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High Hampton Inn, Cashiers, North Carolina

Cashiers North Carolinais rich in history and tradition. One of the gems of the area is the High Hampton Inn located on 107 South, just a few minutes from the crossroads in Cashiers. The property features fine accomodations, dining, a public golf course, and many other amenities. Our friends and clients often ask us about the High Hampton and its history, so here is a brief descripton and how it all began courtesy of www.highhamptoninn.com.

The History of High Hampton High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, NC has been a summer retreat and place of Southern hospitality since the early 19th century. The Hampton's, an aristocratic South Carolina planter family, traveled by train from Columbia to Greenville and then by horse and buggy up the rough mountain roads to Cashiers. The Hamptons and their friends came each summer to escape the heat and mosquitoes that plagued them in Columbia and Charleston. They enjoyed fishing in the crystal clear mountain streams, riding fine horses through the lush green forests, and sitting on the porch of the Hampton Cottage sipping mint juleps and feasting on freshly cooked game and tender mountain trout.

One of the most famous members of the Hampton family, Wade Hampton III (1818-1902), purchased the property from the Zachary family. Mordecai Zachary, whose nearby home, is being restored by the Cashiers Historical Society, helped Wade Hampton build the Hampton Hunting Lodge. The family referred to their estate as the Hampton Place or The Valley and built The Church of the Good Shepherd (located directly across the road), as well as the school for the mountain children (now the Schoolhouse Cottage), located just north of the church.

Prior to the Civil War, Wade Hampton was considered one of the wealthiest men in the South. Although he was not in favor of secession and had already freed his own slaves, he used much of his wealth to raise a cavalry regiment, which he led into battle throughout the Civil War. By May 1862, after being wounded at the Battle of Seven Pines, he was promoted to brigadier general. After the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, he was promoted to major general.

Exhausted and financially and emotionally drained, General Wade Hampton returned to his beloved mountain retreat after the war in the late summer of 1865. His brother Frank and son Preston has perished in the war. The mountains gave him strength to carry on. In 1876, while sitting on the porch of the Hampton Hunting Lodge, he received news that he had been elected governor of South Carolina. He later served as a U.S. Senator during the difficult Reconstruction years.

At some point in 1880s, the property was transferred to the three unmarried sisters of Wade Hampton. In 1890, Caroline Hampton (1861-1922), a niece of Wade Hampton and the three maiden aunts, married Dr. William Stewart Halsted (1852-1922). Halsted was a chief surgeon at the newly opened Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore who was famous for his superior surgical techniques and a pioneer in the use of anesthesia. Caroline had completed nursing school in New York City in 1889 and subsequently joined the staff of Johns Hopkins, where she met Dr. Halsted while serving as his scrub nurse in the operating room.

Caroline had enjoyed many happy times with her uncle hunting, fishing, and riding on the family estate. The newlyweds honeymooned at the Hampton Hunting Lodge. Dr. Halsted became enthralled by the beauty of the land and purchased the High Hampton estate from Carolines aunts. He renamed it High Hampton after the title of his familys ancestral estate in England, which was named High Halsted. The Halsteds greatly enhanced the beauty of the estate by planting exotic trees and shrubs, most of which are still thriving on the front lawn of the Inn. They came from Baltimore each summer to enjoy a respite from the hot weather and spent their time gardening, raising a superior collection of dahlias, reading, pursuing an amateur interest in astronomy, and acquiring more land. They also farmed and kept hogs, cattle, and of course horses, as Mrs. Halsted was a true Hampton and outstanding horsewoman. Several area residents remember visiting the Halsteds. The late Newell Wright described High Hampton as the most beautiful place in the country. His grandfather, Marion Wright, did a lot of work for Mrs. Halsted. Marion used to bring Newell to see Mrs. Halsted on Sundays, and they enjoyed lunch or dinner at the Halsteds great big house many times.

Madge Dilliard Merrells parents also took her to visit the Halsteds. With an uncanny memory, Madge remembered many details about the Halsted family and their home. She recalled Mrs. Halsteds abruptness and frankness as well as her dress, which tended to be more masculine than clothing worn by most mountain ladies at that time. Madge remembered the Halsteds home being peculiar because they had big comfortable couches and chairs, so different from the traditional mountain furniture. Large fireplaces made the home nice and warm, and dachshunds (Mrs. Halsted took them everywhere) were around the living room on brown baskets. The grounds had quince trees, beautiful dahlias, and big flocks of guineas hollerin.

Dr. Halsteds connection with Johns Hopkins proved to be beneficial for several of Madges relatives. Nannie Zachary, Madges great aunt, was treated for cancer there and lived a long life. Lynch Dilliard, Madges brother, rode to Baltimore on the train to have his tonsils removed. From the correspondence between Dr. Halsted and Doug Bradley, the Halsteds head gardener and caretaker, as well as his concern regarding the Dilliards health, it is evident that Dr. Halsted took a great interest in the well-being of many of the local Cashiers residents. After Dr. and Mrs. Halsted both died in 1922 and left no heirs, the Halsted Estate was for sale. Mr. E.L. McKee, a Sylva, NC, businessman and industrialist, and his family decided to take a detour on their way to the former Fairfield Inn in Sapphire to meet Governor Morrison, who was vacationing in the area. As soon as Mr. McKee saw the beautiful grounds, spacious Halsted Cottage, and historic Hampton Hunting Lodge, he made plans to buy the property.

The late Mr. William D. McKee, Sr. son of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. McKee and subsequent owner of the Inn, remembered that day well. While Doug Bradley showed Mr. and Mrs. McKee the Estate, one of Dougs sons, Lem, took William (Bill) and his younger brother Lyndon fishing. Bill caught his first mountain trout in the large spring, which now feeds Hampton Lake.

