January 2012

Located west of Hendersonville is the Town of Laurel Park which rises to an elevation of 2,000 feet. Laurel Park was incorporated in 1925.  Laurel Park is a premier residential, retirement and vacation area featuring spectacular views of the mountains and valleys below.

One of the most popular attractions is Jump Off Rock, a scenic overlook at the end of Laurel Park that offers a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Pisgah National Forest.  Jump Off Rock is named for a 300 year old Cherokee legend that when a young maiden heard that her lover had been killed in battle, she jumped off the cliff.

With a population of over 2200, the vision of the town is to preserve and enhance its unique quality of like making it the residential and small business community of choice in Western North Carolina.

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The incorporated town of Mills River is a Town of some 6,622 persons, is the largest town in the county, located  in western Henderson County near Etowah and Fletcher. There is a 5-lane highway that splits the Town in two, making easy access to a major interstate and a regional airport, and Mills River is one of the fastest growing areas in Western North Carolina.  It is our desire to maintain the balance of our community, to protect our natural, historical and cultural resources and manage the growth of Mills River.

Mills River is among the oldest communities in Henderson County with its first landholder receiving a deed from the State of North Carolina in 1787.  Mills River was considered the seat of public education in Henderson County, and was once a thriving agricultural community, often called the “fertile crescent”.

 

Many families living here today are direct descendants of the early settlers of the Mills River area and Henderson County.  Many continue to own land that has been in their families since the 1700’s.  Jesse Rickman, William Mills, and other early settlers fought in the Revolutionary War.

Mills River incorporated in 2003 in order to have more control over development by preserving the town’s farmland, homes and businesses. Since then, the town has implemented regulations for developers to control how the land is divided and zoned.

The Mills River Recreational Area is located near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest and is a popular day use area for hikers, fishermen and mountain bikers. The North Mills River Campground is open year-round with about 32 level campsites and a picnic area.

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Maggie Valley, situated in North Carolina‘s stunning Smoky Mountains, is known for its unrivaled location and friendly, small town character. When you visit Maggie Valley, you’re sure to discover the meaning of Southern hospitality wherever you go and whatever you do.

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Maggie Valley boasts a rich mountain history and has everything you need, from unique shops and restaurants to great places to stay, no matter the season. If you like to get off the beaten path, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway are just a hop and a skip away. You can explore some of Southern Appalachia’s best-kept secrets using Maggie Valley as your home base. Whether you spend the day paddling a whitewater river or hiking in the Smoky Mountains, you can come home to Maggie Valley for a restful evening or hit the town for a night of good food, music and dancing. When the weather starts cooling down, the action on the ski slopes begins to heat up on some of the southeast’s best runs. You can stroll through history at Wheels Through Time, “The museum that runs”.

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The American South and Southern Hospitality, defined by words such as generosity, friendliness, and graciousness, are exemplified by the residents of Waynesville, North Carolina. Waynesvile is nestled within the perfect setting of beautiful Appalachian mountain chains with many protected lands close by; including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, Harmen Den Wildlife Refuge, and Nantahala National Forest. Those who come and visit Waynesville, N.C. are greeted with nods of welcome, inquiries of “how are ya’ll”, and a willingness to be lent a helping hand.

Waynesville is located adjacent to Maggie Valley, N.C. and close to the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Visitors to Waynesville can take in the beautiful vistas to be found on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or spend the day taking in the views from the rocking chair of their lodgings. Modern hotels, more personal bed and breakfasts, quaint motels, log cabins, and golfing resorts await visitors with all the latest amenities, while the surroundings slow things down to a more leisurely pace.

Activities range from those geared more towards nature enthusiasts such as hiking thru a plethora of forest and plant types, or shopping for handmade Appalachian crafts. Those who visit Western North Carolina can grab grits for breakfast and fried green tomatoes for dinner. Southern cooking is easy to find, as are more traditional cuisines or fine dining. Some visitors fall in love just looking at pictures of the Smoky Mountains, and when they experience it first hand they feel the desire to either relocate or look over Waynesville Real Estate options for the perfect home away from home. Whatever your reason for visiting Waynesville, N.C. we hope you enjoy your stay.

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Welcome to Clyde nestled in Haywood County, home of the Great Smoky Mountains. Haywood County is also home of the Folkmoot International Festival, one of the top school systems in the state, and a lower than average cost of living.

Haywood County, and Clyde in particular, has the distinction of being “away from it all” but without the isolation usually associated with mountain living. Asheville, with its regional airport, is only 40 minutes away. I-40 provides excellent access from Knoxville, Tennessee, through Clyde, and on to the Raleigh-Durham area.

Two industrial parks have been developed just north of the Canton/Clyde area. The newest industry to join the park is Echlin, Incorporated, a world-class supplier of automotive replacement parts. Echlin will employ 150 people initially at the new plant opening later this year in the Beaverdam Industrial Park with a prospective employment of 350 jobs in three years.

The Clyde Town Board is composed of four aldermen and the mayor. A town administrator oversees day-to-day operations of the town.

Clyde is within easy access of several golf courses. Hiking and nature trails and superior trout and bass fishing are a part of the nearby National Forest. Also nearby are the nation’s two most visited national parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. Located near Clyde at Maggie Valley are the Cataloochee Ski Slopes with facilites for all classes of skiers. Camping and outdoor living are at their best in the forests and campgrounds in Haywood County. There are many public and private campgrounds for the outdoorsman.

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Canton is nestled among five hills along the banks of the Pigeon River in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Our moderate climate with four distinct seasons makes Canton one of the nicest places to live anywhere.  Canton is near major highways and within easy driving distance of the regional airport.   Canton’s beautiful residential communities lie along tree-lined streets in this quaint town.

