Waterfalls – Gragg Prong in Mid-May

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Matt and I took a nice hike this morning down to Gragg Prong Falls down below the Blue Ridge Parkway below Linville.  It was majestic with the sun rising projecting slanting, golden light on the time-smoothed, granite slabs surrounding this water hole.  There’s nothing like spending a morning in the mountains in May!

First Snow in Boone of 2014!

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It was beautiful seeing the snowflakes once again falling on our winter wonderland! It always stuns me to realize what an enchanting universe we enjoy living up here in the mountains. Invigorating is perhaps the appropriate expression to describe winter’s first snow. Stately hardwood trees, scent of wood in the air and woodsmoke curling up the chimneys, a crisp snap in the air and brilliantly blue skies all tell me that the most beautiful time of year is upon us. Come marvel at the majesty with us – come to the mountains!

Massive Views near Boone!

Our Client Will Wake Up with This View Every Morning!

Our Client Will Wake Up with This View Every Morning!

Here is one of the most sublime and transporting views I’ve sold in fifteen years practicing real estate in Boone! Just seven convenient miles south of town in a Blowing Rock subdivision named Misty Mountain you’ll find these exquisite views of the gorge below town. They say on a clear winter’s night you can see the skyline of downtown Charlotte! Isn’t this a gorgeous vista! I must have done something somewhere right to be asked to assist clients acquire a home with this panorama! I’m thankful for the opportunity to earn my livelihood in such an inspiring environment and grateful to our clients who rely on us to protect them in the process and so enable us to continue our work up here every day! Life in Boone is good!

Snowstorm in Boone

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It looks like this morning we wake up with about 10 inches of snow in Boone.  It’s still coming down but expected to turn to rain shortly and melt it all off.  It sure is pretty though and one more example of the exotic beauty that occurs almost every day in the mountains.  Come visit us and see for yourself.

Frosty Trees in Eagles Nest in Banner Elk Today!

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It was majestic driving up into Eagles Nest in Banner Elk this morning.  All the trees were glazed with a beautiful rime ice.  It’s such a peculiar and rare event that it almost makes you feel like you’re on a different planet.  The effect is truly mesmerizing.  It seems like every day in the mountains there’s another unique experience to celebrate.

One of the Most Fickle Females in my Life..

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Her name is Kitty Kane Cat and she has a mind of her own but definitely enjoys human company and affection.  She doesn’t talk which after a day in real estate can be a comfort.  But she lets me know immediately if she’s unhappy.  She is rarely a bad kitty and never catty or contumacious.  With the amount Sharon travels, Kitty Kane is becoming a dominant female figure in my life, as scratchy as that may seem…

Daughter Megan Makes an Appearance

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Megan drives up from Asheville last night and paid me a surprise visit to our offices today.  Isn’t she a beauty!  Girl got style too – what with her being a designer and all!  It was great to see my daughter today!

Robin Likes the Tub!

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This is a picture of Robin trying out the new tub.  There’s more to buying house and simply “kicking tires!”  One of the great things about selling real estate and then is the great people you meet

Ice Floes in Mountain Creeks

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Here’s a set of falls below Whitetop Mountain.  It’s one of my favorite sets of rapids and changes dramatically with rainfall or snow runoff.  It’s high today, loud, snowy and beautiful.  It epitomizes peace, tranquility and all the other reasons I moved to the mountains for.  Somehow just standing by them makes me feel more human and I guess that’s why I live here.

Views of Winston-Salem’s Skyline!

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Here is the infinite view from 4800′ elevation at the home atop Rich Mountain, one off our clients bought today.  as soon as she walked in she knew that this was the home for her and her six grown sons and all the grandchildren.  We take pleasure in helping people find their perfect home and sharing in their happiness.  But I envy their view!!

When Nature’s Pipes Freeze…

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Here’s a massive ice flow near Boone yesterday.  This time of year they’re ubiquitous.  It’s part of the natural beauty of the mountains and just one more reason why my son, Matt and I live here.  Isn’t it magnificent!

Dawn with Kitty Kane in Boone

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7:03 AM with morning about to dawn under a low purple cloud bank in Boone, NC.  Getting ready to step on the stairmaster for 45 minutes with my cat beside me and kindle on the monitor reading the latest biography on Woodrow Wilson.  Then off to show three homes and on to Sharon’s farm in VA for the weekend.  Hoping Matt gets over the flu!

Sunrise in Boone on January 24th

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It was 11 below zero this morning on top of Rich Mountain above Boone.  At 4800 feet elevation you can see the skyline of Winston-Salem in the right conditions.  It’s an austere beauty in such uncharacteristically cold temperatures.  Yet the cold clear mountain dawn was magnificent and another unexpected reward for living in the North Carolina high country.

Watauga River in Valle Crucis, NC!

Here we are on the banks of the Watauga River in downtown Valle Crucis. It doesn’t get much prettier or more pristine than this. On one of the coldest recent days in the high country, the beauty abounds. The Watauga River resounds on its gurgling way to the Mast General Store. A one inch skiff of snow graces the ground. The brilliant sunshine reminds me we’re in the south but the air and crystal clear river tells me we’re in the mountains. Picturesque defines the high country and today is no different. If you revel in the beauty of nature come see us in Boone, North Carolina!

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Snowing in Boone, NC!

