Sanctuary Communities Newsletter
Winter 2008

Making room for Village Circle East

Greetings friends:

We hope your winter has been as enjoyable and productive as ours has been in the mountains.

Up until recently, the months between November and March in Western North Carolina were the off season. Many retailers closed shop, and locals who didn't use the time for getaways complained about cabin fever. But those days are over. Each winter over the last few years has brought more visitors, and more homeowners seem happy to make their second homes their first choice. Of course, given the attractions of these mountains for outdoor recreation lovers in the warmer months, we'll always see the population swell in the summer. But we're a year-round community these days, with our restaurants and retail shops enjoying strong business even when the weather turns cold. This is something you've probably already figured out!

Exciting News to Follow

In my next newsletter, I’ll update you on the final plans for our upcoming grand opening in Franklin’s most exciting new community, the Sanctuary Village. In the meantime, browse through the Phase 1 neighborhood on our website ( And, by all means, call me with questions.

Tim Ryan

Phone: 828-349-4465 or 866-449-4465
Fax: 828-369-5050

Don’t forget to include us
in your next visit to the mountains.


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Construction is under way at The Sanctuary Village!
The Cowee Creek ( Lot 11)
The Quarters ( Lot 10)

Almost everyday now I field a call or welcome a drop-by visitor to the site where Sanctuary Village, our new neighborhood in Franklin, is beginning to grow. Utilities are almost in. Roads are cut and awaiting spring paving. The first two houses, intended for lots 10 and 11 in our Phase 1 plan, are under construction off-site in Haven Homes’ South Carolina facility. We're delighted to be able to achieve our architects' vision through a modular construction process that eliminates on-site waste and assures factory-precision in a temperature-controlled environment.

Using these state-of-the-art modular construction techniques will help us qualify all our houses for Healthy Built Homes certification, making us one of the greenest new communities in our region.

We expect these first two structures to be dried-in by May and ready for our big summer grand opening. We'll soon have dates for the opening and pricing for much of the Phase 1 units, including elevator-served "mansion flats" for folks who love the lock-and-leave freedom of condo living. We're working over the numbers now, determined to hit our goal of offering the best value in the mountains for architect-designed residences in a Traditional Neighborhood Development. We know many of you want to arrange visits when we can talk seriously about your plans to become homeowners. Please  be patient. Details are coming.

The Sanctuary Village, a Model for Planned Development

“As a developer, I know our economy needs growth, but the growth should be smart growth, with plans and guidelines that serve both the developer and the greater community”

Tim Ryan
You'll be as pleased as we are that even before we have a house in place we're attracting attention for our approach to responsible planning and building. On Sunday, February 10, the Asheville Citizen-Times ran a front-page story on the new wave of sustainable planning and development, and the reporter interviewed me about the processwe're committed to in Franklin. He even included a video of my interview on the paper's website, see the link below. It's one more example of how our philosophy of creating a real and lasting community instead of just building houses and developments is paying off.

Click here to read the Asheville Citizen Times article.

Click here to see the Asheville Citizen Times interview with Tim Ryan.

Reaching Beyond The Sanctuary Communities

Along those lines, we're moving forward with plans to launch the Sanctuary Community Foundation, which will be funded by a 1/4 percent transfer fee for all property sold in Sanctuary Village, matched by an equal amount from us as the developer. The money will be used to support projects and events that serve the residents of the Village and surrounding Franklin neighborhoods. We think all of our residents will be proud to see Foundation funds grow to help the broader community thrive.

Fun at Mountain Grove

Up in Mountain Grove, the winter has brought just about the right amount of snow. Our family has enjoyed the winter fun, as you can see by the look on the face of our youngest son, Tim. The extra 1,000 feet of altitude in Mountain Grove compared with downtown Franklin means chances for a little more winter fun and even cooler mountain breezes in the summer.

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