Realtor Karen Sullivan knows all about making transitions. When she moved to the Cashiers area in 2005, she exchanged her city life in Atlanta for the more laid-back and personal lifestyle of the mountains of Western North Carolina. And while some might think it a culture shock, the move has given Karen great insight into what people are seeking when they relocate to or look for a vacation home in the greater Cashiers area. “Our area and communities offer a refuge for many. We’ve got a fantastic climate, if they’re looking to get away from the heat of a Southern summer, and we’ve got nature in abundance, offering a peace and tranquility you won’t find anywhere else. Many people search for a diversion to life’s mundane routines and living or vacationing in Western North Carolina is anything but mundane.” Indeed, real estate opportunities in Cashiers, Glenville, Lake Toxaway and Sapphire offer something for everyone. Whether you’re a boating enthusiast looking for lakefront property with a dock or an avid outdoors person hoping to find your enchanted cabin in the woods near hiking trails and trout streams, Karen will help you find it. Backed by thirty years’ of sales experience, Karen can help you navigate the process of buying or selling a primary residence, resort or vacation home in the mountains. She is also a certified Distressed Properties Expert experienced in short sales and foreclosures. Karen’s sales achievements include being recognized as an Outstanding Sales and Transaction Leader and serving as a member of the Highlands Cashiers MLS Committee for the past two. She is also an active member of the community, participating in the Cashiers Rotary Club and the Order of the Eastern Star, as well as having previously served on the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Karen lives in Cashiers with her husband, John Sullivan, a licensed contractor, custom-home builder and owner of Sullbark Builders. Both take every opportunity to enjoy the area amenities, including boating and swimming on Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway, hiking to the area’s numerous waterfalls, enjoying the company of family and friends at one of the area’s fantastic restaurants, and traveling both near and far, including visiting her grandchildren in Georgia and Arkansas. Still, no matter how far she roams, Karen always looks forward to coming back. She knows you’ll feel the same, too, when you come home to the mountains, where life is good.