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HIKING, BIKING AND CLIMBING, OH MY…..Weed Patch Mountain Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A new trail was added to the now 1,527 acres of Buffalo Creek Park making it one of the largest town owned parks in North Carolina. This past Friday, May 4, the Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held at the Bald Mountain Farm just inside Rumbling Bald Resort for the official Grand Opening of the Weed Patch Mountain Trail. The backdrop to this ceremony held gorgeous views of Eagle Rock and the beautiful legacy farm and home on the property.

Eagle Rock on Right

Bald Mountain Farm listing can be found here.

This new trail is 8.6 miles and offers hikers, bikers and climbers access to breathtaking views, clean mountain streams and massive rock formations. Excitement awaits! From the average hiker to the most advanced backpacking and rock climbing thrill seekers.

Park photos courtesy of www.conservingcarolina.org

The ceremony celebrated the culmination of nearly a decade of conservation and recreational trails and honored the completion of the 8.6 mile Weed Patch Mountain Trail that connects Buffalo Creek Park to Eagle Rock.

The additional acreage to the Town of Lake Lure’s Buffalo Creek Park makes it 1,527 acres and one of the largest municipally owned parks in North Carolina.

Speakers included, Peter Barr-Trails Coordinator, Kevin Cooley-Mayor of Lake Lure and Trail Builder-Shrimper Khare

For more information including a map of the Weed Patch Mountain Trail visit https://conservingcarolina.org/weedpatch/

EXTRAORDINARY PROPERTY OF THE DAY

  103 LAKEVIEW ROAD LAKE LURE, NC – $829,000   MLS#3190402

A rare lakefront find on a private mini estate. Newly updated with vintage style. Gorgeous views of Lake Lure and surrounding mountains. Enchanting sunroom brings natural light into home. Large sundeck  perfect for entertaining or relaxing. Multiple garden spaces and long private drive with lots of parking.

EXTRAORDINARY HOMES ♦ EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS

Extraordinary Homes Extraordinary Views will feature some of our favorite homes around the lake. Each home (of course) has to have an extraordinary view which makes living at the lake an even greater experience. And as you know, Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty is not just about finding a home, it’s about finding the experience.

 

103 Lakeview Rd.

 Lake Lure, NC 28746

 

 

Our featured Extraordinary Home ♦ Extraordinary View this week is a vintage lakeside estate in one of the original neighborhoods in Lake Lure, Timbercove, which still holds some of the oldest homes around the lake! In fact this home was built on the original foundation and closely resembles the very first house on the lot!

Sit at your own private deck and let the morning sun kiss your cheeks as the birds chirp in the distance and the gentle breeze sweeps across the hillside. A gorgeous scene of Rumbling Bald Mountain is the backdrop for the lake. No matter the season you’ll always have a stunning view! 

The lower deck offers an even closer view of the water and the rare opportunity to own a unique waterside deck that can be used for fishing, duck feeding or just lounging close to the water’s edge. The charming sunroom perfectly lets in the morning sun and is the most treasured room in the house. Enjoy the lake from inside during the cold weather or watch a summer storm safely. Make future memories in this traditional style, family lakefront home.  

This home is offered by Thomas M. McKay 828.625.9600 x210  828.243.3811  thomas.mckay@sothebysrealty.com

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EXTRAORDINARY HOMES ♦ EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS

Extraordinary Homes Extraordinary Views will feature some of our favorite homes around the lake. Each home (of course) has to have an extraordinary view which makes living at the lake an even greater experience. And as you know Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty is not just about finding a home it’s about finding the experience.

2319 Buffalo Shoals Rd.                     Lake Lure, NC 28746

 

 

Our featured “Extraordinary Home ♦ Extraordinary View” this week is a stunning lakeside gem with immaculate views in every corner. Sit on the sundeck and enjoy front row entertainment as the birds soar over the mountaintops, mother ducks teach their brood of ducklings, and an occasional deer peeks through the bushes for a sip of water. 

