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Secluded 5 BR, 4.5 BA Home, Mountain Views, Walk to Downtown Asheville

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Hidden Retreat: 4,200 sq. ft. of stately interior and exterior space

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-30 nights
  • Sleeps:14
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:4.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Grand Farmhouse w/2 kit. & LRs, view. Tucked in the woods 8 blocks to downtown.

Hidden Retreat is the closest 5-bedroom house to downtown Asheville that is listed with VRBO/HomeAway.

THE WOODED BUT CENTRAL SETTING

Less than two minutes off I-240’s downtown exit for Charlotte Street, this grand 100-year old gem is just two blocks up into the hills above North Asheville, hidden by banks of trees. But the tall house sits in an open field with light pouring in year-round, and is taller than the trees that protect it. So your in-town escape comes with relaxing (even breath-taking) sunsets and views of the ever-changing Smokey Mountains. At Hidden Retreat, you’ll feel miles from town, until you need that coffee and muffin awaiting you just two blocks down the hill at Starbucks and the award-winning City Bakery.

YOUR HOME IN ASHEVILLE

This is a big house: more than 4,200 square feet of interior and exterior living space. Its high ceilings and original “heart of pine” floors make Hidden Retreat seem even larger than it is. It was once a rambling single family home with open porches and decks of most bedrooms.

The main floor is a massive 1,800 square foot one bedroom/1.5 bath apartment, with a larger kitchen, separate outdoor BBQ area, giant living/dining space and a front porch with four traditional North Carolina rocking chairs. The bedroom on this level is a master and has the largest of the now-enclosed sun porches with light streaming in on three sides. There is a half bath with toilet and sink in the hall as well. Off the kitchen door is a flagship patio with fire pit and chairs.

Sometime in the 1930s or 1940s the sun porches upstairs were enclosed, making the top floor much larger than the main floor. So two of the upstairs bedrooms have massive sun porches that double the size of the already large rooms and add additional light and air to the spaces. Later, a second kitchen and living space upstairs was added and Hidden Retreat’s 2400 sq ft upper floor was transformed into its own 4BR, 2.5 BA house with a huge eastern and southern facing deck and a 12’ x 12’ open air viewing deck with western views of the Smokey Mountains!

The interior staircase can be closed off and locked if you only need the upper apartment, or opened to create one unified space if you need all five bedrooms and both kitchens and living spaces. (I don't know why I bother saying this. Every single guest so far has wanted to have full reign over all 4,200 square feet of house -- including the fifth bedroom, third bath and downstairs kitchen that make up the ground floor.)

AMENITIES ABOUND

I want you to be comfortable and relaxed in the house! Both floors have Internet wi-fi service, two large screen TVs each, cable service, and two central heat/ air conditioning systems controlled separately on each level. 700-count Egyptian cotton sheets, plenty of extra blankets and bedding, and a variety of pillows of different firmness.

I like to cook (have you seen my picture?), so both kitchens have all the essentials, but also a few upgrades. There are granite counter tops, place settings, serving pieces, glassware and silverware for 8 upstairs and 16 downstairs, so you won’t be spending your vacation washing dishes when clean ones run out. Both kitchens are fully equipped for major holiday dinners, with enough serving pieces and cookware for large dinners, and BBQ grills on both levels. There are two dishwashers, two coffee makers (12 cups each), two 4-up toasters, two coffee grinders, and a large and small blender.

ENTERTAINING AT THE HOUSE

Asheville is a destination city for weddings, family reunions, and annual gatherings of old college friends. As a college town, it also draws parents and extended families for graduation, homecoming and other events.

Hidden Retreat, with its ample public spaces and two kitchens makes a great place to host a family meal or throw an impromptu wine and cheese event. Feel free to show off the house and view for that casual slumber party after the newlyweds have departed, or that last minute brunch before friends scatter back to the spouses and children across the country.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

The home comes with two additional day beds, two futons and an Aero bed for extra guests, as well as a 'Pack & Play' collapsible crib for infants. This means the house could sleep 15-16 people if some are children. (While this is great for you, it creates a burden for my housekeeper who sometimes has five hours to launder all the sheets and towels and prepare the house for the next guests.) If you have more than 12, please be honest and let me know. There may be an addition rental or cleaning charge.

There is ample parking for 6-7 cars.

EXPLORING THE REGION FROM THE HOUSE

Hidden Retreat is about a five minute drive to the River Arts District, home to one of America’s largest and most diverse artists’ communities. I know several potters, painters and fabric and encaustic artists that I will gladly make introductions to.

There are brochures at the house for local inner tube rafting, zip lining, hot air ballooning and more. But there is also info on yoga, pilates, fine dining and golf for the less adventurous.

You are about three minutes drive north to the famous Grove Park Inn, where every visitor to Asheville should have lunch on the terrace with panoramic Smokey Mountain views. Ten minutes’ drive south instead of north takes you right to the front gate of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville’s (and America’s) most stunning single family home. The year-round tours are amazing, but the Holiday décor tours in November in December are staggering.

