Publisher's Pick: Top 10 Fireplaces

Often, the centerpiece of a magnificent home is a masterfully crafted fireplace. They add character and give families and groups a place to gather. Here are our Top 10 picks for August. Tell us which is your favorite. 

10.

Ocala, FL

Joan Pletcher, Realtor

352.347.1777 

352.266.9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.JoanPletcher.com

9.

Bluffton, SC

Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties

Alison Melton

843.290.3640

amelton@4472gmail.com

www.luxelowcountry.com

8.

Scottsdale, AZ

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Monica Monson

480.250.0848

Monica@monsonluxurygroup.com

www.monsonluxurygroup.com

7.

Boca Raton, FL

Lang Realty

James Gabriel 

561.929.4445

Jimgabriel64@gmail.com

Langrealty.com

6.

St. Charles, IL

Coldwell Banker,

The McKay Group Debora McKay 

630.587.4672

Debora@TheMcKayGroup.com

www.TheMcKayGroup.com

5.

Park City, UT

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Jamison Frost 

435.513.2820

jamison.frost@sothebysrealty.com

jamisonfrost.summitsothebysrealty.com

4.

Park City, UT

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Jamison Frost 

435.513.2820

jamison.frost@sothebysrealty.com

jamisonfrost.summitsothebysrealty.com

3.

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Gulfshore Realty, Inc.

Kris Bareis & Jeff Gilman 

239.860.8177

Gulfshoremarco@aol.com

www.gulfshorerealtymarco.com

2.

Alexander City, AL

Home On Lake Martin

Becky Haynie

256.750.3283

Becky@homeonlakemartin.com

www.HomeOnLakeMartin.com

1.

Ocala, FL

Joan Pletcher, Realtor

352.347.1777 

352.266.9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.JoanPletcher.com 


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Publisher's Pick: Top 10 Bathrooms

Bathrooms provide homes with an oasis of serenity and relaxation when done right, and these Top 10 picks are a testament to incredible design. Check out our publisher, Thomas duPont's picks for the August Anniversary issue.

10.

Sanibel, FL

VIP Realty Group Inc

Karen Bell 

239.851.0168

TheBellTeam.com

9.

Ocala, FL

Joan Pletcher, Realtor

352.347.1777 | 352.266.9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.JoanPletcher.com

8.

Greenwich, CT

William Raveis Exceptional Properties

Janet Milligan 

203.253.1770

Janet.milligan@raveis.com

JanetMilligan.raveis.com

7.

New Canaan,CT

William Raveis Exceptional Properties

Hannelore & Company

914.450.3880

Hannelore.kaplan@raveis.com

Hannelore.raveis.com

6.

Marco Island

Florida Premiere Sotheby’s International Realty

Cathy Rogers 

239.821.7926

cathy.rogers@sothebysrealty.com

marcoareaexpert.com

5.

Phoenix, AZ

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Monica Monson

480.250.0848

Monica@monsonluxurygroup.com

www.monsonluxurygroup.com 

4. 

Portsmith, RI

East Shore Properties

Chee Laureanno 

401.683.6200

eshoreprop@aol.com

www.eastshoreproperties.com

3.

Dallas, TX

Twigg Realty

Carlos Ubinas 

214.403.1933

cubinas@yahoo.com

www.twiggrealty.net

2.

Savannah, GA

The Landings Company

The Landings Home Team 

855.930.7653

info@TheLandingsHomeTeam.com

www.TheLandingsHomeTeam.com

1.

Park City Utah

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Brigid Flint 

435.640.9873

Michelle Eastman 

435.640.6597

www.summitsothebysrealty.com


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Posted on: 6/30/2016 at 9:32 AM
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Mountain Sky Properties in Virginia

The pristine blue skies and mountainside views make the Virginia hillsides an enticing and inviting place to live. With so many beautiful communities to choose from, having a knowledgeable and seasoned real estate agent makes all the difference. 