Enjoy morning tea or coffee on the main level deck as you start your day. The views are spectacular! Watch as the sunlight sparkles on the lake and the mountains paint their reflection on the water.

Wave at the boaters as they cruise around the waterway, and the fisherman as they row home with the day’s catch.

As the sun begins to sink, relax at your lower patio and watch the picturesque lake through old world inspired archways.

On rainy days, sit in the cozy  sunroom and gaze outside your big bay windows as approaching storms light up the mountains and raindrops dance along the lake.

No matter what the day brings, you can always come back home to your own paradise in the mountains. Don’t escape the world, embrace it!

This home is offered by Michael Holden 828.625.9600 x202 828.243.1560 michael.holden@sothebysrealty.com

WHO KNEW? LAKE LURE……..THEN AND NOW

Did anyone guess this location? If you said Buffalo Creek Road you’re correct!! If you are driving towards the resort from Bald Mountain Lake this is the shot. Some of the terrain has changed and the road is now paved, but the photos are still very similar. 

 Long ago……well maybe not that long ago roads were made of dirt!! Can you guess where this picture was taken?

WHO KNEW? LAKE LURE……..THEN AND NOW

Here is the big reveal of last week’s photograph. Was anyone able to guess where that picture was taken? 

This photo was taken in 1924 and is the Chimney Rock Consolidated School. The caption read that it was near Havener’s Point and was located in what is now, “most likely” the middle of the lake!!

Since the school has been under water for more than 80 years, there is no way of knowing where the exact location is. Hopefully further research will lead me to someone that can tell us.

If you look at the photos side by side, you will see that the mountain on the right side of the current photo looks very similar to the mountain behind the school in the old photo. So we have determined that this is probably in the same location. If anyone has any more information or even better, more photographs please contact me at 828.625.9600 ext.217 or email andrea@lakecountrync.com.

EXTRAORDINARY HOMES ♦ EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS

Extraordinary Homes Extraordinary Views will feature some of our favorite homes around the lake. Each home (of course) has to have an extraordinary view which makes living at the lake an even greater experience. And as you know Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty is not just about finding a home it’s about finding the experience.

231 Tatanka Trail  Lake Lure, NC 28746

Price- $1,100,000

MLS#558419

This weeks Extraordinary ♦ Home Extraordinary View is located in TATANKA high above the mountains in the Buffalo Cliffs community. With panoramic views of the gorgeous Rumbling Bald Mountains and serene Lake Lure, the expanse of this homesite is not only picturesque but ethereal.

Authentic Mountain Living

Take in the enrapturing scenes as you breathe the fresh mountain air. A private escape deep in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge.

Wake up to an awe-inspiring sunrise over the mountain tops!

This home was developed (along with all homes in TATANKA) to highlight the natural scenery at every view. This special home is fortunate to have some of the best views around highlighting tall cliffs, natural boulders and mountain peaks as far as the eye can see.

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Embrace the simple things in life. Sit by a warm fire. Watch the stars come out at night. Reminisce as you rock on the porch swing. The developers of TATANKA  quote the saying “to enjoy the process you must embrace the simplicity.”   Embrace it for yourself in this extraordinary home, extraordinary view!

See how majestic this home can make you feel. Your kingdom in the sky awaits!

    This home is offered by Thomas M. McKay                                                   828.625.9600 x210 828.243.3811                             thomas.mckay@sothebysrealty.com

WHO KNEW? LAKE LURE…….THEN AND NOW

Photographs capture moments in time and take you to places and times you may never have gone to before. Frozen so that future generations can get a glimpse of the way things used to be. We have been searching for old photos of Lake Lure and the surrounding area so that we may see some of Lake Lure’s history. We were very lucky to have found quite a few very interesting photographs, so we have put together an ongoing “Then & Now” article featuring some of these great pictures. Each week we will post a “then” photo and the following week we will post the same photo in present day.

