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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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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. It’s a beautiful place for a wedding, and if you do plan on getting married here check out this intimate wedding photographer Asheville.

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, […]

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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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    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 […]

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