The Search for the Perfect Lake Keowee Property ended when we found The Reserve

After looking at The Cliffs, the Nett’s chose to buy at The Reserve.   Penny and David Nett are “lake people.” Growing up in Oklahoma, both Penny’s and David’s respective families had homes on Grand Lake—“although we didn’t know each other back then, as kids,” Penny recounts. Each of them developed a love of the water and lake lifestyle early on, spending numerous summer days fishing, boating, swimming, or exploring the shoreline. So when work took them east, to the bustling city of Atlanta, it was just a matter of time before they began to long for a second home, a lake home, of course.

“We did our research and spent lots of time considering different lakes and geographical locations before buying,” says Penny. “We looked nearby in Georgia at Lake Lanier, and at Reynolds Plantation, which is on Lake Oconee, and a couple others.” The Nett’s were taking their time, making sure they found just the right second home to meet their needs. Golf was of paramount importance too. They are members at Sugarloaf Club in Duluth, GA (just outside Atlanta), and have enjoyed the Greg Norman-designed course for years. They wanted to find an elevated golf experience, as well as lake. “We knew what we wanted,” says Penny, “so we took our time to get it right.”

Eventually, the Nett’s decided they wanted to have a home on Lake Keowee, located in Upstate South Carolina, near the Western North Carolina border. The pristine mountain setting, pure fresh water, and mild year-round climate were just what they were hoping for. Plus, it was an easy drive from Atlanta. So the question became: where on Lake Keowee. “We just loved the lake the first time we saw it,” says Penny. “If we could have conceived or designed the type of lake we were looking for, Lake Keowee would have been it. It was close to perfect.”

Penny and David wasted little time scouring the area for lakefront property. They looked at several communities, most notably, The Cliffs, which of course offered lake and golf. But something about it didn’t feel right. They kept looking, until one day, they drove to the The Reserve. And that’s where the search ended. “We knew it right away,” said Penny. “From the moment we drove up and saw the rolling hills, and stone bridges, and forested countryside, we were completely smitten. And the further we drove, the better it got. The Jack Nicklaus course was breathtaking. Eventually we pulled up to the office, in front of the great lawn. The shops and stone buildings that comprised The Village were so inviting. And just beyond them, we saw the beautiful lake and pool area. It was like a post card. There was no question: this was the place.”

The Nett’s are currently building their home on a beautiful lakefront homesite on a peninsula known as Sandy Point. It is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2018. In the meantime, Penny and David are staying in one of the cottages, which as been a great experience. “The cottage is very charming,” says Penny. “It has allowed us to become a part of The Reserve community and enjoy all of the amenities. Our kids, Derek and Erica, have enjoyed it too. Erica and her husband, Wes, have been bringing our grandkids, Clayton (5) and Sawyer (2) and it has been a lot of fun introducing them to the lake and watching them playing on the sandy beach. They love it already at such a young age, they’ll probably grow up to be “lake people” too, just like David and I.”


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