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HILLSIDE HEAVEN

Cabin life is truly a peak experience for Bill and Phyllis Malcolm, Perched at an elevation of 2,850 feet, their hillside heaven offers breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. From their deck, the Malcolms can gaze across to the Craggies and Mount Mitchell the highest peak east of the Mississippi.

GENESIS OF A DREAM

It all started with an invitation horn one of Bill’s business clients in the fall of 2005. Would the couple like to visit her retreat outside Boone, North Carolina? Call it serendipity. Destiny, even. Because earlier that week. Phyllis remarked to Bill how she would love to have a cabin in the woods. the Malcolms drove up from Florida that November. These transplanted northerners Bill is from Illinois, Phyllis hails from Ohio met at college in Boca Raton. ‘They married in 1980 and settled in the Boca vicinity. The couple often traversed the 1-95 corridor through eastern North Carolina to visit family. But they had never ventured west to the Appalachians. When they finally did, it was love at first sight. The kitchen island is the center of the cabin. Whoever This Hoosier cabinet sits in a hallway niche where it is cooking at the range-top on the island can do so stores cookblogs and vintage kitchen Items, while engaging with guests and enjoying views.

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The two returned to western North Carolina the following May, determined to find their own aerie. They explored tar and wide in order to get a feel for the area. “I put on 1,400 miles in four days,” laughs Bill. On the Fourth of July, they pulled into Black Mountain, a small town just cast of Asheville. “It’s quaint, nice, with everything you could want,” says Phyllis.

An Internet search led to a nearby mountain development. Creston Community features about 138 lots on 1,000-plus acres of forest land. Half the property is under conservation easements, crisscrossed by streams and hiking trails. “When you come through the main gate, it’s a three-mile ride around the mountain and up to the top,” says Bill. “You’ve got privacy.” Yet Black Mountain is only twenty minutes away, satisfying the couples desire for close-by amenities. Asheville, an arts mecca, is another twenty minutes farther. And the local recreational opportunities are virtually unlimited.

Red oak flooring unifies the interior, while different celling heights and floor treatments delineate areas by function.

Including fairies in gardens is part of mountain tradition.

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