Why people from Atlanta select Western North Carolina for Vacation Homes

Here's a nice article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution regarding the Cashiers, NC area and why people from Atlanta are choosing to buy their vacation home here in the mountains!

Vacation Home of the Week: Cashiers, NC

Natural beauty with plenty to do

By Lori Johnston
For the AJC

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mark Carruth and his wife, Dena, built a second home in Cashiers, N.C., because of its laid-back locale and proximity to high-end homes Carruth was building in the area, including in Trillium. Carruth, co-founder of Windsong Properties, which also creates active adult communities in metro Atlanta, chatted about their North Carolina getaway.

Their place: This is the couple’s third home in Cashiers. Features that they haven’t had in previous vacation homes include the outdoor fireplace. “Especially this time of the year, we enjoy sitting around it. That would be the most unique feature about the house,” he said. While their home in Atlanta is more formal, the North Carolina house features natural materials such as stone and antique beams and distressed wood floors. “It’s very cozy, warm. It just has a real good feel to it,” he said. Across the street is an unusual amenity, a croquet court - and their home also backs up to a garden golf course and trails. They’re walking distance to the activities center, which has a gym, spa and indoor tennis courts.

How far from home: About three hours from the north side of Atlanta. “You’ve got this incredible drive, for the most part,” he said. “When you get off the interstate, you get into some beautiful scenic areas.”

How often theyire there: Carruth is typically there every week, for work and relaxation.
What they love about it: The solitude. “We’re in a very quiet area where you’ve got the natural beauty of the mountains surrounding you,” Carruth said.

What they do when they’re there: Golf on Trillium’s mountain course. They also enjoy hiking and mountain biking. “It’s just incredible trails, with tremendous views. We had some friends up (one) weekend and hiked up to Chimney Top,” he said. On Friday evenings, they often meet with neighbors at wine and cheese events sponsored by the development. “That’s sort of where you connect and you go out to dinner and make arrangements for weekend activities from there,” he said.

At a Glance
Mark and Carruth’s home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and features such as a master on the main, vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace. The home was completed about two years ago.

Community Overview
Trillium has more than 300 existing homes, with a total of 500 planned. Prices range from $400,000-$3 million in the community, which started development 12 years ago. The homes range from 1,500-6,000 square feet, with lot sizes averaging 1 acre. They have four bedrooms and 4 baths, on average, and features such as outdoor fireplaces or fire pits and a master on the main. Amenities include a lake, 18-hole golf course and golf learning center, tennis courts, pool, two restaurants, fitness center, garden golf and croquet. Annual dues in the community, developed by Trillium Links & Village, range from $6,000-$8,500.

To tour any homes for sale feel free to contact us at 828-226-8837. Resales and developer inventory are available in the Cashiers, Highlands and Sapphire areas.


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