September 2010 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Living in WNC, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010

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As the last days of Summer give way to Fall later this month, and our heads start to fill with happy thoughts of Fall Festivals, the seasonal change of leaves and the first hints of fall’s chill – the focus of event calendars all along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau turn to art, antiques and the quiet celebration of nature. With school back in full swing, this may be the perfect time to steal away for a leisurely weekend in the mountains featuring fun at your own pace – touring the shops, dining at one of dozens of fine restaurants, attending an arts & crafts show, learning about the creatures we share this planet with, or discovering all of the wonderful things that make this little corner of the world so unique. If peace and relaxation are what you seek, this is the place to be. The friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain in September!

September 1- 5: 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse – Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC. Proceeds benefit Cashiers Historical Society. CHS Museum will be open daily for tours, and the event will include the exquisite work of a number of local and regional designers, Showhouse Shops, Merchants Tent and Lunch from Café 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Hours: Monday through Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday – 1 to 4 p.m.  General admission is $25/person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Showhouse or in advance by calling (828) 743-7710. For further information, visit cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

September 1: Final days of Highlands Gala of the Arts at Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center – Artist Presentation – Milburn Riley 10-10:30 a.m. & 2-2:30 p.m. in the Williams Executive Board Room. Art Displays will be available for viewing in the Trillium, Hemlock & Laurel Rooms.  For more information, please call 404.542.2773.

September 1: Final days of Highlands Gala of the Arts at Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center – Benefit Auction of Art – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Literacy Council of Highlands. For more information, please call 404.542.2773.

September 4: Mountain Tail Waggers Walk & Pet Fest at Pine Street in Highlands – 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – hosted by the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. Silver Creek Real Estate Group is a proud sponsor of this event. Our own Dan Allen is a member of the Board of Directors for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

September 4: The Highlands Performing Arts Center presents Robert Ray’s Big Band Show
1 Night Only! Turn back the clock to the fabulous 40’s and enjoy the authentic sounds of a 10- piece Swing Band. 7:30 p.m. – All Seats just $30. For more information visit www.highlandspac.com or call 828-526-9047.

September 4-Oct. 5: Summit One Gallery presents Betty Foy Botts New Abstracts Exhibition “Narratives”. For more information, call 828-526-2673.

September 4 & 5: Village Square Art & Craft Show at Pine Street Park in Highlands – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Featuring some of the most talented regional artisans around selling fine art, folk art, jewelry, rustic furniture and birdhouses, pottery, fabric art and clothing, baskets and more. For more information, contact show organizer Cynthia Strain at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing at 828)787-2021.

September 4 & 5: Cashiers Rotary Club Arts & Crafts Festival – Village Green in Cashiers – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Rain or Shine.

September 5: Sapphire Valley Concert on the Slopes – 7 p.m. – featuring Tuxedo Junction. Tickets are available now at the SV Community Center. $20.00 when purchased in advance, $25.00 at the gate. Kids 14 & under are $10.00. For more information, call 828.743.7663.

September 7-9: Fall Style Week at Old Edwards Inn & Spa – Fall Garden Party & Entertaining Seminar at The Farm 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 9/7 – $75 Per Person – Begin with a champagne welcome and culinary presentation by Old Edward’s own Chef Johannes Klapdohr. Enjoy a delicious garden-party luncheon surrounded by the stunning beauty of The Farm. Kirk Moore of Oakleaf will join Joe Extine of Acorn’s Boutique for a demonstration of how to make your fall parties beautiful, colorful and magical with the right tablescapes and creative florals. Special samples, recipes and garden-party gift packs will be available. Call 828-787-2625 for tickets and information. Complimentary Fall Wellness Expo at the Spa Courtyard 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 9/8 – Learn the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture with Kim Bonsteel. Get a free personal demonstration of ear acupuncture, which is helpful in: Stimulating the para sympathetic nervous system to create the relaxation response and reinforcing will power and decision making. Get a free scalp analysis with a scope which magnifies the scalp and hair follicle 400% and reveals what your hair really needs or does not need. Richard Brown from Phyto Botanical Hair Products will conduct the analysis and share samples of Phyto products. Enjoy a free Franche makeover by a professional make up artists and free 10 minute chair massages to promote relaxation and circulation as well as releave tension in the back, neck and shoulders. All participants will receive a 10% discount on all retail products purchased and on spa services booked during the Wellness Expo. Fall Fashion Show with Lunch by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr at the Rooftop Terrace 1 pm to 3 pm – Tickets are $35 for fashion show, lunch and a champagne arrival. Acorn’s Boutique debuts its spectacular array of fall designer fashions for women of all ages and body types. View this seasons hottest styles from designers like Covelo Clothing, Planet Clothing and Marissa Baratelli. Also featured will be beautiful fall accessories by Bijouz deMer Jewelry and Elizabeth Locke Jewelry, including the new stylish selection of handbags. Cash Bar. Limited Seating. Call 828-787-2625 for tickets and information.

