For Sale 34′ Aidome w’ Full Basement on 2.2 Acres
w’ Wood Burning Fireplace – $160,000
OPTION: the price includes the dome and adjoining acreage of 2.2 acres; however,
if you are interested there are 2.0 contiguous areas which can be purchased for additional cost.
3,400 ft elevation – one mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway
In Busick North Carolina (30 min from Marion & Burnsville NC)
One Hour From Asheville, North Carolina
1,092 sq.ft. Dome w’ 824 sq.ft. Basement for total 1,916 sq.ft.
Dome has two bedrooms and two baths
Basement has separate apartment, mud room & storeroom
(Apt has one bedroom, full bath, kitchenette w’ family room)
Call Glenda for info 321-693-8787 or Email
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Have you dreamed of living in an American Ingenuity dome? Are you tired of your state’s hot summers? Purchase this amazing dome to relax in the coolness of the 3,400 feet elevation of the North Carolina Black Mountains, play golf two miles away at the four and one half star Mount Mitchell Golf Course or trout fish at the nearby Black Mountain Campground. When you are not enjoying the dome, rent out the dome or the basement apartment to those wanting to hike the Blue Ridge Parkway trails, view the gorgeous autumn foliage, visit the Parkway water falls, Mount Mitchell State Park or the surrounding quaint small towns and sights of Asheville – Biltmore Estate and its Gardens. During the winter ski in Boone North Carolina.
The dome is an eleven hour drive from central Florida and is one mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway & the eastern continental divide, 30 minutes from Marion & Burnsville North Carolina and one hour from Asheville. The dome’s incredible glassed high profile entryways and decks allow for quiet viewing of the spectacular North Carolina country side, mountains, flora and fauna. Seen on the property: northern flying squirrel, saw-whet owl, white-tailed deer and gray fox. Mount Mitchell State Park is 12 miles away where bird watchers have recorded 91 species in the park. Birds more characteristic of New England and Canada—including winter wrens, slate-colored juncos, red crossbills and golden-crowned kinglets—nest at these high altitudes. Spring and summer bring the drumming of ruffed grouse. From the observation tower, visitors can often see peregrine falcons whipping past.
Sit in tranquility on the decks, share morning coffee and the countryside views. Enjoy hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway trails, having picnics at the water falls, eating at local cafes in Little Switzerland, attending live theater performances in Asheville, skiing in Boone and becoming friends with the amazing local residents.
The basement walls were built on site from eight inch poured concrete with French drain. The 1,092 sq.ft. 34′ dome has a wood burning fireplace, two skylights and two magnificent glassed high profile entryways. The 824 sq.ft. basement has an apartment for a total square footage in the dome and basement of 1,916 sq.ft.
The custom built spiral stair case and railing around it and oak planks were sawed from red oak trees from the area. Seventeen foot high vaulted ceilings are above the 150 sq.ft. dining room, 162 sq.ft. living room, both High Profile entryways, fireplace and the spiral stairs.
The dome’s first floor is 840 sq.ft. with one bedroom & one bath and second floor is 252 sq.ft. with one bedroom & one bath. The first floor bath has tub/shower and second floor has bathroom with shower. Dome is accessed via spiral stairs from the basement or via exterior stairs or by walking around the dome.
The Basement apartment includes: one bedroom, full bath, Kitchenette with standard refrigerator and sink and family room. The basement also has a store room with 4′ wide by 3’4″ window and mud room with 2’10″x 2’10” window and 3′ wide door and laundry tub. The family room, kitchenette, mud room, bathroom and hall way have ceramic tile. The basement apartment does not include heat at this time; however, an estimate from a local handy man indicates the installation of a Toyo Stove with a kerosene line run from the kerosene tank would cost under $4,000. The basement family room and kitchenette have ample light from 6’ sliding glass doors and a 3’10” x 3′ kitchen window.
All glass in the windows & sliding doors is double panned with vinyl frames. The dome first floor has two skylights and two high profile entryways, each with a set of 6 foot sliding glass doors. Above each of the sliding doors is fixed glass – 2′ tall by 7’10” long. In the kitchen there is a standard entryway with single door and 5′ x 2’9″ tall window. The two bedrooms in the dome each have a window dormer.
The dome’s wood burning fireplace hearth is 4’6″ long by one foot wide. The fireplace glass doors are 3’7″ long by 1’10” tall. Around the base of the fireplace tile is installed.
The dome is all electric. During the summer 85 degrees are high temps. In the winter the dome is heated by a monitor heater, fireplace and southern sun. There is an exterior 250 gallon kerosene storage tank. If the dome is used as a summer vacation home, no fear going off and leaving the cabin in the cold North Carolina winters. Conventional houses need their furnace set at high temperatures to keep the building above freezing temps. However because the American Ingenuity dome has uninterrupted R28 insulation and reduced exterior surface area it can be heated and cooled very efficiently. This dome also has the advantage of having a south facing HP entryway which allows the sunlight to heat the dome. When the dome was not occupied in the winter, the owners set the monitor at 48 degrees causing the unheated basement to stay at 55 degrees. When they did not visit the dome in the winter only 100 gallons of kerosene was needed to keep the dome to 48 degrees. About one half of the basement walls are completely back filled with French Drain.
