Silver Creek Real Estate Group is Proud to Announce the Launch of NC Living Magazine

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Cashiers-based Company Shines a Bright Spotlight on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau With the Debut of a New Lifestyle Publication

The month of March, already synonymous with the celebration of one of the world’s most beloved holidays and the advent of springtime, now has another exciting event to add to its roster – the debut of NC Living Magazine. Designed to serve as a lifestyle publication, this magazine highlights properties available in the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau region of Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains while outlining many of the people, places and things that make life in this area so unique. The premiere issue includes articles about featured retailer Rusticks Furniture & Accessories, featured communities such as Chattooga Club, Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club, and Wade Hampton Golf Club. The magazine also includes tips for increasing the marketability of your home, spotlight on Western North Carolina’s Waterfalls, calendar of events, highlights about some of the area’s finest communities and available properties, and so much more.

Publisher of NC Living Magazine and owner of the Cashiers-based Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Jochen Lucke feels the magazine serves a number of purposes. “First and foremost, NC Living Magazine shines a light on this one-of-a-kind corner of the world nestled high atop the Mountains of Western North Carolina,” explains Jochen. “It provides a sneak peek to people who haven’t discovered us yet, and serves as a reminder to those who may have been here before and are looking for a reason to return. Between the natural beauty of the region and the world-class amenities, restaurants, shopping and resorts – there’s no shortage of great topics to highlight each issue. Secondly, the Magazine is a terrific platform to showcase some of the finest homes and land available on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – from a rolling hillside overlooking the 10th hole of one of the best mountain golf courses in the world to an exquisite estate on 65-acres along the shores of beautiful Lake Glenville. NC Living seeks to give folks a reason to come visit, as well as a reason to STAY. We’re big believers in the magic and distinctiveness that can only be found in our little slice of Heaven. Lastly, NC Living Magazine serves as an incredibly valuable tool for both my company, Silver Creek Real Estate Group and the clients we serve who may be looking to buy or sell a home in the area.”

Future issues of NC Living Magazine will continue to illustrate the exceptional quality of life on the mountain, while unveiling some of the area’s most stunning properties. To subscribe to future issues of NC Living Magazine, visit www.ncliving.com. If you are considering buying or selling a home in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley or Lakes Toxaway or Glenville – Silver Creek’s talented and experienced brokers invite you to contact them TODAY. Jochen and his team can be reached by calling 828.743.1999, by e-mailing info@ncliving.com, or by filling out a helpful online contact form– and someone will be in touch with you shortly. You are also welcome to drop by Silver Creek’s offices in the heart of the historic village of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide. The brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group look forward to meeting you and your family, and are eager to introduce you to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

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Western North Carolina Golf Courses Recognized Among Best in the World

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Real Estate News | Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010

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Cashiers’ Own Wade Hampton and Mountaintop Golf Courses Make the Lists of Top 100 Golf Courses in the World 2011 and Golfweek’s Best Residential Courses 2011

The word is out – the world is finally discovering that Cashiers, North Carolina is filled with all sorts of hidden gems! Already well-known for our temperate year-round climates, breath-taking mountain views, eclectic collection of shops and restaurants, and unique brand of Southern Hospitality – what many are now learning is that our golf courses rank up there with some of the finest in the nation!

Just last week, a ranking site out of the United Kingdom – Top 100 Golf Courses of the World –  released their list for 2011. Their original shortlist consisted of 216 courses from countries all over the world, including The United States of America, Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, France and more. In the end, New Jersey’s famed Pine Valley Golf Club walked away with top honors, the renowned Augusta National in Georgia ranked #3, and Cashiers’ own Wade Hampton Golf Club was recognized among the best courses in the world at a highly respectable #52.

Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers NC

Wade Hampton has been honored once again by the recent release of Golfweek Magazine’s Best Residential Courses earlier this month. Wade Hampton Golf Club was listed as #3 in a list consisting of 100 national courses stretching from Kiawah Island, South Carolina in the East all the way to Carmel Valley, California in the West. Topping the list is another highly esteemed Cashiers golf course – Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club – at #1!

