Highlands Real Estate & Homes for Sale in North Carolina
Highlands, North Carolina, is the gem of Macon County. The town is situated in the stunning part of Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of 4,118 feet. Real estate options consist of single-family homes, condominiums and townhouses and undeveloped land lots. Surrounded by scenic forests, waterfalls and mountain peaks, Highlands invites residents to make use of the natural surroundings for many forms of recreation. Biking, hiking, camping, golfing, fishing and horseback riding are all part of the lifestyle. About half of the town's land area is part of the Nantahala National Public Forest, which acts as a huge backyard park for the community.
Highlands has about 2,000 year-round residents and 23,000 more summer dwellers. Mild winters and an average summer temperature of 75 degrees are what draw many to this area. The town is located in the western tip of the state, just north of the South Carolina border and about 60 miles southwest of Asheville. Because of the popularity of the town as a tourist destination, two of the primary employing economic sectors are retail trade and travel services. The latter includes entertainment, recreation and accommodation.
Highlands is known for being somewhat more sophisticated than most mountain towns; its restaurants, private country clubs, cultural organizations and quaint, downtown shopping district add more complexity to Highlands living. Public education is provided by Highlands School under the jurisdiction of Macon County Schools. Highlands School has about 400 enrolled students, spanning from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Highlands, NC Area Information