From The Ocean To The Mountains

Just as the snowbirds flock to Vero Beach in winter, more and more local residents are seeking relief from the summer heat by buying a second home in the mountains.
Silver Falls just south of Cashiers is one of 20 waterfalls in the area.

From the window of his home office, Charlie Sheehan looks down a steep mountain landscape toward a distant valley. The hillsides are festooned with mountain laurel, its delicate flowers a pink profusion framing a magnificent valley view stretching toward the eastern side of the Continental Divide.  It’s June, and as the elevation from his perch at 3,400 feet drops away, summer temperatures far below rise dramatically.

On his desk is a photograph of a waterfront home near John’s Island, 700 miles southeast. It’s the house where Charlie and his wife, Susan, live from November through April, and although the air conditioner continues to hum in that faraway winter abode, there is no need for such artificial comforts here in the Sheehans’ temperate mountain retreat.

Read the entire article in the April 2002 issue

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