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 Friday, April 29, 2011

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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 April 25, 2011:

A 6 bedroom/6 bath home, with additional lot, in Continental cliffs sold for $1,000,000
A 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home in Cowee Ridge sold for $600,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath home in Highlands Falls Country Club sold for $450,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath home on Bee Tree Road sold for $420,000
A lot in Holly Forest VI sold for $22,500
A 3 bedroom/3 bath unit in Old Highlands Park sold for $765,000
A 2 bedroom/3 bath unit in River Run sold for $82,500

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’s Chef John Fleer Receives Nomination

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Things to Do | Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2011

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Popular Sapphire Valley Chef Nominated for Prestigious National Culinary Award
Chef John Fleer of Lonesome Valley’s Canyon Kitchen Receives Nod from James Beard Foundation

After just two outstanding seasons at Lonesome Valley’s Canyon Kitchen in Western North Carolina, locally celebrated chef, John Fleer has garnered the attention of the nomination committee of the highly revered James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards. The committee placed Fleer in the running for their esteemed “Best Chef: Southeast” award against such well-regarded Southern chefs as Hugh Acheson of the Athens, GA restaurant Five and Ten; Craig Deihl of the Charleston, SC restaurant Cypress; Linton Hopkins of Atlanta, GA’s Restaurant Eugene; Edward Lee of Louisville, KY restaurant 610 Magnolia; and Andrea Reusing of Chapel Hill, NC restaurant Lantern. Considered by many to be the “Oscars of the food world”, the winners of this year’s James Beard Awards will be announced on May 6. Regardless of the outcome, the nomination itself is quite an honor.

Armed with an impressive resume that includes his role as a private chef for beloved celebrity icon, Mary Tyler Moore and a 15-year stint as the executive chef at the famed Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN – Chef Fleer has created quite a buzz in a relatively short amount of time on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. It was likely Fleer’s unique culinary style combined with his use of farm fresh ingredients and the sublime atmosphere of his restaurant, Canyon Kitchen that drew the interest of the James Beard Foundation nomination committee. Nestled at the heart of the lovely Lonesome Valley master-planned development in the Sapphire Valley region of Western North Carolina in an expansive box canyon shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Canyon Kitchen offers its patrons stunning views and an experience that is so much more than just a meal, it’s a gastronomic event. Open seasonally to Lonesome Valley members and the public by reservation only, Canyon Kitchen’s 2011 season will kick off on Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day weekend.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Chef Fleer for his nomination, and we wish him the best of luck leading up to the announcement of the winner the first week in May. We are so looking forward to the start of the season at Canyon Kitchen, and highly recommend our readers add a memorable visit to the Kitchen to their itinerary during a spring or summer stay on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.  If you’d like to learn more about Canyon Kitchen, we invite you to read our August 2010 blog “Ambience and Incomparable Cuisine are Always on the Menu at Cashier’s Canyon Kitchen”. To make a reservation, call 828.743.7967 or e-mail your request to canyonkitchen@lonesomevalley.com.

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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, April 23, 2011

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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 April 18, 2011:

A 4 bedroom/5 bath/1 half-bath home in Stillpoint sold for $1,925,000
A 6 bedroom/6 bath/2 half-bath home in Big Sheepcliff sold for $1,340,000
A 4 bedroom/4 bath/1 half-bath home in Trillium sold for $500,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath/1 half-bath home in Deer Run sold for $200,000
A 1 bedroom/1bath home in Holly Forest V sold for $182,500
A 33.6 acre parcel on Pine Creek Road sold for $350,000
A lot in The Divide at Bald Rock sold for $115,000

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 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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Trillium Links Condo Offers Ease of Living and Great Golf Course Views

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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Excellent Second Home Opportunity Comes Complete with Furnishings and an Unbelievable New Price

