Silver Creek Real Estate Group

Elaine Zachary interviewed for NCAR magazine

When the North Carolina Association of Realtors wanted to interview a Realtor with over 30 years experience and find out what insight they may have, they called Elaine Zachary withSilver Creek Real Estate Group. Elaine pointed out that her "best tactic in this market revolves around great customer service that always puts the client first." This attitude, combined with resources and professionalism, sets us apart from other companies and brokers. For further information about the great people at Silver Creek Real Estate Group, feel free to contact Jochen Lucke at jlucke@ncliving.com or call 828-743-1999.

Cashiers and Highlands NC maps

Are you looking for a map of Cashiers or Highlands, NC? Have you ever gotten lost on the way someone's home in the area and wished you had a street map? We can help! We have free maps available at our office, so please feel free to stop by and pick one up. If you would like one before you get to town, please email me at jlucke@ncliving.com or call the office at 828-743-1999 and we'll mail one to you.

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.

Highlands ABC Store set to move

The ABC Store (state-run liquor store) has signed a lease for a new location in the Highlands Plaza. The new store will be located between the State Farm Insurance office and Subway. The store is scheduled to open later this spring. The current location will be part of a five-year plan for the Town Hall to expand its operations.

Please check back often for more local news in the greater Cashiers and Highlands area.

Plateau Pursuits May Edition

Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Ever since early settlers and developers first arrived on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau over a century ago family and community have been at the heart of events and gatherings in the area. The same holds true today, and theres always something happening in any one of our villages, townships and master-planned communities! Aside from the awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of our mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests - below are a few additional reasons you should join us for a Party on the Plateau in May:

May 14-17Highlands Cashiers Players present Neil Simons Rumors at The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Showtimes Thursday thru Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults - $20; Students - $8 may be purchased one hour before the performance on an as available basis. Reservations can also be made by calling the box office at 828-526-8084. May 15Historic Zachary-Tolbert House tours resume in Cashiers on Fridays and Saturdays thru October 17, 2009 (click here for more information). May 23Summit Memorial Day 5K Race in Cashiers. For more information, call 828-743-5755. May 23-27Annual Plant Sale at Highlands Ball Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featuring hundreds of locally grown hostas and perennials. Proceeds help local scholarship students and local projects. Come early for best selection! Rain date is Sunday, May 24. May 23-24The Village Square Art & Craft Show at Pine Street Park in Highlands. Featuring regional artisans showcasing fine art, pottery, baskets, folk art, jewelry, furniture and more. Face painting for the kids. For more information, call 828-787-2021. May 27Snakes & Ice Cream at the Village Green Pavillion in Cashiers at 6 p.m. Childrens program that is presented by Patrick Brannon and is part of the Village Nature Series. Co-hosted by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and Village Green. FREE admission! Call 828-526-1111 for more details. May 29Collective Spirits Wine Festival at The Bascom in Highlands. Featuring wine tastings from premier North Carolina distributors, as well as silent auctions, artistic demonstrations, a symposium and gala seated dinner under a tent on The Bascoms new terrace. For more information or to order event tickets, call 828-526-4949. May 29-30Cashiers Historical Society Hosts 2009 Appalachian Music Symposium at the Albert C. Carlton Library in Cashiers and Lombards Lodge in Whiteside Cove. Symposium features presentations by renowned historians and performances by David Holt, Sheila Kay Adams, Lee Knight, The Queen Family and Jacob Jones. Daily tickets are $80, and Two-Day tickets are $145. Seating is reserved and limited so order your tickets today! For more information or to place your ticket order, call 828-743-7710 or send an e-mail to zacharytolbert@aol.com. May 30Blues, Brews & BBQ on the grounds of the Rib Shack Restaurant at The Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fun-filled, family-friendly outdoor bash featuring live music from Hurricane Creek, mouth-watering ribs and southern sides from the Rib Shack and ice-cold brews from Highland Brewing Company. Tickets available for purchase at the Rib Shack Restaurant or by calling 828-526-8008

May Flowers Bring June Buyers

Increasing The Curb Appeal of your Home

The rainy days of April have made the ground a perfect medium for a colorful palette of May flowers. As visitors descend upon the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in the coming weeks, its a given that many either wont want to leave at all or will choose to buy a vacation home here and return year-after-year. At Silver Creek Real Estate Group, its both our job and our passion to find a perfect match between buyer and seller, and help turn dreams into reality. In this article, we will focus on the exterior of the home what the buyer will see when they first arrive at their potential new residence. Keep in mind, you never get a second chance to make a first impression! Weve compiled a few easy, economical steps you can take to increase the curb appeal of your home making it simpler for buyers to envision themselves living within the four walls behind that pretty picture youve created. Not planning to go anywhere anytime soon? The tips below are still great ways to beautify the exterior of your home.

