River Rock Golf and Development News Update-Cashiers, NC

A look inside River Rock
By Kelly Donaldson, Editor

On Sept. 9, members of the Tuckasegee community met with Legasus/River Rock developers for a public forum. More than 100 people attended the meeting, which was a valuable tool for rumors to be put to rest, concerned voices to be heard, and for the two sides to find common ground.

One month later, Legasus/River Rock Director of Engineering and Construction Gabe Quesinberry has had time to reflect on the meeting, which he found extremely educational and encouraging.

The barn on the Webster Creek development will be left in place for historic preservation.
Last week, Chronicle editor Kelly Donaldson sat down with Quesinberry to take a deeper look at River Rock, tour the grounds, and address some common concerns of the Tuckasegee community.

What is it?
Getting a grasp on when Legasus/River Rock acquired the property, which is located in between Old Cullowhee Mountain Rd. and Highway 107 north of Cashiers, Quesinberry said, "We've been in the area since 2004. The bulk of it was in 2005 and the very early part of 2006."

Explaining the difference between Legasus and River Rock, Quesinberry said, "Legasus is the owner of River Rock. River Rock is a community development. The neighborhoods are not connected and they each have their own special uniqueness. It's not five developments, it's one development and they all share the amenities."

The five neighborhoods within the total River Rock development consume about 3,500 acres. Webster Creek is the largest at about 1,800 acres, Tuckasegee and Trout Creek are 740-780 acres respectively, Bear Pen is around 280 acres, and Summer Sail on Lake Glenville is 68 acres, according to Quesinberry.

"Ultimately, we're looking at 1,700 home sites," said Quesinberry about how many homes will be on the overall development. "That will be a combination of single family lots, multi-family cottage/condo type products."

Affordable housingOne topic that was discussed at the public forum is whether or not there would be affordable housing within the gated communities, especially for the obvious high number of employees that will be required to keep the development running smoothly.

"We've talked to quite a few folks around the country about that," said Quesinberry. "There are a lot of models in the resort market for that (affordable housing), especially out west. There's a solution out there that works for River Rock. We just haven't quite tapped what that is. We're looking at everything. We will have it. That's an important issue for the community and it's an important issue for us."

What's happened so far?
With a plan for 1,700 homes, many wonder if construction has started on any of the River Rock properties. "We've constructed two homes in the Tuckasegee neighborhood," said Quesinberry. "People are not living there yet. Both homes were built by lot owners. One we will be leasing back as a model home and one is for sale. We don't have inventory in all of the neighborhoods now, but we are selling lots in Tuckasegee. We will have some limited first releases in some of the other communities perhaps as early as next year. We're focusing our energy on the development itself."

All of River Rock is located within Jackson County.Pros and cons of a gated community
At the public forum, there was obvious feelings of an 'us vs. them,' type of attitude, with one side being the Joe Q. Public Tuckasegee residents and natives of the area, and one side being the assumed part-time wealthy residents that play golf and reside behind gates, never fully interacting with the existing community.

When asked about the pros and cons of a gated community, Quesinberry said, "It's one of those philosophical issues with folks. There are folks in the county who really understand the value of a gated community and there are others that you just can't justify it. It's hard. There's a physical gate and it's seen as a physical barrier. We get poked and prodded every time we say it, but we're trying to build a community, not a development. We can't guarantee it. We're putting all the parts and pieces in there for it to become a viable community, but it's going to be the people that buy and live here that are going to make it a community.

"At the end of the day, it's not going to be Legasus that makes River Rock a community, it's going to be the community," said Quesinberry. "They are certainly going to have a chance to be part of Jackson County, Cashiers, Highlands, East LaPorte, Sylva, anywhere. The gate is a visual thing for a lot of folks. Some people have suggested moving it back to where it's not visible. We're certainly considering off the highway gates.

"Both sides of the fence can argue this all day long," said Quesinberry of the pros and cons of a gated community. "For some, it's a sense of security for them. It's that their property is being protected when they are not here."

Local contractors
With the economy struggling, both nationally and locally, contractors in the area are struggling to find work. The issue of using local contractors came up at the public forum, with residents concerned that the massive workload to complete River Rock would greatly benefit area heavy equipment operators and contractors, some struggling to find work.

"We look for the right relationships, the right people and the right expertise," said Quesinberry. "If it's here, most of the folks here have the skills, we hope they grow with us. We are not a 'get three quotes and go with the lowest quote' kind of development. Our major contractors that we are working with right now are local contractors. They understand the area and they understand the work. They bring value to us and the community. They are growing as a result of it."

The golf factor
If you driven from Cashiers to Asheville, or Greenville, S.C., you've no doubt noticed billboards promoting professional golfer Phil Mickelson's involvement with the golf portion of River Rock.
Explaining the plan for golf facilities at the development, Quesinberry said, "We have an 18-hole championship golf course and Phil Mickelson is the signature designer. We have a 22-hold short course, or par three golf course, which his former coach Rick Smith is designing. So there will be 40 holes of golf. The par three golf course will be compact as far as it's footprint on the land. It will only cover about 60 acres. The 18-hole course land area will cover about 200 acres. But there's probably less than 60 acres of grassed area and less than 40 acres that is irrigated, so you start to see how it will be a natural set up."

