Blog :: 10-2009

The Lake Glenville community in Western North Carolina

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The Town of Glenville.........Western North Carolinas Best Kept Secret

Originally named Hamburgh (and later Hamburg), it is believed that the Glenville community in the mountains of Western North Carolina was initially settled in 1827 as a frontier fort to protect early settlers from attacks by the native Cherokee Indians. In time, the fledgling town grew and thrived due to the wealth of natural resources in the area and the industries of lumbering, mining and tanning. Incorporated as Glenville in 1891, unlike some of the other communities along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, it was not originally known as a resort destination as the lake itself did not exist until the early 1940s. Over the course of 14 months during 1940 and 1941, Nantahala Power and Light constructed a hydroelectric dam on the Tuskegee River to form Lake Glenville and supply their company with more power to produce much-needed aluminum to build warplanes during World War II. On a fateful day in October 1941, the creation of the dam and filling of the lake nearly destroyed the town by flooding many of the schools, churches, farms, homes and businesses in the town to a depth of 300 feet.

Lake Glenville in the Fall

Lake Glenville in the Fall

Today, new life has returned to the town of Glenville thanks in large part to the lake that once threatened to bury her forever. Now considered by many to be the heart of the Glenville community at 3,942 feet above sea level Lake Glenville is the highest lake east of the Mississippi. Fed by five tributaries and a network of creeks and streams, the lake offers 26 miles of stunning shoreline, a pristine water surface area of over 1,400 acres, and glorious scenery all around. The high elevation provides pleasant climates year round, as well as incredible views of the lake, mountains, forest and waterfalls that are common in the region. Whether fishing, boating or swimming in this extraordinary lake, 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. Lake Glenville serves as a major draw for visitors from all over the Southeast, as well as vacation homeowners and year-round residents of this beautiful mountain and lake community.

Lake Glenville is located in close proximity to the historic resort village of Cashiers, providing its residents with an opportunity to shop and dine to their heart's content. Homes on Lake Glenville offer a perfect balance for dream home seekers who cant decide between a waterfront home and a mountain retreat. A handful of Glenville communities provide a country club environment, all of which celebrate the natural beauty of the region. Some of Glenvilles unique communities include Bear Lake Reserve, Big Ridge, Bridge Creek, Buck Knob Island, Buck Knob Landing, Cullowhee Forest, Glen Laurel, Glenshore, Sims Valley, Stonebridge, Stone Point, Summer Cove, Summer Hill and Trillium (click here to read more about Trillium).

This time of year, as thoughts turn to the holidays visitors may be pleased to learn that Glenville is also famous (at least in these parts) for its Christmas Tree Farms. The breeze up here is fragrant with the scent of Frasier Firs from growers such as Tom Sawyers Christmas Tree Farms and Hutchs Mountain Trees. A steady stream of cars can be seen driving through town and down the mountain with a freshly cut tree mounted to the roof. Consider making the drive up to Glenville to see this very special community firsthand, tour some homes with the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group and drive back down the mountain with a perfectly picked Christmas tree of your own. Were fairly certain youll have more than sugarplums dancing through your head at days end. To add something very special to your holiday wish list, view available property and homes for sale in Glenville by clicking here. For more information or to schedule a personalized tour of Glenville, contact Silver Creek at 828-743-1999.

Life is but a Dream on Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat Life is but a Dream on Lake Toxaway

Visitors to Lake Toxawaybear witness to the beauty and serenity that first drew visionary E.H. Jennings to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina. The Pittsburg entrepreneurs belief in the viability in this region as a resort destination led to the transformation of the rugged terrain associated with the area into a beautiful 614- acre mountain lake. Named by its creator, Lake Toxaway was the first man-made lake built in the Appalachians. Knowing visitors would become as enamored with the area as he was, Jennings built The Toxaway Inn along the lakes shoreline. It quickly became a well-known retreat among the nations most affluent citizens, and early guests of the Inn included Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.

Lake Toxaway in the fall

Lake Toxaway in the fall

While on vacation at Lake Toxaway, socialite and Savannah native Lucy Camp Armstrong also fell in love with the area. She bought 40 acres around the lake and built an estate, lavish gardens and riding stables in 1915. Sadly, during heavy rains in the summer of 1916, the area experienced flooding and a dam gave way emptying Lake Toxaway completely. Armstrongs estate and the Inn held fast, but with no lake the area lost its appeal for the vacationing jet set. This event eventually led to the demise of The Toxaway Inn, which stood empty for 30 years before being demolished in 1948. Ms. Armstrong continued to love the area, took up permanent residence at her estate and lived long enough to see her dream realized when the lake was restored to its original beauty in the 1960s. After her death in 1970, Ms. Armstrongs estate was transformed into The Greystone Inn crown jewel of the Lake Toxaway Community.

