In Search of Fulfillment: FireMoss Pottery

Posted by Admin | Posted in Living in WNC | Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017

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For Justin Allman, there is a delicate dance graced in the presence of now and the whisper of unfulfilled dreams. His hands mold shapes and surfaces, while his mind breathes existence into his stories of art.

The potter blends the emotional reflection of Japanese art with the sovereign richness surrounding Western North Carolina, creating characterized pieces. Justin’s inspired personal style is meant to draw emotion and be representative of a place you are, and a place you have dreamed of being.

The resemblance to Japanese pottery art – from 1550 AD to modern times, intimately connects with that of modern North Carolina art.  His passion for culture is showcased in his degree in history, deeply invested in the studies of Chinese and Japanese days of old. Intertwining inherited and unforgiving times past of Japan and North Carolina, the two styles fuse, capturing the eye and the heart.

“My work represents struggle. Nothing new when it seems to be in the sense of art. However, mine represents the struggle of every single man, woman, and child. Natural scenes of a snake in a patch of rhododendrons represents its daily struggle to feed itself and protect itself from other predators. We are no different – every day we struggle, work, fight, and push to survive in our world. I want people to remember that fight, by seeing my work and to never let go of their dreams and to keep fighting,” Justin expressed.

Justin Allman’s studio, Firemoss Pottery, is in Cashiers, North Carolina. From hand-building to wheel-throwing, his techniques provide his guests with a variety of ceramic mugs. Sipping from one of his coffee mugs, his desire is you will be reminded of how full your cup truly is. A metaphor for life, and how fulfilled you choose to be.

Choosing to live among the magic of Cashiers and Highlands, after graduating from the Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers, Justin Allman enjoys being part of the local artistic community. He and his family vacationed here for 27 years, naturally drawing him back to the serenity.

Justin’s touch personalizes each artistic treasure, differentiating each mug, vase, sponge holder, bowl, drink mixer, plate, and more.

He offers private lessons, kiln parties, and two carving workshops a year to teach his technique. For more information, visit his website at


FireMoss Pottery
107 Lance Rd.
Cashiers, NC 28171


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February 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011

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Love is in the air – and it’s contagious!  Each year, a whole new round of couples and families discover our special little corner of the world on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and fall in love.  Some feel a kinship to the people and places along the region that calls them back year-after-year, others are struck by a deep-seated passion that entices them to lay down roots here with a year-round or seasonal home of their own.  We invite you to come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and visit the quaint towns and villages of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway. Discover for yourself why so many people have fallen in love with the area for nearly two centuries – but consider yourself warned.  You, too, might just fall in love! In the likelihood that it happens, you might want to keep our number so we can begin the search for the mountain property of your dreams.

While you’re in town, we welcome you to stop by Silver Creek Real Estate Group’s offices located at the Shoppes at CreekSide. Otherwise, please feel free to call us at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at, or fill out our convenient online contact form and one of our talented brokers will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your needs and fondest wishes.  In the meantime, here are a handful of wonderful events on and around the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – one of them might provide you with the perfect excuse to pay us a visit:

February 1-28: Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills – a fun “bunny” hill for beginners/intermediate skiers and a main run of 1,600 feet in length featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding with the entire family on a thrilling 500 foot run.

Hours**:  Monday 5-9pm
Friday Noon-9pm
Saturday 9am-9pm
Sunday 9am-6pm
Weather Permitting

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard
Adults Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $52.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $36.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $30.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $18.00 

Children ( 12 & under ) Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $26.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $16.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $24.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $14.00 
Ski’s & Poles Rental Only $21.00 
Snowboard Rental Only $30.00 
Helmet Rental $9.00 
Boot Rental $9.00 
Ski and Snowboard Lessons
Group (min. 3 people, max. 10) $15.00 per Hour
Private (w/ Advanced Reservation) $25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental
$22.00 for 1.75-hour session

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley Resort.
** Check website for special holiday hours. Hours vary slightly for Frozen Falls.

