Sapphire Valley NC – Visitors & Real Estate Guide

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Things to Do | Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012

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Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

Originating as primarily a mining town, Sapphire, North Carolina is a “jewel” of a find along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Perhaps best known for its most popular destination, Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley, Sapphire offers an abundance of amenities and activities. The resort has partnered with a number of area communities to share their facilities with local residents.

Another destination that serves as a draw to Sapphire and sets it apart from some of the other local communities is the Sapphire Valley Ski Resort. Opportunities to ski or snowboard the slopes rest on the resorts two downhill runs – one with a 200 foot vertical drop at 1,600 feet in length, and one considerably milder “bunny hill”. The resort also features a fun two-lane tube park called Frozen Falls. Sapphire is also home to the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company, a lively pub located overlooking the Sapphire National Golf Course.

Sapphire also stands out for its natural beauty. Portions of the U.S. National Forestry’s Panthertown Valley lie within Sapphire, filled with miles of hiking trails, cascading waterfalls and unspoiled forest. Neighborhoods in Sapphire vary from affordable single-family homes to luxury mountain estates.

Our website and blog provide you with a complete list of restaurants, golf courses, skiing, and much more. We have also provided you a Visitor’s Guide for the entire Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, and Lake Glenville area.

Communities in Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

Many communities in Sapphire and the surrounding area are afforded access to all of the incredible amenities available at Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley. These amenities include the 50-acre Sapphire Lake, the 18-hole PGA Sapphire National Golf Course, 9-hole golf course, one indoor and two outdoor swimming pools, ten tennis courts, health club with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, boating and fishing on the lake, horseback riding, game room, massage services, miniature golf and more. Communities offering access to Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley include: Bald Rock, Cedar Hill, Country Club Estates, Deer Run, Eagle Ridge, Falcon Ridge, FiveStone, Fox Run Ridge, Golf Club Estates, Holly Forest I – XIV, Round Hill, Sapphire High, Stone Creek Estates, Stonecreek Crossing, The Divide at Bald Rock and Whisper Lake.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group has included below a list of some of Sapphire Valley’s most exciting communities and subdivisions. Whether you’re seeking a family vacation home, quaint retirement cottage or looking to make a real estate investment in Sapphire Valley, Silver Creek brokers are experts in the local market. Contact us today!

Bald Rock

This 776-acre private gated community prides itself in being “a civilized wilderness” by combining luxury mountain living on estate-sized lots with the majesty and splendor of a beautiful natural setting. Bald Rock is adjacent to the U.S. Forest Services’ Panthertown Valley, providing 6,700 acres of unspoiled forests, a rare Appalachian bog, 20 miles of trout streams, waterfalls and miles of walking trails offering plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring. A Westmark Development, Bald Rock’s home sites in vary in size from three to an astounding twelve acres, and offer incredible views of the valley, the forest and the mountains beyond. The community features an equestrian center, stables, riding arena and a network of trails for sightseeing by horseback. Residents of Bald Rock have access to all of the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley, including golf, swimming, tennis and much more.

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Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes

Established in 1983, Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes is an equity club and master-planned community in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Burlingame Country Club lies at the heart of the development and 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.

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Deer Run

A fairly intimate enclave of just 50 homes and home sites, Deer Run is a gated community located within five miles of the historic town of Cashiers. Residents of Deer Run have access to all of the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley, including golf, fitness center, swimming and tennis.

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The Divide at Bald Rock

Situated along the Eastern Continental Divide, bordered by the natural beauty of Panthertown Valley and adjacent to the prestigious Bald Rock community, The Divide at Bald Rock offers an eclectic blend of estate-sized home sites and cozy cabin lots. Encompassing 244 acres and set at elevations topping 4,500 feet above sea level, views from the Divide include cascading waterfalls, abundant foliage and awe-inspiring views of the mountains and valley floor. The Divide features an open-air pavilion for family and community gatherings, which includes a full kitchen and two stacked stone fireplaces. The equestrian center at Bald Rock is available to residents of The Divide, as are all of the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley, including golf, swimming, tennis and much more.