While away endless afternoons rocking on the covered rear porch of this 2 bedroom-2 bathroom condominium in the highly sought after Trillium Links community of Cashiers as you watch the golfers stroll past on the 2nd Fairway of the golf course. Grab your clubs and make the short walk over the community’s rustically refined clubhouse to play a leisurely 18 holes yourself on an award-winning course designed by PGA Senior Golf Tour player Morris Hatalsky. Take the entire family over to the 9-hole Garden Golf course to enjoy some friendly competition while enveloped by the aroma and beauty of blossoming perennials. Hit the gym at the Fitness Center at Apple Orchard Park for a high energy aerobics class,  a great game of tennis on one of two indoor clay courts, a rejuvenating workout on state-of-the-art fitness equipment under the watchful eye of a personal trainer, or a relaxing massage treatment at the spa. Make a big splash at the pool with the kids or a take up casual game of croquet on the Arbor Lawn. Rent a canoe and set out to explore the tranquil waters of beautiful Lake Glenville. Enjoy exquisite dining at the Clubhouse or lakeside at The Landings. Make the short drive into town to attend a local festival or tour the shops at the historic village of Cashiers. Or, just kick back and relax in the peace and quiet of your new home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. At Trillium, the possibilities are truly endless. It’s all about life at your own pace.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is pleased to present this incredible “lock and leave” property in one of Cashier’s most desirable communities. Offering all the convenience of condominium living, the home’s spacious interior and peaceful surroundings suggest a full-fledged mountain retreat. Located at 50A First Tee Trail, this lower level unit provides an expansive porch at the back of the property under the shade of towering pine trees with clear views of the fairway in the distance. Inside, warm timber and stone accents lend themselves to the feel of a classic mountain home. And we haven’t even mentioned the best part yet. The listing price for this home has just been reduced by $70,000 and the condominium is now being offered furnished! At the unbelievable price of just $385,000 – this cozy condo won’t be on the market much longer.

Touting the credo “Where families belong”, we believe it’s high time you discover if Trillium is where YOUR family belongs. The talented team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group will happily arrange a customized tour of the home and grounds for you and your family. To schedule a visit to Trillium, call Silver Creek TODAY at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, or fill out our helpful online contact form and we will be in touch with you shortly. As always, we welcome you to pop by our offices located at the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide. The Silver Creek team looks forward to the opportunity to introduce you to this wonderful property located within one of Western North Carolina’s finest family-friendly communities.

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Gorgeous home in the Cascades at Cedar Creek, near Lake Glenville

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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Nestled on a little over an acre in a shady grove of towering pines and handsome hardwoods at the heart of one of the most exciting up-and-coming clubhouse communities Lake Glenville has to offer, this lovely 4 bedroom/4.5 bath retreat at 22 Receptive Drive is situated on a thoroughfare that aptly expresses the home’s character – gracious and welcoming. Perhaps most striking about this new home is the fact that the interior pays tribute to the Great Outdoors through its extensive use of natural materials throughout.  Hardwoods aren’t merely part of the scenery beyond a seemingly endless array of windows, they also line the floors, walls and ceilings in nearly every room for a dramatic and harmonious effect. A spectacular stacked stone fireplace soars from the floor to the ceiling, and is flanked on either side by a pair of built-in bookcases in the bright and open Great Room that easily earns its name. The gorgeous kitchen boasts top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and built-in wine rack. A spacious master-on-main suite showcases its own covered porch, while the three guest rooms are located on the upper, main and terrace levels – providing visitors with the sense of their own private retreat in the Smokey Mountains of Western North Carolina.

What is likely the preeminent benefit of this charming mountain home – aside from an extensive list of features and an unbelievable price of just $549,000 – is the fact that it is located in the Cascades at Cedar Creek Subdivision. An enclave of less than 50 home sites just shy of a half mile from the tranquil shores of Lake Glenville, the Cascades is dedicated to creating a fun and friendly environment where neighbors and families can not only comfortably interact, but  can also actively create and collect memories. The developer doesn’t take credit, but simply honors the pleasant, relaxed atmosphere that Mother Nature took many centuries to design. Central to the community is the clubhouse, which offers its residents a wonderful place to gather together while enjoying one-of-a-kind views of two waterfalls and three ponds from the front porch. The interior of the clubhouse features a large entertainment area, a billiard room, a work-out facility, kitchen area, and an indoor fireplace. Surrounded by rocking chairs, a handsome outdoor hearth is the ideal spot for swapping stories and roasting marshmallows. Nearby, residents can enjoy a game of tennis on the courts, a picnic in the pavilion, child’s play on the playground or fishing in Cedar Creek – offering some of the best trout fishing in the region.  This gated community lies at an elevation of 3500 feet, providing four seasons of natural splendor, crisp clean air, and mild climates.

