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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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RE-FOCUS FIVE is an elegant little ranch style home, a 1200 sq ft 3 BR,1 and 1/2 bath home, well appointed, uncluttered, chic and spotlessly clean! It has WIFI of course, but please note that phone coverage in the mountains is spotty with the exception of Verizon. A short drive will correct any difficulties you might have from the rental (2 miles to Merrimon). Its new well-equipped kitchen with granite tops, maple cabinets, stainless fridge or the charcoal grill on the backyard deck make cooking at home a pleasant option. The large back yard's vegetation and trees make it feel quite private and country in character even though it is close to town. The mature pair of Apple trees provide shade for a nap in a hammock and there is a sweet contemplative spot creek side. You are welcome to walk across the street where my other rental RE-FOCUS FIVE - VRBO 387785 (see this site and consider as an option now or in the future) sets above a two acre meadow with more of the same creek, an aisle of pine trees to promenade, a natural wood with a path and a view of the mountains, a large fire pit, pavilion and glen. We are only 7 minutes to Asheville and fewer to the historic GROVE PARK INN with its grand stone architecture, piano bar lobby with giant fireplaces. There you can count the mountain ranges while dining on a porch that overlooks the Donald Ross designed golf course to the BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS beyond in the SMOKY MOUNTAINS. Sunsets there are lovely and when the clouds meet the fog curling in the valleys between the ranges, you can actually see them smoke! Tour the famous BILTMORE ESTATE, the LARGEST privately owned mansion in the United States built by the VANDERBILTS. This is the best tour of its kind in the United States, providing the Downton Abbey experience of America, unrivaled by the big houses of Europe. Its spectacular acres of rolling hills, Appalachian forest, formal and informal gardens designed by famed landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead display breathtaking vistas year round. Eating there is a treat at any one of their restaurants serving what they grow and breed on the estate grounds. Visit their winery and taste, taste, taste then take some home to friends for gifts. Speaking of gifts - Asheville's UNIQUE SHOPPING opportunities include local and regional crafts including jewelry, fabric and clothing. Our FOLK ART CENTER features Appalachian crafts, pottery, blown glass, designer clothing, artifacts, quilts and prints. They always have an interesting special exhibit upstairs that often includes one-of-a-kind furniture or other utilitarian art. The RIVER DISTRICT studios where artists are at work while you browse also has wonderful choices for dining including WHITE DUCK TACO and TWELVE BONES (Obama's favorite). The BILTMORE VILLAGE below the estate has shops that include the locally owned NEW MORNING GALLERY in which the smartest collections of furniture, jewelry, ceramics and outdoor sculpture are displayed with such grace it makes you want to stop at the minor BASILICA OF ST LAWRENCE just across the street. Drive up the road and tour the THOMAS WOLFE HOUSE in downtown Asheville before attending the theater at NC STAGE - always cutting edge.

From RE-FOCUS FIVE you can get to glorious vistas with ease. There is a back way short drive to the BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY from the rental where your choices are to stop immediately and hike its trails or continue a short distance to CRAGGY GARDENS where the rhododendron covered hills tell a story of these mountains that the visitor center there can help you understand. Continue past it to GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN the regions most ecologically diverse nature preserve and a great place to hike and picnic. Its MILE HIGH SWINGING BRIDGE is fun to cross and its photography opportunities and guided towers with naturalists can help you bring home memories to frame on your wall. MOUNT MITCHELL STATE PARK takes you and family or friends to 6,683' heights, the highest peak in the Eastern United States with a 360 degree panoramic view at its summit. This is the home of wonderful hiking or biking, camping or mountaineering and the river - the FRENCH BROAD offers tubing when the weather allows (much of the year) that is not only beautiful on both banks but has trips of 1 hour or more from which you can hop out for lunch or a beer!

Back DOWNTOWN, our sidewalk musicians are brilliant year round and the COMEDY BUS TOUR and the BREWS CRUISE are something to tweet home about. Tour the home BREWERIES in what is now BEER CAPITAL USA and then eat at a great assortment of restaurants. HIGHLAND BREWING and THE WEDGE are just two of the bar venues that we like. Where there is natural beauty and beer, there is MUSIC and we offer all varieties at unique venues from civic centers and historic churches to warehouses and bars. Look up THE ORANGE PEEL for instance or THE GREY EAGLE. See what is coming to the US CELLULAR CENTER (Asheville Civic Center) Come once. Come again.

Please don't forget to check out our other site VRBO 387785 RACK FOCUS COTTAGE, right across the street and creek from RACK FOCUS FIVE. If you are in need of an EVENT VENUE - please think about booking our beautifully landscaped FOUR ACRES with a picturesque creek running through it, a promenade of pines, a glen with a pavilion, a large fire pit, horse shoes, Boccie Ball. The two rentals together make it perfect for a reunion, a birthday gathering, a small wedding, graduation, anniversary...

