Old Toccoa Farm

By on February 1, 2016

Old Toccoa Farm

Blue Ridge’s Only Golf and Resort Community

Enjoy understated elegance. Over 400 acres of enchanted forests and native grass meadows, including over 4,000 feet of frontage along the blue ribbon trout waters of the Toccoa River.

As you pull into the beautifully landscaped entrance at Old toccoa farm and slowly make your way to the understated cedar shake and stone gatehouse, you know immediately that this is not the typical north Georgia mountain community.

You are greeted by a smiling attendant that is eager to answer your questions and get you to your scheduled appointment beyond the gates. As the gates open, you quickly realize you have arrived at a very special place – a community rooted not in excess but in simplicity, quality and beauty.

New Beginnings

The story here is quite special. The project formerly known as the Blue Ridge Golf & River Club started in 2004 and was abandoned in 2010 when the previous owners struggled to complete the golf course and infrastructure due to the real estate market crash. As a result, the project was eventually foreclosed on in 2012.

In August of 2013, a partnership made up of individuals with strong ties to the Blue Ridge community purchased the property from the bank. The first 12 months focused on property cleanup, while plans were put into place to complete the development under the new name Old Toccoa Farm. In August 2014, construction equipment arrived on site and a new vision for the community was underway. With 18 months of substantial development work completed, and with 9 of the 18 holes now open for play, home sites are selling, Memberships are being accepted and what many view as a missing piece to the Blue Ridge lifestyle is being delivered with exceptional quality, attention to the details and top notch service.

A True Sense of Place

Old Toccoa Farm is now a living and breathing entity offering a guard-gated entry, state-of-the-art infrastructure, including city water, private sewer, underground power and high speed internet. Home Sites, Cottage Sites and Cabin Sites offer golf, mountain, river and wooded views, each with a specific building envelope ensuring each home is sited properly throughout the residential areas of the community. Home building guidelines along with a Preferred Builder list provide for a higher level of predictability when home construction begins. Old Toccoa Farm has also published forward-thinking architectural design guidelines that include allowances for lower maintenance building materials. This approach ensures the community will have the authentic mountain architecture look and feel while also providing homeowners with lower maintenance homes, and the Managing Partners at Old Toccoa Farm believe that this delivers tangible long-term value for the homeowner.

With over 400 acres of enchanted forests and native grass meadows, including over 4,000 feet of frontage along the blue ribbon trout waters of the Toccoa River, Old Toccoa Farm is truly a special place. The land here is refreshingly beautiful and so too is the approach being made by the developer – one of purposeful design and attention to detail. For those seeking a closer connection with nature and a simpler way of life with friends and family, you will find it right here at 
Old Toccoa Farm.

Embrace the Active Lifestyle

Fly Fishing– The ancient Cherokee fish weir at the southern end of the property stands testimony to the Toccoa’s abundance. Old Toccoa Farm’s sustainably managed trout fishery includes a 100-foot-wide stretch of riffles, rapids and shady pools treasured for its abundance of native brown and rainbow trout. Lessons, classes and guided fishing can be arranged, or enjoy the therapy of being alone on the water.

Paddling – Kayak or Canoe. Slip out in the morning mist for a gentle paddle to a downstream takeout, passing under trestles, bridges and stands of hardwood. Or put in below the dam and ride an afternoon release back to the property by kayak, canoe or paddleboard. With a variety of routes and releases, the experience is unique every time one takes to the water.

Trails – There is room to roam at Old Toccoa Farm. Gentle footpaths and wooded trails meander through forests of trillium, lady slipper and flame azalea. Osprey and hawks are your guide along the riverside trail — a grassy, zero-grade path that hugs the banks of the Toccoa. Or, venture into the heart of the community on mulched trails that pass over streams and through hardwood forests shared with deer and abundant wildlife. Those who wish to ramble further afield can join curated adventures along the legendary Appalachian Trail or Benton MacKaye Trail.

Base Camp

Old Toccoa Farm is your base camp for exceptional outdoor adventure — whether you’re shooting world-class rapids on the Ocoee River or hiking past thundering waterfalls along the Trout Adventure Trail, Appalachian Trail or Benton Mackaye Trail.

You can also saddle up at one of several local stables for a ridge-top trail ride, or hit the Aska Adventure Area for miles of challenging single-track mountain biking.

And there’s more, nearby Noontootla Creek Farms offers Winged Shooting and Sporting Clays – or learn world-class crafts at the renowned John C. Campbell Folk School.

Wherever you venture, you’ll find knowledgeable outfitters, experienced guides and friendly locals happy to help with gear selection and route planning.

Enjoy Exceptional Golf

Progress to complete the golf course has been nothing short of extraordinary. Lush zoysia fairways and bentgrass greens create an incredible surface for play as the course winds along the Toccoa River and into the landscape’s secluded hills and draws. Native grasses and wicked bunkers complete the experience of this unique Bunker Hill-designed course. Golfers at Old Toccoa Farm enjoy the game in its purest state — and an experience unlike any other.

