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Thank you for coming to Wings over BSF!!

September 9th, 2014

076-300x225Thank you to everyone that made the trip to BSF for our Fall Party. We had a great time spending time with our residents and guests. Hope to see everyone again soon!

Carolina Contractor’s Property Featured on “Buying the Beach”

August 22nd, 2014

dads camera 126IMG_4697Carolina Contractors is the in-house construction company of BSF, and is excited to announce that one of their properties will be featured on “Buying the Beach,” on September 1st, 2014.

Old House Cay Island is a 3+ acre, “off the grid” island situated in Intracoastal Waterways of Calibogue Sound, off the coast of Hilton Head Island, SC.  Located only 45 minutes from Savannah, GA, and less than 2 hours from Charleston, SC. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the 1800 square foot home complete with 1000sf of wrap-around porch with marsh, sound, and tidal creek views.  Inside, you’ll find all the amenities of modern life powered by a 6 KW solar power system with 5500 amp hour batteries and a backup generator.  Enjoy the endless views of the Intracoastal Waterway from the 2nd floor, 360 degree, observation area. Read More


Dillman’s Break Ground on Homesite 3

August 15th, 2014

photoWe are very excited to welcome the Dillman’s to our BSF community. The Dillman’s have begun building their custom home with Carolina Contractors on homesite 3. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Donald at [email protected]



BSF tourism generates $16 million in economic benefit

August 13th, 2014

downloadA study reveals that tourism to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area generates $16 million in economic benefit for surrounding communities:

A new National Park Service report shows that 565,063 visitors to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in 2013 spent $16.3 million in communities near the park . That spending supported more than 200 jobs in the local area.

“The Big South Fork is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas. “We are delighted to share the stories of this place and the experiences available and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers.  National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service – and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well.  We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

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Polaris Camp RZR

August 11th, 2014

051414rzrHUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Country music stars Dierks Bentley and Josh Thompson will headline Polaris Camp RZR at Brimstone Recreation in September, Brimstone announced last week.

With the launch of a new website,www.camprzrbrimstone.com, Brimstone Recreation announced that Polaris is bringing Camp RZR to the 20,000-acre ATV park Sept. 19-21.

The event schedule will include daily group rides and competitive events, give-aways and concerts on Sept. 19 and Sept. 20. Polaris demos will be given each day.

Thompson will appear in concert Friday, Sept. 19, with Natalie Stovall and The Drive as opening acts. Bentley will appear in concert Saturday, Sept. 20, with Lindsay Ell opening.

The Academy of Country Music’s Top New Artist in 2004, Bentley won the Performance of the Year with “Country Boy” at CMT’s Music Awards in 2009. He has been nominated for numerous awards over the years, including nine Grammy nominations.

The 38-year-old Bentley has 10 chart-topping singles to his name, beginning with 2003′s “What Was I Thinkin’.” Other No. 1 songs include “Come a Little Closer,” “Settle for a Slowdown,” “Every Mile a Memory,” “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go),” “Feel That Fire” and “Sidways.”

Most recently, Bentley took 2012′s “5-1-5-0″ to the top of the U.S. Country charts, along with “Am I the Only One” and “Home” in 2011.

Bentley also has a number of Top 10 singles to his credit, including last year’s “I Hold On,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard charts. His current single, “Drunk on a Plane,” peaked at No. 30 on the charts. It is his third single from his latest album, Riser, which was his fifth studio album to peak at No. 1 on the U.S. Country charts, with 129,000 sales.

Thompson is an up-and-comer in Nashville, whose second studio album, Turn It Up was released on the Show Dog-Universal label on April 1. His first single from that album, “Cold Beer with Your Name on It,” peaked at No. 32 on the charts.

Thompson’s biggest successes came in 2010, when his single “Way Out Here,” the title track from his debut album, peaked at No. 15 on the country charts. Later that year, “Won’t Be Lonely Long,” the third single from that debut album, peaked at No. 25.

Lindsey Ell is a Canadian-born country artist who took her debut single, “Trippin’ On Us,” to No. 14 on the Canadian country charts last year. That song just missed the Top 40 on the U.S. country airplay charts. Earlier this year, Ell released her second single, “Pickup Truck.”

Natalie Stovall and The Driver released their debut single, “Baby Come On with It,” earlier this year. The song just missed the U.S. country airplay Top 40, peaking at No. 43. Stovall is a native of Columbia, Tenn., and has performed on both the Grand Ole Opry and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Taxiway Homesite Specials – Completion End of Summer 2014

July 16th, 2014

Taxiway construction is nearing completion and during the final stage of construction we are offering a 20% savings on the purchase of all taxiway homesites. Limited quantity remaining.

The completion of the 91,404 square foot taxiway opens the door on true Airpark living. Aviation enthusiasts have the exclusive opportunity to live in a custom quality home with their plane and hangar in their own backyard. Imagine living with your plane with unfettered, private around the clock access, right at your home!

