Owner: Balsam Mountain Preserve
State: north carolina
City: Asheville
Address: 81 Preserve Road, Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: (828) 759-5223
Community Size: 100 - 999 Units
Web: balsammountainpreserve.com
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Balsam Mountain Preserve is a private club community nestled inside a Nature Preserve in western North Carolina. Located less than 40 minutes west of Asheville, 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 park-like state will be preserved for future generations. The Balsam Trust is a non-profit organization with full time naturalists staff an onsite Nature Center with the mission of caring for and maintaining the integrity of the Balsam environment. The Trust also sponsors regular talks and hikes highlighting the flora and fauna of the Preserve. With a maximum of 354 planned residences, or one home for every twelve acres, residents feel as if they live in a national park. Homesites at Balsam Mountain Preserve offer breathtaking mountain views, the soothing sounds of nearby streams, 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 with beautiful scenery in every direction, to an impressive Equestrian Center, to a fitness and wellness pavilion, to over 30 miles of private hiking trails. The fantastic variety of amenities offered at Balsam Mountain Preserve appeals to every generation, with a common thread revolving around the great outdoors.                     "

About Our Community

Just as Balsam Mountain Preserve has set a new standard in private mountain living, its 18-hole 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 Palmer team has also designed a new Practice Park, complete with greens, and bunkers. Overlooking the course and Practice Park is the new Doubletop Village, under construction. With long valley views, the village will be home to a beautiful new Members’ Grille, Tavern, General Store, multiple activities lawns, and 23 cottages ranging from 2 to 4 bedrooms. The newly expanded Ruby Valley Fitness and Wellness Pavilion is a sports campus, complete with Har-Tru tennis courts, a heated Junior Olympic pool, first class gym, and massage rooms. It 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. The Equestrian Center at Balsam features an onsite stable manager offering 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. 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 rustic but elegant Boarding House Restaurant and Lodge serves as an intimate dining and gathering retreat for Preserve members. Huge stone hearths, wide plank floors, and a wraparound covered porch overlook some of the most dramatic views in all of North Carolina. The fireplace is always blazing, and friends gather to enjoy a glass of wine and good conversation.    

Residence Types

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

Community Facts

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

Pricing and Other Details

The selection of Real Estate offerings include dramatic mountain view homesites starting in the $100,000's, private homes starting just below $700,000, cottages in Doubletop Village starting in the low $700,000's, and Private Residence Club cabin suites.

Who to Contact for more Information

Contact us today at (828) 759-5223 to schedule a visit and to see for yourself what it means to spend time with the ones you love most at Balsam Mountain Preserve.


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