Balsam Mountain Preserve
Sylva, North Carolina
Golf, hiking, horseback riding and fishing enhance quality of
at this family-focused, conservation-focused mountain community.
The lowest density private club community in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Balsam Mountain Preserve offers a way of life that is authentic and family focused. Only 354 homesites will nestle into this 4,400-acre private community, an average of one home for every 12 acres.
Created with a commitment to preserve its natural surroundings, nearly 70 percent of the community has been placed in a permanent conservation easement, ensuring it will never be developed and will always remain for future generations in its present park-like state. Every homesite touches a portion of the 3,000 acre Preserve, offering a level of privacy and seclusion that residents in other communities can only imagine.
This low density mountain club offers the ultimate
In addition to all the wonders of nature,
club members enjoy a nationally acclaimed Arnold Palmer
Signature golf course, a heated junior Olympic pool, soft surface tennis courts, a fitness center, fine dining,
horseback riding, 34 miles of private trails, 38 miles of streams (including a Class “A” North Carolina trout stream for fishing), a private family campground, and a 24 hour staffed gatehouse.
Arnold Palmer Signature Golf
Just as Balsam Mountain Preserve has “set a new standard in private mountain living, the Arnold Palmer Signature course is setting a new standard for mountain golf,” say community executives. In just its second year of play, the course has garnered an impressive array of both local and national awards.
Balsam was rated the "Best New Golf Course in North
At elevations reaching 3,700 feet, the course rewards the senses with stunning scenery in seemingly every direction. The design and slope of the course allows players to see every shot and provides generous landing areas, making it a pleasure to play regardless of the golfer's skill level.
Alongside the Palmer course is Balsam
Mountain Preserve's golf practice park. This ultra-modern
learning center features 30,000 square feet of bentgrass teeing
area spread over three levels of tees, plus a short game area
and a large practice putting green.
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Where Recreation Meets Relaxation
The Ruby Valley Sports Camp is a special
gathering place at Balsam Mountain Preserve, where family and
friends come to swim, play tennis, watch the big game, or enjoy
an exciting variety of planned social activities.
Sit by the fire and enjoy the mountain air with a
good book or good friend.
The Sports Camp is anchored by the Pavilion, an open-air structure that features a large great room complete with comfortable seating, card tables, a high definition television, and family games including foosball and ping-pong. A fitness center inside the Pavilion features aerobic and weight equipment, and members also enjoy pilates and yoga classes in the upstairs studio.
The Nature Center
The non-profit Balsam Mountain Trust operates the Nature Center, which serves as one of the social and educational heartbeats of the community. Three full time, on-site naturalists are based at the center, and together they develop a staggering collection of year-round programming for members of all ages.
The nature center holds many events and classes for all ages.
The variety of activities include guided nature hikes, bird watching classes, family focused programs led by a full-time activities director, a visiting artist program, and 12 summer kids camps.
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Dramatic Views from Up to 4,700 Feet
The selection of real estate offerings at Balsam include dramatic mountain-view homesteads, a special collection of Featured Builder and private resale homes, and private residence club ownership opportunity that is available to only 40 families.
Homesteads on Balsam Mountain Preserve offer breathtaking mountain views, soothing stream sounds and dramatic elevations. Elevations range from 3,000-4,700 feet, and homestead sizes average 1.5 to 2 acres. Adding to the sense of openness, every property touches a portion of the 3,000-acre conservation easement.
Sit atop 3,000-4,700 feet and enjoy wildlife viewing and
the wonder of nature.
View homestead prices start at just $250,000, making the community a solid value compared with other private, full-amenity communities in the North Carolina mountains.
Homes available for purchase start at under a million and range to over $2 million.
The Balsam Mountain Preserve Habitat Review Board ensures that every home is designed and constructed according to strict guidelines to help protect future property values. From small, intimate cabins, to mountain contemporary, to mountain rustic, there are homes here that fit the lifestyle of every family.
There are many spots to relax in a safe but
A Good Start: Private Residence Club
The Private Residence Club is a unique program that serves as an intelligent "entry point" into the community for families not quite ready to purchase a homestead or completed residence.
Owners purchase a deeded interest in ten distinctively designed cabins located on a majestic ridge at 3,700 feet in elevation. The Residence Club program offers owners the flexibility of reserving two guaranteed weeks each season (a total of eight weeks annually), coupled with the added benefit of unlimited additional time on a space available basis.
Perhaps the best part of the Residence Club program is that owners enjoy the privilege of full Club membership while in residence, which includes access to the Arnold Palmer Signature golf course,
horseback riding, the nature center, and much more.
Private residence club shares begin in the $190,000s.