Can you guess where this photo was taken? The answer is hidden deep inside Lake Lure!

Residing in…Lake Lure, North Carolina

In 1902, Dr. Lucius B. Morse and his brothers purchased 64 acres around Chimney Rock for $5,000.  They later acquired enough land to bring the total to 8,000 acres.
in 1925, the family created Carolina Mountain Power Company and began construction of a dam on the Broad River.  What was born from this ambitious project was the town of Lake Lure.

Encompassing 720 acres and 27 miles of shoreline, Lake Lure enjoys its proximity to larger towns like Asheville and Charlotte.  Within 100 miles of four states, it’s a wonderful destination for water skiing, boating, fishing, golfing, and hiking.

What is it known for?

Always intended to be a resort town, Lake Lure has played host to US Presidents, foreign dignitaries, authors, celebrities and the like.

Lake Lure has been used numerous times as a filming location for major motion pictures including My Fellow AmericansThe Last of the Mohicans, and most famously, Dirty Dancing.

In 2006, Lake Lure was chosen as the location for the HGTV Dream Home where a lucky winner was given an incredible custom home and an SUV.

Recently, in July 2012, National Geographic Traveler chose Lake Lure as one of “7 American Classic Lake Escapes”,  citing “Lake Lure retains the unpretentious character and natural splendor that has attracted vacationers for more than 80 years”.

Where do you want to live?

Why, the lakefront of course! The location of the lake allows for both “big water” views and expansive vistas of Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock, and the surrounding mountains.
While Lake Lure has several small subdivisions and plenty of rural housing, the largest community is 
Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure.  Inside the 3,600 acre resort lies Fairfield Mountains-a gated, mixed-use community with two championship golf courses, a private beach and marina, restaurants, tennis courts, a pro shop, an spa and fitness center, and both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.  Prepare to pay a one-time initiation fee of $5,000 and $2,129 yearly POA dues.
Firefly Cove is another option for those looking to have lower association dues though the amenities are not quite as expansive. However, Firefly Cove does offer a community lodge with a fitness room, billiard room, and a large gathering room as well as an outdoor pool and a small marina.  Perhaps Firefly Cove’s biggest “claim to fame” is that it was built on the same cove made famous by the film “Dirty Dancing”. You know; the cove where Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are practicing lifts…

Side Trips

As we mentioned earlier, Lake Lure is in wonderful proximity to larger towns.  Asheville is only a 45 minute drive.  Charlotte is about an hour and fifteen minutes.  Hendersonville is only 25 minutes and Greenville, South Carolina is around 45 minutes.
Much closer however is the small village of 
Chimney Rock, which is of course famous for its 315-foot monolith of the same name. The natural formation now resides in the newly-formed 4,531 acre Chimney Rock State Park.  Below “the Rock”, you’ll find a charming village filled with shopping and restaurants.
Asheville Regional Airport is closest though Charlotte-Douglas Airport is one hour away and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport is only a 45 minute drive.
While both Lake Lure and Chimney Rock offer modest accommodations, we’d recommend renting a lakefront home from a property management company like 
Lake Country Vacation Rentals.

Practical Info

Lake Lure has around 1,200 full-time residents. In the summer though, the population can balloon up to around 10,000.  That’s because many of the homes in the area are second or even third vacation homes.  Because of the provenance of Lake Lure has always been a playground for the slightly more affluent, the real estate market was slower to be affected by the downtown.  2009 proved that no market was immune however, and sales began to drop sharply. Flash forward to 2012 – Lake Lure has now “market-corrected” and though prices have dropped considerably, sales are now returning to the area.

Non-waterfront single family homes start in the $170′s while non-waterfront condos start around the $140 mark.  For those that want to be on the water (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?), lakefront homes start in the $220′s and go all the way up to $2,650,000.

For information regarding Lake Lure Real Estate and to view all listings available, visit pinnaclesir.com