1. According to the experts at HGTV, the first thing you should do is look at your home from the buyers perspective. Take a big step back so you can see the front of your home completely. Pay particular attention to what draws your eye the good and the bad. Oftentimes, its your front door. Does it look appealing? Does it say Come on in!? If not, a tasteful wreath may do the trick, you may want to paint your door a new color or it may be worth investing in a beautiful new door. At times, a bench and some pretty potted flowers might augment the front of your home giving the feel of an outdoor foyer. At the very least, consider putting out an attractive new doormat that says (figuratively or literally) Welcome. 2. Develop a landscape plan. If your thumb is not particularly green, you may want to consult with a landscape expert. You may be able to find one through friends or even through the phone book (or call Silver Creek, and well point you in the right direction). Ask their price to develop a landscape concept for you BEFORE you have them come out to the house. Once you are happy with their estimate, invite them to create a plan for you. If you feel comfortable going it alone, the advice at your local nursery is FREE. Find out which plants and flowers will work best based on the amount of sun or shade your yard receives, and which will have the most impact. Be sure to check out the Tailgate Farmers Market at the Cashiers Community Center on Wednesdays (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturdays (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) throughout the summer and support local growers. 3. Pay attention to details. Beyond the front door and the landscaping, you should concentrate on even the minutest elements of the front of your home. Remember, the point is to get the buyer from the car to the interior of your home. Are your windows clean (would window boxes add a nice touch)? When was the last time you power washed your driveway (if you have one)? Hows the paint holding up trim and siding? Does everything look neat and tidy? Sometimes, something as simple as a clean, crisp edge to your lawn and landscaping can speak volumes to a potential buyer.

Still not sure how to get started? As a full-service brokerage firm, we are more than happy to help you figure out the very best ways to position yourself in the market, as well as stage your home from inside to outside to expedite the sale of your property. To set an appointment for a walk-through by one of Silver Creeks talented brokers, contact us at jlucke@ncliving.com or by phone at (828) 743-1999. Happy Planting!

Bare Boards Party on the Village Green Scheduled for June 14th

Join your friends, family, and neighbors on June 14 for the Bare Boards Party on Cashiers Village Green. This very special event is designed to celebrate the upcoming transformation of the former Summit Charter School location on Frank Allen Road into a multi-purpose open-air community facility, The Village Square on The Village Green. Having served as the site of Summit for the past ten years, the recent move of the school to a new campus leaves four viable turrets, a restroom facility, parking area and a series of covered walkways. The original courtyard provides an excellent location for a Great Lawn that will serve as the ideal setting for large private tented parties, outdoor concerts and open air community events. Following a renovation, the buildings turrets will function as facilities for meetings and lectures. Rental of the Great Lawn for private parties and the turrets for meetings will help fund The Village Green a conservancy project created to preserve, protect and enhance land for our communitys civic, spiritual, educational, cultural and recreational activities to maintain the quality of life for all citizens and visitors in the greater Cashiers area. Lucke, Silver Creek Real Estate Groups owner and broker, is a proponent of the projects mission and a proud member of The Village Greens Board of Directors.

Renderings of the future community facility designed by local architect and Village Green Board Member, Dan Duckham will be on display throughout the Bare Boards Party. The family-friendly event will also feature hot air balloon rides, a pot painting station for the kids, strolling blue grass musicians, delicious food and more. The party gets underway at 4 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. Consider showing your support for the community-funded Village Green Centre at the heart of the Cashiers community by donating to the building fund through the Adopt a Turret program, purchasing a Bare Board with your name on it or becoming a Village Greenie. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com, email me at jlucke@ncliving.com, or call 828-743-1999.

Fall in Love With Lake Glenville

Lake Glenville Home Sales 2008 to 2009

Do you believe in love at first sight? If youve ever seen the sun setting over beautiful Lake Glenville and the majestic mountains just beyond were sure you do! However, were talking about a love that will last for future generations. In terms of investment property, Lake Glenville homes have a proven track record making this area a popular spot for legacy properties homes that are passed down, from generation to generation.

We invite you to view the sales list below for lakefront homes in Glenville sold throughout 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. Now may just be the perfect time to buy or build your dream home, and we think Lake Glenville may just be the perfect place. To begin the quest for your ideal mountain lake home, we invite you to call Silver Creek Real Estate Groups brokers 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 a home you and your family will love for years to come.

2 bedroom/3 bath home in South Tater Knob sold for $729,000. 3 bedroom/3 bath home in Tater Knob sold for $735,000. 3 bedroom/3 bath home in Tahala Shores sold for $850,000. 2 bedroom/3 bath home in Woudes Mountain Village sold for $1,050,000. 3 bedroom/2 bath home in Lakewood Shores sold for $975,000. 3 bedroom/4 bath home in Lakewood Shores sold for $1,150,000. 3 bedroom/3.5 bath home in Buck Knob Landing sold for $1,200,000. 4 bedroom/4.5 bath home in Summer Cove sold for $1,550,000. 4 bedroom/3.5 bath home on Buck Knob Island sold for $1,775,000. 4 bedroom/4.5 bath home in Summer Cove sold for $1,600,000.

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.