Blog :: 06-2010

Premier mountain lake communities on Lake Glenville in Western North Carolina

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore I hear it in the deep hearts core. William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

For centuries, families have been drawn to lakeside resorts all along the Eastern United States. Some have answered the lakes call year after year, unable to resist the promise of long lazy days by her shores or afternoons filled with adventure out on her waters. There is perhaps no sight more stirring than the setting sun over a mountain lake it is a symphony of color and light, as the clouds, mountains and trees fight to show their reflection in the glassy surface until nightfall when the stars make it difficult to determine where the Earth ends and the Heavens begin. Poets and painters have long struggled to illustrate through words and art the draw and beauty of a lake it is something you must see, must experience yourself to truly understand. Many fall so deeply in love with the feel of their feet dangling over a lakeside dock, the ongoing struggle to perfect their technique of skipping stones, and the tranquil sight of the sunrise over water that they move here either year-round or seasonally.

Lake Glenville

Arguably one of the most beautiful lakes in North Carolina, Lake Glenville offers its fair share of glorious scenery and prestigious communities. With a surface area of over 1,400 acres and 26 miles of shoreline, Lake Glenville draws visitors from all over the Southeast to its pristine waters and glorious scenery. Set at an elevation of 3,492 feet above sea level, Lake Glenville has the distinction of being the highest lake east of the Mississippi a perk that provides pleasant climates year round, as well as incredible views of the lake, mountains, forest and waterfalls that are common in the region. 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 provide the best of both worlds waterfront home combined with mountain home. A handful of Glenville communities provide a country club environment, all of which celebrate the natural beauty of 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. This summer, Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you and your family to join them.

Silver Creeks brokers are resident authorities on luxury lakefront homes. Our seasoned brokers highly recommend the following lakeside communities and subdivisions:

Glenshore - One of the more established lakefront subdivisions on Lake Glenville, Glenshore is a gated community featuring some of the most beautiful multi-million dollar homes in the area. Many are designed and constructed by local custom home builders, and adhere to strict architectural guidelines intended to complement the pristine natural setting. Each home site is individual, offering unique perspectives of the lake, forest, mountains or all of the above. Glenshore on Lake Glenville offers its residents all of the pleasures the lake has to offer boating, waterskiing, jet skiing, swimming, fishing and more. View homes for sale in Glenshore. View land for sale in Glenshore.

Summer Hill - A prestigious gated community on Lake Glenville, Summer Hill encompasses 76 acres of custom-built luxury homes, heavily forested homesites, and waterfront lots. Community amenities include a lovely lakefront pavilion, marina and tennis courts. Summer Hill residents enjoy easy access to all of Lake Glenville's recreational activities they can either do them all or do nothing at all and just kick back and RELAX. View homes for sale in Summer Hill. View land for sale in Summer Hill.

Stillpoint Representing the epitome of luxury mountain and lakefront living, Stillpoint on Lake Glenville offers its residents a rich blend of pristine natural beauty with modern conveniences, including underground utilities, paved roads, and community water. The communitys close proximity to the popular resort villages of Cashiers and Highlands provides Stillpoint residents with easy access to family-friendly amenities, unique shops, fine dining and cultural arts. 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. All homes and home sites in Stillpoint offer lake access, many with lake frontage or lake views. View homes for sale in Stillpoint.

Trillium Links & Lake Club - True to its credo "Where Families Belong" Trillium is among the most exciting, family-friendly properties on the lake. Striking homes featuring Arts and Crafts and Adirondack style architecture line the community's streets, showcasing special characteristics such as stone and timber accents, poplar bark siding and exposed beams. Each home is designed to exist in harmony with the awesome show of nature that can be found throughout Trillium. The award-winning 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Morris Hatalsky, is as challenging as it is beautiful. Clinics and private lessons are available with the full-time pro on site. The less challenging par three Garden Golf course is a terrific amenity the entire family can enjoy without the worry of tee times and scorecards. A day of fishing in any one of Trillium's stocked ponds, picnicking at the Lakeside Pavilion or playing a game of croquet on the Arbor Lawn will bring new meaning to the word "carefree."

Lake Glenville

Set at the heart of the community, Trillium's clubhouse is an architectural masterpiece, combining mountain laurel accents with dry stacked stoned for an inspired gathering place that gives the feel of luxury housed within an old, rustic lodge. The clubhouse is an integral part of life at Trillium, offering rsidents casual dining in the Grille Room overlooking the 18th fairway, a wrap-around porch for world-class dining with a view and an expansive lawn for hosting special community events on holidays like Easter, Fourth of July and Labor Day. Gourmet dining is also available at The Landings, set at the tip of Lake Glenville, with opportunities for a romantic view of the sunset and dinner by candlelight. Apple Orchard Park is Trillium's wildly popular fitness and wellness center, boasting three indoor clay tennis courts and state-of-the-art fitness equipment, as well as services like fitness classes and spa treatments. Trillium has a fleet of boats available for rental canoes, kayaks, fishing boats, deck boats, runabouts and pontoons. Water ski equipment and other water sport items are also available to rent. A short drive to nearby Cashiers provides family members with a fun-filled day of shopping and strolling the streets of an historic resort village. There is no shortage to the number of adventures a family can have while living at Trillium.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to represent two very special properties in this fine community. The first is a charming 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Trilliumhome with rocking chair porch overlooking a nature preserve. The interior of this delightful dollhouse with the heart of an estate features a gourmet kitchen, dual-sided fireplace, coffered wood ceilings and other luxury touches. This cozy home is offered at $425,000. The second home in our inventory is a timeless 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom farmhouse-inspired cottage at the heart of Trillium Village. Its expansive wrap-around porch beckons guests to come and sit a spell. The cozy interior features soaring wood ceilings, a striking floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and an incredible master retreat. This true Southern Charmer is offered at $455,000. View additional homes for sale in Trillium. View land for sale in Trillium.