Quesinberry said the 18-hole course would surprise some folks when completed.
"We're not going to be creating landscapes, we're going to be working with landscapes," said Quesinberry. "Right now, we're projecting it should be finished in either late 2011 or early 2012. We are not in construction on any of it right now. We will start construction, hopefully, depending on permitting processes, sometime in the spring."

The star of the project, Mickelson, is actually is very involved with the course's development, according to Quesinberry. "He does come up on occasion. I don't know how he manages his schedule. You've got to respect folks in that level of sports or politics or whatever. But he's been very involved. He's been out here at least three times since 2007. He's been on the property, out on the four wheelers. This will be his first mountain course, but he's built some courses out west. He's been pretty openly involved. Part of our arrangement is that he would have a place here."
Quesinberry said he's unsure of whether or not memberships will be available to the general public once the course opens.

"The threshold for play on most golf courses is 400-500 golfers," he said. "After that, you get into everyone standing in line holding their card. There probably will be the opportunity to buy memberships. The plan is not concrete yet."

The golf club will include a clubhouse, restaurant, pools, as well as other activities and amenities like tennis, equestrian activities, hiking, other restaurants, a lodge, a general store and much more. "It's a pretty aggressive amenity program," said Quesinberry. "It's going to be about a $140 million amenity program."

Impact on water, streams and riversPerhaps the single most important issue to the neighboring residents of Tuckasegee is how the River Rock development will affect the streams, rivers and wells in the area.
"It's a hot issue and it's important to us," said Quesinberry. "We feel that we have a very good set of best management practices set up. We try to work with the land. We work the plan to land, not the land to the plan. We are working with the county and state officials on erosion control and monitoring. Water is as much of a resource for us as it is to the community. You can't discount that and you can't treat it poorly. We recognize there's a lot of differing opinions on that. We need to pay attention to it, manage it properly and work with folks to make sure it's taken care of."

There will be 3,800 feet of stream disturbed on the property, but Quesinberry said that's often a misconstrued number. "That number is not in one place. It's in small chunks among several properties. Some areas of that stream could use some improvement today.

"That land has a great history to it (Webster Creek)," Quesinberry added. "Early on, we had some plans for that property (which includes a historic barn.) We made the decision a while back that it (the barn) needs to stay. That's a community resource structure. We felt like that's an important thing to do is to preserve the heritage of the community."
At the public forum, a suggestion was made to make a historic preservation display somewhere on the River Rock property that would be accessible to the general public.
"We certainly heard a lot of good suggestions at the public forum. We will have some sort of cultural preservation, whether that's a display on sight or something out in the community," said Quesinberry. "That was a great suggestion."

Shy of the steep slope ordinance, River Rock was able to scoot under the recent steep slope ordinance implemented by the county through vested rights. This drew up some red flags of concern from the community, but Quesinberry said they are not the only development that did so, and it was simply a combination of timing and protection of their sizeable investment.
"We were two years under this whole deal and a lot of money had been invested at that point," said Quesinberry. "We did not do this to get under the line, we did this to protect our property rights. That's why we filed for and received the vested rights. It was not just us."


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Great Magazines for Building Timberframe and Log Homes

When people decide to relocate to Western North Carolina, they also make
the decision to purchase a pre-existing home or build a custom home. If
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Latest Building Permit Report Released-WNC Real Estate Market Affected

The latest Building Permit Report has been released for the Western North Carolina Region. The report covers 10 counties in the region. This includes Asheville, NC, Cashiers, NC, Highlands, NC, Sapphire NC and Lake Glenville areas. As a whole the Western North Carolina region is down 45% on building permits so far this year 2008, compared with last year 2007.

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What does this mean for people looking to invest in property?
  • First, it indicates that buyers would rather buy a pre-existing home than build.
  • Second, owners who can afford to, are holding on to their land and waiting until the economy recovers.
  • Thirdly, if builders are building 45% less than last year, that would explain the drastic drop in land sales for 2008.

Developers and owners of land are all competing to sell their inventory since the need for building is almost half of what it once was just a year ago. Individuals who have land on the market, likely know the builders have stopped building in speculation and also have a large supply of unsold lots. If owner's need to sell they are more than willing to negotiate on price.

The whole region has an over supply of land sitting on the market waiting for buyers. You will find everything for sale from large tracks of land ready for development, golf course frontage tracks, and 1 acre plus lots in residential subdivisions.

If you've been to our mountain community you know how amazing the mountain and lake view lots are. This may be one of the best times in years to invest in mountain property in North Carolina. Prices are dropping and inventory is high. Supply is plentiful and demand is low.

Someone shared with me a famous quote today by Warren Buffet that I thought was appropriate
"We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to
be greedy only when others are fearful."
Warren Buffett
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History repeats at High Hampton Inn Golf Country Club-Cashiers, NC

I found a great news article on the High Hampton Inn Resort in Cashiers, North Carolina that I wanted to share with you. Having been there myself several times I can tell you that the writer portrays what the lifestyle is really like in Cashiers. The same applies not just being here for vacation but living here as well. Cashiers has been described as one of the BEST kept secrets in Western North Carolina............when you visit you'll know why!

Enjoy the article!

