Golf News for Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | Real Estate

Olde Mill in southwestern VA unveils new residential program

LAUREL FORK, Va. -- Olde Mill - the resort and residential community conveniently located between Blacksburg, VA and Winston-Salem, NC celebrating a $12 million renovation - announces the release of its first collection of new mountain homes, cottages and villas.

"Olde Mill's new products are the best examples of mountain club living and mountain-craftsman architecture in the Southeastern United States," says Susan Verlander, Broker-In-Charge for Olde Mill. "People want to get away from the hectic pace of daily life and come to a reasonably priced, upscale mountain oasis with a caring staff, world-class amenities and a peaceful environment - all which is available at Olde Mill."

The 850-acre master-planned community includes villa condominiums, manor homes, custom cottages and mountain estates nestled in quiet, lush surroundings. Scheduled to construct more than 500 new homes in small enclaves of mountain-craftsman style streetscapes, Olde Mill and its developer - Norris Mitchell - is dedicated to providing a sustainable community.

The completely refurbished villa condominiums start in the $200s and overlook the 18th green. Manor homes - situated close to the start of the course feature dramatic views of three holes, two course lakes and mountain terrain - start in the $300s while single-family cottages and estate homes range from $400,000 to over $1 million.

The award-winning Nantahala - a 5-bedroom, 4-1/2-bath masterpiece designed by Garrell & Associates - exudes mountain-craftsman living. Priced at $850,000, this cedar and stone escape overlooks the 13th tee yet provides privacy for outdoor dining and relaxation. Featuring a theater, pub, billiards area, den, wine cellar and large two-story terrace for entertaining, the Nantahala also impresses with an off-set master suite boasting a stunning walk-through shower, his-and-her walk-in closets and home office / den.

The estate - with three stone fireplaces and dramatic, interior cedar and stone columns includes premium Pella windows, Kohler fixtures, Rohl plumbing and a gourmet kitchen featuring amazing stonework with granite countertops, custom cabinets and GE Monogram appliances.

"We build turn-key, primary or secondary residences at Olde Mill," says Hagen Giles, General Manager at Olde Mill. "Year-round, seasonal or weekend getaway homeowners relish the relaxation and casual activities which define mountain club living as it should be."

The 3,000-square-foot sales center gallery overlooks the renowned Ellis Maples-designed Olde Mill golf course and showcases drawings and detailing about each neighborhood being created inside the community. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm. To set an appointment contact Sales Director Mark Wuerthele at mark@oldemillclubs.com.

For more information: www.oldemill.net, 800.753.5005.

Getting There
Olde Mill is minutes off Interstates 77, 81, 85 and 40; easily accessible from Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee; and roughly one hour from Blacksburg / Christiansburg, Virginia and the Roanoke, Winston-Salem and Greensboro airports.

About Olde Mill
The 850-acre, master-planned Blue Ridge Mountains resort and residential community boasts luxurious golf front and mountain-view condominium villas, manor homes, single-family cottages and stunning mountain estate homes, ranging in prices from $200's to $1mm's. Besides its striking setting, the project's authentic Mountain Craftsman style architecture sets it apart from other cookie cutter style mountain communities. Designed by one of the foremost architectural design firms, Garrell & Associates Olde Mill's homes and villas work in strong concert with Olde Mill's soft mountain topography and are accented by expert landscape design features created by Aaron Brown of Brown Landscaping.

Olde Mill's $12 million transformation is the vision of prominent Mid-Atlantic-area land developer and Virginia Tech graduate Norris Mitchell, who grew up on a farm 20 miles from Olde Mill. He is overseeing Olde Mill's evolution into the type of perfect mountain designed club community with an array of amenities and an economic engine for the region for decades to come.

Enhancements include completely redesigned dining and tavern facilities - and the addition of Chef Ed Badgett, an acclaimed culinary maestro who came from an elite private club in Western North Carolina - recreational area, newly renovated tennis courts, a fitness facility, and an indoor swimming pool with raised Jacuzzi (an outdoor pool is also planned, along with other additions).

Olde Mill's golf course is rated 4½ stars by Golf Digest magazine (out of 5 possible). The championship golf course's extensive renovations were directed by third-generation Pinehurst residents Dan and Bradley Maples, the son and grandson of original designer Ellis Maples. Keeping the iconic layout - reminiscent of the Golden Age of golf's Donald Ross classic designs - the upgrades include aesthetic changes to several holes. Furthermore, the course's back tee boxes were lengthened to 7,100 yards, while the other three sets of tees were shortened for increased playability. A wall-to-wall irrigation system was installed, and white sand from the mountains of North Carolina - the same sand used at Augusta National Golf Club - fills the 70 bunkers at Olde Mill, where water comes into play on 16 holes.

CONTACTS:
Dan Shepherd, Buffalo Communications
703.403.5317, dshepherd@billycaspergolf.com

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