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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.

       

      17 Eastwood Road Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$3,700,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3423247

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1999
      • Bathroom 6
      • Full Bath 4
      • Half Bath 2

      Seventeen Eastwood Road is an exceptionally gracious English Tudor Manor sitting on 1.2 acres. Built in 1999, the home features a slate roof and finely finished architectural detail. It offers unparalleled views of the golf course at the private and historic Biltmore Forest Country Club. From a wall of windows in the sun room, one can see a panoramic tee to green view of the 3rd hole. From the winding drive to the home, its entrance opens into a great room with a 30-foot vaulted and timbered ceiling and a two-sided stone fireplace. Besides the golf course view, the sun room offers a sweeping view of stone terraces, stonewalled flower gardens, two ponds and "Cocktail Island", which sits just above the 3rd Green. This unique property was featured in The Wall Street Journal as the "Mansion" in the May 16, 2014 edition of the paper's real estate section which featured Asheville.

      Listed by Marilyn Wright of Premier Sotheby's Int'l Realty

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      5 Park Road Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$1,795,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3313316

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1940
      • Bathroom 6
      • Full Bath 4
      • Half Bath 2

      Beautifully renovated classic home w welcoming foyer accented by spiral staircase. Gorgeous chefs kitchen open to casual dining & great room which flow onto private terrace. Spacious master suite includes walk in closets, dramatic bath w extra half bath dressing area. Four additional ensuite bedrooms, formal rooms & billiard/media room. Ideally located near Rosebank Park and within walking distance of membership Country Club. Luxurious attention to detail is evident throughout this fine home.

      Listed by Ann Skoglund of Beverly-Hanks, South

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      1 Stuyvesant Crescent Biltmore Forest NC 28803

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

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      MLS Number 3387125

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1983
      • Bathroom 6
      • Full Bath 4
      • Half Bath 2

      Ideal location near Carolina Day School, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Mountain to Sea Trail. Walk/bike to nearby park and membership country club. Stylish updates and decor with a flair for mountain style. Wonderful solarium overlooks pool, Gracious rooms, main floor master, many bedroom, & bonus room.

      Listed by Ann Skoglund of Beverly-Hanks, South

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      9 Forest 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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      15 Busbee Road Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$1,095,000The 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 Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$975,000The 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 dedicated study that makes 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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      2 Holly Hill Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$900,000The price has recently decreased

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      MLS Number 3462987

      • Residential Single Family
      • Year Built 1984
      • Bathroom 4
      • Full Bath 3
      • Half Bath 1

      A modern statement of the Asheville Style with a vintage Vanderbilt hunting lodge feel. Influenced by William Dodge and designed by Robert Griffin, this single-level home boasts cherry and oak woodwork, herringbone oak floors, high ceilings, lincrusta finishes, carved marble fireplace, vaulted ceiling in family room w/massive stone fireplace, a butler's pantry, wrap around deck, screened porch, master suite with private rear patio access, and three additional bedrooms with attached baths. BRAND NEW ROOF with a Lifetime warranty. Fronted by a well-tended forested corner lot, the property is within walking distance to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

      Listed by Steve Bourke of Keller Williams Professionals

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      401 Vanderbilt Road Biltmore Forest NC 28803

      Price$725,000The 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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