If the pace of a small mountain community is what you are looking for, yet you don’t want to sacrifice the many modern conveniences that keep your busy life on track, then look no further than Old Toccoa Farm, just outside Blue Ridge, Georgia. Shadowed by the world’s oldest mountain range and living naturally alongside the Toccoa River, Old Toccoa Farm brings people, lifestyle and design together in a setting that is both casual and elegant.
Decisions typically start with location. And it all starts with the charm of downtown Blue Ridge, a town that baby-boomers
and Gen Xers call the “college town for adults.” It has a great vibe, an always improving restaurant scene, microbreweries,
wineries, a thriving arts community, great local shopping and an expansive national forest that surrounds the town providing nature enthusiasts with the perfect backdrop for world-class outdoor pursuits. For sure, the area checks the box for an active lifestyle, but the question remains, where do you live? The answer—Old Toccoa Farm.
Nature and southern hospitality stand center-stage as you drive up to the well-designed community gatehouse, and here, you receive a warm welcome from the gate attendant. As you drive through, the smell of smoke drifts on the mountain air from fire pits, enveloping your senses and reminding you that you are now in a special place. Your senses are alive as you make your way around the community; you begin to notice a significant number of new homes are under construction. Each home is architecturally appropriate, with heavy use of large timbers, natural stone, board and batten, cedar shakes and accent metal roofing, each working together to create a true sense of belonging. Each site is modestly sized to fit “of the land, not on the land,” and you see what they mean by this as you drive around. Nothing seems out of scale. There is a healthy difference in each home’s architecture, but they all live together nicely. Your head turns towards couples walking their dogs, golfers driving from one hole to the next and staff moving about, and you notice the community has a pulse. And there is much to look forward to
at Old Toccoa Farm in 2021.
Lot sales have been healthy at Old Toccoa Farm this year as have new home construction starts. The sixteen homes that have been completed thus far are exquisite and the ten additional homes that are now under construction are absolutely beautiful. “Almost all who are purchasing lots in Old Toccoa Farm are working with our talented team of architects, designers and builders to get their homes started as soon as possible. We have seen smaller footprint homes and homes that are designed for ‘legacy’ families, so they are a little larger. The reason we have been so successful is because we are listening to our property owners and helping them design and build their dream home.
That’s what it’s all about,” says Peter Knutzen, one of two managing partners and the developer of Old Toccoa Farm. And homes aren’t the only construction taking place at Old Toccoa Farm. The original tent used to house the golf carts hasbeen replaced with a new cart barn and construction of the highly anticipated new golf shop and community tavern is scheduled to break ground in February 2021. “We feel that we have come to a critical path in our development plan and an amenity like the tavern is an exciting next step for our membership. By the summer of next year, we will be socializing once again and the tavern will be a huge hit with our members and visiting guests,” says Peter. He also mentioned that a real estate price increase and membership drive is scheduled to coincide with this new phase of amenity construction. So if you are looking for property, now is the time to get up to Old Toccoa Farm for a tour! Perhaps the most press this year has come from the completed 18-hole golf course now open at Old Toccoa Farm. This semi-private golf course, designed by Bunker Hill Golf, whose designers, Jack Dredla,
Dan Proctor and Dave Axland, have worked for the renowned firm of Coore & Crenshaw for the past 30 years, was recently recognized by Golf Digest as the No. 8 Best New Course in America for 2020. Dave Axland just finished up renovation work for Coore & Crenshaw at Kapalua in Maui and Dan just finished his work at the Sheep Ranch, the new Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the coast of Oregon, which won Golf Digest’s Best New Course 2020. Bunker Hill’s lead shaper Jack Dredla, the person responsible for shaping the Old Toccoa Farm golf course, is now a full-time employee of the Old Toccoa Farm team. Among the course’s features are the incredibly beautiful 626-yard, par-five 13th hole; the 413-yard, par-four 6th hole overlooking a 100-year-old barn and four amazing golf holes that play along the banks of the Toccoa River.
For those looking to become a part of the local community, the volunteer options are robust and rewarding. In fact, the developer of Old Toccoa Farm, many of its employees and members are intimately involved with local charities including Habitat for Humanity; The Open Arms Home for Children, a safe foster home for abused and neglected young girls ages 10-18; and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., a veteran-focused organization providing therapy through fly-fishing and fly tying. With spectacular sporting opportunities, a bustling downtown and a giving community, Old Toccoa Farm is the
mountain retreat you’re looking for.
Details: oldtoccoafarm.com, 596 Curtis Switch Rd., Mineral Bluff, Georgia, 706-946-4653