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- Asheville Regional Airport, about 45 minutes away
About the Area, Click Here For Driving Directions,
For a Location Map,
Awards & Honors
- Named a Green Golf Community, 'Vanguard' Level,' by GolfCourseHome® Network, 2009
- Named to the "Top 100 Communities in the U.S." by
+ Leisure Golf, 2008, 2009
- Rated the "Best New Golf Course in North
Carolina" by N.C. Business Magazine, 2009
- Named "Best Of The Best, Top 20 Communities
in the U.S." by LINKS Magazine, 2009
- Winner of the "Best Preservation Practices" and "Best Outdoor Fun" awards by
Mountain Homes Magazine, 2009
- Named one of "America's Top 100 Premier
Properties" by LINKS Magazine, 2007-2009
- Winner of the "Best Preservation Practices"
and "Best Outdoor Fun" awards by Mountain Homes
- Winner of the "Best Preserve" award by
Pinnacle Living Magazine, 2008
- Ranked as the No. 11 "Best New Private
Course in The U.S." by Golf Digest, 2008
The club is well lit at night, offering an
opportunity to swim and enjoy the evening.
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Amenities: Balsam Mountain Preserve, NC
- Master-planned mountain club community
- Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course
- 7,100 yards with bent grass tees, fairways, and greens
- Cool summer temperatures with course elevations up to 3,700 feet
- Golf Practice Park
GCHN Links Card
- Present your
GCHN Links Card
at the Pro Shop to
receive a discount on your round(s)
- Ruby Valley Sports Camp
- Heated junior Olympic swimming pool
- Har-Tru tennis courts
- Fitness Center
- Family Pavilion
Horse lovers can enjoy guided trail rides and more.
- Horseback riding
- Ten-plus acres of fenced pastures
- Guided trail rides and private lessons
- Club horses available for member rentals
- Boarding House restaurant
- Dining room
- Rustic bar and lounge
- TV room and library with leather seating
- Large covered outdoor dining areas
Hike through miles of private trails.
- Over 30 miles of private hiking trails
- Private family campground
- Stream fishing
- Nature Center with full-time naturalists
- Family Activities Director
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Real Estate: Balsam Mountain Preserve, NC
- 4,400-acre property with only 354 homesteads
- Density equates to one home every 12 acres
- Mountain view homesteads start at $250,000
- Homes available for purchase from under a million to $2 million+
- Private Residence Club - starting in the $190,000s for a 1/40th share
Homes at Balsam Mountain Preserve begin at under $1
Visit the Balsam Mountain Preserve website:
For More Information: Call 1-866-452-3456.
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Location Map, Balsam
Mountain Preserve, NC
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About the Area
Balsam Mountain Preserve is located at mile marker 90 on the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway (Hwy 23/74) between the "main street" mountain towns of Waynesville and Sylva, just forty highway minutes from downtown Asheville. It is without question one of the easiest high elevation mountain communities to access in the entire Southeast.
Located just five minutes from the Preserve's main gatehouse, Sylva is a charming town of about 2,500 residents. All the conveniences are here - grocery stores, banks, shopping, and medical care, including Harris Regional Hospital. Sylva's downtown is thriving, with unique restaurants and shops lining its tree-lined streets. Educational and cultural opportunities abound, with Western Carolina University located only 7 miles away in Cullowhee.
Located just ten minutes from the main gatehouse, the dynamic town of Waynesville is one of the true gems of western North Carolina. The heart of Waynesville is its wonderful downtown area complete with top-notch restaurants, shopping, and art galleries, but you'll also find a performing arts center, a community college, and a regional hospital here.
Most any retail shopping need can be satisfied in Waynesville, from a brand new Super Wal Mart, to Best Buy and Lowes, and they're all easily accessible to Balsam Mountain Preserve residents.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, a thriving arts
community and Biltmore Estate top the list of Asheville's
best-known delights. Downtown, with its funky charm and secrets
to be discovered, awaits, as do day trips to surrounding towns
Dillsboro has been a tourist town since the
late 19th century when the railroad first brought visitors to
the "land of the sky" to escape the summer heat.
More than a century later, Dillsboro has
changed very little. It's a small country village with pristine
white houses, rustic old shops, galleries, restaurants and
quaint country inns. The home of its founder, Thomas Dills,
still stands, as do many 19th-century shops.
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From Asheville, Charlotte, and Greenville:
- From the I-40/I-26 interchange in Asheville, take I-40 West towards Knoxville
- Stay on I-40 for about 15 minutes until you come to Exit 27
- Take Exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountain Expressway) towards Waynesville
- Follow the highway through Waynesville
- About 5 minutes outside Waynesville, pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway
- At this point, start looking at the mile markers on the right side of the highway
- At mile marker 90, get in the left hand lane
- Look for a left turn lane just ahead–take this onto Preserve Drive
- Take I-985 through Gainesville until it turns into Highway 441
- Stay on Highway 441 all the way through Franklin and on into Sylva
- In Sylva, take Highway 23/74 (Great Smoky Mountain Expressway) toward Waynesville
- Drive about five minutes and start looking at mile markers on the right side of the road
- Pass mile marker 91, look for Preserve Road on your right in about 3/4 of a mile
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