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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.

       

      10 Stuyvesant Crescent Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$1,800,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3513473

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1985
      • Bathroom 5
      • Full Bath 5
      • Bedrooms 4

      Elegantly detailed spacious rooms will welcome you home to an enviable life in Biltmore Forest. Ideally located in this private community carved from the Biltmore Estate it presides gracefully over its lush landscape. Offering an ideal location close to Carolina Day, a membership Country Club and tony shopping and dining in Biltmore Village this historic community features one of the most convenient location in Asheville. The current owner has taken this home to an entirely new level with artful finishes and updates of the highest quality from the beamed vaulted family room to the eye appealing kitchen. There is space for everyone and every thing with 4 garages, a large workshop, media room, office, wine cellar, sunroom, lovely formal rooms, a gathering room, private guest quarters, and a third floor area that could easily be slightly reconfigured to create a fifth bedroom.

      Listed by Ann Skoglund of Beverly-Hanks, South

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      1 Cedar Chine Drive Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$1,495,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3497468

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1992
      • Bathroom 6
      • Full Bath 5
      • Half Bath 1

      Biltmore Forest immaculate remodel with modern luxury, this 5 bed/5 bath 6,000 sq.ft. like new home transformation has every amenity for today's lifestyle. Available now for the first owner since this incredible transformation; the utmost care has been taken for easy maintenance and upkeep, available with 1 year limited warranty. Lush, peaceful corner lot; walk to the Bass Pond. This home has a new distinctive Arts and Crafts inspired exterior and sun-drenched open interiors for family and entertaining. Huge Chefs kitchen with Wolf/Sub Zero Appliances, massive quartz island, adjacent to outdoor covered dining. 10' Ceilings with reclaimed wood beams and columns showcase new impressive open floorplan. Luxury Baths and closet interiors redesigned with every amenity; 2'x2' porcelain tile decking, 50 year composite wood siding with shake accents; gleaming Hardwoods, state of the art energy efficient LED lighting throughout. For additional up-fit on this like new home contact listing agent.

      Listed by Bennet Phillips of Asheville Realty Group

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      3 Lone Pine Road Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$1,295,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3514623

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1994
      • Bathroom 6
      • Full Bath 4
      • Half Bath 2

      Built in 1994, this Tudor Revival has been fully re-imagined, but retains its romantic charm. Renovated interiors include a new kitchen, appliances and a matching butlers pantry. Entertain in the music room or relax in the 28' x 12' sunroom - a multi-layered living space open to the den, kitchen and patio. Masters upstairs and downstairs have newly renovated en-suite bathrooms. The master upstairs, has the third wood burning fireplace, 2 walk-in closets, built-ins, and an adjacent den/office/theater. The 2nd floor has 2 more bedrooms, connected by a jack and jill bathroom and an upstairs laundry. The 3rd floor is a guest suite/bonus room with a newly renovated bathroom. The lower level of the home houses a craft room with a half bath, garage and extra large workroom/storage space. The 100 year old cabin is surrounded by mature plantings including several specimen trees. New stone pathways run through lovingly maintained gardens.

      Listed by Karen Perry of Keller Williams Elite Realty

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      9 Forest Road Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$1,199,500The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3473663

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1962
      • Bathroom 4
      • Full Bath 3
      • Half Bath 1

      A long curving drive cues your arrival at a totally renovated delightfully open one level home. Designed for easy living it features a wonderful new covered porch with fireplace just off the open kitchen/family room. Elegant open living and dining rooms flow beautifully for entertaining. The master bedroom has a spa like bath in hues of white and pale aqua. Off the kitchen is a large office with many built ins, a full bath and a laundry space. Should the need arise it could easily be reconverted back into a guest suite. Your family/guests will be delighted with the new 50's theater and entertainment area. This move in ready house awaits you in Biltmore Forest.

