John Haynes has been a licensed NC real estate broker since 1997 being involved in all facets of real estate since 1987 when he started in the appraisal business. Over the years, he has personally developed five successful subdivisions including one of 900 acres in western North Carolina. In recent years, while working in the jungles of Guyana, South America on a 34,000 acre project, John saw the United States from a different vantage point and as a result, he became concerned about its leadership, the direction of its economy and the instability of the dollar. Being good friends with others involved in a large NGO specializing in disaster relief, John became knowledgeable in the matter of disaster readiness and preparedness. Some would call him a “prepper” or even a “survivalist”, yet he's actually a realist and pragmatist, skilled at what he does.
John's excellent knowledge of real estate, planning and design caters specifically to clients of Retreat Realty. Given the nature of this subject, discretion is necessary and a special skill set is crucial. John has partnered with Hurt Architecture of Black Mountain, North Carolina which has a specialty niche in designing safe homes. His friend and neighbor, Bill Forstchen is author of “One Second After” and together they work to educate the public on disaster preparedness through speaking engagements and blog articles. Read the testimonials about John at www.RetreatRealty.net and if you'd like to see dozens of full length testimonial letters, he’d be glad to forward them to you.
Historic Southern Railroad executive lodge located in the midst of the Pisgah National Forest approximately 17 minutes east of Black Mountain, NC. Built for railroad executives in the 1930’s and situated high on a rocky promontory, this 6 bedroom 5 bath lodge has been meticulously restored with all modern mechanicals. With 29 acres of very private mountain land, hidden from view, and overlooking two very large and well stocked trout ponds, this property is easily self-sustaining. There is abundant grassy fields for the cultivation of crops and livestock, all that can be irrigated and watered via the roaring Mill Creek which runs through the property. More than 38,000 gallons per day flow through the trout pond, keeping it ideal for the fish. Inside you’ll find luxury and railroad memorabilia like nowhere else. While this is great for prepping, its a railroad ... [Read More]
20 minutes from Waynesville and 35 from Asheville, located on a private mountaintop at over 4,000′, this is a very defensible location. Totally hidden from below on a series of private roads in a community specifically developed after 9/11 for prepping and survival, this property is the ideal homestead. With 14 acres including pasture and woodlands. A 70′ greenhouse, 3 bay garage, chicken coop, garden, fruit trees and main house with secret room make this an ideal set up. The kitchen was designed for the feeding of large numbers and is ideal for canning and pickling. While there are covenants on the land, they were written with prepping in mind, thus allowing hunting, firearms training, growing of crops, livestock, etc. This is a community of like minded folks. An adjoining ten acre parcel that has a small spring fed pond is also available separately. [Read More]
Asheville area private retreat. Situated at end of state maintained road, the property opens up into a beautiful pasture ringed by mountains with not another house in view. On the 59 acres is a 3BR/3BA fully restored farm house with 3 car attached garage. It overlooks a pond, garden and acres of fenced pasture. Up above the main house are four, one bedroom guest cabins each with a full bath, kitchen and deck overlooking the six stall barn and paddock area. Within the property are several miles of exceptionally maintained trails. A sizable creek runs through the property and falls over a 60′ cascade. Property is located just 30 minutes north of Asheville and is easily accessible. Open Use zoning allows most anything desired: hunting, prepping, shooting, agriculture, event venue, etc. Another 44 adjoining acres are available as well and that acreage also has tremendous ... [Read More]
Located one hour west of Asheville just outside the wonderful mountain town of Bryson City, this property is also near the 11,500 square acre Fontana Lake. The property itself is just 18 minutes to town, but located off two secondary roads, the last of which is a dead end, thus this property has tremendous privacy and security from any “golden hoards” that may travel the main roads. There are nearly two acres of gently laying field and pasture area which have historically been used as fenced pasture. The remainder of the land is thickly forested with mature hardwoods, great for wildlife habitat. An old barn provides storage and shelter for livestock. Several mature fruit trees dot the property and there is plenty of sunshine on this south facing property so you can grow anything here. One of the best features is that there is a very large year round stream cascading ... [Read More]
Historic 761 acre farm located just 40 minutes southeast of Asheville in McDowell County, NC. The county seat of Marion is just 12 minutes north and provides all the day to day services one might need including a Walmart, Lowe’s and hospital, yet the property is in a beautiful rural area of the county. This is the first time ever on the market as this property has been in the same family since July 8, 1788. The property is divided into two distinct sections by a county road that was built upon a historic farm cartway of years past. The southern portion features 61 acres of beautiful rolling bottom land pasture with the West Fork of Cove Creek traversing the fields. A large six stall barn, paddocks and three sided equipment shed provide storage and livestock shelter. There are 411 acres of hardwood forest on this side as well, rising up to nearly 1,600′ with miles of ... [Read More]
Absolutely an exceptional bugout property for the budget conscience. This three acre parcel is located in rural southeastern Buncombe County (Asheville county seat) approximately 24 minutes south of the Norman Rockwell town of Black Mountain (setting for the novel “One Second After” by our local favorite son, Dr. Bill Forstchen. The property sits on a paved county maintained road and best of all, the road is a dead end and the frontage is all at road grade, meaning no need for a steep driveway. In fact, a culvert is already in place and leads to a large gravel parking area.. Drive right on! The topography of this parcel is ideal for building, with approximately half being flat, gentle land with excellent southern exposure. Perfect for gardening or livestock. There are three year round creeks that provide plenty of water for livestock or irrigation. There is ... [Read More]
Situated at the end of a private road, surrounded by like-minded neighbors, this is an ideal prepper property. Although it consists of just over an acre, it abuts several much, much larger wooded parcels that are untouched and likely to remain that way indefinitely. The land features a large stream which has been tapped for a micro-hydro electric turbine, powering a deep cell battery system for the house. The stream provides irrigation and a backup drinking supply. A large fenced garden is lush with every vegetable one could desire. Numerous mature fruit trees are scattered around the property. A fenced chicken coop with its own wood stove and greenhouse provide a great source of year round protein. There’s a small, stream fed pond in the rear that can be used for aquaculture as well. While the house is grid tied, it has a rooftop mounted solar array that feeds the deep cell ... [Read More]
The Big Laurel tract features 208 acres in northern Ashe County County approximately 25 minutes northwest of West Jefferson and 15 minutes from Mountain City, TN. The property is ideal for a large private estate. The property sits at the end of a public road, well out of sight of any main thoroughfares, thus ensuring total privacy. Approximately one third of the land is in pasture and is stunningly beautiful with outstanding views. The remainder is all in a mature hardwood forest with the forest floor being clean due to livestock keeping it down. Its a hunter’s paradise. Two streams border the property with one of them crossing the middle of it and being very substantial in size. There appears to be enough fall to create sufficient head pressure for a micro-hydro generator. There are huge rock cliffs on one side of the property that protects it from intruders. An ideal home ... [Read More]