About the Owners

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Sandy and Bernie Byrne

Sandy and Bernie Byrne

Sandy and Bernie Byrne come from Iowa via Coral Gables/Miami FL. Bernie grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa and Sandy in Iowa City, the home of the University of Iowa (Hawkeyes). Sandy is the author of several books and has traveled the world lecturing and teaching Ultrasound of the Eye. She feels fortunate to have helped so many people with unique eye problems.

Asheville area residents for more than 25 years, Bernie and Sandy have worked diligently to develop a true Green, Organic, and Sustainable community just 23 minutes north of Asheville called Mountain Meadows on Crooked Creek.

They recently converted their Biltmore Studio and Biltmore Loft in downtown Asheville into upscale Asheville downtown vacation rentals. “We want to use them often, too, so we loaded them up with the most comfortable and convenient furnishings and electronics to go along with all of the exciting energies in Downtown Asheville,” Bernie said.

Why Bernie and Sandy chose Asheville

Downtown was not yet hip in 1999, when Bernie and Sandy decided to purchase a downtown building. “We thought, hey, wouldn’t it be a creative, FUN time and investment to renovate an old building and be able to have a small apartment where we could stay sometimes? Though our farm was only 25 minutes north, we felt this downtown option would really be the lap of luxury (it is)!” Bernie exclaimed.

They found an old, 2-story corner building with an art studio and gallery on the main floor, an apartment above, and a (dilapidated) basement. “There were dozens of coats of paint on both the brick walls as well as the old Heartwood Pine floors in the retail area and the Biltmore Loft; the frontage was 1940’s aluminum; and the owners were reluctant to sell,” Bernie said. “After friendly negotiations, and paying much more than we really thought it was worth (does that sound familiar?), we went to work redesigning and putting together a construction crew.”

View of the Aloft Hotel. Our building is just past the coffee bus.

View of the Aloft Hotel. Our building is just past the coffee bus.

This 16-inch-brick-walled, ugly and decrepit dinosaur (circa 1885) building is now transformed and on the National Historic Register on a gem of a corner surrounded by thriving restaurants, shops, galleries, coffee houses, a new Asheville City parking deck, and the new A-loft Hotel (part of the international Starwood Hotel systems). “We feel so fortunate to be part of a bustling downtown that still retains its historic character and charm,” Sandy added.

Health and Family

“Excellent health in all physical, mental, and spiritual ways has been our positive passion for a long time,” Bernie said. “We feel so privileged to enjoy our kids, Cherie, Nicole & Donnie along with our grand daughters Amanda, Maddie, and Tabitha.”

Please visit our website for Mountain Meadows: A Green, Organic, Sustainable Community 25 minutes North of Asheville

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