Mountain Sky Properties, an agency servicing twelve counties in Virginia, has unprecedented knowledge of the Virginia terrain and what each area offers to it’s residents.

“We have full-time, career agents and three offices to serve twelve counties. And we have a full-time marketing director, web developer and professional photographer on staff to make sure all of our listings get the exposure they deserve.” says the company’s founder, Cindy Stuart. Mountain Sky was started in 2006 and two additional offices were opened in 2010. The agency is full-service and belongs to two Boards of Realtors; Southwest Virginia and the New River Valley. 

Whether you are looking for a vacation home along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a hunting retreat that joins the Jefferson National Forest, lakefront home on Claytor Lake, farm with endless pasture land, horse property within minutes of several horse trails or a single family home in the fast pace market of Blacksburg, Mountain Sky Properties is here to help you with all of your real estate needs.  

Many of the communities they serve still have that small town charm that can be so hard to find in the 21st century. "We strive to offer the the face to face service of a small town company while taking full advantage of the technology capabilities of a major corporation."

One of their listings that really caught our eye was in Rocky Gap, Virginia, which features over 7000-square-feet of floor space situated on 269 acres. On the property, the estate features two ponds and a creek with an old grist mill. The home is equipped with eight bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. A very unique feature is that over 5000 square feet of living space reside on one level, making that level fully self-sustaining. The home is priced at $949,999. 

MOUNTAIN SKY PROPERTIES, INC.

276.228.8882

www.swvarealty.com


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Posted on: 6/30/2016 at 9:24 AM
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Get Away in Chesapeake Bay

Few places can match the natural splendor offered in Virginia Beach, located at the Southeastern entrance to the Chesapeake Bay.  With over 30 miles of shoreline and 70 miles of scenic waterways, Virginia Beach is a prime spot for waterfront properties, whether you are searching for a single family home, a condominium or land to build your dream home.

"While many parts of the country have beautifully constructed homes, few have the number of gorgeous sites on bays, rivers and the oceanfront as Virginia Beach has. With its relaxing lifestyle and quality of life, it is a great place to live," says West.

Aside from the natural beauty, the location of Virginia Beach itself is ideal.  It is close enough to Williamsburg and Jamestown for a day trip, where one can visit many historical sites and Busch Gardens. Popular weekend trips include Virginia's wine country and the slopes of Wintergreen ski resort.  

In addition to enjoying all types of boating, fishing and water sports, there are many opportunities for hiking, camping and biking.  First Landing State Park and False Cape State Park are great areas for these activities.

Associate Broker and native of the area, Jeanne Westwith RE/MAX Allianceis a fabulous resource for both buyers and sellers.  She has been specializing in waterfront properties for over 35 years and has sold some of the most beautiful properties in the area.

REMAX Alliance

Jeanne West 

Main Office: (757) 456-2345

Direct: (757) 714-1771 

jeannepwest@cox.net

 


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Posted by: Nicole Slaughter-Graham
Posted on: 6/30/2016 at 9:14 AM
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J. Milton & Associates: Sunny Isles, Miami, Florida

By Gary P. Hochman

J. Milton & Associates, Miami’s premier real estate development company, is pleased to announce construction on the highly anticipated Parque Towers at St. Tropez project, which will serve as the official gateway into the City of Sunny Isles Beach together with the all-new Gateway Park and expanded St. Tropez Towne Center. Unsurpassed amenities await those global connoisseurs who select Parque Platinum at Parque Towers as their home. Parque Platinum – with residences available in Penthouse, Tower Suite and Lanai Residence configurations – is the élite class of ultra-luxury living at the already-luxurious Parque Towers condominiums, just steps from the ocean in Sunny Isles Beach. These are truly spacious high-rise estate homes, ranging from approximately 1,800 to 9,150 square feet, and are competitively priced between $1.2 and $5.8 million.

