Equestrian Living

Sunset Creek Estate: Blaze A Trail In the Blue Ridge

Are you ready to live in a magical place and experience a once in a lifetime opportunity? This is what most potential homeowners ask themselves after their first visit to the mountains of Western North Carolina. With it’s soothing vistas, pristine natural beauty, and temperate climate, this enviable area has been the preferred destination of luxury buyers for many, many years.  The Highlands-Cashiers plateau is the perfect location for you and your family to rejuvenate your spirits to the sounds and backdrop of the Blue Ridge.

Now, the equestrian lover can have a chance to purchase a piece of paradise! Sunset Creek Estate is located in a premier equestrian, gated community that sits abreast a mountain in Sapphire Valley, known to those who reside there as Bald Rock. Bald Rock boasts luxurious mountain estates, an equestrian facility, green pastures, fenced paddocks, creeks, streams, waterfalls, extraordinary views, and absolutely perfect weather for your horses!

Bald Rock is specifically designed for horse and owner to pleasure ride together and explore all the wondrous forest glades and secret nooks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of the best places to live in North Carolina, Bald Rock offers 776 acres of trails that are carved throughout the community allowing residents easy access from their own estate to Panthertown National Forest.

Adjacent to Bald Rock, Panthertown National Forest is an adventurers dream providing an additional 6700 acres to discover through out the summer months with your trusty steed. Many equestrian homeowners live in southern states where the summer is too hot for their horses. According to Broker Heather Hines, equestrian expert for Keller Williams Biltmore Village, “Here in Bald Rock, the average temperature during the summer season is in the mid 70’s! You have the rare opportunity to relax with your family, entertain with your friends, ride your horses, and beat the heat, you can not dream of a better place than this. It’s heaven!” The owner of Sunset Creek Estate echoes the same sentiment: “I woke up this morning and it was 58 degrees outside!” “I turned to my husband and said let’s go for a ride! And it’s July! We will miss this place.”

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Sunset Creek Estate, in Bald Rock , is no ordinary “cabin in the mountains”. It is over 9000 square feet with separate guest quarters and 5 Stall Barn, all resting on 13.5 acres in the heart of Bald Rock. Pine wood floors and ceilings outline almost every room of this home. This type of architectural style blends harmoniously with the natural elements of the property invoking a sense of peace and tranquility. The interior of the home accentuates traditional gaming décor with a Feng Shui design creating a sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance.

The Stone Carved Veranda overlooking the property and Speak Easy Room allows guests to be entertained amidst this unique vibe, setting the stage for a leisurely mountain, luxury experience. This is your mansion in the mountains. A second home you may never want to leave!

P&D Headshots 15 (Small)What makes you an expert in Equestrian properties? Heather Hines, Broker with Keller Williams Biltmore Village was asked that very question three years ago when deciding to take on her first equestrian listing. “I love horses so I was enthusiastic to take up the challenge”

“I knew the first thing I would need to research was the equestrian community. I have a BA in History so research was not going to be a problem for me”. “My challenge was to become familiar with the language of the equine so that when the time came to prospect to equestrian power brokers and international equestrian brokerage firms, I could sell my client’s home”

In the years that have followed, Heather has developed a template to sell equestrian properties and created a database with not only equestrian power brokers but luxury agents local, national, and international. “Selling a home whether it be equestrian or not, the key is to tap into your buyer market. I know now what web sites to be on, what magazines to advertise in, the locales of equestrian communities to send mailers to, and exactly who I need to call!”

The bottom line is that homeowners that buy high end homes are represented by Luxury Brokers. I have found you need to create a conversation with them first!”
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