Plateau Pursuits – October 2011

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011

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How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days.
~ John Burroughs, American Writer and Naturalist (1837-1921)

With Autumn’s arrival comes a great transformation to the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina. There’s a stirring in the air, creating an undeniable sense of excitement. Colors seem more vibrant somehow, and the air becomes more fragrant. A cool breeze carries with it the scent of wood burning in a distant hearth. As far as the eye can see, a beautiful blanket of red, orange, gold and green covers the valley floor and climbs to the highest peaks. The farmer’s markets and roadside stands boast bushels of freshly picked apples and squash of every shape and size imaginable. Children dart back and forth in search of the perfect pumpkin for this year’s Jack-o-Lantern. The ever-charming town centers come alive as people clad in fall sweaters and denim meander through an eclectic collection of shops or attend a bevy of harvest-themed festivals. There are truly no words to describe the awesome beauty of Autumn on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – it’s something you simply must experience for yourself. We hope you’ll do just that this October. Start a cherished family tradition this fall and pay a visit to the historic Village of Cashiers, the resort Town of Highlands, or the quaint neighboring towns of Sapphire, Glenville, or Lake Toxaway. To help you plan your visit, the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group in Cashiers have compiled the following calendar of events:

September 30 – October 1: The Bascom hosts its 2nd Annual “Celebration! Art, Design, Craft” beginning with the Motown in the Mountains Party on Friday night at 6 p.m. hosted on the Terrace at the Bascom featuring the sensational sounds of Motown paired with Cashiers Farmers Market BBQ and the Tools in Motion Exhibition Opening. Just $35/person to attend. Saturday’s Celebration! Auction Gala and Dinner will also be hosted on the Terrace at 6 p.m.  Evening includes live and silent auction, dinner, and exquisite works of fine craft art. Tickets are $225/person. For more information, call 828.787.2896.

September 30 – October 9: “Hear What’s in the Heart – A Shoemaker’s Tale” at the Highlands Playhouse. Written and performed by Steve Scionti and directed by Anthony Crivello, this highly touted drama has been playing to sold-out houses from Los Angeles to New York City. For more information, call 828-526-2695.

Throughout the month of October:  Head to Highlands to enjoy Oktoberfest at Old Edwards Inn and Spa.
Delight in the culinary talent of the resort’s Executive German Chef Johannes Klapdohr with Bavarian wine, beer, cocktail and dinner specials all month long! The Spa at Old Edwards will be offering a “Fall into Bliss” Pumpkin Apple Peel, and The Hummingbird Lounge at the Old Edwards Inn will present live music on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm to close.

October 1:  The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands plays host to the PAC Bluegrass Series. Chatham County Line takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $75. Call 828-526-9047.

October 2: “Afternoon of Song” with the Atlanta Opera at Highlands Performing Arts Center from 3-5pm. All proceeds benefit Gilliam’s Promise, a 501 C3 corporation devoted to drug and alcohol prevention that provides scholarships to the children of Highlands. General Tickets $35; Sponsors $100 – includes reception following the performance. For tickets and info, call Highlands PAC at 828-526-9047.
October 5: Art and Fashion For Fur – a fundraiser to benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society – takes place at Jorge’s Place in Cashiers from 7pm – 10pm. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, silent auction, art, fashion, and fun. Tickets are $35 for sale in advance at Jorge’s Place and the Gallery on the Green in Cashiers. For more information call 828-743-5752 or 828-743-4175.

October 6: Book signing at the Hudson Library in Highlands from 4:00-5:30pm. Angela Dove, award winning columnist and author, will be speaking about and signing her new book. “No Room for Doubt”. The event benefits R.E.A.C.H of Macon County. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early. Tickets are $20. Contact Bonnie Pickartz at 828-342-2831 for more information.
 
October 7-9: Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival – We love this season so much, we designed a festival around it!  Join us for three days jam-packed with talented artists, terrific music, delicious food, and fun kids activities in the heart of Cashiers at the Village Green. Hours: Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 8: Women’s Club Craft Show takes place at the Highlands Recreation Center and Highlands Own Art and Craft Show takes place at the Highlands Civic Center. For more information, call 828-526-3556.

