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Old 03-31-2021, 03:23 AM
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Default Western North Carolina/ North Georgia- mountain homes

I'm looking at the possibility of buying a 2nd home to be used for vacations and a rental home. Over the past several years I've rented homes in Brevard, Hayesville, Helen GA, Elijay GA, and Blue Ridge GA. This past week I spent time driving thru Cherokee, Highlands, Hiawassee GA, and Franklin.

Which areas provide the best mountain views?
Which areas aren't part of the tourist trap communities that have an implied increase in home value?

Anybody know or recommend a quality realtor?
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Unfortunately I’m no help but We’ve done similar trips and have the same ambitions but are still a few years out. Subbed for the THT brain trust which never fails. Best of luck in your search.

However, one of our observations is to find an area that is just far enough east in NC that allows for avoiding being routed through Atlanta. We’ve gone through there a few times with crummy traffic and that can change everything.
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I moved to the Asheville area a year ago from SE Michigan. We live in Arden and the views are great. The climate is far better than Michigan -- everything is blooming and has been for a couple weeks. The realtor we used was Joye Steele, 828-808-1381. A pleasure to work with -- no hard push and knows the Asheville area inside and out.
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Boone and Blowing Rock NC are pretty nice. We have rented in Blowing Rock a bunch of times, we always enjoyed it out there.
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The areas discussed are about 10 hrs from Vero Beach. Areas around Asheville and a little north are 12 hrs plus from Vero. I would prefer to stay within 10 hrs. Mentally a 10 hr drive is feasible for a long weekend trip. Anything more than 12 hrs makes for a worse experience.
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How is Newland, NC? My wife is a pastor and raves about Lutherock.
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Foscoe area is great.
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Newland area is great as well as Foscoe. I think anywhere you want to be will be really inflated as far as the price goes.
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We've rented in Blowing rock (Chetola Resort), Seven Devil Hills from Foscoe Rentals, and a VRBO in Banner Elk NC - all spectacular. I absolutely love the Boone/Blowing Rock/Banner Elk areas of NC. Hope to retire there one day.....
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The market is aboslutely insane right now - people are paying cash for $500k homes. Expect to overpay and be ready to move fast.
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I've been in real estate / rentals for almost 20 years in Asheville, went to college in Boone and have spent a lot of time in North Georgia so I can give you a couple of things to think about. Everything in the mountains is a trade off. Feel free to reach out if you have specific questions.

- great views can be found all over the Blue Ridge mountains. What you have to give up to get a view varies from house to house. If you get an easy drive to the property, level driveway, flat lot and a view be prepared to spend a fortune. That's a unicorn. Living with a steep driveway or long drive on a gravel road lowers the cost significantly, but also reduces your rental income.

- pay attention to the elevation. The weather is drastically different at 2,200' in Asheville vs 3,400' in Boone vs 5,000' somewhere more remote. If you are going to use/rent the home year-round you want to be lower. A decent winter weather event can snow you in a higher elevation property for a week or more. If you won't come in the winter you can lock it up and not worry about this.

- as you know the closer you are to a city the more expensive and more tourists. Anything near Highlands/Cashiers, Helen, Brevard, Asheville is going to frequented by more tourists, but it also increases your rental income. Another trade off. If you want to avoid all of this find pockets within your 10 hour range and as far from a bigger town or the Blue Ridge Parkway as you can. There are tons of properties in the middle of nowhere. They just won't rent well.

- what type of recreation are you seeking? That plays a big part of the decision for most folks. For example mountain biking is non-existent in some parts of the area and unless you are near a national forest there isn't much hiking. The land will all be privately owned.

I know realtors all over the mountains so reach out once you've narrowed things down and I would be glad to help.
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My folks moved up to Ellijay from Florida and love it. Being on the NC coast now if I were looking I would like to be in the Blowing Rock area. We really enjoy that downtown!
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We have kept a fifth wheel RV outside Helen, Georgia since 1995, and we absolutely love the region. About every 3rd car in the NE GA Mountains and Western NC have Florida license plates. Where to have a second house all depends on what you're wanting to spend.

My favorite place in NE GA is just west of Hiawassee--east of Young Harris, GA. The valley is incredibly beautiful and Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Georgia. There are reasonable priced homes and condos looking over the beautiful Lake Chatuge with Hiawassee on islands in the middle of the lake.

II also love Highlands/Cashiers, NC at the NE corner of SC. There are a number of golf/tennis communities in the area that are favorites of the Atlanta elitists. And many allow rentals. Highlands is very much a Jaguar/Lexus/BMW kind of place.

My sister's Summer home is in Banner-Elk, NC in a Golf/Equestrian neighborhood called Elk River. They also have a 4600' private landing strip big enough for handle King Airs. The Jack Nicklaus Golf Course is top 10 in the state too. There are other less expensive neighborhoods in the area and condos and homes are all over the hills around Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain ski resorts. The Boone-Grandfather Mountain area is very popular too.
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I lived in Jasper, GA as a kid. Not far from Jasper is Tate, Marble Hill, Dahlonega, and Elijay. Other than Dahlonega, these areas are not as "touristy" as others, and likely to be affordable. There is no work there to speak of so prices are accordingly low.

They would be just close enough to Atlanta to pick off weekend/week long renters from Atlanta and the NE suburbs.

What you won't find there are opera houses, performing arts centers, and fine dining.
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We have a house 5 minutes off 441 between Franklin and dillsboro. It is pretty close to the perfect location. Approximately 30 minutes to Cherokee, highlands, Bryson city or Waynesville, Maggie valley is 45. Franklin is about 10 minutes.

We might be looking to sell. It doesn’t have a great view, but it is in the watuga vista gated community with no neighbors on top of you and paved roads.

the house is 2 stories, approx 2000 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a basement that could easily be made into something. It has a New roof and new flooring, it could use some paint and windows and the siding to be updated, but none of that is a must to be useable and/or rentable.

Watauga Vista

shoot me a message if you are interested. It Will be in the low 200k price range if we sell it.

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Originally Posted by J Lightning View Post
I'm looking at the possibility of buying a 2nd home to be used for vacations and a rental home. Over the past several years I've rented homes in Brevard, Hayesville, Helen GA, Elijay GA, and Blue Ridge GA. This past week I spent time driving thru Cherokee, Highlands, Hiawassee GA, and Franklin.

Which areas provide the best mountain views?
Which areas aren't part of the tourist trap communities that have an implied increase in home value?

Anybody know or recommend a quality realtor?
Highlands is my favorite area. Check out the waterfall that you can actually walk under. Cool little town and so beautiful.

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