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Location:  McDowell County (Marion/Lake James)

Detailed Property Information

Heated Square Footage
2,322 heated square feet
Year Built
1902 (extensively updated)
# of Bedrooms
Four Bedrooms
# of Baths
Two Full and one Half Bath
Overall Condition
Surface Water
Year round creek
Approximately one acre pond
Open Field/Pasture
Approximately seven acres
Nearest Interstate Highway
4 miles (I-40)
Nearest Four Lane Road
4 miles (I-40)
Nearest High Density Area
10 miles (Marion)

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Looking for a prime farm property on which to live sustainably?  Look no further than this classic farm of 29 acres situated in the foothills of Western North Carolina.  Located just ten minutes to the bustling town of Marion, six minutes to Interstate 40, and only 40 minutes to Asheville, this property offers rural living at its finest, yet convenience for the modern lifestyle.  It truly is the best of both worlds.  As an added bonus, the property fronts on a paved county road with no shared easement or access required, making year round access easy.  Click here for a full length video.

The 29 acres are mostly gently laying, rolling land featuring a mix of pasture and woodlands.  There are approximately seven acres of fenced pasture which are ideal for horses and livestock.  South Creek flows through the pasture and provides natural irrigation for any crops or watering of livestock.  There are another 2.5 acres of cultivated grape vines that have been in production for over 20 years which could continue to be grown or turned into an orchard, garden plot or homesites if desired.  There are several acres in gently laying woods ideal for additional housing along with a large flat mountain knoll with commanding views extending to Table Rock Mountain.  In one corner of the property is a one acre spring fed pond that is ideal for fishing and irrigation.  Trust us, the acreage alone is outstanding, but it gets even better with the improvements.

At the end of the valley that comprises these 29 acres, you’ll find a grand two story Italiante style farm house sitting proudly on the hill overlooking the farm.  This house is over 100 years old, however has been extensively updated in recent years including new roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, cabinetry, insulation, etc.  You are welcomed by a sweeping wide and deep covered front porch along with a very large open deck of more than 1,000 square feet off to one side, ideal for large gatherings and parties.  Paved parking at grade is abundant making it easy to walk from your car to the front door. Click here for a complete 3D interior walk through of the house.

Inside you’ll find high ceilings, original (refinished) wood floors with all the trimming and detail one might expect in such a classic home.  A large living room with fireplace, dining room, modern kitchen, two bedrooms and a bath and a half are on the main level.  The kitchen features all the things a gourmand would desire.  There is a large pantry area and covered rear porch that leads to the parking and detached two car garage.  Upstairs there are two more bedrooms sharing a large bath off the hall.  The windows in these bedrooms extend from ceiling to the floor and provide guests views of the farm.

The detached two car garage is great for weather proof parking or storage and there is a full second level in the garage.  This area is unfinished and unheated space though it has been plumbed for a three piece bath.  The garage is built of concrete block walls all the way to the roof framing, thus making it one very solid structure.  It would be ideal for additional living space.

Up above the house you’ll find a 1,521 square foot multi-purpose concrete block building that is completely heated and cooled.  It has large garage doors on both ends, making the building extremely functional for all manner of uses.  The building also has water run into it.  There is even a 625 covered parking area with concrete slab on one side, ideal for storing farm equipment such as a tractor or side-by-side.  The potential uses for this building are many.  It could be used for farm production, growing starts of plantings, or even additional living space for guests.

Just below this building are several original or early farm buildings one often sees on farms of this age.  One of these was an early chicken coop that is now used for dry storage of materials.  Another is a three sided open shed which is perfect for storing lawn care equipment.

As you come into the property on the paved driveway, you are greeted by the stately red barn and large chicken coop.  These buildings give the farm the image of what is expected in a quality farm of this area.  The barn covers an approximate 40′ x 50′ footprint with a slab foundation and livestock stalls on the lower level.  The upper level features a clear span loft soaring to an 18′ high peak.  This space could be used for all manner of things including hay storage or conversion into living space.  How about a wedding venue?  Attached to the barn is an open air covered equipment area and run in shed for horses covering 40′ x 30′ of area.  Adjacent to the barn is a large, and well built chicken coop with two corrugated metal grain bins beside it.  High tensile and PVC fencing enclose the approximate seven acres of pasture to which these buildings are a part.

So if you are looking for a productive farm that can provide income and a private food source for you and your family, you have found it here.  If you are into prepping and want a self-sustainable private property, you have found it here.   If you are looking for a development opportunity to have a wedding or event venue, you have found it here.  This farm could continue to be operated as a private estate, or turned into a destination resort on its own witih the addition of some guest cottages and such.  Being that this property is in an area of McDowell County classified as “open use”, the possibilities are limited only by one’s imagination and budget.  Seldom have we had the opportunity to list such a quality farm in such a picturesque setting.  So call us today for a private tour.  Only qualified individuals should inquire.