So began a long relationship between the McKees and the land that was treasured by the Hamptons and the Halsteds. When Mr. and Mrs. E.L. McKee purchased the property, they constructed a two-story inn and soon after a golf course and tennis court. The McKees restored an old farmhouse on the property, the Nancy Cottage, which they often visited on weekends and holidays, and more frequently during the summer. Mrs. E.L. McKee (Gertrude Dills) was North Carolinas first female state senator, and the couple entertained many fellow legislators, friends and family members at the Inn.

On May 15, 1932, a fire started in a closed flue of the Halsted Cottage and quickly spread to the nearby Hampton Hunting Lodge and the Inn, destroying all of the buildings and their historic contents. Lillian Bradley Hyatt, who was living in a home near the Upper Zachary Cemetery, remembers the ashes falling on her as the fire blazed over half a mile away.

Construction of a new inn and several cottages began in the fall of 1932. In the height of the Depression, 20 men, including contractor Joe Wright, managed to complete the project by May 1933. The new Inn, built on the site of the Hampton Hunting Lodge, was larger than the original Inn, had three stories, a majestic four-sided fireplace, and was covered with chestnut bark, making it naturally insect-resistant. Since Mr. E.L. McKee had several other business interests in Sylva, he did not actually run the Inn himself. He hired Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lewis of Virginia as managers. Marjorie Harrison Lewis first came to the area to help start a girls camp in nearby Sapphire. The camp is now known as Camp Merrie- Woode. Frank and Marjorie Lewis ran the Inn like clockwork until their retirement in 1955. They also found time to help in the Cashiers community. The Lewis were instrumental in helping to restore The Church of the Good Shepherd and also helped start the Cashiers Thrift Shop, whose funds helped build and maintain the Cashiers Community Center.

When their parents purchased the Halsted Estate, Bill was nine years old and Lyndon was eight. Bill and Lyndon began working at the Inn at a very young age. Bills first job was selling Cokes and items in the lobby shop, including perfume, a hot seller according to Bill. As they grew older, Bill and Lyndon worked on the front desk. As part of his job, Bill rode to town on horseback to take the mail and to get change from various merchants, as there were no banks in Cashiers. After both Bill and Lyndon graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received MBAs from Harvard Business School, they pursued different careers. Bill worked on Wall Street and later for Southern Bell in Charlotte. Lyndon served as vice-president of Wachovia Bank and Trust Company in Asheville. He and his wife Ernestine and their three children Ann, Lyndon and William came to High Hampton every weekend and spent their summers staying in the Nancy Cottage. As the children came of age, they also began working at the Inn.

In the late 1940s, Bill McKee returned from Charlotte and began helping his father with various business interests. His mother Gertrude died in 1948. When his father died in 1952, Bill became much more involved with the operation of High Hampton. He was named president of High Hampton Inc., with Lyndon serving as vice-president until his untimely death in 1961 at the age of 46. Lyndons children acquired 600 acres of the High Hampton Estate and built the prestigious Wade Hampton Golf Club, just south of High Hampton.

In 1958, Bill married Lily Byrd of Asheville, NC, and they had a son William Dills McKee, Jr. Little Will, as he was affectionately called, grew up running around the Inn. Once Will was old enough, he began working in many different capacities, including bus boy, teen room manager and maintenance crew worker. After graduation from the Cornell School of Hotel Management in 1982, Will returned to High Hampton to work with his father. Today, Will carries on the family tradition of his father and grandfather.

What began as the Hamptons retreat in the 1830s continues as a haven today, more than 170 years later. Guests from many different states and countries find a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while vacationing at the Inn. The cool mountain breezes continue to blow and refresh just as they did in Wade Hamptons time. High Hampton still boasts Southern hospitality at its finest with Will McKee and his staff meeting and greeting guests on a daily basis. The kitchen continues to provide traditional High Hampton fare, such as famous fried chicken, fresh mountain trout and mouth-watering desserts. In these complicated times, it is refreshing to find a place where very little changes, except the seasons.

Summer Temperatures in the Western North Carolina Mountains

Many people buy a mountain home to escape the intense heat of the summer, assuming that just being in the mountains will ensure that the summer weather is cool. This is not always the case.

We often speak to disillusioned homeowners who now realize that they bought a home in the wrong location after enduring their first mountain summer with weather well into the mid to high 80s, or even 90s. Don't be one of them!

The chart below shows average high temperatures in July for a number of popular mountain towns, as well as some other vacation destinations in the Southeastern US for comparison purposes.

Keep in mind that on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the high temperatures listed below only last for a few hours in the height of the afternoon. For example, if the high in Cashiers for the day was 78 degrees, the morning and late afternoon would likely be in the low 70s, the evening would be in the high 60s, and overnight it would drop into the low 60s. Perfect!

Unfortunately for those in lower altitudes, the hottest part of the day can last much longer than it does here.

Average HIGH Temperatures in July (in Degrees Farenheit)


Cashiers, NC 78
Highlands, NC 78
Lake Glenville, NC 78
Lake Toxaway, NC 79
Sapphire, NC 79
Maggie Valley, NC 81
Waynesville, NC 83
Asheville, NC 84
Franklin, NC 85
Gatlinburg, TN 85
Murphy, NC 86
Virginia Beach, VA 87
Blue Ridge, GA 88
Knoxville, TN 88
Raleigh, NC 88
Atlanta, GA 89
Charleston, SC 89
Greenville, SC 89
Lake Lure, NC 89
Charlotte, NC 90
Lake Norman, NC 90
Palm Beach, FL 90
Naples, FL 91
Orlando, FL 92
Savannah, GA 92

Weather information provided by Weather.com.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group supports The 2012 Tour de Cashiers

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to continue its support of the Tour de Cashiers in 2012. This year's event will be held on May 5th.

