Ann McKee Austin
Co-Owner / Broker
Ann McKee Austin is an Co-Owner/Partner and Vice President of McKee Properties.
With lifelong ties to Cashiers, Ann is the granddaughter of Gertrude Dills and E. Lyndon McKee who purchased the family estate of legendary South Carolinian Wade Hampton III in 1922 and developed the venerable High Hampton Inn.
When family land was divided in 1985, Ann partnered with her brother the late A. William McKee in creating the now renowned Tom Fazio Top 100 Wade Hampton Golf Club on a portion of the family property that had been bridle trails and hunting land. She later joined her brother again as vice president of McKee Properties, and over the years her areas of specialization have included high-end private clubs and estate properties.
Ann continues an active role in the company as one of four partners in the management of McKee Properties. She assists former clients and wide network of friends in referrals to McKee Properties agents best positioned to meet their needs and objectives.
Ann is a community leader in the areas of civic planning, historic preservation and land conservation. Ann was a founder of the Cashiers Historical Society, and spearheaded the effort to acquire and restore the historic 1850s Zachary-Tolbert House, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Most recently she lead the drive to acquire the McKinney Meadow at the entrance to the 107 historic corridor, now owned by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust for management in perpetuity as a natural wildflower meadow and environmental education site.
Currently she serves on the Boards of the Cashiers Historical Society, the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust and the Village Conservancy, an organization dedicated to preserving the village character of Cashiers.
Ann’s other interests include foreign adventure travel, hiking, classical piano, art history and western North Carolina history and historic sites.