150-Acre Off-Grid Sustainable Living Retreat near Asheville, NC
Live off the grid in luxury at this remarkable sustainable living paradise near Asheville NC. Spanning 150 acres of pristine mountain land near Pisgah National Forest and the Appalachian Trail, the Retreat at Meadowtop Farm features a self-sufficient eco-luxury home with upscale interiors and appliances, a solar barn, a hobby barn, extensive orchard and gardens, 4 acres of fenced pasture and miles of hiking trails. This one-of-a-kind green retreat includes a 10-acre meadow, spectacular 360-degree views of two states, a half-mile ridge walk looking down into valleys below, the largest cherry tree in North Carolina, beautiful ponds and more than a dozen springs. This property is ideal as a self-sufficient family compound, retreat center, camp or working organic farm.
The Residence |
The 'Eco-Luxury' natural home was designed with sustainability and health in mind. Non-toxic paints and finishes are used throughout the house. Wood for the home was milled on-site, including the structural members, decking, most flooring, cabinets, all trim and the solid cherry front door. Earthen plaster walls in the master suite and yoga room were made from all local materials. A six-zone radiant floor system and the triple pane Loewen windows keep this remarkable house warm in winter, while the home's elevation and design keeps it cool in the summer. The solar thermal and solar electric systems are sized such that the house is entirely self-sufficient. The interior of the home comprises over 6,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, two kitchens, four and a half bathrooms, a yoga room, large mud room, and two office spaces that can also serve as additional bedrooms. The large covered porch is ideal for rocking chairs and hammocks.
Living Room |
The open floor plan living area boasts views of the gardens to the south and the pond to the east. Adjacent to the front door is a large coat closet, an oak staircase descending to the guest level, and a generous half bath. The living room offers a light, airy space with maple floors.
At the heart of the home, this gourmet kitchen boasts upscale stainless appliances including a six-burner Viking stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and farm sink. Chefs will appreciate the concrete countertops, large pantry, eat-in bar and flooring of Seneca hand-mold tiles. Notice the captivating wood cabinetry, log uprights, and pendant lighting.
Open to the kitchen, the dining area features exposed beams, Seneca hand-mold tile floor, large windows with totally private views and plenty of light. Sliding glass doors provide direct access to the deck.
Master Bedroom |
The spacious master suite on the main level features a vaulted poplar ceiling and large walk-through closet. Sunny windows, hardwood floors and private views make this room a delightful refuge.
Master Bath |
The luxurious master bath boasts a double vanity, double shower, Japanese-style soaking tub with tile surround and a private patio. Contemporary lighting and clean lines create an inviting space for relaxation.
Upper Level |
Upstairs, you’ll find two office spaces, storage closets, a reading room and a full bath. One office features a balcony overlooking the garden; the other has a view to the pond. These rooms are easily transformed into guest bedrooms.
Yoga Room |
The yoga or meditation room is an open space excellent for exercise or hobbies. There is also a large mud-room and laundry room located on the guest level.
Guest Suite |
The lower level offers multiple entrances and is well suited for guests. Two large guest rooms feature hardwood floors, wood ceilings and large windows. The playroom was designed as a bedroom and can be used for an additional bedroom or craft room.
Guest Baths |
Two guest bedrooms have their own full bathroom which includes a rainfall shower and stainless steel soaking tub. The half bath features a walk-in glass front shower.
Guest Kitchen |
The handy guest kitchen features a gas stove, undermount sink, stainless refrigerator, tile floor and eat-in bar. The kitchen offers direct access to the half bath and living area.
The Gardens |
Close to the house is a well-established vegetable garden featuring 200+ blueberry bushes, raspberries, strawberries, June berries, goji berries and hundreds of edible plants and herbs. In the main garden, raised beds built of locally milled locust are covered with "solar pods" which enable greens to be grown throughout the winter and frost-tender plants to be started early in the spring.
Hobby Barn |
The hobby barn houses a specially designed rack for storing the "solar pods" during the summer months. The 3'x8' raised beds are designed to incorporate optional support for climbing plants such as peas and tomatoes. The garden shed has an 8'x8' storage closet as well as two outdoor closets so that tools are always near at hand. The structure also includes a vegetable processing counter and work table made of locust butcher block. Both are convenient to the chicken yards and compost bins.
Chicken Palace |
Two chicken yards wrap the back corner of the building where the "chicken palace" is located. Both yards have bay doors opening above compost bins for easy cleanout. The structure has 16 nesting boxes as well as overhead storage for supplies. There is a large water tank above the roosts.
Solar Barn | The solar barn is the heart of the retreat's off-grid (grid-tie enabled) power and heating systems. It also houses an equipment storage and maintenance area, a backup wood-fired boiler and wood storage area, a generator shed, a 60'x12' room that serves as craft space and storage, a three-car parking area, and a large gymnasium.
The roof of the solar barn was designed to hold twenty-four 8x10 thermal collectors at an ideal pitch for winter sun. These collectors heat a 5000-gallon super-insulated tank that serves as a "thermal battery" and which provides heat to the radiant floors of the Natural Home. All power and heating lines on the property are buried beneath the driveway. The 5000-gallon thermal battery can also be heated by the covered wood-fired boiler at the rear of the barn, but this is only necessary in the heart of winter when there is unusually cold weather (below freezing) and a string of days without sun.
At the rear of the solar barn there is a generator shed containing two generators (Kohler and Onan) connected to a buried 1000-gallon propane tank. There are two generators for fault-tolerance, so that one can be taken off-line for service. In a typical winter a generator runs a half a dozen times or less. The house is vastly over-powered in the spring, summer, and fall. During winter's coldest months, the house maintains itself at 62 degrees without requiring extra heat or power.