Want to see fewer buildings and more wilderness? The house is one parcel off Town Mountain Road, and the road up the side of the house takes you right there. That will connect you to the Blue Ridge Parkway in under ten minutes, where you will then have access to over 500 miles of scenic drive, protected US National Park, and some of the best biking and hiking trails on the Eastern Seaboard.

There is always something to do in Asheville! And Hidden Retreat is the perfect base of operations for all your adventures.

As you can see, the configuration of the house leads to endless possibilities. Feel free to email or call me to discuss your specific needs.
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Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, some Spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 4200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 14
  • Children Welcome:

    The Twin room is great for kids. There are two sets of additional bunk beds on the sun porches of the Twin room and the upstairs mater that sleep four more kids. These rooms are not heated, so are best for summer visitors....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    There are covered outdoor decks where smoking is allowed. Not in the house please....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Please ask me first. The yard is not fences, so dogs must be leashed at all times outside....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    For throws Wirth mobility issues, the house has two steps up from the side parking lot, and then two step the back door or two steps the the side o the front porch. the entire first floor has wide doorways and easy access bathrooms, I would recommend the downstairs master for elderly or mobility impaired guests....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 11-14

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Green Room: near upper kitchen, East and South light, FP...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Rose Room: South and West Sun, Smokey mtn views, fireplace...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Yellow Upstairs Master w/ west views, sun porch/sitting area...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Downstairs Master: giant sun porch with twin daybed,...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    TwinRm: North light, can be king, bedding avail, sun porch...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    MasterBath to BR 3, Venetian tile, 2-person walk in shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, tub, shower

    Master Bath to downstairs (BR 5)...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet

    Parisian themed Half bath with toilet and sink on main level...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Full bath on 2nd floor ...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, tub, shower

    Full bath: Tub/shower, toilet, w/sink on 2nd floor...moreless

Entertainment

  • Games:

    Games re available in the cupboard under the TV in the main living room....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    Four TV's with cable service from charter: in both masters and both living rooms...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Lovely view west to the Smokey Mountains from front porch and upper deck...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Separate HVAC systems for upstairs and downstairs...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    There is a clothes dryer available to guests in the laundry room of the Kitchen foyer....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    There are five fireplaces. All are decorative. there is a fire pit outside, with chairs made from a tree the fell on the property. Bundles of wood can be bought at Harris Teeter....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas heated forced air. New and separate systems for upstairs and downstairs....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    700 thread-count sheets or better throughout the hosue...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Ample parking for up to seven cars...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    There is a washing machine available to guests in the laundry room of the Kitchen foyer....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    in both kitchens...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    well stock for large family or many guests...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Upstairs has an 18', downstairs has a full 24'...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    There are two full kitchens. They are each capable of serving 12 people...moreless

  • Microwave:

    In both kitchens...moreless

  • Oven

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Viewng deck off upper living room provides mountain views...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Sunny large deck off Kitchen in Upper level. Partially sunny and partialyl covered wrap -around deck on main level in front and south side. Viewing deck for sunset off upstairs living room....moreless

  • Golf:

    Several nearby courses...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals available on French Board River, inner tubes too....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lawn and yard are steep and not ideal for recreation. Guests have left a badminton set that can be set up on the parking pad....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    One for each level in separate patios/decks. Fire Pit off downstairs kitchen...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Spring
Mar 20 - Jun 22, 2017
30 night min stay

$12,000
2017 Summer
Jun 23 - Sep 5, 2017
5 night min stay

$13,500
2017 Fall Foliage
Sep 6 - Oct 31, 2017
4 night min stay

$13,500
2017 Holiday
Nov 1 - Jan 3, 2018
30 night min stay

$15,000
2018 Winter
Jan 4 - Mar 31, 2018
30 night min stay

$10,500
2018 Spring
Apr 1 - May 24, 2018
30 night min stay

$13,500
2018 Summer
May 25 - Sep 5, 2018
30 night min stay

$15,000
2018 Fall Foliage
Sep 6 - Nov 6, 2018
30 night min stay

$15,000
2018 Holiday
Nov 7 - Jan 7, 2019
30 night min stay

$15,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • cleaning $200 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13%

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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Location

15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Asheville Regional Airport

Car: Not Necessary

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: I have lived in San Francisco since 1986 but recently started splitting my time between there and Asheville, where my parents, two siblings and their families have lived for more than 20 years. I love the arts scene here, and there is so much to do outdoors! I am the co-founder the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which started on my back porch in 1987. (Younger people have no clue what this is, but a Google search should help...) I've been running AIDS or LGBT organizations my whole adult life and enjoy the community-building aspect of what I do. I recently retired as executive director of AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, two related non-profits that help low income people pay their basic living costs while disabled or going through surgery, chemo or radiation. Asheville is my escape space to de-stress from the fast pace of San Francisco. Whether it’s a gallery opening, dinner with extended family, or just watching the Fall foliage, I know I can leave the rat race behind here. And I am sure you can, too!