February 4-6: Gametime for the Girls at the Old Edwards Inn in historic Highlands – Grab a bunch of girlfriends and head to the mountains of Western North Carolina for this fun “Anti-Super Bowl Weekend” that includes pajama party complete with popcorn, games and chick flicks. Two night minimum stay to take part in the activities. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 6, 13, 20 & 27: Headwaters Outfitters to host Fly Fishing Clinics each Sunday in February. Students will learn the basics of executing a roll cast, sidearm cast, overhead cast and bow-and-arrow cast, using 4- and 5-weight fly rods and reels provided by Headwaters. Waders and boots will be provided as well. Classes will take place on the banks of the North Fork of the French Broad River, adjacent to Headwaters Outfitters Fly Shop at the intersection of Hwy. 215 and Hwy. 64, 20 miles east of Highlands. Reservations are required. You can reserve a spot in the casting clinic by calling (828) 877-3106. $30.00 per person activity fee.

February 8-10: Executive and Entrepreneur Coach, Susie DeVille Schiffli hosts her “Thinking with a Whole New Mind” workshop at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 10 & 24: Old Edwards Inn welcomes you to join them for their popular “Best Sellers in the Wine Cellar” event – Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. Hummingbird, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the Wine Cellar. Cost: $180 Author TBD. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-14: Bring the one you love to the Highlands hotel who was voted winner of the Traveler’s Choice Award for 2010 and named Conde Nast Traveler’s #1 Hotel Spa in North America in 2010 – the historic Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC this Valentine’s Day Weekend. Special romantic dinners served nightly at Madison’s Restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by the front desk to pick up a romantic movie and popcorn to enjoy in the privacy of your own luxury room. Guests can also arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting for their sweetheart when they enter their room or suite.  Two-night minimum (Friday and Saturday) with a special add on rate at $150. Live music in Hummingbird 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-13: Whisk the one you love away for a weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina to enjoy a very special Valentine’s Package at the Half Mile Inn Farm. Saturday evening includes the Farm’s annual Valentine’s Day dinner… 5 courses, each perfectly paired with an exquisite wine. Packages include a hot country gourmet breakfast each morning, wine and hors d’oeurves each evening, 5-course wine dinner Saturday night, champagne and chocolate turn-down service. Call today as seating is limited to the first 11 couples.  800-946-6822.

February 12: Martin Lipscomb Performing Center in Highlands to host the juggling and fire-eating Moldavian trio, Thimblerig Circus. More Details to come soon!

February 18-19: Cheer on your favorite school during Highlands Jeopardy at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center!  Cost is just  $35 per person, which includes ticket for Friday mixer and dance, and Saturday Highlands Jeopardy (includes one drink). The Alumni of University of Georgia and Georgia Tech go head to head for bragging rights in this inaugural Jeopardy-inspired competition. Competition begins at 3 p.m. Join the winning team for celebratory dinners hosted at two of Highlands’ finest restaurants. For more information, call 828-526-9047.

February 19: 4th Annual Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race – that’s right, we said Outhouse Race. This fun annual event benefits the Tamassee DAR School Ski scholarship, and features four ways to participate- build your own outhouse, rent an existing outhouse, sponsor an outhouse (GREAT FOR BUSINESSES) or volunteer for a race team.  Of course, everyone is welcome to come cheer the teams on! Hosted at the Sapphire Ski Slopes in Sapphire Valley Resort from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 828- 743-7100.

February 19: Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters will demonstrate how to tie a muskie size “Double Bunny Leech” during this free fly-tying clinic in Rosman on Saturday 2-5 p.m. Bring your own vise and tie along with Mac – or just come, drink some freshly brewed Brown Bean coffee and watch. All materials necessary to tie these patterns will be available for sale. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

February 21-23: The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands hosts the Comfort Living Spa Retreat featuring Christine Eisner of Lifestyle Design. Learn how to lead a more balanced and meaningful life by transforming your surroundings. Christine will help you translate your inner priorities to enrich your home or work environment. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 24-27:  Highlands-Cashiers Players present “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running” by Robert Anderson at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Evening Performances begin at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 pm. Seats are just $20.00/person.  For more information or to reserve your seats, call 828-526-8084.

February 25-27: The Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts “Winterscapes – Picture Perfect Weekend” featuring special guest, award-winning photographer Joseph Aczel. This photography workshop is perfect for beginners to advanced photographers and kicks off Friday 5:30 p.m. with wine, hors d’oeuvres and supper. Evening an opportunity for photographers to meet Mr. Aczel and get acquainted with one another. Saturday class is from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm and includes lunch. Sunday morning, photographers will gather for a sunrise photo shoot and breakfast. Cost is $175.00 per person. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. Call 800-946-6822 for more information.

