Balsam Mountain Preserve-it’s all in the details

When you view properties at Balsam Mountain Preserve or any mountain community do you imagine what you will create when you design your own home? Well let me try and tell you some of the features that we implimented into the design of our home at Balsam Mountain Preserve. This special mountain community is in western North Carolina and has the unique feature of having over 3000 acres preserved into a conservation easement. With this amount of space you may feel like George Vanderbilt when he enjoyed walking across the acres he accumulated at Biltmore estate.


The treads of this staircase were actually an old bridge at Balsam Mountain Preserve. My husband and co-creater of our home retrieved this oak before it was to be carted off to a land fill. At a young age, Scott was fortunate to have been a carpenters assistant when he was younger. He understood wood and the beauty that was hidden under years of dirt. It was hard for me to see the beauty and in the end it was reminded me of the story of  “Beauty & the Beast”.


He insisted we not use the traditional staircase design on our plans and instructed a carpenter to build our staircase. Then he thought a different wood should be used on the handrails. So, he went into the woods and retrieved locust which he skinned to created this beautiful natural staircase. He also had the wood used on the tops of our guest cabinets to further show off this beautiful oak.


This is just one step in the planning of our custom home. If you wish to design your own custom home we can certainly share the many sources with you. Since we have lived at Balsam Mountain Preserve for the last six years we have access to very quailified builders and architects that we can share. Let your creative juices out and begin your home by purchasing your land now! Take the first step to beginning your building process in the New Year.

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Balsam Mountain Preserve, A premier mountain community in Western North Carolina


Balsam Mountain Preserve is a community which offers a rich lifestyle; not snobby, but rich in the enjoyment of the natural life. If you have imagined being able to walk from your home to stables where you can pet/or groom horses, this might be a good fit for you. Or, if you like to saddle up and ride out on wide trails which hug creeks and waterfalls, this might be the place for you.

There is a homesite on Lot 10 which is just to left of the stables (in this picture) and also check out our video which shows you exactly how the land would accommodate your dream home or cabin. Balsam Mountain Preserve offers high elevations and a sense of community which will make you feel right at home. And there is no minimum square footage requirement, so if you choose to build a smaller cabin, this could be right for you. A split building envelope would allow for a cabin above the road and your larger home just below. Learn more here.

Oh, if there is a golfer in your family, don’t be concerned because Arnold Palmer created a mountain golf experience which will make him or her the envy of their sphere of influence. Purchase now and be ready to enjoy spring in the mountains of North Carolina. April is a magical month as the flowers sprout up and you can see the greening up of the mountains in the distance.


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Balsam Mountain Preserve opportunity for Investor

9 properties offered at an unbelievable price, please view complete 3rd party listing at BMP properties. These properties are on the east side of property very close to newly enlarged conservation land and sit at elevations of 3,700 feet and above. Balsam Mountain Preserve is situated between Waynesville & Sylva which are charming mountain towns.

Balsam Mountain Preserve is a very low density private Club community in the western North Carolina mountains, just 40 minutes from downtown Asheville. Balsam Mountain Preserve offers a concept rarely found in today’s homogenized, digitized world – a true sense of place. Neighbors here will make you thankful that you call this home.

Homes are designed in a very authentic and concious way so as not to upset this mountain environment.


This community was created with a commitment to preserve its natural surroundings, over 3,400 acres, or nearly 75% of the community are placed in a permanent conservation easement, ensuring it will never be developed and will always remain for future generations in its present park-like state.




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Balsam Mountain Preserve, A Mountain Community With Its Own Nature Center

Balsam Mountain Preserve in Western North Carolina

Balsam Mountain Preserve in Western North Carolina

One of the things that makes Balsam Mountain Preserve such a unique mountain community is that it has a Nature Center on-site with a full-time naturalist. 

The following description tells you more about a recent gathering of several Balsam homeowners for
birding and breakfast at the home of one of our residents.  Read from a recent Balsam Mountain Trust NaturePhile newsletter.

Want to see what it’s like to live in this community?  Take an inside look at one of the beautiful custom-built homes for sale, or watch the video:

In addition to all the wonders of nature, Club members enjoy Arnold Palmer signature golf, an equestrian center, swim/tennis/fitness, fine dining, 34 miles of trails, 38 miles of streams (including a Class A North Carolina trout stream), a private family campground, and a 24-hour staffed gatehouse.

As a resident Broker, I can help you with this or any other properties in western North Carolina.  Contact me today!





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Weekly Fall Forecast and Color Report

From our friend at Explore Asheville

This is your official source for the 2012 fall color forecast in Asheville and Western North Carolina. We speak with local fall foliage experts to report the most current locations where fall color is most prevalent in the mountains. Be sure to visit this page weekly for the most current fall updates and advice on the top drives, hikes and deals each week.

Go to Explore Asheville to see the full report and forecast

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Traditional purchase versus REO

Helpful information from National Association of Realtors regarding a traditional purchase versus a REO or bank owned property. Hope it helps you further your understanding of purchasing these properties.

Tradition_versu_REO.pdf Download this file

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Maintenance at Balsam Mountain Preserve

Last week as I was walking a trail with some good friends and hiking companions we came across a fallen tree. We climbed over it then I called Member Services just to let me know that there was a tree down.


We continued on our walk to the Boarding house for lunch and by the time we returned we found Matt already there with a crew. They had cut through the large hickory and had made the trail passable. This is just one of the remarkable services that benefit the community at Balsam Mountain Preserve. We do pay yearly for security and road/ trail service but you can appreciate why when you have smiling responsive maintenance people. I am so happy to call Balsam Mountain Preserve home!



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