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Sept. 22, 2017

2017 Fall Festivals & Events in the NC High Country

Ghost Train At Tweetsie Railroad - September 22 - October 28

The It’s the spookiest time of the year again at Tweetsie Railroad! The Ghost Train will return on Friday and Saturday nights from September 22 to October 28, 2017, transforming North Carolina’s first theme park into a delightfully frightful destination. Each year, visitors travel from all over the Southeast to enjoy this family-friendly Halloween celebration complete with thrills and chills for everyone.  The highlight of each evening is a ride on Tweetsie Railroad’s star attraction, the spooky Ghost Train, which departs into the dark night every 30 minutes. 

Boone Film Festival - September 27-28

Our High Country outdoor community is large, healthy, and vibrant.  A few Boone locals decided it’s high time to create an opportunity to celebrate the stories of adventure, environment, and culture found in the Appalachian Region. The Second Boone Film Festival will take place during the last weekend in September.  View locally created films showcasing Appalachian environment, culture, and adventure.

The Colors of Grandfather Guided Walks - October 1 - 22

 

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival - October 7

The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the southeast. The streets of downtown North Wilkesboro, NC are filled with over 425 arts and crafts, 100 food concessions, 4 different music stages consisting of Blue Grass, Country, Folk, Gospel, and Appalachian Heritage. Cloggers, folk dancers, rope skippers, and square dancers provide additional entertainment venues for festival goers. Appalachian Heritage crafts are highlighted such as woodcarving, chair making, soap making, pottery throwing, and quilting.

 Boone Heritage Festival - October 8 

Celebrating Appalachian heritage with 18th century living history demonstrations, craft vendors, music jam sessions, children's activities, live music and storytelling, The Southern Appalachian Historical Association and the town of Boone will present the Boone Heritage Festival the second Sunday in October. The festival will be held outdoors in the beautiful wooded setting of the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum.  The Boone Heritage Festival includes musical performances, storytellers, historical demonstrations from the colonial/Revolutionary time period, vendors, regional crafts, children's activities, food, and a raffle.

 

Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain - October 14-15

Grab your beer stein, put on your lederhosen or dirndl, and head to Sugar Mountain for their annual Oktoberfest.  Local artisans and craftsmen will show their wares, a variety of items from food to ironworks are available for purchase.  Enter the Bavarian Costume Contest, or enjoy the Harbour Towne Fest Band, an authentic Oom Pah Band.  Bring the whole family and enjoy a scenic lift ride when the fall colors are peaking on the mountain.

 

Valle Country Fair - October 21

What has grown into the largest church Bazaar in the area, the Valle Country Fair offers lots of distractions for every member of the family.  There is an activity area where folks can play games, carve pumpkins and busy their hands with arts and crafts.  Other diversions include visiting with live alpacas, face painting and laughing at the absurd yarns spun by old-time mountain storytellers.  Enjoy food, purchase hand-made crafts, and listen to entertainment on one of the two stages set up for performances.

 

Wolly Worm Festival - October 21 & 22

Race your woolly worm to help predict the winter forecast according to the worm's stripes. The Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk is held the third weekend of October. Since 1978, the residents of this village at the foot of Beech Mountain have celebrated the coming of the snow season with the Woolly Worm Festival. They determine which one worm (out of 2,000!) will have the honor of predicting the severity of the coming winter; and they make that worm earn the honor by winning heat after heat of hard-fought races up a three-foot length of string.  You can bring your own worm to race, or purchase one when you get there.

Grandfather Mountain Beary Scary Halloween - October 28

Join Grandfather Mountain, one of the premier attractions in the High Country, for a full day of nature programs about animals considered creepy and crawly! This fun-filled day includes an opportunity to create animal enrichments, as well as trick-or-treat through the animal habitats. Children in costume are admitted at half price!

 

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Sept. 22, 2017

September 2017 - NC High Country Market Real Estate Update - June 2017

Sales remain strong

After the huge 25% jump in sales in 2016, 2017 is holding strong with slower SUSTAINABLE growth.  

The High Country is primarily a second home and resort market, and behaves very differently from nearby cities like Charlotte, Greensboro or Raleigh.  

BUYERS: Home buyers searching in this area are usually surprised to find a good inventory with homes on the market for an average of six months.  This is how our market looks when it is healthy, and how other resort markets behave. As in any market, well-priced homes with desirable features will sell much faster.

SUMMER SALES:  While the market is up overall, the past three months have shown some easing in sales compared to last year in the traditional strength markets of Blowing Rock and Boone, with other 'pure second home' areas such as Foscoe and Valle Crucis showing higher levels of growth.

CONDOS:  Condo sales continue to outpace the market, now at 23.1% of total residential units sold.  Many buyers are preferring the lower maintenance, especially buyers from areas that get hit by hurricanes.  Additionally, the student condo market in Boone continues to be robust.