Cashiers, N.C.: Much more than a getaway
By Christine Tibbetts
October 18, 2008 10:27 pm—

Looking through your grandmother’s favorite hotel window, breathing North Carolina mountain air and watching birds swoop in front of a mountain where she picnicked years ago changes a vacation from getaway to connection. Big difference.

Trips can be escapes from everyday routines, or they can be ways to enjoy the ones you call family and friends in new and comfy ways. Enjoying each other is easy to see people doing in Cashiers, N.C., at the 86-year-old High Hampton Inn & Country Club that I explored for three days just as the autumn leaves began to change colors. Some of them are the grandmother, and some are vacationing with their grandparents, and their children too, all together, upholding generations of family tradition.

Many are readily identified by hotel staff as families coming to this Inn for five generations. Same room too, some of the longest time returnees. Forty-four years seems to be the record — same couple booking the same room for the same calendar week. They vie for the honor with another couple choosing their same room for 42 years, but that couple stays three weeks each time. The rooms have changed over the years but not the spectacular views; a $4 million renovation has just been completed involving the 117 rooms in the lodge, cottages and cabins.

Photo from The Cashiers Real Estate Insider-View of Lake at High Hampton Inn Resort

Rock Mountain rises beyond the expansive lawns no doubt looking like it has for centuries.We saw babies in baskets, toddlers in flower gardens, schoolchildren pitching footballs with their dads, parents and children on the tennis courts and golf course and, had it been summer, surely all ages on the sandy beach of the 35-acre lake. A table in the dining room for some families required a dozen or more chairs, plus floor space for the baby carriers. The parents of those babies came here as children themselves and their immense pleasure throughout my three days on the grounds set the tone of the whole place. People know each other, and like one another.

There’s a gentle, pleasant mood in the grand lobby with the huge stone fireplace and lots of wing-chair-and-sofa places to sit and visit. They must be just as happy in their rooms, or cottages with several bedrooms and living room gathering places too because no televisions exist there. Find one in the tavern if you must, but the view of the mountains is more compelling.The lobby is Wi Fi, and a computer is provided, but I saw more people taking tea and cookies in the late afternoon, playing board games or simply chatting than I did folks with noses in their laptops. Not much cell phone reception either which limited intrusive sounds. Nice change from the other places I go.

The front desk and dining room staff acted like they knew me after my first few hours on site, as if I was one of those multi-generation returning people, so I felt special all weekend. It’s good to be noticed, and High Hampton models some of the kindest hospitality I’ve encountered during a decade of frequent travel.Buffet is the style for all three meals, big buffet with many choices. Stay all week and the entrees and veggies differ each day. I loved the beets and Brussels sprouts day, but traveling partner G. W. Tibbetts preferred the abundant salads and green beans. Fried chicken is the Sunday specialty and mountain trout appears mid-week. We agreed that the freshness and array of berries, melons, bananas, apples and kiwi was extraordinary. Since tradition is the 86-year-old value here, gentlemen need a jacket and tie for dinner. General Manager Clifford Meads says they polled guests during the hottest days of summer to see if that style should change and even the men voted a resounding “No.”

Trendy things happen here too. G. W. signed up for an Ashiatsu massage in the High Hampton spa and he didn’t even know what that was. Now he’s an advocate and willing to start a tradition for himself. Long, deep massage strokes propelled him to a place of immense relaxation, he said, delivered by therapist Theresa Branham with her feet and legs. Supporting herself on ceiling bars, Branham worked his arms and legs, and his long back into a supple state, drawing on centuries-old techniques from India. Only 350 therapists are trained in the Ashiatsu style in America, Branham said, but for her even that distinction isn’t enough. “I always have to go to the source to learn from the masters where ancient forms of healing are passed on from ancestors to new healers.” That’s why Branham studied Thai massage — almost a dance between practitioner and receiver — at Chiang Mai in Thailand last year, and why she’s going to Kerala, India this winter to study Ashiatsu where its roots began.“The deep flowing strokes we can achieve with our feet soothe muscles, open energy patterns, release toxins, improve postural alignment and circulation,” Branham says. Don’t worry about missing a treatment opportunity while Branham’s in India; another High Hampton tradition is closing after the big Thanksgiving House party and returning in the spring.

It gets cold in Cashiers and for 86 years the guests have said they prefer to come when it’s not winter. Even the tuberous roots in the two- acre dahlia garden are dug up for protection from the cold and replanted each spring. Year-round the waterfalls still flow and there are plenty of them near Cashiers; Whitewater is the tallest in the eastern U.S. with a drop of 411 feet—244 feet more than the famous Niagara. Walks and hikes open up all over the High Hampton grounds too---easy ones with picnic tables along the way and a big-deal one up to Chimney Top at elevation 4,618. Round trip took me three hours and lots of energy but I got two rewards: the 360 degree view from to top and sassafras twigs along the way for a jolt of natural root beer to refresh.

Nearby Highlands, N.C. is open year-round too with a downtown main street that was bustling when we drove through, anxious to start our High Hampton adventure but intrigued by the galleries and fine craft shops we spotted en route.

That’s why returning places is good; I guess those five generations of families and three generations of High Hampton staff are on to something.

