Welcome to Laurel Ridge
"a private community in the North Carolina High Country two hours north of Charlotte"
"The Mountains of North Carolina
has some of the richest collections
of Blue Ridge Range history and culture."
Laurel Ridge is a scenic high country community set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Often referred to as the "Gentle Mountains", the Blue Ridge Range provides spectacular, almost magical, views from sun up to sunset. The Laurel Ridge community consists of seventy four home sites in a private gated environment overlooking Valle Crucis and the Tennessee Mountains.
Located just five minutes from top ranked Appalachian State University, in Boone, it is centrally positioned 15 minutes from Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain, Linville, Banner Elk and Bass Lake. Trout streams, the old Mast Store, the Willow Valley nine-hole golf course and the Valle Crucis Park are only a few minutes from Laurel Ridge’s entrance on Scenic Drive off Baird’s Creek Road. As you enter the gate Newt's Crossing is the immediate left turn; Scenic Drive continues to the right and winds its way to the top of Laurel Ridge. Skymont Drive, Lower Husky Mt. Road, Husky Mt. Road, Pheasant Walk Way and Shuck Pen Road are all right hand turns as you ascend Scenic Drive.
Laurel Ridge was founded in 1984 by Maston Hodges whose family farmed the acreage growing beans and raising cattle. Originally named Scene-0-Ramic, the name was changed to Laurel Ridge in 2002. Approximately half of the owners are from North Carolina and a large percentage of the out of state owners are from South Carolina and Florida. Currently there are 47 homes, three of which are under construction, one planned for this year and an additional 28 building sites. One acre lots and up provide views of Grandfather Mountain, Howards Knob, Hanging Rock and westerly long range views with spectacular evening sunsets. The pictures displayed above were all taken within Laurel Ridge.
In 2004, the Property Owners Association(POA) voted to repave the oldest roads which represented approximately 80% of the roads within the community and the new repaving was completed in 2005. The POA is active, solvent and dedicated to preserve the integrity of the community. Currently the annual POA dues are $1,000 for homes and $750 for vacant lots. There are no time limits associated with when a lot owner has to start construction.
Many private and public golf courses; outdoor sport venues that include fly fishing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, bouldering, rafting, tubing, kayaking and skiing; theater and music concerts; and many family attractions are all within the Laurel Ridge area. See "Local News" and "Travel Guides".
Summer temperatures, usually 10 degrees lower than surrounding areas, are delightful with cool nights and an outdoor activity friendly atsmosphere during the day. With the exception of this past 2009-10 extreme snowfalls, winters have been relatively mild with light snowfall. The colder temperatures accomodate snow making at higher elevations for the three local ski areas close to Laurel Ridge. Charlotte, Asheville, Greensboro, and Tri-Cities airports are approximately a two hour drive and a number of private airport services are available within an hours' drive. The Laurel Ridge Community is easily accessible. See "Maps & Directions".
Contact your real estate agent about available properties in our community. Spectacular views looking west over the Tennessee mountains are available from most sites and you can experience beautiful sunsets as you take a leisurely walk in the community after dinner. If we can help provide any other information, please contact us; we would like to welcome you to our fine North Carolina high country community.
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