Here on the Highlands Plateau, we are blessed with the salient elements that comprise a quality life: clean air, clean water, beautiful, pristine surroundings that call us to engage with nature (whether that be through gardening, hiking, golfing, boating, or for the more adventurous, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and rappelling), and access to excellent health care, world-class cuisine, and cultural offerings.
Even during the warmest of summer months, cooler temperatures enable us to enjoy outdoor activities and sleep comfortably under blankets with evening breezes flowing through open windows.
Our region is one of great biological diversity, both in terms of the variety and the abundance of each species. In fact, nearly 10,000 species are known to exist here (many of which are found nowhere else in the world). The topography of our temperate rainforest promotes stable microclimates and the proliferation of more than 100 native trees, 1,400 other flowering plants, and 500 moss and fern species.
We are fortunate to have local access to superb healthcare. The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has exceptional facilities, modern technology, and state-of-the-art medical equipment and scope of services. Quality patient care is compassionate throughout all areas of nursing, therapeutic, diagnostic and surgery services.
Looking for the ultimate healing and rejuvenating experience? Our community has the great fortune of having a premier, European-style spa in the heart of downtown. Voted the #1 Hotel Spa in North America by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers in 2010, The Spa at Old Edwards Inn received the first ever, perfect score in the 20-year history of the competition.
On the Highlands Plateau, dining options are almost endless, offering something for everyone’s palate and pocketbook. Talented chefs throughout the community delight and entice with their fresh ingredients, expert preparations, and artful presentations, representing myriad cuisines.
The Bascom art center provides audiences of all ages with stimulating, diverse exhibitions and studio art instruction. And, there is no shortage of performing art experiences provided by the Performing Arts Center, the Highlands Playhouse, and the Highlands Community Players, with performances spanning the gamut from bluegrass to Broadway to chamber music and from storytelling to musical, comedic, and dramatic theatre.
There are lectures, seminars, and programs on every topic imaginable, offering everything from life enrichment and historical narratives to deep knowledge of our local ecology and biological assets.
The Highlands Civic Center and Recreation Park, gifted to the Town of Highlands by esteemed benefactor Jane Woodruff, provide individuals and families very affordable and/or free access to swimming and tennis, fitness and playground equipment, picnic areas and shelters, and indoor and outdoor basketball courts.
Our mantra at White Oak Realty Group is this: Invest in Highlands, NC Real Estate … and Invest in Your Life!” These words are not merely a marketing phrase or branding device – they represent the real promise and opportunity that awaits those who choose life quality of the highest order.
Perhaps, though, the true value of honoring the human need for a healthy, quality life is best summed up by a client and friend of mine who invested in a home here last year:
“I am more of myself here. I feel as if I can reconnect to parts of myself that I lost somewhere along the way, in the crush of everyday life. My kids can play in the woods and make their own discoveries in nature, like I did growing up. We take long walks after enjoying an amazing meal in downtown Highlands, stop for an ice cream cone, and then go to the lake to feed the ducks.
We enjoy cookouts without oppressive heat, humidity, and swarms of bugs. We take in local performances, exhibitions, and lectures, and participate in art classes and nature hikes. And the family dog? Like us, I swear he smiles nonstop when we are here. Truly, investing here was the best life decision I ever made for my family and me.”