Friday, May 2, 2008

Meet the Neighbors, Part 2

[From today's Wall Street Journal.]

Andie MacDowell
Plans 'Green' House

May 2, 2008

Actress Andie MacDowell has bought land in an environmentally focused mountain community in western North Carolina and plans to build an eco-friendly house there.

Ms. MacDowell, 50 years old, starred in "Groundhog Day" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral." A year ago, she paid about $1 million for a vacant lot of just under two acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Balsam Mountain Preserve, a 4,400-acre development of 3,000 acres of protected land and 354 home sites. The houses, at elevations from 3,000 to 4,700 feet, can't be larger than 4,500 square feet and must use materials that blend the building into the environment, according to a design-review board.

Three months ago, the actress swapped her property for one of the community's largest lots, which at 3.5 acres can accommodate a pasture and small barn, says a person familiar with the deal. Ms. MacDowell's new lot is connected to the community's equestrian center via trails.

The community, about 38 miles west of Asheville, has 50 miles of trails and an 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer.

[Hmmm, the big question, of course, is whether we'll see Ms. MacDowell shopping at the SYLVA Walmart or at the WAYNESVILLE Walmart. What do you think?]


Anonymous said...

just think how all the money spent locally will filter down and help make for better schools in Jackson or Haywood county! those dollars combined with the future Legasus shopping lucky can we be!
maybe they will stay at the Sleep Inn on the Hill (so high it is next to God) while their gated community homes are being built.what a wonderful place is being created here by all this wealth and what a boost for the economy. do I clean rooms at the sleep inn or clean houses in the gated communities? what a career choice!thanks for sharing the good news.....

Anonymous said...

remember when OJ's Lawyer said the color of justice is GREEN?
so now the color of having (purchasing) space is also GREEN...and not necessarily in an environmentally mountain friendly way.
just last Saturday at GREENING UP OF THE MOUNTAINS Riverstone Development Company had a booth, other builder suppliers had booths all to help you use your GREENS to build second homes on the GREENING up slopes. complete with landscape packages and man made waterfalls to replace the native flora removed by the gated community designed subdivisions. Some one said some of the pottery was from FLORIDA! don't know that one for sure.
can't wait to next year! think I will go for a hike in the national park if I can get to it.seems greening up of the mountains is headed for the same "development" of greenery that has already happened to WCU MOUNTAIN HERITAGE DAY. Just more PROGRESS!!!!!

GULAHIYI said...

GREEN is right fashionable indeed. I just had to go back and retrieve one of my favorite quotes:

"The only green Chaffin/Light sees is the dollar sign...I made a mistake hiring them…they never listened and learned." (Former business associate John Bradley, commenting on the "environmental ethic" of the Balsam Mountain Preserve developers.)


One of these days, I'll do a story on the "infestations" of rattlesnakes on the BMP. Suffice it to say, I would advise Andie to be VERY CAREFUL when she takes her horse out for a ride.

I do wish her the best. I COULD say something like "She won't be at BMP for long if she changes houses as often as she changes husbands..."

But that would just be too mean, so I won't say it.

Somebody slap me.

Mtn. Bob said...

Consider yourself slapped sir.

It's going to get weirder before it starts to makes any sense.

Don't forget, 4th of July is on the fast approach and we'll be sure to see lots of "Made in China" patriotic crap scattered all across Jackson and surrounding counties. Maybe they'll make it green and offer 2% post-recycled products, made by slave children in some country we've never heard of. Wal-mart, Rite Aid, and Lowes will certainly have it on sale and featured right at the front of their stores. Oh bless this mess.