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Ask 13: Has there been any outcry over the tall, slender homes popping up in Asheville?

"I happened to drive down Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville, near Max Street, and saw a (in my opinion) hideous looking development of small footprint houses, three- and four-stories tall, crowded together on the hill near the road. They looked totally dangerous being so top heavy and sited on a steep slope. Has there been any outcry and is this the future of housing in Asheville? " Laura wrote to Ask 13. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A new style of home is popping up around Asheville, and some people aren't pleased with their appearance.

These homes are built going up instead of out. It's a smaller footprint and allows for more housing in a smaller space.

"I happened to drive down Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville, near Max Street, and saw a (in my opinion) hideous looking development of small footprint houses, three- and four-stories tall, crowded together on the hill near the road. They looked totally dangerous being so top heavy and sited on a steep slope. Has there been any outcry and is this the future of housing in Asheville? " Laura wrote to Ask 13.

The subdivision on Klepper Drive off Charlotte Street near downtown is small, only six homes. The homes are tall and have a distinctly different look from homes in the neighborhood.

City officials said steep slope regulations don't apply in this case because those regulations are only for areas 2,220 feet above sea level.

"This six-lot subdivision was approved by city council in 2014 as a conditional zoning application. This means that the subject parcels were rezoned and conditions were applied specifically for this project," Todd Okolichany, director of Planning and Urban Design for Asheville, said.

So, the builder did have to get a special variance in order to build this style of home.

If you've traveled around Asheville, you've probably noticed this isn't the only area of town with new tall, slender homes.

The Asheville Homebuilders Association said that kind of home is not really a trend but may be indicative of a particular builder's style.

City officials said there have been no complaints that they know of about the homes.

If you have a question you'd like answered, write to Ask13@wlos.com.

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