Whether you’re a scratch golfer or an avid hacker, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to introduce you to these two fine communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Celebrating a quarter of a century as one of Western North Carolina’s most sought after luxury communities, Wade Hampton Golf Club features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio. The Wade Hampton Course has received accolades since its inception. In keeping with a Club of such high stature, the Wade Hampton clubhouse offers beautiful views of the golf course and Chimneytop Mountain, as well as world-class dining. Tennis, swimming, fishing and hiking throughout the beautiful natural setting that surrounds the course are just a few of the other activities available to residents and club members at Wade Hampton. Membership to this exclusive club is by invitation only. The residences that line the narrow lanes of Wade Hampton Golf Club under a canopy of trees rest on lots ranging from one quarter to over five acres in size, and vary from quaint mountain cottages to palatial estates.

General Store at Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club in Cashiers NC

On the other hand, a relatively new kid on the block – Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club – is quickly growing in popularity and reputation as one of the most superb communities the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has to offer.  Perched high atop a beautiful expanse of the Blue Ridge Mountains at 4,000 feet above sea level, Mountaintop offers its residents some of the most stunning views in the region. Set upon a sprawling 731 acres, the developer – Discovery Land Company – has designed a luxury mountain retreat community of just 251 estate lots and 75 cabins and lodges peppered about the property. Lots range in size from one-half acre to five acres, providing residents with the peace and quiet that has become a trademark of luxury mountain living. Mountaintop also offers a Tom Fazio-designed golf course that is every bit as challenging as it is breathtaking. Other activities available to residents of Mountaintop include water sports at the private Lake Club on nearby Lake Glenville, horseback riding, fly fishing,hiking or simply relaxing while being pampered at Mountaintop’s world-class spa.

To schedule a personalized tour of one or both of these wonderful mountain golf course communities, call the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group TODAY at 828.743.1999. We can also be reached by e-mailing us at info@ncliving.com or by filling out our helpful online contact form. As always, we welcome the chance to meet you and your family in person – and invite you to drop by our offices the next time you are in Cashiers.  We’re located in the Shoppes at CreekSide, near the Cashiers Crossroads. If you’d like to learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Wade Hampton Golf Club, and/or Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, please visit the Silver Creek website at www.ncliving.com.

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Lake Toxway water level lowered for maintenance

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC | Posted on Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Lake Toxaway News: What Goes Down Will Come Up

On November 29, the water levels of Lake Toxaway will be lowered for the first time since 1990. An estimated drop of 6 to 7 feet will allow community property owners to perform repairs to seawalls, docks, and boathouses. During this time, the Lake Toxaway Community Association will also dredge out silt that has collected in parts of the popular man-made Appalachian lake. Other goals of the scheduled drawdown include:

• Gaining insight into the effectiveness of prior silt dredging efforts
• Studying the sources of silting to possibly prevent a repeat performance in the future
• Improving fish habitats
• Removal of weeds growing in shallow areas of the lake
• “Turning” the lake to improve the water quality
• Documentation of exposed lake bed, lake lowering procedures and environmental conditions throughout the drawdown
• Removal of tree stumps and rocks to increase safety of the lake
• Create work for local contractors

The Association will begin restoring water to the lake in February 2011, with the intention of having lake levels return to normal sometime in March to prepare for the busy Spring and Summer seasons in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Situated at around 3,000 feet above sea level, Lake Toxaway offers 14 miles of shoreline and a wealth of opportunities for water-themed activities.  The beautiful 614-acre mountain lake offers the best of both worlds with amazing views of the mountains and lakefront living, and is home to some of the area’s most sought after communities. First established as an elite lakeside retreat in the early 1900’s by Pittsburgh entrepreneur E.H. Jennings, Lake Toxaway continues to draw visitors year after year. Its status as the largest privately held lake in North Carolina makes it a peaceful and serene sanctuary high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains.