The Tour de Cashiers was started as a community ride by Clark Moore in 1992. There was one 11-mile route, and folks met in front of the Chamber of Commerce. It stayed this way for a couple of years. Then over the years, with the help of several local cyclists, the Tour was expanded to include multiple and longer rides, and post-ride food and entertainment. In 2001, a 75-miler was added to bring new challenges and to appeal to riders looking for something more.

The full 100-mile Century was added in 2004, and in 2006 the 50 and 75-mile rides were combined into a new Metric Century. The two century rides provide challenge and inspiration for riders wanting to tour the mountains and test their conditioning on an all-day supported ride.

Tour de Cashiers events are now being presented by the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation. We put all net proceeds back into the community through donations to our local hospital and to such organizations as the Cashiers/Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, the Glenville/Cashiers Rescue Squad, The Village Green and other area fire and rescue departments and local schools.

The Jackson and Macon County Sheriff Departments help with leading or protecting the ride, and fire and EMS units from three counties are either on the course or on call. Many volunteers run the rest stops and keep riders stocked with fruit, bars, energy drinks and water.

Sagee Manor - Exquisite Highlands NC Estate Offered For Sale

Sagee Manor in Highlands, North Carolina is truly a masterpiece of architectural, interior and landscape design. Created by renowned architect Keith Summerour, this magnificent seven bedroom estate sits on almost 22 acres, with additional acreage available. The levels of craftsmanship and artistry found in Sagee Manor are unsurpassed in the Highlands area.

Perched atop the southern plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sagee Manor offers stunning long-range mountain views in every direction. The estate's elevation of 4,200 feet ensures that its owners, family and friends may enjoy the cooler summer temperatures afforded to residents of the Highlands/Cashiers Plateau.

The vibrant village of Highlands with its breathtaking mountain vistas, mesmerizing waterfalls and wooded forest draws second-home owners from across the country and visitors from around the world. Highlands is known for its quaint inns, upscale shops and renowned eateries, as well as its excellent private golf and country clubs.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is pleased to present such an exceptional property as Sagee Manor. For information and to schedule a private tour of this magnificent mountain estate in Highlands, please contact Jochen Lucke at (828) 226-1126 or via email at jlucke@ncliving.com. For additional information about the greater Highlands - Cashiers area, or other fine properties currently being offered for sale, please visit us at www.ncliving.com. Let our experience and knowledge guide you in the purchase of your mountain retreat.

Highlands North Carolina Visitor's Guide and Video Tour

Highlands, North Carolina has served as a showcase for the change of seasons for many families in the Southeastern United States for well over a century. A caravan of cars drives through the historic Main Street district during the summer months to enjoy the mild temperatures of the high elevations, and during the fall months to gaze in awe at the show of colors as the leaves change on the hardwood trees that line the mountain range. Downtown Highlands is a collection of quaint inns, upscale shops and renowned eateries that serve as a draw for vacationers from nearby South Carolina and Georgia. For additional information about homes and land available for sale in Highlands, please contact Silver Creek Real Estate Group at info@ncliving.com or give us a call at 828.743.1999. We look forward to hearing from you. For a video tour, click on the following link: Highlands, NC Video Tour. Isn't it time for you discover Highlands, North Carolina and our cool summer temperatures? We think it is, so call or email us today!

Lake Glenville NC Visitors & Real Estate Guide

Lake Glenville, North Carolina

The crown jewel of the Glenville community at 3,942 feet above sea level Lake Glenville is the highest lake east of the Mississippi. 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. 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 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.

Communities on Lake Glenville, North Carolina

You will never forget the sight of your first sunset over Lake Glenville and the mountains beyond. Silver Creek Real Estate Group has included below a list of some of Lake Glenville's most exciting communities and subdivisions. To find your ideal mountain lake home, contact Silver Creek Real Estate Group. Our experienced brokers are authorities on the local market, and know where the very best views and fishing holes on Lake Glenville can be found.

Big Ridge

Offering some of the most breathtaking vistas of Western North Carolina's mountains and valley below, the Big Ridge community is an eclectic blend of family farms and multi-million dollar estates. Local Christmas tree farms add to the mystique and character of this special community. Nearby Lake Glenville and the resort village of Cashiers offer many opportunities for fun to residents of Big Ridge. Lake Glenville is a fully recreational lake, affording many prospects for boating, water sports, swimming and fishing for residents and visitors to the area. The lake is 1,400 acres in size with 26 miles of natural shoreline for sunbathing and picnicking. Lake Glenville is the highest lake east of the Mississippi River and has three public boat launches and one marina. For the urban adventurer, the town of Cashiers is widely known for its cultural arts, unique shopping village and upscale dining establishments.

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Bridge Creek

The 155 lush, unspoiled acres that Bridge Creek is built upon was acquired from descendents of the original owners of the 1872 Land Grant the Choate, Buchanan and Long families. This unique community invites its residents to enjoy a lifetime of special memories on the mountain, memories that will be passed down from generation to generation just as the land on which the community lies was shared. Entryway to Bridge Creek is through a rustic covered bridge over gentle Norton Creek, immediately giving one the sense of history and wonder and the feeling of taking a step back in time. Three trout streams wind their way through the community, offering plenty of opportunities to splash in the cool water, rest in the warmth of the sun-soaked shore, or grab a pole and go fishin' for supper. Miles of hiking trails abound for the explorer. Picnicking in the Spring House Pavilion, swapping tall tales by the fire at the Buchanan Chimney Garden, and playing games with friends and neighbors at the Family Sports Garden are all wonderful examples of activities that hearken back to a simpler time and amenities that coexist beautifully with nature. Home sites in Bridge Creek range in size from one to five acres, offering panoramic views of Lake Glenville or miles of mountain ranges. A short drive from the historic village of Cashiers, Bridge Creek is founded on the belief in paying homage to the past through its Great Camp style home designs and honoring the gifts of nature.

