• Private Sanctuary

    Highlands, North Carolina
  • $1,375,000 US


This private sanctuary of comfort and charm has the perfect northwesterly aspect to enjoy the best of every season by taking advantage of the winter sun, while limiting exposure to the summer sun. The home was built by Claire Knapp and will appeal to those who demand the best in quality design, materials and craftsmanship. The main room is built from 100+ year old hand hewn treated heart pine logs that were reclaimed from tobacco barns near Burlington North Carolina. The logs were ripped and installed on the inside and outside of 6” insulated walls. The extra thick poplar bark siding was kiln dried to ensure no warping or shrinkage. The roof is DeVinci engineered slate with a 50 year warranty. The living room boasts a high, vaulted, wood ceiling which enhances its spacious look. The focal point is a massive floor to ceiling river rock fireplace with a hand cut wormy chestnut mantle and built-in cherry television and display shelves. Rich hickory flooring contributes to the character and charm of the home. The spacious wrap around deck affords a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains, a view that stretches 40 miles. The large kitchen island with a zinc top is a great place for family and friends to congregate or help with the food preparation and the combined kitchen/dining room is low maintenance and ideal for casual entertaining. The appliances are top of line from Wolf, Bosch and Dacor plus custom cherry cabinetry with open shelving, granite countertops and a copper farm style sink. Large windows and another set of 8 foot mahogany french doors in the large master bedroom capture the mountain views, while a gas fireplace and a cozy seating area make the perfect spot for enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning. The master suite has his and her closets, a tiled, spa shower, heated towel racks and dual vanities. Upstairs are 2 spacious guest suites, plus a sunny reading nook and an office.