Blog :: 2009

Silver Creek Real Estate Group Turns Up the Heat During the Off-Season

This Winter, Dont Let Your Property Suffer From Underexposure

While other businesses in the mountains of Western North Carolina may limit their operations during the winter months, Silver Creek Real Estate Group forges ahead with targeted advertising and strategic marketing plans designed to reach an entirely new collection of families and real estate investors. We continually update our website and blog with new listings, community guides, event calendars, helpful information for both buyers and sellers, and the latest Western North Carolina Real Estate News. To introduce the discerning vacation homebuyer to our little slice of heaven, we advertise both locally and regionally with such high-profile publications as DuPont Registry, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, and Florida Estates Magazine. For a fine example of how we showcase our listings, please see our latest ad in this weeks Cashiers Chronicle.

Silver Creek Christmas Ad

To join the growing number of people who have chosen to partner with an agency where the client comes first and integrity isnt just a word, we invite you to call Silver Creek Real Estate Group today at 828-743-1999. Our experienced and talented team of brokers pledges to give the sale or purchase of your Blue Ridge Mountain home their all no matter the temperature outside. We understand that while the traffic on the mountain may not be as heavy as in the spring and summer months, wise buyers are looking NOW in order to be in their dream home on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in time for the wildflowers to come into bloom. To learn more about Silver Creek, please visit our website at www.ncliving.com.

The brokers and staff at Silver Creek Real Estate Group wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. May all good things come your way in the New Year!

Allegiant Airline Offers Flights from Greenville (GSP) to Florida Destinations

From the Sunny Shores of Florida to the Snowy Slopes of Western North Carolina Allegiant Travel Company Now Offers Affordable Flights to Nearby Greenville Spartanburg Airport

Calling all Florida natives hoping to experience a change of both scenery and seasons this winter! Discount travel company Allegiant Air now services the following Florida cities into and out of Greenville Spartanburg Airport (GSP): Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa/St. Pete, Punta Gorda and Orlando. Allegiant LogoAllegiant can help travelers design special packages to include affordable flights and rental cars. A short picturesque drive from the airport up the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway 11 brings visitors into the greater Cashiers area, where they can ski the slopes to their hearts content, roast marshmallows nightly in a stacked stone hearth, and build a snowman or two. Read more about our local Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes. Keep in mind, the peaceful environment and higher elevations of Western North Carolinas Blue Ridge Mountains also offer the ideal escape from the crowded beaches and Florida heat during the spring and summer months. Once youve made your first trip to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, chances are youll want to keep coming back for more! Based in the heart of Cashiers, Silver Creek Real Estate Group is well prepared to help you find that one-of-a-kind family mountain retreat in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway, NC. To learn more about Silver Creek, our talented team of brokers and the unique corner of the world we call home, visit www.ncliving.com. For more information on flights, rates and travel packages to Western North Carolina, visit www.allegiantair.com.

January Plateau Pursuits - Calendar of Events

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2010 is here this is major cause for celebration! Its time to pack up the car and head to the mountains of Western North Carolina for a marshmallow-roasting, snowboard-n-skiing, scenic-viewing, snowman-building, family-friendly good time! Aside from our year-round bounty of great places to shop and dine, Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled the following list of fun-filled events and happenings on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau for the month of January. Weve even put together a directory of great places to stay while youre on the Plateau - please click here (link to accommodations page). Once youve been inspired by the natural splendor and simply stunning change of seasons to purchase that one-of-a-kind family retreat in North Carolinas beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Silver Creek brokers are ready and eager to help you. Simply give us a call at 828-743-1999, send us an e-mail at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We hope to see YOU up on the mountain soon!

