Casa Bella – As Giorgio Armani once said “Elegance does not catch the eye. It stays in memory.”
 

A luxury vacation home is about blending a lifestyle with the natural beauty surrounding it. Casa Bella is an English countryside manor inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. The home’s exterior elements of stone, wood, copper, shake roof, and English country gardens partner naturally with the majestic back drop of the Carolina blue sky and long-range views. The koi pond with waterfall and beautiful natural foliage frames the entrance of this stately home.
 

Walking through the front door of Casa Bella, a wall of glass doors and windows showcase the panoramic mountain view. Cherry wood coffered ceiling accent the two-story stacked stone wood burning fireplace. A solid cherry wood floating staircase with the custom designed cherry wood railing, takes guests up to the library loft and guest rooms or to the terrace level with additional bedrooms, fitness room, media room, family room, and a large, covered porch.
 

The main level has an open concept living and dining with French doors leading to an oversized covered porch.  Cherry wood custom cabinets, double beveled edge granite counters, oversized copper apron sink, top of the line appliances, large center island for prep and a walk-in butler’s pantry make the kitchen at Casa Bella a chef’s dream.
 

After a long hike or playing golf at one of the eleven private country clubs, the owners can enjoy a private massage, or relaxing in the sauna or jacuzzi in their private spa.
 

A wonderful hidden room perfect for a kids play area and home offices on main and upper level, with access to high-speed internet allow the owner to stay connected for work/life balance. Garage apartment, accessible from the inside of the home, has vaulted tongue and groove ceilings, hardwood floors, kitchenette and private bath. Home has oversized three car garage, vehicle charging station, encapsulated crawl space, paver driveway, generator, elevator to main and terrace levels.
 

Highlands is referred to as the Aspen of the East. The abundant natural resources that weave in and out of the raw and rugged topography of the plateau are not privately held like they are in Breckenridge, Telluride or Aspen. They are National Forest lands that assure that no development will take place as the population expands. Road building will be limited, city and towns will be smaller as there is no place for the cities to expand due to the topography. Towns, communities and recreational areas have been developed with respect to keeping our natural resources preserved while allowing for a very vibrant small business community to prosper. For the Foodie, there are several Wine Spector award-winning restaurants. Several regional events take place on the plateau; Women in the Field: Ladies’ Fly-Fishing Excursion; Bear Shadow Music Festival and the Highlands Food and Wine Festival.
 

Accessibility to and from the area is easy, from the Asheville Airport, a scenic two-hour drive. From the Atlanta Airport it will take about two- and half-hour drive. Should you travel by private plane you can land at the Macon County Airport. Travel by Helicopter can be arranged, but there are limited landing areas.   EG