Balsam Mountain Preserve

81 Preserve Road, Sylva, North Carolina
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Ask anyone who's golfed in Western North Carolina and they'll likely agree, Balsam Mountain Preserve is one of the best golf course communities in the Carolinas, although the lifestyle at Balsam offers much more than golf. Perhaps an urban cowboy's life best describes the high quality of living at the gated community and private residence club. The low density neighborhood is designed for only 400 families at the project's completion. That's an average of 12 acres per family of protected mountain paradise with rustic mountain homes spread across 4,400 acres. A total of 3,000 acres have been preserved in a conservation easement in one of the most beautiful North Carolina mountain communities. 

BALSAM MOUNTAIN PRESERVE AMENITIES

  • 24 Hour Manned Gated Entrance
  • 18 Hole Championship Golf Course designed by Arnold Palmer
  • Award Winning Equestrian Center - Full Service
  • Ruby Valley Sports Complex
  • Resort-style Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Two Har-Tru Tennis Courts
  • Fitness Center
  • The Boarding House Restaurant
  • 30 Miles of Hiking Trails
  • Dark Ridge Camp

Elevations at Balsam Mountain Preserve range from 3,000 to over 4,700 feet, capturing long range layered mountain views in all directions and of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Balsam's Arnold Palmer Signature golf course will steal your breath away by stunning mountain views as you play in one of the best golf course communities. Business N.C. Magazine named the golf course #2 Best Course in the Asheville Area in 2010. A golf clubhouse is proposed. Ruby Valley Sports Complex is home to an outdoor heated Jr Olympic-size swimming pool, two Har-Tru tennis courts, a fitness center and is the social club's meeting place for family events and is near the mountain rustic private residence club.

Cowboy's and outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the equestrian center. Balsam Mountain Preserve is one of the few North Carolina mountain communities with 30 miles of private riding trails inside within the gated community accented by rustic mountain homes. The 14 stall stable provides full boarding services and use of club horses. The Balsam trail system is ideal for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Trails lead up to the top of Doubletop Mountain at Balsam Mountain Preserve to an elevation of 5,400 feet with panoramic views in every direction.

Fresh water streams and creeks parallel the trails, ideal for fly-fishing and catching tasty southern brook trout. Lick Log Falls and Sugar Loaf Falls are two waterfalls on property. Dark Ridge Camp is the community's outdoor camp site location, where property owner's ride their horses for a fun family overnight adventure. Outdoor grills, hot showers, bathrooms and a horse paddock are located at Dark Ridge Camp. The majority of the roads are not paved at Balsam Mountain, keeping the western motif in perfect harmony with the landscape.

Whether it's for a hearty breakfast or a fancy five course dinner at the end of the day, The Boarding House Restaurant is one of Balsam Mountain's finest gems. The seating inside and outside provide beautiful mountain views perched up in the forest. The lounge area is a cozy place to socialize and warm up next to their wood burning fireplace. The menu changes frequently at The Boarding House so residents never get bored with the food selections.

Social clubs at Balsam include a book club, pot lucks, movie club, nature lectures, guided nature hikes, photography and art classes, bible studies. Balsam Mountain's Private Residence Club cabins are adjacent to the Boarding House Restaurant. Scotts Creek School, Smoky Mountain Elementary, Smoky Mountain High School and Western Carolina University are the best schools catering to Balsam. An entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway is less than five miles from Balsam's gated entrance, a unique attribute for North Carolina mountain communities.

Balsam Mountain Preserve homes for sale start around $1 million. Approximately 73 homes have been built to date of the 400 planned. Panoramic mountain view homesites begin around $200k and there is no time requirement to build. Balsam Mountain Preserve approved builders include Baldwin & Phillips Construction and Morgan-Keefe Builders. Balsam Mountain's fractional program includes 8 weeks of cottage usage and is a great way to try out the lifestyle. Prices start at $99k and more than half of the 40 fractionals in the Balsam Mountain private residence club have been sold. Property owners are required to become members of the club. Membership at Balsam Mountain includes multi-generational exchange privileges and at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Western South Carolina. 

Our real estate score for Balsam Mountain Preserve in Sylva North Carolina is 76.

