Pat Allen moved to Highlands, NC 20 years ago and opened a Bed and Breakfast Inn and cooking school. She was recognized by Southern Living Magazine as a favorite and continued to run the inn for seven years. Her previous experience as a decorator in Macon, GA and her two year culinary training led to her success. Pat has also been a food critic and has been in the kitchen with many celebrity chefs. She has written two cookbooks: Whisk upon a Star and her latest, Mouth of the South.
The inn was named the Morning Star Inn and was inspired by a church hymn. Pat felt a calling to open the inn and later realized her connection with guests, who had suffered tragedies they shared with her, made it clear that her role was set. Her husband, Dr. Pat Allen (yes, same name) is a retired oral surgeon from Jackson, Mississippi, who was a former Mayo Clinic fellow.
Pat’s passion for homes and decorating led to her successful career as a real estate broker. She was Broker-in-Charge at another local firm in Highlands, NC for 7 years where she was consistently the top selling and listing broker, having won numerous awards. She opened Pat Allen Realty Group three years ago,which allowed for personalized service and time for her clients. She is the only certified luxury home marketing specialist in the area and is a member of the Million Dollar Guild and the Institute for Luxury Homes. She is a consistent leader in Highland’s real estate and was voted The Best Realtor (R) in Highlands by readers of The Highlander. Pat attributes her success to her hard work and dedication to her clients as well as negotiating and marketing abilities.
A Georgia native, Julie was a Realtor ® with a leading real estate firm in Atlanta for seven years prior to making the move to Highlands to join Pat Allen Realty Group. Demonstrating a stellar track record and a commitment to excellence, Julie received the Rookie of the Year award in 2008 and was the recipient the Atlanta Board of Realtors Five Star Circle of Service Award in 2008, 2010 and 2011. She was named the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Atlanta chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors in 2010 and was one of the youngest brokers ever to be elected to the Atlanta Board of Realtors Board of Directors. Julie has earned the designation of Seniors Real Estate Specialist, something she holds dear to her heart as she worked with seniors as an occupational therapist for the Mayo Clinic for 10 years prior to transitioning into real estate. She possesses a broad knowledge base in home accessibility solutions for people who experience challenges in their home environment.
Julie is an avid UGA fan and supporter, attending the University of Georgia for undergraduate training. She earned an MBA in 2002. She is an animal lover and is a supporter of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. She enjoys traveling and reveres new cultural experiences. She truly appreciates people, values and respects the relationships she builds with others and seeks to make the home buying and/or selling process enjoyable for the clients for whom she works.
Cy Timmons grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, graduated from North Fulton High School and attended what is now the University of Montevallo in Alabama. His love of music led him to pursue a career in entertainment as a guitarist/singer. Having performed in Atlanta for several years he moved to San Francisco to study music at the same time performing in the city’s many caberets and clubs, including the famed Purple Onion. His career led him to Los Angeles, where he had continued success. But his love of the South brought him back to Atlanta and he opened Café Erewhon in midtown Atlanta, entertaining his fans for eleven years. He performed in Cashiers, North Carolina at the popular Market Basket restaurant for almost ten years and continues to entertain his fans at the Hummingbird Lounge in the Old Edwards Inn most weekends.
While living in Atlanta, Cy and his wife, Carolyn, purchased and renovated several homes, an endeavor they found both challenging and satisfying and confirming their belief in the value of real estate ownership. In the late 1980’s Cy purchased a small farm eight miles outside of Highlands in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina, where he and Carolyn spent most weekends. In 1993 they left Atlanta to make it their permanent home.
Cy’s love of the North Carolina mountains and the Highlands area, as well as his experiences of buying and selling homes, inevitably led him to pursue a second career in real estate. He holds licenses in North Carolina and Georgia and is a multi-million dollar sales producer. He is proud to be a part of the Pat Allen Realty Group, having joined the group in the fall of 2014.