Proud to showcase this home among our listings, the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the chance to introduce you and your family to this special retreat and the incredible community that surrounds it. To schedule your personalized tour, call the Silver Creek team today at 828-743-1999. We can also be reached by e-mailing info@ncliving.com or by filling out our helpful online contact form.  To learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we welcome you to visit us either online at www.ncliving.com or at our offices in the Shoppes at Creekside, conveniently located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads.

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Home Overlooking Lake Glenville in Western North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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A bold celebration of all this beautiful region has to offer, this 3 bedroom/3.5 bath home is perfectly perched to provide breathtaking vistas of the waters of Lake Glenville and layer upon layer of year-round mountain views from two open covered decks and a four-season screened porch. Set upon a little over an acre at 676 Lake Ridge Circle in the South Ridge subdivision on Lake Glenville, the visually alluring surprises and unique homage to nature continue indoors. Boasting superlative Carolina craftsmanship, special Appalachian design touches set this home apart from just any classic mountain home. The timeless blend of rough hewn timber and twig railing along the staircase leading from the great room to the upper level combine with hardwood ceilings and floors, a massive stone hearth, and a striking centerpiece four-tiered antler chandelier to invoke the feel of a true mountain retreat. As spacious as it is handsome, the roomy interior features three stories of living spaces including three expansive bedrooms, open floor plan, flex-space bonus rooms, and a game loft. The kitchen showcases granite countertops, beadboard accents, and stainless steel appliances – the ideal space to prepare an afternoon picnic to be enjoyed on the lake.

Located just minutes from Lake Glenville’s boat launch access, the future homeowners can enjoy endless days spent exploring tranquil coves and exciting thoroughfares of the lake’s more than 1,450 surface acres. With a surface elevation of nearly 3,500 feet, Lake Glenville is the highest elevation lake east of the Mississippi River – providing beautiful year-round climates and scenery. Aside from the lake, residents of the Glenville area also benefit from close proximity to the resort town of Highlands and the historic village of Cashiers – both offering a plethora of shopping, dining, cultural, and community event options. Amazingly well-priced at just $475,000, this wonderful home is situated in a wonderful location where the possibilities are nearly endless. Spend the day hiking a mountain trail to a hidden waterfall, while away an afternoon floating and fishing on the lake, drive into town to stroll through the Farmer’s Market one morning, or kick back on your rear porch with a chilled drink and take in the scenery on a cool Spring evening.

The friendly team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to call you “neighbor”. To schedule a private tour of this splendid home (and sneak a peek at one of the best views in the area), call Silver Creek TODAY at 828.743.1999. We can also be reached via e-mail at info@ncliving.com or by filling out our convenient online contact form.  As always, we welcome you to pop by our offices located in the Shoppes at CreekSide, just west of the Cashiers Crossroads on Highway 64. To learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we invite you to visit us online at www.ncliving.com.  If you know someone who is considering the purchase of a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, we’d appreciate it if you’d let them know about us.  At Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we specialize in matching buyers with sellers and dreamers with dream homes.

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This Country Club of Sapphire Valley Home is a Gem

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, April 18, 2011

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This 4 bedroom/4.5 bath classic mountain home located at 234 Back Nine Lane overlooking the Country Club of Sapphire Valley is brimming with a bounty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by its new homeowners. Perhaps the home’s most stunning feature lies just beyond its four walls. “Providing what may well be the best view of Chimneytop Mountain combined with the Horsepasture River, a pond, and not one, but four different fairways of the golf course. I can’t imagine that anyone would ever grow tired of this view,” explains broker and owner of Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Jochen Lucke. “To that end, the current owners have taken great care in installing beautiful landscaping in order to create a peaceful outdoor living environment that serves as an open-air extension of this remarkable home.”