September 10: Groovin’ on the Green – Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers.

September 11: Old Edwards Inn & Spa PAR 5K and Pancake Breakfast – 8 to 11 a.m. – benefits the Literacy Council of Highlands.

September 11: 3rd Annual Highlands Motoring Festival – This fun, family oriented event is a must for the vintage car enthusiast who wants to show or just to browse great cars from the past. Come for the day or the weekend – you’ll be glad you did!  Featuring the Bridgestone Tire F-1 Racing Simulator –  see if you have what it takes to be a pro race driver.   Public admission is FREE!   Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and event ends at 4 p.m.  For more information, visit www.highlandsmotoringfestival.com/page1.php.

September 11: 5th Annual Songwriters in the Round Concert – High Hampton Inn Pavilion – 6 to 9:30 p.m. Heavy appetizers, wine and beer served from 6 to 7:30, with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation. Tickets are $65/person.  For more information, contact 828-399-0651.

September 12: Bel Canto – This once a year “grand opera” event is celebrating 18 years with a recital at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Theater at 4 p.m., followed by an elegant dinner at the Highlands Country Club. Proceeds from the Gala are used to purchase works of art for The Bascom’s permanent collection and to enhance the music programs at the Highlands School and the Highlands Community Child Development Center. For more information about the event, call Bel Canto’s organizers directly at 828.526.1947

September 13: BEARS – Presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society at the Highlands Civic Center. Program featuring a presentation by Appalachian Bear Rescue from Townsend, Tennessee. Light refreshments will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the program at 7:30. No charge to participate but donations to Appalachian Bear Rescue are invited.

September 17: Groovin’ on the Green – Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers.

September 18: Fall Migrants – Presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society at the Highlands Biological Station. Field Trip to Highlands Biological Station and Sunset Rocks to study fall migrants. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. No charge to participate.

September 22: First official day of FALL!!!!

September 22: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust – Village Nature Series at the Village Green in Cashiers. A presentation by Michael Skinner regarding “Hunters of the Sky”. FREE admission. 6 p.m.  No reservations required – all are welcome.

September 23: Highlands Audobon Society presents the Blue Ridge Parkway Field Trip to study fall migrants. We will return mid-afternoon so bring a light picnic lunch. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:00 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.

September 24: Groovin’ on the Green – Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers, featuring The Honeycutters.

September 24-26: 6th Annual Highlands Playhouse Antique Show at the Highlands Recreation Center – Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.  High quality antiques presented by vendors from all around the world. Advance tickets available by calling 828-526-2695

September 28: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their latest Eco Tour “Elk Excursion” – Free to HCLT members, $35 for new friends includes lunch and a membership! Call 828-526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@earthlink.net for details.

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Incredible Foreclosure on Riverfront Home in Cashiers, NC

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Bank Owned Properties, Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010

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Lost Treasure Revealed on Lost Cove Road

Tucked away from the world in a shady stand of trees in the Whitewater Cove subdivision near the resort mountain village of Cashiers, North Carolina, lies lost treasure just waiting to be discovered. The 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom bounty located at 724/726 Lost Cove Road in Cashiers, NC offers a wealth of untold riches both inside and out. Situated on 2.62 acres of lush forestland, the property showcases amazing views of the Whitewater River running directly through the backyard – a fly fisherman’s dream! The future homeowners can enjoy the sight and sound of rushing water from two levels of expansive rear porches.  The top deck, which runs the entire length of the home, features a vaulted ceiling and breezy outdoor fans for warm Summer days – while the lower level patio highlights a massive outdoor fireplace, perfect for roasting marshmallows and telling tall tales during cool fall evenings. A sunroom offers plenty of opportunities for four-season enjoyment of the riverfront views along with beautiful Mexican tile floors, walls of windows and skylights to let the sun shine in. Not far from the main house, a large barn offers additional living space for extra guests and can serve as a workshop, or art studio.

