Lesley Howard is no newcomer to the art and craft of real estate. The South Carolina native was inspired by both her mother and her aunt to pursue art and architectural design classes while in high school. Graduating cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a continuing education in interior design, Lesley began the pursuit of her lifelong dream by freelancing – creating design and construction drafting for home additions and renovations. She soon took a job with a real estate development company in their architectural design department, drafting complete sets of working drawings for entire homes. She later worked with Ernst & Whitney as a graphic artist for hospital locations. Lesley eventually landed in South Florida in the mid-1980s, where she began a very successful career selling coastal homes and property. A top real estate agent in her firm for more than a decade, Lesley was honored to receive the title of “Realtor Associate of the Year” from the local Board of Realtors. Annual summer vacations to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau with her sons ultimately led to a permanent move, as Lesley traded the heat and fast-paced Florida lifestyle for the mild climate and leisurely way of life promised by the mountains of western North Carolina. It was here that she immediately felt accepted by the “natives.” Over the course of the past decade, Lesley has worked with the renowned architectural design firm Greene & Associates, and has built a solid reputation as a Realtor, often achieving the ranking of number one agent in both sales and listings. When not hard at work matching buyers with sellers or on the hunt for the perfect site for a client’s dream home, Lesley enjoys playing golf at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley or traveling. She can often be found beaming with pride over her sons – Alex, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Intelligence Department, and Zack, an accountant with Price Waterhouse in Charlotte, NC. Lesley’s background in interior design, architecture, and real estate, paired with her zeal for helping others find their own little slice of heaven along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, make her an integral part of the Landmark Realty Group team. Contact Lesley today!