Deerfield Community and Foundation House VI

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About the House

TYPE: 1 Bed/ 1 Bath

STYLE: Aging in Place unit

HOUSE SIZE: 884 square feet

LOCATION: Lot 18, Construction site at New Heights, off of Old Haywood Rd

CONSTRUCTION START: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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Meet the Future Homeowners

“It would be a crowning achievement to own a Habitat home and feel secure and happy about my future. Not to mention that I’d be able to paint the walls!”

~ From Laurie’s application letter

Habitat’s newest homebuyer, Laurie Huttunen, came to Asheville 38 years ago to visit and care for her retired parents. Like so many, she fell in love with WNC and decided to move her life here. Since then, she has worked for and volunteered with an exhaustive list of local non-profits. More specifically, Laurie has spent decades supporting the local arts scene by sharing her community-focused mindset and knack for design, always lending a hand to sustain the area’s vibrant culture which first drew her in.

Now, sustainability is exactly what Laurie is seeking in her future Habitat home. Asheville’s housing market has undergone dramatic changes since Laurie arrived, and she worries that while her needs and income change as she ages, the instability that comes with renting will become unmanageable. She believed that owning her own home during retirement would be impossible, until she learned about Asheville Habitat’s Aging in Place program. As Laurie puts it, “This was a ‘Eureka moment,’ because it gave me hope that I could once again own my own home, especially a safe and well-designed home.”

Laurie won’t have to worry about rising rent costs, unpredictable landlords, or accessibility modifications after moving into her new Aging-in-Place townhome in New Heights. Her home, which will have accessibility and affordability built-in, is also located in a diverse, multi-generational neighborhood. As a homeowner, Laurie looks forward to being able to finally personalize and decorate her house and build lasting relationships with her neighbors.

About the Sponsor

The design and construction of these Aging in Place homes is made possible through our partnership with, and the generosity of Deerfield Charitable Foundation, and the Board and Residents of Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community. The Adopt-A-Lot sponsor is Jeffrey and Dianna Goodman.