Spacious Asheville home with private fenced yard, close to Blue Ridge Parkway
I am a university professor of Creative Writing, a poet, and historian living here with my teenage child, and our family of four-legged beloveds. I play the piano and write. I also love to sail and canoe. I travel a fair bit and returned recently from Italy where I spent 10 days with a group of students eating food so good I'm having trouble finding anything that comes close to it here so enjoy a plate of fresh mozzarella, tomotoes, and basil several times a day. I adore being a teacher and helping my students develop their stories and poems. My daughter is a singer and a drummer as well as fantastic video editor. We're both happy, content, fascinated individuals, and our home reflects that.
Our Home & Location
Set back from the road and concealed by a little private forest, this house is its own world. I fell in love with it when I taught at the school down the road and have lived here for ten years. The house has large rooms, vast windows so it feels as though you are outdoors even when sitting in a chair reading indoors. Speaking of reading, I have a thousand books you can enjoy while here, plus a grand piano for you to play if you wish. We are close to Ingles (1.3 miles) and other shops, but the house is so beautiful it's difficult to leave unless absolutely necessary. We're about ten minutes from an entry to the Blue Ridge Parkway which will lead you to waterfalls and hikes, and we are 15 minutes from downtown Asheville in non-rush-hour times. It's a straight shot to the Biltmore Estate as well.
One lovely little tidbit is the bed. It's an incredibly comfortable bed with remote control raising of the head and feet, and the darn thing also has a massage function. Be warned: it's so comfortable you may just rest all the time surrounded by dogs....
I have WiFi, Netflix, Prime, Spectrum, as well as "Just Dance" on the Wii for fun.
The house has a Nest thermostat that I keep at 77, and that works pretty well. The enormous living room gets warm in summer because of the 12-foot high windows, but generally, 77 on the AC works.
Washer and Dryer are on the main floor in the bathroom. Very efficient.
There's a public pool at a middle school not too far away if you're into laps. Also, there's the little beach at Lake Lure ($8) with a water park for kids.
If you're staying here with kids, I can bring up some toys from my basement.
Regarding the garden: let's just say it's a work in progress . . . . + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
There are five animals in this house, but they're all pretty self-sufficient and low maintenance.
Chloe (black labrador), Gorilla (black/brown Pekingese, Finn (yorkie/medium poodle?) I feed them breakfast and lunch and let them go in and out as they please through the sliding door onto the deck that leads to the fenced in yard. Finn the terrier, has a radio collar because he was too smart for the fence, which keeps him close to the house. If I'm expecting company, I bring Finn indoors because he barks at "intruders."...
The Hoppit (Flemish Giant bunny)(The rabbit gets food and fresh water each day. I'll clean his house before we depart, and hopefully that should last the two weeks we'll be away.
Charlie (the cat) stays away from the dogs, living in my study downstairs. He likes to wander outdoors and returns.
It's summer so we're fighting the fleas. I give them two little allergy tablets in some wet dog food once a day and at bed-time. If they're terribly uncomfortable with the heat, I run a cool bath and dip them in. They don't enjoy this while it's happening (but they do not bite), but they rest better after.
There's a chance I'll leave Gorilla with a friend of mine who is in love with him.
Chloe pretty much takes care of herself but loves a visit; she sleeps on a loveseat in the bedroom. Finny has been sleeping on the bed lately, but he will listen if you tell him not to. MAYBE. He's very cute and likes to cuddle.
While they do have some toys, none of the dogs "fetch." + More info