Just 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. An 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,
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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