To learn more about Lake Toxaway and the communities that surround her, contact the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. We welcome the opportunity to introduce you and your family to one of the crown jewels of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and can be reached by calling 828-743-1999, by e-mailing info@ncliving.com, by filling out our convenient online form, or by dropping by our offices – conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers, in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We invite you to sneak a peek at some of the communities which feature listings for available homes and properties on our comprehensive website, www.ncliving.com.

Source: Todd, Mark. The Transylvania Times “Lake’s Level to Fall to Allow for Repairs” Online. November 16, 2010.

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The Cliffs communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Carolinas

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, October 18, 2010

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Country Club Living in one of The Carolina’s Finest Luxury Mountain Community Collections

Peppered throughout the Carolina Preserve – between Asheville, North Carolina and Glenville, South Carolina – and surrounded by over one million acres of pristine protected parklands lies a collection of master-planned luxury communities known as The Cliffs. Founded on a combined theme of family togetherness, holistic wellness and the reverence of nature’s splendor, The Cliffs is quickly gaining favor as one of the Southeast’s leading networks of mountain retreats. Comprised of eight distinctive communities, each Cliffs’ property offers a true taste of what luxury mountain living is all about:

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove – Located near Asheville, NC and bordered by “America’s Favorite Drive” the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove features multi-million dollar homes and home sites encircled by picturesque meadows, ancient forests, and tranquil mountain streams. Perhaps one of the Carolina’s most beautiful gated golf communities, Walnut Cove offers its residents a vibrant Club Village at the heart of the community, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and 18,000-square-foot Wellness Center and a Nature Center.
The Cliffs at High Carolina – Nestled at the edge of the Pisgah National Forest, near Asheville, NC, The Cliffs at High Carolina boasts high mountain meadows as the staging area for their estates and estate-sized home sites and the first golf course to be designed by the renowned Tiger Woods. Wholly inspired by the natural setting in which it is placed, the developers of High Carolina are dedicated to the preservation of that “delicate balance” between their community and the pristine waterfalls, natural mountain streams and rolling landscapes that surround it. Offering the “life you’ve always imagined for yourself and your family”, High Carolina offers a wide-range of year-round activities and amenities.
The Cliffs at Glassy – Perched at the edge of the Greenville Watershed at Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway 11, The Cliffs at Glassy is high on a mountaintop at an elevation of 3,200 feet above sea level offering breath-taking vistas of the world below. The first Cliffs community, Glassy set the bar rather high for all subsequent Cliffs properties to follow. Surrounding by a dense forest of fragrant mountain laurel and Carolina hardwoods, Glassy features a Tom Jackson golf course that has been named the Fourth Most Scenic in the Nation by Golf Digest Magazine. Other amenities include a Wellness Center, Chapel, Covered Sunset Pavilion and 22,000 square foot clubhouse offering both formal and casual dining.
The Cliffs at Mountain Park – Situated near the North Carolina/South Carolina border at the crossroads of Scenic Highway 11 and Highway 25, The Cliffs at Mountain Park is nothing short of a true mountain classic. At the leading edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mountain Park encompasses 5,000 acres of breath-taking terrain surrounded by thousands of acres of protected forests, including not one – but 14 state parks, three national forests and a national park. Inside the gates, the community features a Gary Player Signature Course, a European-inspired Village, an extensive SuperTrail system, botanical gardens, an Organic Farm and Nature Center.
The Cliffs Valley – Tucked in a peaceful valley at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the exquisitely designed estates and amenities of The Cliffs Valley seem perfectly natural among gently rolling hills and lush forests. Featuring a Ben Wright-designed Parkland-style golf course that was named among the “Best New Courses” in the nation at its inception by Golf Digest, The Valley also boasts a gorgeous Old World European-style Clubhouse offering gourmet market and both formal and informal dining, and the Cliffs’ most expansive wellness facility where homeowners can enjoy everything from a challenging workout in the CardioTheater to a relaxing massage at the spa.
The Cliffs at Keowee – Pristinely placed in three phases surrounding beautiful Lake Keowee, The Cliffs at Keowee offers the best of both worlds – mountain and lakeside living. Fed by hundreds of Appalachian clear-spring streams, the 18,500-acre lake at the heart of all three gated communities offers a full-service private marina, lakeside dining, and a lakeside wellness center. Members also receive access to the adjacent Lake Jocassee, featuring 7,500 additional acres for the exploring – including a majestic 200-foot waterfall. The three communities that make up The Cliffs at Keowee include The Cliffs at Keowee Springs?, The Cliffs at Keowee Falls? and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards?. Keowee Springs will be home to America’s first luxury family Wellness Center – The Keowee Springs Lodge and Spa. Springs also features a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a state-of-the-art International Golf Institute and a full-service marina. Keowee Falls provides its residents with an array of either lakefront, golf course or mountain view homesites. The Falls’ features a Jack Nicklaus-designed course which was named by Golfweek Magazine as one of the Top 50 Best New Courses in 2008. The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards is also home to an 18-hole Tom Fazio golf course – this one nominated as Best New Private Course in the Nation by Golf Digest. Homes and homesites in Keowee Vineyards offer stunning mountain-lake views.

