Fog in a Temperate Rainforest – Boone, NC

Yesterday was a drizzly day in the mountains of Boone, NC.  This picture was taken off the deck of a house located in Todd, NC.  You can see that Boone is truly in a temperate rainforest.  We average about 4.4 inches of rain per month and that is why we have so many exotic plants and animals in the high county.  It’s truly a remarkable place.  We’ve lived in Boone for 18 years and we’ll help you find that perfect home in Boone, NC.

Happy Mother’s Day!

I love you mom!  I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for you.  

I took these photos this Mother’s day morning after talking to my mom on the phone. These photos attempt to convey the beauty of her motherly love. I wish I was with her today. Happy Mother’s Day to all!

A Beautiful Weekend in the Linville Gorge

In my opinion the best part of the high country is getting out and exploring the wonder the wilderness has to offer.  I took this picture from Hawksbill, literally hanging off the side of a mountain.  The trees are so alive this time of year.  If you look closely you can see the Linville River which runs all the way down into Lake James, right outside of Morganton.  Boone is  the center of the high country;  Within 30 minutes you can be in Ashe County, Banner Elk, Linville, Bethel…the list goes on and on.  If you’re looking for the most beautiful area in the Appalachian Mountains, look no further than Boone, NC.

Want to Live Close to Boone?

We specialize in selling homes in Boone, NC and we are certainly passionate about all of our featured properties.  We absolutely love it when we list homes that are located within 5 minutes to downtown Boone.  There is something very special about living downtown.  You’re just so close to the best that Boone has to offer.  Earthfare supermarket, Daniel Boone Inn Restaurant, King St, The Mast General Store, Footsloggers, you name it!  Take for example the house in the picture above.  It’s located on Tall Timber Trail, a private neighborhood just minutes from King St.  The best thing about this home is how much usable land there is surrounding the home.  In Boone it’s extremely rare to have a flat yard where your kids can play and your dogs can roam.  I’ve seen a lot of houses in this area and I can tell you that you won’t find this kind of privacy this close to town.  We just listed this house yesterday and I can tell you it won’t be on the market for long.  Another quality home for sale in downtown Boone by Boone Real Estate!

155 Tall Timber Trail, Boone, NC 28607

Peony Blooming

Here’s a picture I took this morning of a vibrant Peony down at the Headwaters of the Adkin right outside of Blowing Rock, NC.  The Headwaters is a elegant subdivision off Blackberry Rd.  There is no doubt that spring is in full effect down there.  Flowers are bursting with color and basking in the sun.  If you’re coming up 321 towards Blowing Rock, Blackberry Rd is on the right as soon as the the road switches to two lanes.  Feel free to check out the Headwaters on your next visit to Boone.  Oh spring, how I’ve missed you so!

Looking for your mountain dream home?  Have you considered living at the Headwaters of the Adkin?  Here’s a beautiful mountain house near Blowing Rock that we have listed.

Incredible Foreclosure in Boone, NC – 99,900!

Are you looking for a steal in Boone, NC?  Look no further!  This foreclosure simple can’t be beat.  At 99,900, it’s going to sell very quickly.  3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1400 sq ft!  Want to be close to Boone, you got it.  This house is located on the appalcart route, 2.5 miles from Campus, a 5 minute drive.  If you’re looking for the perfect rental property foreclosure in Boone, NC, stop looking and give us a call today!

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Boone Weather

Property in Boone NC

After a long week of work, I love nothing more than going out and enjoying the mountains.  This photo was taken a few weeks ago on Easter day, way down in the Lost Creek development, off of 221 south of Blowing Rock.  The mountains of North Carolina are so exquisite.  This picture doesn’t do any justice to how magnificent these falls really are.   Sometimes it’s hard not to take it for granted.  Being surrounded by constant beauty and ever changing weather is a way of life in Boone.

Just yesterday I awoke to a brilliant blue sky.  By noon, it clouded up and the winds started howling at 20+ miles per hour.  Just an hour later the wind died off and the sun came out.  Well, that didn’t last…  By 3:00pm, the winds picked up again and it started snowing!  I couldn’t believe it!  There’s an expression people have in Boone that says “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes”.  This statement couldn’t be more true!  This is just one aspect of high country living that I cherish.  The constant change of the atmosphere is so unique, unlike any other place I’ve lived.  If you’re looking for a rich mountain experience, come see us at Boone Real Estate.

Beautiful Log Cabin in Boone, NC!

Beatiful Cabin off of Friendship Churd Rd

It’s not everyday you run across a log cabin this beautiful and close to town!  We listed this property on Friendship Church Rd a few days ago.  If you’re looking for a great investment, look no further.  This log cabin has great vacation rental history.  It’s a 4BR, 3.5 BA so there’s plenty of room for the entire family.  For more information, click on this Log Cabin in Boone NC.

Boone NC: Mountains with Character

The Appalachian Mountains were formed roughly 480 million years ago (wikipedia).  Needless to say, these mountains are old!  You can see the new growth as spring creeps up the blue ridge mountains.  It’s best if you can get to the top of a big mountain like Grandfather Mountain or Beech Mountain.  It’s just as breathtaking as the vibrant colors of fall in the high country.  If you haven’t seen this natural phenomenon yet, add it to your bucket list!

Azaleas Blooming Early in Boone

Spring has come a bit early this year in the high country.  Here’s a beautiful picture of an azalea bush right outside of our house.  A friend told me that this azalea has bloomed six weeks earlier than normal!  It’s looking like a promising year for gardening around Boone, NC.  If you haven’t start yet, it’s time to get outside with a shovel!  Hope you all are able to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather.