Perfectly suited for the family who loves to play or couple with a penchant for entertaining guests, a heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a lovely deck and simply spectacular views will likely serve as the heart of this home. Following a recent complete remodel, the home now includes a finished terrace level featuring a second kitchen and family room with fireplace, as well as a guest bedroom with full bath, and a four season screened-in porch – offering plenty of space for family and guests to spread out and enjoy their retreat to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Two large flex spaces at this level will make perfect playrooms or hobby rooms.

The main level of the home boasts a light and airy interior with soaring cathedral ceilings, exposed timber beams, heart of pine flooring, rich stone accents, and skylights. A gourmet kitchen showcasing beautiful granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a stove with stone surround is an aspiring chef’s dream. A formal dining room with wonderful views holds the promise of many a future dinner party and holiday gathering. Comfortable guest quarters and a sprawling master suite make rest and relaxation a valued part of any trip to the mountains.

Overlooking the highly revered Country Club of Sapphire Valley, the future homeowners may enjoy access to the club’s resort-quality amenities including the stunning valley golf course and beautiful clubhouse to match featuring multiple dining rooms, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis center, and community swimming pool. Membership is by invitation only. Residents also benefit from the community’s network of walking trails and close proximity to the historic village of Cashiers with its unique collection of shops, dining establishments, culture, and community events.

Nicely priced at just $1,185,000 for a home of this size and stature, the team of brokers at Silver Creek doesn’t anticipate this stylish retreat will be on the market for very long. We encourage you to contact us by calling 828.743.1999, sending an e-mail to info@ncliving.com, or filling our online contact form in order to give us a better idea of what you and your family might be looking for. We welcome the opportunity to introduce you to one of the most esteemed communities in the area as you take a peek at the treasure that awaits you behind the front door of this very special home. To learn more about Jochen Lucke and his talented team of brokerage professionals at Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we invite you to visit us online at www.ncliving.com or drop into our offices, conveniently located at the heart of Cashiers 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 Sunday, April 17, 2011

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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 April 11, 2011:

A 3 bedroom/2 bath home in Deer Run sold for $226,500
A 2 bedroom/1.5 bath home in Holly Forest I sold for $180,000
A 3 bedroom/1 bath home on Bee Tree Road sold for $70,000
5+ acres on Big Ridge sold for $25,000
A lot in Holly Forest I sold for $25,000
A lot in Holly Forest III sold for $6,000

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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May 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011

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Not unlike the stuff of dreams, the month of May in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is filled with a seemingly endless rolling sea of color as wildflowers blanket the valley floor under a canopy of towering green trees and blue skies adorned with fluffy white clouds. The fragrance of newly blooming Dogwoods and Mountain Laurel blend with the heavenly aroma from countless barbeque grills as they are carried away on a cool mountain breeze. The streets and sidewalks in the quaint towns and villages of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau are bustling once again as seasonal neighbors return and a fresh harvest of new families discover our little corner of the world for the very first time. If you listen carefully, you can hear the area beckon. The streams call out to the would-be fly fisherman, the golf courses call out to the aspiring pro golfer, the lakes call out to the avid boater, and the tree-lined hiking trails leading to mystical waterfalls call out to the nature lover. Life on the mountain is whatever you want it to be – jam-packed full of adventure, slow-paced and peaceful, or something in between. To fill those “in-between” times, the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group have compiled the following calendar of events for the month of May. In addition to the area’s breathtaking natural splendor, world-class amenities and resorts, eclectic shopping and dining experiences, and our special brand of Southern Hospitality – you might just find an occasion on our calendar that serves as a great excuse to draw you here. We know full well that once you visit, you’re bound to find that something special that keeps you coming back!

May 1: Brunch at Madison’s for Wine and Dine on the Mountain. For more information call 828-526-8008

May 3, 4 & 5: Highland Hiker hosts fly fishing casting lessons for ladies only, led by Joan Cabe. Limit of 5 per class. Call 828-526-5298 to reserve a spot. Highlands location.

