Thursday, March 2, 2017

Living tomorrow today. The home of the future is here today and it’s in Charlotte on Rama Road!

With home model names like ReCharge, ReFresh and ReBalance, Chelsea Building Group’s new ReAlta development is unlike anything Charlotte has seen. Located in Charlotte’s newest “it” area MoRa (Monroe Road corridor), ReAlta’s twenty homes (priced in the $475-575k range) combine European design, innovative building materials, unheard of Home Efficiency Ratings Systems (HERS)… Oh and it happens to be Charlotte’s first fully solar community.

Sounds great, right? But what does all of that mean? Well, let me put it in context: The day I toured the model home, solar energy was providing 100%+ of the power needed for the home, and was even sending some back to Duke Energy for a credit to boot! Green is good, and in ReAlta it’s really good. The solar energy systems in the homes are projected to save a ReAlta homeowner thousands of dollars. So while you’re doing good for the environment, you’re also doing good, very good, for you!

Chelsea Building Group has done an amazing job of creating a modern living environment that is both warm and inviting. Whether it’s contemporary, mid-century modern or modern, their homes are all about simplicity and functional design. Homes at ReAlta boast the coolest most sought after design features. Bright open living spaces, extra large windows for more natural light, spa-like bathrooms, and outdoor living spaces that are a seamless connection between the outdoors and indoors, another tenet of modern living. Plenty of room to entertain friends, welcome family, or to just relax at end of a busy day. 

At ReAlta it’s all about being connected. You're not just in your home; your home is part of you! No, it’s not a Vulcan mind meld, but your home does understand you and responds accordingly. With one touch, your home will dim the lights, stream high-resolution music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. How cool is that?? As the team at Chelsea Building Group puts it, “Control4 delivers power and performance on one platform that coordinates the technology in your house into complete experiences—interactions that fit your lifestyle and are easy for your family to enjoy”. 

The Chelsea team also states, ”we believe in making houses that live as well as they look, that are as solid behind the walls as they are beautiful on the outside.”

Ready to see the future, your future… call me at (704) 517-5417 or, and I'll give you a tour of the development. Don't worry, it's OK if you drive your normal terrestrial car!

Article by Mike Gibbons, Broker, Savvy + Co. Real Estate
Photos Courtesy of ReAlta

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wowzers! Sleek, Sexy Post & Beam MCM in Way Cool Burtonwood!

For all your living and entertaining needs!

Nestled on large private lot in Burtonwood, a canopied pocket neighborhood of custom homes on large lots and one of Charlotte’s best kept secrets. This neighborhood is located along the proposed Silver Light Rail Line with two stops very close by. Commuting to Uptown or Mathews will be a breeze! 

This very special home was custom designed and built in 1956 for the Bigg family, owners of the Bigg Camera Business for decades in Charlotte. The current sellers are only the second owners of the home and took great pride in preserving all the mid-century modern details while renovating it. 

The home is set far off from the road offering an expansive front lawn. The low slung profile accented by roman brick, vertical board siding, exposed beams, slate walkway and porch set the tone as you approach the front entrance. Once inside, you are greeted by huge a expanse of glass and vaulted ceilings with exposed beams which grace almost every room in this amazing home. A formal living room with wood burning fireplace is open to the formal dining room with an exposed brick wall. The den, with gas log fireplace, is at the rear of the home and is open to a fabulous, renovated kitchen. A wall of windows highlights the open rail stairs to the lower level.

The kitchen has charcoal modern cabinet fronts with coordinating solid surface counters, stainless steel appliances and a ceramic glass backsplash. The appliances include a 5 burner gas range with hood above, built-in wall oven, dishwasher and side-by-side refrigerator. Added features include an elongated window over the sink area, a breakfast bar, custom pullouts and a pop-up mixer shelf! 

Both the kitchen and dining rooms lead to the light-filled sunroom which makes a great breakfast and reading area, and offers access to the private terrace and hot tub area, plus leads to the double attached carport.

The main level master bedroom has a slider to a private balcony, overlooking the wooded rear yard. It offers a renovated bath with modern tile, frameless glass  shower and floating vanity. There is a walk-in closet, plus another closet. 