If you are planing a trip to Western North Carolina for the upcoming Holiday Season and would like to look at our quaint log cabins, timber frame homes, or thinking of future investment in land please let us know. We'll be happy to offer you the same southern hospitality and show you around our gorgeous mountain community. mailto:info@carolinapg.com or call 828-226-8837

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Looking for last minute accommodations in Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Glenville?

As many people have been wondering when the best time to see the leaves change, there are just as many people who can't find a place to stay! Yes, it is our busiest time of year here in the Cashiers, Highlands and Lake Glenville areas.

We know many of you will be traveling to the mountains this coming weekend (yes, this weekend October 18th is predicted to be the PEAK of leaf season)

If you are one of those last minute travelers, we do have a limited number of cabins available for rent only to clients who plan on looking at homes or land for sale, while they are in town.

Sorry, this is only an offer of convenience for those of you who are interested in buying property in our amazing mountain community.
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Best Places to visit near Cashiers, Highlands NC for leaf season

The Great Smoky Mountains features on MSN Travel Destinations for fall folliage

Adventures in Autumn
The southern Appalachian region, once an ancient home to the prehistoric Paleo Indians, hosts some 100 species of deciduous native trees. From this diversity a show-stopping foliage spectacle emerges each fall. read full story


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When will the leaves change in Western North Carolina?

The US Forest Service has a great website to track when the leaves are changing in the Cashiers/Highlands area.

The first few signs of fall color are beginning to appear in the higher elevations above 5,000 feet. Recent cool evenings should hasten this process. Check out the Forest Service webcam for an up to the minute view of Cold Mountain.
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Could North Carolina be the next Retirement Hot Spot?


The Herald Tribune reported today that Florida is no longer a top destination for retirees. Will North Carolina be the next best place to retire? We think so. In fact, most of the homeowners in the Cashiers/Highlands areas are originally from Florida. If you've been to our area you'll quickly notice the migration once you start talking to the locals.

Read more about why people are relocating to the North Carolina Mountains

Here's the report from the Tribune....

Thirty years ago, if someone was a retiree making a move across state lines, there was better than a one-in-four chance the move would take them into Florida. But that percentage has declined steadily.

Fishkind and Associates, a prominent Orlando economic consulting firm, regularly displays a chart that shows Florida's share of the 65-plus retirees on the move declining by about 20 percent from 2000-2010 to 2020-2030. But as the total U.S. population over 65 swells during those ensuing years, Florida still catches a good ride, says founder Hank Fishkind.

"The pool of potential people who can move goes from 8 million to 16 million, so even if our share comes down by 20 percent, which would be huge, the number of movers who move here would actually increase," he said.

But others have much different takes.
Bill Haas is a sociologist tracking boomers from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. With backing from the Institute for the Future of Retirement, he is slicing and dicing a new data set from the U.S. Census Bureau called the "American Community Survey" that is giving Haas fresh geographic inputs to work with each year.

"The numbers are taking us away from Florida," Haas said, citing steady declines in the state's retiree market share from a 1980 peak. While his full study on the mailbox economy has not yet been published, some of his key findings already have appeared on the Web. They show that Florida, while still the top receiving state for those 60-plus, "continues its downward trajectory," Haas said.

Florida hit a high of 26.3 percent of all movers 60 and older in 1980. In 2000, the number had dropped to 19.1 percent, and then to 16.6 percent in 2006, Haas' posted findings show.
The state's share of the pie got squeezed down to 13.2 percent in 2006
, Haas told the Herald-Tribune last week after crunching the numbers.

The theory goes that, after a while, places that have been high-intensity migration sites for retirees, like California in the past and now Florida, lose their attractiveness, Haas said. "That theory would leave us to believe that Florida, which had 25 percent of all older migrants going to it, is becoming less and less attractive."

Emulating the mindset and accent of an interviewee, Haas intones: "'I left New York City and moved to Miami and now both of them are too busy and have too many problems.'"



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Above Average Leaf Color this Fall-Western North Carolina Mountains

starting of fall on Lake Fairfield
fall on Lake Glenville

Dry summer good for fall color?
As a Real Estate agent in Cashiers, Highlands and Glenville areas, I have many clients ask "when will the leaves change" This is the busiest time of year and they want to make sure they plan their vacation to
experience the brilliant colors of fall.
I found an article posted by The Smoky Mountain News that I thought you would enjoy.

SMN
If there’s a silver lining to be found in the drought across the mountains this year, it may come in the form of above-average leaf color this fall.

That’s the word from Katherine Mathews, Western Carolina University’s fearless fall foliage forecaster and an assistant professor of biology specializing in plant systematics. Typically, drier weather during the spring and early summer results in a colorful fall leaf season beginning in October, said Mathews.

This should be a pretty good year for leaf color change,” she said. “Although there was enough rainfall this spring to keep the trees healthy, we are still in drought conditions in the western part of the state, which, surprisingly, is good for fall color. Fortunately, the summer temperatures have not been as consistently hot as we had last year, so we should not experience the early leaf drop we had last fall. It all adds up to a nice, long progression of fall color.”
Historically, below-average rainfall during the spring and early summer means plant growth is stunted by a lack of sufficient water, Mathews said.

The final factor in the equation is climate during the first weeks of autumn, she said.
“If the temperatures in September and October cooperate and cool down, contributing to the breakdown of chlorophyll, we should expect to see some brilliant fall colors this year,” Mathews said.