Canton is the home of Blue Ridge Papers, Incorporated, Haywood County’s largest industry.  The mill produces paper and allied products.  Two industrial parks have been developed just north of Canton.

Canton has a recreation program as part of its services to its citizens and guests.  The Recreation Park has a large, modern swimming pool, playground, picnic tables, lighted tennis courts, and ball fields adjacent to the park.  Activities include “Pickin in the Park” during the summer months, a walking trail surrounding the park area; an annual Labor Day celebration, a festival of lights during the Christmas holiday season, and the annual lighted night Christmas parade.

Canton is within easy access of several fine golf courses.  Hiking and nature trails and superior trout and bass fishing are a part of the nearby National Forest.  Nearby are the nation’s two most visited national parks; Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway.  Located near Canton at Maggie Valley are the Cataloochee Ski Slopes with facilities for all classes of skiers.  Camping and outdoor living are at their best in the forests and campgrounds in Haywood County.  There are many public and private campgrounds for the outdoorsman. It is also where my wife is from!

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The community of Fairview is located about 6-11 miles southeast of downtown Asheville via US 74A.  Fairview is located halfway between Asheville and Chimney Rock. An estimated 3000 people live within Fairview’s boundaries.

Settled in the late 18th century, Fairview was called Cane Creek until the early 1800s. Cane Creek Baptist Church was established in 1806 and is one of the oldest churches in Buncombe County.

Fairview is the site of plenty of new development, offering large lots and community amenities. Cane Creek Pool in Fairview includes a pool, soccer fields, picnic sheds and concessions.

In addition to the newer communities Fairview has lots of open land with ample opportunities for privacy.

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Visit www.fairviewnc.com to learn more about Fairview.

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Biltmore Forest is a planned residential community with a rich cultural history.  The Town was planned by Mr. C.D. Beadle who had been associated with the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted of Boston, planned the protection, preservation, and perfection of the natural beauty of the area that is now known as Biltmore Forest.  Mr. Frederick Law Olmsted, the Father of Landscape Architecture, planned his landscape to preserve the beauty of the natural environment and attempted to create a rural atmosphere although his designs were often located in cities.  He was involved in the design of New York’s Central Park, the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, and the grounds of the Biltmore Estate.

In 1916, there was a substantial flood in Asheville, North Carolina that caused significant damage to portions of the Biltmore Estate. The affected land was sold to lessen the upkeep and tax burden on The Biltmore Company. The town of Biltmore Forest was chartered in 1923. The first houses were built on White Oak Road.

Biltmore Forest  is one of south Asheville’s oldest and finest golf course communities featuring a Donald Ross designed 18 hole golf course and of course the prestigious Biltmore Forest Country Club.

With beautiful streetlights and thickly wooded lots, Biltmore Forest is one of the wealthiest towns in the country. Biltmore Forest is home to some of the largest estates and is one of the most desirable areas to live. Biltmore Forest Real Estate ranges on average between $300,000 to $6,000,000.

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Black Mountain

Excerpt taken from blackmountain.org:

Since the Cherokee Indians settled here more than 10,000 years ago, folks have come seeking rejuvenation, contemplation, and introspection. The beautiful mountain scenery, variety of recreational activities, and friendly hometown feel, continues to attract many each year. Take a walk through historic downtown and discover numerous unique gift shops, galleries, and Appalachian-style craft stores, with local craftsmen often demonstrating iron works, dulcimer making, and throwing pottery. Enjoy a wide variety of nightly music at one of our famous venues.

From the most upscale cuisine, to country cooking and BBQ, the area is home to over forty restaurants sure to please any palate. Dine inside or outside, while enjoying the local flavor or celebrating a special occasion.

Activities abound – from a round of golf at Black Mountain’s famous 747 yard par 6 course (one of the longest in the world), to hiking and biking along the area’s numerous scenic trails. The area hosts many renowned festivals: Sourwood Festival, L.E.A.F. Festival, Black Mountain Art and Crafts Show, and Art in Bloom to name a few. Don’t miss the Swannanoa Valley Museum and Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

Make Black Mountain, North Carolina, in the lovely Swannanoa Valley, your vacation headquarters. Stay at a historic B&B, quaint cottage, country inn, or hotel while visiting some of the region’s greatest attractions. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate, Lake Lure and Chimney Rock State Park, are within a short drive. Sit and rock on our “Front Porch.” Stroll around Lake Tomahawk. Drink in the ever-changing mountain views. Luxuriate in the peace and fresh air. Visit Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley to discover the best that Western North Carolina has to offer.

To see homes anywhere in the Black Mountain area call, text, or email me here.

To learn more about Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley visit blackmountain.org.

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Biltmore Lake

Excerpt taken from biltmorelake.com:

With 62-acres at your back door, it’s easy to see why it is tempting for Biltmore Lake residents to stay home on the weekends.  Biltmore Lake is a welcome escape from an increasingly hectic world, with its picturesque lake reflecting the encompassing Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, NC.

Residents of Biltmore Lake enjoy many amenities, such as miles of trails, campsites, fishing, non-motorized boating, and playgrounds, along with tennis and basketball courts.  A short walk makes chance encounters with neighbors and friends the norm, not the exception.

Biltmore Lake is the premier lakeside location for homes, townhomes and Asheville area real estate.  With many options to purchase a home/lot package through our Cottage Collection, own a townhome in Rock Fish Cove or build a home in our Cedar Rock neighborhood, you’ll find a community elegant in it simplicity yet rich in detail, quality and craftsmanship.

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