LUXURY HOMES:  This segment of the market continues to show good growth. Year to date there have been 18 sales of homes $1M+, versus 11 at this time last year.  There is a very large inventory of homes in the $1M+ range, which is great for buyers. For sellers,  the challenge is to price homes competitively, even if that means pricing at a 'loss'. See section below.

SELLING 'SEASON':  The traditional 'season' for the NC High Country is changing. Traditionally this was a May through October market.  However, with slightly warmer winters and activities bringing people to this area year round, we are seeing strong activity all the way until the end of the year.   In fact, the most popular weeks for visitors to this area are Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Aug. 30, 2017

1111 Meadow Avenue, Banner Elk NC 28604

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1111 Meadow Avenue, Banner Elk, NC  28604

Price: $347,900

MLS Number:  202728

Bedrooms:  3

Bathrooms: 3

Square Footage: 2,541

Lot Size: 1.96 acre

Year Built: 2009

This is the mountain home everyone dreams of owning!  With an open design, huge sweeping views, this home is located on a private lot almost 2 acres large, and is offered completely furnished!  

The main entrance takes you into the dining area and kitchen with an open floor plan to the living area with vaulted ceilings.  The living area then opens to a large deck with great views! The master bedroom and bath is on one wing and other two bedrooms on the other wing off of the living room.  

Enjoy a separate living area downstairs in the completely finished walkout basement with a huge great room with a pool table, fireplace, and wet bar.  There is a bonus room downstairs currently used as a 4th bedroom, with an additional full bath, plus laundry and storage.  

This beautiful home is located in Banner Elk, NC, close to skiing, hiking, Grandfather Mountain, fly fishing and so much more. Enjoy cool summers with average temps below 80 degrees!

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Aug. 23, 2017

253 Pinnacle Avenue, Blowing Rock, NC 28605

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253 Pinnacle Avenue Blowing Rock, NC  28605

Price: $749,000

MLS Number:  203049

Bedrooms:  4

Bathrooms: 4-1/2

Square Footage: 3,971

Lot Size: .55 acre

Year Built: 1989

Mountain elegance and comfort in this Blowing Rock home with a rare 3 car garage!  New and beautifully appointed, the large, very open design allows the flow from living to dining to wonderful kitchen.  The floor to ceiling stone fireplace and vaulted ceilings in the living area add to the 'wow' factor. This entire great room and kitchen area is surrounded by windows, allowing natural light to flood the home for an open outdoor feel.  

The spacious master suite is on the main floor. From the garage you, you walk through the breezeway to the entrance by the kitchen. There is also a front entrance with a hallway to living area. Upstairs are two large bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and their own baths en suite.

The walkout basement offers a very large living room with gas fireplace, and a 4th bedroom or multipurpose room with bath, currently used as a game room.  Not included in the square footage or room count is a 300+ s.f. finished living area and bath above the garage. This area has its own HVAC unit.

The home is attractively built with poplar bark siding, and features multi-colored hardwoods, and granite in kitchen and bathrooms.  This home is located near Canyon's Restaurant and North Carolina's oldest attraction, The Blowing Rock!

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Aug. 11, 2017

243 Misty Ridge Lane, Blowing Rock NC 28605

243 Misty Ridge Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Price: $895,000

MLS Number: 202552

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4.5

Square Footage: 3,739 Sq. Ft.

Lot Size:  1 Acres

Year Built: 1988

This large home offers that million dollar gorge view in Blowing Rock's Misty Mountain neighborhood! This property is located on a rare double lot totaling 1.0 acre, providing room to build a guest house on the property. This home has a terrific floor plan and is ready for the buyer to update the home to make it a show place.  Enjoy long range layered views from kitchen, living room, deck on main level and two out of three upstairs bedrooms. All of the rooms are large.

The living room could easily be lofted for a cathedral ceiling. There are already plans available to show potential changes.  Downstairs, there is an oversized garage and a huge basement with high ceilings and workshop areas. Enter from downstairs garage or front door to a two story foyer with wrap around stairs to second level. The foyer acts as a hub off which you can enter the very large living room, kitchen, dining, laundry room master bedroom and half bath.  Outside, the decks run along the entire eat in kitchen, living room and master bedroom. Upstairs, access the three bedrooms with en suites off of the loft area.

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Aug. 11, 2017

Bring Your Four Legged Friends to the High Country of NC

The High Country is a wonderful place to own a pet for the many pet friendly activities and businesses that are easily accessible.  

Explore one of our many trails of varying difficulty such as Elk Knob State Park, Grandfather Mountain State Park, the Linville Gorge Trail System, Jullian Price Lake, and the Moses Cone Estate just to name a few pet friendly trails.  Or stay in town and visit the Boone or Banner Elk Greenways.  The Boone Greenway is also fully paved and wheelchair accessible.