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Falcon Ridge

A 290-acre limited development community in the Sapphire area of Western North Carolina, Falcon Ridge is designed to showcase luxury mountain homes living in harmony with the mountain laurel, wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife that surrounds them. More than three-quarters of the community have been earmarked as green space, allowing for only 60 very special home sites within Falcon Ridge. At an elevation of 4500 feet above sea level on Hogback Mountain, each home site allows for amazing views of the surrounding mountain range, the Sapphire Valley below and long-range views stretching into parts of both North and South Carolina. Residents of Falcon Ridge enjoy mild temperatures year round, as well as a lovely three-acre meadow with community pavilion and outdoor bonfire ring on the property. Falcon Ridge homeowners are also granted access to the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley.

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FiveStone

This exclusive gated community of just 18 lots set on 53 beautiful acres, FiveStone is a must-see. Located at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level, within a few hundred yards of the Trailhead for Panthertown Valley National Forest, this community is a nature lover’s dream. Lovely views of the waterfalls, lakes, streams and forests of the area combine with the backdrop of the mountain ranges beyond for incomparable panoramas. Residents of FiveStone are also granted access to the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley, including golf, swimming, tennis and more.

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Golf Club Estates

Nestled behind the gates of the Country Club of Sapphire Valley is the single family community of Golf Club Estates. On the 106 lots you will find mostly seasonal residents. Meander around Cherokee Trail as it follows the private eighteen hole golf course of Country Club of Sapphire Valley. The fantastic views of Chimney Top, Bald Rock and Rock Mountain greet you further on Golf View Road. There is plenty of golf, tennis, hiking, boating and fishing within twenty minutes of most resident locations, as well as great restaurants and shopping in the town of Cashiers. Residents love their peaceful and tranquil setting.

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Holly Forest

Boasting country club living minus the country club price, Holly Forest (phases I – XIV) is a collection of subdivisions featuring affordable mountain homes, home sites and condominiums. It is the largest single-family and condominium community on the mountain. Residents of Holly Forest are granted access to the amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley. Holly Forest is located within a short drive to the unique shops, world-class dining and distinctive culture of the resort village of Cashiers.

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Lonesome Valley

With a history dating back to 1895, Lonesome Valley has served as a bastion to the great outdoors ever since Pittsburgh entrepreneur E.H. Jennings first acquired 35,000 acres near the sleepy village of Cashiers. Gracefully spanning the valley floor of the largest box canyon east of the Rockies, Lonesome Valley is said by many to be the place where Heaven and Earth meet. Today, with planned activities for residents and amenities such as community gatherings in The Farm House, recreation in The Sports Barn and relaxation at The Remote Spa, Lonesome Valley is anything but lonesome. Cottage and home designs pay homage to the Southern Appalachian farmhouses of a bygone era. Great care is given to preserving the history and natural setting that Lonesome Valley has become famous for.

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Spring Forest

Perched on the outermost edge of Cashiers overlooking the Sapphire Valley, Spring Forest is a distinctive gated community offering the best of luxury mountain living, along with panoramic vistas of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Many of the custom designed homes in this prestigious neighborhood are architectural masterpieces. Homes and lots offer incredible views over Panthertown National Forest, Sapphire Valley, and Bald Rock. Located just minutes to Sapphire and Cashiers, the convenience to so many activities, shopping, and restaurants, make Spring Forest a very desirable established community.

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Whisper Lake

With reflections of majestic pines on its surface, Whisper Lake quietly beckons residents of this waterfront community to kayak or canoe its pristine waters. Some homeowners in this small mountain community may elect to build within a stand of hardwood trees or with incomparable views of the mountain ridges seen for miles. Residents of the Whisper Lake subdivision are welcome to enjoy the wide variety of amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley, including golf, fitness center, tennis and much more.