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Buck Knob Island

Located at the heart of Lake Glenville, Buck Knob Island consists of just 19 private luxury home sites of approximately one acre in size 16 along the shoreline and 3 on the interior of this serene, tree-lined island. Residents of the island may park their cars under covered parking or dock their boats at Buck Knob Landing on the mainland, and take a water taxi to their truly exclusive island home. Golf cart paths wind through the island making travel throughout the property not only convenient, but fun. Boat docks are also permitted in front of each lakefront residence. The Island HOA maintains a full-time Resident Caretaker to assist with concierge services and prepare the homes for the residents' arrival.

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Buck Knob Landing

Resting on the east end of Lake Glenville, this incredible lakefront community is perfectly positioned for amazing views of the sun setting over the lake and mountains in the distance. With fully recreational Lake Glenville as the heart and soul of Buck Knob Landing, the "Landing" refers to the bustling community dock which is open to all residents.

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Cullowhee Forest

Located in a part of Western North Carolina that is extremely proud of its waterfalls, Cullowhee Forest is named for thestunning cascades that can be found throughout the region. Set along the spectacular Tuckasegee River, home sites in Cullowhee Forest encompass beautiful natural settings with some of the most awe-inspiring views of the river and Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. Wildlife abounds in this remote rural community deer, rabbits, squirrels, native birds and more can be found roaming freely. Homes in Cullowhee Forest range in style from traditional to contemporary, but all adhere to strict architectural guidelines and honor the beauty of the natural environment. While this unique community provides its residents with the peace and quiet of rustic mountain life, the shops, restaurants and entertainment of the resort village of Cashiers are just 10 short miles away.

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Glen Laurel

Located a short 30-minute drive from Cashiers, Cullowhee and Franklin, North Carolina, the lovely Glen Laurel community lies at the north end of Lake Glenville. Residents of Glen Laurel have easy access to all of the pleasures that Lake Glenville has to offer boating, waterskiing, jet skiing, swimming, fishing and more. The community offers amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

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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.

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The Lake Club

Nestled on 150 acres along the shoreline of Lake Glenville near the resort village of Cashiers, North Carolina, The Lake Club is a private community offering 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. There is no shortage of fun to be had nearby, as well. Beautiful Lake Glenville provides 1,400 breathtaking acres for fishing, boating and watersports, and the historic villages of Cashiers and Highlands feature abundant choices for fine dining and eclectic shops for exploring.

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Sims Valley

At the turn of the 20th century, Willis and Laura Sims settled in a high valley with clear 40-mile vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains in the west. They built a rustic mountain home, lived off the land and raised their six children here. Today, the valley is home to Sims Valley a unique mountain community built in the same spirit as the Sims family homestead. It is a place of beauty, a place for families, a place where residents live in harmony with the nature that surrounds them.

Located between the historic towns of Cullowhee and Cashiers, Sims Valley provides their homeowners with the feeling of living within a national park, rather than a resort community. Intersected by winding nature trails, designed by Trail Dynamics (who often design for the National Park Service), Sims Valley offers many opportunities to let their residents' spirits soar with the natural splendor that is housed within this one-of-a-kind property. The peaceful sound of cascading waterfalls, the exotic fragrance of mountain laurel and native wildflowers and the awe-inspiring sight of the Smokies blend together for an exceptional outdoor experience. Go shopping or dining in Cashiers or Highlands, explore Nantahala National Forest, take a boat ride on Lake Glenville or enjoy the many amenities that Sims Valley has to offer.

The Sims Family Homestead still stands and now serves as community gathering place. In fact, there is no shortage of places for the community to gather together at Sims Valley. The Mountain Clubhouse contains a fitness center and spa, swimming pool, large great room with fireplace, caterer's kitchen, outdoor grill and two outdoor fireplaces, paired with some of the most amazing views available at the property. The Mountain Chapel located at the north end of the property offers an open-air gathering place for Sims Valley residents t enjoy a picnic, a roaring fire in the outdoor fireplace or breathtaking vista of the valley and the mountains beyond.

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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!

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Stone Pointe

With a tagline that reads, "Imagine it's not just a dream anymore," Stone Pointe offers the ultimate combination of waterfront and mountain luxury living to its residents. Encompassing just eight remarkable home sites, Stone Pointe seeks to provide each resident with the security of a gated community, the privacy of heavily wooded lots and some of the most amazing vistas that Western North Carolina has become so famous for. Docks are pre-approved along the shoreline and each property offers direct access to beautiful Lake Glenville.

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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.

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Summer Hill

A prestigious gated community on Lake Glenville, Summer Hill encompasses 76 acres of custom-built luxury homes, heavily forested interior and waterfront lots. Community amenities include a lakefront pavilion, marina and tennis courts. Residents enjoy easy access to all of Lake Glenville's recreational activities, including boating, sailing, waterskiing, jet skiing, swimming and fishing.

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Trillium

True to its credo "Where Families Belong" Trillium is among the most exciting, family-friendly properties on beautiful Lake Glenville. 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."

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 residents 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. Central to it all lies Lake Glenville. 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.

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Sapphire Valley NC Visitors & Real Estate Guide

Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

Originating as primarily a mining town, Sapphire, North Carolina is a "jewel" of a find along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Perhaps best known for its most popular destination, Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley, Sapphire offers an abundance of amenities and activities. The resort has partnered with a number of area communities to share their facilities with local residents.

Another destination that serves as a 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. Sapphire is also home to the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company, a lively pub located overlooking the Sapphire National Golf Course.

