Agent Spotlight – Greg Szabo

Our agents are known in the community for their integrity and the exceptional level of service they provide. Greg is one of those agents and joined our team as a trusted consultant to his clients. After several years out west, he chose Lake Lure for its charm and serenity and to continue his real estate career. 

 

Greg’s talent is rarely found, a plus for his clients. He continues to diligently stay abreast of current market trends, and he can quickly assess whether an investment makes financial sense. His commitment has gone beyond the old standard of customer satisfaction to a new standard of customer elation, exceeding every expectation and in the process establishing lifelong relationships. 

When not supporting his clients in finding their dream home, Greg loves spending time outdoors, including working part time at Canopy Ridge Zipline.   


Here are some of Greg’s significant “Recently Sold” Homes on the buyer’s side.

View all of Greg’s listings HERE.

Agent Spotlight – Ken Williams

Ken joined us in 2020 bringing with him expert real estate knowledge particularly in and around Rumbling Bald Resort. With over 25 years of experience, Ken is a huge assent to out team. 

Ken is incredibly talented and has a knack for helping his clients as evidenced by his list to sale ratio. Some properties even going to contract less than 24 hours after being listed. 

Our favorite thing about Ken is that he brought us our now resident furry friend, Edna. She brings joy and happiness to everyone she meets and we love her so so much!!


Here are some of Ken’s significant “Sold” Homes.

View all of Ken’s listings HERE.

5 Memorial Day Facts You May or May Not Know

1. Memorial Day was Originally Named “Decoration Day”

In 1869 Major General John A. Logan established Decoration Day as a day to honor the graves of those who died in the Civil War. In 1971 Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day, placed on the last Monday in May and declared a national holiday by an act of Congress. It also evolved to include all wars to commemorate our American military.

2. National Moment of Remembrance

Observance of Memorial Day takes place at 3pm local time and asks Americans to pause in silence to honor our fallen heroes.

3. Memorial Day Flag Etiquette

To honor our American military, a unique flag etiquette was created for Memorial Day. At sunrise, the flag should swiftly be raised to full staff then slowly lowered to half-staff. This is to honor all the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. At noon, the flag is swiftly raised back to full-staff to salute all of those who have served.  

4. Tradition of Wearing Red Poppies

This tradition originated from John McCrae’s 1915 poem, In Flanders Fields. As a WW1 brigade surgeon, McCrae was struck by the sight of the red flowers growing on a ravaged battlefield. The red poppy symbolizes honor and remembrance.

In Flanders Fields

BY JOHN MCCRAE
 
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
 
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
 
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

5. Fun Fact

818 Hot Dogs are eaten per second during the Hot Dog season which begins Memorial Day thru Labor Day. What are some of your favorite toppings? Have you ever had a Lured Dog? House-Made Pimento Cheese, Bacon, Super Food Slaw, Mustard on an All-Beef Hebrew National Dog on Duke’s® Mayo “Buttered” Bun -Check out Lured Market in Lake Lure, NC for some delicious, hand crafted hot dogs this summer!!  https://www.luredmarketandgrill.com/

Happy Memorial Day from Pinnacle SIR

Best Real Estate Website

The votes are in and sothebysrealty.com has officially been named the Best Real Estate Website in the People’s Choice Category in the 25th Annual Webby Awards. Acclaimed as the “Internet’s highest honor achievement” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet.  

The Webbys honors excellence in seven major media types and presents two honors in every category-The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. The People’s Voice Award  garners millions of votes from all over the world. 

 

sothebysrealty.com 

Not only is this website beautiful to look at it is incredibly user friendly. Filter exclusive Sotheby’s Realty listings by exactly what you’re looking for. Price point, lifestyle, rentals, etc…..or just browse through some of the interesting stories that are captured through the Brand News, Featured Blogs and Headlines. 

CREDIT THE TEAM

Behind the scenes, a group of dedicated individuals at sothebysrealty.com works diligently to provide their affiliates with an outstanding website that enjoys continual growth year after year. It truly does take a village, and we are honored to be a part of this incredible team.  

We congratulate Sotheby’s International Realty and all affiliates worldwide, on this well-deserved award!!

Agent Spotlight – Kevin Swerdlin

 

Kevin Swerdlin comes to us from Wellington, FL from Equestrian SIR and has been with us for over 5 years.  His knowledge of equestrian properties gives him an edge when working with clients.

