North Carolina Mountain Wildlife - What Lives Here

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

The Southern Appalachian Mountains are home to an abundance of diverse wildlife, including a wide selection of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.   The protected land at the Preserve at Rock Creek ensures that this perfect animal habitat is preserved permanently, creating a private mountain sanctuary for both the wildlife and the property owners that live here. Our land was surveyed to discover just what species were living in the area.  The findings were surprising because we found … [Read more...]

Updated Video Tour of Blue Ridge Mountain Community Now Available

2011 Preserve at Rock Creek Video Tour

Christopher Hutson, a local video producer, has been frequenting the Preserve at Rock Creek, a Blue Ridge Mountain Community, for the last few weeks.  He has been preparing the DVD video for our 2011-2012 season.  The new video was delivered earlier this week and we are proud to present it to you below:   You can read the entire transcription of the video here: The Preserve at Rock Creek sits on the Southern face of Toxaway Mountain.  We're blessed to be one of the highest, … [Read more...]

The Floridian's Guide to Buying a Vacation Home in the Mountains of North Carolina - Part 5

Misty Morning View

Features That Elevate Property Value - Part 5 Realtors listed the most demanded characteristics of a property in different orders, but all unanimously agreed that a combination of a water feature and mountain-view would be the best investment for resale. "Better for resale" equals more appreciation, which means a wiser investment. Water features, like a lake view, a waterfall-view, or lakefront were listed by some brokers to have the highest demand, while others anointed the high … [Read more...]

Cashiers Area Real Estate Professional Certified as an EcoBroker

EcoBroker Certified

John L. Thomas of Rock Creek Realty in Sapphire NC, has earned the EcoBroker Certified® designation, having successfully completed an award-winning informative training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions. John joins the movement of professionals pushing the real estate market toward energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthier features in homes, buildings, and communities. Today's focus on high-performance energy-efficient homes is a priority … [Read more...]

Bucking the Trend: An Exclusive Mountain Preserve

Tim Bright, Developer with Vision of Land Preservation

Around the chic mountain village of Cashiers, North Carolina, fashionable development keeps pace with the growing demand for vacation and retirement homes. Easily understandable considering Cashiers is located in the waterfall area of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where high elevation lakes, streams, and rivers abound. Adding to the natural attractions are trendy shops and fine dining establishments that beckon the thousands of affluent, seasonal residents and a multitude of visitors. The real … [Read more...]

Preserve at Rock Creek’s “First Families”

Panoramic View from Estate Lot 16

Let's start at the beginning…  I was a transplant to the Cashiers area 17 years ago, coming from Smyrna, Georgia.  There, it took 37 years to birth me, raise me, and educate me.  Since moving here, I've spent my time in the landscaping business and property development/management business.   Somehow, I found Tim and now I'm the official property manager for Preserve at Rock Creek. Tim's vision for Preserve at Rock Creek is what ultimately called me to this position.  Set among 320 … [Read more...]

Rock Creek Becomes a Private Mountain Sanctuary

Preserve at Rock Creek Gated Entrance

I looked down from Falcon Ridge in Cashiers, North Carolina. I saw a section of the valley below that had 100 concrete pads with utility hookups and a cement driveway running down the middle.  The construction was for the initial phase of an RV park to be called Sapphire Ridge. The density of 100 units on 8 acres of land was excessive and crowded the natural beauty of the mountain land surrounding it. I felt that such use was inappropriate, especially for land covered in untouched forests, … [Read more...]