Update - Big Canoe in Northern Georgia

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The first stop of our annual community site visits was at Big Canoe, an award winning gated mountain community in Georgia. Meticulously maintained, we had the chance to see long range mountain views at the higher elevations before the leaves reappear on the trees. Spread across 7 mountains, elevations at Big Canoe reach as high as 3,200 feet.  Set in a lush pine forest, it was also easier at this time of the year to see more of the homes situated off the curvy mountain roads. The roads are in excellent condition. There are 31 homes under construction keeping Big Canoe home builders busy.

Approximately 2,500 mountain homes have been built to date of the 4,750 homes planned. Mountain homes at Big Canoe are impressive yet discreetly blend into the Certified Wildlife Habitat. Homes have interesting natural element exteriors and soothing neutral colors. Big Canoe has acquired quite a collection of home design awards including:

  • 2003 Cooking Light FitHouse
  • 2005 Street of Dreams (all 5 homes sold during the six week event!)
  • 2008 Southern Living Idea House
  • 2009 Atlanta Magazine’s Dream Home
  • 2011 Bob Timberlake Show Home
  • 2011 Silver Obie Award Winning Home at Choctaw Village
  • 2012 Gold Obie Award Winning Home at Wildcat

The newest three neighborhoods at Big Canoe are Twin Creeks, a 14 cottage home neighborhood connecting to Meditation Park, Choctaw Village, a golf club neighborhood in the heart of Big Canoe, and Wildcat, a new neighborhood close to the north gate and miles of top notch hiking and biking trails. Whether you desire flat and easy trails or an adventurous climb, Big Canoe has over 22 miles of manicured hiking trails on paved or gravel paths within the gated mountain community in Georgia. Big Canoe new homes begin in the $400k’s and re-sale homes can be found under $200k. 

We grabbed a golf cart and toured two of the three short tight golf courses. The greens are tricky and pin placements challenging. Big Canoe’s Creek course parallels Lake Sconti. The sky reflected in the mirror-like lake. The golf path leads over crystal clear creeks and through the President’s Bridge, one of several covered bridges that are a signature look at Big Canoe. The Cherokee Course stole our breath away. The 2nd and 9th hole have elevated tee boxes dropping as much as 300 feet to the green. The Choctaw Course is known for the thunderous waterfalls and rushing creeks.

Upcoming Golf Tournaments at Big Canoe include:

  • April 23, 2014 Good Samaritan Golf Tournament
  • May 9-10, 2014 Spring Member to Member Competition
  • June 4-7, 2014 Mountains International
  • August 15-16, 2014 Fall Member to Member Competition
  • September 25-27, 2014 NFL Draft-style Tournament
  • October 8, 2014  Queen of the Mountain

What’s New at Big Canoe?

  • 2 Dog Parks at Wildcat (Big Canoe is a dog friendly community)
  • Four Pickleball Courts Planned at Tennis Center
  • Permanent Veranda Roof being added to the Lake Sconti Clubhouse
  • May 2-3, 2014 Big Canoe Annual Tour of Homes

We enjoyed watching Big Canoe’s private television channel during our stay. The week’s social club activities, the history behind Big Canoe and local area information continuously streams on the channel. Our dining experiences on this trip took us beyond the gates to Fuego, a delicious inexpensive Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar and Appalachia, with an impressive menu and a cozy atmosphere. Both restaurants are located less than a mile from the gated entrance. 

On our way out today, we’ll plan to make a stop at the Gibbs Gardens Daffodil Festival. Gibbs Gardens is one of the largest private gardens in the US and is only 10 minutes from Big Canoe. Jim Gibbs and his family planted millions of flowers in such a way that the flower collections bloom year round called the Gibbs Gardens Seasons of Color. Wonderful music festivals are hosted monthly in the gardens. Beginning in May, on each Saturday, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., Gibbs Gardens will feature Twilight in the Gardens. Attendees will enjoy music, a selection of wine, beer and soft drinks from its cash bar while a local restaurant presents creative, high quality appetizers and finger foods to purchase. The Gardens will close at 9:30 p.m.

Cool Things to Know About Big Canoe:

  • Lights Out after 10pm - Property owners insist on seeing the millions of stars.
  • Tidy Trash - No noisy garbarge trucks and trash receptables. Convenient drive thru receptacles are located by the north gate.
  • Mail Services - No ugly mailboxes. Centralized mail center located at The Village.

It’s hard to resist the call of Big Canoe! After a visit at this gated mountain community in Georgia, you’ll sense peace here is attainable. 42 property owners have scored Big Canoe a 92 out of 100. Visit Big Canoe’s Community Review page to read the heartfelt comments about Big Canoe. We raised Big Canoe's score from 80 to 82.

If you’re searching for a park-like setting in the mountains with the luxuries of a city inside the gates or within a reasonable distance, you’d be missing out if you didn’t tour Big Canoe before you buy a mountain home.

photo by Randy Lewis

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