October 8: Highlands Historical Society Fall Festival – a celebration of the harvest on the Plateau that features a pumpkin decorating contest, exhibit of old-fashioned creativity in making children’s toys, home decorations, and mountain music by local bands. Come enjoy the beauty of a fall day while enjoying music, and good food. For more information, call 828-787-1050.

October 8: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts another installment of the PAC Broadway Series. Robert Cuccioli takes the stage at 8pm. He made his Broadway debut as inspector Javert in Les Miserable, and is perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed for performance as the duel title roles in the Broadway hit Jekyll & Hyde. Tickets are $60 and $100. Call 828-526-9047.
 
October 10-14: Highlands Historical Society hosts Kelsey Kids – A 5 day camp that provides children ages 9- 11 with an interactive program designed to personalize the history they learn in school. They will learn about Highlands History through fun activities like a field trip to the Foxfire museum in Mountain City where they will see brooms made, and try their hand at blacksmithing and woodworking; a visit to Prince House where they will learn about life during the Victorian era; a presentation by quilting expert, Liz View; and much, much more. For applications contact HHS at 828-787-1050.
 
October 12: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands presents another installment of their PAC Storytelling Series. Carmen Deedy shows off her tale-weaving talent at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students and $25/$35 for adults. Call 828-526-9047.

October 14-15: The Highlands Civic Center plays host to the Fall Colors Fine Art Show, presented by The Art League of Highlands.

October 14: Teddy Roosevelt Returns in “Laugh Loudly and Carry a Big Stick” at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Joe Wiegand, widely regarded as the nation’s premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor, brings Roosevelt to life with an unparalleled grasp of history and an uncanny way of convincing you that you are in the company of the great Rough Rider President. Wiegand is an expert showman and storyteller, portraying Roosevelt as a family man, politician and servant. An amazing poignant and humorous presentation of the 26th president of the United States. Box office opens at 5:30, the 90 minute show begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $35 per person and the proceeds benefit the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. For tickets and information please contact Michelle Price at 828-526-0890 ext. 320.

October 14-16: Antique Show at the High Hampton Inn. Hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society.
 
October 15: The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation presents Pour Le Pink 5k Walk/Run for Breast Health! This brand-new event begins and ends on the campus of the hospital. Funds raised will go toward maintaining HCH’s state-of-the-art equipment as well as financial aid for HCH patients. The event begins at 8am and is open to male/female runners and walkers of all ages. Registration is $30. To register, become a sponsor, or for additional race details please visit www.highlandscashiershosptial.org or call (828) 526-1313. The race is being organized with assistance by Highlands Roadrunners Club.

October 15: The Bascom in Highlands invites families to drop in from 10am-4pm for Pumpkin Painting!
Cost is just $5, and this fun activity is open to everyone, ages 6 and up. Contact 828-526-4949.
 
October 15-16: Sapphire Valley Craft Show sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce at the Sapphire Valley Resort. This two-day event features handmade crafts, quality folk art, live music & food, and much more.

October 23: The Empty Bowls Project luncheon – a very special fundraiser designed by The Bascom to feed the hungry in Highlands and Cashiers. At 11:30 a.m., the Presbyterian Church in Highlands and the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers will play host to a lunch featuring bread and soup donated by local restaurants, and served in hand-thrown bowls created by the talented artisans of The Bascom. Cost is $15 per bowl and diners will be able to keep their bowl as a memento. All proceeds will go to The Food Pantry in Highlands and Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry in Cashiers. 
 
October 27-November 6: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands presents The Kitchen Witches. No, they don’t ride on the brooms or cast spells in this comedy. They are rival TV cooking show hostess who have disliked each other for 30 years ever since a suitor courted one but married the other. The two women are forced to combine cooking shows and the insults they cook up for each other earn their program the name of Kitchen Witches. The show becomes an unexpected hit and the two “witches” learn facts about each other that change their relationship. Call 828-526-8084 for tickets and more information.
 
October 31: Downtown Highlands hosts a special Halloween trick-or-treat event sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. Main street will close to traffic, and merchants will pass out candy.

October 31: Happy Halloween from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

End of October: Highlands Historical Society Historic Village – including the Highlands Historic Museum, the Prince House, and Bug Hill Cottage – closes for the 2011 season.

End of October: Zachary-Tolbert House Museum & Grounds in Cashiers closes for the 2011 season.

