Enjoy the peaceful serenity of this unique off-the-grid home 3,800 feet up Ivy Knob just north of Asheville in Western North Carolina. Wrap around deck and lofty windows offer views of surrounding mountains and forest.Set on 41 acres with private mountain trails and streams and surrounded on three sides by the Pisgah National Forest. The property rises sharply to the north through hardwood forest. To the east is Ivy Knob and to the south you can see Big Butt Mountain through the treetops. Facing west, across the stream in the deep ravine beside the deck, are the large hardwoods of the national forest.
Listen to the breeze through the trees and the brook falling over rocks from your bedroom or while enjoying a glass of wine on the deck.Watch the moon rise in the skylight amid the natural pine posts and beams of this solar-powered timber-frame (post-and-beam) home.
Located a few miles east of Barnardsville, which is on Highway 197 about 20 miles north northeast of Asheville in western North Carolina. Just 25 minutes from Asheville and even closer to great golf, Weaverville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the charming college town of Mars Hill. Asheville is a vibrant, diverse community noted for arts and crafts, music, and folk culture.
Complete kitchen, microwave, washer/dryer, telephone with credit-card (800) long distance access, 3mbs wireless DSL Internet, satellite TV with CD, DVD and VHS in the living room and a second TV in the basement bedroom with satellite and VHS. An initial supply of soap and paper products sufficient for a few days. Books, games and movies for children and adults. The deck is 12 feet wide and wraps around three sides of the house with chairs, tables, and several riding toys for small children. The Jotul wood stove has a generous viewing window for the ambience of a fireplace with the efficiency of an excellent wood stove. Firewood is provided. The floors have radiant heat for cozy, foot-friendly winter warmth.
The master bedroom on the main floor has a queen size bed. The upstairs bedroom has a king and a twin. The daylight basement bedroom has a queen and a twin. The loft, which is a balcony area overlooking the living area, has a couch that unfolds into a comfortable double futon.
Here is your chance to try off-the-grid living without serious hardship. The home is completely off the commercial power grid; the power lines do not even come that far up the mountain. Standard 120 volt AC is supplied via an inverter from a battery bank of 16 deep-cycle six volt batteries arrayed into a 48 volt DC system. Power to charge the batteries comes from three sources: solar, mini-hydro, and a backup generator. Primary power comes from two 1,200 watt solar panel arrays. The secondary source is a mini-hydro unit which is installed at the home of our daughter a little way down the mountain. The hydro unit runs 24/7 and for much of the day it produces more power than is needed for her home, so the excess is sent up the mountain to our system. Backup power comes from a quiet, highly reliable, propane-powered, 15 kilowatt, water-cooled, low (1,800) rpm, 2007 model Kohler generator. The system has proven to be much more reliable than commercial power usually is this far out in the mountains, since it is unaffected by the thunderstorms that often interrupt commercial power. The only disadvantage is that the primary and secondary power sources can generate only a limited amount of power for continuous use. The use of electric stoves, ovens, and air conditioners is not feasible at all, and prolonged use of smaller heat-producing appliances like toasters and hair dryers will cause the generator to kick on. We make a kind of game of it. We watch the battery voltage and conserve if it is getting low. If we hear the backup generator come on, we've lost the game. It's not a big deal, though. If you really need to dry your hair then go ahead and do so. We use LP gas to cook, dry clothes, and heat water for household use and for the radiant-heat floors in the winter.
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