Balsam Mountain Preserve

81 Preserve Road, Sylva, North Carolina
Fishing Fishing
Hiking Hiking
Golf Golf
Mountain Mountain
Tennis Tennis
Equestrian Equestrian
Fitness Fitness

Ask anyone who's golfed in Western North Carolina and you will find Balsam Mountain Preserve to be one of the best Asheville NC golf communities, although the lifestyle at Balsam offers much more than golf. Perhaps an urban cowboy's life best describes the high quality of living at this gated community and private residence club. As a low density neighborhood, only 400 families will call Balsam home at the project's completion. That's an average of 12 acres per family of protected mountain paradise and rustic mountain homes spread across 4,400 acres and 3,000 acres have been preserved as a conservation easement! Balsam Mountain Trust is actively engaged in the community's nature management and provides education and adventures at the Nature Center. 

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 the Asheville NC golf course. In 2010, Business N.C. Magazine named the golf course #2 Best Course in the Asheville Area. 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 Balsam Mountain Preserve Equestrian Center which has 30 miles of private riding trails inside within this gated community accented by rustic mountain homes. The 14 stall stable provides full boarding services and the use of club horses. The 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 displaying views of one of the best mountain towns in North Carolina and Waynesville real estate. 

Fresh water streams and creeks parallel the trails, ideal for fly fishing for 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.

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 at Balsam Mountain 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 72.

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Balsam Mountain PreserveYour score:87 / 100Reviews:37

Property Owner Reviews

Property Owner: EdwardBP
To early to tell, but certainly not five star now!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:90/100
Property Owner: 28779BP14
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Average:93/100
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: 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: 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
Property Owner: Rey28779BP
Outstanding people and great place to live.
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: Don28779BP
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: 28779BP3
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
Developer Creditability:
60/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
80/100
Average:80/100
Property Owner: 28779BP8
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
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:89/100
Property Owner: 28779BP7
Developer, Challenge Golf is the poorest I have ever encountered. I have been involved in 4 second home communities. He is the worst!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
20/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
20/100
Membership Fees:
20/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
20/100
Social Clubs:
40/100
Average:31/100

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Our Score:
Silver
72/100

Property Owner Reviews

Property Owner: Bill28779BP
To me, Balsam is the happiest place to live.
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: 28779BP4
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:94/100
Property Owner: Robert28779BP
Every time I drive through the gate at Balsam, I feel like I am leaving the rest of the world behind. The climb up the mountain is both a figurative and literal breath of fresh air. Everyone on the mountain shares the commitment to preservation of this wonderful place for generations to come.
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: 28779BP2
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
40/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
40/100
Membership Fees:
40/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
60/100
Social Clubs:
40/100
Average:46/100
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: Rey28779BP
Outstanding people and great place to live.
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: 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: 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
Property Owner: EdwardBP
To early to tell, but certainly not five star now!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:90/100
Property Owner: 28779BP3
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
Developer Creditability:
60/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
80/100
Average:80/100

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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 FEBRUARY 2015: "Balsam Mountain Preserve (Balsam Group) is the No. 1 tax scofflaw in Jackson County with $112,597 in dollars due, according to a Top 100 list compiled and released today by county officials. Two out-of-state business partners, Harry Avant and David Carlile, own the 4,400-acre development. The manager for Balsam Mountain Preserve couldn’t immediately be reached for comment." (Source The Syvia Herald)

 

20/100

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: 0.4446%
Sales Tax: 7.54%
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:
$9,800
Sport:
$7,900
Social:
$5,900
Southeast Average
Golf: $7,611
Sport: $2,262
Social: $4,938

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$40,000
Sport:
$40,000
Social:
$40,000
Southeast Average
Golf: $39,614
Sport: $10,965
Social: $18,261

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Packages include the master site plan, current price list and discovery packages offered.

Community Scorecard

Our Score:
Silver
72/100

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

Hidden from Standard
Hidden from Narrow

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 FEBRUARY 2015: "Balsam Mountain Preserve (Balsam Group) is the No. 1 tax scofflaw in Jackson County with $112,597 in dollars due, according to a Top 100 list compiled and released today by county officials. Two out-of-state business partners, Harry Avant and David Carlile, own the 4,400-acre development. The manager for Balsam Mountain Preserve couldn’t immediately be reached for comment." (Source The Syvia Herald)

 

20/100

Taxes

County:
Jackson
Real Estate:
0.0028%
Sales Tax:
6.75%
Southeast Average
Real Estate: 0.4446%
Sales Tax: 7.54%
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:
$9,800
Sport:
$7,900
Social:
$5,900
Southeast Average
Golf: $7,611
Sport: $2,262
Social: $4,938

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$40,000
Sport:
$40,000
Social:
$40,000
Southeast Average
Golf: $39,614
Sport: $10,965
Social: $18,261