Considered to be America’s Best Private Club Membership, membership at any one of the Cliff’s communities affords their members access to the world-class amenities at all eight properties, as well as . Combined amenities include eight championship golf courses (including two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, two Tom Fazio designs, and Tiger Woods’ debut as a course designer), spectacular clubhouses and restaurants, standard-setting Wellness Programs, Spa Facilities, an Organic Farm, an Equestrian Center, Marinas, over 250- acres of parks and 25 miles of groomed trails inside the gates and more. No wonder Resort Living Magazine touted membership at the Cliffs as “one of the most impressive, comprehensive private club memberships in the world”! At The Cliffs, this isn’t just living… “this is panoramic living”.

With a solid reputation for excellence while representing multi-million dollar properties in exceptional master-planned communities throughout Western North Carolina including Wade Hampton, Mountaintop, and Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove, Silver Creek Real Estate Group has proven itself to be an excellent match as a real estate partner for The Cliffs. If you are interested in taking your family’s life to entirely new heights and wish to take a peek at life behind the gates of any one of the Cliffs stellar communities, contact the dedicated team of real estate professionals and brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. Getting started on this new pursuit towards panoramic living is as easy as calling 828.743.1999, e-mailing info@ncliving.com, or filling out Silver Creek’s online contact form. If you’re in the Cashiers’ area, please feel free to stop by Silver Creek’s offices in the Shoppes at CreekSide, conveniently located next to Wendy’s Restaurant in Cashiers. Silver Creek looks forward to introducing you and your family to The Cliffs!

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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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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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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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The 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse is just around the corner

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Things to Do | Posted on Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Just a scenic three-hour drive north from the hustle and bustle of metro Atlanta’s busy streets, the historic resort mountain village of Cashiers, North Carolina offers its Southern city neighbors an abundance of natural splendor at every turn, a welcome & leisurely pace, delightfully mild climates, and a wealth of world-class amenities, shops & restaurants. What many residents from other nearby metropolises of Knoxville, Charlotte, and Greenville may not realize is that Cashiers has been a mecca for some of the Southeast’s leading interior designers for more than a decade.  As this sleepy village prepares to host its 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, the excitement is quickly mounting!

Last year’s Designer Showhouse bore witness to record numbers in terms of attendance and fund-raising.  Proceeds from the Designer Showhouse benefit the Cashiers Historical Society, including the care and maintenance of the historic Zachary-Tolbert House and grounds.  Last year’s proceeds were so plentiful that the Society was able to turn around and donate a $28,000 grant to the Cashiers Valley Community Council. This year’s numbers are expected to be even higher. With a theme of “Designed with a View”, the 2010 Designer Showhouse is located at Whisper Fade in Cashiers’ prestigious golf community of Wade Hampton.  In a neighborhood boasting breathtaking vistas of the beautiful and highly touted Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole championship golf course and sweeping panoramas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s no wonder  why the view was the subject for this year’s theme.