January 1-31Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills a fun bunny hill for beginners/intermediate skiers and a main run of 1,600 feet in length featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding with the entire family on a thrilling 500 foot run. For more information, visit our Ski the Slopes blog. (link to Ski the Slopes blog)

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard AdultsPublic Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$52.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$36.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$30.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$18.00

Children ( 12 & under )Public Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$26.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$16.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$24.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$14.00

Ski's & Poles Rental Only$21.00 Snowboard Rental Only$30.00 Helmet Rental$9.00 Boot rental$9.00

Ski and Snowboard Lessons Group (min. 3 people, max. 10)$15.00 per Hour Private (w/ Advanced Reservation)$25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental $22.00 for two-hour session Weather Permitting Hours: Monday 5-9pm Friday Noon-8pm Saturday 10am-8pm Sunday 10am-6pm

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfields Sapphire Valley Resort.

January 30Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Dinner with theatrical performance by the Highlands Players. Proceeds from evenings event benefit The Summit Charter Schools Family Association. For more information, call 828-743-5755.

Keep an eye out for more fun events coming in February 2010!

United Airlines Starts Jet Service Between Asheville and Chicago

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) Celebrates United Inaugural Flight to the Windy City

Flying into Asheville Regional AirportToday marked the inaugural United Airlines flight between Chicagos OHare International Airport (ORD) and Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in Asheville, North Carolina. The new service runs twice daily on a 50-seat CRJ200 regional jet aircraft operated by SkyWest Airlines.

Since AVL is the closest regional airport to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, we're excited about this new flight and the opportunities it gives to residents and area businesses, as well as to leisure travelers looking to explore our beautiful area. Not only that, it also opens the door for tourism from Chicago -- the third largest city in the United States. You can book your trip now at www.united.com and www.flyavl.com.

Spending the Holidays on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Start a New Tradition with Your Family in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountainsof Western North Carolina

Are your familys holiday traditions as stale as last years Christmas cookies? Do you long for a holiday that is reminiscent of a classic Norman Rockwell painting? Its no secret why the historic resort village of Cashiers and the town of Highlands in North Carolina have drawn families here for close to two hundred years. Between the crisp mountain air, fantastic views of natures splendor, wonderfully peaceful atmosphere and cornucopia of fun family-friendly activities and venues, every year an entirely new collection of families make the choice to build new traditions together and make their home (or second home) on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. With a wide variety of home choices easy maintenance condominiums overlooking a mystic waterfall, quaint cottages nestled in a grove of towering pines, estate-sized mountain retreats, and more theres something to fit every kind of family in Highlands, Cashiers and the neighboring towns of Glenville, Sapphire and Lake Toxaway.

Winter scene at High Hampton in Cashiers NC

Winter scene at High Hampton in Cashiers NC

There is no better time than now during the holiday season to start building some truly special family memories in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Arent you tired of hauling out the old artificial Christmas tree year after year? Imagine selecting and chopping down your own REAL Christmas tree, and filling your home with the heavenly aroma of fresh mountain pine. Picture yourself roasting marshmallows with your family before a roaring fire in the stunning stacked stone fireplace at the heart of your great room, framed with exposed heavy timber beams and filled with warmth. Allow yourself to dream of a White Christmas that might actually come true. Even if youre not quite ready to make the leap to a permanent home, Western North Carolina is still a wonderful place to visit. From historic inns, to posh resorts, to amazing rental homes we invite you to come experience the holidays in an entirely new way. Like something from a vintage picture postcard, the villages of Cashiers and Highlands are decorated for the holidays and the shops are filled with unique gifts for everyone on your list. The calendar of events for each community along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau is jam-packed with fantastic holiday happenings to help spread the Christmas cheer and promote that wonderful feeling of community that sets us apart from other resorts.

Once youve made the decision to put down roots here, youll find something to love about every single season on the mountain. To begin the search for your familys one-of-a-kind mountain retreat, the talented team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group is ready to help you. What better gift to give your family than an extraordinary legacy home that can be passed down and enjoyed from generation to generation? It will truly be the gift that keeps giving! Contact Silver Creeks experienced brokers today at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices conveniently located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. To learn more about accommodations available in the area, please visit our website at www.ncliving.com.

From Our Family to Your Family Silver Creek Real Estate Group Wishes You All a Very Happy Holiday Season! May Your Stockings and Your Hearts Be Full!