Springtime in Boone, NC

Spring is here in Boone, North Carolina.  I took this picture at the intersection of Church Rd and Holloway Mountain Rd.  Everything is such a vibrant green this time of year.  The weather has been in the 60’s with a fragrant mountain breeze.  It days like this that make me so grateful to live in Boone.

Blowing Rock Waterfalls

Little Wilson Creek, Boone NC

I took this photo over the weekend at a little climbing spot called “Little Wilson”.  This creek tumbles down the side of the mountain, right off Hwy 221, south of Blowing Rock, NC.  Blowing Rock is a beautiful place.  Search for your special piece of Blowing Rock real estate right here on our site.  Looking forward to the weekend!

Carolina Hurricanes Hockey!

When we’re not working in real estate in Boone, NC, we like to explore everything the state of North Carolina has to offer.  Last night I went to the last Carolina Hurricanes home game of the season.  It was an awesome game to say the least.  It was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and went into overtime.  After nobody scored, they had a shootout!  Carolina’s star, Eric Staal, won the game by scoring on the the final shot of the shootout.  Below is a picture I took of Montreal just barely missing a goal during the shootout, hitting the post!

The puck hit the post!

Old Barn in the Mountains of Western NC

This old barn has probably been here 100 years.  It’s just one example of the character you’ll find in these mountains.  Hopefully she’ll stay upright for another hundred years!

Time-lapse: Installing a Sign

Here’s a neat video clip we put together.  A few days ago my dad and I went up to WhiteTop, VA and installed a sign.  We had to dig through a lot of rocks but eventually we put the sign in the ground.  This is the last of our Mountain Properties signs.  From now on you’ll see the new Boone Real Estate signs scattered across the high country!

Grandmother Mountain Bouldering

Yesterday evening I went up to Grandmother Mountain which is right outside of Banner Elk, NC.  We had a big time up there, about 20 friends climbing after a hard day of work.  Here is a shot of a couple friends enjoying the spectacular sunset and breeze on top of a gneiss boulder.  This is just one of many ways to spend an evening in the high country.  Life is good in Boone, NC.

Beautiful Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow in Boone NC
As I was weaving around the mountains roads I had to stop the truck to capture this beautiful weeping willow. It seems around every bend there is a landscape that beckons to be captured. Whether it’s a rolling pasture, dense forest or a craggy mountain top, there’s always a story to tell. A picture is worth a thousand words so I’ll let the willow do the talking. Enjoy your day!

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Good Morning From Boone, NC

Living in Boone is such a pleasure. I woke up this morning to let the dogs out and I was struck by the warmth of the morning sun. It was too pretty to eat inside so Sara and I enjoyed our breakfast and morning coffee out on the deck while basking in the sun. It must be 60 degrees outside right now. What a fantastic way to start a weekend! I think we’re going to go rock climbing in Blowing Rock today. Watch the video below to experience the atmosphere of the High Country. If you look closely you’ll even be able to see the airplanes soaring across the morning sky.

Spring is in the air, I can feel it. Come see us and we’ll help you find your home in Boone, NC.

Spring Day in Boone, NC

The Wonder of the Atmosphere

It’s a day like today that I moved here for.  Forgive the split proposition.  I’ve been reading too many Lee Child novels and am appropriating Jack Reacher’s terse verse.  But, never fear – I’ll certainly gravitate back to those customary, long, lilting, Latin lines of mine.  I guess that’s because I’m who I am and we’re all who we are, though God knows how many decades it took me to find some sort of center in that mind of mine.  One part of acquiring that sense of self I believe came from becoming sensitive or conscious of what I liked and didn’t and gravitated toward and didn’t.  Growing up an Army brat and then ending my Dad’s corporate drifting in Chicagoland (there’s a weird moniker), I was turned off by the sameness of every commercial artery and all the same lollipop signs.  Could be Baltimore, Chicago, Suburban California – how would you know – all the streets look the same with all the same stores and signs?  That didn’t bring me to Boone, NC.  But when I saw the uniqueness – the lack of uniformity and all permeated by the ubiquitous mountain breeze – I stayed.  And I’ve never looked back.  I just walked outside and the balmy 60° moist mountain breeze blew by my cheek and I was stunned with its esoteric beauty and thought I’d steal a moment from mountain real estate and tell you about it.  It’s so cool!  Skies are about a thousand feet with vagrant, roaming, blotchy, low cumuli coloring the land with such an air of friendliness.  I don’t know – I know it sounds weird but you come here and before you know it you begin to cultivate relationships with inanimate entities (I was gonna say people but refrained you know – “out of a decent respect to the opinion of mankind…” 🙂 like the air, the rain, the trees.  I walk out on my deck at night because it’s more fun than the interior facilities and I like the ceiling better.  And at 58 it takes longer out on the deck so it’s an unfettered encounter with nature – mostly the night sky – which in the mountains is often in fine fettle.  The interplay at night between the white clouds of such magnificent variety and form with the black velvety nightdrop and scramble of glittering stars is simply incomprehensibly beautiful.  But it’s the small, quick unanticipated, daily moments like just now walking out of my office and encountering the glorious graze of moist breeze on my cheek that simply stop you in your tracks and you’re paralyzed in revery.  I’ll never carefully or clearly enough capture this experience in words but I hope to convey occasionally the profound effect the environment here has on me enough perhaps to cause you to question whether you should come confirm.  Something’s happening in the mountains – pure magic – there’s something in the air…