Southcliff: Your Urban Living Mountain Retreat

This article was an advertorial piece on the cover of the Sunday Real Estate section for the Asheville-Citizens Times. All photos are by Stewart Young Photography. View the final newspaper document here.

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

Housing affordability, according to the National Association of Homebuilders, is at a 20-year high in Asheville and Buncombe County. This comes as no surprise to Southcliff, a debt-free, award winning community known for its panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and its convenience to downtown Asheville. Southcliff is located on the south face of Cedar Cliff Mountain in a natural setting offering panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and only seven miles from vibrant, artsy downtown Asheville.

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

“The housing market in Buncombe County and the areas closest to Asheville are recovering,” says Neal Hanks, President of Beverly-Hanks & Associates Realtors, the exclusive sales and marketing partner for Southcliff.

“The Asheville housing market is improving much faster than anyone anticipated in 2012,” says Mike Romero, Southcliff’s onsite sales representative for BeverlyHanks & Associates’ Community Marketing Group. “We hoped the market wasimproving when we sold six developer lots during the last four months of 2011, and by March 2012 we had 7 lots under contract and our closed transactions for Southcliff were up in the first quarter of 2012 by almost 25%. Consumer confidence has definitely improved. Many families are moving forward to get a little slice of Southcliff.”

Location Is Everything

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

At Southcliff, there is no need to choose between a private, mountain retreat nestled in nature and enjoying a fun, social life in downtown Asheville. You can easily enjoy the serenity of nature and the vibrancy of downtown, both within minutes of your front door. Southcliff amenities are for the outdoor lover: over 6 miles of private hiking trails, five parks for gathering with family, friends and neighbors, and open-air pavilions to enjoy the nearly 10 months a year of beautiful weather in Asheville. Take a family hike, cookout by the fire pits and grills, enjoy the playgrounds with your children, gather for a picnic, and stop to take in a breathtaking, scenic overlook on the way - all without leaving the community.

In a short, seven-minute drive, find yourself in the middle of downtown Asheville eating incredible gourmet food, drinking locally made beer, and taking in an array of art, culture and shopping experiences. At Southcliff, you feel like you’re 40-50 miles outside the city when you’re at home, but feel like you live in the center of it all when you’re out and about. Urban living is at your fingertips: culinary delights, arts, music and the enjoyment of an active, downtown lifestyle.

Two New Model Homes

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

© 2011 Stewart Young Photography

Southcliff is in the process of building 2 new model homes. The first is in the East Owl section of Southcliff. This model home has 3 bedrooms, a bonus room, 3 bathrooms, and offers 2,200 total square feet. It is priced in the mid $400‘s and will be ready for viewing in September.

The second model is a slightly larger model home in the Elk Mont area of Southcliff, offering 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, an office and 2,800 square feet. This model will be available for viewing in October of this year and prices fall near the high $600’s.

“Sales are up and supply is down,” says Hanks. “Many people in the industry believe that the bottom of the housing market is behind us and we have to agree. We’re seeing quite a bit of renewed consumer confidence. People are starting to buy real estate in Western North Carolina again. And Southcliff, with so much to offer so close to Asheville, is rebounding much quicker than the surrounding areas.“

© 2011 Asheville Citizen-Times