Wes and his wife Susan have been property owners at Lake Toxaway for 27 years. For 50 years, he was a successful marketer and business owner in the luxury yacht industry before entering real estate. The skills he acquired in the yacht industry have translated easily to real estate; therefore he brings valuable business, marketing, and sales experience to the Lake Toxaway office of Landmark Realty Group. Wes recognizes the need for increased marketing of Lake Toxaway, which will benefit real estate sales as well as increase property values at Lake Toxaway. His ability and understanding of marketing and sales will bring beneficial results to property owners when they list their property with him. Through his real estate career, Wes has become a friend and confidant to many. He looks forward to assisting you with your real estate needs.
Chris's career in the Highlands-Cashiers real estate market for over 21 years has earned her an impeccable reputation as an experienced professional with extensive market and contract knowledge. As a top producer, Chris's expertise ranges from mountain cottages to castles. She has a clear understanding of construction and land development as well. Chris enjoys working with both buyers and sellers and believes personalized customer service is the key element in every successful transaction. An Ohio native, Chris moved to the area in 1981 with her husband and they are proud parents of two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, boating, hiking and cooking. To make your next real estate transaction a pleasant experience, contact Chris.
Jodi Moore started her real estate career in Palm Beach County, Florida in 1999 with Prudential Florida WCI Realty where she was an award winning residential agent beginning with her first year. Prior to real estate, she was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a consumer product company for 9 years during which time the company’s sales grew by nearly 400% and was acquired in a highly successful buyout. She and her family became full time residents of Cashiers, NC in 2008 after visiting the area and falling in love with the mountain lifestyle. Jodi’s strengths lie in her sales and marketing skills and the ability to work with a diversified group of people, as well as her passion for real estate. Her many years of sales, marketing, and intuitive personal relations have helped bring buyers and sellers together successfully over and over again.
A London native, Carol now makes her full-time home in the Sapphire High community - next door to Panthertown National Forest. She loves mountain living to its fullest, including daily walks with her rescue dogs. Prior to moving to the area Carol lived in Charlotte, NC, for a decade where she worked in social research and held management roles with a major US airline. She has been a successful business owner in England and a scuba diving instructor in the Caribbean. Curious by nature, she diligently and resourcefully works for her clients blending her business experience and caring nature into the real estate professional she is today. Call for a friendly chat or make an appointment at one of our four local offices or in the privacy of your own home.
Carol, a Ten Million Dollar Producer, started her real estate career in Lake Toxaway in 2003 and has performed as a top producer ever since. Carol excels in customer service and delights in matching her customers with exactly the right property. Her hard work, attention to detail, and dedication have earned her a loyal customer base. She develops and implements an extensive online marketing program to target buyers and advertise her clients’ listings. Her web presence, 21 years of advertising experience, and love of photography help gain maximum market exposure for her listing clients. Born in Mexico City, she is fluent in Spanish and earned a BA in Nursing from DePauw University. Carol discovered Lake Toxaway in 1990 and found, “It didn’t take long to realize that just spending weekends in Lake Toxaway was not enough. I yearned to be here and call this glorious place home.” Carol did just that in 2001. Carol enjoys her two children, Kevin and Virginia, her grandchild, and traveling.
Bill and his wife, Cherie, have been coming up to the Cashiers area since the early 80s. Their love for the mountains led to a number of successful real estate investments which helped them learn the local market. During 2007, they left their corporate careers to move up to Cashiers full time. Bill pursued real estate to share his enthusiasm for the mountain lifestyle and belief in property investment as a good long term strategy. Bill says, “I will always go the extra mile to help clients find their dream property.” He is very pleased to be a member of the Landmark team.
Mark and his wife Laura have been residents of Highlands for the past 25 years. Laura operates Rosenthals Boutique on Main Street. Mark has used his extensive business knowledge to grow the company at the same time that he has developed an impressive customer base for his real estate sales. He prides himself on forming a special bond and friendship with each of his clients. Mark and Laura have a teenage daughter who attends Pinecrest school in Fort Lauderdale where the family spends the winter months.