Sapphire also stands out for 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 unspoiled forest. Neighborhoods in Sapphire vary from affordable single-family homes to luxury mountain estates.

Our website and blog provide you with a complete list of restaurants, golf courses, skiing, and much more. We have also provided you a Visitors Guide for the entire Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, and Lake Glenville area.

Communities in Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

Many communities in Sapphire and the surrounding area are afforded access to all of the incredible amenities available at Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley. These amenities include 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. Communities offering access to Fairfield's Sapphire Valley 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, Stone Creek Estates, Stonecreek Crossing, The Divide at Bald Rock and Whisper Lake.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group has included below a list of some of Sapphire Valley's most exciting communities and subdivisions. Whether you're seeking a family vacation home, quaint retirement cottage or looking to make a real estate investment in Sapphire Valley, Silver Creek brokers are experts in the local market. Contact us today!

Bald Rock

This 776-acre private gated community prides itself in being "a civilized wilderness" by combining luxury mountain living on estate-sized lots with the majesty and splendor of a beautiful natural setting. Bald Rock is adjacent to the U.S. Forest Services' Panthertown Valley, providing 6,700 acres of unspoiled forests, a rare Appalachian bog, 20 miles of trout streams, waterfalls and miles of walking trails offering plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring. A Westmark Development, Bald Rock's home sites in vary in size from three to an astounding twelve acres, and offer incredible views of the valley, the forest and the mountains beyond. The community features an equestrian center, stables, riding arena and a network of trails for sightseeing by horseback. Residents of Bald Rock have access to all of the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley, including golf, swimming, tennis and much more.

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Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes

Established in 1983, Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes is an equity club and master-planned community in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Burlingame Country Club lies at the heart of the development and features an exquisitely appointed Clubhouse with three dining rooms and two lounges, as well as a 24-hour fitness center, top-ranked championship 18-hole golf course, four Har-Tru tennis courts and one hard court, heated swimming pool and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Real estate opportunities in Burlingame range from scenic riverfront home sites and luxury mountain view homes to rustic lodge-inspired condos that line the golf course.

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Deer Run

A fairly intimate enclave of just 50 homes and home sites, Deer Run is a gated community located within five miles of the historic town of Cashiers. Residents of Deer Run have access to all of the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley, including golf, fitness center, swimming and tennis.

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The Divide at Bald Rock

Situated along the Eastern Continental Divide, bordered by the natural beauty of Panthertown Valley and adjacent to the prestigious Bald Rock community, The Divide at Bald Rock offers an eclectic blend of estate-sized home sites and cozy cabin lots. Encompassing 244 acres and set at elevations topping 4,500 feet above sea level, views from the Divide include cascading waterfalls, abundant foliage and awe-inspiring views of the mountains and valley floor. The Divide features an open-air pavilion for family and community gatherings, which includes a full kitchen and two stacked stone fireplaces. The equestrian center at Bald Rock is available to residents of The Divide, as are all of the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley, including golf, swimming, tennis and much more.

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Falcon Ridge

A 290-acre limited development community in the Sapphire area of Western North Carolina, Falcon Ridge is designed to showcase luxury mountain homes living in harmony with the mountain laurel, wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife that surrounds them. More than three-quarters of the community have been earmarked as green space, allowing for only 60 very special home sites within Falcon Ridge. At an elevation of 4500 feet above sea level on Hogback Mountain, each home site allows for amazing views of the surrounding mountain range, the Sapphire Valley below and long-range views stretching into parts of both North and South Carolina. Residents of Falcon Ridge enjoy mild temperatures year round, as well as a lovely three-acre meadow with community pavilion and outdoor bonfire ring on the property. Falcon Ridge homeowners are also granted access to the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley.

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FiveStone

This exclusive gated community of just 18 lots set on 53 beautiful acres, FiveStone is a must-see. Located at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level, within a few hundred yards of the Trailhead for Panthertown Valley National Forest, this community is a nature lover's dream. Lovely views of the waterfalls, lakes, streams and forests of the area combine with the backdrop of the mountain ranges beyond for incomparable panoramas. Residents of FiveStone are also granted access to the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley, including golf, swimming, tennis and more.

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Golf Club Estates

Nestled behind the gates of the Country Club of Sapphire Valley is the single family community of Golf Club Estates. On the 106 lots you will find mostly seasonal residents. Meander around Cherokee Trail as it follows the private eighteen hole golf course of Country Club of Sapphire Valley. The fantastic views of Chimney Top, Bald Rock and Rock Mountain greet you further on Golf View Road. There is plenty of golf, tennis, hiking, boating and fishing within twenty minutes of most resident locations, as well as great restaurants and shopping in the town of Cashiers. Residents love their peaceful and tranquil setting.

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Holly Forest

Boasting country club living minus the country club price, Holly Forest (phases I - XIV) is a collection of subdivisions featuring affordable mountain homes, home sites and condominiums. It is the largest single-family and condominium community on the mountain. Residents of Holly Forest are granted access to the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley. Holly Forest is located within a short drive to the unique shops, world-class dining and distinctive culture of the resort village of Cashiers.

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Lonesome Valley

With a history dating back to 1895, Lonesome Valley has served as a bastion to the great outdoors ever since Pittsburgh entrepreneur E.H. Jennings first acquired 35,000 acres near the sleepy village of Cashiers. Gracefully spanning the valley floor of the largest box canyon east of the Rockies, Lonesome Valley is said by many to be the place where Heaven and Earth meet. Today, with planned activities for residents and amenities such as community gatherings in The Farm House, recreation in The Sports Barn and relaxation at The Remote Spa, Lonesome Valley is anything but lonesome. Cottage and home designs pay homage to the Southern Appalachian farmhouses of a bygone era. Great care is given to preserving the history and natural setting that Lonesome Valley has become famous for.