The Lake Club -Nestled on 150 acres along the shoreline of Lake Glenville near the resort village of Cashiers, North Carolina, this private community offers the very best of mountain and lakefront living. Touted as a place where memories are created and traditions continue to grow, The Lake Club is a very special family-focused development featuring 36 estate-sized home sites and a quaint cottage division. Special attention and careful planning have been given to the architectural and environmental covenants within this exclusive gated community in order to preserve and celebrate the pristine natural setting. One of the finest examples of this concentration toward marrying architecture to its environment is found in The Lake Club Lodge. Exquisitely designed by renowned architect Tom Greene and Associates to be reminiscent of an Adirondack camp from a bygone era, The Lodge features native poplar bark, locust wood and stone accents. This well-appointed clubhouse is an ideal place where friends and neighbors can gather together near the stacked stone fireplace or enjoy breathtaking views from one of many covered porches. Another popular Lake Club amenity, The Marina, is not just a place where homeowners can park their boats; it also offers a generous sundeck to soak up the sun on large Adirondack chairs and an enclosed swimming area, safe from passing motor boats and jet skis. In addition, The Lake Club Meadow is a two-acre park set at the heart of the community where neighbors can play a game of horseshoes or warm themselves by a bonfire under a sea of stars on a cool fall evening. The Meadow also offers many beautiful natural features, ideal for strolling or splashing including streams, three ponds and hiking trails along a cascading waterfall. View homes for sale in The Lake Club. View land for sale in The Lake Club.

Stonebridge - One of Lake Glenville's most exclusive neighborhoods, Stonebridge is comprised of just eight home sites many offering stunning views of the sun rising over the lake and as much as 300 feet of deep water along the shoreline. This distinctive waterfront enclave contains multi-million dollar custom homes designed by some of the Carolinas' finest architects, each shrouded by a thick canopy of hardwoods for added privacy and truly natural beauty. Whether looking out at the lake from an expansive rear deck, or looking up at the homes of Stonebridge from your boat on the water, the view will not disappoint! View land for sale in Stonebridge.

Summer Cove - Located in a peaceful cove of Lake Glenville, the new Summer Cove community is comprised of 24 lovely acres of tree-laden lots with some along the shoreline. The community is accessed by way of Pine Creek Road at the north end of Lake Glenville. A charming drive through the magnificently maintained Black Angus Farm leads visitors to the entrance of Summer Cove. Proximity to the renowned towns of Highlands and Cashiers, oversized lots and the quiet cove location make this a highly desirable real estate opportunity. Best of all, Summer Cove offers its residents all of the pleasures Lake Glenville has to offer boating, waterskiing, jet skiing, swimming, fishing and more. View homes for sale in Summer Cove. View land for sale in Summer Cove.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group also highly recommends the distinctive communities of Strawberry Hill, Tater Knob, Killians Park and The Point at Glenville Lake. We are proud to shine the spotlight on three more very special Lake Glenville listings in our stock. This first, located in Killians Park, is an amazing 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom home on spectacular Lake Glenville with a westward facing deck promising you and your family front row seats to what has to be the Greatest Show on Earth. Imagine gathering each night to watch the sunset before enjoying a grilled feast under the stars while stories from the days events unfold. The lake and your private boat dock are mere steps away! The homes cozy interior features a newly remodeled kitchen with granite countertops, heart pine floors, stone face fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and awe-inspiring views of the lake and surounding forest from nearly every window in the house. Share the peace and tranquility of life beside a mountain lake with the ones you love. This home is extremely well-priced at just $799,000. The second property is an amazing 1 acre lot in The Point at Glenville Lake with its own private well and highly sought-after deeded dock. This gently rolling homesite bordering conservation land is offered at $345,000. Weve saved the best for last as the third property is truly one-of-a-kind! Nestled at the heart of 68 acres of giant poplars and well-manicured meadows lies a charming Victorian home. This 3 bd/2 ba home on the shores of Lake Glenville comes complete with a lovely outdoor terrace, gazebo, guesthouse, barn and the only boathouse on the lake. Property offers 1700 linear feet of shoreline for the ultimate in lakefront living. One look at this home and grounds, and you will feelthis estatetugging at your heartstrings. Offered at $9.75M, this property also represents an incredible development opportunity. View photos and learn more about these truly special properties on beautiful Lake Glenville.

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 any of these unique Lake Glenville communities or to schedule a tour of the available properties, callthe brokersat Silver Creek Real Estate Group at 828-743-1999, email us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our online contact form or drop by our offices conveniently located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide, next to Wendy's Restaurant.

Plateau Pursuits July 2010

One of the best things about life on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau besides the warm and welcoming community and wealth of natural splendor as far as the eye can see are our mild year-round temperatures. While tourists are breaking a sweat throughout most of the steamy South, visitors to Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Toxaway and Lake Glenville enjoy average temperatures of just 78 degrees in July our hottest month of the year. Although temperatures dont have far to climb in The Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, things are really heating up on our calendar of events! July brings three exciting festivals to the mountains celebrating gardens, music and art respectively and much, much more. Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites YOU to join us up on the mountain this July. For a list of great places to stay and fun things to do here, we welcome you to take a leisurely tour of our website at www.ncliving.com. In the event that you happen across a listing or two that catches your eye, we invite you to call us at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide and well take you on a customized tour of this unique slice of Heaven! Mark your calendars for the following July events and happenings:

July 1-3:Smokey Joes Caf� @ the Highlands Playhouse. Musical theatrical revue celebrating the songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, two men who are credited in the invention of Rock n Roll. Their timeless songs provide the basis for this electrifying show that had critics raving and audiences stampeding the box office during its record-breaking Broadway run. Smokey Joes Caf� features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including hits such as On Broadway, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock,Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem, Love Potion #9and Im A Woman. With each song becoming a trip down the corridors of American culture, Smokey Joes Caf� transforms classic pop music into compelling musical theatre. Smokey Joes Caf� was nominated for seven Tony Awards and the Original Broadway cast soundtrack, Smokey Joes Caf�: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller won a Grammy award in 1995. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org. July 1-11:2010 World Cup at The Rib Shack and Sports Center - Gather at highlands only sports bar for a front-row view on several wide-screen High-Definition TV's. Wear a jersey representing one of the teams playing that day and enjoy six free wings with the purchase of a beverage. The most extreme fan, based on appearance and team spirit, will be chosen at the end of the World Cup for a fabulous prize. Throughout the World Cup enjoy themed cuisine, domestic or imported beers and the best cocktails in town! Enhance your World Cup experience by guessing the overall winner for a chance to win a free night stay at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. With six beers on tap and four flatscreen TV's the Rib Shack and Sports Corner is the place to be to catch all the soccer action. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com. July 1:The Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Years Down the Road with Ted Coyle of Western Carolina University at The Highlands Nature Center at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623. July 2-3:2nd Annual Cashiers Mountain Music Festival Hosted at the Village Green. Featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers, Lizzie Long & Little Roy Lewis and many, many more. Don't miss a great day filled with some of the most talented bluegrass musicians out there! A fun filled day for the entire family with arts & crafts and a fun zone for the kids. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of event, with children 12 and under free. Call (828)743-5191 or visit the event website at www.cashiersnorthcarolina.com/cmmf/index.htm to find out more about this exciting once-a-year event or purchase advance tickets TODAY! July 2:Highlands Nature Center Nature by Night families are encouraged to bring their flashlights and find out who is lurking in the woods at night from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Learn about the nocturnal world with fun games and activities for all ages. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm. July 3:Big Ol Mountain Country Breakfast - The Cashiers community will be staging its Fourth Annual Big Ol Mountain Country Breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Cashiers Community Center on US 64 (the Highlands Road). Proceeds from the popular event will support efforts to feed needy neighbors throughout the year. July 3: Happy 4th of July FIREWORKS at the Highlands Civic Center & Recreation Park July 3:Skyline Lodge Freedom Fun - 470 SKYLINE LODGE ROAD - just 5 minutes from Highlands - take 64 East towards Cashiers and turn left on Flat Mountain Road for 1.2 miles then left up the hill to Skyline. A day filled with laughter, good eats, swimming, Jacuzzi, bar, door prizes, dancing to the fabulous sound of Hurricane Creek - the best band in the mountains, and to end the evening with a bang - FIREWORKS!! Bar-b-q, swimming and hot tub from 3pm to 8pm. Dancing 9pm to 12am. Fireworks @ 12 am Tickets $20.00 Children 6 and under: Free. Please reserve your tickets early - limited availability - tell your friends. For tickets call 828 526-2121 or 800 575-9546. July 3:Birds of Prey at the Bird Barn in Highlands at The Shops on Main. Michael Skinner from the Balsam Mountain Trust will be with Spirit, an American Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey on Saturday, July 3 at 11:00 A.M.. Everyone is invited to stop by and meet these beautiful birds. Call 828 526-3910 for more information. July 7:The Center for Life Enrichment hosts The Joy of Baking at Morningside Bed & Breakfast. Do you envy the wonderful aroma of home-baked goods and wish that that marvelous aroma could come from your kitchen? Would you like to learn how to make some easy breads, cakes or cookies? Spend a few hours in the home of Martha Porter as she shares techniques to insure baking success for either a beginner or a pro. Come prepared to get your hands in the dough. Perhaps best of all is that after a delicious lunch prepared by Martha, you get to taste all the goodies you have prepared (maybe even take a little home to share). 9:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. (lunch included). Cost: $50 members, $60 non-members only 10 slots remain. For more information, visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 8:Highlands Nature Center presents Birmingham to Highlands - It's a Natural Connection with Roald Hazelhoff, Southern Environmental Center, Birmingham-Southern College Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623. July 8-11:14th Annual Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival - a multi-day garden festival (over 1,200 attendees expected) in the mountain resort community of Highlands, North Carolina. Mountains in Bloom features a magnificent tour of mountain gardens, a flower show and photography competition, a home and garden market, and a garden-themed lecture by a top speaker. Proceeds benefit The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center that recently completed a sixacre, $13 million campus. Tickets/info: www.mountainsinbloom.com or (828) 526-4949. July 8-18:Sylvia at Highlands Playhouse a funny, heartwarming tale of a couple whose life changes after adopting a dog. Sylvia was written by A.R. Gurney, author of many other works including Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour, and The Dining Room. Sylvia is cute, affectionate and irresistible. She is the life-changing dog who enters the life shared by Greg and Kate. To Greg, Sylvia is a distraction to the stresses of life. For Kate his wife, the canine is one more contender for Gregs affection. As Sylvia takes her place as part of the family, the trio experiences both comic and heartwarming situations that enable them to accept each other and realize their importance in each others lives. This tale spins some funny doggy insights, especially for an audience that already knows what great companions dogs can be. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org. July 9:Groovin on The Green Moonshine Babies performs at the Pavilion on The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630. July 9:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Opening Weekend- The Attacca Quartet & William Ransom featuring Chopin: G Minor Ballade, B Minor Scherzo, Nocturne in B, Ab Polonaise; and Schumann Piano Quintet at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 10:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival The Great Romantics A Center for Life Enrichment class celebrating the Frederic Chopin/Robert Schumann Bicentennial at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands from 10:00 AM-12 Noon. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. July 10:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Attacca Quartet & William Ransom featuring Chopin: G Minor Ballade, B Minor Scherzo, Nocturne in B, Ab Polonaise; and Schumann Piano Quintet at the Albert Carlton Cashiers Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 12-17:Arts on the Green A Festival of Outdoor Arts & Sculpture at The Village Green in Cashiers. This week-long celebration of the arts will include lectures from artists, live art demonstrations, art competitions and all of the trappings youd expect from an area that is well known for its festivals. Reminiscent of an old French village during the impressionist period, plein air artists can be found painting at easels all around town throughout the week. The festival culminates with a full day of live music, art demonstrations, competitions, childrens art activities, food, an unveiling of a new sculpture exhibition on the Green and a final awards ceremony with cocktails to celebrate all of the paintings of this beautiful area produced throughout the festival. A portion of the proceeds from Arts on the Green will benefit The Village Green a conservancy project and community park that is supported solely through private donations, fundraising and corporate sponsorships. For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com or call 828-743-3434. July 11:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Attacca Quartet featuring Haydn, Barber, and Mendelssohn String Quartets at The Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 12:The Black, Write, & Read Literacy Ball hosted at The Farm at Old Edwards to celebrate The Literacy Council of Highlands. Dinner, dancing and live auction evening begins at 6:00 p.m. Cost: $125 per person. For more information, call 828-526-9938 ext. 240, email highlandsliteracy@live.com, or visit www.hcliteracy.org. July 12:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Attacca Quartet featuring Haydn, Barber, and Mendelssohn String Quartets at The Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 13:Highlands Nature Center Exploring Natural Dyes 1 to 3 p.m. Family-friendly workshop for more information visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm. July 15:Rombauer Wine Dinner at The Old Edwards Farm 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner. Rombauer Vineyards was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer and sits on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside. The caves provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging Rombauer wines. Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Dont miss this beautiful evening of fine wines and perfectly paired coursesall the way through to dessert , accompanied by the appropriately named Joy Late Harvest Chardonnay, Carneros. Join the Jeffrey Pap from Rombauer for this memorable evening at The Farm. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com. July 16:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Italian Connection featuring Franco Mezzena on violin and Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango; Solo guitar works; and Neopolitan Songs at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 6:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 17:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Italian Connection featuring Franco Mezzena on violin and Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango; Solo guitar works; and Neopolitan Songs at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 18:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Italian Connection featuring Franco Mezzena on violin, William Ransom on piano and Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Schumann Vln Sonata, Ravel Tzigane, Paganini Duo for guitar and violin at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 19:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Italian Connection featuring Franco Mezzena on violin, William Ransom on piano nd Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Schumann Vln Sonata, Ravel Tzigane, Paganini Duo for guitar and violin at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 21:Do You Know Imported Wines? a class presented by Center for Life Enrichment at the Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop. Travel the world through your taste buds as you experience wines from around the world. In this class you will taste and discuss distinctive wines from France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Germany, Chile and Argentina. You will learn about the varieties of grapes and the effect that soil and climate have on the end result. Scott Roddy will also demonstrate the use of proper stemware and the wine aeration process. 2:00 4:00 p.m. (Wine tasting included). Limit: 30 attendees. Cost: $35 members; $45 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. July 22-August 8:The Andrews Brothers at the Highlands Playhouse - Andrews Brothers opens at an afternoon rehearsal for a USO show in the South Pacific. Max, Lawrence andPatrick Andrews are rehearsing with pin-up girl Peggy Jones for the big show that night. What Peggy doesnt know is that the brothers are really just the stagehands for the show her back-up singers didntarrive in time, and the boys were recruited by the Major in charge to fill in where needed. Just as they assumeall will work out well, a radiogram arrives with the news that the headliners for tonights show, The Andrews Sisters, have been held in quarantine in Hawaii. The show must be cancelled. Unless, of course, theres a way for the Andrews Sisters to appear...Mistaken identities and madcap adventures(imagine Bing Crosby & Bob Hope in a road movie of Some Like It Hot)along with the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org. July 23:Center for Life Enrichment presents Southern Style Town & Country a lecture is based on two of Susan Sullys most recent books, The Southern Cottage: From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Florida Keys and The Southern Cosmopolitan: Sophisticated Southern Style. The talk compares and contrasts the globally-influenced, urbane architecture and interior design of the Souths historic centers of wealth and trade (Charleston, Savannah, Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans) with the vernacular-style retreats in the mountains and on the shore where Southerners go to relax. 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands (downstairs). Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. July 23:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour - Geocaching in Panthertown - Guided Hike/Day Trip. Cost: $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations Required, please call 828-526-1111. July 23:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 23:Highlands Nature Center - 7 to 8:30pm - Come for an educational family-friendly program featuring live snakes! Herpetologist and Nature Center Director Patrick Brannon will present a talk on local snake species. Learn snake identification, natural histories, and common misconceptions about them. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm. July 23:Groovin on The Green Hurricane Creek performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630. July 24:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 25:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org July 26:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org July 28:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents it Village Nature Series at the Village Green in Cashiers. The Mystery of George Mas will be hosted by Ran Shaffner at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Come learn something new at these free and fun educational lectures. Call 828-526-1111 or visit www.hicashlt.org for details. July 29:The Highlands Nature Center presents The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly -Mushrooms of the Southern Appalachians hosted by Andrew Methven of Eastern Illinois University. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit www.wcu.edu/hbs. July 30:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival presents a concert featuring William Preucil on violin; Charae Krueger on cello; Victor Asuncion on piano; Lea Kibler on flute; Valerie von Pechy Whitcup on harp; and Yinzi Kong on viola. Program includes music by Chopin, Schumann, Dvorak, and Debussy at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 30: Groovin on The Green Nikki Talley performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630. July 31:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival presents a concert featuring William Preucil on violin; Charae Krueger on cello; Victor Asuncion on piano; Lea Kibler on flute; Valerie von Pechy Whitcup on harp; and Yinzi Kong on viola. Program includes music by Chopin, Schumann, Dvorak, and Debussy at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