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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, September 26, 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 September 19, 2011:

A 4 bedroom/5 bath home in Highlands Country Club sold for $1,485,000
A 4 bedroom/4.5 bath home in Old Edwards at Highlands Cove sold for $1,360,000
A 4 bedroom/4.5 bath home in Bald Rock sold for $750,000
A 3 bedroom/3.5 bath home in Highlands Falls Country Club sold for $685,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath home in Waterfall Cove sold for $422,500
A 2 bedroom/2 bath home in Whisper Lake sold for $225,000
The Bridge Creek development sold for $1,320,000
A lot in Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club sold for $517,500
A lot in Laurel Ledge sold for $150,000
A lot in Zachary’s Gap sold for $135,000
A lot in Deer Run sold for $118,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $50,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $45,000
A lot in Holly Forest sold for $35,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $30,000
A 2 bedroom/1.5 bath unit in Admiral’s Point 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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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, September 19, 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 September 6, 2011:

A 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home on Hidden Springs Way sold for $400,000
A 4 bedroom/4 bath home in Kriswood Subdivision sold for $340,000
A 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home in Holly Forest VI sold for $265,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath home in Holly Forest XI sold for $235,000
A lot in Strawberry Hill sold for $365,000
A lot in Wade Hampton Golf Club sold for $300,000
A lot in Whisper Lake sold for $13,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath unit in Old Highlands Park sold for $780,000

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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Two Exciting Commercial Development Opportunities Available in Cashiers, NC

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011

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For many folks off the mountain, the history upon which the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau was founded is not widely known. Based as much in entrepreneurial spirit and forward-thinking ideals as it was in the draw of supreme natural beauty and pleasant year-round climates, the unique towns and villages that make up the area were established and thrived thanks to a handful of progressive visionaries. While the pace is certainly different from the cities that dot the landscape at lower elevations, that same enterprising character upon which this region was built is still alive and well today from Main Street in Highlands to the Village Green in Cashiers.

We are pleased to raise the curtain on two premier development opportunities in downtown Cashiers that are suitable for either commercial or residential use. Given its proximity to the heart of town – either could prove the ideal site for a charming shopping enclave, and if combined – could present a whole new world of opportunities.

The first location offers sewer capacity, easy building sites that are nearly level, and frontage along Cashiers Creek and is situated on Highway 64 West near the intersection of Frank Allend Road and Highway 64. The two adjoining properties are conviently located to the Community Center and The Shoppes at Creek Side, with Wendys Restaurant and Silver Creek Real Estate.  The larger of the two properties is 7.23 acres featuring approximately 315 feet of frontage along Highway 64 and is offered at $1,800,000. The second property represents 5 acres with nearly 226 feet frontage along Highway 64 and is offered at $1,250,000. If combined, the total property area would represent more than 12 acres in the center of the historic village of Cashiers on which to create a new commercial center or residential development.

The second location is located on Highway 64 East in Cashiers between Macon Bank and the BP station. The property encompasses 17.9 acres with excellent frontagae and visibility on Highway 64 East. Additional acreage is available for both residential and commercial development. The property is being offer for $3,600,000.

In the event that you are unfamiliar with the area, you should know that Cashiers is one of the Southeast’s premier resort destinations. Highly touted for its amazing atmosphere, unique culture, upscale shopping and world-class dining, the historic village of Cashiers has been a haven for vacationing families for well over a century. Drawn to the natural beauty of the area and mild temperatures that accompany elevations of over 3,500 feet above sea level, countless visitors have selected Cashiers as their vacation spot of choice and keep returning, year after year. For those who live here year round, breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains continue to astound, the scents of wildflowers and mountain laurel blended together on a cool mountain breeze continue to inspire, and the activities of a stroll through an ancient forest or the time-honored tradition of a day of fly fishing continue to delight. Since its inception, the Cashiers community has been based largely upon a foundation of Southern Hospitality in celebration of nature’s splendor.

We hope you will make the choice to join the business community here in Cashiers, and welcome the opportunity to take you on a tour of the two available locations and surrounding area. To schedule an appointment, please call Jochen Lucke at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our helpful online contact form, or drop by our offices located just West of the Cashiers Crossroads. If you’d like to learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group and me – Jochen Lucke – please visit our website online at www.ncliving.com. My team of brokers and I look forward to meeting you soon.

