Smoky Mountain Retreat

Smoky Mountain Retreat Developers

Sarasota Developer, Sherell Johnson never understood the pull that the Western North Carolina Mountains have on Floridians until his son, Tom, moved to Waynesville and built a log home for himself. Tom also developed a small 26-acre mountainside tract into 19 home sites and gained a little insight and experience in mountain road building.

As Sherell told friends and acquaintances of Tom’s latest adventure, he kept hearing the same refrain, “Your son., Tom, is living my dream. I’ve always wanted a home in the mountains.”

Sensing the possibility of a unique but economically sound venture, Sherell and Tom acquired 50 acres on a beautiful mountainside to try an unusual concept. An entire community of log homes.

The idea clicked, and the Smoky Mountain Retreat - now a series of log Home Communities - was born. Today there are 3 Smoky Mountain Retreats covering over 1,400 acres and sales have boomed.

Sherell Johnson has built homes and developed communities in Sarasota, Florida for over 30 years. His largest communities are Deer Creek - a 484 Home Community and Calusa Lakes - a 575 Home Golf Course Community - both on the south edge of Sarasota. He has also built over 80 homes in the prestigious T.P.C. owned golf course community - Prestancia. He is well known and respected as an upscale builder/developer who keeps his word and gets the job done.

Tom Johnson - a graduate of the University of Florida - grew up in the construction business and worked for several years on his father’s communities before striking out on his own in the North Carolina Mountains.

The Smoky Mountain Retreat Management Team is known for its dedication to environmentally sensitive development. They have great respect for Mother Nature and nestle homes into the terrain while saving natural features and as many trees as possible.

They have earned the respect and support of the Maggie Valley and Waynesville communities for the quality of their work and extreme commitment to excellence.

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