Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010

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February 2010 Calendar of Events

Nestled atop the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, love is always in the air on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau!  It could be our breathtaking vistas, our pristine natural beauty, the warm and inviting nature of our locals, or our wide variety of fun things to see and do. No matter the reason, it is no wonder why families keep falling in love with this unique corner of the world. The friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group have compiled an entirely new list of reasons for YOU to fall in love with the Plateau this February.  We invite you to visit us with your whole family, or break away with the one you love for a romantic weekend you won’t soon forget. Please visit our helpful website for a list of local accommodations  and restaurants. Once you’ve been smitten by any one of our distinctive communities found in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville or Lake Toxaway – the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek welcomes the opportunity to assist you in your quest for your dream home in the mountains. Simply give us a call at 828-743-1999, send us an e-mail at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We hope to see you and your “sweetheart” up on the mountain SOON!

February 1-28: Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season!
Enjoy two exciting hills – a fun “bunny” hill for beginners/intermediate skiers and a main run of 1,600 feet in length featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding  with the entire family on a thrilling 500 foot run.

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard
Adults Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $52.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $36.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $30.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $18.00 

Children ( 12 & under ) Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $26.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $16.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $24.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $14.00 
  
Ski’s & Poles Rental Only $21.00 
Snowboard Rental Only $30.00 
Helmet Rental $9.00 
Boot rental $9.00 
Ski and Snowboard Lessons
Group (min. 3 people, max. 10) $15.00 per Hour
Private (w/ Advanced Reservation) $25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental
$22.00 for two-hour session
Weather Permitting
Hours:  Monday 5-9pm
Friday Noon-8pm
Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley Resort.

February 5: Highlands Hop for Haiti – Highlands School Old Gym – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. – Dance the night away – sock hop-style – to raise money for the people of Haiti. No charge for admission or for snack foods and drinks, but monetary donations will be accepted. Song requests will be $1/request. Donations of items are also requested – i.e. toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.  Authentic Haitian items will be on display for purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-1841.

February 6: Wipe Out the Winter Blues Workshop at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa –12 to 4 p.m. – Cost $55, includes one-course lunch and glass of wine in Madison’s plus creative event co-sponsored by Oakleaf in the Conference Center.  Favorite projects by local designers Kirk Moore and Don Fry will be shared with guests including creating soothing bath herb blends, making birdseed bisquits to share with your finest feathered friends, blending  grilling spices as you dream of warm summer days around the grill and MORE. For more information, call 828-526-8008.

February 7: Super Bowl at the Rib Shack and Sports Corner – Old Edwards Inn & Spa – 6 p.m.  Featuring special game day appetizers and other fun activities.

February 13: The Great Sapphire Outhouse Race – Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes – 12 p.m. – Free admission!  Fun day that benefits the Tamassee DAR School Ski Scholarship Fund.  To learn more about this unique race down the slopes or to find out how to enter YOUR outhouse, call 828-421-7348 or 828-507-8455.

February 14: Valentines Day at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa – Highlands, NC – The renowned spa will offer Rainforest Rejuvenation, Strengthen Your Relationship and Bliss Couple’s Massages.  Guests receive a special welcome amenity, champagne arrival, and rose petal showdown.  Special menu offered both Saturday (2/13) and Sunday (2/14) evenings. Relax, Rejuvenate and Enjoy a romantic weekend at this landmark inn!  To make reservations and reserve your spot on the massage table, call 828-526-8008.

February 19-21: Adventures in Art Weekend – Old Edwards Inn & Spa – Explore “The Artist in You”, “Art Appreciation” and “The Artist’s Eye” during this one-of-a-kind weekend event.  Artists receptions, exhibitions and special group activities with some of Highlands local art galleries. For more information, call 828-526-8008

February 20: Cajun Cook-off – Highlands Community Center – You won’t want to miss this delicious competition featuring some of Louisiana’s finest cuisine.  For more information, call 828-526-2112.

February 25-28: “The Dixie Swim Club” – Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center – The Highlands-Cashiers Players are proud to present this funny and touching comedy that celebrates enduring friendships among five unforgettable women.  Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, Directed by Rick Siegal. Tickets are $20. Matinees at 2:30 p.m.  Evenings at 7:30 p.m.  For tickets, call 828-526-8084.