Arts on the Green - A Festival of Outdoor Arts and Sculpture in Cashiers, North Carolina

Al Fresco Meets Art Deco in the Heart of This Popular Resort Mountain Village-July 12-17, 2010

The historic village of Cashiers in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is all abuzz as it prepares for its first ever Arts on the Green Festival in July. This week-long celebration of the arts takes place at the center of town on the Village Green from Sunday July 12 to Saturday July 17. Events will include lectures from artists, live art demonstrations, art competitions and all of the trappings youd expect from an area that is well known for its festivals. Reminiscent of an old French village during the impressionist period, plein air artists can be found painting at easels all around town throughout the week. The festival culminates with a full day of live music, art demonstrations, competitions, childrens art activities, food, an unveiling of a new sculpture exhibition on the Green and a final awards ceremony with cocktails to celebrate all of the paintings of this beautiful area produced throughout the festival. A portion of the proceeds from Arts on the Green will benefit The Village Green a conservancy project and community park that is supported solely through private donations, fundraising and corporate sponsorships. Our very own Jochen Lucke, owner of Silver Creek Real Estate Group proudly serves as President of the Village Green. He personally invites you and your family to join us on the mountain for this not-to-be-missed event. If you are notan art lover when you arrive, you will be when you leave!

Schedule of Events

Sunday July 11: Artists & Hosts Gathering at The Harmony Tower at The Village Green Commons from 4-6 pm includes gift bags, drink and light food. Monday July 12: Artists Paint Plein Air Throughout Town - Talented plein air artists from all over the United States applied with images of their works in hopes of being chosen for this competition. Twenty-four artists were selected from forty-seven juried entries. Awards of $2000 to the Best in Show and $1000 for Artists Choice will be awarded on Friday July 16 before the Gala. Tuesday July 13: Robin R. Salmons Sculpture Lecture & Reception includes wine, light food, and dedication of Harmony Tower at the Village Green Commons, 7-9 pm. Dedication to donors : Judy and George Dixon. SPONSOR EVENT. Robin Salmon, renowned sculpture author and curator of collections at Brookgreen Gardens, home of the largest collection of outdoor figurative sculpture in the world, explores the amazing life of sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington in her lecture Anna Hyatt Huntington: American Animalier. Wednesday July 14:Art Wet Room Public Opening at The Village Green Commons from 11-5pm The Wet Room is where our talented plein air artists will be displaying their work. Plein air artists in competitions typically paint two works a day. Repeated daily visits by collectors are encouraged to the VG Commons Wet Room from Wednesday, July 14 until the show closes at 5pm Saturday, July 17. This ever-changing exhibit of pastels, oils and watercolor works, will feature original paintings of the majestic mountains and countryside of Cashiers, including historic structures, pastoral views, flowers and people enjoying the great outdoors. Works of art may be purchased out-right or bids entered on Wet Room sheets daily. Wednesday July 14: Karen Weihs Colorist of the Carolinas Workshop. Join one of the Southeasts most gifted artists for this FREE event from 11-1 pm in the Pavilion on the Village Green Commons. Coffee and light snacks provided by The Village Green. Thursday July 15: Art Wet Room Open to the Public on The Village Green Commons from 11 am-5pm. Thursday July 15: Andy Peters Lecture Karl Bodmer's Voyage and Legacy: How the greatest plein air journey of all time will change your life and art at 7 pm at The Albert Carlton Community Library. Hosted by Friends of the Library. Reception to follow at Harmony Tower at the Village Green Commons. SPONSOR EVENT. Friday July 16: Art Wet Room Open to the Public on The Village Green Commons from 10 am-4pm. From 4-7pm, Wet Room closes for Plein Air judging. Friday July 16: Artist's Awards Reception on The Village Green Commons at 6 pm. SPONSOR EVENT. Friday July 16: Sculpture Exhibit Ribbon Cutting and Opening on The Village Green Commons at 6:30 p.m. Tour of Sculpture Garden begins at 8 pm. The grand ribbon cutting announces the opening of the sculpture exhibit and trail through the 12.5 acres of The Village Green. The sculpture exhibit features exceptional works by ten contemporary American sculptors. This bi-annual event began in 2008 and is made possible by a grant from the Gralnick Foundation. The exhibit remains in place until winter 2010 and is curated and installed by Academy Award-winning sculptor, Wesley Wofford. Friday July 16:Artists Palette Studio Opening Gala at 7 pm. Wet Room reopens with Awards from 7 to 9pm. Friday July 16: Palette to Palate Affair on The Village Green Commons from 7-10 pm In addition to placing their daily works in the Wet Room, each artist is holding back one painting of his best work for first viewing at this celebration of fine art and fine dining. Artistically splattered tablecloths, floral arrangements, and easels of plein air works are enlivened by the optional dress theme: Come as Your Favorite Artist! Art is available for purchase in the Wet Room. An evening tour of the sculptures is conducted at 8pm. For individual tickets, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com or call 828-743-3434. Saturday July 17: Quick-Draw Competition begins at The Village Green Commons at 10 am. This competition features another group of artists, who also submitted their works for consideration prior to their inclusion in this event. These juried artists paint one picture from 10am-1pm. Quick Draw art is especially challenging due to the narrow window of time to paint coupled with interested on lookers, encourages artist to produce their best under pressure. Several local artists are participating in Quick Draw in hopes of winning the $1000 prize for best Quick Draw. Saturday July 17: Art Wet Room is Open to the Public at The Village Green Commons from 10 am-5pm Saturday July 17: Sculpture Exhibit Opens to the Public at 10 am Saturday July 17: Childrens Art Table & Games on The Village Green Commons from Noon-3 pm Saturday July 17: Drumming on the Green on The Village Green Commons at Noon & 3pm Saturday July 17: Lunch on the Green at The Village Green Commons from Noon-3 pm Saturday July 17: Quick-Draw Competition ENDS at 1 pm Saturday July 17: Jazz/Blues Music on the Green at 2 pm Saturday July 17: Awards Presentation and Finale on The Village Green Commons from 4-5 pm Featuring Complimentary Beer and Wine, as well as Live Jazz/Blues Performances. All art sold at must be retrieved by 5pm.

To find accommodations in the area and plan your trip for Arts on the Green in Cashiers this July, visit www.ncliving.com.

Local Real Estate Market Trends on the Cashiers/Highlands Plateau in North Carolina

Stay In the Know With Silver Creek Real Estate Group

Brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group in Cashiers feel that its not only important for us to stay on top of national housing trends and the local market, but to keep our clients (and potential clients) informed, as well. Each week, we post a Weekly Real Estate Sales Update on our blog in an effort to demonstrate and educate buyers and sellers alike that the real estate market is alive and well in Western North Carolina. These updates include quick and easy links to other available homes and properties in the subdivisions where these latest sales occur. Our updates are a terrific way for YOU to keep up-to-date with regard to real estate trends in the popular communities of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville, Cullowhee, and Lake Toxaway.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group's Office

We also post regular blogs about special properties that have just come on the market, recent foreclosure properties, area news that might affect the housing market, spotlights on area businesses, communities and events, and a monthly calendar of events. Our brokers are easily accessible and welcome the opportunity to discuss the local market one-on-one with anyone considering moving to this little slice of Heaven high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains or those thinking about selling their mountain retreat and moving on in new directions. Silver Creek brokers can be easily reached by calling 828.743.1999, by e-mailing info@ncliving.com, by filling out our online contact form, or by dropping by our offices conveniently located in the Shoppes at CreekSide near the Cashiers Crossroads of Highways 107 and 64.

When buying or selling a home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, dont you want to work with someone who is knowledgeable and dedicated to being students of the local market and area sales trends? By keeping a close watch on the local market, Silver Creek brokers can help our clients get a jump on hidden treasures in recent foreclosures and distressed properties, and we can advise them regarding properties that represent a good value or investment opportunity. We even know the best places to grab a bite, where you can find distinctive treasures to fill your new home, where some of the best golf courses can be found and more. In addition to this commitment to keeping on top of the area, Silver Creek brokers also offer a supreme devotion to our clients, a results-driven desire for excellence, a wealth of industry experience and an innovative, comprehensive marketing package that is custom-tailored to fit each clients individual needs. In short, we make it both our business and our passion to match buyers with sellers, and dreamers with dream homes. To learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group and our talented team of brokers, visit us online at www.ncliving.com. We look forward to meeting you and learning how best we can help you stay in the know!

Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club A World Away

Outstanding Community in Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

High on the mountaintop at soaring elevations of over 4,000 feet lies an extraordinary community a world apart from many other master-planned communities, and a world away from the hustle-and-bustle of life off the mountain. Set upon 731 sprawling acres of rolling hills, mystic waterfalls and mighty Carolina hardwoods, this brainchild of developer Discovery Land Company holds many treasures from beautifully crafted homes, to excellent resort-quality amenities, to well-preserved green spaces and hiking trails all in celebration of natures splendor. Mountaintop Golf & Lake Clubs exquisitely written marketing materials, almost poetic in nature, perhaps say it best

At the top of the world Amidst the grandeur of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Where the air is fragrant and fresh, Natural springs cascade through an ancient hardwood forest And life is tempered with the genteel charm And rich traditions of the Carolinas. This is Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club The perfect private mountain retreat Designed to embrace your family for generations. A world-class spa and state-of-the-art wellness center To pamper your body, mind and spirit. An inspired golf course, Masterfully crafted by Tom Fazio. A private Lake Lodge on the shores of Picturesque Lake Glenville. Giving you convenient and comfortable access to a host of summertime family recreation, Inviting outdoor adventures and wilderness experiences. Including backcountry hiking trails, horsepacking, flyfishing, White water rafting, and luxury overnight camping. At Mountaintop, the choices are limitless the experiences unmatched. The Mission at Mountaintop is to enrich the lives of the Mountaintop Family Through a genuine desire to create memorable experiences that last a lifetime.

Housing just 251 estate lots with 75 Adirondack inspired-cabins and lodges peppered about the property, Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club brings new meaning to the term exclusive. Lots range in size from one-half acre to five acres, providing residents with the peace and quiet that has become a trademark of luxury mountain living. Mountaintop is also highly revered for its supreme level of service available to club members through the added benefits of property management and lifestyle concierge services. And lets not forget the views! At such a high elevation, the vistas at Mountaintop are truly unsurpassed. Nestled between the resort town of Highlands and the historic village of Cashiers, Mountaintop residents are afforded easy access to the wonderful shops, fine dining and unique culture of these two popular vacation destinations.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to represent two incredible properties in this incomparable development. The first is a stunning 4 bedroom/4 � bathroom mountain retreat tucked away at the end of a private cul-de-sac. Located at One Cozy Cottage Lane, this home takes the image of a cozy cottage in the forest to an entirely new level. Boasting nearly � acre of golf course frontage with amazing views of the mountains beyond, the homes exterior features a large outside terrace for entertaining and a covered deck with hand-chiseled granite hearth for four-season enjoyment. The interior is equally remarkable with its spacious kitchen showcasing high end appliances and large brushed granite island, eco-friendly Lyptus hardwood flooring, and 10 foot ceilings throughout. This home is truly a must-see and very well-priced at just $2,100,000!

The second Mountaintop listing in Silver Creeks stock is a unique homesite which can be accessed by a quaint bridge over a small stream. Nestled amongst a grove of beautiful Carolina hardwoods, this expansive 3+ acre lot features a striking 300 foot waterfall and incredible mountain views. Imagine waking up to the sound of a cascading waterfall right outside your backdoor. Located at 207 Rainbow Falls Trail, some people wait their whole lives for a treasure such as this. Its the ideal setting for a dream home in the mountains. Hurry! At just $495,000, this hidden gem of a property wont last long!

For more information about these properties or to schedule a tour of this distinctive community high atop the mountains of Western North Carolina, callone of our experienced brokersat 828.743,1999, e-mail him at info@ncliving.com or drop by Silver Creeks offices, conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers in The Shoppes at CreekSide. To view other homes for sale in Mountaintop, click HERE. To view other homesites for sale in Mountaintop, click HERE. If you are considering selling your Mountaintop home, Jochen encourages you to give him call right away in order to capitalize on the busy season. With Silver Creeks trademark three-prong approach to marketing properties print advertising, guerilla marketing, and innovative use of the worldwide web, he will get your home the exposure it deserves in order to free you up to move on to your familys next adventure. If you already have a Mountaintop home on the market, callus to discuss the possibility of a lot upgrade/trade. Silver Creek brokers are as dedicated to excellence and results, as we are to our clients. We make it our business to match buyers with sellers and dreamers with dream homes. We look forward to your call!

Prestigious High Hampton Community and High Hampton Inn & Country Club Cashiers, North Carolina

Begin a Longstanding Family Tradition at High Hampton

In a community that is every bit as steeped in history and tradition as it is in culture and natural beauty, the people of the greater Cashiers area of Western North Carolina share many happy memories of good times spent in the established subdivisions and country clubs that dot the landscape. Nowhere is this perhaps more true than in High Hampton. With so many generations of families growing up in and around this prestigious network of neighborhoods, bordering the historic High Hampton Inn and Country Club it is as central to the community as the Village Green and the Cashiers Crossroads in the hearts and minds of our citizens and seasonal visitors. Many of High Hamptons sought after neighborhoods are located just south of the Crossroads, offering easy access to the unique shops and restaurants that line downtown streets. A collection of upscale High Hampton homes is located along Chattooga Wood Road, Heaton Forest Road and Sheep Laurel Road. High Hampton is not only a fine example of luxury mountain living, but pays tribute to a long tradition of "heirloom" properties as many families return year after year and pass these homes down from generation to generation. Because it is such a prestigious and established community, resale homes in High Hampton are extremely hard to come by. If you fall in love with this distinctive assortment of neighborhoods in the Blue Ridge Mountains and hope to purchase a home here one day, the dedicated team of real estate professionals at Silver Creek Real Estate Group is happy to keep watch for you. As soon as we learn of a real estate opportunity in High Hampton, we will contact you. To put us on alert, simply call Silver Creek at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our online contact form, or drop by our offices conveniently located near High Hampton in the Shoppes at Creekside on Highway 64 West, next to Wendy's Restaurant. We can be your eyes and ears on the mountain!

In the meantime, you can begin your own special family tradition by spending part of each year at the renowned High Hampton Inn and Country Club. Rich in history and brimming with Southern hospitality, High Hampton Inn and Country Club has been charming visitors of Western North Carolina since the early 19th century. Beloved mountain retreat of South Carolina's Civil War Brigadier General, Governor, and U.S. Senator Wade Hampton III (1818-1902), many of the buildings and historic artifacts from the original family estate were lost in a fire in 1932. Construction began almost immediately of a three-story inn in place of the previous Hampton Hunting Lodge. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the inn still stands today, and continues to serve up unrivaled service along with its famous fried chicken and decadent desserts.

With all the natural beauty and outdoor activities available at HHI, patrons of the historically accurate rustic Inn will hardly miss the fact that there are no telephones or televisions in the guestrooms. Visitors are invited instead to enjoy swimming, boating and fishing on the 35-acre private mountain lake, as well as golf, tennis, hiking and spa. For more than 175 years, guests of High Hampton have been enjoying grand views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chimneytop Mountain and Rock Mountain. A wonderful retreat for families and noted for its imaginative children's programs, High Hampton Inn has been honored as one of 100 Best Family Resorts. Vacation homes and quaint cottages are also available throughout the property's 1,400 acres. The Inn and Country Club is a favorite spot for corporate retreats, weddings and family reunions. Pay regular visits to the Inn while you bide your time patiently waiting for a Silver Creek broker to call with the good news that a High Hampton home has hit the market.

