Once upon a time, The Sandhills region of North Carolina was actually a coastline of the ocean that slowly receded much like California’s Salton Sea, leaving behind a sandbased soil that is famous in the area with the golf and horse sets. In towns like Pinehurst and Southern Pines, low slung Colonial-style buildings set a stage of grace and artful ease that defines the region. Combined with the inherited Bostonian characteristics and New York influences that shaped the towns in the area, there is a proper New England seaside village air that is unique and charming to this pocket of central North Carolina real estate.
Pinehurst is generally known for its golfing pursuits, with numerous world-class courses,
while Southern Pines has a burgeoning horse industry from steeplechase and polo to carriage driving and a well established foxhunting club, The Moore County Hounds, founded in 1914 by James Boyd, which today hosts over 50 meets a year.
There are well-known, friendly rivalries between local golfers and the local horse enthusiasts. The golfers tend to grouse that the horse people are holding the perfect land for a new course, and the horse enthusiasts complain that the golfers are consuming a perfectly decent cross country course for a fairway. Parties in Pinehurst can be notorious for healthy banter back and forth between the merits of the sports and vice versa, but it is all in good fun. A reported “tradition of Sandhills
society: one should take one’s sporting and cultural activities very seriously, but not oneself,” Richard Miller, Town and Country, 1982.
Maureen Clark, owner and broker of Clark Properties, is a Southern Pines native with lifelong ties to the Sandhills. She is a member of the Moore County Hounds and has been riding the local trails since childhood.
She is adept with relocation questions concerning not only the local horse community, but also homes for the golf and tennis sets. Specializing in horse farms, large acreages, club properties, comfortable homes and country estates, Clark Properties has been setting the standard for successful marketing and sales of distinctive properties across a broad range of prices and locations.
There are numerous properties listed with the agency that epitomize the comfortable, yet elegant year-round lifestyle of Moore County and its resort-like environs. Many of the historic homes and cottages in the region have been updated and standardized with state-of-the-art amenities and entertainment lifestyle additions.
A perfect example is the historic cottage located on the rolling 5th fairway of the legendary Pinehurst #2 course. Built in 1928, it is located at the 150-yard marker of the longest par 5 on the course, which afforded a prime location for viewing both the 1999 and 2005 US Opens played in Pinehurst. The owner is a member of the local foxhunting club and her daughter is active in the show circuit, and they are both well-known horse people in the area. The cottage is absolutely gorgeous, from generously proportioned rooms and cherry hardwood floors to beautifully placed porches and a second floor balcony. Once known as the Blue Shutter Cottage, with its exquisite appointments, unparalleled views and golf front setting, it clearly complements a sporting lifestyle and is quite possibly Pinehurst’s most enchanting cottage.
A second example, Three Pines Cottage, built in 1920 by Leonard Tufts, is a classic Pinehurst cottage located just around the corner from the heart of the village. Tucked under massive pines and mature trees, the gambrel-roofed frame cottage combines the best of the old and new, preserving original floors, windows and hardware in a well-conceived design. The original floor plan has been enhanced to create
an air of open and relaxed flow on the ground- floor living spaces, and like many of the older homes offered by Clark, it has been brought completely up to date with exquisite care and attention to every amenity and detail.
listed by Scott Lincicome, a former touring pro and golf specialist for Clark Properties. The cottage features a deep and gracious front porch and additional guest residence converted from the original stable. The property further exemplifies the charming historical details and attention to additional amenities that separates the Pinehurst/Southern Pines real estate market from the typical.
In addition, club properties are quite popular in the area, and there are several homes offered in the exclusive Country Club of North Carolina, which is located in the resort area of Pinehurst and features two championship golf courses: the Dogwood and the Cardinal. A gated golf community, it encompasses over 2,000 acres with lakes and ponds, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a newly expanded
practice facility and a clubhouse overlooking Lake Watson. It is an attractive, broad-based community for young families, weekend and weekday golfers and retired couples.
Clark Properties features several club homes, with prime locations overlooking lakes and pines, fairways and putting greens. The residence at D-10 Apawamis Circle has views of Lake Watson from almost every room in the house, with dramatic views across the lake of the 16th, 17th and 18th holes of the Dogwood Course. It is exquisitely appointed, from gleaming hardwoods throughout the house to handpainted Italian tile countertops in the kitchen, and is an impeccable golf course property.
The secluded, contemporary home at Y-70 Cypress Point Drive has direct views of the green and fairway pond on the 11th hole of the Cardinal Course. Designed by noted Southern Pines architect Tom Hayes, magnificent views of the garden are celebrated in every room, with views to the putting green, gleaming 25-metre swimming pool and a sparkling courtyard fountain. The property was featured on the prestigious Southern Pines Garden Tour in April 2006 and is a perfect setting for a professional family or second home delight.
Earmarked by quality and deft design, homes at the country club contribute the same air of village history and comfortable affluence that pristine, well-kept homes like the Historic Cottage on #2. It is a testimony to the undeniably charming standard of the region’s steady tradition of distinctive lifestyle and year-round resort living that has been attracting devotees since the early 1900s and will undoubtedly continue to do so for one hundred more years.
Historic Cottage on #2, $2.35 Million
Three Pines Cottage, $1.2 Million
Vista Cottage, $1.65 Million
Apawamis Circle, $1.845 Million
Cypress Point Drive, $1.45 Million
For more information, please contact Maureen Clark, Broker/Owner of Clark Properties of North Carolina at 910 695-0898 or visit www.clarkpropertiesnc.com.