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Spring Forest

Perched on the outermost edge of Cashiers overlooking the Sapphire Valley, Spring Forest is a distinctive gated community offering the best of luxury mountain living, along with panoramic vistas of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Many of the custom designed homes in this prestigious neighborhood are architectural masterpieces. Homes and lots offer incredible views over Panthertown National Forest, Sapphire Valley, and Bald Rock. Located just minutes to Sapphire and Cashiers, the convenience to so many activities, shopping, and restaurants, make Spring Forest a very desirable established community.

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Whisper Lake

With reflections of majestic pines on its surface, Whisper Lake quietly beckons residents of this waterfront community to kayak or canoe its pristine waters. Some homeowners in this small mountain community may elect to build within a stand of hardwood trees or with incomparable views of the mountain ridges seen for miles. Residents of the Whisper Lake subdivision are welcome to enjoy the wide variety of amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley, including golf, fitness center, tennis and much more.

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Cashiers, NC - Visitors & Real Estate Guide

Visitor's Guide for Cashiers, North Carolina

Cashiers, North Carolina is one of the Southeast's premier resort destinations. Widely known for its amazing atmosphere, unique culture, upscale shopping and world-class dining, the historic village of Cashiers has been a haven for vacationing families for well over a century. Drawn to the natural beauty of the area and mild temperatures that accompany elevations of over 3,500 feet above sea level, countless visitors have selected Cashiers as their vacation spot of choice and keep returning, year after year.

For those who live here year round, breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains continue to astound, the scents of wildflowers and mountain laurel blended together on a cool mountain breeze continue to inspire, and the activities of a stroll through an ancient forest or the time-honored tradition of a day of fly fishing continue to delight. Since its inception, the Cashiers community has been based largely upon a foundation of Southern Hospitality in celebration of nature's splendor. You are welcome to enjoy an outdoor concert on the Village Green, explore the gift shops that line the streets of Cashiers' downtown area, or just sit back, relax and breathe in the unforgettable sights and sounds that surround you.

One more thing ... if you want to blend in with the locals, make sure you pronounce Cashiers correctly! Although it looks like the word for a person who rings up your purchase at a store, it is actually pronounced KASH-erz.

Our website and blog provide you with a complete list of restaurants, shopping,golf courses and much more. We have also provided you a Visitor's Guide for the entire Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, and Lake Glenville area.

Cashiers contains some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Western North Carolina, with distinctive homes amid rich forests, sparkling lakes and expansive mountain views. We invite you to visit Cashiers and fall in love with this one-of-a-kind community, as so many families have done before you.

Communities in Cashiers, North Carolina

Silver Creek Real Estate Group has included below a list of some of Cashiers' most exciting communities and subdivisions. Contact a Silver Creek broker today to begin your quest for the perfect vacation home, real estate investment or your "heirloom" dream home, a home that will be passed down from generation to generation, in the spirit of the pioneers who first settled here.

Arrowhead

Tucked away on heavily wooded lots, with a charming outdoor fireplace at the heart of the community, lie the lovely cottages of Arrowhead. This exclusive gated community is conveniently located at the edge of Cashiers along Highway 107, providing 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 district of Cashiers, North Carolina. Each home is unique, boasting stone accents, vaulted ceilings, 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 perfect fit for the dedicated entertainer or the peaceful weekender. The cottages at Arrowhead border the renowned communities of Wade Hampton and Chattooga Club.

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Big Sheepcliff

Set high atop a mountain bearing the same name, the homes at Big Sheepcliff provide some of the most spectacular vistas North Carolina has to offer. This private gated community offers large, secluded lots and a short drive to the fine dining, culture and shopping of Cashiers, presenting its residents with opportunities for the best of both worlds. With nature playing a central role throughout the development, 52 acres of the property have been donated to the North Carolina Nature Conservancy, making this the ideal community for any nature lover. Visit Big Sheepcliff today and enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Glenville, Whiteside Mountain, Terrapin Mountain, and beyond.

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Cedar Creek

Like most communities along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, Cedar Creek is rich in history and abundant in prestigious, highly sought-after subdivisions. Subdivisions of Cedar Creek include Cedar Creek Cliffs, Cedar Creek Woods, Cedar Crest, Cedar High, Cedar Hill, Cedar Meadows, Cedar Ridge Estates, Chinquapin, High Hemlock, Laurel Falls, Little Sheepcliff, Mountain Waterfall Estates, Pinnacle Ridge, and Zachary's Gap. Central to the community lies Cedar Creek Racquet Club, a private tennis club established in 1981, featuring a family-friendly environment for those who choose tennis over North Carolina's popular sport of golf. Aside from tennis on well-maintained clay courts, Cedar Creek Racquet Club also features Lupton Lake, a state-of-the-art fitness center, hiking trails, racquetball, fishing, canoeing, swimming and so much more. Cedar Creek as a whole is a stunning collection of luxury homes and family farms. Cedar Creek is easily accessible by way of Cedar Creek Road from Highway 107 at Lake Glenville and Highway 64 at Cashiers.

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Cedar Hill

Situated between Cashiers and Sapphire Valley, Cedar Hill is an upscale, gated community offering its residents awe-inspiring views and the very best in luxury mountain living. Whether searching for the latest in elegant mountain construction or a very special lot to call your own, Cedar Hill will not disappoint. An easy hike from your backdoor will lead you to the natural splendor of waterfalls set amongst a backdrop of hardwoods. Be one with nature, but enjoy the modern conveniences of underground utilities available to all home sites and a short drive into town. Residents of Cedar Hill have access to all of the amenities of nearby Wyndham Resort at Fairfield's Sapphire Valley including golf, swimming, tennis, health club and much more (see Sapphire Communities for more information).

