-$12k below appraisal! Striking custom built contemporary home w/endless high-end features. Open and inviting floor plan w/many windows to let in the natural light and offer views of the private, beautiful surroundings. Great room with 30' ceilings, stone fireplace and floor to ceiling windows. Cook's dream kitchen with granite and stainless. Master suite on the main level features a spacious Roman bath. Elevator runs to all three levels.
The first time I drove up the hill and saw the lot at 14 Sugar Maple Drive I knew it would be
the perfect place to build the perfect home . . . a center of peace and serenity surrounded by
whispering trees, cheerful birds, and the fresh mountain air. With a
gorgeous view of Mt.Pisgah, it was an ideal location in other ways as
well: halfway between historic Asheville and Hendersonville and their
upscale shopping, farmers markets, orchards, art galleries and large retail.
And the dining in the area is incredible too – so many options, so many
different cuisines, from friendly local BBQ to fine dining with elegant steaks
and fresh river trout.
Because of the mild climate, you can find a festival any time of the year.
One I’ve come to love is the Taste of Greenville, just an hour away in South Carolina, with 47
restaurants showing their best and competing for your vote. Then there’s the
live music, from classical to blue grass, all just minutes away. The Brevard and Flat Rock theaters are known
for their performances.
The history here in the mountains will take you a lifetime to investigate,
from the geology to the original Indians to the settlers, the artists, the
builders, the dreamers. There are several universities and colleges
within an hour’s drive including the University
of North Carolina,
western branch. Minutes away is the Asheville Botanical Gardens which
welcomes volunteers and offer classes on maintaining your garden and the types
of trees and shrubs that grow best in a mountain environment. Sugar Maple Drive is
just minutes from the AshevilleRegionalAirport
and little over an hour’s drive from the Spartanburg/Greenville Airport so it’s
always easy to get around town, or get out of town for a spell.
High Vista is a secure, gated community
with a challenging 18-hole golf course, a community pool and tennis courts,
plus a restaurant and bar in a very comfortable club house. All residents
of High Vista are invited to become members.
Walk through the leaded glass front door into the entry from the covered
drive and turn into an open plan living and dining area with a stunning 31-foot
ceiling, large stone gas-lit fireplace and custom oak cabinet concealing a
52-inch TV. The widows reach to the ceiling, where an incredible
double fan silently circulates the air. Notice the long panels that run
along the ceiling, concealing indirect lighting that fills the ceiling and the
room with soft light. Open either set of double sliding glass doors and
step out onto a wraparound deck that will lead you to a huge screened porch,
just off the kitchen, with access doors to both the kitchen and dining
area. Wherever you look you will be surrounded by the mountain forest;
below, the mountain’s dramatic drop lets you see above the tree line in several
This unique custom-built home has everything a woman wants in a house.
The dream kitchen has a double stainless steel sink with a garbage disposal, a
silent dishwasher, and best of all, a sweeping yet private view of nature
outside. Stainless gas/electric convection oven stove with all the bells
and whistles with a stylish stainless hood, a stainless French door
refrigerator; all wrapped around a large butcher block island.
Quarter-sawn oak cabinets abound, offering storage everywhere including lit
leaded glass corner cabinets above lazy Susan trays. Granite countertops
on every surface including a wet bar which opens onto the dining area.
The kitchen is a pleasure to work in, each step cushioned by wonderful cork
floors. Across from the kitchen is a convenient walk-in pantry which also
contains the home’s central vacuum tools. The vacuum system has outlets
throughout the house and garage.
Just past the pantry, note the width of the halls and doorways and stylish
lever door handles on every door for greater accessibility and
handicap-friendliness. By the door just past the pantry you will see a
button on the wall, push it and open the door and pull the accordion door
back. Surprise . . . an elevator accessing all (3) floors, large
enough to carry a wheelchair and two adults.
But before you go to another level, walk down the hall, on your left there
is a huge laundry room with ample storage space and a large folding bench, plus
a door to the outside so muddy gardening clothes don’t have to come through the
house. Across the hall is the guest powder room with a custom solid mahogany
vanity with a fun sink and spigot. At
the end of the hall open a door to the spacious master bedroom with a spacious
walk-in closet and a unique ceiling fan. Then enter the master bath,
tiled from ceiling to heated tile floor, with dual sinks set in a granite
counter top, a Jacuzzi tub, and a walk in shower with a variety of different
shower heads; rain, wall and handheld
or all (3) at once . . . a true Roman bath.
Then take the elevator or climb the open staircase from the great room to
find a large loft, softly lit by two skylights that would make it an ideal
office, reading area or library with an incredible view. To the side is a
small bedroom or office with a leaded glass door which opens onto a balcony
over the front door. While upstairs, note all of the little doors along
the outside walls that open to thoughtful additional storage space.
You will find two more carpeted bedrooms with ceiling fans, a walk-in closet
and a large bathroom with a separate tiled shower stall and a tiled
bathtub/shower combo, plus a custom vanity. It also features a medicine
closet and handy laundry chute to the main floor laundry room. There is
one more door to open in the hall; you will see a winding wooden staircase going
up to another surprise, an area that can be finished into a teen’s bedroom
sanctuary or an artist’s studio, the attic. Here also is the
high-efficiency air exchange unit which can replace the home’s existing air
with fresh outside air in just 5 minutes. It’s great after cooking
bacon! It is also capable of circulating the air in the entire house,
economically regulating heating and cooling.
Back to the elevator, push 1, this brings you to the downstairs floor with a
generous (3) car garage to your right, but that’s not all. One of the
garage bays can accommodate a small truck.
Turn left and you will find a separate huge family or recreation area,
just waiting for your finishing ideas. There is also another full bath
and bedroom. This area could be easily transformed into a very
comfortable in-law suite, a home theater, a man-cave, or any other inspiration
that strikes you. Note the large sliding glass doors which go out onto
another wrap around this deck with stairs that go to the upper deck. As
elsewhere, there are many closets, nooks, and crannies for storage. At
the end of the large open area there is a door that leads you to a utility room
door and an open staircase leading up to the main floor living room.
This is a dream home for entertaining small or large groups with its open
floor plan; it has enough variety of bedrooms to accommodate guests or a large
family. The entire home is especially easy to care for with white oak
hardwood floors throughout. It is surrounded by incredible natural views;
how much fun you will have the first time you realize you are in the clouds
until they pass, or the first time a wild turkey or a doe and her fawn walk by,
or you spend your first fall here and witness the incredible colors and you can
hear the cardinals sing out his cheery greeting. It doesn’t get much better than that.