WAY BACK in the Summer of 2007 HGTV's House Hunters' crew flew in to Asheville, NC to videotape the story of a couple (our clients) and their search for a green home.
The couple ended up deciding to purchase an older home, and then to retrofit it to their own eco-specifications...It would be "Ultra-Green".
In the meantime, the producers at the HGTV House HuntersShow had been planning ahead. They had their own hunt going on. As a result of their efforts, HGTV found us and began taping for a Green Week segment to be aired in 2009!
Seems like a long, long time since we met up with the folks from HGTV.
So much has happened in the housing market since 2007, but Asheville's green-built homesand retrofits continue to be in strong demand here in Asheville. Asheville is one of the Lucky 7 real estate markets where properties continue to appreciate. Our green real estate market is growing each year.
And now GREEN WEEK, 2009 is about to unfold.... Yes!
We all are very excited to see the segment the HGTV crew videotaped in our offices(see photo) and on location at the couple's "new" home here in Asheville as the green retrofit project evolved throughout 2008.
HERE is YOUR invitation to join the viewing with us next week.
Green Week Air Date and Time: Wednesday, April 22nd, 9:00PM EST.
Back Story- HOW HGTV FOUND US HERE IN ASHEVILLE, NC
Active Rain Colleagues, you may be interested in how HGTV found us. They contacted us after reading a number of posts to the ECO-All-Stars Group posted on my BLOG right here at Active Rain.
THANKS Active Rain! Here's a big Green Thumbs Up for you.
The HGTV crew noted that there is huge audience interest in sustainable design, green building and retrofitting, our market niche at Eco-Steward Realty. In fact, our real estate firm decided years ago to add our support to Asheville's "New Urbanist" Plan. The Plan calls for business and property owners on Haywood Road (just across the street from our offices seen in the photo here) to create a development pattern along Haywood.
As ECO real estate professionals we are interested in avoiding urban sprawl. We advocate compact, transit-oriented, walkable, bicycle-friendly land use, including mixed-use development. Our neighborhood, Lucerne Park, is an awesome, diverse neighborhood with historical charm.
The Eco-Steward Firm invested in our 1923 brick bungalow (see photo) because we find the neighborhood not only charming, but convenient (transit-oriented, walkable, bicycle-friendly.)
The building itself is a ‘work in progress", but is about 90% restored. We have
1) replaced all light bulbs throughout the entire building with compact fluorescents
2) are proud of our non-toxic flooring throughout...gorgeous old hardwoods and, in the kitchen, marmoleum
3 have used non-toxic paints
4) are beginning to replace all the windows with energy efficient windows
We recycle, of course. No chemicals are used on our lot. We hope to have an organic garden next year.
We are a resource center. Our building not only is a lovely place to meet our clients, but is a place where we have the opportunity to give back to the community-
We support local artists... If/when you come to Asheville and visit our offices, you will notice the nature photography,pottery, and wall art. Our coffee cups are the work of a local potter. We are proud to be a contributing member of the Asheville community...neighborhood meetings and educational events have taken place here.
We offer objective fiduciary counsel and act in tandem with ecologists, land planners, green developers, architects, builders and so forth. . ..
The HGTV shoot was a good time...
It is going to be fun to see how all this plays out next week.!!
We hope you will put this on your calendar and tune in:
Green Week Air Date and Time: Wednesday, April 22nd, 9:00PM EST...and let us know what you think!
THANKS AGAIN ACTIVE RAIN!
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