Chlorophyll is the chemical that gives leaves their green color in spring and summer. As chlorophyll breaks down, yellow pigments – always present in the leaves, but masked by the green of chlorophyll – are revealed, and new red pigments are produced.

Mathews also said leaf-lookers should not worry about any negative impact on fall color from the emergence of periodic cicadas in some spots across the mountains earlier this year.

The annual color show will begin first in the higher elevations of the northwestern sections of North Carolina, like the Cashiers, Highlands and Sapphire Valley areas, typically in early October, and progress southward and down slopes through mid-October and early November. Yellow birches, red sourwoods, red and yellow maples, yellow pin cherries and yellow poplars will be the first colors to show, Mathews said.

They will be followed by the yellow and red of oaks and sweet gums, yellow of hickories, yellow and brown of beeches, and a variety of other color shades in the vines, shrubs and smaller trees beneath the forest canopy. Peak fall color should arrive five to 10 days after the first frost at any particular location, Mathews said.

“Last year, there was not much of a peak, although we did see some brilliant color. This year, the trees should be on a more typical color schedule, peaking in mid-October in the mountains,” she said. “And a sharp cooling of temperatures in September and October would really cause the colors to burst, as this stimulates the production of anthocyanin, or red pigments.”
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Looking for a Cabin with Access to Lake Glenville?

Lakeside Enclave of Trillium Village! Located in Cashiers, NC, this enchanting 3BR / 3BA cottage home offers private wooded views, stone fireplace and well suited for year round living!

It comes furnished and is attractively priced at $550,000. Make sure to check out its virtual tour below.



Keep in mind that all properties at Trillium Links & Lake Club have access to Lake Glenville!




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Western North Carolina Building Permit Report-2008

The Western North Carolina Residential Building Permit Report has been released.
As of 6/30/2008 building permits were down 38.6% in Jackson County, N.C. (Cashiers)
versus the same time last year.
In Macon County, N.C. (Highlands) permits were also down 21.4%.
As a whole, the entire Western North Carolina Region was down an average of 45.1%
for building permits.


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Luxury French Chateaux Estate w/Acreage for sale-Lake Glenville, NC

Breath taking Aerial Lake View from this Large Estate Home above Lake Glenville, N.C.
The Chateaux is a 5,000 square foot French/Italian period 3 bedroom, 3bath, plus 2 half bath, luxury custom built estate house. This unique mountain property is located on over 40 acres of land that is adjacent to this dream home! Acreage could be used for future development; which includes a private deeded lake access dock on Lake Glenville.


You'll know this is the home for you as your drive up your own private winding road. This is it! Everything you've dreamed a multi-million dollar estate would be.

The owner's of this extraordinary Lake Glenville masterpiece thought of everything when they designed and built this custom home. Many of the home's accent pieces have been hand selected, lighting, wrought iron doors.etc..were purchased on their travels to France and transported back to the US.

Large well equipped gourmet kitchen with 3 sinks, gas cook top, 2 electric ovens, steamer, sub-zero refrigerator & freezer. Custom cabinetry & granite counters make this a chef's dream kitchen.

The Dining room, master suite, orangerie & balcony all have fireplaces for cool winter night entertaining. Surround sound and built in speakers are throughout the home, and on the outside living areas as well.
3 zones of under floor heating for master, guest suite & orangerie (sunroom).
4 Trane heating & cooling units feed separate temperature controlled zones & high efficiency gas hot water heater.

This luxury home also features a Portico, Parlor & Library.

What would an estate be without wine cellar in the basement? A must for the vintage wine enthusiast or any wine collector!
Your guests and family will feel right at home in their very own separate 3,800 square foot Carriage House w/1 bdrm, 1.5bath, full kitchen, living area.
For the car collector there is a 4 car garage plus 2 car/tractor utility garage and space for artist's studio on the first floor of the Carriage House.

Offered For Sale at 4.9M-

Seller will consider some owner financing




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Towns to visit while you're vacationing in the Cashiers/Highlands N.C. area

I stumbled upon an article that was published in the LA Times highlighting 3 small towns close to Cashiers, N.C. If you plan on spending a week or more in the Cashiers, Highlands area these close by day trips are an ideal get-away.


From the Los Angeles Times
NORTH CAROLINA =
3 classic mountain towns in North Carolina


A backroads tour reveals the charm, rustic and otherwise, of three tiny Appalachian Mountain towns. This is what down-home really means.

By Kelly Gray
March 06, 2008



These days, helicopters can deposit travelers at places that off-terrain vehicles fear to tread. After viewing killer wildlife on an African safari, you can celebrate with caviar and Champagne in a preassembled tent suite. Close your eyes, point to nearly any place on a map, and you'll find the latest and greatest anti-whatever-ails-you spa package. But for a destination that's down-home and authentic, head to western North Carolina.

Locals say the small towns of the Appalachian Mountains are some of the Old North State's best-kept secrets. Here, it's all about simpler times. A hard day's work ends with time in a front porch rocking chair. Neighbors are like family and strangers are like long lost friends. Old-timers still tell ghost stories to enraptured children sitting around crackling fires.
Not one sightseeing minute will be wasted, even in the driving, thanks to breathtaking views along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the small roads that vein these valleys and mountains. Blink, and you'll miss the unspoiled action of small burgs like Hot Springs, Waynesville and Dillsboro.

