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    Local Asheville Development, Whisper Mountain, Chosen For Southern Living Inspired Communities

Local Asheville Development, Whisper Mountain, Chosen For Southern Living Inspired Communities

Hand-picked to showcase Southern Living lifestyle, Whisper Mountain breathes renewed spirit into the Asheville real estate market.
Asheville, NC – With the housing market bouncing back and much of the activity based in the South,* Southern Living announces the launch of Southern Living Inspired Communities, a unique collection of residential developments featuring seven founding members across five Southern states (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) that exemplify the Southern Living lifestyle.
Southern Living Inspired Communities editors hand-picked neighborhoods marked by charm, taste, and Southern spirit that embody a distinctive pride of place. Whisper Mountain embraces the natural beauty of the Southern landscape, displays the best of Southern Living inspired architecture, and hosts an environments that fosters communal gatherings.
“Whisper Mountain is a magical place. The craftsmanship and preservation of the rich mountain history creates a unique setting to call home,” said Owner Charlie Ball. “The community is home to the 2008 Southern Living Idea House and 2009 Southern Living Giveaway House and are honored to have been chosen to be part of Southern Living Inspired Communties.”
Homes and homesites are available for purchase within the gated development, located 17 miles northwest of Asheville. This forward thinking community offers a place where humanity and nature thrive in delicate symmetry, and upholds the standard of smart living choices
Additional members of  the Southern Living Inspired Communities include:

Old Town (Columbus, GA):  A New Neighborhood that Honors the Past.  This charming Southern town is a shining example of New Urbanism where day-to-day activities are all walkable.

 

Habersham (Beaufort, SC): Waterfront Living in the Lowcountry. Awarded the “Best Neighborhood Design in America” by the National Association of Home Builders, this coastal town was designed by Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company, champion of New Urbanism.

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    SOUTHERN LIVING EXPANDS FOOTPRINT IN REAL ESTATE MARKET WITH LAUNCH OF SOUTHERN LIVING INSPIRED COMMUNITIES

SOUTHERN LIVING EXPANDS FOOTPRINT IN REAL ESTATE MARKET WITH LAUNCH OF SOUTHERN LIVING INSPIRED COMMUNITIES

SOUTHERN LIVING EXPANDS FOOTPRINT IN REAL ESTATE MARKET WITH LAUNCH OF SOUTHERN LIVING INSPIRED COMMUNITIES
Branded Collection of Residential Properties — Marked by Charm, Taste and Southern Spirit — Offer Consumers a New Way to Shop for a Home
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New York, NY – With the housing market bouncing back and much of the activity based in the South,* Southern Living announces the launch of Southern Living Inspired Communities, a unique collection of residential developments featuring seven founding members across five Southern states (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) that exemplify the Southern Living lifestyle.
Hand-picked by our editors, Southern Living Inspired Communities are neighborhoods marked by charm, taste, and Southern spirit that embody a distinctive pride of place. They embrace the natural beauty of the Southern landscape, display the best of Southern Living inspired architecture, and contain environments that foster communal gatherings.

“Southern Living Inspired Communities shows our pride of place in bricks and mortar,” said Southern Living Editor in Chief Lindsay Bierman, who is also a trained architect and previously worked for New York’s renowned firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects. “The program builds on our legacy of Southern style and brings to life the timeless design principles we advocate and celebrate through multimedia content. We’re proud to offer a new level of consumer service that will radically simplify the process of finding the perfect home in the best neighborhood.”

This initiative is the culmination of nearly 50 years of the brand’s experience in the Homes category. In addition to covering homes across the South for decades, the brand sells a successful line of branded House Plans designed by the South’s top architects. It has created a hand-selected group of trusted […]

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    Announcing Asheville’s Newest Wedding Venue, Whisper Mountain