Native of the Midwest, Nadine attended Oakland Univ. and started a professional career in Information Technology with a major insurance company. She later enjoyed a practice with an executive recruiting firm that specialized in Fortune 500 companies. Licensed as a Real Estate Broker in 2002, Nadine has consistently been a top Broker; winning various awards. She is licensed in the states of NC and GA. Certified as a Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR) and is a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. Married and the proud mother of a daughter and son, Nadine has lived in Highlands for the past 17 years and has thorough knowledge of the Highlands and Cashiers areas. A percentage of her sales are contributed to various non-profit organizations. Nadine is committed to delivering service during and after the sale is complete.
With over 40 years of real estate brokerage experience in residential and commercial real estate sales and corporate site selection throughout the southeast, Lou is truly a seasoned veteran in the industry. He has served as a member, officer and a director on numerous homeowner associations, community service clubs,two national banks, a yacht and golf country clubs. He and his wife Marene have had a residence in Sapphire Valley since 1988 sharing many wonderful and memorable times with their 7 children, 19 grandchildren and 5 greatgrans plus friends and neighbors.—- What a great place to be and live!
Sam has been involved in the Cashiers real estate industry for more than twenty-five years as an investor, developer and broker, and as the founding partner of Landmark. Specializing in investment and development properties, Sam brings an experienced perspective to Landmark as the developer of The Lake Club and other Lake Glenville and Cashiers area communities, as well as many in-town commercial properties. Sam is an active member of the community having served on the Board of Trustees at The Summit Charter School, The Cashiers Community Foundation, The Village Conservancy, The Village Council, and the Highlands/Cashiers Hospital Board. Sam is a graduate of The Hill School and The University of Vermont. He lives in Glenville with his wife, Wendy, and their three children. The family enjoys spending time on Lake Glenville, snow skiing, and playing golf.
Brian has spent over 23 years, most of his adult life, on the Highlands/Cashiers Plateau in the real estate, financial services and banking industries. He has helped hundreds of residents find their way in reaching their goals. Brian has a breadth of knowledge from his years in financial services that is invaluable for buyers and sellers. After graduating with a bachelors degree in Business Administration/Economics with minors in Communication Arts and International Business from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Brian joined Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) and shortly there after relocated to the plateau as Vice President and later Western Area Manager for Wachovia's Jackson, Macon and Haywood County offices. Brian's love of real estate led him to obtain his NC Real Estate License and his General Contractor's License over 8 years ago. Brian has a vast knowledge of the building process but has only built homes for himself as he built his real estate business. Brian has four fantastic children, two attending Appalachian State and two at Highlands High School. He firmly believes that there is no better place to live and raise children than on the plateau. Each of Brian's children have attended Summit Charter School in Cashiers and Highlands High School in Highlands.
A NC native, Doug acquired his love for the mountains through frequent family camping trips to the area. He attended Appalachian State Univ. in Boone, NC where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Always the entrepreneur, Doug founded a highly successful business in international trade and quickly learned the key to success is uncompromising customer service. Doug later sold that business, bought a 2nd home in the Highlands area and began investing in local real estate. In 2000, that business became official with a Broker’s License (both in NC & GA) and full time residency in Highlands. He has earned two of the most prestigious designations in the industry: the GRI in 2004 and the CRS in 2006. In the end, Doug knows uncompromising customer service is still key to his success.
Melanie offers a unique insight to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and surrounding areas due to her rich colorful heritage and her family’s community involvement for more than 7 generations. It’s only natural for her to know these mountains and their people which greatly enhances her ability to assist clients seeking to develop property or to find that very special mountain home. Licensed in NC & GA and holds a Short Sales and Foreclosure Cert., Melanie is also knowledgeable and active in Rabun County GA and Franklin NC. She is married to Lamar Nix, Highlands Public Service Admin./Town Engineer, and they have 3 sons who work and attend school locally. She is known by her clients to be highly dedicated, professional and efficient. Come and enjoy the local flare Melanie has to offer while discovering our diverse real estate markets.