Kevin’s outgoing personality and charming character make him easy to talk to and fun to be around. His clients know that they can trust his knowledge and expertise when going through the buying or selling process.  Kevin is a licensed agent in both North and South Carolina as well as Florida.


Here are some of Kevin’s significant “Recently Sold” Homes.

View all of Kevin’s listings HERE.

Agent Spotlight – Michael Holden

 

Mike Holden has been with Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty from the beginning. His knowledge and expertise of the local market helps him strategically cater to each one of his client’s needs.

Mike is personable and easy going. His way of explaining the real estate process is easy to understand. Mike is a licensed agent in both North and South Carolina.


Here are some of Mike’s significant “Recently Sold” Homes.

Check out all of his listings here.

Welcome Ken Williams!!

Please join us in welcoming Ken Williams to our Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty family.  Ken has lived and worked in Real Estate in Lake Lure for more than 25 years. 

Legends and Lore – Ghosts in the Gorge

Ghosts in the Gorge

“A very numerous crowd of beings resembling the human species, they were of every size and all clad with brilliant white raiment, and they appeared to rise off the side of the mountain.”

 

This account was told by a woman named Patsy Reaves on July 31, 1806. She and her children related that while they could not make out any distinct features, the images ranged from infant to adult with no distinction as to gender. Legends of ghostly sightings within the Hickory Nut Gorge and the tales they sparked date back to the early 1800’s. The Reaves family’s report was confirmed by other eyewitnesses. One such testimonial was given by a man by the name of Robert Siercy.

After spending the next hour watching the strange spectacle, he told of seeing the mystical throng rise to the top of Chimney Rock. When all but a few had gathered there, three members of the crowd advanced upward above the others, hovered there then led the congregation of shining beings up through the air to disappear heavenward. Five years later, in 1811, five other people witnessed the same sight in the same place, further fueling the Reaves family account.

Ahh, but what of the fierce battle enacted high in the air?

Subsequently, this strange event was seen in Chimney Rock as several witnesses claim to have seen a pair of armies, riding tiny, winged horses. These armies met in a fierce battle high in the air. Over the next several days, the warriors, brandishing swords, would circle one another in the sky over Chimney Rock. The witnesses told of hearing clashes of metal and groans of the wounded, which lasted about ten minutes. At the end of the battle, the defeated army retreated, and the victorious army disappeared into the darkness.

Soon after, a public meeting was held in the nearby town of Rutherfordton to discuss this. The attendees concluded that the battle was a divine vision. It was believed to represent a time warp, revealing highlights from the not-to-distant Revolutionary War. A peek into the future? Maybe. Maybe not. But certainly, an awesome sight to see!

Fast-forward a hundred years or so,

tales of the ghosts who haunt the Lake Lure Inn, built in 1927, raise a few chill bumps. In the 1930’s the story came about of a jealous groom who murdered his wife for talking to another man in the Inn’s lobby. The couple were staying in room 217-218, which was at that time one large room. Since that tragic time, guests have described an overpowering smell of roses in those rooms, furthermore, some have even reported seeing a lady in white roaming the halls.

The Bottomless Pools located nearby were the spot of a 1985 calamity. A young boy from a nearby town slipped on a mossy spot and fell from a rocky ledge. Tragically, he perished in the pools. Several people have told of seeing a boy fitting his description wandering the halls of the Lake Lure Inn. Housekeepers have also whispered of hearing the sound of bouncing balls in the basement, and of one in particular being teased by the boy. On one instance, she said she felt her hair being pulled straight up above her head. Hair-raising, indeed!

The beautiful Flowering Bridge is a popular spot for visitors to the area and full-time residents alike. But few know is it used to be referred to as Clementine’s Bridge. The bridge is said by some to be haunted by Clementine, a beautiful young woman who was water skiing in the 1960’s,  lost her balance and as a result was hurled into the bridge, where now her spirit still lingers.


So many stories, told and retold through the years. Many of them based upon actual facts, many embellished, but every one of them important. For it is through our stories that our history is formed. The history of Hickory Nut Gorge.


Written by Andrea Stewart and Melva Dye

Sources:

https://northcarolinaghosts.com/mountains/chimney-rock-apparitions/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJGxrD2cRE8

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28828178/asheville-citizen-times/

https://www.city-data.com/forum/western-north-carolina/177169-haunted-north-carolina-mountains-foothills-3.html

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/48408/48408-h/48408-h.htm#c15

 

 

A Productive November

Our office has closed over $6.5 million in real estate just this month!

The Ultimate Entertainment Home

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