Virtually every detail of the residences has been evaluated within the context of the six-star service standard, presenting a level of service unlike anything ever offered within a residential environment. Parque Platinum has redefined the service standard with a full concierge staff to satisfy your every need, a private theater, entertainment area that accommodates up to 200 guests, hotel-style guest suites, exclusive wine lovers’ retreat, and private limousine service for residents. Other bespoke amenities include the most current and advanced security platform, including palm imprint and retina-scan recognition systems; six-star vigilant absentee maintenance program for complete security of your residence as you travel; units styled with elite upgraded finishes and appliance packages featuring top-of-the-line Wolf and Subzero appliances. New owners can opt to bring in their own design teams, or work with our award-winning and nationally recognized interior design group. Delivery of finished units is anticipated to be in December 2017.

REincentive Concierge Facts: This Property has the lowest cost per square foot of any new project in Sunny Isles Florida.   Two 26story towers with total of 160 units per tower. Parque Towers will offer 2 floor plan options: 2 and 3 bedroom units, ranging in size from 1799 SF to 9,150 SF. Parque Towers is a high end project, with amazing amenities and services.  

This project qualifies for several different incentive programs offered exclusively via Regency Realty Services.

GARY P. HOCHMAN

Regency Realty Services

561 .307.3110

ghregencyrs@gmail.com

www.reincentive.com


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Posted on: 6/28/2016 at 9:36 AM
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Experience that Top-of-the-World Feeling at Mountain Air- Burnsville, North Carolina

Imagine relaxing on your porch, enjoying a cool breeze and gazing at a mountain vista stretching a hundred miles. Even though you’re close to eclectic Asheville, North Carolina, it seems a world away because you’ve found a special place where daily cares recede and the pace slows.

You’re in Mountain Air, a multi-generational private mountain community nestled nearly 5,000 feet up in North Carolina’s historic Blue Ridge Mountains. Here residents delight in an uncomplicated, gracious lifestyle combining natural beauty, exceptional quality of life and simple contentment – whether for a few months or year-round. Member-owned Mountain Air is often described as an unpretentious place where it’s possible to relax, decompress and have fun – all within an unspoiled natural setting with incredible mountain vistas.

For more than 25 years, families and their friends have enjoyed a wealth of amenities unequalled by other communities, including the ability to fly in and land on a private mountaintop runway just steps from the clubhouse. There’s mountaintop golf, tennis, a fitness center, heated pool, farm-to-table dining, hiking and outdoor recreation, and ongoing events and activities. 

One of the benefits of a community that is established, complete and socially mature is the selection of homes, condominiums and villas that are available. The move-in convenience of an existing property lets you immerse yourself into the Mountain Air lifestyle quickly and effortlessly. Both condominiums and villas offer easy living with virtually every aspect of maintenance taken care of by active property owners associations. And there also are still home sites where you can build that dream mountain getaway. Plus, a range of prices makes life here enticing and readily accessible, while the club offers membership options to satisfy virtually any desire.

And once you’re here, you’ll understand why residents call it “summer camp for adults.”

GARY CARTER

Coldwell Banker King

828.552.4772

gary.carter@coldwellbanker.com

mtnairrealestate.com

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Posted on: 6/28/2016 at 9:22 AM
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Saint Vincent and The Grenadines: A Caribbean Gem

By Nicole Slaughter-Graham

Nestled within the glittering Caribbean Sea sits a sparkling, hidden gem known as St. Vincent and the Grenadine. This chain of 32 lush, tropical islands hosts an abundance of natural beauty from an active volcano to Lush greenery, tropical rain forest, mountainous landscapes adorned with waterfalls and an abundance of tropical fruits and flowering plants. 

Incredible aquatic life, colorful coral and perfect white-sand beaches, which make the Caribbean an appealing vacation hub, offer residents the feeling of endless vacation.  In fact, a few vacationers who have had the opportunity to visit the Grenadines find the area so enticing, they move there permanently. 

