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Off the Grid and Outta Sight

A couple builds a secret (& green) hideaway in the mountains of North Carolina

By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: August 20, 2010
There is getting away, and then there is getting away – from civilization, from everything.
    
When real estate developer Ted Prosser and his wife, Sharon, first started snooping around the Asheville, N.C., area for land on which they could build a timber frame cabin, they knew they wanted something private and serene. Then they stumbled upon a piece of pristine property on Bear Lake, located high up in the mountains – an area surrounded by a chain of lakes and thousands of acres of national forest. With less than a dozen houses built on the 476-acre lake, the spot promised a good dose of tranquility.
   
“Most bodies of water are clustered with houses and development,” says Ted. “But this was a beautiful, rustic, underdeveloped piece of land with long, beautiful coves and fingers surrounded by red oak and white pine trees. It was just what we wanted.”
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