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Chattooga Club

When Rivers Enterprises set out to develop the exclusive gated community of Chattooga Club, they sought to pay homage to the native architecture and cultural heritage of the Western North Carolina region. With an upscale, family-friendly club atmosphere against the backdrop of the beautiful natural scenery of the property's 200 acres, Chattooga Club offers something for everyone, from quaint cottages to lavish custom homes and estate-sized home sites as large as 14 acres. The Club's Life Enhancement Center seeks to live up to its name by offering a variety of the latest fitness equipment, high energy aerobics classes and personal trainers, paired with a world-class spa featuring relaxing indulgent offerings like body massage, facials, manicures and pedicures. You may feel like you've taken a step back in time to a bygone era when you play on one of two beautifully maintained croquet lawns. Additional Club amenities include three Har-Tru tennis courts, heated swimming pool, fully stocked trout lake, active children's programs, hikig trails and gourmet dining at The Chattooga Club Lodge. Club membership is by member referral and board approval only.

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Chattooga Ridge

"Luxury Condominiums for Discriminating Taste" reads the tagline for Chattooga Ridge. Set at one of the highest elevations on the Plateau, 4,000 feet above sea level, residents of Chattooga Ridge will enjoy cool mountain breezes and remarkable panoramas from over 500 square feet of outdoor living decks year round. The condos average 2,700 square feet of heated indoor living spaces, which include a two-car garage with an elevator to each unit, two fireplaces (one located outdoors on the living deck), 10-foot ceilings and professional grade appliances. Chattooga Ridge offers its residents an uncompromising Cashiers mountain lifestyle.

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Chinquapin

With a credo touting "Life as it was meant to be lived ... naturally," the 2,000-acre mountain community of Chinquapin takes their charge very seriously. Homes in Chinquapin are designed to appear as one with the stunning natural landscape. 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.

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Cullasaja Club

Situated in the mountains between Highlands and Cashiers at 4,250 feet above sea level, Cullasaja Club combines luxury living and the ultimate in leisure for a truly one-of-a-kind community. At the heart of this exclusive gated enclave lies a par 72, 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course, as well as a clubhouse with mixed grill and formal dining room. Cullasaja Club also boasts one hard surface and five lighted clay tennis courts, state-of-the-art fully-staffed fitness and activity center, and canoeing, kayaking or fishing on fully-stocked Lake Ravenal.

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High Hampton

Some of the most sought after and established neighborhoods in Cashiers can be found in the High Hampton community, bordering the High Hampton Inn and Country Club. Many of these subdivisions are located just south of the Cashiers Crossroads, offering easy access to the unique shops and restaurants that line downtown streets. A collection of upscale High Hampton homes are 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 families tend to return year after year and pass these homes down from generation to generation.

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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 High Hampton, 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 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.

High Meadows

Just a short three-mile drive from the Cashiers Crossroads, the lovely gated community of High Meadows offers a private enclave of home sites of up to 10 acres in size. Bordered by the stunning beauty of the Nantahala National Forest, with crystal clear views of Whiteside, Terrapin, Sassafras and Black Rock Mountains, High Meadows of Cashiers serves as a quiet refuge for its residents. With community playing a central theme, as it does in many Cashiers communities, a lovely pavilion with outdoor fireplace and picnic area is at the heart of High Meadows. It serves as a perfect gathering place for neighbors or special family events. A network of hiking trails run throughout the neighborhood ideal for a morning hike, mountain biking, horseback riding or an evening stroll under starry skies.

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Little Terrapin

Nestled between High Hampton Inn and Wade Hampton Golf Club, Little Terrapin provides spectacular views of the Cashiers valley and close proximity to all that Cashiers has to offer. The Little Terrapin Mountain Summit climbs to an astounding ,052 feet above sea level, making anyone who is fortunate enough to reside there feel like a veritable "king of the mountain."

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Lonesome Valley

With a history dating back to 1895, Lonesome Valley has served as a bastion to the great outdoors since Pittsburgh entrepreneur E.H. Jennings first acquired 35,000 acres near the sleepy village of Cashiers. Gracefully spanning the valley floor of the largest box canyon east of the Rockies, Lonesome Valley is said by many to be the place where Heaven and Earth meet. Today, with planned activities for residents and amenities such as community gatherings in The Farm House, recreation in The Sports Barn, and relaxation at The Remote Spa, Lonesome Valley is anything but. Cottage and home designs pay homage to the Southern Appalachian farmhouses of a bygone era. Great care is given to preserving the history and natural setting that Lonesome Valley has become famous for.

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Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club

True to its name, Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club is perched high atop a beautiful expanse of the Blue Ridge Mountains between the popular destinations of Cashiers and Highlands, North Carolina. At 4,000 feet above sea level, Mountaintop offers its residents not only some of the most beautiful views in the region, but also extremely pleasant climates, no matter the season. 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. From a cascading waterfall to a nest of birds high atop a hardwood tree, the sights and sounds of nature surround the community. However, for those who seek more than just peace and quiet, amusing activities abound.

Mountaintop is highly revered for the level of service available to club members through the added benefits of property management and lifestyle concierge services. For the fun lover, Mountaintop offers a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, as well as opportunities for water sports like kayaking, wave running and canoeing at the private Lake Club on nearby Lake Glenville. For the nature lover, Mountaintop offers horseback riding, fly fishing and plenty of trails for hiking and exploring. For those seeking inner peace, a trip to Mountaintop's world-class spa should do the trick. The possibilities are truly endless.

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Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove

At a vantage point of 4,700 feet above sea level, homeowners at Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove will feel as though they're on top of the world. Situated between the historic mountain villages of Cashiers and Highlands, this master-planned gated community houses 440 acres of some of Western North Carolina's most stunning terrain. Whether you're searching for the perfect home site to building that dream home, or considering the easy maintenance of a luxury condominium, Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove may just be the answer.

