AnnieB’s Goodbye

March 17th, 2020

I want to take this opportunity to say goodbye to those of you that follow this blog. My life is moving on. It has been my honor and privilege to share these homes with you.

However, I leave you in the capable (and young!) hands of Sarah. Yes, she shares my love of cooking and pets, golden retrievers in particular. She will take you on new adventures of our wonderful Highlands-Cashiers plateau, bringing her own insights and feelings to each home she visits. I know you will enjoy the perspective of a young mother and wife after tolerating an old woman like me.

My best wishes go to you all. Please welcome Sarah as you welcomed me.

Final salutations…

Holly Forest XIV Home for Sale

October 24th, 2019

In Holly Forest XIV is a home for sale that has a nearly level entry from the parking area.  Very unusual indeed for this area!  The other thing noticed immediately are the long and short range views!  Exit your vehicle, and enjoy cool mountain breezes at 3800’ elevation.

Upon entering, you will note the kitchen to your left.  Plenty of cabinets and counter space, as well as gleaming stainless appliances will make preparing meals a pleasure.  To the right is the dining room and living room with soaring ceilings, giving the entire great room a spacious feel.  You will debate whether the focal point of the room is the stone fireplace or the fabulous view.  Visible through the fenestrated wall, it can be enjoyed year round, regardless of weather.

The master suite is located on the main level.  The bath features a custom walk-in shower and double vanity.

The lower level is comprised of 3 guest rooms and two full baths.  There is also an abundance of extra storage here.


Two levels of decks provide plenty of outdoor living space from which to enjoy the fabulous views.

Call the Carolina Cone Team for a private tour of all this home has to offer.



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Home for Sale in Holly Forest I

October 18th, 2019

I was blessed this week to spend some time with the owner of a home for sale in Holly Forest I.  More often than not, I am on my own when I visit these homes in search of new owners.  That is generally a good thing: I can wander through, then sit down, close my eyes, and envision myself and my extended brood living and visiting in the home.  However, this time was very different.  I saw living here through the eyes of someone that does live here, and it is a thing to behold.  This woman truly loves and cares for this place, feels a stewardship toward it, and wants to see the house in the hands of “someone that will love being here”.  It isn’t that she wants to leave, but as we all know, life dynamics change, and sometimes circumstance changes must follow.   Come along as I share this tour with you.

I turn into the drive and immediately note the fall flowers in the beds and pots.  The leaves are changing and adorning the trees in autumn’s finery as they do this time of year.  I see stone steps as part of paths that crisscross this property.  One such path goes up the hill, and I note chairs by the path.  I learn later that it is a perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring a view of the mountain top.  I have also noted that, while convenient to Highway 64, there is no road noise; it is perfectly quiet save for the breeze rustling through the trees.

Making my way to the front door, I am greeted by this gracious woman welcoming me into her home.  She is aided by a sweet bundle of golden retriever.  I admit it…my heart has melted and I have a newfound friend.  He gives me a kiss though I have arrived totally “treatless”.  The mistress of the home suggests that our first stop be the back deck; therefore, we make our way through the house and out to the rear of the property.  The rear deck gives me an almost bird’s eye view of the back yard, and it is clear this is one of her favorite places.  Without ever leaving the deck, I can clearly see my grandchildren and great-grandchildren playing here.  As she describes to me how this has morphed through efforts of the family from a brushy, almost uninhabitable area to a child’s (and, yes, a golden retriever’s) dreamscape, I can visualize it.  There are two streams here, a footbridge across one.  Paths wind through native flora.  What a wonderful place for an old-fashioned game of hide-and-seek!  I am told that deer often walk along the streams.

Back inside, I admire a kitchen with new stainless appliances and plenty of cabinet and counter space.  There is a pantry for storage.  I know I could enjoy preparing meals here.  The dining area looks onto the deck and the backyard beyond through glass doors.  Adjacent to the dining area is a family room with a Vermont wood stove.  I contemplate family gatherings here; one can almost hear the laughter.

