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Anatomy of a Horse Farm Sale ... or a Ride to Love

 

horse farm asheville , north carolina real estateJust today, I was nudged inquisitively by a band of 4 goats, clucked at by the gals in the hen house, looked in the eye by an enormous horse, and left breathless by the sight of  Tennessee Walkers  racing each other across the Spring-green pasture of  the horse farm I was showing.  

My clients and I, on the lookout for a "family" horse farm near Asheville, N.C. knew we are in for an adventure! We couldn't  think of a better way for a REALTOR® and her clients to celebrate Earth Day than to be out on the Land.

Two farms on the agenda today...So we were off to a close-to-town masterpiece, and a more rural property, a gentleperson's farm on 40 acres with distant views to the Blue Ridge Parkway   and the Great Craggy Mountains.

As a REALTOR® who specializes in acreages with  improvements such as stables with full utilities and comfortable farm homes, getting nudged, poked, prodded and awestruck is nothing out of the ordinary. I'm lucky! But for those of you who live in town, whose experience with horses might consist of watching the Kentucky Derby on TV,  and who imagine rural acreages as the "hinterlands" here are 10 reasons why you might love my real estate practice ...and a suggestion for a treasured Earth Day experience. 

 

Put yourself in this picture...You're on  your way to work where

1.Rolling pastures, and Appalachian   "countryscapes" dotted with red barns, white steeples, and greening crops that mean a supply of locally-grown food,  border singing streams that bring a smile to your face.                                                      

2 The "wake up" calls of roosters actually may surprise you at any time of day. Surprises are fun.

3. Country breezes bring aromas of newly mown hay.  Asheville real estate horse farmAn invigorating walk through a pasture might be at hand.  (see photo )    

4. There's a sense of history in the air, as you look to the mountains beyond.   According to Wikipedia, "prior to the 20th century, the people of Appalachia were geographically isolated from the rest of the country. As a result, they preserved the culture of their ancestors (most of them Scottish, Scots-Irish, Irish, German, and English) who settled the region in the 18th century. The region's culture includes a strong oral tradition (including music and song), self-sufficiency..."

5."Self sufficient"... Yep, that's you...and it feels GOOD. You're in your hiking gear and so are your clients who are practically bubbling  with enthusiasm, just like the cascade you point out as you approach the rural horse farm. Happy clients are a "good-thing"...

6. They love the land (and so do you.)!

 7. They love the animals, especially the horses  (and so do you.)!  

8. They love riding in your car with the top down. (and so do you.)!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Maybe you'll have to step over rocks to cross a stream,cascading stream on asheville horse farm real estate

climb some granite outcropping, get mud on your boots, pull out your trail mix of dark chocolate, nuts and raisins for an impromptu snack on the trail, look for the old survey pins, step over farm implements left and  forgotten, then make your way back to the farm house to sit for a story or two  with the farmer on a screened in porch by her perennial garden. It's a "tough life" I'll tell ya'! (I'm smiling.)

10. And at the end of the day, the gem having been found, Offer on the way or not, you feel that certain sense of satisfaction that arrives when you are at home with what inspires you.

Happy Earth Day, 2007

 

 

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As Joseph Campbell once said, "Follow your bliss!"

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 11 years ago
The photos make want to sing ..."The hills are alive with the Sound of Music!!! " ! Beautiful presentation, as expected from you!   Have a wonderful Earth Day.
Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 11 years ago
janeAnne, You do have a great job and I can tell you really love it. being out doors in some of the most beautiful country on the planet has got o be a great feeling. And to think you get paid for doing it. Bliss to say the least.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh....I wann live there!
Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 11 years ago

janeAnne,

If I had a magic carpet I would hop on board and soar over to your idyllic countryside to spend the day taking in the magnificent vistas. You really capture the essence of your breathtaking country.

Before moving to Wilmington, our previous home  was in  Orange County NY, surrounded by the Catskills, S hawangunks, Schunemunk mountain ranges, and lots of horse farms, apple orchards and country roads! Now we are blessed to live by the beautiful Coast of North Carolina! I will never ceased to be amazed at the awesome Master plan of the Creator!

Keep it Green!

Ginger

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) over 11 years ago

Janeanne:

I can so relate. I just finished walking a beautiful 40 acre tract with stunning view, 2 creeks and great pasture. It was just a preview for clients but man what a walk! 

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) over 11 years ago

Michele~

There is something about hills being "alive" that enlivens the passerby and those who dwell here. To be a REALTOR in this special land is an honor and a joy.

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 11 years ago

It always feels great to be out walking property.  I was lucky enough to spend the day on top of the mountain at Creston meeting with our newest property owners.  We had a wonderful meeting about building their dream home overlooking 1000s of acres of conservation land and the Pisgah National Forest.  I loved it when the couple mentioned they didn't have any wishes to remove a single uneccesary tree, even hoping to move the septic area to preserve a few trees.  These folks truly share the vision of the AR Eco-Allstars!!! 

