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Price:  $3,499,900 (SOLD 5/1/19)

Location:  McDowell County (Asheville Area)

Detailed Property Information

761 Acres
Road Frontage
4,000' on paved county road
Gently laying fields to wooded mountain tops
Surface Water
Cove Creek and several smaller unnamed tributaries and springs
Electricity, Telephone
At the property
Well Water
Two wells
Sewer System
Septic system for the cabin
Three acre pond
Open Field/Pasture
Approximately 79 acres of fenced pasture
Nearest Interstate Highway
7+ miles (I-40)
Nearest Four Lane Road
7+ miles (I-40)
Nearest High Density Area
8 miles (Marion)

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At approximately 761 acres, Morris Glen Farm is one of the largest contiguous acreage tract listed in the Multiple Listing Services of seven surrounding counties (McDowell, Buncombe, Madison, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania, and Rutherford).  This is truly a trophy property and we are honored to have the distinction of being the exclusive listing agency.  But first a little history.

Morris Glen Farm has been in the same family ownership since July 8, 1788, therefore, this is the first time in history its been made available to the public.  Like a fine painting in the Louvre Museum, this property has a provenance to go with it.  Around 1776, William Morris, Sr. was one of the very first European settlers in the area and served in the Burke County Militia, fighting against the British.  After the War of Independence, he participated in westward expeditions against the Cherokee as this was truly the frontier and was a dangerous place for the early settlers.  He acquired the first 300 acres with his father-in-law in 1788 and by the time of his death in 1846, it had grown to the present size of 761 acres.  It has been in the same family ever since, but now is the opportunity for you to make it your own history.

Located just eight minutes from I-40 and Marion, the property is very convenient to all the day to day services one might need.  A short hop onto I-40, and you’ll be in downtown Asheville, the capital of western North Carolina in about 20 minutes.  If you have taken an interest in equestrian pursuits, then you’ll be glad to know the property is just 31 miles to the Tryon International Equestrian Center.  The property, with its dozens of acres of pasture could be a great place to board horses and enjoy a country estate while competing at the TIEC.

The 761 acres of the property are divided into two distinct halves, making a unique whole property.  Old Fort-Sugar Hill Road bisects the property, thus providing thousands of feet of road grade frontage on both sides.  The northern portion consists of approximately 279 acres of which approximately 18 are fenced upland open field and pasture, perfect for grazing or planting.  A thick pine tree plantation is adjacent to this field and the woodlands continue on up from 1,240 feet above sea level to nearly 2,000 feet at the top of French Mountain which is part of the property.  There are horse/hiking trails all through this property that circle back to the cabin and pond.  Click here for a complete video of the property.

The cabin is situated on its own fenced in seven acres overlooking a three acre pond and its boat house.  The cabin is a well maintained three bedroom, two bath dwelling that has been comfortably appointed and exceptionally well built.  It has a bedroom on the main level with two upstairs.  With the exception of a few family items, the furnishings remain with the property.  Its ready for you to start enjoying.  The stone fireplace is graced with a 120 year old mantel from a former family farm house on the property.  For an immersive 3D walk through tour, click here.  A wide screened in front porch connects the inside to the outside and the pond is fed by a stream that originates on the property.

The southern portion of the property consists of approximately 482 acres and features several acres of fenced paddocks adjacent to the eight stall barn and three sided equipment shed.  There are approximately 57 acres of pasture fenced in different fields to allow the rotation of grazing.  The West Fork of Cove Creek meanders right down the middle of the pasture, thus providing ample water for grazing, irrigation or household use, although both the cabin and barn have their own wells.

The remaining portion of property is wooded and rises from the valley to a height of nearly 2,200 feet to the top of Pennycove Lump.  The property is under a forestry management plan that allows a substantial portion of the property taxes to be deferred; therefore, lightening the load of the carrying costs.  Through the years, the owners hand cut trails through this property for horseback riding.  These make for excellent hiking trails as well as access for hunting.  The wildlife here is abundant, and it benefits from the adjoining 8,300 acres next door which has been used as a hunting preserve for years.

In summary Morris Glen Farm offers an abundance of possibilities.  Its ideal as a family recreational compound, a hunting preserve, a working farm, or a bugout property for the well-heeled.  Just an hour and a half from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, this property is convenient to anywhere in the world.  With its historic significance, size, view shed and varied environment, it is also well suited for a conservation easement which could provide certain tax benefits to the owner.  So call us today to schedule your private showing.  Prior to showing, you may be asked to verify your financial capability for the purchase of such a high end property.