1164 Mount Chalet Drive, Canton, NC 28716
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What we love about the Bethel area is that it is a close-knit community with the best elementary and middle school around. The schools are small with a real emphasis on community involvement.
Our children look back on their time here with wonderful memories of the schools and the community. We love to eat at Juke Box Junction soda shop and El Pobre Mexican Restaurant, which are both just down the road from our house, and we enjoy a myriad of restaurants in the Waynesville area.
Grocery stores are numerous. I shop at Ingles Markets, but there are many more to choose from with a wonderful farmers market just down the road during the Spring/Summer.
When we purchased our home we were immediately drawn to the serene setting with the sound of the creek. There was absolutely no noise that we could hear from the porch as we stood and gazed at the beautiful trees, mountain laurel and wild blackberry bushes that grew right in the yard. We also loved the fact that the road we lived on led to the Blue Ridge Parkway and many hiking trails along the way.
When we moved in we were soon greeted by some of the best neighbors we have ever lived around. We also loved the privacy that this mountain development provided, and our children have added that this was the best place for a kid to grow up. They had so much to explore and their own club house, too.
The Asheville area provides limitless possibilities for entertainment, fine dining and captivating mountain views. The road that leads to our home connects to the Blue Ridge Parkway which is one of the largest tourist attractions in the state of North Carolina.
I've already mentioned the fact that the Blue Ridge Parkway is just 30 minutes from our home, but another thing we love about the parkway is the annual blueberry picking days of September. We usually travel with some friends and spend an afternoon picking blueberries and cranberries. Many scenic waterfalls are along the path so we have enjoyed immensely the hiking, abundant produce, and swimming that living near the parkway has afforded our family.
We have loved meeting our neighbors through the years here in our little Mountain Chalet community. Each one is from a different area of the country, and for most of them this is their vacation or Summer home. We have also enjoyed the fact that Cataloochee ski resort is only 30 minutes from our home. So, really we have the best of all seasons here. Swimming, hiking, scenic trails, skiing, and a serene home to come to when we are done.
We enjoy the history, the performing arts available, and the small-town atmosphere along with all the outdoor sports. We have tubed down the river, skied the slopes, hiked the trails, and biked up to Sunburst Recreation Area. There is absolutely nothing that we did not enjoy about living here. It has something for everyone.
Our neighborhood is great for friendly people, 4th of July celebrations that include the whole mountain, and the peace and quiet you only find in serene mountain settings. It is also great because we are one of only three year-round residents.
Our electric bills were lowered quite a bit when we decided to burn wood in the main room upstairs. We also really like the baseboard heat because it allows us to only heat the rooms we want heated. When we first moved into this house we still had five children at home. We are now down to only one most of the year while the others are at college. We have two spare bedrooms that we do not heat. Even with the house being totally electric our average electric bill is around $175. We also offset the heating costs with gas logs. The temperature up here has never exceeded 82 degrees outside and about 75 inside, so we have had no need of air conditioning.