May 3 & 5: Highland Hiker Shoe Store hosts a hike to Sunset Rock with Robert Keller at 5 p.m. For more information call 828-526-5298. Highlands location.

May 4: Highland Hiker Shoe Store hosts a 1 hour Yoga class with Certified Instructor Diane Levine at 9 a.m. Bring your own yoga mat. Limit of 8. Highlands location. 

May 4: The official kick-off of local artist Karen Weihs’ OPEN STUDIO Mondays at her Cashiers-based art studio on Laurel Knob Road. Karen invites artists to bring their easel, paints, lunch, and works in progress – and she will supply the space, tables, set-ups, drinks, and mentoring! Just $25 per participant every Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., limit to 4 people each week. Don’t miss this great opportunity to “get your art groove on” while sharing a passion with others to become better artists and inviting a few “extra sets of eyeballs” to see and critique one another’s work – a true life-line to progress. To learn more about contemporary oil painter Karen Weihs, visit her online at www.karenweihs.com. Please RSVP each week by e-mailing her at karen@weihs.com or calling 828/226-4024. Classes run through the remainder of 2011.

May 5: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Raise a frosty margarita glass at Highlands El Azteca Restaurant or dine on your favorite Mexican dishes at Chile Loco in Cashiers in celebration!

May 5: Meet at the Cashiers Highland hiker for a Leki Trekking Pole demonstration with Nathan Smith at 10 a.m. Try out the Leki Trekking Poles and learn how to use for hiking. Limit of 12 participants.

May 5: Meet at the Cashiers Highlands Hiker and take a walk with Debbie Adams using Leki Nordic Walking Poles at 5 p.m. Limit of 12 participants.

May 6: Highland Hiker hosts a Sunset Rock Hike – Dogs welcome! Bring your dog (leashes required) and meet at the Highland Hiker in Highlands for a walk to Sunset Rock with Katie Cochran and Coal, then continue to the Dog Park to play. Hike begins at 5:15 p.m.

May 6-8: Mothers Day Sectional Bridge Tournament at the Highlands Civic Center; sponsored by the Highlands Duplicate Bridge Club. For more information, please call 828-526-3556.

May 6, 13, 20 & 27: Headwaters Outfitters hosts Discovery at Dusk – A Guided Canoe Trip. Slip your canoe paddle into the tranquil waters of the French Broad and ease your way down stream as the day’s light fades to dusk. The sounds and life of the river this time of day just can’t be compared! You’ll paddle 8 miles, approximately 4 hours downstream through what many claim as the most beautiful section of the French Broad River. Watch the different bird life glide through the air in hunt of their last meal of the day, be it an insect zipping through the wind or a fish splashing through the current around you. Catch a glimpse of the beaver’s tail as he escapes into dark recesses of the river in search of his burrows entrance. Every trip provides the opportunity for a wide array of wildlife observation around every bend. Reservations are required and are confirmed with a 50% deposit. The trip fee is $55.00 per person which includes; canoe, paddle, life jacket, transportation to & from the river, and river guide. For more information, call 828-877-3106 or visit www.headwatersoutfitters.com.

May 7 & 14: Headwaters Outfitters hosts their “Signs of Spring a Guided Canoe Trip on the French Broad River” – Spring is the perfect time to explore the beautiful scenery of the French Broad River, and what better mode of transportation than in a canoe? This peaceful eight-mile guided canoe trip will take about four hours to complete. You, your friends or family, paddle downstream through perhaps the most beautiful section of the entire river. Join one of our experienced river guides and encounter the beauty and tranquility of this ancient river as it springs to life with the melodic chatter of wildlife and the colorful burst of new foliage. The cost is $55 per person. To reserve a spot, call 828-877-3106 or visit www.headwatersoutfitters.com.

Saturdays in May: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Bascom Community Knitters” from 10 a.m. – noon. All skill levels are welcome to join the community of knitters and needle-workers who meet every Saturday from May – October on The Terrace at The Bascom. Free. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 7: Highland Hiker hosts an Interpretive Hike to Whiterock on the Bartram Trail with Tom Olson, 4.5 miles round trip. Meet at the Highland Hiker at 9:00 a.m. and bring your lunch, water, and rain jacket. Limit of 6 participants.

