Monday, December 14, 2015

Live at M R Gardens – A farm within the city

I'm seeking tenants for a recently renovated 3-bedroom 2-bath rental house in the Oakley community of Asheville, N.C. It is part of M R Gardens, a 2.5+ acre educational farm/sustainable nursery just two minutes from the I-240 exit 8.

Stone wall and picket fence surround the rental house

I'm looking for any reliable renter who will care for this special place. But this residence may be particularly suited for…
*Handy people/carpenters interested in gaining skills in green building and permaculture techniques;
*Holistic health practitioners wanting to incorporate therapeutic gardening and herbalism in their practices;
*Aspiring horticulturists hoping to participate in the production of sustainable plants;
*Beginner gardeners excited about helping transform the landscape into an edible/native yard;
*Or any others who want to contribute to the evolving vision of M R Gardens, a resource for edible landscaping and urban homesteaders. I'm open to your ideas.

Your next door neighbor - a passive solar greenhouse to produce seedlings for a sustainable plant nursery
The rent is $1,500 a month plus utilities. There are plenty of opportunities for farm work in exchange for fresh produce, medicinal herbs and education.

The 3-bedroom, 2-bath residence, with a living room and extra den, could be turned into a four bedroom. The 1,334-square-foot brick house sits up on a stone wall platform, which lends beautiful sunset views, especially in the winter. A spacious kitchen overlooks the mountains and gardens, and the cozy den has a wood-burning stove insert. Recent renovations include refinished hardwood floors, new vinyl flooring in one bathroom, new laminate flooring in the den, newly painted walls, cleaned duct system, new appliances, roof insulation and new metal roof. Oil or biofuels heat the home. The house has ample closet space, a back porch with washer/dryer hookups, and a covered patio overlooking an attractive passive solar greenhouse next door. The renters may have access to some land and a fire pit. One small pet will be considered. No dogs over 20 pounds please. The renters shouldn't mind me frequently on the grounds to redo the landscaping.

Email me (Megan) at or call 828.333.4151 to set up an appointment to view the property. In the message, tell me why you're interested in the house and who would be living with you.

Front living room
Kitchen with new appliances
View from kitchen window
Back den with fireplace insert, could be 4th bedroom
Master bedroom with bathroom
Two more bedrooms
New vinyl floor in main bathroom
View from Onteora Blvd.
Back patio and laundry room
Chestnut trees
Soon to be natives garden in the side yard
Back patio overhang
View of farm from back patio
Fire pit
Fish pond
Renter may have access to some land
Your landlord's vegetable garden next door to you
M R Gardens greenhouse at sunset

I hope to hear from you!