Location: Jackson County (Sylva)
Detailed Property Information
- Heated Square Footage
- 2,079 heated s.f. (includes lower level)
546 lower level unheated finished area
- Year Built
- # of Bedrooms
- # of Baths
- Three full
- Overall Condition
- Good condition
- 4 Acres to be surveyed
- Surface Water
- Small creek on property
- Small pond next to house
- Open Field/Pasture
- Approximately 1/2 acre with room for more
- Nearest Interstate Highway
- 20+ miles, I-40
- Nearest Four Lane Road
- 12+ miles Highway 107
- Nearest High Density Area
- 14 miles (Cullowhee)
How about going off grid in the Nantahala Forest? If you’ve ever dreamed of totally disconnecting from society, this property is your answer. Though the property itself encompasses just four acres, it is surrounded by thousands of acres of the Nantahala National Forest and conservation lands, never to be developed. I mean it is private! The history of how it came to be sitting in the middle of such vast US Forest Service Land is a interesting one. It simply shouldn’t be here, but here it is!
Located approximately 12 miles east/southeast of Cullowhee (home to Western Carolina University), this property is at the “end of the road”. Just a little further is the quaint mountain town of Sylva which provides every daily service one might need including a hospital. Less than an hour away is the booming capital of Western North Carolina: Asheville. The Nantahala National Forest is perhaps best known for the Nantahala River and the Nantahala Outdoor Center, home to numerous national and international whitewater kayaking and canoeing competitions. The whole area is a nature lover’s paradise.
From the highway, follow a state maintained paved road for nearly ten miles through a beautiful valley along the river, before the pavement ends and the US Forest Service dirt road begins. Its safe to say its “dirt” and not gravel, because there isn’t gravel. Its more than one mile of bumps and stumps along the USFS road till you get to the property. Fortunately, the grade is very reasonable and it has held up well. Along the way, you won’t see another house in sight.
Upon reaching the property at an elevation of 4,000′, you pass through a farm gate along the deeded driveway with a small lined pond off to one side. There is a year round creek that crosses under the driveway and has a diversion valve that allows you to divert water into the pond as needed. Having such a good water source at this elevation is somewhat unusual. There is a gentle forest floor that wraps around a gentle knoll upon which is perched the geodesic dome house.
The house is a high efficiency and wind resistance structure featuring three bedrooms and three full baths within three floors of living space. The main level offers wood floors, great room, master bedroom, full bath, and kitchen along with a wood burning stone fireplace. The upper floor features a loft overlooking the great room, a bedroom and another full bath. The lower level offers a large bedroom/gathering room, a full bath and a very large finished (unheated) storage are. But wait, there’s more! On top of the house stands a cupola like observation room with views to every side of the house. Its reminiscent of the old “widow’s walks” on finds in historic Charleston seaside homes. Click here for a full 3D Interior walk through of the house.
The lower level storage area is brightly illuminated and is finished with sheetrock walls. There is an Atmox ventilation system that is thermostatically controlled to remove moisture in this space. By walking through this large storage area, you come to the laundry room and the mechanical room where you’ll find the bank of deep cycle batteries for the solar system along with all the components for the system including the main inverter and power control center. The solar system produces up to 3.5kw of electricity fed into the battery bank. If the batteries should ever run down, there is a whole house generator outside fueled by a 200 gallon propane tank.
Out in front of the house is a large spacious lawn, and there is room for plenty more space that can be cleared. The knoll on which the house sits is oriented in an east/west heading which means it receives maximum solar gain, obviously important since it is solar powered. Just down below the house is a very gentle swale that could readily be turned into pasture or fenced area for livestock. The point being, this property offers plenty of woodland for fuel, wildlife for food, live surface water, impoundment water (pond), open area for gardening and orchard, expansion area, energy independence, well built structure and spacious interior. One could not reproduce this structure for $400,000, yet the entire property, land and house are available for just $249,900. Call us today to schedule your private showing. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the remoteness of the property and its uniqueness, proof of financial capability must be provided prior to showing. Prior to scheduling, you may be asked numerous questions as to how well such a unique property suits you. Don’t be insulted; we just want to ensure whomever visits the property is serious and seriously qualified, and leave the driving to us.