24 Kimberly Avenue, Part II

We are exploring the tower, a 2003 addition, of Kells Castle in Asheville, North Carolina.  If you missed the tour of the original 1949 house, check out Part I.

The tower connects to the original house with a stunning glass column.A metal spiral staircase links the four new floors.

Architect Patti Glazer designed the new structure, which won the Griffin Award in 2005.  At mid-level, the new addition connects to the original house via  a suspended concrete bridge.  Does  your house have a suspended concrete bridge?  Yeah, neither does mine.

Most of the floors in the tower are polished concrete, and ceilings are corrugated metal with exposed steel beams.  The living room is tiled in slate.

A treehouse room, the new master bedroom sits on the the fourth floor.

The master bathroom has a clawfoot tub and steamroom. 

I love how the lady of the house hangs her earrings by the mirror.

An additional bedroom on the third floor:

A compact laundry room sits behind a red glass door–another example of fun doors in the house.

Details here seem thoughtful and meaningful…like a dishtowel draped casually over the railing.

On the bottom floor I found another unique door.

Two large terraces sprawl out the back of Kells Castle.

The homeowner said that parties often spill outside on the terraces.  I can see why.  Do you see what is hanging here on the wall?

Hula hoops.  I need three of these hanging on my wall outside for impromptu hip swiveling.  What fun people live at Kells Castle.

One of the garden gates.

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There is a marked transition between the old and the new, but a delightful playfulness and eclecticism permeates the space on the whole.  While the original structure is old, it is not old-fashioned and certainly wasn’t traditional in 1949.  It makes sense that the tower addition draws from the same creative well in a contemporary way.  I think Rose Brown and Douglas Ellington would approve of how the house has evolved.  Don’t we all hope our houses continue living after we are gone?  I think I love this house because it reminds me of my own dream house in Atlanta.  Did you see it on the Modern Atlanta house tour last year?  If I ever added on to the cottage, it would look like that.  I wonder if BLDGS works for a good vegan lasagna.

Interested in making Kells Castle your home?  Check out the listing for more details.  Thank you to Sabine and the homeowners for their time and graciousness.

Comments

  1. Cristal says:

    Cool tower!!!

  2. I love the way that place looks on the outside…so cool.

  3. Peggy says:

    A very interesting and beautiful home. Love the terraces.

  4. LUV the house tours! Am staying at a great house now while couchsurfing—New Mexico and Arizona have a great eclectic and artsy vibe going on.

  5. Any thoughts on why this lovely home isn’t selling? I don’t live in NC, but I LOVE this home!

  6. I live behind this place and while walking my dog today I decided to check out the exterior for the first time after years of interest. The now overgrown gardens hide this enigma even more than before. I approached the choices of front doors and chose the one covered in at least 7 different notices on the home placed there by the city. Apparently the home was abandoned per the language of the paper stapled to the door. Instantly my curiosity went crazy. I walked around exploring with pup in tow. The home now is in serious need of maintenance.

  7. I live behind this place and while walking my dog today I decided to check out the exterior for the first time after years of interest. The now overgrown gardens hide this enigma even more than before. I approached the choices of front doors and chose the one covered in at least 7 different notices on the home placed there by the city. Apparently the home was abandoned per the language of the paper stapled to the door. Instantly my curiosity went crazy. I walked around exploring with pup in tow. The home now is in serious need of maintenance. Leaves, weeds, old wood, trash and plastic clothes pins cover the once immaculate grounds. All doors were of course locked, except for one. As I approached this open door leading from a dilapidated garage area into the basement I was taken over with intrigue. I poked my head in. It was dark, wet smelling, cold. I went into the home and carefully stepped through. I said aloud “hello I am here to look. I won’t touch anything. I will know by sign if you want me out”. I knew the home was devoid of human occupancy but not necessarily other forms of existence. I completed the entire home with my pup. The mural on the wall will haunt me. The wall of names is the creepiest thing I’ve probably ever seen given the surroundings. Now knowing seances were held makes it worse. That was a popular thing for the wealthy to do for entertainment in the earlier part of the twentieth. I used to walk or ride by this home envious of whomever owned it. Now, it sits empty, waiting.

