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.

Located only five minutes from the Preserve’s main gates and in the shadow of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sylva is an enduring example of an historic Western North Carolina mountain town. In addition to being the home of Western North Carolina University, pedestrian-friendly Main Street Sylva hosts a number of restaurants of various types, book stories, boutiques, fly-fishing and outdoors outfitters and two local breweries. Several grocery stores provide a convenient stop to stock up on provisions, and various national and regional bank branches serve BMP residents’ local financial needs. Harris Regional Medical Center provides excellent healthcare. The hospitable town of 2,500 residents celebrates several annual festivals, most notably Greening up the Mountains in spring, Sylva Family Camp Out in early summer and Photos with Santa and Sylva Christmas Parade during the holidays.

For more information, please visit the Jackson County Chamber & Visitor Center, Main Street Sylva Association and Historic Downtown Sylva.

Located only 10 minutes up the Smoky Mountain Expressway, Waynesville is a bustling 200-year-old town of around 10,000 that offers many cultural amenities, including a fantastic regional performing arts center, numerous art galleries and public art displays. The Main Street and its arteries also provide excellent shopping, from antiques to boutiques, and outdoors gear to gourmet gifts. Local coffee shops, cafes, restaurants and several breweries and wine bars intersperse among the many retail establishments. The Haywood Regional Medical Center, part of the Duke Hospital network, offers advanced healthcare.

Ranked by TripAdvisor reviewers as one of the top 25 domestic destinations for 2017, Asheville, only 40 minutes from Balsam Mountain Preserve, is the crown jewel of Western North Carolina. The town is noted for its burgeoning dining scene with some of the nation’s hottest chef-driven restaurants as well as a highly touted hub for craft breweries.  It also offers old-world elegance at the exquisite Biltmore Estate, with its Forbes Four-Star Inn, and the Omni Grove Park Inn, with its ageless charm.  In addition to fine dining, luxurious spas and deluxe amenities, both properties host a myriad of special events throughout the year. On the other hand, Asheville is renowned for its relaxed, mountain-bohemian vibe, with a thriving arts community, funky shops (including one of the nation’s best independent bookstores) and a booming indy music scene. The thriving downtown is lined with notable historic architecture, and Biltmore Village, originally built to house estate workers at George Vanderbilt’s grand house and vast acreage, appears to have been transported from Europe.

For more information, visit the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau website.


Balsam Mountain Preserve provides a perfect base for exploring these small towns, the parks, and all of the intriguing mysteries and exhilarating beauty of the Southern Appalachians. Homes and homesites are currently on offer throughout the mountain community. The average homesite, each providing stunning views within a secluded setting, is two acres and the average home size ranges from 3,500 to 4,000 square feet. Homesite prices range from $100,000 to $700,000 and homes from $700,000 to over $3,000,000. Home architecture and site placement at the Preserve are subject to approval by an internal review board, with the primary criterion being that a house should complement, rather than compete with, its setting. A limited number of partial ownership opportunities in a small collection of charming cabins grouped near the Boarding House Restaurant are also available through the Boarding House Partners Program. Currently in the design phase, the Double Top Village will introduce 23 single-family cottages consisting of two-, three- and four-bedroom turnkey offerings designed by Harrison Design, an Atlanta-based architectural firm.

To begin exploring homeownership and club membership opportunities at Balsam Mountain Preserve, please call their sales office at (866) 452-3456 or visit www.balsammountainpreserve.com.


Balsam Mountain Preserve
Balsam Mountain Preserve is a low-density, conservation-orientated private residential community set on 4,400 acres in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville. Surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, the Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Balsam Mountain Preserve was created as a “community within a park.” With an ethos centered on land-stewardship, seventy-five percent (3,400 acres) of the property has been placed in a permanent conservation easement, ensuring the preservation of its present park-like state in perpetuity. Refined amenities of the community include an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, equestrian center, sports & wellness center, pool, nature center, tennis courts, guided hiking, fishing and camping opportunities, gathering house and food & beverage offerings. For more information or to inquire about homes, homesites or membership opportunities, visit www.balsammountainpreserve.com.