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Balsam Mountain PreserveYour score:86 / 100Reviews:59

Property Owner Reviews

Property Owner: 28779BP15
The community attracts very relaxed caring people. A great place to live!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
60/100
Developer Creditability:
60/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
Membership Fees:
60/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
80/100
Average:71/100
Property Owner: David28779BP
What's not to love about Balsam? Nothing! I keep telling my wife, "I was born to live here."!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Gale28779BP
We are excited we are building our home in the happiest resort community in Western North Carolina!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Jeff28779BP
When I'm not there, all I do is wish I was there. I've never enjoyed being somewhere more in my life.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
It is a preserve of nature and beauty populated by a wonderful community of people.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: 28779BP13
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:97/100
Property Owner: Lawton
New developer, making some changes that are positive! Maintenance has been an issue with the two previous owners. Overall quality had declined.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
60/100
HOA/POA Dues:
60/100
Membership Fees:
60/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
80/100
Average:73/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
BMP's fundamentals are spectacular and provide a foundation for success; with its new ownership, it looks like it finally will.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
20/100
Membership Fees:
60/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
60/100
Average:74/100
Property Owner: Robert
Impressed with the new ownership!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:94/100
Property Owner: 28779BP9
Lot dimensions and access to homesite were presented incorrectly.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
40/100
Membership Fees:
40/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
40/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Average:57/100

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Our Score:
Silver
76/100
Your Score:
Platinum
86 / 100

Property Owner Reviews

Property Owner: Chris
Balsam Mountain Preserve has typically had very high scores on Real Estate Scorecards's property owner surveys. This has been validated by Real Estate Scorecard's recognition of Balsam as the Best Golf Community and Best Equestrian Community in 2012 and 2013. The past two years have seen a decline in those satisfaction scores as the former Developer struggled to capitalize the club and community properly. He ultimately sold both to me this past June and I pledge to return owner satisfaction scores to the levels that Balsam has traditionally enjoyed. We have a great community with great people and our new initiatives to improve the club amenities, the member experience and the community infrastructure will reap immediate benefits. Chris Manning Developer
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: 28779BP12
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
60/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:83/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
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Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Jim28779BP
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
60/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
80/100
Average:83/100
Property Owner: 28779BP1
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
20/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
20/100
Membership Fees:
20/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
60/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
60/100
Average:33/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
We have a new owner/developer and quality of amenities has improved noticeably.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:97/100
Property Owner: Mills28779BP
My wife & I just joined the Balsam family we feel like Balsam is our little slice of heaven. All our stress is wiped away once we arrive. We love the people and friendships we've made.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: 28779BP17
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
80/100
Average:86/100
Property Owner: David28779BP2
We love Balsam because its the most beautiful setting filled with happy friendly people. No pretense here, just nice people enjoying our magnificent mountain community.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: 28779BP10
A very unique development that encourages a variety of activities.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100

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Proximity

Nearest Hospital:
5miles
100/100
Nearest State Park:
30 miles
20/100
Nearest Shopping Mall:
7 miles
100/100
Nearest Good Restaurants:
0 miles
100/100
Nearest Airport - Commercial:
46 miles
20/100
Nearest College:
12 miles
80/100
Nearest Landfill:
26 miles
100/100
Nearest Nuclear Facility:
73 miles
80/100
Nearest Odorous Facility:
7 miles
20/100
Proximity Average60/100

Amenities

Community Parks:
100/100
Dining:
100/100
Equestrian:
100/100
Fitness Center:
60/100
Golf Course:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Swimming Pool:
80/100
Tennis:
60/100
Walking Trails:
100/100

Curb Appeal

Gated Entrance:
Yes
60/100
Streets Paved:
Yes
40/100
Street Lighting:
Underground
60/100
Landscaping:
Enhanced
60/100
Architecture Style:
American Craftsman
Water:
Well
Sewer:
Septic
Natural Gas:
No

Developer Credibility

Chaffin Light Associates began development of Balsam Mountain Preserve in early 2000, a gated Western North Carolina mountain community. In 2009, Balsam Mountain Preserve was taken over by its investor, TriLyn lead by Mark Antoncic. In December 2011, The Challenge Golf Group bought Balsam Mountain Preserve. Balsam Mountain Preserve is Challenge Golf Group's sixth golf club community. 

The Balsam Mountain Trust is funded by the sale of the homes and land; 2% on homesites and 1% on single family homes.

UPDATE:  January 29, 2016 - The Bowden's announced that an affiliate of Pangea’s Edge Holdings (PEH), a Texas based private investment firm, successfully completed the acquisition of the Balsam Mountain Preserve property from Chris Manning."

