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Price:  $797,770

Location:  McDowell County (Marion/Asheville)

Detailed Property Information

Heated Square Footage
922 s.f. in Upper Cabin
2,144 s.f. in Point Cabin (includes 792 s.f. basement)

Year Built
# of Bedrooms
Upper Cabin two bedrooms
Point Cabin two bedrooms
# of Baths
Two in Point Cabin
One and one half in Upper Cabin
Overall Condition
Excellent condition
Approximately three (adjoined by 336 acres of conservation)
Surface Water
Small spring, but large waterfalls just below property
Open Field/Pasture
Nearest Interstate Highway
11 miles (I-40)
Nearest Four Lane Road
11 miles (US 70)
Nearest High Density Area
10 miles (Black Mountain)

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Looking for a retreat that isn’t “roughing it” like Grizzly Adams?   Look no further than this amazing retreat property surrounded on three sides by 336 acres of conservation lands which themselves adjoin thousands of acres of USFS lands in the Pisgah National Forest.  Normally we don’t market properties within planned communities having an HOA, however, we’ll make an exception this time, and you should too if you value qualify, nature, privacy and luxury.  This is truly a rare find.

Situated just 20 minutes south of the happening town of Black Mountain with its 31 independently owned restaurants,

View from the View Cabin

numerous galleries, shops, museums, three breweries and live entertainment venues, this property has that remote mountain feel without being in the sticks.  The bustling city of Asheville is just a few miles further west.  The property itself consists of approximately three acres, which on the surface seems too small for a prepper retreat.  However, adjoining it to the east, west and north are over 336 acres of conservation land that will never be touched.  That’s right, there isn’t a house in sight.  The three acres are situated at the end of a private paved road on a “peninsula in the sky” enjoying a stunning 30 mile view of pristine mountains.

Down below the three acres within several hundred feet you’ll find not one, not two, but three substantial waterfalls.  In fact, you can hear them roaring from the back deck.  Click here are a video of one of them.  These three water courses are the headwaters of the east fork of the Catawba River which eventually flows into the Atlantic.  Here’s a link to another video.  You can walk down to them, or for an easier route, just drive down to them on a well maintained gravel surfaced drive to a large parking area.  From there, its just a short 100 yard walk to all three falls.  These range from around 30′ to 70′ in height and are simply stunning.  Like living in a national park.  Click here for another video.

So what about the house?  Well, it isn’t just one house, but two!  Each house is a masterpiece of quality craftsmanship built of natural stone, large locally sourced timbers, vertical board and batten siding.  The interiors are luxuriously appointed as are the grounds around the houses.  One house sits at the farthest point enjoying a huge mountain view.  It has a large covered deck on one side with a big deck on the view as well as a screened porch off to the side.   This is a two bedroom cabin with a full basement below.  A gas log fireplace supplements the center HVAC and there’s a whole house propane fired generator if the power should go out.  Click here for an interactive 3D map.

The second house sits above the first and is very private featuring the same quality materials and finishes.  It has two bedrooms and a small loft over the kitchen which flows through the dinning area to a soaring vaulted great room with large scissor trusses.  It definitely says “mountain house”.  There’s a nice covered porch and screened porch to one side.  In addition to these two houses, there’s room for a third house on an adjoining recorded lot if ever desired.  Furthermore, these properties can be rented on a short term basis for investment income is so desired.

The Upper Cabin

But what about connectivity?  Nowadays, everyone wants to stay connected, even when out in a remote location.  This property is served by high speed fiber optic cable as well as good cellular service.  Therefore you can enjoy all of nature, yet be well connected.  How is all this possible?

These houses are located in the upscale, conservation oriented Creston development.  Creston is a 1,500 acre community featuring just 120 home sites having over half of its acreage in conservation.   That means that while there are neighbors in the area, none of them are on top of each other, and in the case of this particular property, you feel as if you have the entire mountain to yourself.  Creston has two electronic gated entrances for security, paved roads throughout, parks, miles of trails, the aformentioned waterfalls and a mountaintop clubhouse.  If you want a social scene, this community has a very active one and has been commended by the McDowell County Emergency Services for its Creston Emergency Response Team (“CERT”) which is ready at a moment’s notice in an emergency.  This is one very well managed operation.

Therefore, while most clients of Retreat Realty want to be out on large acreage and not part of a homeowners association, there are some of you out there that want to have the “prepper” feel without having to rough it.   This offers the best of both worlds.  You have the feel of being a million miles away, with no neighbors in view, yet you have folks nearby in the event of an emergency or if you simply want some social life.  FYI, all the homes in Creston are comfortably upper scale.  This isn’t a “country club”, but more like a mountain preserve group of folks who enjoy hiking, hunting, treking, etc.  I should clarify that hunting is not allowed within Creston, but on the USFS lands, you can do what you want.

More photos will follow.  This property is being listing by a cooperating firm and not under the Retreat Realty name, thus Retreat Realty will be acting exclusively as a “Buyer’s Agent” should you take an interest in seeing this property.