As we make our way to the stairs, we stop by the living room.  There is a lovely fireplace here.  I am thinking of curling up in one of the chairs with a book, when she says it is a great room for reading.  I also learn it is a perfect place for playing board games with children.  Oh, how I long for those days again!  Memories flood back to me, and I am awash in nostalgia.

Upstairs is a master suite with private bath, two guest rooms, another full bath, and a bonus room.  Think home office, extra sleeping space, hobby room.  Oh, the possibilities!

My hostess is right; this home, along with the lovely grounds that span a double lot, needs and deserves someone to love and appreciate it.  They have done so much here to make this a place conducive to family fun and memories that will last a lifetime.  Is it possible this is just the place you and your family need to call home?  The Carolina Cone Team will be so happy to take you on a private tour.  Before you leave, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and you will feel the warmth of the love that has been put into this place.


Until next time, I remain your tour guide…



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Spacious Home for Sale in Holly Forest X

October 12th, 2019

Nestled at the end of a long private driveway in Holly Forest X is a spacious home for sale that blends in with its surroundings and makes you feel a part of nature.  As you come to the home, you realize immediately that there are two means of entrance.  The attached double garage provides shelter in case of inclement weather and provides easy access to the home.  As you enter the garage, you realize it is oversized to provide additional storage.  (We all know about those seasonal things that take up room, but are so enjoyable when displayed.)  From the garage into the home proper, you will find a full bath, a family/recreation room, and a bonus room on this lower level.  The lower deck is partially covered and screened.  Stairs lead up to the main level.

Back out on the drive, you see the stone steps leading up to the front entrance of the home.  A foyer gives way to the great room, with its gleaming wood floors, and exposed beams.  A stone floor to ceiling fireplace is great for those chilly times in the mountains.  The kitchen is well equipped with granite counters, lots of cabinets, and stainless appliances for the enjoyment of anyone, whether you are an accomplished chef or just beginning to test the culinary waters.  There is room here for a breakfast table should you choose.  The dining room extends out from the house and has windows on three sides bringing the outdoors in.  There is also access to decks on either side of the dining room.

The split floor plan affords privacy for the master suite occupants.  The bedroom is generously sized and has a fireplace and deck access.  The bath features a soaking tub, walk in shower, double sinks, and a vanity table.  It gives way to a large walk in closet.

The other side of the great room features a full bath and two guest rooms.  One of the rooms has access to the upper level deck.  Both have plenty of room for guests.

Call the Carolina Cone Team for a tour of this home.  It could be just what you are seeking.  This would make a wonderful getaway, full time home, or vacation rental property.

Until we next go exploring…


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Home for Sale in the Gentleman’s Farm Area

October 5th, 2019

One of the prettiest drives in the area, passing by waterfalls, ponds, and acres upon acres of Christmas tree farms, leads to a home for sale in the Gentleman’s Farm area of Breedlove Road in High Hemlock.  You almost want the drive to continue, but seeing this lovely home makes reaching the end of the journey worthwhile.



Upon entering the home, one is greeted by the fabulous great room.  To the left is the heart of any home (in my not-so-humble opinion), the kitchen.  Lots of cabinets, plenty of counterspace, nice appliances, and an island with a breakfast bar will make this a place to enjoy preparing meals.  To the right is the dining area, with plenty of room for a table large enough to accommodate family and friends.  On through into the great room, where you find a stone woodburning fireplace, as perfect for ambiance as it is for warmth, you are drawn to the view beyond the wall of windows.  It will literally leave you breathless, extending beyond peaks and valleys for miles.  You want to linger either here or on the massive deck beyond, but there is still a lot of this home that remains to be seen.

The master suite is also on the main level.  It is a large room, with windows that take advantage of that same view.  You imagine waking each morning to it, wondering what it will be, for those of us that have been here a while know that as seasons and weather transition, so shall this view.  Though it will remain ever dramatic, it will change from seemingly endless miles to a feeling of floating weightless in the clouds when they sink down and envelope the home, from an epiphany of not knowing there were so many shades of green to feeling awe at the fall palette of reds, golds, oranges, and everything in between that creeps from the mountaintops to the valleys below.

