This sought-after mountain community is a haven for active retirees and a hotspot for outdoorsmen, art lovers, and humanitarians.
A convenient 90 miles from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport lies the quaint mountain community of Blue Ridge. This area is often referred to as the gateway to Georgia’s infamous Appalachian foothills, one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges. Tourists are drawn here to take in fall foliage, try fly-fishing, visit local shops and restaurants, and immerse themselves in the mountain arts and culture scene.
Returning visitors often find themselves dreaming of a home in the area. After all, few places offer as quick of a getaway from Atlanta’s hustle while providing serene surroundings and exciting opportunities as Blue Ridge does.
Old Toccoa Farm, the only golf course in Fannin County and the only golf and river community in North Georgia, is quintessential mountain living. The community offers designs that include charming cabins and cottages waiting to be filled with guests and memories, while also being perfectly sized for maturing residents.
Old Toccoa Farm residents will delight in the community’s secure and central location. It’s the only community north of Jasper that offers a 24-hour, man-operated gatehouse with community security, and is just 5 miles from Downtown Blue Ridge. “When you’re 5 miles from town, 5 miles from the lake, 5 miles from the hospital, 5 miles from grocery, and the fly-fishing and the river is right on property, you’re in a pretty good location. And that’s what real estate’s about. Location, location, location,” says Peter Knutzen, a managing partner with Old Toccoa Farm.
There are 388 lots planned with approximately 100 properties sold thus far. A significant number of new custom homes are currently under construction, and over 16 new custom homes are in the design review stage with construction slated throughout the fall and winter of 2019 into the spring of 2020. Future development includes a Golf Shop & Bar/Grill, a River Pavilion with fire pits, bocce courts, hammock lounge, bar area, and small outfitter shop; wellness facilities; swim and tennis facilities, and this fall, an expansion of the walking trail from 1.5 miles to over 3.5 miles.
The property itself is perhaps the largest draw of the community. Its 18-hole semiprivate golf course was designed by Bunker Hill Golf, whose designers, Dan Proctor and Dave Axland, have worked for the renowned firm of Coore & Crenshaw for the past 30 years. 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 to open on the coast of Oregon in 2020. Bunker Hill’s lead shaper Jack Dredla, the person responsible for shaping the Old Toccoa Farm golf course, will now be a full-time employee of the Old Toccoa Farm team. Among its features are the incredibly beautiful 626 yard par five 13th hole, the 413 yard par 4 6th hole overlooking a 100-year-old barn, and four amazing golf holes that play along the 4,360 feet of frontage of the Toccoa River.
In addition to golf, trout fishing along the banks of the Toccoa River and Lake Blue Ridge is ranked the best in the state. In fact, Fannin County is the trout capital of Georgia. On-property fishing perks include access to
4,360 feet of Toccoa River tailwater, offering ample riffles, deep pools, and a more than 100-foot-wide 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; Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., a veteran-focused organization providing therapy through fly-fishing and fly tying; and Project Chimps, a 236-acre sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains that provides care to former research chimpanzees.
With spectacular sporting opportunities, a bustling Downtown, and a giving community, Old Toccoa Farm is the mountain retreat you’re looking for.
Blue Ridge Attractions:
Benton MacKaye Trail: Blue Ridge is the official start of this 300-mile foot trail through the Appalachians.
Appalachian Trail: The terminus of the trail.
Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center: Recognized as one of the top five art towns in Georgia, the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center hosts 35-plus exhibits and events annually.
Breweries: Fannin Brewing Company, Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Buck Bald Brewing, and Copperhill Brewery are located within walking distance of Downtown Blue Ridge and McCaysville/Copperhill.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway: The historic train rolls right past Old Toccoa Farm and into McCaysville/Copperhill.
Mercier Orchards: A family-owned orchard that grows a variety of fruits year-round but is best known for its apples.
Old Toccoa Farm
596 Curtis Switch Rd., Mineral Bluff, Georgia,