Posted by Corey Atherton (Suncadia Real Estate Sales Company) over 11 years ago

Bryant~

That's the whole thing...bliss...that secret ingredient that makes a real estate practice a "practice" and not a "job"...To be on the land, engaging farmers, having time to absorb their stories handed down over generations...and then to be able to work with clients in this environment (to me) is the greatest past-time on Earth. A year-long celebration of Earth Day.

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 11 years ago

Hi Kathy "Kat"!~

First of all, welcome to the Active Rain Community...great bunch of professionals here! I just checked out your BLOG and enjoyed my visit. Hope to hear some stories from your part of the world! Really like your photos. Thanks for your comment on my article. Guess you figured out that I LOVE my everyday life out on the Land.

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 11 years ago

Ginger~ 

Thanks for your photo. Your photo more than a thousand words shows the beauty  of our surroundings and why our area of the country is so sought after... on Earth Day..your message to "Keep it Green" seems very apropos!

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 11 years ago

Bill~

That's the thing about LAND..you can't sit in the car and give it the once-over. You have to be willing to stretch those legs and brave the critters, creeks and codgers...so much FUN! Sounds like you had a good time, too.

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 11 years ago

You have a remarkable way of capturing the heart of this land. I grew up in these mountains and your depiction of the essense of this place is right on!  The clear, eloquent, simple and conversational way about your writing allows me to really feel what you are describing.  I'm sure your clients are VERY happy to work with you as I can tell your heart is in what you are doing.

 -Shara 

Posted by Shara Beach over 11 years ago

Janeanne:

Yes I had a great time. I actually got the listing agent om the cell and had him walk me through the property lines since none were marked. It was nice because I also got a little of the land regarding the owners who have owned this piece or generations. Am hoping my clients like this one since I have sense they will be excellent stewards.   

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) over 11 years ago
Wow....that is beautiful. I'll buy it......I wish. I love horses. I would love to have alot of land and lots of horses.
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) over 11 years ago

I went to my daughters first horse show for the spring/summer. 2 Blue Ribbons later and the view in the distance of new homes being built........Job Security.

Posted by Robert McArtor, Top Listing Agent for Baltimore and Harford County (RE/MAX Components - Fallston Maryland) over 11 years ago

janeAnne - Maybe we can start a "trading places" for Realtors(r) so we can have a week in your shoes!  Happy earth day - May all enjoy the beauties that abound.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

A wonderful post, janeAnne - the sentiments, the inspiration, and the photos. What a great way to sell real estate. Your love and enthusiasm for what you do shines through this post. Having grown up in suburban Philadelphia in horse country I can really appreciate what you shared. This type of land  is fast disappearing in many areas. You are indeed fortunate. Thanks for sharing.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 11 years ago

Shara~

Thanks you SO much for your comment. I do love the LAND...and the history, somehow alive in the hills, reminds me that the threads that weave into a tapestry of sanity in a world so often  troubled, are here for all of us to pick up and enjoy.

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 11 years ago

Bill~

You reminded me of another reason why I LOVE LAND! You get to explore. ..outside. You mentioned that your clients will be good stewards of the land...also a reason to smile. Thanks for sharing your adventure...

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 11 years ago

Corey~

You wrote about-your day on"...1000s of acres of conservation land and the Pisgah National Forest." What a perfect way for a REALTOR to celebrate Earth Day. When the couple mentioned they chose not to remove a single uneccesary tree, you must have been thrilled.  While I've heard that  a mountainscape near Saluda looks like it is wearing a Mohawk, being recently clear-cut, the developers at the community you describe obviously are eco-wise and generous.

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 11 years ago

Christy~ 

I say Go4IT!!!! Follow your heart and your dreams...at least in your real state specialty to begin with! And I also say there's nothing like a horse! The fabulous equestrian, Karen Head quoted Albert Einstein in the matter of love as teacher...

"From the age of six to fourteen I took violin lessons but had no luck with my teachers, for whom music did not transcend mechanical practicing. I really began to learn only after I had fallen in love with Mozart's sonatas. The attempt to reproduce their singular grace compelled me to improve my technique. I believe, on the whole, that love is a better teacher than sense of duty." - Albert Einstein

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 11 years ago

JaneAnne,

What beautiful countryside!

I too spent this glorious day out taking pictures for my Blog on Localism...in Canterbury and Shaker Village!

Check them out! and enjoy!!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 11 years ago

janeAnne, that was sooooooo mean!  That is my dream.  I so miss having horses in my life.  Only owned one, adopted him when he was 35!  Lost him two months later.  But in 2003 I took a job in Virginia as a farm caretaker for a humane society.  I lived on Manassas battlefield, had the view of the mountains, the streams, the fields, the horses.  Unfortunately I was injured on the job and had to leave.  I still long for all you included in your blog.  Meany!:-)

Terry Haugen - STAGE it RIGHT!

Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) over 11 years ago

janeAnne - A beautiful piece. I felt myself there with you - out on the land, feeling connected to the animals, the earth and the clients who value and want to savor and protect the rural lifestyle.

Thank you for inviting me to ActiveRain and for taking time to speak with me recently.  But most of all, thank you for being an inspiration - for showing me that one can be a realtor AND conscious about how we live. 

 I'm looking forward to working with you soon.

gwen

 

 

Posted by Gwen Croft, Your Personal Real Estate Professional (gwen croft real estate) over 11 years ago

Robert~ 

Is tht a photo of your daughter winning her blue ribbons?.YAY!

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 11 years ago

Joan~

As I said in my article..I am very lucky! Possibly we could have a gathering of the 'clan" here in the Appalachians...I know the Florida AR folks did it..why not the mountain and horse folk? Love to see you here...

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 11 years ago

Jeff~

As I read your comment, I had to smile all over again, because you mentioned the sentiments, the inspiration, and the photos. And so you captured (once again)  a large part of what makes the work a joy for me.

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 11 years ago

Joan~

A REALTOR taking photos on Earth Day! Now that strikes me as a celebration! I am heading over to check them out right now! THX!

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 11 years ago

janeAnne - what a beautifully written post about a really beautiful area of our country.  My family has property in the Mountain Home area, and we've explored all the surrounding areas over time, and it truly is just gorgeous.  Clearly, your post shows just how much you love what you do and you love where you are - congrats on the gold star, here on AR and in life!

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 11 years ago

Terry~

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences.

In your business do you get to work with beautiful environments? Maybe your work indoors is brining a little bit of nature inside...and maybe it will open up to patios...and who knows where it will go from there (I'm smiling!)

 

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 11 years ago

Gwen~

It makes me happy  to know that you felt yourself there with me on this beautiful equestrian property-dream-place! When I looked to the distant peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I almost didn't want to leave! I wondered how the sellers could move from this place they obviously love.

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 11 years ago
What an absolutely BEAUTIFUL place, I can't even imagine waking up there every day....And your love of it shines through in your post!  Thank you for sharing those stunning pictures that made me feel like I was there---for a minute.
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago
YUP.  Looks like fun all right.  I grew up with horses all around me, yet I didn't take the chance to ride them until i'd moved to the city.  
Posted by Caleb Mardini over 11 years ago

Ann~

Having figured out that life is an adventure, and then-having figured out that what we do to provide for ourselves is an adventure(as every real estate professional mot likely knows) I decided that the best place to be adventuresome was on the LAND...and it all comes together so well.

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 11 years ago

Carole~

Those of us who work in the real estate and related fields have incredible opportunities to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!...and then bring all the "good-energy" Home.

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 11 years ago

Caleb~ 

And, as a RainMaker,  I thought you spent all your time under water...or was that snowed under...

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 11 years ago
janeAnne, this was a wonderfully engaging post!  I could just picture some of the experiences you were describing.  What a great way to Celebrate Earth Day!  Your post makes me remember a quote from a fellow agent who said, "When I think about doing something else, because I'm frustrated with this job...I just slap myself & say...what were you thinking!" 
Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Lola~

Loved your quote. Thanks for the kind words. Coming from you , it is quite a compliment!

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 11 years ago
So is the chamber of commerce paying you? This is a great way to sell your area!
Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) over 11 years ago

Dena~I just love what I do...Did you see the convertible? Is that fun, or what??...and how about that horse...talk about eye-to-eye contact WOW!

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 11 years ago
It's all water JaneAnne.
Posted by Caleb Mardini over 11 years ago
Caleb~ You may need a few "seahorses"  (I'm grinning)
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 11 years ago
oh I am now to JanAnne Thanks!
Posted by Caleb Mardini over 11 years ago

Everyone~

Thanks so much for your comments on this post. Look for the "continuing saga" over the next months and years (hopefully). We love the idea of stewardship. We love horse farms!

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 11 years ago

Janeanne:

It sound like you are back on the lookout for another one of those Western North Carolina horse farms. Good lUck! I know of one in Landrum if you are interested.

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) almost 11 years ago

Eloise~ 

I'm with you on that one...that I , too, love my job because I get to spend a good-deal of time in nature. Thanks for your kind comment and for being an inspiration to me.

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 10 years ago
Aaaaahhhhhh!  Love being out there with nature.  The best part is when I am able to take a trail ride in the gamelands.  It seems like the worries just disappear during that time and you are living the moment. 
Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) over 10 years ago

The other day I got to dance around with a horse -- or maybe it was trying to chase me out of it's territory (the pasture we were exploring) hard to tell...she was a young energetic beauty!

Posted by Rhodes Waite almost 10 years ago

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