Where People, Lifestyle & Design Live Together
If the pace of a small mountain community is what you are looking for, yet you don’t want to sacrifice the many modern conveniences that keep your busy life on track, then look no further than Old Toccoa Farm, just outside Blue Ridge, Georgia. Shadowed by the world’s oldest mountain range, and living naturally alongside 4,360 feet of the trout filled Toccoa River, Old Toccoa Farm brings people, lifestyle and design together in a setting that is, simply put…special.
Decisions typically start with location. And it all starts with the charm of downtown Blue Ridge, a town that baby-boomers and gen-x’ers call the “college town for adults.” It has a great vibe, an always improving restaurant scene, micro-breweries, wineries, a thriving arts community, great local shopping, and an expansive National Forest that surrounds the town providing nature enthusiasts with the perfect backdrop for world-class outdoor pursuits. For sure, the area checks the box for an active lifestyle and then the question remains, where do you live? The answer is, Old Toccoa Farm.
Nature and southern hospitality stand center-stage as you drive up to the well-designed community Gate House where you are welcomed with true southern hospitality from the gate attendant. As you drive through the gates, the smell of smoke drifts in the mountain air from fire pits, reminding you that you are now in a special place. Your senses are alive as you make your way around the community, and you begin to notice a significant number of new homes are under construction. Each home is architecturally appropriate, with heavy use of large timbers, natural stone, board-batten, cedar shakes and accent metal roofing. These purposeful materials work together to create a true sense of belonging.
Each home is sized and placed to be “of the land, not on the land,” and you see what they mean by this as you drive around. Nothing seems out of scale. A healthy difference in each home’s architecture, but they all live together nicely. Your head turns towards couples walking their dogs, golfers driving from one hole to the next, and staff moving about, all of this tells you the community has a healthy pulse. And there is much to look forward to at Old Toccoa Farm this year.
Real estate lot sales have been extremely brisk at Old Toccoa Farm as have new home construction starts. Twenty beautifully designed homes have been completed, another ten custom homes are now under construction and the design/builder program has another 30+ homes in the design pipeline which will become new construction starts throughout the rest of 2021.
Almost all who are purchasing homesites in Old Toccoa Farm are working with our talented team of architects, designers and builders to get their homes started as soon as possible. The supply chain for construction materials has created some obvious challenges, but together with the team at Old Toccoa Farm, property owners are successfully navigating the challenges in front of them. “It’s a real team effort here and we are focused on making sure our property owners are not alone in the process,” says Knutzen.
We are creating a community that appeals to an active lifestyle buyer, and a buyer that wants a well-designed home that doesn’t break the bank on “all-in” costs. We can’t control the material costs, but we can control construction quality and scheduling the best we can,” says Peter Knutzen, one of two Managing Partners and developer of Old Toccoa Farm.
And homes aren’t the only construction taking place at Old Toccoa Farm. The highly anticipated new Golf Shop and Community Tavern is now under construction. “We feel that we have come to a critical path in our development plan that requires this new amenity and we are thrilled for our members, our public playing guests and the greater Blue Ridge community, that this is now underway. By mid-fall of this year, we will be “full-on” socializing and the Tavern will be THE PLACE for our membership and visiting guests to gather,” says Knutzen. Knutzen also mentioned that an aggressive membership drive will soon be scheduled to coincide with this new phase of amenity construction. “If you are looking to become a member of Old Toccoa Farm, now, NOW is the time to apply for membership,” says Knutzen.
Old Toccoa Farm now has a completed 18-holes of golf course that was ranked the #8 Best New Golf Course in the United States by Golf Digest in 2020. This semi-private golf course, designed by Bunker Hill Golf, whose designers, Jack Dredla, Dan Proctor and Dave Axland, have worked for the renowned firm of Coore & Crenshaw for the past 30 years, offers an exceptional golf experience. Among the course’s features are the incredibly beautiful 626-yard, par-five 13th hole, the 413-yard, par-four 6th hole overlooking a 100-year-old barn, and four amazing golf holes that play along Old Toccoa Farm’s 4,360 feet of Toccoa River frontage.
For those looking to become a part of the local community, the volunteer options are robust and rewarding. In fact, the developer of Old Toccoa Farm, many of its employees, and members are intimately involved with local charities including Habitat for Humanity; The Open Arms Home for Children, a safe foster home for abused and neglected young girls ages 10-18; and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., a veteran-focused organization providing therapy through fly-fishing and fly tying.
With spectacular sporting opportunities, a bustling downtown and a giving community, Old Toccoa Farm is the perfect mountain retreat you’re looking for. ACLM
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