Transylvania County & Brevard are consistently rated by national publications as one of America's Best Small Towns and one of America's Best Places to Retire. Located in scenic Western North Carolina, Brevard features the very best the area has to offer, from a friendly small town atmosphere to the conveniences of a modern city. Our friendly, enjoyable small-town environment is rich in some of the finest in our world of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and social amenities. Brevard's close proximity and easy access to major metropolitan area like Asheville, Greenville, Charlotte, and Atlanta make it an ideal place to live.
All week long this week our lows at night will be in the upper 50's and the unusually or as the weather man says unseasonably warm weather during the day in the very low 80's. Normally this time of year we are in the mid 70's. I hate to day it folks but what more can one ask for with the climate here, free natural resources, views wither of mountains, creeks, streams, rivers and waterfalls at every turn. Why Brevard for your next North Carolina real estate shopping to me is a no brainer. Even our pricing has never been this low before for land, lots, and even a rare commodity of lake front property. You may not know this but all lakes in Western North Carolina are all man made, so now is the time to take advantage of these rare opportunities of the lots, and homes available on these lakes.
To continue about our weather, Brevard has four distinct seasons where our winters are mild with crisp, clear skies where you can see for as far as your eyes can see. Summers offer warm days and cool nights and even at the lower elevations of 2100 feet there is rarely a need for air-conditioning. Spring fills the area with an abundance of blooms, budding flowers, daffodils pop their heads out early every winter and you know spring is right around the corner. Fall colors are spectacular to say the least. And our trees are as though they have been painted throughout all the mountains and valleys in such a spectacular array of reds, yellow, and oranges.
Known as "The Land of Waterfalls", Brevard is a nature lover's paradise with a photo shoot at everywhere you look. The DuPont State & the Gorgeous State Parks not failing to mention the Pisgah National Forest covers more 40% of Transylvania County. We have another 4% in Flood Property that runs along the French Broad River, as Transylvania County is the headwaters of the French Broad, east Fork, and North Fork and Middle fork flowing mostly out of the Pisgah National Forest.
A recent announcement and now another huge parcel of about 8000 acres being sold by our ex congressman Charles Taylor is about to become a conservation easement making almost 50% of our entire county, this is what I call natural controlled growth. Just having these features in your back yard provide endless possibilities for hiking, fishing, backpacking, camping, and other outdoor activities. The French Broad River and the Davidson River are popular for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing. Without a doubt our county is full of enjoyable natural resources that can be enjoyed for free.
Brevard offers year-round cultural events. Brevard College, a four-year liberal arts college, is home to the Paul Porter Performing Arts Center, which hosts performances throughout the year. The world renowned Brevard Music Center, with Keith Lockhart as Artistic Director, offers outstanding guest musicians and artists during the summer months, with concerts several times during the week. In addition, several festivals fill the streets off Brevard throughout the year. Transylvania County has a state-of-the-art public library located in downtown Brevard.
Now to one of our favorite residents in our county are the well-known white squirrels. These unique almost all white creatures even thought they are not a native to Brevard they can be seen in many areas in and around Brevard. Not albino as they have brown eyes and a brown line that runs along the head. Be sure and check out in the blogs section of www.HomeInBrevard.com for the history of our towns white friends. There are several stories as to how the white squirrels arrived in out county but it is told where a pair of white squirrels, on the lam from a traveling carnival in the 1950s, started a family that now spans generations of wonderful white friends. Not to mention but we have an annual White Squirrel festival that is always a hit during the summer. Although they are not a designated species, they are true white in color and have dark eyes like the more common gray squirrels, and are mixing with the grey squirrel species.
Brevard continually year after year wins awards for the best place to retire or this year one of the top 2 Coolest small towns in all of America, So why look anywhere else?
It is a place where 250 waterfalls and countless streams have taken centuries to patiently carve the very faces of these mountains.
Where local bluegrass jams coexist along virtuoso performances by some of the greatest classical musicians of our time. The Porter center Located at Brevard College, the Music Center just compliment all the heritage of our culture and music.
Another interesting feature about Transylvania County is that we receive the greatest amount of rain in the State of North Carolina where just 35 miles away in Asheville they receive the least. I often wonder how this could be as they receive far more snowfalls in the winter and in the Northern County of Madison County and those that join the Tennessee boarder often receive up to as foot at a time and thus some of the best snow skiing takes place just a little over an hour away. Having these amounts of rain of upwards of 80 inches a year offers a temperate rain forest that supports some of the rarest plant and animal species on the planet. Yes that's right, here in Brevard NC.
In short, Brevard is like no other place on the planet earth, Brevard North Carolina and Transylvania County-A Natural Wonder of the World. Welcome to the Land of Waterfalls and home of the white squirrels, and a rain forest at that. Undoubtedly it makes us a world apart from all of our competitors as can be verified by all the articles about Brevard being consistently rated by national publications as one of America's Best Small Towns and one of America's Best Places to Retire. Located in scenic Western North Carolina, Brevard features the very best the area has to offer, from a friendly small town atmosphere to the conveniences of a modern city. Its pleasant small-town environment is rich in natural beauty, cultural heritage, and social amenities. Brevard's close proximity and easy access to major metropolitan area like Asheville, Greenville, Charlotte, and Atlanta make it an ideal place to live.