Community Build House 4
About the House
TYPE: 2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath
STYLE: two-story, walk-out townhome
HOUSE SIZE: 1,672 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Lot 29, Construction site at New Heights, off of Old Haywood Rd
CONSTRUCTION START: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
STATUS: insulation underway
Meet the Future Homeowners
“Partnering with Habitat would give us long-term stability and the chance to finally build equity in an otherwise impossible housing market.”
~ From Krista and Scott’s application letter
Krista Shows and Scott Sharpe, both musicians and artists with a love of gardening, feel right at home in the mountains. Saving up for a home they can afford, though, has been a challenge. The couple moved from Asheville to Madison County in 2019 for the cheaper cost of living, but their new rent was still barely affordable. It became less-so when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut down the café where Krista worked. The couple learned that they were pregnant later that year. Despite financial set-backs and a sky-rocketing housing market, finding a permanent home became more important than ever. Krista and Scott welcomed a baby boy in the summer of 2021. That fall, they submitted their application for Habitat homeownership.
“Our goal is to have a safer place to raise our son,” the couple explained in their application. Their current rental has a long list of maintenance issues, including lead paint and a fragile septic system. Their spring-fed water taps are inconsistent and run muddy after rain or nearby soil disturbance. They are eager for a healthier place to raise their family.
By partnering with Habitat to purchase a 2-bedroom townhome in New Heights, Krista and Scott can achieve long-term stability for their son and begin building equity for the first time. In returning to Asheville as homeowners, Krista and Scott can look forward to watching their baby boy, and their garden, grow strong roots here.