Just inside the main home’s front door, you will delight in the open and airy floor plan as it beckons you in and invites you to relax. The Great Room is true to its name with soaring vaulted ceilings, massive stone hearth, beautiful hardwood floors and stunning views from every window. The spacious Master Bedroom on main features a lofty trey ceiling, more hardwood floors, and private deck access. Other unseen riches include a formal dining room, welcoming kitchen set at the heart of the home and terrific finished basement. As if all of these features didn’t already combine as reason enough to take a closer look at this hidden gem in the mountains of Western North Carolina, perhaps the biggest key to this treasure can be found in the price. Originally listed at a $974,900 – this home has just been reduced to the incredible new price of just $599,000! Contact Silver Creek Real Estate Group TODAY to schedule a tour of this amazing real estate opportunity – the acreage, river frontage and view alone are well-worth this truly remarkable price. Call Silver Creek’s brokers at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our convenient online contact form, or drop by our offices in Cashiers’ Shoppes at CreekSide. To learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we welcome you to visit our website at www.ncliving.com. Hurry, at this price – this treasure of a home will be plundered in no time!

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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 Sunday, August 29, 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 August 23, 2010:

A 5 bedroom/4.5 bath home in Whiteside Cove sold for $2,150,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath home on Black Bear Trail sold for $475,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath home in Stonecreek Crossing sold for $450,000
A 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home in Bee Tree Ridge sold for $285,000
A 4 bedroom/3.5 bath home on Double Springs Lane sold for $259,000
A 2 bedroom/1 bath home in Lancewood sold for $142,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath home in Skywater Subdivision sold for $87,700
A lot in Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club sold for $800,000
A lot in Satulah Vista sold for $575,000
A lot in Lonesome Valley sold for $279,000
A lot in Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove Sold for $215,000
A lot in Catspaw sold for $157,000
A lot in Moon Mountain Subdivision sold for $136,000
A Lot in Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club sold for $95,000
Two lots in Hampton Springs sold for $17,000
A lot in Holly Forest VI sold for $4,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath unit in Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove sold for $507,500
A 2 bedroom/3 bath unit in River Run II sold for $72,000

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 us at info@ncliving.com. We look forward to discussing how Silver Creek Real Estate Group might best serve you and your family!

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Lonesome Valley – Preserving So Much More Than a Family Legacy

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Friday, August 27, 2010

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In the late 1800’s, an entrepreneur from Pennsylvania first gazed out over the largest box canyon this side of the Rocky Mountains. He was so inspired by the beauty of Western North Carolina that he elected to purchase more than 30,000 acres to carefully develop and preserve for others to enjoy. E.H. Jennings is perhaps best remembered for his creation of lovely Lake Toxaway at the heart of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – a destination enjoyed by local residents and families from all over the Southeast to this day. To his descendents, more than a century after he first stepped foot in these mountains – E.H. Jenning’s legacy lives on in peaceful Lonesome Valley near the historic village of Cashiers.

In the midst of development, Jennings set aside 800 breathtaking acres of his land purchase to be enjoyed solely by his family and friends. He selected a quiet valley, with soaring mountains to the North and East, and a tranquil lake to the West. In the years since, his children and grandchildren enjoyed exploring the forests, fishing in the streams, and running through the meadows.  So strong is the draw of the land in this family that Jenning’s grandson, Richard II, returned after graduating from Yale University with a degree in engineering to launch Cashiers Valley Trout Farm – a tradition his daughter Sally still carries on today at Sunburst Trout Farm in Waynesville. Life in Lonesome Valley has always been simple, with nature forever playing a central theme. Wishing to share the beauty of this valley with others while remaining true to their stewardship of the land, E.H. Jennings’ great grandchildren have painstakingly developed this exquisite valley into a unique and visually stunning family-centered community.

