Greeted by stone columns and a winding driveway is this enchanting home with luxury finishes that is in a setting that makes you feel as if you are in a world of your own. Although located on the 13th tee of historic Highlands Country Club, the home is nestled among majestic trees with soothing water that flows over rocks and boulders hugging the home on three sides. The owners wanted a space where they were comfortable when it was just the two of them but allows family and friends to feel welcome and relaxed. During the design phase, not a detail was overlooked and the quality of construction is unsurpassed. The open floor plan with antique timbers and beams, gleaming hardwood floors, striking windows and ship-lap walls creates a space that is light and bright, yet maintains that distinctive mountain elegance. A wonderful floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace is the focal point of the great room, while uplighting on the old beams and skylights flood this area with natural light – no need for lamps on during the day! This room opens to a large covered deck where morning coffee feels serene as birds chirp and squirrels scamper across the yard. In the evening, a refreshing glass of chardonnay and a light dinner enjoyed with friends seems almost magical in this setting. The kitchen is amazing with Wolf appliances and a wall of windows to enjoy the sounds of the creek while preparing a feast. The master on the main floor is spacious with its own deck and boasts a spa-like bath featuring a custom sliding door, curbless shower with rain heads and Brizo faucets, soaking tub, custom built-ins and travertine flooring. Three en suite guest bedrooms overlook the beautiful landscaped grounds and flowing stream as it babbles over granite boulders. Not often does an opportunity come along to own a piece of paradise where someone else has done all the work to create a home as captivating as this one.
A mere two hour drive from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia; Asheville, North Carolina; and Greenville, South Carolina is the idyllic mountain town known as Highlands, North Carolina. At a pristine elevation of over 4,000 feet, this quiet rustic mountain community is located at the southern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is surrounded by national Forest. It straddles the Eastern Continental Divide and still seems to the first time visitor like just a few steps from Heaven’s door.
This picture perfect mountain oasis, so reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting, had its humble beginning back in 1875, when as legend has it, two Kansas developers drew intersecting lines on a map from New York to New Orleans and from Chicago to Savannah. They theorized that the point where these lines met would one day be a great trade center and the hub of commerce. Fortunately, they missed their calculations by approximately 120 miles (Atlanta Georgia) and this rich and fertile mountain village was able to develop as a health and summer resort town on the highest plateau of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in Western North Carolina. The year round population of the Highlands area is about 4,500, but the summertime temperatures draw visitors from around the southeast who come to enjoy the cool days and brisk mountain evenings.
World Class Dining
Unlike most resort towns, the majority of our summer visitors are also homeowners and the town has created a community of concerned citizens and cultural organizations with many diverse activities. This community atmosphere makes for an ideal relocation to Highlands. Within the four blocks of Main Street and adjacent streets that make up the center of town, Highlands is a delightful blend of country and city cultures. Rarely is it possible for such a small town to offer the array of services found in Highlands. Medical needs are met with a full-service hospital and a staff of general practitioners and specialists.
The cultural amenities include professional theatre, chamber music concerts, cabarets, art exhibits, galleries, a fine art center and other special events. A variety of educational classes and informative seminars are also available. Highlands gives you a range of choices and somehow manages to nurture your spirit at the same time.
Championship Golf Courses
For those who possess a more adventuresome spirit, nature is always calling and beckons you to spend time away from the harried cares of your world. Take a long walk or an invigorating hike to a nearby waterfall; go mountain biking or stroll the sidewalks of Main Street. There is championship golf, tennis, swimming, fly-fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and even whitewater rafting in the rivers nearby. Spring, summer, fall and winter each of the seasons offers its own unique set of outdoor adventures that attract residents and visitors alike to revel in the magnificent splendors of the mountains.
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