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Saywer Motor Building Condo Guide
From its prime location to its industrial architecture and luxury amenities, the Sawyer Motor Building stands out among downtown Asheville’s countless luxury condos. Construction on the building was completed in 1928 after which the building served as a glamorous automobile showroom up until the great depression. By 2001, developers had seen great potential in the building’s huge, open interior spaces and converted them into 23 condominium units.
Besides living in the center of Asheville’s thriving downtown community, residents of the Sawyer Building have access to a broad range of amenities. These include stunning views of the Asheville skyline, secure parking within the building, and much more.
Here are some of the buildings key features:
The Sawyer Motor Building’s units come in a variety of sizes ranging from 1450 square foot 2-bedroom, 2-bath units to 760 square foot 1-bedroom units. As such, residents can choose the size and configuration that best fits their specific needs. The huge windows from back in the building’s showroom days allow in plenty of natural light while offering spectacular views of the bustling downtown scene. Contemporary open floor plans combine with historic heart pine floors and steel beams to create spaces that are truly hard to replicate.
Its location on Coxe and Hilliard Avenues places the Sawyer Motor Building within Asheville’s Central Business District. Residents don’t have to walk longer than five minutes to dine and drink at some of the most acclaimed bars, restaurants, and microbreweries downtown has to offer. What’s more, shoppers can conveniently access several locally-owned stores without traveling far from their homes.
This condominium building’s flexible pet-friendly policies have made it popular with owners. Residents are not required to pay any extra charges like a pet deposit or a pet monthly rent.
The Sawyer Building is one of only a handful of industrial-style condos in Asheville. Originally an automobile showroom and service facility, this historic building is a four-story, steel frame and reinforced concrete building sheathed in brick. The building also features steel beams and glass block light wells.
The Sawyer Motor Building boasts an extensive array of luxury amenities including a secure formal entrance lobby, trash chutes on every floor, Jacuzzi tubs, and garage parking inside the building. Residents also can access a roof-top patio to enjoy endless views of the stunning Western mountains and the Asheville skyline.
Sawyer Motor Building features:
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Standard Appointments in Units
Below are some of the standard appointments, with some units being substantially upgraded at the time of construction or after.
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Points of Interest
The Sawyer Motor Building is within walking distance from renowned locally-owned restaurants, taverns, and micro-breweries. From tasty craft beers to healthy Hawaiian cuisine to authentic Southern fare, Sawyer Motor Building residents enjoy a broad range of dining and drinking choices.
Yum Sushi Burrito & Poke
A stone’s throw away from the Sawyer Motor Building, Yum Sushi Burrito & Poke is the go-to for lovers of Hawaiian cuisine. With a special focus on Poke, this establishment prides itself in using only the freshest, reasonably sourced ingredients. Their menu features healthy, tasty, and affordable dishes that are suited to any dietary requirements.
Tip: Because most of their dishes are incredibly fast, this is the ideal take-out joint if you find yourself pressed for time.
What to Order: You can’t go wrong with their marinade tuna and salmon. The ingredients are always super fresh and the portions are a good size.
45 Asheland Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, United States http://www.yumpokespot.com/menu/
Hi-Wire – South Slope
Hi-Wire Brewing first opened its doors to customers back in 2013. Its journey started at its 2700 square foot location just two minutes from the Sawyer Motor Building in Asheville’s South Slope Brewery District. Hi-Wire South Slope serves up award-winning wild and sour ales in a comfy seating area.
Tip: You might have to wait a little longer than usual before being served as they are currently only operating at half capacity.
What to Order: If you are a stout head, try out some of their specialty dark beers. Their Sir Charles Imperial Stout is a great starting point.
197 Hilliard Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, United States http://www.hiwirebrewing.com/
The Blackbird Restaurant
Located on Biltmore Avenue just 550m away from the Sawyer Motor Building, this restaurant offers eclectic Southern cuisine in modern spaces. From Po’Boy sandwich to Lamb Cottage Pie, their menu offerings are intended to satisfy each palate. What’s more, guests at The Black Bird Restaurant get to pair their delicious meals with a glass of delectable wine, local micro-brews, or specialty cocktails.
Tip: This is a great choice if you’re ever on the lookout for a relaxed setting to enjoy a tasty brunch.
What to Order: The shrimp and grits are a favorite menu item among downtown locals.
125 W Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503, United States https://www.theblackbirdrestaurantnc.com/
The Orange Peel
The Orange Peel has been an Asheville institution since its reincarnation in 2002. While this intimate venue only holds 1,100 guests, you can get tickets to plenty of well-known artists, comedians, cover bands and fundraisers. Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Dylan and Blondie are just a few of the acts that have performed there.
Tip: A $99 annual fee gets you membership to the Orange Peel Insiders Fan Club, where you can skip the line to get in, get free swag and other cool privileges. And if beer doesn’t suit you, visit PULP, a full bar located in the basement.
101 Biltmore Ave. Asheville, NC 28801; https://theorangepeel.net/
The lounge is the ideal spot for art hobbyists and buffs alike. DIYers are welcome too. Just be sure to make a reservation beforehand to avoid any inconveniences.
Check out their Instagram for upcoming events.
Located 0.1 miles from the Sawyer Motor Building, Blue Spiral 1 was opened on New Year’s Eve of 1990 by founder, John Cram. From its humble beginnings, this 15000 square foot, the 3-story art gallery is now achieving John’s dream of creating a home for both emerging talents and established artists. The works on display span across various disciplines and include sculptures, paintings, photography, and more.
38 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, United States http://www.bluespiral1.com/
American Folk Art & Framing
This locally-owned establishment is not your typical custom picture frame shop. Opening their doors back in May 2001, American Folk Art & Framing originally represented a handful of artists and potters. However, through their love for contemporary Southern folk art, American Folk has grown exponentially over the decades. Presently, they feature works from over 40 nationally acclaimed artists across various art forms including painters, potters, sculptors, and mixed-media artists. This is the place to be if you’re looking to get a taste of downtown’s dynamic art scene.
64 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, United States http://www.amerifolk.com/
In the Press
Great insights about the building, development, and history.
According to a publication in the Citizen-Times, the Sawyer Motor Company Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 owing to its prominent role in Asheville’s early automobile culture. Later on in 2001 however, preservationist renovation would see the building reimagined and converted into Sawyer Motor Condos.