A renovated hall bath shines, offering beautiful glass tiles and floating vanity! This bath serves guests as well as the secondary bedrooms on the main level. 

The lower level offers tons of windows in an expansive rec room with a mini-kitchen and access to another terrace and the fenced rear yard. There is also a fourth bedroom and third bath on this level as well as a laundry and storage areas. 

A mid-century modern lovers 2,600+ sf dream home in a urban setting on a private .6+ acre lot long the future Light Rail… all at $350,000. Welcome Home!!!

For more information contact Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent Shonn Ross at

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dive In .... Modern Living on Lake Wylie

Wowza on the water. Modern architecture that takes your breath away - to say nothing of those stunning water views.  7108 Anchorage Lane has quickly become a contemporary icon on Lake Wylie in Tega Cay, South Carolina.  It's curved glass wall wraps across a point and slows all the weekend boaters who stop to study it.  Yet from inside you are above it all - perched over the lake with stunning water views from every room.

The Story:  Modernist enthusiasts Barry and Leigh Whaling, who bought the property in 2011 and — after minor alternations — began building the stunning wood and glass home from architect Harry Schrader’s plans.  Working during the housing bust made construction a breeze. What would normally have been a two-year project was completed in only one. “Materials were delivered on time and contractors were lined up at our door,” Barry recalls. 

Despite its lakeside setting in the Southeast, Barry refers to the style of the house as Mountain Modern. “That’s what I thought when I saw the plans,” he recalls, “Wood and steel, thick walls, huge windows; what you might see in Colorado: A big view house.”

 The kitchen is the heart of the home and you can see the water, the screen porch and the dock from it's primo location.  Outfitted with first class Thermador appliances including a six burner range, double ovens and column refrigeration and freezer.  The huge island is perfect for entertaining with  a party of cooks in the kitchen.  

Fitted with a home theater, a fully equipped gym, boat dock, swimming pool and unique “ping-pong grotto” — all spread over multiple levels and serviced by an elevator — this architectural masterpiece can be full of friends and family and never feel crowded. 



From across the lake summer fireworks from Carowinds light up the evening sky and can be enjoyed from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the open concept living and dining space, as well as
from the screened porch with overhead fans to keep you cool in the summer. Views extend to the outside patio with a fireplace for cozy fall days and down to the pool perched over the lake.

A half-hour drive from your contemporary lodge on the lake is the vibrant city of Charlotte, an exciting urban fusion of professional sports, cultural attractions, festivals, dining and nightlife. From lakeside living to urban adventures, this spectacular house brings it all home.

7108 Anchorage Lane in Tega Cay offers the modern aficionado the opportunity to live in luxury.  This truly is a spectacular home that every member of the family will love and be proud of for years to come.  

This modern home for sale is offered by Lexie Longstreet and Savvy + Co. Real Estate.  You can see more information on this contemporary house and Lake Wylie at .  Private tours are available by calling Lexie at 704-560-4604.  Or you can take your own private 3D tour of the home here.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Modern & Marvelous

Welcome to one of Charlotte’s Premiere and important historic residential properties. This 1954 Modernist home was design by Jack Orr Boyte, a respected Charlotte native architect, who had met and was influenced Frank Lloyd Wright; and this home reflects his style and movement. 1930 Providence Road was originally designed and built for the Neiman family, who owned a prominent Jewelry store on Tryon Street. Ms. Neiman was very involved with many of the “detail” selections that made this home so unique and special then and remain so today. After the death of her husband, she resided in the home until 1996, when she sold it to the current owners. 

Tim and Ron, who just sold the home, were not seriously looking to buy a home and came to see this one on a lark, but upon arrival and touring the home, they quickly decided this was the home they had both dreamed of and set to making it their own. Tim is an architect and both are design enthusiasts, so they knew they wanted to maintain and preserve all of the Modernist details and features that set this home apart. 

While the home has an address of Providence Road, it actually faces Cassamia. The .8 acre lot rises from Providence and the home is nestled on the highest point, giving it a commanding presence. The home sweeps across the beautiful front lawn, it’s low profile exhibiting clean lines accentuated by Roman brick and redwood cedar siding. 