We have a limited number of taxiway homesites that can accommodate hangars on the property or on an adjacent lot depending on the particular homesite. Our custom homebuilders work with residents to design a unique custom home and hangar package, so that you are able to live with your plane. Click here to learn more

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Homesite 39 & T-Hangar Package – $199K

July 14th, 2014

Homesite 39 is a beautiful and spacious 1.6-acre homesite with direct access to the expansive BSF horse trails. All “T” hangars are 41.5′ wide, 36′ long and 12′ high with overhead bi-fold doors and direct access to the runway. Due to high demand we recently expanded our apron to access additional hangars. There are a limited quantity of hangars  available for this promotion. Personal hangers normally start at $95,000. Offer expires September 1, 2014.

Learn more and reserve your package today.

Around the Airpark

June 16th, 2014

The Airpark is booming with new construction, and we are so excited to welcome new families and for our current residents to expand. We would like to welcome the Cencula’s from Ohio, who recently purchased homesite 45. We are also happy to congratulate all our residents that are currently building or adding to their dream homes:  the Lacher Family – Homesite 101, the Niles Family – homesite 9, the Vezina Family – homesite 47, the Dillman Family – homesite 3 and the Montgomery Family – homesite 7, and the Rogers Family – homesite T8. Contact Bill Armstrong to book a tour to see all that has changed! Contact Bill



Lot 47

Lot 47


Lot 13

Lot 13


Lot 9

Lot 9


Lot 7

Lot 7

Living in Luxury Airparks

June 12th, 2014

3943924317_5458cf9d9a_o-copyAirparks communities are on the rise again.

Fly-in airparks began as remote small neighborhoods with grass strips, have now developed into luxury fly-in developments with first class amenities and paved runways.  Located in East Tennessee, Big South Fork Airpark has a 5,500 ft. lighted paved runway with 4 instrument approaches and an on-site maintenance facility, an equestrian center, a community center and direct access to the 125,000 acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area with its forests, gorges and sandstone bluffs.

Like other luxury real estate developments, airparks took a big hit during the recent real estate crisis. This decrease impacted most airparks, with some closing their doors for good. The decrease in sales was also impacted by a decline in the number of active private and recreational pilots, due to the rising price of fuel, small planes and insurance. According to WSJ.com, “In the past year, as the economy has recovered, and with an effort by pilot associations and airplane makers to revive private flying, has helped demand.“ The airparks that prevailed were all well established with underground utilities and infrastructures were able to ride out the storm. We are now seeing exceptional growth, and new interest in aviation lifestyle. Big South Fork Airpark has been fortunate and there has been a need for many development updates in the past year including: new roads and underground utilities, a 91,404 square foot taxiway expansion, a new 46,656 square-foot north side aircraft apron and new construction of private residences. 

Why live in an Airpark? From WSJ.com “Ask anyone why they live in an air park and the responses are always the same. Residents love airplanes and want to be around airports. When your plane is in your hangar, it’s easy to take it out for weekends instead of spending time driving to and from an airport. Airpark residents’ brag about short trips to beaches that would be a 10-hour drive from their homes, and nightly jaunts to restaurants hundreds of miles away. People even commute to work by planes and helicopters, taxing into their private hangars at the end of the day.” The atmosphere of an Airpark is infectious; everyone has shared interests and immediate connections.  People are not just building their dream homes, but also making life long friends.

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Source: wsj.com, “Living in Luxury Air Park”, June 5th, 2014

USA Today names Knoxville one of the best places to retire

June 5th, 2014

Knoxville1Downtown Knoxville, Tenn. (population 182,000)

Regina Santore, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Wallace and Wallace Realtors in Knoxville, said the area is attracting retirees from all over the country, including some who’ve just read about it. Others had visited before to go to a college football game (Knoxville is home to the the University of Tennessee). But people have come from places such as New York City, Ohio and Maryland.

Lots of festivals, including the Big Ears Music Festival, which Rolling Stone magazine called the most ambitious and avant-garde festival to emerge in the last decade. Then there’s the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Opera, art galleries, food and wine and shopping.

She compares the feel of downtown Knoxville’s urban landscape to South Philadelphia. “Downtown Knoxville is actually pretty small, but it is extremely walkable,” she says. “It’s very friendly.” And there are things like an English pub and a new Scottish pub. “In the last five years it has become a very obvious destination place for casual dining,” she says.

Oh, and there’s the largest fireworks display in the Southeast on Labor Day. And easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Santore says retirees are moving into condominiums in converted warehouses. Prices average $300,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bath condo.

Jane Lester, soon to be 88, and her husband, now deceased, moved to downtown Knoxville 11 years ago from Maine to be closer to her son. The big attraction now is that the downtown is so safe and she loves to walk. “One of the big attractions is I am able to walk to restaurants, and walk to library (where she volunteers) and walk to church,” she says.

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