February 25-27: Writers – pack your pencils and head to the Old Edwards Inn for a very special Literary Writers Workshop Weekend. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 26: Rekindle an old Highlands Tradition! Helen’s Barn Dances provides a community gathering for full-time residents and visitors alike at The Bascom’s Winter Dance. February’s Winter Dance celebrates the Police Officers, Firefighters and EMT’s that serve the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Admission is just $5/person and the dance lasts from 7 to 10:00 pm.


Life is but a Dream on Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC | Posted on Monday, October 26, 2009

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat…
Life is but a Dream on Lake Toxaway

Visitors to Lake Toxaway bear witness to the beauty and serenity that first drew visionary E.H. Jennings to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina. The Pittsburg entrepreneur’s belief in the viability in this region as a resort destination led to the transformation of the rugged terrain associated with the area into a beautiful 614- acre mountain lake. Named by its creator, Lake Toxaway was the first man-made lake built in the Appalachians. Knowing visitors would become as enamored with the area as he was, Jennings built The Toxaway Inn along the lake’s shoreline. It quickly became a well-known retreat among the nation’s most affluent citizens, and early guests of the Inn included Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.  

Lake Toxaway in the fall

Lake Toxaway in the fall

While on vacation at Lake Toxaway, socialite and Savannah native Lucy Camp Armstrong also fell in love with the area. She bought 40 acres around the lake and built an estate, lavish gardens and riding stables in 1915. Sadly, during heavy rains in the summer of 1916, the area experienced flooding and a dam gave way – emptying Lake Toxaway completely. Armstrong’s estate and the Inn held fast, but with no lake – the area lost its appeal for the vacationing jet set. This event eventually led to the demise of The Toxaway Inn, which stood empty for 30 years before being demolished in 1948. Ms. Armstrong continued to love the area, took up permanent residence at her estate and lived long enough to see her dream realized when the lake was restored to its original beauty in the 1960’s. After her death in 1970, Ms. Armstrong’s estate was transformed into The Greystone Inn – crown jewel of the Lake Toxaway Community.

Situated at 3,014 feet above sea level, Lake Toxaway offers 14 miles of shoreline, mild year round temperatures, beautiful natural settings and a wealth of opportunities for water-themed activities. Providing the best of both worlds by combining amazing views of the mountains and lakefront living, it is now home to some of the area’s most sought after and imaginative communities with resort-quality amenities. The lake and developments such as Bear Wallow Springs, Catatoga, Lake Toxaway Estates and Toxaway Views continue to draw visitors to this unique corner of the world year after year. Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to introduce you and your family to this very special spot along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. To view available homes or property for sale, click here. To schedule an appointment to view this unique lake community up close and personal, drop by our offices located in the heart of Cashiers at The Shoppes at CreekSide or call the talented team at Silver Creek at 828-743-1999. You could be in the mountain-lake home of your dreams in time for the holidays!


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 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.

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Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Toxaway, Sapphire Valley real estate sales update

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Bank Owned Properties, Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Weekly Real Estate Sales Update | Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009

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Here are this week’s real estate sales for the week of June 15, 2009 in the greater Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Toxaway and Sapphire Valley NC area. For additional information on any of these sales or assistance in purchasing or selling property, please call our office at (828) 743-1999 or email me at

3 bedroom/2 bath home on 10.8 acres off Buck Creek Road sold for $260,000.
2 bedroom/2 bath bank owned foreclosure home on Dendy Orchard Road in Highlands sold for $175,000.
2 bedroom/2 bath home in the John Gibson subdivision sold for $230,000.
2 bedroom/2 bath home in the Buck Creek area sold for $267,000.
3 bedroom/4.5 bath home in Lake Toxaway Estates sold for $575,000.
3 bedroom/3 bath home in Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes sold for $425,000.
2 bedroom/2 bath condominium at The Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove sold for $405,000.
A lot in Holly Forest III sold for $8,500.
Two lots totaling 6.6 acres in Longleaf sold for $125,000.
A lot at The Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove sold for $142,500.
0.76 acres sold in the Horse Cove area for $50,000.
0.58 acres sold in the Horse Cove area for $77,760.
The Library Restaurant property sold for $900,000.