Silver Creek Is Changing the Face of North Carolina Real Estate in 2010

Cashiers Brokerage Firm Combines Grass Roots Marketing, Relationship Building and Technology to Grow Client Base and Reputation

As 2009 comes to a close, we cant help but reflect on all the exciting changes this year has brought to our brokerage firm in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Silver Creek Real Estate Group, located in the heart of the historic resort village of Cashiers, has really started growing as word spreads of our exquisite taste level, no nonsense approach, innovative marketing strategies and unparalleled devotion to our clients. We are a specialized agency of experienced brokers dedicated to providing excellent customer service while striving to deliver the very best results. We offer straightforward advice and an aggressive, targeted marketing plan to each and every one of our clients. Rather than lingering amongst hundreds of listings and communicating sporadically with an overwhelmed listing agent, our clients find a committed partner in Silver Creek. Homeowners who list with us have the prospect of having their home or property featured online, as well as in local publications such as the Real Estate Magazine. We advertise in such high profile publications as Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, WNC Magazine, DuPont Registry, and Charleston Magazine in an effort to drive more traffic to our website and listings.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group's Office

Silver Creek Real Estate Group's Office

This year, we have added a new broker to our team Lesley Howard, a highly skilled and incredibly talented real estate professional. Lesley is proficient in the art of marketing, staging, and selling homes and land. Rounding out the sales team are Silver Creek founder Jochen Lucke, and veteran broker Elaine Zachary. All three share a deep understanding of the people and places of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and an unwavering enthusiasm for their work that is simply unmatched. Silver Creek has also grown the size and scope of our website and added a blog, which we update regularly with helpful articles, area events and local sales information. As we grow, so does the number and variety of our listings. From quaint cottages in the forest, to luxury mountain estates, to elegant lakeside retreats, Silver Creek has it all. In addition, we have fostered relationships with a number of publications both on and off the mountain, as we seek to introduce people throughout the Southeast to our unique slice of heaven. We work closely with the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association to plan exciting events to draw new people to the area. Most recently, we introduced GPS technology to our extensive list of services allowing us to educate our clients about property in ways we never have before. In 2010, we pledge to continue to grow our agency, to seek out novel approaches to better serve our clients, and to pursue new avenues for spreading the word of our special little corner of the world to those off the mountain. In short, we hope to change the face of real estate on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

If you own a home in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville or Lake Toxaway and are considering placing your property on the market, Silver Creek welcomes the opportunity to become your listing agency. Winter is an excellent time to list many buyers will begin the quest to find their dream home now so that they are ready to move in as spring arrives! If you are searching for home of your dreams where you and your family can build memories together for years to come, we look forward to the opportunity to introduce you to what we consider to be the most special place on Earth. Whether you're buying or selling a home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, we invite you to call us at 828.743.1999 with any questions you might have, or visit our offices conveniently located just west of The Cashiers Crossroads at The Shoppes at CreekSide. Wed love to meet you! For more information about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, visit us online at www.ncliving.com.

Jochen,Annetta, Elaine and Lesleywish you a very happy holiday season and an even happier New Year!

Winter is the Best Time to Buy Tracts of Land and Lots in Western North Carolina

As Far As The Eye Can See Why Winter is the Best Time to Buy Tracts of Land and Lots in Western North Carolina

Winter is one of the most beloved seasons for many reasons that first magical snowfall, the smell of pine hanging heavy in the air, the bright lights and festive mood of the holidays, and lets not forget all of the delicious food. Silver Creek Real Estate Group is pleased to announce that we have another terrific reason to add to the list one that could potentially make our clients love winter even more. When it comes to selling tracts of land and future home sites in the mountains of Western North Carolina, a really good realtor will encourage their clients to bundle up and brave the cold to see the property in a completely new light. Winter is truly one of the best times of year to buy land. The seasonal lack of foliage afforded during the winter months actually gives future homeowners the opportunity to clearly view their prospective awe-inspiring panoramas and allows them to gain a better perspective of the lay of the land. It also aids them in determining the size of a lot, as well as the lots proximity to other homes within a development. From our point of view, nothing beats the look on our clients faces when they see the potential in a plot of land and view for the first time a breathtaking vista as far as the eye can see from what could be their future backyard. The look can best be described as a childs face on Christmas morning!

