IN-DEPTH TOUR WITH THE OWNER
Enjoy this luxury mountain property by touring with the owner in this extended 20 minute video.
Refer to the Video Tour link at the top or at the bottom of this page.
LUXURY MOUNTAIN SETTING
The majestic peaks of the Smoky Mountains National Park create a breathtaking backdrop for this luxury mountain home the owners call “Eagle’s Nest”. A helicopter pad, for quick and easy access, in addition to a place for nesting your own “eagle”, has become one of the most requested luxury improvements with developers around the world and this luxury property offers a state of the art concrete lighted helipad in addition to 4 bedrooms, 5 ½ bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, a soaring-ceilinged great room as well as covered and open outdoor entertainment areas.
The best of mountain living where exact construction and use of local resources, selected to live in harmony with the surroundings, helped create an exceptional house and property that make you feel as though you are part of the incredible mountainous scenery. There are views from every room in addition to extraordinary outdoor living areas that feature breathtaking views of the Southern Appalachian Highlands. If location is the number one rule in real estate, this jaw-dropping site ranks near the top of the list! Less than a mile away is the Foothills Parkway which is the scenic auto route to Eagle’s Nest. The Parkway is a 33 mile stretch of commercial free scenic roadway—right up there with the Linn Cove Viaduct and the Cherohala Skyway—from Chilhowee Lake to Wears Valley with many scenic pull-offs and Eagle’s Nest is part of this grandeur!
The residence sits approximately 1,960’ high on Chilhowee Mountain, near Murray Gap, positioned like a grandstand from which to enjoy the ever-changing clouds and qualities of light that bathe the Smokies giving you cool and refreshing breezes. You may see every sunrise, enjoy blue sky days, starry nights, observe weather systems from miles away, and yet you are less than ½ hour away from the small friendly small towns of Maryville and Alcoa that feature shopping, fine eateries, a four year college with the Clayton Arts Center (where you can see a play or hear musical concerts by famous entertainers) and the Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport providing major airline service to wherever your business or vacation plans require.
The quaint village of Townsend, on this “Peaceful Side of the Smokies”, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Knoxville are just a short drive away. Bicyclists and equestrians are delighted by the paved and riding trails nearby in Townsend and Cades Cove. Motorcyclists may never leave as there are rides in every direction including the Foothills Parkway, the world famous Tail of the Dragon or Cherohala Skyway. Hikers can take full advantage of being next door to one of the top hiking destinations in the east; the Smoky Mountain National Park with more than 800 miles of hiking trails. Residents from around the globe have chosen this area as a bit of Heaven on earth to live.
THE INSPIRING MAIN LEVEL
This 5,546 square foot home was designed by Allen Halcomb of MossCreek Knoxville to be true to its Southern roots which is so evident from the moment you first see Eagle’s Nest, whether approaching by helicopter or arriving by car, with its southern exposure and outside living areas, the Crab Orchard stone and cypress wood exteriors in addition to tin metal roof areas prepared using a patina process giving it an appearance that is aesthetically appealing for this mountain home, you know this special place has been given a lot of thought and study.
Upon entering the front door you are greeted with cabin grade variegated hickory wood flooring, a Formal Dining Area, the Kitchen with island, and the Cathedral Room with its windows soaring to the ceiling beautifully framing the Smokies. Most of the furniture is “one-off” and manufactured specifically for this house. The Dining Room features a custom cherry table with bench seating plus a king and queen chair. This room is accented by 110 year old imported Prussian Black Forest antique pieces. Wainscoting is cherry wood and lighting fixtures are copper and silver for a vintage industrial look. The Kitchen features Orion granite for the island and other counter tops giving a copper and stainless look. This complements the copper farmers sink, prep sink, door/drawer pulls, lighting fixtures and stainless appliance finishes. The commercial Viking 4-burner with griddle gas range and convection oven will satisfy the most discerning chef.
The two-story wall of windows in the Cathedral Room are framed with 60 year old black walnut wood harvested in Blount County. The Pratt Brothers of Blount County built the Crab Orchard stacked stone 37’ tall 4-flue chimney and the ceramic fire box insert is a Hearthstone Conestoga. Both the massive coffee table and smaller coffee table were custom made from a black walnut stump purchased locally at Everhart Lumber. The 8x8” tall timbers surrounding this room and cross timbers are made from western cedar. For a feeling of depth, compared to the cathedral room timbers, 6x6” western cedar timbers were used to build the maple tread stair case. Rebar balusters adds to a vintage industrial look. Overhead are circulatory fans, manufactured in Pennsylvania from original Amish designs. They appear to run by a steam engine in the elevator shaft, however it is a DC motor. The “Legends Staircase Wall” feature an Elk, Eastern Woodland Bison, and an empty spot reserved for the Eastern Mountain Lion. Indirect lighting is installed at the ceiling on 6” tongue & groove wood boards. As the sun sets, lighting in the Cathedral Room begins to trickle down the Crab Orchard stone and the black walnut walls framing the windows like melting caramel!
