Steve Kerscher first learned of The Cliffs through commercials on the Golf Channel in the early 2000s. Since then, the golf lover always had The Cliffs in the back of his mind. Nearly 20 years later, Steve, his wife Jessica, and their children Kieran, 13, and Weston, 7, took a vacation to The Cliffs. “We fell in love with the scenery,” says Jessica. “Lake Keowee and the Blue Ridge Mountains were so beautiful.” By the time the pandemic hit, the Kerschers were ready to make a move from Sanibel, Florida.The family visited The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards over Memorial Day weekend of 2020 to look at properties and bought a home there.
Cliffs Living: Tell us a little about yourselves. How did you meet? What do you do for a living?
Answer: Steve: We met at John Carroll University outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I was traveling with my father for his business one weekend and missed class that prior Friday. We were supposed to have an exam scheduled early the following week and Jessica was kind enough to call and leave me a message that the test date changed. I was excited to hear that message when I got back because I had noticed her at a Halloween party a couple weeks prior. She offered me her notes from class that I missed and I followed her up on the offer. We’ve known each other since 1997 and have been married for the last 20 years.
Jessica: Steve has had a successful career in the business world, spent many years in a family business of medical publishing, then moved to business consulting. I was a certified National Board teacher for 12 years and now am a stay-at-home mama.
Cliffs Living: What drew you to The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards? Did you build or buy a home?
Answer: Jessica: We knew we wanted to build this time. We loved all the character and architecture in each of The Cliffs communities, but decided on a lakefront house in Keowee Vineyards. Since moving in 2020, we’ve done exciting house projects and renovated our lower level including a golf simulator and lake room.
Cliffs Living: What does your family enjoy about living at The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards?
Answer: Steve: Jessica and I really love the drive into Keowee Vineyards, the equestrian facility, the vineyards, Lakehouse, and the feeling you get entering through the gates to the park in front. The Lakehouse events are great to go to with the kids and we’ve enjoyed the events at the club, too.
Jessica: What our family enjoys about Keowee Vineyards the most is lake living and views; expansive forest, waterfalls, layers of mountains, pristine lake vistas. This quintessential “lake life” has been amazing because we are spending quality family time outside, in nature, off our devices; boating, swimming, tubing, and having fun with visiting family and friends. We enjoy going to the Lakehouse and Keowee Springs Beach Club all summer.
Steve: We enjoy boating over to the beach club with our kids and I enjoy each of the courses. We are trying to get Jessica and the kids more into golf. We also enjoy our house quite a bit along with just going down to the dock and hanging out. We’ve been fortunate to bring friends and family from Ohio and Florida to visit with their families and have great times together with them as well.
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