Sanctuary Communities Newsletter

We're on the way to spring in Franklin.

Despite a day or two of low temps and the occasional blustery wind to remind us that winter's not yet over, we'll soon be seeing the buds and shoots. Spring's a glorious season in the mountains and greatly unappreciated, because our summer visitors don't arrive in time and because the fall hogs all the oohs and ahs for seasonal color. In a way, that makes spring a reward for those of us who live here year round.

The rewards of living year-round in a place have been on my mind lately, because we're now living full-time in our in-town community, Sanctuary Village. We're comfortably settled into the first Village home, an Idea Home I'll talk about a little later. And we're just beginning to show folks around the house and talk about our vision for the Village.

These are great conversations, especially in this time of uncertainty in the real estate market. Gone are the days when people could think of homes primarily as investment vehicles, as possessions to "flip" during times of double-digit appreciation. Now, we're back to the basics. We can talk again about the three priorities of home buying -- location, location, location. Where do we want to live, perhaps for the rest of our lives? And how do we want to live?

After talking to so many of you, I'm more convinced than ever of our decision to address the where and how of mountain living when we designed the Village. Even though no one could have anticipated an economic upheaval that all but ended the sprawl of housing developments farther and farther away from town centers, we could see a growing, un-served market for in-town living. Especially in an historic North Carolina mountain town like Franklin. We thought lots of folks were ready to leave the car parked for days at a time and enjoy walking to stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. And we sensed many people, especially those approaching retirement age, were ready to stop mowing lawns and cleaning big suburban houses. So we envisioned a Village within a town, where cottage-size homes could sit comfortably on low-maintenance lots in a community of neighbors instead of a subdivision of commuting strangers. And now it's being built.

We're going slowly, aware that many of our future neighbors are delaying their plans until they sense a more predictable economic environment. We'll be here, getting ready for you. Those who haven't visited in a while will enjoy seeing the progress and touring our Idea Home. We're even planning a Spring Fling on our new Village Square May 23 to celebrate our kick-off year. More details to come. But save the date.

If you're in Franklin before the Fling, make a point to drop by. Give us a call, and we'll show you around. We'll share the spring with you.

Tim and Iva Ryan
Town Founders

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Greetings from Franklin and the mountains of North Carolina
March 2009
Working from one of my favorite spots

Helping out with our new plaza

The first gas lamps are burning

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