A perfect day in the mountains…for me.

I like sitting on my porch on a day like today when the the sky is that perfect North Carolina blue, the sun is warm on my face, but a spring time breeze is still cool enough to require an extra layer.  My preferred spot isn’t in on of the “directors” chairs we head to at the end of the day where we sit and enjoy the amazing view of the mountains and watch the sun set paint the sky in shades of blues and pinks. On days like today I much prefer my spot on the steps off our deck that leads to our back yard.  The wood has absorbed the heat of the sun and it shares it with me as I lean against the railing for support. I put my head back, close my eyes, and let my other senses take over.  We are blessed to live in a place where, on most days, the only sounds we hear are the rustling trees and the birds. On occasion there may be the sound of tires on a gravel road somewhere near by or of a plane passing overhead, but otherwise, this is the quietest most peaceful spot I have ever lived in my 60-some years. 

Here on my perch, I stretch out my legs as much as I can and use my bent knees to support a book or a favorite magazine. On this particular day, my choice is the latest edition of Garden & Gun, a magazine I never would have chosen on my own, based on the name alone. But I received it as a gift subscription last year and can now no longer do without it. The magazine is based in Charleston, South Carolina and its pages are filled with articles, recipes, stories, and all things southern.  I look forward to its arrival like an old family friend.

The sun glares off the white pages and since reading glasses are a necessity, sunglasses are not an option. I don’t mind really. For reasons unknown to me, I enjoy getting familiar with the contents of a magazine before I delve into reading it page by page.  It’s a lot like reading a restaurant menu.  I look at each offering deciding if it sounds like something I might like, how it is prepared, how many calories might be hiding in the dish, and what it costs. I do all this before considering the next item on the menu. Eventually I narrow down my options and make a choice. 

So it is with me and magazines. I love a good book and welcome those times when I can lose myself in a good story. But books pretty much force the reader to start on page one and follow each page in succession lest they lose the story line. Not magazines.  I can start on the back cover and work my way to the front without missing a thing. On this first pass I notice ads but I might be compelled to read an article if it is a short one or holds some immediate interest for me. More than likely I scan it quickly, making a mental note about the subject matter and file until I have the time an opportunity to read it. It isn’t until I have flipped backwards through all the pages that I decide what I want to read first, and not necessarily in any particular order.

One of the many things that I appreciate about Garden & Gun is the writing. The articles are more like short stories that waste no time grabbing my attention and holding it until the last word. Most issues have some story involving a dog so naturally I go there first. Today, though, my attention lingered in the recipe section where a fresh blackberry and peach cobbler recipe caught my eye. Peaches, juicy ripe berries, and luscious tomatoes are the only reason I tolerate summer and this particular recipe recalled me to my mother’s kitchen and summers growing up in the south. Peach cobbler was a staple in our house when peaches were in season. I can still remember the soft bite of a fresh peach swimming in sweet cinnamon laced juice, perfectly thickened and topped with flaky pie dough. A spot of butter or a scoop of vanilla ice cream made it all the better. My mom is passed now but seeing that recipe and remembering the days when the smell of peach cobbler filled her kitchen fills my heart with sweet memories.

I don’t know when I will have another chance to sit on my steps again like this and do nothing but enjoy the sun and while away my time reading.  Our life is pretty busy these days trying to balance work, projects around the house, and carving out some time for friends. But when I find the opportunity I will spend it on that familiar step looking backwards at a favorite magazine, and maybe a memory or two.

2011 Market Report – Brevard, NC Real Estate

2011 is now just a vision in our rear view mirror but before we get too far down the road and into a new year, we wanted to give you a brief look back at the local real estate market here in the Brevard, NC area and the various ups and downs that happened during this past year.  There is so much on the news about real estate (and don’t we all wish for a speedy and full recovery!) but real estate is a regional, even local issue so here is what has happened here in our back yard.

So which way did the market go? The good news is the number of residential sales in our area was up for the second year in a row. There were 308 single family homes sold in the Brevard area during 2011, up by 20 over 2010 and up by 66 over 2009. The average list price was $281,000 which is about a 4.5% decrease compared to 2010 and the average selling price was $247,000 or roughly a 7% drop. The bulk of sales for the last two years has consistently been in the $100K-$300K price range.  We are still a long way off from the “rock and roll” days of 2006, and we may never get back to those days, but at least these are encouraging signs and hopefully indicative of good things to come.

When the housing industry began it’s decline, it took over a year for us to feel the real effect here. And when it did reach us, the adjustments needed have not been as great as they have been in other parts of our country, primarily because our market was not grossly overpriced and “bloated” like other markets.

The one area that has not shown signs of snapping back quickly is in land sales. That segment of the market is dramatically different than it was back in 2006. As such, it’s a difficult time for sellers, but a very good opportunity for buyers who are interested in buying land, even if it’s to hold onto for the future.

For a closer look at all the numbers, visit us at BrevardNCProperty.com, or give us a call at 828-551-6291.

Things to do in Brevard NC

It’s not too early to start making your plans for the Labor Day Weekend.  Two events you should absolutely include when you are in the Brevard, NC area are the 2010 Farm Fair and the 2nd Annual Founders Day. Both events will be held on Saturday, September 4.

