Secluded 5 BR, 4.5 BA Home, Mountain Views, Walk to Downtown Asheville(29 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-30 nights
- Property type:House
- 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.
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.)
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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- 4200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Long-Term Renters 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:
- Pets Considered:
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
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Roller Blading
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 10 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
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
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 1 - Mar 19, 2017
30 night min stay
Mar 20 - Jun 29, 2017
4 night min stay
Jun 30 - Sep 5, 2017
5 night min stay
2017 Fall Foliage
Sep 6 - Oct 31, 2017
4 night min stay
Nov 1 - Jan 3, 2018
5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- cleaning $200
- Tax Rate 13%
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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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Hidden Retreat: 4,200 sq. ft. of stately interior and exterior space
Wrap-around decks with traditional North Carolina rocking chairs.
Calming first floor living dining area, comfortably entertain 20 for cocktails
1st floor kitchen has granite countertops, cooking island, breakfast nook for 4.
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 rose room w/queen bed, mountain views, afternoon sun. 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.
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.
Calming western views of the Smokey Mountain range.
Wrap-around decks with traditional North Carolina rocking chairs.
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+
Parisian themed half bath off foyer features vintage maps and glass chandelier
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 "mermaid" bath #2, features original 100-yr-old claw foot tub!
Upstairs Master w/huge sun deck, dramatic blackout curtains. Closet & dresser.
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
Upstairs view deck. Southern trees protect the house from Asheville skyline.
Sunset from the view deck. Ahhhh!
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Sunday, February 19, 2017
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