Home sites in Lonesome Valley offer awe-inspiring views of rolling hills, towering trees, green meadows, serene creek beds, the still waters of Trout Pond, the rocky faces of the mountains, and/or the glasslike surface of Long Lake. Lots are sized anywhere from 1 acre to accommodate a quaint Southern Appalachian farmhouse-inspired cottage to 8 acres for a palatial Arts & Crafts-inspired estate. All amenities serve as a celebration of the natural splendor. Lonesome Valley’s Long Lake offers 5 pristine surface acres for the exploring – the glass-like waters stirred by the occasional passing canoe, kayak, swimmer or skipping stone. The Lakeside Pavilion serves as the social center of the community with a grill and fitness center. The Trout Pond is the ideal escape for the fly fisherman – fully stocked with Rainbow Trout, and for avid kite fliers – the Great Meadow offers lots of room to enjoy a picnic lunch under blue skies as your kite takes flight. There are 12 miles of scenic community hiking trails, rock climbing up the 1000-foot rock face of Laurel Knob and so much more.  Even dining within Lonesome Valley finds Mother Nature as the starring attraction. The Canyon Kitchen – open seasonally – showcases Southern fare made from made with fresh produce grown in the Valley. The massive doors to The Jennings Barn – which houses The Canyon Kitchen – are often left open to let fresh mountain breezes in as the guests delight in the spectacular vistas that are synonymous with Lonesome Valley. 

The combination of special conservation areas, dedicated common spaces, responsible deed restrictions, and thoughtful architectural guidelines serve to ensure that the Jennings’ legacy will be protected for future generations. The Jennings Family invites you to come and experience Lonesome Valley for yourself.  To schedule a tour of available homes, properties and the surrounding community – contact the dedicated team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. Call us at 828.743.1999, e-mail your request to info@ncliving.com, or fill out our convenient online contact form.  To learn more about Silver Creek and view available Lonesome Valley listings online, visit our website at www.ncliving.com. We also welcome you to drop by our offices, located at the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide.

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Spectacular Estate-Sized Lot Available for Purchase in Prestigious Pinchot

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Friday, August 27, 2010

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A 6.2 acre Tract of Land For Sale in One of Cashiers’ Most Sought After Communities

Situated in a one-of-a-kind community named after Gifford Pinchot – this sprawling 6.2 acre home site represents everything the famed conservationist stood for. Offering spectacular long-range views down not just one but two valleys, as well as a terrific building site overlooking a peaceful meadow – this plot of land at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac is a nature lover’s dream. No stranger to the concept of a nature lover’s dream, Travis Mileti of Mountainworks – an esteemed designer-builder who is the recipient of the 2009 American Residential Design Award for Designers’ Choice and Custom Luxury Homes, as well as the 2009 Southern Living’s Southern Home Award for Best New Cottage – has already designed a magnificent custom home for this site.

The only thing that’s missing is YOU! The premier 350-acre “mountain meadowland” of Pinchot is located near the historic resort village of Cashiers. The view from just inside the community’s gates is all blue skies, green trees and the graceful rolling hillsides of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Master planned by renowned Carolina designers Seamon Whiteside + Associates, Pinchot offers residents striking multi-million dollar homes and estate-sized lots ranging in size from two to fourteen acres. Pinchot features several community parks, as well as a common outdoor fireplace surveying Whiteside, Chimneytop and Rock Mountains and the lights from the village of Cashiers below. Whiteside Overlook serves as a popular community summerhouse with simply stunning views of Whiteside Mountain – the perfect spot for an Indian summer barbeque or for roasting marshmallows under a starry sky. Easy access to both Lake Hurricane and Lake Glenville are available from the community, and many properties within Pinchot include membership in Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club (upon applicant approval). Mountaintop features a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, as well as opportunities for water sports like kayaking, wave running and canoeing at the private Lake Club on nearby Lake Glenville. There’s also horseback riding, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking trails, a world-class spa and wellness center, and several terrific options within the Club for your dining pleasure. To schedule a tour of Pinchot, available homes and land offerings, and to sneak a peek at Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club’s terrific amenities – contact the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. Drop by our offices conveniently located at the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide, call us at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, or fill out our convenient online contact form and one of our brokers will be in touch with you shortly. To learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we invite you to visit us online at www.ncliving.com.

