May is the time to get away to Highlands and Cashiers NC!!!

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What a great month to get outside, enjoy the weather and Go Camping! There are numerous campsites and campgrounds in the areas surrounding the Highlands Plateau. Some are public, some are private and some are in the National Forest… From primitive tent camping to popup trailers to million dollar RV’s…most all of the sites offer accommodations for each style of …

What Makes A Home or Building Green?

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“Green design” building revolves around the integration into a sound environment a sustainable design, construction, and systems, which produce a positive impact on human health and comfort.  All of these factors work in harmony to achieve sustainability when the home or building is constructed, occupied, operated, and maintained.  As a result, the home or building becomes interconnected with the neighborhood, community, and …

Memorial Weekend Activities in Highlands include A Collective Spirits Wine Festival

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Tickets are on sale now for Highlands’ third annual Collective Spirits wine festival, set for May 29-30.  A fundraiser for The Bascom, the wine festival is the first event to be held in the art center’s new six-acre, “green,” architect-designed facility in Highlands. Featured activities include: * Grand wine tasting featuring more than 100 domestic and  international wines * Silent …

Making Reservations to Vacation in Highlands or Cashiers NC has never been Easier

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Spring is in the mountain air and booking your vacation to Highlands or Cashiers North Carolina is easier than ever.  Take advantage of the Online Reservation System provided on Meadows Mountain Realty’s website for a trouble-free way to book your next trip.  Simply put in your expected arrival and departure dates into the system along with the number of bedrooms …

New Library in Jackson County NC will Retain Original Historic Look

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The new library complex in Jackson County NC is slated to be completed in 2010 as a shining example of modern Main Street’s redevelopment; despite usual worries about modernizing projects being more costly than just constructing a new building, this case proved to make economical as well as historical sense for the community. The historic courthouse is 95 years old …

Performances and Activities at this weekend’s Greening up the mountains event

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Don’t forget that the “Greening up the Mountains” event is here this weekend on April 25th.  Enjoy live performances with the Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy presenting the first performance of the day with dance and music.  Also slated to perform are Sugar Barnes and Dave Magill showcasing a vintage blues style, The Donnie Clay Band with the Rough Creek …

Maximize Your Home’s Value

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The great thing about a new house is that everything is, well, new. Nothing is scratched, stained, or worn out. It’s wonderful: Everything works! That’s one of the main attractions of buying a new home. But, as any homeowner knows, the rigors of day-to-day living can cause that blissful new-home feeling to fade. It’s an inevitable process, but one that …

Second Homeowners are Enjoying Life in Cashiers, Sapphire and Glenville

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Many part-time residents in the Cashiers North Carolina area, including Sapphire and Glenville, are keeping their second homes, according to a recent survey conducted by Crossroads Chronicle. The Cashiers area attracts year round visitors, especially for summer and fall; and among the main types of homeowners in the area you will find many second homeowners that choose to stay for …

Protecting your property on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

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The Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance (J-MCA) is a local, not for profit, group who works hard to ensure our mountains and the watersheds of our Southern Appalachian Mountains are protected for generations.  J-MCA, although a separate organization, works hand in hand with the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and other local conservation groups. Their mission statement: Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance is a grassroots conservation …

Tread Carefully When Making a Low-Ball Offer for Homes in the Mountains of western North Carolina

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These days it’s easier to make a low-ball offer than it used to be, but with short sale properties, foreclosures and overall prices at historic lows it’s important to be offer smart.  Here are some things that a potential buyer should consider when making such an offer: 1. Use foreclosures as comps carefully. Look realistically at the prices of foreclosures if …