Allen Norwood

HGTV Asheville house is back on the market: $490K

HGTV Urban Oasis house in Asheville
HGTV Urban Oasis house in Asheville

It’s 2,205 miles from Poulsbo, Wa. to Asheville. That’s the online calculator distance. It’s far longer if you drive, or if you fly through out-of-the-way Dallas.

Never mind the cost of gasoline or airline tickets.

Which helps explain why the HGTV Urban Oasis house in Asheville that I wrote about last fall hit the market this week. The winner of the house, Crystal Harriman of Poulsbo, has decided to sell.

Harriman, 32, is a dental assistant. Her name was drawn from almost 43 million entries. She told HGTV: “We had a hard time leaving it when we were in Asheville, but it would be really hard to uproot our children and our life.”

The house, you may remember if you read last fall’s column or if you entered the drawing umpteen times like other Observer readers, was a change of direction for HGTV.

Previous Urban Oasis homes had been updated big-city condos. The 2015 edition was a remodeled bungalow on Russell Street in west Asheville.

When HGTV bought the place early last year, the 1920s house contained three bedrooms and one bath in about 1,000 square feet. After the amazing makeover, it offered two bedrooms and two baths plus a loft in some 1,300 square feet.

The project was designed by Wilson Architects and completed by JAG and Associates Construction. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn created and furnished the interior.

There are lots of cool blues and grays — inside and out — along with horizontal wood planking and an open kitchen with island of rustic repurposed wood.

If you’re an HGTV fan, that look might seem familiar. If so, you have a good eye: Flynn said for last year’s column that he was inspired by the network’s programming, such as “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines. But he said the primary goal was to stay true to the neighborhood and to Asheville.

Flynn gathered some of the furniture and art from local artisans, and the house will be sold fully furnished.

HGTV selected and bought the house with the help of Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty in Asheville, and the same firm has listed the remodeled home for sale.

Mosaic will host two weekends of open houses. The home will be open 1-5 p.m. April 16-17, and the same hours April 23-24. The house is at 17 Russell Street in Asheville.

Priority for viewing the house will be given to those who reserve space. Those who haven’t signed up will be admitted as space allows. To schedule a visit, go to For additional information, contact Mike Figura of Mosaic Realty at (828) 707-9556.

Which brings us, finally, to the price.

Records show that HGTV paid $290,000 for the original house early last year. Zillow’s online home value estimator says the house is now worth about $296,000 – but I’m pretty sure Zillow’s little digital genies haven’t seen the amazing transformation crafted by HGTV.

The house is listed for $490,000. Mosaic will accept sealed bids from potential buyers through April 24.

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