Unique to the Old Toccoa Farm golf experience is a one-of-a-kind 9-hole family par-3 course. If you are just learning the game of golf and feel intimidated to head out on the golf course, this par-3 course is for you. If your grandkids are up visiting and you want to introduce them to the game without the stress associated with being on the golf course, the par-3 course is the perfect place for kids to learn the game. And of course, the par-3 course will be the ideal place for Members to hone their short game skills. The flexible design of this short game area sets the stage for special times with family, friends and Members.

Multi-Generational Memberships

As word spread that the first 9-holes of golf were ready for play, and folks started to hear stories about fly fishing and kayaking at Old Toccoa Farm, the phone started to ring. “How do I get to play golf at Old Toccoa Farm? Will Memberships be offered to those who don’t own property in Old Toccoa Farm?

And the answer to these questions is simple, yes. When you purchase property in Old Toccoa Farm, you automatically become a Member. But you can also apply for Non-Resident Membership if you don’t own property in Old Toccoa Farm and Corporate Memberships are also available.

Member activities and programs will be for all ages. Golfing, yoga, mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, cycling, walking, social activities and culturally-rich programs – this is what the Old Toccoa Farm lifestyle is about. Membership is designed to bring family and friends together around activities and experiences both on and off the Farm. Since May of 2015 the Old Toccoa Farm Membership has grown from 30 to well over 115 Members.

Cottages, Cabins & Architecture

The Old Toccoa Farm building program celebrates thoughtful design of smaller homes and outbuildings that blend with their natural settings. Materials such as cedar shake, board and batten and stone are woven into a collection of pre-designed smaller footprint cottages and cabins that range in size from 1,250 SF to 2,100 SF. These attractive designs minimize long-term maintenance, while providing open floors for gathering with friends and family. This common sense approach to home design, while not compromising quality, creates truly tangible value for our owners.

Whether you’re interested in primary, secondary or investment home ownership, there are plenty of options available at Old Toccoa Farm. Cottage, Cabin and Custom Home sites are affordably priced from $60,000 and construction costs are anticipated to range from $150 to $180 a square foot.

“We had been evaluating mountain communities for several years, and while we knew Blue Ridge was where we wanted to be, we just could not find a community that aligned with our complete list of requirements. That all changed when we were introduced to Old Toccoa Farm by our agent at Harry Norman, Realtors. Their vision and development principles, along with the quality of work and progress that has been made since they purchased the property in 2013, gave us the confidence to move forward with a purchase. The beauty of the property and river, the attention to detail on work completed to date, and the relationship we established with the Managing Partners, convinced us that this was indeed “the place” for us. We look forward to breaking ground on our Cottage this spring so we can enjoy a family Thanksgiving at Old Toccoa Farm this fall.”
–Cottage Site Buyers Ted & Cathy Day – Atlanta

Old Toccoa Farm & Downtown Blue Ridge

The charming and historic downtown of Blue Ridge is really coming of age. In fact, the town’s irresistible energy has earned it the distinction as “Georgia’s Top Renaissance City.”
Bar and grill style food, fine dining and local breweries set the stage for a laid back mountain vibe that is highly contagious. The town is full of day trippers and families up for long weekends, and that’s what gives Blue Ridge such a unique pulse. You just have to visit to experience it for yourself. It’s a great town and there are many new businesses and ventures underway for 2016.

Here are some of the more popular restaurants and shops in downtown Blue Ridge.

Restaurants & Breweries – Chester Brunnemeyer’s Bar and Grill, the Blue Ridge Brewery, Cucina Rustica, Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory, Black Sheep, Harvest on Main, Joes BBQ, The Sweet Shoppe of the South, Grumpy Old Men Brewery, and Fannin Brewing Company.

Clothing – Canoe, Blue Ridge Cotton Company, Presents of Mine, Ballard’s Shoes, and River Gypsy.

Adventure Gear – The Blue Ridge Fly Shop, Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods and, Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters.

Arts – Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, Blue Ridge Community Theater, High Country Art, Pezrock, and many other galleries, specialty, and antique establishments.

Also not to be missed– The Ocoee Whitewater Center, Noontootla Creek Farms and Lake Blue Ridge Marina…which has a new lakefront bar & grill opening this spring!

For more information on Old Toccoa Farm please contact us:

Sales – 706.946.HOME
Golf – 706.946.GOLF
Email: info@oldtf.com

Sales Office
3595 East First Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Old Toccoa Farm
596 Curtis Switch Road
Mineral Bluff, GA 30559
(Tee-Time/Pro Shop)

Web: oldtoccoafarm.com
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Photos By: Chris Hefferen, FStop…a photo shop, incorporated.
chris@fstopaphotoshop.com 706-632-6200 www.fstopaphotoshop.com