With corporate sponsors such as Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, Mountainworks Custom Home Design, Hennessy Automobile Companies, and Macon Bank among others – the 2010 Cashiers Designer  Showhouse promises to be bigger and better than ever. Showcasing their talents in the individual rooms of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse are local designers Eddie Alvarez and George Oliver of A Country Home, Cheryl Benitez and Audrey Wood of Mountain House, Shannon Berrey of Shannon Berrey Designs, Nora Butler of Nora & Co., Dianne Estes of D’Estes Antiques, Debra Green of English-Green Interiors, Linda Hall of Vivace & Vivace Women, Francie Hargrove of Francie Hargrove Interior Design, Sandy Linebaugh of Fiddlehead Designs, Edwin Lusk and David Paterson of Fletcher & Lee, Lynn Monday of Monday’s House of Design, Kirk Moore & Don Fry of Oakleaf Flower & Garden, Ann Sherrill of Rusticks, and Matthew Ward of Into the Woods Interiors. Visiting designers from nearby Atlanta and Birmingham are Carole Weaks of C. Weaks Interiors, William Peace of Peace Design, Suzanne Kasler of Suzanne Kasler Interiors, Bob Brown of Robert Brown Interior Design, and Majorie Johnston and Wendy Barze of Marjorie Johnston & Co. Atlanta Designer, Suzanne Kasler was named among Elle Décor’s Top 25 Designers this year, and she will be featured during a Talk, Lunch & Book Signing at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley on Saturday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets to tour the rooms of this exquisitely designed luxury mountain estate are just $25 per person and can be purchased at the Showhouse.  If you wish to order your tickets in advance, please call 828.743.7710.  The hours of the Showhouse are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event kicks off with a Patrons Party & Auction on the evening of Friday, August 20 at the Wade Hampton Golf Clubhouse, which will feature the culinary artistry of Wade Hampton Chef Doug Sampey and live entertainment from Anita Brown and her Band. Throughout the Showhouse Event, the Cashiers Historical Society Museum in the Zachary-Tolbert House & Grounds will be open daily for tours, and the venues surrounding the Showhouse will include the Showhouse Shops and Merchants Tent. A delicious lunch from Café 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Shuttles to the Cashiers Designer Showhouse will leave regularly from the parking lot of the Cashiers United Methodist Church.

The friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group invite you to join us for this wonderful annual event in support of a very good cause.  Take a daytrip or plan an entire weekend in the mountains and catch a glimpse into the luxury lifestyle that is synonymous with the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.  When you’re not touring the Showhouse, relaxing days of boating our mountains lakes, fly fishing in our abundant streams, shooting a perfect game on our golf courses, or kicking back and doing nothing at all await you. Visit the Silver Creek website to check out our list of shops, restaurants and accommodation options.  We also encourage you to take a look around at some of the incredible homes for sale all along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.  After you’ve had a chance to tour the Showhouse and fall madly in love with the area – we’d love to take you on a tour of some of the available homes and land around Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, and Lake Toxaway and Glenville. Silver Creek welcomes your call at 828-743-1999 or please feel free to drop by our offices located near the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at Creekside.  We look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain!

To learn more about the 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse, visit the Cashiers Historical Society website or Atlanta Homes & Leisure Magazine online.

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Real Estate Opportunities in Croquet Communities Near Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Mallets on the Mountaintop

In a landscape well known for its natural beauty, a collection of communities revered for their family-friendly atmosphere, and an area that is steeped in history and time-honored traditions – families can find a recreational activity that celebrates a blend of all three of these elements dotted throughout the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. While golf, tennis and water sports continue to reign supreme as pastimes during the spring and summer months, the ancient lawn game of croquet is enjoying a resurgence of popularity. With origins that date back as far as the 1400’s, croquet first hit American soil in the 1860’s and took the eastern coast by storm. Today, there are several croquet lawns throughout the region; some are located in a handful of the most sought after communities on the mountain:

