Boone is a thriving university town with a population of over 18,000 year-round residents and is the center for commerce in the high country. Home to Appalachian State University, Boone is nestled in a valley in in Watauga County at an elevation of 3300 feet. Downtown Boone, with its one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and boutiques, retains the nostalgic feel of the town’s early days, while the architecture of Appalachian State University serves as a modern backdrop for this popular mountain playground. The Appalachian Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive medical services to the region.
Boone has a variety of real estate options, ranging from condominiums to luxurious mountain lodges and estates. Be sure to check out the 750 acre planned community, known as the Hound Ears Club. This community has incredible amenities, including world-class golf, tennis, dining options, swimming and fitness, and is nestled in a picturesque mountain setting with home prices ranging from the $200s – $1M+.
If you are looking for a great condo with amenities and easy access to Sugar Mountain, The Timbers may suit your style. Prices range from the low $300s to the mid $400s. Or, for mountain estate living at its finest, be certain to visit Yonahlossee. This gorgeous mountain resort boasts a variety of real estate options, ranging from cozy cottages to quintessential mountain retreats. Enjoy the multitude of amenities offered at Yonahlossee, such as golf, world-class tennis, swimming, fitness and fine dining. Boone has something to offer to everyone, be sure to check out area events, festivals and cultural happenings in this thriving, university town.
About Blowing Rock, NC:
Nestled in the northwestern mountains of North Carolina, Blowing Rock offers residents a quiet escape from everyday life. Conveniently located to the Blue Ride Parkway, you will have the opportunity to frequently hike the countless trails and enjoy breathtaking views.
In addition to the natural beauty of the area, enjoy living close to distinctive shops and some of North Carolina’s most notable attractions. Whether looking for a private hideaway, or a cozy place inside the Village, the charming atmosphere of this mountain town will leave you feeling uplifted.
The estimated year-round population in Blowing Rock as of 2010 was 1241 people. The average age of inhabitants is 59 years old, with a per capita income of $34,294. The median household income is $54,271, well above the national average. The median value of homes in Blowing Rock is appraised at $252,000. The property taxes are currently at $.295 per $100 value.
Blowing Rock has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the southeast (3.5%), and its economy is based mostly on retail and tourism revenue. In recent years, tourism revenue has been averaging about $150 million a year for Blowing Rock and surrounding areas.
About Banner Elk, NC:
Nestled in the center of the High Country of Western North Carolina, Banner Elk is the place to BE. The richness of the land, the diverse activities, and majestic beauty bring many visitors to the area each year. Guests find the small town atmosphere, relaxed environment, and friendly people a reason to return and make their home in Banner Elk.
Banner Elk is a bustling Resort community, and is aptly labeled the Ski Capital of the Southeast, situated between the two largest Ski Resorts in NC. Sugar Mountain Resort and Beech Mountain Resort boast high speed chairs, a variety of terrain, and even a Sky Bar. They operate throughout the year, offering chair lift rides, hikes, mountain biking, and events.
Banner Elk is also home to Lees McRae, a small liberal arts school that has the highest elevation of any college campus east of the Mississippi. LMC is well known for their outstanding Summer Theater program, and National Championship Cycling and Soccer programs.
This town has unique charm, with the annual Wolly Worm Festival. This two day event gives prizes to those with the fastest wolly worm, whose colors determine the winter weather forecast. In summer, stop by the town park for live music every Thursday evening for live music after the farmer’s market.