Barbara Eardley, the RE/MAX Broker, was one of those people. “We moved here from Texas.  My husband and I were on vacation and when we came to the Grenadines, we instantly fell in love. It’s

like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”Now, Eardley helps make the dream of living in the Grenadines a reality for potential residents. Later this year , the new Argyle  international airport located on the main island of Saint Vincent is due to open. This will make The Grenadines more easily accessible. “I have no doubt this will be one of the most sought after tourist destination in the Caribbean,” says Eardley. For now though, The Grenadines remain a true hidden diamond, offering exquisite scenery and the feeling of being on a permanent vacation for those who have been fortunate enough to call SVG home. 

This Democratic nation is 133 square miles of beautiful Caribbean expanse rich in culture and natural beauty. Of the 32 islands, nine are inhabited. The island chain is well known to royalty and the rich and famous alike. Esteemed members of the Royal Family and many celebrities have taken refuge on the Grenadine island of Mustique, the “playground of the elite.”

St. Vincent and The Grenadines offer luxury living and incredible value to potential residents. “This is a great time to invest in St. Vincent and The Grenadines,” Eardley states. “Being less known than the other Caribbean Islands, the real estate values are relatively low, the lifestyle wonderful.” 

BARBARA EARDLEY, ABR, CRS, GRI RE/MAX

(O) 784.456.2016 

(M) 784.454.2016

barbarae@rmccdfw.com

SVGHomesandLand.com


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An Extra Edge in Houston's Luxury Market

By Nicole Slaughter-Graham

With a robust, thriving luxury real estate market, the Houston, Texas area has long attracted some of the finest REALTORS® and affiliates in the industry. 

The area offers the trifecta when it comes to what REALTORS® crave: an abundance of luxury properties, the right clientele and resources. One such resource is the Greater Houston Luxury Home Connection, an organization which brings together industry professionals. The organization provides monthly networking, education and access to an entire network of support. 

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the organization, which will be celebrated by members in the summer. Carrie Ousley, one of the original members of the group, has been hosting  the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing Training classes, which are a requirement for membership. “The designations offered through the class are nationally and internationally recognized,” she states in an interview. “Associating with this organization and working toward and/or having the “Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist” designation, helps brand the REALTORS® in the Luxury Market.”

The many networking opportunities have kept Weldon Rigby involved for 10 years as well. “We decided we wanted to have a monthly luncheon where we could exchange ideas, and it’s turned into a great networking opportunity,” he states. “All the folks in our group have undergone extensive training on luxury products and practices, and if I need something, I can call any of them.” This year, the organization has seen its largest member base since the group’s inception, which provides REALTORS® and affiliates with even more resources and networking opportunities.

David Young, another original member notes the hard work of the group’s board, “Our board, which was set up about four years ago, worked tirelessly to increase membership and reach out. It’s made all the difference.”

When it comes to providing a unique and ultimately unprecedented resource for REALTORS® , the Greater Houston Luxury Home Connection has Houston, Texas covered. 

Greater Houston Luxury Home Connection

info@greaterhoustonluxury.com

www.greaterhoustonluxury.com


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Pristine, Private Luxury at Montecito Beach Village- Huatulco, Mexico

By Nicole Slaughter-Graham

Located in the Green Globe and Earth Check award-winning Bahías of Huatulco, on the Southern Pacific Coast of Mexico, Montecito Beach Village embodies the best Mexico has to offer. Building off the regions incredible natural beauty this sustainable development integrates elegant architecture and style with cultural flavor.

Montecito’s commitment to sustainable development and the rich local culture of the region seamlessly blend with their Villa’s open air architecture and hand crafted interiors. With salt-water pools, LED lighting and over 100 solar panels, this unique community offers a low density, low impact approach to luxurious coastal living.

“What’s most important for people to understand is that our philosophy is about integrating the human experience with the natural environment,” says Greg Glassman, Director of Montecito Beach Village. “We harmonize the natural characteristics of the land and the culture.” Local craftsmen demonstrate and explain their art to residents in the community amphitheater. The community’s restaurants and activities reflect the local flavor.