The dome is accessed from I-40 or I-26 or the Blue Ridge Parkway to Highway 80 south. A paved driveway off Hwy 80 south is 260 ft long and ten feet wide. The dome has three decks and exterior stairs. One deck off the basement is 12′ long x 6′ wide with railing which accesses sliding glass doors in the basement family room & kitchenette. The second floor deck is 42 feet long by 6 feet wide and accesses the dome’s dining room and the living room. The exterior stairs are 16 feet long by 3′ wide which leads to the 12′ 10″ long by 7’5″ wide deck off the kitchen entryway. House is accessed either through the mud room door or the exterior stairs lead to a kitchen door or by walking around the dome.
All dome interior walls and the dome & basement exterior walls were freshly painted in November 2015.
Free with the dome are the following solid oak furniture: two end tables, coffee table, kitchen rolling cart, bar stool, coat stand, bench and two solid oak queen size headboards. Also free: kitchen appliances, love seat, sofa, two oak dressers, oak mirror, pressure treated wood two person deck chair with two end stands.
There is a local Father/Son team who the owners have used for repair and could be expected to handle the carpet and kitchen tile that you may want to replace and will do so with quality craftsmanship and at a very low, economical price.
Per Wikipedia, the Black Mountains are a mountain range in western North Carolina, in the southeastern United States. They are part of the Blue Ridge Province of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Blacks are the highest mountains in the Eastern United States. The range takes its name from the dark appearance of the red spruce and Fraser fir trees on the upper slopes which contrasts with the brown (during winter) or lighter green (during the growing season) appearance of the deciduous trees at lower elevations. The Eastern Continental Divide, which runs along the eastern Blue Ridge crest, intersects the southern tip of the Black Mountain range.
The Black Mountains are home to Mount Mitchell State Park, which protects the range’s highest summit and adjacent summits in the north-central section of the range. Much of the range is also protected by the Pisgah National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes along the range’s southern section, and is connected to the summit of Mount Mitchell by North Carolina Highway 128. The Black Mountains are mostly located in Yancey County, although the range’s southern and western extremes are part of Buncombe County.
As you will see in the area this property is an outstanding unique opportunity to capitalize on the fantastic mountain views, recreational facilities on the Parkway, close proximity to top class shops, restaurants and live theater in Asheville that we don’t believe you can find any where else in the country.
OPTION: the price includes the dome and adjoining acreage of 2.2 acres; however, if you are interested there are 2.0 contiguous areas which can be purchased for additional cost. Above the paved road, the road continues as gravel and accesses the well area and a cleared area for a turn around or another home site. Above this cleared area are two more acres which could be sold for two other home sites. The top part of the property is flat and has a full view of Mount Mitchell Tower. Annual Yancey County property taxes are low – $735.
The Ai dome is ideal for a vacation home for several reasons:
• Unique design that results in a fun home to visit and possibly rent out the dome or the basement apartment when the property owners are not home.
• Dome nestles into a wooded setting without concern of a tree impact or that a forest fire will burn the concrete exterior. See our tree impact link for info about 30” in diameter hickory tree falling on dome with dome suffering no damage. The concrete dome exterior is noncombustible so exterior is fire resistant. As a matter of fact all the materials in the dome prefab panel are noncombustible (concrete, galvanized steel, EPS and ½” Drywall by Georgia Pacific.
• Super energy efficiency: The 7” Eps insulation is comparable to 11” of fiberglass batting and is not interrupted by wood. The dome walls and roof have 30% less surface area than a conventional house; expect heating and cooling costs to be 50% to 60% less than conventional housing. As a result during winter time, when you are not visiting your vacation dome, the dome requires very little heat to keep the water pipes from freezing.
To view photos of a Florida 34’ dome home and it’s electric bills, showing where it can be cool for less than $22 a month in the hot Florida summer months, click on 34’ dome. By the way it is even easier to heat an Ai dome than to cool one.
• Low Exterior Maintenance: The Ai dome has less exterior maintenance than a conventional framed house. The dome’s exterior is a shell of continuous concrete with incredible durability with nothing to rot, rust, warp, be eaten by termites or be damaged by fungus, molds and insects. The exterior concrete is primed and painted with no shingles or separate roofing to blow off in high winds. Normal maintenance is to pressure wash and paint every 4-6 years. The dome’s expanded polystyrene insulation will not shrink, deteriorate, absorb moisture or relinquish its R-value. To view a summary of advantages, click onAdvantages.