Nature, Mountains, and the Warmth of Friends
Community and Environment
Skylake is a gated community in the northeast Georgia mountains, located just south of the Chattahoochee National Forest, just north of the Sautee Nacoochee Community, in northeast White County. The property includes 1400 heavily wooded acres of oak, maple, poplar, hemlock, and several varieties of pine, along with mountain laurel and rhododendron schubs. Two lakes are fed by a creek which tumbles into the community at York Falls. Wildlife is protected by the designation of the area as a preserve, so that deer, turkey, raccoons, and other wildlife are frequently observed. Less frequently, black bears and cubs delight residents with their visits. And on rare occasions one might see a secretive bobcat.
The property is the location of 451 houses and cabins - 99 lots remain undeveloped. About 215 families make
Skylake their principal place of residence, but others come for seasonal or weekend visits. Activities in the neighborhood
include hiking on the 13 miles of trails, fishing and kayaking in the upper and lower lakes, playing tennis on the four lighted
courts, indoor pickleball and swimming (in warm weather) in the community pool. Less active endeavors include coffee klatches, card games and
crafts at the clubhouse. Additionally, the community hosts several social and seasonal events – monthly socials, wine tasting,
chili suppers, Independence Day bar-b-q, Christmas parties, a New Year’s Eve Dance, and much more.
Photos of Amenities
Governance and Fees
Skylake is organized as an incorporated tax exempt property owners’ association (POA), governed by a nine member board of directors, elected by owners, with all board meetings open to owners, to assure transparent and accountable governance. Our experienced general manager guides five professional and long tenured staff who maintain amenities, roads, and water system, with some work contracted to area contractors.
The current (2018) annual fee for all services is $2,190.00 for residences and $1,227.00 for unimproved lots. Each resident pays an annual water service flat fee included in the annual fee listed above. Fees are established annually by the Board. No other fees are charged, and special assessments are not needed as the POA maintains a reserve fund of at least $300,000.00 to pay for capital improvements; annually, a part of annual fee collections is directed to the fund to assure its continuing solvency.
Water is provided by the community’s private state certified water system. The POA annually updates and enhances the system as needed. Sewage treatment is provided by individual septic systems. Fire protection is furnished by the White County Fire Services, a combination department staffed by salaried personnel and partly by volunteers, with a fire house in Sautee, near the community. Skylake has been designated as a Firewise Community by the Georgia Forestry Commission because of proactive fire prevention practices.
Several specialty stores, including the Old Sautee Store, an attraction itself, Sweetwater Coffeehouse, The Market store and restaurant, The Lavender Cottage, and others, are located in the valleys near Skylake. Grocery, clothing, hardware, and other shopping is available within 30 minutes at Clarksville, Cleveland, and Cornelia. About an hour away is Mall of Georgia, the state’s largest mall, and around this location are many big box retailers and restaurants.
Located south of Skylake, about 15 minutes away, is an immediate care facility operated by Northeast Georgia Medical Center, which is also the office location of several family and internists physicians. Located 25 minutes away is Habersham Medical Center, with 53 inpatient and 84 long term care beds, a medical staff of more than 50 physicians who provide primary and specialist care, and a fully staffed 24/7 emergency room. Less than an hour away is Northeast Georgia Medical Center, rated as Georgia’s Best Hospital by CareChex, a Comparion rating service, with 573 beds and a medical staff of 500 physicians. Other physician practices are located within 25 minutes of Skylake. In Atlanta are nationally recognized hospitals, DeKalb Medical Center, Emory University Hospital, Grady Hospital, Northside Hospital, Piedmont Hospital, Sheppard Clinic, St Joseph’s Hospital, and others.
The northeast Georgia mountains are known for their natural beauty and opportunities for recreation. Among the venues close by are
Tallulah Gorge State Park, the deepest gorge in the eastern United States, through which runs the Tallulah River; Amicalola State Park
with a waterfall of 729 feet and the access point to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail; Black Rock Mountain State Park
where a peak of 3640 feet provides views into three states; Unicoi State Park where Smith Creek cascades over huge rocks to create
Anna Ruby twin falls; Smithgall Woods Conservation area which provides trout fishing along beautiful Dukes Creek and access to historic
gold mining sites; Tray Mountain, a designated wilderness area, and Mount Yonah, in the Chattahoochee Forest which offer challenging
climbs for rewarding views. Lakes Burton, Rabun, and Seed offer water sports and fishing. Vogel State Park adjoins Brasstown Bald,
Georgia’s highest peak, which offers expansive views, and educational exhibits and movies enhance the visit. The Richard Russell
Scenic Highway provides access to many more trails and waterfalls. The alpine village of Helen on the banks of the Chattahoochee River
offers a quaint experience for shoppers and sightseers alike.
Photos of Attractions near Skylake
The Sautee Nacoochee Community Association (SNCA) located near the confluence of the Sautee and Nacoochee Valleys and a five minute drive from Skylake, is the site of venues featuring visual and performing arts, hosting plays and concerts year round. SNCA also offers a variety of art classes for aspiring artists of all ages and monthly informative lectures through “Seniors at the Center.” The Folk Pottery Museum, featuring indigenous pottery dating to the area’s original settlers, the Valley History Museum, twin art galleries, and the African-American Heritage Site, the centerpiece of which is a restored 1850 slave cabin, are also housed at SNCA.
Located in Demorest, one half hour away, is Piedmont College whose music and arts departments present frequent concerts, recitals, and permanent and temporary exhibits. Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, 20 minutes away, also presents music events and lectures open to the public. Further afield, Gainesville is the site of frequent concerts, and in Atlanta is the acclaimed High Museum of Art, the Memorial Concert Hall, home of the Atlanta Symphony, the grand old Fox Theater, and numerous other attractions for visitors.
Within one half hour driving time are several courses open to the public for reasonable fees. These include Orchard Golf, Apple Mountain, Innsbruck, Brasstown Valley Resort, Mossy Creek, Chestatee Golf Club, and Kingwood Country Club, Golf outings are organized in Skylake, via the community web site and directly by neighbors.
Service and volunteer opportunities
Many are the options for service. A number of residents are active in house construction for Habitat for Humanity, and others provide charitable work through area churches. Art, pottery, and history museums in the area need volunteer docents and guides, and a number of Skylakers participate. Civic minded members of our community also volunteer at the County Senior Center, Circle of Hope shelter for battered women, and the Caring Hands community clinic. Skylake supports the local thanksgiving Box program, providing holiday meals for needy families in the area. Other residents volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program. The POA also shares a partnership with the local high school where residents serve in direct support of school programs. At a local church, Skylakers are volunteer teachers in educational and skill programs for seniors, the EAGLE adult education program.
Within two hours drive time are Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, with destinations around the nation and the world, and the Greenville, S. C. Airport, whose gates are conveniently accessed from nearby parking.