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Let Your Imagination Take Root in Cedar Hill

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011

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Incredible Building Site Available Near Cashiers, NC

With crisp cool breezes stirring up thoughts of Fall’s impending arrival, it’s the perfect time to begin planning a harvest of your own. As the leaves begin to change and pumpkins start appearing at the local farmer’s market, let your imagination take root and allow your wildest dreams to bloom. It just so happens that the dream weavers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group have unearthed the ideal property where you could plant that seed. Nestled high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains along East Ridge Road in the highly esteemed luxury community of Cedar Hill, a beautifully platted home site awaits you. Offering 2.72 acres and an easy building site, this could very well be the spot where your vision of the ultimate mountain retreat takes shape. Between breathtaking long range mountain views and the promise of a lifetime of awe-inspiring sunsets, this is perhaps one of the finest lots currently available within the exclusive gates of Cedar Hill.

Situated between the historic village of Cashiers and the popular resort destination of Sapphire Valley, Cedar Hill is comprised of 500 stunning acres of Carolina hardwoods, meandering mountain trails, rolling hills and mystic waterfalls – the perfect environment for the adventurous family or the couple who craves the peace and tranquility that only Mother Nature can supply. Cedar Hill is truly a nature lover’s paradise combined with the modern convenience of underground utilities, easy access to an abundance of resort-quality amenities, and close proximity to all of the great shopping, dining and culture of the unique towns along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Residents of Cedar Hill may elect to enjoy the excitement, entertainment, and wide variety of amenities at the renowned Wyndham at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley Resort. Resort 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. Membership to the well revered neighboring Country Club of Sapphire Valley is by invitation only, and presents the member with exclusive access to their newly renovated valley golf course, the beautiful new clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis center, and swimming pool. 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.

To schedule a tour of the Cedar Hill Community and view this sublime “blank canvas” of a homesite firsthand, simply call Jochen Lucke at Silver Creek Real Estate Group at (828) 743-1999, drop by our offices conveniently located just west of Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or fill out our online contact form. For more information about Silver Creek Real Estate Group and our talented team of brokers, we invite you to visit our website at www.ncliving.com. For some additional inspiration, take a peek at some additional photos of this unique property for sale.

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Masterpiece on the Mountaintop

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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Exquisite Home for Sale in WNC’s Cedar Hill Community

Every once in a great while, Silver Creek Real Estate Group comes across a property that serves to not only complement but rival the beauty of its natural setting. We believe we’ve found that in this spectacular  estate home for sale located at 150 Old Hunters Run in the gated community of Cedar Hill. Not merely an excellent example of fine Carolina craftsmanship, this home is nothing less than an utter work of art. It is apparent from even a casual glance that a great deal of painstaking effort went into the design and construction of this masterpiece on the mountaintop – displaying exquisite attention to detail and entire living spaces devoted to the celebration of its surroundings.

Boasting sublime views of Big Sheepcliff and the unique tranquility found in three magnificent water features, the landscape design utilizes nearly every rolling hill and rocky nook to create special outdoor living spaces where countless sunsets, stories, and memories can be shared. A private hiking trail serves as an open invitation to explore the ancient forest that encompasses the home. Heavy stonework and Adirondack-inspired twig railings frame the heart of the lovely 2+ acres that surround the home. A truly breathtaking and spacious screened porch with soaring ceilings, awe-inspiring views, and outdoor hearth allows for four-season enjoyment of the beauty that likely drew you to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

Just beyond the front door, the celebration of the Great Outdoors continues. Striking stone accents, exposed timber beams, and rich hardwood floors lend themselves to the feel of a true luxury mountain retreat. A charming blend of Adirondack and Craftsman themes give a stately yet whimsical feel to each room of the home’s interior. Perfectly suited for entertaining intimate groups to large get-togethers, there is no shortage of gathering spaces – from a majestic great room with cathedral ceilings and a cozy family room with media center, to a visually stunning theater room and multiple inviting dining spaces. The Master Suite will likely serve as the homeowners’ favorite room of the house with its openness, high ceilings, well-placed lighting, loads of windows, and intimate sitting area for enjoying the gorgeous view.