Each of Eagle’s Nest's bedroom suites is named after a national park. The Master Suite is “Park Headquarters”, then there is “Yosemite”, “Yellowstone” and “Smoky Mountains”. The bed(s) in each room sport the official throw blanket of the national park that room is named after. Also, each bed in the house has a flannel sheet and a Pendleton wool blanket combination just like those used at the LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The LeConte Lodge buildings were constructed during the 1920s and 1930s and is the highest national park guest lodge in the United States at an elevation of 6,400 feet.
Park Headquarters, the Master Suite, features a king sized bed custom made by John Ingle, owner of Timber Valley Rustic Furniture in Wears Valley, TN. Some of the wall decor paintings of native birds were created by Dr. Earl Henry (WWII dentist who served on the USS Indianapolis/the home owner is from Indianapolis). Red oak, harvested from a 50 year old barn in Blount County, was quarter sawn and used for wainscoting. Kincaid lamps and a Kincaid chair add to the decor. The Master Bath features a walk-in closet, tiled floors, rain forest granite counter tops, porcelain sinks, antique finish mirrors and fixtures plus a custom tile no-door walk-in shower. Accessible from the master suite is a Covered and Screened Porch featuring a game table, jacuzzi, ambient lighting tucked above with various options and speakers plus more Incredible views and a half-wall for privacy. A great place to relax the night away!
Adjacent to the kitchen is a remarkable Outdoor Living Space featuring both covered and open areas with a live edge cedar railing, pub-height chairs and unparalleled views of the Smokies . There is a large wood burning Rumford colonial style fireplace designed for heating and cooking (it is set up with a heavy wrought iron crane for outdoor cooking). An oversized swinging couch, upholstered with Sunbrella due rage denim, is located in front of the fireplace with a TV above and is the perfect place to dream away your evening hours with someone special, your favorite book or movie.
The main level also features a Half-Bath, large Laundry Room (complete with granite counters, sink, soaking tub, cabinets and counter space), and a Mud Room Area adjacent to the large 2-Car Garage. The garage features pedestrian door access to the front, back, mud room, and stairs to upper level bedroom plus a storage area.
"SECRET ROOM" AND THE UPPER LEVEL
The upper level features a Reading Loft with a view of the Cathedral Room, 2 Bedroom Suites, an Office/Bedroom, and a “Secret Room” perfect for the children’s imaginations to take flight. The Yosemite Bedroom Suite is located at the left rear of the house and features a Timber Valley Rustic Furniture custom bed made of Aspen wood giving a nod to the Aspen trees of Yosemite. The wall decor, light fixtures, bison statue and blankets are all Yosemite themed. There is a close-up view from here of the roof that covers the jacuzzi porch adjacent to the main level master suite. Here you can view the result of the tin roof “patina” process, where muriatic acid was used, creating a thin layer that variously forms on the surface giving it an appearance that is aesthetically appealing in this mountain home. Guests will be thrilled with the fabulous mountain views from this room.
Adjacent to the upper level catwalk, centrally located, is the Yellowstone Room which is currently used as a Western Style Bunk Room featuring Timber Valley Rustic Furniture custom made mirror-imaged bunk beds. The light fixture is a Great Rustic Fan Company design and wall decor is Yellowstone themed. Just down the hall is full Bathroom 3 with tile flooring and a custom tiled walk-in shower. There is a 2’x2’ opening from this bathroom which is one of two access points into the “Secret Room”. This room is a perfect place for a child’s imagination to transport them anywhere. This room has a sky-light and is accessible only by two 2’x2’ cased openings in the walls. One from the upper level hall bathroom as previously mentioned, and the other from Bedroom Suite 4 with the Artist’s Loft.
For handicap access or to help moving all kinds of things between floors, there is an elevator with interior walls finished in the same chestnut barn wood that is on the lower level.