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Special Pricing on Mountain View Lots in One of Western North Carolina’s Finest Communities

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Silver Creek Real Estate Group Represents Incredible Developer Properties in Cashiers’ Lonesome Valley

Spanning the basin floor of the largest box canyon east of the Rockies, the developers have created something very special in Lonesome Valley. Every single home site has been carefully placed, so that incredible views are available to each resident of this family-centric community. If you’ve always dreamed of a home in the Carolinas offering incomparable vistas of the mountains, we have the perfect spot for you! Thanks to an relationship between Silver Creek Real Estate Group and the developers of Lonesome Valley, we are prepared to offer extraordinary lots with spectacular mountain views for as low as $346,500* – ranging in size from nearly 1.5 acres to estate-sized lots of well over 3 acres. Many are located at the peaceful northeastern end of the community, where towering Cow Rock and Laurel Knob Mountains meet.

Imagine waking up to the sun rising over the rocky mountain face of Cow Rock, climbing 1000 feet above the valley floor. Fill your days with fly-fishing in the community’s quiet Trout Pond, canoeing the glasslike surface of Long Lake, hiking the 12 miles of community trails to the mystic East Fork Falls, working out in the state-of-the-art fitness center at the Lakeside Pavilion, and/or dining in style at the unparalleled Canyon Kitchen. Make the short drive to the popular resort village of Cashiers for more adventure, as you leisurely stroll through the shops in town, golf at any one of more than a dozen scenic courses, or take in an outdoor concert on the Village Green.  As the sun sets on another wonderful day in Lonesome Valley, long shadows from the abundant and beautiful Carolina hardwoods are cast along the face of the mountain before the night sky is filled with stars.

Homes in Lonesome Valley all adhere to architectural guidelines in an effort to preserve the beauty of the community and complement the natural surroundings. Cottage and home designs pay homage to the Southern Appalachian farmhouses of a bygone era. Silver Creek Real Estate Group can introduce you to the perfect builder to craft your dream home from the valley floor up. The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau is teeming with talented designers and builders who are prepared to make your dreams a reality. Finding the ideal lot to fit that dream is just another one of our specialties. Click here to view Mountain View Lots for Sale in Lonesome Valley. To schedule a tour of possible home sites within Lonesome Valley, and sneak a peek at all of the incredible amenities this unique community has to offer – call the Silver Creek team at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or fill out our convenient online contact form. For more information about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we invite you to visit our website at www.ncliving.com or drop by our offices, located in the heart of Cashiers at The Shoppes at CreekSide.  HURRY!  With only a handful of lots left in one of the most sought after communities in Western North Carolina offering such picturesque mountain views, they won’t last long at these prices!!!

* Prices extended to Silver Creek clients. Silver Creek special pricing will expire at the end of 2010.

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Cashiers Dining: Chef John Fleer and Lonesome Valley’s Canyon Kitchen

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Ambience and Incomparable Cuisine are Always on the Menu at Cashiers’ Canyon Kitchen

Designed to be far more than just another meal out, guests of Lonesome Valley’s Canyon Kitchen can expect to be treated to nothing short of a dining “experience”.  By thoughtfully combining his “garden-to-table” inspired fare with the natural beauty of the largest box canyon east of the Rockies, John Fleer is as much a master showman as he is master chef. Housed within the charmingly handsome Jennings Barn overlooking the community garden at the epicenter of the Lonesome Valley community, the doors of the Canyon Kitchen are often open to let the crisp mountain breezes in as guests delight in the aromas and flavors of freshly prepared dishes, many of which contain ingredients gathered from the garden that very morning. This one-of-a-kind dining establishment is the ideal fit for the unique community that surrounds it – a celebration of time-honored tradition, family and nature. The “Kitchen” truly is the heart of this home.

