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Spectacular mountain home constructed with outdoor entertaining in mind. From the stone walls surrounding the paver driveway to the meticulously landscaped grounds with cascading waterfalls to the porte-cochere and stone foot bridge that leads to the artisan-crafted outdoor kitchen with authentic Italian pizza oven and outdoor living room all surrounding a beautifully constructed 3 bed, 3.5 bath residence with screen porch,views and guest quarters.
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Timeless, gothic inspiration meets contemporary mountain elegance in this sophisticated residence. Features include an elegant dining room which opens to a screened porch, a thoughtfully planned kitchen with custom cabinets and finishes, an oval breakfast room that opens to the great room, a large master suite on the main level. A media room, library, and stone walled courtyard with Koi pond are just some of this homes many unique features. – See more at: http://bit.ly/494overlook

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Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty ended 2014 as the highest grossing office in Lake Lure as well as having the highest average sales transaction.  Our agents occupy the top 3 spots in average individual sales transactions.

We also had the highest sale in Henderson County at $1,400,000 and the second highest sale in Lake Lure and the third highest sale in Rutherford County at $875,000.

This was definitely a wonderful year for our office and indicates that real estate in Western North Carolina is on the rebound.

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Asheville, North Carolina (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

No need for mascara or lipstick, Asheville, North Carolina’s acres of mountain terrain won the ultimate beauty contest in 2011. ABC’s Good Morning America, announced its list of “Ten Most Beautiful Places to Live” and this little city nicknamed Land in the Sky near the Blue Ridge Parkway topped the charts at #1. But beauty is not only what’s Asheville’s know for. In 2013, Conde Nast Traveler named Asheville on the list of Friendliest Cities in the World. More recently, Purina ONE selected Asheville in May 2014 as a “perfect dog-friendly city” after touring the country to find the best place to kick off its 28-Day Challenge. In June 2014, Livability.com placed Asheville at #4 on its “Top 10 Foodie Cities 2014” round-up.

Asheville, North Carolina beat Aspen, Colorado with flying colors for the top beauty title. This culturally rich beautiful mountain town is nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Asheville’s stellar outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking and fishing appeal to folks of all ages. Families from far and wide travel to the region to check out the rich cultural festivals and foodie venues. Visitors enjoy this place so much that many end up searching for Asheville homes for sale while they’re on holiday to see if Asheville is right for them. Check out which Asheville neighborhoods Real Estate Scorecard believes are getting even more beautiful as time goes on:

BILTMORE LAKE – A bass fisherman’s dream! This luxury community filled with Asheville homes is known for its catch and release fishing, gorgeous mountain views and its 1,300 acres of superb architectural planning. Add Biltmore Lake‘s convenient location near the Blue Ridge Parkway and additional amenities like the lakefront Biltmore Clubhouse, two tennis courts and 4.2 miles of hiking trails and this is clearly the most ideal destination for retirement.

THE CLIFFS AT WALNUT COVE – For the golfing enthusiasts of the family, this is one of the best places to live in North Carolina mountains. This upscale, gated gated community comes with its own fine dining at the Walnut Cove Tavern, four lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, a superb Wellness Center and, of course, 18-hole Championship Jack Nicklaus golf course. This 1,500-acre golfing paradise set in a valley is more than what any Baby Boomer could bargain for who wants to live close to downtown Asheville.

SOUTHCLIFF – Quaint elegance is the best way to describe this gated mountain community. It is 400 acres of manicured parks, six miles of walking trails, and plenty of farmhouse and cottage-inspired Asheville homes for sale. The rustic porches and bridges sweeten the already breathtaking landscapes of the mountains in this cozy Asheville neighborhood for house-hunting retirees and young families.

THE RAMBLE – Location, location, location. It’s hard to beat The Ramble’s proximity to downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Luxury Asheville homes and European-style estates are built among a 1,000 acre forest. An extensive trail system provides hiking adventures outdoor lovers crave in Western North Carolina. Award winning restaurants and shopping can be quickly accessed at Biltmore Park Town Square.

REYNOLDS MOUNTAIN – Perched up on a mountain, the twinkling lights of downtown Asheville will steal your breath away at Reynolds Mountain. Situated on the north end of the city, Reynolds Mountain offers low maintenance townhomes and cliffside Asheville homes. It urban towncenter at the base of the mountain is home to a large YMCA fitness center and outdoor cafes.