DILLSBORO, NC
This walking town -- just two blocks long -- is best enjoyed by daylight. As Herb Nolan, the town's lone employee, says: "They roll the sidewalks up at 8 p.m." Sleepy town though it may be, Dillsboro is worth a visit, because among its 235 residents are artists and craftsmen, potters, glassblowers, silversmiths and leather workers. Visitors are encouraged to tour the studios, meet the artisans and watch them work.

At Riverwood Pottery, the husband-and-wife team of Brant and Karen Barnes throw pots, oil lamps, mugs and guitar slides. Then there's the stained-glass studio of Riverwood Menagerie, KMR Handweaving, Treehouse Pottery and M.J. Jewelry.

The town also is the departure point for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train. On the scenic 53-mile ride, which crosses 25 bridges, you'll also see what's left of an engine that figured in the train-wreck scene in 1993's "The Fugitive," which was filmed here.

Before leaving Dillsboro, barbecue lovers should stop in for ribs at Dillsboro Smokehouse. It may seem an odd place for celebrity sightings, but the walls are plastered with letters from famous folks such as Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford. Barbecue is a noun in North Carolina, and it's almost a crime to visit the state without trying it.

HOT SPRINGS, NC
You can ask the townsfolk what keeps people coming back to Hot Springs, a town at the junction of the French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail, but don't expect a concrete answer.
"There is something about Hot Springs that can't be explained, but people visit one time and feel compelled to come back," said Heath Anthony White of Huck Finn Rafting Adventures.
Perhaps it's because a river runs through it. Or perhaps it's because the town is home to natural hot springs that are thought to contain healing properties. Native Americans discovered the hot springs, and in the early 1800s a resort was created. People flocked to "take the waters" for everything that ailed them.

Visitors still laze in the waters, but Hot Springs is also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The Appalachian Trail -- the 2,175-mile footpath that runs from Georgia to Maine -- makes a stop here, and the town is surrounded by Pisgah National Forest's half-million acres. Just try to check your BlackBerry while headed over a Class III rapid or as you hurtle yourself off Cody's Cliff into the cool mountain waters. For the less adventurous, there are easy, unguided float trips.
Don't miss the Bridge Street Cafe & Inn, where local musicians play regularly.

Perhaps the best testament to the lure of this tiny mountain town is one group of unusual visitors. Early in the last century, the federal government interned captured German merchant sailors in the area. Postwar, many returned to vacation at Hot Springs.

WAYNESVILLE, North Carolina
Downtown is a bustling combination of mountain charm and sophistication. On one street, you'll find handmade crafts; around the corner, a bottle of 2000 Chateau Petrus for the bargain price of $3,800.

Stop in at the Wall Street Book Exchange, on Wall Street, naturally. On shelves full of old hard-bound books, it's possible to find a mint-condition classic like "Gulliver's Travels" or "Madame Curie" for $3.

A block's walk will land you in Bob and Kathy Lang's Home Tech Kitchen Shop, where you can stock up on picnic accessories.

Pick up a fresh turkey sandwich with cranberry chutney from Patio Bistro & Coffee Shop and a bottle of wine from Classic Wine Seller. Then drive on Blue Ridge Parkway until an idyllic lunch spot reveals itself.

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Looking for privacy and serenity in a Mountain Retreat Home?-Cashiers, NC

The Stonefly Community is a boutique style subdivision conveniently located just 1.2 miles from the Crossroads in Cashiers NC. At Stonefly, it has been our goal to protect as much of the natural environment as possible by keeping home sites large and the density low so that each home owner can enjoy the privacy and serenity of this magical place while being conveniently close to Cashiers, Highlands and Lake Glenville North Carolina.

Four spectacular homes priced from 1.55 million are newly completed and ready for occupancy. All these homes are professionally decorator furnished. In addition, Stonefly has magnificent home sites still available starting at $250,000. Lots range in size from 1 to 5.4 acres, each home site is covered with lush native vegetation such as rhododendron and mountain laurel and is shaded by a thick canopy of towering hardwoods.
Trout streams meander throughout Stonefly and form the boundaries of each lot. These headwater streams feed the wild and scenic Chattooga River. We believe, once you have seen the very unique charm of this enchanted place, you will want to call it home.


Our featured home is the Richmond








This is not a mountain cabin in the woods. ........It's a mountain retreat that you will cherish every moment you spend in this Luxury North Carolina Mountain Home.

Step inside and become enchanted as you enter through the stone columns and vintage timbers which give just a hint of the Arts and Craft style of a bygone era.

There is more than enough room for the many guests you will want to invite to your hideaway. They will feel welcome coming home to a fire burning brightly in the stone fireplace with hand carved mantel.


The hardwood floors in the Great Room give off a soft reflective glow as you enter the Craftsman style kitchen with granite counter tops, of course. Any chef’s wish list is fulfilled with state of the art appliances and amenities. The bright sun room with paneled wood and beamed ceiling will be the perfect gathering place for friends and family.

A large master suite encompasses a full bath and a boutique sized walk-in closet.

