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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!

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.

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.

Croquet Anyone? Come Visit Cashiers Chattooga Club

Nestled upon 200 beautiful acres in Western North Carolina, Chattooga Club was founded as a family-friendly mountain retreat near the historic village of Cashiers in 1988 by Charleston executive, John Rivers. An enclave of just under 70 home sites and specialized amenities, this extraordinary gated community is carefully designed down to the last detail to coexist in harmony with the pristine natural setting on which it is built. A broad offering of homes, from quaint cottages to luxury custom estates, paired with a unique blend of amenities Chattooga Club seeks to offer something for everyone. Amenities at The Club include the highly revered Life Enhancement Center, which offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, high-energy aerobics classes, personal trainers, and a world-class spa featuring relaxing body massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Additional Club amenities consist of three Har-Tru tennis courts, heated swimming pool, fully stocked trout lake, active childrens programs, hiking trails, and five-star dining at The Chattooga Club Lodge. At the heart of the community and setting Chattooga apart from other communities in the area are two meticulously landscaped croquet lawns considered to be among the finest in the world. Invitational tournaments are held here biannually each year drawing croquet enthusiasts from all across the nation in the summer and the fall. Between the sight of families playing croquet on the lawn and the native Appalachian-themed architectural design of the homes and Chattooga Club Lodge, visitors may feel as though theyve taken a step back to another era a simpler time.

Chattooga Club's Crocket Field

Chattooga Club's Croquet Field

The mission of this distinctive community is to maintain a tradition as the family mountain retreat in the North Carolina Mountains, a place where families come to renew their spirit and create memories together in a natural setting surrounded by subtle elegance and superior level of service. To experience Chattooga Clubs subtle elegance and superior level of service firsthand, Silver Creek Real Estate Group cordially invites you for a personalized tour of this very special community. Feel free to visit our website to view Finwood Lodge one of Chatooga Clubs newest additions and simply stunning with its lakefront view, hand-hewn timber and stone accents, and lodge-inspired design.

What are you waiting for? Now is the ideal time to buy property in Western North Carolina. Simply 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 welcome the opportunity to introduce you to what could become the site of your future dream home in one of Cashiers most exclusive mountain communities, The Chattooga Club.

Stylish Home with Lots of Charm in The Chattooga Club

This home offers a stylish setting inside the gates of the exclusive Chattooga Club. Five bedrooms and five baths provide plenty of room for guests. Located at the end of a quiet street with plenty of privacy, beautiful landscaping with indigenous plants surrounds the property.

The main level has two bedrooms, two baths and a grand living room with a gas fireplace. A covered deck with wood-burning fireplace boasts spectacular views of Chimneytop, Bald Rock, Hogback, Big Sheepcliff, Little Sheepcliff,  Shortoff, and Yellow Mountains. The upper level has two bedrooms, two baths, and a loft that could be used as a home office. The lower level consists of a large great room with full-sized wet bar and wine cellar, one bedroom and bath, a wood-burning fireplace plus an adjoining covered deck. Beautiful heart pine floors are throughout the whole house. The owner has taken wonderful care of this very special home.

The property is only a short walk to the Club and all amenities, including a picnic area overlooking Mac’s View and Lake Chattooga, which is stocked yearly for trout fishing. Membership to The Chattooga Club is by invitation only.

 

Custom-Built Getaway with a Rustic Feel

Situated only minutes from Cashiers in the private High Meadows community, this custom-built getaway features the perfect blend of a mountain-inspired rustic feel with all the modern accouterments. Every detail was thoughtfully designed in this light and bright home, including Douglas fir posts and beams, shiplap wall coverings, and impressive exterior stonework.

The open concept floor plan keeps the chef in the conversation, whether the guests are in the dining room or living room. The main level also features ample sleeping arrangements with two guest bedrooms, as well as an expansive master suite with two walk-in closets, jetted soaking tub and access to one of the two open decks. Upstairs is another guest room with another living area plus a large bonus room that could be used as a home office or playroom. The huge plumbed and insulated basement could be converted into extra sleeping quarters or a home theater. A screened-in porch provides an inviting spot to cozy up, or venture outside to admire the lush landscaping and an adorable potting shed.

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, 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.

 


 

 

First Time on the Market in Picturesque Cedar Ridge Estates

Situated on a cul-de-sac for the utmost privacy, this tastefully remodeled one-story home has a stunning view of Whiteside Mountain. Bathed in natural light, the living room with a stone fireplace opens onto the spacious covered deck with yet another fireplace, offering a space for outdoor dining and casual relaxation. The high-quality finishes are second to none, from the chef’s gourmet kitchen and shiplap-covered walls to the custom cabinetry and tailored window treatments. The spacious master suite accesses the open deck just steps away from the fire pit and gently sloping backyard, perfect for an evening of conversation and laughter. Two additional bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as a cozy family room with a wet bar round out this one-story home. The circular driveway and two-car garage provide plenty of parking. On the market for the very first time, don't miss out on this lovely home in a peaceful community.

Cedar Ridge Estates is private, yet conveniently located just minutes from the Crossroads and several golf and country clubs, such as Cedar Creek Club and the Country Club of Sapphire Valley; both memberships are by invitation only. 

 

Unbelievable Views and Lake Glenville Amenities in The Lake Club

Situated in the gated Lake Club, this stately manor has huge views looking south over Lake Glenville to the mountains beyond. This architectural masterpiece features a large chef's kitchen with a breakfast bar perfect for relaxed entertaining. The sophisticated living areas flow onto an expansive deck and a roomy covered porch with a wood-burning fireplace. Invoking an old-world feel, antique oak floors, custom built-ins, and ship-lap paneling accent the huge stone fireplaces in the upstairs and downstairs living rooms. 

The luxurious master suite has access to a deck overlooking the epic views below. The top floor offers a large home office or bedroom, while the family room on the lower level has a kitchenette and another deck.

Unlike many mountain homes, this home has storage for vehicles, with both a carport and a two-level garage. The downstairs garage has plenty of room for toys with room remaining for a workshop. The long private driveway provides a picturesque first impression and plenty of parking. 

The Lake Club features a large enclosed clubhouse, offering generous porch and deck space, living and dining areas, a fitness center, children's playroom and kitchen. The community dock provides a convenient place to keep a boat and enjoy sparkling Lake Glenville at a moment's notice.

 

First Time on the Market Lakefront Cottage in Tahala Shores

Representing lakefront living at its finest, this completely remodeled cottage offers countless upgrades, including a new seawall and dock, a storage building for a John Deere Gator utility vehicle, and a picturesque concrete path to the lake. 

Fresh style and on-trend design elements result in a sophisticated yet wonderfully relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The charming interior features shiplap walls, a new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, HVAC units, a generator, roof, windows, and more. A full bath and powder room were also added. No detail was overlooked when the owners made this home like new.  

This incredible home is being offered turnkey, including its furnishings from The Summer House and the utility vehicle! Spend your precious time enjoying the lake rather than managing a stressful renovation.