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      Biltmore Area

      The Start of Biltmore

      George Vanderbilt was the youngest grandson of tycoon Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. George and his mother's first visit to Western 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.

      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 Vanderbilt’s had a tradition of building lavish homes, a tradition begun by the Commodore.

      The original 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.

      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 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 Vanderbilt’s setup the School for Domestic Science that taught housekeeping skills.

      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.

       

      8 Fairway, Biltmore Forest, NC 28803

      Price$4,450,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3179469

      • Residential Single Family
      • Bathroom 8
      • Square Feet 10872
      • Bedrooms 5
      • Acreage 1.89

      Arts and Craft Tudor of magnificent design and detail originally commissioned for actress Andie McDowell. Sited on a double lot on the 7th hole of the Biltmore Forest County Club with mountain views. Incredible details and entertaining areas befitting a star including a new timbered porch with stone fireplace and integral heaters.

      Listed by Ann Skoglund of Beverly-Hanks, South

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      8 Southwood, Biltmore Forest, NC 28803

      Price$1,999,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3274701

      • Residential Single Family
      • Bathroom 7
      • Square Feet 6438
      • Bedrooms 5
      • Acreage 2.21

      Idyllic & private French Country home set on over 2 acres with views of the Biltmore Forest Country Club Golf Course. This home is ideal for daily living & entertaining. The interior offers large windows & vintage charm. Generously sized rooms & outdoor verandas that look over mature landscaping & a lush rolling lawn. Master suite with a dream closet plus 2nd en-suite bedroom on the main level. Rich Mahogany cabinetry adorns the eat-in kitchen. Laundry on both levels & abundant storage options.

      Listed by Viv Snyder of Beverly-Hanks, South

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      21 Amherst, Biltmore Forest, NC 28803

      Price$1,850,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3268752

      • Residential Single Family
      • Bathroom 5
      • Square Feet 6689
      • Bedrooms 4
      • Acreage 1.21

      Elegant fabulously updated golf course treasure designed by Henry Gaines, enlarged and updated by Robert Griffin. Designed to delight from home theater to expansive outdoor entertaining area overlooking the 5th green. Highly livable for daily life and effortless entertaining, Private guest suite/spa bath, sensational vaulted master suite. Impeccable stylish decor caters to your every desire.

      Listed by Ann Skoglund of Beverly-Hanks, South

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      7 Amherst, Biltmore Forest, NC 28803

      Price$1,150,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3167915

      • Residential Single Family
      • Bathroom 5
      • Square Feet 3675
      • Bedrooms 4
      • Acreage 0.64

      Premiere mid-century modern home featuring sophisticated refinements. Modern "state-of-the-art" italian kitchen with Snaidero cabinetry, marble counters & Miele appliances. 4 Bedrooms ~ 3 with en-suites. Master Suite with stunning spa bath that includes separate shower, soaking tub & sauna and custom closet. All 4.5 bathrooms completely updated with sparkling tile & Toto washouts. Lush mature landscaped yard feels like a park secured by a 6' metal fencing. Separate studio with power and water.

      Listed by Modern Asheville Real Estate of Keller Williams - Lake Lure

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      5 Westwood, Biltmore Forest, NC 28803

      Price$1,050,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3209263

      • Residential Single Family
      • Bathroom 5
      • Square Feet 4781
      • Bedrooms 5
      • Acreage 1.01

      Classic beauty by famed architect Tony Lord. The foyer welcomes you with a graceful spiral staircase. A wormy chestnut den with built-ins and a fireplace is ideal for media or reading. The gracious living and dining rooms feature French doors to the terrace with awning. The master suite has a dressing room, sitting room, bedroom and access to 2 baths. Ideally located in the heart of the Forest within walking/biking/golf cart distance to Carolina Day and membership Country Club.

      Listed by Ann Skoglund of Beverly-Hanks, South

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      32 Cedarcliff, Biltmore Forest, NC 28803

      Price$769,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3272652

      • Residential Single Family
      • Bathroom 3
      • Square Feet 3027
      • Bedrooms 4
      • Acreage 2.59

      LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!! ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE FAMED BILTMORE ESTATE!! This is a LARGE, PRIVATE, 2.59 acre, gently rolling, wooded lot! House is being sold AS-IS. Over 3000 HSF, 4BR, 3BA, and HW floors up & down. Minutes to Biltmore Village, Downtown Asheville, and all conveniences; Located in Biltmore Forest's OLDEST section. Incredible opportunity/very attractive price!

      Listed by James McDuffie of RE/MAX Executive

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