Dan Allen Joins Silver Creek Real Estate Group in Cashiers NC

Growing Cashiers-based Brokerage Firm Welcomes New Team Member

Silver Creek Real Estate Group founder and owner, Jochen Lucke, was proud to announce the addition of Dan Allen to the growing Cashiers, NC brokerage firms ranks. Dans arrival will serve to further enhance an already strong team of real estate professionals. Over the last year alone, Silver Creek has grown both its client share and its reputation by leaps and bounds. The word is out that Silver Creek Real Estate Group is a company of seasoned professionals who care about our clients every bit as much as we care about our unique corner of the world, insists Lucke. Dan brings with him a fresh approach and an amazing attitude to the team. Were delighted to have him.

Home exclusively marketed by Dan Allen with Silver Creek Real Estate Group

Cedar Hill home exclusively marketed by Dan Allen with Silver Creek

Dan Allens bio reads much like many of the experienced brokers who grace the halls of Silver Creeks offices. Raised in Cary, North Carolina Dan fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in the mountains of Western North Carolina when he moved to Cashiers with his family 16 years ago. It is here that he has built a solid career and lasting reputation as a real estate professional. He understands what draws people to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, just as he was personally drawn here. Cashiers is a special place, says Dan. Our natural surroundings are incredible and theres a real sense of community. We are the perfect example of what a small mountain town should be. A major advocate for animals and the environment, Dan is deeply involved in his community, is a board member of The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, and a member of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, and The Nature Conservancy. Always seeking new ways to better himself professionally as well as the industry he loves, Dan is also an active member of the following real estate organizations: Highlands-Cashiers Board of Realtors, North Carolina Board of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors. He is SFR-certified, and has become quite the expert in dealing with short sales, foreclosures and REOs. Dan lives with his family on their mountaintop farm, and when hes not helping other families realize their dreams of living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina he spends much of his time off with his own family, from working on their property to relaxing at the lake. We make our own adventures, explains Dan. What gives me the most enjoyment is introducing my little girl to what I fell in love with as a child. Turning over rocks in the stream, climbing trees, building forts, and exploring mountain sides. Very few kids have access to these simple pleasures. Im so lucky and thankful that mine do. Its great to live in Cashiers.

Exclusive home in Bridge Creek offered for sale by Dan Allen with Silver Creek Real Estate Group

Cedar Hill home exclusively marketed by Dan Allen with Silver Creek

Dan joins Silver Creek Team Members Lesley Howard and Elaine Zachary. Lesley is a South Carolina native who graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a continuing education in interior design. Often proving herself to be a top (if not #1) real estate agent in both sales and listings over the past two decades, Lesley also has a history working with the renowned architectural design firm Greene & Associates, among others. Her solid background in interior design, architecture and real estate paired with her zeal for helping others find their own little slice of Heaven along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau make her a key team member. One of Silver Creeks original team members, Elaine offers her clients more than 30 years real estate expertise and an intimate knowledge of Western North Carolina. The Zachary name can be found on street signs and historic homes throughout the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. The family's rich history and roots to the area run deep all beginning in the early 1800's when Colonel John A. Zachary first settled near Wade Hampton and High Hampton on a homestead with his family in what would later become Cashiers. Elaine Zachary has made it both her business and her passion to help other families settle here in the beautiful mountains of WNC. Elaine specializes in luxury home sales, with an emphasis on lakefront properties on Bear Lake and Lake Glenville.

Besides being owner and founder of Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Jochen Lucke is also a skilled broker. He has a firm grasp on the local real estate market, while always keeping an eye on national trends. He has an innate understanding of the practice of purchasing and selling properties, both as a broker and a developer. He attributes much of his success to his tenacity, and has negotiated and closed deals that others might have walked away from. He is devoted to the Silver Creek credo of "Building Relationships, Delivering Dreams". Jochen truly enjoys real estate and development, and finds great rewards in the accomplishment of discovering the perfect home for his clients.

Im excited to be working with such a close-knit family of professional realtors, says Dan. The sentiment is shared throughout the Silver Creek office. Please join Elaine, Lesley and Jochen in welcoming Dan to the Silver Creek team. Whether you are looking for your vacation home, your primary residence or your dream home, Jochen and his brokers are committed to finding the ideal home to fit your vision. For more information about Silver Creeks talented brokers and the company itself, visit www.ncliving.com. To begin the search for your dream home in the mountains of Western North Carolina or to speak with someone regarding selling your home to move on to lifes next great adventure, contact Silver Creek by phone at 828-743-1999 or by e-mail at info@ncliving.com. As always, feel free to drop by their offices conveniently located at the Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide. Jochen, Elaine, Lesley and Dan look forward to meeting you and learning how best they might serve your needs!

Wade Hampton Golf Club Premier Cashiers, North Carolina Golf Community

Wade Hampton Golf Club Cashiers, North Carolina Golf Community What Are You Waiting FORE?

Named for South Carolina's Civil War Brigadier General, Governor and U.S. Senator Wade Hampton III (1818-1902), Wade Hampton Golf Club was built upon 600 acres of land parceled from the Generals own beloved mountain retreat, the historic High Hampton grounds near Cashiers in 1984. Now celebrating a quarter of a century as one of Western North Carolina's most sought after luxury communities, Wade Hampton Golf Club features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio. The Wade Hampton Course has received accolades since its inception, including a #1 ranking in GolfWeek Magazine for Best Residential Golf Course in 2009 and recognition as the highest ranked course in North Carolina in Golf Digest Magazine's "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses" since 2007. In a state well-known for its golf courses, Wade Hampton was awarded a ranking of #14 of the Top 100 Golf Courses in North Carolina beating out such legendary courses as The Grove Park Inn Course in Asheville, Bermuda Run Country Club at the heart of the state and Cape Fear Country Club at the coast. The course was also recently honored with a ranking of #54 of the Top 100 Courses in the World! Links Magazine calls Wade Hampton A stroke of Fazio genius in an idyllic setting an obvious work of art. All Southern golf lovers should find a way to play this course which is every bit as challenging as it is breathtaking.

