Agent

John Haynes

WNC Retreat/Homestead/Bugout Specialist Started in real estate as an appraiser in 1987. Spent several years in corporate land acquisitions before developing his own properties throughout North Carolina, including the successful 878 acre Headwaters at Banner Elk. That is, he knows mountain land.


After reading Bill Forstchen's book "One Second After" and three years on a 34,000 acre project in the jungles of Guyana, he changed his firm from commercial real estate to survival real estate and the name to Retreat Realty, Ltd. Today John lives in Black Mountain, NC (setting of "One Second After") and is well connected in the prepper community of western NC. He's one of only five corporate sponsors of the Carolina Preppers Network with over 7,000 members and recognized as one of the leading survival realty firms in the nation. In February, 2018, he was named No.2 Survival Real Estate Firm in the nation by well known survival blogger Tara Dodrill. He himself is a regular blogger on the subject of prepper real estate with nearly 200 posts on his website.

His experience in land development, construction and prepping gives his client's an edge when selling or buying real estate in the mountains of western North Carolina. John is a member of the Carolinas MLS and the Yancey-Mitchell MLS boards. Read the testimonials on his website. He has dozens more.

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    Multi-Family Compound Fully Stocked

    Blanch, North Carolina

    $699,900

    Tranquility Ridge is one of the most complete retreat properties we've had the privilege of listing.  The property is located in Caswell County, about...

    • 8
    • 6
    • 3,000 Sq Ft
    • 49.75 Acres
    • Homestead
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    Triple Creek Farm - McDowell County

    Old Fort, North Carolina

    $599,900

    Triple Creek Farm is the ideal homesteader or survival property: off the beaten path, yet accessible to good roads; pasture land; wood land; streams;...

    • 3
    • 2
    • 1,793 Sq Ft
    • 31 Acres
    • Homestead, Remote Land
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    100 Acre Farm with Multiple Dwellings

    Marshall, North Carolina

    $1,099,900

    Amazing 100 acre farm in rural, private setting with multiple dwellings and buildings.  Located just 20 minutes from the small mountain village of Marshall,...

    • 5
    • 5
    • 3,500 Sq Ft
    • 100 Acres
    • Cabin, Homestead, Remote Land
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    220+ Acre Retreat Center North of Ashevi

    Hot Springs, North Carolina

    $1,649,900

    Exceptional multi-building compound on approximately 220 acres abutting USFS land.  Located 40 minutes NW of Asheville, NC in a private valley yet easily accessible. ...

    • 8
    • 7
    • 210 Acres
    • Homestead, Off-Grid/Solar
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    330 Acre WNC Ranch

    Morganton, North Carolina

    $1,199,900

    Looking for a ranch in western North Carolina?  Here you go!  Located in the foothills between the South Mountains and the Black Mountain Range,...

    • 5
    • 4
    • 3,200 Sq Ft
    • 330 Acres
    • Homestead
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    Private Cove Near Roan Mountain

    Bakersville, North Carolina

    $499,900

    Total privacy and end of the road security on this approximately 65 acre parcel.  Located 45 minutes north of Asheville and 15 minutes from...

    • 3
    • 2
    • 1,400 Sq Ft
    • 57 Acres
    • Cabin, Remote Land
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    Totally Off-Grid Near Asheville

    Barnardsville, North Carolina

    $699,900

    Who says living off the grid must involve roughing it?  Not here!  This house is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and luxury.  The seller is...

    • 3
    • 2
    • 2,504 Sq Ft
    • 33 Acres
    • Homestead, Off-Grid/Solar
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    Sustainable Farm North of Asheville

    Leicester, North Carolina

    $534,900

    This secluded cove farm north of Asheville provides peace and quiet as well as a secure setting for your homestead. Nestled in your own...

    • 3
    • 3
    • 2,916 Sq Ft
    • 9.94 Acres
    • Homestead
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    14 Acre Sustainable Farm near Asheville

    Alexander, North Carolina

    $649,900

    Absolutely beautiful well maintained farm north of Asheville.  Easily accessible but off the beaten path.  Has frontage on two roads meaning you have two...

    • 3
    • 3
    • 14.3 Acres
    • Homestead
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    20 Acre Summer Camp/Homstead

    Flat Rock, North Carolina

    $1,299,900

    Located south of Asheville and Hendersonville, NC, this 20 acre parcel has been successfully operated as a summer camp and is now available for...

    • 20 Acres
    • Cabin, Homestead
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    Fisherman's Bugout Paradise

    Spruce Pine, North Carolina

    $749,000

    This is an outdoor lover's paradise!  Located in the higher mountains of western North Carolina just north of Spruce Pine, this property offers everything...

    • 4
    • 3.5
    • 4,000 Sq Ft
    • 46 Acres
    • Homestead
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    Off Grid in the Nantahala Forest

    Cullowhee, North Carolina

    $249,900

    Totally off-grid three bedroom, three bath home surrounded by thousands of acres of conservation lands and the Nantahala National Forest.  This energy efficient geodesic...

    • 3
    • 3
    • 2,080 Sq Ft
    • 3.5 Acres
    • Off-Grid/Solar
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    133 Acre Farm and Hunting Preserve North of Asheville

    Burnsville, North Carolina

    $524,900

    Exceptional combination of access and privacy on this 133 acre hunting preserve and farm.  Located north of Asheville on Highway 19E (four lane) and...

    • 133 Acres
    • Homestead, Remote Land
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    152 Acre Bugout

    Bakersville, North Carolina

    $749,000

    This 152 acre bugout (Asheville and Johnson City) property is ideal for the person wanting to get away, yet be easily accessible to day-to-day...

    • 152 Acres
    • Homestead