Sylva, NC (July 10, 2018) – Balsam Mountain Preserve announced the highest sale in the property’s history with 184 Bearing Tree Way selling for $2,700,000 on Friday, June 29. The awe-inspiring French Chateau sits in the heart of the western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains just west of Asheville. The exquisite home, designed by celebrated local architect Mark Sinsky and built by Morgan-Keefe Builders, features four bedrooms, four baths and totals 6,155 sq. ft. Key details include the antique heart pine flooring throughout, a spiraling grand staircase and a 1,000 bottle wine cellar.  Joe Dellinger, Chief Operating Officer, represented both the seller and buyer. Purchasing the home is famed writer, Janet Evanovich and her husband, Peter Evanovich. Janet is best known for authoring a series of contemporary mysteries that consistently debut at number one on the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestseller lists.

“What immediately drew us to Balsam Mountain Preserve was the community’s natural setting and commitment to conservation and the many family focused activities” states Janet Evanovich. “The breathtaking scenery of the mountain combined with the variety of amenities make this community truly stand out. We are excited to be able to call Balsam Mountain Preserve our North Carolina home. Peter and I look forward to becoming involved in the community, meeting our new neighbors and exploring all that the Preserve has to offer. We are thrilled that our daughter, son-in-law and grandson also have a home here at Balsam, which allows us to spend time with family while we are on the mountain.”

As one of the 354 distinctive homesites within the community, 184 Bearing Tree Way was designed to blend in with the natural mountain landscape and maintain the community’s central belief of land stewardship. As one of the lowest density, private residential communities in the nation, Balsam Mountain Preserve boasts incredible mountain views, masterful design and offers an array of amenities, that include an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, nature center with onsite naturalists, equestrian center, 34 miles of hiking trails and a wellness center featuring aerobic and weight equipment, a Junior Olympic heated pool and Har-Tru tennis courts.

“We are thrilled with the recent sale of 184 Bearing Tree Way and to welcome Janet and Peter Evanovich to our community” states Joe Dellinger, Chief Operating Officer at Balsam Mountain Preserve. “We expect to continue to attract a diverse group of homebuyers with our upcoming amenities, including the newly redesigned Ruby Valley Wellness and Fitness Pavilion and the highly anticipated Doubletop Village.”

Balsam Mountain Preserve
Balsam Mountain Preserve is a low-density, conservation-orientated private residential community set on 4,400 acres in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville. Surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, the Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Balsam Mountain Preserve was created as a “community within a park.” With an ethos centered on land-stewardship, seventy-five percent (3,400 acres) of the property has been placed in a permanent conservation easement, ensuring the preservation of its present park-like state in perpetuity. Refined amenities of the community include an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, equestrian center, sports & wellness center, pool, nature center, tennis courts, guided hiking, fishing and camping opportunities, gathering house and food & beverage offerings.

Doubletop Village
The community recently broke ground on a multi-million-dollar amenity expansion project. The upcoming Doubletop Village is a mountain hamlet residential homes, dining and recreational amenities that overlooks Balsam’s Arnold Palmer Signature golf course and Plott Balsam Mountain Range, scheduled to open in early 2020.  Doubletop Village will feature 23 turn-key cottages surrounding a village center with amenities ranging from a Members’ Grille, Club Tavern and General Store, a curated Organic Garden and Great Lawns where families can gather to visit, play lawn games and enjoy the views. Designed by Atlanta-based architecture firm, Harrison Design, each cottage will embrace the theme of bringing the outdoors in with ample windows, open-floor-plans and integration of natural materials.

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