Ken is a North Carolina native, having lived in Charlotte most of his life. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill and is happy to share that he still loves the Tar Heels, even when they don’t win. After college, Ken signed on with a frozen food distributor and within 16 years worked his way from basic office work to General Manager of the Carolinas. After that, Ken worked for four years as Vice President with American Studios, owner-operators of all of the portrait studios in the Wal-Mart stores in North Carolina. This included over 2,500 locations at that time, gaining valuable experience as he managed their Customer Service, Communications and Wal-Mart Relations departments. When American Studios was acquired by PCA International (a competitor that ran the K-Mart Portrait Studios), he continued with them for another five years, adding Warehouse, Shipping and Receiving, and Facilities to his areas of responsibility. Ken left PCA 10 years ago and entered into the residential real estate area, building his real estate knowledge with Cottingham Chalk and Associates, and most recently with Keller Williams, both in Charlotte. For the last three years, Ken has been the listing agent for WCDM Development in Macon, GA for their Rosewood luxury condominium project in Charlotte. During his tenure with WCDM Development, Ken averaged 12 sales a year, each condo sale averaging $850,000. Ken joined the Landmark Team in January 2013 bringing a solid background in corporate management, real estate, and quality customer service, as well as leadership experience. His strong background and industry expertise helps us to further expand our market reach and enhance our commitment of excellent service to our clients.
Bob and his wife Vivienne bought their home on Lake Glenville 21 years ago and have enjoyed many mountain experiences with their two children, Sean and Caitlin during that time. A highly respected, top producing Realtor in Sanibel and Captiva Islands Florida for more than 14 years, Bob now brings his extensive marketing and resort/second home specialist experience to the mountains. “I understand why Floridians love it here… I am one of them!” Tapping into that understanding with passion and technology helps Bob communicate effectively how very special our mountain location truly is. All of Bob’s properties are co-listed with Christine Long. Check my website for the most complete info available. Maps, virtual tours, easy to navigate: www.TheNorthCarolinaMountains.com
Living in beauty and nature is a passion and way of life for David and wife Janice. They have enjoyed residing seasonally between Sedona, AZ and Carmel by the Sea, CA the last many years. Being able to work in such communities has been a gift that we do not take for granted. Doing what you love and loving what you do is a great luxury. David worked with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Int’l Realty a top producing agent for many years before moving to NC in 2011. Being a top producing agent in luxury and 2nd home markets is an easy fit for David to integrate in the southern highlands market. David is a native North Carolinian, the motivation for moving back south was to be closer to family in Charlotte.
As a full time Real Estate Professional, I feel fortunate to live, work and play in an area that is one of the most sought after destinations in the South East. The quality of life is truly unbeatable!” A graduate of Florida Atlantic Univ. in Boca Raton, Mary excelled in business to business sales with a Fortune 500 company for several years prior to her nine year career in real estate. She attributes her success in part to her dedication to each client and her above and beyond attitude. Active in both career and community, Mary has previously served as a Board of Directors member of the Leadership Highlands program, Vice-Chair of the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, Vice-Chair of a local social club and is the Founder of Plateau Partners, a networking group for Realtors. She has two young and vibrant children and her husband owns and operates Green Mountain Builders.
Kathryn moved here from the Brandon/Valrico, Florida area. With a background in the Medical Field, her specialties included Cardiovascular and Ophthalmology until retiring in ’94 to raise a family. Kathryn became a Florida REALTOR and purchased and sold investment properties. Kathryn has been vacationing with her family in the Cashiers area for over 30 years; 15 years ago they built their dream home here in the Lake Glenville area. When Kathryn’s husband, Dennis, accepted the position of Pharmacist at the Cashiers Ingles, they knew they were living the dream! Having both a NC Real Estate Broker License and Florida License , she continues to expand her knowledge earning designations as SFR and CREO. Kathryn looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm, education and investment experience to help find your mountain dream.
After attending the University of Tennessee, Rob joined GNC Corporate for 15 years becoming an owner/operator of several GNC franchises. Upon visiting the area for the first time in 2004, Rob immediately fell in love with these beautiful mountains and Highlands/Cashiers plateau. One year later, he moved to Glenville, married Susanne Moore, a local home designer and general contractor, and started a new career in real estate. Rob has always been an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking area trails or water skiing on Lake Glenville. ?I am enthusiastic about the real estate market in this unique area and enjoy the challenges of finding that perfect piece of property for my clients, whether it’s a home, a lot or a large tract of land.”
