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Balsam Mountain Preserve

Sylva, North Carolina
  • 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature course with elevations of 3,700 feet and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 1 of 10

  • The Sports Camp is a family destination with heated junior Olympic pool, Har-Tru tennis courts and fitness equipment. 2 of 10

  • Stable with onsite boarding, riding arena and fenced pastures 3 of 10

  • Private lessons for children and adults are available to residents. 4 of 10

  • Boarding House - A Private Residence Club, fractional ownership at Balsam Mountain Preserve 5 of 10

  • Residents enjoy hiking at neaby Doubletop Mountain. 6 of 10

  • A variety of mountaintop homes are available at Balsam Mountain Preserve. 7 of 10

  • The 6th hole offers views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 8 of 10

  • 1.5 to 2 acre mountain view homesites at elevations ranging from 3,000 to 4,700 feet. 9 of 10

  • Arnold Palmer golf course with elevations upwards of 3,700 feet and mountain vistas 10 of 10

Home Types
Price Range
$799,000 to $3,500,000
$150,000 to $700,000
Amenities at a Glance
Equestrian Center
Fitness Center
Walking & Biking Trails

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Situated between the mountain towns of Waynesville and Sylva, with a backdrop of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, Balsam Mountain Preserve combines southern hospitality with gracious living, a healthy environment and a wide array of sporting amenities.

The community itself touches lightly on the land with less than 400 homes on 4,400 acres, making it the lowest density private club community in the North Carolina mountains.

Amenities were implemented to create memorable experiences with Members, family and friends. The Arnold Palmer designed golf course has majestic mountain views at elevations upwards of 3,700 feet, offering a natural golf experience with homes lifted above the fairways. Dining is at the elegantly rustic Boarding House designed by Historical Concepts in the Appalachian style using reclaimed materials and stacked stone on interiors and fireplaces.

The equestrian center offers a casual place to visit horses or to perfect your technique in the riding arena. With over 35 miles of trails for hiking or riding one can explore down to a remote camp with a paddock for your horse to rest while you have a picnic lunch at Dark Ridge Camp.

The Ruby Valley sports camp is designed with open air enjoyment since the temperatures are cool in the summer; it offers 2 Har-Tru tennis courts, a Jr. Olympic heated pool, fitness center & snack bar. The Nature center has full time Naturalists offering ways for families to interact with other residents of the community. Hikes are planned year round with more events scheduled in the high season months of spring, summer and fall.

There’s even Dark Ridge camp offering members a wilderness experience with bunk cabins, hiking trails, trout fishing and a covered pavilion with a large grilling station and an old fashioned water station. The site has electricity & bathrooms which are powered by Hydro-power.

Balsam Mountain Preserve is a legacy community that is multi-generational and family focused.
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4,400 acres (1,760 hectares)
24-hour manned gatehouse
18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature course with elevations to 3,700 feet and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bent grass tees, fairways, and greens. Practice Park has multi-level tees and a short game area.
Boarding House Restaurant
This Members gathering place is perched high on a ridge overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Full service restaurant with a lounge, rustic bar, library and a large covered porch with a stone fireplace and comfortable seating.
Equestrian Center
Stable with onsite boarding, riding arena and fenced pastures. Private lessons for children and adults. Guided rides on more than 30 miles of trails
Dark Ridge Camp
Make memories to last a lifetime with this unforgettable ‘glamping’ experiences at Dark Ridge Camp. There are two enclosed bunkhouses, multiple tent sites, hot showers, flush toilets, large outdoor grill and a horse paddock. A water wheel generates electricity for the pavilion and grounds.
Ruby Valley Sports Camp & Tennis
The Sports Camp is a family destination with 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, rocking chairs offer a casual place to enjoy the activities.
35 miles of horseback riding, hiking and/or mountain biking trails
Balsam Mountain Preserve has 38 miles of clear freshwater streams with unique fish habitats. Native southern brook trout are found in Dark Ridge Creek, a Class "A" North Carolina trout stream.
Nature Center
The Balsam Mountain Trust runs the Nature Center and employs naturalists that manage and care for 3,500 acres of protected land in the community. They also offer guided nature hikes, fly fishing expeditions, and summer kids camps and outreach programs for the surrounding area.
In between the towns of Sylva and Waynesville each offering Duke LifePoint hospitals, grocery stores, restaurants, and performing arts centers. Asheville is only forty minutes away. Asheville Regional Airport has daily non-stop flights to Charlotte, Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. Private planes have access in Franklin and Asheville.
Boarding House Private Residence Club
Inspired by Ruby Valley, the 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. A share in the Private Residence Club starts at $135,000 and includes 8 weeks of occupancy plus full membership privileges while in residence. Any cabin that has space available can be used without any additional cost (cleaning cost would apply).
Lots For Sale
1.5 to 2 acre mountain view homesites at elevations ranging from 3,000 to 4,700 feet. Most properties border the 3,500 acre conservation preserve. Lots are priced from $150,000 to $700,000
Homes For Sale
A variety of homes and homesteads priced from $799,000 to $3.5 million

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670 East Clubhouse Road

Sylva, NC
3,075 Sq Ft
2 Bedrooms
3 Full Baths
1 Half Bath

249 Cookhouse Road

Sylva, NC
4 Bedrooms
4 Full Baths
2 Half Baths
Prices subject to change. Void where prohibited.

2 Reviews From Residents

Mary B.

Resident Since 2010

"Unique and wonderful spot!"

Balsam Mountain Preserve is a very special and beautiful place to live. Because it is also a nature preserve, it attracts residents who love nature and the outdoors. There is never a shortage of things to do, and easy to find friends to join in. We love every minute of the time we are able to spend here!

Eric K.

Resident Since 2008

"Heaven on Earth"

No other community exists like Balsam. Beautiful, private destination with wonderful and numerous amenities. You will fall in love on your first visit Even better than the wonderful mountains, streams, hiking, golf, tennis, horseback riding and swimming are the residents. Yoou will meet and create the best friendships of your life. We all have in ...

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Home Types
Price Range
$799,000 to $3,500,000
$150,000 to $700,000
Amenities at a Glance
Equestrian Center
Fitness Center
Walking & Biking Trails

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Balsam Mountain Preserve
Balsam New & Resale Information
Contact: Barbara L. Huse
81 Preserve Road
Sylva, North Carolina 28779
Telephone (828) 713-5238

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