The upper level consists of a guest bedroom, a bath, a bonus room (Don’t you love that term? It just resonates with possibilities.), and a very large loft that has possibilities of its own.

The lower level has a guest suite, again with those stellar views.  The recreation room is replete with a generously sized wet bar, a stone gas log fireplace, and access to the lower covered deck, where you can sit back watching time pass as gracious birds defy gravity at your eye level.  I have to mention something that seems so very logical to me, though it isn’t seen that often.  This home has an outdoor staircase that joins the upper and lower decks…no need to go indoors to switch levels.

This spacious home has so much to offer that defies my meager understanding and use of the English language.  It feels as homey as a cabin, yet as comforting and relaxing as a four star spa.  Come see for yourself.  It may be just the place you could call home.  The Carolina Cone Team will be happy to take you on a private tour.

Until next we meet, I remain faithfully…


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Whisper Lake Starter Home

August 24th, 2019

Nestled in the quiet community of Whisper Lake is a wonderful home that would be perfect for a getaway or for a starter home.  What’s more, it has a mountain view all year!  It’s not every day you find a view home in the price range of a starter home.  There is updated landscaping featuring native flora that will bloom early spring through summer, and the entire interior has been freshly painted.  The split floor plan has wood floors throughout.


Massive stones make the steps to the front of the home where an inviting front porch bids you welcome.  Inside, the living room features a ventless gas log fireplace and cathedral ceilings.  The eat in kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a kitchen island with a breakfast bar.  A pantry provides even more storage.  Just off the kitchen is the laundry room.

The master suite has both a garden tub and walk in shower.  Two guest rooms share a hall bath.

The open rear deck, accessed through the dining area, is the perfect place to enjoy the long range view of the mountains.  When I was there, the morning was a bit overcast, foretelling the coming rains.  The swirling clouds intermittently hid the mountaintops, giving them a mesmerizing, ethereal look.  It would be easy to sit down and enjoy a drink while studying that changing view.

If you are looking for a home for a vacation getaway, or maybe your first home, call the Carolina Cone Team today for a private tour of this one.  It may be just what you need.


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Fairy Tale Home in Cedar Hill

August 21st, 2019

This newly constructed home in gated Cedar Hill is strictly for the discriminating homeowner.  This home has tremendous panoramic rock face views, along with numerous indoor and outdoor comfortable vantage points from which to enjoy them.

The main level includes a great room with a masonry fireplace.  This room accesses the upper deck, which has its own masonry fireplace, making enjoying the view from outdoors comfortable and cozy, even on chilly days.  The kitchen features Wolfe and Subzero appliances and has a breakfast nook and grilling deck.   A pantry, as well as a true butler’s pantry, provide abundant storage.  The separate dining area is perfect for entertaining without seeming too formal.

The enclosed over-sized triple garage has radiant heat flooring and accesses the home via the mud/laundry room.  Even your fur baby has his own tub/shower in this room.  Go for a hike or a swim in the lake, and your pooch can get all freshened up before heading into the rest of your home.

Completing the main level are two master suites.  Each is replete with spa bath, and massive his-and-her closets.  Attention has been paid to every detail to make your private suite as comfortable and relaxing as is possible.

The lower level of the home encompasses two bedrooms with en suite baths and a third bedroom with access to a hall bath.  The recreation room has a masonry fireplace, as does the lower deck.  The recreation room also has a wet bar.  Across the hallway is a full media center.  Grab popcorn and a cold beverage from the wet bar and sit back to see a movie…no need to let inclement weather stop you.  Better still, invite your friends over to watch the game in style.

The downstairs bonus room is generously sized, and its uses are as varied as your imagination.  Home office, hobby room, home gym…just think of the possibilities.