From the long driveway, guests will enter the home from the far right side, where the sunroom and it’s bank of windows is cantilevered creating dramatic effect as one approaches the front porch. The porch is linear and runs with the front of the home defined from the lawns by a multitude of vertical metal rods and gradually rises with apple orchard slate steps to the landing. Here one is greeted with a warmth of textures where the slate floors, stack stone wall, Roman brick, slated wood siding and ceiling, metal poles, obscured corrugated glass sidelight and over sized Mahogany front door, with starburst center door knob, all blend harmoniously. 
Step through the front door and into welcoming foyer which continues the varied textures of the porch. Apple orchard slate floors give rise to a wide floor to ceiling wall of the same glass used in the sidelight, which is used to define the foyer and give separation from the living room. This area is lighted by a starburst chandelier, original to the home. 

Walk around either side of the glass wall into the spacious living room, which features an oversized sliding glass door to the pool terrace and providing wonderful natural light to this area. There is also a floating fireplace offering Georgian pink marble surround. The triangular gas log fireplace is like a sculpture that defines the living and dining spaces, as it is about 5’ tall with large cylinder flues rising from the top to the ceiling. Just beyond it is the gracious dining room offering a wall of glass sliding doors to the dining terrace and pool. The opening of both sets of sliding doors in the Living and Dining areas create amazing flow and allow the indoor and outdoor spaces to interact beautifully, a huge plus for entertaining! This home has hosted over 200 guests at a time, at various special events. 

To the right of the living room is a large yet warm and comforting den, featuring gorgeous walls made of square mahogany panels. The Den also offers a wall of built-in cabinetry and selves and glass and wood framed wall the separates it from the adjoining sunroom. This wall of glass defines the spaces and allows light to filter from one room to the other.  The sunroom, originally the game room, has the same square mahogany paneling and floor to ceiling/wall to wall windows overlooking the trees. 

Off of the dining room through swinging door is the kitchen and breakfast room. The Breakfast room is separated from the kitchen by a counter with storage below and is large and bright due to the expanse ofwindows wrapping two walls. The kitchen is large by today’s standards and was very large in the 1950’s. It is a unique galley style that L’s into the utility and laundry area, all areas naturally lit by a very large bank of windows covering an entire wall.This Kitchen is the original kitchen and has the stove has stood the test of time beautifully. There is a multitude of Geneva metal cabinets that offer many specialized storage needs. The lower ones are topped by the extensive original boomerang counters, still in perfect condition. The refrigerator wall is designed to hold a commercial set of separate refrigerator and freezer. Behind it is the laundry with another sink, perfect hand washing or cutting stems and arranging flowers. Nearby is a cool service bath. Down a hall are additional storage closets, entrance to the basement for great storage and a doorway into the den. Between the breakfast area and kitchen is access to the double carport and outdoor storage, this is at the very far rear of the home. It is designed so a car can pull into the carport then drive through and the drive will circle around lead you back to exit the property. So no backing up is needed! 

Now back to the Foyer and head to the left and up a step to a landing offering a planter and large plate glass window over looking the from lawns, then down the hall to the bedroom wing of the home. Immediately on the left is the guest Powder room, conveniently close by but tucked away from the living spaces. This bathroom is all original, and is in like new condition. So much personality with the retro sink and slant back cabinetry, the bronze tone ceramic tile and the harlequin wallpaper.  On down the hallway is an abundance of closets for storage needs…coat closet, cedar lined closet, large linen closet, and a luggage storage closet. The closets along the exterior wall all have windows for natural ventilation. On the right side of this hallway are two secondary bedrooms, both ample and offer good closet space and expansive windows overlooking the pool. The second bedroom is slightly larger and offers a built-in dressing table. In between is a Jack-n-Jill bath, an original large “Pretty in Pink” bath offering an oversized vanity with slant back cabinets beneath, a center retro sink and mirror with windows on either side which overlook the pool. This bath has a “Hollywood” tub/shower combination, that would make Marilyn Monroe smile. At the end of the hall is an open area with another large glass plate window overlooking the front lawn and acts as it’s own foyer to the Master Suite. 

