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Price:  $999,900 (SOLD)

Location:  McDowell County (Marion/Asheville)

Detailed Property Information

Heated Square Footage
2,315 heated square feet
Year Built
# of Bedrooms
Three bedrooms
# of Baths
Three baths
Overall Condition
43.99 acres
Surface Water
Cove Creek and spring
None (but readily possible)
Open Field/Pasture
Approximately 29 acres
Nearest Interstate Highway
I-40 (8 miles)
Nearest Four Lane Road
I-40 (8 miles)
Nearest High Density Area
Marion (8 miles)

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If you’re looking for a fully sustainable property, the Nations Farm in McDowell County fits the bill.  As a recent search of the MLS will show, you’ll be hard pressed to find a nicer farm at anything close to this value.  Situated in southern McDowell County, it is a short 12 minutes drive to Marion (hospital, Lowe’s, Walmart) and I-40, and only 25 minutes to the resort town of Black Mountain.  Picturesque Lake Lure is only 20 minutes south and the Tryon International Equestrian Center is just 40 minutes away.  Access is via a state maintained paved road that requires NO winding twisting roads over mountains, its all very gentle and a lovely drive through the country.  But despite its close proximity and ease of access, this property has privacy as it is located at the very end of the state road.  In fact, the sign at the property line says “State Maintenance Ends”.  How’s that for privacy?  But if you need a backup entrance/exit, one side of the pasture has direct frontage on a private road that leads to a public road.  This can be handy for construction traffic, horse trailers, etc. (or an exit strategy if needed!)  Click here for a full video of the property.

The dwelling on this property is immaculately maintained, warm and inviting, however, this property is mostly about the land because it is incredibly special.  Out of nearly 44 acres, there are approximately 29 acres of gently laying fields and pastures.  Approximately 25 acres are flat, open cross fenced pasture ideal for a variety of uses.  Presently the fields are used to rotate cattle, but they once corralled horses and could be used for row crops, an orchard, greenhouses, additional dwellings, etc.  For that matter, you could have your own mini-golf course or football field!  The acreage is extremely well drained although it abuts Cove Creek.  A year round springs bubbles up out of one side nearest the barn flowing into a carefully thought out irrigation ditch which is linked to several other ditches, all with culverts in strategic places to allow the passage of both man and beast.  High tensile electric fencing keeps the livestock right where they belong.  Click here for an interactive aerial and 3D map of the property.  It is noted that the farm is registered under the Present Use Tax Deferral program as an agriculture use which helps to lessen the annual property taxes.  This status can be conveyed at closing if desired.

On the far end of the fields you’ll find approximately 1,200 linear feet of frontage on Cove Creek.  At this point, the bottom of Cove Creek is approximately 30′ wide.  There are riffles, deep pools and beaches of sand and smoothly rounded river rock.  Imagine fishing or playing in such a spot.  But even better is the fact that on approximately 600 feet of this frontage, you own BOTH sides of the waterway.  This is a rare find.  Of course having this much water at your doorstep is of major importance to homesteaders and preppers as it can be used for many things.

On the house side of the pastures, the land rises ever so gently to a cleared knoll with outstanding commanding views of the surrounding mountains.  Much of the mountains in view are in conservation, thus protecting the view.  There are several acres in this upper field that are flat and inviting for a new home with a well and underground power having already been installed at this location.  Totally private and hidden from view.  A thick stand of well managed woodlands lay between this field and the house down below.  A walk through these woods is like a dream in that the forest floor is free of briars and bushes, making for a very scenic setting, all the while having very gentle topography.  A trail network winds its way through the woods and is easy enough for bicycles.

Down below the house, you’ll find a very large, well built and maintained barn with full loft.  There are four horse stalls of 14′ x 12′, each with runouts into a paddock.  A tack room on one end to store lockable materials and the opposite side of the barn is an open storage area.  Step up to the loft and the possibilities are endless.  Of course power and water at this location.  Across from the barn is a very large, high clearance equipment shed with multiple bays for parking vehicles such as a 40′ RV.  On the other side of the barn, you’ll find a fenced warm up arena and warm up circle that are both illuminated for nighttime riding.  Just below this is a regulation sized dressage arena that could be the foundation for another barn, house, tennis court, greenhouses… name it!

Then nestled up just inside the wood line you’ll find the owner’s residence.  This is an attractive brick ranch home over a full basement with basement garage.  Having a brick exterior means low maintenance, and the roof is just a couple of years old.  Main floor living will be found with two bedrooms and two baths on this level along with the living room, kitchen, laundry and a sun drenched sunroom with wood stove.  Of course there’s a wood burning fireplace in the living room as well.  Venture downstairs and you’ll find a third bedroom with full bath and another den complete with a propane log stove.  A wide covered front porch invites you to sit out in the evening and watch the fireflies or the many deer in the morning as you sip your coffee.

So call us today to schedule a private showing of this amazing property and remember to click here for a full video of the property.