A Powder room, formal dining room, laundry room and two guest rooms with full bath complete the first floor of this spacious home. The terrace level has a massive multi-faceted Game Room with airy sun porch, entertainment kitchen, stone fireplace, stone floors and unique theater alcove. This level boasts two additional guest suites with full private baths, a computer study and a fitness room.


The most amazing feature of this private home is not on the inside. Outside the stone terrace overlooks a natural 491' cascading tranquil stream bordering the rear of the 1.91 acre property. This beautiful home is offered at $1,695,000.


Please contact us to schedule a private tour of the Stonefly community in Cashiers, North Carolina. mailto:info@carolinapg.com

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Subdivision/Development overlooking Lake Glenville, NC-For Sale

New to the market! 26.5 Acre Development with views of Yellow Mountain and Lake Glenville, North Carolina.

Ready for an investor to take over.



  • 12 Lots on 26.5 Acres

  • Only 2 Miles from Cashiers, NC

  • Breath taking views of Lake Glenville or Mountain Views from each lot.

  • Survey Available

  • All Association Bylaws, Covenants and Articles of Inc. Established

  • Underground Utilities in place: Power, Phone & Water

  • Community Well

  • Septic Evaluations for all lots

  • Jackson County Subdivision Ordinance in place

  • Vested Rights Determination Letter on file

Purchase entire development for an incredible price of $795,000- Average 30K an acre!




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Keller Williams Realty, Rae Catanese Shatto-Real Estate Agent

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Whitewater Falls directions and tours Cashiers, North Carolina



Wonderful Waterfalls-->Waterfalls are a key geographic feature of Jackson County. The county is home to dozens of spectacular falls, including the highest waterfall east of the Rockies – the 411-foot Whitewater Falls near Cashiers.

The Jackson County Visitors Guide includes a map to 19 beautiful waterfalls throughout the county, while the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce provides an audio-taped self-guided tour of waterfalls in the Cashiers area, complete with map and description.Spend a warm day amidst the cool spray of the falls! Contact the Jackson County Visitors Center for more details at (800) 962-1911.

Directions to Whitewater Falls:(1). From Cashiers, drive south on N.C. Highway 107 for 9.3 miles.(2). Just after crossing into South Carolina, turn left at the sign for Whitewater Falls.(There is also a sign directing people to S.C. Highway 130)(3). Proceed 2.3 miles to the intersection of S.C. Highway 130 and turn left.(This becomes N.C. Highway 281 at the North Carolina state line)(4). Once back in North Carolina, you'll see a sign for the entrance to Whitewater Falls.

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RIVER ROCK Receives 20.5 Million Dollar Loan, Now what?

Good News for Real Estate Market-River Rock, Cashiers, North Carolina

Kennedy Funding, Inc.

Kennedy recently closed on a $9.54 million loan to High Grove whose principals are Robert A. Corliss and Theodore C. Morlok. Based in NorthCarolina, High Grove plans a 500-acre upscale community — High GroveEstates — at the foothills of the fabled Great Smokey Mountain range.

On the same day as the High Grove closing, the same developers closed with Kennedy on a 20.5 million loan for their River Rock community 40 miles to the south inCashiers, NC. Both communities are a short drive from major North Carolinacities and from Atlanta.

Legasus developers Robert A. Corliss and Theodore C. Morlok needed a major loan to build the Tuckasegee neighborhood of River Rock, a community in Cashiers, NC, along the Highland-Cashiers Plateau.

Cashiers, North Carolina is a hidden gem and longtime permanent or vacation home destination for affluent buyers, this area holds promise forsuccess despite the oft-reported housing market downturn.

With wooded hikingtrails, a planned entertainment and fitness complex, and with high-country living, Tuckasegee will present buyers withscenic settings and desirable lifestyle elements.

The $20.5 million loan will pay off existing debt and fund improvements including new roads, footbridges,an entrance feature, utilities, community lodge design, and constructionstartup for Phase I. The builders offered 677 acres of appropriately zonedland for collateral.

Another attraction to River Rock is Phil Mickelson's first project with his deisgn company, River Rock Golf Club in Cahiers, N.C., will debut in 2010. Weaving delicately along the natural contours of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the River Rock golf course layout is to debut in 2010 combines panoramic vistas, meandering streams and lush forests into a thrilling experience.

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Closest Airports to Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Glenville, NC

Closest Airports to Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Glenville, NC
Approximate travel times from following airports to the
Cashiers, Highlands and Lake Glenville, North Carolina Areas.
click on links below for airports and airlines
Best from Tampa/St. Pete Area-Allegiant Air has lowest rates


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Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival- North Carolina


"Hi Folks - More information will be coming soon - But I wanted you to go ahead and mark your calendars for Thursday, July 24 for our Chamber Music Event at the Dowden Pavilion at the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers, North Carolina

We are especially lucky this year to have the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet performing. Their website link is provided below. Bring a chair or blanket; pack a picnic, and enjoy the music and scenery!http://www.smbq.com/home.html

Also note the other dates for Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival performances ...http://www.h-cmusicfestival.org/

SMBQ offers a delectable blend, in terms of both repertoire and the sound they create together. Ranging from crowd-pleasing dixieland to contemporary pieces that challenge and explore, these accomplished performers make musical magic with their smooth technique, energetic playing, and warm presence.

From Cullowhee to Carnegie, they are quality entertainment that will enrich you.


