McDowell Farm – Black Mountain (Asheville), NC

849,000  32 acres  John Haynes  Retreat Realty

house and pondGateMcDowell Farm is the ideal survival property: off the beaten path, yet accessible to good roads and nearby Asheville; pasture land; wood land; streams; homestead; barns; etc. Situated at the end of an unpaved county road, you must pass by an assortment of rural residences and burned out hulks of mobile homes to get to the gate. Its just the kind of approach that says “Keep out”, that will cause most curiosity seekers to steer clear if they even found the road.

Once you’re on the property, it has one access, or choke point which makes it easily defensible. Shaped largely like a triangle, it is bound on two sides by substantial streams and on the third by hundreds of acres of undeveloped, topographically challenging forests. The point is, no one is just going to stumble upon this property. Furthermore, from the house on the property, one has a clear line of fire to the entrance gate. Again, it can be well defended.

First fieldWithin the 32 acres you’ll find approximately 10 acres of open pasture and farmland already improved with a sizable fruit orchard, blackberry and blueberry bushes, bee hives and such. The remainder is thick forestland comprised mostly of hardwoods along with primitive footpaths throughout for hunting and security patrols. There are two ponds on the property, one of which is stocked. The house is served by a well, however, there are three streams on the property, two of which are quite substantial and sufficient for water supply for livestock, farming and household use. There may be enough fall to create sufficient head pressure for a micro-hydro electric generator.

BarnThere is a 43 x 34 foot barn with loft that is ideal for storage of farm equipment, and there is a smaller covered shed large enough for a small farm tractor. There is even a shooting range with earthen backstop for you to practice your marksman skills.

The one story house features three bedrooms and two full baths plus a bunk room with two bunk beds perfect for the kids. A large open air deck spans the front of the house while a 26 x 11 screened porch with metal ceiling caps off one end. A new roof was installed in 2015.

Adjacent to the house is a 26 x 26 double bay garage. The sellers are prepared to include a large amount of the tools and farm implements in the sale along with many of the furnishings in the house. These items are negotiable and to be identified at time of contract.

John Haynes

Retreat Realty    Black Mountain, North Carolina    Properties (3)

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 and if you'd like to see dozens of full length testimonial letters, he’d be glad to forward them to you.