Balsam Mountain Preserve


Owner: Balsam Mountain Preserve
State: north carolina
City: Asheville
Address: 81 Preserve Road, Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: (866) 452-3456
Community Size: 100 - 999 Units
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Balsam Mountain Preserve is a private club community nestled inside a Nature Preserve in western North Carolina. Located between Waynesville and Sylva, near Asheville and Western Carolina University, this stunning Blue Ridge Mountain community is comprised of 4,400 acres, and with a commitment to preserve its natural surroundings, over 3,400 acres have been placed in a permanent conservation easement, ensuring its present park-like state will be preserved for future generations. Full time naturalists staff an onsite Nature Center with the mission of caring for and maintaing the integrity of the conservation land.

With 354 planned residences, or one home for every twelve acres, residents can feel as if they live in a national park. Homesites at Balsam Mountain Preserve offer breathtaking mountain views, soothing stream sounds and dramatic elevations. Whether it’s soaring layers of mountains with sunrise views or sunset over the closest peak, each setting is different. Elevations range from 3,000-4,700 feet and homesites average one to two acres.

Members select from an impressive array of family and individual activities – from championship golf which rewards the senses with beautiful scenery in every direction to a full service Equestrian Center to over 30 miles of private hiking trails. The fantastic variety of amenities offered at Balsam Mountain Preserve appeal to every generation, with a common thread revolving around the great outdoors. Take in a spirited round of golf with friends in the morning, hit the pool for an afternoon swim with the kids and finish the day with a fabulous meal prepared by Balsam's culinary team.  Just a day in the life at Balsam Mountain Preserve!                              

About Our Community

Just as Balsam Mountain Preserve has set a new standard in private mountain living, its Arnold Palmer Signature course has set a new standard for mountain golf. At elevations reaching 3,700 feet, it offers beautiful views on every hole in virtually every direction and the design and slope of the course allows players to see every shot, making it a pleasure to play regardless of the golfer's skill level.

The Equestrian Center at Balsam features an onsite stable manager and club horses perfectly suited for private lessons and trail riding. Kids enjoy a variety of horse camps in the summer and members can board their personal horses seasonally or full-time in the 14 stall barn.

The Ruby Valley Sports Complex, complete with Har-Tru tennis courts, a heated Junior Olympic pool and fitness center, is a special gathering place on the Preserve where family and friends come to swim, exercise, watch the big game or enjoy an exciting variety of planned social activities.

Members also enjoy hiking on more than 30 miles of groomed private trails, a magical family campsite inside the community, stream fishing and a Nature Center with on-site Naturalists who provide outdoor and adventure programming for members and educational programming for the surrounding communities. 

The Boarding House Restaurant and Lodge serves as an intimate dining and gathering retreat for the families of Balsam Mountain Preserve. Virtually every vantage point offers breathtaking vistas. The highlight of the lodge is without question its wraparound covered porch, featuring plenty of comfortable rocking chairs and a large outdoor seating area where the fireplace is always blazing and friends gather to enjoy a glass of wine and good conversation.

Just 40 minutes from downtown Asheville, Balsam Mountain Preserve offers a true sense of place.




  • Yard Maintenance
  • Table Tennis
  • Social Events Planned
  • Pro Shop
  • Library
  • Golf-18 holes or more
  • Firepit
  • Clubhouse
  • Trails for Walking or Biking
  • Swimming Pool-Outdoor
  • Restaurant
  • Pet Friendly
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Fitness Center
  • Equestrian
  • BBQ/Grilling Area
  • Tennis-Har Tru
  • Swimming Pool - Heated
  • Putting Green
  • Nature Preserve
  • Green/Sustainable Certification
  • Fishing Lake
  • Discovery/Stay & Play Package
  • Bar or Pub

Pricing and Other Details

Mountain view homesites start in the $100,000's, making Balsam Mountain Preserve one of the best real estate values in the entire Southeast, especially when you consider the concept of the community and the richness of the Club amenity offering.

The selection of Real Estate offerings include dramatic mountain view homesites with elevations up to 4,700 feet, private resale homes and a very special Private Residence Club offering fractonal ownership at a low cost of entry.

New this year is a special offering of Golf Cottages. Located on the 8th and 9th fairways of the Signature golf course, these 2, 3 and 4 bedroom residences, designed by Arthur Rutenberg Homes, offer luxurious amenities at a price starting the $700,000s.


Who to Contact for more Information

For families considering a real estate purchase in the mountains of western North Carolina, we invite you to enjoy the wonders of Balsam with our special Experience Balsam Package. Enjoy accommodations in a private mountaintop cabin for $169 a night with the opportunity to explore Balsam and the surrounding area.

For Further Details Please Call Us at 866-452-3456.

Residence Types

  • Single family homes
  • Fractional Ownership
  • Country Club
  • All ages
  • Gated
  • Discover Packages
  • Cottages

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