Bearfoot, A Great Mountain Community in Highlands North Carolina

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Bearfoot at Flat Mountain is a unique community of newly constructed mountain cottages located in the Flat Mountain Estates area of Highlands, NC.  Just minutes from Main Street but a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.   Built by Schmitt Building Contractors and Sullivan Construction, the cottages offer two plans.   From the moment you arrive in …

Green Building in Highlands and Cashiers North Carolina: What it is and why it matters

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For those of us who are lucky enough to live in Highlands or Cashiers, protecting the natural beauty of the area is high on our priority list.   “Green building” is the latest media buzz about the construction industry. News spots or magazine articles usually focus on insulated windows, high-efficiency furnaces, roof-mounted solar panels, or recycled-content flooring, however building “green” is a far …

Jackson County’s Cashiers NC Community Economically Resilient

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The Cashiers North Carolina region is seeing economic resilience despite other struggling economies in the nation.  According to recent data cited in the Crossroads Chronicle online, Jackson county is among a few counties in NC that are seeing below state average unemployment rates.  Kenneth Westmorland, Jackson County’s manager, indicated to the Chronicle that the county is weathering the economic storms …

The Best Buyer’s Market in Highlands and Cashiers North Carolina

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Should We Wait or Buy Now? A buyer’s market should be just that – a buyer’s market.  It’s not a fence sitting, procrastination, vacillating, wavering, hesitating, pausing market.  It’s a buyer’s market.  By the very name it means buyers should be doing one thing and one thing only – Buying.  So why aren’t we buying? The incredible irony of this …

The Bear Facts for Living with Bears in Highlands or Cashiers North Carolina

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Last article in a series about living with bears in the mountains of western North Carolina TRUE or FALSE? 1.       A bear that stands on its hind legs is preparing to charge. FALSE:  A bear that is standing on its hind legs is usually trying to identify you by scent or sight.  Bears rarely attack, but when they do it is …