Did I mention FOOD? There are so many great restaurants in Asheville with unique dining experiences featuring cuisine of any kind you can think of that people diet before visiting! And if the 7 minutes to a downtown restaurant is too much trouble, there are some great places to eat on this end of town ~ tapas, fusion, vegetarian, vegan - even great vegan fast food! Asian - great sushi nearby and WONDERFUL pizza, cal-zones and antipastos at family restaurant and bar MARCOS. Or for pizza, salad and local brew WITH a movie (family fare during the day, popular mainstream titles at night) there is the BREW AND VIEW about three miles from the rental.

ALSO VERY LOCAL to the rental is BEAVERLAKE and BIRD SANCTUARY only a 3 mile drive. This small lake can be walked around in 45 minutes making it a popular guest exercise spot where the conversation is usually about where to lunch and what event to attend that evening. One of our personal favorite spots for making plans because it is so pleasant that we often give them up to simply enjoy ourselves is the BATTERY PARK BOOK EXCHANGE AND CHAMPAGNE bar in the GROVE ARCADE - our Art Deco . The exchange has wine and champagne by the glass and more importantly thousands of books to peruse in dozens of gathering spaces that feel like your favorite living, bistro or library nook defined by walls of books.
RE-FOCUS. Enjoy. From zip-lining to fine dining, Asheville is where I would vacation if I didn't live here. Feel free to call 828 230-9697 Gayle

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Large back yard with mature apple trees, creek, park-like property across the street with sky chair, fire pit, meadow and woods. Child-friendly places in Asheville area - BOTANICAL GARDEN, BIRD SANCTUARY IN BEAVER LAKE, THE TREEHOUSE, ASHEVILLE PIZZA CO, FUN DEPOT, YOLO YOGURT, URBAN BURRITO, THE HOP, CHUCKY CHESSE, ARBORETUM, BILTMORE ANTLER VILLAGE, LIVE AFTER 5, THE DRUM CIRCLE (FRI NIGHTS ONLY). ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    If you must (x-smoker (can you tell?) - outside is well... outside. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    2 windows, desk....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    One window, small writing table, futon single....moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    1/2 bath in this master. 2 windows plus 1 in bath. ...moreless

  • Master with half bath, Second BR - roomy with two window and a desk area, Third small BR/sitting room with a fouton bed/chair...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    ...moreless

  • Small but complete full bath with a tub shower, new flooring and vanity. Very clean and nice....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Close to everything with a Get-away From It All feeling; this is the best of both worlds. The property across from it features a big meadow, creek side benches, stone deck on creek, hammocks, fire pit and swing, horse shoes... You share access. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Games:

    board games in the linen cupboard...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and Digi Tier 1, on screen guide, pay-per-view and Video on Demand. ...moreless

  • Television:

    large flat screen...moreless

  • Toys:

    Not much provided, but the yard is large enough if you'd like to bring a ball, Frisbee... Across the street we have horse shoes, bean/corn toss, fire pit....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    FEELS rural because of the park-like setting across the street at our other rental VRBO 387785. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    open to the LR, Kitchen. Glass table with four comfortable chairs. Window in the area....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Very effective...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Washer and dryer are in the garage....moreless

  • Garage:

    single car size with a few shelves, the W/D, access to house into LR...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room:

    Small but comfortable and uncluttered. Linked to dining area. Flat screen TV, windows......moreless

  • Parking:

    gravel driveway area for an extra car...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and dryer are in the garage....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Keurig. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate provided....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you could want, including microwave safe items. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    GAS COOKTOP! Brand new cabinets and granite counter top. Fully appointed for easy dining in with all the pots, pans, storage containers, prep tools......moreless

  • Microwave:

    new...moreless

  • Oven:

    works well...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Out back looking over the generous lawn, apple trees with a hammock, side yard and creek side hammock sitting spot....moreless

  • Golf:

    A few miles away...moreless

 

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  • cleaning $89 + tax
  • Tax Rate 7%

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Location

  • 12 Bones Smokehouse

    "VERY casual atmosphere in the River District. Obama's favorite stop. Great BARBECUE. "

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  • Zambra

    "Very good small food plates with an exotic feel to the atmosphere. Can be quiet and romanti..."

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  • Bouchon

    "FRENCH without the snobbery. Very authentic with a LEFT BANK atmosphere."

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  • Modesto

    "GREAT FOOD creatively designed and constantly changing by Hector - an amazing chef."

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  • Biltmore Village

    "GREAT for walk-able shopping and SPARKLING over the HOLIDAYS. All Soul's Cathedral, historic..."

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  • Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Laughing Seed Cafe

  • Salsa Mexican Caribbean Food

  • Tupelo Honey Cafe

    "Very popular among locals and travelers alike. "

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  • Biltmore Estate

    "The largest privately owned estate in the country, this French Chateau is more fun to tour t..."

