By Linde Hyder
Nestled within the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies an equestrian community unlike any other. It is a place that beckons one to slow down, smell the crisp mountain air and gaze upon blooming spring flowers or colorful fall leaves. Amid these natural surroundings, the soothing calm of the Elk River welcomes an unparalleled mountain lifestyle in Western North Carolina.
Beautifully positioned in one of the area’s highest valleys, the Elk River Saddle Club is ideally suited for horse enthusiasts of any discipline. The private club features nearly 40 acres of fenced pasture and paddock, rings for riding and jumping, view-inspired trails on more than 100 acres of riding preserve and a fully equipped 22-stall stable.
In addition to a world-class equestrian facility, Elk River boasts a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, consistently ranked among the Top 10 in the state since its inception in 1984. The community also offers freshwater fishing, swimming, tennis, a fitness center and a world-class equestrian facility.
Residences range from cozy two-bedroom condos to low-maintenance cottage homes and luxurious single-family estates. A 4,600-foot jetport is also on site, affording direct access to Elk River from anywhere in the country.
“Whatever a person is looking for, they will find it at Elk River,” states Rick Foster, Broker/Owner of Elk River Realty. “Our company focuses on Elk River and has since it began in 1982 with the development of the Elk River community.” Two listings currently for sale are noted below.
Situated on 4.96 acres atop one of Elk River’s highest elevations, this elegant four-bedroom home features a dramatic great room with fireplace and opens to a screened-in porch offering breathtaking mountain views. First-floor accommodations include a master suite with fireplace and a handsome executive office. The second level has three ensuite bedrooms. $1,495,000
Bordered by a mountain stream and surrounded by lush foliage, this nearly five-acre property is strategically located above the Elk River Club golf course. The epitome of casual mountain elegance, the new five-bedroom residence is appointed with hand-crafted routed beams, chiseled native stone, bark siding, knotty alder doors and heart pine floors. Primary living spaces include an expansive great room and a lower level media room with an adjacent bonus room. $1,995,000
539 Banner Elk Highway
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604