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market while relieving the owner of home maintenance worries. For in-town Blowing Rock, some of the condo developments offer the ability to rent the condos to vacationers, making them a good investment. Condo developments include Royal Oaks, Glen Burney, Village on the Green and Chetola Resort, which also boasts a hotel, fine dining restaurant and spa. There are some nicer condos with views in the Mayview area of Blowing Rock as well as in the Blue Ridge Mountain Club (noted below). Coming soon are 23 luxury condos called Chestnut at Blowing Rock, with great views of Moses Cone and Grandfather Mountain. These condos will include two-car garages below. Second Homes More than half of the homes sold in Blowing Rock are second homes. Buyers look here to escape the summer heat or live here for half of the year. With Charlotte a two hour drive and Raleigh/Durham three hours away, the high country is a convenient escape for buyers from North Carolina, as well as a season destination for buyers from Florida. Many buyers purchase a second (or third) home in Blowing Rock with plans to make it their retirement home. A strong and growing segment of the Blowing Rock Real Estate market is second homes that can also be used as vacation rentals to help pay for the cost of owning and maintaining the home. There are several excellent vacation rental management companies in the area that can manage the entire process. Note that vacation/short term rentals fewer than 30 days are not allowed within town limits and in some subdivisions. If you are looking for a home that can also be used as a vacation rental, be sure to ask your Realtor whether vacation rentals are allowed in that location.

PHOTO SUBMITTED Total sales volumes of single family homes has risen 5.5 percent this year.

AREAS OF TOWN In Town Blowing Rock: The town of Blowing Rock is known for its grand homes along Main Street and in historic Mayview and Laurel Park as well as cottages around Ransom Street. There are also condominium developments such as Royal Oaks, Glen Burney, and Chetola Resort. In Town Across 321: Cross Highway 321 (Blowing Rock Boulevard) to Echo Park, Green Hill Road, Wonderland Woods and areas surrounding the Blowing Rock Country Club and Golf Course. There is a wide variety of home styles and sizes in these quiet neighborhoods. Highway 221 South: There are several neighborhoods on either side of Highway 221 headed south, some offering great Grandfather Mountain and St. Johns River Gorge views. These include Misty Mountain, Fair Mountain Acres, Saddle Hills and Sweetgrass, a newer development with trails and a lake. 321 North (toward Boone): One of the largest residential areas in this

direction is Appalachian Ski Mountain, with many mountain and log homes close to skiing. This is a popular location for vacation rentals. Also along 321 are the luxury gated communities of Firethorn and Timber Creek, as well as the log home community Friendly Mountain Acres. Blue Ridge Parkway North: There are several established neighborhoods with mid-range to high end homes along this route. This general area is referred to on maps as the Aho area and includes the neighborhoods of Sorrento, Greystone, Blackberry, Goshen, Summit Park, and Brown Stone Ridge, to name a few. Some of these neighborhoods are in the Boone zip code but are considered the Blowing Rock area from a Real Estate standpoint. Also in this direction is the Blue Ridge Mountain Club (BRMC), a newer and impressive development with timber frame homes and many lots available. BRMC offers trails and amenities and just broke ground on their new clubhouse and gym.

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