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April 19, 2017—Balsam Mountain Preserve, a conservation-oriented residential community set on 4,400 acres in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, created the Balsam Mountain Trust to provide expertise in managing the 3,400 acres of protected acres within the Preserve and consulting during the construction of individual homesteads. Continue Reading

Balsam Mountain Preserve Taps Architect to Design New Clubhouse

March 1, 2017—Balsam Mountain Preserve, a conservation-oriented residential community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, has hired Decatur, Georgia-based architectural firm Kuo Diedrich to design a clubhouse that will serve as the activity hub and central gathering place for a new mixed-used development called “Doubletop Village” located within the 4,400-acre Preserve. Kuo Diedrich specializes in the design of golf clubhouses, boasting a distinguished portfolio of recent projects throughout the U.S. and abroad, including China, Dubai, Croatia and Vietnam. Continue Reading

A Perfect Base for Exploring the Charms of Western North Carolina

April 6, 2017—Balsam Mountain Preserve, a low-density, conservation-oriented residential community in the Blue Ridge Mountains, was designed as a “community within a park,” being nestled against the Nantahala National Forest, the Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Apart from the many amenities the community offers, along with ready access to the parks and the Blue Ridge Parkway, three nearby mountain towns also provide distinctive charms worthy of off-property excursions. Continue Reading

Infrastructure Improvements

April 2017–Driving around the Preserve, you may have wondered what the areas marked with small red and blue flags are for. If you haven’t noticed them, just glance occasionally off the main roads at ground level. Continue Reading

Golf Course Renovations

April 2017–This month Arnold Palmer Design Company begins renovations on the Preserve’s Signature Course. Palmer’s Senior Architect, Thad Layton, is overseeing the project. Continue Reading

Meet The Design Team

April 2017–In the last issue of Ridgelines, we briefly mentioned the design team that is collaborating on the new Doubletop Village. We are pleased to introduce them to you and wish to recognize and congratulate them for the work they’ve done. Continue Reading

Doubletop Cottages at The New Balsam Mountain Club

February 2017–The Doubletop Village will also see the introduction of 23 single family cottages…2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes surrounded by lawns and within easy walking distance to the club amenities. Designed by the renowned Harrison Design architects from Atlanta, these efficient but gracious homes will be “turnkey offerings” that include optional, fully equipped interior design packages. Continue Reading

Partners with Leading Residential Architect to Design Distinctive Cottages

February 2017—Balsam Mountain Preserve, a conservation-oriented residential community in the Blue Ridge Mountains, has hired Atlanta-based architectural firm Harrison Design to design a collection of 23 cottages that will serve as the residential component of a planned mixed-use improvement called “Doubletop Village.” The firm Founder and Principle Bill Harrison and Project Architect Emily Tuttle are designing the cottages, which will range from one to four bedrooms. Continue Reading

Arnold Palmer Design to Begin Course Improvements

February 01, 2017—Balsam Mountain Preserve, a conservation-oriented retreat set on 4,400 acres in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, has engaged Arnold Palmer Design Company to design and execute renovations on the Preserve’s Arnold Palmer Signature Course. The main focus of the renovations will make the course more playable while remaining faithful to Palmer’s original design. Vice President and Senior Architect for Arnold Palmer Design Company Thad Layton is overseeing the master-plan. Continue Reading

New Amenities at The New Balsam Mountain Club

February 2017 — Work is scheduled to commence this spring on delivering much-needed amenities to Balsam Mountain, which will not only enhance our own enjoyment of the mountain, but make Balsam more competitive with other mountain communities in attracting new homebuyers—which in turn enhances our property values. Continue Reading

Overview of The New Balsam Mountain Club

February 2017 — The new Balsam Mountain Club will be a North Carolina, not-for-profit corporation with member ownership. It will be governed by a Board of Directors initially made up of representatives of the current Club owner and property owners. The current Club owner, BMP Operating LLC, will absorb the Club’s operating deficits for the next 5 years, or the sale of 225 Equity memberships, whichever is sooner. Major decisions during this period—including approval of the annual budget and setting of annual dues—will require a majority of the directors’ approval. Continue Reading

What’s New in February 2017

February 2017 — This spring, Balsam Mountain property owners will have the opportunity to write a new chapter in their community’s history: one that will allow the construction of long-awaited amenities, vest ownership of the club in their hands, and ensure a long term, sustainable future for this extraordinarily beautiful place. Continue Reading

Update from the General Manager

December 2016 — Jay Manner and his team welcome Michael Devane back as the Golf Course Superintendent of Balsam Mountain Preserve. Michael was Balsam’s original Superintendent. As Arnold Palmer said to Michael on opening day, “What you’ve achieved here is nothing short of a miracle.” Continue Reading

What’s New in December 2016

December 2016 — Plans for your new Double Top Village and Ruby Valley Wellness Center continue to advance. Since the October 15th presentation of conceptual plans to property owners, architect Mark Diedrich of Kuo Diedrich and land planners Steve Wyda and Ryan Blau of Vision Design have continued to refine their designs, and have created an animated, 3-D presentation to test functionality and spatial relationships of buildings. Continue Reading

An Asheville Alternative for the Crowd-Weary

September 1, 2016 — Asheville lite: Sylva, a tiny town of about 2,600 residents, located an hour southwest of Asheville and tucked between the Great Balsam and Plott Balsam mountain ranges is an Asheville alternative for the crowd-weary.

Balsam Ranked #27 on TopRetirements.com Best 100 Communities List

Located between Waynesville and Sylva, near Asheville and Western Carolina University, this stunning Blue Ridge Mountain community is comprised of 4,400 acres, mountain view homesites with elevations up to 4,700 feet, and with a commitment to preserve its natural surroundings.