54 Wolfscratch Village, Jasper, Georgia 30143
Large Resort Community of Big Canoe in Lush North Central Georgia Has Three Lakes, a Marina, 27 Holes of Golf, a Tennis Club and a Wide Range of Prices
In the thickly wooded hills of north central Georgia, Big Canoe is a resort that started in the early-1970s and has been growing ever since, adding dwellings and a bounty of amenities. Today it is managed by Big Canoe Company, LLC and home to about 3,000 residents, approximately 60% of whom live here year round. Many of these folks are empty nesters and baby boomers.
The community is spread across 8,000 acres, with one third of those acres set aside as natural areas. Residences include everything from weekend getaway homes to year round custom built estates. The newest neighborhoods are Bluffs at Ridgeview, with particularly long views, Choctaw Village, a golf club neighborhood, High Gap V, with large home sites, Twin Creeks, with Southern-style cottages, and Wildcat, which has a nature preserve.
Prices are just as varied, ranging from the low-$100,000s to more than $1 million dollars. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change.
Buyers are encouraged to choose from the community's list of preferred builders. Architectural guidelines are in place to "protect and promote Big Canoe's long-term quality and value."
Residents enjoy boating, swimming and fishing on three lakes. Lake Petit is the largest with 111 acres and is stocked with trout. The Big Canoe Marina services this lake, and its "Shack" has rods, bait and gear for lease and sale. Lake Sconti is also a fishing lake and has a restaurant. Lake Disharoon is the best lake for swimming and has a beach, a swim club and a large swimming pool. Depending on the lake, only human-powered and electric-powered vessels are allowed on the water.
Two restaurants, including the Clubhouse at Lake Sconti, are within Big Canoe's gates, and another three are just outside of the gates. A 16,000 square foot exercise center has cardio equipment, strength training machines, exercise classes and massages. The golf course has 27 beautiful holes and is snuggled among hills and towering trees. Gatewood Hall is a "lifestyle retailer" with cards, books, gourmet foods, jewelry and furniture. The tennis club has 300 members, as well as indoor courts, outdoor hard courts and outdoor clay courts.
More than 50 clubs and groups complement the physical amenities and include an animal rescue club, a hiking club, a canoeing club, a cancer support group, a creative stitchery club, a golf club, a pottery group, singles' groups, a photography club and much more.
The Village Festival is a farmers' market just outside of the community's gates. Vendors sell fresh vegetables, plants, fruits, homemade cheeses, coffee, breads, fresh seafood, sausages, lamb, beef, fried pies, pottery, can goods, baskets, jewelry, mushrooms, honey, soaps, pastries, glass painted vases and even hats.
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital is in Jasper and has a good reputation. It is not, however, accredited. The nearest accredited hospital is in Marietta, 37 miles away.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 58 inches of rain and a dusting of snow each year. The elevation is 1,425 feet above sea level.
Visit www.bigcanoe.com for more information.
Hernando de Soto of Spain traveled to this area in 1540, but the English had a stake here, too. A general, James Oglethorpe of England, created a haven for English debtors in the area in 1733, and he defeated Spanish invaders in 1742.
Georgia was a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War. It suffered tremendous damage when General Sherman of the Union Army burned Atlanta and then conducted his March to the Sea in 1864, resulting in the capture of Savannah.
The largest in the Southeast, Georgia has seen a lot of growth in the last couple of decades. Atlanta, the capital city, is a transportation center and communications hub, and it is from where goods are distributed to much of the surrounding region.
A leader in paper and board products, Georgia also produces textiles, processed chicken, chemicals and apparel. A few of the important agricultural products are soybeans, cotton, corn, tobacco, peaches and eggs. Georgia also grows more peanuts than any other state. Half of the world supply of turpentine and resins are made from Georgia's pine trees.
Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women, and in 1945 Georgia was the first state to lower the legal voting age from 21 to 18.
Major tourist spots include the National Cemetery, Andersonville Prison Park, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Little White House where President Roosevelt died in 1945 (Warm Springs), the giant Confederate Memorial at Stone Mountain (the largest sculpture in the world), the Cumberland Island National Seashore and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
Population - 10,310,371
Persons 65 years old and over - 13%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 29%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 53%
Median household income - $49,620
Median home value - $148,100
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
A New Start
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