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Price:  $997,900 (SOLD 8/13/20)

Location:  Marion, McDowell County

Detailed Property Information

Heated Square Footage
1,303 s.f. in Main House
564 s.f. in Guest Apartment
Year Built
# of Bedrooms
3 Bedrooms, Main House
1 Bedroom, Guest Apartment
# of Baths
1 in Main House
1 in Guest Apartment
Overall Condition
Good condition
97 +/-
Surface Water
5,200' on Crooked Creek
Two spring fed ponds
Open Field/Pasture
Approximately 6 acres of cleared pasture and farmland
Nearest Interstate Highway
7+ miles to I-40
Nearest Four Lane Road
7+ miles
Nearest High Density Area
7+ miles (Marion)

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If you’re looking for a property with frontage on a large body of water with easy access, views to Mt. Mitchell and multiple dwellings, look no further than this 97 acre homestead with big river frontage.  This property is located due south of Marion, just ten minutes to I-40 and Mission Memorial Hospital, yet it feels as if you’re miles away.  Drive time to the quaint town of Black Mountain with its 31 independently owned restaurants is just 21 minutes.

The property benefits from direct frontage on a paved state maintained road, meaning you don’t have to depend on a private easement for access.  There are 97 acres divided by Crooked Creek which at this point is 30 to 40 feet wide depending on flow.  There are approximately 5,200′ of frontage on the creek and best of all, this property lines both sides of the creek for more than half that distance.  That is unusual and a real plus because you’d own both sides of this river (don’t call it a “creek”).  A steel bridge is presently being installed to cross the river so that access to the 40+/- acres on the opposite bank can be easily accessed.  In addition to Crooked Creek, there are springs including one near the entrance that feeds a small creek branch that fills the amazingly designed ponds, one of which is quite large.  That means you have two sources of habitat for fish, the creek and the ponds.  The landscaping around this frontage area is simply stunning.  Click here for an interactive 3D map of the property.

Passing by the dwellings and structures, you can access the interior of the property via a system of well established road beds.  The topography within the wooded area is very gentle and easily accessible.  There are multiple building sites that are a builder’s dream including several on a very flat ridge that have views to Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain east of the Rockies.  Others look down toward Crooked Creek or back to the South Mountains.  Down along the river an old pasture of several acres has been cleared out and ready for agriculture or livestock.  This is some very fertile soil and its totally hidden from the public road, thus ensuring privacy and security.  It truly is stunning land.

The Main House is a modest, yet very comfortable three bedroom, one bath home overlooking the larger pond.  It is in excellent condition and has an unfinished walk up attic.  Across the drive from this is a one bedroom, one bath apartment over a large storage basement.  This makes for an excellent guest quarters.  Just down below the Main House overlooking the larger pond is an Historic Farm House built in the 1800’s.  The exterior has been completely updated and the interior has been taken down to the bare studs.  The house, flooring, foundation and roof are solid, thus the interior is a blank slate for your design finishes.  This farm house could easily provide two bedrooms and two baths with a wide front porch.  Another structure is positioned up on a gentle grassy knoll that was used as a workshop for many years.  It sits over a full unheated basement and it too has been taken down to bare walls, yet these are lined with a variety of tongue and groove wood panels.  Its exceptional wood.  This could remain as a workshop or readily be converted into additional living space.  Finally, an equipment shed provides covered storage for equipment and such.

Overall, this property has many potential uses: a family homestead that could be self-sustaining, a private prepper compound, a family vacation spot (imagine fishing/swimming in the ponds and Crooked Creek or exploring the woodlands, or hunting and more).  One of the real pluses is that you don’t have to climb a steep mountain or traverse narrow winding roads to get to the property.  Its very easy to access, yet offers all the privacy one may desire.  So call us today for more information and a private tour of this amazing property.