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Asheville's Sustainable Communities, a Series. This on Montford & Griffins (2)

This second of the series on ASHEVILLE'S SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES, Montford might surprise you ! Some unusual the park, montford neighborhood asheville, nc"creatures" "live"  in Montofrd--GRIFFINS... well, Griffins as architectural interest points for those restoring this sustainable neighborhood of Asheville, NC . 

Much of the Montford neighborhood was designated as an Historic District and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Since that time, historic restoration has been on the rise. Today the Montford community is home to residential properties and even several businesses. This neighborhood has developed a new outlook centered around the historical restoration projects of a number of devoted stewards of a variety of architectural designs.

here is a photo of one of Montofrd's neighborhood parks..quality of life is important in this neighborhood

Even with the variety of designs throughout Montford, consistent patterns and use of materials like shingles, stucco, pebbledash and half-timbering comprise a cohesive Montford impression." .  But, as you may surmise from the photo in the first post in this series,, it is the people in the neighborhood, through their vibrant sustainable community spirit, that make this neighborhood a great place to visit and an even greater place in which to live. 

For many years, I've been keeping a close eye on homes being restored and looking for new stewards in Montford. Prices range from the low $200s (condo) to about $1.4M.

But, if you are curious and want to know how much  an elegant, already restored home in the Montford Neighborhood costs...You may be surprised when I tell you! A residence e described as a "...stunning home adjacent to beautiful Montford Park (see photo)  ... fully restored Queen Anne ..." winner of the Griffin Award from Asheville's Preservation Society.  ...with handiwork of artisans known for their old-world methods of replicating woods, marbles, and distressed leather in such masterpieces. .. may sell for under $1M!

Just FYI: The Griffin Awards are named for the ancient Greek creature of mythology. You will  remember that this character was endowed with the body of a lion and the wings of an eagle.  Back in the day in Asheville, a griffin often was placed at the entrance of a building to protect those that entered and you can see them today at the entrance to the Grove Arcade in downtown.  

There are numerous Griffin Award Winning restorations in Montford. Here's one from 2008.

The Gunn Residence... 2008 Griffin Award for Residential Rehabilitation

Designed by Richard Sharpe Smith in 1901, this building remained mostly uninhabited for 18 years until its purchase by Kate Gunn in 2006.  Relying on the original architectural drawings, a restoration of the building has been recently finished.

You will find this neighborhood close to the downtown area of Asheville. Montford Road runs right into downtown which is within an easy walk or bike ride.


*Look for #3 in this series where I'll tell you about at least one cozy  B&B ...also a Griffin Award Winner.

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Great community info!

Asheville is such a beautiful area!


Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Justin & Katie Keisler (Realty Executives of Hickory) about 12 years ago

Justin & Katie~

The next time you are over this way, love to have a visit at our Offices...and thanks for the kind words. Montford is one VERY special neighborhood.

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 12 years ago

Thanks for the great community info!

Posted by Blowing Rock Real Estate Boone Real Estate (Blowing Rock Investment Properties) about 12 years ago

I just had to comment on your new picture! How cute.  and a green jacket too!

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) about 12 years ago

Hi Janeanne:

You are right, the Montford area is a highly sought after neighborhood in Asheville both because of its historical charm and cool architure but also because of its proximity to downtown Asheville.

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) about 12 years ago

For real estate professionals it is important to realize that the aspects that make a community sustainable also contribute to property value durability. Three major sustainability factors—transportation, development, and walkability—intersect to make communities places where people want to live and work.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) almost 5 years ago

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