Situated at 3,014 feet above sea level, Lake Toxaway offers 14 miles of shoreline, mild year round temperatures, beautiful natural settings and a wealth of opportunities for water-themed activities. Providing the best of both worlds by combining amazing views of the mountains and lakefront living, it is now home to some of the areas most sought after and imaginative communities with resort-quality amenities. The lake and developments such as Bear Wallow Springs, Catatoga, Lake Toxaway Estatesand Toxaway Views continue to draw visitors to this unique corner of the world year after year. Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to introduce you and your family to this very special spot along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. To view available homes or property for sale, click here. To schedule an appointment to view this unique lake community up close and personal, drop by our offices located in the heart of Cashiers at The Shoppes at CreekSide or call the talented team at Silver Creek at 828-743-1999. You could be in the mountain-lake home of your dreams in time for the holidays!

Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

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A Jewel of a Find in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Originating as primarily a gold and gem mine town Sapphire, North Carolina is a jewel of a find along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. In the early 19th Century, the Sapphire Valley region was reportedly the nations leading gold producing area until the California Gold Rush of 1849. Conjecture either has it that the town of Sapphire was named for the bounty of beautiful blue gems also found in the local mines or for the crystal blue skies visible above the mountaintops.

In the late 1800s, Pittsburgh entrepreneur E.H. Jennings purchased thousands of acres of wilderness in Western North Carolinas Jackson and Transylvania counties through his venture, the Toxaway Company. The original mission was to build a railroad from Hendersonville to Toxaway to carry the felled timber to the Toxaway Company sawmill, and from there the lumber to the shipping points. It wasnt long before Jennings saw beyond trees for lumber to the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This early visionary decided to create a resort destination, and dubbed the area The Switzerland of the South. He built resorts in nearby Cashiers and Lake Toxaway, as well as the Fairfield Inn on Lake Fairfield in the Sapphire Valley. The Inn, built in the style of a Swiss Alpine Lodge in 1896, was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1982, but had to be closed and torn down after a fire in 1986.

Home to the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company, Sapphires local tavern was established in 1888 near the Horsepasture River Gold Mine to serve thirsty miners. Now primarily serving thirsty golfers and hungry patrons, great care has been given to preserving the original ambience of this historical brewery. From the saloon flooring, to whisky barrels, to stone blocks in the fireplace all more than a century old much of the original structure has been moved from its initial location to its new position overlooking the beautiful Sapphire National Golf Course.

Sapphire is also home to the historic Camp Merrie-Woode. Since 1919, this very special summer camp has been inspiring girls and young women to appreciate the simple life and natural beauty, while emphasizing the importance of a lifetime of service. Serving thousands of campers since its inception, each individual at Camp Merrie-Woode is valued for who she is and who she will become. Camp Merrie-Woode is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its original Adirondack-style structures.

Fairfield Lake, Sapphire Valley NC

Fairfield Lake, Sapphire Valley NC

Today, E.H. Jenningss original vision of a resort destination is still alive and well. Although his original beloved Fairfield Inn is no more, Sapphire is perhaps best known for its most popular destination, Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley. This outstanding family-friendly resort offers an abundance of amenities and activities, including the 50-acre Sapphire Lake, the 18-hole PGA Sapphire National Golf Course, 9-hole golf course, one indoor and two outdoor swimming pools, ten tennis courts, health club with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, boating and fishing on the lake, horseback riding, game room, massage services, miniature golf and more. The resort has partnered with a number of area communities to share their facilities with local residents. A handful of these communities include Bald Rock, Cedar Hill, Country Club Estates, Deer Run, Eagle Ridge, Falcon Ridge, FiveStone, Fox Run Ridge, Golf Club Estates, Holly Forest I - XIV, Round Hill, Sapphire High, Stonecreek Crossing, The Divide at Bald Rock and Whisper Lake.

Another destination that serves as a major draw to Sapphire and sets it apart from some of the other local communities is the Sapphire Valley Ski Resort. Opportunities to ski or snowboard the slopes rest on the resorts two downhill runs one with a 200 foot vertical drop at 1,600 feet in length, and one considerably milder "bunny hill". The resort also features a fun two-lane tube park called Frozen Falls.

