First look at house on Tiger Woods' NC golf community

NewsChannel 36 got a peek inside the first multimillion-dollar home completed at Tiger Woods' golf course near Asheville.

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on March 1, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 2 at 2:13 PM

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Tiger Woods' first U.S. golf course is under construction near Asheville.

The owners of the first home in the community just closed on the house. The couple from Charlotte gave NewsChannel 36 an exclusive tour of the house.

"You've got a panoramic view of western North Carolina," said Kathy Levy, describing the spectacular view outside her new home.

A Charlotte-based retired doctor, Levy and her husband are the first official homeowners at The Cliffs at High Carolina.

"Look around you. The piece of property is spectacular," said developer Jim Anthony. "This is an incredible piece of land."
 
Property prices range from several hundred thousand to $3 million before the house is even built. The views go for 50 miles because the elevation is up to 4,000 feet.

Woods has already claimed his mountain top.
 
"Tiger's picked out his home site up on the ridge there," Anthony said as he pointed out where the golfer plans to build.
 
At the 2007 grand opening, Woods told prospective buyers about plans to play in the North Carolina mountains.

A promotional video on The Cliffs Web site shows Woods saying, "With a wife and two kids, your perspective on life changes. I want to have my kids experience something like this. I want to be able to bring them up here, feel safe, feel secure and enjoy running the trails and being a part of nature like this."
 
Levy is still hoping to someday tee off near Woods.
 
"I would love to see him sometime. He's an extraordinary athlete despite his personal life tragedy recently," she said.

She hasn't let Woods' troubles get in the way of the thrill of closing on her dream home.

"I'll call it rustic chic, situated on a beautiful lake overlooking western North Carolina, and it's just very special," Levy said.

The design actually uses material from the land the house is sitting on.

"The stone came from the property," said sales manager Dan Whalen.

There's also a unique railing on one of two wraparound patios. There are six fireplaces, an incredible kitchen and a wine cellar that holds 800 bottles.

The home also has an elevator.

"We want them to be able to age with the home," said Whalen. "People get tired of stairs, so the elevator is a great component."

Once completed, the community is supposed to have a clubhouse, spa, wellness area and an inn for friends to use. So far, only 39 lots have been sold -- 1,200 are planned for the community.

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