Located within a quick walk to Main Street in Highlands, NC, yet nestled among a majestic forest of native plant species, this modern architect’s home offers guests the perfect combination of getting away while keeping you within steps of the local shops, restaurants and activities.
The architect, who designed and still owns the home, had a vision for creating spacious, naturally well-lit rooms that promote healing and relaxation. Local artisans constructed every detail of this multi level home with superb execution, including the antique heart pine flooring, stone fireplaces, and a large deck which boasts a spectacular view of the mature hardwood forest and creek below.
Leading you to the home, a gently winding, private driveway ushers guests through a small meadow of ferns and rare plant species, such as pink lady's slippers and trilliums. As you approach the house this singular driveway leads to an entry circle at the main entrance, and an auxiliary drive curves around to the rear entrance of the home with ample options for parking along both routes.
While hiking trails and waterfalls are plentiful in the Highlands area, this home offers guests a chance to explore nature just outside its doorstep. An easy hike along a cleared trail leads down to Mill Creek which runs through the property. Along the way trekkers can easily spot a vast array of plant species and organisms, such as salamanders, lichen, and fungi, which reach their highest level of biodiversity in this region. There are also many trees and mosses that are endemic to Appalachian Mountains so there is nowhere else in the world in which they live. Throughout all four seasons, the creek is a magical place for children and adults to explore and engage all of the senses.
The main entrance of the home leads to one wing of the house which includes the living room, one of two master bedrooms and a full bathroom. The living room accommodates two people on a sleeper sofa and also offers access to the deck via sliding glass doors. This first master bedroom has a queen size bed and a large window with a view of, mountain laurels and rhododendrons.
The dining room is located just off the entrance wing of the house and is the gateway to the kitchen. The dining room features sliding glass doors on two out of four walls which allow for natural lighting and a cool mountain breeze when open. A long, linear kitchen can be accessed from the dining room as well as the breakfast room, which is a less formal space with large windows on two of the walls. The breakfast room has a table and chairs for dining as well.
Three bedrooms are on the same level of the home as the dining room, kitchen, and breakfast room. Two of these three bedrooms have queen size beds and large windows looking out into the forest. The third bedroom also has large windows looking out into the forest but it features a daybed with a twin sized trundle bed that can either remain low or lifted up to the height of the daybed to create a king sized bed. The bathroom in this wing of the home has two rooms, the first of which contains a full size front loading washer and dryer, a larger counter top, and sink. The second room of the bathroom has a sink and a full size bath/shower..
With access via a half flight of stairs off the dining room on one end and half a flight of stairs off the breakfast room on the other end, the family room is on yet another level of the home and has a multitude of windows with views of the sky in one direction and treetops in the other. A small table with seating for four allows guests to play a game of chess or work on a puzzle while others gather to chat, watch a movie on the large screen tv or challenge each other to a Wii game. This gathering space is quite large and has plenty of space for guests to lounge on a sofa and recliners or move around freely to play a game of charades!
The third level of the home is comprised of the second master bedroom and bathroom and is accessed via a half flight of stairs off the family room. This master bedroom has lots of open space and features a king sized bed with breathtaking views of the treetops and forest below. The bathroom has two rooms with a sink in each and an over sized standing shower.
A small loft is yet one more half a flight of stairs up from the second master bedroom and has a small love seat that opens up into a twin sized bed. The loft is the only space on the fourth level of the home and is a perfect reading nook for the bookworm of the family or can be used to watch a movie on the small television.
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