Winter viewsAt Silver Creek, were not only concerned with what our clients can see, but also with what they cant. We have recently acquired a very special tool to assist our clients in better understanding the property they are considering even further. Our new advanced GPS technology gives us a birds eye view of property lines and landscape features housed within a particular tract. We are proud to be the only brokerage firm on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau to have this technology just another fine example of how Silver Creek is willing to go the extra mile and explore innovative ways to better serve our clients.

Its time to stop dreaming of that family vacation home in the mountains, and start making it a reality! Take advantage of incredible deals on land for sale in and around the historic resort villages of Cashiers and Highlands, North Carolina before its too late. Buy your ideal home site during the winter months, and your custom-built mountain retreat could be ready for your family before you know it! A home in the Blue Ridge Mountains will give you a new reason to love every season. Make a call to the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group today to schedule a tour of some of the best home sites available. Well even take it a step further and put you in contact with a handful of the regions finest builders. We look forward to introducing you and your family to the area, and showing you amazing views as far as the eye can see! For more information, call us at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices conveniently located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide.

The Lakefront Community of Stillpoint on Lake Glenville in Western North Carolina

Luxury Mountain and Lakefront Living at its Finest Stillpoint on Lake Glenville in Western North Carolina

The epitome of luxury mountain and lakefront living, the community of Stillpoint on Lake Glenville offers its residents a rich blend of pristine natural beauty with modern conveniences, including underground utilities, paved roads, community water and close proximity to the family-friendly amenities, unique shops, fine dining and cultural arts of the popular resort villages of Cashiers and Highlands.This well-established gated community features estate-sized lots and some of Western North Carolinas most distinctive homes, custom-designed by a handful of the areas finest builders.All Stillpoint homes adhere to strict architectural guidelines in order to both complement and preserve the natural splendor that sets this stunning waterfront community apart. In an ongoing effort to safeguard the original character of Stillpoint and protect the land for future generations, the development has taken great care to put certain deed restrictions in place.

Lake GlenvilleAt the heart of Stillpoint lies beautiful Lake Glenville the crown jewel of the Glenville community offering 1,400 surface acres for exploring, boating, fishing, swimming and more.At about 3,940 feet above sea level, Lake Glenville is the highest lake east of the Mississippi. Life at this elevation provides pleasant climates year round, as well as incredible views of the lake, mountains, forest and waterfalls that are common in the region. Word has it that once you set foot in Lake Glenville, gently stirring her glassy surface, you'll feel a stirring in your own heart. This feeling keeps visitors returning year after year, as they continue to build upon their special memories of days spent at the lake. Dont you think its time to start building some memories of your own? All homes and home sites in Stillpoint offer lake access, many with lake frontage or lake views. With a lake in your backyard, what more could you possibly want? Enjoy awe-inspiring sunsets over the water from the bow of your boat or from rockers on your rear deck for years to come.

For more information about Stillpoint or to schedule a tour of the available properties, call the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group at 828-743-1999, email us at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices conveniently located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide.

Cashiers North Carolina's Christmas Tree Farms

O Christmas Tree! Western North Carolina Christmas Tree Farms

One of our favorite sights up here on the mountain (besides our signature, awe-inspiring vistas or the sun setting over one of our many lakes) is the sea of cars heading through the village with beautiful new Christmas trees strapped to their roofs. It is a heart-warming signal to locals in Western North Carolina that the holidays are just around the corner. Just a short and scenic drive up the mountain brings visitors to the town of Glenville and the historic village of Cashiers for their rich bounty of Christmas Tree farms. Many of these farms will not only assist you in selecting the ideal tree for your family, but theyll even help you cut it down. Most can also provide you with fresh pine wreaths, garland and swag so your home may be filled with the heavenly scent of a mountain forest in winter. Several feature renowned Carolina Frasier Fir Trees.