Offered at just $1,495,000, the price is nearly as incredible as the home itself. Add that to its excellent location in the prominent gated community of Cedar Hill, and it’s unlikely this home will be on the market for very long. Residents of Cedar Hill enjoy the very best in luxury mountain living – the modern convenience of paved roadways, underground utilities, and close proximity to town paired with the timeless beauty of waterfalls, towering trees, and natural wildlife. Many of homeowners in Cedar Hill elect to join the nearby Country Club of Sapphire Valley, where membership is by invitation only. In addition, homeowners are also afforded access to all of the amenities of nearby Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley – including 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. A short drive leads to the quaint shops and dining establishments that line the streets of the historic village of Cashiers – well-known for its annual Designer Showhouse, popular local farmer’s market, outdoor concerts on the Village Green, and community festivals.

To schedule a personalized tour of the house and grounds at 150 Old Hunters Run in Cedar Hill, contact Jochen Lucke at Silver Creek Real Estate Group today. We welcome the chance to introduce you to this one-of-a-kind property, and can be easily reached by phone at 828-743-1999, by e-mail at info@ncliving.com, or via our helpful online contact form. If you happen to be in the Cashiers area, we invite you to pop by our offices located just west of the Crossroads in the Shoppes at Creekside. To learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, please visit us online at www.ncliving.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 Sunday, September 4, 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 August 29, 2011:

A 4 bedroom/4 bath/2 half-bath home in Stillpoint sold for $1,600,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath/1 half-bath home in Spring Forest sold for $515,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath home in Holly Forest XIV sold for $350,000
A 2 bedroom/3 bath/1 half-bath home in Holly Forest XI sold for $288,750
A 3 bedroom/3 bath home in Holly Forest VII sold for $275,000
A 3 bedrooom/2 bath/1 half-bath home in Flat Top Mountain sold for $240,000
A 2 bedroom/2 bath home on Mirror Lake Road sold for $225,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath/1 half-bath home in The Forest sold for $215,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath home in Round Hill Estates sold for $212,500
A 2 bedroom/2 bath home on Slick Fisher Road sold for $162,000
A 2 bedroom/2 bath home in Waterfall Cove sold for $140,000
A lot in Stillpoint sold for $400,000
A lot in Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club sold for $290,000
A 17.38 acre tract on State Road 1129 sold for $50,500
A lot in Twin Falls sold for $50,000
A 5.33 acre tract on Slick Fisher Road sold for $40,000
Two lots on Buggy Barn Road sold for $12,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath unit in Turning Leaf Condos sold for $362,000
A 2 bedroom/2 bath unit in Riverchase Villa Townhomes sold for $135,000
A 2 bedroom/2 bath unit in Hilltop sold for $62,500
The Riverwalk Development in Highlands sold for $2,500,000

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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Plateau Pursuits – September 2011

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011

With college football already in full-swing, the fall equinox just within reach on September 23, and cool crisp breezes giving the first hints that a change is in the air, the team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group is getting excited about the inevitable arrival of sweater weather. With sweater weather comes a steady stream of visitors to the mountains – here to witness Mother Nature’s Art Show as she paints each leaf in fiery shades of red and orange, and warm shades of yellow and brown. The Farmer’s Market in the heart of Cashiers will be overflowing with shoppers in search of the tastiest apples, the plumpest pumpkins, and the freshest pies. Among those guests to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, a handful will be so enthralled with the awesome beauty of the region that they will choose to lay down roots here as so many happy families have done before them. You and your family just might be one of them. When you’re ready, the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek will be happy to help you find the ideal mountain retreat or the perfect site on which to build the home of your dreams. While the peak of leaf season may still be a few weeks away, there are still plenty of wonderful sights and events to draw you here. We’ve compiled a September calendar of events below for you to plan your visit around, and look forward to seeing you up on the mountain soon!

Fridays & Saturdays in September: Highlands Historical Society Museum – located in the Highlands Historical Village at 524 North Fourth Street – is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 828-787-1050.