With the original master plan and prototypes designed by the famed Mexican architect, Diego VillasenŠ∑Čor, Montecito Beach Village envelopes residents in an experiential living environment. Each Villa recognizes and respects natural water runoffs, the sun tracks and cross ventilation, making the appointments a luxurious haven within a tropical paradise. This boutique and private community resides on twelve breathtaking oceanfront acres and will accommodate 28 full ownership Villas of which 11 have already been sold and completed. The property encompasses two pristine beaches, a fitness center, an open air amphitheater, a beach club, a welcome center and a Hilltop Lagoon & Lounge.

The spirit of Montecito is felt in its many details. Palapa roofs are woven on-site and carpentry is handcrafted from the highest quality of local tropical woods. The community is professionally managed and boasts a variety of services and amenities ranging from concierge service and home maintenances to private chefs and housekeeping.

“It’s very difficult to transmit the quality and essence of Montecito with pictures,” states Glassman. “The pictures look great but the sensory reality is so much better.” With both sale and rental opportunities available to contemplate Montecito is worth a first hand experience. Many proclaim it to have no equal.

Stephen Seidel

s.seidel@montecito.mx

www.montecito.mx


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Posted on: 6/28/2016 at 8:45 AM
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Rosedale Toronto Estate- Toronto Ontario Canada

 

For decades the neighborhood of Rosedale has attracted some of Toronto’s most affluent residents with its peaceful ravines and winding parklands. A short drive from the high end shopping and dining districts of downtown Toronto, its convenient location has only added to its appeal.

Rosedale is teeming with historical charm, present in the red brick heritage homes, which line its streets. Framed by lush green landscaping, each home maintains a unique charm, distinguishing itself from the rest. Among these idyllic residences is the home at 27 South Drive.

Like its neighboring Rosedale homes, this estate maintains all of the historical charm with its gorgeous redbrick exterior, however, the interior has been renovated, no detail having gone unnoticed.

The main floor boasts an open concept kitchen and family room, which opens up into the backyard, allowing for natural light to fill the stunning 9.5-foot-ceilings and grand foyer. The 5,050-square-foot floor plan also maintains six bedrooms and six bathrooms, with the option to convert the sixth bedroom into a beautiful 3rd floor office space with incredible Western ravine views and a walkout to a large deck.

The master bedroom has been redone to include his and her closets and a spa like ensuite. It also has a private balcony with stunning views of the ravine.

The ravine provides a picturesque backdrop at all hours, but it’s glowing sunsets are truly breathtaking. Residents can enjoy their spectacular view from various private balconies as well as the backyard, complete with an outdoor TV area and gas fireplace.

Aside from its close proximity to Toronto, this Rosedale estate is also near several of the area’s best schools, making it perfect for families. Residents also have access to many popular Toronto destinations through the subway stop, which is just a two or three minute walk from their front door.

From the rich heritage and elegantly landscaped properties to the stunning natural beauty, there is truly no other neighborhood that so flawlessly combines convenience and elegance quite like Rosedale

RE/MAX Ultimate Realty Inc
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(D) 647.923.2121
(O) 416.487.5131
max@maxtaylor.ca

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Posted on: 6/27/2016 at 4:21 PM
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Government Springs Ranch- Ouray County, Colorado

This 2,980-acre ranch is a combination of beauty, accessibility and history, making it one of the finest and well-located mountain properties you will find in the Western United States.

Once used by the soldiers from Fort Crawford as a water source, this abundant spring still supplies good clean water. Located between Montrose and Telluride, Colorado, the ranch features year round paved access, 6 miles of national forest boundary, underground utilities, 60%-70% ponderosa pine, aspen and spruce with huge views of the San Juan Mountains and the lush valley below. It is a true trophy-hunting ranch in a great location, only minutes from a commercial airport.