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Best Places to invest in Large Tracks of Land, North Carolina


Looking for large tracks of land in the Cashiers, Glenville & Highlands North Carolina area?

We have large tracks of land located in the Western North Carolina high elevation mountain region, near the Blue Ridge Mountains ready for development. This is a unique opportunity for investment on the ground level of an exciting new project.

Don't miss out on one of the last large land opportunities available in our upscale luxury home community. This is the time to invest!

To research why the Cashiers, Highlands, & Lake Glenville areas are the best places for development and growth, see links below


Real Estate Market Growth Statistics North Carolina Mountains (9)
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New Development Cashiers NC (4)

For questions please contact Rae Shatto at Keller Williams Realty in Cashiers, NC
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Update on Growth for the Cashiers, NC Community

The recent Mountain Landscapes Initiative was strongly supported by the Cashiers Historical Society membership, along with many other groups and individuals within the community coming together to discuss the future of Cashiers. We feel it will have long lasting positive results for the community and the Real Estate Market. Out of the 150 people in attendence, only 1 couple thought the meeting was dissapointing. Their issues were related to availability of water and sewer supplies. This issue will be addressed at the next meeting.

If you agree that this charrette will produce positive results for growth in Cashiers, please take a minute to cast a positive vote on line at Crossroads Chronical.
See left hand column to vote.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this important event. The charrette team is returning within the next few weeks to present the Cashiers plan to the community and we will be sending details of that meeting soon.

For more information on the Mountain Landscapes Initiative, please visit http://www.mountainlandscapesnc.org/.

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What is a Conservation Easement?

The view of Laurel Knob and Cow Rock from Lonesome Valley's new 26 acre conservation agreement.


In Cashiers, just off of Highway 64, there is a remarkable box canyon with a view that extends to Laurel Knob, the tallest granite face in the Eastern United States

This place is known as Lonesome Valley and has been owned by the Jennings family since 1895. This nearly 800 acre tract of land has enjoyed a rich history as a farm, mink ranch, trout farm and today is an innovative, family-friendly, conservation-oriented community.

At the very heart of the community the Jennings family has established a 26 acre conservation easement that encompasses six different habitat types including the vast main meadow, a cove forest, and a southern Appalachian bog.

In a conservation easement or conservation agreement, owners give up certain rights to future development within the easement area. They still own the property, and in exchange for development rights, they may receive a federal income tax deduction and a North Carolina tax credit. Most importantly, the easement are is forever preserved and protected from future development. The easement must be received and monitored by a qualified entity such as a land trust.

The Lonesome Valley conservation easement is held by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and protects important open space, wildlife habitat and an incredible scenic view of Cow Rock and Laurel Knob.

The landscape of western North Carolina has become increasingly fragmented over time as development has progressed. In Jackson County alone, the number of new parcels in the last 10 years exceeds 5,000. The ecological result of this fragmentation is the loss of habitat, along with isolating remnant habitat patches from each other. This fragmentation potentially inhibits the movement of wildlife and plant dispersal.

The Conservation Easement at Lonesome Valley avoids this isolation effect by being connected to approximately 250 additional acres of designated greenspace within Lonesome Valley including streams, wetlands, rock faces, and forests that will never be developed.

More than 30 percent of the entire development is committed to greenspace selected specifically to maintain the ecological integrity and connectedness of the Lonesome Valley landscape. Additionally, Lonesome Valley's green corridors also connect to Panthertown Valley, a 7,000 acre portion of the Nantahala National Forest and wildlife sactuary.

To learn more about Conservations Easements, contact the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust at (828) 526-1111.

Find out more about the Lonesome Valley Community in Cashiers, NC
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Things to do in Cashiers/Sapphire Valley/Lake Glenville, NC

Things to do this summer/fall in Cashiers/Lake Glenville/Sapphire Valley.

The Village Green, a two acre park centrally located in the heart of Cashiers, provides walking paths and a pavilion enjoyed by all that visit. Located at the Village is the Village Play. A fantastic playground, designed by the local youngsters and built with love and pride by the area residents.

The Cashiers area is blessed to have many social and cultural happenings on a seasonal and year-round basis. Western Carolina University, located only a short drive "down the mountain", is noted for its many educational, recreational, and cultural events available to the public.

If you live in Western North Carolina or Atlanta, Ga and if you can wait, crowds diminish and prices drop almost everywhere after Labor Day. Also, instead of spending extra money on airfare or having to take a tiring long-distance drive, take a luxury vacation close to home, (called a "staycataion") perhaps a few days at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, the Grove Park Inn, the Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway or the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers.



All area codes are (828)

August
August Norton Community Bazaar @ the Norton Community Center

August 2 Make-A-Wish Festival & Car Show For more info please call (828)506-0011.

August 9-10 Sapphire Valley Arts & Craft Show 743-0321

August 15 Cashiers Designer Showhouse Patrons Party 743-7710

August 16-31 Cashiers Designer Showhouse 743-7710

August 22-23 American Cancer Society Relay for Life 1-866-227-7798

August 30-31 Rotary Fall Fling at the Village Green

September
September 20 Cashiers Community Council Annual Fish Fry @ the Cashiers Community Center 5:30pm - 8pm

September 25 Cashiers Historical Society's Founder's Day 743-7710


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