christmas tree farm in snowListed below are just a handful of Christmas Tree farms in Cashiers, Cullowhee, and Glenville area:

Neddie Mountain Farm 1103 Silver Run Road Cashiers, NC (334) 685-0591

Moss Tree Farm 1822 Norton Road Cashiers, NC (828) 743-6398 www.mosstreefarm.com

Tom Sawyer Christmas Tree Farm Highway 107 North Glenville, NC (828) 743-9030 www.tomsawyerchristmastreefarm.com Featuring Choose n Cut, Wagon Rides, Story Telling and Free Cookies & Cider

Burrell Christmas Tree Farm Big Ridge Community Glenville, NC (828) 743-2882 www.burrellchristmastrees.com

Adrian Fowler Tree Farm P O Box 40 Cashiers, NC 828-399-0673 or 828-743-0269

Grandy Mountain Tree Farm Highway 64 East approx 1.5 mile then left on Cedar Creek Road and follow signs Cashiers, NC 828-508-8183 or 828-508-2477

Snowbird Farms 4484 Pine Creek Road Cullowhee, NC 828-743-5329 or 800-511-6406 www.snowbirdfarm.com

Ty-Lyn Plantation 971 Lloyd Hooper Road Cullowhee, NC 828-743-3899 www.tylynplantation.com

The folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group invite you and your family to begin a very special new tradition together. Rather than putting up that ancient artificial tree or buying a week-old tree from a grocery store parking lot again this year, come to Western North Carolina, select your very own freshly cut Christmas tree and bring a little of the mountains home. Be sure to stop in Cashiers or Highlands to dine in one of our fine restaurants and visit our unique shops for some last minute Christmas shopping!

Happy Holidays!

Glenshore Community on Lake Glenville in Western North Carolina

The ultimate in mountain and lakefront living - Glenshore on Lake Glenville in Western North Carolina. High atop the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, lining the shores of stunning Lake Glenville, lies this very special community. One of the more established subdivisions on Lake Glenville, Glenshore is a highly sought after gated community featuring some of the most beautiful multi-million dollar homes in the area. Many are designed and constructed by local custom homebuilders, and all adhere to strict architectural guidelines in order to complement the pristine natural setting.

Lake Glenville

Lake Glenville

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to present several distinctive homes within Glenshore, including a striking Alpine Log Home priced at $4,595,000. Completely remodeled in 2008, this amazing mountain-lake retreat offers five spacious bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and one half bath on 1.07 unspoiled acres. The custom homes interior features the finest in luxury touches throughout, including slate, travertine and marble surfaces with hand-forged metal work and superb wood detailing. At the heart of the home, the great room showcases exposed beams and a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stone hearth. Other highlights of the homes interior include a fitness room, home office, pool room, fully equipped home theatre, and unbelievable gourmet kitchen. The exterior is equally spectacular and the view from one of the homes many decks is simply unsurpassed. This is the ideal home for a large family or the couple who loves to entertain.

Aside from Glenshores truly one-of-a-kind homes, each home site within this incredible community is entirely individual and must be seen to be appreciated. Every lot offers a unique perspective of the lake, forest, mountains, or all of the above. Glenshore on Lake Glenville provides its residents with all of the pleasures the lake has to offer boating, waterskiing, jet skiing, swimming, fishing and more. Combining awe-inspiring views of the lake with the mountains just beyond, Glenshore on Lake Glenville is the perfect marriage of luxury mountain and lakefront living!

To request a tour of Glenshore and one or more of its homes for sale, or to view the breathtaking vistas from some of the available home sites, contact the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. You can reach us by calling 828-743-1999, e-mailing us at info@ncliving.com or dropping by our offices conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We look forward to introducing you and your family to one of Western North Carolinas finest mountain-lake communities.