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21 Miles
Nearest Airport
AVL (Asheville)
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Marco's
3.7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Grove Park
63 Miles
Nearest Train
Greenville
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
240
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Marcos
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Wolf Ridge
43 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Lure

RACK FOCUS FIVE is near the BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, the GROVE PARK INN, The BILTMORE ESTATE and downtown Asheville and not far from anywhere you might want to go, really. Hike the Blue Ridge Mountain trails or simply walk around Beaverlake and bird sanctuary - only 2 miles away. Find a bike trail or get on the river for tubing, kayaking or fly-fishing. Return in time to soak or get a massage at the GROVE PARK INN spa or at SHOJI JAPANESE spa. ZIP-LINING lets you span the ravines and feel the hollers in these mountains filled with deciduous trees that turn colors you can't find in your special giant edition of crayons. There is GREAT FOOD here and micro-breweries that have made us the BEER CAPITAL of the USA and the MUSIC of all genres from classical to blue grass with jazz, pop, reggae and fusion in between in a wonderful variety of venues. Sidewalk dining exposes the street vendor talent and our bus tours expose the hidden history, ART DECO ARCHITECTURE and eccentric style... We dare you to come to Asheville just once.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: From Pittsburgh Pennsylvania I graduated with a Fine Art Degree from Carnegie Mellon University and worked in theater and film most of my life with forays and double-ups in teaching art and design. Our first property is my converted Art Studio. This one is across the street. Since they view each other, I decided to create a furnished vacation rental at #5 this past March to provide a 3 BR, 1 1/2 bath option and here we are!

Why the Owner Chose Asheville:
The lovely couple who built this house rewarded our neighborliness with the right of first refusal and we didn't refuse. We love sharing it with those visiting our beloved adopted city.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This is a sweet spot with a country character. Skies filled with fireflies at night and birds by day AND YET you can be in the city in minutes. The brand new kitchen makes dining in a breeze and the hammock under the apple trees makes napping a breeze too! Cozy, comfortable, pet free, uncluttered and immaculate.


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  • DINE IN in colorful style or WINE IN before leaving for dinner.

    DINE IN in colorful style or WINE IN before leaving for dinner.

  • Cozy enough to stay home and read or watch TV on the large flatscreen.

    Cozy enough to stay home and read or watch TV on the large flatscreen.

  • Welcome.  Come in and stay awhile.  Airy, well-lit, warm and cozy.

    Welcome. Come in and stay awhile. Airy, well-lit, warm and cozy.

  • New. Efficient kitchen with all you will need to cook up a storm.

    New. Efficient kitchen with all you will need to cook up a storm.

  • Half bath in MASTER for convenience. Linens soft for comfort. Windows for light.

    Half bath in MASTER for convenience. Linens soft for comfort. Windows for light.

  • Looking toward hallway and full bath from the second bedroom. Desk if you MUST!

    Looking toward hallway and full bath from the second bedroom. Desk if you MUST!

  • ...or lounge.  MUST you study or work?  Small table/desk opposite.

    ...or lounge. MUST you study or work? Small table/desk opposite.

  • Full bath, tub shower with great water pressure.

    Full bath, tub shower with great water pressure.

  • A Hammock Can Refresh. So Can A Fresh Apple From The Tree Holding It.

    A Hammock Can Refresh. So Can A Fresh Apple From The Tree Holding It.

  • LARGE BK YD with shade and creek...Small grill for staying home a night.

    LARGE BK YD with shade and creek...Small grill for staying home a night.

  • Yard large enough to throw a Frisbee, toss a ball, chase each other...

    Yard large enough to throw a Frisbee, toss a ball, chase each other...

  • FOR INSTANCE...This is a view from the Sanctuary's decking.

    FOR INSTANCE...This is a view from the Sanctuary's decking.

  • COLORFUL CALM for kicking back and staying home an evening or three.

    COLORFUL CALM for kicking back and staying home an evening or three.

  • Efficient, Clean, uncluttered but elegant Design makes this home in minutes.

    Efficient, Clean, uncluttered but elegant Design makes this home in minutes.

  • In fine weather - dine out on the deck just outside this window.

    In fine weather - dine out on the deck just outside this window.

  • MASTER BDRM - elegant and restful. Romantic too.

    MASTER BDRM - elegant and restful. Romantic too.

  • SECOND BR - QUEEN. Lovely room across the hall from the master.

    SECOND BR - QUEEN. Lovely room across the hall from the master.

  • Sweet third bdrm/study with a COMFORTABLE futon that converts to a lounge...

    Sweet third bdrm/study with a COMFORTABLE futon that converts to a lounge...

  • Desk area in third BDRM.  Similar opportunity in second BDRM for work or study.

    Desk area in third BDRM. Similar opportunity in second BDRM for work or study.

  • SWEET LITTLE HOME-AWAY-FROM HOME with a garage and nice large back yard.

    SWEET LITTLE HOME-AWAY-FROM HOME with a garage and nice large back yard.

  • Spring under the apple trees.  A hammock to hang between them.  Nap in style

    Spring under the apple trees. A hammock to hang between them. Nap in style

  • CREEK-SIDE sweet contemplative spot.

    CREEK-SIDE sweet contemplative spot.

  • BEAVER LAKE JUST a 2 Mile drive away is a Bird Sanctuary.  Great photo ops!

    BEAVER LAKE JUST a 2 Mile drive away is a Bird Sanctuary. Great photo ops!

  • CLOSE access to Blue Ridge Parkway where this awaits nightly.

    CLOSE access to Blue Ridge Parkway where this awaits nightly.

VRBO #482027

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