This home is stream front and sits on 2.63 private acres that have been beautifully and meticulously landscaped, ensuring that no matter which window you look from, your view will be one worthy of appreciation.

Call the Carolina Cone Team today to arrange a private tour of this fairy tale home; your dreams may come true.



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A Getaway Close to Town

June 12th, 2019

Are you looking for a getaway close to town, yet situated for privacy?  We have just the one!  This little gem could use a bit of TLC, but it is priced to make it worthwhile.  The house sits back from the road, and the native shrubs and trees provide even more privacy.  There is a detached double garage.  If you don’t have need for storage for two vehicles, use part or all of it for a workshop or storage.

The main living areas of the home have wood floors, walls, and ceilings.  The stone fireplace will keep you warm and toasty on cool mountain evenings.  Three sets of sliding doors open from the great room onto the deck, effectively providing additional gathering space. The galley style kitchen is open to the great room, so you aren’t separated from family and friends while you prepare meals.  Three bedrooms and two bathrooms provide plenty of space for family.

The grounds are a winner here as well.  There is a stream and pond.  The grassy knoll begs for a game of catch.  There is even room for a garden.  The exterior stonework is amazing, from the retaining walls to the steps and pathways.

Call the Carolina Cone Team today for a private tour.  It could be just what you are looking for!


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All One Level Home with Easy Entry

May 9th, 2019

Looking for an all one level home with easy entry?  Look no further!  We have the one!  New to the market is a great home in the heart of Sapphire Valley that has been meticulously maintained.  Keep going, and you will see for yourself.

The easy access of a couple of steps puts you on the rocking chair front porch.  Through the front door you find yourself on warm wood floors of the great room.  The stone fireplace on your left is flanked by shelves and cabinets.  On the far wall are lots of windows and the door that give way to the covered deck with its own fireplace.  The deck has plenty of space for a sitting area as well as for outdoor dining.  The wooded view of the back yard which is next to a 106 acre protected green space provides you with the sights and sounds of nature.

Back indoors, the windows of the generous dining area open to the deck, while the other end is convenient to the kitchen.  This is a room where you can truly relish preparing meals for friends and family.  The island has a breakfast bar where they can relax and keep you company if they prefer not to take part in cooking.  Granite counters gleam.  There are plenty of cabinets for storage.

The split plan offers privacy for the master suite, which has access to the deck.  The bath features a soaking tub, tiled shower, and heated floors.

Across the way is another master suite, as well as two guest rooms and guest bath.

The detached enclosed double garage provides shelter from inclement weather.

Overall, this home would be wonderful for a full time residence or a vacation getaway.  Call the Carolina Cone Team today for a private showing.

See you soon!



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Enchanting Country Home for Sale

April 12th, 2019


Escaping the hustle and noise of city life couldn’t be easier than acquiring this enchanting country home for sale.  Don’t misunderstand; this delightful home would work equally well as a full time residence.  It is only a short drive to the village of Cashiers.

The wrap-around porch just begs you to “sit for a spell”.  You see sister mountains in the distance.  Below you is Mill Creek, a wide stream that provides the babbling noises that breed serenity.  Close your eyes and soak it in.

Inside, the dining room and great room offer the same views through the fenestrated wall.  Mmmm…morning coffee, indoors or out, with this view has to be a joyous way to start any day.  The great room features a stone floor-to-ceiling wood burning fireplace.  Gleaming wood floors and skylights all harmonize to make this home have a feel of nature.

There are plenty of cabinets and counter space in the kitchen.  You’ll want to exercise (or develop, as the case may be) those culinary skills.

Also, on the main level is the master suite and laundry room.

Upstairs are two bedrooms that share a Jack and Jill bath.

The basement is mostly finished and subdivided.  Play room, hobby room, media room, office…take your pick.  There is a gas log fireplace, and access to the patio with steps down to Mill Creek.


With so much to offer, won’t you call the Carolina Cone Team to set an appointment for a private showing of this tranquil mountain home?


Until next time…


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