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 services. Located north of Asheville just inside the NC line before crossing in to TN, this property is very convenient to Johnson City with its nationally known 514 bed medical center, retail development and East Tennessee State University. That is, its hardly 30 minutes to the mall in Johnson City and only 55 minutes to downtown Asheville. The town of Unicoi is just 14 minutes away via Highway 107/226.
Although the property is convenient to these towns, it is very private. One must turn off the two lane highway, then on a well maintained private road, then a private drive passing through a tobacco field before coming to the gate. The natural topography is such that there is a “choke point” at the entrance to the property, with the 152 acres then fanning out up the cove behind and to the encircling ridgetops that reach up to 4,000′. Its a stunning visual scene.
Located next to the lower fields is a 3 bedroom, 1 bath farm house in good condition that is heated with a wood stove and wall unit a/c. There’s a wide wrap around front porch from which you will see dozens of turkey and deer in the fields beyond. The house is used as a vacation home and could be improved to make it more comfortable, but even in its current condition, it is usable for year round living. Just up behind the house is a large spring house with an efficiency apartment upstairs. This space has a small living room with kitchenette and full bath. This portion is not yet finished, but could very quickly be completed. In the lower level is the spring room featuring a large stainless steel dairy tank used for storing fresh water out of the strong spring. By “strong”, we mean strong. No water shortage here.
Down below the house is an old storage building with covered carport in fair condition and a steel shipping container that is negotiable. Great for securing items out of the weather. A sizable creek flows between the house and the first field and runs year round.
There is a large pond that is fed by the creek and a spring up above the house in one of the fields. The water is crystal clear thanks to the owner’s foresight in creating a retention pond up above the pond to trap any sediment. The water flows from this retention pond with such force that there is a natural aerator in the main pond to keep the habitat healthy. The pond is full of bass and bream.
The fields encompass approximately 18 acres in various meadows, some of which are totally hidden from view. Dotting the fields are several tree stands, evidence to the outstanding hunting on this property. The owner reports having seen upwards of 40 turkey at a time in the fields. There is a small pine tree plantation and lots of nut bearing hardwoods along with several heirloom apple and fruit trees, thus providing ample food for the wildlife.
The property continues up the mountainsides in an encircling cove up to the ridges with most of the acreage facing south. A network of well maintained logging roads provides easy access to all points above and from up above, the views are tremendous. In another ten to fifteen years, there will easily be $100k of merchantable timber if one wishes to sell. The property is currently in the “Present Use Program” of the state meaning that it is in a forestry management plan, and as such, 64% of the property taxes are deferred. The result is that the annual property taxes are only $841 per year!
This is totally turn key, ready to go survival property, retreat property, prepper property or hunting preserve. If the grid went down, one could live off the land up here totally out of sight and mind. Yet as long as the power stays on, it could be your personal playground and you could enjoy all that Johnson City offers. Its truly an exceptional property. Asking $849,900 and the owner will consider some short term (3 – 5 year) financing.
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