    • hi JMac!
      greetings from your soon to be neighbors! you sound like such a lovely intuitive, impathlicaly created person. first things first, Rick and I are Texans. we both are dyed in the wool Texans, our families have been there since the “National state of Texas” began.
      I am so glad to hear the story of your adventure into the castel.
      I am an artist that never went to art school because, 1. I didn’t know I am and artist and
      2. I was buisy becoming a speech language pathologist, MA Clinical Competency Certification. I also hold expertise in: language/learning disabilities, human growth and development, and the neurology of speech, and I still cant spell…I retired after a really great (to me) carreer of 20 years.
      i, like you, have a curiosity about life and all things in it.
      I have always been an artist but didn’t consider myself one, until I met Alberto Mijangos (I am not sure if you can still google him, or my website for that matter). Alberto was a professional working artist. within a year l gleaned from working in his “art space” ( as he called it)., enough love and skill to last me for 20 years hence, and like the salt grinder at the bottom of the ocean, I am still painting, etc. we were living in san Antonio, texas at the time. alberto said to me “rrrrrrrrrrrebecca, you don’t need to become an artist, you are an artist”. it was in this knowing of alberto, that I was able to give myself permisson to be what I am.
      the art studio is the only room in the castle that is weaping, depressed, sometimes screaming to be loved again. when I think of it, I cant wait to get in there and love it, what a priviledge.
      Rick is an officer in corporate Subaru of America, here in NJ. he is also chef. he loves the kitchen.
      i will be glad to get back to “yes sir” and “please”. I do sound odd to when i speak. rick, not so much. sometimes, when someone says to me in a condisending tone, “where are YOU from you have an accent” will say back to them, “wud ack sent”.
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~JMac the following is for any one that is interested~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      I am going to defend the artist that first lived there. as artists we recognize each other, and more often than not, we are criptic in our painting, etc. that just happens…like a sneeze
      we will be bringing some very special family with us to live in the tower…the set up is so perfect that we know for sure God lead us here, to our heart’s desire. Yes, we are all sold out Christians, we walk the talk . we plan to have many church functions in our wonderful home, and as usual, our minister will bless our home. I would never paint on another artist’s paintings, so, I am going to find other artist’s to clean them. I think that after 60 years of cig. smoke, they will brighten up when cleaned.
      we fell in love with the castle and each other in it all over again.
      NOW, about the creepy—
      my family and I know that persons will calm down about the séance when they are given the correct information. 1st who in the world started the rumor about that sort of thing, and making it creapy. ““““cheap shot. “““““ I say “so what”.
      here is some truth: Hodini and his wife made a commitment to each other that they would speak to each other beyond the grave, if possible, through séance. his beloved wife died before he did and the great hodini rode through séances like a Texas Ranger. he exposed every “séance” as a ripping lie.
      so, she pulled out a ouigi board, that she and her friends could play with. she was only playing the popular game at the time. give this woman and her friends a break.
      since this home has been viewed by about 100 people, I have no doubt that the gossip continues.
      CREAPY walls: oooooooooook, long ago, in my curiosity, I studied the zodiac and all about it because it is ancient. so knowing the zodiac as well as I do, I was tickled to find that her friends were all born in September. this means here friends were either virgo’s or libra’s—highly compatable in zodiac lore. this means that she had compatable friends that she injoyed so much they were like extended family. ~egad~. in America there was a catch phrase: “what is your sign”. by that time I had enough knowledge to be bored with all of it. I use this knowledge to remember family and friend’s

      Alberto taught me painting as prayer, and that, indeed, is what I will bring into the castle’s studio.
      Rick can cook up a mean chile con carne, tacos, guacamole, southwestern Mexican,etc, etc. Mexico! Viva!.
      JMac, I am looking very very much forward to meeting you. I just love you to pieces already. I see myself in you. I have no doubt that your dog will enjoy our dog…she is a laso apsa that belonged to mom. mom called her dollie. mom gave dollie to us. Rick and I researched the breed and found that she was bread to warn the tibetian monks, when an intruder was about. the monks believed that when you died, you came back as a laso apsa. so then, we aren’t really sure about which monk is reincarnated in her. we went for the gold and we call her “Dahli Lama”. The spiritual leader in our home? well, not really, we are dominate dogs to her, yet even still…

  8. For almost a year I tried to buy this home out of a Bank of America short sale. 11 months later I finally just gave up. We had great plans for revamping the floor plan, but I will never work with B of A ever again. The right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing, and had to submit financials over 4 times because they kept loosing them. It’s too bad to hear the home has now been abandoned, as it has such great potential.

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