Just a few minutes’ walk from downtown Asheville, NC is Albermarle Park, a charming neighborhood of early 20th century homes, including this super cute Colonial Revival. Set on a secluded hillside on a winding street and surrounded by ancient trees, “Cherokee House” is just about perfect inside and out.
We love how the front porch is set up for outdoor living – it makes the front rooms much more useful, and the blast of bold red on the chair cushions really livens things up!
The stone gate and walk, winding it’s way around a cypress tree right smack in the middle of the front yard, is a wonderful way to greet guest.
The norm for houses of this style and age is small, cluttered rooms, but the owners had a different idea here. As much as possible, rooms are open to each other, and to the outside. The umbrella and table outside the living room feel like part of the house, not part of the outside.
Flip that view, and the focal point of the room is obvious – surprise, it’s not the TV. A modern gas fireplace, with a sleek black granite surround is a nice contrast to the original oak flooring.
The TV is on the other side of the fireplace, and we appreciate that the owners had the courage to not allow the TV to dominate the layout of the house! Too often, it’s placed above the fireplace.
Karen and I disagree on this island – I think it’s quirky and unique, Karen says it looks out of place. It echos the red cushions outside, I said, but that didn’t convince her!
Upstairs, the bedrooms and baths have the same clean, modern lines of the downstairs, but still seem appropriate for a home built in 1925.
There’s a ton to see and do in Asheville if you’re ever down that way. And if you decide to stay for a few weeks, this house is available to rent on VRBO.