Fridays & Saturdays in September: The historic Zachary-Tolbert House – located on Highway 107 two miles south of the Cashiers Crossroads – is a beautiful vernacular Greek Revival structure that serves as headquarters for the Cashiers Historical Society. The home and grounds are open for tours every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 828-743-7710

Fridays, September 9-30: Craft Days at the Bascom from 11 am-4 pm – Try your hand at classic American crafts by participating in a one day lesson by leading artists in the field. Sign up for papermaking, weaving, gourd art and jewelry. Tuition: $50 members. Level I: No art experience or one year and less. Level II: 2 – 5 years art experience. Level III: 5 years art experience through professional artist. For more information, call 828-787-2896.

September 10: Relay for Life – Highlands Falls Par 5K at Highland Falls Country Club 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit Highlands Relay for Life. Par 5K individual ($25.00 Race Day)  or Team ( 3 individuals walking or running 1 mile each, $45.00 Race Day). A breakfast will be offered to all racers after the race. Spectators may purchase breakfast tickets during/after the PAR 5K. Contact Person: Dave Linn bringingit2life@yahoo.com.

September 10-30: Summer House Idea Showhouse @ 2089 Dillard Road. Proceeds benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. Call (828) 526-5577 for details.

September 10 & 11: Nicole Chillemi Performs at the Highlands Playhouse at 8 p.m. on September 10 and at 2 p.m. on September 11. Featuring her recent recording of “Mention of You” in addition to her fresh versions of such timeless standards as “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “You Go To My Head” and “Where Or When.” 
 
September 11: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts In Memoriam Cantata at 10:50 a.m. This special musical tribute to the victims of the 9/11 disaster features music by various composers.
In addition to music, event will include personal recollections/reflections from persons who were directly impacted by this tragedy. Church is located next door to Kilwins on Main Street Highlands.

September 11: Bel Canto’s 19th annual recital at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center will continue its proud tradition of presenting some of the finest young voices in the opera world today. The performance will be followed by a sumptuous dinner at the Highlands Country Club included in the price of the ticket. This year’s featured performer is Tenor Stephen Mark Brown, who first attracted national attention in 1992 as a winner of the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Luciano Pavarotti Competition, and has performed with New York City Opera,  l’Opera Français de New York, and the Canadian Opera Company, among others. Contact Bel Canto for tickets by calling (828) 526-1947.

September 12: Headwaters Outfitters hosts A Guided Canoe Trip on the Chattooga River – Join the river guides of Headwaters Outfitters for a day of fun on the Chattooga River, one of the few remaining free-flowing streams in the Southeast. The setting is primitive with dense forests and undeveloped shorelines – and the trip includes an 8 mile stretch with one significant rapid. The activity fee is $145.00 per person and includes river guides, canoe, paddle, lifejacket, lunch and optional transportation. Paddlers provide their own weather appropriate clothing and other personal gear. Minimum age for this trip is 13. Reservations are required, and are confirmed with a 50% deposit, with balance due day of trip. Please call 828-877-3106 for more details or to make a reservation. 
 
September 13: 4 1/2 Street Block Party in Highlands from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Celebrate 150 Years of Hospitality at 4 1/2 Street Inn (100 years old) and Colonial Pines Inn (50 years old). Join the Innkeepers for a cookout with live music by “Tom Hill & the Midnight Suns.” Tour the Inns, dance, and enjoy old-fashioned hospitality. Free. Parking available courtesy of the PAC Center on Chestnut Street. For more information contact Helene & Rick at (828) 526-4464 or Donna & Chris at (828) 526-2060.
 
September 16:  Groovin’ on the Green in downtown Cashiers from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bring Chairs, Blankets, Picnics, Beverages and Friends to this FREE concert featuring The Carol Strickland Band presented by the Greater Cashiers Merchants Association. Food is available at the concert or order takeout from one of our fine area restaurants. For more info, please call 828-743-1630.

September 16-17: The Highlands Biological Foundation hosts the 12th Annual Native Plant Symposium at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Since 1999, the symposium has been held to promote the use of native plants in gardening and landscaping. This year, woody plants will take the spotlight, with field trips and guest speakers focusing on the value of native trees and shrubs in gardening and landscaping. The event will also feature a wine reception and plant auction. The Botanical Garden at the Highlands Biological Station is funded by the proceeds of the Native Plant Symposium. Registration fees are $100 for members, or $135 for non-members. For more information, call 828-526-2221.

September 16, 23 & 30: 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. 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. 
 