      Listed by Ann Skoglund and Ali Thomas of Beverly Hanks & Assoc. Hendersonville

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      4 Buena Vista Road Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$1,175,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3516327

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1936
      • Bathroom 5
      • Full Bath 3
      • Half Bath 2

      Impeccable 4-5 bedroom home on the prettiest street in historic Biltmore Forest. Major renovations/addition in 2003 consisting of garage, kitchen, new bedroom/bath. The charm of the 1936 home has only been enhanced by the current owners with the renovations. The lot is private and has been professionally landscaped with the care being minimal. Side covered porch, porch off the master and large basement for exercise or ping pong make this home appealing for so many. Close to hospitals, downtown Asheville and shopping. Move in ready!

      Listed by Hope Byrd of Beverly-Hanks, South

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      128 Stuyvesant Road Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$1,019,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3519159

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1969
      • Bathroom 4
      • Full Bath 4
      • Bedrooms 4

      Renovated to elegant perfection this elegant home will steal your heart. Fine moldings and hardwood floors set the scene for entertaining with panache or relaxing in comfort. The newly redone kitchen features marble counters, fine wood cabinets and a delightful breakfast area. A guest bedroom is conveniently located on the main level. Upstairs are two ensuite master bedrooms and a third bedroom and bath. The lower level has a metro modern vibe with washed concrete floors and space to exercise or enjoy media or hobbies, The professionally landscaped grounds feature a private walking trail with mature and native plants for low maintenance. Feel safe and secure with the whole house HEPA air filter, water filter and generator. Located within walking distance to Carolina Day, The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Mountain to Sea hiking trail and only 10 minutes to downtown Asheville.

      Listed by Ann Skoglund of Beverly-Hanks, South

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      15 Busbee Road Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$995,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3321659

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1949
      • Bathroom 4
      • Full Bath 4
      • Bedrooms 5

      Beautiful, one-level living home that is 100% move-in ready. Home is open,light and airy. Master closet with is 30'x8'. 5th ensuite bedroom currently used as office.Storage abounds throughout home with deep built-ins, dry unfinished basement, garage and walk-up attic.Level one acre yard. Conveniently located to hospitals, schools, downtown AVL. 3 car detached garage. Home has been completely renovated with new added master suite, breakfast area, baths, kitchen, sun porch and new garage.

      Listed by Hope Byrd of Beverly-Hanks, South

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      5 Brookside Road Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$950,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3473733

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1966
      • Bathroom 4
      • Full Bath 3
      • Half Bath 1

      Frank Lloyd Wright-style inspired design and architecture built by Jay Souther. There are unique wood, stone, and mission details throughout this fascinating Biltmore Forest home. Beautiful in form and function, the clean lines, circular flow, abundant natural light and green vistas are hallmarks of this in-town retreat. Vintage1960s elements plus modern updates from a renovation and expansion by Mike Traber in 2000. Everything you need is on the main level plus there is a partially finished basement that provides great storage and a cedar closet. 1.34-acre lot with privacy and mature landscaping. The renovation included adding a master suite with radiant bathroom flooring, a remodeled kitchen with a large island, and a mudroom/laundry/pantry/built-in desk space. Generous room sizes and a 4th bedroom is currently used as a great home office. The 2-car garage is attached by a privacy fenced, covered walkway. Pre-inspected.

      Listed by Elizabeth Etheridge and Viv Snyder of Beverly-Hanks, South

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      401 Vanderbilt Road Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$699,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3333959

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1965
      • Bathroom 3
      • Full Bath 3
      • Bedrooms 4

      In the heart of Biltmore Forest is this mid century jewel. Massive stone wood burning fireplace, tongue and groove paneling, vaulted ceilings, oak floors. Master suite, office (or bedroom) and two car garage on main level. Below are two more bedrooms, bath, second kitchen, living area with a second stone wood burning fireplace, separate entrance and parking. Huge unfinished area under the two car garage could be workroom, studio, home gym, additional garage, etc. Solid, well maintained home on large lot with mature landscaping. Ready for your updates and priced accordingly.

      Listed by Cheryl MacPhail of Beverly-Hanks, Merrimon

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