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Silver Creek's custom MLS search is launched

Are you looking for a home, townhome, condo, or land in Cashiers, Sapphire, Highlands?Our new, easy to usecustom MLS searchsoftware -- My Property Manager -- canhelpyou find the right property quickly. Youcan save and edit your favorite searches and receiveautomatic updates via email when a new matching property becomes available. Whether you are looking for awaterfront homeon Lake Glenville or Lake Toxaway, a country club home at Cullasaja Club,Wildcat Cliffs, or Highlands Cove, or a mountaintop getaway with long range views, ournew MLSsearch can help.My Property Manager isjust one of thepersonalized services we offer at Silver Creek Real Estate Group to help you find the perfect property.Start your own searches today through our website at www.ncliving.com. Should you have any questions please feel free to email Jochen Lucke at jlucke@ncliving.com.

Plan your visit to WNC

Are you planning a visit to the Cashiers/Highlands area? Whether you are coming just to sightsee or plan to take advantage of opportunities in the real estate market, let us help you reserve your accommodations. We have special arrangements with some of the area's best resorts for discounted room rates and packages. Please call our office at (828) 743-1999 or email us at info@ncliving.com for more information.

Calculating revenue stamps on NC real estate transactions

Have you ever wondered how to calculate the revenue stamps (excise tax) on the sale of real estate in North Carolina? The tax rate is $2 per $1,000 of the sales price. So if you purchase a home or land for $900,000, the revenue tax would be $900,000 divided by 1,000 and multiplied by 2, which equals $1,800.

I hope this clarifies howto calculate the revenue stamps on the sale of property in North Carolina. Incidentally, this tax has not been raised since 1991.

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Celebrates 100 Years of Saving Special Places

An exciting series of centennial events will take place in 2009 to pay homage to Highlands-Cashiers Land Trusts (HCLT) rich history and illuminate the community to its very bright future. HCLT is the oldest land trust in all of North Carolina and among the first 20 in the United States. Like most things, HCLT began very simply the concept of a handful of concerned citizens who didnt wish to see the face of a mountain transformed by another hilltop hotel. The group, created in 1883 under the name of The Highlands Improvement Society, set out to protect, preserve and promote the natural beauty of Highlands. They slowly realized their vision by building trails and planting trees, and in 1909 had raised $500 to purchase 56 acres at the summit of Satulah Mountain. From these humble beginnings, Highlands Improvement Society has grown into the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, a 501(c)3 organization that currently protects 1,160 acres along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

The June schedule of events includes a presentation from the 2009 Village Series titled 100 Years of Conservation at Jennings Barn at Lonesome Valley on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. Ran Shaffner, Dr. Gary Wein and Rosemary Stiefel will be on hand to discuss the past and the future of HCLT, and the new logo for the organization will be unveiled. Other centennial events in June include:

June 6 Celebrate Land Trust Day! Show your support for the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust by shopping and dining at some of your favorite local merchants. A portion of the proceeds benefits HCLT.

June 6 Highlands Improvement Society Social hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Take a step back in time to learn what life was like on the Plateau in 1909 during this very special Centennial Event. Enjoy a picnic dinner, take part in a cakewalk, toss some horseshoes and dance to live music set against the backdrop of scenic Whiteside Cove Road. Terrific opportunity to learn more about the history of the land trust, its founding members and its first purchase of land the summit of Satulah Mountain. Period costumes are optional, but encouraged. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

June 7 Where It All Began hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Enjoy high tea on the summit of Satulah Mountain the site of the Highlands Improvement Societys first land purchase one hundred years ago. Afternoon includes a skit by Highlands Historical Society president, Elaine Whitehurst and the music of bag piper, David Landis. Period costumes and kilts are optional, but encouraged. Event begins at 4:00 p.m.

June 26-28 Walk in the Park with the Highlands Historical Society Features portrayals of past Highlands leaders, the formation of the Highlands Improvement Society and the founding of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Tickets are $15 students admitted free. June 26 and 27 6-7:30 p.m. Highlands Memorial Cemetery (shuttle from Recreation Park); June 28 4 p.m. Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street.

The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust has always relied upon the generosity of its community to thrive. We hope you will consider showing your support by attending these events with your friends and family, or by donating your time, land or monetary gifts to this wonderful cause. Together, we can help preserve the natural beauty of our home on the Plateau!

For more information about HCLT and ways you can help, visit www.hicashlt.org or call 828.526.1111.

Luxury Lakeside Living on Lake Glenville

One need only stand on the banks of her peaceful tree-lined shores and admire the sunlight glimmering on her tranquil waters to appreciate the beauty of Lake Glenville. The view from the water is just as spectacular. Magnificent luxury lakefront and lake view homes peek out from between the tall pines and ancient hardwoods that line her banks. The owners of those homes hold front row tickets to what is arguably the best show in town sunset over the lake with a backdrop of pastel skies and mountains in the distance. That could be you standing on the private deck of your new home, overlooking one of the most beautiful views in all of the Southeastern United States.

