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How To Choose The Perfect Homesite

5 Steps to Take Before Choosing A Homesite

Building your dream home from the ground up is an exciting journey. You get to hand-pick every detail of your new home and make it a place that is truly your own. But, before the foundation can be laid, you need to understand the best ways to choose the perfect homesite. 

With so many possibilities available, choosing a homesite can take some time. To help the search process run smoothly, consider these five steps to help you select the ideal homesite. 

Step One: Have a Vision for Your Home

If you’re planning to build a home, chances are you have an idea of what you want your home to look like. Defining the vision for your future home is an important step in helping you choose the perfect homesite because it will ultimately guide your search efforts.

To define your vision…

First, think about what you see around your home. Is it nestled in the woods and hidden among the trees? Maybe it sits on the shore of a shimmering lake, or has a view of the mountains as far as the eye can see. Knowing what you want, as well as what you don’t want, is crucial when the time comes to begin looking for a homesite. 

Then, think about the size of the home. Specifically, its floor plan and unique characteristics you would like to incorporate into the design. Keep in mind that not all homesites will be able to accommodate certain features. For example, a homesite with very rocky land might make it more challenging to build a basement or pool.  When the time comes, narrowing down homesite options will be much easier if you know which ones will allow your vision to come to life.

Step Two: Keep Your Lifestyle In Mind

Another factor to consider when choosing a homesite is your lifestyle, and what you plan to do once you’ve moved in and settled into a routine. Now that you’re building your dream home, you can choose what amenities you would like to have nearby. 

Be sure to think about your favorite places you will want to have easy access to, such as golf courses, hiking trails, and fishing spots. By keeping this in mind while searching for homesite options, you will be able to choose the ideal homesite for your particular lifestyle.

Step Three: Determine Your Budget 

An essential step in this process is determining the budget for your new home. Talk to your financial advisor about how much you will be able to spend for the entire project. By doing so, you will be able to establish how much of the budget should be set aside for the purchase of the homesite, as well as any upgrades that you may make along the way. 

Step Four: Find Your Ideal Location

When it comes to real estate, location is everything. Taking into account the information from the previous steps, you can begin narrowing down your options based on possible locations, such as cities or states. 

Another element to consider is the climate of the area where you want to build your home. For example, a mild climate, like the mountains of North and South Carolina, allows people to experience all four seasons. 

Geographical features such as mountains or lakes will play a crucial role in your decision on where to purchase a homesite. At The Cliffs, you can decide the kind of climate you prefer, depending on the elevation of the homesite. For example, it could be snowing at the top of The Cliffs at Glassy, meanwhile it’s sunny down by the shores of Lake Keowee on the same day. 

Step Five: Explore Individual Homesites 

Now that you have decided where you want to live, it’s time to look at available homesites in the area. In order to get a feel for the location of your future home, walk around the property yourself. This will give you the opportunity to evaluate the surroundings and determine if it will suit you and your family’s needs.

We suggest walking around the homesite with your real estate expert and an experienced architect or builder so they can determine if the land has any possible limitations in terms of home design. Additionally, they will provide you with new ideas you didn’t already think of. 

Choose the Perfect Homesite at The Cliffs

At The Cliffs, we offer some of the most beautiful and private homesite options in the East. Our experienced Real Estate Sales team at Cliffs Realty will be able to show you the available homesites in each of the different regions at The Cliffs. With years of experience making our resident’s visions for their dream homes become a reality, you will be able to choose the perfect homesite at The Cliffs. 

Deciding Where To Call Home

First, you will want to spend some time getting to know the distinct regions and communities at The Cliffs. We have three main regions, each with their own unique communities: The Mountain Region, The Lake Region, and The Asheville Region.

Whether you want to be close to a city, tucked in the mountains, or living at the edge of the water, The Cliffs offers a variety of characteristics for any lifestyle. Let’s find out more about what makes each region so special. 

The Asheville Region

Not far from the thriving city of Asheville is our Asheville Region. Known as Good Morning America’s Most Beautiful Place in America, this mountain city has a rich arts and eclectic cultural scene. Living here, you will be mere minutes from live music, local shopping, and fine dining in the downtown area in Asheville. 

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

In the Asheville Region resides The Cliffs at Walnut Cove community. This community is located near Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway where homeowners enjoy scenic mountain views for miles. Just twenty minutes from downtown Asheville, this community provides the perfect balance between city living and the great outdoors. 

Southridge at Walnut Cove

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Southridge at Walnut Cove is an exclusive neighborhood nestled within the gates of the highly acclaimed The Cliffs at Walnut Cove community. Located just outside of Asheville, this enclave offers a tranquil and picturesque environment for members to call home. 

The community features spacious homesites that are designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural beauty. With breathtaking views, extensive community hiking trails, and a world-class golf course, Southridge is the ultimate destination for those seeking a peaceful and active lifestyle. The community also boasts a wide range of amenities, including a clubhouse, fitness center, and pool, making it a perfect place to relax and socialize with family and friends.