Farm Fair is sponsored by the Brevard/Transylvania County Chamber of Commerce and it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the rich and diverse farming community in the area. Enjoy events, tastings, and demonstrations from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the American Legion Hall.

Founders Day is sponsored by the Transylvania County Heritage Society and celebrates the areas founding families.

Friday night, the 2nd SC Rifles Re-enactment group will set up an authentic Civil War camp. Then on Saturday morning from 9-10 am, a docent will lead a walking tour of Historic Uptown Brevard, $10 per person, reservations suggested, call 884-2347. Starting at 10 am, craftspeople will demonstrate their skills and sell their wares in the old-fashioned arts, like spinning, weaving, patchwork, woodcarving, and more, with many dressed in period costumes. Antique cars will be on display.

Also from 11 am to 5 pm, the Main Stage will present area musical talent including: Lynn Goldsmith & Jeter Mountain; Rabon Creek Bluegrass; Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition; East Fork Gals; and Transylvania Troubadours. Forge Mountain Cloggers will perform at 12 noon, and Sylvan Squares at 2:30.

The Museum will showcase Founding Family displays with descendants on hand to discuss the lives and legacies of Transylvania’s settlers. Special pioneer crafts will be available for the kids to do.

With all this activity, people will be hungry and thirsty, so Marco’s will be selling pizza by the slice and the Hobnob restaurant will have “food that would have been eaten during the Civil War but better!” Top that off with items from the Museum’s bake sale booth or some Kiwi Gelato to complete a wonderful day.

Both events are real down home fun for the entire family! Don’t miss it!

For more information about the Brevard area, things to do while you’re here, or for places to stay, visit BrevardNCproperty.com

Event information provided by the Chamber of Commerce and the Transylvania County Heritage Museum.

Condo for sale in golf course community – Near Cashiers, NC

Sometimes, you just want to get away. Right? Maybe it’s for a change of scenery or maybe it’s to escape the summer heat in a relaxed setting where you can play some golf.  If this sounds like you, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.  This light, bright, and furnished 2 bedroom 2 bath condo is in Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes, an upscale but comfortable country club community that’s located in the mountains of western North Carolina between Brevard and Cashiers.

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The main floor of the condo includes a huge master suite, spacious kitchen, open living room with a cozy fireplace, and a large screened porch as well as an open deck where you can kick back and listen to the sounds of the Horsepasture River. Downstairs is another bedroom, full bath, and private deck for your visitors. Best of all, the only long drive you’ll be making is on the fairway! Just step out your front door and the country club and all the amenities are just a short walk away.

When you live in Burlingame, whether it’s year round or seasonally, there’s plenty to do! Between the world class golf, the tennis, working out in the state of the art fitness center, relaxing by pool, or participating in the varied social groups, you can stay as busy as you choose to be. At the end of the day, if cooking isn’t on your mind, you can enjoy the fine dining in the club house or just grab a burger at the grill. It’s a great lifestyle and a warm welcoming community where you’ll feel right at home.

For more information about this condo for sale, or other property for sale in the Cashiers or Brevard area, call the Clay Team at 828-551-6290 or 828-551-6291. Visit us online any time at BrevardNCProperty.com.

Summer Home in the Mountains for Sale – Cashiers, NC

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Featured

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31 Poplar Court 

Sapphire Valley, NC

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"Society speaks and all men listen,

mountains speak and wise men listen."

John Muir

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Recently Reduced!

This immaculate home in Holly Forest, Sapphire Valley is

being sold furnished and is convenient to all Sapphire Valley amenities.

Perfect for year round or vacation home.  Great over sized rear deck

to enjoy the mountain views. This wonderful home will not last at

this value pricing!  Call today for a viewing.

   

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Waterfall Home for Sale – Cashiers, NC

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Spectacular Waterfall Home Now Available!

Featured property

Narrows Road

Sapphire Valley, NC

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"Waterfalls…

there will always be a shade of difference,

a nuance noticed or not, but to see them right now,

in this moment in their powerful splendor…

that is the way to celebrate the present."

Anonymous

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Why is the Clay Team so excited about this listing?

Because the most fantastic waterfall view home anywhere

in Sapphire Valley is now on the market! Only 10 minutes to

Cashiers, NC. Two wrap around decks afford year round sights

and sounds of the Horsepasture River and waterfall. Private setting,

beautifully updated interior, it’s the ultimate mountain home experience.

Includes Sapphire Valley amenities- pool, tennis, boating, golf course,

and more. SF to be verified. Offered furnished w/exception. 

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Lake Front Home for Sale – Lake Toxaway, NC

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Featured lakefront property

#5 Toxaway Point 

Lake Toxaway, NC

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"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is

accomplished."

Lao Tzu

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Absolutely gorgeous lakefront living  with a

spectacular view of Lake Toxaway.  This stand

alone pedestal home , one of only 5 in this development, is the preferred end unit.

  Providing privacy and an open lake view from every room and deck.  Your

private dock is just

steps away.  This is truly the best value on North Carolina’s most prestigious

mountain lake!

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