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Do you ever dream of living on a "island" surrounded by water, but do not want to give up all the amenities of an active, vibrant urban community to do so? Well, here is a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to have it all!
Tucked within the Village of Pinehurst, NC, known for its hosting of the 1999 and 2005 Men's US Open Golf Tournament with a third return visit scheduled for 2014, this 1.21 acre "island" mecca is surrounded by over 700 LF of shoreline from two large ponds that feed into the coveted Lake Pinehurst. Only a one car-width driveway connects it to the surrounding land, and many residents of the area do not know that it even exists.
Situated on the property is a 2250 SF completely restored "Cottage" with three bedrooms, two baths, a combination living/dining room with a wood-burning fireplace, a full modern kitchen with granite counter-tops, portable center island and pantry, a meandering Carolina Room with a full window wall overlooking the pond, and a "receiving room" with a handsomely proportioned bay window complete with a pillowed window seat, seating for several to enjoy hearty conversations as well as a large entertainment center, and enough remaining space to hold a grand piano or versatile seating areas including an informal eating nook. Two large outside decks provide additional space for relaxing and enjoying the wonderful water views that constantly change as the sun marches across the sky. The "Cottage on the Pond" was honored as one of the featured homes on the Moore County Extension and Community Association's Annual Home Tour in 2006.
The island itself is a gardener's delight with many azaleas, rhododendrons and deciduous trees providing a beautiful year round landscape. There is even a private bridge connecting the" island within the island" for an additional picturesque setting. The entire property is irrigated with a comprehensive Rainbird System using pond water.
While the Cottage itself will appeal to those seeking a smaller home in perfect move-in condition or a second home or "guest cottage", the size of the island is such that a substantial addition to the cottage and/or a detached garage could be built on the property. The current owners, an accomplished interior designer and a landscape architect, would be delighted to share with prospective buyers their thoughts and renderings for such additions.
A membership to the esteemed Pinehurst Country Club is available, with the Buyer to pay the prevailing transfer fee. Full membership includes play at the Pinehurst 1-6 golf courses (unlimited range balls), use of twenty-eight tennis courts (6 lighted), championship lawn bowling and croquet courts, access to several pools and the Lake Pinehurst marina and its facilities, and use of the private Member's Club and locker rooms. Well-established men’s and women’s golf association's hold weekly tournaments. The current Transfer Fee (#1-6) is $12,000, with dues ranging from $86/month for a Social Membership to $354/month for a Full Golf/Tennis/Recreational Membership. There is no restaurant minimum.
"COTTAGE ON THE POND" FLOOR PLAN
The History of the Village of Pinehurst and the North Carolina Sandhills
In 1996, the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina became a National Historic Landmark, the first golf resort and community to achieve this honor in recognition of its prominence in the development of golf in the United States. The designation includes the historic Old Town with its cottages, the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club and several of its internationally-acclaimed golf courses.
James Walker Tufts could not have anticipated the historic designation in 1895, when he purchased nearly six-thousand acres of sandy, clear-cut land in Moore County, North Carolina. Tufts was a talented entrepreneur who made his fortune patenting soda fountain machines and as founder of the American Soda Fountain Company. He wanted to build a resort in an area with a mild and healthy climate where people ill with tuberculosis could come to recover. When he found his ideal location in the Sandhills of North Carolina, Tufts hired the firm started by Frederic Law Olmsted, the country’s most prominent landscape architect and design firm, to plan the resort village. For a contract price of $300, the Olmstead firm designed a village that was typically New England with curving, twisting roads leading from a central village green. Architects from Boston designed the hotels, boarding houses and cottages. On December 31, 1895, the Holly Inn, in the newly-named Village of Pinehurst, welcomed its first guests.
Tufts had to abandon the philanthropic intentions for his resort with the discovery that tuberculosis was highly contagious. Instead, by 1897,
he sought healthy sportsmen, well-to-do businessmen and those interested in hitting a little white ball around the first golf course in Pinehurst. A second nine holes came in 1899. In 1900, Tufts hired a Scotsman, Donald Ross as the resort’s golf professional. Ross was granted sole authority over developing golf in the resort. That marked the beginning of Pinehurst as one of the nation’s first and leading golf resorts. Pinehurst has also hosted equestrian activities from polo to harness racing since the early 1900’s. The American Horse Show Association recognized the events in Pinehurst as some of the earliest horse shows in the country. The tradition continues with regularly scheduled horse shows held at the Pinehurst Track.
In October 1897, James Tufts began publishing a weekly resort newspaper, The Pinehurst Outlook, to help develop a sense of community among the resort guests. The newspaper announced village activities, entertainment for the guests, and the names of visitors to the cottages and hotels, along with advertisements for Pinehurst businesses. As golf became more popular, the newspaper gave it increased coverage and recounted tournament play in detail. (The Tufts Archives in Pinehurst has complete copies of The Pinehurst Outlook and thousands of other historic documents, photographs and memorabilia on display.)
For more than a century, Pinehurst has been a sought after destination, first for those from the Northeast seeking to escape harsh winters and now for people from around the world who want to play some of the area’s 42 outstanding golf courses or enjoy other sporting activities. In 2000, Golf Digest listed Pinehurst as Number 3 on its list of the world’s “50 Greatest Golf Destinations.” The U.S. Open Championship was held in 1999 and 2005 on the fabled Pinehurst Number 2 course designed by Donald Ross, and will return to Number 2 for a third time in 2014.
Information provided by The Tufts Archives
- Property Type: Single Family (Detached)
- Sale Type: Resale