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“I Promise Romance & Prosperity – I’m Your Dream B&B, and I’m for Sale- Ask Your REALTOR® About Me!” (part 1)

 A mature couple paused as they wandered down the sidewalk       
in a village not far from Asheville, North Carolina.  Though on vacation, they had spotted a sign that stopped them in their tracks. There by the rose arbor just inside the gate stood a Painted Lady ,
the most charming (possibly a "green" renovation?) Victorian they had ever seen!

And to their utter astonishment, decorated in hand-painted roses and green filigrees, they noticed a sign that read, "The  Village Rose, - I'm Your Dream B&B, and I'm for Sale-
Ask Your REALTOR® About Me!"

For this couple, it was  an invitation to dreams come .

Ever since as newly-marrieds, some twenty-some years ago,  this young couple, with a penchant for Film Noir   had seen Key Largo  in which Humphrey Bogart visits his old friend's hotel and ends up in a storm with Lauren Bacall, they fell in love with the notion of having their own small hotel one day. Now, the same couple, young-at-heart,  looked at each other, grabbed hands, and in that silent moment knew their dream might come true.

  But was it an ill-advised dream, this notion of finding and owning the "renovated" B&B"?   Might it work for a couple ready for creative retirement ?You bet! They had designed their dream, carefully.

They had always favored historic restoration, especially restoration and stewardship of Victorian homes. . They had done their research. For years they had planned overnights at B&Bs near their hometown. Then they extended their range, always keeping in mind the locale and the real property values in that area. Then had discovered the illustrious history of lodging and the birth of the Bed & Breakfast.


Their first stop: Wikipedia,   the free encyclopedia, where they learned that establishments where travelers could avail themselves of food, drink and lodging and "first sprang up when the Romans built their famous system of highways two millennia ago. Some inns in Europe are centuries old. In addition to providing for the needs of travelers, inns traditionally acted as community gathering places, something that really appealed to the couple. By the late 1960s,energized by happy stays in European B&Bs, innkeepers began to open their own versions of those establishments, and planted the familiar small lodging atmosphere in the U.S.A.

Now, thousands of B&Bs dot the highways and byways of America. Our couple  discovered that a number of associations and support services, professional newsletters, travel publications, guidebooks, and vendors catering to small lodges also have appeared on the scene.  Having done their homework they were ready to talk  with their  REALTOR ® .

 Look for Part II where this story continues....



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P.S. the B&B pictured here is for sale.check back for part 2
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
Sounds like these people have really done their homework. Unfortunately, many people haven't and go into a B&B purchase with rose colored glasses.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 12 years ago
Sharon..I know! ...I owned a Homestay B&B when I lived out west...people would ooo--and-ahhh...and never realize the amount of energy it takes to get folks to people oooh-and-ahhh!..It's a lot like the practice of real estate that way (I'm smiling)...THANKS for your insight.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
Many of our friends see the potential in the B&B business as an alternative to working for others. Howmany B&Bs are in the Asheville area? Do you have any idea of how many might be for sale, and at what price?
Posted by John Thomas about 12 years ago
John...I think there are about 20 in the Greater Asheville area. A few are potentially for sale. One is currently on the market. Most are in the $1M range. Hope this information is helpful.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 12 years ago

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