September 17: Highlands Historical Society Dahlia Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Highlands Historical Village at 524 N 4th Street. Enjoy this 1st annual “Dazzling Dahlias” celebration of the beauty of these flowers that grow so well on the Plateau. See exhibits of dahlias from local gardens, and learn tips to success from local growers. Anyone who would like to enter their dahlias in the exhibit should contact the Highlands Historical Society at 828-787-1050. The exhibitor fee is just $10. Registration forms will be available in and around Highlands and Cashiers at various locations. Judging will take place with eight categories, and prizes will be offered. The festival is open to the public. The Museum, The Prince House, and The Bug Hill Cottage will also be open for touring. Music and refreshments will be served.
 
September 17: Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosts the 2011 Fall Gorge Clean-up at 8:30 a.m. At least 40 volunteers are needed to help in this very important clean-up effort. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center to sign up at 828-526-2112.
 
September 19: The Highlands Bolivian Mission hosts the All Male Beauty Pageant at The Highlands Playhouse at 8 p.m. with a complimentary wine bar beginning at 7:30 p.m. (courtesy of Bryson’s Food Store.) The beauty pageant is performed every other year and features 12 local men who are willing to embarrass themselves to help a really great cause. Tickets are available for a donation of $100 each, and all gifts are fully tax deductible. Tickets can be purchased by calling 828-526-3605.

September 22: Final summer concert of the season at High Hampton Inn from 7 to 11 p.m. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains while listening to music from the coast. This special evening will feature live band performances, a tapas menu, cocktails, and dancing under the stars. The concert will take place behind The Pavillion, near the driving range. This event is open to High Hampton guests, home owners, and residents of Cashiers

September 22 & 28: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will host two Elk Excursions to Cataloochee Valley as part of their popular Eco Tour Outreach Program. Eco tour participants will enjoy special presentations by an elk specialist, the opportunity to view the elk in their habitat, and a picnic dinner in the valley. The September 22nd trip will include a seated presentation while the September 28th tour will include a walking tour. The cost for the Elk Excursion is only $10 for HCLT members and $35 for new friends which includes an HCLT membership. Space is limited. To learn more and to reserve your spot contact Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust at (828) 526.1111 or julie.hitrust@earthlink.net
 
September 22:  Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosts an Open House from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the Visitor Center at 828-526-2112.

September 23-25: Come to the Highlands Playhouse for the Highlands Playhouse Antique Show at 10am-5pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Call 828-526-2695 for more information.

September 24: Cashiers Valley Community Fish Fry hosted at the Cashiers Community Center on Highway 64 West from 1 to 5 p.m.

September 24: Enjoy live music at the Songwriter’s Round hosted at Mountain Top on Norton Road from 7 to 9 p.m.

September 24: Mountain Heritage Day hosted by Western Carolina University from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event features talented arts and crafts vendors, two live entertainment stages, food vendors, heritage demonstrations, and more. For more information, visit www.mountainheritageday.com.

September 24: Laurel Garden Club Tour of Kitchens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and $125 each for the patrons’ party. A limited number will be sold. Call 828-526-0150 for more information.
 
September 24: The Apple Festival at High Hampton Inn – Enjoy a day filled with apple cider, caramel apples, apple slushies, and more. Creasman Farms will be on hand with ten varieties of apples and homemade apple cake – a recipe that’s been passed down for seventy-five years. With food, music, and activities to suit all ages and tastes (including sack races), the festival has something for everyone to enjoy.  For more information, call (828) 743-2411

September 30 – October 9: “Hear What’s in the Heart – A Shoemaker’s Tale” at the Highlands Playhouse. Written and performed by Steve Scionti and directed by Anthony Crivello, this highly touted drama has been playing to sold-out houses from Los Angeles to New York City. For more information, call 828-526-2695.

September 30 – October 1: The Bascom hosts its 2nd Annual “Celebration! Art, Design, Craft” beginning with the Motown in the Mountains Party on Friday night at 6 p.m. hosted on the Terrace at the Bascom featuring the sensational sounds of Motown paired with Cashiers Farmers Market BBQ and the Tools in Motion Exhibition Opening. Just $35/person to attend. Saturday’s Celebration! Auction Gala and Dinner will also be hosted on the Terrace at 6 p.m.  Evening includes live and silent auction, dinner, and exquisite works of fine craft art. Tickets are $225/person. For more information, call 828.787.2896.

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