Originally from Florida, Sherman relocated to Cashiers in 2003 from West Palm Beach. During the previous twenty years he was in business for himself with several businesses in Tallahassee and Quincy, Florida. Sherman has been selling real estate in Highlands, Cashiers, Lake Glenville, Sapphire and Sapphire Valley since 2005. He has remained selling through the good and bad economies. Sherman enjoys the challenge of working with Buyers and Sellers to their complete satisfaction. Being able to live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina is a reward all it’s own. Being able to sell real estate and make clients happy is a wonderful fringe benefit.
Steve, who is originally from Wrightsville, Georgia, obtained his MBA from the University of Georgia and had a successful career as a Financial Manager and Certified Public Accountant for AT&T in Atlanta for over 30 years before retiring to Highlands. He purchased a home in Highlands in 1996 and knew right away that he would retire here one day. That day came in 2013 and he has not looked back. Since retiring, Steve obtained his North Carolina real estate license and has been a Realtor and active participant in the Highlands – Cashier Realtors Association. His personal knowledge of the area and local real estate market coupled with his extensive knowledge in Finance and Accounting provide confidence to the clients he serves in all aspects of transactions. He has held a Real Estate License in North Carolina since 2013 and in Georgia since 2012.
Steve, a loyal UGA fan, loves the fall not only because he feels Highlands is the most beautiful place on earth that time of year but he also gets to see the Bulldogs play. He serves on the Board of the Highlands Playhouse as Treasurer and believes that the arts in Highlands are one of the numerous things that make it so special. He is also a member of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. Steve never meets a stranger and would appreciate the opportunity to help you find your special Highlands home.
A true Macon County native, Sheila Welch has been in real estate for over 16 years on the Highlands/Cashiers plateau. She held a management position with another firm in Highlands prior to joining Pat Allen Realty Group. She is highly respected by her clients and colleagues for her integrity, organizational skills and persistently hard work ethic. She is an avid reader and dog lover and truly appreciates the long-term relationships she has formed with her clients during her professional career in real estate. “Working in the real estate world is a constant reminder of how lucky I am to have been born and raised in these beautiful mountains! I enjoy helping clients find exactly what they are looking for so they too can enjoy a little piece of heaven in the Highlands/Cashiers area.”
Christy Harris has lived in Atlanta since elementary school, and has been a top producing Realtor for over 15 years. She and her husband live in Brookwood Hills, a historic neighborhood in South Buckhead, with their 4 children and 2 dogs, and have second home properties in Greenville, SC and Cashiers, NC. Christy is an active member in Greystone Garden Club (past president) and Brookwood Hills Garden Club. She enjoys yoga, tennis, and golf, especially at her favorite club, Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club. Having a background in commercial real estate, finance and accounting, and information technology help Christy deliver exceptional services to her clients, and gives her a unique understanding of her clients challenges. Christy has sold over 325 homes and 175 million in real estate in Georgia, and also has significant new construction experience. Christy is a licensed broker in Georgia, North Carolina (specializing in Cashiers/Highlands), and South Carolina (specializing in Greenville).
Christy believes that transacting real estate is not a zero sum game – that a successful transaction is fair and pleasant for all parties. Representing clients is more than finding a home, or finding a buyer – it requires someone with a blend of quantitative analysis, marketing savvy, a superior knowledge of contract law, patience, and compassion – with the ability to employ those skills and attributes in the appropriate manner.
Christy strives to treat clients, customers, sellers, buyers, agents, and competitors with care, respect, trust, and honesty; achieve and maintain the highest possible level of professional education as a residential real estate broker; provide the best information possible through research and due diligence to assist clients in making wise and lucrative real estate decisions; and make every client feel as if they are her only and most important client, and to provide services beyond the norm and exceeding their expectations.
Christy received her Bachelors of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, her license as a C.P. in the State of Georgie, and a Masters in Business Administration with High Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.