The control room houses the batteries that store power from the nine pole-mounted kilowatt PV arrays, as well as the inverters that provide power to the Natural Home and Hobby Barn. The power system consists of dual Xantrex 4048 inverters, providing standard 110 and 220 volt power. There are redundant dual Outback inverters on standby so that power need not be interrupted should any part of the system require servicing. The Retreat's power system is grid-tie enabled. Underground power connects to the 'hobby barn' and can power the entire retreat if desired. The solar barn's systems are web and cell-phone enabled for remote monitoring. The control room also contains a water distiller that automatically uses excess power to distill water for servicing the 24 Rolls batteries.
The Gym |
The gym is 30'x45' with a 30'x15' loft overlooking. The floor has a 1/2" rubber shock pad covered with a non-abrasive sports surface. There is a basketball goal, a climbing wall and wall attachments for volleyball net, a sports equipment storage closet and a yoga wall. The gym is heated in winter by air forced over a radiant coil. The 60'x12' craft and storage space is accessed from the loft overlooking the gym.
The Land |
The 150-acre property is comprised of 14 individual tracts of land with many building sites. Three rights of way provide access across privately maintained roads. Locked gates enhance the privacy and security of the land. The primary access road enters the property through an 800-acre tract of land which is in a private trust and cannot be subdivided. "Meadow Top,” a beautiful 10-acre field, offers a 360 degree view into parts of Madison County, Haywood County, and Eastern Tennessee. To the west is a view of Max Patch, a huge natural bald on the Appalachian Trail. There are no conservation easements on the land.
The Eco System |
The acreage ranges from 3200 feet to almost 4000 feet in elevation and is comprised of numerous micro-climates with north, south, east and west facing slopes and coves. The property is situated in the Southern Appalachian range in what is known as a transitional rain forest. Native plants are abundant in many areas of the Retreat. Ginseng, Solomon's Seal, blue cohosh, and bloodroot are among the numerous edible and medicinal plants identified in the forest. In the spring, the trilliums and ramps carpet the western slopes and delphinium covers the eastern hillsides. The largest wild cherry tree in North Carolina is located on this property at a site known as Cherry Point.
Live Water |
The property offers a variety of live water including a pond with dock, bold mountain streams, small waterfalls, and more than a dozen springs.
The Location |
The Retreat at Meadowtop Farm is located in the Southwest corner of Madison County in Western North Carolina, overlooking Trust, Luck, and the Spring Creek Community. Situated amid the expanse of Pisgah National Forest and near the popular Max Patch stretch of the Appalachian Trail, the retreat is ideally located for total privacy and unsurpassed natural beauty. From this property, its 15 miles to I-40, 18 miles to Lake Junaluska, 22 miles to Waynesville, 30 miles to Hot Springs, and 40 miles to Asheville.
Summary of Features
- Built in 2005
- Approximately 6200 square feet of living space
- 4 bedrooms; 2 kitchens; 4 full baths; 1 half bath
- Decking, structural members, most flooring, cabinets, all trim and the solid cherry front door were harvested and milled on-site
- Earthen plaster walls in the master suite and yoga room were made from all local materials
- 6-zone radiant floor heat system
- Loewen windows
- Non-toxic paints and finishes throughout the house
- Standing seam metal roof
- Solar thermal and solar electric system keep the house entirely self sufficient
The Solar Barn
- Fully equipped high end finishes in kitchen include a six-burner Viking stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, concrete counter tops, large pantry and stainless steel farm sink
- Flooring in kitchen and dining room are Seneca hand-mold tiles
- Maple flooring in the living room
- Vaulted poplar ceilings in the master suite and walk through closet
- Japanese-style soaking tub, double vanity, double shower and private patio in master bath
- Upper level with loft sitting room and two offices that can serve as bedrooms
- Large mud room and laundry room located on the guest level
- Twenty four 8x10 thermal collectors that heat 5,000-gallon super insulated tank which serves as a “thermal battery”
- Generator shed containing two generators
- Control room contains a water distiller for servicing the 24 rolls batteries
- The solar barn’s systems are web and cell-phone enabled for remote monitoring
- Wood fired boiler and wood storage area
- Three car parking area and large gymnasium
- Basketball goal, climbing wall, volleyball net and sports equipment storage
- 30’x45’ Gym with ½’ rubber shock pad covered with non-abrasive sports surface
- 60’x12’ storage room/craft room
- 150 acres
- Numerous building sites
- Acreage ranges from 3200 feet to almost 4000 feet in elevation
- 360 degree views and protected valleys with gentle fields
- Stands of native trees including oak, ash, locust, maple, cherry, birch and white pine
- Extensive orchards, gardens, 4 acres of fenced pasture and miles of hiking trails
- Established vegetable garden, 200+ blueberry bushes, raspberries, strawberries, June berries, goji berries and hundreds of edible plants and herbs
- Numerous native edible and medical plants including ginseng, Solomon’s seal, blue cohosh and bloodroot
- Main garden with raised beds with “solar pods” for growing during the winter months
- Campsite with fire pit and tent pad
- Chicken palace with 16 nesting boxes and overhead storage for supplies and a large water tank above the roost
- Garden shed with work table and processing counter both close to chicken yard and compost bins
- Ideal as a self-sufficient family compound, retreat center, camp or working organic farm
- Proximity to Pisgah National Forest
- Located near the Max Patch segment of the Appalachian Trail
- 15 miles to I-40
- 18 miles to Lake Junaluska
- 22 miles to Waynesville
- 30 miles to Hot Springs
- 40 miles to Asheville
- 46 miles to the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
MLS | North Carolina Mountains MLS 525820
Price | Offered at $2,400,000 SOLD!
Contact | For details, please contact Sheelah Clarkson or Bill May
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