Sheila has been a Realtor for more than 26 years and has earned the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate of Real Estate Institute (GRI) and Certified Luxury Homes Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) certifications from the National Association of Realtors. She is an avid hiker, hiking most of the Appalachian Trail, which has become an annual retreat for her. Sheila’s family tree has a long history in this region of the Blue Ridge. Her heritage brings knowledge and a deep understanding of Cashiers and the surrounding valleys. She lives with her husband, Cal, in the Laurel Knob area of Cashiers
Carl is a native of Northeast Georgia and grew up with a love of the outdoors and mountains, established by family trips and through his journey to become an Eagle Scout. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and received a BS in Industrial Management. The first segment of his career focused on construction project management and commercial banking. During the second segment of his career, he joined a family business as a third generation owner, focusing on the financial and operational management. After the sale of that business, he is finally able to focus on his true love of real estate. He has owned a second home in Highlands for 15 years and decided to move here full time. Carl has always been active in the community, with a specific focus on the visual arts and community visioning.
Wanda has been a real estate professional since ’99, beginning in Midtown Atlanta, where she still holds a GA license. She has been a regular visitor to the Highlands area since 1971. Wanda and her family purchased a home in Highlands in 1998 and moved here full-time in 2009. Wanda is very active in the local community as an officer of The Mountain Garden Club and a member of several local knitting, reading and fabric arts groups. Wandas previous experience in sales and customer service management serve to enhance her overall value to you during one of the most important transactions of your life. She holds ABR, CSP and EcoBroker designations. Make sure that Wanda is on the top of your list of agents to contact when you are making a real estate decision.
Landmark Realty Group is proud to announce that Pam Nellis has joined our Highlands office. Pam began her real estate career in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, in 1978. She discovered the Highlands/Cashiers area in 1986 and owned a vacation cottage here until – like many people before her – she decided to make the full time move to Highlands in 1995. Since then Pam has had a successful real estate career as an onsite broker at Trillium Links and Lake Club, owner of Nellis Realty and Communities, and until recently as a broker with another local real estate firm. Pam is excited to be part of Landmark Realty Group for many reasons. One of the most important reasons is that with multiple Landmark offices she can easily take care of her clients wherever they may be. And with the upswing in the current real estate market, Pam is motivated to make this the best year yet for her clients. Stop by Landmark’s Highlands office to say hello and find out what Pam can do for YOU!
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!
Frank has been an area resident for several years, during which time he has become very attached to the natural beauty of the mountains, lakes and waterfalls, as well as the caring people who have decided to make this their full-time or seasonal home. Upon coming to the area, Frank served as a visiting professor in the Business College at Western Carolina University. Frank later became an investor in real estate, and thereafter active on a full-time basis serving clients interested in purchasing homes or land. With more than 30 years of business experience, Frank also provides service in the areas of commercial land, the sale or lease of commercial property, as well as the search and/or sale of large tracts of land suitable for an estate or subdivision. Frank’s credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Master’s Degree in Business Administration, membership in National Association of Realtors, and the NC Association of Realtors.
Shepard King has recently joined the Landmark team after making the transition from another local real estate company. He brings with him a firm knowledge of property on the Plateau and a complete dedication to his clients and their best interests. Shepard spends his free time enjoying the plethora of outdoor activities the area has to offer with his wife, Elyse, and son, Webster Neil. His love of the mountains and enthusiastic vision for the Plateau’s future are plainly visible as he assists clients in finding their dream property or helping them smoothly transition out of a property and on to other pursuits.
After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Actuarial Science, Kristen worked as an Actuarial Consultant for more than 10 years. Although she grew up in Florida, she always had a love for the outdoors, so after vacationing in North Carolina for many years, she decided to relocate to the Cashiers area in 2015. She started her real estate career as a broker assistant to Sam Lupas, before becoming a licensed Real Estate Broker herself. She continues to work exclusively with Sam Lupas here at Landmark Realty Group. She is an avid equestrian, and enjoys horse showing, running, and hiking in her spare time.
Debra and her family moved to this area after vacationing here in 2002 because they loved the mountain beauty. Debra is a native of Indiana and graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in marketing. After working in Atlanta for a number of years, she is delighted to work in this serene environment. “I’ve lived in many places; Cashiers is by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.”
Beth is originally from New York City where she worked for ten years at Philip Morris. She has been licensed for more than 40 years and prides herself in being a truly full-service Realtor® who will go to no end to assist in a purchase or sale for her clients. She is always available for any questions and/or concerns evenings and weekends as well. Beth says she “will always remember when I purchased my first home and how stressful it can be for both the buyer and seller. I am a strong proponent that any news is better than no news!” Beth is looking forward to getting to know new people and is available any time to assist with any real estate needs, or just to chat.