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Meet the Winner of the Southern Living Choose Your Home Giveaway
Birmingham, AL (August 4, 2009) – Penny Hawkes from LaPlace, La., has won the vacation home of her dreams in the Southern Living Choose Your Home Giveaway presented by MyHomeIdeas.com.

“I didn’t think it was real when I got the phone call, I thought one of my friends was playing a joke,” said an excited Hawkes. “Then I started crying when I got off the phone, I was so shocked.”

Hawkes, who turns 50 in August, entered everyday, and chose the home plan Whisper Creek located in Whisper Mountain near Asheville , N.C.

“I’m originally from North Carolina , and my parents are still there. I never entered to win the other homes, only the one in Asheville ,” added Hawkes. “My husband and I have talked about retiring and going back there, so this really is a dream come true.”

Southern Living and MyHomeIdeas.com partnered with local developers to build four beautiful homes in four distinctly different communities across the South: Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.; Habersham, outside of Beaufort, S.C.; Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas; and Whisper Mountain near Asheville, N.C. Each community was chosen for its unique style and the variety of family activities and cultural opportunities offered in the area.
Explore the Home
Whisper Mountain is proud to be the winner of the 2009 Southern Living Choose Your Home Giveaway. This charming Southern Living giveaway home, Whisper Creek Cabin, is 1550 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Sitting on Whisper Creek, this cozy home has mountain views and easy access to parks and trails. Click here to view plans.

Whisper Mountain is proud to have Haven Homes and Jade Mountain Builders as our green builders of another NC HealthyBuilt and […]

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    Whisper Mountain is Home to Southern Living’s 2009 Mountain Sweepstakes Home

Whisper Mountain is Home to Southern Living’s 2009 Mountain Sweepstakes Home

ASHEVILLE, NC – June 1, 2009 – Whisper Mountain, home to the 2008 Southern Living Green Idea House, has once again teamed up with Southern Living Magazine to offer yet another environmentally-inspired home – Whisper Creek Cabin. This cabin is one of four homes, and the only mountain home, that can be won during the Southern Living’s Choose Your Home Giveaway sweepstakes this spring. The public can register to win the home through June 30.

The home opened for tours on May 14 and will continue through June 30. A $5 donation to tour the home will go to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy – its mission is to conserve the natural beauty and habitat of western North Carolina and east Tennessee. One way this is achieved is through developing and maintaining long-term conservation relationships with private landowners such as Whisper Mountain.

The Whisper Creek Cabin was constructed by Haven Custom Homes, and Jade Mountain Builders of Asheville, and is built with many eco-friendly and environmental principles in mind, including the use of site-harvested poplar siding and recycled tin roofing for the front porch from a local barn.

With a rustic exterior design of shingle and stone, the cabin’s design mimics the style and charm of 19th-century homes that were once prevalent in the mountains of Western North Carolina. This 1,550 square foot cabin has two bedrooms and sits alongside Whisper Creek, one of the many protected mountain streams at Whisper Mountain. Sweeping views can be enjoyed from the front porch encompassing the great French Broad River Valley and surrounding parkland.

“We chose Haven Custom Homes for this project because their fabrication process is consistent with Whisper Mountain’s dedication to eco-friendly construction techniques,” Charlie Ball, developer, Whisper Mountain says.

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    Why Purchase a Property Near Asheville: What’s the Buzz About?

Why Purchase a Property Near Asheville: What’s the Buzz About?

Asheville, North Carolina has received a great deal of positive press over the past five years. Asheville is not just known for being a resort destination, but a fantastic place to live, work, or retire. The Asheville lifestyle emphasizes outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, birding, fishing, and kayaking, with an abundance of wilderness areas to explore in the Appalachian and Great Smoky Mountains.

In September 2004, National Geographic Adventure Magazine selected Asheville as one of “Ten Great Adventure Towns”; in 2007; Frommer’s listed Asheville as a top-ten travel destination; and Outside Magazine voted it one of “30 Best Towns in America” to live. One does not have to be an outdoorsman to experience the joy that Asheville has to offer. There are a host of reasons to sing praises of Asheville, a small American town nestled in the mountains of North Carolina with a rising international reputation.
Green Living Grows Out of Necessity in and Near Asheville
Asheville is also becoming widely known as a locus for several important movements that are gaining in popularity at the onset of the 21st Century. These include: organic farming, farm-to-table food, green building, the exploration of alternative energy sources, and sustainable living. These green living lifestyle choices are easily fueled in Asheville because of the abundance of open space, the multitude of small farmers, the Appalachian Mountain farmer’s history of independence, and the need to conserve resources in the interest of economy. These types of green living lifestyles are being demonstrated in and around Asheville and throughout the Western North Carolina region. A large percentage of Asheville residents integrate eco-friendly practices into their daily lives, making the city a leader in “going green.”
Business is Booming in Asheville, North Carolina
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    Western North Carolina Mountain Real Estate: A Rural Portal to Eastern Metropolitan Cities

Western North Carolina Mountain Real Estate: A Rural Portal to Eastern Metropolitan Cities

Western North Carolina is a magical place unlike any other region of America. Surrounded entirely by the Blue Ridge and the Great Smoky Mountains, WNC counties like Haywood, Buncombe and Madison offer residents and visitors breathtaking, mountain views; deep, lush forests; and a slice of the rich Appalachian lifestyle.

