green Mountain Realty at 828.215.9064 for homes, land or real estate in Asheville.

      Golf Course Community Luxury Homes in Asheville

      Asheville NC golf course homes in some of the finest golf and gated communities are available for immediate purchase. Luxury golf course homes and golf course communities just seem to go well together here in Asheville NC. The mild Asheville climate makes year round golfing here a perfect pastime for those seeking the best that the area has to offer. Many golf course communities are private gated communities that also offer a host of other amenities to home owners like walking trails, fitness centers, community club houses and parks. The Cliffs communities have always been a popular luxury and gated golf course community that caters to luxury home buyers and weekend golf warriors. The Cliffs at Walnut Cove offers a Jack Nicklaus signature PGA style championship golf course complete with country club village. You can purchase a club membership directly or in some cases a previous home owner can transfer the rights of their membership with home purchase. Memberships vary and can afford you the rights to play other Cliffs community courses including the new course by Tiger Woods at The Cliffs at High Carolina.
      Asheville NC Golf Course Homes

      Asheville NC Golf Course Homes

      If luxury condo living is more your style then think about buying at The Fitzgerald which in located directly next to the Grove Park Inn and overlooks the one of a kind Donald Ross course there. Champion Hills is another award winning golf course home community located in Hendersonville, just minutes away from us here in Asheville. Biltmore Forest is one of the oldest and most cherished golf course and country club setting neighborhoods that Asheville has to offer and is only minutes to downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village. At this writing there were around one hundred luxury golf course community homes for sale in the Asheville area. Many of the golf course communities still have home sites available if building is an option. Call Green Mountain Realty today at 828.215.9064 for homes, land and real estate here in Asheville.

      Arts and Crafts Style Homes In Asheville

      The mountain areas of Asheville NC are known for the many beautiful arts and crafts style homes that are so popular in this area. The arts and crafts movement was launched in the late 1800s by some English designers that wanted homes to reflect a true one of a kind craftsman look. Arts and Crafts homes may have a similar bungalow type look yet be individual by its own design and personalized by the craftsmen that build the home. You will find many gorgeous one of a kind Asheville NC arts and crafts homes here in the real estate market just waiting to be purchased. Arts and crafts homes reflect a high level of detail and are as special as the custom home builders in the Asheville area that builds them. Arts and crafts homes will usually have a wood, stone, and fiber cement siding. These beautiful homes are also known for having wide eaves and triangular gable brackets that add to the overall detail of the home. Porches on an arts and crafts style home will have thick square or round columns, sometimes tapered and may have stone attached. Exterior fireplaces on arts and crafts homes will be made of stone to reflect the high level of craftsmanship within the home. Open and airy floor plans with few hallways will be present on the inside of the home.
      Asheville NC Arts and Crafts Homes

      Asheville NC Arts and Crafts Homes

      The inside of the arts and crafts homes in Asheville are as beautiful as their exterior and will have a high level of trim details. You will see exposed beams in the ceilings, wainscoting, large newels on stairs, and custom built in features like bookcases or benches. Arts and crafts homes are cozy and reflect the added care and detail that home builders of the past took great pains to incorporate in their one of kind homes, thus making each home a little more special than the last one. Luxury homebuyers here in the Asheville NC area will usually always want an arts and crafts style home as they are high quality and are as unique as the builder. Call Green Mountain Realty at 828.215.9064 for homes, land or real estate in Asheville.

      Asheville NC Healthy Built Green Certified Homes

      Asheville NC healthy built homes are green built and green certified homes that buyers can either purchase or have us build them here in Asheville NC. Green home building and the healthy built homes program is so popular here in North Carolina that the real estate multiple listing service even has a category for NC healthy built homes so that Realtors can search homes by this criteria. There were around fifty green certified healthy built homes for sale in the greater Asheville area at this writing. So what makes these Asheville NC healthy built homes so popular? Healthy built homes are healthier by virtue because many less toxic building materials are used in the construction of these green built homes and indoor air quality is controlled by proper indoor air make up and ventilation. The homes are much more energy efficient than a normal code built home because the foundation of every healthy built home is that it is first built to the Energy Star standard which makes it at least 15-20% more energy efficient. Healthy built homes will also be much more efficient with water since landscaping will use more native style plants along with low flow water fixtures on the inside of the home.
      Asheville NC Healthy Built Homes

