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DESCRIPTIONFine Homes is a polished, high-end quarterly luxury real estate publication; a companion piece to Real Estate Weekly aimed at luxury real estate buyers and sellers searching for the finest in properties, products and services in Asheville and Western North Carolina.
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888.517. 3322Downtown Asheville
in the Grove Arcade
One Page Avenue, Suite 150
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CCOONNTTEENNTTSS44 Mount Airy Farm1100 The Many Lives of The Grove Arcade1166 Champion Hills Club Celebrates
2288 The Lake LureFlowering Bridge
3366 Thomas WolfesOld Kentucky Home
4422 A Holiday Tradition - Christmas at Biltmore
OONN TTHHEE CCOOVVEERR:: Versant.....see page 23
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P.O. Box 8683Asheville, NC 28814
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By 1915, Grove had completedthe Grove Park Inn andbecome involved in other civicprojects. Grove understood that a successful city neededa vibrant downtown. In the early 1920's, hebegan plans to build an elegant new buildingto enliven the downtown of the city he hadcome to love.
He conceived of the Arcade as "the most ele-gant building in America" and as a new kind ofretail center. Architect Charles N. Parkerdesigned the Arcade, which was originally
The Grove Arcade was the grand dream
of E.W. Grove, a self-made millionaire who moved to
Asheville in 1910.
more on page 12
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envisioned as a 5-story base with a 14-storytower, filled with shops, offices, and living spaces.Grove died in 1927, two years before the building wascompleted. Only the base was built, yet at 269,000square-feet, it was by far, the largest building in theregion.
When the Arcade opened in 1929, it quickly becamehome to a fine collection of local shops and services.Tenants included candy and cigar stores, a haberdash-ery, a public stenography office, fruit stands, millineryshops, beauty parlors and barbershops, a photographycenter, bookstalls and specialty groceries. Offices filledthe upper floors. For 13 years, the Arcade was the cen-ter of commercial and civic life in Western NorthCarolina.
The Arcade was closed when the Federal Governmenttook over the building as part of the effort to winWorld War II. Officials chose the building because itwas large and located in a safe, remote place
Following the war, the Arcade continued under Federalownership and eventually became the headquarters forthe National Climatic Data Center.
The Grove Arcade was placed on the National Registerof Historical Places in thge 1980s. In response to pub-lic demand that the Arcades historic architectureremain intact and the building be returned to its origi-nal function, a Mayors Task Force was established in1985.
In the years that followed, more than a dozen privatedevelopers considered renovating the building.Eventually a group of community leaders and con-cerned citizens formed the Grove Arcade PublicMarket Foundation. This not-for-profit had the missionof restoring the Grove Arcade to its original form andfunction.
In 1997, the City of Asheville acquired title to thebuilding under the National Monument Act and signeda 198 year lease with the Foundation.
Since then, the Foundation has seen to the restorationof the Grove Arcade Building and its spirit. Therestored Grove Arcade opened in late 2002 andincludes shops, restaurants, offices and 42 luxuryapartments.
... of Pisgah and Cold Mtn can be yours from this recently renovated rustic mountain traditionalhome. Features include a dramatic great room with floor-to-ceiling stone FP, special chef's kitchenw/professional appliances, soapstone counters, 3 BRs, 3.5 BA's. Perfectly sited on 7.2 acres of private grounds complete with stream, ponds, and waterfall. You have to see this one! Only 5 milesfrom town, across from Champion Hills. Ask for Betty @ 828-606-5896. MLS# 543862
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FEATURES New 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath Mountain Timber inspired
home TO BE BUILT by Ridgeline Construction Plans under DRC approval & buyer can customize
selections Timber & stone accents Open floor plan Custom kitchen cabinets, granite countertops
& hardwoods Flex space or optional 4th bedroom Covered outdoor living space with 2nd stone fireplace Exterior finishes incl. native stone & maintenance-free
siding Seller is licensed NC broker MLS# 542823
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No living designer has more credits on Golf Digest'slist of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Fazio haswitnessed firsthand the ebbs and flows of the golfindustry.
"It is capitalism 101" said Fazio. "The growth spirt in golf from 1992-2005 was just as much about real estate as it was about golf. Duringthe 13-year period, the industry added 3,000 golf courses, a numberthat ultimately exceeded demand. Just as the real estate is slowly heal-ing, the golf industry is slowly healing."
Fazio's primer for a successful communityTom Fazio believes there are eight important criteria to analyze beforejoining a golf community.
A strong initial developer, quality golf, a central location, numerouschurches and banks, access to healthcare, strong non-profits, a con-venient airport, and a dedicated Board of Directors all play a role inthe vitality of a club.
Fazio distinguishes between the word club and community. "In mymind, club refers to the physical amenities, community refers to thepeople," said Fazio.
"When a strong initial developer launches a club, the infrastructure isbuilt to high standards and ages well," said Fazio. "Down the line,when the club is transitioned over to the members, the club is in everybit as good shape, sometimes better shape, than when it held its grandopening."
Through his 40 years in golf course design, Tom Fazio has been
recognized for creatingaward-winning courses
around the world.
Champion Hills Club celebrates 25 years
Fazio can't underscore the importance of quality golf. "Imight be a bit biased since I designed the course atChampion Hills," smiled Fazio. "But, the fact