4 Crowningway Drive

Let me introduce you to fellow blogger Troy Winterrowd, dear folks of TPH.  I recently found myself googling “Asheville modern architects,” just because.  There was Modern Asheville, top of the list, a blog about all things modern in Asheville, North Carolina.  Usually Craftsman or log cabins come to mind when one thinks about homes in Appalachia, but Troy shows that modern thrives on the ridges and in the valleys of these mountains.  With a degree in architecture and previous experience as creative director for companies such as Walt Disney and Sony, Troy now sells real estate in the Asheville area, with a special emphasis on the modern aesthetic and its contemporary interpretations.  He is also a champion of the arts–love that!

I clicked around feverishly on his site that first night–as we bloggers often do when we find someone with common interests.  After I saw my orange tray on one of his posts and a certain time-capsule house, I decided we should meet.  So I sent him an email and a few days later we were shaking hands in a parking lot off Montford Avenue.

Do you love a good time-capsule house like I do?  Do you use the term “Brady Bunch house” in a non-pejorative way, in fact it is a term of endearment?  Good!  Let’s take a tour of 4 Crowningway Drive, the house I first met on Troy’s blog.

As you approach the house, you immediately recognize the hallmarks of a 1965 contemporary home.  There is so much to love.

Do you want to ring that fabulous rusted starburst doorbell and go inside?

The entry is a split-level delight in iron and stone.  I immediately thought about Lauren’s entry of Pure Style Home.

It would make me feel a lot better if I’m not the only one thinking of Chandler’s nubbin in this photo.


Detail of entry wallpaper mural.  We’ve got hints of turquoise, people!


At the top of the landing is the living room with the deck that looks out over long-range mountain views and downtown Asheville in the foreground.

While I am not fortunate enough to see the original furnishings of the house, I have a pretty good idea what sat in front of the windows here…for years and years and years.  This was a generation who liked their things to stay put.  In a way I can’t articulate, this pulls at my heartstrings.

The view.  Impressive even on a rainy day.


The photo that made me stop in my tracks on Troy’s blog:

Cheery, without regrets, confident, fabulous turquoise appliances.

Detail of the wallpaper, happily wed for 45 years to that turquoise refrigerator.

Yes, it is indeed a built-in record player on the kitchen wall.   You know little Bobby played deejay while his mother sipped her evening martini and got the meatloaf on.  It was just another night of numbing the mind to the sounds of The Righteous Brothers.

If I were lucky enough to buy this home, I would so keep this wallpaper.  Without a doubt.  And the cabinets are in excellent shape, too.  I would modernize with some preservation of the past.

The stairs at the far end of the kitchen, leading down to the daylight basement.


Downstairs you find the peach bedroom with coordinating bath.

When you like turquoise, you like turquoise.

Detail of upper floor bathroom wallpaper.


While I am a lover of all houses, this is one that I can see myself in and easily call home.  I would go after an organic glamour look.  I think that would fit well in the mountains–something like Jennifer Aniston’s house as shown in Architectural Digest, March 2010, the work of designer Stephen Shadley.

So maybe the kitchen wallpaper would be a hard fit to keep…


The house at 4 Crowningway Drive sits on a killer lot with killer views.  And, not to mention, the neighborhood is quite tony and filled with others who lovingly care for their modern ranches.  Check out the listing for all the details.

Troy, it was a pleasure meeting you–and thank you for a fun afternoon!  Make sure you stop by his blog and say hi!


  1. Why do we only hang out via the blog. Witty, witty , witty my friend. I loved how you stated and I quote, “Cheery, without regrets, confident, fabulous turquoise appliances”…seriously, you know that statement was so true.

    Too bad we don’t get cable and I can’t tune into The Brady Brunch right the very second. Those were some quality times.

  2. Karen Tyner says:

    What fun! Love the living room/view! I just realized you will really like my guest bathroom-aqua sinks and all! Will have to send you a pic!

  3. Cristal says:

    What a spectacular view!

  4. Peggy says:

    And here I am trying to drum up the nerve to rip all my wallpaper out. I so remember the days of turquoise appliances and decor. I was trapped in the avocado green for a time. I love the home tours.

  5. I love those turquoise appliances. Retro chic! Love your blog, stop by mine some time for a chat.

  6. Talk about a blast from the past! I love stuff like this. Makes me almost giddy. I really flipped over those original turquoise appliances. Too cool!

    His blog sounds like something I need to check out. Thanks for the introduction!

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