|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
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Created by Al Platt, designer of the 2006 HGTV Dream Home, this custom residence features an open floor plan with antique reclaimed white pine floors, exposed timbers, and reclaimed hemlock ceilings. The 4 bedroom, 4½ bath home is nestled into over five acres of forest and is bordered on two sides by protected conservation land. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces create great living spaces from which to enjoy the long range mountain views. Additional features include white pine wall paneling in the living room, dining room, kitchen, and foyer on the main floor, as well as in the lower level family room. Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliances with stained concrete perimeter countertops and rustic knotty hickory cabinetry in the kitchen.
This home is in the private community of Balsam Mountain Preserve with a 24 hour onsite security staff, a fully staffed Nature Center and over thirty miles of hiking trails. There are three golf courses located within 15 minutes of the property as well as horseback riding, fishing and rafting close by.
Keywords: North Carolina Mountains, Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Vacation Getaway, Gated Community, Luxury Rental, Golf, Hiking, Private, Asheville, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Biltmore Estate, Golf Community
I have lived in the mountains with my family for 12 years. Having spent a good bit of my adult life in cities like Los Angeles, Houston, and Miami, I can say with confidence that this is my family's last stop. This home sits at the crossroads of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, and there is no where else on earth that I've found that has the beauty, the peace and the restorative nature of this special place. My children are 19 and 15 and I feel blessed with the knowledge that they have grown up in a very unique and cultural rich environment. You'll feel the same way as well after just one week!!
Bruce Fine purchased this house in 2008
Balsam Mountain Preserve is unlike any mountain community I've ever seen. They all have beautiful views and picturesque settings, but living in Balsam is like living in a national forest. Most of the mountain can never be developed because it's in a conversation trust, so there is a sense of peace and a connection with nature that is real. The 24 hour manned security is also a plus. Balsam feels secluded, but it's really just ten minutes from Waynesville and Sylva. Both towns offer a huge variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Asheville is only 40 minutes away. Finally, the access to Balsam is hard to beat. It's located just off the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway, so it's literally a four-lane drive from anywhere - no 2-lane twisty mountain roads to maneuver to get here. It's easier to get to than any mountain location I've ever seen.
Balsam is a private community with 24 hour onsite security, a fully staffed Nature Center and over thirty miles of private hiking trails that wind across streams and waterfalls throughout the property, some reaching elevations as high as 5,400 feet. The trail system is truly amazing! My wife and kids love to get outdoors and have all-day adventures on the trails with peace of mind, knowing they are inside a private community. One of the trails leads to a private campground inside Balsam that has outdoor grills, a trout stream, a covered Pavilion, and camping sites. One of my kids' favorite spots!! There is also a Nature Center at Balsam staffed by full-time trained and educated naturalists, an experience not to be missed. Make sure you check out the live Birds of Prey program, which includes a close-up look at a beautiful Bald Eagle. The Nature Center is a real treat for young and old alike.
We had a great time at this beautiful mountain home! Bruce was wonderful to work with - very responsive and informative. The home itself was welcoming and grand at the same time. The screened in porch with outdoor fireplace, seating area and dining table was fabulous. We spent a lot of time out there enjoying the nice breezes and wonderful view. Making s'mores in the evening was a treat. The home was well appointed and decorated with tasteful artwork and furniture, while still feeling very comfortable. The master suite was huge! Plenty of room to relax. It was nice to have bathrooms for every bedroom. Everyone had their own space in the house, while still enjoying the common areas together. The sun greeted us every morning through the large back windows of the house - no window treatments on them brought the outdoors inside, which was a nice touch. Michael at the Nature Center on property was awesome! He spent time educating us about snakes and other local "neighbors" - he even gave us a mini birds of prey encounter with one of the hawks at the center. Hope, the bald eagle, was also amazing. Highly suggest stopping in to check it out. We also ventured to the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) for flat water kayaking - approx. 35 minutes from the front gates. Mike was our guide and he was excellent. Highly recommend going there, if only to people watch. Walked around downtown Sylva - some cute shops and cafes. Just remember that small downtown area shops close early, so give yourself enough time to explore. Overall, we had a great mountain vacation! I would recommend this house to anyone looking to get away from it all, while still having ammenities not far away.
The house is truly gorgeous in a beautiful part of the country. It is conveniently located near both the towns of Sylva and Waynesville so that was very nice to have. The Food Lion in Sylva is very nice and very well stocked. The house is absolutely gorgeous and spotless. Professionally decorated, it is very large with plenty of space for everyone. The master suite is gigantic. The views are great from the porch and all of the bedrooms. Kitchen is well equipped and and all the linens and towels are high quality. The house has everything you need. The hot tub is great and very well maintained The drive up from the main road is steep and curvy and partly on gravel but it was no problem for any car. The bedrooms are very bright in the morning so if you want to sleep late, keep that in mind. A truly gorgeous home worth every rental dollar.
We stayed in this house over a long weekend and its awesome. Great quality house and furniture with awesome views and room for everyone. Owner was great to deal with and flexible with our concerns.
If your looking for a peaceful place to enjoy the views and enjoy a little family together time put this house at the top of the list!
My family and I had a wonderful time. The house is gorgeous with amazing views and most important super comfortable. Inside of balsam preserve where the house is located, we got to experience a few activities like bird feeding (bald eagle , Hawks etc) which for the kids it was a great learning experience , also they had the time of their lives horseback riding. This place is amazing and only 30 min away from a ski slope which is another fun activity. Everyone was super nice and welcoming. The house was in perfect conditions, very clean and organized ;) BEAUTIFUL
My family and I stayed at this property earlier this year and the house and community are wonderful. Horse back riding, walking trails and the golf course are fantastic. If you want to unplug and have quality time this is the place to be.
What a special time for my family and I!! The home was beautiful and the views were OUTSTANDING. Balsam Mountain Preserve is truly a unique community. I look forward to our return visit!!! Just hope the home has not sold by then!!!!!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Housekeeping||$200 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$150 + Tax|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.