Blog :: 09-2018

Spectacular Bald Rock and Sapphire Valley Views in Gated Cedar Hill

Sitting at a cool elevation in the premier gated community of Cedar Hill, this inviting, expansive home has fabulous views of Sapphire Valley and Bald Rock. Lots of natural light fills the spacious great room, which includes vaulted ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, impressive windows, built-ins, and rich wood floors. The living room opens to the covered deck as well the dining room. The large kitchen is designed for creating culinary delights, and a breakfast bar gives guests a place to sit while chatting with the chef without interrupting the flow of cooking.

A master suite and guest bedroom are on the main level. Don't be afraid to invite the whole family over, because on the lower level are the family room, a second kitchen, and three additional bedroom suites, as well as a large deck. The upper level features another large bedroom with its own cozy sitting area.

Spectacular mountain and rock face views and a central location minutes to Cashiers and Sapphire make this a perfect seasonal retreat or year round home. It has been well-maintained and is move-in ready with great space for entertaining large or small groups. Your guests will be welcomed by the porte cochere and will also benefit from additional parking along West Rochester Drive. 

 

Vero Beach to Asheville

Meet Elite Airways, the airline bringing weekend flight service between East Coast Central Florida and Western North Carolina. The airline originated to enhance the flying experience. With a goal to make your time flying more personal and hassle free, Elite Airways is bringing Western North Carolina and Florida travelers good news. With a new nonstop flight between Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) in Florida to Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in North Carolina, residents and visitors now have the ability to travel between the two destinations Thursdays and Sundays. 
Elite airways prides itself on customer service. As a pet-friendly airline, they never charge change fees, and the first bag always flies free. Their goal is to provide a quality and memorable travel experience. 

The airline headquartered in Portland, Maine also offers service between the following cities:

Asheville, NC and Vero Beach, FL

Bimini, Bahamas and Melbourne, FL

Bimini, Bahamas and Newark, NJ

Halifax, Canada and Portland, ME

Melbourne, FL and Bimini, Bahamas

Melbourne, FL and Newark, NJ

Melbourne, FL and Portland, ME

Melbourne, FL and Sarasota/Bradenton, FL

Newark, NJ and Bimini, Bahamas

Newark, NJ and Melbourne, FL

Portland, ME and Halifax, Canada

Portland, ME and Melbourne, FL

Portland, ME and Sarasota/Bradenton, FL

Sarasota/Bradenton, FL and Melbourne, FL

Sarasota/Bradenton, FL and Portland, ME 

Vero Beach, FL - Asheville, NC

Vero Beach, FL - Newark, NJ

Spacious Glen Pointe Estate with Stunning Views of Lake Glenville

Dreaming of a mountain home with an exceptional lake view and plenty of room for family and friends? If so, this spacious Glen Pointe estate fits the bill. Sitting on almost two acres, with five bedrooms and five and a half baths, this elegant residence features a dramatic view looking down Lake Glenville with the mountains beyond. Enjoy the natural beauty from the large covered decks or relax by one of several fireplaces. Multiple living areas and a great floor plan make entertaining a pleasure. This home also includes private community lake access with a dock, tennis court and generous parking.

 

Captivating Mountain and Lake Glenville Views in Gated Summer Hill

Bring your suitcase and toothbrush — this custom-built mountain retreat on Lake Glenville is ready for its new owners to enjoy. Nothing was overlooked in creating this spacious showpiece, including fine woodwork, rustic architectural details and lots of glass for abundant natural light.

The current owner has invested more than two million dollars into the home and is motivated to sell. A new standing seam metal roof was just installed and the entire exterior re-stained. Offered fully furnished, the home is offered below the county’s appraised value, even without furniture.

With four bedrooms and five baths, this home is perfect for hosting a large family or multiple guests. Take in the grand mountain and lake views from the covered and open decks while relaxing by the cozy outdoor fireplace or cooking dinner on the built-in grill.

One of the most desirable and private communities on Lake Glenville, Summer Hill features paved roads, a tennis court, two outdoor pavilions and a spot to park your boat at the community dock. If you're looking for the ultimate mountain getaway, this is it!

