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In the heart of a lush nature preserve, nestled between the scenic beauty of Asheville and the quaint town of Marshall, stands  a home that is a testament to harmonious living with nature. This abode, lovingly crafted and meticulously designed, offers not just shelter but a sanctuary where every detail whispered comfort, efficiency, and sustainable elegance.

As the morning sun bathed the west-facing front of the house in a golden glow, the majestic 16-foot cathedral ceiling of the Great Room stands tall, accentuating the space's airy grandeur. The efficient Jotul 300DV gas fireplace, with its real rock hearth, provided a cozy warmth, its passive thermal properties ensuring that the chill of winter stayed at bay. The 'Weathered Cottage Oak' hardwood flooring adds a rustic charm, while the mahogany front door, complemented by a sturdy storm door, welcomes guests into a world of serene luxury. Above, the 18,000 BTU Mitsubishi Mini-Split ensures the perfect temperature year-round, and a discreet vacuum/utility closet houses the whole house water cut-off valve for ease of maintenance.

The Kitchen is a chef's dream, where FabUWood Soft Close White Antique Glazed Cabinets stood proudly against the sleek, non-porous Hi Macs Solid Surface countertops. The Z Line Gas Cooktop and Double Electric Oven awaited culinary adventures, while the custom copper tiled backsplash added a touch of artisanal beauty. The Akdy 350 CFM embossed Range Hood ensures a fresh cooking environment, and the black stainless steel appliances, including a steel-interior dishwasher with a hardwired on/off switch, offered both functionality and style. A large walk-in pantry provides ample storage, and the continuation of the 'Weathered Cottage Oak' flooring tied the space together in seamless harmony.

In the NE corner of the house, the Main Bedroom is a sanctuary of rest. Free from wiring underneath or behind the bed area and with the head facing North for optimal sleeping, it promises a restful night. The 9,000 BTU Mitsubishi Mini-Split maintains the ideal climate, while the 'Hickory Vintage Barrel' hardwood flooring adds a touch of warmth and elegance.

The Main Bathroom is a spa-like retreat with a custom tiled double shower, a bidet attachment, and a combination of two vents and an operable window ensuring optimal ventilation. Glass shelving provide a sleek storage solution, and the 'Dove Gray' porcelain tile flooring pairs beautifully with the wall mirror.

Adjacent to the bathroom, the Main Closet in the NW corner is spacious and practical, featuring a router access point and roof access, with 'Woods' porcelain tile flooring and an operable window to bring in natural light.

The 2nd Bedroom in the SW corner is a haven of natural light, its 'Hickory Vintage Barrel' hardwood flooring gleaming under the sun's rays. Custom up-down blinds allowed for privacy and light control, while the 6,000 BTU Mitsubishi Mini-Split kept the room comfortable. A large closet with roof access ensured ample storage.

The 2nd Bathroom, with its deep soaker tub for one or two, 'Coffee Brown' porcelain tile flooring, bidet attachment, and custom tiling, offers a luxurious escape. Custom up-down blinds and an operable window adds to the room's charm.

In the SE corner, the 3rd Bed/Flex room doubles as a laundry area, equipped with a washing machine with a steel tub and a built-in floor drain. The Rennai On-Demand H2O Heater ensures endless hot water, while 'Woods' porcelain tile flooring, a flex closet, custom up-down blinds, and a 6,000 BTU Mitsubishi Mini-Split made this space versatile and practical.

The outdoor living areas is a testament to the home's integration with nature. A 218 sq ft screened-in back deck, complete with Ethernet ports, cable hookup, and outlets, provided a perfect spot for relaxation. The NE open deck features a direct line for a gas grill and a ramp, while the SE open deck, the brightest and warmest corner, was ideal for container gardening with raised railings for deer protection. The west-facing covered front porch with a rock floor was perfect for sunset watching, and the front rock patio at ground level offered additional outdoor space.

The 212 sq ft attached insulated shed/workshop in the carport provided ample space for projects and storage, while the landscaping around the house showcased Firewise additions, gravel path 'fuel breaks,' xeriscaping, boulder sitting areas, an herb garden, six elderberry trees, and a variety of native, deer-resistant trees and plants. Wild blueberries adorned the front yard, and the property, free from chemicals, offered a healthy environment. Plenty of firewood is ready for future fire pit gatherings, and a 200-gallon leased/buried propane tank ensured energy efficiency.

The home's exterior, covered in real 8” hand-cut Tennessee Gray Rock on the South and North sides, provided passive solar/thermal benefits, RF protection, and unmatched beauty. All low-E glass sun windows, Ethernet ports, and cable connections in every room, including bathrooms, ensured modern connectivity. The standing seam metal roof on the house and carport, absence of smart appliances, mold-unfriendly design, no flexible ducting, and a focus on optimal air circulation and dark sky compliant outdoor lighting underscored the home's commitment to health, efficiency, and sustainability.

Located in a private yet accessible spot, the property features a paved concrete driveway, private forest trails, and world-class amenities and views nearby. With 210 acres of wooded conservation area and six miles of trails, French Broad River access, and proximity to Asheville, Weaverville, Hot Springs, and the town of Marshall, the home is  perfectly positioned for both tranquility and convenience. Designed for low maintenance, ease of use, great health, protection, and enjoyment of Mother Nature, this home is more than a dwelling; it is a lifestyle.