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With two meticulously landscaped croquet lawns considered to be among the finest in the world, Chattooga Club near the resort village of Cashiers tops our list. These folks take their croquet very seriously – invitational tournaments are held here each year – drawing croquet enthusiasts from all across the nation. Chattooga Club is a United States Croquet Association (USCA) member club, and is the site of the upcoming Autumn Leaves Invitational September 23 through 26 – a USCA sanctioned tournament. The sight of friendly competitors and families playing croquet on the lawn against the backdrop of the beautiful and timeless natural scenery of the property’s 200 acres hearkens back to another era. But if croquet’s not your game, don’t worry – Chattooga Club offers something for everyone, from incredible homes to a wide variety of amenities. The Club’s Life Enhancement Center seeks to live up to its name by offering a variety of the latest fitness equipment, high energy aerobics classes and personal trainers, paired with a world-class spa featuring relaxing indulgent offerings like body massage, facials, manicures and pedicures. You may feel like you’ve taken a step back in time to a bygone era when you play on one of two beautifully maintained croquet lawns. Additional Club amenities include three Har-Tru tennis courts, heated swimming pool, fully stocked trout lake, active children’s programs, hiking trails and gourmet dining at The Chattooga Club Lodge. Club membership is by member referral and board approval only. To view homes for sale in Chattooga Club, click HERE.  To view land for sale in Chattooga Club, click HERE.

Lake Toxaway Country Club
Home of a lovely regulation-sized croquet lawn overlooking the lake (first opened August 2008), as well as the Lake Toxaway Mallet Club (established May 2009), Lake Toxaway Country Club puts a fun spin on the game of croquet with its “Wine and Wickets” events on Mondays throughout the season. The Country Club provides hors d’oeuvres while attendees are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bottle) of their favorite wine to sip in between plays – a terrific opportunity to socialize with other club members and guests while enjoying a friendly competition. Lake Toxaway Mallet Club – a USCA Member Club – also hosts instruction for new players and free play for intermediate players. Reservations of the lawn are required and can be arranged by calling the tennis/croquet shop at 828-966-4262. Regular play begins at 9 a.m. and occurs in 1 ½ hour time slots. Lake Toxaway Country Club also features fine dining, access to the state’s largest private lake, tennis, swimming, fitness center and golf on an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Kris Spence. Nearby Lake Toxaway Estates – the largest community on the lake – offers an abundance of of individual neighborhoods and outstanding amenities. Neighborhoods of this premier vacation home destination include Bear Wallow Springs, Club Colony, Deep Ford Falls, Hawk Mountain, Lakeside Mountain, Meadow Ridge, Panther Ridge, Sutton’s Cove and Toxaway Mountain. The settings for home sites in Lake Toxaway Estates vary widely – from a scenic view of either Lake Toxaway or Lake Cardinal, to the peace and quiet of heavily wooded forest, to the excitement of a golf course or the majestic scenery of a mountain view. To view homes for sale in Lake Toxaway Estates, click HERE.  To view land for sale in Lake Toxaway Estates, click HERE.

Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes
Another USCA Member Club, Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes hosts open golf croquet at their courts located on Club Drive in Sapphire on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through September. Established in 1983, Burlingame is a highly revered equity club and master-planned community. At the heart of the development,  Burlingame Country Club also features an exquisitely appointed Clubhouse with three dining rooms and two lounges, as well as a 24-hour fitness center, top-ranked championship 18-hole golf course, four Har-Tru tennis courts and one hard court, heated swimming pool and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Real estate opportunities in Burlingame range from scenic riverfront home sites and luxury mountain view homes to rustic lodge-inspired condos that line the golf course. To view homes for sale in Burlingame, click HERE.  To view land for sale in Burlingame, click HERE.

