New Modern Art Deco Residential Condos Announced for 145 Biltmore Avenue

145 Biltmore Exterior

The 27-residential space will be first in its class in Asheville, attracting outdoor enthusiasts with a groundbreaking “transterior” concept, including the largest outdoor living spaces available downtown.

ASHEVILLE, NC – September 12, 2017 – Preserve Communities Group announced today that they are planning a first-in-class modern art deco residential space for 145 Biltmore Avenue, located in Asheville’s South Slope neighborhood. The property, spanning between Biltmore to South Lexington Avenue, will feature a 7-story, residential-only private building will be comprised of 27 condominiums, and each residence will have its own unique floor plan. What is most remarkable about 145 Biltmore Avenue is that it will be Asheville’s first “transterior” design: an architectural concept that seamlessly blends outdoor living spaces and biophilic elements with indoor residences.

“The concept and design has been in the making for a very long time,” says Al Sneeden, developer and partner of Preserve Communities Group. “Our clients wanted a Biltmore location, but not just an address. It was definitely time to create something unique all around in terms of quality, amenities and privacy…really focusing on Asheville residents and what’s important to them. And one of the most important values among our clients is finding a way to live downtown yet still feel immersed in the outdoors and the mountains.”

Sneeden, who resides in Asheville, served as a partner in the Preserve Land Company at the Santa Lucia Preserve, a 20,000 acre lifestyle community in Carmel, California. His recent projects include 45 Asheland, a mixed-use commercial and residential condo building downtown that is currently under construction.

145 Biltmore Avenue, designed by Peter Alberice, will include all the high-quality architecture standards that were developed and included in MHAworks’ previous projects: 12 South Lexington and 45 Asheland Avenue.

Alberice, AIA, NCARB, LEED, is the vice president of MHAworks. He has served on the Asheville Historic Resources Commission, the Asheville Downtown Association, and the Asheville Downtown Commission and is a past chair of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. He has practiced architecture in western North Carolina since 1983.

“As a resident of downtown myself, I wanted to design a building that was open, beautiful and efficient yet noticeably distinct,” says Alberice. “We combined elements of a 1920s art deco building with modern lines, solid construction, and sustainability elements to complement our downtown skyline.”

The transterior concept, he explains, will have features such as large, full-glass transitions from interior living spaces to exterior areas providing a “seamless” experience of feeling connected to the outdoors. This concept also includes abundant windows that open inward, sun-drenched winter garden rooms in some residences, and the largest outdoor living spaces available in the city. Each unit will have plentiful mountain views.

One-bedroom condos start at 772 square feet, two-bedroom units at 1,213 square feet and penthouses on the 7th floor will be custom designed for each buyer. The building will also feature secure parking underneath it, with each residence receiving one deeded parking space and a second space available as an option.

“Asheville is a great city and its people deserve the best,” says Don Wilcoxon, developer and Preserve Communities partner. “I personally love the South Slope–its vitality and community–and we’re excited to offer new, private homes for the neighborhood.” Wilcoxon served as former COO/CFO developer for the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California.

“It’s going to be unlike anything the city has ever seen,” added Sneeden.

To learn more, please visit: Interested buyers and brokers can contact Al Sneeden directly at 831-236-3898..



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