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Arras Condo Guide
From its central location to it’s stunning art deco architecture, the 54-unit Arras (pronounced "Air-us") has become the marquee high-rise building in Downtown Asheville.
Renamed the Kimpton Hotel Arras & Residences, the 190,000 square-foot high-rise building was formerly an office building that was converted to mixed-use development to include a 128-room Kimpton boutique hotel on floors 1-9 and 54 condominiums on levels 10-19 of the building.
The building also includes 2 independent restaurants and retail space. A separate 3-story, parking garage for 60 cars is located on the rear of the property.
The 19-story Arras has 54 units with 8 penthouses. One-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans are available ranging from 700 square feet to up to 2,300 square feet. Penthouse units are the only units with living space spread across two floors. With units priced between $700,000 and over $2,000,000, the Arras is one of the most expensive luxury condo buildings in Asheville. Unit 1807 is the only penthouse unit with a two-story loft floor plan.
The building features many luxury amenities, including a private fitness center, massage room, a private wine room, offices, deeded parking, and climate controlled storage. Residents enjoy a residents-only elevator with keyed access unavailable to Kimpton Hotel guests.
Enjoy spirits and small plates in the lounge at District 42 or mediterranean-inspired fare at Bargello - both located in the Arras and featuring menus designed by Executive Chef Jordan Arace’s. Chef Jordan Arace also offers multi-course private tasting menus in the Arras Wine Cellar for a more intimate dining experience. Chef Jordan Arace is also known for his work at Posana, a contemporary American restaurant and mainstay in downtown Asheville.
The 10th floor of the Arras includes the only units in the Arras that are permitted for short-term rentals within the City of Asheville. There are 10 residences on this floor, ranging from 737 sf to 1028 sf. Each residence has one bedroom and one bathroom. Some floor plan configurations are more amenable to 2 separate sleeping areas than others.
John McKibbon of McKibbon Hospitality worked with Reese Vanderbilt & Associates to breathe life into the former BB&T Building and create the Arras Residences and Kimpton Hotel. This partnership produced a stunning revitalization of the former BB&T building and the first highrise condo project in Asheville. Reese Vanderbilt and Associates are also known for their work on the Charleston Bohemian Hotel and Mountain Brook Bohemian Hotel.
The Arras is prominently located at 7 Patton Ave, right in the heart of Downtown, which is also Asheville’s Central Business District, or CBD. Dine at sidewalk cafes, enjoy unique tapas, grab a slice of pizza, and take a stroll through downtown to experience Asheville’s dynamic mountain arts culture.
The Arras Residences, as well as Kimpton Hotel, have a generous pet policy, allowing residents and guests alike to bring pets. Residents are permitted to have up to 2 pets.
The luxury highrise building features:
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Standard Appointments in Units
Below are some of the standard appointments that were offered by the developer during the initial sale of the units.
Some units in the building have been substantially upgraded.
The Arras’s exclusive luxury amenities provide residents with hotel-like living within Downtown Asheville. The monthly HOA fee covers common amenities and services like concierge, common area, limited access, porter, gas and recreational areas.
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Points of Interest
Get local insights about dining, arts, and music convenient to Arras.
Early Girl Eatery
Early Girl Eatery is a popular locally-owned restaurant known for its brunch options with locations in Downtown Asheville, West Asheville, and North Asheville. Food is local and there are great vegan and vegetarian options.
Tip: If you like spicy foods ask for the habanero sauce on the side. Gets crowded on weekends.
What to order: The pork breakfast bowl or fried chicken and biscuits are staples.
8 Wall Street Asheville, NC 28801. https://earlygirleatery.com/
Pie.Zaa is a relatively new pizza joint on the South Slope, just a short walk from downtown Asheville. Pie.Zaa is serving up big (28 inches to be exact), quality pies. Think “crispy, airy, slightly chewy” - the perfectly oversized New York slice. The best in Asheville.
Tip: These pies are big. If you order, be prepared to share, or have leftovers.
What to order: You can’t go wrong with the classic “roni” pie. It’s a crowd-pleaser.
46 Millard Ave, Asheville, NC 28801. https://piezaapizzaasheville.com/
Mela Indian Restaurant
Mela Indian Restaurant in Downtown Asheville, just a short walk from the Arras. Vegan and gluten free options are available.
Tip: Be sure to add naan to your order - Mela’s bread dough is hand made and prepared in a tandoor oven.
What to order: Try out the butter chicken with some garlic naan.
70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801. melaasheville.com
Woolworth Walk is one of the newest art galleries in Downtown Asheville. Located right off of Haywood Street, Woolworth Walk features dozens of artist booths prominently displaying a variety of works from local makers and creators.
If you’re looking for whimsical art or want a spot where you can grab a quick lunch, Woolworth Walk is worth a stop in Downtown Asheville.
25 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801. https://www.woolworthwalk.com/
This item on the list is a street, not a specific building conveniently located near Arras.
Wall Street is an European feeling, eclectic street with dozens of indoor and outdoor shops featuring a variety of local merchants, makers, artists, and musicians.
Blue Spiral is a sprawling 15,000 square foot gallery space in Asheville featuring some of the area’s most established exceptional makers as well as emerging talent. The gallery includes three floors of space devoted to prominently displaying a variety of works, spanning a broad range of mediums and styles, including photography, sculptures, and paintings.
38 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-3625.
In the Press
Great insights about the building, development, and history.
The Arras Residences and Kimpton Hotel opened in 2019. According to a publication in Citizen Times, “Ahead of its launch, McKibbon said the building needed to be brought up to modern standards.”
As a result, McKibbon took the former BB&T building down to its shell and rebuilt it from the ground up. "We gutted the building all the way to the back," he said. "We tore out all the mechanical, the electrical, the plumbing, everything, except the elevators — they're right in the middle.”
The result was a stunning revitalization of a formerly drab and outdated building in downtown Asheville.
To date, of the owners of condominium units in the Arras, the vast majority have second homes elsewhere. At the time of pre-construction sales, units were selling for between $500,000 to over $2,000,000. Since the development is still only a few years old, a small handful of condo units have been resold to new owners.