Craftsman Style Luxury With Covered Bridge Estates

By on February 9, 2014

Covered Bridge Estates

In December of 2013, Ellijay Associates LLC was proud to announce the sale of their current model in Covered Bridge Estates. This Craftsman style home, pictured above. sold for in excess of $ 400,000.00, This sale has paved the way for the recent ground breaking endeavor of their newest model in Covered Bridge Estates.

The development, which is situated at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in beautiful Ellijay, GA, is located off highway 382, between Carters Lake and the Gilmer County Airport.

The under construction home, a Craftsman style luxury cabin, will feature 2,083 square feet of virtually maintenance free living specifically designed to accentuate the 2.17 acre lot it sits upon. The floor plan is a custom design created by the award winning firm of Don Gardener Architects. The wooded backdrop of the home boasts beautiful panoramic views. The home provides a plethora of extras and upgrades and will be ready for occupancy with an anticipated completion date of July 2014.

Ellijay Associates LLC is the original developer of Covered Bridge Estates and is proud of the fact that this development has never had a foreclosure– it is wholly owned by Ellijay Associates LLC and remains debt free. The managing partners of Ellijay Associates LLC have successfully completed many other residential projects with the most recent being Grande Bay Resort, on the island of St. John in the United States Virgin Islands.

Covered Bridge Estates is a professionally planned and gated community naturally enhanced by the beauty of Flat Creek winding its way through the neighborhood. Phase 1 & 2 include over 157 acres of property with 88 home sites ranging in size from 1 to 3 acres. Starting in the low 30’s, you may bring your own licensed and insured contractor or use one of the Ellijay’s suggested builders. The paved roads are installed, with water, cable, telephone and electric already connected to each individual home site.

business feb2014 houseExisting and proposed amenities include an Open Pavilion Community Center adjacent to Flat Creek, with a park, picnic area, outdoor fireplace and walking trails. In addition, Covered Bridge Estates is just minutes from vineyards, restaurants, golf, fishing, boating, tubing, horseback riding and over 100 miles of bicycle trails.

What else does the area around Covered Bridge Estates offer? Just 3 miles away is Carters Lake, named one of the most scenic lakes in the Southeast. Located at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, its sparkling water and rugged shoreline cannot be developed thus providing for a beautiful surrounding with a variety of recreational opportunities. The outdoors person will enjoy camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, and hunting.

For the pilot, visit the new FBO and hangers. Located within the Gilmer County Airport, designator 49A. Fly in and stay or just stop in to say hello to its manager Mr. Jim Smith.

No trip to Ellijay would be complete without a stroll through historic Downtown. Start your morning at the Cornerstone Café for breakfast, followed by some hearty shopping and meandering through the town square. For lunch or dinner stop in at JJ’s on River Street and watch your favorite game, or listen to the live music. Other dining experiences include Charlie’s Italian Restaurant, the Cajun Depot, Pooles BBQ and an abundance of various establishments all within a short drive. And if you’re a first time visitor to the area, don’t forget to end your day with a fried pie for desert!

For further enticing, you’ll want to include a stop at one of the numerous apple houses, Cartacay Vineyards, Amicola Falls and perhaps the Corn Maize. You are demographically located at the southern end of the Appalachian Trail, thirty minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, and  less than an hour from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Tennessee and Murphy, NC–in essence you’re right in the middle of everything!

Now that you have a small taste of the area, let’s talk a little bit about the new home being constructed.

Jackson & Associates, a licensed and insured General Contractor in both Georgia and Florida, has been involved in the construction or renovation of nearly a thousand residential units– working on everything from small single family renovations to rustic log cabins, South Indies style Island cottages and high rise condominiums. Tom Jackson and his team are capable of building anything from a rustic retreat to a posh penthouse, providing the homeowner with the dream home they always envisioned. As a family man, Tom prides himself on his ability to create long-term relationships within a community and clients.

The newest addition to Covered Bridge Estates is the Don Gardner designed home. This custom designed residence will have exterior walls constructed with 2×6 framing and fortified with ½” plywood siding, a step above the standard industry requirements.

business feb2014 viewThe exterior is a harmonious combination of stack stone and James Hardi cementous type lap siding. The windows and doors will be manufactured by Pella and further supplemented with argon filled, tinted and insulated glass. The interior frames will be wood and aluminum clad and the entry door a fiberglass stained product manufactured by ThermaTru, visually highlighted with sidelights and a transom.

The kitchen cabinets are manufactured by Kraft Maid, composed of shaker style wood with a center gas cooking island, granite counter tops and GE American made appliances.

Most rooms have vaulted or raised ceilings. There’s a spacious bonus room above the oversized 2-car attached garage– and yes, for outdoor relaxing there are both front and rear covered porches with v groove stained/painted wood ceilings. A gas fireplace in the great room, along with wood floors in the living and dining rooms, further accentuated by the stone in the kitchen– wow, this is almost like maintenance free living.

Tom Jackson, President of Jackson & Associates also is a LEED AP© and upon request, can accommodate any additional energy efficient or “green needs” you may desire. Jackson insists that whenever possible, his firm prefers to work with qualified local tradesmen in the community who are vetted by the subcontractors on site, such as Jason Williamson of Williamson Grading (who recently returned from the Middle East), K & D Masonry, Waters Foundation, WCI Construction with the talented Robert Worley crew performing the framing, siding and roofing along with a host of other experienced tradesmen.

Ellijay resident, Mike Kunkel, is the on-site project manager for Covered Bridge Estates and is always available at the Sales Center. He would be happy to set you up with a tour of this exclusive gated community. If you don’t have time to visit, feel free to contact our sales associate Dan Parker of Remax® Town & Country.

What are you waiting for? Come by and see what Covered Bridge Estates has to offer! AC

Contact Mike Kunkel, Project Manager
706. 669. 4177
mike@estatesatcoveredbridge.comThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Dan Parker, Sales Associate
Remax Town & Country
706. 889. 4488

Covered Bridge Estates
90 Bridge Road
Ellijay, Georgia 30540
706. 669. 4177

Highway 5/515 in Ellijay: From the North turns right, from the South turn left onto Howard Simmons Road (CVS/Chic-fil-A). Travel ½ mile until it ends at Old 5. Turn left at Old Hwy 5 and travel 1.5 miles. Turn right onto 382 West (Conoco/Greens Country Store). Travel 3.7 miles west of Old Hwy 5 and our entrance will greet you on the left.