May 7: Highlands, NC Relay for Life Kickoff Rally – event begins at 10 a.m. and will be hosted at the Highlands Community Building. Rally will feature delicious food and speakers from the community in honor of local cancer survivors, marking the kickoff of the 2011 Relay for Life season which will culminate in a very special overnight Relay event at Highlands Recreation Park on Friday, August 19.

May 8: Madison’s Restaurant in Highlands host a very special Mother’s Day Brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and the Wine Garden offers Mother’s Day Lunch Selections from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guests can arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting for that special woman in their life when they enter their room or suite. Madison’s guests can have flowers from Oakleaf Flower and Garden or an Old Edwards Inn and Spa gift certificate delivered right to the table. And Acorn’s Boutique features a beautiful array of designer jewelry that can be purchased with the gift card—or presented as a surprise over dinner. Acorn’s features a 10% discount for all resort guests.

May 9: Highlands Country Club hosts the 22nd Annual Rotary Club of Highlands Annual Golf Tournament – an event that promises to be one of the highlights of the golf season in the mountains. A morning shotgun start, which includes lunch and on course beverages, will be followed by a awards ceremony. Registration for individual players is $150. Various combinations of individual and corporate sponsorships, individual hole sponsorships, and player/sponsor combinations are available. Applications for players, sponsors or both are available by calling 828-787-2778. Don’t delay – the tournament will be an early sell out.

May 11-14: The Old Edwards Inn Farm is the site of Highlands First Annual Three River Fly Fishing Tournament in support of Fishing/Fellowship/Philanthropy. $500.00 secures a spot for a two-person team. This fee includes an invitation to the opening night reception at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn, three days of fishing (one native, one hatchery supported & one delayed harvest river), as well as an invitation to the closing night Winners’ Reception featuring food, prizes & fellowship. All funds raised benefit the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund for Highlands School graduates.

May 12-14: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Palette Knife/Still Life” – an oil painting class taught by Donna Thomas from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The class is open to all levels and will address under toning a canvas in preparation for palette knife application of oil paint. Types of palette knife applications, color mixing with a limited palette, compositional considerations and the importance of value will all be discussed. Still life materials will include florals, objects and personal photographs. Tuition: $220 members/$245 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 13: Zachary-Tolbert House Opening Event – Guided tours of this beautifully preserved historic home museum and grounds in Cashiers resume on Fridays and Saturdays from May through October 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

May 13-14: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Totem Building Workshop” – a hand-building clay workshop taught by Barry Gregg from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This 2 day workshop will concentrate on garden totem construction. All levels will learn the expressive potential of pinch, coil, and slab construction, however a basic knowledge of clay is recommended. Topics will include “Finding Your Inspiration” to create and personalize your work. This workshop will also include a one day glazing class (June 4). Attendees should realistically be able to construct 8-10 stackable pieces during the course of the workshop. Tuition: $170 members/$195 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 17: The Cashiers Historical Society hosts “Ramble to Cashiers Area Civil War Sites”. For more information, please call 828.743.9002.

May 19-21: The Bascom in Highlands plays host to the Fifth annual Collective Spirits Wine and Food Fest. Wine lovers from all over the Southeast are cordially invited to stock their cellars, while indulging in private wine dinners, grand wine tastings featuring both value wines and rare bottles, a gala dinner, live and silent auctions, and a culinary sampling by local chefs. All proceeds support outreach and educational programs of The Bascom, a nonprofit center for the visual arts.