Oftentimes, primary and second homebuyers purchase Western North Carolina land for sale because it is an opportunity to create a simpler, quieter, day-to-day experience. These homebuyers are looking for a way to remain close to nature and to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. However, rural living is not the only benefit of buying or building real estate in the mountains of North Carolina. Numerous cities along the East Coast and in the Deep South are in close proximity to the region, which means full and part-time residents have equal access to both the country and metropolitan areas.
Urban Living vs. Rural Living: Why Choose Just One?
Life in the city and life in the country are defined by different circumstances, but both offer advantages the other does not. Urban living generally facilitates a larger job market, increased pay, expanded consumer bases, more diverse night life, greater access to transportation and more exposure to arts and culture. Rural living in the North Carolina mountains not only can lessen your stress and cost of living while increasing your space, peace of mind and contact with the natural world, it also puts you within a single day’s drive from many metropolitan areas you can enjoy.
Location: The #1 Reason to Buy or Build a Mountain Home in Haywood, Madison or Buncombe County North Carolina
The obvious perks to living in the mountains of North Carolina are the foundations of Appalachian life. Unlimited […]

By |February 3rd, 2009|Rural Living|1 Comment

Asheville, North Carolina Real Estate Remains Strong

The amount of information disseminated in today’s electronic press on the economy and, in particular the housing market, makes it difficult to obtain unbiased information to forecast your decision making.
Entering any real estate market is a great challenge. And, picking an area to purchase a new home that offers all you are seeking in comfort, beauty, activities, and of course value and stability, is the greatest challenge, it’s recommended you have a look around at a lot of different locations such as Houston real estate for example, and settle on what’s personally right for you.

While most of the country’s real estate markets have been affected by the economic downturn, a recent poll ranked Asheville, North Carolina as the second best real estate market to enter into. This recent poll was conducted by The Lucky 7 Investor Forecast and is produced by HousingPredictor.com.

Housing predictor.com was launched in November of 2006. More than two years of extensive research from all angles of the investment, real estate sectors and consumer- based information went into the formation of their methodology. Their main goal is to provide their readers with unbiased housing market forecasts and real estate news in all states.
NC Mountain Real Estate: A winning market
North Carolina has been one of the country’s strongest housing markets with appreciation. And, while there is no doubt that home sales have slowed in Asheville, it’s nothing like other areas of the country. Tucked away in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Asheville has cooler summers than much of the southeast making it a perfect spot for getaways. A growing second home market is also helping home sales in the area forecast to appreciate 3.2 percent for the year.
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Green Features
The 2008 North Carolina Southern Living Idea House has an impressive list of green credentials. It has two green certifications: NC HealthyBuilt Homes, and LEED for homes (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Energy efficiency is quantified with Energy Star certification.

Green building features include four major areas: sustainable site management, sustainable resource management, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

The resulting home will have half of the energy cost compared to a home built to the International Energy Code. It will have stellar indoor air quality that will promote better overall health for the homeowners. The design of the home will also impact the inhabitants psychology. Living in well designed environs affects mood, and in turn, health. The house will be more comfortable, durable and easier to maintain. If you’re thinking about making a move from the North to the South, you may want to look into a list of the best moving companies in the USA.

People that live and love green homes find it easy to digest lower energy bills and healthier indoor environments. Brian and Jennifer Cory, who bought a green home, have two children who suffered with severe, chronic asthma. The Cory kids are now asthma-free, with no doctor visits and no inhalers. And the family’s monthly energy bills have dropped from $500 in their New Jersey home to $110 total here. Green homes are fantastic investments to buy in the US, but as of yet they haven’t taken off in other countries around the globe like England and Australia. However, if you are looking to buy a home in Australia for example and you’re not quite ready for a green home, you can use a realtor like Rise Property Management […]

Whisper Mountain Property Chosen for Southern Living Magazine’s Eco-Friendly 2008 Green Idea House

MARSHALL, NC — February 26, 2008, — Whisper Mountain, located outside of the city of Asheville in the heart of western North Carolina, is a community where conservation and preservation meet. That’s why Southern Living has chosen this community as the location for their first 2008 green Idea House. Those hoping to bring buildings to life using a similar ethos should consider using eco friendly construction companies to actualize their conceived projects.

Visitors may tour the eco-friendly house from late June 28 through October 12 when it will be placed on the North Carolina real estate market. It will be a fully furnished, three bedroom, four bathroom “farmhouse,” LEED-certified, with a separate “barn” that houses a two-car garage and guest suite on the first and second levels, complete with living, dining, kitchen, bedroom, full bath, and a third floor sleeping loft.

The 2008 Southern Living Idea House is an eco-friendly home that will prove to be a coveted piece of North Carolina mountain real estate. The plan is designed in a traditional farm house style, updated for today’s lifestyle with two main levels, the master bedroom on the first floor, two bedrooms with full baths on the second floor, and a third floor loft. In addition to the living, dining, kitchen and screen porch on the first floor, the study has a full bath which could be used as an additional bedroom.

The home’s green technology systems are housed on the ground floor and will be open for interpretive tours; visitors will learn about what goes into building a green home.

“We are pleased to report that this Southern Living Idea House will offer visitors the very latest in sustainable green living ideas inside and out,” Charlie Ball, […]

By |February 26th, 2008|Southern Living|0 Comments