We’re fairly certain y’all are familiar with Biltmore Estate — but there are plenty of other iconichomes in The Land of Sky. Here are five of the most unique + interesting homes in the Asheville area.
This DIY house uses salvaged windows, bolts + other second hand materials. | Photo by Keli Keach
Shipping Container House, 6 Lawndale Ave.
This 1,100 sq ft West Asheville home, which sold last year for $334,000+, is the first known shipping container home in Asheville. It drew national attention via builder Ryan Naylor’s website. Filmmaker Christopher Zaluski even created a 30-minute documentary about it.
“Urban Infill” Houses, Waynesville Ave.
Designed to maximize space on small West Asheville lots, these tall, skinny homes feature a variety of colors and building materials. Known to spark polarizing conversations on social media, these homes are predicted to stay around + ultimately represent architecture associated with specific eras in Asheville’s history, like Montford’s Victorian homes or Kenilworth’s Spanish style stucco homes.
Now that’s some big deck energy. I Photo via Deltec Homes
Deltec House, Montreat
This 3,200 sq fthome — the first in Montreat to receive the GreenBuilt North Carolina certification — is built on a site located in a National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat. Designers included a huge wrap-around porch + ample windows to showcase the natural setting. The living space is wide open and used as a ballroom dance space.
Thomas Wolfe’s “Old Kentucky Home,” 52 N. Market St
Built in 1883, this home — featured in the author’s iconic Look Homeward, Angel — changed ownership + function throughout the years, ultimately becoming a boarding house. Purchased by Thomas’ mother Julia in 1906, the home underwent a large expansion in 1916 to accommodate Asheville’s growing tourism industry. Since it’s also a museum, you can stop in to see the historic space yourself.
If it’s good enough for Bilbo, it’s good enough for you. I Photo via Hobbit Knoll
Hobbit Knoll, Woodfin
Who needs a tin roof when you can have a soil-covered one? Inspired by best-selling author JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings fantasy series, this 800-sqft hobbit hole in Woodfin brings Middle Earth to the 828. It includes one bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen, and a handmade round mahogany + wrought iron door created by a local woodworker. Bonus: The home is 90% underground, just like Bilbo’s.
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Pride Cookie Decorating | Wed., June 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Highland Brewing Downtown Taproom, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy. | $25 | Decorate cookies using a variety of materials + techniques, including sprinkles and piping. 🍪
Bio Bottles with Mountain Makers | Wed., June 29 | 3-4 p.m. | Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Rd. | Free | Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can design and create a mini terrarium.
Wednesday Night West AVL Pub Runs | Wed., June 29 | 6:15-8 p.m. | Archetype Brewing – West, 265 Haywood Rd.| Free | Lace up your sneaks and bring along your pup for this outdoor running event suitable for all skill levels. 👟
Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs Live | Thurs., June 30 | 6-8 p.m. | Highland Brewing Downtown, 56 Patton Ave. | Free | This Winston-Salem-based duo sings original tunes infused with the sounds of traditional folk and Americana. 🎵
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The Buncombe County TDA will meet on Wed., June 29 from 9-10 a.m. at the Explore Asheville CVB Board Room to discuss the proposed 2023 budget and will include a virtual option. Public comments will be accepted in-person and using audio via Zoom. Get more info and see the agenda.
There’s a new brewery on the scene. Leveller Brewing is setting up shop at 25 N. Main St. in Weaverville (the space formerly occupied by Sugar Magnolia Flower Company). The brewery specializes in farmhouse ales and is expected to open this summer. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. 🍺
Archetype is teaming up with Steve Goff, the owner + head chef of Tastee Diner, for a weekend brunch popuptaking place every Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and every Sunday from 1-6 p.m. at Archetype – West. On the menu? Breakfast and lunch items, plus loads of beer. 🍳
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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking information on old homesites. Experts estimate there are over 2,400 homesites in the park, only 70% of which have been identified. Folks are encouraged to bring
hand-drawn maps, historic photos, orother documents that may be useful in identifying these locations. (Smoky Mountain News)
Famous father-daughter luthiers Jayne + Wayne Henderson have been featured in the latest issue of Our State magazine. While her father makes traditional guitars, Jayne — owner of EJ Henderson Guitars and Ukuleles in Asheville — crafts colorful, smaller-bodied guitars from sustainable materials. Learn more. 🎸
Asheville has been recognized as one of the 11 underrated LGBTQIA+ friendly destinations to visit in 2022, according to the travel experts at The Points Guy. Our city was recognized for its own rich + thrivingLGBTQIA+ population, as well as diverse array of businesses that cater to the community.
Looking for a way to beat the heat and have fun with your kids? Through August, Hummingbird Candle Company (82 N. Lexington Ave.) offers a Parents and Me Summer Candle Camp. In addition to learning to create + pour candles, camps include games and Disney singalongs. See available dates. 🕯️
Mondays can be ruff. Thankfully, Westville Pub is launchingPup Cup Mondays. Bring your pup along to the back patio of this West Asheville spott and your pooch can enjoy a complimentary pup cup. All we ask is that you tag us in pics, please and thank you. 🐶
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Calling all foodies and foragers. Ever wanted to be able to safely identify forageable summer fare like wild berries + mushrooms?
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