Croquet Anyone? Come Visit Cashiers’ Chattooga Club

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009

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Nestled upon 200 beautiful acres in Western North Carolina, Chattooga Club was founded as a family-friendly mountain retreat near the historic village of Cashiers in 1988 by Charleston executive, John Rivers. An enclave of just under 70 home sites and specialized amenities, this extraordinary gated community is carefully designed down to the last detail to coexist in harmony with the pristine natural setting on which it is built. A broad offering of homes, from quaint cottages to luxury custom estates, paired with a unique blend of amenities – Chattooga Club seeks to offer something for everyone. Amenities at The Club include the highly revered Life Enhancement Center, which offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, high-energy aerobics classes, personal trainers, and a world-class spa featuring relaxing body massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Additional Club amenities consist of three Har-Tru tennis courts, heated swimming pool, fully stocked trout lake, active children’s programs, hiking trails, and five-star dining at The Chattooga Club Lodge. At the heart of the community – and setting Chattooga apart from other communities in the area – are two meticulously landscaped croquet lawns considered to be among the finest in the world. Invitational tournaments are held here biannually each year – drawing croquet enthusiasts from all across the nation in the summer and the fall. Between the sight of families playing croquet on the lawn and the native Appalachian-themed architectural design of the homes and Chattooga Club Lodge, visitors may feel as though they’ve taken a step back to another era – a simpler time.

Chattooga Club's Crocket Field

Chattooga Club's Croquet Field

The mission of this distinctive community is to “maintain a tradition as the family mountain retreat in the North Carolina Mountains, a place where families come to renew their spirit and create memories together in a natural setting surrounded by subtle elegance and superior level of service”. To experience Chattooga Club’s subtle elegance and superior level of service firsthand, Silver Creek Real Estate Group cordially invites you for a personalized tour of this very special community. Feel free to visit our website to view Finwood Lodge – one of Chatooga Club’s newest additions and simply stunning with its lakefront view, hand-hewn timber and stone accents, and lodge-inspired design.

What are you waiting for? Now is the ideal time to buy property in Western North Carolina. Simply contact one of the talented brokers at Silver Creek by calling us at (828) 742-1999, dropping by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide, or by filling out our online contact form. We welcome the opportunity to introduce you to what could become the site of your future dream home in one of Cashier’s most exclusive mountain communities, The Chattooga Club.


Lonesome Valley: “Where Life is Simplified, and Living is Embraced”

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Saturday, June 20, 2009

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The rock face at Lonesome Valley

The rock face at Lonesome Valley

With a history dating back to 1895, Lonesome Valley has served as a bastion to “the great outdoors” ever since Pittsburg entrepreneur and visionary E.H. Jennings first acquired 35,000 acres near the sleepy village of Cashiers. While Mr. Jennings is responsible for developing one of Western North Carolina’s most popular resort destinations, he chose to preserve Lonesome Valley as a special place to share with his friends and family. 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. For more than a century, the Jennings family has continued to take great care to maintain the history and natural beauty of this unique mountain treasure.

Carefully developed in accordance with the Jennings family’s wishes, amenities and homes within this stunning community complement the natural beauty of the area. Lonesome Valley has quickly become one of Cashiers’ most sought after developments. Cottage and home designs pay homage to the Southern Appalachian farmhouses of a bygone era. Dining within the community highlights Southern cuisine made with fresh produce grown in the Valley. The Canyon Kitchen is currently open for the season on Thursdays through Sundays, and features the culinary talents of Chef John Fleer (formerly of the renowned Blackberry Farm in Tennessee). The Canyon Kitchen is located inside Jennings Barn at the heart of the Lonesome Valley community, and reservations are recommended.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to announce that we are now highlighting several incredible homes and amazing lots available for purchase in Lonesome Valley on our website. A handful of new-construction cabins, cottages and homes are available for immediate move-in, or select your own view from a series of incredible home sites currently being offered. For photo tours and more information on Lonesome Valley in Cashiers, North Carolina, click on the following two links: Lonesome Valley land or homes for sale. When you’re ready to buy or build the home of your dreams, contact one of the talented brokers at Silver Creek by calling us at (828) 742-1999, dropping by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide, or by filling out our online contact form . We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to one of Cashier’s most visually stunning communities.


