The lowest density private Club community in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Balsam Mountain Preserve offers a way of life that is authentic and family-focused.
Less than 400 homesites will nestle into this 4,400-acre private community, an average of about one home for every 10 acres. Created with a commitment to preserve its natural surroundings, nearly 3,500 acres, or 80% of the community, has been 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.
Even more impressive, the non-profit Balsam Mountain Trust, with two full-time naturalists located on the Preserve, manages and cares for the 3,500 acres of protected land. The naturalists also offer multi-generational programming for residents, such as guided nature hikes, fly fishing expeditions, and summer kids camps.
In addition to the wonders of nature, Club Members enjoy a nationally acclaimed Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, a heated junior Olympic pool, soft surface tennis courts, a fitness center, the Boarding House restaurant, horseback riding, over 30 miles of private trails, 38 miles of streams (including a Class A North Carolina trout stream for fishing), a private family campground, and a 24 hour staffed gatehouse.
The selection of real estate offerings include dramatic mountain and golf view homesites with elevations up to 4,700 feet, a special collection of Featured Builder and private resale homes, and a Residence Club ownership opportunity that is available to only 40 families.
Balsam Mountain Preserve is located just off the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway, affording residents quick access to the charming main street mountain towns of Sylva and Waynesville. Grocery stores, movie theaters, hospitals, and fine dining are all just ten to fifteen minutes from the main gatehouse. Asheville, renowned for its cultural and entertainment scene, is less than 40 highway minutes away.
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Acreage: 4,400 acres (1,760 hectares)
Gatehouse: 24-hour gatehouse manned by a dedicated team of security professionals.
Golf: An 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature course offers dramatic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at elevations reaching upwards of 3,700 feet. The bent grass tees, fairways, and greens are meticulously maintained, and the Practice Park features multi-level tee surfaces and a short game area. Both Links Magazine and T & L Golf Magazine recently recognized Balsam Mountain Preserve as one of the top amenity communities in the United States.
Private Trails: Over 30 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails on the Preserve.
Fishing: 38 miles of streams on the Preserve with notable clean water quality and unique fish habitats. Dark Ridge Creek, a Class "A" North Carolina trout stream, is home to the native southern brook trout.
Boarding House Restaurant: A very special community gathering place, the Restaurant features a lounge area, a rustic bar, an intimate library, and a large outdoor covered porch complete with comfortable seating and a stone fireplace. Memorable meals are served by an attentive staff, and dramatic sunset views are enjoyed nightly.
Boarding House Private Residence Club: Inspired by a turn-of-the-century mining village that once called this mountain home; the Residence Club program is a fractional ownership opportunity that is unique to Balsam Mountain Preserve. Owners purchase a deeded interest in ten distinctively designed cabins, located on a majestic ridge at 3,700 feet in elevation. The program is available to just 40 families, and serves as an intelligent "entry point" into the community for families not quite ready to purchase a homestead or completed residence.
Equestrian Center: The only full amenity club in the N.C. mountains with an equestrian program. The center features a stable with onsite boarding, a riding arena, and fenced pastures. Members enjoy private lessons for children and adults, and guided rides on more than 30 miles of private trails.
Ruby Valley Sports Camp: The Sports Camp is a true family destination, offering a heated junior Olympic pool, Har-Tru tennis courts, fitness equipment, and family games including foosball and ping-pong tables, and a large outdoor patio with a fire pit.
Nature Center: Home of the Balsam Mountain Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to the history and preservation of the area. The Trust employs two full-time naturalists, which manage and care for the 3,500 acres of protected land on the Preserve. The naturalists also offer multi-generational nature, cultural, and environmental programming for residents at a level unmatched by any community in the Southeast.
Dark Ridge Camp: A special place for family camping, or a destination for a day-long horseback ride from the community's stables. Dark Ridge Camp includes a covered pavilion with a large outdoor grill, two enclosed bunkhouses, multiple tent sites, a horse paddock, hiking trails, hot showers, and flush toilets. A water wheel provides power to generate electricity for the pavilion and grounds, an example of sustainable development principles.
Location: Just minutes from Sylva and Waynesville, health care, grocery stores, restaurants, and art attractions are all easily accessible. Asheville, renowned for its cultural and entertainment scene, is less than 40 highway minutes away. The Asheville Regional Airport is about 45 highway minutes from the Preserve, with daily non-stop flights to Charlotte, Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Detroit and several other destinations.
Homes For Sale: Available homes include new Featured Builder homes crafted by some of western North Carolina's finest builders and private owner resales; priced from $795,000 to $5.25 million.
Homesites For Sale: With elevations ranging from 3,000 to 4,700 feet, dramatic mountain view homesites average 1.5 to 2 acres, and most border part of the 3,500 acres of protected conservation land for added privacy and seclusion; priced from $125,000 to $995,000. A special selection of low maintenance golf course homesites are available starting at only $295,000.
Private Residence Club: A share in the Private Residence Club starts at $90,000 and includes eight weeks of occupancy plus full membership privileges while in residence.
As early owner/members at Balsam Mountain Preserve we can say that it just keeps getting better, year after year. It's all about the community and the friends we've made that are now "old" friends with new ones coming on board regularly. One can find golf and/or or build a home anywhere in the mountains, but the informal closeness of this community is unmatched. Leave your fancy clothes at home, don your jeans and settle in. Oh, and the golf course is a great experience, the most beautiful mountain course we've found in WNC.
As early owner/members at Balsam Mountain Preserve we can say that it just keeps getting better, year after year. It's all about the community and the friends we've made that are now "old" friends with new ones coming on board regularly. One can find golf and/or or build a home anywhere in the mountains, but the informal closeness of this community ...