I'm a western N.C. native from Brevard in Transylvania County. I first came to Madison County in the early 1970's and I have called this beautiful place HOME ever since. I have owned more than one farm in the county but my contractor husband, Richard, and I now have 60 wonderful acres and we are actively building a "new old" house. It's been a 17 year (still counting) process! Along the way we also landscaped, created lots of gardens and perennial beds, built barns, outbuildings, a workshop (my side + his side) and managed to create a somewhat sustainable lifestyle for ourselves. We have been living off the grid since 1985. Active solar panels and a hydro system have always been on our list of things to do but somehow never make it to the top of the list. We enjoy a simple life. I welcome questions about our lifestyle and have lots of knowledge and opinions to share.
I love to garden, starting my own seeds. Some years are more successful than others so a hoop house is now on our list. I use heirloom & organic varieties and I now have my own seed stock of some stuff. I have also been blessed to receive seed varieties from old gardeners who have saved them in the family for years. I have been a member, off and on, of Seed Savers since it began in the early 80’s. Right now I am evolving from planting “by the signs” the old mountain way to planting by the signs the biodynamic Rudolph Steiner way. This is quite a transition for me but I am getting in to it! I am so lucky to quilt on occasion with a group of exceptionally talented women (check out the book "Community Quilts"). We have made many quilts for people in our community and are still in the process. Other interests of mine include wildflower walks, reading, playing with my horse and dogs, cooking and canning all that produce, flea markets and garage sales, and collecting way too much flea market stuff. E-Bay selling is a new interest I’m exploring.
I am also passionate about music-bluegrass, old time , singer/songwriters, country, gospel, jazz- I enjoy it all. Richard and I listen to a lot of music at home. I love to hear it live and go to MERLEFEST Every Year. Plus I try to go to as many of the festivals in the area as possible. There is just so much music here! I enjoyed hosting a jam at the old real estate office for a couple of years. That jam has now moved to Marshall’s super cool coffee house, Zuma’s, on Thursday nights. Although I don’t work actively in the field anymore, I still keep my Veterinary Technician license active and work some with the Friends of the Madison County Animals. When I was active in the field I worked with exotics at Duke University and then the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. I still love all animals and enjoy showing them, and their owners, property in this gorgeous place. I guess my most favorite thing to do is to drive around the mountains and tell my clients about the history and stories of the many quaint communities in these mountains. Oh! And hopefully show and Sell a few listings while I’m having fun!
Watch for my new blog on my new Facebook page. Due to high demand I guess I will come down from my mountain and enter the social networking world. It is, they tell me, a part of the real estate world these days.
I enjoy listing the old farms and finding new people for them. I have experience with the possibilities of raw or grown up land. I also enjoy showing houses with or without land and I will go anywhere to help you find that perfect place. I'm familiar with many different areas and counties of western North Carolina.
My main goal in real estate from the beginning 17 years ago has been to protect these mountains from too much development. By that I mean supporting the land use regulations of all the mountain counties and getting people to think about their impact on our fragile environment. (Hopefully before they build that huge house right on the top of the ridge with the steep paved driveway!) As a Realtor I think it’s my duty to point out a different prospective on building in the mountains. I like diversity and want to encourage it where I live. New people come with new ideas and talents. Everyone prospers. My little company has been as large as seven agents and as small as one. I demand a high standard from the people who work here-the Golden Rule is The Rule. We strive to give personal but professional service to everyone. We value community and the small town way of life. My company offers a lot of service after the sale. We will not leave you standing with your deed in your hand in the middle of your land! We have a list of reputable people to build roads, homes, drill wells, put in septic systems, and dowse for water or energy, whatever you need! You will have a friend at Country Places Realty, maybe your first one in your new place!
I grew up in the foothills of East Tennessee on a small farm. We had 8 acres and my parents always had a kitchen garden, animals and fruit trees. My father was a registered land surveyor and I worked for him throughout my childhood. We often spent days in the mountains surveying large tracts of land.
Later in life, I used these skills of reading topo and plat maps working as a backpacking and nature guide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During this time I earned my Wilderness First Responder Certification which I continue to keep current. I love horses and had my dream job of being a horseback trail guide in Colorado and New Zealand. I love to travel but always come back to my favorite place- beautiful Western NC!
I have called Madison County my home since 2011. Currently I live in an off-grid tiny house that my partner and I built. We have a simple solar set up, wood heat and a hand pumped well. We always knew this was a temporary place for us and good practice for our lifestyle. We have been actively looking for our dream property in Madison County for 6 years. In 2017, we found it! Now we are beginning the homesteading process all over again on our new raw land.
I love the community here, especially the music. I am a novice old time musician. In my free time I enjoy hiking, gardening, playing music, singing and spending time with my dogs and horse. Lots of our friends are also engaged in the homesteading lifestyle and we all share our experiences.
I love to help others see the potential in old grown up farms and raw tracts of land. I can share my own experience in finding that perfect piece of property. I have an environmentalist outlook on development in these mountains; that's one of the reasons I chose to work at Country Places Realty. I can assist my clients with ideas on house sites, gardening, spring water development and permaculture. I’m not your typical real estate agent and I’m not afraid to hike some steep properties! If you are searching for a farm or raw land in Madison County or have property you want to sell, get in touch! I do clean up nice and I can take off my boots and happily show and list houses too!