Welcome to The Majestic Highlands of Asheville™, a one-of-a-kind, trophy property where the confluence of all that nature has to offer is located here, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.
Majestic Highlands™ is comprised of approximately 795 acres of exceptional, high elevation, mountain-top land situated high atop the Swannanoa Mountain Range located immediately east of Asheville, North Carolina.
This property includes a 663-acre tract consisting of a very large and unique mountain-top bowl surrounded by spectacular ridgelines about its perimeter and a 113-acre tract comprised of natural forest filled with mature hardwoods, hiking, nature and equestrian trails and tremendous scenic beauty. A 10-acre tract that abuts the 663-acre tract includes what was historically known as Lake Tsuga, an unusual, high-elevation, 8-acre lake perfect for canoening, kayaking, fishing, fly-fishing and swimming. An additional 9-acre tract that borders the northern shoreline of the lake and includes more than 700 feet of lakeshore frontage, is also included in the overall land package.
The Property will be offered in One Tract via Sealed Bid Auction.
The Blue Ridge Mountains of the Southern Appalachian Mountain Range provide some of the most unique opportunities in the world for mountain-top living. One can discover a variety of large-acre tracts that offer high-elevation settings with excellent buildable topography; other properties offer a combination of old-growth, hardwood forests and open pastureland; a handful of large, contiguous tracts offer 360-degree, 50 mile views in all directions, with orientations predominately in the much desired easterly, southerly and westerly directions; in more rare instances still, some hard-to-find properties include an existing trail system comprised of miles of hiking, nature and equestrian trails; they are very difficult to find, but there may be a few high-elevation tracts that offer mountain peaks connected by miles of ridgelines that encircle a private, protected bowl of unmatched beauty; and a precious few more offer a serene mountain-top lake setting. Finding property with one or more of the above attributes would be truly unique. Finding all of the above attributes in one, contiguous, expansive tract of mountain-top land is simply extraordinary. Welcome to The Majestic Highlands of Asheville™, a one-of-a-kind, trophy property where the confluence of all that nature has to offer is located here, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.
- Fairview, an unincorporated, "census-designated place" in Buncombe County, North Carolina
- 25 minutes to downtown Asheville, the cultural heart of Western North Carolina (WNC)
- 35 minutes to the Asheville Regional Airport
- 1 hour, 20 minutes to the Greenville-Spartanburg lnt'I Airport
- 1 hour, 50 minutes to the Charlotte lnt'I Airport f.
- 30 minutes to Mission and St Joseph's Hospitals
- 15 minutes to Fairview Elementary School
- 20 minutes to A.C. Reynolds Middle School
- 20 minutes to A.C. Reynolds High School
- 30 minutes to UNC Asheville
- 30 minutes to the Biltmore Estate
- 30 minutes to Biltmore Village
- 20 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway
- I hour to the Wolf Laurel Ski Area
- 1 hour, 15 minutes to the Cataloochee Ski Area
- 1 hour, 35 minutes to the Sugar Mountain Ski Area
- 1 hour, 45 minutes to the Beech Mountain Ski Area
- From 30 minutes to 1 hour, 30 minutes to the French Broad, Nantahala, Tuckasegee, Nolichucky, Davidson, Pigeon, Little Tennessee and North Fork Rivers and Hazel Creek and Eagle Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, depending on which river and the desired access/launch point
- 40 minutes to Chimney Rock State Park
- 45 minutes to Lake Lure
- 1 hour, 25 minutes to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- 1 hour to the Dupont State Forest
- 1 hour to the Tryon International Equestrian Center
- 1 hour to the incredibly versatile, small town of Brevard, North Carolina: home to the Brevard Music Center, one of the country's premiere summer classical music training programs and festivals; home to Brevard College, which has won the last three Division II National Mountain Bike titles; and the hub of Transylvania county, which boasts no less that 250 magnificent, cascading waterfalls scattered throughout its awesome, scenic beauty.
Asheville and the Western North Carolina Region
If the unique characteristics of this uncommon property were not enough to attract the most discriminating of buyers, then perhaps the property’s physical proximity (25 minutes) to the remarkable downtown vibrancy of the small city of Asheville would serve as the tipping point.
Asheville has been called the “Paris of the South”, the “San Francisco of the East” and the “Key West of the Mountains”.
The accolades are never-ending and they span a very wide range of cultural interests and diversity in lifestyle. Suffice it to say that Asheville’s restaurant, art and music scene is more active and culturally diverse than many of the much larger metropolitan areas across the country.
Asheville has been recognized on more national and international “Top Twenty” lists of favorable descriptions than perhaps any other small city in the nation. Set forth below is just a small sample of those impressive accolades:
- #1, “Best U.S. Destination for 2017”
- One of the “9 Most Romantic Cities in the South”
- One of the “20 Coolest Towns in the U.S.”
- One of the “13 Greatest Destination Food Towns in America”
- #10, on the list of “Friendliest Cities in the U.S.”