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Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Real Estate News | Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009

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A “Jewel” of a Find in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Originating as primarily a gold and gem mine town – Sapphire, North Carolina is a “jewel” of a find along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. In the early 19th Century, the Sapphire Valley region was reportedly the nation’s leading gold producing area until the California Gold Rush of 1849. Conjecture either has it that the town of Sapphire was named for the bounty of beautiful blue gems also found in the local mines or for the crystal blue skies visible above the mountaintops.

In the late 1800’s, Pittsburgh entrepreneur E.H. Jennings purchased thousands of acres of wilderness in Western North Carolina’s Jackson and Transylvania counties through his venture, the Toxaway Company. The original mission was to build a railroad from Hendersonville to Toxaway to carry the felled timber to the Toxaway Company sawmill, and from there the lumber to the shipping points. It wasn’t long before Jennings saw beyond trees for lumber to the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This early visionary decided to create a resort destination, and dubbed the area “The Switzerland of the South.” He built resorts in nearby Cashiers and Lake Toxaway, as well as the Fairfield Inn on Lake Fairfield in the Sapphire Valley. The Inn, built in the style of a Swiss Alpine Lodge in 1896, was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1982, but had to be closed and torn down after a fire in 1986.

Home to the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company, Sapphire’s local tavern was established in 1888 near the Horsepasture River Gold Mine to serve thirsty miners. Now primarily serving thirsty golfers and hungry patrons, great care has been given to preserving the original ambience of this historical brewery. From the saloon flooring, to whisky barrels, to stone blocks in the fireplace – all more than a century old – much of the original structure has been moved from its initial location to its new position overlooking the beautiful Sapphire National Golf Course.

Sapphire is also home to the historic Camp Merrie-Woode. Since 1919, this very special summer camp has been inspiring girls and young women to appreciate the simple life and natural beauty, while emphasizing the importance of a lifetime of service. Serving thousands of campers since its inception, each individual at Camp Merrie-Woode is valued for who she is and who she will become. Camp Merrie-Woode is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its original Adirondack-style structures. 

Fairfield Lake, Sapphire Valley NC

Fairfield Lake, Sapphire Valley NC

Today, E.H. Jennings’s original vision of a resort destination is still alive and well. Although his original beloved Fairfield Inn is no more, Sapphire is perhaps best known for its most popular destination, Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley. This outstanding family-friendly resort offers an abundance of amenities and activities, 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. The resort has partnered with a number of area communities to share their facilities with local residents. A handful of these communities include Bald Rock, Cedar Hill, Country Club Estates, Deer Run, Eagle Ridge, Falcon Ridge, FiveStone, Fox Run Ridge, Golf Club Estates, Holly Forest I – XIV, Round Hill, Sapphire High, Stonecreek Crossing, The Divide at Bald Rock and Whisper Lake.

Another destination that serves as a major draw to Sapphire and sets it apart from some of the other local communities is the Sapphire Valley Ski Resort. Opportunities to ski or snowboard the slopes rest on the resort’s two downhill runs – one with a 200 foot vertical drop at 1,600 feet in length, and one considerably milder “bunny hill”. The resort also features a fun two-lane tube park called Frozen Falls.

Most importantly, Sapphire stands out for its natural beauty. Portions of the U.S. National Forestry’s Panthertown Valley lie within Sapphire filled with miles of hiking trails, cascading waterfalls and acre after acre of unspoiled forest.

Neighborhoods in Sapphire vary from affordable single-family homes to luxury mountain estates. For more information about Sapphire and its many excellent community offerings, call the team of experienced local brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group at 828.743.1999 or drop by our offices in the Shoppes at CreekSide located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads. To view homes and properties for sale, visit our Sapphire “Communities and Subdivisions” page at www.ncliving.com. We invite you to take advantage of the current buyer’s market, and find a “jewel” of your own in WNC’s outstanding Sapphire Valley.

Information courtesy of sapphirevalleyresort.com, sapphiremountainbrewingcompany.com and merriewoode.com.

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