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Asheville Urban Nest - Luxurious Retreat in the Heart of Downtown Asheville

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Extra Twin Bed (Sleeps 4-5), spacious, central hvac

Check our reviews from 11 years of hosting guests. Stay in luxurious accommodations in this downtown Asheville tastefully renovated loft - your home away from home. Everything you could need for your vacation is here: a fully equipped modern kitchen, dining area, comfortable plush queen bed in one bedroom, queen-size sleeper sofa in living room with memory foam mattress, twin bed in second very small room, washer and dryer, 1 40" smart TV in bedroom, 1 48" flat panel TV in living room, Satellite, DVD player, Iphone dock/stereo, air conditioning, and a large window seat overlooking downtown. See our video on our website for more info:

This condo was renovated in early 2005 and is on the third floor of an historic building that is in the center of downtown. Walk to all of the unique locally owned shops, art galleries, delicious restaurants, theaters, the Fine Art cinema, Pack Place and the Orange Peel for a concert. Most of Asheville's festivals start at Pack Place, and that is one block away. Park your car in the deck across the street and leave it there! Watch the Christmas Parade go by from the window and take the elevator to the first floor for a first class dining experience at the Lobster Trap, where they fly in Maine lobsters daily. If you don't feel like venturing out, help yourself to the honor wine bar in the kitchen and order up some dinner or appetizers from the Lobster Trap. If you are interested in experiencing what downtown Asheville is all about, you will not find a better location. We have a private yoga instructor and massage therapist who you can make an appointment with to come to the 'nest' while you are staying with us.

This oasis in the middle of downtown is perfect for those who want a comfortable place to relax in and use as a home away from home, a base for their downtown Asheville explorations. Mature adults only--not a place for college students to come and party.

The kitchen is fully equipped to cook wonderful meals from local ingredients you pick up at the local tailgate markets downtown on Saturdays and Wednesdays, though with so many wonderful restaurants nearby, you may opt out of cooking altogether. Asheville was chosen by Fodor's as the #1 travel destination in the world! Asheville has become known for it's many locally brewed beers, creative restaurants that use locally grown ingredients, and of course for their arts and crafts communities. Within walking distance are several wine stores, an artisan cheese store, bakeries, every type of restaurant, movie theater and music venues.

If you like the outdoors, you will find endless opportunities within an hour of downtown - hiking, mountain biking, running, ziplining, rock climbing, snow skiing, etc. See our website to hear about our favorites picnic spots and hikes nearby. Find out why so many people are moving here! If you are one of those, we proudly recommend two realtors to drive you around to see what you like.

Parking options for your car, if you bring one, are in the public lots across from the condo (the Rankin Deck and the Civic Center lot), and there are meters on both sides of the building. Parking is free the first hour in the decks and $1/hour after that, with a max of $10 for 24 hours. Meters are free after 6pm and all day on Sundays and holidays.

Our newest 'baby', Drover's Way, is just down the street from the Urban Nest. Ask us about it if the Nest is booked.

The address of the Urban Nest is 51 College St. between Lexington and Haywood St.

Keywords: Condominium, downtown

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Lynne Harty (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

About Lynne Harty

Lynne Harty, local artist/photographer with her husband, Steve Cohen, an artist's manager. Lynne and Steve are happy to help you plan your outdoor adventures, steer you to their favorite restaurants, or stock the kitchen with items for your arrival. Just ask. They both work downtown around the corner from the condo so you can always stop by with any questions.

Lynne and Steve love to hike and explore the area around Asheville, and are happy to share their enthusiasm. They are also very involved in the Asheville art and music community so they are a good resource for your explorations. As Asheville is a foodie haven, they do their best to keep their guests up to date on new restaurants, which is a big job these days! They just added the 'Glad to Have You' app which has recommendations on everything from Lynne's favorite women's clothing store to their favorite spot for a glass of wine.

Lynne Harty purchased this condo in 2004

Why Lynne Harty chose Asheville

You can't find a better location in downtown Asheville nor more accommodating hosts, as we've been doing this for 9 years. We love to spend the night in the condo on nights when we are going to a show at the Orange Peel, or when we just want to be able to leave the car behind after a night on the town! I've furnished the condo to feel like a quiet home away from home with everything you need. Often we'll take the elevator down to the Lobster Trap to have a quiet dinner or glass of wine (or even ask them to bring appetizers to our condo for us!). We love the old brick wall in the living room, the funky nature of our old building, and that we have a tree outside our window despite living downtown. It's a very comfortable space.

What makes this condo unique

The condo is a quiet place to stay and sleep despite being in the heart of downtown Asheville. I have wireless internet which makes it easy to work in as well. Many people have used the condo as a retreat. We offer Pharmacopia natural bath products and use green cleaning products. Spa Theology, a day spa next door, will provide in room massage if requested. Also the Lobster Trap on the first floor will deliver their delicious meals to the condo if requested (though it's fun to sit at their bar and enjoy their beer and fresh oysters while listening to live acoustic music). You really won't need a car when staying at our condo as you can walk everywhere in downtown Asheville.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We arrived in Asheville on the day of a snowstorm! Who knew Asheville has little snow and "rolls up the sidewalk" when it arrives. We still managed to be well fed, and certainly enjoyed the delights of this wonderful apartment. Our great joy was seeing the snow dusted fruit of the sweet gum tree outside our window!
Jan 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Asheville Urban Nest - Luxurious Retreat in the Heart of Downtown Asheville
average rating of 4.9733334 based on 156 reviews
Lewisburg, WV

Great Place

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week in this condo for our anniversary and we loved every minute. It is very clean, well decorated, and in the best location! We had our 3.5 month old son and it was very quiet and close for times when he needed to rest! Great for walking around the downtown area and within driving distance to all area locations. We will definitely use this place again the next time we get a chance to visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laura, Please come again and tell your friends!! Lynne
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Wonderful apartment!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, comfortable and central to everything. My mother and I enjoyed our stay. We could walk to dinner every night. Neighborhood felt very safe. The apartment is stylishly designed and decorated. We would definitely stay here again. Asheville is amazing.