Announcing Asheville’s Newest Wedding Venue, Whisper Mountain

Whisper Mountain, a community located 17 miles from downtown Asheville, announces its lodge and surrounding sky valley park as Asheville, North Carolina’s newest wedding venue.
The Sky Valley Lodge, crafted from 170 year old hemlock timbers, features decks accompanied with 30 mile views, providing a perfect backdrop for a mountain ceremony.  The majestic lodge will provide an intimate indoor ceremony, family dinner or even dance floor, while expansive fields will offer space for larger groups outdoors.
“Every one that has ever set foot in Sky Valley Lodge says they can’t believe the beauty among the awe inspiring setting of mountain views and the pristine valley below. It’s a magical place. The craftsmanship provides a cathedral like setting, making it the absolutely perfect spot for a wedding,” says Charlie Ball, owner of Whisper Mountain.
The wedding industry in Asheville is estimated to have brought in over $75 million in 2013. Wedding planning for the 2014 season is in full swing. Many engagements take place between Christmas and Valentines, making wedding locations a hot item during springtime. The addition of this venue will offer couples a new location to consider while planning their 2014 wedding, especially if dates date have been reserved at other venues.

Off Season (December-May)venue rental rates start at $1750, while Peak Season (June-November) rates start at $2000. Whisper Mountain is conveniently located near Asheville, making it a great choice for locals tying the knot. Accommodations are available nightly from $350.
For more information about Whisper Mountain or Whisper Mountain Weddings visit www.whispernc.com.
About Whisper Mountain:
Whisper Mountain is located 17 miles northwest of Asheville, NC. Discover hundreds of acres of land preservation alongside homes and wooded mountain lots. Visit www.whispernc.com for more information about this development and wedding venue.

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Five Short Hikes near Asheville, NC

The Asheville area is rich in tracts of undisturbed wilderness areas, national and state parks. It is also home to many beautiful North Carolina mountain homes. Visitors and North Carolina mountain homeowners seeking hiking recreation may be overwhelmed by the number of choices and also question the level of physical ability needed.

Here are some important hiking tips: bring enough drinking water and some warm clothing; wear hiking boots with grip; and pack rain gear in case of storms. In Western North Carolina, weather and temperature shift quickly and many of the trails near Asheville are rocky, and steep, so be prepared for some cardiovascular exercise.

Here are five short hikes that can be done in one to two hours. Expect more cardio exertion on the high country hikes (Craggy Gardens, Mount Mitchell, and Max Patch) and less on the river hiking (East Fork River and Hot Springs).

Craggy Gardens
The hike to Craggy Gardens is .7 miles and begins at milepost 364 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s a short, steady, upward climb that takes about 20-30 minutes. In the spring, this grassy bald is filled with wildflowers and rhododendron. Once the summit has been reached, enjoy the 360-degree views of the Asheville area.

Mount Mitchell: Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 355. 
Mount Mitchell is the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River and stands at 6,684 feet. To reach Mount Mitchell from the Asheville area, visitors are best advised to pass through Burnsville or Marion and access it through Route 80. Due to a roadway failure, the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed between Craggy Gardens and Mount Mitchell. While the new observation deck is underway, there is no access to the observation deck trail or short trail sections […]

Listening to the Land: Life in the North Carolina Mountains

Henry David Thoreau once said, “In wilderness is the preservation of the world.” There is no greater example of this than the North Carolina Mountains. Western North Carolina (WNC) offers residents some of the most diverse climates, trees and wildlife in the world. It’s a place full of breathtaking, magical, natural phenomenon including forests, mountaintop vistas, waterfalls and riverbanks.

Over the years, individuals, local communities, state officials and the federal government have worked to preserve the beautiful landscape in Western North Carolina, along with the animals and plants that live there. This effort continues today and each year. And, as new people relocate to the area in search of a better quality of life, they discover an age-old mountain tradition…listening to the land.
The Mountains in North Carolina Tell Their Story: Appalachian Mountain Facts
The Appalachian Mountains are a record of Earth’s history. According to the U.S. Geological Survey:

“The Appalachians are old. A look at rocks exposed in today’s Appalachian Mountains reveals elongated belts of folded and thrust faulted marine sedimentary rocks, volcanic rocks and slivers of ancient ocean floor. Strong evidence that these rocks were deformed during plate collision. The birth of the Appalachian ranges, some 480 million years ago, marks the first of several mountain building plate collisions that culminated in the construction of the supercontinent Pangea with the Appalachians near the center.”