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Highlands and Cashiers Score Big on Recent Poll of Prettiest Small Towns

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC | Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010

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Highlands Ranks #6 while Cashiers Scores #11 In North Carolina Towns With Populations of 15,000 or less

You need only catch sight of a sea of wildflowers carpeting the valley floor under a canopy of bright blue skies, or witness the sun setting over the Blue Ridge Mountains against a palette of orange, pink and fiery red.  Stumble across a cascading waterfall in a seemingly ancient wood, or peer out at the glasslike surface of one of our mountain lakes under a blanket of stars. Gaze upon an elegant mountain retreat perfectly framed by lovely stone and timber accents, while surrounded by gently swaying Carolina hardwoods and the scent of native mountain laurel. Visit the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and you will soon understand why residents have long believed that this is one of the most beautiful corners of North Carolina (and – dare we say – the WORLD!). It won’t take long before you recognize why vacationing families return here year-after-year, generation-after-generation.

Thanks to a recent poll conducted by Bill Hensley, a writer from Charlotte and former state director of travel and tourism, we now know our suspicions are correct. Hensley called upon 32 instate journalists to rank North Carolina’s top small towns. The journalists were asked to select from among towns, from the coast to the piedmont to the mountains, each with populations of 15,000 or less. Highlands placed in the Top Ten at # 6 of “Prettiest Small Towns in North Carolina”, and Cashiers was not far behind at # 11.

It’s just another great reason to add the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau to your list of places to visit! We invite you to plan a trip to see us, and judge for yourself if we make the cut of prettiest small towns in North Carolina – or anywhere else, for that matter. Once you’ve fallen in love, like so many before you – the dedicated team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group will be honored to help you and your family find the mountain retreat of your dreams in any one of our incredible communities. We welcome you to visit our website for a list of accommodations in the area or call us at 828-743-1999 with any additional questions you may have.

The brokers and staff at Silver Creek Real Estate Group wish to congratulate Cashiers and Highlands for achieving this great distinction!

* Special Thanks to David Joy and the rest of our Friends at the Crossroads Chronicle
 for providing the details surrounding the rankings!

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Weekly Real Estate Sales Update for the Cashiers, Sapphire, and Highlands Plateau in North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Weekly Real Estate Sales Update | Posted on Saturday, January 23, 2010

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Why wait any longer to reach for the home of your dreams? Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to join the growing number of families and investors who have discovered the natural beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, as well as the lasting value of homes and property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. If you currently own a home in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway – and are considering making a move to another corner of the world – we encourage you to select Silver Creek as your listing partner. We take great pride in successfully matching buyers with sellers and dreamers with dream homes.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of this week’s home and land sales. Property sales for the week of January 18:

A 4 bedroom/5.5 bath home in Highlands Country Club sold for $1,300,000
A lot in Falcon Ridge sold for $250,000
A lot in Holly Forest XI sold for $45,000

** Please note that we have included links to subdivisions with additional property and homes for sale within the communities of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway.

Whether you are looking for your family’s vacation home or primary residence, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to help you find the ideal home to fit your vision. If you wish to place your Highlands-Cashiers Plateau property on the market, we invite you to contact Silver Creek and speak with one of our talented and experienced brokers. To get started as quickly as TODAY, simply call us at 828-743-1999, drop by our offices at the Shoppes at CreekSide near the Cashiers Crossroads, fill out an online contact form at www.ncliving.com or e-mail your questions directly to me at jlucke@ncliving.com. We look forward to discussing how Silver Creek Real Estate Group might best serve you and your family!

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Weekly Real Estate Sales Update for the Cashiers, Sapphire, and Highlands Plateau in North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Weekly Real Estate Sales Update | Posted on Saturday, January 16, 2010

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Why wait any longer to reach for the home of your dreams? Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to join the growing number of families and investors who have discovered the natural beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, as well as the lasting value of homes and property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. If you currently own a home in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway – and are considering making a move to another corner of the world – we encourage you to select Silver Creek as your listing partner. We take great pride in successfully matching buyers with sellers and dreamers with dream homes.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of this week’s home and land sales. Property sales for the week of January 11:

A 3 bedroom/3 bath home in High Hampton sold for $800,000
A 3 bedroom/3.5 bath home in Continental Cliffs sold for $712,500
A 2 bedroom/2 bath home in High Hampton sold for $585,000
A lot in Mountaintop Lake and Golf Club sold for $200,000
A lot in Cullowhee Forest sold for $65,000

** Please note that we have included links to subdivisions with additional property and homes for sale within the communities of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway.

