Balsam Mountain Preserve Reveals New Cottage Collection in Western North Carolina

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Balsam Mountain Preserve Low Maintenance Golf Cottages

Real Estate Scorecard Bliss Award winner for Best Golf Community of the Year

Real Estate Scorecard is thrilled to see something new on the horizon at Balsam Mountain Preserve, a two time Bliss Award winner in Western North Carolina. The gated master planned community revealed a new collection of low maintenance golf cottages to take full advantage of the views of the Eighth and Ninth Fairways on the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. The Hillside Holly cottage built by Arthur Rutenberg Homes is the first in the collection, a three bedrooms, 3.5 baths 2,864 square foot home with a great room and rec room. Features include a walk-out porch, loft, oversized master suite and carport for a total of 4,421 square feet of living space. A limited number of these cottages will be available this fall and reservations are being taken now.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Sylva, North Carolina, one of the finest North Carolina mountain communities is the epitome of getting back to nature with full luxurious style. The gated community occupies nearly 4400 acres of pristine forest in the Asheville area of Western North Carolina. Approximately 75% of the property is held in conservation easement and features 30 miles of private, maintained riding, hiking and walking trails. Among the areas best golf course communities, its Arnold Palmer Signature Golf course has been ranked in the top 50 in the state for the past six years by North Carolina Business Magazine. The Community has been ranked Best of the Best - Top Twenty in the Country by Links Magazine.

The reasons for all the accolades are all about the amenities:

Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course & Golf Practice Park
Equestrian Center with boarding facilities
Ruby Valley Sports Camp with Junior Olympic Pool, Soft Surface Tennis Courts and Fitness Center
Boarding House Restaurant and Lodge with in house chef
Private Family Campsite inside the community
Nature Center with on staff Naturalist
Community is gated with 24 hour staff

There are many good reasons to retire to Western North Carolina and climate is a good one. The west side of the state has four distinct seasons and the winter is relatively mild. Spring seems to stay longer and summer and fall offer some of the most spectacular foliage displays in the Eastern United States. The area is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the southernmost part of the Appalachian Mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway traverses the area and is filled with breathtaking long mountain views and this scenic highway goes all the way to Virginia. An entrance to the parkway is 5 minutes from Balsam Mountain Preserve.

Venues for outdoor activities abound. Premier golf and tennis facilities are dotted throughout the area in North Carolina mountain communities. Hiking, boating and fishing opportunities surround the National Parks which are represented to the tune of over a million acres in the area. Waterfalls and numerous marked trails for day hikes are available for photography to just to listen to the birds and enjoy the rich diversity of plant and animal life.


Asheville is the major city in the area and offers all manner of cultural events, art, fine local farm to table restaurants and green markets in abundance. You’ll find hippies and millionaires walking side by side and you won’t be able to tell the difference. This area also boasts one of the top medical facilities in North Carolina, Mission Hospital.The Biltmore Estate is located nearby and provides more cultural programs and year round events in the garden and house.

Low real estate taxes are another good reason to retire to this area. Balsam Mountain Reserve is located in Jackson County, one of the lowest property tax counties in the state of North Carolina. Lifelong learning studies are available at the Osher Center in Asheville, located at UNC Asheville. Asheville proper is about 40 minutes away, Waynesville, North Carolina is about 10 minutes away.

Fall is right around the corner and Mother Nature is preparing her show for everyone to see. Real Estate Scorecard believes this is the best time of year to enjoy a brisk morning walk while the forest is clothed in Autumnal finery and experience one of the best golf course communities in the Carolinas.

Contact Balsam Mountain Preserve direct at 866.452.3456 to check on Discovery Package availability to see the new cottage collection.

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