As a wine drinker I was slightly disappointed there was only one wine glass. That's a very small complaint.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Megan - I'm glad that you found the Nest to be a good launching spot for the trip with your mother. Glasses do get broken and need to be replaced so thanks for pointing that out (though I found 3 there) - we will replenish right away.
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Asheville Urban Nest, College Street, Asheville, NC

  • 5 of 5

Asheville Urban Nest (51 College Street, Asheville, NC) : We three adults stayed 3 nights (8/5/16 to 8/8/16) in this elevator building (asked for 3 access keys but was provided with 2 keys). This 2-bedroom apartment is in a very convenient location for exploring the Asheville business center with all the charming shops and restaurants, very walkable. We parked in the Rankin Street Parking Deck every night ($10.00 per 24 hours). The apartment has a College Street entrance where we easily obtained the access keys, as instructed, and found the apt. clean and in order - everything worked; however, the only negative for our 3-night weekend stay was the Patton Ave. street noise (music, people, cars) coming through the living room window. Otherwise, it was quiet in the bedrooms and we slept well. I liked the mugs for morning coffee (real coffee mugs, not the dainty tea cups which some apts. provide). There was a notebook filled with plenty of information regarding Asheville restaurants, shops, etc., which is always good to have. Sarah, the Owner's Assistant, was pleasant to work with and we were provided with telephone numbers and email addresses in case of any emergency (which is reassuring to have). There is an option to use the wine bottles already provided in the apt. and we left $15.00 cash on the counter for one bottle of wine, as instructed (this is a good alternative to walking around trying to find a wine shoppe). I would stay at this apartment again on another trip. Thank you, Sarah.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Judith , thanks for your thorough review. I'm glad you all enjoyed your stay at the urban Nest. I'm sorry we didn't have at third set of keys for you guys - we couldn't get our hands on that extra set without giving up the emergency keys at that moment and thought you could use the lockbox as extra pretty easily ( our keys have to be made by a locksmith onsite so are not easily copied). Sorry if that was an inconvenience. I am glad you had a fun time in Asheville and hope you can come again.
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Fantastic location!!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the comfy Urban Nest. Within walking distance to places to eat, grab coffee, breweries, and one-of-a-kind shops. We love the downtown area!! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you all had so much fun - please come again!
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June 2016 at the Urban Nest

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Right in the middle of Asheville with shops and restaurants even closer than what I anticipated. We did have a challenge with the sofa bed on our first night and after contacting Lynne the next morning, she took the initiative to have a new sofa bed in house for us that afternoon. Everything else was as advertised and it made for a great 3 days.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jeffrey - I am so glad we were able to replace that sofa bed right away. I appreciate my guests letting me know when things need to be rectified - we think the new sofa bed is a big improvement! I hope you can come stay with us again soon. Lynne
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Great Location/Nicely Furnished

  • 5 of 5

Great location, clean and nicely furnished. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
I 240
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tupelo Honey, Lobster Trap, Table, Early Girl
Car: not necessary

Central location in the heart of downtown Asheville - walk to restaurants, music venues, Civic Center, Diana Wortham, Asheville Art Museum and many shops and restaurants. Parking is $10/24 hours in the Rankin Street public parking garage or Civic Center Parking just past the Rankin deck. Meters are free on Sundays and daily after 6pm


Rates & Availability

Asheville Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer/Fall 2016
May 26 2016 - Oct 12 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Leaf Season
Oct 13 2016 - Nov 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall
Nov 3 2016 - Nov 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Between Holidays
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Years 2015
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Spring/Summer 2017
Mar 16 2017 - Sep 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Sep 7 2017 - Sep 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.0%

Two night rentals available on a last minute basis, the week of your desired dates. $ Pets are not allowed ever, no exceptions. No smoking anywhere in the building. Must be over 25 years of age unless permission is received by owner as exception. A $200 security deposit is refunded within 7 days of checkout.

Cancellation: Refunds will be made for reservations cancelled more than 30 days in advance, minus a $75 service fee. No refunds will be made for reservations cancelled within 30 days of the check-in date. HomeAway and VRBO service fees are non-refundable (we have no control over this). We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance from a third party to protect yourself in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Asheville Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tile, hardwoods, plush white towels, shampoo, lovely soaps. Washer and dryer in bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Small middle room - 1 twin/ single , This room is small but has a twin bed in it with privacy
    Bedroom - 1 queen , Memory Foam topped mattress
    Living Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed pulls out to queen size bed with memory foam mattre
  • Queen size Beds (1) memory foam topper on mattress, alarm clock, TV, armoire, hanging space and drawers. (1) Twin in small middle room.
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • whitewater rafting
We have a wine rack over the refrigerator that you can purchase wine from for $15/bottle.

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