PRIOR: Chris Manning, a real estate entrepreneur based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, formally completed the purchase of the Balsam Mountain Preserve development on June 8th, 2015. An experienced developer and operator of golf courses, real estate and lifestyle communities, Manning has been involved in the development of more than 5,000 residential units in the Carolinas with a combined value of more than $450,000,000 over the past fifteen years. 

100/100

Sold Pricing

Mean Price (lot):
$107,250
Median Price (lot):
$105,000
Mode Price (lot):
$110,000
Mean Price (home):
$850,000
Median Price (home):
$850,000
Mode Price (home):
$850,000
Number of homes built:
73
As of October 2012, one single family home and 4 lots have closed.
Pricing updated annually for prior 12-24 month period. Mean price is defined as average sold price, Median price as middle sold price and Mode price is defined as most often sold price.

Taxes

County:
Jackson
Real Estate:
0.0028%
Sales Tax:
6.75%
Southeast Average
Real Estate: 0.3753%
Sales Tax: 7.43%
The real estate tax millage rate has been converted for you to an annual percentage.

HOA/POA Annual Dues

Annual Dues:
$5,000

Annual Club Membership Dues

Golf:
$12,504
Sport:
$105,000
Social:
$10,500
Southeast Average
Golf: $7,696
Sport: $2,376
Social: $6,453

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$50,000
Sport:
$50,000
Social:
$50,000
Southeast Average
Golf: $39,764
Sport: $11,654
Social: $18,411

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Community Scorecard

Our Score:
Silver
76/100
Your Score:
Platinum
86 / 100

Proximity

Nearest Hospital:
5miles
100/100
Nearest State Park:
30 miles
20/100
Nearest Shopping Mall:
7 miles
100/100
Nearest Good Restaurants:
0 miles
100/100
Nearest Airport - Commercial:
46 miles
20/100
Nearest College:
12 miles
80/100
Nearest Landfill:
26 miles
100/100
Nearest Nuclear Facility:
73 miles
80/100
Nearest Odorous Facility:
7 miles
20/100
Proximity Average60/100

Amenities

Community Parks:
100/100
Dining:
100/100
Equestrian:
100/100
Fitness Center:
60/100
Golf Course:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Swimming Pool:
80/100
Tennis:
60/100
Walking Trails:
100/100

Curb Appeal

Gated Entrance:
Yes
60/100
Streets Paved:
Yes
40/100
Street Lighting:
Underground
60/100
Landscaping:
Enhanced
60/100
Architecture Style:
American Craftsman
Water:
Well
Sewer:
Septic
Natural Gas:
No

Developer Credibility

Chaffin Light Associates began development of Balsam Mountain Preserve in early 2000, a gated Western North Carolina mountain community. In 2009, Balsam Mountain Preserve was taken over by its investor, TriLyn lead by Mark Antoncic. In December 2011, The Challenge Golf Group bought Balsam Mountain Preserve. Balsam Mountain Preserve is Challenge Golf Group's sixth golf club community. 

The Balsam Mountain Trust is funded by the sale of the homes and land; 2% on homesites and 1% on single family homes.

UPDATE:  January 29, 2016 - The Bowden's announced that an affiliate of Pangea’s Edge Holdings (PEH), a Texas based private investment firm, successfully completed the acquisition of the Balsam Mountain Preserve property from Chris Manning."

PRIOR: Chris Manning, a real estate entrepreneur based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, formally completed the purchase of the Balsam Mountain Preserve development on June 8th, 2015. An experienced developer and operator of golf courses, real estate and lifestyle communities, Manning has been involved in the development of more than 5,000 residential units in the Carolinas with a combined value of more than $450,000,000 over the past fifteen years. 

100/100

Taxes

County:
Jackson
Real Estate:
0.0028%
Sales Tax:
6.75%
Southeast Average
Real Estate: 0.3753%
Sales Tax: 7.43%
The real estate tax millage rate has been converted for you to an annual percentage.

HOA/POA Annual Dues

Annual Dues:
$5,000

Annual Club Membership Dues

Golf:
$12,504
Sport:
$105,000
Social:
$10,500
Southeast Average
Golf: $7,696
Sport: $2,376
Social: $6,453

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$50,000
Sport:
$50,000
Social:
$50,000
Southeast Average
Golf: $39,764
Sport: $11,654
Social: $18,411