Yes, there are older areas that have fallen into decay, but those places can be snapped up for next nothing. Plus, these belonged to the first settlers. I wish I known about it back then, it must have been incredibly charming.
As a consequence of the Second Home Community orientation of the past, residents bought and build homes to suit their personal desires - not the dictates of any central planning entity, nor generally, to impress their neighbors. Thus there was a large variety of home plans from the rustic, minimalist, to the showy and extravagant.
However the real justification for this posting is to suggest to "John in Ellijay" that courtesy of the Second Home Community orientation, he would be tolerated here even though he writes/acts like a boor.
I own a home in Lake Arrowhead for 7 years now. We moved to FL in 2004 and rented the house out for several years. I love Lake Arrowhead! I have just recently decided to put it up as a vacation property...only so we can use it as well as family and friends! Our property is in Highpointe and I love it! I have lived on the intercostal in FL in Sarasota, Palm Coast and now in Merritt Island with a boat and I still miss the summer, fall and spring in Lake Arrowhead! I think Lake Arrowhead is a great community!
*August 12, 2008*
This letter is intended to be part of ongoing communications with Lake
Arrowhead (LA) residents. Since the Lake Arrowhead Volunteer Fire
Department (LAVFD) is among your primary responders to fire, property
and, God forbid, life-threatening emergencies, we felt obligated to open
a direct communication line to all residents.
-Did you know? Lake Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. is a
not-for-profit corporation originally founded by LA residents to address
emergency circumstances. All property owners have automatic authority
to vote on issues concerning LAVFD.
-Did you know? 70% of all front line responders are volunteer's -- these
are the brave folks who directly respond to emergency calls. This ratio
holds true in Cherokee County and nationwide.
-Did you know? There are two paid County firemen stationed at LA's
Station 17. They are on call by the County for surrounding areas. During
the severe storms of a couple of weeks ago, they were pulled from LA and
reassigned outside the property. Had the LAVFD not been available, we
would have been without immediate emergency coverage at LA.
-Did you know? The majority of fire equipment, including fire trucks,
Gator, oxygen apparatus, etc is owned by LAVFD. Funds for this equipment
have come from various fund-raising activities over the years. We have
an agreement with the county whereby they provide the funding for
ongoing operations like maintenance, insurance, etc.
*WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH RESPECT TO FACILITIES*
-In the past, facilities used to house fire/rescue equipment and perform
weekly training regimens were leased by the Developer directly to LAVFD
-About a year ago, the Developer sent LAVFD a letter terminating our
lease. After legal review, it was determined they could not evict us
until Sept. 30, 2008.
-In a follow-up letter dated May 2, 2008 the Developer sent another
eviction notice with the September date. In their letter, they stated
"To avoid any misunderstanding. ..any prior offer to provide alternative
locations to Lessee has been withdrawn".
* WHERE ARE WE NOW? *
-Simply stated, we are without appropriate facilities effective
September 30, 2008. There is no concrete plan or commitment for an
alternative site to the current Station 27 location.
-The Developer has stated in no uncertain terms, they will not enter
into a continuation agreement with LAVFD beyond the eviction date of
September 30, 2008.
-To resolve the circumstances, County Commissioner Harry Johnston has,
on behalf of LAVFD, spearheaded an effort that led to a proposed lease
agreement between the County and the Developer. At best, the new
facility would be available in the Spring of 2009. The timing begs the
question as to what LAVFD is supposed to do in the interim -- after all,
how do we protect and serve without facilities??
-While LAVFD is dramatically influenced by the decisions of the
Developer and the County, we are not directly or legally involved with
their decision making process.
* LOOKING AHEAD *
-As stated above, we have no viable facility plan or location commitment
beyond September 30, 2008. We are optimistic that concern for public
safety/common sense will prevail and LAVFD will be allowed to remain
domiciled at Station 27 until the alternative site is ready. Beyond our
optimism, there is nothing of substance to support our expectation.
-Separate from the facility discussion, looming ahead are some
potentially thorny issues involving LAVFD and the County -- they have to
do with coverage area's and reporting/responsib ility. Will keep you
posted as these issues develop.
* COMMENT *
-Just a quick note to acknowledge and commend the highly trained folks
who serve as our front lines for virtually any type of emergency --
these are truly extraordinary people. They, like all of us, have jobs,
kids, all of life's pressures and yet they manage to devote a
significant amount of their personal time to serving our community.
-Please note, this is our first attempt at communicating via email.
Standard letter mail is very expensive and time consuming.
-Kindly discuss the Station 27 issue with your neighbors also ask them
if they have received this email. If not, please forward them a copy or
ask them to please check the LAVFD website at http://www.LAVFD.com
/* LAVFD -- Board of Director's */
NAR further estimates about half of vacation homes are within a hour's drive of the owner's primary residence (depending on where you are in Atlanta's traffic, this is probably true for you). The key is to be able to get away when you want and return when you have to without too much time in the car, especially if the vacation home needs your attention for an emergency.
Another consideration is financing. If you aren't paying cash, a mortgage lender will probably require at least 20% down for a second home in this market environment, and you will probably not be able to exceed 28-36% of your income toward total monthly expenses, including any current mortgage and other outstanding debt such as a car loan or credit card. Hope this helps!
The neighborhood is a little older but there are some really nice small vacation homes at the very end of the north side of the lake.
One other area budget property area that is also revitalizing is up on Lake Hiawassee outside of Murphey North Carolina / Blue Ridge GA. The neighborhood is called Bear Paw. It is older and most of the homes would need to be updated but it wouldn't cost you an arm and a leg to have a lake view (and HIawassee is a much nicer lake than arrowhead. It is at the far north end of the lake by the dam.
If you decide to choose Lake Arrowhead as your vacation choice than I know a builder who is looking to dump some of his investments. This would mean a loss for him but a an incredible opportunity for a buyer. Lake Arrowhead is said to be one of the most desirable places to live in the near future. It is definitely worth going to see. Please feel free to call or email me anytime. :) Valerie 770-262-8480
Thanks, Julie Starling
"2007 Prudential Georgia Realty Realtor of the Year-Cherokee Office"
I will be happy to answer any other questions you may have.
Lake Arrowhead is a unique lake because it is in a private gated community so it is less crowded and more pristine. It is 540 acres and up to 90 feet deep, with very little water fluctation over a 12 month period, since it is not a flood control or power generation lake. Homes are 50 ft from the water's edge, providing incredible views. There is a boat ramp and boat storage available for homes off the water.
I am a Realtor and sell a lot of mountain, golf, creek, and lakefront homes and lots at Lake Arrowhead GA, including giving tours of the lake via my pontoon boat. My parents have lived at Lake Arrowhead GA for 20 years, so I am also familiar with the history of the community.
I reccomend sticking to newer homes in that community. There are many other similar communities in N. GA that I would also suggest looking into before making a decision.