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Asheville's Sustainable Communities. A Series. 1. Montford, a Charming, Sustainable Neighborhood of Asheville, NC

The Montford Neighborhood ~ Asheville, N.C. ~A Community Embracing a Sustainable Future. Part I.neighbors chat on the sidewalk

     MONTFORD:  Where one picture tells the story.  (see photo)

The MONTFORD NEIGBORHOOD in Asheville, North Carolina: Historic and Happening!

Here is a neighborhood of about 300 acres that expresses a rich diversity of architectural styles,   most constructed between 1890 and 1920.

Montford, like its residents, is a place of complex overall character.. .Romance and history are in the air, so expect to " feel"  the artistic influences.

 

Even residents of other neighborhoods in and around Asheville find themselves drawn to Montford. Maybe you will see them strolling down a tree-lined boulevard. Maybe you will notice how often they stop  to gaze at  the majestic homes that grace the streets.

Maybe you will be amazed when you see this for yourself!

 

Certainly, you will find wondrous architectural details including those from such  trendsetters as Bruce Price, Bernard Maybeck, the prominent Arts and Crafts architect, and Frank Lloyd Wright.   The Arts and Crafts style made popular in Asheville by noted society architect, Richard Sharp Smith, supervising Architect to Biltmore House is well-represented here in Montford. According to the National Park Service, "Smith's preference for pebbledash, shingles, high-pitched roofs and heavy stone foundations contributed to an overall form for the neighborhood.

UPDATE: Thought you might like to see a portion of the Spotlight on Montford - from presentation made by Sharon Fahrer and Joe Masters at the June CAN meeting.

Montford Neighborhood Association has the distinction of being one of the longest and most successful established neighborhood groups in Asheville.  Montford has always been a diverse neighborhood, not only in terms of residents but also in housing stock, with lots of big and little houses and everything in between.  ...close to downtown and to 19/23 and 240, it is a neighborhood [that has]  made everyone a stakeholder in an effort to create a ["safe"] neighborhood ...One strength of the Montford Association is their newsletter, which is produced by Montford resident Joe Newman. There are 10 editions each year, with 1600 copies printed per issue. Residents all have the opportunity to contribute to the newsletter - it is a true community effort.  The newsletter goes out to all residents and businesses in the neighborhood.  Hard copies are hand delivered by 50 people to residents and community locations including Pack Library.  The most current newsletter and 12 years of archived issues are available on the Association's web site www.montford.org.  ..The Association also has a listserv to reach out to residents and interested folks.  It is a great tool for fostering community discussion and dialog and keeps people in touch with each other and current issues. 

for more on the Coalition of Neighborhoods
Check Out   www.AshevilleCAN.org

 

 

* # 2. Stay tuned for more on this very delightful neighborhood you may, one day, call home.

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Montford, like its residents, is a place of complex overall character... I have only seen a couple others that were so intriguing. . .and at least one of those is right here in Asheville!...

...Tell me your truly magnificent historic neighborhoods...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

You guys up there are so lucky to have such forward thinking developers and residents. 

I'll have to write something about our historic areas...they are so neat..and fantastic location to downtown.  Will work on that one.

 

Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 10 years ago

Sounds like a great neighborhood.  I'd love to see more photos!  What a combination of architects....

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) over 10 years ago

Stephanie~

I will look forward to reading about Houston's historic neighborhoods. Urban revitalization is just another form of the current "greening" evolution. . .

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Penny~

Many of the homes in this area were designed by world-famous architects. In Asheville's first heyday, the very rich, and those who wanted to be, vacationed here in the mountains...where the air was fresh and so were the opportunities . . .Now in a second or third revitalization, Asheville continues to shine...as does her architecture.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

OMG I love that origami style bike you have there lol. Your links led me to the Bernard Maybeck Foundation site that was fascinating. You and I share a love of Arts and Crafts style. We are having a wonderful afternoon thunderstorm and I enjoyed browsing the home styles while I listen to the rain. Nature at it's best!

Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) over 10 years ago

What a beautiful picture- I love the changing of the leaves

Posted by Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) over 10 years ago

That looks just wonderful! One thing I miss about eastern Canada now that I live in California is the changing of the seasons, especially autumn.

Posted by Carey Pott (January Financial) over 10 years ago

There are some fantastic B&B's in Montford.

It's a very homey place...

There is even a family that has a small group of hens in their front yard.

I doubt if they possess a rooster, however.

John

Posted by John Narrin (ECO-Steward Realty) about 10 years ago

Carole~

Yes we do share a love of Arts& Crafts style...YAY!...You may be interested in this: We are working on remodeling our Office...a 1923 Arts& Crafts bungalow . (we are using all eco-friendly products, BTW)  =)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Chuck~

Yes, this is one of my favorite photos of the Montford neighborhood. Don't you love that feeling you get when you and your neighbors meet on the sidewalk to chat beneath the trees?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Hi Cary~

Nice to meet you. I understand your sentiment. Changing seasons also can open the way for new perspectives...many times, a good-thing. . .

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

John~

I would like  to know more about Montofrd's B&Bs...Looks like that will be one of my next LOCALISM adventures!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Montford is unlike any other -- you just have to go there and meet some of the folks that call it home to get a true picture.  Walking around there and night and hearing how peaceful it is is my favorite!

Posted by Rhodes Waite about 10 years ago

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Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 3 years ago

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