Whether you are looking for your family’s vacation home or primary residence, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to help you find the ideal home to fit your vision. If you wish to place your Highlands-Cashiers Plateau property on the market, we invite you to contact Silver Creek and speak with one of our talented and experienced brokers. To get started as quickly as TODAY, simply call us at 828-743-1999, drop by our offices at the Shoppes at CreekSide near the Cashiers Crossroads, fill out an online contact form at www.ncliving.com or e-mail your questions directly to me at jlucke@ncliving.com. We look forward to discussing how Silver Creek Real Estate Group might best serve you and your family!

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Tranquility Now

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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Enjoy a Lifetime of Sunsets from the Wraparound Porches of this Mill Creek Home

This well priced at just $585,000, this spacious 3 bedroom, 3 ½ bathroom home has all the makings of a great family mountain retreat – both inside and out. The exterior of the home is ideal for true nature lovers – with two stories of wrap-around covered outdoor living spaces, an expansive level lot of 1.82 beautifully landscaped acres, and 320? of serene Mill Creek frontage.  Step foot inside the front door, and you can virtually feel your cares and woes drift away. Boasting not one but TWO master suites, this home was clearly designed for the comfort and relaxation of all its guests.  A third bedroom offers another full bathroom and convenient access to the porch. The light and airy interior of the home features a stunning custom stone fireplace as centerpiece to the family room, wood flooring throughout, soaring cathedral ceilings and lovely French doors to let in the peaceful sounds of the creek and those wonderful mountain breezes. The cheerful kitchen and open dining area offers plenty of room for an intimate gathering or a large get-together with family and friends. An upstairs loft provides flexible space for an office, media room, playroom or additional guest quarters.

Located in Cullowhee, North Carolina – home to Western Carolina University – this terrific mountain retreat is situated just north of the historic resort village of Cashiers. Enjoy the peace and quiet of your new year-round or vacation home, and make the short drive down Hwy 107 for a day of fine dining and shopping. If you seek tranquility NOW, click here to view photos and more details about this quintessential North Carolina mountain home. You could be in your new home before the leaves return to the trees! To schedule a tour of this incredible real estate opportunity, call Lesley Howard of Silver Creek Real Estate Group at 828.743.1999 TODAY!

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Weekly Real Estate Sales Update for the Cashiers, Sapphire, and Highlands Plateau in North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Weekly Real Estate Sales Update | Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010

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Why wait any longer to reach for the home of your dreams? Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to join the growing number of families and investors who have discovered the natural beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, as well as the lasting value of homes and property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. If you currently own a home in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway – and are considering making a move to another corner of the world – we encourage you to select Silver Creek as your listing partner. We take great pride in successfully matching buyers with sellers and dreamers with dream homes.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of this week’s home and land sales. Property sales for the week of January 4:

A 3 bedroom/3 bath home in Mirror Lake sold for $520,000
A Cabin Lot in Bridge Creek sold for $100,000
A lot in Whisper Lake sold for $54,000
A 6 acre tract off Highway 281 in Transylvania County sold for $51,000
A lot in Knolls of Cedar Creek sold for $25,000

** Please note that we have included links to subdivisions with additional property and homes for sale within the communities of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway.

Whether you are looking for your family’s vacation home or primary residence, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to help you find the ideal home to fit your vision. If you wish to place your Highlands-Cashiers Plateau property on the market, we invite you to contact Silver Creek and speak with one of our talented and experienced brokers. To get started as quickly as TODAY, simply call us at 828-743-1999, drop by our offices at the Shoppes at CreekSide near the Cashiers Crossroads, fill out an online contact form at www.ncliving.com or e-mail your questions directly to me at jlucke@ncliving.com. We look forward to discussing how Silver Creek Real Estate Group might best serve you and your family!

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Three New Foreclosure Properties Now Available in the Mountains of WNC

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Bank Owned Properties, Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Saturday, January 9, 2010

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Silver Creek Real Estate Group is Proud to Represent the Latest Bank-Owned Properties in Cashiers, Glenville and Lake Toxaway

