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Wildflower

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Posted - 09/08/2010 :  7:38:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone remember the 2006 HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes?

http://www.hgtv.com/dream-home/previous-hgtv-dream-homes/pictures/page-4.html

It was an extravagant home built on a mountain in Lake Lure, North Carolina.

Well, everything that glitters isn't always gold. Follow the messages at the link below to see what an environmental and financial mess it has turned out to be.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/western-north-carolina/330804-hgtv-dream-home-lake-lure.html

The development process has been an environmental disaster. There was even a lawsuit brought by 15 property owners because the mountainside development runoff destroyed streams on their properties. The financial issues with the development are a disaster too.

Local governments need to protect their mountains from this type of development.

Miss-Behavin

USA
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Posted - 09/09/2010 :  08:04:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yes We tryed to win it, crazy!!

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fawn

USA
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Posted - 09/09/2010 :  08:50:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit fawn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wildflower...the dream home fiasco doesn't surprise me. Only wealthy people could afford to own a home like that because, taxes, upkeep and maintenance are enormous. Homes built on steep slopes and mountainsides are a plague to the environment IMO.

(I do remember entering that contest, then thinking OMG what if I actually win. It would be a big pain in the neck! )

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Wildflower

USA
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Posted - 09/09/2010 :  12:37:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not a single person who has won an HGTV dream home has been able to keep it. All have sold them because of taxes and expenses.

Someone on the forum I linked to brought up a very good point. They asked why HGTV always defines "dream home" as a house that is enormous and extravagant!

Why can't a dream home be a regular sized house that is artfully designed, environmentally sensitive, energy efficient, and with taxes that don't bankrupt the owner?

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Wildflower

USA
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Posted - 09/09/2010 :  12:41:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sort of off topic, but the fiasco gets better and better. If you follow the discussion to the last page, you'll find out that the developer shot his wife and killed her.

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coosa creek

USA
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Posted - 09/09/2010 :  5:23:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh my gosh!!

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Wildflower

USA
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Posted - 09/09/2010 :  5:46:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In case anyone is wondering what is considered a steep slope:

"Much of the Grey Rock at Lake Lure development site is steep slope. The generally accepted definition for steep slope is land above a 15% grade. Landslides and erosion are recognized common occurrences above this threshold and even with the best engineering techniques roads built on this terrain are inherently unstable and expensive to maintain."

Someone who works for EMS wrote about these developments. They said when there is ice on the roads, EMS can't get to the people who live in mountainside developments with steep roads. In the event of a heart attack, they have one hour to get you treatment before the damage becomes too much. It would be a tragedy to die of a heart attack only because your road was too steep and hazardous in severe weather.

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ShadowMan

USA
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Posted - 09/09/2010 :  6:00:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit ShadowMan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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In the event of a heart attack, they have one hour to get you treatment before the damage becomes too much. It would be a tragedy to die of a heart attack only because your road was too steep and hazardous in severe weather.

Or it would be a choice in trade-offs. Like choosing to live within city limits versus out by the lake. Or choosing to be a missionary in Columbia rather than work with a church inside the U.S. If you understand the risk and choose the risk then it isn't a tragedy but a choice (if or when it comes to pass).

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Wildflower

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Posted - 09/09/2010 :  10:22:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, IF they've thought it out. A lot of people don't think about it. They just think "pretty view".

When I moved to Hiawassee, I heard that the first people to call for snow plows are the ones living on Ramey Mountain. I even know a couple who bought a house there near the very top. They learned to spend their winters elsewhere after sliding off the steep icy roads and nearly killing themselves a few times. ;)

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