Last week my friend Emily and I went on a walking tour of the Norwood Park neighborhood in Asheville. I love being able to visit inside people's houses and see how they decorate. Most of these were from the 1920's and up - Arts and Crafts style. It was a very hot day but well worth the tour.
This neighborhood was created by a development company in 1914 on 16 acres north of Asheville as a place to get away from the city. The neighborhood then was accessible via streetcar.
In 202 the neighbors banded together to get Norwood Park nominated to the National Register as a Historic District. This was a huge undertaking for the small group of volunteers but finally in 2008 Norwood park was listed to the National Register as an intact representation of classic early suburban neighborhood.
I will give some info on a couple of the homes. I was hesitant to take many indoor photos - not wanting to pry into the details of the homeowners lives even tho the houses were on tour.
The house below is a 1926-29 English/French cottage that features a cut stone exterior and steep roof pitches. It is literally hand made from found material from construction of the Grove Park Inn. Charlton Heston lived in the basement here while director of the Asheville Community Theater. The house sat vacant for 17 years before the present owner took on the extensive renovations to make it modern and livable! The house has private rooftop patios, lots of nooks and crannies to relax in and beautiful artistic touches throughout.
The second house below was built in 1925 - a 2 story hip roof Georgian Colonial with German wood lapboard exterior with a half round portico in front supported by Doric columns. French doors in the living room open up to a covered patio looking out to a lushly landscaped backyard with herb and perennial gardens overlooking the Grove Park Inn golf course. The kitchen was updated in 2008 with period cabinets and tiling. Upstairs the master bedroom also has French doors tha open to a balcony with views of Sunset Mountain. This was by far my favorite house!!!
There were ten house on the tour open for viewing. It is a very small neighborhood with narrow streets and very long narrow lots. Everybody had lovely gardens, well cared for yards and lots of unique ideas to use for ourselves! Hope you enjoyed the tour.