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Daily Dream Home: The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

Daily Dream Home: The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

This custom estate in the gated golf community of The Cliffs at Walnut Cove in Arden, North Carolina was designed by Christopher Rose and built by Tyner Construction.

The home is infused with exceptional features inspired by the owners’ passion for art and nature. Homeowners Sharon Ritchey, a respected financial services executive, and Julia Fosson, a local, encaustic artist, endeavored to create a home that nurtures the heart and emboldens the mind.

The gourmet kitchen is crafted with Studio 26 cabinetry, granite countertops, and Thermador Beyond Luxury/Bosch appliances. The pantry functions as a second kitchen, with full refrigerator, sink and bottle wine fridge. A walnut bar top was hand-selected and crafted by a local artisan.

The result was a one-of-a-kind retreat that blends indoor-outdoor living and the finest finishes.

From a custom-designed rock wall with fireplace and hand-scraped engineered walnut flooring to a barrel-vaulted cedar ceiling and temperature-controlled, 600-bottle wine cellar, every aspect of the home is a true work of art.


The main level showcases a spacious great room with mountain views to the west, and doors that open to an expansive outdoor living area.

The octagonal master bedroom is designed with an 18-foot vaulted ceiling and accented with timber beams.

The spa-like master bath features radiant floor heating, a large walk-in shower with waterfall shower head and a custom-designed teak vanity.

Outdoor living is highlighted by a 1,600-square-foot covered porch and several uncovered entertaining areas. Additional open-air appointments include a stone water feature, gas fireplaces, a gas grill and Ipe decking.

A connection bridge and walkway lead to the art studio with half bath, situated atop of a two-car garage with Tesla charging station. The Cliffs at Walnut Cove offers luxurious amenities: a clubhouse, dining, pool, fitness center, golf course, tennis courts and walking trails. The private mountain community is less than 14 miles from downtown Asheville.

The residence is listed for $3.1 million and is marketed exclusively by Molly McNichols of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Asheville office.