May 24: Join the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust at Cashiers Village Green at 7 p.m. for their family-friendly summer Village Nature Series “Scales and Slime: Reptiles & Amphibians of the Highlands Plateau.” Meet living local reptiles and amphibians then enjoy an old fashioned ice cream social. Discover what makes this region so special at this free educational community event – everyone is welcome to attend and no reservations are necessary. To learn more call (828) 526.1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

May 26-27: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Zentangle” – a beautiful art form using pen, ink and repeating patterns taught by Joan Payton and Jeannie Mahood from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Using the finest archival materials and following a simple set of steps, participants will be able to achieve a relaxed state of focus by concentrating on drawing one line at a time. Zentangle is an enjoyable kinesthetic meditation intended to remove many of the barriers people have to making creativity and relaxation a part of their lives. Tuition: $170 members/$195 non-members/$10 materials fee. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 27-30: The High Hampton Inn & Country Club ushers in the unofficial start of the summer season with their Memorial Day House Party, a festive weekend that includes a Sunday evening BBQ picnic on the High Hampton lawn featuring a live band and mountain cloggers. For more information or to make reservations for this very special weekend, visit www.highhamptoninn.com or call 800.334.2551.

May 29-30: The Highlands will be hopping with the return of their Village Square Art & Craft Show – an annual event that features some of the best regional talent around, displaying their wares including fine art, folk art, pottery, rustic furniture, baskets, jewelry, turned wood, and more. Event promises fun for the whole family and includes food, music, live demonstrations, and plenty of bathrooms and parking. The Show takes place in the Highlands Village Square and Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine and 5th Streets. For more info contact Cynthia Strain at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing (828) 787-2021.

May 30: Happy Memorial Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group and NC Living Magazine!

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Breathtaking Panoramas at Every Turn at This Palatial Spring Forest Estate

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, April 11, 2011

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Stunning Scenic Sanctuary in Sapphire Valley, NC

18th Century English Artist and Poet, William Blake once wrote, “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” Set at an astounding elevation of 4100+, this majestic 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home portrays the epitome of what Blake may well have intended when he penned those words. Located at 72 Woodcrest Trail in the Sapphire Valley community of Spring Forest, this handsomely crafted haven boasts sweeping panoramas of seemingly unending layers of the Blue Ridge Mountains with the valley floor below and blue skies above. Standing on the covered rear porch and surveying the lovely terrain that surrounds this stately retreat, it is difficult to discern where the Earth ends and Heaven begins yet simple to understand why so many people have been drawn to this corner of the world for centuries. The inspirational stuff of dreams, a lifetime of magnificent sunrises and sunsets await the future homeowners of this very special home. Offering a backdrop that is every bit as exceptional as the view outside, a warm and welcoming interior lies just beyond the door.

Ideally suited for the couple who loves to entertain, the home’s matching set of expansive guest rooms each feature a full bathroom and porch – offering every visitor the sense of their own true mountain getaway. In keeping with its calling as the master suite, the spacious and romantic homeowners’ private quarters showcase a sitting room with fireplace, an additional fireplace in the bedroom, and a personal balcony. The common areas of the home include a light and airy keeping room and an adjoining great room that certainly earns its name with soaring cathedral ceilings, a dramatic wall of windows, and a stunning floor-to-ceiling native stone fireplace – providing the perfect space for both intimate to large gatherings of family and friends. Nestled on 5.6 pristine acres, the well-manicured lawn beckons guests outdoors year-round to enjoy mild climates, awe-inspiring vistas, beautiful landscape lighting and rock work, and countless barbeques around the built-in outdoor grill.

Nestled near the resort town of Sapphire and the historic village of Cashiers, residents of the gated community of Spring Forest are afforded convenient access to a treasure trove of unique shops, distinctive dining establishments, charming local festivals, and eclectic culture, as well as a number of highly revered country clubs featuring world-class amenities. Unbelievably well-priced for a home of this stature, offering one-of-a-kind views paired with the peace and quiet an estate-sized lot provides – at just $2.4 million, we don’t anticipate this property will be on the market much longer. For the couple who wants to give their family the world (or at the very least, the notion of the world as far as the eye can see), this home represents the perfect heirloom property – a timeless mountain retreat that can be passed down from generation to generation. To schedule a personalized tour of the home, grounds and surrounding area, we invite you to contact the experienced and knowledgeable team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. We can be reached by calling 828.743.1999, by e-mailing info@ncliving.com, or by filling out our helpful online contact form – someone will be in touch with you shortly. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, we welcome you to drop by our offices, conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers at the Shoppes at CreekSide. The Silver Creek Team looks forward to meeting you. We are excited to introduce you to this exceptional property high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

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