Thanks for all the input Barney. I am told that new developers got it and have fixed the road, gotten engineers in there and resolved all of those issues I had read some on as Wildflower.Wildflower has basically been abandoned by the developer, only one house built, by a Methodist Leader for around $600K and now worthless. Lots of foreclosures, debt, etc. and a huge road problem that would cost millions to fix, if it could be fixed. You can't pile up loose dirt, 100 feet high and expect that to be a road on a steep slope. There are several other developements in the area who have the same problems, a lot of hype, speculation but no relationship with reality. Highlands/Cashiers also has this problem, plus some Scams and so does Lake Lure where they built the "Model Home" given away by Home and Gardens, and the rest of the developement foreclosed/abandoned and the road not finished to that "beautiful" home now worth almost nothing! Be careful, still lots of RE brokers/developers looking to make some fast money on outsiders who don't know the mtns./local market or what is going on!
You're correct. I live in a similar place now and the locals joke about the best crop here is newcomers and pot.
Sad because good people can really improve an area and bring in tax dollars but a lot of locals get resentful either because they don't like someone coming in and buying something they can't have (jealous) or they think they may lose some power in the community,(greed).
It's been my experience having lived a lot in small towns (8,000) to big cities (NYC) that every town has them but the smaller the place, the worse it is and the realtors play like your friend until they get your cash and then they treat you the same.