ENTERTAINMENT HAVEN ON THE LOWER LEVEL
Call it an entertainment area, man cave, haven, or retreat, but everyone will appreciate the detail, room flow and pure fun of the lower level. Start with the stained concrete flooring polished to a smooth variegated finish that has gorgeous translucent hues. Then there is the extensive use of tin wainscoting and 100+ year-old chestnut barn wood wall coverings in the Living Room which also frame the windows set to overlook the Smokies. The detailed thought continues in the embossed metal panels that give the living room and ensuite bath ceilings an authentic vintage look. The lower level features a large raised hearth wood burning fireplace at the base of the massive Crab Orchard stone, 37’ tall, 4-fireplaces chimney (which drafts great at all locations).
The lower level Kitchen features leathered granite counters, a stupendous island incorporated with a custom made butcher block board surface on one end (great spot for preparing pizzas for the pizza oven outside), stainless steel appliances including an ice maker, range, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator. For a whimsical touch and to provide a vertical element of motion there is an overhead train modeled after the 3-truck 65 ton Shay locomotive used by Little River Railroad Company that lumbered in the Smoky Mountains. Wiring for the train controller is encased in conduit adding to the vintage industrial decor.
On this level is a guest accommodation favorite, the Great Smoky Mountain Suite. The wainscot is made of native hickory wood and the bed is a custom made wagon wheel hickory decked out with a Pendleton Smoky Mountain National Park blanket plus an Appalachian Trail throw blanket. There is custom made Smoky Mountain light fixture and Smokies wall decor plus a western bison pelt adorns the floor. The walk-in cedar lined closet wood was harvested on the property. The coolest room in the house is perhaps the Smoky Mountain Ensuite Bathroom. Often when people think of the Smokies they think of water. The bathroom in general, but especially the walk-in shower, is designed to give you the feeling of being immersed in the Smokies with streams and waterfalls. The high tank toilet and vessel sink also add to the feeling of an earlier time.
The workout room accommodates all your favorite gear, complete with a TV and window to the mountains. Do you enjoy a spa treatment? Eagle’s Nest has you covered with a luxurious sauna insulated by foam block with foil, sauna rocks heated by a 15 kilowatt blow torch and walled with stone and cedar then finished with oak bench seats creating the perfect sauna!
For outdoor entertainment move out to the screened lower level patio featuring a Mugnaini Italian 42” authentic open hearth pizza oven installed by the Pratt Brothers. Ash wood is used to create the very low residue high temperature needed for classic oven fired pizza. A convenient prep area is complete sink. Watch TV, set up a buffet, dance or party as there is ample space on this covered patio. Note the natural patina on the oak shiplap. It was designed to have rain roll down the wall in this area. All of the wood in this area was chosen for outside use. There is a dog washing area just outside with hot/cold water and drain area. Adjacent to the patio is a 60'x10' Bocce Ball Court, regulation Horse Shoe Range, and last but not least, is the Ax Throwing Range which the owners use the most! Do you enjoy skeet shooting? Skeet is another favorite activity easy to set up from the open area at the rear of the house.
UPGRADED SYSTEMS & A DEVELOPMENT POISED FOR THE FUTURE
The owners have invested in a top-of-line Eco Water filtration system with UV filter. Water pressure is no issue as the owner says the water “pours out of the mountain”. The well head comes into the house in the left front corner of the garage about 8’ below ground level. There are (2) 50-Gal electric water heaters and a state of the art lighting surge protector which has never been tripped.
Adjacent to the mechanical room is a one-car garage and a very large workshop area. The walls under the garage are 12 inch reinforced concrete, then SpanDeck precast concrete was used for garage subfloor and 6 inches of reinforced concrete on top of that. This room is used for equipment storage and workshop. An owner could install safe doors and make this entire area a safe room. There is an outside garage entrance as well as access to the house through the mechanical and workout rooms.
A concrete pad encircles the house which was designed as a fire buffer after learning that leaf litter rolled up to many of the houses in the Chimney Tops/Gatlinburg fire. This buffer also provides easy access to all exterior areas for enjoyment and maintenance.
This luxury mountain home is only 2,000’ “as the eagle flies” from a short hike to Look Rock Tower providing 360 degrees views from the Cumberlands to the Smokies. Available online is the Look Rock Tower Web Cam oriented with a southeast exposure similar to the view at the mountain house so you and your friends can check on the conditions and views 24/7 from anywhere!
Eagle’s Nest is the first house completed in the Overlook Subdivision on Chilhowee Mountain which offers 70 lots with underground utilities, 5 miles of bonded top coat roads, and mountainous views that rival any development in Blount County, TN and many other areas.