Blog :: 11-2010

Silver Creek Real Estate Group Represents Buyer in Purchase of Former Cashiers Designer ShowHouse

Cashiers-Based Brokerage Firm Offers So Much More Than a Slogan

In a competitive industry where its often believed that youre only as good as your tagline, the emerging Silver Creek Real Estate Group offers their clients far more than just a slogan. Founded upon a solid belief in their credo of matching buyers with sellers, and dreamers with dream homes, the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek has a proven record of doing just that. Most recently, the premier Western North Carolina luxury real estate agency represented the buyer in the purchase of their dream home Chestnut Pond, the 2006 Cashiers Designer Showhouse. Nestled at the edge of a crystal-clear mountain pond on 4 acres in the privatecommunity ofGolf Club Estates, this exquisite four bedroom, four and two half bathroom home was also recently honored with its inclusion in the prestigious Joy Garden Tour.The estate was offered at $3,950,000.

The proud new homeowners will delight in priceless days spent strolling across a covered bridge over the stream that cuts playfully through the property to a majestic waterfall, countless evenings spent entertaining on stone terraces around the lovely low-maintenance garden, and a lifetime spent gazing at breath-taking views of Chimneytop Mountain and Chestnut Pond. Their new picture-perfect home constructed of vintage hand-hewn logs, stone, and bark is complemented by an equally charming guest house featuring a full kitchen and spacious stone-covered terrace. The interior of the main home boasts soaring cathedral ceilings with exposed beams, walls of windows overlooking tranquil vistas, gourmet kitchen paired with formal dining room, and special luxury touches throughout such as coffered ceilings, hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces. Close proximity to the popular resort town of Highlands and the historic village of Cashiers means that they will be able to enjoy all of the unique shops, fine dining, eclectic culture, and family-friendly community events whenever they wish. Sounds like a dream come true! Silver Creek Real Estate Group is honored to have had a hand in helping them achieve their dream of owning a one-of-a-kind estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and we welcome the opportunity to help you, too! Whether buying or selling a home on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, Silver Creek clients can expect honesty, integrity and professionalism from our experienced team of brokers. We will be with you every step along the way from initial phone call to the closing table. We will work tirelessly to ensure that your needs and wants are met, and that your expectations are exceeded. Getting started is easy! Simply call us at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our convenient online contact form, or pop by our offices at the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide next to Wendy's Restaurant. To learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group and sneak a peek at our current listings, please visit us online. We look forward to meeting you and your family, and are eager to set you on the path to your dream home!

Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer in December Issue of Money Magazine

Great Advice for Homebuyers from CNNs Ali Velshi Popular CNN Anchor Writes That Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer in December Issue of Money Magazine

Host of CNN Newsroom and Chief Business Correspondent for one of the nations most respected news outlets, CNNs Ali Velshi recently loaned his expertise and talents to the December Issue of Money Magazine. His article Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer is featured in the Mastering Your Money Segment and outlines the reasons why NOW is the perhaps the best time to invest in a new home. By looking at the trends over recent months, even years it appears that we may be on the backend of the housing bargain bonanza. Velshi claims that while housing prices seem to be slowly ticking upward, loan rates remain at historically low levels. He writes that if you have 20% to put down and good credit, now is a great time to buy. The journalist even took his own advice and invested in a New York City apartment earlier this year.

The key point of Velshis article in its simplest form Buying a fairly priced home at todays rates may be the best deal you will ever get. SO - why wait any longer? If youve been on the fence about purchasing that dream home in the mountains, its high time you turned those dreams into a stunning4 bedroom-4 bathroom reality. Regardless of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in your particular dream home, Silver Creek Real Estate Group may very well hold the key that will get you in the front door. We represent a number of luxury estates in some of the finest communities along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. There is also a treasure trove of home sites to choose from if you wish to build your dream home from the ground up. Take advantage of awesome house and land prices at historically low interest rates before its too late! To take a virtual tour of some of the wonderful homes and property available in the historic mountain village of Cashiers, or the popular resort towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway visit Silver Creek Real Estate Group online at www.ncliving.com. To schedule a personalized tour of some of the incredible homes and communities that make up our unique corner of the world, call Silver Creeks talented team of brokers at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our helpful online contact form, or drop by our offices in the Shoppes at CreekSide next to Wendys Restaurant andnear the Cashiers Crossroads. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

SOURCE: Velshi, Ali. Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer. Pg. 44. Money Magazine. December 2010 Issue.

