June 7, 2012
Contributed by Lynn Kimball
Meadows Mountain Realty
Highlands…A Precious Gem
Real estate activity has already increased dramatically this year as evidenced even through the winter months. Have you noticed the sense of energy on Main Street? I am hearing from shop owners, restaurateurs, innkeepers and Realtors that business is way up. The recession hit Highlands later than other areas and for many reasons our local economy is turning around sooner than most. I am encouraged, yet not at all surprised.
I have often been asked, “What makes Highlands so special?” What initially brought most of us here is the beauty of these mountains and all the hidden treasures they hold. Then there are the cool summer temperatures and generally mild winters with just enough snow for our enjoyment. Our quaint small town with a flair for the refined offers a casual atmosphere and a laid back lifestyle. The exceptional variety of restaurants, lodging, boutiques and shops are second to none to any small mountain community. We can thank the generosity of our local and summer residents for their gifts of time and funds that offer us fine arts, cultural events, music, performing arts and many other interests that are rarely found in a small community.
Perhaps the greatest natural asset found in Highlands is the warm and welcoming spirit of its people….always willing to reach out to new residents and visitors alike. Our people enjoy a strong sense of community and a hardy desire to share it with others who appreciate the same.
If you are wondering what all of this has to do with real estate….our economy in Highlands is driven by those who visit and discover that this is their choice for a second or third home. It is becoming evident that those who have been waiting for the market to bottom out are now ready, willing and able to purchase their own mountain home. This peak in interest will ensure that our real estate market recovers and that all our businesses return to the success we have come to know and enjoy.
To the members of our Highlands business community….let us seize the opportunity for an exceptional season with an attitude of gratitude toward our visitors, our residents and each other.
If you want a good overall introduction to our area and would like to search available properties, you are invited to visit my user friendly website at www.signatureproperties-nc.com. Meadows Mountain Realty has two Highlands’ locations, one downtown on Church Street in the Old Edwards Inn complex and the other on the Cashiers Road across from Highlands Falls Country Club. Lynn Kimball may be reached at 828-526-4101 or by email at Lynn@MeadowsMtnRealty.com.