Live on a mountaintop and ski at Brea...

Live on a mountaintop and ski at Breakaway Village

There are 22 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Nov 24, 2007, titled Live on a mountaintop and ski at Breakaway Village. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Steve Martin fell in love with Western North Carolina while vacationing here during his childhood.

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COOLUT

Marion, NC

#1 Nov 25, 2007
TO BAD EVERYONE CAN'T BE WEALTHY ENOUGH TO HAVE A PLACE LIKE THIS, ONLY FOR THE RICH AND GETTING RICHER
Lynne Vogel

United States

#2 Dec 8, 2007
Your newspaper today published a real estate feature for Breakaway Village. Ms. Terrell's article, "Live on a mountaintop and ski" discussed all the advantages of buying property in this resort but there was no mention of the fact that this steep slope property is located in a high risk natural landslide hazard area.

In my letter to Governor Easley on February 17, 2006 I expressed concern about the safety of the steep slope construction sites for Breakaway and the adjoining property called Scenic Wolf.

On March 7, 2006 James D. Simons, Director and State Geologist for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources responded to my letter: "Your concern about the potential problems of mountain development, including the Scenic Wolf Mountain Resort, is certainly justified. We have already seen a number of cases of severe property damage and loss of life results because of development in areas of unstable slope."

In all fairness, your readers should be advised that Western North Carolina landslides are frequent, serious, and uninsurable threats to real estate values.
Last Buffalo

Asheville, NC

#3 Dec 8, 2007
Lynne Vogel wrote:
Your newspaper today published a real estate feature for Breakaway Village. Ms. Terrell's article, "Live on a mountaintop and ski" discussed all the advantages of buying property in this resort but there was no mention of the fact that this steep slope property is located in a high risk natural landslide hazard area.
In my letter to Governor Easley on February 17, 2006 I expressed concern about the safety of the steep slope construction sites for Breakaway and the adjoining property called Scenic Wolf.
On March 7, 2006 James D. Simons, Director and State Geologist for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources responded to my letter: "Your concern about the potential problems of mountain development, including the Scenic Wolf Mountain Resort, is certainly justified. We have already seen a number of cases of severe property damage and loss of life results because of development in areas of unstable slope."
In all fairness, your readers should be advised that Western North Carolina landslides are frequent, serious, and uninsurable threats to real estate values.
Let um slide!

“RadicalDudette”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#4 Dec 8, 2007
Lynne Vogel-

All of WNC is being destroyed because of persons like Steve Martin that visited here as a child and fell in love....

1. Landslides occur on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
2. Earthquakes happen.
3. Flooding with rivers in Asheville rising
17-25' over flood stage.
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" During a return visit for a ski trip in 2004, he thought he found the perfect place for his vision of a mountaintop village — a place where families can come together, slow down and enjoy life."

If this was the comedian Steve Martin, this would be a good joke. But it is not.

Apparently Martin is oblivious to the traffic problems and population explosions surrounding Asheville. He won't be laughing when he is stuck on future I-26W.
Adam

Orlando, FL

#5 Dec 24, 2007
I've visited Breakaway and it's going to be really great for Western North Carolina to have some "new urbanism" and a modern day return to older-proven construction methods.

I'm looking forward to seeing the property near completion in the next 5-10 years.
Huckster

Eddyville, KY

#6 Dec 24, 2007
I hate them more than lepers and shoot them in their cars.......

Name that tune.

“WeaverVEGAS baby!”

Since: Feb 07

Weaverville, NC

#7 Dec 26, 2007
this development is truely a welcome sight to what WNC is becoming!!! Compare this to the big mass of buildings in asheville, and see what you think, ashevilles buildings that are livable might be also for the rich. Would you like huge 10 story buildings hanging off the mountain or would you like these quaint historic buildings on the side, your choice!
Ron Holland

United States

#8 Feb 19, 2008
I live near Breakaway and Steve Martin is trying to build a quality development on beautiful land with long distance views. His ski slopes are the best in the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort. See www.skidixie.com

Ron Holland, Broker/Realtor with Wolf's Crossing Realty near Wolf Laurel and the Preserve at Wolf Laurel. www.ronaldholland.com
Ron Holland

United States

#9 Feb 19, 2008
I live near Breakaway and Steve Martin is trying to build a quality development on beautiful land with long distance views. His ski slopes are the best in the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort. See www.skidixie.com

Ron Holland, Broker/Realtor with Wolf's Crossing Realty near Wolf Laurel and the Preserve at Wolf Laurel. www.ronaldholland.com
Ray

Shelby, NC

#11 Feb 19, 2008
Ron Holland wrote:
I live near Breakaway and Steve Martin is trying to build a quality development on beautiful land with long distance views. His ski slopes are the best in the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort. See www.skidixie.com
Ron Holland, Broker/Realtor with Wolf's Crossing Realty near Wolf Laurel and the Preserve at Wolf Laurel. www.ronaldholland.com
Ron, I believe you. The people against this (and other nice communities) are jealous of those who can afford it. They are not upset, as they claim, by the land being developed or any other environmental concern. Plain and simple, the attitude of "natives" here is that if they cannot afford the homes, the homes should not be built. I bet if these were $150K modulars with no restrictions, everyone would love the idea.
andyk

Lawrenceville, GA

#12 Dec 29, 2008
He stripped an entire mountain bare to build this "community". Is is a disgrace and an embarassment to NC.
andyk

