Hattler Properties

Real Estate Sales and Vacation Rentals serving Highlands, Cashiers, Lake Glenville and Sapphire Valley in Western North Carolina


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Hattler Properties specializes in lakefront and other fine mountain properties in Highlands, Cashiers, Lake Glenville, Sapphire Valley and surrounding communities in Western North Carolina. Visitors from cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Knoxville and Columbia can be here in a matter of hours.


Combine the drastic granite drop offs of the Blue Ridge escarpment with more than 80 inches of rain a year and something dramatic is bound to happen. Around the town of Cashiers (pronounced CASH-ers), perched at 3,500 feet on the Eastern Continental Divide, the jackpot shows up in the form of waterfalls — from tiny cliffside seeps to 400-foot-plus cataracts that roar into deep gorges.

The downtown is little more than a crossroads, the junction of U.S. 64 and North Carolina 107, and a mile or so radius of antique shops, unique artisans, high-end restaurants, and second-home clusters discreetly tucked into the woods.

Outdoors: Hikers can go short, on spur trails to waterfall lookouts, or take on longer segments of the Foothills Trail or the Chattooga River Trail. Fly-fishers and kayakers pilgrimage to the Nantahala, Ocoee, and Chattooga rivers. Panthertown Valley, a 6,700-acre wilderness area, is the closest fat-tire-trail web. The thousand-foot cliffs of Whiteside Mountain provide the kind of hairy, multipitch, huge-exposure climbs that would almost make you swear someone had trucked the place out from Yosemite.


Highlands was founded as a summer resort in 1875 by two developers, Samuel T Kelsey and Clinton C. Hutchinson, living in Kansas who, according to legend, took a map in hand and drew a line from New York to New Orleans. Then they drew another line from Chicago to Savannah. These lines, they predicted, would become major trade routes in the future, and where they crossed would some day be a great population center. Their logic wasn't completely insane when one recognizes that we are just over 120 miles from Atlanta.

It experienced rapid growth in the 1930s and became a golfing mecca when golf legend Bobby Jones of Atlanta and several of his business associates established the Highlands Country Club.

This little hamlet of 900 people (2000 census) swells to 10,000 to 15,000 during the peak vacation season of March to November. Local rental homes, hotels, inns and bed and breakfast are typically filled to capacity during this peak period from spring to fall.

Dining is a delightful and varied experience at any of the wonderful restaurants in and around Highlands. Wine Spectator Magazine recently nominated 6 local restaurants to receive their highly coveted award for fine dining.

While here, be sure to take in a play at one of the four theaters. Founded in 1938, the Highlands Playhouse is a terrific historical venue. The Instant Theater Company was founded in 1981 and the Highlands Community Players was established in 1995. Hosting numerous touring groups, the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center is a local favorite.

Lake Glenville

Settled in 1827, Glenville, North Carolina was an outpost used as a fort in case of attack from the local tribe of the Cherokee nation. In 1941 the town was destroyed when the Nantahala Power and Light Company built a hydroelectric dam on the Tuckasegee River forming Lake Glenville.

Today, scenic Lake Glenville is a mixture of the rugged and the refined. Defined by four distinct seasons, Lake Glenville is a prime resort destination and vacation home to many from the Southeast U.S. who seek the solitude of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

For all of us who call Lake Glenville, North Carolina home, be it year-round or seasonal, know this area to be a truly special place. Families have come for generations to enjoy the spectacular natural beauty, the moderate year round temperatures, the invigorating smell of the evergreens and the low-key lifestyle.

Lake Toxaway

Lake Toxaway is the largest privately held lake in North Carolina. The lake is man-made and covers 640 acres (2.6 km2). It is fed by natural streams, reaches depths of 60 feet (18 m), and the shoreline is 14 miles (23 km). The lake flows out onto Toxaway Falls and then continues down the Toxaway River.

The lake was filled originally in 1902 by E. H. Jennings, who visited what is now Lake Toxaway in the 1890s and saw that the area held great potential. Jennings was an entrepreneur who was responsible for creating many resorts, including the Toxaway Inn. The inn was a popular resort for the rich and famous from its opening in 1903. Guests included Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and Thomas Edison. In 1916, the lake's earthen dam gave way draining the lake overnight, as a result to heavy rains.

The Toxaway Inn was demolished in 1948 after being vacant for nearly 30 years after the lake's unexpected draining. A group of businessmen gathered and purchased the abandoned land and in the 1960s, rebuilt the lake. Real estate development was the focus of the entrepreneurs and a Country Club was built to entice visitors to the area along with The Greystone Inn, which is a AAA 4 Diamond resort. The Greystone Inn was originally the home of Lucy Moltz, who came to Toxaway and built a mansion on the lake and was only able to enjoy her lakeside home for one year before the dam broke. She continued to live in the home after the lake was gone and was there until she died in 1970. In her lifetime she witnessed the failure of the lake and then the rebuilding many years later. Her home is situated on a hill overlooking the lake and still sees visitors from honeymooning couples to the rich and famous. The dream which was envisioned in 1902 by E. H. Jennings is still alive today, even through the many ups and downs of the lake.

Today, the lake is still in use by the families who live within the Lake Toxaway Estates. Most of the residents in the area treat Lake Toxaway as a second home for vacationing during the summer months.

Lake Toxaway Golf & Country Clubs

Lake Toxaway Country Club


Sapphire Valley

Originating as primarily a mining town, Sapphire, North Carolina is a "jewel" of a find along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Sapphire offers an abundance of amenities and activities.

Sapphire also stands out for its natural beauty. Portions of the U.S. National Forestry's Panthertown Valley lie within Sapphire, filled with miles of hiking trails, cascading waterfalls and unspoiled forest. Neighborhoods in Sapphire vary from affordable single-family homes to luxury mountain estates.

Bear Lake

Along a crystal clear lake amid the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a place of unforgettable moments and uncompromised beauty. Here, roads gently roll through the mountainside and along miles of North Carolina lakefront property, where small residential clusters of custom mountain homes, Craftsman-style cottages, and new mountain lodges are tucked thoughtfully into their surroundings. There is a true sense of community here where the pure joys of North Carolina lake and mountain living can be experienced year-round with family, friends, and neighbors who share a similar dream of a life redefined.

Bear Lake Golf & Country Clubs