Attention homebuyers and real estate investors – NOW is the time to take advantage of a recovering housing market! While the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – a popular resort destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina – has been existing in a virtual bubble from the rest of the nation’s struggling economy, the occasional foreclosure or distressed property does cross our desk. Silver Creek Real Estate Group has recently acquired listings for three incredible new investment opportunities. The first is a charming mountain cabin nestled on 2.5 private and heavily wooded acres near the popular historic village of Cashiers, NC. This unbelievable hidden gem offers striking up-close views of the rocky face of Whiteside Mountain and a cascading waterfall on Greens Creek – which runs the length of the property. Enjoy a lifetime of sunsets from the expansive, covered rear deck of this home. The interior of this 3 bedroom/3 bath cabin presents the new owner with lovely wide plank wood floors, master on main, stone fireplace, exposed beams and dramatic two-story Great Room. A fun fixer-upper, the kitchen is in need of renovation – presenting the new homeowner with a great opportunity to make this home truly their own. This delightful mountain retreat – located in Holly Berry Estates – is priced to sell at $206,000. What are you waiting for? This listing will not last long at this price! Follow this link to view additonal information and photos about this Foreclosure Home in Holly Berry Estates.

The second bank owned property Silver Creek is thrilled to represent is a highly sought after Lake Cardinal waterfront lot. Tucked away on 1.44 acres – peppered throughout with sturdy Carolina hardwoods, fragrant mountain laurel, and colorful rhododendrons – this amazing investment opportunity offers a level building site and stunning views of both the shoreline and mountain ridge. Build your dream home here among many other upscale mountain estates! Membership to the prestigious Lake Toxaway Country Club, with its newly renovated 18-hole championship golf course, is available. An absolute steal for a lake front property of this caliber, this Lake Toxaway property is incredibly well priced at $250,000. Follow this link to view additonal information and photos about this Foreclosure Lot on Cardinal Lake in Lake Toxaway.

We’ve saved the best for last! The most recent addition to Silver Creek’s listings is perhaps the deal of the century! Close to an acre lot in the town of Glenville – near all the amenities, shopping, fine dining and unique culture of the renowned resort villages of Cashiers and Highlands – this home site has recently been cleared and is ready for you to begin building your family’s new mountain retreat. This is a wonderful property with frontage to the stunning Cedar Creek within close proximity to popular Lake Glenville. At an unbelievable price of just $110,000, this opportunity will surely disappear quickly! For additional information and photos on this Lot Located on Cedar Creek.

Each of the listings outlined above are available through the newest member of our team, Silver Creek broker Lesley Howard. Call her today at 828.743.1999 to schedule a tour of any or all of these remarkable properties. A handful of additional hidden gems, distressed properties, and foreclosures are also available for purchase along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau of Western North Carolina. Put Silver Creek Real Estate Group to work for you! Our talented and experienced brokers will gladly research land and homes available in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville, and Lake Toxaway that fit both your budget and your vision. To learn more, we invite you to call us at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices conveniently located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide.

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Weekly Real Estate Sales Update for the Cashiers, Sapphire, and Highlands Plateau in North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Weekly Real Estate Sales Update | Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010

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Why wait any longer to reach for the home of your dreams? Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to join the growing number of families and investors who have discovered the natural beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, as well as the lasting value of homes and property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. If you currently own a home in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway – and considering making a move to another corner of the world – we encourage you to select Silver Creek as your listing partner. We take great pride in successfully matching buyers with sellers and dreamers with dream homes.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of this week’s home and land sales. Property sales for the week of December 28:

A 3 bedroom/3 bath home in Highlands Falls Country Club sold for $610,000
A home in Highlands Country Club sold for $542,000
A 2 bedroom/2 bath home in Fox Run Ridge sold for $500,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath home in Sapphire High sold for $493,900
A 2 bedroom/1 bath home in Wolf Ridge sold for $115,000
A 1 bedroom/1 bath home in Lancewood sold for $79,000
67.01 acres at High Hampton sold for $3,400,000
A lot in Mountaintop Lake and Golf Club sold for $210,000
A 10.11 acre tract off Cullowhee Mountain Road sold for $100,000
A lot in Holly Forest VII sold for $77,500
Two lots in Deer Run sold for $36,000
Two lots in Holly Forest IV sold for $28,000

** Please note that we have included links to subdivisions with additional property and homes for sale within the communities of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway.

Whether you are looking for your family’s vacation home or primary residence, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to help you find the ideal home to fit your vision. If you wish to place your Highlands-Cashiers Plateau property on the market, we invite you to contact Silver Creek and speak with one of our talented and experienced brokers. To get started as quickly as TODAY, simply call us at 828-743-1999, drop by our offices at the Shoppes at CreekSide near the Cashiers Crossroads, fill out an online contact form at www.ncliving.com or e-mail your questions directly to me at jlucke@ncliving.com. We look forward to discussing how Silver Creek Real Estate Group might best serve you and your family!

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