      Asheville NC Healthy Built Homes

      As experienced eco green Realtors and certified green luxury home builders we feel that we are better equipped to serve the needs of our clients that want to buy existing green homes or build green homes in the Asheville area. Buying a healthy built home will assure that you not only get a high quality home, but it will also assure that the home is energy efficient and healthier to live in. There are many components of the healthy built homes program and homes are certified to different levels of the program depending on how many of the items on the checklist were implemented within the home. As engineers, developers, certified green luxury home builders and Realtors we enjoy working with clients when they buy or build green certified homes here in the greater Asheville area. Call Green Mountain Realty at 828.215.9064 for homes, land and real estate.

      Asheville NC Affordable Downtown Homes

      Asheville NC has some great homes and home choices for people searching for available affordable homes, land and real estate in the downtown Asheville area. We will define affordable homes as home being in the $100,000 to no more than $300,000 price range here in Asheville. There are some things that you will need to understand if buying homes within the city of Asheville. Any home that was built before July 1, 1994 in the city of Asheville has to be re-inspected and brought up to code before it can be issued a new certificate of occupancy. This is a very important point if you are looking at older homes in Asheville NC. There are currently over one hundred Asheville NC affordable homes for sale in the real estate market here. You will find a total of almost three hundred Asheville NC downtown homes for sale at this writing. So just why do people want to buy homes in the downtown area of Asheville North Carolina? Asheville is a great city that is alive and has things happening in the downtown area just about every weekend. You will enjoy the many small coffee shops and eateries that are everywhere in the downtown area. In the spring, summer and fall many are enjoying the Pack Square while watching the kids play in the fountains or just reading a good book on the lawn. Affordable downtown Asheville homes are located all over the downtown Asheville area if walking, biking and short commutes are your vision.
      Asheville NC Affordable Downtown Homes

      Asheville NC Affordable Downtown Homes

      Asheville has a summer festival on the last weekend of July that draws almost three hundred thousand people for music, food and outdoor activities. Grove Arcade is an Asheville national treasure where many tourists visit for the great shopping and outdoor markets. If you enjoy the art scene then Asheville is for you as there are over fifty local art galleries to visit while downtown as well as the Asheville Art Museum. Haywood Road is another area that many downtown home buyers seek for the abundance of restaurants, pubs, stores and shopping that is all within walking or biking distances. The Riverview dog park and Carrier Park are also big draws for people that enjoy outdoor activities on weekends. Call Green Mountain Realty at 828.215.9064 for homes, land or real estate in Asheville.

      Asheville Land Tracts for Luxury Homes

      There are still some rather large Asheville NC area land tracts that can be bought be individuals that want to build luxury homes or estates on a pristine piece of property close to everything great in the greater Asheville North Carolina area. Some of these great pieces of land that are still out there have spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and would be perfect for a home owner that desires a large luxury home on a private estate that is just minutes from everything that the downtown Asheville area has to offer. One piece of land that we are aware of is 481 acres in size and backs up to The Cliffs at High Carolina. This land would be any luxury home buyers dream if views and privacy is a must have. Many times we feel that luxury home owners that want their own estate might hesitate building on a large piece of land because there is development to be done on the property before the home can be built. Grading will have to be done on the property and roads will have to be cut in and some underground utilities like electric and phone may have to be installed. One reason so many luxury home buyers like our firm is because we are degreed engineers with an extensive background in construction, land developers, licensed luxury home builders and of course experienced real estate brokers. We offer luxury home buyers a total solution here in the Asheville area if buying land, developing that land and then building a luxury dream home or estate is the goal.
      Asheville NC Land and Luxury Homes

      Asheville NC Land and Luxury Homes

      Advantage Development Co. is our sister company and has been developing land and building custom luxury homes since 1990 here in Asheville. There are some great values on raw land here in the Asheville North Carolina area so if owning a large tract of land and having your dream home built on that land is a dream then call us today. We are one of the most experienced developers, luxury home builder and real estate broker that you will find in the area. We make buying and building luxury homes a joy rather than a burden so feel free to contact us today to learn more. Call Green Mountain Realty at 828.215.9064 for land, luxury homes and real estate here in Asheville.