After gaining a following and glowing reputation as the celebrated chef of Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm for fourteen years, the talented Chef John Fleer has created something very special in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. With his belief in the Irish proverb “the laughter is brightest where the food is best”, he never disappoints guests of the Canyon Kitchen as he blends good old fashioned Southern hospitality and traditional Southern food with a creative culinary twist. The laughter and conversation flow as easily as the wine at this distinctive Cashiers eatery. Menus rotate regularly, based on both the availability of seasonal products and the “occasional whim” of the chef. One day the menu might  feature distinctively different dishes like Roulade of Rib Eye with Mushroom Ketchup accompanied by Lyonnaise Potatoes and Tuscan Kale Braised with Local Mushrooms, or Quinoa Crusted Sunburst Trout accompanied by Fabinas Verdes and Gremolata Shoestring Potatoes with Green Tomato Ketchup.  Only to be followed the next day by a more conventional “South of the Mason-Dixon Line” dish of Ashley Farms Chicken and Waffles with Maple-Sorghum Syrup polished off with a Lemon Buttermilk Pudding Cake topped with Local Berries.  Are your taste buds tingling? If so, you won’t want to wait much longer.  Canyon Kitchen is only open Thursday through Sunday seasonally, and with mere weeks left before the season’s end – the reservation books are filling up quickly!  To book you reservation at one of the most distinctive restaurants on the mountain, call 828.743.7967 or e-mail your request to canyonkitchen@lonesomevalley.com.   To learn more about homes and land available for purchase in Lonesome Valley, contact Silver Creek Real Estate Group by calling 828-743-1999, e-mailing us at info@ncliving.com or filling out our convenient online contact form.

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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, August 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 August 16, 2010:

A 4 bedroom/4 bath/2 half-bath home in Satulah Village South sold for $1,350,000
A 3 bedroom/4 bath home in High Hampton sold for $995,000
A 2 bedroom/1 bath/1 half-bath home in Strawberry Hill sold for $395,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath home on Vaughn Hill Road sold for $321,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath home in Holly Forest I sold for $232,500
A 2 bedroom/2 bath home in Bearwallow sold fro $75,000
A lot in Round Hill Estates sold for $175,000
A lot in Cascades at Cedar Creek sold for $134,900
A lot in Holly Forest XI sold for $75,000
A lot in Cascades at Cedar Creek sold for $50,000
A lot in Holly Forest II sold for $17,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath unit in Hilltop sold for $55,000
A commercial building on North 4th Street sold for $1,775,000
A commercial building on Highway 107 South sold for $350,000

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 us at info@ncliving.com. We look forward to discussing how Silver Creek Real Estate Group might best serve you and your family!

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Sophisticated and Spacious Cedar Hill Estate Now Offered For Sale

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Sunday, August 22, 2010

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The Good Life Awaits in Cashiers, North Carolina

For well over a century, families have sought refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life in the crisp clean air, awe-inspiring views and wide-open spaces of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Rather than “roughing it,” discerning homebuyers have long insisted on a special brand of “rustic refinement” that has become synonymous with life in the historic resort village of Cashiers. Style, sophistication and spaciousness can all be found at The Summit in Cedar Hill. Silver Creek Real Estate Group is pleased to unveil a home that represents the epitome of luxury mountain living! Topping out at over 6,000 square feet, the quiet elegance of this Cedar Hill estate’s exterior at 597 Parsons View  belies the showcase quality treasures that await inside. Located at the heart of a heavily wooded 4.5+ acre lot in one of Western North Carolina’s most sought after communities, this extraordinary 6 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom estate is loaded with opulent appointments like the Great Room’s striking chandelier and sophisticated spaces like the wood-lined cooled wine room. Boasting an abundance of guest rooms, living spaces and wet bar – entertaining is a must in this home. With a library designed for curling up with a good book and master retreat intended for retiring in style – relaxing is also clearly on the homeowners’ agenda. Foodies will delight in the stunning gourmet kitchen featuring granite countertops, custom cabinetry, stainless steel Bosch refrigerator and gas cook top, in addition to top-of-the-line Thermador double oven, bread warmer and dishwasher. Two levels of decks and a screened in porch with stacked stone outdoor hearth allow for countless evenings of al fresco dining and breathtaking sunset views. The ideal home for a large family or the couple who loves to have company, the generously sized guest rooms feature private baths, sitting areas and deck access. A spacious studio apartment with kitchenette over the home’s two-car garage makes a terrific in-law suite or guest’s quarters.