Most importantly, Sapphire stands out fo its natural beauty. Portions of the U.S. National Forestry's Panthertown Valley lie within Sapphire filled with miles of hiking trails, cascading waterfalls and acre after acre of unspoiled forest.

Neighborhoods in Sapphire vary from affordable single-family homes to luxury mountain estates. For more information about Sapphire and its many excellent community offerings, call the team of experienced local brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group at 828.743.1999 or drop by our offices in the Shoppes at CreekSide located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads. To view homes and properties for sale, visit our Sapphire Communities and Subdivisions page at www.ncliving.com. We invite you to take advantage of the current buyers market, and find a jewel of your own in WNCs outstanding Sapphire Valley.

Information courtesy of sapphirevalleyresort.com, sapphiremountainbrewingcompany.com and merriewoode.com.

Chinquapin Community of Western North Carolina

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Life as it was Meant to be Lived Naturally

With a credo touting "Life as it was meant to be lived ... Naturally," the extraordinary 2,000-acre community of Chinquapin takes their charge very seriously. Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, homes in Chinquapin are architecturally designed to appear as one with the stunning natural landscape for a perfect blend of rustic elegance. Life at Chinquapin includes planned community activities, a regulation-length walking golf course, fly-fishing for native brook trout, journeys on horseback with the riding club and the amazing Chinquapin Lodge. Residents of Chinquapin are also entitled to all the benefits of her sister property, Trillium Links & Lake Club, including an 18-hole championship golf course, fitness center, indoor tennis courts, aerobics classes, massage studio and croquet courts. Chinquapin's sprawling backyard includes 6,600 acres of Panthertown Valley National Forest, featuring miles of winding hiking trails leading to at least eight major waterfalls, and sandy beaches beautifully framed by trees for a relaxing respite by a clear mountain pool. The developments close proximity to Cashiers gives residents front row seats to all the wonderful restaurants, eclectic shops and fine arts & culture for which this historic resort village has become renowned.

Chinquapin in Cashiers NC

Chinquapin in Cashiers NC

A wide array of home settings are available in Chinquapin on which you can begin building your dream home, including an amazing 6-acre level building lot featuring simply stunning views of the Cashiers Valley and mountains beyond (for more information about this property, click here). Silver Creek is also pleased to showcase a very special 5 bedroom/5.5 bathroom home for sale in this distinctive community. Situated on a little over 3 acres, this 4,400 square foot classic Carolina mountain home features an outdoor fireplace, poplar bark accents, heavy rough hewn timbers, board and batten siding, and custom shutters on the exterior. The spacious interior boasts a spectacular two-story lodge room with stone hearth and hardwood floors, as well as striking views from every window throughout the home (for more information about this home, click here). For these and other properties for sale within Chinquapin, contact the experienced team of professional brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. We look forward to the opportunity to answer your questions, and to introduce you and your family to this very special mountain community. To schedule a tour, simply call us at 828-743-1999 or drop by our offices located just west of Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. To learn more about Silver Creek, we invite you to visit us online at www.ncliving.com or e-mail your questions to info@ncliving.com. Isnt it time you began living Life as it was Meant to be Lived?

Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in Western North Carolina

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Everything a Country Club Should Be Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in Western North Carolina

Perfectly perched at the base of the north face of Whiteside Mountain in Western North Carolina, Wildcat Cliffs Country Club is designed to accommodate those with a discerning taste, a passion for nature and a love of community. Providing a family-friendly environment paired with community-based ambiance, Wildcat Cliffs promotes camaraderie amongst its Club members through planned activities and events such as the 20-year summer tradition of Camp Wildcat. Established in 1961, Wildcat Cliffs is everything a country club should be and touts itself as "a club based on personal relationships and shared affinities."

Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in Highlands NC

Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in Highlands NC

Situated between the historic resort villages of Cashiers and Highlands, there are plenty of pursuits and pastimes to keep residents within the gates of this private membership club. Built on the highest elevation of the Plateau, the Wildcat Cliffs Golf Course designed by prominent golf course architect, George W. Cobb offers an abundance of challenges, as well as simply breathtaking views. Central to the community, the 21,000 square foot clubhouse features a fabulous dining room with cathedral ceilings, lounge and bar area, outdoor terrace overlooking the putting green and pro golf shop. Other amenities include an indoor pool kept at a comfortable 84 degrees year round, a 12-foot-wide stacked stone hot tub strategically placed next to a roaring fire in the cooler months, a fully staffed and equipped Fitness and Activity Centre, a lakeside pavilion and picnic area, three Har-Tru tennis courts, and exclusive Glenville Lake Club.