Why the Owner Chose Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC, USA:
Yes, it’s a wonderful house with a great view and natural light streaming in everywhere, but the exceptional feature really is its proximity to downtown Asheville. A two blocks walk down the hill in the morning to Charlotte Street lands you right in front of Starbuck’s and City Bakery (the best bread in town!). Within a quarter-mile are a bustling Trader Joes, Harris Teeter Grocery and a dozen fine restaurants. From Starbucks, it’s three block walk to Asheville’s Art Deco City Hall building and another three to the heart of galleries, cafes and shops. Tired of the crowds at the end of the day? You can be home in seconds and nestled in the woods above it all. This house is city living in the country. Or is it country living in the city?

The Unique Benefits at this House:
I fell in love with this “Hidden Retreat” during the summer of 2014. I love old houses, and this one celebrated its 100th birthday in 2015. Situated in a hilly wooded area just a few blocks off busy Charlotte Street, the house is well hidden by the trees. It even took me two tries to find it at first. Perched on a hill, it gets sunlight year round from three sides, and is tall enough to rise about the trees that protect it from view. It is western facing – perfect for sunsets and gazing at the Smokey Mountains in the distance. At more than 4,200 square feet of house and decks, it’s a massive home. But my favorite space is the simple 12’ x 12’ open air viewing deck off the upstairs living room facing the sunset. The day I closed on the house, I poured a glass of wine and watched the mountains turn from green to blue to purple as daylight faded. Ahh.


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Speaks: english, some Spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

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  • Hidden Retreat: 4,200 sq. ft. of stately interior and exterior space

    Hidden Retreat: 4,200 sq. ft. of stately interior and exterior space

  • Wrap-around decks with traditional North Carolina rocking chairs.

    Wrap-around decks with traditional North Carolina rocking chairs.

  • Calming first floor living dining area, comfortably entertain 20 for cocktails

    Calming first floor living dining area, comfortably entertain 20 for cocktails

  • 1st floor kitchen has granite countertops, cooking island, breakfast nook for 4.

    1st floor kitchen has granite countertops, cooking island, breakfast nook for 4.

  • Main level Master Bedroom Queen four-poster bed and huge sun porch.

    Main level Master Bedroom Queen four-poster bed and huge sun porch.

  • Upstairs living/dining seats 8 comfortably. Cable TV in both LR and both masters

    Upstairs living/dining seats 8 comfortably. Cable TV in both LR and both masters

  • Upstairs rose room w/queen bed, mountain views,  afternoon sun. Closet & dresser

    Upstairs rose room w/queen bed, mountain views, afternoon sun. Closet & dresser

  • Upstairs yellow room w/queen, antique school desk end tables. Closet & dresser.

    Upstairs yellow room w/queen, antique school desk end tables. Closet & dresser.

  • Master bath redone in marble and quartz. Spacious two person walk-in shower.

    Master bath redone in marble and quartz. Spacious two person walk-in shower.

  • Sunny 4th full bath off upstairs kitchen area features glass pedestal sink

    Sunny 4th full bath off upstairs kitchen area features glass pedestal sink

  • Large upstairs deck off the kitchen nestled in trees. BBQ included, not shown.

    Large upstairs deck off the kitchen nestled in trees. BBQ included, not shown.

  • Calming western views of the Smokey Mountain range.

    Calming western views of the Smokey Mountain range.

  • Wrap-around decks with traditional North Carolina rocking chairs.

    Wrap-around decks with traditional North Carolina rocking chairs.

  • Original glass work and 100-yr-old perfectly preserved heart of pine floors

    Original glass work and 100-yr-old perfectly preserved heart of pine floors

  • Huge Living Room. 3 chairs & couch fold down to futon beds. Dining space for 12+

    Huge Living Room. 3 chairs & couch fold down to futon beds. Dining space for 12+

  • Parisian themed half bath off foyer features vintage maps and glass chandelier

    Parisian themed half bath off foyer features vintage maps and glass chandelier

  • Graceful 1st floor master bath with Italian tile and whitewashed birch flooring

    Graceful 1st floor master bath with Italian tile and whitewashed birch flooring

  • Upstairs kitchen has morning sun. Stocked to cook for 12, separate breakfast bar

    Upstairs kitchen has morning sun. Stocked to cook for 12, separate breakfast bar

  • Upstairs "mermaid" bath #2, features original 100-yr-old claw foot tub!

    Upstairs "mermaid" bath #2, features original 100-yr-old claw foot tub!

  • Upstairs Master w/huge sun deck, dramatic blackout curtains. Closet & dresser.

    Upstairs Master w/huge sun deck, dramatic blackout curtains. Closet & dresser.

  • Twin Room with additional sun porch. Twins can become king if needed.

    Twin Room with additional sun porch. Twins can become king if needed.

  • Downstairs BBQ area off kitchen includes flagstone patio with fire pit, seats 12

    Downstairs BBQ area off kitchen includes flagstone patio with fire pit, seats 12

  • Upstairs view deck. Southern trees protect the house from Asheville skyline.

    Upstairs view deck. Southern trees protect the house from Asheville skyline.

  • Sunset from the view deck. Ahhhh!

    Sunset from the view deck. Ahhhh!

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, April 21, 2017

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