Western North Carolina Golf Courses Recognized Among Best in the World

Cashiers Own Wade Hampton and Mountaintop Golf Courses Make the Lists of Top 100 Golf Courses in the World 2011 and Golfweeks Best Residential Courses 2011

The word is out the world is finally discovering that Cashiers, North Carolina is filled with all sorts of hidden gems! Already well-known for our temperate year-round climates, breath-taking mountain views, eclectic collection of shops and restaurants, and unique brand of Southern Hospitality what many are now learning is that our golf courses rank up there with some of the finest in the nation!

Just last week, a ranking site out of the United Kingdom Top 100 Golf Courses of the World released their list for 2011. Their original shortlist consisted of 216 courses from countries all over the world, including The United States of America, Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, France and more. In the end, New Jerseys famed Pine Valley Golf Club walked away with top honors, the renowned Augusta National in Georgia ranked #3, and Cashiers own Wade Hampton Golf Club was recognized among the best courses in the world at a highly respectable #52.

Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers NC

Wade Hampton has been honored once again by the recent release of Golfweek Magazines Best Residential Courses earlier this month. Wade Hampton Golf Club was listed as #3 in a list consisting of 100 national courses stretching from Kiawah Island, South Carolina in the East all the way to Carmel Valley, California in the West. Topping the list is another highly esteemed Cashiers golf course Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club at #1!

Whether youre a scratch golfer or an avid hacker, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to introduce you to these two fine communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. 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. 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 to residents and club members 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.

Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers NC

On the other hand, a relatively new kid on the block Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club is quickly growing in popularity and reputation as one of the most superb communities the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has to offer. Perched high atop a beautiful expanse of the Blue Ridge Mountains at 4,000 feet above sea level, Mountaintop offers its residents some of the most stunning views in the region. Set upon a sprawling 731 acres, the developer Discovery Land Company has designed a luxury mountain retreat community of just 251 estate lots and 75 cabins and lodges peppered about the property. 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 also offers a Tom Fazio-designed golf course that is every bit as challenging as it is breathtaking. Other activities available to residents of Mountaintop include water sports at the private Lake Club on nearby Lake Glenville, horseback riding, fly fishing,hiking or simply relaxing while being pampered at Mountaintop's world-class spa.

To schedule a personalized tour of one or both of these wonderful mountain golf course communities, call the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group TODAY at 828.743.1999. We can also be reached by e-mailing us at info@ncliving.com or by filling out our helpful online contact form. As always, we welcome the chance to meet you and your family in person and invite you to drop by our offices the next time you are in Cashiers. Were located in the Shoppes at CreekSide, near the Cashiers Crossroads. If youd like to learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Wade Hampton Golf Club, and/or Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, please visit the Silver Creek website at www.ncliving.com.

Lake Toxway water level lowered for maintenance

Lake Toxaway News: What Goes Down Will Come Up

On November 29, the water levels of Lake Toxaway will be lowered for the first time since 1990. An estimated drop of 6 to 7 feet will allow community property owners to perform repairs to seawalls, docks, and boathouses. During this time, the Lake Toxaway Community Association will also dredge out silt that has collected in parts of the popular man-made Appalachian lake. Other goals of the scheduled drawdown include:

Gaining insight into the effectiveness of prior silt dredging efforts Studying the sources of silting to possibly prevent a repeat performance in the future Improving fish habitats Removal of weeds growing in shallow areas of the lake Turning the lake to improve the water quality Documentation of exposed lake bed, lake lowering procedures and environmental conditions throughout the drawdown Removal of tree stumps and rocks to increase safety of the lake Create work for local contractors

The Association will begin restoring water to the lake in February 2011, with the intention of having lake levels return to normal sometime in March to prepare for the busy Spring and Summer seasons in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Situated at around 3,000 feet above sea level, Lake Toxaway offers 14 miles of shoreline and a wealth of opportunities for water-themed activities. The beautiful 614-acre mountain lake offers the best of both worlds with amazing views of the mountains and lakefront living, and is home to some of the areas most sought after communities. First established as an elite lakeside retreat in the early 1900s by Pittsburgh entrepreneur E.H. Jennings, Lake Toxaway continues to draw visitors year after year. Its status as the largest privately held lake in North Carolina makes it a peaceful and serene sanctuary high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains.

To learn more about Lake Toxaway and the communities that surround her, contact the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. We welcome the opportunity to introduce you and your family to one of the crown jewels of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and can be reached by calling 828-743-1999, by e-mailing info@ncliving.com, by filling out our convenient online form, or by dropping by our offices conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers, in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We invite you to sneak a peek at some of the communities which feature listings for available homes and properties on our comprehensive website, www.ncliving.com.

Source: Todd, Mark. The Transylvania Times Lakes Level to Fall to Allow for Repairs Online. November 16, 2010.