The Timelessness of Silver Run
You can tell that Silver Run Reserve is built upon what were a trio of farms on the southern edge of Cashiers.
These 300-plus acres were preserved by the Neely Family over 40 years ago, serving as their private mountain retreat.
With a little imagination, you can see the outlines of the fields, presented today as gentle meadows criss-crossed with a series of rambling brooks, and streams that can spring to bold life with the advent of an afternoon shower.
There are the remnants of orchards scattered throughout, epitomized by a lone gnarled apple tree senteniled upon a rolling pasture.
You can feel that heritage in the roads themselves. They amble and wind, and they’re built to the contours of the crazy quilt terrain. Nature was respected,
That feeling reverberates among the homes and the buildings themselves. Locally harvested trees are used in the lumber and beams that are fundamental to the buildings, and they’re erected by men who’ve absorbed the lessons of generations of homesteaders. The same goes for the stonework that adorns so much of the construction here. Most of rocks and boulders and slabs are taken from local streams and quarries just a few miles away.
The owners have taken pains to preserve the expansiveness inherent in its DNA. It’s a low-density community. That means you won’t find a rolling golf course or a clubhouse flanked by tennis courts. It means the sites are fashioned into large acreage estates.
And finally, there’s the timelessness of the place itself. When you walk through Silver Run, your first inclination is to “Breathe Deeply.” The air is cool and clear and hushed, punctuated only by the calls of distant songbirds and the more urgent calls of crows. It’s easy to imagine that you’re still in the midst of those farms, that the 21st century is somehow held at bay.
by Luke Osteen