Atop Beech Mountain, visit the Bark Park, on the top of the mountain.  With two play areas, an obstacle course, and watering stations, it is a great place to exercise and socialize your pet.  You can also access the fenced in area by the Watauga Humane Society at certain times for a small fee.  Or, enjoy one of the open parks like Valle Crucis Community Park or Tate Evans Park in Banner Elk.

There are also specialty pet stores in the High Country that are locally owned.  The Pet Place in Boone has a great selection, as well as My Best Friends Barkery of Banner Elk, who hosts the annual Pet Fest held every July.

There are also a plethora of pet friendly restaurants that will allow you to bring a pet to enjoy their outdoor eating areas.  Grab a beer at Lost Province Brewing, enjoy a mahi salad at Banner Elk Cafe, or check out Bistro Roca in Blowing Rock, which even has pictures of dogs on the walls.  These are just a few options, visit, Bring Fido for a list of other restaurants in the area.

Need any more reasons to move to the NC High Country?  Peruse properties for sale or Contact Leslie Eason if you are interested in looking at properties to enjoy with your furry friend - 828-406-0828 or LEason@Boone.net.

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Aug. 2, 2017

370 Homespun Hills Road, Boone NC 28607

Great In Town Investment Property with No Zoning Restrictions

370 Homespun Hills Road, Boone, NC 28607

Price: $163,500

MLS Number: 202336

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Square Footage: 1,380 Sq. Ft.

Lot Size:  .33 Acres

Year Built: 1961

In-town Boone home with one level living at a great price!  The home has recently been updated with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and and an additional living or dining area. Located near ASU and Appalcart route.  Recent updates include newer bamboo floors throughout most of home, and new bath fixtures. The master bedroom has a private bath and walk in closet.

There are plenty of storage areas in a separate laundry room as well as a screened porch.  Enjoy spending time on the inviting front deck, or relax across the driveway in a large flat lawn area with creek and firepit.  The home has plenty of parking, and even a shed with electricity. This home would make an excellent rental investment.

This amazing home is located in Boone NC, voted one of the top outdoor adventure areas in the country.  The home is near great High Country attractions, including Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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July 12, 2017

Great Hikes in the NC High Country

The High Country is home to some of the best hikes on the east coast.  Many trails can be accessed from the Blue Ridge parkway, where the scenery is unparalleled.  Take a short hike around Price Lake, or enjoy an overnight camping trip in the Linville Gorge.  There is a hike for almost everyone, from novice to expert.  Below are a few of the most popular hikes that are located in the High Country.

Bass Lake Hike - A classic, handicapped-accessible hike around Bass Lake, with views of Moses Cone Manor.  This short .8 mile loop can be extended. By walking up to Moses Cone Manor and taking other side routes.

beacon heightsBeacon Heights - Beacon Heights is famed for its spectacular long-range views of Table Rock, Hawksbill, Grandmother Mountain, and Grandfather Mountain.  A short hike through the woods leads you to a large quartz rock outcrop.  It feels like your on the edge of the world.  Very popular spot to view sunrises and sunsets.

Beech Mountain Hikes - Beech Mountain has over 30 miles of town maintained hiking trails in the Highest Town on the East Coast. Take an easy stroll through in-town woods with the family, or test yourself on longer trails that leads to waterfalls and scenic vistas.  You’ll see wildlife, waterfalls, picturesque lakes, and panoramas showcasing the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina.

Elk Knob State Park - Elk Knob is one of a handful of geologically unique amphibolite peaks that rise north of Boone. Great hiking and great views are the draw. Bring a picnic, for the summit, or the picnic area. The stunted, wildly wind-gnarled summit covering of beech and other northern hardwood trees permit views in many directions.

Glen Burney Falls - Take the Glen Burney Trail from the quaint village streets of Blowing Rock and you suddenly find yourself in amidst waterfalls of remarkable beauty.  Easily accessible from downtown Blowing Rock.

Grandfather Mountain State Park - There are easy lower elevation hikes on this famous mountain, but the serious hikers choose Grandfather Mountain for the rugged, alpine-like scenery on the high peaks.  One of the most popular trails, the Profile Trail, awards hikers with varied terrain and unique rock outcrops.  

Linville FallsLinville Falls - A variety of easy to moderately strenous hikes lead to views of Linville Falls, the Blue Ridge Parkway's biggest cascade.  Enjoy several differing vantage points of this 90 foot waterfall.

Linville Gorge - As one of the deepest gorges on the East Coast, the Linville Gorge is considered to be the "Grand Canyon of the East".  Hikes lead you to the summits of Hawksbill and Table Rock, as well as down to the river.  With 40 miles of hiking trails, there is always something new to see.

Price Lake & Julian Price Park - Price Lake is a memorable lakeshore walk around a High Country "golden pond." Many hikes leave from Price Lake Campground -easily one of the premier places on the Parkway to set up a tent.

