The area currently known as Straus Park has long enjoyed a reputation as an outdoor paradise . With its magnificent long range vistas, moderate climate, and fabulous natural beauty, the Straus Park area has always attracted visitors interested in "getting away from it all". First established as Camp Sapphire for Boys in 1914, the land Straus Park occupies has historically been a recreation site. In 1945, local businessman Harry Straus, owner of the Ecusta Paper Corporation, purchased the property as a place for his employees to experience the joys of outdoor activities. For decades, people have been coming to the area now known as Straus Park to hike, canoe, swim, and be a part of nature, and that tradition continues into the present time. In 1997, William McKee, developer of the Wade Hampton Club in Cashiers, NC, recognized the potential of this area and purchased the property with the goal of developing it into a premier mountain neighborhood, combining the natural splendor of the area with traditional values of family and sense of community. Located only 25 min from Asheville Airport, and just minutes away from downtown Brevard and the award-winning Transylvania County Hospital, Straus Park is a wonderful place to live and play.
Brevard (pop 7609 at the the latest census) is the seat of Transylvania County. Established in 1861, Brevard combines the very best small town qualities of yesterday with a vibrant social scene, year round music venues, world-class chefs, one-of-a-kind antique stores and boutiques, as well as amazing outdoor activities. Whatever you enjoy doing, Brevard has it! Within 1 hour of the city you can find 50+ golf courses, as well as the 500,000+ acre Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Recreational Forest (where parts of The Hunger Games were filmed), Gorges State Park, Nantahala National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Looking Glass Rock. With over 200 waterfalls in the county alone, there is always something new to enjoy when hiking. If fishing is more your thing, the Davidson River is well known to trout fishermen nationally, and the French Broad River-- the third oldest river in the world-- offers water enthusiasts a variety of activities to choose from. Brevard hosts 6 festivals throughout the year, including the White Squirrel Festival, Halloween Fest, and 4th of July. In recent years, Brevard has received national acclaim among bicyclists and there are 3 cycling events hosted here. If you like live music, you will find plenty of venues in town. The Brevard Music Center is an internationally known summer music institute hosting 400 students, ages 14 & up. Along with Brevard College's Paul Porter Center for the Performing Arts and various smaller venues, the area attracts popular artists from a variety of genres. More information about Brevard and the local area is available by clicking on the links below: