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Bigger is better in the Blue Ridge Mountains at this Northern Georgia¬†mountain community sprawling across 7 mountains near Dahlonega, only one hour north of Atlanta. Established in the late 1970's, Big Canoe built lifestyle amenities planning¬†to brush a smile upon your face. At an elevation of 3,200 feet, four distinct seasons and long range mountain views compete for your attention while playing the links overlooking one of Big Canoe's¬†private¬†lakes.¬†
Big Canoe emcompasses over 8,000 acres¬†from gate to gate, with 30% of its¬†acreage protected as green space. 22 miles of hiking trails meander through the lush forest providing outdoor adventures for active adults and families of all ages. Even Fido has his own Dog Park at Big Canoe. Tall hardwoods canopy over 100 miles of the community's streets, gently winding through a dozen neighborhoods. This Northern Georgia mountain community is a Certified Wildlife Habitat¬†by the National Wildlife Federation. Adjacent to Big Canoe is 28,000 acre Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area. Less than 10 miles from Big Canoe's entrance gate is Amicalola Falls State Park, a popular northern Georgia state park, home to¬†Southeast's tallest waterfall. Gibbs Gardens is even closer and is an impressive world class garden reminding us of¬†The Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina.
Baby Boomers searching for¬†where to retire in Georgia¬†would be smart¬†to¬†consider Big Canoe.¬†It's apparent careful thought was given when designing this best master planned community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, knowing property owners wouldn't want to leave their¬†mountain paradise for daily necessities. Built inside the gates, residents of Big Canoe have the convenience of three restaurants, retail shops, a post office and chapel for worship in addition to the comprehensive community's amenities. Just outside Big Canoe's gates is a strip shopping center with a IGA grocery store, shops and a private school.¬†Every Saturday, local vendors cater to Big Canoe residents selling farm fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade cheeses, jams, jellies, baked goods, pottery to handmade jewelry at the Village Festival on Steve Tate Highway.
Lifestyle activities include a 27 hole championship golf course designed by Joe Lee, a new clubhouse, 2 indoor and 8 outdoor tennis courts, racquetball courts, 2 swimming pool centers, a state of the art high tech fitness center and spa with an indoor lap pool, beach-front lake and much more. The golf course elevation fluctuations will challenge the most seasoned golfer's while distracting their attention by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountain views, rushing streams and cascading waterfalls. It is no surprise to me that Big Canoe's golf course has been rated as one of the Top Golf Courses in Georgia.¬†Residents at this Northern Georgia¬†mountain community of Big Canoe have the unique opportunity to pay for amenities 'a la carte' verses expensive annual memberships.
If fishing is more of your¬†sport, cast a line in Lake Petit to catch Rainbow Trout in the stocked stocked. Pick up a fishing rod, bait or rent a pontoon boat at The Shack, the community's marina. There are three private lakes at Big Canoe to enjoy a day on the water or bring your camera over to the Swim Complex to capture the smiles from your grandchildren as they slide down the exciting Rock Slide built just for them. The Swim Complex is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. When the outdoor swimming pools are closed, the 16,000 square foot Fitness Center & Spa is home to an indoor saline 5 lane lap pool. The Big Canoe Tennis Club has over 300 active members providing plenty of opportunities year round to compete in tennis tournaments at the Tennis Complex.¬†More than 50 friendly social clubs exist at Big Canoe to insure you will have plenty of fun things to do after you settle in your new home. Ridgerunners is the largest social club at Big Canoe with more than 400 female members.
2,600 homes have been built to date of the 4,750 planned. Mountain rustic architecture is the common thread throughout Big Canoe. From mountain top estates to cozy mountain cottages, new homes for sale at Big Canoe start in the $300k's. If you prefer to build a home, lots for sale at Big Canoe are available from the 50k's. Nine new model homes can be explored in the community's newest neighborhoods. Big Canoe approved builders include Big Canoe Building Group, Jim LaBonte Builders Inc, Chris Vann Builders and Dan DeJiacomo Builders, all¬†Energy Star green builders. There is no time requirement to begin construction in most neighborhoods. This Georgia mountain community has 24 hour security providing the ultimate sense of privacy, an attribute Baby Boomer's especially¬†appreciate when searching for where to retire in Georgia.
Originally a second home and vacation community, more and more retirees are drawn to Big Canoe to enjoy its preserved natural beauty, private lakes¬†and lower cost of living. Equally as important as nature is the peace of mind in knowing that quality medical care is only about 16 miles away at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. This hospital was named 2011 Small Hospital of the Year.
Our real estate score for Big Canoe in Jasper Georgia is 80.
When you travel to see homes for sale at Big Canoe, let us know if you'd¬†like to know which are the best hotels¬†in nearby Dahlonega Georgia. Or maybe you'd prefer¬†to learn about Big Canoe's Discovery Package.¬†We're¬†happy to share our secrets with you, to make your search more enjoyable. Call Big Canoe direct at 866.244.2266.
Bill Byrne acquired Big Canoe in 1987 and joined forces ten years later with Jay Nexsen, President of Greenwood Communities and Resorts. Together this powerhouse team has continued to develop this best master planned community with a focus on conservation and high quality amenities while keeping Big Canoe fiscally sound.
Big Canoe has been closely managed by the Property Owners Association and the development team for more than twenty years. Another successful project scored by Real Estate Scorecard developed by Jay Nexsen is The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Western South Carolina.