CHAMPION HILLS – Competitive folks will love the opportunity to win at Champion Hills. Complete with a resort-style heated outdoor pool, 18-hole Tom Fazio Championship golf course, fitness center and four lighted tennis courts, this mountain golf community will keep any fitness fanatic in top shape. The 100 social clubs and hobby organizations occupy the social butterflies of the family, and the grand 25,000 square foot clubhouse offers a scenic venue for folks to reunite and share the events of their memorable days.

All of these neighborhoods have been welcoming folks looking to relocate to the Western North Carolina area. Now is still an excellent time to buy while Asheville home prices are still affordable. Asheville shows off its natural beauty year round and continues to win the reputation of being one of the best places to live in North Carolina mountains.

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Real Estate Scorecard writes unbiased real estate reviews providing in-depth information about popular gated communities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, all in an effort to help people discover where to retire in the Southeast.

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Known as “The City of Four Seasons” and self-proclaimed as “The Friendliest City for Retirees”, Hendersonville and Henderson countyare part of the four-county Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area – the fifth largest MSA in North Carolina.
It’s well-preserved Main Street and Downtown area is filled with r
estaurants, antique shops and numerous boutiques – especially since its revitilization in the early 1990′s. More recently, the town’s historic “7th Avenue Commercial District” has seen redevelopment efforts.  With it’s 19th and 20th century architecture, funky boutiques, brewhouses, and restaurants, Hendersonville is quickly becoming a lower-priced alternative to Asheville.

What is it known for?

Hendersonville is probably most well-known as the host city for the “North Carolina Apple Festival“.  This annual event, now in it’s 66th year, draws up to 50,000 spectators, capping it’s four-day run with the King Apple Parade!
Besides it’s historic and appealing downtown area, Hendersonville also offers plenty of natural beauty. It’s largest draw for outdoor lovers is 
Dupont State Forest.  With over 10,000 acres and no less then 6 waterfalls, Dupont attracts visitors from all over the country – Hollywood too! The Last of the Mohicans and more recently, The Hunger Games have both filmed inside the Forest.
Just outside of 
Hendersonville lies Flat Rock, a small town with two big draws – The Flat Rock Playhouse and the Carl Sandburg home, Connemara.

Where do you want to live?

Hendersonville offers plenty of choices for any lifestyle.  For the urban set, you can choose a condo or an apartment smack in the center of downtown or in one of the many surrounding neighborhoods such as Five Points, Druid Hills and Hyman Avenue.
For those looking for something a bit more rural, you can choose from several small communities like 
Dana which is close to downtown orEdneyville where the majority of the counties apple farms reside.
For the golfer, Hendersonville is home to 
Champion Hills Country Club and Kenmure in Flat Rock. The par-71 course inside of Champion Hills was designed by Tom Fazio and is consistantly ranked as one of “North Carolina’s 10 Best Golf Course” by Golf Digest while the par-72, Joe Lee-designed course of Kenmure was voted as one of the “Top 50″ by Golfweek.

Side Trips

As part of the Asheville MSA, Downtown Asheville is only a short drive from Hendersonville.  Even shorter is the mountain lake town ofLake Lure and the quaint city of Brevard. 

Asheville Regional Airport serves Asheville and the surrounding areas and has direct flights to many major US cities such as Chicago and New York City, which are an hour and and hour and a half flight respectively.
Public transportation comes in the form of the 
Apple Country Public Transit, a “dial-a-ride” service for Henderson County residents.

Practical Info

As mentioned previously, Hendersonville has become a lower-priced alternative to Asheville.  Once known as a “retiree-only” destination,Hendersonville has begun to attract a younger crowd.
Like most places, the prices vary depending on where you are looking and what you are looking for. The median sale price in August for a modest home in Hendersonville was $117,000 according to Trulia. However, expect to pay ”Asheville-like” prices for homes in more affluent areas such as 
Champion Hills and Hyman Avenue where prices start in the low $400k’s and climb to over $3,000,000.
1-2 bedroom apartments close to downtown start at around $700/month while a townhome or condo will start around $900.