Whisper Mountain Retreat–Homesteader Farm/Prepper Property

389,950  7 acres  Deborah Cordrey 


Experience the pinnacle of privacy, beauty and serenity on 7.3 private, unrestricted acres in Western North Carolina. At an elevation of approximately 3,243 feet, this property affords complete seclusion from view of the road and has been strategically designed to provide beauty, privacy, efficiency, and remarkable energy. Excellent for use as a retreat center, homesteader farm, or prepper property with the opportunity for independent, off-the-grid living. Located in the area known by the Cherokee as “Indian Pass,” the property forms a valley situated just below the top of Whisper Mountain in a rural yet accessible part of Macon County (a.k.a. the “Ruby Jewel of the Smokey Mountains”).

The property features both level and rolling pastures and banks of forested woodland (befitting of WNC’s slogan of being the “Land of the Sky”) and established garden areas (with large above-ground planter boxes). There are three streams good for drinking water, agricultural or gardening purposes and a 30′ covered treehouse with two trees growing through it; perfect for a hammock and/or hunting the plethora of wildlife. There is ample potential for expansion to accommodate year-round sustainable growing, horses, etc. via an additional upper pasture (partially fenced) and lower pasture area which have been un-used by current owner (property formerly an Alpaca farm). There is a separate indoor (single car) garage with double-tiered shelves built-in on all three sides in addition to an outdoor garage (with ample room for storage of outdoor equipment, ATVs, etc.).

The property includes a main 2-story farmhouse (built in 1989) which is 1620 sq. ft. (per County records) with wrap around decks on 2-sides (central deck is covered) overlooking the pastures and streams. Home has a gravity-fed spring water system into the house (additionally has pump/water filter), propane hot water heater powered by owner propane tank (500-gallons), underground power, central forced-air heat and ceiling fans. Home consists of carpet, laminated wood and wood flooring. Recent renovations include new carpets throughout, interior and exterior paint and light fixtures.

The first floor includes a spacious eat-in country kitchen with wood-stove and double sliding glass door to decks), LR, DR, BA, utility room and large sunken master BR with cathedral ceiling, flagstone fireplace and sliding glass doors (to the outside decks). The exceptionally large second floor center hallway has been previously utilized as a family space/library. There are two additional bedrooms and is plumbed for a 2nd BA. Note–while having a well-functioning septic system on the property, there is no County septic permit available on file related to the number of bedrooms. Additional enhancements include a large insulated (15’5 ½”x 9′ 9″) wardrobe/storage area with ample space via built-in shelves throughout (previously used for storage of preserved/dehydrated food, clothing and ancillary equipment).

Features of the lower pasture include a studio (with electricity and previously wired for satellite connection) with a fresh-air heat monitor. Studio is perfect for an office, gathering place, art studio, etc. Next to the studio/stream is a fire pit with seating.

While outside of the town limits, the property is a 7-mile drive (approximately 15 minutes) down the mountain to the main road accessing Franklin’s stores, shops and other businesses. There is also a second back-road access into Franklin, nearby Jackson County or the Sapphire Lake area (sandy beach lake). Macon County is 516 square miles with approximately 37,246 year-round residents. It is approximately 65 miles to Asheville, N.C. and 125 miles north of Atlanta, GA.

Local recreational features include hiking on the Appalachian Trail or Batram Trail as well as sightseeing trips to Wayah Bald, Cullasaja Falls, Dry Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Quarry Falls to name a few.

Home and land improvements have been laid out for maximum efficiency while maintaining the beauty of the property. Owner is a licensed NC Real Estate Broker. Previewing of property is by appointment. Contact information: Phone (828) 349-4099 or E-mail deborahcordrey@aol.com.