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A Cherished Mountain Living Experience

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting in Western North Carolina than Lake Toxaway Estates, home to the state’s largest private lake. Since the turn of the century, people have been drawn to Lake Toxaway. Celebrated dignitaries and notable families – such as the Fords, Edisons, and Rockefellers – sought out the clear, crystal waters and invigorating mountain breezes that provided welcomed relief from the thick, stagnant heat of summer. Today, Lake Toxaway is still attracting families and individuals who crave something more. The home offerings, luxury amenities, recreational opportunities, and privileged lifestyle are unprecedented in the region. Lake Toxaway offers families an abundant living experience that will grow more treasured each year as these types of communities become increasingly rare.

A Rich Heritage by the Water

When a few visionary men dammed the Toxaway River in 1903 to create Lake Toxaway, and then built the five-story Toxaway Inn, a resort was born. A decade or so later, however – after a series of floods and tropical storms – the dam burst. And just like that, the lake (and the tourists) disappeared. It wasn’t until 1960, when Reg Heinitsh and a group of investors rebuilt the dam, restored the lake, and began attracting a new generation of visitors. Today, Lake Toxaway stretches out like an oasis in a naturally preserved mountain setting. It covers 640 acres and boasts some 14 miles of scenic, accessible shoreline. Because it was designed solely as a recreational lake – and is not used as a reservoir or hydroelectric source – it maintains a constant water level of 3,010 feet above sea level. It is at once the backdrop and the foundation of this sought-after community. It presents a cherished mountain living experience that serves as a welcomed retreat from the stress and frenzy of the everyday world. Isn’t this where you belong?

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