Roan Mountain / Appalachian Trail - At over 6,000 feet in elevation, Roan Mountain is home to the largest natural rhododenron gardens in the world.  The Appalachian Trail passes over Roan Mountain, and is easily accessible at Carver's Gap.  In winter, deep snow piles up for cross country skiing and snowshoeing

rough ridgeRough Ridge - A very popular well maintained trail follows up Grandfather Mountain to spectacular views of the Linn Cove Viaduct and Blue Ridge Parkway.  Enjoy some sunshine on one of the many rock outcrops.  Continue on the Tanawha Trail all the way to the Viaduct for a longer hike.

Research shows that hiking can make you healthier and happier.  Time in the outdoors is also a great activity for children.  Those lucky to call the High Country home have great opportunities to explore the outdoors.  Looking to move to the High Country, or purchase a vacation home?  Click here to search for properties near all of the great hikes that we have to offer.

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June 21, 2017

High Country Events & Happenings - Summer 2017

There is always an abundance of events in the NC High Country.  Here is a sampling of things to enjoy living in the area.  

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Singing on the Mountain, Linville - June 26

The "Singing" is a day-long gathering held outdoors in MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Music begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day, with a break around 1 p.m. for the sermon. Many families bring lawn chairs and picnics and make a day of seeing old friends and enjoying performances by top Southern gospel groups.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Linville - July 6-9

The 62nd Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and gathering of the Scottish clans feature Scottish athletes, dances, bagpipe parades, Celtic music and food and craft vendors.  The games are held at the base of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, North Carolina.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are filled with competition in heavy-weight Scottish athletic events; highland dancing competition; bagpipe band parades; piping, drumming and harp competitions; sheep herding demonstrations by Scottish border collies and concerts featuring a wide variety of Celtic music. 

Appalachian Summer Festival, Boone - Month of July

Presented by Appalachian State University's Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this renowned annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. 

Christmas in July, West Jefferson- July 1

The festival features many Christmas crafts, a tree baling competition...and a chance to visit with Santa Claus. Some people say it is never too early to start your Christmas shopping!  This festival truly has something for everyone.   You can do a little early Christmas shopping,  listen to some great local mountain music, eat festival food (including the BEST homemade ice cream!) or grab something fresh from the farmers market.  There is plenty to entertain kids, including street performers, a giant puppet parade and children's activities.

Town of Boone 4th of July Celebrations - July 4

The July 4th Celebrations in Boone are always a good time and plenty of summer fun. The parade will travel down King Street in Downtown Boone and will conclude at Poplar Grove Extension. Take a spot on King Street to watch the parade go by and then check out the evening festivities at Clawson/Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane starting at 7:00 pm with family activities and fireworks by Zambelli at 9:30 pm.

Symphony by the Lake, Blowing Rock - July 28

Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, at what many consider to be the 'event of the year'. Take your seat on the grass by Chetola Lake, under the evening sky. Bring a picnic to enjoy with friends and family, or purchase meals from caterers at the event. The performance ends with a spectacular fireworks show.

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show - August 1-6

The 92nd annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country- a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923! Enjoy the Saddlebred, Hunter-Jumper I, and Hunter-Jumper II division shows each year. View the spectacle and excitement of amateur and high-performance competitors. The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is a US Equestrian Federation Heritage Competition.

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Posted in Area Information
June 21, 2017

NC High Country Market Real Estate Update - June 2017

Sales remain strong

After last year’s record-breaking volume, our NC Mountain market remains strong with a 9.3% volume gain, driven by modest price increases.

GROWTH AREAS:

  • Blowing Rock continues to be the standout town in this area, with a 36% increase in homes sold and an even larger increase in volume from sales at higher price points.
  • The luxury market (homes $750K and above) is off to a stronger start in the first half of the year and is a driver of market growth.  There continues to be a huge inventory in the luxury segment, making this area attractive for high end buyers.
  • There has been a surprising uptick in Condo sales in 2017, with the number of condos sold increasing by 34.5%. Currently there is very little inventory of student condos around the Appalachian State University area.

 

INVENTORY:  

As a primarily second home/resort area without large industry, we are not facing the chronic inventory shortages seen throughout most US markets. This gives buyers a little ‘breathing room’ in making plans to visit homes.  However, homes in key desirable segments (e.g. mountain homes with big views under $450K) are moving quickly, sometimes with multiple offers. 

From a seller’s standpoint, pricing right from the beginning is key to having your home considered by increasingly savvy buyers. Because there is a larger inventory, having a compelling listing with excellent photography showing off all attributes of the home is very important. Buyers want to fully understand the home through the listing before they visit.

Contact Leslie Eason, leason@boone.net to learn more about the NC High Country Real Estate Market

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