The beginning of the Appalachian Mountains led to hundreds of millions of years of Earth changes. Finally, approximately 60 million years ago, the Appalachians we know today began to take shape.

The exact boundaries of the Appalachian Mountains are debatable, but most experts agree the range extends over 1,500 North to South miles from Canada to Georgia. As a system of ridges split […]

Mountain Real Estate Delivers Mountain Adventure

For a host of reasons, the Blue Ridge Mountains have become something of a relocation hotspot, partly because Asheville, NC real estate is among the best buys in the country, and also partly because the area offers so very much for so very many different types of people.
Asheville itself is a thriving urban community with a vital arts scene, great restaurants, stunning architecture and a growing job market. But the area also offers a wealth of outdoor recreational activities for those seeking some wilder, more rugged mountain adventure to go along with their mountain real estate.
Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Hot Springs is a town about 40 minutes north of Asheville, named for the hot mineral springs found in the area (in fact, it is the only place in the Southeastern United States with hot mineral spring water), but for all of the town’s many attributes, perhaps its most exciting is the hiking trails found nearby.

Hot Springs sits at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River, and is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest. Sections of the famous Appalachian National Scenic Trail run through the area, and one can plan a hike of virtually any length, with any agenda: you could go for a picnic, set out to absorb breathtaking mountain views, hike aggressively to cover ground…or just take a leisurely, long afternoon stroll.
Mountain Climbing and Mountain Biking
For those seeking more of an adrenaline rush, the Blue Ridge Mountains—as one might expect—also provide some of the best and most accessible mountain climbing in the country, including guided rock- and mountain-climbing experiences that can be catered to any level of climber: from novice to expert. For […]

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    Create New North Carolina Mountain Homes from Pioneer Homesteads

Create New North Carolina Mountain Homes from Pioneer Homesteads

The concept of “green” living has become quite ubiquitous today, both in the media and our everyday lives. Virtually everything has green possibilities and implications, from diapers to dry cleaning to dental sealants. Needless to say, going green is not the sole motivating factor behind the popular trend of creating new homes from pioneer homesteads, but it certainly is a big one.

“By building new houses from antique barns, cabins, homesteads and the like, we’re leaving a significantly smaller environmental footprint,” says Charlie Ball, developer for Whisper Mountain in Marshall, North Carolina. Along with wife Troy, Charlie is responsible for Whisper Mountain: a community of North Carolina mountain homes just outside of Asheville, which features some of these environmentally-friendly buildings, crafted from antique materials.

The basics of such an approach are rather simple: locate an antique structure in a state beyond repair—a farmhouse, perhaps, or a log cabin—carefully disassemble it, piece by piece, then use those pieces—the logs, the beams—as the basis for a carefully-constructed and new North Carolina mountain home.

“It may not seem significant, but such an approach is tremendously eco-friendly,” says Ball of the western North Carolina real estate for which he is responsible, as well as the trend as a whole. “By using less new lumber, you’re taking a smaller toll on our natural woodland resources. What’s more, by using antique materials, you are, in no uncertain terms, recycling. This doesn’t even take into account the fumes and emissions you’re reducing by not taking down trees with gas-powered chainsaws and similar tools.”
North Carolina Mountain Homes Offer Wide Appeal
But “greenliness” alone does not explain the appeal of Ball’s western North Carolina mountain property. More eye-catching, certainly, is the aesthetic beauty of those antique materials, […]

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    Asheville, NC Real Estate: Conservation and Preservation Meet

Asheville, NC Real Estate: Conservation and Preservation Meet

By Liisa Sullivan

What is a conservation and preservation community? How are these ideas, as well as green building concepts, incorporated into a new home setting, to leave a lesser impact on the land? This article tells the story of one private community in Western North Carolina, Whisper Mountain, that is executing the conservation and preservation philosophy in a myriad of ways.

Asheville, NC is home to some of the most coveted mountain real estate in the southeast region of the United States and has some of the richest biodiversity in the country. The area mixes cosmopolitan flair and outdoor adventure. It provides a wealth of recreational and career opportunities for retirees, young couples, singles and second-home seekers.