Homes within the Clubs gates offer mountain living at its very best and range from easy maintenance condos to quaint mountain villas to lavish estates boasting golf course frontage. Just a handful of home sites remain, offering heavily wooded lots and lovely mountain views you could begin building your dream home right away! For more information about Wildcat Cliffs or to schedule a personalized tour of this one-of-a-kind community contact the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group at 828-743-1999, via e-mail at info@ncliving.comor drop by their offices in the Shoppes at CreekSide Village located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads. To view available listings and learn more about Silver Creek, visit them online at www.ncliving.com.

The Arrowhead Community in Cashiers, North Carolina

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Escape to a Quaint Cottage in the Woods The Arrowhead Community in Cashiers, North Carolina

Over the river and through the woods

Nestled between the renowned Western North Carolina communities of Wade Hampton Golf Club, Chattooga Club and the historic village of Cashiers lies the exclusive gated community of Arrowhead. This small yet distinctive development features a charming outdoor fireplace at the heart of the community and postcard perfect cottages tucked away on heavily wooded lots. Its location along Highway 107 provides residents with the tranquility that has become synonymous with life in the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as easy access to the upscale dining and shopping districts of nearby Cashiers and Highlands.

Arrowhead winter scene

Arrowhead community winter scene

Each cottage is unique - boasting delightful exteriors, lovely stone accents, vaulted ceilings, spacious interiors, oversized screened porches, flexible floor plans and masters on main. The two- and three-bedroom cottages, designed by prominent Carolina architects Meyer-Greeson-Paullin-Benson, are the ideal fit for the empty nester, dedicated entertainer or the peaceful weekender. They can serve as an elegant primary residence, but also make terrific lock and leave vacation homes.

HURRY! Only two homes remain for sale! The first features 3 bedrooms and 3 baths along with exposed beams, generously sized rooms, impeccable d�cor and lovely stone fireplaces in the living room and on the stunning screened in porch. Home is offered at $875,000. The second features 2 bedrooms and 3 baths along with a striking floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the living room, light & airy interior, and office niche/loft. The asking price for this beautiful cottage in the woods with all the latest finishes and fixtures is just $695,000. For more information about either of these homes, the Arrowhead Community or to request a tour simply call the talented team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group at 828.743.1999, fill out their online contact form, e-mail them directly at info@ncliving.com or drop by their offices located in The Shoppes at CreekSide just west of the Cashiers Crossroads. They welcome the opportunity to help you plan your escape to a cottage in the woods in time for the holidays!

* Over The River & Through The Woods Lydia Maria Childs (1844)

Fabulous Fall Foliage

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Western North Carolina Gets a Positive Nod From The Today Show and Travel + Leisure Magazine

During a recent airing of The Today Show Travel + Leisure Magazines International Editor, Mark Orwoll listed Western North Carolina as being one of the best Autumn get-aways in the nation to view the fabulous fall foliage. This is a wonderful part of the country to visit for the fall, suggests Orwoll. Aside from leaf watching, he recommends such family-friendly fall traditions as apple picking, antiquing, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway or taking a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railway. And the fun doesnt stop there! Visit the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and you could go for a leisurely boat ride on one of our many mountain lakes, hike a winding trail through a colorful ancient forest, don a pair of waders and cast your line into a peaceful stream, take in breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys below from the 9th hole of a championship golf course, go on a quest for the most beautiful waterfall the list goes on and on. Dont forget the amazing shops and unique restaurants that line the streets of our historic villages and towns. Theres no shortage of fun to be had or beauty to be seen.

Red Maple Leaf

Red Maple Leaf

Begin planning your trip right away! According to Orwoll, Western North Carolinas foliage peak season is now through November 3 depending on the elevation. To celebrate the start of leaf season, you wont want to miss The Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley Oct. 8-10, 2009. Click here to learn more about this terrific event. Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to visit our website at www.ncliving.com for more information about the villages and townships that line The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, as well as the shops, restaurants and accommodations available in the area. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call us at 828.743.1999. We look forward to seeing you and your family up on the mountain this fall!

To view the Today Show interview with Mark Orwoll, visit http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/33151972#33151972. For regularly updated maps of areas to see the best fall foliage at their peak, visit http://www.weather.com/outlook/driving/fallfoliage/regiondetail/nc3?from=ff_reg_txt or http://www.foliagenetwork.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=199:se-foliage-report-7-2009&catid=35:southeast-us&Itemid=72.