Walnut Cove - The Story of Ron & Ruth Billings
My husband Ron and I lived in Texas for 10 years before moving to Asheville. After many corporate moves, this was the first time we were able to make a lifestyle decision on where we wanted to live. We chose Asheville primarily because of its location near our daughters and the mountains where Ron’s grandparents are from. Moving here brought us closer to his roots while still offering the amenities of a thriving city. Mild weather also played a part in our decision – it’s a welcome change from the rough, humid summers we experienced in Houston. We were referred to The Cliffs at Walnut Cove by one of Ron’s coworkers. We didn’t find any other community within close proximity to Asheville that really measured up to Walnut Cove. After just a couple of months, we decided to purchase a lot.
A few years later, we started the home building process in 2010 when Ron was closer to retirement. It was good timing because materials were less costly and we were gaining confidence in the economy. Ron had a couple of coworkers who shared their great experiences with Malcolm Morgan from Morgan-Keefe Builders. It only took one meeting for us to decide that he was the right guy for the project.
As absentee owners, we had to place a lot of faith in our builder to deliver what we envisioned. They provided weekly updates with pictures and we spoke with the team on a regular basis. Having a devoted project manager on site every day also made a huge difference. Throughout the process we were very comfortable and never felt hindered by the distance. The builder’s meticulous attention to detail far surpassed our expectations and we have been very satisfied with the final product.
Ever since we moved into our new home last year, the Walnut Cove community has been so welcoming. The friendliness and inclusion that we’ve felt from everyone has led us to become more social. We’ve enjoyed the hiking trails, fitness center, and just about every amenity offered here. It’s also wonderful to have the golf course just five minutes away and though we haven’t tired of it by any means, we look forward to experiencing the other golf courses available to us through The Cliffs Communities.
Our new lifestyle is quite different from the bustling city life we were used to. Instead of streets and buildings, we are surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The views from our home are just incredible and it’s so neat watch the sunrise each morning. We’re delighted to be a part of this community because we know that it doesn’t get any better than this.
From the Walnut Cove Realty Winter Newsletter, 2013