Chinquapin and Trillium Links & Lake Club
These sister communities share access to wonderful resort-quality amenities including  an 18-hole championship golf course, fitness center, indoor tennis courts, aerobics classes, massage studio and – you guessed it – croquet courts. While Chinquapin’s credo touts “Life as it was meant to be lived … Naturally,” Trillium Links & Lake Club is all about being “Where Families Belong”. Both communities offer stunning views along with imaginatively designed and  constructed homes, and both share a close proximity to beautiful Lake Glenville and the historic resort village of Cashiers. To view homes for sale in Chinquapin, click HERE.  To view land for sale in Chinquapin, click HERE.  To view homes for sale in Trillium, click HERE.  To view land for sale in Trillium, click HERE.

To learn more about these wonderful croquet communities, contact the dedicated team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group.  We can be reached by calling 828-743-1999, emailing info@ncliving.com, filling out our online contact form, or dropping by our Cashiers office in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We look forward to speaking with you, so grab your mallet and head for the mountains of Western North Carolina!

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Prestigious High Hampton Community and High Hampton Inn & Country Club – Cashiers, North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Begin a Longstanding Family Tradition at High Hampton

In a community that is every bit as steeped in history and tradition as it is in culture and natural beauty, the people of the greater Cashiers area of Western North Carolina share many happy memories of good times spent in the established subdivisions and country clubs that dot the landscape. Nowhere is this perhaps more true than in High Hampton. With so many generations of families growing up in and around this prestigious network of neighborhoods, bordering the historic High Hampton Inn and Country Club – it is as central to the community as the Village Green and the Cashiers Crossroads in the hearts and minds of our citizens and seasonal visitors. Many of High Hampton’s sought after neighborhoods are located just south of the Crossroads, offering easy access to the unique shops and restaurants that line downtown streets. A collection of upscale High Hampton homes is located along Chattooga Wood Road, Heaton Forest Road and Sheep Laurel Road. High Hampton is not only a fine example of luxury mountain living, but pays tribute to a long tradition of “heirloom” properties – as many families return year after year and pass these homes down from generation to generation. Because it is such a prestigious and established community, resale homes in High Hampton are extremely hard to come by. If you fall in love with this distinctive assortment of neighborhoods in the Blue Ridge Mountains and hope to purchase a home here one day, the dedicated team of real estate professionals at Silver Creek Real Estate Group is happy to keep watch for you.  As soon as we learn of a real estate opportunity in High Hampton, we will contact you.  To put us on alert, simply call Silver Creek at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our online contact form, or drop by our offices – conveniently located near High Hampton in the Shoppes at Creekside on Highway 64 West, next to Wendy’s Restaurant.  We can be your eyes and ears on the mountain!

In the meantime, you can begin your own special family tradition by spending part of each year at the renowned High Hampton Inn and Country Club. Rich in history and brimming with Southern hospitality, High Hampton Inn and Country Club has been charming visitors of Western North Carolina since the early 19th century. Beloved mountain retreat of South Carolina’s Civil War Brigadier General, Governor, and U.S. Senator Wade Hampton III (1818-1902), many of the buildings and historic artifacts from the original family estate were lost in a fire in 1932. Construction began almost immediately of a three-story inn in place of the previous Hampton Hunting Lodge. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the inn still stands today, and continues to serve up unrivaled service along with its famous fried chicken and decadent desserts.

With all the natural beauty and outdoor activities available at HHI, patrons of the historically accurate rustic Inn will hardly miss the fact that there are no telephones or televisions in the guestrooms. Visitors are invited instead to enjoy swimming, boating and fishing on the 35-acre private mountain lake, as well as golf, tennis, hiking and spa. For more than 175 years, guests of High Hampton have been enjoying grand views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chimneytop Mountain and Rock Mountain. A wonderful retreat for families and noted for its imaginative children’s programs, High Hampton Inn has been honored as one of 100 Best Family Resorts. Vacation homes and quaint cottages are also available throughout the property’s 1,400 acres. The Inn and Country Club is a favorite spot for corporate retreats, weddings and family reunions. Pay regular visits to the Inn while you bide your time patiently waiting for a Silver Creek broker to call with the good news that a High Hampton home has hit the market.

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