Tiny House, Big Idea

Hand to chin, Jennifer eyed the space where her silver SUV was parked.

“Could I build a tiny house right here?”

 

Last year, she fell in love with the house in Kenilworth and its view of the lake. After moving in she added an outdoor room — the perfect playroom for her two-year-old grandson.

Gazing from this room at the pines reflected in the water below, she smiled. “Blissful.”

But living here could be even better, she mused, if her daughter, son-in-law, and baby grandson were right next door.

 

She makes a good point.

 

Tiny House Asheville Kenilworth Lake

 

With scant rentals available, and costs prohibitive for many first-time homebuyers, a tiny house may be a smart option. Costs can be kept low, around $15,000, but quickly rise with the quality of materials used.  

Smaller homes are catching the imagination of many, including downsizing Boomers and Millenials just starting out.

Where did tiny houses start, and just how tiny are they?

 

Tiny House Floor Plan Example Asheville

 

‘Wee Houses’ began in 2003 as affordable alternative housing.

In North Carolina, a tiny house must be at least 120 square feet, but anything under 500 square feet is considered tiny. A typical storage shed is 100 square feet.

City of Asheville rules allow homeowners to build a small house next to the main one. However, zoning regulations, HOA bylaws, environmental, and other restrictions apply, so if you’re thinking about building a tiny home, do your homework and ask your real estate agent for more information.

Tiny houses can be site-built and made to be “grow-able,” to accommodate the homeowners’  changing needs.

 

For Jennifer, building a tiny house at the top of her driveway would mean a visit from her grandson could be only steps away, not a half-hour drive. And that could create a living arrangement to benefit the whole family.

 

Written by Suzanne Arthur, Broker, REALTOR, and Kenilworth neighbor. Connect with Suzanne at suzanne@dixonpacifica.com to see if a tiny house may be a good (and legal) choice for your property, and keep up with all of Asheville’s local happenings by following @suzannearthur_realtor on Instagram.

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Asheville/Buncombe County Market Update

As you can see below, Price ranges up to $300,000 are at or near market balance between buyers and sellers! It has been a while since we have said that. You will also notice that home values have been improving over the last year with a 12% improvement in Buncombe County and a 3.4% improvement region wide. We should continue to see a modest improvement over the next 12 months being led by Buncombe County.

MOI oct 1 13

avg med price Oct 13

Res unit sales Oct 13

Homes sold report Oct 13

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What You Get for $475,000 Around Asheville

11 white ash

Biltmore Park

11 WHITE ASH DRIVE Asheville  28803

What: A four bedroom two bathroom and two half bath home.

How Much: $482,500.00

Size: 2595 sq.ft.

Setting: Located in Biltmore Park in South Asheville.

Indoor/Outdoor Space: Home has the master bedroom on the main floor. Home features Hardwood floors and a granite kitchen with a private back yard.

Taxes: $3842.00

 92 saint dunstans circle

Kenilworth

92 Saint Dunstans Circle Asheville, NC 28803

What: a four bedroom three bath home.

How Much: $475,000

Size: 2690

Setting: Kenilworth Neighborhood

Indoor/Outdoor Space: Home offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Home features absolute Granite Counter Tops, a Sub Zero Refrigerator, a Formal Dining Room, 10 foot Ceilings, a new architectural shingle roof, high efficiency heat pumps and furnace. Icynene insulation, tankless water heater and CPI security system.

Taxes: $3561

11 cedar bluff

Candler

11 Cedar Bluff Ct. Candler  28715

What: Four bedroom three and a half bath house.

How Much: $478,000

Size: 3315

Setting: Candler- long range views and open space.

Indoor/Outdoor Space: This home is a Frank Betz custom built home that features two fireplaces, oak floors, granite counter-tops, vaulted ceilings, gas range, tiled baths, and the master on the main floor. The gourmet kitchen overlooks the keeping room with a fireplace & screened porch. Home also features an unfinished basement with a workshop.        

Taxes: $3025

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