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.

  • For Sale by Agent
    Asheville area Sustainable Farm

    Leicester, North Carolina


    Designed with prepping and survival in mind, this 20+ acre farm located in the far reaches of western North Carolina yet convenient to Asheville...

    • 8
    • 7
    • 5000 Sq Ft
    • 20.9 Acres
    • Homestead, Off-Grid/Solar
  • For Sale by Agent
    Sustainable Farm North of Asheville

    Leicester, North Carolina


    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
    • 2916 Sq Ft
    • 9.94 Acres
    • Homestead
  • For Sale by Agent
    102 Acre Bugout near TN & NC Line

    Green Mountain, North Carolina


    Remote mountain oasis located in Mitchell County (north of Asheville near the TN state line).  Approximately 10 miles to nearest interstate or town, yet...

    • 3
    • 2
    • 102 Acres
    • Bakersville
    • Homestead
  • For Sale by Agent
    14 Acre Sustainable Farm near Asheville

    Alexander, North Carolina


    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
    • Asheville
    • Homestead
  • For Sale by Agent
    20 Acre Summer Camp/Homstead

    Flat Rock, North Carolina


    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
  • For Sale by Agent
    Fisherman's Bugout Paradise

    Spruce Pine, North Carolina


    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
    • 4000 Sq Ft
    • 46 Acres
    • Homestead
  • For Sale by Agent
    Off Grid in the Nantahala Forest

    Cullowhee, North Carolina


    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
    • 2080 Sq Ft
    • 3.5 Acres
    • Off-Grid/Solar
  • For Sale by Agent
    133 Acre Farm and Hunting Preserve North of Asheville

    Burnsville, North Carolina


    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
  • For Sale by Agent
    152 Acre Bugout

    Bakersville, North Carolina


    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
  • For Sale by Agent
    761 Acre Ranch Near Asheville NC

    Marion, North Carolina


    Historic 761 acre farm located just 40 minutes southeast of Asheville in McDowell County, NC.  The county seat of Marion is just 12 minutes...

    • 1293 Sq Ft
    • 761 Acres
    • Homestead, Remote Land