Central to Old Edwards' amenities are the superbly manicured par 71 championship courses of the Highland 9 and the Cove 9. PGA professional instructors are available for private lessons to help residents up their game. The full service, 15,000 square foot Clubhouse at Old Edwards Club complements the Spa and Fitness Center beautifully. In an effort to offer the very best to their residents, the clubhouse and golf course at Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove is currently undergoing extensive renovation. Plans are also underway for a swim complex to round out the resident's leisure experience. Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove offers their homeowners a trifecta of nature, leisure and luxury living.

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Pinchot

Named after famed conservationist Gifford Pinchot, this unique 350 acre community was master planned by renowned Carolina designers Seamon Whiteside + Associates. A self-proclaimed "mountain meadowland," the view from just inside the community's gates is all blue skies, green trees and the graceful rolling hillsides of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located just off of Highway 107 near the town of Cashiers, Pinchot offers residents striking multi-million dollar residences and estate-sized home sites ranging in size from two to fourteen acres. Pinchot features several community parks, a common outdoor fireplace overlooking the town of Cashiers and Whiteside, Chimneytop and Rock Mountains. Whiteside Overlook serves as a popular community summerhouse with simply stunning views of Whiteside Mountain. Easy access to both Lake Hurricane and Lake Glenville are available from the community, and many properties include membership in Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club (upon applicant approval).

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Sheepcliff Crossing and Sheepcliff Woods

Nestled near the Cashiers Crossroads adjacent to the sprawling Big Sheepcliff Community, the twin gated communities of Sheepcliff Crossing and Sheepcliff Woods are relatively small in comparison to some of the expansive communities available along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Both Sheepcliff Crossing and Sheepcliff Woods offer their residents a more private, exclusive experience, ideal for the family seeking the quiet and solitude of life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Custom homes avaiable within each community reflect an Adirondack style of architecture rustic elegance with heavy timber and stone accents giving one the sense of taking a step back in time.

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Spring Forest

Perched on the outermost edge of Cashiers and overlooking the Sapphire Valley, Spring Forest is a distinctive gated community offering the best of luxury mountain living along with panoramic vistas of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Many of the custom designed homes in this prestigious neighborhood are architectural masterpieces.

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Wade Hampton Golf Club

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 historic High Hampton grounds near Cashiers in 1984.

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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" in 2007. The course was also recently honored with a ranking of #54 of the Top 100 Courses in the World!

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.

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Wildcat Cliffs Country Club

Nestled at the base of the north face of Whiteside Mountain, Wildcat Cliffs Country Club was built to accommodate those with both discerning taste and a love of the natural splendor found on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Situated between the resort villages of Cashiers and Highlands, there are plenty of activities and amenities 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 noted golf course architect, George W. Cobb offers plenty of challenges, as well as incredible 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. Wildcat Cliffs provides a family-friendly environment to all of its residents and promotes camaraderie amongst its Club members. It is everything a country club should be "a club based on personal relationships and shared affinities."

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Bald Rock - Premier Equestrian Community in Sapphire NC

Real Estate Opportunities Abound in This Civilized Wilderness

People are drawn to the Blue Ridge Mountains and, more specifically, Western North Carolina for a wide variety of reasons. Some come for the beautiful change of seasons and the temperate year-round climates. Some come for the majestic views and awesome display of natural splendor. Some come for the peace and quiet that only a mountain retreat can provide. Still others come with a sense of adventure, ready to take on all of the fun and exciting challenges that Mother Nature has to dish out. Residents of Sapphire, North Carolinas Bald Rock Community are afforded front-row seats to each of these elements no matter what may have first drawn them here.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group featured community: A self-described civilized wilderness, this 776-acre private gated community prides itself in combining luxury mountain living on estate-sized lots with the magnificence of a beautiful and unspoiled natural setting. Bald Rock is located adjacent to the U.S. Forest Services Panthertown Valley, providing 6,700 acres of preserved forests, a rare Appalachian bog, 20 miles of trout streams, waterfalls, and miles of walking trails offering plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring. The brainchild of Westmark Development, Bald Rocks home sites vary in size from three to an astounding twelve acres, and offer incredible views of the valley, the forest and the mountains beyond. The community features an equestrian center, stables, riding arena and a network of trails for sightseeing by horseback. In addition, residents of Bald Rock have access to all of the resort-quality amenities available through Wyndham at Fairfields Sapphire Valley Resort. These amenities include the 50-acreFairfield 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.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to present several incredible properties in this unique mountain community. Take a look at some of these incredible homes for sale in Bald Rock and homes for sale in The Divide at Bald Rock.Hoping to build your dream home from the ground up? Silver Creek can help! To viewall of the current lots forsale inBaldRock and in The Divide at Bald Rock, click here.

You could say that Silver Creeks talented and experienced brokers are all local experts. Not only do we understand the intricacies of buying and selling real estate on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, we know every nook and cranny of this little slice of Heaven nestled high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains. We welcome the chance to learn your specific needs and wishes as they relate to the mountain retreat of your dreams, and we pledge to search high and low to find the home or property that best fits with your vision. Whether that ideal property lies within the gates of Bald Rock or any one of Western North Carolinas distinctive communities, we will work tirelessly to see that your dreams and the dreams of your family are realized. We believe this is a pretty amazing place to live, and we look forward to the opportunity to call you neighbor. To begin the quest for your ideal mountain retreat or home site, call us TODAY at 828-743-1999 or e-mail us at info@ncliving.com. We also invite you to drop by our offices located in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We look forward to the opportunity to introduce you and your family to Bald Rock and other fine communities along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.