 

Waterfront Home with Dock on Sparkling Lake Glenville

Sitting directly on Lake Glenville, this attractive home represents elegant waterfront living at its finest, with beautiful lake and mountain views from almost every room. First class renovations have given it a completely new look; nothing is needed but a new owner to enjoy them. The sophisticated yet neutral color palette is inviting and easy to personalize.

An entertainer's dream, the floor plan is designed for hosting family and friends. The well-equipped open kitchen with center island makes cooking a delight. Serve drinks from the bar with wine cooler while guests relax in the comfortable living area and enjoy the incredible vistas. Step out onto the deck for some fresh mountain air or walk down to the dock and sit on the stone terrace to listen to the soft sounds of the water. The main-level master suite features a spacious bath with soaking tub, an adjacent office, and an inviting covered porch for savoring a morning coffee. Two guest rooms and a bonus room are downstairs. Most furniture and accessories are available for purchase separately.

Tucked in a tranquil cove, this 1.34-acre property borders SummerSail, the premier legacy estate of Lake Glenville.

 

Huge Layered Views of Great Balsam Mountains

Created by acclaimed architectural designer Tim Greene, this beautiful home offers breathtaking views of the Great Balsam Mountains with layers that seem to go on forever. No detail was overlooked during the planning and construction of this residence, with upgrades and extras throughout. The spacious layout is perfect for hosting friends and family, with the master suite on the main level and three guest suites upstairs.

The winding entrance drive is very picturesque and leads to a pavered motor court with generous parking. Upon entering the great room, visitors are greeted by golden hues of light reflected off of the wide plank floors and beamed cathedral ceiling, with soaring windows that highlight the long range vistas. Exemplifying the fine interior and exterior stonework, two massive fireplaces add to the ambiance of warmth and comfort. The gourmet kitchen features custom cabinetry, an eat-in area, ample countertops for serving, and premium appliances including a six-burner gas range, dual wall ovens and a warming drawer. Step out onto the screened living porch or open deck to enjoy casual dining or sunset cocktails while taking in the incredible views.

This property sits at 3,800 feet of elevation on over four acres, with additional acreage available for even more privacy. Two wells, water storage tanks and a full generator offer peace of mind during inclement weather. Secure space on the lower level keeps ATVs and sporting gear clean and dry when not in use.

 

Chasing a Four-Generation Dream of Traditional Malt Whiskey

In Scotland, whiskey is both an artform and a part of daily life. Distilleries can be found in every nook and cranny of the country. The tastes of this spirit vary with the style and distillation process, and favorite brands are unique to personal likes and dislikes. During a recent visit to the region of Speyside, Scotland, I fell in love with a traditional single malt whiskey.


Benromach’s story is as legendary as its whiskey. A four-generation family ambition to own a distillery came true in 1993, when the Urquhart family of Gordon & MacPhail purchased Benromach to create a true handcrafted single malt whiskey. The passion for this liquid runs deep in this family, dating back to 1898 when John Urquhart started working with Scottish distiller Gordon & MacPhail. In 1915, John was named a senior partner, and the pipeline dream of owning a family distillery was born. 


His son Michael, who joined him at Gordon & MacPhail in 1933, worked hard in perfecting the single malt essence of days past. Benromach opened its doors in 1898, however when the Urquhart family purchased the distillery in 1993, it had sat empty for ten years. It was a clean canvas to create the masterpiece that the heritage of Benromach represents. 


With the use of copper stills and local Romach Hills’ spring water, the family set out to do something unheard of today, making whiskey by hand. At Benromach, they believe in a manual distillery. Every process is done manually by feel, sound, taste, and sight. Nothing happens with the machinery if the distiller does not make it happen. The process is unique to the distillery and instills a sense of pride in the makers and the product. 


Benromach uses the finest malted barley grown in Scotland, along with a combination of brewer’s yeast and distiller’s yeast in their recipes. They took what is known as a classic Speyside whiskey recipe and made it their own.


It’s obvious while touring their facility and conversing over a tasting that whiskey is their breath of life. In speaking with Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank, his eyes brightened and spirit poured out with his words. The product packaging and the earth floor that stored their hand-filled casks offered simple, classic elegance and a natural feel that tugged at my heart and taste buds. 


