HGTV Dream Home 2006: Lake Lure

Lake Lure's spectacular scenery and opportunities for relaxation make it a perfect spot for HGTV Dream Home 2006.

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Lake Lure is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Along with the small towns of Chimney Rock, Bat Cave and Gerton, Lake Lure is part of Hickory Nut Gorge, a 14-mile valley with spectacular scenery and great opportunities for relaxation and fun.

Along the floor of Hickory Nut Gorge flows the rushing Rocky Broad River that empties its crystal water into Lake Lure at the eastern end of the Gorge. Lake Lure is located about 26 miles southeast of Asheville and about 17 miles east of Hendersonville.

Famous for its beauty, crafts, culture, movie location settings, healthy atmosphere and wealth of outdoor activities, Hickory Nut Gorge has traditionally been a favorite vacation destination for more than 100 years. Chimney Rock Park and the Biltmore Estate are nearby, and Lake Lure is conveniently located near many top mountain-area attractions.

Asheville, with a population of more than 70,000 comprises an area of approximately 42 square miles in western North Carolina. A regional center for manufacturing, transportation, health care, banking, professional services and shopping, Asheville is the county seat of Buncombe County, the largest city in western North Carolina and the tenth largest city in the state.

Asheville is nestled between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains and located astride the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers. The city is surrounded by lush mountains, many with elevations above 5,000 feet. The Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt's 19th century estate, comprises over 8,000 acres just outside the city limits. The Blue Ridge Parkway is also headquartered in Asheville.

With a strong history in historic preservation, Asheville's downtown housing and historic structures have created a truly unique and vibrant urban atmosphere. The natural and architectural beauty, moderate climate, strong job market and outstanding educational and health care facilities make it one of the most attractive locations in the United States.

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