As a result, new area developments have worked to create that perfect piece of mountain real estate. One developer in particular, Whisper Mountain, located just outside of Asheville, seems to have perfected this vision. In fact, its concept of “conservation meets preservation” prompted Southern Living Magazine, the premier lifestyle and entertaining magazine of the South, to choose Whisper Mountain’s site for its eco-friendly 2008 Idea House; the first green idea house ever.
Conservation Meets Preservation: What does it mean in mountain real estate?
The words conservation and preservation are often tossed around. While the terms are used to mean the same thing, differences do exist.

Whisper Mountain’s owners, Charlie Ball and his wife Troy, moved to Asheville from Austin, Texas and are not new to creating environments that encompass these philosophies. They have practiced these methods in Texas, Colorado, Montana, Canada and now North Carolina.

Conservation is the sustainable use and management of natural resources including: wildlife, water, air, and earth deposits. In Whisper Mountain’s development, the use of harvested wood, site-cut timber […]

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Asheville NC Real Estate: The Florida Connection

Whether chased north by heat, hurricanes, or rising property-tax and flood insurance costs, Floridians continue to flock to the mountains of western North Carolina for permanent or second homes.

Here are some reasons why Floridians continue to seek out that perfect piece of Asheville North Carolina real estate.
Mountain Real Estate Provides Health Benefits
Florida’s connection to the mountains of North Carolina dates back to the late 19th century. Health records show that people who could afford it began to leave coastal Florida each summer to escape the deadly yellow fever. Others came here for the coveted mountain climate and to battle tuberculosis. The mountains of western North Carolina have long been sought out for their restorative properties.

There was a real estate boom happening in south Florida in the 20s in towns like Palm Beach and Miami. As a result, Asheville city officials persuaded federal officials to route the Blue Ridge Parkway through North Carolina.

Throughout the 20th century, Asheville’s real estate fortunes were tied closely to Florida’s. Many people moving to the area were affectionately called “half-backs.” This term refers to people who came from the north or Midwest, moved to Florida, and then only made it “half-way back.”

The Appalachian mountain climate plays a big role in luring our southern friends to the area. Average summer temperatures are 15 degrees cooler than Florida and there are also much more distinctive seasons – none of which are too harsh.
Asheville Real Estate Market Continues to Hold its Own
It is nearly impossible to pick up a paper or turn on the news without hearing about the slumping housing market or excessive foreclosures. However, the good news is that Asheville continues to chug along.

An article in the Asheville Citizen-Times interviewed co-owner […]

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    Mountain Residents Embrace Green Living and Learn How to Save Energy at Home

Mountain Residents Embrace Green Living and Learn How to Save Energy at Home

Sustainability, green building and energy efficiency are all words becoming part of today’s mainstream consciousness. As global environmental awareness spreads, certain regions of the U.S. are acting as leaders in the green living movement. One of the nation’s hotbeds for alternative energy is Western North Carolina (WNC), home to the city of Asheville.

According to an article by Dale Neal, “Video Touts Region on Green Economy,” in the February 22, 2008 Asheville Citizen-Times more than 80 green builders are based in WNC. In the 7-minute video, Neal mentions, titled “AdvantageGreen,” is directed by American Green TV’s Kurt Mann and discusses green building practices in and around Asheville, North Carolina.

The video features three WNC solar energy companies and highlights three major projects: FLS Energy’s installation of solar panels on a Greensboro hotel, Appalachian Energy’s installation of solar hot water systems on the roofs of Arby’s restaurants and Sundance Power’s installation of solar panels at Deltec Homes.
Simple Ideas for Living Green
Living a more earth friendly and healthy lifestyle is not as difficult as many people believe. Green building methods and alternative energy systems are increasingly affordable for the average citizen. There are even ways to make an existing structure more energy efficient whether it is a residential home or a commercial building.
Energy Star Efficiency Standards
One of the easiest ways to improve energy efficiency is to purchase products recognized by the Energy Star program. Energy Star is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and gives special certification to products that offer the highest level of efficiency in a particular category. All products certified must meet specific guidelines and are then allowed to carry the Energy Star logo. For more information about Energy Star, visit: http://www.energystar.gov/.
Energy Efficient Lighting
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