What are you waiting for? This may be the perfect time to purchase or build your dream home on Lake Glenville. There are many wonderful communities peppered along Lake Glenville such as Glenshore, Summer Cove, Summer Hill, Strawberry Hill, and Trillium just to name just a few. To view a list of homes currently for sale on Lake Glenville, please visit this link on our Silver Creek website - Homes For Sale on Lake Glenville. Once youre ready to find the home or homesite of your dreams, we invite you to contact Silver Creek Real Estate Groups talented brokers to set up an appointment for a private tour of any these fine homes or lots. To get started, simply call Jochen Lucke or Elaine Zachary at 828-743-1999, or e-mail them at either jlucke@ncliving.com or elaine@ncliving.com. They look forward to meeting you and helping you find that perfect view.

Pinchot A Western North Carolina Natural Treasure

Created in the spirit of the lifes work of famed conservationist, Gifford Pinchot, this unique 350 acre community is a self-proclaimed Mountain Meadowland. Dedicated to preserving the timeless natural beauty that has become synonymous with Western North Carolina, Pinchot was master planned by renowned Carolina designers Seamon Whiteside + Associates the same green approach developers responsible for such groundbreaking communities as the award-winning IOn in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. At an elevation of 4,100 feet above sea level, nature lovers will revel in Pinchots peaceful surroundings and the magnificent vistas that abound throughout the community blue skies, green trees and the graceful rolling hillsides of the Blue Ridge Mountains as far as the eye can see.

Pinchot

Pinchot

Conveniently located just off Highway 107 north of the Cashiers Crossroads, Pinchot offers its residents striking multi-million dollar residences designed to complement the beautiful natural setting as well as estate-sized home sites ranging in size from two tofourteen acres. This highly sought after gated development features several meadows, tennis facilities and a common outdoor fireplace with simply stunning views of thevillage of Cashiers and the surrounding mountains. Pinchots Whiteside Overlook serves as a popular community summerhouse overlooking beautiful Whiteside Mountain the perfect spot for a summer barbeque or a marshmallow roast under a starry sky. The community provides easy access to boating and water sports at Lake Glenville, and many properties in Pinchot include membership at Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club (upon applicant approval).

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to announce that we are now highlighting several incredible homes and amazing lots available for purchase in Pinchot on our website. We are currently showcasing a 6-acre homesite offering breathtaking views of not one, but two valleys, in addition toa meadow below the house site for $595,000. For photo tours and more information please use these Homes For Sale in Pinchot and Lots For Sale in Pinchotlinks. When youre ready to buy or build the home of your dreams, contact one of the talented brokers at Silver Creek by calling us at (828) 743-1999, dropping by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide, or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to one of Cashiers most unique communities.

Lonesome Valley: Where Life is Simplified, and Living is Embraced

The rock face at Lonesome Valley

The rock face at Lonesome Valley

With a history dating back to 1895, Lonesome Valley has served as a bastion to the great outdoors ever since Pittsburg entrepreneur and visionary E.H. Jennings first acquired 35,000 acres near the sleepy village of Cashiers. While Mr. Jennings is responsible for developing one of Western North Carolinas most popular resort destinations, he chose to preserve Lonesome Valley as a special place to share with his friends and family. 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. For more than a century, the Jennings family has continued to take great care to maintain the history and natural beauty of this unique mountain treasure.

Carefully developed in accordance with the Jennings familys wishes, amenities and homes within this stunning community complement the natural beauty of the area. Lonesome Valley has quickly become one of Cashiers most sought after developments. Cottage and home designs pay homage to the Southern Appalachian farmhouses of a bygone era. Dining within the community highlights Southern cuisine made with fresh produce grown in the Valley. The Canyon Kitchen is currently open for the season on Thursdays through Sundays, and features the culinary talents of Chef John Fleer (formerly of the renowned Blackberry Farm in Tennessee). The Canyon Kitchen is located inside Jennings Barn at the heart of the Lonesome Valley community, and reservations are recommended.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to announce that we are now highlighting several incredible homes and amazing lots available for purchase in Lonesome Valley on our website. A handful of new-construction cabins, cottages and homes are available for immediate move-in, or select your own view from a series of incredible home sites currently being offered. For photo tours and more information on Lonesome Valley in Cashiers, North Carolina, click on the following two links: Lonesome Valley land or homes for sale. When youre ready to buy or build the home of your dreams, contact one of the talented brokers at Silver Creek by calling us at (828) 742-1999, dropping by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide, or by filling out our online contact form . We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to one of Cashiers most visually stunning communities.