Fairly new in terms of Scottish whiskey distilleries, they are certainly making a name for themselves, and were the first to create an accredited organic whiskey. With barley purchased from a local farm and environmentally friendly casks, the soft bourbon-esque whiskey has been a hit. 


My favorite single malt at the tasting was Benromach’s 15-year whiskey. Its maturity, smoky whisper finish, and deep color from the sherry cask offered a bit of dark fruit taste up front. Its sister, the 10-year, offered a stronger smoke in the nose and could be considered a good entry-level whiskey for those trying the Scottish heritage liquid for the first time.

 
Traditional single malt whiskey is not a commonly produced product. Blends can mature faster, offering income to distillers two or three times faster than a single malt. The Urquharts stand by the integrity of the single malt, the process, and their commitment to their values. 
Whiskey is the Urquhart’s calling, their life’s work. Each new generation to join the family business are custodians of the legeacy of their whiskey process. ◊
 

Finely Crafted Luxury Mountain Retreat in Gated Cedar Crest

Boasting tons of curb appeal, this impeccably maintained mountain cottage is located in a private gated enclave just minutes from the shopping and dining of Cashiers and Sapphire.

The stone walkway leading to the covered front porch welcomes you to this special mountain getaway. Highlighted by fine craftsmanship, the softly elegant interiors are welcoming and comfortable. The blend of wood and stone throughout the home provide a warm and inviting feel. The great room features wood-covered, cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, shiplap wall coverings, and a wet bar so guests can serve themselves while the host is busy preparing dinner. The living area opens to the dining room and chef's kitchen, which offers stainless steel appliances and granite countertops with a breakfast bar. The divine screened-in porch with its own fireplace opens to an uncovered grilling porch. The lower level family room with wood wainscoting adds to the living space.

Conveniently located, the property is easily accessible year round and just a few minutes from the many amenities of Cashiers and Sapphire, including dining, shopping, golf, hiking and more. Several country clubs are close by. This like-new getaway is ready for its next owners to move in and begin enjoying the mountain lifestyle immediately!

 

Panoramic Views from Hickory Ridge

Enjoy panoramic views of Whiteside and Chimneytop Mountains from this spacious four bedroom, four and a half bath home in Hickory Ridge, a picturesque enclave located just minutes from town. Vaulted ceilings and skylights bring in lots of natural light to the open floor plan. The master suite, one guest room and an office are located on the main level. Two additional guest rooms are located on the lower level, along with an indoor pool with glass doors opening onto a stone patio. The covered decks expand the living area and let you enjoy cool summer breezes along with the amazing views. This is a great home for both year round and seasonal use, with plenty of room for family and friends. Many recent upgrades have been made including the installation of a generator.

 

Elegant Mountaintop Estate with Endless Panoramic Views in Big Sheepcliff

With exceptional architectural details and luxury finishes throughout, this elegant and inviting home is a must-see for those with discriminating taste and an appreciation for quality. Centrally located just minutes from the Cashiers Crossroads in the beautiful and private gated community of Big Sheepcliff, Aerie Manor was featured in Veranda magazine as one of the most astounding properties in the Western North Carolina mountains.

Sitting at approximately 4,600 feet in a secluded setting, this estate is set amidst jaw-dropping panoramas of Cashiers, Cashiers Lake, and the multi-layered mountain ranges beyond. Soaring 29-foot ceilings greet you at the entry and continue into the stately living area and sitting room. Filled with natural light, the living room floor-to-ceiling windows frame breathtaking views that go on seemingly forever. This stately home features two large master suites on the main level, and a pair of spacious guest suites on the upper level, each with its own private staircase. The expansive kitchen is a marvel unto itself, with two of every major appliance and plenty of counter space. Dine al fresco or in the formal dining room with its striking sandstone fireplace, just one of the several fireplaces throughout the home.

Offered fully furnished, Aerie Manor is ready for its next owners to begin enjoying mountain living immediately. The quiet gated community of Big Sheepcliff is just a short drive from the Crossroads. Enjoy shopping, dining, golf, hiking and much more in Cashiers and Sapphire, plus boating, fishing, waterskiing and swimming on beautiful Lake Glenville. Several country clubs are close by as well.