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Old 12-18-2007, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by gigimac View Post
I agree with the above poster, MDP. One of the most beautiful places in these mountains is Valley Crucis, which is near Boone, NC. It is virtually a crossroads, but there's a photo/info book about that location because of its history and beauty. The original Mast General Store marks the spot, a little inn too.

There are a couple roads that cut off the main road, one goes along a picture-perfect creek, and up on the little hills that overlook that water are cabins, farms, just different places people have stuck up there to get away from it all. It is in no way a development or anything of the kind. It's a rural, two-lane mountain road, unbelievably scenic, and if you are lucky, you might find a few acres and a cottage in the Valley Crucis area. Drive up to Boone, ask where it is, go on down to the general store to fixate yourself, and then start exploring the back roads.
I thought Valle Crucis was for millionares. . .
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:09 PM
Location: Durham, NC
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I agree that Valle Crucis is beautiful, but I'd be surprised if one could find much under $225k there, especially w/ land. Most of Watauga County has gotten pretty crowded of late, and prices have run up there a little. Blowing Rock is notoriously expensive, but many surrounding communities, including Valle Crucis, have had a spillover effect. That's why I mentioned Ashe and Allegheny Counties. The town of West Jefferson in Ashe Cty is charming and has most of what you need on a day to day basis. However, it is only about 35 minutes from W-J to Boone for more amenities if needed.
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:49 PM
Location: Western NC
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Default Glad you restated your desires

Originally Posted by Jack1969 View Post
lets suppose work is not a priority -

semi- retired
looking for small, quite, cute town with beauty
affordable, wooded, 2+ acres under 200K (fixer upper ok)
has near by grocoery store
i checked out what was available in marshall, mars hill and swannanoa(sp) but didnt come across anything that fit my housing profile in my $ range that i liked
not much in the 2+ acres there
im the type that would like to be on 20 acres and not be able to see another soul - but i cant afford 20 acres

Give Caldwell County (Lenoir - zip 28645) a look. Goes from roughly 1,000 elevation above sea level up to over 5,000 above sea level at Blowing Rock. There is a lot of variety in the real estate within the county. Names of the "larger" towns are Lenoir, Granite Falls, Hudson, Sawmills, among others. Also the home of the mysterious "Brown Mountain Lights."

While there are some very good real estate deals in the area (due to the recent downturn in the furniture and apparel manufacturing industries) you should expect to pay more as you ask for higher elevation, waterside, or view lots.

Have lived in Highlands, Franklin (both in Macon County), Cherokee County (Murphy) and Madison County (outside of Spring Creek but Marshall was the County Seat.) Had wonderful properties - thoroughly enjoyed various aspect of each.

Moved to Caldwell County early this year and love the area. Large tracts are still available - try www.realtor.com Convenient to the necessities and still able to have our (desired) privacy. If we want colder, we go up the hill to Boone/Blowing Rock. If we want groceries, we have our choice of four chains and one local.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:49 AM
Location: Asheville
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About Valley Crucis, there sure ain't no millionaires down them roads I was a tellin bout. I remember a classmate rented a one-bedroom cabin, hit t'were fallin down the hill nearbout, and we did walk all up and down that creek, crossed it and slipped on the rocks and fell in, and not one single car went by that whole afternoon. Saw some cows, tho.

The built-up chalets are further back towards Boone. But I am old, so could be these days they could build somethin worthwhile stickin out at a 45-degree angle in woods so thick you can't see daylight.
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:26 AM
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Default couple with children - best place for us near asheville

I need the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here is what we enjoy:

like the asheville area, places to go out, good places to eat, like hiking, nature, want safe environment with very good schools for our children. live on acreage now and would like the same in or near asheville.

would like a friendly, accepting place to live with diversity - tired of the judgemental nature of the bible belt area we are currently living in. As a Catholic, we are a minority.

we want a place we can move to and establish our roots and never leave. this will be the last move. so want something our children will enjoy for years to come

don't need to live in the metro area but access to shopping, good bookstores,activities, eateries, etc.

price range 500-600K.
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