Lawrenceville, GA

#13 Dec 29, 2008
Ray wrote:
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Ron, I believe you. The people against this (and other nice communities) are jealous of those who can afford it. They are not upset, as they claim, by the land being developed or any other environmental concern. Plain and simple, the attitude of "natives" here is that if they cannot afford the homes, the homes should not be built. I bet if these were $150K modulars with no restrictions, everyone would love the idea.
What a crock. Anyone with an ounce of taste would never set foot near this abomination. This "community" is basically a place for rich white-trash types who care nothing about north Carolina.
Gina Donatelli

Asheville, NC

#14 Feb 19, 2009
Ray wrote:
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Ron, I believe you. The people against this (and other nice communities) are jealous of those who can afford it. They are not upset, as they claim, by the land being developed or any other environmental concern. Plain and simple, the attitude of "natives" here is that if they cannot afford the homes, the homes should not be built. I bet if these were $150K modulars with no restrictions, everyone would love the idea.
And other NICE communities? As opposed to the bad ones we "commoners" live in? I can't believe anyone so arrogant and shallow actually exists. No wonder you feel the need to build your own personal monument on the highest point you can find. And what is "natives" supposed to mean?-and why use it in quotes like we are not really people but simply imaginary figures sent to annoy the elite of humanity like yourself? Maybe you think of us as inferior beings since we can't afford the fake facade of a planned community. Did you ever think that some of us might be able to afford it yet don't want to because we understand their is still value to be found in *gasp* living in the real world? Let me tell you, communities are supposed to be anything but planned. They are a collection of people living in a place because they have the same needs and have a common bond because they all share a the heritage of the place they live in. NOT people who make their fortune elsewhere and then strip down beautiful places like western North Carolina to create their own personal playground and fantasy worlds because the communities they belong to in the first place weren't good enough for them anymore.
If anything I'm not jealous, I am sad for you. It is pathetic. You need a fake dreamland away from the real world because you somehow think you are above the normal communities and the natural world that the rest of us are still mature enough to appreciate. Why would I be jealous when I'm still able to live a full life without needing other people to build me a fantasy village? I guess because you think I feel inferior since I can actually enjoy non manufactured stimulation.
Right, whatever makes you able to look in the mirror at the end of the day.
Since you don't understand this point of not taking for granted the real things you have in life and instead devoting your existence to as many superficial pursuits as possible it's expected you don't understand why anyone would be upset by the environmental effect such a so-called community has. How could I possibly be upset at you for that? It would be like faulting a child who doesn't understand why their parents are upset at them for smearing read paint all over the walls.
And how dare you insult people who live in smaller homes? They are somehow inferior beings because they take up less resources in building their homes as well as maintaining them? They are less accomplished human beings because they can "only" provide a 150k home for their family? People like you make me sick.
Seriously, why not just move to Disney world? They have a much more established and richer history of indulging shallow and pathetic self proclaimed aristocrats like yourself.
well

Dillon, SC

#15 Feb 19, 2009
I know this is an old article but there is no skiing on that side of the mountain. For whatever reason it's not open this year. I imagine someone ripped someone else off.
well

Dillon, SC

#16 Feb 19, 2009
Ron Holland wrote:
I live near Breakaway and Steve Martin is trying to build a quality development on beautiful land with long distance views. His ski slopes are the best in the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort. See www.skidixie.com
Ron Holland, Broker/Realtor with Wolf's Crossing Realty near Wolf Laurel and the Preserve at Wolf Laurel. www.ronaldholland.com
If they are the best let's go skiing tomorrow...What they weren't open this year? Huh, imagime that. How come with you living so close and from your statement a skier, you didn't know this...Talking Schmack are we?
Turnip truck driver

Spartanburg, SC

#17 Feb 19, 2009
Ole' Ron was looking for some free advertising. I'll take a bottle of that snake oil
Don Barbeau

Rockingham, NC

#18 Mar 11, 2009
Sounds like a very few locals are doing the same as the very few locals did in Seven Devils NC. We don't want it in our back yard and even though 100 of thousands of people will enjoy the skiing. Just let us ski! You know, it brings cash to your area that it could use in many ways. I guess its just time to move out west. By NC, I am going where the few don't controll the many!
Don Barbeau

Rockingham, NC

#19 Mar 11, 2009
Lynne Vogel
if it was a chemical filled golf course and your land would triple in value, would you be the only one to write to the NC geo. Why did you wait to destroy these plans until they were built. They do have hearing on these things before the get started. Where were you then??? One bad apple! Thanks for taking another ski area, which was improving itself, off the map!
Don Barbeau

Rockingham, NC

#20 Mar 11, 2009
MurphyMobile wrote:
Lynne Vogel-
All of WNC is being destroyed because of persons like Steve Martin that visited here as a child and fell in love....
1. Landslides occur on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
2. Earthquakes happen.
3. Flooding with rivers in Asheville rising
17-25' over flood stage.
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" During a return visit for a ski trip in 2004, he thought he found the perfect place for his vision of a mountaintop village — a place where families can come together, slow down and enjoy life."
If this was the comedian Steve Martin, this would be a good joke. But it is not.
Apparently Martin is oblivious to the traffic problems and population explosions surrounding Asheville. He won't be laughing when he is stuck on future I-26W.
Hey Lynne, I guess you should stay away from the bottom of that there land slide area. Don't want to have you burried alive in a land slide, or better yet an avalanche.
Terry

San Antonio, TX

#21 Jul 18, 2010
Any new News about Breakaway?

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