Olivette Model Home Earns 2017 Parade of Homes Viewer’s Choice Award

Thanks to the enthusiastic support of visitors who participated in this year’s Parade of Homes, The Broadview, built by Christopher Fox, located at Olivette Riverside Community & Farm, in Alexander, NC, was voted Visitor’s Choice at this popular event, sponsored by the Asheville Home Builders Association. A group of building industry professionals from across the Carolinas were chosen to judge the homes built by Asheville Home Builder Members, to which awards were given for Craftsmanship, Special Awards Categories, Viewer’s Choice, and more. 

Reflecting the vision of this innovative new agrihood, every aspect of The Broadview’s design focuses on sustainable living, access to nature, and connections to neighbors. Overlooking the French Broad River just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, NC, The Broadview is the first of 21 homes to be built in the Riverside Hamlet at Olivette Riverside Community.

The Broadview was the creative collaboration of builder Christopher Fox, architect Michael McDonough, developer Scott Austin, and designer Allison Smith. Fox calls this group a Dream Team. “I feel so fortunate to work with these talented peers and to be part of the launching of Olivette,” Fox explains. “The Broadview exemplifies Olivette’s commitment to building beautiful homes that have a minimal footprint on the environment. We want all the homes to be great looking, energy efficient, and healthy to live in. With the range of designs available, you won’t have to sacrifice design and craftsmanship based on price point.”

To date, more than a dozen homes in Phase One at the Riverside and Rivercrest locations are either under contract, under construction, nearly completed, in architectural review, or move-in ready.

Olivette is home to a fully operational organic vegetable, fruit, and flower farm. The 346-acre agrihood community also provides seven-acres of riverfront beach, a large private river island, miles of interior walking trails, community gardens, a pavilion and a re-circle amphitheater, Little Free Libraries, a bike-sharing program, and fiber-to-home broadband internet access.

Special Features of the Broadview

•      Sweeping river views and direct river access

•      3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths in 2,448 SF

•      Open concept age-in-place design with master and laundry on main

•      Geothermal heating and cooling in HERS-rated house

•      Chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry and deluxe finishes throughout

•      Metal roof with wood siding

•      Architectural porch and deck with low-maintenance native landscape

Christopher Fox is a licensed North Carolina General Contractor with 20 years construction experience in Western NC. His hands-on project management grew from his early experiences as a carpenter during college summers on full-scale framing and log home construction. Along the way he managed the construction of custom homes at Biltmore Lake, Cedar Rock, and The Ramble for Biltmore Farms. For three years, he was recognized as Asheville’s exclusive designee in the Southern Living® Custom Builder Program. For more about Fox and his team visit: http://christopherfoxbuilders.com

A long-standing tradition in the Asheville area, the annual Parade of Homes provides consumers with an array of beautiful new construction, innovative technology, and the latest in building design over two weekends each October.

The Asheville Home Builders Association is an advocate for the homebuilding industry and a resource for the community since 1966. Its mission is to educate and support AHBA members, contribute to the community, and represent the legislative interests of the local building industry. Affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and the North Carolina Home Builders Association, the Asheville HBA (www.ashevillehba.com) represents more than 650 building professionals in the community.


[Photo courtesy of Patrick Olin]

Allison Smith