Led by Founder and President, Harry Redfearn, Private Mountain Communities is recognized as the leading authority on community living in Western North Carolina. With more than 100 years of combined experience in private residential and resort communities, the team at Private Mountain Communities has completed extensive on-site research to understand the unique characteristics of each Western North Carolina community. Unlike a traditional real estate experience, our community advisors don’t list or sell property. Instead, we provide an approach that saves our customers time and ultimately, helps them make a more informed decision.

Harry Redfearn – Founder and President

Harry has worked in resort, private residential and lifestyle-based planned community industries for over 30 years. His extensive background in senior management and consulting roles has been a valuable asset for many of the premier developments in Western North Carolina including The Cliffs Communities and Balsam Mountain Preserve.

In 2005, Harry formed Private Mountain Communities—a real estate advisory service that provides consumers with an independent buyer’s resource. He opened the PMC Discovery Showroom in downtown Asheville, showcasing the communities of Western North Carolina in the region’s most comprehensive preview center.

Harry is actively involved in giving back to the greater Asheville community. He currently serves on the Eblen Charities’ Advisory Board and is a frequent speaker at the Southeast Land and Real Estate Conference, as well as the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. On Harry’s days off he enjoys running, fitness training, golf, and boating.

Lori Philips – Broker Realtor

Born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Lori Philips attended and graduated from Florida State University. In 1998, she and her husband, Brian, decided to move to Western North Carolina to raise their family. They chose Western North Carolina because of the warm, friendly people, the four mild seasons and better quality of life. As a child, her fondest memories are of summer family gatherings at Lake Toxaway. Their family now enjoys a ‘simpler’ way of life that includes tennis, boating, horseback riding and hiking with their golden retriever.

With over twenty-five years of diversified sales experience, Lori’s customers benefit from her extensive knowledge of luxury real estate. Since 1999, she has specialized in private communities and luxury second homes in Western North Carolina. As a buyer’s broker, she works for you and finds it very gratifying to help families find their mountain home. “For me, moving to the mountains of Western North Carolina was like coming home again. I’ve always dreamed of moving to the mountains. Now, I have fulfilled my dream and have the pleasure and ability to help others do the same.”

Shannon Garrett – Broker Realtor

Work PictureOriginally hailing from Northern Virginia’s Horse Country, Shannon grew up deeply immersed in all things equestrian—from competitive show jumping to training and teaching classes. After graduating from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology, she relocated to the DC area and began a position with a non­profit group—creating opportunities for adults with severe and profound disabilities. She then spent 10 years as an independent living consultant/job developer and was an integral part of moving people from controlled, institutional living situations into a new world, which allowed for, as she said, “open doors, choices and yes I can attitudes.”

After visiting and falling madly in love with Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains 12 years ago, she decided to call the city of Asheville her forever home. Since starting her career in real estate 10 years ago with The Cliffs Communities, she has been fortunate to work with some of the premier, master planned communities in Western North Carolina. Shannon’s dedication to the entire relocation experience is apparent in her ability to truly listen to each client and creatively pair their needs and desires, ultimately resulting in perfect solutions. In her spare time, you can find Shannon enjoying being a fitness enthusiast and devout yogi or on a horse!

Toni Anderson – Broker Realtor

Work PictureBorn and raised in Tampa, FL.  Toni earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice at the University of Tampa and an M.B.A. in Human Resources from Florida Metropolitan University. Toni served eight years in the U.S. Navy Reserves and credits these experiences for her mental and physical discipline.

For many years, Toni and her family vacationed in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. During these visits, she fell in love with the four seasons and the plethora of available outdoor activities.  Toni eventually made the decision to leave her lifetime of connections in her home state and bring her family to North Carolina.  Toni appreciates that life has allowed her many travel experiences to Europe, Russia, Africa, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. These experiences broadened her horizons and she enjoys interaction and understanding of many diverse cultures.

Toni’s seventeen years of experience as a litigation paralegal gives her a background above and beyond that of most real estate agents. Her knowledge of real estate laws, practices and procedure benefits her clients as she guides them through the detailed process of contract to closing.  Toni is also a residential Appraiser; always seeking the best value.  Having obtained her real estate license ten years ago, she enjoys all aspects of residential real estate, planned master communities and serving her buyer clients.

Toni is committed to her profession, her family and to her community. She is an avid runner, golfer, animal lover and volunteers at the Humane Society, Relay for Life and ABCCM. Toni is a proud member of the Children’s Welfare League and the Country Club of Asheville.

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