The Master is very gracious and has two walls full of windows, one of which also offers wonderful views of the terraces and pool. There is also a built-in dressing table here as well as a large walk-in closet with a hidden safe (for all of Ms. Neiman’s jewelry) and a private bath. The master bath is again all original and in mint condition. It has long vanity with two retro sinks atop of a slant back beautiful wood cabinet and transom windows above the mirror. There is an large walk-in shower with multiple body sprays, yes!- Original to this home. This bathroom is wrapped in soothing teal and gray tile. 

Heading outside from either the living or dining rooms, you step out onto the apple orchard slate terrace, which steps down to another terrace with surrounds the stunning pool. on the far side of the pool is a raised circular terrace also topped with the same slate. the gas heated pool was built in 2007 and is 12x42, a concrete and plaster construction that runs 3-6 feet deep with 12” wide seating steps at one end and a fountain in shallow sitting area with 6’ tile wall at the other end. In between the fountain area and the swimming area is a stepping stone bridge that leads to the far side of the pool. The walls, terraces, pool and landscaping truly make this a stunning environment to enjoy alone or with family and friends. 

There are so many special little details of this home to enjoy, the original light fixtures, the pull-out hanging rods in all the bedrooms and laundry, built-in clock in the kitchen, built-in speakers for surround sound, irrigation system for the lawn, dual HVAC systems….and more. There are hardwood floors throughout the home, except cork in the Sunroom, and ceramic tile in the kitchen/breakfast/laundry and baths. 
And then there is the location, so convenient to most anything in Charlotte, with plenty of shops, restaurants, entertainment, country club, churches, hospitals, library, museums, parks and more within a mile or two, and Uptown is just minutes away! Wonderful public and private schools are nearby. 

This home sold in just one day, but we wanted to share it's history and photos with you all. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wonderful Contemporary on the Fairway

The fairway at your doorstep!   This contemporary home was designed by noted Charlotte architect, Murray Whisnant in 1979.  Custom built on a dream lot overlooking the 10th fairway at Carmel Country Club's South Course this is a "modern" golfer's dream.  So much privacy yet so much light!  Walls of windows in every direction,  set in a cluster of treed privacy, give this golf course home a unique perspective.  In a nod to the California homes along the Malibu shoreline, this homes street view is understated, and inside the front door you
find the "WOW".

The timber beams are dramatic set against the skylights and glass doors.

Just one of several out door spaces. This rear deck looks out over the golf course.
Secluded privacy.

The main bedroom features a wall of windows that look out to another private patio.  There is also a yoga room just off it.
Inside the home has several levels that allow family members to have some privacy but still be a part of the action if they want.  The library is open at the vaulted ceiling to the upstairs hall.  So cozy with it's walls of bookshelves and fireplace.                                                                                                                                                 

Located in the convenient Carmel Estates neighborhood between Ballantyne and Southpark. Besides being able to walk right out your door onto the golf course, you can also walk to Charlotte Country Day Middle School Campus.  (no more shuffling the kids to and from).   

The owners of 5810 Masters Court have done numerous upgrades since they acquired the home.  The most dramatic of which may have been the master bedroom addition of a yoga room (aka home office…if you are a workaholic) and master bath and closet addition.  The closet features a automatic Carousel.   They also re-designed the kitchen adding a Wolf range and large chef's pantry.  

The outside of the house was renovated with hardi-plank siding so it's very low maintenance.  The hardscape has had tens of thousands of dollars spent with a new concrete pavers and landscaping.  The roof has also been replaced in the last few years.   To have a tour of this home call Perrin Morse with Savvy + Co. Real Estate.  Perrin specializes in Modern homes in and around Charlotte!!  

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Swinging Pad in Country Club

Location, Location, Location + Style

Longing for a cool house in a awesome neighborhood?  Here it is.     3129 Ventosa has long been coveted by mid-century modern lovers and now is your chance to snag it!    This three bedroom ranch has two large living spaces and two remodeled bathrooms.  The kitchen was also renovated with concrete countertops.   

There is a front covered patio too. 

You'll love the matching two car garage, which is as rare a find as a MCM in town!   

Clerestory windows complement a wall of windows to fill the living room with light.  
Wideplank maple floors will look great with your vintage treasures. 

The second hang out room where the fireplace vetures a slate hearth and supercool brick work.

 Both baths have been updated!

Slab cabinets and concrete countertops.