- #4 on the list of “Top Ten Foodie Cities”
- One of “America’s Best River Towns”
- One of the “Most Beautiful Places in America”
- #1, “Place to View Fall Foliage”
- “The Happiest City in the United States"
- “America’s 12 Greatest Music Cities”
- “Top 5 Pet-Friendly Towns”
- “Best Places to Go in 2015”
- “America’s Smartest Cities”
- One of the 10 best places to see “The Brightest Fall Foliage Around the USA”
- One of the “10 Great Honeymoon Locations within the US”
- “The Biggest Little Culinary Capital in America”
- One of the “Best Summer Weekend Escapes”
- One of the “Best Places to Rent a Summer Home”
- #1, “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker”
- One of the “Best Meeting Sites in the South Readers’ Choice Awards”
- One of the “Tastiest Towns in the South”
- One of the “15 Destinations on the Rise”
- #5, “Best City for Weight Loss”
- One of “America’s Best Affordable Places to Retire”
Majestic Highlands™ is comprised of approximately 795 acres of exceptional, high elevation, mountain-top land situated high atop the Swannanoa Mountain Range located immediately east of Asheville, North Carolina. The Swannanoa Mountain Range is the highest elevation collection of peaks and ridgelines set in such close proximity to the valley that defines the thriving small city of Asheville.
Approximately 776 of the 795 acres are made up of two abutting premier land tracts consisting of 663 acres and 113 acres. The 663-acre tract, historically known as “The Ponderosa”, consists of a very large and unique mountain-top bowl surrounded by spectacular ridgelines about its perimeter. The views from these ridgelines are breathtaking in virtually all directions. The remainder of the 776 acres, including the 113-acre tract, is comprised of natural forest filled with mature hardwoods, hiking, nature and equestrian trails and tremendous, scenic beauty.
A 10-acre tract that abuts the 663-acre tract includes what was historically known as Lake Tsuga. This pristine lake is approximately 8 acres in size and serves as a fabulous mountain-top amenity, perfect for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, fly-fishing and swimming. An additional 9-acre tract that borders the northern shoreline of the lake and includes more than 700 feet of lakeshore frontage, is also included in the overall land package, bringing the total land area to approximately 795 acres.
Property Identification Numbers (PIN's):
a) 0607360815 (663.36ac)
b) 0608201501 (112.88ac)
c) 0607164665 (10.48ac)
d) 0607173281 (8.64ac)
Total Acres: 795+/- Acres
Electric Power: Duke-Progress Energy
Water: Private Well
Sewer: Private Septic Wastewater Facilities
Cable/ Satellite: Satellite
Internet: Satellite or AT&T
Gas: Private Propane Tank
Lake: Lake Tsuga; earthen dam at west end
The nearby outdoor recreational opportunities and eco-tourism in and around the Asheville area and the greater Western North Carolina region are as diverse and accessible as any location in the world. Canoeing, kayaking, white-water rafting, tubing, fishing and fly-fishing are available on a wide range of rivers including the French Broad, Nantahala, Tuckasegee, Nolichucky, Davidson, Pigeon, Little Tennessee and North Fork Rivers and Hazel Creek and Eagle Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hiking and mountain-biking opportunities are plentiful along the Appalachian Trail and along numerous trail systems accessed from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Pisgah, Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests as well as the Dupont and Headwaters State Forests. Winter sports and recreational venues provide additional, nearby outdoor entertainment opportunities that truly provide for year-round exercise and athletic challenges. Skiing, snow-boarding and snow tubing facilities are found from the Cataloochie Ski area located just west of Asheville to the Wolf Laurel Ski area to the north and the Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain Ski areas to the east. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing adventures are also available within many of the same areas that cater to hiking in the warmer months.
- 30 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes to 8 major navigable rivers
- 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes to 4 major ski resorts
Attributes of Property:
- Close proximity to the thriving, bohemian downtown of Asheville, North Carolina (25 minutes)
- High average elevation (ranging from 3,200 - 4,300 feet)
- Spectacular, long-range, layered mountain views in all directions, from 25-50 miles
- Unique, 663-acre bowl surrounded by mountain peaks and miles of connecting ridge lines
- Unusual, High-Elevation, 8-acre Lake Tsuga, a pristine, mountain-top amenity, perfect for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, fly-fishing and swimming
- Significant size and contiguity of acreage with mostly gentle topography
- Combination of mature hardwood forests and open pastureland
- Excellent orientation ranging from east to southeast to south to southwest and west, but not to the north; northern orientations typically include steeper, rockier slopes that receive far less sunshine and warmth
- Existing and well-maintained hiking, nature and equestrian trail system
- Existing electrical power and telephone system
- Helicopter accessible
- Exceptional sense of privacy
Summary of Terms and Conditions:
- A 10% buyer's premium will be added to the final bid price to determine the total contract price.
- A 10% earnest money deposit of the total contract price will be due immediately from the successful bidder.
- The property is being sold "AS IS, WHERE IS" and without any contingencies including financing.
- The closing will be set 20 days from the auction date or as soon thereafter as closing documents are available.
- 100% of the Seller's mineral interest will convey.
A commission will be paid to any properly licensed brokers who register the successful Buyer per the Broker Participation Guidelines. Contact Hall and Hall Auctions to receive client registration form and guidelines.
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Tina Hamm or Scott Moran • (406) 656-7500
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882
J.T. Holt • (806) 698-6884
North Carolina disclaimer.
NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.