Lone Eagle Land Brokerage Inc

Joseph Burns

970.209.4400

joey@eagleland.com

AmericanFarmandRanch.com

 


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Posted on: 6/27/2016 at 4:13 PM
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Marjestic Hacienda Del Sol- Merritt Island, Florida

If walls could talk, Hacienda del Sol’s would be chattering away, for the grand South Merritt Island Estate has hosted many a great party. Kings and queens, government dignitaries, astronauts and sitting presidents have all been charmed by Hacienda’s hospitality through the decades.

“From the moment you pass through the enormous iron gates, you are transported to a long-ago time, a magical time,” says listing agent, Stephanie Moss Dandridge, a luxury waterfront real estate specialist with Dale Sorensen Real Estate.

The majestic 7.6 acre Historic Mediterranean Estate overlooking the Indian River, boasts over 22,000 square feet of living including the 14,755 square foot main residence, pool house/pavilion, guest cottage and caretakers residence. The finest of finishes throughout the estate include hand painted walls, Pecky Cypress vaulted post and beam ceilings and stunning antique tile and marble from around the world.

Hacienda embodies a luxury resort style setting with a world of amenities including a lighted tennis court, 50,000-gallon saltwater pool and a koi filled 1/2-acre man-made lake with waterfall. The 500+ feet of riverfront on the Inner Coastal Waterway comes complete with private boat dock and boat ramp.

The main residence includes six suited bedrooms, six baths, and a three-bay stackable garage. The grounds are adorned with old growth live oaks, banyan, and eucalyptus trees, plus a bamboo forest and rose garden.

Hacienda's charm goes well beyond its majestic presence and also includes plenty of history. Dave Thomas, famed founder of the Wendy’s restaurant chain, owned the estate for a time.

The one-of-a-kind property is being marketed internationally, with emphasis on European, South American and Chinese markets. Listing price is $7.5 million.

"You can never replicate the history and uniqueness of this house," Moss Dandridge says. "It is such a magnificent place."

Stephanie Moss Dandridge

Luxury Waterfront Specialist

321.243.1218

sdandridge@sorensenrealestate.com


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Contemporary Southern Charm in Asheville

The elite area of South Asheville is anchored between two popular area attractions — the prominent Biltmore Estate, an expansive private estate built by the Vanderbilt family in the 1890s, and Biltmore Park Town Square, a mecca for fine dining, shopping and entertaining. Many Asheville residents also enjoy utilizing annual passes to the Biltmore Estate where they can play in the Estate’s 8,000-acre backyard, hike or bike the trails, horseback ride or relax on the grounds for an afternoon picnic. The estate also offers tours of the Biltmore House, grounds and winery. 

The Ramble is a premiere, gated community developed on 1,000 acres of land that was originally part of the Biltmore Estate and is the most recent community developed by Biltmore Farms. Centrally located in Asheville, The Ramble is minutes from city amenities while providing a feeling of seclusion and privacy. Within The Ramble are miles of wondrous trails, Long Meadow Park, historic Buck Spring Cabin, a Living Well Center with saline pool and workout facility and a 24-hour staffed gatehouse.

"I have personally built three luxury homes in the area, including one in The Ramble.  My history of working with architects, builders and local artisans has helped me develop a thorough working knowledge of finishes, flow and floor plans that is invaluable to my clients,” says Clary McCall, Residential Broker Associate for Beverly-Hanks & Associates Realtors in South Asheville. McCall is able to speak with genuine enthusiasm to prospective residents since she currently resides in the community. 

Located at 21 Nethermead Drive in The Ramble is a contemporarystyle home by Carlton Architecture. This three-level home has graced the covers of Carolina Home and Garden Magazine and WNC Magazine. It was also the recipient of the AIA North Carolina 2013 Honor Award, a top recognition reward for North Carolina architects acknowledging design expertise and variety. 

In addition to the prestigious recognition, this 4,800-square-foot home is settled on 0.88 acres of land and exudes a feeling of luxury and comfort with the incredible woodwork, stone patio with fireplace and outdoor kitchen, fenced backyard with evergreen privacy, and an elevator to all three floors. A showing of this property can be scheduled with listing agent Clary McCall.