The prestigious gated mountain community of Cedar Hill is renowned for its amazing panoramas and network of walking trails leading to some of North Carolina’s most enchanting waterfalls. This nature lover’s paradise also offers easy access to the exciting shopping, dining and culture of nearby Cashiers. Many Cedar Hill residents become members of the esteemed Country Club of Sapphire Valley – which includes a beautiful mountain golf course with breathtaking views from every hole, four Har-Tru tennis courts, a 3,600 sq-ft fitness center and a lovely clubhouse with three dining rooms overlooking the majesty of the mountains or the golf course. Cedar Hill homeowners are also afforded access to all of the amenities and community activities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley. These amenities include the 50-acre Sapphire Lake, the 18-hole PGA Sapphire National Golf Course, 9-hole golf course, one indoor and two outdoor swimming pools, ten tennis courts, health club with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, boating and fishing on the lake, horseback riding, game room, massage services, miniature golf and more. Directly across the street from the community lies the Cedar Creek Racquet Club – THE premier tennis club of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau offering even more opportunities for fun for the whole family. So what are you waiting for? The Good Life Awaits! Don’t miss out on this very special home in a very special community for a very special price of just $2,150,000! Call Silver Creek’s talented team of brokers at 828-743-1999 to schedule a private tour TODAY. We also welcome you to visit us at our offices in the Shoppes at CreekSide in Cashiers or take a peek at our inventory online at www.ncliving.com for other homes for sale in Cedar Hill or land for sale in Cedar Hill so you can handpick your view and begin building the mountain home of your dreams right away!

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Renovated home in Big Sheepcliff offered for sale located in Cashiers, NC

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Excellent Real Estate Opportunity Near Cashiers Crossroads in Western North Carolina
What Are You Waiting For? Welcome Home to Big Sheepcliff!

As your tires come to a halt on the circular drive of 1747 Big Sheepcliff Road in the prestigious Cashiers community of Big Sheepcliff, it may very well feel like a homecoming. The charming garden arbor and large covered front porch of this lovely 3 BD/2 ½ BA home set the tone with an open invitation to linger and relax. You may feel the cares and the woes of the day drift away as the sounds of the rush of the highway are replaced by the wind rustling in the trees and a bird singing somewhere overhead. There is something so welcoming and familiar about this home, and yet – with the help of a recent major renovation – it contains loads of upgrades featuring the latest design trends and classic luxury features. From the moment you step foot inside the front door, you feel right at home amongst the cozy elegance of each room. From the up lit cathedral wood ceiling and stone hearth in the great room to the warmth and sophistication of the gourmet kitchen, it’s clear that a great deal of thought was placed into the design of each room. Well-suited for the family who loves to entertain, the kitchen features high-end Viking and Subzero appliances and overlooks a spacious formal dining room. The upstairs rooms all offer plenty of space for unwinding and enjoying the wonderful views of Whiteside Mountain from nearly every window, and feature lots of whimsical angles, nooks, and crannies courtesy of the home’s unique roofline. The stylish master bedroom on main features a private entry to the deck, and a master bathroom with granite vanities. Perhaps the most striking feature of the home lies just beyond the rear doors. A sprawling covered deck with vaulted ceiling and unsurpassed vistas promises countless nights of stargazing and might just become your favorite room of the house. With nature playing a central role throughout the Big Sheepcliff development, 52 acres of the property have been donated to the North Carolina Nature Conservancy, making this the ideal community for any nature lover. Conveniently situated near the Cashiers Crossroads, your family can also enjoy all of the wonderful shopping, dining, and culture this distinctive historic village has to offer. With an abundance of country club offerings throughout the region, you can choose which best suits your family’s lifestyle.

What are you waiting for? Welcome Home! Boasting more than 2 acres, a house this exceptionally well priced at just $749,000 won’t last long – so HURRY! To schedule a personalized tour of 1747 Big Sheepcliff Road and the surrounding community. Simply call Silver Creek Real Estate Group’s talented team of brokers at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or fill out our helpful online contact form. If you happen to be in the area, please feel free to drop by our offices at the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide – we’re literally right next door to Big Sheepcliff and welcome the opportunity to introduce you and your family to this truly unique gated community. To learn more about Silver Creek and peruse our other listings of fine land and homes along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, we invite you to visit us online at www.ncliving.com.

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