“At the top of the world” at Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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True to its name, Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club is perched high atop a beautiful expanse of the Blue Ridge Mountains between the popular destinations of Cashiers and Highlands, North Carolina. At 4,000 feet above sea level, Mountaintop offers its residents not only some of the most beautiful views in the region, but also extremely pleasant climates, no matter the season. 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 over five acres – providing residents with the peace and quiet that has become a trademark of luxury mountain living. From a cascading waterfall to a nest of birds high atop a hardwood tree, the sights and sounds of nature surround the community. However, for those who seek more than just peace and quiet, amusing activities abound.

Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club Estate

Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club Estate

Mountaintop considers itself the “perfect private mountain retreat, designed to embrace your family for generations.” This unique community is highly revered for the level of service available to club members through the added benefits of property management and lifestyle concierge services. The mission at Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club is “to enrich the lives of the Mountaintop family through a genuine desire to create memorable experiences that last a lifetime.” They seek to do so by offering a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the best that Western North Carolina has to offer. For the fun lover, Mountaintop offers a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, as well as opportunities for water sports like kayaking, wave running and canoeing at the private Lake Club on nearby Lake Glenville. For the nature lover, Cashiers offers horseback riding, fly fishing, whitewater rafting and plenty of trails for hiking and exploring. For those seeking inner peace, a trip to Mountaintop’s world-class spa and wellness center should certainly do the trick. And for the foodie, Mountaintop offers several options for your dining pleasure – anything from a family picnic by the lake to casual or formal dining in the clubhouse. The possibilities are truly endless.
Many offer stunning long-range views of the mountains or are set along the fairway of Mountaintop’s famous golf course. We are currently showcasing several new-construction multi-million dollar homes that are available for immediate move-in, including a handful of exquisite estates designed by renowned Atlanta architect, William T. Baker. For photo tours and more information on land or homes for sale in Mountaintop in Cashiers, North Carolina – click on this Mountaintop link.

When you’re ready to buy or build the home of your dreams, contact one of the talented brokers at Silver Creek by calling us at (828) 742-1999, dropping by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide, or by filling out our online contact form . We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to one of Cashier’s most sought-after communities.


Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Toxaway, Sapphire Valley real estate sales update

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Bank Owned Properties, Real Estate News, Weekly Real Estate Sales Update | Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009

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Here are this week’s real estate sales for the week of June 8, 2009 in the greater Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Toxaway and Sapphire Valley NC area. For additional information on any of these sales or assistance in purchasing or selling property, please call our office at (828) 743-1999 or email me at

3 bedroom/3.5 bath bank owned foreclosure home off Pine Creek Road sold for $198,500
4 bedroom/3.5 bath home in Highlander subdivision sold for $1,117,000.
A magnificent home in The Cotswold in Highlands sold for $1,800,000.
4 bedroom/3.5 bath home in the Clear Creek area sold for $446,000.
3 bedroom/2 bath home in in Rocky Mountain Estates sold for $455,000.
2 bedroom/1 bath home on Fifth Street in Highlands sold for $230,000.
A 1 bedroom/1 bath townhome at Toxaway Views sold for $18,500.
A 6.06 acre bank owned foreclosure lot in Bald Rock sold for $259,000.
A 0.36 acre lot in the Paul Cleveland subdivision of Highlands sold for $57,500.
Lot 7 in Highlands Falls Country Club sold for $85,000.


The Shoppes at CreekSide now leasing

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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The Shoppes at CreekSide

The Shoppes at CreekSide

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is now leasing commercial space in The Shoppes at CreekSide conveniently located just west of the crossroads (Highway 107 and 64) in Cashiers, NC. This premier center was designed by Summerour and Associates , which gave careful consideration to every aspect of design and craftsmanship.

The Shoppes at CreekSide is the premier retail and office location and will become a landmark in Cashiers with direct frontage on Highway 64 leading to Highlands.  The center attracts clients from Lake Toxaway, Sapphire Valley, the Lake Glenville area, as well as Highlands, by being located centrally among these great destinations in Western North Carolina. Anchored by the Wendy’s restaurant which is separated from the retail building by an open courtyard featuring outdoor seating and a magnificent stone fireplace. The ground floor bays are available from 1888 to 3960 square feet. Second floor retail/office space is accessed by two staircases and an elevator. Bays are available from 1362 to 7986 square feet.

For additional leasing information, please contact Jochen Lucke at 828-743-1999 or by email at