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We’re supposed to get between one and six inches today.  It has just started and the flakes are big.  Snow days in Boone are a good chance to catch up on some administrative duties.  One of the beauties of living in Boone, North Carolina is the opportunity to experience the full range of seasons.  Here we get the beauty of a winter snow storm without the incessant below-zero weather of my native Chicago.  It melts off quickly in the strong southern sun.  And because of the mountains, when the summer comes we avoid the sweltering heat of the southeast.  I personally think Boone, North Carolina is the perfect place to live.  Come visit us and see for yourself!

Mountain Fun with our Dog, Alex…

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One thing I love about the mountains near Boone is walking around in the snow with our dog, Alex in the winter.  The high country is so fresh and invigorating all year long, but to me especially so in the depths of winter.  I think the mountains keep you young by embracing their beauty.and getting your daily exercise.  I lived in the city too long but now I know the bounty I have in the beautiful high country.  somewhere sometime I must have done something right and I’m certainly grateful for the opportunity to live in such a gorgeous environment.  Goodness knows I love the mountains around Boone, North Carolina!

Boone, NC Trout Stream in Winter!

Can you see the trout?

Can you see the trout?

This is a gorgeous trout pool in a clear mountain stream we hiked the other day.  There is a beauty to mountain winter unlike any other season.  Some people like to stay inside and warm in winter but I love the invigorating slap of cold air on my cheek and the splendor of our snow-covered mountains around Boone.  At sixty years old and still able to amble around and up these hillsides I think the mountains are taking good care of me.  There are a million points of grandeur here that we’d love to show you.  Come walk the mountains with us!

12 Reasons to Live in Boone, NC

Looking Back Over 2013 in the High Country

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As we look back on 2013, Boone Real Estate had a fantastic year – thank you!  We wouldn’t be in business if it wasn’t for you and we are forever grateful for our loyal clients.  As Realtors, we know you have a choice for real estate services in the High Country and we sincerely appreciate your business.  Thanks for making 2013 one to remember!

Being a Realtor in Boone and Blowing Rock, NC definitely has it perks.  For one, we get to traverse the mountains over the course of a year and get to see some incredible scenery.  We take pictures.  Sometimes it’s almost as if you don’t have a choice to take a photo.  We’re constantly on the run and day in/day out we’re outside in the elements.  We catch the pretty sunsets, see the fog lifting off the valley floors, feel morning dew between our toes, the list could go on forever.  One of my favorite things about this area is the four distinct seasons. The mountainous terrain is incredibly unique which in turn makes every piece of real estate one-of-a-kind.  You’d be amazed how much different Blowing Rock is to Bethel or Boone is to Banner Elk.  You could own a piece of property on top of a ridge with killer views or you could be down on the Watauga River in Valle Crucis.  The choice is yours.

So now, without further ado, here is a glimpse into my life as a Realtor in High Country – year 2013.  There are 12 months in a year and these are the 12 reasons you should buy a home in Boone, NC!

 

January

Wood Stove on a Cold Winter Day

Wood Stove on a Cold Winter Day

February

Big Views in Matney

Big Views in Matney

March

The One and Only, Grandfather Mountain

The One and Only, Grandfather Mountain

April

The Forsythia is the Harbinger of Spring!

The Forsythia is the Harbinger of Spring!

May

One of the Prettiest Knolls in the High Country

One of the Prettiest Knolls in the High Country

June

This turtle is lucky he got out of the road!

This turtle is lucky he got out of the road!

July

A Blanket of Clouds over Grandfather Mtn

A Blanket of Clouds over Grandfather Mtn

August

Looking over Zionville, NC

Looking over Zionville, NC

September

Bee Looking for Pollen

Bee Looking for Pollen

October

Halloween Day - How Amazing is that?

Halloween Day – How Amazing is that?

Novemeber

6AM Sunrise in Blowing Rock, NC

6AM Sunrise in Blowing Rock, NC

December

Dinah on New Years Eve

Dinah on New Years Eve

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Autumm Sky in Boone North Carolina

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Don’t you just love the languid, lugubrious sky colors in fall!  These turgid purple clouds I just find overpowering in their mood and beauty.  Come to Boone and blowing Rock for the fall colors.

Glory of Summer in Boone, NC

This is a gorgeous valley just north of Boone a few miles in a little area known as Creston of Hwy 88 between West Jefferson, NC and Trade, TN.  The North Fork of the New River parallels Hwy 88 from the state line all the way into West Jeff and forms this lovely valley.  The flat pastures remind me of Colorado near Grand Junction where I spent a summer of my young life before entering the army in the summer of 1972.  The difference of course is the rainfall and how green our Appalachian mountains are compared to the Rockies.  When it came time to decide where to move to from Chicago this abundant rainfall and verdant greenness was the deciding factor.  We imagined summer rains and quiet moments reading a good book and now we live that life.  Our five kids have grown up and four of the five still reside in these mountains.  Boone and the high country are good places to live.  The land is exquisite in its beauty and the people are remarkable for their grace and gentleness.  Where we moved from on the south side of Chicago, people honked horns at you in traffic, the environment was filthy and it was always people against people.  Here there’s peace, tranquility and you’re always finding another 90-year old who’s living a life of peace in the mountains.  There are few things I’ve felt certain about in life – the older I become the fewer there are.  But one thing I’m certain of – I love Boone, North Carolina and at age 59 I’ve definitely found my home.  Come visit us here and you’ll see what I mean.