Clary McCall

Beverly-Hanks Realtors

cmcall@beverly-hanks.com

Cell: 828-768-0413

Office: 828-684-8999

 

 


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Asheville, North Carolina Estate

By Lauryn Howell

When he set out to build the iconic Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt wanted to create something reminiscent of the castles of France, but what he desired perhaps more than a beautiful residence was the perfect location. For this, Vanderbilt knew he needed to look no further than Asheville, North Carolina.

While the estate remains today, the land was eventually divided, with a full 1,000 acres of his favorite walking lands now serving as the site of one of Asheville’s most prestigious communities, The Ramble. Once completed this private, gated community will include 500 homes, private walking trails and a Living Well center complete with fitness facilities and pool.

Built in 2007, this 3,928 square foot estate maintains five bedrooms with four and a half baths. From the vaulted ceilings with wood beams and granite countertops to the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, no detail was spared. The home also boasts a gourmet kitchen, covered deck, sunroom and theater/exercise room. All located in a tranquil setting with thoughtful outdoor spaces overlooking green space with stream and walking trail.

The Ramble sits in an ideal location, with downtown Asheville and the more historically preserved Biltmore Village both minutes away from its gates. 

Asheville in itself is also incredibly unique. The area offers a deeply rich and diverse culture of art and fine dining within its historic borders. 

Whether you consider yourself a nature enthusiast or an art connoisseur, you’ll find an abundance of amenities to cater to your preferred lifestyle all within the city limits.

This property is represented by Miriam McKinney, Asheville native and Real Estate Broker with Beverly-Hanks & Associates. She has been able to employ her knowledge of the area and 14 years of professional real estate experience to become one of the top producing and most highly sought after agents in Asheville. 

Miriam has many fantastic listings. However, the home at 76 Brookline Drive gives discerning buyers the opportunity to call the iconic community of The Ramble home.

Miriam McKinney

Beverly-Hanks & Associates Realtors

miriam@beverly-hanks.com

Cell: 828.777.7924

Office: 828.254.7221

 

 

 

 


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An Apple a Day in Hendersonville, North Carolina

Steve Dozier has traveled 48 of our 50 states and hasn't found a better place to live than Hendersonville, North Carolina. "I've lived here 21-years and there's no better place to raise a family," says the broker associate with powerhouse Beverly-Hanks & Associates Realtors. 

This suburb of artsy Ashville has a main street lined with charming shops and restaurants and historic homes dating to the late 19th century.  It's a mountain place, but the climate is temperate, says Dozier. "In Florida there's one season, in the north there's winter and summer. Here there are four distinct seasons, but very little snow, no tornados and no hurricanes." 

Around Labor Day the population of 13,000 swells to 250,000 for the Apple Festival -- Hendersonville boasts 70% of the nation's apple production. "Every apple you can think of grows around here," says Dozier, who's highly involved with the community and its activities.   

You can take a bite of the little apple with a 5400 square foot beauty he's offering. Sitting on 1.57 manicured acres, there's a terraced backyard and a front porch for rocking and enjoying the trickling waterfall that splashes into a stone Koi pond.

"Everyone here is looking for views and gourmet kitchens," he says with a laugh. This home has both. The kitchen features every bell and whistle, down to the pot filler behind the stove, and the views— from every deck and window—go on forever. 

The kitchen opens to the great room, a gorgeous deck and a screened room for a fabulous sweep of indoor and outdoor entertaining space. The four bedroom, three and a half bath home features a fantastic game and media center with a movie theater concession stand and a popcorn machine.  

It's a home made for enjoyment, as Dozier puts it, "in the Best Small Town in America." 

Steve Dozier

Beverly-Hanks & Associates Realtors

stevedozier@beverly-hanks.com

Cell: 828.329.1529

Office: 828-697-0515



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Posted on: 6/1/2016 at 4:22 PM
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