Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Blue Ridge Mtn Land- Fox Creek

$69000 20 Acres Mountain Survivalist Retreat Paradise (Burnsville )

Date: 2012-09-05, 6:36PM EDT
Reply to: anderson.ray745@gmail.com [Errors when replying to ads?]

survivalist retreat land, protected cove, 20 acres +/-, gravity spring water, large hardwoods never been cut, springs, gravity water, pond, se facing, rich soil, creek, timber value, roadfront, 1 mile off new 4 lane, no restrictions, $69000 firm,. half down rest in a year. 30 minutes to downtown Asheville, Ray 828 245 8256
1204 fox creek rd. (google map) (yahoo map)
  • Location: Burnsville
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This was the craigslist post that both our imagination and our car wheels spinning. We simply had to see this place. What do trees that never been cut look like?

They are unimaginably tall! In fact the whole rear of the property reminded us of the jungles of Brazil, rather then the east coast of North America. Huge trees, gigantic mountain laurel, steep slopes, and gushing springs made up the bulk of this property.

Included in the sale, but not listed in the post was four acres of road frontage with a trailer and an old log home, for an additional $10,000. That brought the total asking price to $79,000 a pretty good deal given the location and size of the property. 

We were curious to see what a piece of land on a mountain would be like and noticed a pattern to the homesteads in this part of the country. Mainly, houses were built at the foot of the mountain, in a flat and cleared spot, with steep slopes left mostly wild, or, where the unscrupulous landowner deemed fit, logged for its timber value. In those cases, you could see the new forest already rearing with life, but the size of the new trees, when compared to the old ones, readily gives away the history of the land. 

Looking at this land, we could imagine little hidden platforms and hobbit like dwellings that blended in with the terrain. It wasn't that hard to imagine, since the owners already built a most perfect platform, next to a most perfect pond, filled with bullfrogs and dragonflies, where we spent a most perfect four days.

If you're wondering how we got all our stuff up to this wonderful spot, lets just say that it was not thanks to Billy or Chopper , both of whom were completely useless when it came to carrying stuff up that long trail. But, I was right to chant "its worth it, its worth it" as I dragged chairs up the slope. It was worth it!

Overall the land was beautiful! There was a huge level spot near the top of the ridge that got our imagination rolling again.

Truly we felt to be in paradise

The only thing left to do, was to check out the city of Asheville, to see if we fall in love with it.  If it indeed felt like coming home, then we would have to seriously re-think our plans. That adventure, however,  I will hold off for another day, as the night is getting short. A big thanks to Ray, the steward of this Eden for allowing us to camp in these beautiful Blue Hills. Thanks Ray!


s/v Skylark said...

Hey Guys, what a beautiful piece of land. When I am not at Skylark, I live just outside of Asheville in Black Mountain. I really think you will like it here. There is so much to do outside and Asheville itself is a lot of fun. Give me a shout if you have any questions. Good luck!!


Erick said...

I love your ideas! Once I get over this whole sailing thing, I am interested in homesteading as well and that area of NC is in particular interest to me.

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Looks like a beautiful place ... lots to think about. Chopper looks like he's given his approval!

jomomma said...

Beautiful! I've heard great things about Asheville.

rob said...

Wow! nice:o)) Whats it like in the snow? and whats it like in the summer? then make your descision.

rob said...

Wow! nice:o)) Whats it like in the snow? and whats it like in the summer? then make your descision.

jomomma said...

Great point Rob, how's the drainage in heavy downpours... will it flood... how are the roads in and out when the weather is bad? Where are the easements located? We purchased 20 acres and later found out (not from the seller) that there were two easements proposed that would have eaten up almost half our land.

Travis and Maggie said...

@Skylark- small world. Several people have in fact mentioned Black Mtn. to us as a place we should look at. We'll be checking it out on our way down South

@Erick- as far as sustainability goes, as I see it, land is the only way. But also why does it have to be either or? Perhaps we can have our cake and eat it too?

@MlC - Chopper and Billy are always thrilled to be in the woods.But actually Billy is the most outdoorsy of all of us!

@Jomamma- Good point. Easements are something I will have to remember to ask about.

@Rob- Since we're not in any hurry to "land" anyplace, ideally we would love to be able to see our future property in all seasons. If we really find something we just love, which we hope won't happen too soon, talking to neighbors and locals will be on our list of important things to do.

Anonymous said...

Thats good, your blog is cool, i like it. Thanks for the efforts my friend.

rob said...

Sounds good to me! what a lovely spot, I didn`
t think about easments Jo, Jo, good point!

jomomma said...

As for easements issues, many times the upkeep of the easement is the land owner's responsibility, yeah... you may find yourself in need of road working equipment. This would have me looking at property that backed up against a National Park or Government land.

Travis and Maggie said...

yeah something that backed up to a national forest would be ideal

Becka and Justin said...

Waiting anxiously to hear the next installment! Its certainly strange how this boat building life often leads one back to land.... I know our journey back to land has been bittersweet and freeing at the same time. We looked at a video walkthrough we did of the boat just last night, and found ourselves sad, but not missing it. At the same time we were looking at images from our last visit to trees and meadows and feeling longing. Never ceases to amaze me!

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