Location: Cherokee County (Murphy)
Detailed Property Information
- Heated Square Footage
- 892 heated square feet
- Year Built
- # of Bedrooms
- Two bedrooms
- # of Baths
- Two full baths
- Overall Condition
- Surface Water
- Small year round creek
- Open Field/Pasture
- Approximately 1/2 acre
- Nearest Interstate Highway
- 30 miles (I-40)
- Nearest Four Lane Road
- 19 miles (Highway 64)
- Nearest High Density Area
- 19 miles (Murphy)
If you’ve been thinking of an off-grid property but uncertain as to how to go about setting one up or if it may be overwhelming, look no further. This amazing gem of an off-grid property is the perfect situation for those new to off-grid living. The house is a well built and well maintained residence of two levels featuring two bedrooms and two full baths. The interior finishes are very well done. No cutting corners just because its off-grid.
Walk in through the screened vestibule into the front hall and you’ll immediately be drawn to the two story great room with tongue and groove ceiling with exposed beams, wood floors and a wall of windows on the rear. Anchoring one corner is a wood burning fireplace complete with a propane gas starter. That’s right, just stack the wood and kindling, then turn on the gas lighter. This is a spacious room with door and windows opening onto an extremely large covered screened porch that wraps around two sides of the house. You’ll find a cooking station out there complete with a gas grill and four burner range connected to one of two, 1,000 gallon buried propane tanks. This is perfect for canning in that its all outside and doesn’t heat up the kitchen when not wanting too.
Just to the side of the great room is a full kitchen with peninsula with sink and disposal and a propane fired range/oven. Above it is a microwave. Yes, a microwave in an off-grid house. Then there is the duel fuel refrigerator/freezer which runs on either propane or electricity. Just beyond this is a cute breakfast/dining nook with a stacked washer and propane fired dryer off in its own alcove. On the other side of the kitchen is a full bathroom with claw footed tub.
Go upstairs and notice the unique railing and balustrade. Again, wood stairs. At the top you’ll find a landing with a sink and mirror that serves as part of the second bathroom which has a walk in shower and propane fueled water heater. On either side of the bathroom is a bedroom. One of the bedrooms has a window that looks down into the Great Room and can be opened for additional circulation if desired.
How is the house heated? There are wall mounted propane heaters up and down and of course the wood burning fireplace. If you wanted additional natural heat, simply add a wood stove to the fireplace. There is no air conditioning as that would certainly put a strain on the solar power system, and after all, you’re in the mountains of western North Carolina. The entire house has 110 volt AC outlets throughout and operates just like any conventional house, but there’s more! These forward thinking owners had the foresight to install at least one 12 volt DC outlet in each room, thus if the solar system should ever go down, you can plug in directly to the eight deep cell battery bank. This battery bank along with the inverter and controller are located in an attached utility room. The solar system is rated for 400 watts and if you swapped out the existing four solar panels with new ones, the energy capture would likely more than double.
Down below the house is a large barn complete with three stables. This building has a small deck off the office overlooking a 110′ x 60′ paddock for the horses. Large sliding doors on both ends of the stables open up to a bright, naturally illuminated center corridor with three stalls. The stalls are 10′ x 12′ and feature rubber matting underneath. Each one has an ingenious watering and feeding system whereby the owner can swing open a panel, place the hay and bucket of water, then swing it back inside the stall. Each stall has an insulated window and bars over the windows keep the horses from damaging the windows.
On one side of the barn is a large tack room along with an office having wood flooring and a half bath attached. The barn is naturally aspirated with venting and has a solar powered exhaust fan. One end of the barn has a large screened area for additional storage. The barn has infrared overhead propane heat.
Just above the stables is a 32′ RV/camper. This camper has a kitchen, three piece bath, bedroom and sitting area. Its an older camper, but certainly habitable and could be used for additional guests. Further up the hill is a quant one bedroom, one bath guest cottage that has been framed with roofing and windows in place. The interior is unfinished, therefore, this is a project for someone wanting to add more housing.
The land itself comprises approximately 9.41 acres of mostly wooded area. Up beyond the house and guest cottage is a nice flat area that is ideal for a secret garden or livestock pen. There is a small weep (spring) coming out of the hillside in this spot which would make gardening and irrigation a breeze. Or if you wish to set up a feeder, it would be an ideal place for hunting. If you’re not into keeping horses, the large paddock is perfect for additional gardening, other livestock or even a house site since it is so flat. Likewise the barn could be used for any sort of livestock or converted into additional housing or storage.
The property itself is at the end of a one mile private gravel drive. There isn’t a neighbor in sight. If you need to be removed from electromagnetic fields (EMF’s) or cell towers, this is the place. The nearest power line is about one mile away. Its hard to get more free of electrical interference than this place. If you like to fish, Lake Hiawassee is less than ten minutes away and a marina there provides an excellent put in location. The town of Murphy with all its shops, restaurants, hardware stores, etc., is about 25 minutes away. The property is easily accessible year round.
So if you are looking for an ideal homestead on which you can grow your own food, raise livestock, hunt and be free of any restrictions, this is ideal. If you need or want to get away from electrical interference, this is perfect. If you want a bugout property that is off the beaten path and assured that no one is going to encroach upon you, then you’ve found the spot. It doesn’t get much better than this gem of a property. Call us today for a private showing.