Wade Hampton Golf Course

In keeping with a Club of such high stature, the Wade Hampton clubhouse offers beautiful views of the golf course and Chimneytop Mountain, as well as world-class dining. Tennis, swimming, fishing and hiking throughout the beautiful natural setting that surrounds the course are just a few of the other activities available at Wade Hampton. Membership to this exclusive club is by invitation only. The residences that line the narrow lanes of Wade Hampton Golf Club under a canopy of trees rest on lots ranging from one quarter to over five acres in size, and vary from quaint mountain cottages to palatial estates. This stunning community will play host to this years Cashiers Designer ShowHouse as a handful of talented professional interior designers descend upon Whisper Fade to create a visually striking home environment where hundreds of guests will come to take a peek at their work in late August-early September. Proceeds from this must-see annual event benefit the Cashiers Historical Society. It also offers a terrific opportunity for attendees to catch a glimpse of this incredible community.

But, why wait until August? Contact Silver Creek Real Estate Group TODAY to arrange for a personalized tour of the Club, homes and grounds of the private gated community of Wade Hampton. To view homes for sale in Wade Hampton online, click HERE, and to view land for sale on which to build your own dream home in Wade Hampton, click HERE. If you are a current Wade Hampton resident, and are considering selling your mountain retreat Silver Creek brokers offer local market expertise and valuable staging advice, along with an extensive, groundbreaking marketing package that is custom-designed to fit the needs of each and every one of our clients in order to help them stand out in the crowd. We are the premier source of real estate on the internet in the greater Cashiers area, and our print ads can be found in such high profile publications as Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, DuPont Registry, and Real Estate Guide. Our marketing materials are professionally crafted, and are distributed both on-site and at local events. Take advantage of one of the busiest seasons on the mountain by calling us at 828.743.1999, emailing us at info@ncliving.com, filling out our online contact form, or dropping by our offices conveniently located near the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide next to Wendys Restaurant. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Outdoor Art and Sculpture Festival in Cashiers, North Carolina

Sponsorships Still Available for Upcoming Arts on the Green Festival

As the mountain resort village of Cashiers, North Carolina makes ready for the exciting launch of its Arts on the Green Festival in July, opportunities for sponsorship of this very special week-long al fresco art event abound. Hosted by The Village Green a conservancy project and community park at the heart of town proceeds from this inaugural event will aid in the completion of the infrastructure of The Village Green Commons, an open-air multi-use community facility at the former site of the Summit Charter School. The Commons feature a covered bandstand, parking, a great lawn, pathways to community functions, natural landscaping and a state of the art Audio Visual pavilion. In order to ensure the successful completion of this distinctive facility, we need your help! Consider becoming a sponsor of the Arts on the Green Festival TODAY!

Levels of Sponsorship for The Arts on the Green Festival:

Plein Air Art & Sculpture Benefactor............................$5000 $2000 credit toward art purchases (4) tickets to the Artists Palette Studio Gala (7 pm, July 16) (4) tickets to the Opening reception Awards ceremony (6 pm, July 16) Prominent placement in event program and website (4) lecture & reception seats to Andy Peters function (7 pm, July 15) (4) lecture & reception seats to Robin Salmons function (7 pm, July 13)

Patron of the Arts...........................................................$1000 $400 credit towards art purchases (2) tickets to the Artists Palette Studio Gala (7 pm, July 16) Prominent placement in event program and website (2) lecture & reception seats to Andy Peters function (7 pm, July 15)

Grand Patron of the Arts............................................$2500 $1000 credit towards art purchases (2) tickets to the Artists Palette Studio Gala (7 pm, July 16) (2) tickets to the Opening reception Awards ceremony (6 pm, July 16) Prominent placement in event program and website (2) lecture & reception seats to Andy Peters function (7 pm, July 15) (2) lecture & reception seats to Robin Salmons function (7 pm, July 13)

Friend of the Arts..............................................$500 (2) tickets to the Artists Palette Studio Gala (7 pm, July 16) (2) lecture & reception seats to Andy Peters function (7 pm, July 15)

The Village Green is a 501(c)3 organization. All sponsorships are tax-deductible donations. You can also show your support for The Village Green by purchasing engraved bricks and becoming a permanent part of the Village Green, or by purchasing art during our Arts on the Green Festival. For more information about The Village Green, Arts on the Green Festival, and/or sponsorships please visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com. Jochen Lucke, Silver Creek Real Estate Group's owner and President of The Village Green thanks you for your support!

Cashiers, North Carolina Outdoor Concert Series

Get Into The Groove All Season Long at The Village Green

The Village Green in Cashiers NC

As a proud sponsor of Groovin on the Green an outdoor concert series at Cashiers Village Green Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you, your friends and family to grab a blanket and a picnic basket, and meet us for a night of music and dancing under the stars. Hosted by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association, Silver Creek Real Estate Group, andother local merchantsin the heart of our charming resort village. Each of the concerts in the series is completely FREE OF CHARGE. All concerts will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. come rain or shine. If you need help packing your picnic basket, many of our wonderful local restaurants would be happy to help you fill it with anything from antipasti to good ol Carolina barbeque! For more information about Groovin on the Green, please call 828-743-1999.

Groovin on the Green 2010 Concert Schedule 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The following bands will be playing at the Pavilion on the Village Green (at the Crossroads of Hwy 107 & 64):

JUNE 18: MOUNTAIN AIRE JUNE 25: SHAWN JAMES BAND JULY 9: MOONSHINE BABIES

The following bands will be playing at the Village Commons (at the Old Summit School site on Frank Allen Road):

JULY 23: HURRICANE CREEK JULY 30: NIKKI TALLEY AUG 6: RAFE HOLLISTER BAND AUG 13: RYE HOLLER BOYS AUG 27:CHRIS ONEILL SEPT 10:TO BE ANNOUNCED SEPT 17: TO BE ANNOUNCED SEPT 24:THE HONEYCUTTERS OCT 1: BRIAN ASHLEY JONES OCT 8 10: THE 2nd ANNUAL CASHIERS LEAF FESTIVAL MULTIPLE PERFORMERS TBA

The folks at Silver Creek look forward to cutting a rug with you out on The Village Green all season long!!! To all of our out-of-town guests, consider planning your trip to Cashiers around one of these great Groovin on the Green concerts. Its a wonderful way to see how warm and unique this community truly is. For information on accommodations and to sneak a peek at some of our terrific homes and lots for sale, visit us online at www.ncliving.com. Dont forget to pack your dancing shoes!