The Lake Region

The Lake Region at The Cliffs is found on the pristine Lake Keowee in Upstate South Carolina. Near the Blue Ridge Mountains, this lake has 300 miles of shoreline, offering an endless amount of sandy beaches and peaceful coves to discover.

The Cliffs at Keowee Falls

The Lake Region has three distinct communities that offer different experiences on Lake Keowee. Offering the ultimate outdoor retreat, The Cliffs at Keowee Falls includes exclusive access to twenty miles of private shorelines, just for our community residents. You can explore 2,500 acres of private forests and cascading waterfalls, all within the community’s gates.

The Cliffs at Keowee Springs

The Cliffs at Keowee Springs is located right on the shores of Lake Keowee, near Clemson, South Carolina. This community is home to our Watersports program and Beach Club, offering a variety of water activities for all members of the family. 

The Landing at Keowee Springs

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Also located in our Lake Region is The Landing at Keowee Springs, a luxurious lakefront enclave. With breathtaking panoramic mountain views, this addition to the community boasts the ultimate lakefront living experience. Each homesite showcases stunning lake and mountain vistas, providing a picturesque backdrop for your dream home.

The Landing is future home to The Lake Club designed by Lake|Flato Architects. This new amenitiy will be complete in the summer of 2023 and boast multiple pools, a wellness center, and food and beverage offering. Along with this new amenity, The Landing offers easy access to an extensive range of amenities available at The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, ensuring you have everything you need for a fulfilling lifestyle. The tranquil ambiance of The Landing offers the perfect balance between peaceful lakeside living and the cultural offerings and conveniences of nearby Clemson, a charming town that’s full of character and energy.

Harbor Cove at Keowee Falls

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Harbor Cove at Keowee Falls is a lakefront neighborhood with views of Lake Keowee and Blue Ridge Mountains. Located at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls community, the enclave features large homesites ranging from 1 to 5 acres.

Keowee Falls boasts a wide range of amenities, including a clubhouse, fitness center, and outdoor swimming pool. Members can also enjoy easy access to Lake Keowee, where they can swim, boat, and fish to their heart’s content. With its tranquil setting and extensive range of activities, Harbor Cove is the perfect place to call home for anyone seeking a luxurious and active lifestyle.

The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards

The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards is an exciting club here at The Cliffs. One of the unique features is its Equestrian Center. With stables and riding trails, you can enjoy the very best views of Lake Keowee on horseback. It is also home to vineyards of native muscadine grapes and a top-class golf course.  

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Enrich Your Experience at The Cliffs

At The Cliffs, you don’t have to choose just one community –– as a Club Member, you will have access to all seven of these communities and their private amenities! From state-of-the-art-wellness centers to nationally ranked golf courses, or even private nature trails, there is something at The Cliffs for everyone. Click the link below to learn more.

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The Mountain Region

Lastly, The Mountain Region neighbors the towns of Hendersonville, Flat Rock, and Greenville, SC. These communities offer a variety of outdoor activities at your leisure, such as hiking, mountain biking, and cycling in some of the most spectacular scenic areas. The Mountain Region is home to our cycling program hosting rides with our pros–– Tour de France legends, George Hincappie, Christian Vande Velde, and Bobby Julich.

The Mountain Region is home to Glassy, Mountain Park, and Valley where you can choose the perfect homesite for your dream home:

The Cliffs at Glassy

The Cliffs at Glassy is The Cliffs original community. Sitting high on a mountaintop, homesites here offer unparalleled views. This community has an active social scene with group activities from yoga to cigar clubs.  

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The Cliffs at Mountain Park

The Cliffs at Mountain Park community is located at the heart of the seven communities at The Cliffs. With its central location, you have easy access not only to the country clubs and golf courses, but also to charming towns in the Appalachian mountains. With 2,000 acres of rolling hills and river beds, you will be able to take advantage of activities like hiking, fishing and mountain biking at Mountain Park. 

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The Cliffs Valley

The Cliffs Valley is located in both North and South Carolina.Valley boasts the largest tennis facility with an active racquet ball program. A grand clubhouse plays hosts to many member groups, wine dinners, and home to the golf shop.  The social scene at The Cliffs Valley will never disappoint. 

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Find Your Luxury Home at The Cliffs

As you can see, each community has a unique feature that sets it apart from the rest. No matter which homesite you choose, your new community will form an integral part of your living experience. Our Preferred Builders Program will connect you with leading builders in each area of The Cliffs communities. With years of experience building homes in each region, rest assured they will transform your perfect homesite into your perfect home. 

Are you ready to take the first step in making your dream home a reality? Simply contact our team and let us help you discover your new home at The Cliffs.

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This piece was originally written in May, 2020 and refreshed April, 2023

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