Price: $499,900 (NEW LISTING 6/11/19)
Location: Mitchell County (Greater Asheville/Bakersville Area)
Detailed Property Information
- 65+/- acres
- Road Frontage
- Gravel easement to public paved road
- Wooded mountainside
- Surface Water
- Numerous creeks and springs
- Electricity, Telephone
- On the property
- Well Water
- Yes, 55+/- GPM well
- Sewer System
- Two septic systems in place
- Five very small ponds
- Open Field/Pasture
- Nearest Interstate Highway
- 16+ miles (I-26)
- Nearest Four Lane Road
- 12 miles (NC 19E)
- Nearest High Density Area
- 17 miles (Spruce Pine)
This new listing offers a lot to the homesteader or prepper: 65 acres, abundant water, adjoining public forestlands. It is situated about 45 minutes northeast of Asheville in Mitchell County, about 10 minutes north of the county seat of Bakersville, a small one traffic light mountain town. Its a great area for homesteading and prepping. This property is located at the end of a publicly maintained paved road back in a “holler” with no through traffic, thus granting the owner tremendous privacy. That is, it is easy to get to but if you want it to be hard to find, its easy to disappear.
The 65 acres consists of almost completely wooded south and east facing mountainside with some improvements that make it ready to call home. Access from the public road is via a very gentle recorded easement across adjoining land, thus making this property even more private. The adjoining lands are mostly wooded with some pasture and dotted with a couple of private homes (long time residents who are great neighbors). Some of the properties to the north are owned by various land conservation trusts which have acquired those properties in order to enhance the Roan Mountain State Park land which sits immediately above this property. That’s right, for all practical purposes, these 65 acres adjoin the Roan Mountain State Park, a very well known, high elevation mountain bald traversed by the Appalachian Trail. So in effect, your private domain encompasses more than just the 65 deeded acres, but benefits from the thousands of acres of adjoining conservation and public lands. Click here for an interactive map.
Coming off Roan Mountain onto this property is an abundance of water. From the moment you step onto the 65 acres, you find yourself crossing a large rushing creek which is sourced (like all the water on this property) from Roan Mountain. That means it is clean and untainted by development or farming. There are numerous large creeks and springs on this property, so much so that years ago the seller built up a substantial business raising Rainbow and Brown Trout in several fish “raceways” fed with fresh ice cold mountain water. Production at one time totaled over 10,000 trout per year. These raceways still exist, and though they need some attention to make them viable, they are substantial and could be brought back to life for that purpose, or utilized for other agriculture purposes. In addition to the creeks and springs, there are five very small ponds on the property down below and approximately one acre of hillside that was at one time terraced and used for planting. Again, this could quickly be brought back to life. There are still numerous heirloom fruit trees on the property.
Until a few years ago, the property was occupied by its owner and a relative who resided in two manufactured homes (doublewides). One of the two has been removed from the property, though its three bedroom septic system and well are still in place, ready for use. The other manufactured home built in 1995 is still on the property and is in very good shape, providing you a very comfortable, modern home. There is no deferred maintenance at this house. It’s move in ready, offering three bedrooms and two full baths plus a Buckstove wood stove. Access to the house is very easy and it is in a very private setting with a wonderful view. There is well water to the house and a 1,500 gallon storage tank is already positioned up above the house that can be tied into a spring if desired.
A somewhat unique improvement to the property is a 55′ by 20′ concrete bunker type building that is partially buried into a hillside. This building is built with a 5″ reinforced concrete roof set upon 2″ oak and large locust beams and 12″ filled concrete block walls. It was originally intended for the purpose of growing mushrooms and a fish hatchery for retail sales. There is power to the building and the bulk of it sits hidden from view, thus it could be made into any sort of secure storage facility, safe room or used for agriculture purposes.
In the past year, the owner has built a nearly 2/3 mile drive from the homesites extending far up into the 65 acres, thus making the majority of the acreage easily accessible by vehicle. This is a substantial road with a wide base and very gentle grade, representing a nearly $100,000 investment. By driving up this road network, you’ll find several outstanding building sites with tremendous views of the mountains.
So if you’re looking for a mid-sized property with plenty of privacy, yet easily accessible year round, with a livable “move in ready” house, this is one you should consider. Contact us today to schedule your private showing.